SBS Farms, Inc. kicked off their summer show season during the first week of the Aiken Charity Horse Show and came back strong for the second week of competition. Jennifer Alfano and her talented team of horses and riders hail from Buffalo, New York, and will return with ample prizes from their two-week stay in South Carolina.
Alfano has been a long-time supporter of the USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Program, which was created in support of the development of younger, Pre-Green horses. The program is what brought Alfano to two of her top horses, Savannah and Girl Crush.
Girl Crush, owned by Helen Lenahan, competed with Alfano in the $1,000 USHJA Pre-Green Incentive stake, earning a second-placed finish amongst a field of 14 competitors. Alfano also competed Girl Crush in the Pre-Green 3'3 Hunters, earning a first, second and third. The pair ended as the reserve champions for the section.
Savannah, owned by Sharon O'Neill, has been a reliable mount for Alfano in the show ring throughout the winter and spring months. Alfano and Savannah competed in the Pre-Green 3' Hunters and received a second, third, and two fourths.
Alfano returned to the derby classes with her seasoned mounts Miss Lucy and Maggie May. Competing in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, Alfano placed eighth overall with Maggie May and 12th with Miss Lucy. In the Performance Working Hunter division, Alfano rode Sweetwater to second- and third-placed finishes.
Kathy Chiaf also rode Sweetwater and competed in the Adult Amateur, 50 and over, section. Chiaf and Sweetwater received first, second, third and fourth, and finished with the championship. Another championship for the SBS Farms team came from Barbara Britt and her horse Rio Viva. Britt and Rio Viva earned first, second, third, and fourth in the Low Adult Hunters, closing out the show with the championship rosette.
Based out of Buffalo, New York, SBS Farms, Inc.'s Susie Schoellkopf and Jennifer Alfano run one of the foremost show hunter training operations in the country, and travel nationwide to compete in the 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, Inc. Built in 1922, the 160-stall facility is a historical landmark, with its unique English Tudor and Gothic-style architecture.
For more information on the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, please visit: www.thebtrc.org.
Special thanks to Phelps Media Group for the press release.