The Green Hunters of SBS Farms raked in the money on April 5 when winning the USHJA Green Hunter Incentive and the Texas Super Stake classes during the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show III.
Kindred, owned by Kathy Chiaf of Edmond, Oklahoma, jumped to a score of 84 and 88 with Alfano and captured the Texas Super Stake 3’ and 3’3” and $1,290, as well as the USHJA Green Hunter Incentive and another $690. Kindred also claimed the 3’3″ Green Hunter tricolor for a ribbon-filled week.
Trainer Susie Schoellkopf, of Buffalo, New York, described Kindred as a talented, classic hunter type and one that caught their eye immediately a year ago when they purchased him in Florida as a 5-year-old.
“Trainer Linda Hough named him. She happened to see him when we tried him in Ocala. She thought he was a special horse as did we,” said Schoellkopf. “When Jen and I looked at him, we couldn’t even look at each other as the people were riding him. And then as we drove out we said, ‘OK, we’re buying him.’”
Although Kindred traveled to Pin Oak for the three-week show series, he only competed Week III because he arrived in Texas from Florida slightly dehydrated.
“We sent him to the clinic for a day, which turned out to be nothing,” said Schoellkopf. “And, this week he was fresh and jumped beautifully. He’s a really special horse and worth taking our time with. I think he has a beautiful look and a beautiful way of going, and his jump is spectacular.”
Sharon O’Neill’s Talladega, another elegant bay hunter ridden by Jennifer Alfano, topped the card in the Texas Super Stake 3’6” and 3’9” and earned $525.
Talladega also earned the 3’6″ Green Hunter reserve championship behind MTM Farm’s MTM One Time, ridden by Dorrie Douglas.
Alfano also guided her own Candid to the High Performance Conformation Hunter championship over reserve champion Gabli, owned by Carolyn M. Elsey and ridden by Daniel Bedoya.
Amateur rider Didi Mackenzie wasn’t intimidated by the professionals as she rode MTM Do Right to the 3’9″ Green Hunter Championship. Her consistently beautiful rounds received ample applause from her many supporters, including husband and co-owner Kenny Mackenzie, Colleen McQuay, Mike McCormick and Tracy Fenney, who earned the reserve championship aboard MTM Outbid.