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COACHELLA

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DESERT CIRCUIT | January 16 - March 18, 2018 | OFFICIAL SHOW PROGRAM

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HITS Desert Horse Park Official Show Program Table of Contents

HITS Features

Cover Art

HITStory of the Desert Circuit

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Triathlons - A Distance for Everyone

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Maureen Fulgenzi MaureenFulgenzi.com P: 561.309.5091 Ad on Page 57

Make Thermal Your Home This Winter38-39,41 a Salute to our Lodging Partners A Shout Out to Our Sponsors

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Design & Production

What it Takes – The Road to the52-53 Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping Thermal

Leslie Phillips Stephen Green Michele Sciarretta

Join HITS & 5,000 of Your Closest Friends for the 6th Annual AIG Million60-61 Show Jumping 101  What You’re Watching & How to Judge It

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Editorial & Content Development



Kristen Vale-Mosack, Manager Courtney Livecchi Erin Webb

HITS Essentials The HIT List

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Area Information

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Map of HITS Desert Horse Park

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Official Photographer ESI Photography ESIphoto@yahoo.com P: 978.319.3449

HITS Show Dates69 Scenes from the Coachella Desert Circuit 31, 77 Awards & Special Events

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Advertising & Sponsorship

Index to Advertisers85

Chris Mayone Scott Reynolds

HITS, Inc. 319 Main Street, Saugerties, NY 12477 HITSShows.com | info@HITSShows.com P: 845.246.8833 | F: 845.246.6371

Advertising Inquiries & Editorial Contributions To submit article ideas and other contributions, please contact info@HITSShows.com or call 845.246.8833.

HITS Desert Horse Park

85-555 Airport Blvd, Thermal, CA 92274 P: 760.399.9200 | F: 760.399.1952

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All photos by ©ESI Photography

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WI N N I NG doesn’t happen by

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A rub. It’s all that separates a flawless round from “better luck next time.” But you’re not depending on luck. You’re depending on countless hours in and out of the saddle. And you didn’t come here for just a ribbon. You came for the championship ribbon. So ask yourself, does your horse have the stomach to win?

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The HIT List

Essentials

HITS Corporate Office

HITS Souvenirs

319 Main Street  P: 845.246.8833 Saugerties, NY 12477 F: 845.246.6371

Located at the Vendor Row, beside Dever Golf Cart Rentals Open Tuesday – Sunday

HITS Desert Horse Park

85-555 Airport BlvdP: 760.399.9200 Thermal, CA 92274F: 760.399.1952

HITS Facility Rentals

Jonathan Viola, Rental Coordinator Jonathan@HITSShows.com

Horse Show Office Hours Show Week Monday & Tuesday Wednesday – Sunday Off Week Monday – Sunday

8 am – 5 pm 6:30 am – 5 pm

HITS Feed & Stabling Office

8:00 am – 5 pm

HITS Vendor Relations

Stabling@HITSShows.com

Meagan Atkins, Vendor Coordinator Meagan@HITSShows.com

HITS Horse Show Secretaries Kristen Vale-Mosack, Manager Kaitlin Farmer Katie Brewer Erin Webb

Official Show Farrier Meredith Clark

HITS Corporate Sponsorship

P: 949.584.4317

Official Show Photographer

Chris Mayone Chris@HITSShows.com Scott Reynolds Scott@HITSShows.com

ESI Photography P: 978.319.3449 Glen Burgess ESIphoto@Yahoo.com

HITS School Station

Classes Monday-Thursday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm For information contact the HITS Corporate Office P: 845.246.8833

VIP Go Rentals Club

Chris Mayone P: 845.943.9990 VIP Concierge Chris@HITSShows.com

HITS Restaurant

Joanne & Dan Murphy Monday Tuesday Wednesday – Sunday

For more information on the HITS Coachella Desert Circuit, please email info@HITSShows. com. Feedback on your experience at HITS is welcomed and encouraged.

8 am – 5 pm 7 am – 6 pm 6 am – 6 pm

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Area Information Airports

Jacqueline Cochran Regional (TRM) on-site Los Angeles International (LAX) 2 hours Ontario International (ONT) 1.5 hours Palm Springs International (PSP) 45 minutes

Auto Repair, Sales & Service

Firestone Tire & Service Center 82323 US Hwy 111, Indio P: 760.347.0787

Banks

Bank of America 83017 Ave 48, Coachella California Bank & Trust 81-701 Hwy 111, Indio Wells Fargo 46020 Monroe St, Indio

P: 760.342.1000 P: 760.347.6156 P: 760.863.5608

Landscaping Services La Hacienda

Camper Rental & Sales RV Sales of Broward

Camper Repair

Benlo RV II 84420 Cabazon St, Indio

Car Rental

GoRentals GoRentals.com

Sparklean Indio Laundry P: 760.775.0808 On-site & 81-106 Hwy 111 Suite G, Indio

P: 760.342.0978

Limo & Airport Services Desert Limo La Quinta

P: 760.406.5166

HorseFlight.com HorseFlight.com Johnson Horse Transportation  P: 888.331.9961

P: 760.398.8089 P: 760.347.0676

Official Community

Computer Repair

Griffin Ranch  P: 760. 501.2960 54-835 Damascus Drive, La Quinta

Computer Repair Co. P: 760.863.5433 42425-B 130 Jackson, Indio

Official Realtor

Emergency Medical Care

Realty Executives  P: 805.857.8816 78065 Main Street, Suite 101, La Quinta

Eisenhower Medical CenterP: 760.340.3911 39000 Bob Hope Dr, Rancho Mirage Indio Immediate Care P: 760.775.9641 81880 Carreon Blvd, Indio JFK Emergency P: 760.347.6191 47111 Monroe Blvd, Indio

Golf Car Rentals Dever, Inc.

Featured Resort

Legacy Villas P: 310.210.7946 49000 Eisenhower Drive, La Quinta

Premier Lodging Partners

Best Western Date Tree Hotel 81-909 Indio Blvd, Indio P: 760.347.3421 Holiday Inn Express Indio P: 760.771.1711 84054 Indio Springs Dr, Indio Quality Inn & Suites Indio P: 760.342.6344 84096 Indio Springs Dr, Indio Royal Plaza Inn P: 760.347.0911 82-347 Hwy 111, Indio

P: 859.455.9586

Groceries

Clark’s Nutrition & GroceriesP: 760.324.4626 34175 Monterey Ave, Rancho Mirage Costco P: 760.775.0370 79-795 Hwy 111, La Quinta Ralph’s 44908 Jefferson St, Indio P: 760.771.4373 50-929 Washington St,  P: 760.564.0127 La Quinta

Official Host Hotels

Internet & E-mail

Wireless Internet Service is available throughout the show grounds.

All photos by ©ESI Photography

MAIL SERVICES

Incoming mail and packages will be dropped off at the SmartPak Delivery Place located at the souvenir stand. HITS will not be responsible for mail or parcel deliveries made to exhibitors, vendors or others. Please make arrangements accordingly. Outgoing mail and similar services are available through the U.S. Post Office, and the UPS Store located on Hwy 111. Sorry, we do not accept outgoing mail.

FedEx You must call for pick-up. You may then leave your package in the Horse Show Office for pickup. There is a FedEx drop-off location at 55940 PGA Blvd in La Quinta. P: 800.238.5355 UPS 

P: 800.PICK.UPS (742.5877) You must call for pick-up. You may then leave your package in the Horse Show Office for pick-up.

Postal Annex 83103 Ave 48 Ste 1B, Coachella

P: 760.863.4645

U.S. Post Office

P: 760.399.1734

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P: 800.931.3373 P: 760.347.4141

Equine Transportation

Chamber of Commerce Coachella Chamber Indio Chamber

P: 760.342.3427

Laundry Services

P: 888.587.3337

Homewood Ste La QuintaP: 760.391.4600 45-200 Washington Street, La Quinta Indian Palms Country Club & Resort 48630 Monroe St, Indio P: 760.775.4444 Inn at Deep Canyon, The P: 760.346.8061 74-470 Abronia Trail, Palm Desert Super 8 P: 760.342.0264 81-347 Hwy 111, Indio

Official RV Partner

Code 3 RV LLC  P: 855.331.C3RV 42046 Rio Nedo Road, Temecula

Pharmacies

Rite Aid P: 760.398.0833 51101 Harrison St, Coachella Walgreens P: 760.391.5395 50040 Harrison St, Coachella

Small Animal Vet

All Creatures Veterinary Care 78267 Hwy 111, La Quinta P: 760.564.1154

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Map of HITS Desert Horse Park

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LONGINES FEI WORLD CUP TM JUMPING NORTH AMERIC AN LEAGUE Fourteen qualifiers on the calendar this season for the "North American League" riders to secure points and their place at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping FINAL next April. EAST COAST AUGUST 2017 Bromont, QC (CAN) – International Bromont SEPTEMBER 2017 North Salem, NY (USA) – American Gold Cup OCTOBER 2017 Washington, DC (USA) – Washington International Horse Show Lexington, KY (USA) – CP National Horse Show NOVEMBER 2017 Toronto, ON (CAN) - The Royal Horse Show Royal Agricultural Winter Fair JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2018 Wellington, FL (USA) – Palm Beach Masters MARCH 2018 Ocala, FL (USA) – Live Oak International WEST COAST AUGUST 2017 Langley, BC (CAN) – Thunderbird OCTOBER 2017 Rancho Murieta, CA (USA) – Sacremento International Horse Show Del Mar, CA (USA) – Del Mar International Horse Show Calgary, AB (CAN) – Royal West

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Georgina Bloomberg and Juvina won the Central Park Grand Prix at the 2014 Central Park Horse Show Presented by Rolex in New York City Adequan® i.m is now available through your veterinarian. Adequan® i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan) is the only product approved by the FDA for the intramuscular treatment of non-infectious degenerative and/or traumatic joint dysfunction and associated lameness of the carpal and hock joints in horses. To learn more, visit www.adequan.com. There are no known contraindications to the use of intramuscular Adequan® i.m. brand Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycan in horses. Studies have not been conducted to establish safety in breeding horses. WARNING: Do not use in horses intended for human consumption. Not for use in humans. Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children. Caution: Federal law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian. Each 5 mL contains 500 mg Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycan. Brief Summary Indications: For the intramuscular treatment of non-infectious degenerative and/or traumatic joint dysfunction and associated lameness of the carpal and hock joints in horses. SEE PRODUCT PACKAGE INSERTS AT WWW.ADEQUAN.COM FOR FULL PRESCRIBING INFORMATION Adequan® is a registered trademark of Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ©LUITPOLD PHARMACEUTICALS, INC., Animal Health Division, 2014 Shirley, NY 11967. Image of Georgina Bloomberg ©Molly Sorge/The Chronicle of the Horse used with permission. AHD073, Iss. 10/2014

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HITStory of the Desert Circuit

The 2018 season will mark the 26th edition of the HITS Coachella Desert Circuit in Thermal, California. Hosted at the Empire Polo Club in Indio for the first time in 1992 as a threeweek circuit, it is safe to say that HITS Coachella, now an eight-week circuit, has come a long way since its emergence in the desert.

Indeed, the location, in the famed Coachella Valley, also home to the Coachella Music Fest, the Career Builder PGA Golf Tournament, and the BNP Paribas Open ATP/WTA Tennis Tournament, is in the heart of one of the most beautiful resort areas in the world. Surrounded by breathtaking mountain views, where hot air balloons often fly high over the grounds on a crisp show morning, the HITS Desert Horse Park has redefined horse showing on the west coast.

“Location, location, location,” said Tom Struzzieri, owner and CEO of HITS, Inc. “I had run shows in California for a several years prior to moving to Indio. Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Rosa – if it had ‘Santa’ in the name, I ran a show there,” he joked. “What finally pulled the circuit together into the success it is today is the location [now in the Coachella Valley of Southern California, less than 30 minutes from Palm Springs]. With the nearly perfect climate, gorgeous mountain landscapes, and surrounding upscale resort areas, the Indio and Thermal locations have really allowed this circuit to thrive.” HITS Coachella 2018 Official Show Program

“We had purchased the Indio property [which is now owned by the Coachella Music Fest] in the late 1990’s, but with the continued growth of the shows, we began to outgrow that property just a few years later. When I found the current property adjacent to the Jacquelyn Cochran Airport, I knew we could build one of the premiere show grounds in the country,” Struzzieri continued. With 1,200 permanent stalls, 11 show rings, two permanent, climate controlled VIP clubs and a dozen more permanent structures for All photos by ©ESI Photography

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restaurants and vendors, the HITS Desert Horse Park is a gem in the desert, and a jewel of HITS show facilities nationwide.

for every level of rider, from Leadline to Grand Prix. Throughout the course of the circuit there are a number of special events featured for hunter, jumper, and equitation riders – including chances to qualify for the HITS Championships, Marshall and Sterling Finals, NCEA Hunter Seat Equitation Finals, and the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix.

For over a quarter of a century, the HITS Desert Circuit has not only been a fixture of equestrian show jumping, but also, a fixture in the community. Hotels, restaurants, resorts and shops around the area all echo the same feeling. “It is, without any question, one of the largest events to come into the Indio/Thermal area during that time period. We value HITS as a partner and look forward to the HITS Desert Circuit for many, many more years,” said Aaron Segal, General Manager of the Best Western Date Tree, a partner of HITS for nearly 20 years.

“We pride ourselves on offering something for everyone, from the Pre-Children’s Adult Hunter Classic at 2’ to the AIG Million at 1.50m. I think you’ll agree that we have that covered,” said Struzzieri. “Continual improvements being made to the property, over a dozen for just this year, is a testament to our dedication to both horse and human comforts at our showgrounds.”

Not only has the location changed and the length of the circuit increased over its 26 years of existence, but the variety of classes offered has expanded. HITS Coachella now hosts over 400 classes each week of the circuit, offering competition HITS Coachella 2018 Official Show Program

We look forward to seeing you, and can’t wait to be back for another year of sunshine and show jumping in the desert. by Erin Webb All photos by ©ESI Photography

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HITS Endurance Triathlon Series A distance for everyoneTM

Approaching his 50th birthday, and reflecting on his wish to continue to be a positive role model for his three children, HITS President and CEO Thomas Struzzieri decided to take up the sport of triathlon. As soon as he started training Tom was hooked. He was instantly captivated with the sense of fulfillment, well-being and personal accomplishment that came from training and competing.

locations near major population centers. In keeping with the HITS Endurance mantra, “A distance for everyone™,” all events include five race distances ranging from the full 140.6 miles to the supersprint, and marathon to a family friendly mile. With a focus on creating an inclusive atmosphere, HITS produces endurance events that are no different than HITS Horse Shows. HITS’ philosophy is to capture the interest of beginners and get them to commit to a lifetime habit of health, fitness and enjoyment.

Tom’s personal interest, coupled with his longtime love of event production, ultimately blossomed into a business interest. With increasing participation in endurance sports and a seeming lack of race organizations that could deliver world-class production techniques with good old-fashioned customer service, Tom decided to form a new division of his longstanding company. And hence, HITS Endurance was born. HITS Triathlon Series’ first event took place in December 2011 in La Quinta, California, near HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal.

At all HITS event locations, HITS staff works closely with economic development officials, permitting authorities, law enforcement agencies, emergency medical providers and other community leaders to ensure a safe and enjoyable event that benefits all stakeholders. At its California event venues, HITS has developed enduring relationships with officials at Rivco Parks and Recreation and Napa County over the past six years as it produces significant positive economic impacts on the Coachella Valley and Napa Valley areas.

In 2013, HITS acquired the Omaha Marathon, now a 42-year-old event to which HITS added a finish on the warning track of TD Ameritrade Park, home of the NCAA World Series, in full view of the park’s jumbotron.

It is with bold and historic moves that HITS continues to make its mark on the sports industry. Find your race a HitsEndurance.com.

In addition to Palm Springs and Omaha, HITS Endurance produces four other popular endurance events and is investigating events in other desirable HITS Coachella 2018 Official Show Program

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Premiere Lodging Partners

Did you know that during the Coachella Desert Circuit every year, our competitors and officials fill approximately 70,000 room nights, including hotel rooms, condos, apartments, timeshares, and RVs? We are proud of our great relationships with our partner hotels in Coachella, many of whom have been supporters of the HITS Coachella Desert Circuit for several years! Check out our hotel partners below to find the accommodation that is right for you*. *Based on data compiled by the Sport Management Research Institute on a comparable event in 2014

Best Western Date Tree

81-909 Indio Blvd, Indio P: 760.347.3421 Minutes to the show grounds, long time Lodging Partner Best Western Date Tree offers a relaxing Olympic-sized heated pool with spa open 24/7, fitness room, minifridges, free wireless high-speed Internet access, complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, laundry room, DVD players in each room and complimentary DVD library, spacious and tastefully decorated guest rooms, many with balconies. Kitchenettes and family suites (sleeps 6) available. Pet Friendly! Special HITS rates.

Holiday Inn Express Indio

84054 Indio Springs Dr, Indio P: 800.315.2621 The Holiday Inn Express, located off Interstate 10, is the closest hotel to the HITS Desert Horse Park. When staying here the HITS Coachella 2018 Official Show Program

key word is comfort, with luxurious bedding, modern decor, flat screen televisions, personal work space and all the amenities that will make you feel at home all within 10 minutes of the show grounds.

Quality Inn & Suites Indio

84096 Indio Springs Dr, Indio P: 760.342.6344 The Quality Inn & SuitesÂŽ hotel in Indio, California is located off Interstate 10 and is only a short drive to the HITS Desert Horse Park. Relax and unwind in the spacious rooms that offer flat screen high-definition televisions, mini refrigerators, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards. Pet Friendly rooms are also available.

Royal Plaza Inn

82-347 Highway 111, Indio P: 760.347.0911 Long term Lodging Partner Royal Plaza Inn features newly renovated rooms, located on Highway 111 in central Indio within close proximity to the HITS show grounds. In addition to being conveniently surrounded by shopping, banks, drug stores and other shops, on-site amenities include a large outdoor pool and spa and guest laundry. Spacious interior corridor rooms feature balconies and patios to help you relax along with microwaves and mini-fridges and free wireless Internet access. Pet Friendly! Horse show discounts are limited, so book early! Page 38


Official Host Hotels & Featured Resort

Homewood Suites La Quinta

45-200 Washington St, La Quinta P: 760.391.4600 Located in the heart of Coachella Valley, in the greater Palm Springs area, the newly renovated Homewood Suites by Hilton® La Quinta is an award-winning property, surrounded by world-class golf, shopping and dining. All of the rooms are suites with fully equipped kitchen. Enjoy complimentary internet access and HDTV’s with premium cable channels in each suite. Start each day with a complimentary hot, full breakfast buffet, and unwind with a complimentary evening social that is offered Monday through Thursday featuring a light meal with beverages. Practice your swing on the putting green, relax in the resort-style pool or burn calories in the fitness center.

Indian Palms Country Club & Resort

48-630 Monroe St, Indio P: 760.775.4444 Indian Palms Country Club & Resort is known as the hidden jewel of the desert. It is situated just a few miles from the HITS Desert Horse Park and offers sweeping views of the Santa Rosa Mountains. The resort features a tranquil boutique hotel situated on a 27-hole championship golf course, fine dining in the restaurant and full banquet and special event services. The experience continues with several upscale housing developments nestled amidst the grounds. Call the hotel directly and mention HITS horse shows for a discounted rate.

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The Inn at Deep Canyon

74-470 Abronia Trail, Palm Desert P: 760.346.8061 The Inn at Deep Canyon is one of Palm Desert’s finest small hotels, overlooking beautiful landscaped grounds. Amenities include complimentary continental breakfast, heated pool with sundeck and spa, refrigerators, microwaves and coffee makers in every room, Pet Friendly, free high-speed wireless, convenient shopping at El Paseo and fine dining. Make sure to mention HITS!

Super 8 Indio

81753 Highway 111, Indio P: 760.342.0264 Convenience says it all! Close to the HITS Desert Horse Park, restaurants and movies, Super 8 Indio is located on Highway 111 and offers affordable rooms, complimentary continental breakfast, free wi-fi, fax and ATM, irons, ironing boards, access to guest laundry, satellite TV, HBO and ESPN. This Pet Friendly property looks forward to welcoming you and your family back to the desert! Make sure to mention HITS when you reserve your room!

Legacy Villas

49000 Eisenhower Dr, La Quinta P: 310.210.7946 Stay in Paradise! Nestled beneath the beautiful Santa Rosa Mountains, directly adjacent to the famed La Quinta Resort and Club, Legacy Villas is a New Private Resort in a lush desert oasis, with luxuriously furnished one, two and three bedroom villas set amidst a dozen glimmering salt water pools and an 8,000 sq.ft. state of the art clubhouse. Our incredible price specials will keep you coming back again and again.

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Official RV Partners

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What our Hotel Partners are saying about HITS Coachella “The HITS Horse Show that takes place in Thermal starting every January and running until the middle of March is, without any question, one of the largest events to come into the Indio/Thermal area over that time period. Our hotel reaps a huge amount of business from the horse show attendees and all of their trainers and staff, and the number of repeat guests that come back year after year to attend this event is quite remarkable. We value HITS as a partner and look forward to them putting on the HITS Desert Horse for many, many more years.”  - Aaron Segal, General Manager

42046 Rio Nedo Rd, Temecula P: 855.331.C3RV Choose from a variety of recreational vehicles ranging from Class A Motor Homes, Class C Motor Homes, Travel Trailers, Toy Haulers and Fifth Wheels delivered right to the show grounds. In addition, the Mobile Repair department allows you to fix your RV without having the hassle of bringing it into the shop!

Star RV & Trailer Rentals

P: 951.445.6447 As a family owned and operated company, Albert & Sandie Contreras, Owners of Star RV & Trailer Rentals, understand the importance of spending time with family and friends. This is why they will always offer a variety of trailers that are priced to fit any budget. Star RV & Trailer deliver and setup trailers at many local Southern California horse shows including HITS Desert Horse Park. After showing horses for many years, they have an understanding of what the exhibitor might be looking for. Short weekend rentals or longer month rentals are available, with floor plans to fit every budget and family or business needs at all of the shows.

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“Legacy Luxury Rentals at Legacy Villas is proud to be a HITS sponsor. The HITS Thermal Show is a prestigious, signature event for the Coachella Valley that brings people from all over the country to our sun drenched winter oasis. The event is fun for all ages and we enjoy attending each year. We also enjoy hosting the riders, trainers, staff and their families at our luxurious villas, making their time away from home a special treat. The equestrian participants and visitors that HITS Thermal draws are an ideal, discerning demographic, accustomed to first class service and products and able to afford the best that Coachella Valley has to offer.“  -Dan Fried, Manager, Legacy Villa Resort

Official Realtor P: 805.857.8816

Mike Leon is an experienced agent with extensive knowledge of the local area and looks forward to providing HITS clients with unmatched services resulting in finding the very best Real Estate in La Quinta. The Coachella Valley boasts many wonderful opportunities and La Quinta is definitely among them. A perfect place to work and play, the La Quinta Real Estate area has plenty to offer everyone and is indeed, the jewel of the valley.

Griffin Ranch

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Official Residential Community P: 760.501.2960

In a desert paradise awash with luxurious communities and a sea of golf courses, Griffin Ranch stands apart. A 240-acre oasis of tranquil elegance set against the backdrop of the breathtaking Santa Rosa Mountains, Griffin Ranch is an homage to the “other” desert passion: the grace and beauty of everything equestrian. From its stately homes, resort-level pools and tennis courts to the white fences, lush landscape and meandering paths, this is manor-like living at its finest. Every Griffin Ranch home is a study in exquisite design, sumptuous amenities and uncompromising quality. The magnificent Griffin Club is yours for activities, enjoyment and entertaining. The moment you pass through the gated entrance, you’ve entered your world. HITS Coachella 2018 Official Show Program

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Horseflight

Horseflight just recently celebrated their tenyear anniversary and has been a sponsor of HITS for five of those years. Based out of Redfield Farms, owned by Emil Spadone, and serving a total of eleven different airports, Horseflight has the ability to ship horses both domestic and international. Horseflight offers weekly flights to and from Europe and the rest of the world, as well as weekly domestic flights and ground transportation. “We are horse people first, dedicated to the wellbeing of your horse in transit and to its arrival in top condition,” stated Emil Spadone, founder and managing partner of Horseflight. Spending much of his time at HITS horse shows while continuing to establish his business, Emil Spadone felt it made sense to join forces and chose to make Horseflight a HITS sponsor. “We are especially excited about this upcoming season with HITS, our renewed commitment to customer service, and our safe, timely delivery,” said Spadone. “Nicole Judd and Devon Kaminsky have taken over the operational lead, following Bastian Schroder’s Departure – and the immediate results are impressive!” Just two months into new management Horseflight has found ways to streamline their process to keep owners, trainers, and most importantly the horses happy! Showing with HITS in 2018? See why HITS chooses Horseflight by visiting their website at Horseflight.com.

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KindredBio is making extraordinary strides in revolutionizing veterinary medicine and chose to make their inaugural leap into the equine industry by becoming a sponsor of HITS in 2016. “HITS was chosen as our first sponsorship in the industry for its showcase of hunter/jumper excellence, in addition to its extensive national prominence within the equine community,” said Alison Morgan, KindredBio’s Senior Marketing Specialist. By developing therapies, technologies and medications that help bridge the gap between animal and human medicine, KindredBio strives to achieve its mission to provide animals the same innovative medicine as human beings. Driven by a love for animals, their business plan is rooted in efficiency and innovation, adapting molecules and biologics that have already been legitimized in the human world for repurposing in cats, dogs, and horses. KindredBio works in collaboration with veterinarians in order to create products that are needed in veterinary medicine. KindredBio strives to revolutionize veterinary medicine by offering animal companions the same access to quality medications and treatments that are available to humans. Keep your four-legged friends healthy while you’re traveling to HITS this season and stay connected with KindredBio online at KindredBio.com.

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GoRentals

Go Rentals, an elite car rental services company specializing in the private jet industry, fine hotels and equestrian sports, is the 2018 Official Car Rental Company of the HITS Desert Circuit for the 6th year in a row. Go Rentals will service spectators, riders, trainers and the HITS staff for the events. “We could not be more pleased to partner with HITS again this year,” says company CEO, Kaye Gitibin. “Our guests are such enthusiastic and long-time participants and spectators of equine sports it only makes sense. So many of the sport’s participants travel via private and commercial aviation, and our expertise in those industries ensures everyone’s rental experience is expedient and the service impeccable. This crowd expects the best in products and service and we are happy to deliver both. HITS is also committed to the same level of quality and customer experience.” Go Rentals has locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Texas, Massachusetts, Utah, Florida, New Jersey, New York, and Washington D.C., and services over 50 airports and various fine hotels and resorts. Go Rentals will be getting everyone to the HITS events in time with the vehicle of their choice, from the Audi A8L to the Cadillac Escalade ESV to a Ford Explorer Limited. Visit GoRentals.com to view the entire inventory of Go Rentals vehicles and get on your way to HITS horse shows.

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What it Takes The Road to the Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping Thermal

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The FEI World Cup™ Series began in 1979 and today is comprised of 14 leagues from countries all over the world. This series is a competitive show jumping competition composed of the world’s best show jumping riders. This is not an average caliber of show jumping. This series was created as a test of mental and physical strength from both horse and rider. There are a number of qualifying rounds that take place a c r o s s the world and a limited number of riders will be invited to the final, which will be in Paris, France for 2018. This final is both a team and an

individual competition, making it unique from other show jumping competitions. In the 38 Finals held through 2016, Germany (10) and the United States (9) have emerged with the most titles. Previous FEI World Cup™ Jumping Finals held in the United States include Baltimore (1980), Tampa (1989), Del Mar, CA (1992), Las Vegas (2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2015), and Omaha (2017). McClain Ward was the most recent American to win the FEI World Cup™ Final in 2017. “At the end of the day I love to compete. It’s stressful, it’s hard, it takes something from you for sure. I’m not going to say it doesn’t, but it gives you much more in return and on days like this, it’s all worth it.” said Ward after his victory. Rich Fellers is another American who won the FEI World Cup Final™ in 2012, being the first American to win it in 25 years. In the same year he went on to place 8th at the London Olympic Games. One might assume that this competition is no more challenging than the Olympics or the World Equestrian Games, however that assumption is not entirely true. The World Cup™ is different in that there is

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not much down time for the horse and rider to recuperate in between rounds. Riders also accumulate penalties throughout each round, so if they do not have a strong start, chances are they will not finish well. It takes an incredible amount of stamina and power to win the prestigious title of the FEI World Cup™. As with most professional sports, there is no checklist for success or easy way into the big leagues. For a show jumper in pursuit of this level of competition, it’s a blend of the right ingredients: a strong support system, a fiery passion for the sport and an unwavering commitment to a lifestyle. At this level, show jumping becomes a way of life as opposed to just a sport. Riders at the FEI World Cup™ must demonstrate excellent emotional control, as well. To put these skills into perspective, riders must think quickly and proactively while simultaneously using a series of subtle demands to guide an animal that might easily weigh a full ton, through a course of jumps that exceed the height of an average female.

It is those extremes that make the sport of Show Jumping distinct. Those extremes bring together unique and immensely talented horse & rider teams from around the globe, to compete for victory under one common denominator: the FEI World Cup™. HITS is thrilled to host the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Thermal 2018 on Saturday, February 10 for yet another year. “This competition brings equestrians and non-equestrians alike, from all over the country to watch some of the best show jumping in the world. We are honored to have been chosen to host this event again and are looking forward to an exciting competition” says HITS Owner and CEO, Tom Struzzieri. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the gate.

Equestrian events, like the FEI World Cup™, are among the most visually compelling competitions in the world of sport, and is also a unique Olympic sport where a human and animal are partners. What spectators will also appreciate is that both men and women compete on equal footing, in the same arena.

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6th Annual AIG Million

For the sixth year in a row, HITS is proud to announce that the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix will return to HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, California. As the first stop on the HITS Triple Crown of Show Jumping Tour, the AIG Million Grand Prix is a great way to wrap up the winter circuit and dive “hoof” first into the spring and summer shows! “AIG has been such a great sponsor and supporter of the Million [Grand Prix] in Thermal, from the very beginning. It is always a pleasure working with them, so we are excited for another great year” said Tom Struzzieri, Owner and CEO of HITS, Inc. “Not only do we get to work with some great people during this special week, but we also get to see old and new friends at HITS Coachella, making the overall experience one that you don’t want to miss. “Many of the exhibitors already have their eye on the coveted title and the Champion prize for the upcoming year.

The Triple Crown of Show Jumping Tour starts with the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix at the HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, California where Mandy Porter and MILANO took home the win in 2017. Competing against a field of previous Million Grand Prix Champions, Porter did not let the pressure get to her and not only took home the top placing, but also was ninth place aboard CORAL REEF FOLLOW ME II. In second, just behind Porter, were Tamie Phillips and CRISTAR, followed by Cian O’Connor and GOOD LUCK. The fourth place honor was won by a long-time veteran of the HITS $1 Million Grand Prix, Andre Thieme aboard CONTHENDRIX. Rounding out the top five was Eric Navet, aboard his mount CATYPSO. Several of the competitors, including Mandy Porter and Andre Thieme, continued on in the Triple Crown of Show Jumping Tour and would join us just one short week later at the Great American Million at HITS Ocala.

AIG has been a sponsor of HITS and the AIG Million Grand Prix since the year it emerged at the HITS Desert Horse Park, back in 2013. “The world class competition and the opportunity to meet with horse owners and competitors is what keeps us coming back!” said David Hubbard, Vice President of AIG, “We appreciate the dedication that comes with owning, riding, and competing with horses.”

Lauren Hough and OHLALA captured the win in the second stop of the HITS Triple Crown. In both 2015 and 2016, Hough and OHLALA had placed fourth in the Great American Million Grand Prix, and to say that she was thrilled to finally capture the title is an understatement. “I was not feeling very confident in actually winning the class, because there were seven more behind me [in the jump-off],” said Hough in the post-victory press

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Above: Mandy Porter and MILANO pose for their win photo named the winners of the 2017 AIG Million. Middle: A first place finish for Jamie Azcarraga and ANTON RADIO FORMULA in the 2015 AIG Million. Bottom: McLain Ward and ROTHCHILD sail smoothly through the course on their way to claim the Champion title in the 2016 AIG Million.

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conference. “I rode the fastest round that I could, and tried to keep the pressure on the ones to follow – and of course, you always hope to have a bit of luck on your side at events like this. Fortunately, I had all of the above.” Less than a second slower than Hough, was Aaron Vale and FINOU 4 taking home second place honors. In the standings again, taking home the third place honors was Andre Theime and CONTHENDRIX, followed by Ben Maher and DON VITO in fourth, and McLain Ward and HH CALLUS rounding out the top five. The third and final stop in the 2017 HITS Triple Crown Tour would go back to where it all began – in Saugerties, New York. All eyes were on Andre Thieme, who, as a previous Million Champion and having competed in the other two Million Grand Prix in the 2017 season was a crowd favorite. With a single time fault, Thieme and CONTHENDRIX pulled off the win, claiming the title in the 2017 Saugerties Million CSIO5*. In second place was Sharn Wordley and BARNETTA, followed by Daniel Bluman and LADRIANO Z. Fourth place honors were awarded to Amanda Derbyshire and LUIBANTA BH, with Catherine Tyree and ENJOY LOUIS to round out the top five. It was a stellar year for Theime and CONTHENDRIX, as they placed in each leg of the HITS Triple Crown of Showjumping Tour. This was Thieme’s third win on the Tour, the first having been the Saugerties Million (2011) aboard ARAGON ROUET and the second being the debut of the Great American Million (2014) at HITS Ocala with CONTANGA 3. Theme’s three-win record matches only that of Ward who is a two-time Saugerties Million Winner (2010 and 2012) and onetime AIG Million Winner (2015).

“The AIG Million attracts the highest level of competition. The excitement of seeing the matchup of riders and horses in this event draws a crowd of owners, families, spectators and others who love this sport. Each year seems to be better than the last. It is a great opportunity for AIG to be part of the sport, exhibiting our commitment and support,” David Hubbard commented. “There is so much that my colleagues and I thrive on throughout all of the HITS events: the high quality of competitors, the warmth of the people and the beautiful venue to name a few. We love meeting the riders, owners and spectators, and seeing the joy of the children who receive an AIG stuffed pony.”

Want to join the excitement and follow Thieme, Ward, and all your other favorite Grand Prix riders on their journey to claim the jewels of the 2018 HITS Triple Crown of Show Jumping Tour? Join us and 5,000 of your closest friends to cheer on your favorite riders in this year’s AIG Million. Whether you join the crowds on the berm or in the bustling GoRentals VIP club, it’s guaranteed to be an experience that you won’t want to miss out on. Above Right: Many Porter and MILANO fly over the sponsor fence and claim the 2017 AIG Million Champion title.

HITS and AIG are looking forward to another great year in the Desert, and invite you to join us on March 18 to see who will be crowned the 2018 AIG $1 Million Grand Prix Champion.   by Erin Webb

Middle: All smiles from McLain Ward and ROTHCHILD as they pose for their win picture from the 2016 AIG Million.

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Bottom: Andre Thieme and CONTHENDRIX sail to a fourth place finish at the AIG Million at HITS Desert Horse Park..

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Show Jumping 101 All photos by ©ESI Photography

What You’re Watching & How to Judge it From Show Jumping to Trail Riding, equine sports test the level of both horse and rider’s physical and mental aptitude. This introduction will give you the scoop on all things Show Jumping so you might enjoy a day amidst the best-of-the-best, right in the heart of horse country at HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, California.

Jumpers

Hunters

Jumper classes, such as the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix, are spectator favorites. These classes focus on the power and speed of the round and are judged on faults, a numerical penalty for an error, as well as time allowed for riding the set track. The standard is cut and dry: Horse & rider with the fastest round and the fewest number of faults wins.

Hunter classes judge the horse’s form and manner, while jumping a set course. A Hunter should have a long, low, ground-covering stride and jump the fences easily, smoothly and with a consistent pace. Hunters are quiet and exhibit good manners, both in their jumping classes and on the flat in the under saddle class. The Hunter classes over jumps involve direct lines and straight-forward fences. Hunter courses are usually designed with natural elements and colors. At the conclusion of the over fence classes, hunters are often asked to jog for soundness. They trot in a line in front of the judge before final placings are made.

The Breakdown – Knocking down a rail or any part of the jump that establishes height: Four faults. If a horse refuses to jump any of the fences on the course: Four faults. A second refusal: Elimination Speed becomes important as there is a time allowed for each course. A time fault is given for each second or fraction of a second that the horse remains on course over the time allowed. A clean round is one in which there are no time or jumping faults. If more than one horse goes clean over a course, a timed jump-off or shorter course will determine the winner. Should two or more horses have an equal number of jumping faults in the jump-off, the fastest time will determine the winner.

The Breakdown – Judge evaluates: the horse’s conformation, health and overall gait, both during the class and at the jog.

Above Right: A jumper rider soars over a fence at HITS Desert Circuit in hopes of a fast, clear round. Middle: A Hunter rider, polished and well-mannered on course, during a USHJA international Hunter Derby. Bottom: A rider must be perfect in equitation – correct form is most functional.

When a Hunter entry has finished their course, the judge will give a numerical score out of 100, based on how well they executed the course. Shiny boots, well-tailored clothes and a wellgroomed horse all count in the Hunter ring. The highest score wins the blue ribbon.

Equitation

Equitation classes are judged on the rider’s form, their guidance of the horse, effectiveness of their aids, and their ability to perform certain tests with correct technique. The Judge gives Equitation riders, similar to Hunter riders, a score out of 100 based on their performance. The highest score wins the blue ribbon. The Breakdown - The winning ride demonstrates the best overall form and technique of rider. - Proper use of riding aids - Proper attire, correct form - Poise, cleanliness and polish of horse, rider and equipment

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Awards & Special Events A History of Winners The HITS Thermal Desert Circuit is proud to recognize the accomplishments of those who achieve greatness in the sport of show jumping. These trophies and special awards have been donated by some of the sport’s most recognized figures. The presentation of these awards continues to pass on the tradition of show jumping by rewarding the outstanding performances of today’s champions. Horseware Ireland Circuit Championship Awards are presented in all 70 divisions at the HITS Desert Circuit based on points accumulated in the division throughout the series of shows.

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Official Show Program - HITS Coachella 2018  

HITS Coachella Desert Circuit features eight weeks of USEF Premier-rated Hunters and 5*/6* Jumpers with total prizes of nearly $3 million. S...

Official Show Program - HITS Coachella 2018  

HITS Coachella Desert Circuit features eight weeks of USEF Premier-rated Hunters and 5*/6* Jumpers with total prizes of nearly $3 million. S...