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SBS Farms Takes Home Four HITS Ocala Circuit Champion Awards

Jennifer Alfano and Rock Star Win $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Classic

Ocala, FL - March 18, 2008 - SBS Farms had a banner week in the final show of the HITS Ocala Winter circuit. They took home two circuit championships and two circuit reserve championships and won four tricolors in the last show. The highlight of the week was Jennifer Alfano and Rock Star's victory in the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Classic.

Alfano and Rock Star, owned by Bright Star 158 LLC and Jennifer Burger, took the top spot in the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Classic, which was held under the lights in the grand hunter ring. Alfano won the first round of the class with Sting, owned by SBS Farms. "It was just so fun to do something different," Alfano said. "Rock Star is so easygoing and not bothered by anything. He loves doing this." This was Alfano's second win in the International Hunter Classic. Her first win was last summer in Chicago with Once and Again.

This week, Rock Star was the Regular Working Hunter champion after he won all four over fences classes. This helped the talented bay gelding take home the circuit championship in the Regular Working division.

In the Second Year Green Working Hunters, Alfano and SBS Farms' Jersey Boy were reserve champions in the division after they won two classes. Alfano and Sting had top ribbons this week and they were the Second Year Green circuit reserve champions.

On Abundance, owned by Lauren Hough, Alfano was champion in the Pre-Green Hunters. They won three classes in the division. This gave them capture the circuit championship in the division. Alfano also placed this week in the Pre-Green Hunters on Magnolia, Showgirl, and Undercover. Undercover is a new mount for amateur rider Meredith Lipke Bartolone of Buffalo, NY, and was purchased from Brian and Missy Gruber.

Lipke Bartolone and her veteran mount Once and Again had top ribbons in the Amateur-Owner Over 35 Hunters and finished fourth in the $1,000 Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic. Once and Again and Alfano were reserve champions in the Open Hunter division. Lipke Bartolone had a very consistent winter in the Equitation 46 & Over division and finished as the circuit champion.

Madison Brayman took home ribbons with four different horses this week. She and Point Taken, owned by the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC) were second and sixth in the Children's Hunter 14 & Under division. She placed in the Equitation 12-13 division and won a Green Pony Equitation class. On Ducks Unlimited, Brayman was fourth and sixth in the Medium Green Pony Hunters and second, third, third, and fifth in the Medium Pony Hunters. She and Otteridge Gunsmoke placed in every class, including second and third, in the Large Green Pony Hunters. On BTRC's Scandal, she was third in the Modified Children's Jumpers.

Alfano will make the trip next to Wellington, FL, to contest her next USHJA International Hunter Classic on March 21. The prize money will be $50,000, and Alfano is sure to be one of the most competitive riders in the class.

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



Photo Credit: Jennifer Alfano and Rock Star, winners of the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Classic at the HITS Ocala Winter circuit. Photo (C) 2008 Lili Weik. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.

 

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