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Annual Purina Mills Kids Day at HITS-on-the-Hudson Returns Sunday, June 13 and Features Ratboy Jr.

SAUGERTIES, NY (June 8, 2010)--HITS-on-the-Hudson is gearing up for its annual Purina Mills Kids Day which takes place on Sunday, June 13 from noon until 2 pm at the horse show grounds on Washington Avenue in Saugerties, New York.

Purina Mills Kids Day is always one of the most popular events at HITS-on-the-Hudson, and this year's guests will be treated to a host of fun family activities, including free pony rides courtesy of Vertical Limit Stables of Saugerties, New York and Bronxville, New York's Twin Lakes Farm.

Pony rides won't be the only fun offered at this year's Kids Day event. Popular local children's music duo Ratboy Jr. will be taking the stage for a special kiddie concert at 12:30pm. Fresh off their recent appearance from Mountain Jam, Ratboy Jr. will be playing hits from their new record Smorgasbord, which has received great reviews from children, parents and music critics, alike.

"We are super excited to be asked back to play at Purina Mills Kids Day at HITS," said Timmy Sutton, vocalist and kazoo player of Ratboy Jr. "We love playing shows where there are lots of other activities for families to enjoy. It doesn't get any better than dancing with us and then riding a pony. The atmosphere at HITS on Kids Day is almost like every kid's birthday. We can't wait!"

Also on the agenda will be a live radio broadcast by WRWD 107.3 FM, Price Chopper Cupcake Decorating Tent and Bounce House, horseless horse show, Purina Mills sack races, and HITS sponsor Arenus will be on hand with fun egg and spoon races. There will also be an Exclusive Dog Talent Show at 1:30pm and guests are invited to bring their talented canine and show off his or her tricks to win some great prizes.

Whoopsy Daisy the Clown will also make an appearance, offering face painting, and her famous balloon animals.

The fun doesn't stop there! When the Kids Day activities conclude, spectators are encouraged to stick around to watch some of the best competitors in the world compete for the top prize in the $125,000 Purina Mills Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health. The first horse is set to go in the ring at 2:00 pm and this class is a qualifier for the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix, which will take place on September 12.

Some of the top equestrians in the sport are expected to compete in the class, including two-time U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist McLain Ward. When the big-money Grand Prix is over, children will be able to get an autograph from some of the Grand Prix riders.

Admission to HITS-on-the-Hudson for the Purina Mills Kids Day event, is just $5 for adults, while admission for children 12 and under is free. All of the proceeds from the gate go directly to FAMILY of Woodstock, Inc., and parking at HITS-on-the-Hudson also is free.

In order to qualify for the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix, a rider must compete in eight or more HITS Grand Prix classes. The top 40 riders, based on money won by horse/rider combination, will be eligible to ride for the Pfizer Million. For more detailed information on the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix, please visit our website at HitsShows.com.

HITS, Inc. produces high-quality, international-level hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the village of Saugerties, HITS has been producing shows since 1982 and is now a nationwide company with world-class circuits in California, Florida, Arizona, New York and Virginia. In 2010, HITS will take the industry to new heights when it hosts the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix in Saugerties on September 12.

For more information and a complete schedule of classes and events, visit http://www.HitsShows.com.

 

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