Buffalo, Ny. – March 27, 2017 – The SBS Farm’s team said goodbye to Florida and headed to Texas to continue their successful winter season at the 72nd Annual Pin Oak Charity Horse Show. The team had a fantastic first week at Pin Oak with excellent placings but the highlight was the return of SBS Farm’s Jennifer Alfano to the ring after an injury sustained at the Devon Horse Show in May has kept her sidelined.
Alfano and Jersey Boy took home the championship in the 3’3” Performance Hunter division with two first place ribbons, scoring a 90 in the handy round.
“It’s amazing to be back on Lewis (Jersey Boy),” said Alfano. “I did two Pre-Green horses in the morning, and it was so fun to be back in the ring, but my knee was starting to hurt a bit. But having him at the end of the day, and to have him go like that after so long was really cool.
“When I was going around the course, I was so happy that I’m sure I had a grin from ear-to-ear,” she added. “And it was funny. Around the turn I looked in the schooling area, and every single person was standing still watching, and I was like, ‘Oh god! Come on Lewis!’ I think he was really happy, and to have him back is so fun.”
Alfano also credited her SBS Farms team for their support, from her injury in May at Devon until she was able to return to the show ring on Day No. 1 of Pin Oak.
“My girls at the barn, Alicia Heberle and Abby Strohmeyer, have been amazing through this whole thing and not just with Lewis but with everything,” she said. “Everyone at home, too, has stepped up and made this bearable for me. Everybody—Susie (Schoellkopf), Kristy (Herrera), all of my people and my owners who have waited. Everybody has gone out of their way to make this OK for me, and that really means a lot.”
Alfano and Jersey Boy continued their successful show ring comeback with a second place finish in the$15,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby.
Alfano also had good rides aboard Kathy Chiaf’s Kindred, taking second place in the USHJA Green Incentive and third in the Texas Super Stake as well as riding to first and second place finishes in the 3’ Green Hunter division. She also placed well with another new mount, Sharon O’Neil’s Talladega in the 3’ Green Hunter division.
Kristy Herrera continued her success in the hunter derby ring for SBS Farm’s coming off of a win in the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Deeridge Derby with Candid. Herrera and Candid placed second in the $30,000 International Hunter Derby. Herrera and Helen Lenahan’s Miss Lucy placed sixth.
SBS Farm’s winning ways in the hunter divisions continued as Peter Pletcher piloted Helen Lenahan’s Girl Crush to a championship in the 3’6” Green Hunter division sweeping the division with first place finishes in every class.
SBS Farm’s Assistant trainer Alicia Heberle was in the ribbons in the 3’6” Green Hunter division aboard Jennifer Alfano’s Kensi and Kathy Chiaf’s Silver Lining.
Chiaf took the reins and piloted her own Silver Lining and Sweetwater to multiple ribbons in the Adult Amateur 50 & Over division including second and third place finishes with Sweetwater over fences and third and fourth place finishes with Silver Lining.
The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show continues with week two and the SBS Farm’s team is ready to head back into the ring and finish their winter season strong.
SBS Farms, Inc. continues the proud tradition of the Saddle and Bridle Club as one of the top show stables in the Northeast. Schoellkopf is also the executive director of the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, which houses both the Buffalo Equestrian Center as well as SBS Farms, Inc. Built in 1922, the 160-stall facility is a historical landmark, with its unique English Tudor and Gothic-style architecture.