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Five Blue Ribbons for Jennifer Alfano on Day One of Kentucky Spring Classic

Written by: Lauren Baker
Client: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com
Release Date: 2015-05-13

Lexington, KY – May 13, 2015 – After dominating the top two spots in Sunday’s USHJA International Hunter Derby, Jennifer Alfano and her stunning lineup of hunters started day one of the Kentucky Spring Classic with a bang.

The chilly morning began in the Stonelea Ring with the First Year Green Hunters, as Alfano piloted the flashy Me Again, owned by Helen Lenahan, to first and second place finishes.

“Me Again was awesome in the First Years,” Alfano said. “He’s still really green, so he has his moments of brilliance, and then moments of ‘I’m not sure how to do it.’ Today was a moment of brilliance. He’s really starting to put it together, and I’ve been really happy with him. He’s starting to get consistent and get his act together.”

Rounding out the division, Havens Schatt took the blue atop Custom Made in the first over-fences class and finished third in the second class.

The day continued with the Green and Regular Conformation Hunters. Russell Frey, in the saddle on Saville Row, delivered two smooth rounds to capture first and second place. Despite the drop in temperature, the grey gelding was on his best behavior.

“He has a lot of confidence,” trainer Lynn Jayne said. “The weather doesn’t bother him; nothing bothers him. He’s very straightforward.”

Despite only switching to Jayne’s training program last Monday, 7-year-old Saville Row went around the course like an old pro. Rider Russel Frey added, “I knew him last year as a Pre-Green horse, and I told Lynn, ‘A building could fall down next to him and he wouldn’t care.’ He’s a good horse to have in the barn; he tries to win. He has a lot of self-confidence.“

The Second Year Green Hunters were next to show, with Alfano back in the saddle on her horse Candid. The big bay gelding, who goes by Sheldon in the barn, impressed the judges with his performances. The duo swept the first day of the division, taking home two blue ribbons.

“Candid was really good today,” Alfano said. “This is sort of our last show before Devon, so he’s right on track. He was great both rounds, so I’m really happy with him.”

Schatt was hot on Alfano’s heels, and the judges awarded her and Deborah Perkins’ Set to Music’s efforts with second place ribbons in both classes.

The first day of the Kentucky Spring Classic wrapped up with the High Performance Hunters, where Alfano showcased the ability of Billie Steffee’s horse, Maggie May. The pair won both classes, ending Alfano’s show day on a high note.

“Maggie May was great today,” Alfano said. “I didn’t show her last week in the division, I just did her in the derby, and I figured that was enough for the week. I just wanted to get her in the division once before Devon, and she was awesome both rounds today.”

Once again, Schatt followed closely behind, putting in two great trips and earning two second place ribbons atop Mostly Sunny, the big chestnut owned by CH Farm LLC.

The professional hunter divisions will continue Thursday in the Stonelea Ring at the Kentucky Spring Classic. Coverage will continue Friday with the USEF Platinum Performance Talent Search 2*. Saturday is “Derby Day,” with the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby taking place.

For more information on Kentucky Horse Shows LLC and the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

 

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