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Show Jumping at HITS Culpeper is set to return with the Commonwealth National

CULPEPER, VA (April 11, 2009)--Now that the 2009 HITS Winter Circuits have come to a close, all eyes are on HITS Culpeper as the season is set to open with the Commonwealth National, April 15-19 featuring the $30,000 EMO Grand Prix on Sunday, April 19.

New this year to HITS Culpeper is the elimination of the ship-in fees, discounted rates on Circuit Stalls and Circuit RV Hookups.

"We're trying to react to what exhibitors have been most concerned about. HITS is making a concerted effort to listen to our customers and to make changes that will be the most beneficial for them," said HITS President and CEO Tom Struzzieri.

One exhibitor that will be taking advantage of the discounted rates is Grand Prix rider Patty Stovel who will show in Culpeper with several of her clients. "Tom (Struzzieri) has really made some great deals for exhibitors to get them to show," sad Stovel. "I plan on being in Culpeper every week this year!"

Stovel plans to show her Grand Prix horse Shandor 41 in Friday's $15,000 Brook Ledge Friday Class and Sunday's $30,000 EMO Grand Prix. " I hope Shandor 41 can pull off a win in the Sunday Grand Prix! He loves Culpeper and is getting more fit so I am sure he will do great," she said.

If Stovel is going to grab the blue in Sunday's feature class, she will have to outshine a talented group of Grand Prix riders like Callan Solem, who will be in town for the horse show, and is coming off of a tremendous winter circuit at HITS Ocala.

"I will have Allison , Mianta and VDL Torlando with me," said Solem. "All three of them were amazing in Ocala so I am looking forward to starting the spring circuit off on the right foot."

The Commonwealth National is the first of six weeks of horse shows at HITS Culpeper. Each week features hundreds of classes at every level, including a $30,000 Grand Prix each Sunday during Weeks I-V. As always, the 2009 HITS Culpeper season will conclude with the USGPL Finals, September 23-27, featuring the $100,000 USGPL Invitational Grand Prix.

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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