SBS Farms Claim Top Ribbons at HITS Ocala VI

SBS Farms, Inc., continued their domination in the hunter rings this week at HITS Ocala. Jennifer Alfano consistently put in outstanding trips on several different horses to garner top ribbons in numerous sections.

Jersey Boy, who has already amassed an incredible show record, added another championship ribbon. He proved unstoppable on his way to the High Performance Working Hunter title, sweeping all four over fences classes.   

 Jennifer Alfano and Jersey Boy

Jennifer Alfano and Jersey Boy

Candid has continued to impress in the Green Hunter sections. The gelding proved himself a top First Year horse last year, claiming the Grand Hunter Championship at the Pennsylvania National and reserve in the Green Conformation at the National Horse Show. Beginning what's sure to be a stellar year, Candid was champion of the Second Year Green Hunters.

Social Hill earned the reserve championship in the Green Conformation Hunters, proving once again that consistency was key. He claimed good ribbons in each of his classes. Social Hill has now clinched the championship during Week V and many top ribbons during week IV.

Alex Trolli illustrated that she's able to stand her own and then some while competing in one of the largest hunter classes Ocala has to offer. In the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix, she claimed second aboard her longtime mount Hey Sailor and finished seventh on Del Piero, out of a field of 40 entries. The talented young rider who competes in the 3'3" Junior Hunter section rode to the top of one of the classes on her own Del Piero and picked up a third and other good ribbons on Hey Sailor.

SweetWater and Kathy Chiaf topped the Adult Hunter section after winning two of the over fences classes and earning good ribbons in the other classes. The team also showed excellence in the equitation ring, claiming the reserve championship ribbon in the Adult Equitation, 46 and Over, section.

Castle, ridden by Alfano and owned by Sharon O’Neill, caught the judge’s eye to claim the win in the High/Low Hunter over fences class on Tuesday.

Based out of Buffalo, New York, SBS Farms' Susie Schoellkopf and Jennifer Alfano run one of the foremost show hunter training operations in the country, and travel nationwide. 

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.

Press release courtesy of Phelps Media Group International.