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HITS, Inc. and Pfizer Animal Health Feature Five STRONGID® C 2X Grand Prix Events in 2009

New York, NY (January 13, 2009) – Pfizer Animal Health announced they will continue to partner with HITS, Inc. in 2009 to educate riders on the benefits of healthy deworming practices. Pfizer Animal Health launched its sponsorship with HITS in 2008 with five STRONGID® C 2X Grand Prix’s in Thermal, CA, Ocala, FL, Tucson, AZ, Culpeper, VA and Saugerties, NY. Both companies anticipate exceptional talent, both in horses and riders, to participate once again this year.

The 2009 HITS show season is action packed with intense competition, fun exhibitor parties and special events – with the Grand Prix’s and FEI World Cup qualifiers being a few of the most anticipated. The first STRONGID C 2X Grand Prix series is the $50,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier class scheduled for Saturday, January 31 in Thermal. The $75,000 Grand Prix in Ocala will ride on Sunday, February 22. On Sunday, March 1 the $25,000 event in Tucson will conclude Pfizer Animal Health’s STRONGID C 2X Grand Prix’s before the start of the summer series. A $40,000 event will take place in Culpeper on July 12, with the final $50,000 STRONGID C 2X Grand Prix on Sunday, July 19 in Saugerties.

“HITS, Inc. is proud to have the support of Pfizer Animal Health once again this year,” said John Eickman of HITS, Inc. “Pfizer’s positive, proactive approach toward equine health care is an important message for the competitive riders that participate in the HITS shows.”

2008 kicked off a great season with the first ever STRONGID C 2X $50,000 Grand Prix in Thermal, on February 24. Mandy Porter and Summer from Wild Turkey Farm in Encinitas, CA won the premiere event. The winter season continued without a hitch. Michael Grinyer, riding Alcatraz from Campbellville, ON, Canada won the STRONGID C 2X Grand Prix in Ocala, FL, on March 9, while Janet Hischer and Vianmenco from Scottsdale, AZ won in Tucson on March 16. The competition continued without slowing down throughout the summer months. Neither rain nor heat could stop these horse and rider combinations from shining. Tracy Fenney riding S&L Willie from Flower Mound, Texas won the STRONGID C 2X Grand Prix in Culpeper on July 13. Laura Chapot and Church Road finished off the season winning the final STRONGID C 2X Grand Prix on July 27 in Saugerties.

“2008 turned into a great first year partnering with HITS,” said Kristin Ruff, equine marketing manager at Pfizer Animal Health.”It was a pleasure working with HITS exhibitors and staff to educate horse owners on effective parasite protection through daily deworming. We are looking forward to the exciting events that 2009 brings, as well as the opportunity to expand our program with the HITS audience.”

Owners who put their horses on STRONGID C 2X can quickly see an improvement in their horse’s condition, as a result of the daily parasite control. For best protection against parasites, Pfizer Animal Health recommends treating horses with EQUIMAX® in the spring prior to feeding STRONGID C 2X, followed by a second dose in the fall. Twice yearly use of EQUIMAX helps fight against bot and tapeworm infections. Horse owners should always consult a veterinarian before starting any deworming program.

Internal parasites can steal nutrition, energy and good health from horses, around the clock. Left unchecked, they can impair growth and performance, affect reproduction and cause loss of condition or even death.

Many horse owners believe they’re eliminating the problem by deworming every two months, but that only removes the parasites that are present at the time of treatment. When the dewormer clears the horse’s system a few days after deworming, parasites can regain a foothold.

Pfizer, Inc. (NYSE: PFE), the world’s largest research-based biomedical and pharmaceutical company, also is a world leader in discovering and developing innovative animal vaccines and prescription medicines. Pfizer Animal Health is dedicated to improving the safety, quality and productivity of the world’s food supply by enhancing the health of livestock and poultry; and in helping horses and pets to live longer and healthier lives. For additional information on Pfizer Animal Health’s portfolio of equine products, visit http://www.PfizerAH.com.

About...

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.

 

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