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Inaugural HITS Thermal Fashion Show Kicks off Exciting Special Events Calendar

THERMAL, CA (February 20, 2008)—On Saturday, February 23, the first ever HITS Thermal Fashion Show, presented by Horse Connection will take center stage at 6 pm in the VIP Oasis Club at HITS Thermal.

Highlighting the fashion show will be apparel from several merchants of El Paseo. Located in Palm Desert, the famous El Paseo Shopping District features over 300 world-class shops, clothing boutiques, art galleries, jewelers, restaurants and more all lined along a beautifully maintained picture-postcard floral and statue-filled mile. Known as the Rodeo Drive of the Desert, El Paseo boasts a wide spectrum of stores from Sak's 5th Avenue to individually owned boutiques.

Several vendors from HITS Thermal will also have their merchandise on display. Participating vendors include Ariat, Stirrup Cup, Shorty's Loft and Ayora Saddles. Accomplished equestrians such as Willowbrook's Kate Considine and Grand Prix riders Ashlee Bond, Jill Humphrey and Bliss Heers will be among the models.

Guests who attend the fashion show will receive a gift basket from El Paseo and have a chance to win great merchandise in a raffle. VIP Oasis Club Chef Ric Orlando will be making some of his signature dishes for the event.

Also on the special events calendar is the Annual Tack Room Decorating Contest on Saturday, March 1. Judges will doing their annual inspection of the tack rooms and prizes will be awarded for the best decorated tack room during the $75,000 Waldorf=Astoria Collection Grand Prix on Sunday, March 2.

Bragging rights will be on the line when the HITS Desert Circuit hosts its annual Exhibitor Golf Tournament on Monday, March 3 at the nearby Indian Palms Country Club. The Tournament will feature 18 holes of golf, a golf cart, a boxed lunch and an awards ceremony at the conclusion of the event. The tournament is $69 per person and all players must register by Monday, February 25. To sign up, e-mail Chris Mayone at Chris@HitsShows.com or stop by the horse show office.

Finally, on Saturday, March 9 the elegant WCAR Party will take place at La Quinta Resort & Club. For more information on the party, please e-mail info@westcoastactiveriders.com

Show jumping at HITS Thermal resumed on Tuesday, February 19 for four consecutive weeks of shows and will run until Sunday, March 16 when the new Desert Circuit Championship will close out the season with 17 different championship classes, including the R.W. Mutch Equitation Classic and the first-ever $200,000 Invitational Grand Prix of the Desert.

Highlighting DC IV are three Grand Prix classes. First, on Thursday, February 21 the $25,000 Ariat Grand Prix takes the stage. On Friday, February 22 all eyes will be on the third of four $50,000 Tourneau FEI World Cup Qualifiers, presented by Adequan, as curiosity is high to see if Rich Fellers and his mount Flexible can pull off a triple. Finally, some of the top competitors in the world will shoot it out for first place in the $50,000 STRONGID® C 2X™ Grand Prix on Sunday, February 24.

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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