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THE RIDER EXTRA FEBRUARY 2010 / 9
HITS Saugerties to Offer Fourteen Pfizer
$1 Million Grand Prix Qualifiers
New York - HITS Shows is pleased to from Wednesday, May 26 through Sunday, of the HITS Saugerties prize list, please visit $30,000 in prize money during the National
announce the dates for HITS Saugerties June 13. After a short break, show jumping HitsShows.com or call 845.246.8833. Finals.
Spring and Summer Show Series, as well as returns to HITS Saugerties for another three In order to qualify for the Pfizer $1
the 20th Annual Marshall & Sterling League weeks starting on Wednesday, July 21 and Million Grand Prix, a rider must compete in WHERE:
National Finals. Throughout the nine-week continuing until Sunday, August 8. On eight or more HITS Grand Prix classes. The HITS-on-the-Hudson , 454 Washington
hunter/jumper show series, May 26 - September 1, show jumping returns with top 40 riders, based on money won by Avenue Extension , Saugerties, NY 12477,
September 19, 2010, HITS Saugerties will HITS-on-the-HudsonVII (September 1 - horse/rider combination, will be eligible to Phone: 845.246.5515 (during horse shows)
host 14 Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix Quali- September 5), which will feature two of the ride for the Pfizer Million. For more detailed
fiers, giving riders the chance to accumulate final Grand Prix qualifiers for the Pfizer information on the Pfizer $1 Million Grand WHEN:
the Grand Prix classes and the prize money Million, and HITS-on-the-Hudson VIII Prix, please visit our website at Daily, Wednesday-Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
they will need in order to try to qualify for during show weeks
the unprecedented Pfizer Million, which will HITS-on-the-Hudson I: May 26-30
be held in Saugerties, NY, on September 12. HITS-on-the-Hudson II: June 2-6
Two Pfizer Million Qualifiers will be HITS-on-the-Hudson III: June 9-13
held Weeks I-VI, with a $25,000 Grand Prix
every Friday, as well as $50,000 Sunday HITS-on-the-Hudson IV: July 21-25
Grand Prix classes Weeks I and IV, $75,000 HITS-on-the-Hudson V: July 28 - August 1
Sunday Grand Prix classes Weeks II and V, NY Horse & Pony Show (VI): August 4-8
and $125,000 Sunday Grand Prix classes
Weeks III and VI. In addition to the two HITS-on-the-Hudson VII: September 1-5
Pfizer Million Qualifiers, the Open Jumper HITS-on-the-Hudson VIII: September 8-11
division will also feature both a $10,000 (CSI2*-W)
Welcome Stake and a $5,000 Open Speed Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix: September 12
every week. Marshall & Sterling League National
Junior and Amateur Jumperscan look Finals: September 16-19
forward to three heights (Low, Medium, and
High). Additionally, the Classics will be SEASON HIGHLIGHTS:
split for Mediums and Highs each week, In addition to the weekly schedule
with $5,000 each for the Mediums and which features 250 different show jumping
$10,000 each for the Highs. The Low classes, the HITS Saugerties Show Series
Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic will offer offers a wide variety of special events for
$2,500 in prize money.Substantial prize spectators and equestrians, alike. Some of
money will also be up for grabs in the Chil- the most popular events include the annual
dren’s/Adult Jumpers as they will have the Purina Mills Kids Day, the World of the
opportunity to jump for a $10,000 purse Horse Celebration, the Taste of HITS-on-
Weeks I & IV in the $10,000 Marshall & the-Hudson, and the HITS-on-the-Hudson
Sterling Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic.
Todd Minikus competing in the Week V $75,000 HITS Saugerties Grand Prix in 2009.
Classic Car Show, to name a few. Be sure to
Hunters will have a number of new
Photo © 2009 Lili Weik.
check HitsShows.com for a complete list of
beneficial additions to the HITS Saugerties this season’s special events.
schedule. This year, hunter derbies will be (September 8-11), which recently received HitsShows.com.
featured each week with a $10,000 an FEI rating and will feature two FEI class- HITS, Inc. produces high-quality, inter- Weekly Grand Prix Highlights, Present-
Devoucoux Hunter Derby Weeks I, II, III, es, including a World Cup Qualifier Grand national-level hunter/jumper horse shows. ed by Pfizer Animal Health:
V, and VI, as well as a $10,000 Chronicle of Prix and the only Grand Prix Wild Card Based in upstate New York in the village of Fridays: $25,000 HITS Grand Prix
the Horse/USHJA Hunter Derby Week IV. class for the Pfizer Million. Saugerties, HITS has been producing shows Sunday, May 30: $50,000 EMO Grand Prix
The popular Bit O’Straw Hunter Classic The week after the Pfizer $1 Million since 1982 and is now a nationwide compa- Sunday, June 6: $75,000 HITS Grand Prix
returns again this year, and will take place Grand Prix, HITS Saugerties will host the ny with world-class circuits in California, Sunday, June 13: $125,000 Purina Mills
each week of the series. Additional opportu- 20th annual Marshall & Sterling League Florida, Arizona, New York and Virginia. In Grand Prix
nitiesto earn Marshall & Sterling League National Finals September 16-19. The 20th 2010, HITS will take the industry to new Sunday, July 25: $50,000 HITS Grand Prix
points can be seen every week in both the Anniversary marks a milestone in the heights when it hosts the Pfizer $1 Million Sunday, August 1: $75,000 HITS
newly expanded Adequan Hunter Division, League’s history, as the Finals will highlight Grand Prix in Saugerties on September 12. Grand Prix
which is now a full division with five class- the League’s most accomplished riders for HITS Saugerties Spring & Summer Sunday, August 8: $125,000 Strongid®
es, as well as the HITS 2’6” Hunter Divi- 2010 in 14 different divisions. The four-day Show Series and the 20th Annual Marshall C 2X Grand Prix
sion. Finals is cherished by many as it has estab- & Sterling League National Finals Fast
Pony hunters will have their chance to lished itself as a year-end goal and an eques- Facts *Please Note: The Grand Prix Schedule for
shine in the $5,000 Pony Commotion trian tradition. During the Marshall & Ster- Weeks VII and VIII are still being finalized.
Hunter Classic Week VI, while the Chil- ling League National Finals week, HITS EVENT: HITS Saugerties Spring & Sum- Be sure to check back for updates.
dren’s Pony division takes advantage of the Saugerties will host the Annual Top Ten mer Show Series and 20th Annual Marshall
newly split Marshall & Sterling Children’s Awards Dinner, honoring leading riders in & Sterling League National Finals presented ADMISSION: May 26 - September 11,
Pony Medal. Unlike previous years, the each division based on their performance by HITS, Inc. 2010
M&S Children’s Pony Medal will be split throughout the season. Nestled in the Wednesday - Saturday: Free • Sunday:
Small/Medium and Large with points being foothills of the Catskill Mountains, just one WHAT: Nine-week hunter/jumper horse Adults $5, children under the age of 12 get
tracked separately for year-end awards, as mile outside the village of Saugerties, the show series produced by HITS, Inc. that free admission. All proceeds from the gate
well as for the Marshall & Sterling Finals. HITS facility features 10 different competi- runs from May through September annually. go directly to Family of Woodstock, Inc., a
“Coming off an incredible season in tion rings, including a spectacular Grand The HITS Saugerties Spring & Summer non-for-profit organization serving Ulster
2009, we are looking forward to another Prix ring, a Main Hunter ring, two jumper Show Series offers two Grand Prix events County.
great season in Saugerties,” said Tom rings, four hunter rings, an equitation ring, each week. Every Grand Prix at HITS
Struzzieri, HITS President & CEO. “We and six separate schooling areas. This year, Saugerties from May through September 5
will once again offer circuit discount pricing exhibitors and spectators can both look for- will be a qualifying event for the Pfizer $1
for stalls, which was quite popular last year ward to new property enhancements that Million Grand Prix, which will be held on
and enabled customers to make Saugerties include two new bridges, a ‘horse-only’ Sunday, September 12 in Saugerties, New
their home base for summer showing. When path, a ‘golfcart-only’ path, a new jumper York.
you average $125 a week for beautiful ring, and a beautifully landscaped island The 20th Annual Marshall & Sterling
portable stabling, you simply have the best down the heart of the show grounds. League National Finals marks a milestone in
deal in the sport. The prize list will have The prize list for the 2010 HITS the League’s history, and highlights the
some new and exciting offerings across the Saugerties Spring and Summer Show Series League’s most accomplished riders in 13
board, with a little something for everyone. (May 26 - August 8) is currently in produc- different divisions. The Marshall & Sterling
And, last but not least, we are moving for- tion and is expected to mail in mid-March. Finals marks the final week of the HITS
ward with some property enhancement sug- A separate prize list will be produced and Saugerties season each year and, in addition
gestions taken from our Trainer and High- mailed over the summer for the HITS to the four-day competition, features the
Performance Committees that will really Saugerties September shows (September 1- Annual Top Ten Awards Dinner, which
dress up the show grounds.” 11), the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix honors the leading riders in each division
The HITS Saugerties Spring Show (September 12) and the Marshall & Sterling based on their performance throughout the
Series will run three consecutive weeks Finals (September 16-19). To request a copy season. The League awards more than
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