August 6, 2013
Methuen, Mass. and Hampton Falls, NH – August 7, 2013 – This weekend the inaugural Silver Oaks Jumper Tournament will host Thunder’s Lemonade Stand, an old-fashioned lemonade stand staffed by children who donate the proceeds to the medical needs of the horses and farm animals at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm. The Lemonade stand was named for Thunder, a large Simmental steer that arrived at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in 2008. His previous owner could not keep him, and turned to the MSPCA for help.
As the only open admissions animal care and adoption center in New England for horses and farm animals, Nevins Farm provided him a safe place to stay while a forever home was found. During his 4 years at Nevins, Thunder became a favorite of staff, volunteers, and visitors alike, with many families coming each week just to see this 2000 lb. cow relax in his paddock. Thunder was finally adopted and now enjoys a life with a herd of cows to call his own at Farm Sanctuary in New York.
Nevins Farm will be bringing four adoptable horses to the event to encourage would-be adopters to meet them as well as shine a spotlight on the need for more horse-lovers to consider rescuing vs. buying horses.
“I want to encourage our equestrian community here in New England to support the important work being done by the MSPCA Nevins Farm to rehabilitate, care for and offer adoption services for horses and other farm animals,” said Peter Wylde, Olympic show jumping gold medalist and Massachusetts native who’ll be competing in the exciting Silver Oaks Grand Prix competition on Sunday. “Log on to the Website, connect with them on social media, take a tour of the farm, donate, foster or adopt – do what you can – but please take an active role and get involved with this incredible organization.”
Under the management of respected entrepreneur and equestrian Jeff Papows, the Olympic caliber world of Show Jumping is set to return to Hampton Falls, NH from August 7 – August 11 2013 when The Silver Oak Jumper Tournament will create a utopian experience for both human and equine athletes.
The Silver Oaks Tournament will surround the athletes with thousands of enthusiastic fans culminating in the Grand Prix competition to be held on Sunday, August 11. In addition to the grace, power and beauty of these magnificent and courageous horse and rider combinations, there will be a multitude of food vendors and shopping for the enjoyment of spectators.
The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions of individuals who care about animals. Please visit www.mspca.org.