April 21, 2009 (Hampton Falls, New Hampshire) -- Fans of the elite equestrian sport of show jumping are already making plans for an exciting Labor Day Weekend in scenic seacoast New Hampshire, home to the Boston area Jumper Classic and the $75,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix. The annual event, now in its 20th year, brings together the nations top international horses and riders with enthusiastic patrons and their families who come to enjoy the non-stop horse and rider competition, live entertainment, gourmet food, boutique shopping, and the picturesque show grounds of the Silver Oak Equestrian Center in a quintessential New England setting.
Tickets are now available online at http://www.jumperclassic.com
for a full week of non-stop entertainment. The show begins on Wednesday, September 2 where admission is free during the week. The festivities beginning with Family Day on Saturday, September 5 and concluding with the day of the $75,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix and VIP luncheon on Sunday, September 6. Tickets may also be ordered over the phone by calling 978-283-7708.
Gourmet Caterers Returns for VIP Luncheon
VIP seating for Sunday, September 6 is held under ringside tents for the optimum view of show jumping action, including the $75,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix and the $15,000 Equine Insurance Services Speed Stake. Traditionally decorated tables, with an open bar and a three-course luncheon are part of the appeal of this VIP ticket.
"People are already calling to inquire about reserving a VIP table or individual tickets," said Melissa Lovasco, President & CEO of the Jumper Classic. "Some look forward to coming to the show every year, and will be happy to know we are bringing back Gourmet Caterers who has put on our most successful VIP luncheons for fourteen of the last twenty years."
"Gourmet Caterers began serving the Jumper Classic in 1994 and has done it every year since, with the exception of last year," said Louis Milinazzo, Vice President. We are very glad to be back! With a highly experienced staff, Gourmet Caterers is committed to product quality, exceptional service and customer satisfaction. "The staff has become familiar with the locations, the detailed steps necessary to execute the event, and the clientele and their specific needs and requests. Our team has become stronger every year, and prepared to handle anything that comes our way, including sudden thunderstorms or intense heat or rain. We are blessed to have a team of people who enjoy their work, have a passion for excellence, and are who proud of what Gourmet can do. I believe this is evident to our clients and is the essence of our ability to please even the most discriminating. We all look forward to another successful Jumper Classic in 2009."
Family Day and Weekend Tickets Available
Many patrons of the Jumper Classic also look forward to the Family Day activities and bringing their children to enjoy the entertainment plus a picnic on the show grounds. And of course equestrians and those who are passionate about horse sports wouldn't miss the opportunity to watch Olympic riders and the top horses in the country competing right in front of them in the ring. Weekend tickets are the economic choice for devoted fans who wish to take in the top notch entertainment and action for two full days.
Chance to Walk the Grand Prix Course with Olympic Athletes
Anyone purchasing tickets online is automatically entered to win a course walk with one of the elite riders on Sunday, and will have the unique opportunity to see the complex arrangement of obstacles and hear an explanation of the technical aspects of navigating the ultimately challenging Grand Prix course. "Last year was especially exciting because the U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist McLain Ward made the Fidelity Investments Grand Prix his first stop after returning from the Olympics. This year, a lot of the top riders who regularly compete here have had some major wins or been in the ribbons, so they'll be primed for an exciting weekend," said Lovasco.
A Full Five Days of Competition
The Jumper Classic opens on Wednesday, September 2 and is offering several new classes for riders competing at the lower levels. Spectator admission is free on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, when more than 40 classes will be held at a variety of levels, including a new Pro-Am class, a Master's Division, Young Jumpers Division, Equitation Classes, and Junior Amateur classes, and many of the Grand Prix riders will be competing on the days leading up to the $12,000 Mohegan Sun Derby, $15,000 Equine Insurance Services Speed Stake, and $75,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix. The Jumper Classic offers more than $200,000 in prize money to the winning athletes and is one of the few show grounds with a Derby bank feature in the pristine grass field.
The show will be running 3 separate rings, with the grass field reserved for the Grand Prix, Speed Stake and Derby. "There's something for everyone who enjoys equestrian competitions and the opportunity to spend the day in the countryside with some fabulous entertainment," said Lovasco. "We have many returning riders who wouldn't miss competing at the Jumper Classic."
2009 is the 20th anniversary of the Jumper Classic, and its second year at its new location at Silver Oak Equestrian Center in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire.
For more information about the up coming event, please visit http://www.jumperclassic.com
or call 978.283.7708.
Family Day - Saturday, September 5
$20.00 per Adult
$15.00 per Child over 13
13 and under free for Family Day
Grand Prix Day - Sunday, September 6
$25.00 per Adult
$15.00 per Child over 6
6 and under free
Weekend Ticket SAVE up to $15 per person!
$40.00 per Adult
$25.00 per Child
6 and under free
VIP Luncheon - Sunday, September 6
Ringside Seating under the VIP Tents
VIP Tickets or Tables
VIP Luncheon Catered by Gourmet Caterers
$165.00 per person or $1,625.00 Table of 10
Garden Party Attire
Corporate Tables Sponsor
Front Row Ringside Seating under the VIP Tents
VIP Luncheon catered by Gourmet Caterers
VIP Parking Program Books for all your guests
Listing on the Invitation and Program Book as a Corporate Sponsor
Your Corporate Banner in the Ring
Special VIP Bags for your guests
$2,500 for a table of ten
Garden Party Attire
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: The Sunday crowd at the Jumper Classic
Photo Credit: Glenn Kulbako
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