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Ellen Toon and Invincible Presented Automation-Model Cadet Memorial Perpetual Trophy

Syracuse, NY - October 29, 2008 - Today kicked off the first of five days of competition for the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament featuring the 125th National Horse Show. The show is held at the Oncenter Complex in downtown Syracuse and will run through November 2.

The professional hunter and amateur owner divisions competed for ribbons following the National Open Jumper class. In the Amateur Owner 35 and Over division, South Salem, NY, based Ellen Toon and her horse Invincible were awarded two first place ribbons. Toon rides with JT Farm, led by trainer/rider Jimmy Toon. JT Farm has two locations in South Salem, NY, and Wellington, FL.

"The course was really good today. It is a smaller ring so the jumps come up a little bit faster, but the jumps were just beautiful," said Toon. "He was a little up, but not bad. He is so easy to ride. I don't like to show two weeks in a row so I flatted him all last week."

In addition to the top prize they were also honored with The Automation-Model Cadet Memorial Perpetual Trophy for the overall best round in the first two classes of the amateur owners.

"He has really figured it out this year; it's easy for him. He knows what his job is and doesn't make it any harder," praised Toon.

Jennifer Alfano was on point today and took home top honors in two divisions of the professional hunters. Riding and training for Susie Schoellkopf and SBS Farms, Inc., Alfano piloted Jersey Boy to the win in the Green Working Hunters.

"I went first in the class and the course rode very nicely. Jersey Boy was awesome," said Alfano. "He is very comfortable here. He likes the ring and he was really good. I prepared the same as I always do. I rode him this morning and he was ready to go. He is pretty easy to get ready."

Aboard Sting, owned by Helen Lenahan, Alfano rode to her second blue ribbon of the day in the Regular Conformation Hunters. She was also second in the Regular Working Hunters.

"It was wonderful. The footing feels great and the course rides great as well. So far everything feels really nice," said Alfano.

Keri Kampsen was the best of the Regular Working Hunters. She was riding Exupery, who is owned by Stephen Borders.

"He is the most beautifully broke horse I have ever gotten the opportunity to ride. His wife is a beautiful dressage rider. They have done all the work, and I just got the glory today," said Kampsen.

Kampsen continued, "He is the lightest horse on his feet that I have ever ridden. He always knows where he is. Last year he jumped over the top of the standards and this year he has finally leveled out a little bit. The horse show has been great so far. The footing has been wonderful to ride in."

Moving on to the Amateur Owner 18-35 division, Stephanie Riggio rode her horse Indian Summer to the win. Riggio picked up a second place ribbon in the second class as well.

"It is exciting to be here for the National Horse Show. I am so excited we decided to come here. It is very glitzy and sparkly out there," said Riggio. "The banners and jumps are just beautiful; I feel like horses are jumping so well because the jumps are so impressive. There is a lot for them to look at. My horses really rose to the challenge and jumped really well today."

Scott Stewart picked up winning ribbons of his own today as well. He was first in the Green Conformation Hunters aboard mount Ovation. He also won the Regular Conformation Hunter Model class with Music Street, owned by Krista and Alexa Weisman. Ken Berkley and Sambolino, owned by Gina Day, were first in the Green Conformation Hunter Model.

Highlights for tomorrow include the conclusion of the professional and amateur owner hunters, and the junior hunters begin showing. Following the hunters, jumpers compete in the Amateur Owner Speed classes. In the evening, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., will be the Pasmore Cup, Regular Working Hunter Stake, and the Atlas Fence class.

For more information and to view full results, please visit http://www.SyracuseInvitational.com



Photo Credit: Ellen Toon and Invincible, who were presented with the Automation-Model Memorial Perpetual Trophy. Photo (C) 2008 Jenny Underwood/PMG. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.

 

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