Jeff Papows, Ph.D. Chairman and CEO

For Jeff Papows, each day begins at 5:00 am when he clomps through his house in his riding boots and heads off to the barn. This ritual is the thing that truly gives him peace of mind: his morning rides and daily visit with his horses.

He began his riding career, as an amateur owner jumper rider, late in life, and has experienced some success over the years with his equine partners Roxett 7, Glorydays. Eurostar, and Lady Guinivere. Jeff has a great love and respect for the sport of show jumping and its athletes, both human and equine. Jeff has become one of the sport’s ambassadors.

Jeff is an accomplished author having published two successful books: Glitch-The Hidden Impact of Faulty Software, and Market Leadership in the Information Age. Both books have been reprinted in many languages worldwide.  More to the point here Jeff also authored Unbridled Passion which chronicles North America’s greatest horses and riders.  Glitch received a bronze medal as a best seller in the sport’s category.

Jeff has spent the last 30 years in the software industry as an accomplished executive holding senior industry positions. He is currently CEO of  Concord Mass. Based Shop Advisor. Most notably, he was the President and CEO of Lotus Development Corporation, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as well as President of Cognos Corporation. Jeff also serves on the boards of several other software companies and Agero the Nation’s premier road side assistance and telematics company.Jeff has a B.S. in Biology, an M.A. in Human Resource Management, and a Ph.D. in Business Administration. He has been a frequent guest on various national television shows and testified in the United States Senate on technology concerns of national importance.Jeff is a long-time resident of Gloucester, Massachusetts and shares a home with his wife, Patricia. He is also the proud father of three grown children, and several dogs that populate his Gloucester residence.

Sharon Ricci Director

Sharon Ricci, Director
The Silver Oak Jumper Tournament
9 Damon Mills Square
Suite 3C
Concord, MA  01742
Telephone:  (781) 710-4903

Mike Belisle Show Manager

Mike Belisle has a remarkably extensive background in Hunter/Jumper events throughout North America. He began his involvement in horse show production at the age of 16. Since then he has been involved in almost all fascists of horse show production. These comprehensive experiences has given him the opportunity to develop his unique skills and knowledge of the industry. Mike is a passionate individual who brings a young and innovative approach to management.

Mike currently holds management positions at a number of events throughout the competition year. He is Operations Manager for the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, and the Washington International Horse Show. Mike manages the Oxridge Hunt Club Horse Show held in Darien, Connecticut; Angelstone Tournaments, a six week series in Guelph, Ontario; and the Boston Jumper Classic. He also serves as technical coordinator for Rush Management, Inc. which produces 18 shows throughout the South East.

Well versed in many avenues of show production, Mike holds a course design license for the hunter ring and is working towards many other USEF cards.

A native of Canada, Mike has a B.A. in Business Administration and Marketing from St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario.

Alan Wade Course Designer

Remaining true to its mission statement as “the rider’s horse show”, our first priority was to secure the best course designer in the world to take over for Olaf Petersen, Jr. who is committed to doing the courses for the 2016 Olympiad.  That man is none other than Ireland’s Alan Wade.

Alan Wade is an FEI-Level 4 Course Designer from Tipperary, Ireland, and the son of Tommy Wade former Irish international rider of considerable fame.  In addition, Alan was Chef Déquipe of Ireland during which they won the European Team Gold Medal, as well as over 30 Nations Cup competitions worldwide.

Alan has been course designing since the age of twelve, and has been chosen to course design at some of the world’s most important shows, including Dublin CSIO in Ireland, but also The American Gold Cup -Old Salem, USEF National Championships and Olympic Trials-Wellington, World Top 10 Final at Gucci Masters-Paris, Olympia World Cup-London, WEF Finale-Wellington, Thunderbird World Cup-Vancouver, NAJYRC 2015, Kentucky and the Royal Winter Fair, Toronto, to name a few.

“We are very lucky to have Alan.  I polled many of our top riders and everyone recommended Alan as the first choice”, said Jeff Papows Silver Oak’s founder and CEO.  “I have said it many times there are three critical elements to begin the planning of a world class Jumper Show, the quality of the course designers, the quality of the jumping surfaces and the intelligence of the schedules and classes offered.”

Please remember The SOJT sold out early in 2015 and turned away more than one hundred entries.  We did this to ensure relaxed schedules, the integrity of the beautiful Unicorn Landing Farm Grand Prix field and to allow for dedicated schooling rings for every class and open all-weather rings around the beautiful Fieldstone Show Park for trainers and student’s use for the schooling and flatting their horses.

We will maintain that same discipline in 2016 and will accept only five hundred horses.

Olaf Peterson Jr. World Class Course Designer
After successfully riding in International Grand Prixs, Olaf has been in the Course Designing world since 1990 and was granted with the International Course Designer qualification by the FEI in 2002.


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