Buffalo, NY – July 11, 2011 – SBS Farms had an excellent week of competition at the I Love New York Horse Show in Lake Placid, NY from July 5-10, 2011. Trainer Susie Schoellkopf and professional rider Jennifer Alfano led all of the horses and students to top ribbons in their respective divisions. Alfano had a successful week of competition earning multiple tricolors and top ribbons with several different mounts. Alfano and Miss Lucy swept the Second Year Green Working Hunter Division, earning the championship honors and secured the Grand Hunter Championship title.
Alfano kicked off the week earning blue ribbons in all five classes of the Second Year Green Working Hunter Division with Miss Lucy. Alfano and Helen Lenahan’s Miss Lucy garnered the championship prize for their impressive rounds throughout the division and the duo was presented with the Grand Hunter Championship title. Alfano also finished in the top ten during the USHJA National Hunter Derby with Miss Lucy. Susie Schoellkopf’s Jersey Boy took home the reserve championship honors in the High Performance Working Hunter Division with Alfano in the irons. The pair picked up two blue ribbons, a red ribbon, and two yellow ribbons throughout the division.
“Miss Lucy was great. She went really well all week. She was really nice and relaxed and just went really well,” noted Alfano. “The division was huge but she went so well she would have won no matter how many were in it, I think. Jersey Boy was also really good this week and just went great.”
The success continued for Alfano, earning the championship honors in the First Year Green Working Hunter Division with her mount Michigan Avenue. The duo earned three first place ribbons, a second place ribbon, and a third place ribbon to secure the championship title. Alfano also took home a reserve championship tricolor with Billie Steffee’s Gilden in the First Green Working Hunter Division.
During I Love New York Horse Show, Alfano piloted SBS Farms’ newest mount, In The Know, to a first and second place finish over fences in the Pre-Green Hunter division.
“In The Know is great. This is only my second horse show with him. He is still pretty green, but the first day he was a little green and then the second day he was great. I am really excited about him. I think he is going to be really nice,” commented Alfano. “I have had Michigan Avenue for a couple of months. I was really thrilled with him. I am getting to know him we were champion. He went really well and we are starting to figure each other out.”
Madison Bryman took home the blue in the Children’s 15-17 Jumpers with Tulip, owned by Redfield Farm. Bryman and Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center’s Serato took home the third place honors in the ASPCA Maclay, and she is now qualified to compete during the Maclay Regional Finals.
Sara Rimmler was also consistently earning top ribbons in the Children’s 14 & Under Working Hunter Horse Division with Rio’s Reflection.
SBS Farms next stop will be in Chagrin Falls, Ohio to show at Chagrin Valley Farms Horse Show for two weeks. Alfano and the team will compete in their respective divisions with their top mounts.
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. Adding to their numerous accolades, Schoellkopf and Alfano both recently received prestigious awards; Schoellkopf was presented with the USHJA Presidents Distinguished Service Award, while Alfano was the highest grossing Hunter Rider in the country, as she earned over $400,000 last year.
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