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Jennifer Alfano and Maggie May

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Jennifer Alfano Rides for the Prize in $77,700 USHJA International Hunter Derby with Maggie May

Written by: Jenna Sudol
Client: SBS Farms, Ltd.
Release Date: 2016-03-17

Gulfport, Mississippi – March 15, 2016 – International hunter rider, and 2012 USHJA International Hunter Derby Champion, Jennifer Alfano, took a break from the palm trees and the HITS Ocala sunshine last week to take on the Gulf Coast Sunshine Classic’s Week V $77,700 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Harrison County Equestrian Center in Gulfport, Mississippi. Aboard her familiar mount, Maggie May, owned by Billie Steffee, Alfano rode to an impressive second place finish to add to her lengthy list of derby accolades.

The two-time USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider, Professional Champion and National Show Hunter Hall of Fame inductee is a seasoned veteran on the derby courses. She is the queen of making tight turns and difficult combinations look effortless. In Sunday’s first phase of competition, she earned a first round finish of third among the field of 28 established horse-and-rider teams.

They returned to the decorated arena for their handy round, and they had their eyes on the prize. Alfano piloted Maggie May to a stellar trip, moving up the leader board to earn the second place finish, and secure the respectable second place finish overall.

Based out of Buffalo, New York, SBS Farms, Inc.'s Susie Schoellkopf and Jennifer Alfano run one of the foremost show hunter training operations in the country, and travel nationwide to compete in the most prestigious horse shows.

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.

For more information on SBS Farms, please visit For more information on the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, please visit


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