2008 Tampa Equestrian Festial
Alfano and Rock Star Capture Another Victory in
Naples, FL - April 7, 2008 -
Proving they are one of the top hunter combinations in the country, Jennifer Alfano of Buffalo, NY, and Rock Star, owned by Bright Star 158 LLC and Jennifer Burger, won the $20,000 ASG Software Solutions USHJA International Hunter Derby. The event was held on Sunday, April 6, at Jenny Sutton’s Wrenwood Farms in Naples, FL. The High Performance Hunter class benefited the Naples Equestrian Challenge Therapeutic Center.
This is Alfano’s third win in the popular new hunter derby series and Rock Star’s second. They won the event in Ocala, FL, this winter and were third in the $50,000 class in Wellington, FL. Yesterday’s class featured two rounds over new jumps in the beautiful competition field, such as a rolltop, coops, post and rails, and a bank.
Rock Star and Alfano had a great first round and received a total score of 179. They were tied for first place in points, but were awarded third place in the first round by the tiebreaking score of the judges at position one.
The second round was a handy hunter round. Alfano picked up the gallop to the first jump and kept a consistent pace with good turns. Rock Star jumped every jump out of stride in perfect form. Alfano and Rock Star received unbelievable scores of 93 and 95 from the two judging positions. They received another 18 points for handiness for a second round score of 206. They won round two by 20 points. Their overall combined score for the two rounds was 385, which gave them the win in the event by ten points.
Alfano was thrilled to win another hunter derby with Rock Star, who she said loves showing and competing in these classes. “I think that he is truly a show horse,” she remarked. “He can tell this is a big event. He loves to show and do different stuff. I’m still constantly amazed by what a great horse he is.”
Alfano rode three other horses in the hunter derby. She finished sixth with SBS Farms’ Sting and seventh with SBS Farm’s Jersey Boy.
Earlier in the week, SBS Farms competed at the Tournament of Champions week of the Tampa Equestrian Festival. Alfano was the champion in the Regular Working Hunters on Jersey Boy, who won four out of five classes in the division. Jersey Boy was the Tampa Equestrian Festival circuit reserve champion in the division. Alfano and The Specialist, owned by Meredith Lipke Bartolone, were reserve champions in the Green Working Hunters after they won two classes. Another reserve championship came with Bright Star 158 LLC’s Kid Rock in the Pre-Green Hunters. Lipke Bartolone picked up top ribbons with her two horses, Once and Again and The Specialist, in the Amateur-Owner Hunters.
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