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Legacy Cup 2006: Just Jack and Jennifer Alfano Stay Composed for the Win in 3'6

Rio Renoir and Louise Serio Win Go Round

“I had a blast,” said Jennifer Alfano after her winning round worth $3,178 on Just Jack. Alfano did not have much time to get used to her new mount as she only got the ride when his regular rider (Havens Schatt) broke her shoulder. Yet the match was meant to be as they just clicked. “This week was the first time I have ridden him,” explained Alfano, who added a special thank you to Caroline Moran and Scott Williamson “for giving me the chance to ride this great horse.”

“He is a fun horse to ride,” she continued. “You pick up a gallop and keep going. He is a small horse but he doesn’t know that. He has such a big stride and a big jump.”

Alfano took over the lead as the 12th rider in a starting field of 29 horses. “I was getting pretty nervous at the end. There were so many great horses and riders in this class.”

When the 37-year-old rider realized that the victory was hers she was thankful and “I was really excited. It’s nice to compete against all these great riders and horses here in one class.”

Riding comes natural to Alfano who competes as a professional for Susie Schoellkopf out of Buffalo, NY. “I love the horses and what I do which is pretty much just ride. There is not a lot of time for too much else.”

Each division at the Legacy Cup has two rounds. The first is a Go Round from which riders qualify to compete in the Finals that begin on a clean slate format. The winner in the Go Round was Louise Serio, who ultimately finished second in the Finals only two points behind Just Jack’s score of 268 (Rio scored 266) and won a purse of $1,368 for owner Brad Wolf.

Similar to Just Jack, Rio was also being ridden by someone new because his regular rider Holly Orlando couldn’t be at the Legacy Cup. “Holly has won everything on this horse,” said Serio. No wonder after Serio described how great the bay gelding was to ride. “He canters with that nice balance and push off; It’s an amazing feeling.” In addition, Serio explained, “He can jump from any distance.”

Serio earned $450 for her win in the Go Round and only her second time showing him. Their first pairing took place in an outside arena in very inclement weather. “It was a little bit hard to get to know him outside because it was muddy and rainy, but when we went indoors things fell into place.”

Last year Serio won the Monarch International Show Circuit Magazine World Champion Hunter Rider title for the second time. She is also one of the key people who created the Legacy Cup concept which is based on an add-back system where the top placed horses and riders win more money than in normal shows; the more people who show, the more potential for the purse to increase.

PHOTO CREDIT: Ashland Farms representing the sponsor Bryan Baldwin, Rush Weeden, Caroline Moran, Cookie Beck, Lisa Cudahy, Scott Williamson. ©Diana De Rosa Photography

 

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