Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist McLain Ward Headlines a Star-Studded Lineup for Silver Oak Jumper Tournament

By Silver Oaks Jumper Tournament for Phelps Media Group

Halifax, MA – July 15, 2015 – The Silver Oak Jumper Tournament, presented by the Davis McCullough Foundation, is less than a month away now and the list of top riders continues to grow for this year’s show.  The Tournament lifts off on August 12th and runs through the 16th at the Fieldstone Show Park, just 28 miles south of Boston. The show runs Wednesday through Sunday with jumping classes every day. The main event is Sunday’s $75,000 Agero Grand Prix and will feature a world-class field of top equestrians from around the world. The afternoon’s main event is preceded in the morning by the D & G Ventures Mini-Prix. These two exciting classes make for a full day of excitement and entertainment in a gorgeous setting at Fieldstone.

This is the third year for the tournament, ranked as one of the NARG’s (North American Riders Group) top rated American horse shows, in each of its first two years.

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Paul O’Shea, left, was the winner of the inaugural Silver Oak Grand Prix. Last Year fellow Irishman, Kevin Babington scored the win.

The first two winners of the $75,000 Agero Grand Prix, both top Irish equestrians, will be returning to Halifax to compete again. Paul O’Shea a winner during the first year and last year’s champion Kevin Babington will both be in action again, trying to get a second leg up on the trophy. Since his win at Silver Oak, O’Shea went on to post a win in the prestigious $100,000 Grand Prix of Devon. Babington, meanwhile, followed up his win at Silver Oak with an excellent victory in $250,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix and recently the $100,000 Split Rock Jumping Tour.

This year however, they’ll be faced with their toughest challenge to date as America’s winningest and most decorated rider, McLain Ward has confirmed that he’ll be coming to Halifax this year. “I’m looking forward to competing at Silver Oak this year,” Ward said. “Jeff Papows works very hard to put on a first-class event and I’m glad we could schedule our trip to Halifax to support him.” Ward, a key member on the United States Equestrian Team’s events in Europe, has been unable to attend until now, because of conflicts with dates on his international schedule.

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McLain Ward and Rothchild competing for the United States at Barcelona  – Photo by Herve Bonnaud.

“We are thrilled to have McLain coming to this year’s show,” said Show Chairman Dr. Jeffrey Papows. “He is the ultimate professional and one of the world’s greatest riders.” A photo of Ward and his great mount Sapphire graces the cover of Papows’ popular equestrian book, ‘Unbridled Passion.’

Over the course of his career, Ward has put together an unmatched resume that includes two Olympic Gold medals, a Pan American Games Gold medal and a Silver and Bronze medal at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen in 2006 and last year in Normandy. His grand prix win total eclipses every rider in American history and just a week ago at Spruce Meadows in Canada, he crossed the $10 million dollar mark in prize money, the first rider in U.S. history to do that. He’ll arrive at Silver Oak following the Pan Am Games in Canada.

Other top competitors making the trip to Massachusetts include Georgina Bloomberg who is on the Pan American Games team with McLain Ward, Chris Kappler, a Gold Medal teammate of Ward’s in Athens, Greece, and Molly Ashe-Cawley, a two-time American Invitational champion.

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Georgina Bloomberg and Juvina – Photo by Roland Thunholm.

Add to those names, Charlie Jacobs, who had a brilliant double clear round on the United States Nations Cup team at Falsterbo, Sweden, just last week, Atlanta Olympian Peter Leone and former World Cup champion Mario Deslauriers. Also making the trip to Halifax this year are riders from Missy Clark’s North Run, Darren Graziano, Judy Garofalo-Torres, Alan Griffin, Candice King, Jeffery Welles and Margie Engle’s Gladwinds Farm. When you add this star-studded group together, you have the makings of a very competitive Silver Oak competition in 2015.

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Charlie Jacobs and Flaming Star competing in Falsterbo, Sweden – Photo by Roland Thunholm.

Stalls are still available, but they are filling up rapidly. So, if you’re planning to attend, we suggest you contact the show office at your earliest convenience. The show grounds are in beautiful condition, the tents are going up and this year’s tournament, televised by NESN to millions of viewers in the New England area, should be the biggest and most exciting yet.

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Darren Graziano not only competes, but also sponsors the DG Ventures Prix – Photo by Tammy Hardy.

There’s no better option for a great Sunday than to be part of the festivities in the beautiful Silver Oak Jumper Tournament VIP Tent, conveniently located ringside with a perfect view of the competition arena. The VIP tables have become a very popular part of family and client entertainment experiences at the SOJT in beautiful Halifax every year.  You too can be a part of one of the few Olympic level show jumping events rated amongst the tops in this country year after year. Thrill to the majesty, beauty, and power that is world class show Jumping.  Do it all, seated in a covered tent, ringside, on an elevated berm with a delicious first class luncheon, beer, wine and all the amenities one might imagine associated with the world’s most beautiful sport.

Farms, corporations, families or groups of friends can reserve tables of ten, available for only $1,000.00 for the day, but a word to the wise – reserve your table now. Last year, the VIP tent was a quick sell-out and space is limited. Gates will open at 10:00 a.m. with opening ceremonies that include of the country’s top college singing groups who will sing the National Anthem and some popular cover tunes.  The Boston Mounted Park Police Color Guard will again be on display and there will be other intermission entertainment to be announced closer to the event.  The luncheon menu will again be a delectable delight, the table side service will be superb and nonstop as will the action during the Agero $75,000.00 Grand Prix and D&G Ventures $15,000.00 Mini Prix.

Not only is the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament, presented by the Davis McCullough Foundation, the area’s only USEF rated six star jumper show, Scott Clawson and Fieldstone Show Park continue the momentum the following week beginning August 18th, with more than $100,000.00 in prize money culminating between Tuesday and Thursday of the following week.  So plan to stay in this utopian setting through the following Thursday and reap the rewards to include a $7,500.00 CMJ Sporthorse Cup on Tuesday August 18th, the $10,000.00 Boston Welcome Stakes that same day, and ending on Thursday August 20th with a $50,000.00 National Standard Grand Prix.  So double your money, double your fun over eight days there is more than $300,000.00 in prize money between SOJT and FSP there for the taking.

To reserve your table, contact Sharon Ricci @ 781-710-4903 or through email @ [email protected]

For a prize list, visit the website at: http://silveroakjumpertournament.com/show-info/2015-prize-list/

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The Fieldstone Show Park

See you in Halifax in August for the 2015 Silver Oak Jumper Tournament!