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The Jumper Classic Relocates to New England's Premier Equestrian Center

Gloucester, Massachusetts, January 9, 2008- The Jumper Classic, now in its 19th year, announced today that the renowned equestrian show jumping event will move to the Silver Oak Equestrian Center in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. With 75 acres of show grounds, Silver Oak Equestrian Center more than doubles the South Hamilton, Massachusetts facility at the Myopia Schooling Fields.

The Jumper Classic has leased the show grounds in South Hamilton, Massachusetts for the past three years from the Myopia Hunt Club. Since its inception, the Jumper Classic has grown exponentially, reaching crowds of 12,000 and attracting Olympic medalists, European, South American and Canadian riders. In 2007, the show housed more than 500 horses over the course of the entire week-long event.

Following the September 2007 Jumper Classic, the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism estimated more than $14.4 million in spending impact on the Boston and North Shore economies. Based on ticket sales and rider participation, more than 10% of The Jumper Classic's show enthusiasts are international visitors from countries including England, Germany, Belgium, France, Canada, Brazil, Argentina and Mexico, to name of few. And, according to The Jumper Classic's General Admission and VIP ticket sales, an estimated 40% of attendees come from outside of New England. The Jumper Classic is one of only 33 AGA (American Grand Prix Association) Grand Prix's held in the United States. 2008 marks the eighth year that Fidelity Investments has been involved as their Title Sponsor. "We've simply outgrown our existing location," said Jeff Papows, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Jumper Classic and CEO of Maptuit Corporation." Following our most recent meeting with Myopia executives, we started to think 'outside the box.' There have been many people who put their heart and soul into making the Jumper Classic a premier, Olympic Caliber event, and we want to continue with that momentum. We have found the ideal solution with the huge benefit of keeping us local to the Boston and New England community."

Papows, as a competitor himself and a close associate with other competitors, said the new location offers The Jumper Classic an internationally renowned equestrian venue. There are many reasons that brought the Jumper Classic's Board of Directors to this decision and the timing is excellent allowing us to offer more to our competitors and sponsors.

The new location is 23 miles north of the South Hamilton facility yet offers easier access off the main Interstates and according to "mapquest.com" is only an additional is just an additional 6 minutes in travel time from Boston, Massachusetts. The Silver Oak Equestrian Center is designed for competitive equestrian events featuring 6 all weather rings and one of the few derby fields for Grand Prix competitions in New England. Dave Birdsall and his family are the new owners of Silver Oak Equestrian Center and long-time acquaintances of The Jumper Classic.

"My family and I are thrilled to partner with the Jumper Classic," Birdsall said. "Our vision for this property when we purchased it three years ago was to continue to develop it into the premier show facility in New England, and hosting The Jumper Classic will certainly help expedite that vision. Hampton Falls is a great community and we're proud to be a part of it," said Dave Birdsall.

The philosophy for the show has been two-fold, one, to build a European style, International caliber event and two, to ensure that the Rider's have a central voice that is heard especially with regard to any needed improvements for the show. According to President, Melissa Lovasco, this is a Rider's horse show, by design, and it affects every decision that is made by The Jumper Classic management. With the event's popularity and increase in entrants, Riders recently commented on the size of Myopia facility stating that it has become "quite congested". This negatively impacted the training and warm up areas for the horses and has compromised safety. These reasons did help persuade The Jumper Classic Board of their ultimate conclusion. Thanks to David Birdsall, the Jumper Classic has found a new home that will meet the growing needs of the athletes today and tomorrow. The Jumper Classic wishes to thank past Myopia administrators for their tenure at the beautiful Schooling Fields in South Hamilton, Massachusetts.



The 2008 Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic will be held Wednesday, September 3 through Sunday, September 7, 2008 at their new location, Silver Oak Equestrian Center in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. The Jumper Classic will continue with their European style horse show, including the excitement of watching Olympic athletes who will have just competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Also featured are the many internationally recognized riders who will be vying for the $75,000 Fidelity Investments AGA Grand Prix. These are the World's finest equine and human athletes that perform their artistry with beauty, power and grace for the thousands of spectators who will gather. New for 2008 is a Derby with a purse of $15,000 which will be contested on Saturday, September 6, 2008 and will be sponsored by Mohegan Sun.

2007 Jumper Classic Competition Attracted World Renowned Competitors and Well Known Celebrities. Kent Farrington, 2007 winner of the $75,000 Fidelity Investments AGA Grand Prix, took the blue ribbon for the second year in a row. Georgina Bloomberg, daughter of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, placed sixth in the AGA Grand Prix. The $10,000 Mohegan Sun Speed Stake was won by Hillary Dobbs aboard her horse, Marengo. Hillary Dobbs is the daughter of the award winning CNN television show host, Lou Dobbs. Frances Rivera, Channel 7 News Anchor, emceed the event and was wonderfully personable and thoroughly successful in engaging the crowd. Glen Kelley, Publisher of Boston Common Magazine was on-hand to judge the hat contest. A unique musical experience underscored the event featuring, the spectacular voice of bluhammock music recording artist, Jim Boggia. Another exciting offering was when Gregg Amonette, Senior Vice President of Business Development for Ultimate ResortT Destination Clubs, raffled off a complimentary Ultimate ResortT 3-night stay vacation to anywhere in the world. Under the VIP tents the guests enjoyed their Pol Roger Champagne Luncheon while Cartier, the renowned French jeweler and watchmaker, had their models interact with the Jumper Classic VIP guests donning some of their most exquisite jewelry.



About Fidelity Investments

Fidelity Investments is one of the world's largest providers of financial services, with custodied assets of $3.4 trillion, including managed assets of $1.6 trillion as of November 30, 2007. Fidelity offers investment management, retirement planning, brokerage, and human resources and benefits outsourcing services to 24 million individuals and institutions as well as through 5,500 financial intermediary firms. The firm is the largest mutual fund company in the United States, the No. 1 provider of workplace retirement savings plans, the largest mutual fund supermarket and a leading online brokerage firm. For more information about Fidelity Investments, visit http://www.fidelity.com.

PHOTO: Silver Oak Equestrian Center, Hampton Falls, New Hampshire

 

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