Up and over
Top equestrians will be putting on a show in Hampton Falls
By GRETYL MACALASTER
Union Leader Correspondent | August 05. 2013 7:41PM
Nick Dello Joio rides Geledimar during the 2012 Jumper Classic at Silver Oak Farm in Hampton Falls. This year, a new event is being held at Silver Oak but will feature many of the same riders. (COURTESY)
Riders of all levels have invested their lives into the sport, often from a young age.
There is nearly $250,000 up for grabs in prize money, including a $75,000 purse for the winner of the Grand Prix II.2.a National Standard competition on Sunday. The Silver Oak Jumper Tournament will serve as the selection site for the Bolivarian Games to be held in Peru in November.
The Jumper Classic will be held in Ipswich, Mass., in September and Lovasco said it will draw about 500 horses.
Papows is a businessman, who fell in love with horse jumping later in life with a dream of one day competing in the Olympics.
The course is being designed by Olaf Petersen, Jr. of Germany, who has designed courses for the Olympic Games and World Equestrian Games.
"When it goes wrong, gravity wins every time," Papows said, and he has the scars to prove it.
But when it goes right, the relationship between horse and rider, and the grace with which they surmount jumps and gallop around the course is magical.
Horses and riders are expected to travel from as far as Europe and South America to compete, and from around the country, and with every team comes a cadre of support staff, mainly for the horses, including massage therapists, chiropractors, veterinarians and groomers.
Silver Oak Farm covers a total of 175 acres that will be filled with tented horse stables, spectator tents, about 35 vendors and the two main rings.
"It is nice to have something so local of this caliber to be part of," Quigley-Truncellito said.
It is also nice to compete with the top show jumpers in the world, they said.
Ticket information and more details are available at SilverOakJumperTournament.com.