Published February 24, 2015
SBS Farms, Inc. continued their domination in the hunter rings this week at HITS Ocala. Jennifer Alfano consistently put in outstanding trips on several different horses to garner top ribbons in numerous divisions.
Jersey Boy, who has already amassed an incredible show record, has added another championship ribbon from a very competitive division. He proved unstoppable this week, claiming the championship ribbon in the High Performance Working Hunters. The copper chestnut gelding swept all four over fences classes on his way to the division title.
Candid has begun the start of what is sure to be an incredible career. The gelding has already proven himself to be a top hunter as a First Year horse, claiming the Grand Hunter Championship at the Pennsylvania National and reserve in the Green Conformation at the National Horse Show. Beginning what is sure to be a stellar year, Candid was champion of the Second Year Green Hunters.
Social Hill was reserve champion in the Green Conformation Hunters, proving once again that consistency was key, claiming good ribbons in each of his classes. This horse has proven to be quite competitive on the HITS Ocala circuit, having clinched the championship during Week V and many top ribbons during week IV.
Alex Trolli illustrated that she is able to stand her own and then some while competing in one of the largest hunter classes Ocala has to offer. In the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix, she claimed a second aboard her long time mount on Hey Sailor and finished seventh on Del Piero, out of a large field of 40. The talented young rider who competes in the Junior 3’3″ Hunter division rode to the top of one of the classes on her own Del Piero. Trolli picked up a third and other good ribbons on Hey Sailor.
SweetWater and Kathy Chiaf was the Adult Hunter champion. The pair rose to the top of the ranks in two of the over fences classes and garnered good ribbons in the other classes on the way to the championship. The team also showed excellence in the equitation ring, claiming the reserve championship ribbon in the Adult Equitation 46 and Over.
Castle, ridden by Alfano and owned by Sharon O’Neill, caught the judge’s eye to claim the win in the High/Low Hunter over fences class on Tuesday.
Based out of Buffalo, NY, 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 SBS Farms and the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, please visit www.thebtrc.org.