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Grand Prix riders have their eyes on the $150,000 Grand Prix of the Desert

THERMAL, CA (February 16, 2009)-- With show jumping action set to resume for the second half of the 2009 HITS Desert Circuit, all eyes are beginning to shift to the $150,000 Grand Prix of the Desert which will take place on Sunday, March 22, during Desert Circuit VIII.

One rider looking forward to showing in the Grand Prix of the Desert is Canadian Olympian Jill Henselwood. “I am very excited to jump for $150,000,” said Henselwood. “I will be riding Special Ed in that class. He is well rested because Black Ice has been doing a lot of the work indoors.”

“I think it’s a fantastic opportunity to compete against some of the top competitors in the world,” said Grand Prix rider Helen McNaught. “The prize money is wonderful for a show jumping event so early in the year.”

Also expected to compete in the class is the HITS Desert Circuit’s all-time leading money winner Richard Spooner, Olympic Gold Medal Winner Will Simpson and Canadian Olympian John Pearce, just to name a few.

Hunter and Equitation riders will also have their time to shine in the Grand Prix Ring during Desert Circuit VIII when the Ronnie W. Mutch Equitation Classic and the $10,000 USHJA Hunter Derby take the stage during the final week of competition at the 2009 HITS Desert Circuit. John French and Rumba won the Hunter Derby held earlier in the circuit, and the pair will be looking to defend their crown during the second installment of the class.

“HITS is delighted to showcase the hunters in our fabulous Grand Prix Ring," said HITS' Vice President of West Coast Operations, Fred Bauer. "We are looking forward to holding the class again in the second half of the circuit."

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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