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HITS Moves Headquarters to Saugerties, New York

SAUGERTIES, NY (May 1, 2001)--Horse Shows In the Sun, Inc. (HITS), producer of six world class hunter/jumper horse show circuits nationwide, has announced that the company's headquarters has moved from Rhinebeck, New York, to Saugerties, New York. The move was complete as of Monday, April 30, 2001. The Village Mayor, Robert Yerick, made a personal welcome visit to the new offices on opening day and, with the Saugerties Board of Trustees, sent a bouquet of flowers.

The new HITS headquarters is located in the Historic District of the Village of Saugerties just a few miles from Woodstock where the 1994 rock concert was held. This quaint area of the Hudson River valley is known as one of the antique shop capitals of the northeast. The building is the former Saugerties Post Office on Main Street that was originally designed by architect Louis A. Simon and constructed in 1934. After purchasing the building in January 2001, Tom Struzzieri, president and owner of HITS, hired the architectural firm Pickett Designs, Inc. of Olivebridge, New York, to completely re-model the interior of the building while maintaining the look of the period in which it was initially built. The new design includes soaring ceilings, tiled floors, wood wainscoting, and chandeliers and sconces throughout the main floor, mezzanine conference room, and top floor office. J.H. Construction of Rosendale, New York, was the renovation contractor.

HITS management moved the headquarters to accommodate the growth of the company's staff and office space requirements. The move doubles the suare footage the company had at the previous building across the Hudson River in Rhinebeck. At the new location, HITS staff has access to high-speed Internet use and is perfecting the updating process of results and news on the HITS website.

HITS produced its first series of horse shows--a three-week circuit in Gainesville, Florida--in 1982. Today, HITS produces six horse show circuits, a total of 34 shows, in New York, California, Florida, Arizona, Virginia, and Nevada. Individually, each is a first rate horse show series; collectively, they represent the largest group of equestrian events under a single management group in the United States.

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