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Silver Oak Jumper Tournament to Proceed As Planned Will Be Held August 7-11, Despite Passing of David Birdsall

HAMPTON FALLS, NH—January 23, 2013

Silver Oak Equestrian Center has announced that the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament will be held as planned, August 7-11, despite the untimely passing of Silver Oak proprietor, David Birdsall.

Birdsall, 58, passed away at his Silver Oak farm in Hampton Falls, NH, on January 16. His wife, Karen, expressed her deepest gratitude to the show jumping community for all their support and emphasized that the horse show that her husband had planned at Silver Oak this summer will proceed as planned in his memory.

“My children and I want to express our sincere appreciation to everyone who has contacted us and provided support at this difficult time,” she said. “At the same time, I want to emphasize that we will be proceeding with the horse show as David would have wanted. It is something that my husband was very committed to and we have every intention of putting on the world-class horse show that he envisioned.”

Focusing strictly on jumpers, the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament will offer divisions for children, adults, juniors and amateurs in addition to an international open jumper division for North America’s leading Grand Prix riders. The horse show will benefit the Children’s Wish Foundation International and all classes will be USEF recognized. Working with Karen Birdsall to produce the event will be Dr. Jeff Papows, who will be deeply involved as Chairman, and Mike Belisle, who will be horse show manager. Silver Oak Equestrian Center, located right off Route 95 less than 50 miles from Boston, has built a reputation as one of the leading equestrian sports venues in New England. Its 150-acre facility is dedicated to providing a first-class experience for equestrian com­petitors and spectators alike. Silver Oak’s unique grounds offer one of the country’s largest grass Grand Prix and Derby fields along with four all-weather rings featuring world-class GGT footing.

Further information on the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament is available on line at www.SilverOakJumperTournament.com or www.facebook.com/SilverOakJumperTournament.

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