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Kacey McCann and Fernwalk Win Another Championship

Saugerties, NY August 8, 2006 Kacey McCann, 15, of Palmyra, PA, rode to yet another Small Junior 15 & Under Hunter championship on Fernwalk, owned by Don Stewart Jr., this past week at the New York Horse and Pony Show. The pair has won multiple championships this year, including a big win at the 2006 Show Circuit Magazine/USEF Junior Hunter Championships two weeks ago. McCann rides with Susie Schoellkopf and Jennifer Alfano at SBS Farms Inc. in Buffalo, NY.

This past week, the pair won four out of the five classes in the division. They triumphed in the Handy Hunter class again, which McCann has won consistently this year on many different horses. Fernwalk was a little tired. But then, we all were, McCann said. He really pulled through for me.

McCann also rode Comanche to the overall win in the Washington International Horse Show Equitation Classic. She won both phases with scores of 85 and 87.

When McCann and Fernwalk first showed together this year at the NCHJA Annual Horse Show in Raleigh, NC, Fernwalk had not shown much for the year. He was fresh, McCann laughed. The pair then met the challenges and pressure head on at the Junior Hunter Championships, and now that Fernwalk has had a few shows in a row, he is quieter. It definitely helps to ride him in all sorts of situations, McCann remarked. I think I know his personality better now.

Although fatigue began to set in during the last week, it was another unfamiliar situation from which McCann could learn. Im definitely getting to know him a lot better, she explained. Im not as tentative as I was at first because hes such a well-known horse. Im more comfortable with him now.

McCann and Fernwalk will likely show next at the Capital Challenge Horse Show to kick off the fall indoor circuit. They are also qualified to compete at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show and the Washington International Horse Show. While Fernwalk is a seasoned pro at indoor horse shows and has won many tricolor ribbons, it will be McCanns first experience showing in the hunter divisions at the indoor finals. She noted, Im really excited to go to indoors with a junior hunter, especially with a horse that has as much mileage as Fernwalk. Ill probably be nervous, but I just want to try and have a good time.

She added, If I put too much pressure on myself, it usually backfires. Im going to be prepared and concentrate on myself and my horse when were in the ring.

The SBS Farms team is also preparing for the 60th Annual Buffalo International Horse Show, which is held at their home base, the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, on September 13-17, 2006. The show is great for equestrians to use as preparation for the fall indoor circuit and zone finals.

For more information on SBS Farms, the Buffalo International Horse Show, and the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, please visit http://www.thebtrc.com.

Photo Credit: Kacey McCann and Comanche, winners of the WIHS Equitation Classic at the NY Horse and Pony Show. Photo 2006 James Leslie Parker.

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