Harrisburg, Pa. – Oct. 24, 2017 – Jennifer Alfano, head trainer of SBS Farms, Inc. based in Buffalo, New York, returned to her hometown of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, during senior week, Oct. 16–21, at the prestigious Pennsylvania National Horse Show, where she and her own Candid claimed the championship title in the High Performance Conformation Hunter division.
Alfano and “Sheldon” collected blue ribbons in two of the three over fences classes in the division with scores of 88 and 90, and took second place in the other. The pair won the handy with a score of 89 and grabbed fourth place honors in the under saddle portion of competition as well as second place in the model class, earning them enough points to capture the tricolor ribbon.
“[Candid] was so good, I am so excited,” said Alfano. “I was a little nervous. Kristy [Herrera] has still been showing him quite a bit because I love watching her ride him. I have actually only shown him twice this summer and I got nervous about it. Because he is my own horse, it makes it more special but I also get nervous because he is my own. He was so, so good. It is always fun to come home. He loves it here.”
In 2014, Alfano and the 9-year-old Holsteiner gelding also won the Green Conformation Hunter division championship as well as the Grand Hunter Championship title at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show.
Additional SBS Farms horses secured multiple top placings throughout the Pennsylvania National Horse Show with Alfano in the irons including Kindred, owned by Kathy Chiaf, in the Green 3′ Hunter division; Talladega, owned by Sharon O’Neill, in the Green 3’3″ Hunter division; and Girl Crush, owned by Susan Kimberly, in the Green 3’6″ Hunter division.
Alfano and Chiaf’s Kindred also claimed a top 10 finish in the competitive USHJA Green Incentive Stake, earning a score of 84.
The conclusion of the Pennsylvania National Horse Show marks the end of the 2017 competition season for SBS Farms. The team would like to thank all of its amazing clients, owners, sponsors, grooms and staff who have helped make 2017 a huge success!
Next, owner of SBS Farms, Susan Schoellkopf, will be heading to Lexington, Kentucky, to judge the National Horse Show held at the Kentucky Horse Park Oct. 31–Nov. 5, one of the most highly anticipated indoor horse shows of the year. In addition, SBS Farms will be gearing up to attend the 28th annual George Morris clinic at the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center Nov. 10–12 while also preparing for the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida.
SBS Farms, Inc. continues the proud tradition of the Buffalo Saddle and Bridle Club as one of the top show stables in the Northeast. Located in Buffalo, New York, Susan Schoellkopf is 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.