The Sun Rises On HITS-On-The-Hudson
Shows In The Sun to Premiere World-Class Equestrian Facility in
NY March 30, 2004 From dawn to dusk, crews are hard
at work in Saugerties, New York, making the final preparations for
the grand opening of HITS-on-the-Hudson. The state-of-the-art horse
show facility will premiere in May, marking the accomplishment of
a long-held ambition for Tom Struzzieri, owner and President of
Horse Shows In The Sun.
large concentration of our exhibitors operate out of the Northeast,
and up until now the region has lacked a horse show facility designed
from the ground up with amenities customized to their needs,
said Struzzieri. The HITS-on-the-Hudson show grounds promises to
fill that gap. Situated on the site of a former 200-acre golf course,
the horse show facility took two years to complete. Struzzieri oversaw
the project from the turning of the first sod, and every aspect
of the facility was designed to his exact specifications.
majestic Catskill Mountains form the backdrop to HITS-on-the-Hudson.
The surrounding Hudson Valley boasts an eclectic mix of casual and
fine dining options, unique craft stores, and celebrated antique
stores. Exhibitors will receive a friendly welcome when they take
the time to explore the quaint village of Saugerties, which is less
than a mile from the show grounds. A short ten-minute drive away
is the famous town of Woodstock, which also deserves a visit.
HITS-on-the-Hudson show grounds is a world-class facility designed
to meet the highest standards of equestrian competition, while also
offering many unique features. Most noteworthy are the Hunter and
Jumper arenas, both surrounded by a native stone wall inside a grass
berm with twin bridges arching over the entrances. While the Grand
Prix arena is always the focal point at other horse shows, HITS-on-the-Hudson
gives the Hunter division equal exposure. In addition to the arenas,
there are eight all-weather performance rings and four practice
rings. A natural three-board fence will encircle the show grounds,
finishing at the grand entrance. Some of the countrys finest
horses will occupy the 504 stalls available in six permanent barns.
Plans are already in place to add another 500 stalls in phase two
of the building. A VIP pavilion overlooks both the Hunter and Jumper
feature rings, and a restaurant and dining courtyard offers patio
seating as well as an enclosed dining area. Shopping will be available
in two buildings sectioned off into 10 vendor boutiques offering
equine-themed merchandise from tack to 14K gold jewelry. A Mercedes
Benz showroom completes the shopping spree. To get away from it
all, riders can take their horses on a 2.5-mile trail ride around
the perimeter of the property.
HITS-on-the-Hudson Grand Opening celebration is scheduled for Sunday,
May 30th. The festivities will pay tribute to Equestrian Olympians,
past, present and future. There will be demonstrations of the international
sports of Dressage and Driving. Guests at the celebration will sample
the local produce of New Yorks bountiful Hudson River Valley,
specially prepared by several of the areas finest gourmet
restaurants. The Bard College chamber music group will entertain
as guests take their seats ringside to enjoy the highlight of the
day the $75,000 HITS-on-the-Hudson show jumping Grand Prix.
number of other special events are planned for the seven weeks of
the horse show Antique Show, June 5th & 6th, Equine Art
Exhibit, June 12th & 13th, Taste of the Hudson Valley, July
24th, Chili Cookoff, July 31st, Kids Day, August 7th, and Seniors
Day, September 4th. Exhibitors and spectators alike will find plenty
to entertain them during the horse show.
Charities and charity events are also an integral part of every
HITS horse show. HITS is leasing a portion of the HITS-on-the-Hudson
site from Family of Woodstock, Inc., a not-for-profit organization
that provides crisis intervention services throughout Ulster County.
Family of Woodstock will pre-sell tickets to the Grand Prix events
and are the ticket-takers on weekends the charity will keep
100% of the proceeds from all tickets sold.
will be admitted free to HITS-on-the-Hudson, Wednesday through Friday.
Tickets are $5 on Saturday and Sunday with the proceeds benefiting
Family of Woodstock. Children under 12 will be admitted without
charge, and parking is free.
produced its first series of horse shows a three-week circuit
in Gainesville, Florida in 1982. Today HITS produces five
horse show circuits the Ocala Winter Circuit in Florida;
Indio Desert Circuit in California; Arizona Winter Circuit in Tucson;
HITS Culpeper in Virginia; and the newest addition, HITS-on-the
Hudson in New York. 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.
THROUGH SUNDAY, 2004 SHOW DATES
jumping takes place daily, starting at 8:00 AM
I May 26-30
HITS-on-the-Hudson II June 2-6
III June 9-13
HITS-on-the-Hudson IV July 21-25
HITS-on-the-Hudson V July 28-August 1
New York Horse & Pony Show VI August 4-8
HITS-on-the-Hudson VII September 1-5
$25,000 Grand Prix Every Thursday
Grand Prix Every Sunday
Week I, Grand Opening - Sunday, May 30th
II, Antique Show Saturday, June 5th and Sunday, June 6th
III, Equine Art Exhibit Saturday, June 12th and Sunday, June
IV, Taste of the Hudson Valley Saturday, July 24th
V, Chili Cookoff Saturday, July 31st
VI, Kids Day Saturday, August 7th
VII, Seniors Day Saturday, September 4th