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National Indoor Finals Fueled By 600 Horsepower Gallops To Worcester
Horse Show Brings Equine Agility, Speed and Power To Centrum Centre

SAUGERTIES, NY (September 2, 2003) - Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS) has saddled up with Worcester's Centrum Centre to host the inaugural Marshall & Sterling League National Indoor Finals Horse Show slated for September 17 - 21, 2003. Along with the thrilling hunter/jumper competition taking place in the ring, an expansive variety of entertainment and educational programs will be featured day and night during the five-day event.

Spectators will be treated to amazing feats of speed and agility as some of the country's finest horses and their riders compete for the blue ribbon in 6 jumper divisions, 11 hunter divisions, the HBO Junior Medal Finals, and the Charles Owen Children's and Adult Medal Finals. Worcester's Centrum Centre, a first-class sporting facility in the heart of Massachusetts, will showcase this extravaganza of exciting show jumping competition. The five days of competition will culminate with the $100,000 Grand Finale Grand Prix on Sunday. Visit to see the full schedule of events.

In addition, the day and nighttime program will include the following special attractions: "The One-Armed Bandit" rodeo performer; "The Horse Experience," a mobile, interactive multimedia exhibit of the horse; horse grooming and shampooing demonstrations; blacksmithing presentations; face painting; autograph sessions with world famous riders; a "Barn Night" for area stables and riding clubs; charity partner booths Children's Equitation Center, MSPCA at Nevins Farm, Mass. 4-H Horse Program, Pet Rock: A Benefit for the Animals, Helping Hands Monkeys for the Disabled, and much, much more.

A major highlight of the entertainment will be K-9s in Flight—the premier Frisbee Dog entertainers in the world. All adopted and trained by John Misita, these World Class champions have appeared for more than ten years in over 150 cities around the globe, and on ESPN, The Discovery Channel, and National Geographic. These cavorting canines will be presenting shows of their amazing skills on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as Sunday afternoon.

Tickets ranging from $10 to $45 are now available at the Centrum Centre Box Office 508-755-6800 ext. 2164, through Ticketmaster 617-228-6000, or; groups of 15 or more call 508-929-0125; box seat packages are available through HITS 845-246-8833.

Major corporate sponsors include HBO, Purina Mills, Marshall & Sterling Insurance, Corona-Lexol, Great American Insurance Companies, Charles Owen Helmets, Stillwell-Hansen, Inc. and Four Winds Farm, The Equestrian Shop, State Line Tack, Rio Vista Products, Weston Nurseries, Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar,, Practical Horseman Magazine, and Extensive information on the League and other HITS programs can be found at

From its headquarters in Saugerties, New York, HITS produces five series of horse shows at locations in California, Arizona, Florida, New York, and Virginia, totaling 32 weeks of year-round competition. Founded by Thomas G. Struzzieri in 1982, HITS prides itself in offering professional, competitive opportunities for riders in a broad range of ages and skill levels.


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