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SBS Farms' Jennifer Alfano and South Beach Score Third Consecutive Tricolor

Ocala, FL - March 2, 2009 - At the fourth week of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, Jennifer Alfano of SBS Farms was yet again a force to be reckoned with in the professional hunter divisions. She won two championships and a reserve championship for SBS Farms, which is led by Alfano and head trainer Susie Schoellkopf of Buffalo, NY. SBS Farms is based at the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center in Buffalo, NY.

For the third week in a row, Alfano and South Beach, owned by Bright Star 158 LLC and Jennifer Burger, won a tricolor in the Cismont Manor Conformation Hunter division. While they were reserve champions the past two weeks, they moved up to dominate the division for the championship this week.

Alfano and South Beach won the model class, two over fences classes, the handy hunter class, and the under saddle for the championship.

On Kid Rock, another Bright Star-owned horse, Alfano was reserve champion in the First Year Green Hunters. They won two over fences classes, were third in the handy hunter class, and fifth in the under saddle.

Kid Rock is six years old and has been at SBS Farms for a year and a half. Alfano and Schoellkopf found the talented grey gelding through Emil Spadone, and he was only "trotting little jumps" when they got him. Kid Rock and Alfano competed in the Pre-Green Hunters last year, and Alfano noted, "He's just coming into his own this year and putting it together. He gets better every week."

The mandatory handy hunter courses for the hunter divisions are new this year. For Alfano, it is a welcome change of pace, and she enjoys riding in the classes. Alfano has made her niche in the USHJA International Hunter Derby classes, which incorporates many of the same elements as a handy hunter course. She and Rock Star are currently leading the national standings.

For the younger horses starting out in the 3'6" divisions, the handy hunter courses could be more difficult, but Alfano said that Kid Rock and South Beach have had no problems with them. She related, "Both are really great about it. From the very first class, I went for it and did all of the turns and everything. They both seem to like it. I think they will be prepared and very competitive for the derby classes eventually."

Alfano's third tricolor of the week came on Jersey Boy, owned by SBS Farms, in the Regular Working Hunters. They won three over fences classes and were fourth in the remaining two classes for the championship in the division.

Sara Rimmler of Buffalo, NY, was also a champion this week. She rode Cumberland Blues, owned by Abby O'Mara, in the Equitation 11 and Under division. They were first, first, and second over fences and won the under saddle class for the championship.

Rimmler's horse for the division was leased and was a new ride for her. Alfano noted, "We were very excited for her. She had never ridden the horse before, so she did a great job."

SBS Farms will compete next at the fifth week of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit on March 3-8, 2009.

For more information on SBS Farms, please visit http://www.thebtrc.org.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Alfano and South Beach were the Cismont Manor Conformation Hunter champions at HITS Ocala Week Four. Photo 2009 Lili Weik. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.


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