With the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship and USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Championship in Kentucky only one month away, there's no time for the SBS Farms team to stay out of the saddle as they prepare for these prestigious events. During the Vermont Summer Festival and the Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic, championship tricolors were abundant.
In Vermont, Jennifer Alfano's Candid captured the reserve championship in the Conformation Hunters with Kristy McCormack Hererra, and The Exchange took the reserve tricolor in the First Year Green Working Hunters. Hererra also rode Savannah, owned by Sharon O'Neill, to a strong finish in the Pre-Green Hunters.
The success continued for the SBS Farms team during the Chagrin Hunter Jumper Classic in Ohio. Zoe Schabb competed in the Children’s Pony Hunter division and won two over fences classes and placed third with Lucky Charm, owned by the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center. Her ribbons proved good enough for the Children’s Large Pony Hunter reserve championship.
Fellow barn mate Molly Gfroerer took the Short Stirrup Championship with two first-placed finishes, two thirds and a fourth aboard Top Hat, while Addison Basile and Silver Icing won very good ribbons in the Short Stirrup division. Alicia Heberle and Gunsmoke RHF, owned by Joan Burke, won in the 5-year-old Young Jumpers.
SBS Farms will continue to show throughout the summer, with the next stop being HITS Saugerties in New York.
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.
For more information on the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, please visit www.thebtrc.org.
Special thanks to Phelps Media Group for the press release.