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Jennifer Alfano Wins Multiple Championships at HITS-on-the-Hudson IV

Saugerties, NY - SBS Farms attended the fourth HITS-on-the-Hudson horse show of the year on July 25-29, 2007, and professional rider and trainer Jennifer Alfano of Buffalo, NY, came away with the lion's share of prizes in the hunter divisions.

In the First Year Green Working Hunters, Alfano rode Violets Are Blue for owner Helen Lenahan to the win in three out of five classes in the division for the championship. Although the talented mare is only five-years-old, Alfano said she "is really coming into her own lately." She added, "She started out greener this year and in the Pre-Green Hunters, but she has moved up and is really doing well. You forget that she's that young; she doesn't act like it."

In the Regular Working Hunters, Alfano swept the division prizes. She was champion on Bright Star 158 LLC's Rock Star, who won all five classes. She was reserve champion on Jersey Boy, owned by SBS Farms. Jersey Boy is another young horse at only five years of age, but Alfano sees great capacity in the gelding. "We bought him at the end of last year, and we didn't know what to show him in," Alfano recalled. "He has so much scope that I rode him in the Level 4 Jumpers and the Five Year Old Young Jumper classes. He jumped in such beautiful form there that we decided to try him in the hunters. He's really good at either one, so we don't know yet where we'll focus our attention with him."

Champion in the Green Conformation Hunters was SBS Farms' Sting, who won four out of six classes. Alfano has been riding Sting for only four months, but they have had their share of victories together already. He moved up to the 3'6" divisions at the Atlanta spring shows. "He has been incredibly consistent since then," Alfano noted.

Alfano's last championship of the week came on Magnolia, who is also owned by Bright Star 158 LLC. The pretty mare won three out five classes for the tricolor in the Pre-Green Hunters.

SBS Farms will show next at the fifth HITS-on-the-Hudson horse show, from August 1-5, 2007.

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

Photo Credit: Rock Star and Jennifer Alfano, Regular Working Hunter champions at HITS-on-the-Hudson IV. Photo (C) 2007 Lili Weik.


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