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Top Show Jumping Talent Darren Graziano Joins The Jumper Classic Board of Directors

South Hamilton, Massachusetts - April 27, 2007- New England's premier Grand Prix show jumping competition, The Jumper Classic, is pleased to announce that Darren Graziano will join the Board of Directors. Graziano, one of the nation's top show jumping professionals, has competed at major shows on the east coast of the United States and Canada since the 1980s.

"I've supported the Boston show since the beginning," he says. "I love the show because its efforts are always focused on the exhibitor. It gives back to the riders and it is always a delight to go there. It's my favorite horse show and I have a couple of ideas to help make it even better."

By assuming the duties of a board member of the Jumper Classic, Graziano joins long-time friend Chairman of the Board, Jeff Papows.

"Darren is not only one of the greatest talents on the show circuit, but one of the nicer people and somebody of great integrity. Having known Darren for years, purchased a horse from Darren, and watched his tremendous enthusiasm for The Jumper Classic, grow with the show his appointment to the board is a natural. We are very lucky to have him ", said Jeff Papows, PhD - Chairman of the Jumper Classic.

Darren Graziano has accumulated many ribbons at The Jumper Classic over the many years he has competed here. In 2005, he captured the win in the $5,000 Herb Chambers Mercedes-Benz Speed Stake aboard Allure, a nine-year-old mare owned by clients Carol and Andrew Clarkson. That weekend he was USEF Champion at Level 6 with Allure, and at Level 7 with Presioso. At the 2006 Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic, he won 3rd place behind Leslie Burr Howard and winner Kent Farrington (also winner of the Grand Prix) aboard Zorro. Graziano continued his wins aboard Allure, who was Circuit Champion in the 1.35 Division at West Palm Beach, Florida this season, and won "seven or eight classes, which is hard to do with so many entries in each class."

As a young rider, Graziano won the Northeast Regional Maclay Finals in 1989 and captured both the team and the individual gold medal at the North American Young Rider Championships in 1990. He continued his successful career with many Grand Prix placings at the HITS horse show series and a win in the $60,000 World Cup Qualifier in Quebec aboard Kinetic.

Like many professional show jumpers, Darren competes in the winter in Wellington, Florida, but is based in Carmel, New York the other three seasons. He Founder and C.E.O. of D.G. Venture, Inc., focusing on the training and competition of amateur and adult equestrians as well as young and experienced horses. Selecting promising young horses in Europe is another aspect of his business, and he competes on his sales stock as well as established career jumpers.

To learn more about the schedule of events for the 2007 Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic, visit http://www.jumperclassic.com or call 978.283.7708. For more information about Darren Graziano you can visit http://www.stadiumjumping.com/aga/index.cfm.

Fidelity Investments is one of the world's largest providers of financial services, with custodied assets of $3.0 trillion, including managed assets of $1.4 trillion as of February 28, 2007. Fidelity offers investment management, retirement planning, brokerage, and human resources and benefits outsourcing services to more than 23 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 Credit: ESI, Darren Graziano aboard Zorro


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