SBS Farms is off to a great start for the 2017 winter show season, and they show no signs of slowing down. Riders traveled from Buffalo, New York, to the sunny state of Florida for the HITS III Ocala Premiere, never missing in a beat in the show ring.
Kristy Herrera joined the SBS team in Ocala this week and started off her winter season with a bang, bringing home multiple tricolors. Two first-placed finishes over fences and a third place under saddle brought home the championship for Herrera and Jennifer Alfano's Candid in the Conformation Hunter section.
Herrera continued her winning ways aboard Helen Lenahan's Miss Lucy with a reserve championship in the High Performance Hunter section. Herrera and Miss Lucy won the 2016 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship together and are certainly a combination to watch this winter.
In the 3'6" Green Hunters, Herrera and Helen Lenahan's Girl Crush never strayed from the top three. The pair placed second in the over fences and handy classes and third in the under saddle. SBS Farms' Assistant Trainer Alicia Heberle fared well in the Green Hunter section as well aboard Jennifer Alfano's Kensi. Heberle and Kathy Chiaf's Silver Lining placed in the top ten in the division as well.
For the second week in a row, Michael Williamson and David Steffee's Maggie May claimed the Large Junior Hunter section championship.
Down in Wellington, SBS also found success as Paige Kouimanis and Lexus were champions in the Adult Amateur, 18-35, Jumper section.
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.