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SBS Farms' Jennifer Alfano Dominates Competition at Opening Week of HITS Ocala Winter Circuit

Ocala, FL - February 10, 2009 - SBS Farms competed at the first week of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit this past week and won six tricolor ribbons. Jennifer Alfano, SBS Farms' trainer and rider, was very successful in the professional hunter divisions. She rode up-and-coming horses along with known veterans to wins in four divisions. SBS Farms is led by trainer Susie Schoellkopf and is based at the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC) in Buffalo, NY.

Alfano started in the First Year Green Working Hunters on Extraordinary, a five-year-old gelding owned by Helen Lenahan. They were first, second, and second in the division for the reserve championship.

The talented young horse showed only a handful of times last year in the Pre-Green Hunters, and Alfano and Schoellkopf debated on whether to stay in the division or move up to the 3'6" height in the First Year division.

"He is so scopey that the three-foot jumps were too easy for him," Alfano explained. "He really rose to the occasion in his first time at 3'6" and was great. He's really very green, so we're very excited about him."

Alfano also rode Kid Rock, owned by Bright Star 158 LLC to a second and two thirds in the division. Kid Rock is six years old. Alfano said, "All of the First Year horses are looking really good this year!"

Jersey Boy, owned by SBS Farms, swept the Regular Working Hunter division and won all five classes with Alfano for the championship. On Sting, owned by Helen Lenahan, Alfano won the Regular Conformation Hunter model class and received two second places over fences. The reserve champion in the Regular Conformation Hunters was Lady Liberty, owned by BTRC and ridden by Shane Powell. South Beach, owned by Bright Star 158 LLC, won a class and received two seconds in the Cismont Manor Green Conformation Hunters.

Alfano and The Specialist, owned by Meredith Lipke Bartolone, were reserve champions in the Second Year Green Hunters. They were first, second, and third over fences and second under saddle.

Bartolone took over the ride on The Specialist and finished as the reserve champion in the Adult Equitation 46 & Over division. Bartolone was first and fourth over fences and second under saddle. In the Amateur-Owner Over 35 Hunters, The Specialist picked up two third place ribbons. Bartolone also placed well in the same division on Once and Again. Once and Again was third in the $1,000 Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic.

Blue Ridge Sunset, owned by Harper Hills LLC and Sara Rimmler, was the reserve champion in the Large Pony Hunters. Partnered with Taylor Ann Adams, the talented pony was first, second, third, and fifth over fences and fourth under saddle.

Madison Brayman piloted Trueman, owned by BTRC, to top ribbons in the Children's Jumpers. She was second and fifth over fences in the Equitation 12-13 division and fifth under saddle.

SBS Farms will continue showing at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit on February 11-5, 2009. For more information on SBS Farms, please visit http://www.thebtrc.org.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Alfano and Jersey Boy were Regular Working Hunter champions at the first week of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. Photo Randi Muster. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.


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