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Melissa Cohn Pilots Chairman of the Board to Reserve Championship at Winter Equestrian Festival

Wellington, FL - February 4, 2008 - The third week of the CN Winter Equestrian Festival wrapped up yesterday, and Melissa Cohn brought home a reserve championship in the Low Adult Hunters.

Riding Chairman of the Board, a new mount for her, Cohn earned first, third and fifth place ribbons over fences and a first place in the under saddle. This is the pair's first show together, as Cohn rode him for the first time about one week ago.

"He's amazing. He really is just amazing," Cohn said of her new partnership. "I rode him for the first time a week ago, and as soon as I got on him, I knew: he's it. He's sweet and willing and is just the greatest. I'm really looking forward to this season with him."

Cohn is both a rider and the president and CEO of the Manhattan Mortgage Company. She is an expert in the mortgage field and has been recognized with a Stevie Award for Women in Business, which honors female executives, entrepreneurs and their companies worldwide and have been touted as the Oscars of the business world, recognizing outstanding performance in business. The founder of Manhattan Mortgage, she was named Top Mortgage Originator for eleven years in a row by the editors of Mortgage Originator Magazine and is also the recipient of the Ernst & Young 2003 Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Financial Services category in the New York Metro Area.

Aside from her business accolades, Cohn is a well known philanthropist and was honored in May with the Spirit of Life award from City of Hope for her charitable work, which is extensive. Some of her causes include Volunteers of America, Lighthouse International, Habitat for Humanity, the Child Development Center of the Hamptons, the American Cancer Society, March of Dimes and The Retreat.

The Manhattan Mortgage Company was founded in 1985 and has since expanded dramatically. The company has offices in Manhattan, Purchase, Croton-on-Hudson, Jericho, Westhampton, Bridgehampton, East Hampton and Amagansett, in addition to Palm Beach, FL, Upper Montclair, NJ, and Chester, VT.

For more information about Melissa Cohn or The Manhattan Mortgage Company, please visit http://www.manhattanmortgage.com.

PHOTO CREDIT: Melissa Cohn and Chairman of the Board, reserve champions in the Low Adult Hunters at the CN Winter Equestrian Festival. Photo (C) Chrissy Lane. This photo may be used only in relation to this press release.


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