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HITS Announces King Shavings United States Grand Prix League Finals to be held at Commonwealth Park

CULPEPER, VA (September 13, 2002)-The King Shavings United States Grand Prix League Finals will be held this year from September 25-29 at Commonwealth Park in Culpeper, Virginia. The League is an association of more than 45 major equestrian events nationwide that offer Grand Prix Show Jumping events. This year's Finals in Culpeper will include competition in four divisions: Grand Prix Jumpers, Junior-Amateur-Owner Jumpers (High and Low) and Pre-Green Hunters. Each division finals is by invitation only, with invitations being issued to the top 30 national riders in each division. The top jumpers are determined by money won and the top pre-green hunters are determined by points earned.

There will be nearly 3,000 horsemen on the show grounds for the Finals, among them some of the superstars of show jumping including eight-time Olympian Ian Millar of Canada, U.S. Olympic Individual and Team Gold Medalist Joe Fargis, U.S. Olympic participant, Margie Goldstein-Engle, and many more.

The 92-acre Commonwealth Park features equestrian competition daily, beginning Wednesday, September 25 and culminating with the $100,000 King Shavings Grand Prix on Sunday, September 29. Hours are 8 am to 4 pm. Spectators are admitted free from Wednesday through Saturday. Children under 12 are always admitted at no charge, and parking is always free. Tickets are $5 on Sunday with the proceeds benefiting the Madison Centaur 4-H Horse Club.

Seating is available at bleachers around the rings, in the Grand Prix grandstand, and indoors at the Pavilion. There is a food service facility located on the grounds - the Showday Café - offering an international menu of meals, snacks, and beverages. The Vendor Courtyard includes more than a dozen shops offering equine-themed merchandise from tack to 14K gold jewelry.

Members of the Madison Centaur 4-H Horse Club will manage ticket sales and parking on Sunday. The Madison Centaurs is a group of 20 boys and girls ranging in age from nine years old to 18. All are active in the group's activities, which includes horse judging, community service, and educational programs as well as horse showing. Group Leader Julie Williamson says, "This is the best group of 4-H Club kids in the state. They're always prepared and supportive of each other."

The King Shavings United States Grand Prix League Finals is the sixth and last show in the HITS Culpeper 2002 series held from May to September at Commonwealth Park.

Commonwealth Park is located on Rte. 522, 3.5 miles south of the junction with Rte. 3 in Culpeper, Virginia. During HITS Culpeper horse shows, telephone 540-825-7469 for more information.


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