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Meredith Lipke Bartolone and Jennifer Alfano Bring Another Series of Wins to SBS Farms

Lake Placid, NY - July 1, 2008 - It was a great week for SBS Farms and riders at the Lake Placid CSI 3* show from June 25-29, 2008. Riders who were the shining stars of the show included Jennifer Alfano and Meredith Lipke Bartolone of Buffalo, NY.

In the Regular Working Hunter division, Alfano was aboard Rock Star, owned by Bright Star 158 LLC. Rock Star and Alfano were awarded four first-place and one second-place ribbons. In addition, Rock Star was Regular Working Hunter Champion and Grand Hunter Champion at the show.

The Second Year Green Working Hunter division was good to Jersey Boy and Jennifer Alfano as well. Jersey Boy, owned by SBS Farms, Inc., was Champion of the Second Year Green Hunters. He picked up three first-places, a second-place and a fourth-place ribbon.

In the First Year Green Working Hunters, The Specialist, owned by Meredith Lipke Bartolone, won one of his classes. He also had two thirds, a fourth and a fifth. Sting, owned by Helen Lenehan, did very well in the Green Conformation Hunters. He picked up two firsts, two seconds and two thirds and was Champion. South Beach, owned by Bright Star 158, was Reserve Champion in the Pre-Green Hunters with a first, sixth and eighth.

For Meredith Lipke Bartolone, this was her week. Not only was she Amateur-Owner 36 & Over Champion with her horse Once and Again, but she was also Grand Amateur Hunter Champion. In the Amateur Owner 36 & Over Hunter division, Bartolone and Once and Again had two firsts, a second, third and fourth. With The Specialist, she collected a second, third, two sixths and a seventh.

"It was such a thrill for me. Once and Again couldn't have been any better for me. She was happy to be back in the show ring; I haven't been doing very much showing and she just gave it her all, like she usually does," said Bartolone. "She's got a huge jump that makes riding her a lot of fun. It is really fun to watch Jen Alfano ride my horse. She won the Handy (class) two consecutive years at Washington. "

This is Bartolone's first time winning a Grand Amateur Hunter Championship away from home. Bartolone and Once and Again have been together for almost six years. She has been riding with SBS Farms for eight years. Bartolone and her horse seem to have found a niche together.

"This was my first time winning this award away from the home turf. I have only won it before at the Buffalo International (Horse Show)," said Bartolone. "I started riding as a kid doing only the local stuff in Buffalo. We had one horse that we rode in every division from Junior Hunters to Regulars to Open Jumpers, all in the same day. Until I started riding with Susie and Jen about eight years ago, I never stepped foot in an 'AA' show ring. They have found me just the best horses," said Bartolone.

SBS will compete next at the Chagrin Hunter Jumper Classic Horse Show. The show runs from July 12-20, 2008.

For more information on SBS Farms, please visit http://www.thebtrc.org.

Photo Credit: Meredith Lipke Bartolone with Once and Again were Grand Amateur Hunter Champions at the Lake Placid Horse Show. Photo (C) 2008 Lili Weik. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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