SBS Farms has packed their trunks and is leaving Texas after three weeks of impressive performances, including two weeks of competition at Pin Oak and one week of competition at the Spring Gathering Horse Show, held at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas.
Professional rider and trainer Jennifer Alfano rode an outstanding group of hunters to consistently impressive trips, always catching the judges' eyes to earn the top marks and tricolors.
Billie Steffee's Maggie May claimed the High Performance Working Hunter Circuit Championship from the competition, with nearly a clean sweep of the section during Spring Gathering. The Brandenberger mare finished first in all but one class, pinning second in the handy. Maggie May also finished seventh overall in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Dietrich Insurance & Charles Owen. She collected the circuit's High-Score Award for the High Performance Working Hunters.
Helen Lenahan's Me Again had an impressive list of results, finishing second, third and fourth over fences and claiming a third place finish in the stake class in the First Year Green Hunter section. The Dutch Warmblood gelding was also third in the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby. Alfano also rode her own Candid to first place finish after two impressive rounds in the USHJA National Hunter Derby, besting a competitive field of 41.
Alfano's newest horse Miramar was first in two of the over fences classes in the Performance 3'6" Hunters. The team claimed the Performance 3'6" Hunter Circuit Championship and High-Score Award, as well as getting good ribbons in the USHJA International Hunter Derby.
Jersey Boy claimed the top spot in the first round of the USHJA International Hunter Derby, but an unfortunate rail in the second round knocked him down to 12th overall.
Next In Line, owned by Nancy Merritt, brought home two seconds in the 3'3" Performance Hunter over fences and won the handy class. The pair also finished fourth in the USHJA National Hunter Derby.
Barbara Kearney's Heartbreaker had good ribbons in the Pre-Green 3' Hunter division, including a second over fences.
Castle, owned by Sharon O'Neill, was third during the Pre-Green 3'3" Hunters over fences and took the second place under saddle. He improved upon his ribbons from last week and was second in the $15,000 Texas Pre-Green Super Stake, besting his efforts during the USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Stake to capture the win.
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 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.
Special thanks to Phelps Media Group for the press release.