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Marshall & Sterling League will get Wild in September

SAUGERTIES, NY (May 18, 2009)—HITS is pleased to announce that it will host two Marshall & Sterling League Wild Card Weekends during HITS-on-the-Hudson VII (August 26-30) and HITS-on-the-Hudson VIII (September 2-6) this fall at its equestrian facility in Saugerties, New York.

Wild Card classes will be held in the Children’s Hunters, Adults Hunters, Children’s Jumpers, Adult Jumpers, Bit O’ Straw and all four medals – Junior, Adult, Children's Horse and Children's Pony.

The top two finishers in each Wild Card class, who are not already qualified for the Finals, will receive an automatic invitation to the prestigious event in each respective division. Riders competing in the Wild Card class must be current members of the Marshall & Sterling League.

The 2009 National Finals will be held at HITS-on-the Hudson from September 10-13. All of the classes at the National Finals will be held in HITS' Majestic Grand Prix ring that is set at the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. The Grand Prix ring will also feature lights for the Hudson Equitation on Saturday night as exhibitors prepare for the medal finals on Sunday.

Highlighting the extended weekend is the Marshall & Sterling League Finals Party and Awards Dinner on Friday, September 11, featuring the presentation of the Essex Classics Year-End High Point Awards to the top-10 riders in each division based on the Marshall & Sterling National Point Standings.

On Saturday night, there will be a special Merry-Go-Round Gala and Auction at the show grounds where 46 fiberglass carousel horses from the Hors'n Around Saugerties Exhibit will be up for bid. Each horse is decorated by an artist in themes reflecting the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial, and they will be on display around the Village of Saugerties from May through September.

There are 395 Marshall & Sterling League member shows remaining before the qualifying period for the year's Finals comes to a close on August 30. It's not too late to become a member of the Marshall & Sterling League. Exhibitors who are competing heavily over the next few months can still qualify for the Finals. Membership is just $40. Join online, or call 845.246.8833 for a membership application and a prize list for the Finals. For additional information, e-mail Patti@HitsShows.com or visit the Marshall & Sterling League's website at http://www.HitsShows.com/marshallsterling.

During the year, riders from coast to coast compete at more than 1,100 Marshall & Sterling League member horse shows to earn points for a place at the National Finals. Since its inception in 1991, the Marshall & Sterling League Finals have provided the goal that has fueled the competitive spirit of child and adult riders at all levels of competition. Click here for the current standings.

Marshall & Sterling Insurance, Inc., founded in 1864, is among the largest privately owned insurance agencies in the United States. For more than a quarter century, Marshall & Sterling has protected precious equine assets with unparalleled service and support, whether the family hunter, a champion racehorse or a commercial farm. An employee-owned company, Marshall & Sterling has been recognized by IIABA as one of the nation's top "Best Practice Agencies." The company maintains a national presence and is licensed in all 50 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information contact Mary Moeller at 800-836-3046, extension 224.

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: P© 2008 Lili Weik Photography

Photo Caption: Elizabeth Solomon and Hip-Hop take the blue in the $1,500 Pony Jumper Classic at the 2008 Marshall & Sterling League National Finals.


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