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2009 Jumper Classic Expands Show Jumping Competition to Please Amateurs and Pros Alike

Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, March 12, 2009 -- Plans are underway for some exciting enhancements to the 2009 Jumper Classic, New England's premier show jumping event. The five full days of show jumping classes running from Wednesday, September 2nd through Labor Day weekend, and culminating in the $75,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix on September 6th, will now include Levels 1 and 2, equitation classes, and an exciting Level 3 Pro-Am team competition. By opening the event to horses and riders jumping at the training levels, the Jumper Classic welcomes a wider range of competitors as well as students accompanying their trainers.

"We have classes for all levels," said Peggy Lynch, Show Manager, explaining that the classes range from Level 1 (2'9" to 3') to Level 9 (4'9"to 5' in height), "and everything in between, which is sure to give riders and spectators a variety of choices. We'll be running three rings this year. Our spacious show grounds have plenty of warm-up rings and all weather footing, plus we have stabling for over five hundred horses and ample parking for trailers.

"Now riders who are just coming up through the ranks can compete in the Jumper Classic and be a part of a show of this caliber, plus gain points towards the regional and national finals," she added. "The junior rider can compete in the junior jumping classes along with the equitation classes, allowing them to continue to qualify for this year's finals or get a head start on next years finals."

Adding to the fun this year for spectators and riders is the ProAm class, where a professional rider and an amateur rider team up and jump a course in relay fashion. Pairing up with Olympian McLain Ward in a Pro-Am class two years ago was "the thrill of a lifetime," said Jeff Papows, Chairman of the Jumper Classic, who recalls strategizing with Ward about ways to "shave off a couple of seconds. The Pro-Am class puts a lot of pressure on the amateur because you don't want to let the professional down. As you might imagine, it's a real crowd pleaser, too."

Offering the Level 1 and 2 as well as the equitation classes "gives trainers who support our horse show the chance to bring their less experienced students to the show with them. This is such a great opportunity for both elite and amateur riders," said Melissa Lovasco, President & CEO of the Jumper Classic. "The lower level classes also gives the local riders the ability to trailer in for the day and enjoy all the amenities of a recognized competition. The new ring is a win-win for everyone!" said Lovasco.

The Jumper Classic, now in its 20th year, offers more than 40 different show jumping classes with more than $200,000 in prize money, including the $10,000 Welcome Stake, $12,000 Mohegan Sun Derby, $15,000 Equine Insurance Services Speed Stake, and the $75,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix, the only AGA approved Grand Prix in New England.

The Jumper Classic is held at the Silver Oak Equestrian Center in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. The 75-acre facility is specifically designed for competitive equestrian events and features six all-weather rings and a derby field for Grand Prix competition. Located just north of Boston and on New Hampshire's scenic seacoast, Hampton Falls is a quaint New England town with easy access to lodging, dining, tax-free shopping, and sight seeing opportunities.

For more information about the up coming show please visit http://www.jumperclassic.com or call 978.283.7708.

Fidelity Investments is one of the world's largest providers of financial services, with custodied assets of over $2.5 trillion, including managed assets of over $1.2 trillion as of January 31, 2009. 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 Caption: McLain Ward on Goldika 559

Photo Credit: Anne Gittens


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