State College, PA – July 2, 2013 -The 2013 State College Classic saw a tremendous victory from SBS Farms, Inc. last week. Jennifer Alfano dominated the professional divisions with her top mounts, as well as securing the first place award in the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby with Jersey Boy. The team at SBS Farms also took home top ribbons across the board in the children’s and adult hunter and equitation divisions.
The field of derby contenders at the 2013 State College Classic were all well prepared for the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, but Alfano and Jersey Boy had their eyes set on the victory. They laid down a beautiful first round score to take the lead, and their momentum proved unstoppable as they moved into the handy round-Jersey Boy’s forte. It was the dynamic duo that led the victory gallop once the scores were tabulated. Alfano also rode Rose Hill to the sixth place position with two fantastic rounds.
Another highlight of the week at the State College Classic was when Alfano’s very own Candid rose to the top of the leader board in the Pre-Green Incentive Stake. They just recently came off of the Pre-Green Incentive Stake victory during the Country Heir Horse Show in Lexington, KY. Candid is the exemplary Pre-Green Incentive Program horse, acting as an example of the time and dedication that goes into encouraging the development of pre-green horses. Alfano also showed Candid to the Pre-Green Hunter Reserve Championship with an array of impressive ribbons.
In the First Year Green Working Hunters, Billie Steffee’s Maggie May stole the spotlight with Alfano in the spotlight. They were awarded a first, two seconds and a third over fences, as well as the first place in the under saddle, securing them the division’s championship.
Also riding to the championship was Chasin the Red, owned by Joe Alfano, in the Thoroughbred Hunters. Jennifer rode the thoroughbred to two blue ribbons and the second place over fences. She also showcased Chasin the Red to the fourth place position in the under saddle to claim the championship.
The success did not stop there for SBS Farms as Alex Trolli took the Children’s 15-17 Hunter Reserve Championship aboard Del Piero, owned by Doreen Tobin. They nabbed the second and fourth place ribbons in the over fences, as well as riding to the third place in the NAL/WIHS/M&S Children’s Hunter Classic. Jennifer Basile and Rasputin rode to the fourth place in the Ariat/Farnam Adult Medal, also taking good ribbons in the Adult Amateur 36 & Over Hunters.
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.
Photo Credit: Jennifer Alfano and Jersey Boy secured the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby victory at the State College Classic. The pair has shown consistency throughout the years, and will return to the $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals to defend their title as champions in Lexington, KY, this August. Photo By: Jessica Nemzoff. This photo many only be used in relation to this Phelps Media Group press release.