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Six weeks of show jumping at HITS Arizona is on the horizon

TUCSON, ARIZONA (January 22, 2009)--The 2009 HITS Arizona Winter Circuit is right around the corner and set to begin on Wednesday, January 28, with the first of six consecutive weeks of A-rated shows at the Pima County Fairgrounds, in Tucson, Arizona.

HITS Arizona will feature nearly 80 different divisions with more than 250 classes offered to riders of every level, from beginner to Grand Prix. The circuit features a $25,000 Grand Prix each Sunday, and new for 2009, the $10,000 Fast Lane Farm High-Performance Hunter Classic will be held during the Arizona Desert Finals.

One group that will be heading to HITS Arizona is trainer Frank Selinger and his clients from St. George Stables. The Canadian group will be arriving with about 15 horses for the final three weeks of the circuit.

"Anything to get out of the snow," joked Selinger.

"We love going to Arizona," he continued. "The facility is very horse and trainer friendly. It is also a great place to develop your skills. Every rider that I have ever brought there has improved."

One rider who will be looking to move up the ranks in the Grand Prix classes is JJ Atkinson. The former California native now trains with Selinger and will be in the irons aboard her Grand Prix mount Rambo.

Atkinson and Rambo captured the blue in the $25,000 Central Equine Grand Prix at HITS Arizona in 2008 and will be looking for even more ribbons in 2009.

"The two of them form a great pair," said Selinger. "Rambo is a very fast horse with impeccable turning skills. There are some very good riders that show at HITS Arizona and we are looking forward to a very competitive three weeks."

The six-week HITS Arizona Winter Circuit has been a staple of the West Coast show circuits for many years. HITS took over production of the circuit in 1991. Exhibitors who show at HITS Arizona gain valuable experience in the show ring under the eye of some of the country's top judges.

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: Deb Dawson Photography; JJ Atkinson and her mount Rambo win the $25,000 Central Equine Grand Prix at HITS Arizona in 2008


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