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Kid Rock and Jennifer Alfano Win Working Hunter Championship at Stadium Jumping's Tampa Equestrian Festival

Tampa, FL - March 19, 2009 - Tampa, FL - March 19, 2009 - Stadium Jumping, Inc. kicked off its second day of competition at the 2009 Tampa Equestrian Festival today as week one's Suncoast Internationale continued. The three-week horse show is being held at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center on the Florida State Fairgrounds from March 18 through April 4.

After two days of competition the Pre-Green and Working Hunter divisions concluded with Jennifer Alfano and Michael Morrissey taking home top honors with their talented young horses. Professional hunter rider and trainer Jennifer Alfano of Buffalo, NY, was champion and reserve champion of the Working Hunter division with her two horses Kid Rock and Exxtraordinary.

Six year-old Kid Rock, owned by Bright Star 158 LLC, won the division championship after placing first in three of the division's five classes, and coming in second and fourth in the others. Five year-old Exxtraordinary, owned by Helen Lenehan of Buffalo, NY, was reserve champion with Alfano, placing third, third and fourth yesterday, and placing first and second today.

"Both of them started out the year pretty green and they are both really starting to come into their own," Alfano commented. "Every week they just get better and better with more experience."

Alfano acknowledged how much she enjoys showing here in Tampa, stating, "I really like it here, they do a great job. The footing is good, the jumps are nice, the courses are nice; it is a great place to show."

Michael Morrissey had the very first championship win of the 2009 Tampa Equestrian Festival earlier in the morning riding Nono Z, owned by Richard Cheska of New Berlin, WI. Morrissey and Nono Z showed in the Pre-Green Hunter division, placing first, first and second in yesterday's classes, and first and third over fences today.

Clair Kellner had the ride on the reserve champion Pre-Green Hunter for week one's competition. Kellner rode Status Quo, owned by Biro Hunters, LLC of Lutz, FL, to the second highest point total of the division just behind Morrissey and Nono Z. Kellner and Status Quo placed first and second in today's classes and were second, third and fifth yesterday.

The 2009 Tampa Equestrian Festival's Suncoast Internationale week will continue through March 22 and will be followed by the Tampa Bay Classic CSI 3*-W on March 25-29, and the Tournament of Champions CSI March 31 thru April 4. The show will conclude with its feature event, the 37th Annual $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational on the final day of competition, April 4, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

For more information please visit http://www.stadiumjumping.com.



Photo Credit: Jennifer Alfano rode Kid Rock to the Working Hunter championship during week one of the 2009 Tampa Equestrian Festival. Photo 2009 Lauren Fisher. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.

 

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