Jennifer Alfano tops the Hunter class in New York

Jennifer Alfano tops the Hunter class in New York
It was a special atmosphere at the Rolex Central Park Horse show in the $50,000 Duchossois Hunter Cup. But apparentely no problem for Miss Lucy and Jennifer Alfano. The course was made of a large brush, graffiti painted fences and other beautiful, unusual jumps

Alfano and Helen Lenahan's Miss Lucy earned a score of 88 from the judging panel in their first round. They returned for the second round in first place. Their second trip earned them a 90, placing them first on 178. Scott Stewart and David Gochman's Empire into second (172) and Maggie Jayne was third on All Wrapped Up (169).

Giavanna Rinaldi rode Kelly Bauernschmidt’s Taken into first in the $2,500 Junior/Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic on a score of 87. Nine pairs contested the class, and Stephanie Danhakl was second on her Enough Said.

Sophie Gochman and Betsee Parker’s Bit Of Love’s score of 83 in the $1,000 small/medium pony hunter freestyle boosted the pair to first. Gochman’s sister, Mimi Gochman, was second on Parker’s Love Me Tender with 82. “It’s amazing riding here, with the towers around you and such a big crowd, I loved it,” said Sophie.

Riders in this class could choose their own music, and Sophie selected Lorde’s “Royals” as a calming song for her pony. But the announcers mistakenly played a different song.