SBS Farms, Inc., kicked off their Florida tour with an array of tricolors during HITS IV Ocala Winter Festival.
It was the young Alex Trolli who stood out as the superstar of SBS Farms. She concluded the Junior 3’3” Hunter section by riding Hey Sailor to the championship and Del Piero to the reserve championship.
Trolli has made her presence known in the hunters the past year. During the USHJA Zone 2 Hunter Finals last fall, she captured the Children’s Hunter Horse, 15-17, Reserve Championship with Hey Sailor, owned by the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center. The talented young rider concluded the Finals as second in the year-end standings with Hey Sailor and sixth with Del Piero, owned by Doreen Toben.
During the Junior 3’3” Hunters, Trolli worked with trainer Alicia Heberle and earned two blue ribbons over fences and second in the under saddle with Hey Sailor. Aboard Del Piero, she earned first- and third-placed awards over fences and won the under saddle.
Professional hunter rider Jennifer Alfano returned to the show scene with the bay Brandenberger mare Maggie May, owned by Billie Steffee. They earned the High Performance Hunter Reserve Championship, with first- and third-placed finishes over fences. This is the first year that Maggie May has competed in the HITS Ocala series as a High Performance horse, and already she's showing her prowess. Alfano also earned the Pre-Green Hunter Reserve Championship with Castle, owned by Sharon O’Neill.
SBS Farms was at the top of the hunter leaderboard throughout the professional hunter divisions with Alfano riding Social Hill, Me Again, owned by Helen Lenahan, and her own Candid to top ribbons.
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 to compete.
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.
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