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Coachella Valley Charities Benefit from Indio Desert Circuit Horse Show

INDIO, CA (January 22, 2001)-Horse Shows In The Sun, Inc., (HITS) based in Rhinebeck, New York, has produced the Indio Desert Circuit horse show for ten years at the HITS Desert Horse Park in Indio, California, and annually donates ticket proceeds to local charities in the Coachella Valley. Selected charities pre-sell tickets to the horse show and keep 100% of the proceeds. Additionally, during the circuit, each Sunday one of the charities provides members to act as ticket takers at the entrance gates. At the end of the horse show, each charity receives a percentage of the total gate.

HITS Desert Horse Park features hunter/jumper competition Wednesday through
Sunday from 8am until approximately 4pm, January 24 to March 11. Spectators are admitted free Wednesday through Friday. Tickets are $5 on Saturday or Sunday. Children under 12 are always admitted at no charge. More than 25,000 spectators are expected to visit HITS Desert Horse Park during this year's six-week horse show.

To pre-purchase tickets to the Indio Desert Circuit, contact the following charity chairperson:

Charity Contact Telephone
Boys & Girls Club of Coachella Valley Gretchen Perez 760-836-1161
Boy Scouts of America Tohono District Kiki Haynes 760-564-4063/Cell
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Robbie Kennedy 909-358-2380
Indio Chamber of Commerce Sherry Johnson 760-347-0676
Indio Sunrise Rotary James Sessoms 760-347-3512
Indio Youth Task Force Ron Hare 760-342-6846
Village of Childhelp West Lauren Nethery 909-845-7227

The Pegasus Riding Academy for the Handicapped of the Coachella Valley will hold a fund-raiser in the Oasis VIP tent on February 25. This annual luncheon event drew more than 200 people last year. For more information, contact Marjorie Molloy at 909-693-9356.

A percentage of the gate is also donated to The Rio Vista Fund for the rescue
of horses in distress.

Directions to HITS Desert Horse Park: Take I-10 to the Monroe Street exit in Indio. Go south approximately five miles to Avenue 52, and then turn right onto Avenue 52. Horse Show entrance is ½ mile on right. Tel: 760-775-7731; Fax: 760-775-7752. Website:


HITS Indio Desert 2001 Show Dates:
Circuit I January 24-28
Circuit II January 31-February 4
Circuit III February 7-11
Off Week February 14 - 18
Circuit IV February 21-25
Circuit V February 28-March 4
Circuit VI March 7-11

Featured Events:
$25,000 Ariat Grand Prix Every Friday
$50,000 EMO Grand Prix Sunday, January 28 1pm
$50,000 Cosequin® Grand Prix Sunday, February 4 1pm
$75,000 Bayer/USET Grand Prix of Indio
Presented by Sunday, February 11 1pm
$50,000 Rio Vista Grand Prix Sunday, February 25 1pm
$50,000 HITS Grand Prix Sunday, March 4 1pm
$50,000 East Meets West Hunter Challenge
Presented by The Chronicle of the Horse Sunday, March 11 8am
$150,000 Ford Grand Prix of the Desert Sunday, March 11 2pm

Special Day Events:
Kids Day
Presented by Fox Kids Club and KDFX Sunday, February 11 11am-1pm
Heritage Palms Seniors Day.
Presented by KESQ TV3 & Palm Springs Follies Sunday, March 4 11am-1pm
Fiesta Day Sunday, March 11 11am-1pm

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