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OCALA

HITS

WINTER CIRCUIT January 16 - March 25, 2018

OFFICIAL SHOW PROGRAM

CELEBRATING 37 YEARS

HITS Post Time Farm

13710 NW US Highway 27, Ocala, FL 34482 HITSShows.com | info@HITSShows.com


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HITS Post Time Farm Official Show Program Table of Contents

HITS Features HITS & Marion County – 37 Years-Counting Triathlons - A Distance for Everyone

Cover Art Maureen Fulgenzi MaureenFulgenzi.com P: 561.309.5091 Ad on Page 37

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Make Ocala Your Home This Winter a Salute to our Lodging Partners

26-27

A Taste of Ocala in the Overlook VIP Club

33-34

A Shout Out to Our Sponsors

39-40

What it Takes –  The Road to the Longines FEI Jumping Nations CupTM USA 2018

45-46

Design & Production Leslie Phillips Stephen Green Mike Sciarretta

Editorial & Content Development

Join HITS & 5,000 of Your Closest Friends for the 5th Annual Great American Million48-49 Show Jumping 101  What You’re Watching-How to Judge It

Kristen Vale-Mosack, Manager Courtney Livecchi & Erin Webb

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Official Photographer

HITS Essentials The HIT List Area Information

ESI Photography ESIphoto@Yahoo.com P: 978.319.3449

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Map of HITS Post Time Farm

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Ocala Special Events

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Advertising & Sponsorship Chris Mayone, Scott Reynolds Debi Jaynes

Scenes from the Ocala Winter Circuit21-23 HITS Show Dates51

Advertising Inquiries & Editorial Contributions

Champions & Awards a History of Winners63 Index to Advertisers93

To submit article ideas and other contributions, please contact info@HITSShows.com or call 845.246.8833.

HITS, Inc.

319 Main Street, Saugerties, NY 12477 HITSShows.com | info@HITSShows.com P: 845.246.8833 | F: 845.246.637

HITS Post Time Farm

13710 US Highway 27, Ocala, FL 34482 P: 352.620.2275 | F: 352.620.2059 HITS Ocala 2018 Official Show Program

All photos by ESI Photography

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The HIT List

Essentials

HITS Corporate Office

HITS Education Station

319 Main Street  Saugerties, NY 12477

Classes Monday - Thursday 9 am – 12:30 pm

P: 845.246.8833 F: 845.246.6371

HITS Post Time Farm 13710 US Highway 27 Ocala, FL 34482

HITS Souvenirs

P: 352.620.2275 F: 352.620.2794

Located at Mona’s Monograms in the Vendor Courtyard Open Tuesday – Sunday

Horse Show Office Hours Monday & Tuesday Wednesday – Sunday

8 am – 5 pm 6:30 am – 5 pm

HITS Feed & Stabling Office 

HITS Horse Show Secretaries

HITS Vendor Relations

Kristen Vale-Mosack, Manager Jessica Keil Michele Markward Meagan Atkins Alex Belton Robyn Clark Kelly Cyphert Courtney Livecchi Gloria Manning Valerie Ziegler-Beyer Barbara Zimmerman

Meagan Atkins, Vendor Coordinator Meagan@HITSShows.com

Official Show Farrier Joe Alfano

All photos by ESI Photography

P: 717.979.7464

Official Show Photographer

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

Laundry Service

HITS Corporate Sponsorship

Clothesline Laundry Alaine Cherney

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

P: 561.309.6646

Located on site

HITS Restaurant & VIP

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

Linda & Tommy Spiegler Zach Greene Monday 8 am – 5 pm Tuesday 7 am – 6 pm Wednesday – Sunday 6 am – 6 pm ATM on-site at HITS Restaurant HITS Ocala 2018 Official Show Program

P: 352.620.2275

All photos by ESI Photography

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We share your passions and we’ll help you protect them. See what we can do for you at home, in the barn, and on the road. No matter where you are, accidents happen. Horses and people can be injured, and property can be damaged, lost or stolen. Ensure that your personal insurance program will provide protection when you need it most. For more information on how AIG Private Client Group can help you protect your passion, please contact AIG at 800.378.6449 or Clientassist@aig.com. www.aigprivateclient.com/equine

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Area Information Airports

Gainesville (GNV) 1 hour Orlando International (MCO) 1.5 hours Tampa (TPA) 1.5 hours Ocala International (OCF) 15 minutes 1200 SW 60th Ave P: 352.629.8377 (No commercial service)

Auto Repair, Sales & Service

Sullivan Buick GMC P: 352.620.0008 4000 SW College Rd OcalaSullivanGM.com Official Vehicle of HITS Ocala

Banks

Limo & Airport Service

SunTrust P: 352.369.3688 4800 NW Blitchton Rd ATM on-site at HITS Restaurant

AAA Executive Limo & Town Car Service 2436 N Magnolia Ave P: 352.351.5700 Official Transportation Service for HITS Ocala

Community Organizations

Ocala Chamber of Commerce P: 352.629.8051 310 SE 3rd St OcalaCEP.com Ocala/Marion County P: 352.438.2800 Visitors & Convention Bureau 112 N Magnolia Ave OcalaMarion.com

Official City Publication Ocala Magazine 743 SE Fort King St

P: 352.622.2995 OcalaMagazine.com

Emergency Medical Care

Official Community Partner

Golf Carts

Local Restaurants & Preferred Caterers

Ocala Star BannerOcala.com

Express Care of Ocala P: 352.732.9888 (Exit 352, Rte 40E, right on 1st Ave)

Dever, Inc.

P: 859.455.9586

Brick City Southern Kitchen P: 352.512.9458 10 S Magnolia Ave

Groceries

Chefs of Napoli P: 352.857.8111 5400 SW College Rd, Unit 104

Publix P: 800.242.1227 4963 US Hwy 27 or 101 SW 34th Ave Winn-Dixie P: 352.401.7667 4417 US Hwy 27

Cody’s Original Roadhouse P: 352.237.8182 2505 SW College Rd Crazy Foods 805 S Magnolia Ave Suite A

Internet & E-mail Wireless service available in the HITS Restaurant on the show grounds.

All photos by ESI Photography

Mail Services Incoming mail and packages will be dropped off at the SmartPak Delivery Place located in front of the show office. 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 27. Sorry, we do not accept outgoing mail.

FedEx

P: 800.238.5355

You must call for pick-up. You may then leave your package in the Horse Show Office for pick-up. There is a FedEx drop box located at the Horse & Hounds Restaurant (corner of Hwy 27 & 225A).

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.

UPS Store

P: 352.620.2002

(Located in the Winn-Dixie Marketplace on Hwy 27)

U.S. Post Office Paddock Branch - 4545 SW 60th Ave Morriston Branch - 3350 SE Hwy 41

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P: 352.861.8188

P: 352.361.0321

Horse & Hounds Restaurant P: 352.620.2500 6998 Hwy 27 Marco’s Pizza 4611 NW Blitchton Rd

P: 352.351.5003

Mesa de Notte 2436 E Silver Springs Blvd

P: 352.732.4737

Ocala Palms Cafe 5174 NW 26th St

P: 352.732.4653

Salted Brick 4021 NW 53 Ave Rd

P: 352.509.5183

Swampy’s Bar & Grill 4021 NW 53 Ave Rd

P: 352.547.4777

The Crazy Cucumber 4414 SW College Rd #1910

P: 352.390.6969

The Mojo Grill 2015 SW 17th St

P: 352.369 6656

Tony’s Sushi 3405 SW College Rd

P: 352.237.3151

P: 352.528.6022

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WE SELL CIRCLES AROUND THE COMPETITION. MARION COUNTY FARMS SOLD FOR $600K AND UP*

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SOLD CHRIS DESINO AND MATT VARNEY (of Ocala Horse Properties)

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*Residential MLS search: Status: Closed, 1/1/15-8/30/17, Sell Price: 600k and up, County: Marion, Acres: 6 and up. Only Selling agents were included in the transactions tallied above. Out of area agents were not included. No other agent sold a property in the criteria above according to MLS. ** Residential MLS search: Status: Closed, 1/1/15 - 8/31/2017, Sell Price: $600k & up, County: Marion, Acres 6 & up, Direction: NW


If you’re selling your farm, our numbers speak for themselves! NORTHWEST OCALA FARMS SOLD FOR 600K AND UP**

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SOLD CHRIS DESINO AND MATT VARNEY (of Ocala Horse Properties)

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HITS & Marion County 37 Years & Counting

For 37 years, HITS has called Central Florida its Winter Home, and since 1985, Ocala, the Horse Capital of the World, has been that home. From the Golden Hills property HITS leased for 10 years and then purchased from the Castro family in 1995, to the purchase of Post Time Farm in 2002, HITS’ commitment to the Ocala Winter Circuit has been unwavering. “We started to outgrow the Golden Hills property,” said Tom Struzzieri, Owner and CEO of HITS, Inc. “As much as I loved it there, and as much history as we had there, it was time to make a change.” Post Time Farm wasn’t for sale when Struzzieri first found it, but the moment it was, he jumped on it. “There is such a great feel to this property. It’s a great place for horses to be. I remember how I felt the first time I stepped onto this property – and I still feel that way today.”

County Visitors and Convention Bureau. The economic impact of the show on the community is unmistakable – $94 million annually according to an independent study by the Sport Management Research Institute (SMRI) conducted in 2014. And the County and state have noticed: HITS Ocala was named Best Event of the Year – Small Market by the Florida Sports Foundation in 2015, and the Medium Business of the Year Award of Excellence by the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership (CEP) in 2016.

The HITS Ocala Winter Circuit has been a staple of the Show Jumping calendar for decades, and is a proud member of the Ocala and Marion County communities. “We’ve always felt welcome here. We always felt like the community embraced us, but that relationship has really gone to another level in the last few years.”

“We want to give back to our communities,” said Struzzieri. “We bring so many people to the area and it translates into jobs, spending, real estate purchases, heads in beds – it’s all part of creating a symbiotic relationship that is good for HITS and for the communities where we run our events.”

HITS works closely with the Ocala/Marion County Visitors and Convention Bureau, the Marion Country Tourism Development Council, and the Florida Sports Foundation. “The HITS Ocala Winter Circuit brings a great tourism impact to the Ocala/Marion County area each season,” says Corry Locke of the Ocala/Marion

“I believe the backing of the community is also one of the reasons we have been awarded the Longines FEI Jumping Nations CupTM for the fourth time. When we first brought this event to Ocala, I knew that we could run the horse show part of the event. I hoped the community would get behind it too – and they did – to an extent I never imagined.”

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The City of Ocala hosted a Welcome Parade and Rider Reception for last year’s Nations CupTM, and plans to expand that event this year. “HITS is the event we have looked forward to each and every year for the past 37 years. We appreciate so much the people who attend and participate in the event and the economic impact it creates for our community. It is one of the great events that makes Ocala, Marion County, the ‘Horse Capital of the World,’” said Kent Guinn, Mayor of Ocala. While the Corporate Office is in New York, you could say the Heart of HITS is in Florida. HITS even got its name here – Horse Shows In The Sun. “It all started with our first horse show in Gainesville in 1982. It’s been 37 years, and we’re still counting,” Struzzieri exclaimed. HITS is excited to be back in Ocala for another year of fantastic Horse Shows In The Sun, and of community involvement and camaraderie in 2018 and beyond.



by Kristen Vale-Mosack & Courtney Livecchi

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Ocala Winter Circuit Special Events

$300,000 Longines Grand Prix

Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of USA 2018

Friday, February 16 | 2 pm Come watch some of the most competitive show jumping riders in the world, compete for the win in this prestigious Grand Prix, before taking on the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of USA 2018 on Sunday.

Sunday, February 18 | 1 pm An event you won’t want to miss; the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of USA 2018 is back for the fourth year in a row at HITS Post Time Farm. Watch some of the most talented show jumping riders in the world take on this unique team competition.

International Village

Friday-Sunday, Feb. 16-18 | 10 am - 3 pm Join HITS in attending our International Village during the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of USA 2018 Week of the Ocala Winter Circuit, February 14-18. This family friendly event will feature different food selections from around the world, activities for adults and children, and a meet and greet with some of the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of USA 2018 riders. This event will be fun for equestrians and non-equestrians alike. Activities will include face painting, pony rides, music, and more! We will also be hosting the Budweiser Clydesdales throughout the week. The hitch will make several appearances, including at the International Village.

Nations Cup Children/Juniors

Saturday, February 17 This event will follow a similar format to the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of USA 2018, but is catered toward young up-and-coming riders. Come cheer on these young riders as they put their skills to the test in this challenging competition!

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Great American $1 Million Grand Prix

Top: Beezie Madden competing in the 2017 FEI Jumping Nations Cup TM at HITS Ocala ©ESI Photography Middle: Team Ireland at the 2017 “Jump Downtown” Event ©ESI Photography

Sunday, March 25 | 2 pm Join us for the 5th Annual Great American $1 Million Grand Prix. This is the second Grand Prix in the HITS Triple Crown of Show Jumping, which includes the AIG $1 Million Grand Pix in Thermal, California (March 18), and the Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix in Saugerties, New York (September 9).

Bottom: Above: Lauren Hough and OHLALA in the 2017 Great American Million ©ESI Photography

Jump Downtown

Saturday, February 17 | 4:30 pm The second annual “Jump Downtown” event will be held in Ocala’s Downtown Square on Saturday, February 17, 2018. Presented by Ocala Main Street, IHMC (The Institute for Human and Machine Cognition), and the CEP (Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership), Jump Downtown will feature a Parade of Nations honoring the countries and the riders participating in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of USA 2018 event, followed by a Celebration of the Horse presentation of the 30-plus horse breeds showcasing the diversity of the “Horse Capital of the World”. The Budweiser Clydesdales will also be making an appearance during the event. Additional festivities on the Square will include snacks, music, horse drawn carriage rides, s’mores, and more!

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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.

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. At all HITS Endurance event locations, HITS Endurance staff works closely with economic development officials, permitting authorities, law enforcement agencies, emergency medical providers and other community leaders to ensure that the event benefits all stakeholders.

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.

In connection with two of its most popular races in Ocala and Naples, Florida, HITS has developed strong and mutually beneficial relationships with the Ocala/Marion County Visitors and Convention Bureau, the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Florida Sports Commission. HITS customers produce a significant positive economic impact on Naples and Ocala through their expenditures on lodging, dining and other personal items.

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 - visit HITSEndurance.com.

In addition to Palm Springs and Omaha, HITS Endurance produces four other popular endurance events and is investigating events in other desirable locations near major population centers. In keeping with the HITS Endurance mantra, “A distance for everyone™,” all HITS Ocala 2018 Official Show Program

HITS Endurance 319 Main Street Saugerties, NY 12477 845.247.7275 | HITSEndurance.com Photos ©Captiviating Sports Photos

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All photos by ESI Photography

Scenes from HITS Ocala Winter Circuit

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All photos by ESI Photography

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Make Ocala Your Home for the Winter A Salute to our Lodging Partners

Did you know that during the HITS Winter Circuit every year, our competitors and officials fill over 84,000 room nights, including hotel rooms, condos, apartments, timeshares, and RVs? We are proud of our great relationships with our partner hotels in Ocala, many of whom have been supporters of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit for over a decade or more! Check out our hotel partners below to find the accommodation that is right for you. *according to a 2014 Independent Economic Impact Study by SMRI

Best Western Ocala Park Centre 3701 SW 38th Ave, Ocala (Exit 350) P: 352.237.4848

Conveniently located immediately off of I-75 and Highway 200, the Best Western is located in the heart of shopping, dining and in close proximity to HITS Post Time Farm. The Best Western offers complimentary continental breakfast, fax & photocopy services, free wireless high-speed Internet, safe deposit box, self-service laundry, ice and vending machines, free parking with adjacent parking for RV, motor coach, trucks and vehicles with trailers. Pets welcome! Mention HITS to receive a special rate!

Courtyard Marriott

3712 SW 38th Ave, Ocala (Exit 350) P: 352.237.8000 Located at I-75 and Highway 200, the Courtyard Marriott features Newly Renovated Guest Rooms. Amenities include wired and wireless Internet access, heated outdoor pool and hot tub, expanded exercise room, ATM, guest laundry, cable TV, Bus/ RV Parking available, smoke free. The Bistro™ offers healthy choices for breakfast and dinner, cocktails and specialty drinks made with Starbucks® coffee Make sure to ask for the HITS Rate when booking your stay! Sorry, no pets.

Days Inn Ocala West

3620 West Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala (Exit 352) P: 352.629.0091 Convenient location to HITS at I-75 and Route 40. Complimentary continental breakfast, outdoor pool, free wireless Internet, smoking and non-smoking rooms. Pet Friendly! Special HITS show rates!

Comfort Suites

Fairfield Inn & Suites

Comfort Suites is conveniently located on Highway 27 down the street from HITS Post Time Farm. Your stay includes free wireless, high-speed Internet, use of our exercise room and outdoor pool and hot tub as well as our on-site business center with copy and fax services. Guests enjoy complimentary morning breakfast including eggs, meat, yogurt, fresh fruit, cereal, waffles and more and, for our horse show guests – an early morning “Your Suite Success™ Grab It & Go” bag. Pets welcome!

Located at I-75 and Highway 200. Walking distance to several shopping and restaurant venues and minutes to HITS Post Time Farm. Free wired and wireless Internet access, heated outdoor pool and hot tub, exercise room, expanded continental breakfast, guest laundry, satellite TV, smoke free, Certified Green Lodging. Guest Suites are now available. Make sure to ask for the HITS or Horsemen Rate when booking your stay! Sorry, no pets.

3825 NW Blitchton Rd, Ocala (Exit 354) P: 352.482.0800

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4101 SW 38th Court, Ocala (Exit 350) P: 352.861.8400

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Hilton Ocala

3600 SW 36th Ave, Ocala (Exit 350) P: 352.854.1400 Conveniently located at I-75 and Highway 200. “At the Hilton Ocala, we are the equestrian hospitality experts.” Enjoy a sumptuous meal at the newly remodeled Arthur’s restaurant, cocktails at Starting Gate Lounge, live music every Friday on the patio, and comfortable oversized rooms in Hilton’s tradition. Suites and VIP Thoroughbred Level rooms are available. PreCor Exercise room, heated outdoor pool, whirlpool, free high-speed Internet, business center, ample trailer parking and dry cleaning services. Pet Friendly! Special HITS show rates! All photos by ESI Photography

Holiday Inn & Suites

3600 SW 36th Ave, Ocala (Exit 350) P: 352.854.1400 Located adjacent to I-75, The Holiday Inn provides high-speed wireless Internet service, an outdoor pool, fitness center, Kids Eat Free™, Cypress Shadows Café and Lounge and Sky Asian Fusion Restaurant. Specialty suites, including the luxurious Texas Hold ‘em Poker Suite are available. Book the Horseman rate now! Sorry, no pets.

Quality Inn

3434 SW College Rd, Ocala (Exit 350) P: 352.854.3200 Located on Highway 200 and walking distance to great shopping and dining. The Quality Inn, a Choice property, provides guests with complimentary wireless Internet, an outdoor heated pool, single and double rooms, smoking and non-smoking are both available. We are now accepting pets FREE of charge. Make sure to mention HITS when you book your room!

Red Roof Inn & Suites 120 NW 40th Ave, Ocala P: 352.732.4590

The Red Roof Inn & Suites Ocala is conveniently located at I-75 and Route 40. The hotel has been completely renovated and features an outdoor pool and a fitness center. In addition, all rooms offer free Wi-Fi. This property is now non-smoking. Sorry, no pets.

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What our Hotels Partners have to say about HITS! “We are looking forward to being part of another year of successful events as a dedicated HITS partner for over two decades! Even more exciting just in time for HITS 2018 is the all new, multi-million dollar reimaged Hilton Ocala. From the minute you walk in the “Heart of Horse Country” you will notice the changes in décor and service. Every guest room, the entire lobby and bar, and even the meeting area is brand new and exciting. HITS participants are the driving force in our relationships with the equine community and we know you and your team will love the new Hilton Ocala.”  – Karl Kauffman, Director Sales & Marketing, Hilton Ocala “I worked with HITS when I was at the Marriot in Gainesvile, and I am fortunate enough to continue to work with them in Ocala today! The Marriott Group invites all HITS guests to experience their choice of three properties while in Ocala, all located conveniently to I-75 and the Highway 200 corridor of shops and restaurants. HITS is wonderful for Ocala on so many levels. I hope everyone takes an afternoon to go enjoy the show!” - Becky Hunt, Area Sales Manager, Marriott Hotel Group Ocala

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A Taste of Ocala In the Overlook VIP Club

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For the past dozen years, HITS Ocala has invited local restaurants to cater a Sunday Luncheon in the Overlook VIP Club during the Grand Prix. It is a tradition enjoyed by the restaurants and exhibitors alike, and it allows competitors to enjoy a Taste of Ocala right at the show. We are pleased to spotlight the restaurants who will be participating this year, and welcome some new partners and returning friends. So enjoy a Taste of Ocala! Purchase a table in the Overlook VIP Club, and be sure to visit all of our favorite restaurants during your stay in Ocala this year! 

by Courtney Livecchi

Brick City Southern Kitchen

Crazy Foods LLC.

Brick City Southern Kitchen will be catering the VIP Tent during HITS Ocala Week IV on February 11th.

Crazy Foods LLC. will be catering the VIP Tent during HITS Ocala Week IX on March 18th.

Chefs of Napoli

4611 NW Blitchton Rd, Ocala P: 352.351.5003 Marco’s Pizza is ranked as the #1 Pizza Chain by Entrepreneur Magazine and voted as America’s Favorite Pizza. Our pizza dough is made from scratch in the restaurant, topped with a real three-blend cheese, signature sauce and a wide selection of delicious toppings. Offering dine-in, carry-out, delivery and catering.

10 S Magnolia Ave, Ocala P: 352.512.9458 Started by Mojo BBQ in North Florida, Brick City Southern Kitchen features a wide range of your favorite BBQ dishes and a premiere whiskey bar.

5400 SW College Rd, Ocala P: 352.857.8111 One of Florida’s best kept secrets, you’ll find authentic Italian cuisine created by two chefs who are also Italian immigrants. With three flourishing locations to choose from, you will not be disappointed. Chefs of Napoli will be catering the VIP Tent during HITS Ocala Week VI on February 25th.

805 S Magnolia Ave Suite A, Ocala P: 352.361.0321 This group of restaurants serves a variety of food and includes three restaurants; The Crazy Cucumber, The Horse & Hounds, and Swampy’s.

Marco’s Pizza

Official pizza sponsor of HITS.

Cody’s Original Roadhouse

Mesa De Notte

Cody’s Original Roadhouse will be Catering the VIP Tent during HITS Ocala Week V on February 18th.

Mesa De Notte will be catering the VIP Tent during HITS Ocala Week III on February 4th.

2505 SW College Rd, Ocala P: 352.237.8182 Looking for fun, casual dining? Cody’s is the place to be! Tubs of peanuts are in plain sight for snacking while you wait for your meal. This classic roadhouse will not disappoint.

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2436 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala P: 352.732.4737 Mesa De Notte is known for their fine Italian dining, featuring authentic dishes, making it feel like you have just stepped into the Italian countryside.

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Mojo Grill & Catering

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2015 SW 17th St, Ocala P: 352.369.6656 Known for its Southern-style atmosphere and hospitality, as soon as you walk in you’ll notice the Blues playing in the background and the smell of classic Southern cooking. Mojo Grill focuses on giving every guest a unique dining experience.

The Overlook Club will be situated at the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium throughout the Circuit. Complimentary breakfast and lunch is served each show day, prepared by the trained culinary staff of the Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern in Saugerties, New York, with a local area restaurant catering Sunday lunch. During the weeks of the Nations Cup and the Great American Million, a specialty menu as well as complimentary beer and wine service will be offered.

Mojo Grill will be catering the VIP Tent during HITS Ocala Week VII on March 4th.

Salted Brick

4021 NW 53rd Ave, Ocala P: 352.509.5182 Salted Brick re-creates regional favorites as well as classic American cuisine using locally-sourced ingredients. The restaurant features a centerpiece exhibition kitchen and a wood-fired oven.

The Overlook Club will have many new improvements this year, including new sliding glass doors to ensure clear viewing of the Stadium when the doors are closed.

Salted Brick will be catering the VIP Tent during HITS Ocala Week I on January 21st.

Tables seating eight patrons are available for the circuit or on a weekly basis. Contact us for more information at 845.246.8833 or info@HITSShows.com

Tony’s Sushi

3405 Southwest College Rd, Ocala P: 352.237.3151 Tony’s is a Japanese Steakhouse serving traditional Japanese cuisine. It is a staple amongst local residents, always serving fresh, enjoyable food. Tony’s Sushi will be catering the VIP Tent during HITS Ocala Week II on January 28th.

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What our Restaurant Partners are saying about HITS:

“HITS brings such a positive impact to the community in Ocala, and we extend a warm welcome to HITS coming back to Ocala! Every year we look forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new ones.” – Jade Chen, Manager, Tony’s Sushi Page 34


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A Shout Out To Our Sponsors

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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.

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.

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. Spadone splits time between Redfield Farms’ two locations in Califon, New Jersey and Ocala, Florida.

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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.

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SmartPak SmartPak aims to simplify supplement feeding systems for horse owners, barn managers, and trainers in the equine industry. As a proud sponsor of HITS since 2007, SmartPak aims to change the world, four hooves at a time. The company’s CoFounder, Becky Minard, was instrumental in the research and development of SmartPak’s innovative, smarter and easier way to administer supplements to horses, placing a focus on freshness, accurate dosing and consistent feeding. Like HITS, SmartPak is committed to serving riders and horse owners across the country, and celebrating equine athletes – from which their sponsorship began. SmartPak is excited to announce that they are offering more of your favorite brand products, including Perfect Prep, dac, and EquiThrive. All of these brands are also available in their SmartPak program and are eligible for AutoShip! To see why HITS loves SmartPak and how you can support your horse while saving, visit SmartPak.com/SmartPerks!

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Johnson Horse Transportation

Johnson Horse Transportation provides state-of-the-art amenities and personal attention to each of their horse customers making them a leader in the horse transport industry and a valued sponsor of HITS shows for the third year. “For years, we have been shipping client’s horses to HITS Shows all over the country, so becoming a sponsor seemed like a positive choice that would be a “win-win” for everyone,” said DJ Johnson, owner of Johnson Horse Transportation. With the safety and comfort of your horse as their number one priority, Johnson Horse Transportation is one of the most successful elite horse shippers in the United States. Custom air-ride equipped 15-horse trailers can be rearranged to suit your horse’s needs. Low ramps and wide doors ensure a stress-free trip for your horse. Each trailer is also equipped with video cameras to monitor horses while traveling. Along with their office in Pennsylvania, Johnson Horse Transportation has added another office in Florida which will be opening January 1, 2018 and will remain open year round – just in time for the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. Check out Johnson Horse Transportation online at JohnsonHorseTransportation.com to schedule your next ride to HITS!

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HUMAN WARNINGS: Not for human use. Keep this and all drugs out of the reach of children. Consult a physician in case of accidental human exposure. PRECAUTIONS: As a class, bisphosphonates may be associated with gastrointestinal and renal toxicity. Sensitivity to drug associated adverse reactions varies with the individual patient. Renal and gastrointestinal adverse reactions may be associated with plasma concentrations of the drug. Bisphosphonates are excreted by the kidney; therefore, conditions causing renal impairment may increase plasma bisphosphonate concentrations resulting in an increased risk for adverse reactions. Concurrent administration of other potentially nephrotoxic drugs should be approached with caution and renal function should be monitored. Use of bisphosphonates in patients with conditions or diseases affecting renal function is not recommended. Administration of bisphosphonates has been associated with abdominal pain (colic), discomfort, and agitation in horses. Clinical signs usually occur shortly after drug administration and may be associated with alterations in intestinal motility. In horses treated with OSPHOS these clinical signs usually began within 2 hours of treatment. Horses should be monitored for at least 2 hours following administration of OSPHOS. Bisphosphonates affect plasma concentrations of some minerals and electrolytes such as calcium, magnesium and potassium, immediately post-treatment, with effects lasting up to several hours. Caution should be used when administering bisphosphonates to horses with conditions affecting mineral or electrolyte homeostasis (e.g. hyperkalemic periodic paralysis, hypocalcemia, etc.). The safe use of OSPHOS has not been evaluated in horses less than 4 years of age. The effect of bisphosphonates on the skeleton of growing horses has not been studied; however, bisphosphonates inhibit osteoclast activity which impacts bone turnover and may affect bone growth. Bisphosphonates should not be used in pregnant or lactating mares, or mares intended for breeding. The safe use of OSPHOS has not been evaluated in breeding horses or pregnant or lactating mares. Bisphosphonates are incorporated into the bone matrix, from where they are gradually released over periods of months to years. The extent of bisphosphonate incorporation into adult bone, and hence, the amount available for release back into the systemic circulation, is directly related to the total dose and duration of bisphosphonate use. Bisphosphonates have been shown to cause fetal developmental abnormalities in laboratory animals. The uptake of bisphosphonates into fetal bone may be greater than into maternal bone creating a possible risk for skeletal or other abnormalities in the fetus. Many drugs, including bisphosphonates, may be excreted in milk and may be absorbed by nursing animals. Increased bone fragility has been observed in animals treated with bisphosphonates at high doses or for long periods of time. Bisphosphonates inhibit bone resorption and decrease bone turnover which may lead to an inability to repair micro damage within the bone. In humans, atypical femur fractures have been reported in patients on long term bisphosphonate therapy; however, a causal relationship has not been established. ADVERSE REACTIONS: The most common adverse reactions reported in the field study were clinical signs of discomfort or nervousness, colic and/or pawing. Other signs reported were lip licking, yawning, head shaking, injection site swelling, and hives/pruritus.

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What it Takes The Road to the Longines FEI Jumping Nations CupTM USA 2018

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For the last 105 years, the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) Nations Cup Jumping™ series has been a hallmark of international jumping competition. Noted as one of the most distinguished jumping series for teams from around the globe, The FEI Nations Cup ™ serves as the ultimate test of horse and rider. One might come to question, what does it take to show at this prestigious level? As with most professional sports, there is no checklist for success or easy way into the big leagues. For a show jumping rider 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. Equestrian events, like the FEI Nations Cup™, are among the most visually compelling competitions in the world of sport. It is also a unique Olympic sport where a human and animal are partnered and a sport where both men and women compete on equal footing, in the same arena.

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“This is the only Olympic sport where you will see men and women competing equally,” McLain Ward explains. “It is also a sport that involves people in a range of weights, from 100 pounds and up, competing against each other. There is also a range of ages at the international level, which varies from 18 to over 65. I think that very few sports can combine all of these variables together.” “What it all comes down to is, when you’re talking about the top riders in the world, it’s not just a job,” said the Olympic goldmedalist and ten-time veteran of the FEI Nations Cup™ Finals. “This is not a regular ‘9 to 5’—it’s all you do, and it’s your entire life.” For equestrians competing at the FEI Nations Cup™, show jumping is not so much a sport as it is a way of being, and a strong support group is just as crucial to the process as the commitment to the goal. “One thing to be understood, it takes an army, meaning the people behind the scenes, including the stable staff, veterinarians, horse owners and, of course, the great athlete underneath you to make it possible,” said Ward. The road to the FEI Nations Cup™ requires a team effort, and so often the bond between horses and riders of competing teams is overlooked as a major contributing factor to their glory. This is different from other professional sports. The horse and rider act as a team, and without that bond, the sport would not exist.

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“You may be the best rider in the world, yet it means nothing without the horse,” said Ward.

In 2016 Team USA forged ahead for the win at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ qualifier in Ocala. Team Mexico came in second place, with Team Columbia close behind in third.

Preparation for the FEI Nations Cup™ begins early in the journey for teams who have set their sights on attending. This is a unique event in the fact that there are really two teams in one, the horse and rider as one team intertwined with the other riders and horses for their country. This is different than any other equestrian competition because the riders have to be aware and help support each other, more so than they might at a regular competition. This is another reason that the FEI Nations Cup™ is so prestigious. It is a true test of teamwork in every sense.

In 2017, again Team Ireland reigned supreme, winning the FEI Nations Cup™ qualifier in Ocala. Team USA came in second, with Team Canada in third. For the 4th year in a row, HITS Post Time Farm has been chosen to host the FEI Nations CupTM qualifier, which is being sponsored this year by Longines, making it the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of the United States of America 2018. It is also being offered as a CSIO5* this year, with unprecedented prize money including a $300,000 Grand Prix and $450,000 Nations CupTM competition. This event brings attention not only to HITS, but to Marion County. Last year over 5,000 spectators attended the event, making the usually quiet, City of Ocala, a bustling place full of people from countries all over the world.

Athletes who compete at the FEI Nations Cup™ level so often execute a course with such precision and power, that the physical and mental demands for these athletes is often not understood. “It’s a sport which demands both strength and speed, balanced with finesse. There are many mental pressures involved in order to get the job done correctly,” said Ward. “Show Jumping should be treated like any sport. And to maintain a long career you must take care of yourself, with a focus on your weight, your strength, and keeping a healthy lifestyle. Those things are very important.”

This year there will also be a Nations CupTM section for Junior and Children’s Riders. This will run during the same week, with classes offered ThursdaySunday. The locals are extremely supportive of the event, including the Mayor of Ocala, Kent Guinn. “It is one of the great events that make Ocala, Marion County, the Horse Capital of the World” Guinn said. The second annual “Jump Downtown” event will be held in Ocala’s Downtown Square on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 4:30pm. Presented by Ocala Main Street, IHMC (The Institute for Human and Machine Cognition), and the CEP (Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership), Jump Downtown will feature a Parade of Nations honoring the countries and the riders participating in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations CupTM event, followed by a Celebration of the Horse presentation of the 30-plus horse breeds showcasing the diversity of the “Horse Capital of the World”. Additional festivities on the Square will include snacks, music, horse drawn carriage rides, s’mores, and more! This is a free event for all to attend.

Riders at the FEI Nations 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. “The sport certainly has an extreme element,” Ward said. “It’s exciting to watch horse and rider work together, and when it’s done well it can be spectacular to witness.” It is those extremes that make the sport of Show Jumping distinct. Those extremes bring together unique and immensely talented horse and rider teams from around the globe, to compete for victory under one common denominator: the FEI Nations Cup™. In 2015 Team Ireland took the win at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ qualifier in Ocala with Team USA as the runner up. Team Columbia and Team Canada tied for a third place finish.

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Top: Team Ireland, 2015 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Qualifier Champions ©ESI Photography Middle: Team USA, 2016 FEI Nations Cup™ Qualifier Champions ©ESI Photography Bottom: Team Ireland, 2017 FEI Nations Cup™ Qualifier Champions ©ESI Photography

Join us on Friday, February 16 for the $300,000 Longines Grand Prix, Saturday, February 17 for the Parade of Nations and Breeds, and Sunday, February 18 for the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of the United States of America 2018. Page 46


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Join HITS & 5,000 of your Closest Friends for the 5th Annual Great American Million

For the fifth year in a row, HITS is proud to announce that the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix will return to HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala, Florida. As the second stop on the HITS Triple Crown of Show Jumping Tour, the Great American Million is an experience that you don’t want to miss. “The Great American Insurance Group has been such a great sponsor and supporter of the Million [Grand Prix] in Ocala, and we are glad to have them on-board again,” said Tom Struzzieri, President and CEO of HITS, Inc.

a positive impact on our area and we are proud to be a part of that.” So, with the Great American Million just around the corner, on March 25, 2018, we are looking forward to another great year with familiar and new faces at HITS Ocala, and all along the HITS Triple Crown of Show Jumping Tour.

The partnership between Great American Insurance Group and HITS goes back to 1994. “We enjoy our relationship with HITS and Tom Struzzieri,” said Ken Standlee, President of Great American Insurance Group. “Over the 25 plus years, the relationship has developed, and a trust has developed between us. Tom always puts us forth in a positive light,” he continued. Great American’s support of Ocala doesn’t end with HITS though. “Of course our sponsorship is good for Great American, but we don’t just do it for own benefit – we do it for the community.” Standlee said. “I always look to the future for more growth for all of us. Tom and HITS have had such HITS Ocala 2018 Official Show Program

Above: Lauren Hough and OHLALA take home top honors in the 2017 Great American Million and couldn’t be happier. ©ESI Photography Middle: Charlie Jayne and CHILL R Z pose for their win photo under the lights of the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium at the 2015 Great American Million. ©ESI Photography Bottom: Andre Thieme and CONTHENDRIX soar to a first place finish at the 2017 Saugerties Million. ©ESI Photography

The HITS Triple Crown 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 awarded to 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 HITS just one short week later at the Great American Million at HITS Ocala.

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Lauren Hough and OHLALA captured the win at HITS Ocala 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 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 Thieme aboard 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 on 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 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 aboard 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 Thieme and CONTHENDRIX, as they placed in each leg of the HITS Triple Crown of Show Jumping 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. Thieme’s threewin record matches only that of Ward who is a two-time Saugerties Million winner (2010 and 2012) and one-time AIG Million Winner (2015.)

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 Great American Million. Whether you join the crowds on the berm or in the bustling VIP club, it’s guaranteed to be an experience that you won’t want to miss.

Above: Andre Thieme and CONTHENDRIX place third in the 2017 Great America Million at HITS Ocala. ©ESI Photography Middle: Charlie Jayne and CHILL R Z fly over the Great American fence to capture the Million title in 2015. ©ESI Photography

“I’ve been there every year,” said Kathy Sedlack, Divisional Assistant Vice President, Great American Insurance Group. “The day – is an event that now has branded itself and has really put Ocala on the map worldwide in the equine industry. “Everyone looks forward to the Millions in California, Florida and New York and the opportunity to witness the top showjumpers in the world,” she continued. “You don’t want to miss it!” 

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

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HITS Coachella Desert Circuit Desert Circuit I Desert Circuit II Desert Circuit III Desert Circuit IV Desert Circuit V Desert Circuit VI Desert Circuit VII Desert Circuit VIII

HITS Coachella Desert Circuit

Desert Circuit I Desert Circuit II Desert Circuit III Desert Circuit IV Desert Circuit V Desert Circuit VI Desert Circuit VII Desert Circuit VIII

Jan 16-21 Jan 23-28 Jan 30 - Feb 4 Feb 6-11 Feb 20-25 Feb 27 - March 4 March 6-11 March 13-18

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Ocala January Classic Ocala January Festival Ocala Premiere Ocala Winter Classic Ocala Winter Festival Ocala Masters Ocala Tournament Ocala Winter Finals Ocala Winter Celebration Ocala Championship Sundance Welcome Kachina Classic Tucson Winter Classic Sahuaro Classic Arizona Winter Festival Spring Classic I Spring Classic II Spring Classic III Spring Spectacular I Spring Spectacular II Spring Spectacular III Summertime I Summertime II Summertime III End of Summer I End of Summer II Fall Classic I Fall Classic II

Ocala January Classic Ocala January Festival Ocala Premiere Ocala Winter Classic Ocala Winter Festival Ocala Masters Ocala Tournament Ocala Winter Finals Ocala Winter Celebration Ocala Championship

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Show Jumping 101 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 Post Time Farm in Ocala, Florida.

Jumpers

Hunters

Jumper classes, such as the Great American $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 Post Time Farm in hopes of a fast, clear round. ©ESI Photography Middle: A Hunter rider, polished and well-mannered on course, during a $25,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix. ©ESI Photography

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.

Bottom: A rider must be perfect in equitation – correct form is most functional. ©ESI Photography

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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Above Right: Colombia’s Roberto Teran earns the top title in the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Ocala ©ESI Photography Top: Kim Farlinger and Charming Force B receiving the 2017 Sullivan GMC Truck $100,000 Grand Prix award. ©ESI Photography Middle: Farm Credit presenting the 2017 Best Tack Room award to Sapphire Riding Academy ©ESI Photography Bottom: Devin Seek and Canal Street won the 2017 edition of the Laura Picket Perpetual Trophy presented by Rolling Acres. ©ESI Photography

2017 Charming Force B – Kim Farlinger 2016 Valinski S – Matthew Williams 2015 Venus – Angel Karolyi 2014 Quincy Car – Dr. Fernando Cardenas 2013 Contanga 3 – Andre Thieme 2012 Shea – Blair Cudmore – Karen Cudmore 2011 Top Gun – Iron Horse Farm – Kent Farrington 2010 MTM Timon – MTM Farm – Tracy Fenney 2009 As Di Villagana – Woodrun Farm – Laura Linback 2008 Blue Danube – Tatra Farm – Aaron Vale 2007 Spitfire – Linda Opdycke – Kyle King 2006 Artur 28 – Millstream, Inc. – Aaron Vale 2005 Artur 28 – Millstream, Inc. – Aaron Vale 2004 Promised Land – Derek & Anita Petersen – Derek Petersen 2003 Cable – Ian & Jacquelyn Silitch – Ian Silitch 2002 Maverick – Brady Dillingham – Mike McCormick 2001 Fine Line – Jonathon Millar 2000 Future Folly – Horse Futures – Ian Millar 1999 Monopoly – Beth Underhill

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Official Show Program - HITS Ocala 2018  

The HITS Ocala Winter Circuit offers exhibitors 10 consecutive weeks of shows with two additional weeks of USEF-Rated shows—the Ocala Holida...

Official Show Program - HITS Ocala 2018  

The HITS Ocala Winter Circuit offers exhibitors 10 consecutive weeks of shows with two additional weeks of USEF-Rated shows—the Ocala Holida...