Kacey McCann Wins 15 Year Old Equitation Championship
Upper Marlboro, MD – October 5, 2006 – At the Capital Challenge Horse Show this week, two riders from SBS Farms Inc. won tricolor ribbons. Rider/trainer Jennifer Alfano of Buffalo, NY, rode Quality Time for Laura Wasserman and trainer Archie Cox to the reserve championship in the Green Conformation Hunters. Kacey McCann of Palmyra, PA, won the 15 Year Old Equitation Championship at the first weekend of the horse show. McCann trains at SBS Farms Inc. with Alfano and Susie Schoellkopf.
Alfano has only ridden Quality Time at one other horse show, but this is their second tricolor ribbon together. Quality Time made the trip from California to show at the indoor circuit of horse shows this fall on the East Coast. Trainer Archie Cox knew that Alfano did not have a Green Conformation horse this year, and he thought they would be a successful pair. In the division this week, Alfano rode Quality Time to two second place ribbons, a third, and a fourth for the reserve championship. Quality Time also picked up a first and a third in the Second Year Green Hunters.
“He is so much fun to ride,” Alfano expressed. “He never does anything wrong. He’s pretty much the same wherever you take him. He’s an amazing jumper, and he jumps every fence the same. He really is a great horse.”
Alfano rode another Cox-trained horse, Clockwork, for Old Oak Farm out of California. In the Regular Conformation Hunters, they won an over fences and got an additional four third place ribbons in the division.
Alfano rode in seven hunter divisions at Capital Challenge this year and took home ribbons in every one of them. “All of the horses were good,” Alfano acknowledged. “I was so pleased with everybody.” Her situation as a rider this year was somewhat different. “I’ve gone to indoors before with just one horse, and I think it’s harder,” she said with a laugh. “It sort of worked out this year with my horses and Archie’s horses. It’s nice to have a lot to show here. I think it’s easier when you have more horses.”
In the First Year Green Hunters, she and Rock Star, owned by Bright Star 158 LLC, won an over fences class and were fourth in the Stake class. She and the famous GG Valentine picked up ribbons in four classes of the Regular Working Hunters. Riding Brighton, another Bright Star 158 LLC-owned entry, Alfano was second in the under saddle and third over fences in the Future Hunter TB/TB Cross division. In the Future Hunter Mares division, Alfano rode Helen Lenahan’s Violets Are Blue to a second place and two additional ribbons.
McCann proved her equitation skills when she rode two different horses to the championship in the 15 Year Old Equitation division. On Comanche, she finished second over fences, and on Marcellus, she was first in the under saddle. She and Marcellus also came in third in the Monarch International/Show Circuit Magazine Equitation Under Saddle Class. “I love doing Marcellus in the flat classes,” McCann remarked. “He’s over 17 hands high and black, so he’s really an eye-catcher!”
McCann rode in the over fences class in the indoor arena. “Comanche was so good for his first indoor show,” McCann related. “I was so proud of him. The course was not too long, but it wasn’t easy, that’s for sure.”
Capital Challenge offers a different format for equitation than most shows and splits division by the rider’s age in years. “It’s cool that they split it up,” McCann explained. “There are still so many people in each division. There were a lot of good riders in my age group, and it was tough competition.”
McCann used the equitation classes here to prepare for the three equitation finals that she will compete in over the following weeks: the USEF/Pessoa Hunt Seat Medal Finals at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show (PNHS), the WIHS Equitation Classic at the Washington International Horse Show, and the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship National Championship at the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament.
“This definitely helps prepare me. I did well this summer in classes, but they were outside in big rings. Here, there are so many jumps in such a small area. That really helps me know how my horse will be in the upcoming weeks,” McCann asserted.
McCann will show this weekend at the Capital Challenge in the junior hunter divisions as well. She will ride Fernwalk in the Small Junior 15 & Under Hunters and Chloe Z in the Large Junior 15 & Under Hunters for trainer Don Stewart Jr. of Ocala, FL.
Alfano will continue competition at PNHS with Quality Time, Clockwork, GG Valentine, and Rock Star. PNHS runs from October 12-21, 2006, in Harrisburg, PA.
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Photo Credit: Kacey McCann, 15 Year Old Equitation Champion at Capital Challenge, on Marcellus. Photo © 2006 Kathy Russell for James Leslie Parker.
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