Lexington, KY - May 14, 2009 - Kentucky Horse Shows LLC hosted the second day of competition for the Kentucky Spring Classic today as their spring horse show series continues. Although it rained most of the day at the Kentucky Horse Park, the professional hunter divisions were able to compete without interruption thanks to the excellent all-weather Otto Sport footing in the Stonelea Ring. The Kentucky Spring Classic will run through this Sunday, May 17, 2009.
SBS Farms' rider and trainer Jennifer Alfano won two championships and two reserve championships during today's professional hunter divisions. Alfano showed in the Regular Conformation Hunters and won the championship tricolor with Sting, owned by Helen Lenahan. She rode Kid Rock, owned by Bright Star 158, LLC, to the reserve championship tricolor in the First Year Green Hunters, and would get both her second championship, as well as her second reserve championship wins in the Regular Working Hunters. Alfano won the division championship with Jersey Boy, owned by SBS Farms, Inc., and was awarded the reserve championship with Rockstar, owned by Bright Star 158, LLC.
Alfano, of Buffalo, NY, has not shown since the end of the Florida show circuit in March, so her horses have had some time off and were fresh and ready to show this week. "Jersey Boy was really good. He was a little frisky today, but he jumped great," Alfano smiled. "Even when he is being a little fresh or a little goofy he always jumps perfect; his jumping style is just amazing."
Alfano's first championship win today came on Sting in the Regular Conformation Hunters. She was very proud of how well the nine-year-old gelding showed over both days of competition since he has had a lot of time off. "Sting was great. He didn't do a lot in Florida and I thought that this week he jumped amazing," she stated. "I was really, really happy with him."
Katherine Newman rode Daydream, owned by Mimi Able-Smith, to the reserve championship honors.
Although Alfano only came to Kentucky this week and is now driving back to New York to take a short break before the Devon Horse Show, she enjoyed her time competing at the Kentucky Horse Park. "I had a great time," she smiled. "The new footing is amazing. This is the first time that I have shown on it here and it is just unbelievable, for all of the rain that we have had, to have it be this nice."
Alfano was not the only rider to win two hunter championships today. Tammy Provost also had double wins in both the First Year and Second Year Green Hunter divisions. Provost and Sugar Boy, owned by Wendy Hofmeister, won the division championship in the First Year Green Hunters, and she also rode Momentus, owned by Alliy Moyer to the Second Year Green Hunter championship. The reserve championship honors in the Second Year Green Hunters were awarded to Corvino, owned by Rob Bielefeld, and ridden by Emily Wygod.
Sugar Boy and Tammy Provost won all four classes over fences, and after their championship win, Provost spoke about the seven-year-old Hanoverian gelding. "We imported him a couple of years ago. He was a real winner as a Pre-Green horse and then he took a little bit of time off and came back as an incredible First Year horse," Provost explained. "He has a great personality, he is one of the most beautiful jumpers that I have ever ridden, and he is just a horse that, in time, is going to be all of it."
Another championship win for the day belonged to Louise Serio. Serio rode No Stranger, owned by Rachel Geiger, to the championship tricolor in the Green Conformation Hunters. Avery Dimmig rode Perfektionist, owned by Tracey Topping, to the reserve championship honors.
Serio was riding No Stranger for his owner, Rachel Geiger, who just purchased the Dutch-bred gelding in March. "I think he has a lot of potential and I think that he is going to be a lovely Amateur horse for Rachel," Serio said. "He has a really good, natural jump, so you don't have to worry about where his parts are most of the time and he is really a lovely horse."
This is Serio's second week competing in Kentucky now and she has really enjoyed the new improvements that have been made to the Horse Park. "I think this show is great and I think the footing is phenomenal," she smiled. "It has made a huge improvement. There were many years where days like today we would have to scratch and now there is just no reason. Your boots don't even get dirty, your horse's legs don't get dirty; it is just amazing. It could not be any better."
The Kentucky Spring Classic will continue tomorrow at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The show will run through Sunday, May 17, and will feature much more exciting hunter/jumper competition throughout the week.
For more information, please visit http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com
Photo Credit: Jennifer Alfano (pictured with Sting) won two championships and two reserve championships during today's competition at the Kentucky Spring Classic. Photo © 2009 Lauren Fisher. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.
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