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SBS Farms' Double Diamond and Katherine Newman Win 2008 USHJA Hunterdon Equitation Cup

Alfano Sweeps Professional Hunter Championships at HITS-on-the-Hudson

Saugerties, NY - August 6, 2008 - SBS Farms, Inc. of Buffalo, NY, had an outstanding week in Saugerties at the HITS-on-the-Hudson show. The show ran from July 30 and ended August 3. Katherine Newman piloted SBS Farms' Double Diamond to the win in the prestigious USHJA Hunterdon Equitation Cup. Jennifer Alfano rode six horses last week at the show and picked up four championships, while fellow SBS Farms riders were very successful as well.

Newman rode Double Diamond, owned by SBS Farms, Inc. to the win in the Hunterdon Cup, a special equitation class that features the top riders switching horses in the final test. Newman was trained by Kathy Newman and Jennifer Alfano. Newman and Double Diamond competed in two rounds - a hunter round and handy hunter round - which then led to the final work-off. Newman rode Victoria Birdsall's horse in the final round for the win.

"It was very exciting," Newman said. "Double Diamond is just eight years old this year. He's young, but he doesn't act it. He's really fun and nice to ride. The courses were good. Some of the lines were hard, but he didn't care about any of the jumps."

Double Diamond has been in the SBS Farms program since April 2007, when he was purchased as an equitation horse. Newman first competed with Double Diamond last year at the ASPCA Maclay National Championship. Since then, Alfano has been working with the horse to improve his skills. SBS Farms, Inc. owner Susie Schoellkopf said, "Jen has put a lot of time and effort into him. He's turned into a really nice horse."

Double Diamond has "matured," Schoellkopf added. "He's relaxed about everything."

Rock Star, who is owned by Bright Star 158 LLC, was Regular Working Hunter Champion. Beating out the division, Jen Alfano rode Rock Star to three firsts and fourth-place ribbons.

Another Bright Star 158 LLC horse at the show was South Beach. Ridden by Alfano in the Pre-Green Hunters, they were Champion, accepting four first and second-place ribbons in the division. Kid Rock, a Bright Star 158 LLC horse, was second, fifth and sixth in the Pre-Green Hunters as well.

Continuing her phenomenal success in the hunter ring, Alfano was Green Conformation Champion on Sting, owned by Helen Lenahan. Alfano rode Sting to three firsts and two seconds in the division.

Meredith Lipke Bartolone's The Specialist was First Year Green Champion. Ridden by Alfano, the pair picked up four firsts and two thirds. Lipke Bartolone also competed in the Amateur-Owner Over 35 Hunters and had top ribbons, including three second place ribbons with The Specialist and Once and Again. With Once and Again, Bartolone finished second in the $1,000 Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic.

Jersey Boy, owned by SBS Farm, was also ridden by Alfano in the Regular Working Hunters. Alfano and Jersey Boy were first, second, second, third and third in the division.

Sarah Rimmler rode The Most Happy Fella to first place in the Maiden Equitation division. The pair also won the Children's Pony Medal.

Megan Massaro rode Magnolia, owned by Bright Star 158 LLC, to the championship in the Adult Amateur 18-35 Hunters. The pair were first, second, third, and fourth over fences and won the under saddle class.

"It was a really nice week," Schoellkopf added. "Everyone rode really well and to cap it off with Katherine's win was great."

SBS Farms, Inc. will compete next at the Monmouth County Horse Show on August 20-24, 2008.

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

Photo Credit: Katherine Newman and SBS Farms' Double Diamond won the USHJA Hunterdon Equitation Cup. Photo (C) 2008 Lili Weik. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.


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