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Brrrrrr! Escape the winter and book your hotel for the 2009 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit

OCALA, FLORIDA (November 24, 2008) As temperatures all over the East Coast begin to dip well south of freezing, it's time to start planning your trip to the 2009 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit where the warm Central Florida sun awaits your arrival.

HITS' Premier Lodging Partners look forward to providing their renowned southern hospitality as they ensure that your stay in Marion County is blue ribbon worthy.

When making your lodging accommodations this year, we ask that you support HITS' Lodging Partners. They look forward to welcoming you home!

Premium Lodging Partners ($$$)

*The Hilton Ocala-Conveniently located off of Interstate 75 and Highway 200, The Hilton Ocala caters to the equestrian. Enjoy a sumptuous meal at Arthur's restaurant, cocktails at Starting Gate Lounge and comfortable rooms in Hilton's tradition. Suites with separate living quarters are available. The Hilton Ocala is pet-friendly and features an exercise room, heated outdoor pool, free high-speed internet, business center and dry cleaning services.

*Comfort Suites-Located down the street from HITS Post Time Farm, Comfort Suites provides complimentary deluxe continental breakfast complete with make-your-own waffles, as well as free wireless high-speed internet in every room and free local calls. Competitors can also work out in the exercise room and enjoy the outdoor heated pool and hot tub.

*The Ocala Marriott Group of hotels-The Fairfield Inn, Residence Inn and the Courtyard by Marriot each are located off of Interstate 75 on Highway 200 (exit 350). They are also in the heart of great dining and shopping and offer both moderate and premium lodging for competitors during their stay at HITS Ocala this winter.

Moderate Lodging Partners ($$)

*La Quinta Inns and Suites-This hotel is located at Interstate 75 and Highway 200 in the heart of it all and is very convenient for HITS Competitors! It is pet-friendly and features free high-speed internet access, courteous staff, complimentary breakfast, comfortable beds with pillow-top mattresses, microwaves, exercise room, guest laundry, heated outdoor pool and free cable TV. Smoking and non-smoking rooms are available.

*The Ramada Inn and Conference Center-Conveniently located at the intersection of Highway 27 and Interstate 75 on the way to HITS Post Time Farm! The hotel is pet-friendly and offers smoking and non-smoking rooms, free high-speed wireless internet, fitness room, guest laundry, heated outdoor pool, hot tub, business center, complimentary breakfast, bar with live entertainment on weekends and an onsite restaurant. There is also plenty of parking for trucks and trailers.

Budget Lodging Partners ($)

*Travelodge-Conveniently located near HITS Post Time Farm, this pet friendly hotel features an exercise room, outdoor pool, free wireless, guest laundry, putting green and complimentary breakfast.

*Golden Palms- Located just down the road from HITS Post Time Farm, Golden Palms offers comfortable rooms, a variety of suites, high-speed internet, outdoor pool, guest laundry and plenty of room for truck and trailer parking. The hotel is also pet-friendly and offers both smoking and non-smoking rooms and 60 cable channels, including five HBO channels.

*The Quality Inn-Also located near HITS Post Time Farm, the Quality Inn offers complimentary in-room wireless high-speed internet, newspaper, in-room coffee, free local calls and a business center with desktop computer and fax services available. The Quality Inn is pet friendly and features an on-site restaurant and lounge. Both smoking and non-smoking rooms are available and microwaves and refrigerator are available to rent.

Special rates, when offered, are listed on the lodging section of the HITS Website as well as pet friendly designations. Be sure to make your reservations early in order to obtain the best rates available and be sure to mention you are competing at HITS.

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: 2008 Lili Weik Photography; Aaron Vale is on course during the 2008 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit.


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