SBS Farms, Inc.
SBS Farms, Inc., leases a section of the barn at The Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center in Buffalo, New York. SBS is one of the top hunter show barns in the country today. Under the direction of Susan B. Schoellkopf and Jennifer Alfano, SBS horses have won six United States Equestrian Federation national titles for Horse of the Year awards.
Each year, SBS transitions to their winter home base in Ocala, Florida, leaving in January and returning in April. During the summer months SBS horses and riders travel throughout the Midwest and on the East Coast, with the fall indoor circuit as the culmination of their show season in October and November.
SBS Farms specializes in preparing horses and riders for the Hunter, Jumper and Equitation show rings. A select group of green and made horses are always available for sale and lease. Please contact us for our latest offerings!
Susan B. Schoellkof
Susie grew up at The Saddle and Bridle Club, and therefore she's committed to continuing the tradition and superior quality service that's been a hallmark of the club. In addition to her involvement with SBS, she's immersed in the equine industry and was inducted into the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame in 2014.
Susie has served as the Executive Director of BTRC since 1990, has been a United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Board Member and served on a variety of committees and task forces. She currently sits on the USEF Drugs and Medication Committee and is chairman of USHJA Zone 2. Susie is also a sought-after USEF R-rated judge and has presided over the best shows in the country. In 2010, Susie became one of the first USHJA-certfied trainers.
She's trained five USEF National Champion horses, including Gabriel, GG Valentine, Big Bad Wolf, Kansas and Jersey Boy. In addition, SBS-trained riders have accomplished major wins in the hunter and equitation ranks, including Stephen Comunale, Lauren Gioia, Kacey McCann, Katherine Newman, Grace Weidner and Luke Olsen.
Of late, Susie may be best known as the owner of Jersey Boy, the three-time USEF Horse of the Year (2009-11) and winner of the 2012 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship. Jersey Boy is the USHJA International Hunter Derby Lifetime Standings money-won leader, with more than $260,000 to his credit as of 2015. He's also a three-time winner of the George H. Morris Perpetual Trophy, awarded to the Leading Horse of the International Hunter Derby Member Event Championship Qualifying Series.
Randi Byrd grew up riding and foxhunting in the mountains of Virginia. As a child, she trained with Sara Baker of Roanoke and competed at local and rated horse shows and was a junior member of the Bedford County Hunt.
Randi attended Hollins University where she earned her B.A. in Business. While at Hollins, she trained with Sandy Gerald and Claudia Roland. She was captain of Hollins’ equestrian team for three years, a member of the IHSA team and competed at the IHSA Nationals twice, a member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) championship team in 2017, and was named Hollins’ Sportswoman of the Year in 2018.
While in college, she enjoyed spending her time freelance grooming for trainers at Virginia area horse shows. She also had several working student internships, including ones with DFG Stables and SBS Farms. She’s been working full time for SBS Farms since college graduation in May of 2018.
Working student Emma Walters is a senior at Lancaster High School in Lancaster, New York. She’s been riding with Susie Schoellkopf for seven years. Emma started as a student in the Buffalo Equestrian Center where she took lessons.
When she started high school, she was elected captain and president of the Buffalo Equestrian IEA team and has held those responsibilities ever since. Two years ago, Susie gave Emma the opportunity to become her working student, and she started in April of 2017.
Emma’s show ring resume is impressive and includes Junior Hunter championships from the HITS Ocala Winter circuit to the 2018 National Horse Show in Kentucky.
“This (2019) is my last junior year and year of high school, and I look forward to my future at SBS Farms,” said Emma.