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May - September 2018




F E AT U R I N G Spring Series May 23 - June 10

Summer Series July 18 - August 5

Fall Series

August 29 - September 9

Children’s Hunter Pony Final | August 4-5 Horses Take Flight at HITS Championship | September 5-9

Stal Hendrix Green Futurity Platinum Performance $250,000 Hunter Prix Final Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final Black Barn $250,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner/Amateur Jumper Prix Saugerties $500,000 Grand Prix FEI CSI5*

M&S Insurance League National Finals | September 12-16


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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.

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.

Tips for Horse Owners Natural Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Catastrophic events can leave us feeling vulnerable, but preparedness can go a long way in keeping both people and animals out of harm’s way. Planning a natural disaster response and recovery starts with having a written plan so everyone involved knows what to do before, during and after an event. Over the years, AIG Private Client Group has helped countless policyholders mitigate risk to their families, horses and properties.

To learn more, visit 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 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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Policies are underwritten by Great American Assurance Company, an authorized insurer in all 50 states and the D.C. ©2015 Great American Insurance Company

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 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-on-the-Hudson Official Show Program Table of Contents

All photos ©ESI Photography

HITS Essentials

The HIT List13 Map of HITS-on-the-Hudson19 Area Information23 Scenes from HITS Saugerties 57, 61 HITS Tentative Show Dates69 Champions & Awards a History of Winners89 Index to Advertisers91

HITS Features

Out & About in Saugerties, NY 25, 27 HITS Sister Companies 29, 31 From East to West: 37 The HITS FEI Tour Continues HITS USHJA International 41 Hunter Derby Tour Make Saugerties Your Home this Summer!45, 47 Shout Out to Our Sponsors  51, 53 USHJA Zone Championship  63, 65 Riders Go the Distance at the 73 Junior Hunter Finals Annual AIG $1 Million Grand Prix  77 Annual Great American $1 Million Grand Prix  79 Marshall & Sterling Insurance League  85 HITS Endurance Triathlon Series 87

Cover Art

Brooke O’Connell 35 P: 289.828.2402

Design & Production Leslie Phillips Mike Sciarretta

Editorial & Content Development

Kristen Vale-Mosack, Manager Courtney Livecchi & Erin Webb

Official Photographer

ESI Photography P: 978.319.3449

Advertising & Sponsorship

Chris Mayone & Scott Reynolds


454 Washington Ave. Ext, Saugerties, NY P: 845.246.5515 | F: 845.246.2289

HITS, Inc.

319 Main Street, Saugerties, NY | P: 845.246.8833 | F: 845.246.637

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

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HELMETS MIPS technology T R A U M A V O I D™




EQ3-R33 ASTM F1163-15

The wave of the future, and the next step in brain protection technology for the equine industry, Trauma Void’s EQ3 Helmet is equipped with Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (“MIPS”) technology, which has been used in bike, moto, and snow helmets for years. Available in multiple colors in a smooth or microfiber shell. Priced at $249. Visit for more information or to find a local tack shop near you.

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

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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

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LEGEND® (hyaluronate sodium) Injectable Solution by Merial



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.

LEGEND product label and FOI summary.


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.

LEGEND® Multi Dose (hyaluronate sodium)

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


(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.


We’re Smartphone friendly! Take us with you. We’ll take you where YOU need to go! 859-455-9586

(Option 4 - Reservations)

The HIT List


All photos ©ESI Photography

HITS Corporate Office 319 Main Street  Saugerties, NY

P: 845.246.8833 F: 845.246.6371


HITS Souvenirs

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

454 Washington Ave ExtP: 845.246.5515 Saugerties, NYF: 845.246.2289

HITS Feed & Stabling Office

Horse Show Office Hours

HITS Vendor Relations

HITS Horse Show Secretaries

Official Show Farrier

Monday & Tuesday Wednesday – Sunday

8 am – 5 pm 6:30 am – 5 pm

Kristen Vale-Mosack, Manager Meagan Atkins Courtney Livecchi Kaitlin Farmer Linda Spiegler Katelyn Lamb Erin Webb

HITS Corporate Sponsorship

Chris Mayone Scott Reynolds

HITS Restaurant

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

HITS Saugerties 2018 Official Show Program Meagan Atkins Scott Becroft

Official Show Photographer

ESI Photography P: 978.319.3449 Glen Burgess

M&S League Representative Patricia Guerriero

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

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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!”


Kent Farrington | Platinum Client since 2005 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist, 2014 World Equestrian Games Bronze Medalist Kent Farrington is a sponsored endorsee and actual client

This is

my Platinum

Kent supplements with these Platinum formulas: PLATINUM PERFORMANCE® CJ Complete wellness and performance formula with advanced joint support designed to help with digestion, skin & coat, hooves, bone & tendon health, and much more.

PLATINUM BCAA Helps support muscle development, tone, and recovery, and may also support mental alertness and healthy immune function.

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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 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

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Only at

Dover Saddlery


For over 45 years, our team of riders have worked hard to ensure our customers receive the most innovative world class products and service to meet the needs of all horse and rider partners. You’ll find all the traditional essentials plus new performance products this season backed by a 100% guarantee. Thank you for riding with Dover Saddlery.

Dover Saddlery is a proud sponsor of the Dover Saddlery Adult Medal and HITS Horse Shows

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Area Information Airports Albany P: 518.242.2200 International (ALB) 737 Albany Shaker Road, Albany 45 mins North Stewart P: 845.383.8200 International (SWF) 1180 First Street, New Windsor 45 mins South

Auto Repair, Sales & Service Sawyer Motors P: 845.246.3412 166 Ulster Avenue, Saugerties

All photos ©ESI Photography

Steyer’s Auto, Inc. P: 845.246.6370 468 Malden Turnpike, Saugerties


Smith Hardware  P: 845.246.4500 227 Main Street, Saugerties


Internet & E-mail

M&T Bank P: 845.246.4961 294 Main Street, Saugerties

Wireless Internet service is available at the Diamond Mills Café and in the Marshall & Sterling Insurance Rider’s Lounge.

Emergency Medical Care Emergency One P: 845.338.5600 Urgent Care 40 Hurley Avenue, Kingston

Laundry & Dry Cleaning

EmUrgentCare P: 845.247.9100 2976 Route 9W, Saugerties

Lodging Rentals

Flanigan’s  P: 845.246.8990 211 Main Street, Saugerties Murphy Realty Group  304 Wall Street, Kingston


Official Host Hotels

The Flower Garden P: 845.246.5961 3164 Route 9W, Saugerties

Diamond Mills P: 845.247.0700 Hotel & Tavern 25 South Partition Street, Saugerties

Golf Carts

Best Western Plus P: 845.338.0400 503 Washington Avenue, Kingston

Dever, Inc.P: 800.714.2201


Blue Mountain P: 845.901.5324 Horse Farm B&B 781 Blue Mountain Road, Saugerties

Adams Fairacre Farms P: 845.336.6300 1560 Ulster Avenue, Lake Katrine Mother Earth’s P: 845.246.9614 Storehouse 249 Main Street, Saugerties

Blue Mountain  P: 845.532.3638 Manor Town Homes 168 Partition Street, Saugerties

Price Chopper P: 845.247.4500 138 Ulster Avenue, Saugerties

Courtyard by Marriott P: 845.382.2300 500 Frank Sottile Boulevard, Kingston Holiday Inn Express P: 845.336.6200 1835 Ulster Avenue, Lake Katrine

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: 800.463.3339 You must call for pick-up. You may then leave your package in the Horse Show Office for pick-up. 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. U.S. Post Office 111 Market Street, Saugerties

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P: 845.338.5252

P: 845.246.1998

Residence Inn P: 845.383.3695 800 Frank Sottile Boulevard, Kingston Rodeway Inn P: 845.331.2900 239 Forest Hill Drive, Kingston Super 8 P: 845.338.3078 487 Washington Avenue, I-87 Exit 19, Kingston


Saugerties Pharmacy  P: 845.246.5649 250 Main Street, Saugerties

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Express Lane Oil Change Service We offer Rentals Daily-Weekly-Monthly 166 Ulster Ave. Saugerties, NY 845-246-4560 Sales Dept Hours Mon-Fri 8-7 Sat 9-5 Sun 11-2

Out & About in Saugerties, NY Saugerties is a small town with lots to offer

Saugerties, New York is located in the Hudson Valley, just on the edge of the Catskill Mountains on one side and the Hudson River on the other. It is a historic town full of trendy boutiques and eateries, as well as a number of historic landmarks. In the heart of the village you will find a range of shops and restaurants suitable for all ages, and on the outskirts of town you will find beautiful homes, farms, and of course, HITS-on-the-Hudson. HITS has called Saugerties home since 2004. With the main office housing employees year-round and the horse show secretaries seasonally, you will find equine enthusiasts here all four seasons. Since the start of HITS-on-the-Hudson, the town has thrived thanks to equestrians and locals alike. Businesses in Saugerties adapted to the new clientele, changing store hours and menu items to better suit the equestrian community, while HITS grew with the addition of Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern, Saugerties Steamboat Co., BLACK BARN, and HITS Endurance. Through these changes, the town has flourished, with many new businesses filling empty storefronts along Main Street.

months. Check out a few of the following for things to do recommended by locals and HITS employees.

DIG 89 Partition Street, Saugerties, NY P: 845.246.3833

photo courtesy of DIG The Shop

English Garden Antiques & Interiors 135 Partition Street, Saugerties, NY P: 845.246.1012 Some say it is the best-kept secret in Saugerties, offering reasonably priced antiques and gifts for everyone; English Garden has a wide range of furniture, jewelry, and custom framing options. Chances are you will find exactly what you are looking for after taking a quick walk through this hidden gem.

Sports and entertainment adjacent to the horse show facility include the Puttin’ Plus Family Fun Center with go-karts, miniature golf and batting cages, as well as the Cantine Field Complex, which includes the Kiwanis Ice Arena for skating and hockey, fenced tennis courts, play-ground, and baseball and soccer fields. There is an 18-hole golf course just a few miles from the show grounds and many more within a short drive. Each person who comes to our horse shows here will likely tell you their own favorite restaurant or shop that is different from the next, which makes Saugerties the place to be in the summer HITS Saugerties 2018 Official Show Program

DIG offers a wide range of stylish women’s clothing as well as gifts and accessories. A local favorite, this trendy store has been around since 2005. If you are looking for a new outfit for a night out, or a last minute gift idea, your needs will be met here.

Hudson Valley Dessert Company 264 Main Street, Saugerties, NY P: 845.246.1545 For those with a sweet tooth, this is the place to go! Whether you want to stop in for a quick treat or need customized cakes and cookies for a special occasion, Hudson Valley Dessert Company will take care of you. Granola and biscotti are also shop specialties for those looking for something a little different.

photo courtesy of DIG The Shop

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photo courtesy of Ulster County Chamber of Commerce

Hudson Valley Wineries & Wine Trails

Market, which is open seasonally from May-October. With over 20 vendors from wineries to bakeries and everything in between, there is a little something here for everyone.

P: 845.204.8538

New York State has some of the best wine and most stunning wineries in the United States. With conditions excellent for growing many grape varieties, the Wine Trails are never-ending. Take a group tour or come alone, either way, what better way to spend a day off?

Seamon Park

5 Malden Avenue, Saugerties, NY P: 845.246.2919 A beautiful, hilly park in the Northeast corner of the Village of Saugerties, Seamon Park is beautifully landscaped throughout the year. It really shines in early October when the Mum Festival features an incredible variety and number of Chrysanthemums, as well as interesting art displays, musical entertainment, and food booths.

Kiersted House

119 Main Street, Saugerties, NY P: 845.246.9529 The Kiersted House is home to the Saugerties Historical Society and dates back to the mid 1700’s. The mission of the Saugerties Historical Society is to help preserve and uncover all things historical in Saugerties. Stop by to receive a tour and unveil the unique history of Saugerties! Open Saturdays 11am-2pm and Sundays 1-4pm.

Head west 10 minutes and you arrive at the village of Woodstock, made famous by the same-named 1969 concert, with its artsy shops and galleries reminiscent of the flower-child era.

Saugerties Lighthouse

Travel 90 minutes south and you are strolling down Broadway in Manhattan.

168 Lighthouse Drive, Saugerties, NY P: 845.247.0656

Less than an hour’s drive and you can tour historic West Point Academy. Beautiful old mansions such as the Vanderbilt and Roosevelt dot the riverbanks of the Hudson and are open to the public.

One of the best spots for history buffs, the Saugerties Lighthouse was constructed in 1869 and is still operational today. It also serves as a bed and breakfast, and is decorated just as it might have been in the 19th century. Enjoy a half-mile hike to the destination and take a tour of this historic landmark, which offers panoramic views of the Hudson River.

Day trips and evening cruises leave from the Rondout in Kingston only 15 minutes away. And for a little shopping, a 60 minute trip to Woodbury Commons offers the most incredible outlet mall experience anywhere.

Saugerties Farmers Market

115 Market Street, Saugerties, NY Sat 10 am - 2 pm | P: 845.246.6491

Also nearby, the town of Hudson is an antique lover’s dream. Across the river, Rhinebeck is home of the oldest inn in America, Beekman Arms. With no shortage of places to explore in the area, come visit us for eight weeks this summer!

Saugerties is noted for being home to many of the finest farms in the Hudson Valley. Why not take advantage of sampling some of the finest locally grown fruits, vegetables, eggs, and an array of other farm-fresh foods at the Saugerties Farmers

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HITS Sister Companies Diamond Mills, Saugerties Steamboat Co. & BLACK BARN

Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern

After a day of horse showing at HITS how will you decide where to eat? One of HITS’ sister companies, The Tavern at Diamond Mills promises a true culinary experience with a soothing atmosphere to unwind in comfort. With a “Soho in Saugerties” feel, the Tavern is located just one-mile from HITS-on-the-Hudson overlooking the Esopus Falls. Originally, this location was home to the Martin Cantine Paper Mill, built in 1888. In 1978 the mill caught fire, leaving almost nothing left until 2007 when Tom Struzzieri took interest in developing the site. Whether you are looking to grab a quick drink at the bar or have an exquisite meal with family, Diamond Mills staff will take care of you. Presenting handcrafted cuisine from CIA trained Executive Chef Giuseppe Napoli, Diamond Mills is a world class dining option or a great place to host a VIP event during the horse show; whether celebrating a Grand Prix win or a Lead Line ribbon, treat your family, clients and associates to a memorable evening. With several rooms available for private dining, including the Library or Mezzanine, choose which room has the right aesthetic for your event from jaw-dropping event spaces with waterfall views for weddings, galas, and corporate events. 25 South Partition St, Saugerties, NY P: 845.247.0700

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Saugerties Steamboat Co. If you are looking for a more casual dining option during the horse show, Saugerties Steamboat Co. offers brunch, lunch, and dinner options on the waterfront overlooking the Esopus Creek where it meets the Hudson River. From house-made pasta to seafood dishes, Chef Giuseppe Napoli creates dishes to satisfy. Not only is Saugerties Steamboat Co. a dining option, but also offers a beautiful event space, with exposed wood beams and a rustic feel. The space is the perfect place for a wedding, banquet, or celebration of any kind. Guided kayak tours and fishing charters are also available for those looking to explore the Hudson Valley by water on a day off from the horse show.

2 Ferry St, Saugerties, NY P: 845.247.3146

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all photos courtesy of BLACKBARN Restaurant


Childhood friends Tom Struzzieri and Chef John Doherty reunited to open a restaurant that combined their passions and expertise, (equestrian and culinary, respectively), in the City they love the most. Why not take a trip to Manhattan and dine at HITS’ third sister company, BLACKBARN, displaying whitewashed barn board walls, steel paneling, and an elaborate overhead maze of raw crisscrossed beams, BLACKBARN might not feel so far away from the Hudson Valley after all! With two locations, take the day to explore and visit both: The Chelsea Market location is the perfect place to stop mid-day for lunch in a quiet, rustic café. For dinner, try our location in the Flatiron District across from Madison Square Park where you can choose to dine in the Tavern, the Main Dining Room, or the Chef’s Table. This location also offers event space for those who wish to celebrate a special occasion in the heart of the city. NOMAD P: 212.265.5959 19 East 26th Street, New York, NY CHELSEA MARKET P: 212.620.0041 448 West 16th Street, New York, NY

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From East to West: The HITS FEI Tour Continues

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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: 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 Nayel 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 Chicago, HITS Saugerties & National Sunshine

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 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: John French & Center Court take first place at National Sunshine II . ©ESI 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: Bella Kay & Symbolic receive top honors at HITS-on-the-Hudson. ©ESI Photography

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

June 19-24 Tuesday, June 19

Summertime III $10,000 Derby

July 18-22 Saturday, July 21

HITS-on-the-Hudson V $25,000 Derby HITS-on-the-Hudson VI $25,000 Derby

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 Saugerties 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 41

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HITS is fortunate to have several lodging partners in the Saugerties, New York area. Whether you’re looking for a home for just a few days, 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 needs. If you are looking to stay somewhere more long term, check out Murphy Realty group for all of your rental needs, from apartments to houses.

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Newly constructed Townhomes are located 1 mile from HITS Showgrounds and just footsteps from shopping and restaurants. Townhomes are modern and spacious with the comforts of home offering 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, washer/ dryer, central air and off street parking, WiFi and cable. Reserve yours today.

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Conveniently located to the HITS show grounds, The Blue Mountain Manor offers modern, spacious guest rooms and suites with all the comforts of home and more — cozy, fluffy duvets, personal refrigerators and Keurig coffeemakers, flat screen tv, Internet and wifi, as well as gorgeous grounds and striking views of Hudson Valley’s natural beauty.

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Courtyard by Marriott Kingston, NY hotel, located in the heart of the beautiful Catskill Mountains, is your destination hotel in the Kingston, NY area. Our newly renovated lobby, featuring The Bistro* with Starbucks, and our spacious guest rooms make us the smart choice in Hudson Valley Hotels. Just minutes from the New York State thruway (I-87) plus many exciting destinations and events.

Murphy Realty Group 304 Wall Street, Kingston | P: 845.338.5252 | Buying or real estate in Ulster County and the surrounding Hudson Valley real estate market is a very different experience when you choose to work with a Murphy Realty Group associate. John Murphy and the folks at MRG don’t only love where they live, they have a deep working knowledge of the area that is much more expansive than what you would expect from a local Realtor. When most area brokers cover one or two Hudson Valley counties at best, the Murphy Realty Group has hometown experience in multiple markets. Based in Kingston the Murphy team operates primarily out of Ulster County with memberships to the Ulster County Board of Realtors and the Ulster County MLS. HITS Saugerties 2018 Official Show Program

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1835 Ulster Avenue, Lake Katrine P: 845.336.6200

239 Forest Hill Drive, Kingston P: 845.331.2900

The Holiday Inn Express is a brand new 101 room hotel with a close proximity to the HITS Horse Show, Rhinecliff Bridge, and the NYS Thruway. The hotel offers many amenities such as complimentary breakfast, a safe, refrigerator, and Keurig coffee maker in each room, as well as an indoor pool and fitness facility. Our Meeting Room, which adjoins a lovely outdoor patio, accommodates 67 people and is available for rental for private parties.

This hotel boasts fabulous views of the mountains. Many amenities including an outdoor pool, free local calls, free wireless Internet access and complimentary Continental breakfast make your stay at Rodeway Inn enjoyable. Pet Friendly!

Residence Inn 800 Frank Sottile Boulevard, Kingston P: 845.383.3695 The Residence Inn’s all suite property is a perfect spot for your summer getaway. All of our suites include a full hot buffet breakfast. We have an indoor salt water pool and spa, a large fitness center, and a patio with a fire pit. We are a Pet Friendly property minutes from fine dining and only 9 miles from HITS showgrounds.

Super 8 487 Washington Avenue, Kingston P: 845.338.3078 This pet-friendly hotel has free high-speed Internet to make it easy for you to plan your day from the comfort of your room, and the 24-hour front desk staff is available to help you make the most of your trip. There are non-smoking and handicapped-accessible rooms available. Pet-friendly!

What our Hotel Partners have to say about HITS! – Holiday Inn Express & Suites The Holiday Inn Express and Suites is delighted to partner with HITS of Saugerties for their 2018 season. Being only 7 miles from HITS, we are the newest and closest hotel to the show grounds. Our hotel features a complementary breakfast, free wifi, and all rooms are equipped with a fridge, Keurig coffee maker, microwave and a personal safe. The gorgeous outdoor patio offers a comfortable spot to enjoy our fire pits and relax while your food is cooking on the guest gas grill. We have a dedicated team that is waiting to make your stay an enjoyable one.

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A Shout Out To Our Sponsors

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Purina Animal Nutrition Since 1894, Purina Animal Nutrition has been a leader in Equine research and feed development, and is proud to deliver the best nutrition possible to all the Equine athletes competing at HITS. For over a decade, Purina has been one of HITS’ proud Sponsors, which supports their customers and the industry. “The HITS group is a first class organization and very well managed,” commented David Nelson, Director at Land O’ Lakes Purina Feed. “We never have to worry, as the HITS staff always takes care of business without our asking. They have been a terrific partner to Purina.” As new discoveries are being made in the Equine nutrition industry, Purina is continuing to innovate and develop new products to better serve their customers. Last year, Purina researched and launched a new gastric support supplement, Outlast, to the marketplace. For more information on Purina’s newest products, visit or contact your Regional Sales Manager and see just how remarkable the results are.

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Pyranha, Inc.

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

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Leading the way in safety #Safety365

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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


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

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

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

EAST COAST HITS CHAMPIONSHIP Saugerties, NY September 5-9, 2018



Balmoral Equestrian Park September 12-16, 2018

Coachella November 7-11, 2018



Top 50 ranked riders will be qualified for finals. This is the place to show all NCAA College coaches why they should recruit you!

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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

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 skill and desire to excel in the sport, while educating these HITS Saugerties 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: 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

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 Saugerties 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 Kathleen Full on Ditharin at the 2016 USHJA Zone Championships in Saugerties. ©ESI Photography

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HITS Chicago Series

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

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

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


HITS Coachella Desert Circuit

Commonwealth National Showday National Cavalier Classic Winston National Constitution Classic Culpeper Finals


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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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Riders Go the Distance at the Junior Hunter National Championships

For the ninth year, the USEF Junior Hunter National Championship – East Coast returns to HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York. This year’s Championship will take place Monday-Tuesday, July 30-31, between HITSon-the-Hudson V and VI.

To qualify for the Hunterdon Cup, a rider must have won a US Hunter Seat Medal, ASPCA Maclay, USEF Show Jumping Talent Search, or Overall WIHS Classic at a competition with a start date between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018.

The USEF Junior Hunter National Championship, established in 2001, showcases the sport’s best junior hunter riders in the nation. Riders compete in three phases: Handy Hunter, Classic, and Under Saddle, over a two-day period. Scores from each phase are calculated and weighted and the horse and rider with the overall highest score is named the Champion.

In 2017, Taylor St. Jacques and Di Samorano took home the Overall Grand Champion of the 3’6” Divisions with a score of 253.350, just hundredths of a point in front of Reserve Champion, Alexandra Pielet and Giovanni who scored a 253.300. St. Jacques dominated the podium in 2017, also taking home top honors in the USHJA Hunterdon Cup Equitation Classic. Isha Swani and Park Place would score a 244.800 to take home the Overall Grand Champion of the 3’3” Divisions, with Hallie Grimes and Custom Made claiming the Reserve Championship with a score of 243.000.

“It is great to be hosting the Junior Hunter National Championship and the Hunterdon Cup at HITS Saugerties again this year,” said HITS President and CEO Tom Struzzieri, “This event is a great opportunity to showcase up-andcoming hunter riders in the equine industry and each year you can see just how hard they work to get to this point in their riding career.” To qualify for the Championship, a horse must win a Championship or Reserve Championship in an “A” Rated Junior Hunter Division at a competition with a start date between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018, and/or be in the Top 10 in their zone in any of the 3’3” or 3’6” Junior Hunter sections as of Competitions with a start date of May 31, 2018. Along with the USEF Junior Hunter National Championship, HITS will also be hosting the USHJA Hunterdon Cup Equitation Classic on Monday, July 30. The first two rounds are held over a Classic-Style and Handy-Style Hunter course, designed to test the rider’s finesse, smoothness, and overall hunter style of riding. The final round requires the top riders to switch horses, further testing their skills and adaptability.

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Above: Taylor St. Jacques & Di Samorano competing in the 2017 Junior Hunter National Championship ©ESI Photography Middle: Isha Swani & Park Place competing in the 2017 Junior Hunter National Championship ©ESI Photography Bottom: Taylor St. Jacques & Di Samorano receiving the award in the 2017 Junior Hunter National Championship ©ESI Photography

2017 Champions

Overall Grand Champion 3’6”: Small Champion 15 & Under: Small Champion 16-17: Large Champion 15 & Under: Large Champion 16-17: Overall Grand Champion 3’3”: Small Champion 15 & Under: Small Champion 16-17: Large Champion 15 & Under: Large Champion 16-17:

We are so excited for another successful year hosting the USEF Junior Hunter National Championships at HITS-on-the-Hudson. To join in on the excitement or to see if you are qualified, visit the USEF Junior Hunter National Championship page on Don’t forget to visit or follow us on our social media accounts to keep up with everything that is happening this summer in the heart of the Hudson Valley.

Taylor St. Jacques & Di Samorano Alexandra Pielet & Royal Expectation Taylor St. Jacques & Calou Alexandra Pielet & Giovanni Taylor St. Jacques & Di Samorano Isha Swani & Park Place Hallie Grimes & Custom Made Abigail Russo & Nino Nacho Isha Swani & Park Place Leah Swope & Daybreak

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

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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

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.”

historically, 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 & Lordan 2nd Rowan Willis & Blue Movie 3rd Paul O’Shea & Skara Glen’s Presence 4th Christian Heineking & NKH Caruso 5th Erynn Ballard & 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 Saugerties 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 two-time 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.

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 10-year old, Germanbred 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 in the ring aboard Tou La Moon, knowing the pressure was on. As the final rider to jump-off, Jayne took aim at HITS Saugerties 2018 Official Show Program

2018 Great American $1 Million Grand Prix Results 1st Beezie Madden & Coach 2nd Lillie Keenan & Super Sox 3rd Charlie Jayne & Tou La Moon 4th Jamie Barge & Luebbo 5th Daniel Bluman & Sancha LS 

By: Courtney Livecchi

Above: Beezie Madden & Coach take home top honors in the 2018 Great American Million and couldn’t be happier. ©ESI Photography 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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Marshall & Sterling Insurance League National Finals

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The Marshall & Sterling Insurance League was designed to enhance the level of competition for children and adult riders at various stages of expertise with the goal of qualifying each season for the Marshall & Sterling Insurance League National Finals. The League has grown 10 times over since its inception in 1991 and members can look forward to a year-end competition in 24 Hunter, Jumper, and Equitation divisions this year. With over 1,000 member horse shows nationwide, riders have many opportunities to compete and vie for those most sought after Marshall & Sterling League points.

HITS Saugerties will once again host the Marshall & Sterling League “Wild Card” classes at HITS-on-the-Hudson Weeks VII and VIII. These “Wild Cards” give competitors a chance to win an automatic acceptance into the 2018 Marshall & Sterling Insurance League National Finals; the top two finishers in each “Wild Card” who are not already qualified will be eligible for the Finals. This is an exceptional “last chance” opportunity for riders who may not be ranked quite as high in the M&S Standings as they had hoped and serves as a great warm-up for riders that may already be qualified for the Finals.

All 24 divisions will be represented this season at the 2018 Marshall & Sterling Insurance League National Finals to be held on September 12-16, 2018, at the pristine HITS-on-the-Hudson facility in Saugerties, New York. A Marshall & Sterling Mid-West Regional Finals will also take place at HITS Chicago; the newly renovated, state-of-theart showgrounds at Balmoral Park in Crete, Illinois during the Showplace Fall Classic I, September 12-16, 2018.

Join today to start earning points! Contact or for more information or visit to join.

If you like the Marshall & Sterling Finals, you will love the HITS Indoor Championship! October 24-28, 2018 The HITS Indoor Championship, new this year, will be held at the brand new state-of-the-art Expo Center at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, New York. From October 24-28, 2018, riders from across the country are invited to compete at this new and exciting facility. This show will be part of a developmental series HITS plans to build upon through a grass-roots program that will go hand-in-hand with its Marshall & Sterling Insurance League. “This is going to be one of the best indoor equestrian facilities in the country,” stated HITS Owner and CEO, Tom Struzzieri. Many of the 24 divisions at the Marshall & Sterling Finals will be represented at the Indoor championship. We can’t wait to see you there!

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HITS Endurance Triathlon Series A distance for everyoneTM

Hudson Valley at Williams Lake

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For the third year in a row, HITS Endurance will host five triathlon races in a single day at Williams Lake in Rosendale, NY. These popular races will take place on Saturday, July 7, 2018 and feature a beautiful, secluded setting with a placid, warm water lake for the swim, quiet country roads for the majority of the bike and a safe, shaded pedestrian rail trail for the run. Cyclists on the longest Half and Full race distances will circumnavigate the majestic Ashokan Reservoir and runners will take in breathtaking views from the Rosendale Trestle.

HITS Endurance has produced triathlon and running events nationwide since 2011 with a mantra, “A distance for everyone”™ To learn more about this and other HITS Endurance events and to Register for any of the races, go to

The races include the traditional distances of Full (140.6 miles total race distance), Half (70.3 miles), Olympic and Sprint as well as the ever-popular HITS creation, the Open, that appeals to first timers and kids who get a taste of triathlon in a 100-meter swim, 3-mile bike and 1-mile run.

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The race attracts athletes from all over North America who come for both the wonderful race experience as well as the many other amenities available in the Hudson Valley. Athletes and their families and friends will find lodging just 15-20 minutes away, numerous casual and fine dining opportunities and spectacular sight-seeing.

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All of HITS Endurance events have a distance for everyone™ and a friendly, family atmosphere. If you are unsure about doing swim, bike and run, then try swim, bike and done with our Aquabike division or get a couple of friends or family members and form a Relay Team in any of our race distances.

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HITS Endurance Events HITS Triathlon Series Palm Springs Ocala Hudson Valley

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Champions & Awards A History of Winners

HITS is proud to recognize the accomplishments of those who achieve greatness in the sport of show jumping. The presentation of these awards continues the tradition of show jumping by rewarding the outstanding performances of today’s champions. Horseware Ireland Circuit Championship Circuit Awards are presented in nearly 100 divisions at the HITS-on-the-Hudson Circuit based on points accumulated in the division throughout the series of shows.

Stal Hendrix Green Futurity 2017 Jenny Karazissis & Big Shot 2016 David Wilbur & Adore 2015 Tracy Fenney & MTM Fashion

BLACKBARN $250,000 Jr/A-O Jumper Prix 2017 2016 2015 2014

Taylor St Jaques & Qantar Des Etisses Brian Moggre & MTM Flutterby Haley Waters & Qurint Grace Tuton & Calantus

Platinum Performance $500,000 Hunter Prix 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012

Augusta Iwasaki & Small Adventure Allison Joyce & Boccaccio Margot Peroni & Orlon Kimberly Maloomian & Urlala Louise Otten & Revelstoke Chiara Parlagreco & The Impressionist

Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011

Jenny Karazissis & Undeniable Patricia Griffith & Skorekeeper Aaron Vale & Dress Balou Aaron Vale & Dress Balou Jimmy Torano & La Bonita Patricia Griffith & Sienna Samantha Schaefer & Mahalo

Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix 2017 Andre Thieme & Conthendrix 2016 Jessica Springsteen & Cynar VA 2015 Beezie Madden & Simon 2014 Todd Minikus & Quality Girl 2013 Nayel Nassar & Lordan 2012 McLain Ward & Antares F 2011 Andre Thieme & Aragon Rouet 2010 McLain Ward & As Always

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Charles Owen Leading Rider The Charles Owen Leading Hunter Rider Award will be presented to the top-performing Hunter Rider each week of the HITS Saugerties Series. Winner to be selected by the Judges and/or Show Management staff. Above: Andre Thieme earns the top title in the 2017 Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS-on-the-Hudson. ©ESI Photography Top: Augusta Iwasaki & Small Adventure receiving the 2017 Platinum Performance $500,000 Hunter Prix award. ©ESI Photography Middle: Taylor St Jaques & Qantar Des Etisses claiming first place in the 2017 BLACK BARN $250,000 Jr/A-O/Am Jumper Prix. ©ESI Photography Bottom: Jenny Karazissis & Big Shot won the 2017 edition of the Stal Hendrix Green Futurity. ©ESI Photography

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Official Show Program - HITS Saugerties 2018  

The HITS Saugerties Show Series welcomes equestrians for eight weeks of shows, $3 million in prize money, bi-weekly Grand Prix, qualifiers f...

Official Show Program - HITS Saugerties 2018  

The HITS Saugerties Show Series welcomes equestrians for eight weeks of shows, $3 million in prize money, bi-weekly Grand Prix, qualifiers f...