Olympian captures Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic

United States Olympic Bronze Medallist Norman Dello Joio of Wellington, FL, captured the $50,000 Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic on September 9th aboard the 9 year old stallion, Warsaw. Dello Joio ...United States Olympic Bronze Medallist Norman Dello Joio of Wellington, FL, captured the $50,000 Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic on September 9th aboard the 9 year old stallion, Warsaw. Dello Joio ...

Story originally posted by: Mary Crane

United States Olympic Bronze Medallist Norman Dello Joio of Wellington, FL, captured the $50,000 Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic on September 9th aboard the 9 year old stallion, Warsaw. Dello Joio bested a field of 36 horses with one of only 4 double clear rounds. His jump-off time of 38.45 seconds pushed Darren Graziano and his chestnut mare, Kinetic into a very close second place with a jump-off time of 38.46. Third place went to Jamie Weight and Kodachrome who crossed the timers in 40.25 seconds.

When asked about his win, Dello Joio replied that "Warsaw, a nine year-old Polish stallion, was just purchased in the fall of 2000 by Carol Thompson and Judy Richter for me to ride. We’ve been a team for less than a year but he is coming along beautifully and today he was terrific!"

"This horse show has a great atmosphere," Dello Joio added. "You can tell the organizers take great pride in it, they make you feel very welcome. The competition was very good, Richard Jeffries is a first rate course designer and the weather was perfect all week!"

"This horse show has a great atmosphere," Dello Joio added. "You can tell the organizers take great pride in it, they make you feel very welcome. The competition was very good, Richard Jeffries is a first rate course designer and the weather was perfect all week!"

This is the second year that the Jumper Classic has been held at the Raymond Show Fields in Ipswich, MA, a portion of the beautiful and expansive Maplecroft Farm owned by architect-developer Ted Raymond. The manicured green polo fields offered perfect footing for the horses and ample room for the striped stabling tents, warm-up area and vendors. For ten years the Jumper Classic had been held at the former home of the USET in Hamilton, MA.

This year over 6000 spectators attended the show over the five days. The Boston Globe described the show as the "Premiere Social Sporting Event in New England." It is the only American Grandprix Association event held in New England and offered over $100,000 in prize money.

On Saturday night the Mansion on Turner Hill was the venue for the Dances with Horses Gala to benefit the Windrush Farm Therapeutic Riding Program in Boxford, MA. Windrush Farm is a non-profit working horse farm where children and adults with physical and emotional disabilities regain skills through a specially designed equestrian program. Many of the grand prix riders attended the evening’s gala which included both a silent and live auction as well as a calcutta. The Laurent Perrier Champagne Luncheon was held on Sunday during the Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic Grand Prix.

Other corporate sponsors included Jaguar Woburn Foreign Motors, M.F.S. Fund Distributors, State Line Tack, HomeFinancingCenters.com, 7 NBC WHDH-TV 7 and Ipswich Ale. For more information please contact the Jumper Classic at 978-283-7708 or visit their website at www.jumperclassic.com.