Moreland Hills, OH – July 24, 2012 – SBS Farms proved unstoppable for the second week of the Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic. Jennifer Alfano guided the talented Maggie May to the High Pre-Green Reserve Championship, as well as earning numerous championships aboard other top mounts. Luke Olsen rode to the top of the Large Junior 16-17 Hunters, Jessica Litfin rode Serenade to the top of the standings in the Ariat Medal, and Emma Bergqvist dominated the Children’s 14 and Under Hunter division.
Maggie May, owned by Billie Steffee, continued her success in the High Pre-Green Hunters. The young mare was awarded the first, second, third and fourth place ribbons over fences, as well as the first place ribbon in the under saddle. Alfano and Maggie May were awarded the division’s reserve championship.
“Maggie May was very good throughout the second week,” Alfano explained. “She has improved so much, and her consistency is wonderful. She really went beautifully.”
Alfano continued to earn the championship tricolors in the hunter ring with Bolero, owned by Marigot Bay, LLC. In the Performance 3’3” Working Hunters, the duo took the championship win, sweeping the division and riding to all blues. Alfano also rode Danny Robertshaw’s Lions Paw to the Conformation Hunter Reserve Championship.
In the High Performance/Second Year Working Hunters, Montenegro, owned by B & B Ltd., caught the judges’ eyes. With Alfano in the irons, Montenegro took the reserve championship with the first, second and two thirds over fences, and the second place in the under saddle. They also earned the Low Hunter Championship with the first and second place finish over fences. Jersey Boy also took top honors in the High Performance Hunters, winning two over fences, and taking the third place finish in the under saddle.
“All of the horses went great this week,” Alfano described. “Chagrin was our first show together, and I had only ridden him two days prior. He went great! He is a really fun horse to ride, and his canter is very smooth. He has a good jump, and definitely has what it takes.”
The success did not stop there for Montenegro. Luke Olsen guided the gelding to the first, second and third place ribbons over fences in the Large Junior 16-17 Hunters. They also earned the third place finish in the under saddle. The pair was awarded the championship honors. Olsen also rode Dragon, owned by Redfield Farm, to the third place finish in the Platinum Performance/ USEF Show Jumping Talent Search.
Jessica Litfin aboard Serenade took the first place in the Ariat National Adult Medal. She also earned good ribbons in the Adult Amateur 18-35 Hunters. Emma Bergqvist picked up the third place ribbon in the THIS Insurance National Children’s Medal aboard I M Superlative. They also dominated the Children’s 14 and Under Hunters, winning two seconds, the third, and the fourth over fences. They also earned the fourth place for their efforts in the flat. They were awarded for their talent, earning the division’s reserve championship. Katherine Karrer and Contifax took good ribbons in the Amateur-Owner 3’3” Hunters, earning the first place over fences, as well as pinning third in the under saddle.
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.