Jennifer Alfano and Jersey Boy Make it Two in a Row
March 31, 2009
Lexington, KY – March 30 – Jennifer Alfano and Jersey Boy won their second straight ASG/USHJA International Hunter Derby this past weekend at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. A two-day event that was held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center March 27 and 28, the $50,000 ASG/USHJA International Hunter Derby was the richest derby to date and attracted a crowd of several thousand.
Alfano of Buffalo, NY and the 7-year-old gelding entered the WEF derby fresh off of their win at the HITS Ocala Winter Finals Derby three weeks earlier. The pair bested a field of 66 over two courses to ride away with the $15,000 first place prize money. Jersey Boy, owned by SBS Farm, has competed in nine derbies to date and has posted wins at Ocala and Chagrin Valley. Heading into the weekend’s event, Jersey Boy was listed as fourth in the Derby Finals standings and is qualified for the Finals that will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park this August.
On Friday during the classic round, Alfano and Jersey Boy received a 181 from the panel of judges to put them in first place heading into the handy round. The top riders from the classic round were invited to ride the handy hunter course the following evening and contend for top honors. Course designer, Bobby Murphy’s courses were built to encourage and reward brilliance and daring from the rider and true athletic ability from the horse. The handy round included a challenging rock field with geese.
Though Jersey Boy took a good look at the rock field, he and Alfano put in another impressive round to win the handy course and overall first place honors. “We love the derbies,” SBS Farm’s Susie Schoellkopf said. “Jersey Boy has really found his niche.” Schoellkopf purchased the chestnut gelding two years ago as a pre-green and was sold on his jumping ability. “He is very correct and we thought he’d be a jack of all trades,” she commented.
Kelley Farmer, competing in her first derby on Early Applause, finished second, and last year’s WEF derby winner, Scott Stewart, placed third on Carlos-Boy.
The 18 month derby series will culminate at the 2008/2009 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals on August 21-22, 2009 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. The top 75 money earning horses will be invited to compete for international recognition. Click here for up to date standings.
Visit www.ushja.org for a complete schedule and more information. Questions concerning the Derby can be directed to USHJA’s Director of Programs and Education, Melanie Fransen or 859-225-6960.
The 2008/2009 USHJA International Hunter Derby Series is supported by the following sponsors: ASG Software Solutions-Title Sponsor; Dietrich Insurance-Presenting Sponsor; Walsh Harness & Saddlery-Featuring Sponsor; Charles Owen & Co.-Major Sponsor; Dover Saddlery-Major Sponsor; Essex Classics-Award Sponsor.
Contact: Rachelle Wilhelm 859-825-6005 firstname.lastname@example.org
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