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Jennifer Alfano and Jersey Boy of SBS Farms Win Championship at 2008 Devon Horse Show

Devon, PA - May 29, 2008 - Jennifer Alfano of SBS Farms repeated last year's championship performance at the 2008 Devon Horse Show. This year, she and Jersey Boy, a six-year-old gelding owned by SBS Farms, took the championship in the Second Year Green Working Hunter division.

In his first class ever at Devon, Jersey Boy walked into the ring on Sunday night to compete in the $10,000 ASG/USHJA International Hunter Derby. The class was held later at night under the lights and there was a huge crowd there to watch. Jersey Boy's inexperience in the ring at Devon did not matter, as he galloped to second place after two rounds. There were 20 of the best hunters in the nation in the prestigious class.

"He exceeded my expectations," Alfano said of the talented young horse. "I was a little nervous about him with the lights and the crowd. I thought it might be a little too much for him, but he didn't seem to be bothered by any of it. His second round was unbelievable."

Jersey Boy was first and second in the classes on Tuesday in the Second Year Green Hunters. He won the stake class, which gave him the championship in the division. Alfano won the same division last year at Devon with Rock Star, owned by Bright Star 158 LLC.

Jersey Boy also competed in the Regular Working Hunters and nearly brought home another tricolor. They were second and third in the first two jumping classes, second in the handy class, and third in the stake class.

On the last day of competition, Alfano said, "He was definitely tired, but he tried every time he walked into the ring."

Alfano and owner Susie Schoellkopf of SBS Farms found Jersey Boy a little over a year ago from Louise Serio. At first, Jersey Boy competed in the jumpers, but Alfano found that the hunter classes were easy for him "because he wants to be slow." She added, "It was not a hard transition."

The gelding's success at Devon has made him a great addition to Alfano's string of top hunters, which include Rock Star and Sting, who picked up top ribbons at Devon and huge wins this year, and The Specialist, who finished third in the First Year Green Hunter Stake class. She said of Jersey Boy, "At first, it was hard to get his focus, but now we're seeing a big improvement. He kept his focus and consistency this entire show. He's an incredible talent and has an amazing stride and scope."

Schoellkopf added, "We're keeping Jersey Boy for Jen to show and back up Rock Star. Jersey Boy was the talk of the horse show, and he was so much fun to watch this week."

SBS Farms will compete next at the HITS on the Hudson II Horse Show on June 4-8, 2008.

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



Photo Credit: SBS Farms' Jennifer Alfano and Jersey Boy, Second Year Green Working Hunter champions at the 2008 Devon Horse Show. Photo (C) 2008 Randi Muster. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.

 

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