Wilmington, Ohio – Oct. 31, 2017 – Fresh off his championship in the High Performance Conformation Hunter division just one week ago at the 2017 Pennsylvania National Horse Show, Candid, owned and shown by SBS Farms, Inc. head trainer Jennifer Alfano, traveled to the World Equestrian Center Invitational in Ohio and added another championship win to his name in the Conformation 3’6″/3’9″ Hunter division.
Alfano and the 9-year-old Holsteiner gelding, also known as “Sheldon” in the barn, clinched the tricolor after securing five blue ribbons throughout the division and finishing in fourth place in the handy.
Five years ago Alfano purchased Candid for the USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Program. She saw a horse with the capacity to climb the ranks and become one of the industry’s best. Together the pair have exceeded all expectations as he journeys up the hunter pipeline.
“Jennifer and Candid are a great team; it’s so nice,” said SBS Farms owner Susie Schoellkopf. “She has done all of the work on him and has brought him along from Pre-Green to now. I don’t think there are many professionals who have done that, so it’s a feather in her cap.”
Alfano also rode Sharon O’Neill’s Talladega and Susan Kimberly’s Girl Crush to reserve championship wins in the Green 3’3″ Hunter division and Performance 3’3″ Hunter division.
O’Neill’s Miss Lucy returned to the show ring in top form with Alfano once again as well, claiming two blue ribbons in the over fences and handy rounds of the High Performance Hunter division.
Next, 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.