Buffalo, NY – December 27, 2012 – Time is running out to vote for the 2012 USEF Horse of the Year Award and the 2012 USEF Equestrian of the Year Award. Voting will run through midnight (EAT) January 7, 2013, with the champions claiming their crowns on January 18 during the 2013 USEF Annual Meeting as part of the 2012 USEF Awards Celebration.
To place your vote for Jennifer Alfano as the 2012 USEF Equestrian of the Year, please visit http://www.usef.org/_IFrames/eoty/. To place your vote for Jersey Boy as the 2012 USEF Horse of the Year, please visit http://www.usef.org/_IFrames/hoty/ and type in your email address to access the voting portal.
This is the first year that Alfano has received the coveted Emerson Burr Trophy, as well as had the honor to claim a place among the eight nominated athletes of the equestrian sport. As a two-time World Champion Hunter Rider in 1996 and 1997, Alfano has nabbed the coveted Leading Hunter Rider Award at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, the National Horse Show and the Ocala HITS winter circuit. She was the Top Grossing Rider with over $400,000 in earnings in 2010, and currently sits second in the USHJA Lifetime Rider Standings with an astounding $299,650 earned in International Hunter Derby winnings, with $70,000 earned in the 2012 year alone. The National Show Hunter Hall of Fame voted Alfano 2009 and 2011 Hunter Rider of the Year.
Together she and Jersey Boy have won the 2012 $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals. Jersey Boy is currently ranked as the Highest Grossing Horse for Lifetime Earnings with an astounding $196,640 in earnings. He won his 21st International Hunter Derby at the $50,000 Chicago International Hunter Derby in September 2012. He has been recognized as the winner of the George H. Morris Perpetual Trophy for three consecutive years, earned the 2011 National Show Hunter Hall of Fame High Performance Horse of the Year and the 2010 USEF Regular Working Hunter Horse of the Year.
Jersey Boy was also recognized as the 2011 National Show Hunter Hall of Fame Horse of the Year, as decided by the most prestigious professionals of the equestrian sport, and was the 2010 USEF Horse of Year. Alfano and Jersey Boy have captured championships throughout the Jacksonville series, HITS Ocala, the Devon Horse Show, the State College Classic, Skidmore College Saratoga Classic, and the Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic. Alfano and Jersey Boy have also captured the first place finish twice in the $25,000 USHJA Devon International Hunter Derby, as well as the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Winter Equestrian Festival.
Based out of Buffalo, NY, SBS Farms’ Susie Schoellkopf and Jennifer Alfano run one of the foremost show hunter training operations in the country, and travel nationwide to compete in the nation’s most prestigious horse shows. SBS Farms, Inc. continues the proud tradition of the Saddle and Bridle Club as one of the top show stables in the northeast. Schoellkopf is also the Executive Director of the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, which houses both The Buffalo Equestrian Center as well as SBS Farms. Built in 1922, the 160-stall facility is a historical landmark, with its unique English Tudor and gothic style architecture. For more information on SBS Farms and the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, please visit www.thebtrc.org.
Kendall Bierer for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International