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CHICAGO

HITS

SHOW SERIES

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May - September 2018

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OFFICIAL SHOW PROGRAM

HITS Balmoral Park

HITS Balmoral Park

26435 South Dixie Highway, Crete, IL 60417 HITSShows.com | info@HITSShows.com


WI N N I NG doesn’t happen by

A C C I D E N T.

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?

Time for a gut check. TheStomachToWin.com

by Merial

When administered for 8 or 28 days, just one dose a day of ULCERGARD is proven to effectively prevent performance-robbing equine stomach ulcers in horses exposed to stressful conditions.

Merial is now part of Boehringer Ingelheim. ®ULCERGARD is a registered trademark of Merial. ©2018 Merial, Inc., Duluth, GA. All rights reserved. EQU-0441-EGUS0218

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: ULCERGARD can be used in horses that weigh at least 600 pounds. Safety in pregnant mares has not been determined.


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To learn more, visit aigprivateclient.com/equinedisaster for tips on developing a proactive plan to keep horses safe. Homeowners | Equine Liability | Private Collections | Automobile | And More

AIG is the marketing name for the worldwide property-casualty, life and retirement, and general insurance operations of American International Group, Inc. (AIG). For additional information, please visit our website at www.aig.com. Products and services are written or provided by subsidiaries or affiliates of American International Group, Inc. AIG Private Client Group is a division of the member companies of AIG. Not all products and services are available in every jurisdiction, and insurance coverage is governed by actual policy language. Certain products and services may be provided by independent third parties. Insurance products may be distributed through affiliated or affiliated entities. Certain property-casualty coverages may be provided by a surplus lines insurer. Surplus lines insurers do not generally participate in state guaranty funds and insureds are therefore not protected by such funds.


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The Winning Formula for Champions

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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HITS Balmoral Park Official Show Program Table of Contents

HITS Essentials

Cover Art

The HITS List 11 Map of HITS Balmoral Park 19 Area Information21 Scenes from HITS Chicago 49, 53 HITS Show Dates63 Grand Prix Winners 201783 Index to Advertisers85

Brooke O’Connell BrookeOConnell.com P: 289.828.2402 ad on Page 29

HITS Features Out & About in Crete, IL 23 Balmoral Woods Golf Club 27 From East to West: 31 The HITS FEI Tour Continues HITS USHJA International 35 Hunter Derby Tour Make Chicago Your Home this Summer!40-41 Shout Out to Our Sponsors  45-46 USHJA Zone Championship  55,57 HITS Chicago is Ready to Saddle Up 71 Race Your Way to HITS Chicago in 2019  75 Annual AIG $1 Million Grand Prix  79 Annual Great American $1 Million Grand Prix  81

HITS Balmoral Park 26435 South Dixie Highway, Crete, IL 60417 P: 708.304.2329 | F: 708.304.2493

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

HITS Chicago 2018 Official Show Program

Design & Production Leslie Phillips Mike Sciarretta

Editorial & Content Development Kristen Vale-Mosack, Manager Courtney Livecchi Erin Webb

Official Photographer Andrew Ryback Photography P: 224.318.5445

Advertising & Sponsorship Chris Mayone Scott Reynolds

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

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Rich Fellers

Mandy Porter

Hope Glynn

Todd Minikus

Animals speak louder than words. If there’s greatness on the inside, it shows on the outside.

Heather Caristo-Williams

Purina® understands there’s a lot riding on our horses. It’s why we partner with them and why our feed of choice is Purina® Ultium® Competition horse formula. Ultium® delivers mental focus and manageability, quick recovery & muscle repair, prolonged stamina, and less digestive upset so we can perform at the top of our game. To learn more visit your Purina Retailer or PurinaMills.com/Horse-Feed

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LEGEND® (hyaluronate sodium) Injectable Solution by Merial

YOU CAN’T BECOME A

from THE SIDELINES.

Everyday training and competing takes its toll. Before joint issues sideline your dreams, attack them with LEGEND. It delivers effective therapy whether delivered into the vein (IV) or the joint (IA).1 Talk to your veterinarian and be an equine LEGEND.

www.equineLEGEND.com

LEGEND product label and FOI summary.

1

Merial is now part of Boehringer Ingelheim. ®LEGEND is a registered trademark, and TMthe Horse Logo is a trademark, of Merial. ©2018 Merial, Inc., Duluth, GA. All rights reserved. EQU-0451-JH0218

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: The safety of LEGEND has not been evaluated in breeding stallions or in breeding, pregnant or lactating mares. The following adverse reactions have been reported following use of LEGEND Injectable Solution: Following intravenous use: occasional depression, lethargy, and fever. Following intra-articular (LEGEND Injectable Solution — 2 mL only) use: lameness, joint effusion, joint or injection site swelling, and joint pain.


The HITS List Essentials

HITS Corporate Office

HITS Souvenirs

319 Main Street  Saugerties, NY 12477

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

P: 845.246.8833 F: 845.246.6371

HITS Balmoral Park 26435 South Dixie HwyP: 708.304.2329 Crete, IL 60417F: 708.304.2493

Horse Show Office Hours Monday & Tuesday Wednesday – Sunday

8 am – 5 pm 6:30 am – 5 pm

HITS Vendor Relations Meagan Atkins Meagan@HITSShows.com

Official Show Veterinarian Christopher DownsP: 334.740.9004

HITS Horse Show Personnel Patrick Boyle, Horse Show Manager Nicole Boyle Jerry Dougherty Cynthia Murphy Chris Rame

HITS Corporate Sponsorship Chris Mayone Chris@HITSShows.com Scott Reynolds Scott@HITSShows.com

HITS Restaurant Monday 8 am – 5 pm Tuesday 7 am – 6 pm Wednesday – Sunday 6 am – 6 pm ATM on-site at HITS Restaurant

Official Show Photographer Andrew Ryback

P: 224.318.5445

M&S League Representative Patricia Guerriero Patti@HITSShows.com

For more information on the HITS Chicago Show Series, please email info@HITSShows. com. Feedback on your experience at HITS is welcomed and encouraged.

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LEGEND® Multi Dose (hyaluronate sodium)

For Intravenous Use in Horses Only Not for Intra-Articular Use and

LEGEND®

(hyaluronate sodium)

Injectable Solution

4 mL For Intravenous Use In Horses Only 2 mL For Intravenous or Intra-Articular Use In Horses Only BRIEF SUMMARY Prior to use please consult the product insert, a summary of which follows: CAUTION Federal Law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian. INDICATIONS LEGEND® Injectable Solution and LEGEND® Multi Dose Injectable Solution are indicated in the treatment of equine joint dysfunction associated with equine osteoarthritis. CONTRAINDICATIONS There are no known contraindications for the use of LEGEND® Injectable Solution and LEGEND® Multi Dose Injectable Solution in horses. RESIDUE WARNINGS Do not use in horses intended for human consumption. HUMAN WARNINGS Not for use in humans. Keep out of reach of children. ANIMAL SAFETY WARNING For LEGEND Injectable Solution 4 mL and LEGEND Multi Dose Injectable Solution – Not for Intra-articular use. The Intra-articular safety of hyaluronate sodium with benzyl alcohol has not been evaluated. PRECAUTIONS Complete lameness evaluation should be conducted by a veterinarian. Sterile procedure during the injection process must be followed. Intra-articular injections should not be made through skin that is inflamed, infected or has had a topical product applied. The safety of LEGEND Injectable Solution and LEGEND Multi Dose has not been evaluated in breeding stallions or in breeding, pregnant or lactating mares. ADVERSE REACTIONS No side effects were observed in LEGEND Injectable Solution clinical field trials. Side effects reported post-approval: Following intravenous use: Occasional depression, lethargy, and fever. Following intraarticular (LEGEND Injectable Solution – 2 mL only) use: joint or injection site swelling and joint pain. For medical emergencies or to report adverse reactions, call 1-800-422-9874. ANIMAL SAFETY SUMMARY Animal safety studies utilizing LEGEND Multi Dose Injectable Solution were not performed. LEGEND Multi Dose Injectable Solution was approved based on the conclusion that the safety of LEGEND Multi Dose Injectable Solution will not differ from that demonstrated for the original formulation of LEGEND Injectable Solution. LEGEND Injectable Solution was administered to normal horses at one, three and five times the recommended intra-articular dosage of 20 mg and the intravenous dose of 40 mg. Treatments were given weekly for nine consecutive weeks. No adverse clinical or clinical pathologic signs were observed. Injection site swelling of the joint capsule was similar to that seen in the saline treated control horses. No gross or histological lesions were observed in areas of the treated joint. For customer care or to obtain product information, including a Material Safety Data Sheet, call 1-888-637-4251 Option 2. ®LEGEND is a registered trademark, and ™ the Horse Logo is a trademark, of Merial. ©2016 Merial, Inc., Duluth, GA. All rights reserved.

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my Horse This is

“At home, she's a very sweet horse. Gazelle likes everyone and she loves attention, but in the ring she's an unbelievable, focused competitor. I can always count on her and when she's in the jump-off I can really call on her. She is very experienced, so I think that I have the advantage that she's been around the world and seen a lot of things. I just try to not make any mistakes and stay out of her way!”

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TO FIND THE RIGHT PLATINUM PERFORMANCE® FORMULAS, CALL OR VISIT OUR WEBSITE, OR SPEAK WITH YOUR EQUINE VETERINARIAN. © 2018 PLATINUM PERFORMANCE, INC.


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Three formulations to fit your needs in and out of competition: Injection, Paste and Tablet.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: As with any prescription medication, prior to use, a veterinarian should perform a physical examination and review the horse’s medical history. A veterinarian should advise horse owners to observe for signs of potential drug toxicity. As a class, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be associated with gastrointestinal, hepatic and renal toxicity. Use with other NSAIDs, corticosteroids or nephrotoxic medication should be avoided. EQUIOXX has not been tested in horses less than 1 year of age or in breeding horses, or pregnant or lactating mares. For additional information, please refer to the prescribing information or visit www.equioxx.com. Merial is now part of Boehringer Ingelheim. ®EQUIOXX is a registered trademark of Merial. ©2017 Merial, Inc., Duluth, GA. All rights reserved. EQUIEQX1705-A (1/17)


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CAUTION: Federal law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian. EQUIOXXÂŽ (firocoxib) is indicated for the control of pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis in horses. Firocoxib belongs to the coxib class of non-narcotic, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID). CONTRAINDICATIONS: Horses with hypersensitivity to firocoxib should not receive EQUIOXX. WARNINGS: EQUIOXX is for use in horses only. Do not use in horses intended for human consumption. Do not use in humans. Store EQUIOXX Tablets out of the reach of dogs, children, and other pets in a secured location in order to prevent accidental ingestion or overdose. Consult a physician in case of accidental human exposure. Horses should undergo a thorough history and physical examination before initiation of NSAID therapy. Appropriate laboratory tests should be conducted to establish hematological and serum biochemical baseline data before and periodically during administration of any NSAID. NSAIDs may inhibit the prostaglandins that maintain normal homeostatic function. Such anti-prostaglandin effects may result in clinically significant disease in patients with underlying or pre-existing disease that has not been previously diagnosed. Treatment with EQUIOXX should be terminated if signs such as inappetance, colic, abnormal feces, or lethargy are observed. As a class, cyclooxygenase inhibitory NSAIDs may be associated with gastrointestinal, renal, and hepatic toxicity. Sensitivity to drug-associated adverse events varies with the individual patient. Horses that have experienced adverse reactions from one NSAID may experience adverse reactions from another NSAID. Patients at greatest risk for adverse events are those that are dehydrated, on diuretic therapy, or those with existing renal, cardiovascular, and/ or hepatic dysfunction. The majority of patients with drug-related adverse reactions recover when the signs are recognized, drug administration is stopped, and veterinary care is initiated. Concurrent administration of potentially nephrotoxic drugs should be carefully approached or avoided. Since many NSAIDs possess the potential to produce gastrointestinal ulcerations and/or gastrointestinal perforation, concomitant use of EQUIOXX with other anti-inflammatory drugs, such as NSAIDs or corticosteroids, should be avoided. The concomitant use of protein bound drugs with EQUIOXX has not been studied in horses. The influence of concomitant drugs that may inhibit the metabolism of EQUIOXX has not been evaluated. Drug compatibility should be monitored in patients requiring adjunctive therapy. The safe use of EQUIOXX in horses less than one year of age, horses used for breeding, or in pregnant or lactating mares has not been evaluated. Consider appropriate washout times when switching from one NSAID to another NSAID or corticosteroid. The Safety Data Sheet (SDS) contains more detailed occupational safety information. For technical assistance, to request an SDS, or to report suspected adverse events call 1-877-217-3543. For additional information about adverse event reporting for animal drugs, contact FDA at 1-888-FDA-VETS, or http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary. Rev 10/2016

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Dover Saddlery is a proud sponsor of the ÂŽ

Dover Saddlery Adult Medal and HITS Horse Shows Congratulations to all riders.

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Area Information Airports

Chicago, IL (MDW / KMDW)  5700 S Cicero Ave, Chicago, IL P: 773.838.0600 54 mins North Chicago, IL (ORD / KORD)  10000 West O’Hare Ave, Chicago, IL P: 800.832.6352 58 mins North

Auto Repair, Sales & Service Crete Service Center 1350 Main Street, Crete, IL P: 708.232.8005

photo courtesy of Crete Area Chamber of Commerce

Chavez Auto Repair Services 972 Main Street, Crete, IL P: 708.279.7765

Internet & E-mail Wireless Internet service is available at the restaurant and VIP Grand Stands.

Banks

Laundry & Dry Cleaning

First Midwest Bank  1290 Steger Road, Crete, IL P: 708.672.3661

Crete Laundry & Dry Cleaning Alterations  P: 708.672.9093 1395 Main Street, Crete, IL 

Emergency Medical Care

Official Host Hotels

Franciscan Health Outpatient Center Dyer 24 Joliet Street, Dyer, IN P: 219.865.2141

Comfort Suites P: 708.418.3337 2235 West 173rd Street, Lansing, IL Comfort Inn P: 815.401.5043 1500 Illinois Highway 50, Bourbonnais, IL

Franciscan St. James Health 20201 South Crawford Avenue Olympia Fields, IL P: 708.747.4000

Country Inn & Suites P: 815.468.2600 380 South Cypress Drive, Manteno, IL

Florist

Crete Garden Center & Nursery 1625 East Richton Road, Crete, IL P: 708.672.0900

Hampton Inn & Suites Munster  P: 219.836.5555 8936 Calumet Avenue, Munster, IN

Golf Carts

Hampton Inn & Suites Hammond  P: 219.626.8720 2842 Carlson Drive, Hammond, IN

Dever, Inc. P: 800.714.2201

Groceries

Walt’s Food Center  1100 East Exchange Street, Crete, IL P: 708.672.3270

Holiday Inn  P: 708.747.3500 Chicago Matteson Conference Center 500 Holiday Plaza Drive, Matteson, IL All photos by Andrew Ryback Photography

Holiday Inn Express P: 708.418.1188 & Suites 2323 Lansing 172nd Street, Lansing, IL

Mail Services Incoming mail (U.S. Postal Service, FedEx, UPS, etc.) will be delivered to the Horse Show Office. Please ensure the sender knows to address it to your attention. We will accept delivery of packages, but will not take responsibility for packages once they are received. FedEx  P: 708.748.4007 You must call for pick-up. You may then leave your package in the Horse Show Office for pick-up.

Homewood Suites  P: 219.836.5320 9120 Calumet Avenue, Munster, IN La Banque Hotel P: 708.798.6000 2034 Ridge Road, Homewood, IL Red Roof Inn & Suites  P: 708.534.0022 25640 South Friendship Drive, Monee, IL

UPS  P: 219.322.9004 You must call for pick-up. You may then leave your package in the Horse Show Office for pick-up.

Sleep Inn P: 708.418.3700 2255 West 173rd Street, Lansing, IL

U.S. Post Office - 515 Cass Street, Crete, IL

Staybridge Suites  P: 219.227.5125 1758 Fountain Park Drive, Schererville, IN

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P: 800.275.8777

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Out & About in Crete, IL Crete is a small town with lots to offer

photo courtesy of Crete Area Chamber of Commerce

Located just South of Chicago, Illinois, Crete is a small town with a lot to offer. Founded in 1836, Crete is one of the oldest Chicago suburbs with a pedestrian driven downtown full of shops and cafés. Balmoral Park, formerly known as the Balmoral Park Racetrack has had its home in Crete since it was constructed in 1926 and was originally named Lincoln Fields. The Lincoln Fields track was used for Thoroughbred racing from 1926 to 1942, before it was temporarily shut down due to World War II restrictions. In 1954 Thoroughbred racing resumed and in 1955 Lincoln Fields was purchased by the Balmoral Jockey Club, becoming Balmoral Park. By 1991 Balmoral Park was solely a Harness Racing facility and continued as such until the park went up for sale in 2015. In 2016, HITS Owner and CEO Tom Struzzieri, along with long-time colleague Pat Boyle of Showplace Productions, purchased Balmoral Park with the intent of re-creating the horse park into another stellar HITS Show Jumping Venue. In Balmoral Park’s re-creation, the goal was to keep some of the history of the park, such as the original Balmoral tote board and finish line as part of the side walls in the Grand Prix Stadium. This inclusion makes Balmoral Park a unique and historic location for HITS to host yet another prestigious Horse Show Circuit.

Balmoral Woods Golf Club

26732 South Balmoral Woods Drive | Crete, IL P: 708.672.7448 | BalmoralWoods.com Balmoral Woods, just across the street from the showgrounds, offers a demanding, superbly conditioned, magnificent round of golf. Opened in 1975, Balmoral Woods has hosted many local and state events and tournaments, and is the annual home of the Will County Amateur Championship. The HITS Balmoral Golf Tournament will take place Monday, June 18 – all exhibitors are invited to participate!

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Looking for things to do while showing at Balmoral Park? Check out the area highlights below, and visit HITSShows. com for more of our favorites!

Crete Cruise Night

Main Street, Crete, IL P: 708.672.9216 | CreteChamber.com Taking place every Monday 5–8 pm (June, July & August, Not July 2), come down to Main Street in Crete for food, coupons, drawings and a 50/50 raffle. This cruise night is for cars manufactured in 1986 and before only. If you are interested in classic cars, this is the place to be!

Evil Horse Brewing Company

1338 Main Street, Crete, IL P: 708.304.2907 | EvilHorseBrewing.com Named after a horse owned by the Brewmaster who was difficult to ride, Evil Horse Brewing has some of the besthandcrafted beer in all of the Chicago area. Whether you are looking for a malt, a pale ale, or another beer of choice, you will find it here. If you are looking for something a little extra, there are several scheduled events every month, such as paint night or bingo, for adults looking to enjoy their night off.

Heritage Park

1550 South Sangamon Street, Crete, IL P: 708.672.6969 | CretePark.com If you are looking for a place to unwind with family and friends during the horse show, visit Heritage Park! It is home to two playgrounds, two picnic shelters, four softball fields, t-ball fields, soccer fields and a concession stand, making it a good place to relax on your day off.

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Take a Swing at Balmoral Woods Golf Club A Must-Play Public Course in Chicagoland

For its second year under HITS ownership, Balmoral Woods will be open for more excitement as a “must play” golf course in Chicagoland. Considered to be a southside hidden gem, Balmoral Woods is conveniently located just across the street from HITS Chicago. New this year, Balmoral Woods will be host to the HITS Chicago Golf Tournament on Monday, June 18, during the Spring Spectacular Series. We invite all exhibitors to take a swing at Balmoral Woods for a different type of competition! Balmoral Woods will host a number of additional golf outings throughout the season, all organized by Resident Golf Pro Bill Abrams, director of the Bill Abrams PGA Golf Solutions Academy. “I am working on an event schedule now. I can’t wait for the shows to start! I feel the synergy between both operations will create a unique and terrific experience for all of our patrons!” he exclaimed. Additional golf outings being planned include a Par-3 Contest, and Big-Break Style contest, and everyone’s favorite, Chips N Sips! More details to follow in the coming weeks! Rated as one of the Best Public Golf Facilities, Balmoral Woods offers a scenic round of golf laid out over 280 acres of woodlands and rolling hills. This 18 hole, par 72 golf course tests golfers of all skill levels. With its unique layout featuring a 6700 yard, 72.6

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rated, 133 slope design, golfers are forced to hit all kinds of shots. Balmoral Woods hosts a number of special events throughout the year, including local CDGA Amateur events, Illinois PGA events, and tournaments. Annually, it is home to the Will County Amateur Championship in late April. This event attracts some of Illinois and surrounding states best amateur players each Spring. The past champions are a who’s who of golf in the area. This season, Balmoral Woods will expand the Will County Amateur and offer a ladies’ event in late July. The Women’s Will County Amateur will look to draw all levels of ladies’ golf. Looking for something to do this summer? Join us at Balmoral Park and HITS Chicago this season for beautiful weekends of Golf and Grand Prix’. Whether you are local or just passing through, we look forward to you playing a round of golf with us at Balmoral Park. For more information on Balmoral Woods, visit our official website at BalmoralWoods.com.

HITS Chicago Golf Tournament Monday, June 18 | During the Spring Spectacular Series New this year, Balmoral Woods will be host to the HITS Chicago Golf tournament on Monday, June 18, during the Spring Spectacular Series. We invite all exhibitors to take a swing at Balmoral Woods for a different type of competition!

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From East to West: The HITS FEI Tour Continues

©all Photos ESI Photography

Already in 2018, HITS has hosted three upper-level FEI events including a Longines FEI World Cup Jumping CSI3* Qualifier at HITS Coachella, as well as the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup CSIO5*at HITS Ocala. The 2018 HITS FEI Tour continues with five more FEI Weeks, including the addition of a new FEI CSI5* in August at HITS Chicago. This new CSI5* event will be held during the End of Summer Series at HITS Chicago, August 15-19. Coupled with an FEI CSI3* event the week prior, August 8-12, and followed just two weeks later by the fourth-annual FEI CSI5* at HITS Saugerties, September 5-9, this makes for an ideal FEI event schedule leading up to the FEI World Equestrian Games. Equestrian Athletes from across the country and around the globe will have the chance to compete at two great facilities, while preparing for the World Equestrian Games which take place just after the HITS Saugerties CSI5*. “The importance of these upper-level FEI events in the United States, especially the 5* events, is paramount to keeping our riders competitive in team competitions, and at the top of the World Ranking List,” said Tom Struzzieri, President and CEO of HITS. “Last year, we had a great response to our FEI Events at HITS Chicago and think that Above Right: Team Canada stands proudly on the podium after an impressive victory. ©ESI Photography Top: Team Canada poses for a picture at the press conference after the qualifier with their Chef D’Equipe Mark Laskin. ©ESI Photography Middle: Francois Lamontagne, contributing to the Team Canada win in the 2018 Longines FEI Nations Cup™ Qualifier. ©ESI Photography Bottom: Thumbs-up for a skilled ride giving Nassar another win in an FEI event. ©ESI Photography

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upgrading to a CSI3* and CSI5*, respectively, is just what the riders are looking for.” The CSI5* events at HITS Chicago and HITS Saugerties will each offer a $500,000 Grand Prix, plus three more FEI ranking classes held throughout the week. “Other than our Great American $1 Million Grand Prix in Ocala and our AIG $1 Million Grand Prix in Coachella, these will be two of the biggest Show Jumping weeks of the year in terms of prize money,” stated Struzzieri. “We also plan to keep the height at 1.50m, which has been popular for our AIG Million on the West Coast,” he continued. “For those prepping a Championship level horse for the WEG, or for those hoping to compete at that level someday, the 1.50m height seems appropriate for these classes this year.” The HITS FEI Tour continues into the fall as well. The National Sunshine Series held at the Desert Horse Park in Thermal, California, will host two more FEI CSI3* Weeks, October 31-November 4 and November 7-11. Week II is a Longines FEI Word Cup Jumping Qualifier, the second Qualifier that HITS will host this year. “We are delighted that this year HITS will have the opportunity to hold a second World Cup Qualifier in Thermal,” Struzzieri commented. “The World Cup is one of the most prestigious International competitions, and we are honored to continue hosting the Qualifiers for the Finals.” This year, HITS is excited to continue the FEI Tour with some of the sport’s top athletes, both four legged and two, as they make Show Jumping history. Join us at HITS Chicago, HITS-on-the-Hudson, and the National Sunshine Series to see who will top the field in the upcoming 2018 FEI CSI 3* and FEI CSI 5* events!

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HITS USHJA International Hunter Derby Tour featured at: HITS Coachella, HITS Ocala, HITS Chicago & HITS Saugerties

Black tall boots shining, Shadbelly tails blowing in the breeze, fences set up to four feet: It must be time for a USHJA International Hunter Derby. With total prize money up to $25,000, riders and horses are in tip-top condition and ready to ride their hearts out.

Derbies on Saturday, June 9 (Week III), wrapping up the Spring Series. Two more Derbies, each offering $25,000 in prize money, will be held during the Summer Series, Saturday July 28 (Week V) and Saturday, August 4 (Week VI). All three Derbies will be held in the Grand Prix Stadium which offers a chance to show in this feature ring prior to the USEF Junior Hunter National Championship, July 30-31, and for riders gearing up for the Platinum Performance and Diamond Mills Hunter Prix Finals at the HITS Championship, September 5-9.

The discipline of hunters is deeply rooted in tradition. The USHJA International Hunter Derby was created to bring the tradition and art of horsemanship back to the show ring stronger and better than ever. The qualifying period for the 2018 Championship is June 2, 2017, through June 1, 2018. Ten of the qualifying competitions being held in this period will be at HITS facilities and will offer $235,000 in prize money. Since the USHJA International Hunter Derby Series began, show hunters across the world have seen more of a spotlight than ever before, often featured in media and sponsorships. It has also gained a following from the public, with spectator numbers growing each year. HITS has already hosted four $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derbies in 2018, two at HITS Coachella and two at HITS Ocala, with six more are on the calendar to close out the year, including three at HITS Saugerties, two at HITS Chicago, and one at the National Sunshine Series. HITS Saugerties will hold the first of its $25,000

Above Right: Jayne also took second place aboard LIKE I SAID. ©Andrew Ryback Photography Top: Maggie Jayne and STANDING OVATION, winners of the $25,000 USHJA International Derby at HITS Balmoral Park in 2017. ©Andrew Ryback Photography Bottom: Jayne and her crew pose for the win photo. ©Andrew Ryback Photography

HITS USHJA International Hunter Derby Tour: HITS Chicago Series Spring Spectacular III $25,000 Derby

June 19-24 Tuesday, June 19

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July 18-22 Saturday, July 21

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July 25-29 Saturday, July 28 Aug 1-5 Saturday, Aug 4

HITS Saugerties Series HITS-on-the-Hudson III June 6-10 $25,000 Derby Saturday, June 9 National Sunshine Series Sunshine II November 7-11 $25,000 Derby Saturday, Nov 10 HITS Chicago 2018 Official Show Program

HITS Chicago will feature a $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Tuesday, June 19, in conjunction with the Showplace Spring Spectacular Series. In addition, Derby Tuesday will feature a $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, a $2,500 USHJA Pony Derby, and a $2,500 Marshall & Sterling Children’s/ Adult Hunter Derby. A second USHJA International Derby, with $10,000 in prize money, will be held Saturday, July 21 during the finale of the Showplace Summertime Series. “We have expanded our USHJA Derby tour over the past several years and are pleased to continue supporting this program. The Hunter discipline is unique to North America and we are not only proud to offer the most qualifiers for the USHJA International Derby Finals, but also to offer two of the richest hunter classes in the country with the $500,000 Diamond Mills Hunter Prix Final and the $100,000 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix Final,” said HITS Owner and CEO Tom Struzzieri. The 2018 HITS Derby Tour closes out with a $25,000 Derby on Saturday, November 10, at National Sunshine II at the HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, California. Page 35


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HITS is fortunate to have several lodging partners in the Chicago, Illinois area. Whether you’re looking for a home for just a few days, a few weeks, or for a few months, our partners below have you covered. With a wide variety of rooms and amenities, more than one of our hotel partners will suit your long-term or short-term needs. Let our Balmoral Park online concierge service assist you in your lodging, dining or activity recommendations. Submit your requests on our online form and receive an email from a personal HITS Balmoral Park representative.

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What our Hotel Partners have to say about HITS! – Staybridge Suites We know Summer days are upon us when HITS comes to town! There’s nothing better than basking in the sun at the beautiful, historic Balmoral Park. Staybridge Suites serves as their “home away from home” and we look forward to welcoming our Equine Family back! Our partnership has been a positive, rewarding experience from day one. We look forward to partnering for many years to come.  Dana Saldana, Director of Sales HITS Chicago 2018 Official Show Program

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Pyranha, Inc., a manufacturer of fly control products, was founded in December of 1972 and now, over 40 years later, Pyranha is considered the leader of insect control in the Equine Market. As players of such a large role in the Equine industry, it is important that Pyranha affectively markets their products. To do so, in 2013 Pyranha teamed up with HITS, the largest Hunter/ Jumper Horse Show production company in the United States, to become a Sponsor. Pyranha is a top manufacturer of pest control in the residential and livestock communities, providing customers with solutions that use the most advanced technology and highest quality products. Marie Voglino, Executive Administrative Assistant for Marketing and Sales at Pyranha, stresses the importance of the growth of their company, stating, “Pyranha is excited to announce that they have recently acquired Adeptus Nutrition which is a supplement for Equines, Dogs and Cats.” It just goes to show that the innovation continues, with new products being added to go along with their line of fly sprays, barn misting systems and odor management products. For more information on Pyranha or to find out where you can purchase Pyranha products, visit PyranhaInc.com.

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Charles Owen

Long time sponsor of HITS, Charles Owen, is out to create a safer world for all equestrians regardless of their age or discipline. Their #safety365 movement is a prime example of their business initiative to share educational content on social media and to support the global community of Charles Owen retailers, riders, and fans. “We chose to sponsor HITS because the horse show series aligns with our focus on promoting safety and offers a fantastic venue that allows us to reach riders at all levels,” said Danielle Santos, Director of Sales and Marketing at Charles Owen. All Charles Owen helmets are certified to multiple international safety standards. “This means that they are tested to a wider range of possible accident scenarios than a helmet with just one standard certification and therefore provide the most comprehensive coverage,” Santos explained. “We also prioritize correct fit, as our Chairman, Roy Burek says, ‘The safest helmet is the one that fits the best!’” Stop by your Charles Owen retailer to be fitted for one of 30 different styles of Charles Owen helmets. See why HITS is proud to have Charles Owen as a sponsor and an advocate for protecting our riders by visiting CharlesOwen.com.

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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 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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Professional’s Choice lives by the philosophy that “The more comfortable the horse, the better their performance,” which is why all products are designed with the safety and comfort of the horse in mind.“If your horse is not wearing the correct equipment, then you cannot expect him to perform at his best,” said Shannon McCormick, Sales Manager of Professional’s Choice Sports Medicine Products. Professional’s Choice became a sponsor of HITS in 2016 in order to become more involved in the hunter/ jumper community. “We want shows and organizers to have the tools they need to run the most successful and safe shows possible,” commented McCormick. “Safety and horse welfare are our top priorities, and HITS offers a great opportunity to reach this community all across the country.” Professional’s Choice continues to design high quality products around the wellbeing of horses. Their newest product is the VenTECH contoured girth line which comes in five styles including Monoflap, Monoflap Belly Guard, Dressage, Long Belly Guard, and Long Jump. Professional’s Choice would also like to remind you that all the boots in its Pro Performance series are made with a hypoallergenic foam lining. Keep your horse protected with the proper equipment and check out ProfChoice.com.

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*ATTENTION* ALL JUNIOR EQUITATION AND COLLEGE BOUND RIDERS

The National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) Junior Hunt Seat Medal will be hosting three national finals

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USHJA Zone Championship Returns to HITS

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HITS has been selected to host five USHJA Zone Championships in 2018, including USHJA Children’s and Adult-Amateur Hunter Championships for Zones 1 & 2, 5 & 6, and 9 & 10, as well as the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships for Zones 5 & 6 and 9 & 10. “We look forward to another great year of Zone Championships and are excited to be hosting two Jumper Championships and three Hunter Championships in 2018,” said Tom Struzzieri, President and CEO of HITS, Inc. “With both the Team and Individual aspect of these Championships, it’s a great opportunity for riders to experience something unique in our industry. Riders have the chance to make lifelong friendships, gain knowledge from the team Chef, and most importantly, do what they love.”

Team Experience to Advance the Sport

skill and desire to excel in the sport, while educating these riders to become well-rounded horsemen on their paths to excellence.

While the partnership between the horse and rider in the Hunter/Jumper sport is profound, the opportunity to compete as a team with other riders was for many years exclusive to those at the highest levels of the Jumper discipline. Today, the USHJA is bringing the Team Championship experience to a broader array of riders across both the Hunter and Jumper disciplines.

“I think the format of these Championships is great,” said 2017 USHJA Zone 2 Chef d’Equipe James Benedetto. “It is a great place for young kids to learn. The biggest fear we have as a country is to have a rider’s first time representing the U.S. as a team member, be in the Olympic Games or some other major international competition. These Championships are a perfect way for young riders to really get comfortable and to experience this.”

Championships Introduced for Children’s and Adult Amateurs

In 2013, the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association launched a Nations Cupstyle Championship for Children’s and Adult Amateur Jumper riders to give these competitors their own Championship. In 2017, the USHJA expanded the Championships to become the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships, which provide opportunities for not only Children’s and Adult Amateur Jumper riders competing at 1.10m/1.15m, but also Junior and Amateur Jumper riders competing at 1.20m/1.25m and 1.30m/1.35m. This expansion included the development of the USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider Program, which uses these Championships to identify Jumper riders who have the HITS Chicago 2018 Official Show Program

The Championships, combined with the Gold Star Clinics, act as an entry point to the Show Jumping Athlete Pathway, a joint USHJA-US Equestrian effort which identifies and nurtures Show Jumping athletes as they advance through the sport to enhance future success for Olympic and international teams representing the United States. Above Right: The 2018 Zone 9 & 10 Championships were successful for many riders. ©ESI Photography Top: The Top Three Riders pose for their win photo at the 2017 USHJA Zone Championships at National Sunshine II. ©ESI Photography Bottom: The Adult Hunter Team Championship winners were all smiles in 2017. ©ESI Photography

“I love to see the riders come together with excitement on their faces,” continued Benedetto, who has experience representing the U.S. internationally himself. “To be honest, I get more nervous for them than I ever did when I competed.”

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Hunters Join in the Team Concept

USHJA and HITS look forward to seeing all of this year’s qualified riders at the Championships! For more information on the USHJA Hunter and Jumper Team Championships, visit USHJA.org

The Jumper team concept also inspired the Hunters to create something similar for Children’s and Adult Amateur Hunter riders in 2016, when they launched the USHJA Children’s and Adult Amateur Hunter Regional Championships, presented by SmartPak. Modeled after the Jumper championships, these new Championships offered Hunter riders a team and Individual Championship experience and a chance to earn Zone HOTY points.

Since the Championships began, HITS Horse Shows have hosted at least one of the Championships each year, and in 2018 HITS will up-the-ante by hosting Five USHJA Team Championships throughout the Summer and Fall months.

At the Children’s and Adult Amateur Hunter Championship, riders compete over two days of team and individual competition. The team competition taking place on day one includes an under saddle and two classic hunter over fences classes. Individual champions are crowned on day two after completing an under saddle, a classic hunter derbystyle course and a handy hunter course. “In 2017 I saw this competition and thought it was really cool,” said Ava Lakey, who was part of the Gold Medal Team and earned the Individual Gold Medal at the West Championships in 2017. “When we drew teams, I got one of my best friends, Misa. And I got two people whom I’d never met before, and they were so nice, and it was so much fun to ride with them. It was great to be on a team and build a relationship since we were riding together, and that was really, really fun.” HITS Chicago 2018 Official Show Program

Zone 5 & 6 Hunter Championships

July 18-22

Zone 5 & 6 Jumper Championships

July 18-22

HITS Balmoral Park – Crete, Illinois Qualifying Period Ends: May 19 Applications Close: May 19

HITS Balmoral Park – Crete, Illinois Qualifying Period Ends: June 4 Applications Close: June 4

Zone 1 & 2 Hunter Championships

Aug 29 - Sept 2 HITS-on-the-Hudson – Saugerties, New York Qualifying Period Ends: June 30 Applications Close: June 30

Zone 9 & 10 Hunter Championships

Above Right: Zones 3 & 4 also found much success at their Zone Championship. ©ESI Photography Top: The Gold Medal team poses on the podium at the 2017 USHJA Zone Championships at HITS Thermal. ©ESI Photography

Nov 7-11

National Sunshine – Thermal, California Qualifying Period Ends: September 7 Applications Close: September 7

Zone 9 & 10 Jumper Championships

Nov 7-11 National Sunshine – Thermal, California Qualifying Period Ends: September 24 Applications Close: September 24

Bottom: The Gold Medalist at the 2016 USHJA Zone Championships in Saugerties. ©ESI Photography

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April 19-22 July 5-8 July 11-15 Aug 15-19 Aug 22-26 Sept 26-30

HITS Chicago Series 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

May 9-13 May 16-20 May 23-27 June 6-10 June 13-17 June 19-24 July 4-8 July 11-15 July 18-22 Aug 8-12 Aug 15-19 Sept 12-16 Sept 19-23

HITS Saugerties Show Series HITS-on-the-Hudson I HITS-on-the-Hudson II HITS-on-the-Hudson III HITS-on-the-Hudson IV HITS-on-the-Hudson V NY Horse & Pony Show (VI) HITS-on-the-Hudson VII HITS-on-the-Hudson VIII

May 23-27 May 30 - June 3 June 6-10 July 18-22 July 25-29 Aug 1-5 Aug 29 - Sept 2 Sept 5-9

Marshall & Sterling League National Finals HITS-on-the-Hudson

Sept 12-16

HITS Indoor Championship Syracuse, New York

Oct 24-28

National Sunshine Series National Sunshine I National Sunshine II

Oct 31 - Nov 4 Nov 7-11

HITS Ocala Holiday Series Ocala Holiday Classic Ocala Holiday Festival

Dec 12-16 Dec 19-23

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Jan 15-20 Jan 22-27 Jan 29 - Feb 3 Feb 5-10 Feb 19-24 Feb 26 - March 3 March 5-10 March 12-17

HITS Ocala Winter Circuit Ocala January Classic Jan 15-20 Ocala January Festival Jan 22-27 Ocala Premiere Jan 29 - Feb 3 Ocala Winter Classic Feb 5-10 Ocala Winter Festival Feb 12-17 Ocala Masters Feb 19-24 Ocala Tournament Feb 26 - March 3 Ocala Winter Finals March 5-10 Ocala Winter Celebration March 12-17 Ocala Championship March 19-24

HITS Arizona Winter Circuit Sundance Welcome Kachina Classic Tucson Winter Classic Sahuaro Classic Arizona Winter Festival Arizona Desert Finals

Jan 30 - Feb 3 Feb 6-10 Feb 13-17 Feb 20-24 Feb 27 - March 3 March 6-10

HITS Culpeper Show Series Commonwealth National Showday National Cavalier Classic Winston National Constitution Classic Culpeper Finals

April 17-21 July 3-7 July 10-14 Aug 14-18 Aug 21-25 Sept 25-29

2019

2019

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2018

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May 8-12 May 15-19 May 22-26 June 5-9 June 12-16 June 18-23 July 3-7 July 10-14 July 17-21 Aug 7-11 Aug 14-18 Sept 11-15 Sept 18-22

HITS Saugerties Show Series

HITS-on-the-Hudson I May 22-26 HITS-on-the-Hudson II May 29 - June 2 HITS-on-the-Hudson III June 5-9 HITS-on-the-Hudson IV July 17-21 HITS-on-the-Hudson V July 24-28 NY Horse & Pony Show (VI) July 31 - Aug 4 HITS-on-the-Hudson VII Aug 28 - Sept 1 HITS-on-the-Hudson VIII Sept 4-8

Marshall & Sterling League National Finals HITS-on-the-Hudson

Sept 11-15

National Sunshine Series National Sunshine I National Sunshine II

Oct 30 - Nov 3 Nov 6-10

HITS Ocala Holiday Series Ocala Holiday Classic Ocala Holiday Festival

Dec 11-15 Dec 18-22

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2018 Regional Training Session Opportunities Application Deadline: April 16 Maplewood Stables

Reno, NV May 31-June 4 Riding Clinician: Jim Wofford Stable Manager: Nanci Snyder Georgia International Horse Park

Conyers, GA June 10-14 Riding Clinician: Geoff Teall Stable Manager: Anne Thornbury Great Southwest Equestrian Center

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Crete, IL July 9-13 Riding Clinician: Anne Kursinski Stable Manager: Anne Thornbury Virginia Horse Center

Lexington, VA July 16-20 Riding Clinician: Geoff Teall Stable Manager: Colleen Reed

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HITS Chicago is Ready to Saddle Up for the USHJA EAP Clinic

HITS, Inc. has been selected to host a Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athlete Program, (EAP), Clinic at its newest facility, HITS Balmoral Park located in Crete, Illinois. The EAP was developed in 2009 with the goal to advance the knowledge and horsemanship skills of young riders under the age of 25 who are passionate about the equestrian sport. Rising Equestrians are provided with the opportunity to ride and learn from veterans of the Equestrian sport.

an athlete,” Duggleby stated. “My favorite part of each EAP Clinic was watching the progression of each horse that I was blessed to ride over the short 3 or 4 days we had with each clinician. Progression is a really incredible process to watch in a horse, and being able to work with people who understand that satisfying feeling is amazing. I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity. I encourage anyone who loves the sport and wants to better themselves and their horses to sign up. You will gain incredible amounts of knowledge on and off the horse,” Duggleby continued, vouching for the EAP Clinic from a rider’s perspective. “It is like having an encyclopedia with real life experience and stories to teach and give you advice. You will not get that anywhere else. It’s truly incredible. Also, you will make friends that understand the world you are in and many of which, if you choose to go down the professional route, will be right there next to you. I have met people from around the country and made connections with some of the best of the best because of the program. I will be forever grateful to them for each one.”

“We are very pleased to have been selected to host this EAP Regional Training Session at HITS Balmoral Park,” said Tom Struzzieri, President and CEO of HITS, Inc. “It is a great opportunity for these developing riders, and we are pleased to have such wonderful clinicians joining us for the week, as well.” Five-time Olympian Anne Kursinski of Frenchtown, New Jersey and Anne Thornbury of Cincinnati, Ohio, who owns and operates the Midwest Equine Rehabilitation and Conditioning Center (MERC) will lead the EAP Clinic at HITS Chicago from July 9-13, 2018.

Through the Emerging Jumper Rider Program, individual Medalists at the Zone Jumper Team Championships receive an invitation to a USHJA Gold Star Clinic, which includes top-level mounted and unmounted instruction in a multi-day clinic format. In addition to Medalists, a select number of Wild Card Applicants are also invited to the clinics. In 2018, Richard Spooner with support from numerous other High-Performance Equestrians and top clinicians led the Gold Star Clinics.

Many riders who have participated in EAP Training Sessions have gone on to compete in Hunter, Jumper and Equitation show rings where they have proven to be very successful. From the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search to the FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, and on through Medal and Maclay Finals riders have accomplished numerous Championships. We had the chance to catch up with Kendra R. Duggleby of Cleveland, New York, who has been invited to ride in a number of EAP Clinics, and won the EAP National Championship in 2017.“The EAP has bettered me as not only a rider but a horsewoman as well. It was really incredible to be able to converse and work on my riding from the perspective of myself being

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From top to bottom photos courtesy of Kristin Rover/USHJA: HITS Coachella was lucky to host such a talented group of Young Riders. Both riders and horses were eager to learn from the “Master of the Faster”. Riders learned new exercises to improve their jumping skills. Thumbs up for an awesome experience for upand-coming riders! Clinician Richard Spooner, kicks off the West Coast USHJA Gold Star Clinic.

Applications for the 2018 Lindsay Maxwell EAP Training Session at HITS Chicago are now open! Apply by May 14 and get on your way to advancing your Equestrian career at HITS Chicago for the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athlete Program Clinic.

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Race Your Way to HITS Chicago in 2019 A distance for everyoneTM

HITS is bringing racing of another kind to the iconic Balmoral Park in 2019. Famous for its history as a racing facility, HITS Chicago at Balmoral Park is now home to thirteen weeks of premier show jumping competition.

is also home to several state-threatened or endangered plant species, including the spotted coral-root orchid and ear-leafed foxglove. When athletes and their friends and family members visit for the race, they will also be treated to world-class hunter-jumper competition and a variety of food and beverage options.

HITS Balmoral Park is a top of the line equestrian facility located just south of Crete, Illinois. From 1926 to 2015 it operated as one of the top Thoroughbred and harness race tracks. Following the bankruptcy filing by the previous owners, this historic horse park was rescued by HITS and reopened in 2017 as a horse show facility.

This running event is being brought to you by HITS Endurance, which produces running and triathlon events across the country. Watch for registration to open soon and race your way to HITS Chicago at Balmoral Park.

Tentatively scheduled for May 2019, racing returns in purely human form as HITS Endurance presents a running event with a distance for everyoneTM. HITS Endurance will offer five race distances - Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k, 5k and Friends & Family Mile.

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Warrior Dash - Illinois

The race course for all but the Mile competition features a path through the historic Balmoral Park show grounds, passage through a tunnel under the 394 Expressway, a romp through the Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve and a celebratory finish back at Balmoral Park in full view of the Grandstand.

Saturday, Sept. 28 – HITS Balmoral Park HITS is pleased to welcome Warrior Dash to Balmoral Park. This fall, join Warrior Dash for a challenging and rugged 5K course over and through 12 muddy obstacles with names like Muddy Mayhem, Summit Plummet and No Man’s Land. It’s the “get-dirty race anyone can start and everyone can finish.” From couch potatoes to novice runners to extreme athletes, Warrior Dash is an event for all athletic abilities.

Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve, which protects a diversity of habitats and features several miles of natural surface trails is ideal for running and other activities. While enjoying the gentle trails, runners might encounter several statethreatened or endangered animal species protected in the preserve. The preserve

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Tackle the course and then celebrate your accomplishment at the Warrior Dash Festival with live music, great beer, food, fun and activities for all. Visit WarriorDash.com for more information! Photos ©Captivating Sports Photos

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Nayel Nassar & Lordan Take the Blue in the 6th Annual AIG $1 Million Grand Prix

All photos ©ESI Photography

The dynamic duo of Nayel Nassar and his own Lordan claimed victory in the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix in a thrilling finale to the HITS Coachella Desert Circuit, on Sunday, March 18. The duo had also won the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Thermal CSI3*-W earlier in the circuit, but more h i s t o r i c a l l y,

but it is clear Nassar knows how to keep his horse in top form. “He is such a trier and he is small, but the jumps never feel small on him. We just want to take care of him as best we can,” Nassar said. Six riders attempted the jump-off course in pursuit of the title, and the excitement built with every round. Rowan Willis and Blue Movie went second in the jump-off and had the first clear round in a time of 45.738, setting the time to beat. He was followed by Paul O’Shea and Skara Glen’s Presence who almost had the time, finishing in 45.753, but a rail meant they’d finish behind Willis. Willis’s lead held up until the very end when Nassar and Lordan entered the ring. With a plan at hand, the duo methodically jumped, galloped and wound their way through the course in a seemingly effortless no-fault trip and stopped the timers in 44.418, nearly a full second ahead of Willis. Nassar’s excitement shone at the press conference, and his appreciation for Lordan was unmistakable. “We have an incredible partnership and at this point we go in the ring and it’s almost like we don’t have to think anymore.”

this was their second HITS Million Grand Prix victory, paired with their Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix win in 2013.

2018 AIG $1 Million Grand Prix Results 1st Nayel Nassar on Lordan 2nd Rowan Willis on Blue Movie 3rd Paul O’Shea on Skara Glen’s Presence 4th Christian Heineking on NKH Caruso 5th Erynn Ballard on Fantast 

By: Erin Webb

During the post-competition press conference, Nassar discussed that as Lordan is getting older (the Hanoverian gelding is now 14), he is trying to compete him more sparingly, HITS Chicago 2018 Official Show Program

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Beezie Madden & Coach Win it All at the 5th Annual Great American $1 Million Grand Prix

Four-time USEF Equestrian of the Year Beezie Madden, has been competing at the Grand Prix level since 1985 and continues to add to her resume of Grand Prix wins every year. As of March 25, 2018, she became a twotime HITS Million Dollar Grand Prix winner as well, with a victory in the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix to close out the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit.

in the ring aboard Tou La Moon, knowing the pressure was on. As the final rider to jump-off, Jayne took aim at the win, riding to his mare’s strength of quick, tight turns. As they approached the last fence at a gallop, Jayne went all out in his hunt for the win, but it was not to be. The clock stopped at 47.092 giving Jayne the yellow ribbon. Madden beamed at the press conference, thanking her team and her horse for their outstanding performance. “I was really happy with how [Coach] went. I thought the course really suited him and I have high hopes for him,” she said of the 10year old, German-bred gelding, owned by Abigail Wexner. “Everything fell into place really nicely and I had a great support team behind me.”

“I’ve been lucky enough that this is my second win,” Madden exclaimed, recounting her win in the Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix in 2015. “It’s amazing what he offers,” she continued, referring to HITS Owner and CEO Tom Struzzieri. “All of the venues and shows he offers - I don’t know how he does it all.” After a challenging round one, five riders would come back to jump off to find the winner of the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix. Spectators were on the edge of their seats with Lillie Keenan first in the ring, going clear aboard Super Sox and setting the time to beat at 46.229. Two rounds later, Madden, always a crowd favorite, cantered confidently into the ring aboard Coach. As she approached the first fence it was clear she was taking it up a notch, and her time of 44.479, almost a full two second faster than Keenan, established her as new leader. Charlie Jayne awaited his turn HITS Chicago 2018 Official Show Program

2018 Great American $1 Million Grand Prix Results 1st Beezie Madden on Coach 2nd Lillie Keenan on Super Sox 3rd Charlie Jayne on Tou La Moon 4th Jamie Barge on Luebbo 5th Daniel Bluman on Sancha LS Above: Beezie Madden & Coach take home top honors in the 2018 Great American Million and couldn’t be happier. ©ESI Photography



By: Courtney Livecchi

Middle: Beezie Madden & Coach soar to a first place finish in the 2018 Great American Million and couldn’t be happier. ©ESI Photography Bottom: Lillie Keenan & Super Sox receiving second place at the 2018 Great American Million. ©ESI Photography

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13 Weeks of Grand Prix Winners HITS Chicago - 2017

Showplace Spring Classic I-III

Showplace Summertime I-III

1st Lisa Goldman & Sovereign 2nd Lisa Goldman & Centurion B 3rd Steve Schaefer & Caribe

1st Lisa Goldman & Sovereign 2nd Candice King & Calisto 26 3rd Lisa Goldman & Hindsight

$35,000 HITS Grand Prix

$35,000 HITS Grand Prix

May 13

May 20

1st Lisa Goldman & Hindsight 2nd Steve Schaefer & Caribe 3rd Lisa Goldman & Centurion B

$35,000 HITS Grand Prix

May 27

1st Lisa Goldman & Sovereign 2nd Liz Atkins & Undine 3rd Karen Cudmore & Southern Pride

Showplace Spring Spectacular I-III $50,000 Purina Grand Prix

June 10

1st Derek Braun & Lacarolus 2nd Annabella Sanchez & Cassano Z 3rd Lisa Goldman & Hindsight

$50,000 Adequan Grand Prix June 17 1st Tracy Fenney & MTM Como No 2nd Maggie Jayne & Everything 3rd Tracy Fenney & Igor Van De Heibos

$50,000 HITS Grand Prix 1st 2nd 3rd

June 24

Nicole Shahinian-Simpson & Akuna Mattata Lisa Goldman & Centurion B Tony Font & NLF favorite

Above Right: Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili competing in the 2017 $200,000 HITS Grand Prix. ©Andrew Ryback Photography Top: Nicole Shahinian-Simpson and Akuna Mattata receiving the $50,000 AIG Grand Prix Award. ©Andrew Ryback Photography Middle: Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili receiving the $200,000 HITS Balmoral Grand Prix award. ©Andrew Ryback Photography Bottom: Lisa Goldman & Hindsight competing in the 2017 $35,000 Barrington Saddlery Grand Prix award. ©Andrew Ryback Photography

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$50,000 HITS Grand Prix

$50,000 Ulcergard Grand Prix

July 8

July 15

1st Lisa Goldman & Hindsight 2nd Lisa Goldman & Sovereign 3rd Bryn Sadler & Bon Giorno

$50,000 HITS Grand Prix 1st 2nd 3rd

July 22

Caelinn Leahy & Splendor Bryn Sadler & Cezarro Jordan Gilchrist & Happyboy Van De Doornakkers

Showplace End of Summer I-II

$50,000 AIG Grand Prix August 12 1st 2nd 3rd

Nicole Shahinian-Simpson & Akuna Mattata Shawn Casady & Valinski S Alexis Trosch & Cantara Z

$200,000 August 20 HITS Balmoral Grand Prix 1st 2nd 3rd

Kristen Vanderveen & Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili Nicole Shahinian-Simpson & Akuna Mattata Santiago Lambre & Dingeman

Showplace Fall Classic I-II

$35,000 September 16 Barrington Saddlery Grand Prix 1st Lisa Goldman & Hindsight 2nd Nick Novak & Climbus 3rd Lisa Goldman & Balavan

$35,000 September 23 Barrington Saddlery Grand Prix 1st Christian Heineking & NKH Selena 2nd Karen Cudmore & Southern Pride 3rd Lisa Goldman & Hindsight Page 83


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ATTENTION ALL PAW LOVERS! It’s your pets day out!

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HITS is hosting a benefit for the American Cancer Society arranged by the students of Purdue University Northwest, College of Business. Come out for a PURR-fect day of festivities with you and your fur-babies. Festivities includes games for you and your pets, raffles, and other entertaining activities.

Official Show Program - HITS Chicago 2018  

The 2018 HITS Chicago Official Show Program is now available online! Take a look to see all that HITS sponsors, HITS Balmoral Park and Cret...

Official Show Program - HITS Chicago 2018  

The 2018 HITS Chicago Official Show Program is now available online! Take a look to see all that HITS sponsors, HITS Balmoral Park and Cret...