NESN Coverage of Silver Oak Jumper Tournament Brings Show Jumping to Over Four Million Homes

Joseph Maar, NESN Vice President, Programming and Production
Joseph Maar, NESN Vice President, Programming and Production

Network of the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins will feature highlights of the $75,000 Agero Grand Prix

Halifax, MA - April 1, 2015 - The organizers of this year's Silver Oak Jumper Tournament, scheduled for August 12 through 16, 2015 at the Fieldstone Show Park in Halifax, MA, announced today that NESN, the New England Sports Network, is returning again this year for in-depth reporting of the four day extravaganza and full coverage of Sunday's main event, the $75,000 Agero Silver Oak Grand Prix. As a result of the landmark agreement reached last year between Show Chairman Jeff Papows and the network, NESN will again create their feature broadcast, 'World Class Show Jumping in New England.'

Launched in 1984, the New England Sports Network (NESN) is delivered to over 4 million homes throughout the six-state New England region and to an additional 5 million homes nationally as NESN National. The definitive source for New England sports programming, NESN has consistently been one of the top rated regional sports networks in the country and was recently ranked as the 8th Most Valuable Sports Business Brand in the world by Forbes Magazine.

"We are excited to return for a second year as the television home of the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament in Halifax, Massachusetts," said Joseph Maar, NESN's Vice President of Programming & Production, Executive Producer. "Last year's tournament was a first for NESN and we quickly discovered how competitive, dramatic and beautiful this sport can be on television."

NESN cameras will be on the grounds at Silver Oak throughout the show.
NESN cameras will be on the grounds at Silver Oak throughout the show.

As was the case last year, NESN will be onsite, all week long during this year's Silver Oak Jumper Tournament on August 12 through 16 creating special features, doing interviews with the top names in the sport and capturing the magic and the beauty of the show jumping for their rapidly expanding audience. This leads up to the Sunday package, which includes highlights of the D & G Ventures Mini Prix in the morning and full coverage of the $75,000 Agero Grand Prix in the afternoon.

The complete program will air on NESN soon after the tournament is over.

"Every move we make at the Silver Oak Tournament, every change, every improvement, is always with our exhibitors in mind," said Show Chairman Jeff Papows. "We're very proud that we've attained big-time TV coverage of the tournament. It's unprecedented exposure for our competitors. We are extremely grateful that NESN sees the value of bringing our sport to their audience. As I said last year, it is always hard for equestrianism to break through the mainstream sports' lock on programming to find any airtime. We are thrilled that this agreement with NESN not only secures broadcast time for our featured event, the $75,000 Agero Grand Prix, but will also offer some wonderful pre-event coverage as well."

"What's also good for the sport is that NESN will be promoting the event during the summer leading up to the program," Papows noted, "That gives the horse show additional mentions and 'views' and keeps the Silver Oak Tournament in the forefront, even well before the event takes place. As we did last year, we'll try and capture this dramatic, visual and beautiful sport so it can reach the wide audience NESN has captured for Boston sports, including the Bruins and Red Sox for the past thirty years," he said.

NESN Broadcast Truck at the Boston Bruins hockey game.
NESN Broadcast Truck at the Boston Bruins hockey game.

The Silver Oak Tournament was once again named as one of the North AmericanRiders Group (NARG)'s top shows of 2014. The NARG report stated, "Silver Oak management brought its commitment to top sport to the table, as they continued in pursuit of their goal to be a "Riders' Horse Show," the NARG report stated. "Remaining true to that mission, management made numerous efforts to deliver an outstanding experience. The grass field and the sand arenas held up beautifully even with heavy rain. Grand prix day was not only well-attended, but televised. The large crowds that filled the seats, drawn in part by lively bands and entertainment to make the day a real outing, produced an unmistakable vibe of excitement, and a Riders' Tent well stocked with good food provided a comfortable oasis for competitors."

"Over the years, we've gone above and beyond to make sure that the rider's experience was something they would notice and would appreciate," Papows noted. "We're proud to be included among the top ranked events in North America. Each year we will strive to move up in the rankings and always stick to our goal of being "the Rider's Show," smiled Papows.

"After a successful first year at Fieldstone, this unique and intimate 'jumpers-only' show has great potential. The Silver Oak group knows how to produce a top event, and NARG applauds the success of their efforts," said the NARG report.

Prize Lists for this year's show are available online now. To view this year's prize list, visit: http://silveroakjumpertournament.com/show-info/2015-prize-list/

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




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