Silver Oak Jumper Tournament Honors Children’s Wish Foundation International

Rebekah, diagnosed with Neuroblastoma. Her wish: a horse with a saddle – she received horse, saddle, vet services, food and other accessories.

The “Rider’s Horse Show” Returns on August 7-11, 2013

Hampton Falls, NH – July 1, 2013 – Excitement continues to build for the inaugural Silver Oak Jumper Tournament as the electrifying sport of show jumping is set to make a return to the Silver Oak Equestrian Center at 340 Exeter Road in Hampton Falls, NH on August 7-11, 2013.

The all jumper show is expected to draw a world-class line-up of stars from the United States and Canada and entries from across the globe. The event will offer divisions for children, adults, juniors and amateurs in addition to a big money international open jumper division.

The Prize List for the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament is available here:

In addition to the great sport of show jumping, a very worthwhile charity will join the equestrians on center stage when the horses return to New Hampshire in August. Children’s Wish Foundation International is dedicated to bringing joy and happiness to children with life-threatening illness around the world. This dedication has created memorable experiences for children and families in 53 countries.

“I chose CWFI when I wanted a named charity for my book ‘Unbridled Passion’; it was Ian Millar and his experience with Big Ben and a child that put me together with them,” said Show Chairman Jeff Papows. “I was so taken by the kindness of the staff and their mission that I ultimately joined their Board of Directors. These Children and their families need a ray of sunshine; our sport can be just that.”

Papows continued, “We are so blessed to have our horses and such a beautiful sport to consume out thoughts and lives. It’s important we give back as a sport, and I’ve found our athletes to be of that character; they respond whenever we need a star to make a hospital visit, sign a book or get involved.”

The charity was founded when Children’s Wish Foundation International Executive Director Linda Dozoretz lost her eldest daughter Susan to bone cancer. After spending years caring for her daughter, she began volunteering with local organizations to raise money for cancer research. For her efforts, she was awarded a trip to Disneyland. Linda chose to give that trip to “a little girl who would never grow up,” thus fulfilling the first of thousands of wishes to date. Since that time she has continued to fulfill wishes for children and in 1985, formed Children’s Wish Foundation International.

Andi, diagnosed with Wilm's Tumor. Her wish: a miniature horse of her own to love and take care of
Andi, diagnosed with Wilm’s Tumor. Her wish: a miniature horse of her own to love and take care of

“Immediately upon joining Children’s Wish Foundation International’s Executive Board of Directors, Dr. Papows leveraged his extensive expertise and professional network to enhance our brand and the important work we do,” said Children’s Wish Foundation International Executive Director Linda Dozoretz. “His energy, enthusiasm and his efforts are exemplary. While the entire Children’s Wish staff, and I personally, are immeasurably grateful for Jeff’s continuing leadership and support in taking our organization to new heights, the real impact of his contribution lies with the unfortunate children for which this Foundation was created. Each day we strive to make to their lives better, happier, and more fulfilling. Jeff Papows shares this vision, and has helped us to make it a reality. Never before have we experienced such positive impact in such short order,” she said.

“It is the greatest honor for Children’s Wish Foundation International to have been chosen to be the official charity of an event as special as the Silver Oaks Jumper Tournament,” Dozoretz added. “The riders, the sponsors, as well as the guests are the most gracious I have met. The proceeds from the event will help CWFI fulfill numerous wishes, and be able to bring joy to children going through the worst tragedy possible.”

Children’s Wish Foundation International has been awarded the Independent Charities Seal of Excellence. The seal is awarded to the members of Independent Charities of America and Local Independent Charities of America that have, upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness. These standards include those required by the US Government for inclusion in the Combined Federal Campaign, probably the most exclusive fund drive in the world. Of the 1,000,000 charities operating in the United States today, it is estimated that fewer than 50,000, or 5 percent, meet or exceed these standards, and, of those, fewer than 2,000 have been awarded this Seal.

One of the beautiful examples of the charity in action is the story of Samuel.

Samuel is an energetic kid with one goal in life: to play soccer… but not just anywhere. He wished to play with his uncle, Luciano, who manages a team in New York City. Both Samuel and his uncle share this common bond. Samuel’s uncle lost a son to cancer before Samuel was born, and now Samuel has the same devastating diagnosis.

Children’s Wish Foundation fulfilled Samuel’s Wish to travel from Italy to America so he could play soccer with his uncle and the team. Samuel was surprised, not once, but twice! While playing with his uncle and the team, 50 of Samuel’s family members came out to see him play and to throw him a surprise birthday party. They had an Italian picnic with a photographer to capture the entire day.

Since its inception, Children’s Wish Foundation has continued to expand its programs to enhance the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses. Recognizing the families’ needs outside of the scope of wish fulfillment, they stepped up their commitment to the children by developing a hospital enrichment program wherein they place educational and entertainment materials in children’s hospitals throughout the world. They also created a Family Focus program that allows the Wish Families a respite from hospital and treatments.

CWFI, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is an international Foundation, fulfilling wishes for children around the world, yet keeping costs to a minimum by maintaining only one office and a small staff. They take pride in providing personal attention to each family, developing and maintaining relationships with them that last years after their child’s wish has been fulfilled. To ensure that the families can reach someone at any time, each staff member carries a cell phone, resulting in availability 24 hours a day. Additionally, they have the help of volunteers worldwide, allowing them to bring happiness to children in communities across the globe.

All wishes are fulfilled through the loving support of corporations and individuals who care about the happiness of the Wish Children. Individuals also give annually, or may choose to donate in lieu of a gift honoring a birthday, wedding, anniversary, or in memory of a loved one who has passed away. All contributions are tax-deductible. CWFI is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization and all contributions are fully tax deductible as allowed by law. Tax receipts for all donations are provided.

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.

“This is going to be a first-class event and a great facility and we’re going to showcase the sport of show jumping the way it should be,” Papows added.

Further information on the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament is available online at or

We’ll see you in New Hampshire on August 7-11th!

Silver Oak Jumper Tournament 2013 Fast Facts

Now under new management, Olympic caliber Show Jumping is set to return to Hampton Falls, NH from August 7 – August 11, 2013 for the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament. We look forward to beginning a new era as we bring world-class competition and exciting entertainment to Hampton Falls. Equestrian Estate Planning Group will be title sponsor of the $75,000 Grand Prix. The show benefits the Children’s Wish Foundation International.

Prize List:


Silver Oak Equestrian Center
340 Exeter Road
Hampton Falls, NH 03844

From I-95:
Take Exit Route 101 West, pay toll
Follow 101W and take Exit 12
Turn left of the exit and follow to the end of the road
Turn right onto Route 27/111 W-Hampton Road
Travel one mile and turn left on Route 88, Hampton Falls Road
Follow for two miles
Silver Oak Equestrian Center is on the right

From I-93:
Take Exit 7, Route 101E
Take Exit 11, Route 108S
Merge onto Route 108, Portsmouth Avenue
Turn left onto Route 88-Holland Way
Turn right onto Route 27/111, High Street
Turn left onto Route 88, Hampton Falls Road
Follow for two miles
Silver Oak Equestrian Center is on the right

Silver Oak Equestrian Center
340 Exeter Road Hampton Falls, New Hampshire



Vendors offering equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry and home furnishings will be located on the grounds at the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament.

Additional Contacts:
Caren Bayne, Director of Sponsorship
Telephone: (617) 678-3677

Vendor Information:

VIP Table Sales and Ticket Information:

Mike Belisle
Show Manager
Telephone: (203) 605-1935

Horse Show Secretary:
John & Pam Rush
Rush Management, Inc.
2344 Laurel Road
Jacksonville, FL 32207-4139
904-396-4106 (phone)
904-592-6604 (fax)

Caren Bayne, Director of Sponsorship
Telephone: (617) 678-3677

Silver Oak Jumper Tournament Media Contact:
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
12012 South Shore Blvd #105
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)

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