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HITS announces new Grand Prix sponsor for the Constitution Classic at HITS Culpeper

CULPEPER, VIRGINIA (June 4, 2008)--HITS is pleased to announce that Avalon Saddlery has been named the title sponsor of the $40,000 Avalon Saddlery Grand Prix, presented by Kingsland on Sunday, August 3 at HITS Culpeper.

The $40,000 Avalon Saddlery Grand Prix, presented by Kingsland will conclude the Constitution Classic at HITS Culpeper and serve as one of the final three qualifiers for the $100,000 USGPL Invitational Grand Prix, which will be held during the USGPL Finals in late September.

The top 30 riders in the Marshall & Sterling League National Standings (based on money won by the qualified horse/rider combination) will be invited to participate in the Invitational. In addition, one Wild Card slot will be allotted. The rider may elect to ride any horse of his or her choice, but may ride only one horse in the Invitational. All Grand Prix events at HITS Saugerties and HITS Culpeper are qualifying events for the Invitational.

Avalon Saddlery's collection of the best riding apparel has redefined equestrian style over the past three years. Avalon Saddlery has always stood for quality and invites all riders to visit them at the HITS shows.

"We have been involved with HITS for three years on the West Coast," said owner Juan Ayora. "The shows out there have been so successful for us that we wanted to branch out and do both Virginia and Saugerties. HITS runs first-class horse shows and we are thrilled to be a part of them."

Products from Avalon Saddlery can be found during the HITS Saugerties spring and summer series of horse shows in the Antares store and during the remaining 2008 HITS Culpeper shows in their own vendor location. For more information on Avalon Saddlery, please visit http://www.avalonsaddlery.com/ or call 951.775.1579.

Show jumping at HITS Culpeper resumes with two consecutive weeks of show jumping with the Showday National (July 9-13) and the Cavalier Classic (July 16-20) in mid-July. Each week will feature the $15,000 Brook Ledge Open Jumper Prix, $10,000 Low Jr/A-O Jumper Classic, $15,000 High Jr/A-O Jumper Classic, Central Equine Junior Medal, Adequan Hunter Division and a Grand Prix class each Sunday. On Sunday, July 13 the $40,000 Strongid® C2X™ takes the stage and on Sunday, July 20 the $40,000 HITS Grand Prix is on tap.

Remaining 2008 HITS Culpeper Dates:

Showday National: July 9-13 - Entry 2

Cavalier Classic: July 16-20 - Entry 3

Winston National: August 20-24 - Entry 4

Constitution Classic: August 27-31 - Entry 5

USGPL Finals: September 24-28 - Entry 6

2008 HITS Culpeper Prize List

2008 HITS Culpeper Schedule

The first Culpeper Horse and Colt Show was held at Monte Vista Park in 1897 and it continued for the next 54 years. In the 1980s, show jumping returned to Culpeper in a grand fashion with the opening of Commonwealth Park, one of the finest horse-sport facilities in the country. Some of the richest show jumping events in America have been held at Commonwealth Park, including the $200,000 U.S. Cup, the grand finale for the United States Grand Prix League in 1986. HITS purchased Commonwealth Park in 1997 and began restoring the grounds to its former glory. In 1998, HITS reintroduced the United States Grand Prix League, and has presented the USGPL Finals at Commonwealth Park ever since. Approximately $1 million in total prize money is offered at the six HITS Culpeper events.

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: ©Lili Weik Photography 07; Canadian Olympian Jill Henselwood won the $100,000 USGPL Grand Prix at HITS Culpeper in 2007. This years $40,000 Avalon Saddlery Grand Prix, presented by Kingsland will be a crucial qualifier to see who gets into the field.


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