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HITS Saugerties Offers Perfect Summer Layover Stabling Opportunity

Saugerties, NY - May 6, 2009 - The HITS Saugerties Spring and Summer Show Series will offer eight weeks of top notch competition this year, May 20-June 7, July 15-August 2, and August 26-September 13. But in between shows is another opportunity for equestrians. The HITS-on-the-Hudson facility will be open for layover stabling, and trainers are taking advantage of what it has to offer.

Permanent Stabling, a maintained riding area, and spacious grassy paddocks, as well as RV hook-ups are available in specially priced packages between the shows. Several trainers, including Candice King, Gary Duffy and Bert Mutch, have already made plans to make HITS-on-the-Hudson their home for the summer.

Show jumper Candice King plans to show throughout the summer at HITS Saugerties with 16 to 18 horses. She is a returning customer to Saugerties, and this is the second time that she has taken advantage of the facility for layover stabling.

"For the costs and logistics, it just makes sense," King acknowledged. "Everyone is very accommodating at Saugerties. It's a nice central location for me. It's close to the highway and wherever you would want to go show. The stabling is good, the footing is good, and the accommodations are great. We have a bus, and my owners have a bus, so that housing is really easy there. We're a little bit removed from the city, so the cost is a little less for me, my grooms, and my owners. It's a nice area, and it's quiet."

King believes that having her horses at HITS Saugerties will save money and provides younger horses with more familiarity at competitions. "The main reason is economic, to be proactive for the year. I've got a lot of nice young horses that need experience and exposure to a show situation," she explained. "We thought this would be a nice time to not go to a private farm, and we made the decision to layover at Saugerties. I'll definitely be showing all of those weeks and have horses that interchange which weeks they show."

Trainer Gary Duffy is also going to stable his horses at HITS Saugerties this year. His Little Brook Farm will keep 15 horses at the facility, and he plans to have other local clients meet him at the HITS Saugerties shows. Although Duffy usually works out of his farm in Ithaca, NY, during the summer, he found that it will be more economical to keep his barn closed this year and use Saugerties as his base.

"Saugerties is a lot closer to the shows that we will do this year," Duffy pointed out. "The shipping costs will be greatly reduced. This is our first trial run in the 30-odd years that I have been in business where I'm changing the plan. I'm going to keep the horses at the horse show instead of going home and bringing the horses to the shows. We'll already be at the facility. From Saugerties, the longest drive I have to other shows in between is three hours. It's a lot better."

"I'm quite excited about it," Duffy went on to say. "HITS helped us get a house to rent and got it organized. It's nice that we have a house this year for my wife Donna, my youngest daughter Kelsey, and me. The riding ring that we have right in front of the barn is great, and Tom has organized for us to have paddocks."

Duffy has judged at HITS Saugerties throughout the years, but last year was the first time that he came as an exhibitor. "We had a wonderful time. Tom and everyone there were very gracious. They made us feel like they wanted us to be there," he noted.

In addition to a useful facility, Duffy is looking forward to spending some time in the town of Saugerties. "The town is very quaint, and there are lots of unique shops. I love antiques; I've been in every one of them. One year I asked if they could stay open later because I was working at the show. I went back the next day, and they were open. How often do you get service like that?" he smiled.

HITS, Inc. recently revamped the footing in the grand prix ring, all of the jumper rings and schooling areas, as well as many of the hunter rings. The new footing is a mixture of sand and textiles (a fiber/felt mix) that HITS is the sole provider for, and it is the same footing used to rave reviews at the HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal, CA. HITS plans to use the old footing from the rings to improve the walkways around the competition areas.

Also at the facility are a number of parking spots for campers and RVs, which is a very cost-effective option for equestrians and their employees. Those staying in Saugerties can enjoy much of what the area has to offer. There is a wide range of activities and attractions in the Saugerties and the surrounding areas, including spas, golf, hiking, kayaking, fishing, shopping, and fine dining. A list of Fun Things to Do as well as great lodging options can be found on the HITS website.

If you are interested in reserving space for layover stabling at HITS Saugerties this year, please call Kristen Vale at 845-246-8833 or email Kristen@hitsshows.com.

The staff at HITS is happy to help exhibitors and those who are using layover stabling with their lodging arrangements. All host hotels are advertised in the prize list, but there are many more lodging choices, including area B&Bs, listed on the HITS website. In addition, HITS has an official realtor who can help find house rentals. For assistance, please visit the Lodging page or contact Missy Nevil in the HITS office at 845.246.8833 or missy@hitsshows.com.

The HITS Spring and Summer Show Series prize list has been mailed and is available online. Entries for the summer competition (starting with Week IV) are due on June 17, so please visit http://www.HitsShows.com for more information and to reserve your spot today.


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Photo Credit: Candice King competes in the Woods Log Homes Grand Prix at HITS-on-the-Hudson in 2007. King is a regular at HITS during the spring and summer series of horse shows and is making her plans to layover at the equestrian facility this summer. Photo 2009 Lili Weik. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.


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