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Jennifer Alfano Tops Day Two of the 2015 USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Championship at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show

Written by: Kendall Bierer
Client: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com
Release Date: 2015-08-12

Lexington, KY—August 12, 2015—It was nearly one year ago that Jennifer Alfano spotted Castle in a schooling ring in Houston, Texas. Fellow professional rider Tracy Fenney was aboard the bay gelding, and after Alfano saw him take two jumps, she knew that she wanted to be the rider in his saddle. Her instincts proved correct as she topped the 2015 USHJA Pre-Green Hunter Incentive leader board Wednesday with the warmblood, owned by Sharon O’Neill of Snyder, New York, on the second of the three-day championship event.

He was great, he is just so easy and so fun to ride,” Alfano said. “He has been an easy horse right from the start. He is quiet, and he doesn’t look at anything. He is just so straightforward. Today he was awesome.”

Alfano rode Castle to the scores of 86.5, 89 and 91 to not only take the first place as the high scoring round of the day, but also guaranteeing a return spot in Thursday’s championship round.

“Castle was great both days, he is really consistent. He is one of those horses you can really count on. You can really depend on him,” Alfano described.

Her cumulative score of 527.55 points from the two days of competition allows for them to return as the 10th horse and rider combination of the class on Thursday. Alfano nearly duplicated her effort with The Exchange, who she placed third with on the opening day, yet an unfortunate lead change would drop them from the top 30 qualified for the championship round.

“I was trying to redeem myself from the other round,” Alfano laughed. “It is hard in a class like this when you are just trying to get to the top 30, you put so much pressure on yourself. I just hope for the best, but I know I can always count on him.”

Castle’s owner, O’Neill, was thrilled with Alfano’s ride. “Jennifer picked him, she found him, she rides him, although I jumped every jump with her today,” she smiled. “I don’t know how he got us both around, but he did. It was thrilling, and it is something that you think about, but you never count on.”

Alfano has been a proponent of the USHJA Pre-Green Incentive program since its inception in 2013. Over the last three years, she has watched it continue to grow exponentially, and is thrilled with the increase of owners and riders at the 2015 Championship.

“I think it is great to see this many Pre-Green horses, and for the owners it is spectacular,” Alfano said. “It makes people want to own Pre-Green horses, it makes them want to invest in young talent. Look at how many people are watching this championship. It makes the owners really want to do this, and want to be involved.”

O’Neill commented, “It means a lot to see Jennifer finish at the top today. I have been in this business for a long time, and it is nice to have a good horse and a good rider, it really is.”

Going into the championship round on Thursday, Alfano and Castle will have their slate wiped clean. She is relying on his consistency to help her clinch the victory, a feat which has narrowly evaded her in the past.

Alfano concluded, “I feel good [about tomorrow]. He has been great for two days, so hopefully we can pull it off again, if not, then we have today!”

Scott Stewart continues to lead the overall ranks with Evermore, returning as the last contender of the event. They hold the lead with a total of 529 points, but Thursday will become anyone’s game.

“Evermore was good,” Stewart said of the 6-year-old gelding. “I thought he was almost as good as yesterday. He landed right after the outside line and he is a perfect lead changer, it was weird that he landed right, and I think I was a little rough forward, just being nervous, but I thought the rest of the round was as good as yesterday.”

Stewart also qualified Wish, owned by Rivers Edge, ranking fifth during the second over fences phase, and tied with Hunt Tosh and Liberty Road, owned by Betsee Parker. Although Stewart took the second position with William Hill during the second round, their first-day rail will keep them from the final phase of competition.

“Evermore is so laid back, I hope he has some energy left, but I think he will be good,” Stewart smiled.

The 2014 USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Champion said of defending his title with his two mounts, “It is the same as always. There is pressure, but I am just hoping to do well.”

Third place was awarded to Kelley Farmer and Clever Conversation, owned by Kensel, LLC. Farmer qualified five mounts for the final round, holding the best odds as the busiest rider of the class. Tosh finished in fourth place with Valhalla, owned by The Wheeler Family, qualifying three mounts for the concluding round.

The 2015 USHJA Pre-Green Incentive culminates Thursday with the third and final round of the competition, where the top 30 horses from Tuesday and Wednesday’s rounds will compete in a final over fences round. The final round will feature a “clean slate” format, meaning the scores from Tuesday and Wednesday will not carry forward.

For more information on the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, including this week’s Bluegrass Festival Horse Show visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

PRE-GREEN INCENTIVE ROUND 2

Pl Number  Horse           Rider               J1    J2    J3     Round  2

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1   187 CASTLE          JENNIFER ALFANO       89.00 86.50 91.00  266.50

2   946 WILLIAM HILL    SCOTT STEWART      88.00 87.50 87.75  263.25

3   1081 CLEVER CONVERSATKELLEY FARMER         84.75 89.00 88.00  261.75

4   449 VALHALLA        HUNT TOSH             84.00 86.50 90.00  260.50

5   448 LIBERTY ROAD    HUNT TOSH             87.00 87.00 86.00  260.00

5   945 WISH            SCOTT STEWART         85.50 85.50 89.00  260.00

7   998 MTM PERSONALIZEDTRACY FENNEY          85.35 85.75 88.50  259.60

8   947 EVERMORE        SCOTT STEWART         85.00 85.00 89.50  259.50

9   840 CASPARO         MOLLY SEWELL          85.75 86.50 87.00  259.25

10  1439 SPLENDID        TIM GOGUEN            86.50 86.75 85.50  258.75

11  1080 SPEAK YOUR MIND KELLEY FARMER         84.50 86.50 87.50  258.50

12  675 CASCADE         AMANDA STEEGE         84.10 87.00 87.25  258.35

 

PRE-GREEN INCENTIVE TOP 30

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1   947 EVERMORE        SCOTT STEWART        

2   187 CASTLE          JENNIFER ALFANO     

3   998 MTM PERSONALIZED        TRACY FENNEY         

4   1081CLEVER CONVERSATION     KELLEY FARMER        

5   1439SPLENDID        TIM GOGUEN           

6   449 VALHALLA        HUNT TOSH            

7   448 LIBERTY ROAD    HUNT TOSH            

8   1080SPEAK YOUR MIND KELLEY FARMER        

9   73  GOODNIGHT MOON  JOHN FRENCH          

10  840 CASPARO         MOLLY SEWELL         

11  945 WISH            SCOTT STEWART        

12  447 LARGESSE        HUNT TOSH           

13  903 XOXO            PETER PLETCHER       

14  1333 QUINCY          HAVENS SCHATT        

15  1332 JADE            HAVENS SCHATT        

16  1205 GRAND LUXE      SANDY FERRELL        

17  999 MTM NESTLE      TRACY FENNEY         

18  1079 HAVING SAID THAT      KELLEY FARMER         

19  675 CASCADE         AMANDA STEEGE        

20  124 GALA            ELIZABETH BOYD     

21  233 CAPISCE         TIMOTHY MADDRIX      

22  902 FANDANGO HX     ADRIENNE IVERSON     

23  1078 CONFESSIONS     KELLEY FARMER        

24  1086 SILVER CHARM    KELLEY FARMER        

25  874 JENNERET        HAVENS SCHATT        

25  896 KINGS LANDING   LOUISE SERIO         

27  854 WATERFALL       ELIZABETH BOYD       

28  1612CREDIT          TYLER PETRIE         

29  1225FETCHING        PATRICIA GRIFFITH    

30  2   NO DOUBT        FIFI SCHMIDT         

 

 

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