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Footing First HITS Prepares for the Saugerties Season and the Open House

Saugerties, New York (April 10, 2008) Spring cleaning has begun at the HITS-on-the-Hudson facility in Saugerties, New York in preparation for the special Open House event scheduled for May 3-5 and the 2008 HITS Saugerties Spring and Summer Show Series, which kick off on Wednesday, May 28.

Crews have started to work on clearing the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Schooling rings as well as the Main Hunter ring to prepare for new footing. HITS plans to have these feature rings prepped in time for the Open House in May.

"The footing at our winter circuits in Ocala and Thermal was very well received by exhibitors in both locations," said Tom Struzzieri HITS President and CEO. "We plan to replicate that formula in Saugerties and I expect the response to be just as positive."

New footing won't be the only face lift to the property; exhibitors will also enjoy new jumps from Olaf Petersen, similar to what was used at HITS Ocala. In addition, HITS Ocala's course decorator, Flora Baptiston, will bring her majestic decorating abilities to the rings at HITS Saugerties, making the courses more elegant.

The HITS Saugerties Open House event runs from Saturday, May 3 until Monday, May 5 from 8 am until 5 pm. Exhibitors are encouraged to stop in at the facility in Saugerties for tours of the property. In addition, there will be a special exhibitor party on Saturday night with a country-style barbecue and a musical performance by legendary southern rock band the Outlaws. Festivities will start at 6 pm with the barbecue and beverages, followed by the Outlaws at 7 pm.

For more information on the open house, please contact Danette Kadlic at 845.246.8833. Those who plan on attending should RSVP via e-mail to RSVP@HitsShows.com.

The HITS Saugerties series of horse shows runs from May to September. As always, the schedule features more than 250 classes for riders of all levels, including two Grand Prix events each week. On Thursday, the $25,000 Ariat Grand Prix will take center stage and then on Sunday, riders can take aim at the $50,000 Grand Prix, which will be sponsored by EMO, Waldorf=Astoria Collection and Purina Mills during the spring shows. Every Grand Prix at HITS Saugerties is a qualifier for the $100,000 USGPL Invitational, which will take place on Sunday, September 28 at HITS Culpeper.

During the summer series of shows, HITS Saugerties will once again host the USEF Junior Hunter National Championships for the East Coast, as well as two new events, the $5,000 Pony Commotion Hunter Classic and the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. Prize lists are available online. Entries for the spring shows close on April 30, 2008.

Set amidst the beautiful and historic Catskill Mountains and the Hudson River Valley, this circuit is produced at HITS' equestrian facility in Saugerites, New York, which features an amphitheater containing the Grand Prix ring and a Feature Hunter ring, 1,100 permanent stalls, and permanent buildings housing offices, food concession, rest rooms and equestrian retail shops.

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 D. Kadlic for HITS, Inc., Footing updates in the Grand Prix ring of HITS Saugerties.


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