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HITS Saugerties offers exhibitors plenty of Out-of-Ring excitement with annual events this spring

SAUGERTIES, NY (April 29, 2009)—When show jumping returns to HITS Saugerties on Wednesday, May 20 exhibitors will be treated to several fun Out-of-Ring activities during the spring series of horse shows at the HITS-on-the-Hudson equestrian facility, in Saugerties, New York.

During HITS-on-the-Hudson I, beautifully restored classic cars will be rolling in on Saturday, May 23 for the second-annual HITS-on-the-Hudson Classic Car Showcase. All of the cars will be displayed on the berms overlooking the show rings giving exhibitors a chance to vote on their favorite cars throughout the day. The most popular car will take home the HITS Horse Power Trophy.

HITS' Official Radio Station, The Wolf 94.3 FM/97.7FM will be broadcasting live during the car show. Exhibitors or spectators who would like to register a car for the event, should contact Chris Mayone via e-mail at Chris@HitsShows.com or call 845.246.8833.

Exhibitors who attend HITS-on-the-Hudson II should bring their appetites, as the popular Taste of HITS-on-the-Hudson returns on Saturday, May 30. Restaurants from the surrounding areas will be on-site throughout the afternoon, offering samples from their sumptuous and varied menus.

Restaurants already on the Taste-of roster include The Dutch Ale House, Le Canard Enchaine, The Dam Cafe, Cafe Mezauluna and Mirabella's.

HITS-on-the-Hudson III will be all about the kids when the Purina Mills Kids Day comes to town on Sunday, June 7. Kids Day is always one of the most popular events at HITS-on-the-Hudson and will feature a day filled with family fun at the horse show grounds .

Also on the agenda for Purina Mills Kids Day is the popular Purina Mills Canine Affair dog costume party, where exhibitors can dress up their dogs in crazy outfits.

When show jumping returns to HITS for its summer series of horse shows on Wednesday, July 15 the Out-of-Ring fun continues with the second-annual Village of Saugerties Block Party and the ever-popular Equine Idol karaoke event. For more information on the Out-of-Ring festivities at HITS this season, please click here.

This year's HITS Saugerties Spring and Summer Series offer even more for hunter and jumper competitors 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 weekly. 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 each will 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

Photo Credit: ©HITS Staff

Photo Caption: Cars surround the Grand Prix ring at the 2008 HITS-on-the-Hudson Classic Car Showcase


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