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Jennifer Alfano and Miss Lucy Sweep the High Performance Hunters at 66th
Annual Buffalo International Horse Show
Jennifer Alfano and Miss Lucy swept the first day of the High Performance
Hunters at the Buffalo International Horse Show. Photo by: Kendall Bierer/PMG.
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Buffalo, NY - September 12, 2012 - The Indoor Arena was filled with hunter
excitement as the first day of the Buffalo International Horse Show (BIHS)
commenced at the Buffalo Equestrian Center. The premier fundraiser for the
Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, the BIHS offered an array of hunter
classes for all experience levels, seeing some of the top hunter
professionals vie for the blue ribbon prizes. Liza Boyd dominated the Green
Working Hunters, while Jennifer Alfano swept the High Performance Hunters
and took home the consistent ribbons in the Conformation Hunters.
The horse show opened to a cool breeze this morning, welcoming competitors
to the ring. The Green Working Hunters were the first to attempt the hunter
course designed by Brian Brown. Beautifully set, the course consisted of
natural fences, including an in-and-out leading to an oxer, as well as
several standalone obstacles that challenged both horse and rider alike
within the confines of the Indoor.
"When I was cantering around I was thinking that this ring is definitely
going to sharpen me up. Coming in here after doing the derbies in the big
fields, I know I have to work on rideability. When you land you don't have
anytime for trouble. It definitely keeps you sharp as a rider," eventual
leader of the Green Working Hunter division Elizabeth Boyd remarked.
Boyd showed two mounts today. She navigated Zandor, owned by Penelope Ayers,
to the first and second place wins over fences, as well as the first place
finish in the under saddle. She also guided Trendy, owned by Caroline
Kellogg, to the first and second place ribbons during the over fences, also
taking home the red ribbon for their efforts in the under saddle.
"Trendy is awesome, I showed both horses this summer. That horse jerks his
knees and is just so much fun," Boyd described. "I showed Zandor for the
first time this summer, too, for Penelope Ayers. He is scopey and such a
great ride. I think they would both be amazing derby horses. I took them
into the ring with no warm up and they were solid."
Next in the order was the Conformation Hunter division. It was a close call
between David Boley and Jennifer Alfano as the two went head-to-head for the
top prizes. Alfano took the first place win in the morning's model, with
Danny Robertshaw's Lions Paw, as well as the first and third in the over
fences and the first in the under saddle.
"Lions Paw is a good horse, he is very consistent, and he has been all
year. He has stayed that way. He is a fun horse to ride," Alfano stated.
David Boley took control of the Conformation Hunter course with Phil in the
Blank, owned by Ellen Bifano of Skaneateles, NY. He earned the first and
third place ribbons over fences, the second place in the model, and also
snatched up the second place in the under saddle. Jaime George and Top of
the Mountain, owned by Becky Bates and Christine Jeppesen of Java, NY, were
awarded two second place ribbons in the over fences, the third place ribbon
in the model, and the third place ribbon in the under saddle.
As the day continued, the High Performance Hunters took center stage. Alfano
swept the first day of the division with Miss Lucy, owned by Helen Lenahan
of Buffalo, NY. Megan Holiday was awarded second place ribbons across the
board in the irons of Nureev Du Houssoit, owned by Up the Creek Farm of
Rochester, NY, with Luke Olsen rounding out the top three with consistent
third place honors aboard Pico Bello, owned by Don Stewart, Jr. of Ocala,
"Miss Lucy is amazing, she was so good in Chicago, and then she entered the
competition today with the same attitude and talent," Alfano said "This is
so easy for her, the jumps are so easy with her scope, and I have gotten to
know her so well now. It is so fun to have her. We have a great
Boley made his return to the ring aboard Roma, owned by B & B Ltd of
Skaneateles, NY, in the Low Hunter division. He piloted Roma to the first
and second in the over fences, as well as the third in the under saddle. The
duo was awarded the championship tricolor. Alfano picked up the reserve
championship with I M Superlative, owned by Emma Bergqvist of Erie, PA.
"Dr. Bifano and I picked Roma out of a field in Hungary-there must have been
100 horses in that field-he really stood out to us though. We brought him
home, gelded him, broke him, and fell in love with him," Boley explained. He
is such an adept learner, is so sweet and is a born winner. To compete
against other top horseman such as you find here, it is such a nice thing to
hear, as well as a testament to his talent."
Success did not stop there for Alfano. Aboard one of her most recent mounts,
Looking Glass, a young bay mare, she captured the Pre-Green Hunter
Championship with two seconds and the first place in the over fences, as
well as the second place win in the under saddle. Alfano also nabbed the
reserve championship aboard Maggie May, owned by Billie Steffee, with the
first and two thirds over fences, as well as the first place in the under
The first day of the Buffalo International Horse Show concluded with the
Performance 3'3" Hunters. It was Rachel Clawson and Montenegro, owned by B &
B Ltd, who stole the show. The pair picked up two first place ribbons and
the second place ribbon in the over fences, also earning the first place
finish in the under saddle. They claimed the championship award, with Megan
Holiday and Clover, owned by Sail Horse Investments of Colts Neck, NJ.
Boley concluded, "I have been coming here for many years, and I think that
the entire team at the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, and Susie
Schoellkopf, deserve a lot of credit for the effort their hard work. The
history and heritage that goes with this place is so worth preserving, it is
such a wonderful horse show, they make you feel so welcome. This show is in
its 66th year, and what a feather in the hat for this community."
Tomorrow the hunter action will continue as the second day of the Buffalo
International Horse Show gets underway. The professional divisions will come
to a close tomorrow, and the Amateur-Owner Hunters will begin. The well
liked $1,000 Ravenswood Grooms Class will take place, seeing many of the top
grooms approach the center of the ring for their turn at scrutiny as the
judges choose the best. In the afternoon, the Level 2 Jumpers will step into
the limelight as they take their turn at tripping the timers in the fastest
For more information about the Buffalo International Horse Show or the
Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center please visit www.thebtrc.org.