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HITS Culpeper to welcome Mexico's Club Hipico to its July horse shows

CULPEPER, VA (June17, 2009)— When show jumping returns to HITS Culpeper in July with the Showday National (July 1-5) and the Cavalier Classic (July 8-12) there will be a hint of Mexico in the air when Mexico's Club Hipico brings about 40 horses to HITS Commonwealth Park, in Culpeper, Virginia.

All of the Club Hipico horses that will be competing at HITS Culpeper will be in the Jumper Divisions, including eight horse-and-rider combinations that will show in the two $40,000 Grand Prix events. Grand Prix Riders from Mexico who will be competing in July at HITS Culpeper are Alberto Martinez, Alberto Balas, Fernando Martinez-Elvis, Daniel Pedraza, Javier Berganza, Miguel Torrez, Eduardo Vazquez-Cassilo and Juan Pedro Vazquez.

The group coming to HITS Culpeper will also boast a large group of Young Riders, Children and Amateurs. "We are looking forward to competing at HITS Culpeper where we will be preparing our Young Riders and Junior Teams for the NAJYR later this year," said trainer Guillermo Williams. "Last year our group of Young Riders won a Bronze Medal and we are looking to build on that performance. We have heard great things about the horse shows in Culpeper and can't wait to get to the United States and start showing."

"We are thrilled to welcome such a great group of riders from Mexico to HITS Culpeper in July," said HITS President and CEO Tom Struzzieri. "The diverse schedule that HITS Culpeper has to offer will suit their entire group from their Amateur riders all the way to their High-Performance riders. And having some new faces in the Grand Prix events will create some additional excitement for those big money classes."

Culpeper July

Show jumping action returns to HITS Commonwealth Park in Culpeper, Virginia on Wednesday, July 1 with the Showday National, featuring the $40,000 HITS Grand Prix followed by the Cavalier Classic, July 8-12, featuring the $40,000 Strongid® C 2X Grand Prix.

Like most of HITS' horse shows, HITS Culpeper offers nearly 250 different classes each week for all levels of riders from beginner to high-performance. But it's the $100,000 USGPL Invitational Grand Prix -- this year held on September 27 -- that gets the blood flowing when exhibitors think about Culpeper. It's one of the top purses offered on the East Coast and riders compete from September to September to earn their spot in the top 30.

The top 30 riders in the Marshall & Sterling League National Standings (based on money won by the qualified horse/rider combination) are invited to participate in the Invitational. In addition, one Wild Card slot will be allotted in the $25,000 Devoucoux Wild Card Grand Prix on Friday, September 25. Riders may elect to ride any horse of their choice, but may only ride one horse in the Invitational.

Tracy Magness is at the top of the USGPL ranking list with almost $100,000 in qualified Grand Prix prize money won to date. The Maryland native is expected to show in both Grand Prix classes that will take place at HITS Culpeper in July. Click here for the current standings

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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