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HITS helps to promote the American Museum of Natural History's upcoming exhibit on the Horse

Saugerties, New York (April 24, 2008) – HITS, Inc. is honored to announce that it is helping the esteemed American Museum of Natural History promote its upcoming exhibit The Horse, which is set to open on Saturday, May 17 and will remain on view through January 4, 2009 in New York City.

This major new exhibit will examine the powerful and continuing relationship between horses and humans and explore the origins of the horse family, extending back more than 50 million years. The exhibition will also examine early interactions between horses and humans that eventually lead to horse domestication, and show how horses have, over time, changed warfare, trade, transportation, agriculture, sports, and many other facets of human life.

The Horse also celebrates the magnificent animal while presenting one of the most fascinating stories in the history of life on Earth – the close and complex relationship between horses and humans. The exhibition will show how the two species have influenced each other through the ages and explore the integral role the horse has played in the history of humanity and civilization.

"We are thrilled to be associated with the Museum, which makes such an enormous cultural and educational contribution to New York and the world," said Tom Struzzieri, HITS President and CEO. "Our facility in Saugerties provides great exposure to educate and encourage our customers, sponsors and spectators to take advantage of the opportunity to see this special exhibit."

The HITS Saugerties series of horse shows takes place at the HITS-on-the-Hudson equestrian facility located in Saugerties, New York – just two hours north of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Each year HITS-on-the-Hudson welcomes thousands of horses and riders from all over the United States and Canada, not to mention hundreds of spectators.

"Being an Olympic year when many of our nation's best riders, some of whom compete at HITS Saugerties, will be traveling to Hong Kong for the equestrian competition, we expect even more spectator interest in our show, which in turn should help to get the word out about the American Museum of Natural History's exhibit," continued Struzzieri.

"We are delighted that HITS is helping the Museum reach out to an audience with a lively interest in horses," said Lynn Hassett, Director of Marketing for the American Museum of Natural History. "We hope the exhibition will further visitors' knowledge and appreciation of this magnificent and influential animal."

The exhibition also features numerous interactive stations throughout, including videos, computer interactions, hands-on activities and touchable casts that will invite visitors to measure their strength in horsepower and much more. HITS provided video footage, courtesy of Video in Demand, of its shows in Thermal, California and Saugerties, New York to be used in the Museum's interactive multi-media project.

Informational materials on The Horse exhibit will be available throughout the spring and summer shows in Saugerties. HITS will also have a supply of free passes to The Horse exhibit in New York City to distribute during special events to exhibitors and spectators over the course of the show series.

The exhibition is curated by Ross MacPhee, Curator, Mammalogy, Division of Vertebrate Zoology, American Museum of Natural History; and guest co-curated by Sandra Olsen, Curator of Anthropology, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Horse is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (http://www.amnh.org), in collaboration with The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH); the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau-Ottawa; The Field Museum, Chicago; Instituto Sangari, São Paulo, Brazil; and the San Diego Natural History Museum.

The Horse at the American Museum of Natural History is made possible, in part, by the Eileen P. Bernard Exhibition Fund. Additional support has been provided by an anonymous donor.

American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific, educational, and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to explore and interpret human cultures and the natural world through a wide-reaching program of scientific research, education, and exhibitions. The Museum accomplishes this ambitious goal through its extensive facilities and resources. The institution houses 46 permanent exhibition halls, state-of-the-art research laboratories, one of the largest natural history libraries in the Western Hemisphere, and a permanent collection of more than 30 million specimens and cultural artifacts. With a scientific staff of more than 200, the Museum supports research divisions in Anthropology, Paleontology, Invertebrate and Vertebrate Zoology, and the Physical Sciences. The Museum shares its treasures and discoveries with approximately four million on-site visitors from around the world each year. AMNH-produced exhibitions and Space Shows can currently be seen on five continents in engagements that reach audiences of millions. In addition, the Museum’s Web site, http://www.amnh.org, extends its collections, exhibitions, and educational programs to millions more beyond the Museum’s walls.

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: © AMNH/D. Finnin; This skeleton of Lee Axworthy, the first trotting stallion to break the two-minute mile, was mounted by Samuel Harmsted Chubb, an anatomist and research associate at the Museum, during the first half of the 20th century. Chubb’s innovation of mounting skeletons in lifelike, natural positions revolutionized the presentation of these specimens in museums.



 

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