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Equine Artists sought for 2009 Equine Art Gala's at HITS Thermal and HITS Ocala

SAUGERTIES, NY (October 3, 2008)—After resounding successes at HITS Saugerties and HITS Ocala, HITS is taking its Equine Art Gala to the West Coast where it will debut during the 2009 HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal, California.

The HITS Thermal Equine Art Gala will take place on Saturday, January 31 during DC II. The event is certain to be well attended because it will take place in the popular indoor arena at the HITS Desert Horse Park the evening of the $50,000 Strongid® C 2X™ FEI World Cup Qualifier. In all, HITS Thermal will host four FEI World Cup Qualifiers on the road to the Finals that will be held in April in Las Vegas.

"The HITS Thermal Equine Art Gala will combine some fine equestrian art with some of the top show jumping in the world during a very crucial qualifier for the FEI World Cup," said HITS' Senior Vice President Tony Hitchcock. "We expect that some of the best riders in the world will be competing in the special FEI World Cup Qualifier making it a magnificent evening."

One of the top riders expected to be on course that night is Canadian Olympian Jill Henselwood who won a Team-Silver Medal during the 2008 Summer Olympics. Other top riders will include the HITS Desert Circuit's all-time leading Money Winner Richard Spooner and former Canadian Olympian John Pearce.

Equine Artists interested in the HITS Desert Circuit have an additional opportunity to be the cover artist for the 2009 HITS Thermal Official Show Program. Submitted artwork should be submitted to HITS' Art Director Leslie Phillips via e-mail at Leslie@HitsShows.com by November 20.

For more information on the 2009 HITS Thermal Equine Art Gala, please contact Tony Hitchcock via e-mail at Tony@HitsShows.com.

Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club will host 2009 HITS Ocala Equine Art Gala

HITS Ocala is proud to announce that the Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club will sponsor and host an evening of exceptional equine art during the second-annual HITS Ocala Equine Art Gala on Thursday, February 12. This exclusive, by invitation-only event takes place from 6 pm to 10 pm in the magnificent Clubhouse of the Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club, located on US Highway 27, a few miles away from the show grounds.

Last years Equine Art Gala at the Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club was a huge success and saw equestrians such as Robin Fairclough, Craig Martin and Roberto Teran enjoy a night of fine food, cocktails and fine art.

Artists who wish to participate in the HITS Ocala Equine Art Gala should contact HITS' Lisa Engel via e-mail at Lisa@HitsShows.com.

HITS, Inc. is a special events management company primarily focused on producing hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the village of Saugerties, HITS produced its first horse show circuit in Gainesville, Florida in 1982. Since that time, HITS has grown into a nationwide company with world-class hunter/jumper circuits in California, Florida, Arizona, New York and Virginia.

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

Photo: ©2008 Lili Weik Photography, Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club was the perfect setting for the 2008 HITS Ocala Equine Art Gala


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