Hampton Falls, NH – July 16, 2013 – Five days of exciting show jumping highlight the inaugural Silver Oak Jumper Tournament set to debut at the Silver Oak Equestrian Center in Hampton Falls, NH on August 7 through 11, 2013.
The all jumper show is expected to draw a world-class line-up of stars from the United States and Canada and entries from across the globe. The event will offer divisions for children, adults, juniors and amateurs in addition to a big money international openjumper division.
|Kevin Babington and Mark Q were victorious in the I Love NY Grand Prix – The Book LLC|
The tournament has received the endorsement of the famed Global Champions Tour and this year’s show will also honor Silver Oak’s founder David Birdsall, who passed away earlier this year.
Also, the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament was selected as one of only two United States horse shows in 2013 to be used as Selection Trials for the Bolivarian Games, held every four years in the southern hemisphere. The event, ongoing since 1938, is open to athletes from Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Venezuela. This year’s contest will be held November 16, through the 30th in Trujillo, Peru. The famed Hampton Classic is other U.S. site for the observation and selection trials.
The main event dominates the Sunday schedule in Hampton Falls as top riders will vie for big prize money in the first ever $75,000 Equestrian Estate Planning Group Grand Prix. Top horsemen include
|Paul O’Shea and Primo de Revel won the Grand Prix at the Lake Placid Horse Show – The Book LLC|
Kevin Babington and Paul O’Shea, Irish riders that produced stunning back to back wins in the two big money events at the Lake Placid Horse Show earlier this month. Also on the roster to compete is defending American Gold Cup champion and Olympian Peter Leone and top amateur rider Charlie Jacobs, a big winner at this year’s Winter Equestrian Festival. Also coming to New Hampshire is the red-hot Peter Wylde, who just won back to back Grand Prix in Vermont. Jeffery Welles, winner of the $200,000 American Invitational will be on hand as will veteran superstars and United States Olympians Anne Kursinski and Leslie Howard, all part of the strong contingent of riders headed to New Hampshire in August.
In addition to the big money on Sunday, riders will compete for the $25,000 Boston Strong Bonus. The $25,000 cash prize will go to any horse and rider combination that win both the $75,000 Equestrian Estates Planning Group Grand Prix at Silver Oak and the Grand Prix at Fieldstone the following week. The Silver Oak event will be held on Sunday, August 11, in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, while the $50,000 Fieldstone Grand Prix will take place in Halifax, Massachusetts, on Saturday, August 17.
Sunday’s Grand Prix is preceded by the $15,000 Agero Speed Classic.
Saturday’s session features a number of exciting show jumping competitions, including the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Classics for top Junior and Amateur Owner Jumpers and the $15,000 DG Ventures Speed Derby, a challenging test over 18-20 obstacles in a race for the title.
The best way to enjoy the weekend’s main events is an up close ringside table in the VIP pavilion. Discover the refined cuisine and gracious hospitality of executive chef, Jay Curcio and the White Apron catering team, while you enjoy tented ringside seating for the Grand Prix. VIP Tables of ten are available and include a Champagne Luncheon, Ringside Tables and special VIP Parking. Tables are going fast, so reservations are suggested. Visit this link for further details:
Riders will be competing on the gorgeous Grand Prix field at the Silver Oak Equestrian Center or in the second ring, featuring world-class GCT footing.
The Grand Prix field has been over seeded with tens of thousands of dollars of fall and spring blue grass seed and aerated and a new irrigation system has created near perfect condition ahead of this year’s tournament. The huge Jumper Ring 2 (165′ X 320′) has seen over 44,000 pounds of brand new footing installed for this year’s event.
The Prize List for the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament is available here:
“We have heard from many of the nation’s best riders who have told us that they intend to be here and we’re also delighted that a number of international competitors, some from as far away as Greece, are also making the trip to New Hampshire,” said Show Chairman, Jeffery Papows. “We are focusing on a number of exciting entertainment attractions too. We know that the large crowds of enthusiastic supporters that come to Silver Oak will get to see a great show.”
Silver Oak Equestrian Center, located right off Route 95 less than 50 miles from Boston, has built a reputation as one of the leading equestrian sports venues in New England. Its 150-acre facility is dedicated to providing a first-class experience for equestrian competitors and spectators alike. Silver Oak’s unique grounds offer one of the country s largest grass Grand Prix and Derby fields along with four all-weather rings featuring world-class GGT footing.
“This is going to be a first-class event and a great facility and we’re going to showcase the sport of show jumping the way it should be,” Papows added.
Germany’s Olaf Petersen, Jr., has been named to design the courses for the Silver Oak Tournament. Petersen, one of the world’s most popular and respected builders, has worked the world’s best shows, including the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships.
The Silver Oak Jumper Tournament is proud to align itself with the Children’s Wish Foundation International as our feature charity. Show management is thrilled to bring world class competition and at the same time, play some small part in making the wishes of unfortunate children fighting serious illness dreams a reality.
We’ll see you in New Hampshire on August 7-11th!
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