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Jumper Classic Welcomes Smuttynose Brewing Company as Official Beer

July 8, 2009, Hampton Falls, New Hampshire -- The Jumper Classic, New England's annual elite show jumping event featuring the $75,000 Fidelity Investments AGA Grand Prix, will offer patrons a taste of New Hampshire during the VIP luncheon on Sunday, September 6th at the Silver Oak Equestrian Center in Hampton Falls. While the nation's top riders, including Olympic medalists, compete at the highest level of this equestrian sport, VIP spectators enjoy a unique venue complete with ringside seating, entertainment, and gourmet foods.

"We're pleased to announce New Hampshire's own craft brewery, Smuttynose Brewing Company, will be serving specialty beers during the VIP luncheon and in the Riders' Tent," said Melissa Lovasco, President of the Jumper Classic. "We enjoy giving our patrons the opportunity to sample fine regional products - it's part of the Jumper Classic tradition for the past twenty years."

Smuttynose Brewing Company, known as the Granite State's leading craft brewery, is named for Smuttynose Island, one of the Isles of Shoals, a small archipelago off the coast of New Hampshire and Maine. Several of its award-winning beers honor this landmark in name and history.

Shoals Pale Ale, "...the closest thing to an English ale in an American bottled beer" (Boston Globe), was listed as one of America's Best Beers by Men's Journal Magazine and voted the Gold Medal Winner at the Great British Beer Festival. Star Island Single is a refreshing, abbey-style beer. Smuttynose IPA (India Pale Ale) is a well-hopped ale brewed to honor the seafaring history of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Smuttynose Brewing's home town.

"I grew up riding horses, so I am very proud to see our beers served at the Jumper Classic," said Smuttynose President Peter Egelston, who founded the company in 1994. "We feel that the quality and character of our products are a great match for such a distinguished event."

Held under the VIP tents at the Silver Oaks Equestrian Center Grand Prix show grounds in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, the VIP luncheon offers patrons the ultimate show experience with ringside seating, elegant décor, and the opportunity to sample some carefully selected foods and beverages.The tradition of the Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic VIP luncheon includes garden party attire and a ladies' hat contest with prizes presented by Boston Common Magazine.

Tickets to the VIP luncheon are $165 per person or table sponsorships with ringside seating for ten are also available. VIP tickets include the Champagne Luncheon catered by Gourmet Caterers, complimentary bar, VIP Parking, and a program book.

Gates open at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 6th, and opening ceremonies begin at 11:30 a.m. The full day of entertainment includes boutique shopping, music, special demonstrations, the $15,000 Equine Insurance Services Speed Stake, Presented by Great American, and culminates in the $75,000 Fidelity Investments AGA Grand Prix, which was won last year by 2008 Gold Medalist McLain Ward. The show ends at around 5:00 p.m. with awards presented in the Hermes of Paris Winners Circle.

To purchase tickets to this great event, please visit http://www.jumperclassic.com or call 978.283.7708.

Photo Caption: VIP Luncheon Guests at the 2008 Jumper Classic

Photo Credit: Kulbako Photo, glenn@kulbakophoto.com


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