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Jennifer Alfano and Rock Star Take the Blue at Kentucky Spring Horse Show

Lexington, KY - May 8, 2008 - The Kentucky Spring Horse Show, currently underway at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, offered varying weather to the competing hunters on days one and two. The first day of competition brought sunny skies, and classes were held in the Stonelea Arena. The second day was cold and rainy, so the professional hunter divisions were moved to the Indoor Arena.

Jennifer Alfano and Bright Star 158's Rock Star brought the pressure in the Regular Working Hunters after winning both over fences on day one. They continued their winning streak today, capturing both wins over fences once again to take home the championship. Tracy Sheriff's Federal Hill took reserve in the Regular Working Hunters with Haven Schatt, of Ramsey, NJ, in the irons.

"Rocky is always good; I can always count on him. I ride him everyday, and he still amazes me," smiled Alfano. Even with the change in venue, she was confident her horse would do well. "That's one thing with him I never have to worry about," she explained. "I can pull him out of the stall and take him in any ring, anywhere."

Rock Star's owner, Jennifer Burger of Bright Star 158, of Buffalo, NY, was thrilled with their incredible performance. "I'm excited every time he goes in the ring and every time he wins a class. It never fades or is less of a feeling. It's just magnificent," she laughed. "I always dreamed of having a special horse, and I'm enjoying every minute of it because I think it's happening right now."

With 32 entries, the First Year Green Hunters provided plenty of competition. Tim Goguen came out on top with 5-year-old Breathtaking, owned by Paula Polk Lillard, of Lake Forest, IL. Penny Lombardo and Bring It On, owned by Ellen St. John of Delray Beach, FL, followed them with the reserve championship. Although the change of venue was more trying on the First Years, they competed with confidence.

The Green Conformation Hunter Championship went to Tasty and Terry Brown of Canton, GA, while Jennifer Alfano and Helen Lenahan's Sting were reserve. Alfano resides in Buffalo, NY. Haven Schatt, on Tracy Sheriff's Lavari, followed in the Second Year Green Hunters to earn the championship ribbon. The reserve tricolor went to Jennifer Alfano and SBS Farm's Jersey Boy.

The Kentucky Spring Horse Show will continue with the Junior Hunters tomorrow and the Amateur-Owner Hunters over the weekend at the Kentucky Horse Park. The Kentucky Spring Classic will be held next week from May 14-18, 2008, with more hunter championships to be awarded.

Photo: Jennifer Alfano and Rock Star, champions of the Regular Working Hunter division at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show. Photo (C) 2008 Rebecca Walton. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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