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Gretchen Almy named the cover artist for the 2009 HITS Saugerties Official Show Program



Gretchen Almy named the cover artist for the 2009 HITS Saugerties Official Show Program
SAUGERTIES, NEW YORK (April 23, 2009)—HITS is pleased to announce Gretchen Almy as its cover artist for the 2009 HITS Saugerties Official Show Program.

The painting selected is a Grand Prix horse clearing a jump in HITS' majestic Grand Prix arena that is surrounded by stone walls with a panoramic view of the Catskill Mountains in the background.

"Gretchen's piece is perfect because it includes the permanent barns, beautiful mountains and the stonewalls that surround the Grand Prix ring," said HITS' Art Director Leslie Phillips. "It really makes me think of HITS Saugerties when I see it!"

Almy, of Middleborough, Massachusetts, is an accomplished equine and canine portrait artist. Her specialty is highly detailed graphite portraits and oils that capture the animals' unique personalities. Originally from Connecticut, she spent her summers at the family farm, in Westport, Massachusetts.

Almy has a BA in Fine Arts from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia. Through her company, Gretchen Almy Designs, she produces commissioned portraits in graphite, oil, digital color renditions and photography as well as a custom gift line.

The 2009 HITS Saugerties Official Show Program is available all spring and summer during the horse shows at HITS Saugerties. The program features several compelling reads, including a Menu Must article that highlights all the great places to eat in the area. The 2009 program will also features a photo hunt. If exhibitors can spot themselves on this special page in the program they will win a fantastic prize.

This year's HITS Saugerties Spring and Summer Series offers even more for hunter and jumper competitors in its schedule, including increased prize money and special classics.

For High Performance riders, more than $1 million in prize money will be handed out over the course of the spring and summer series in the Open Jumper division. There are four Open Jumper classes per week, including two grand prix events each week. Junior and Amateur jumpers will see their divisions and Classics split each week with $5,000 awarded in the Low Classic and $10,000 in the High Classic each week. The Children's and Adult jumpers will have a $10,000 Classic on weeks I and IV, as well as their regular Classics the other weeks.

There's something special for the hunters too, as the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and the $5,000 Pony Commotion take place week VI. $50,000 in prize money will be awarded at the 2009 USEF Junior Hunter East Coast Championships, and equitation riders will have a chance to compete in the prestigious Hunterdon Cup. Children's and Adult hunters will each have an opportunity to show in a special classic as one of the feature classes of the evening schedule. Check the schedule for other special classics featured each week on Friday and Saturday evenings.

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

 

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