HITS, Inc. is a special events management company primarily focused on producing hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the village of Saugerties, HITS produced its first horse show circuit in Gainesville, Florida in 1982. Since then, HITS has grown into a nationwide company with world-class hunter/jumper circuits in California, Florida, Arizona, New York, Virginia and Illinois.
HITS produces three of the richest grand prix in the world with the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix in Thermal, California, Great American $1 Million Grand Prix in Ocala, Florida and Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix FEI CSI-5* in Saugerties, New York – all forming the HITS Triple Crown of Show Jumping. The HITS Championship, held each September at HITS-on-the-Hudson, hosts the HITS $250,000 Jr/A-O/Am Jumper Prix, the Stal Hendrix Pre-Green Futurity, and the crown jewels of the hunter discipline: the Diamond Mills Hunter Prix Final and the Platinum Performance Hunter Prix Final.
In 2011, HITS, Inc. expanded its event management repertoire into endurance sports and HITS Endurance was born. Under the HITS Endurance umbrella, both HITS Triathlon Series and HITS Running Festivals present top-notch triathlon and running races throughout the United States.
Effective August 1, 2018, HITS, Inc., doing business as HITS Entertainment, was designated the event marketing, booking and management support for the Great New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, New York. Under a five-year agreement with New York State, HITS Entertainment will be responsible for non-fair events that take place on the 375-acre complex of 10 event facilities that host hundreds of events each year, including equine and other sporting events, concerts, consumer shows and community events and meetings. The new Exposition Center is the home of the HITS Indoor Equestrian Championship at The Great New York State Fairgrounds.
HITS president and CEO, Tom Struzzieri, talks about HITS, its origins and rich history in the Horse Capital of the World at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit.
The key to HITS' success is its strategy of producing a series of horse shows over continuous weeks, in desirable destinations, with first-class competition facilities and unmatched professional operations. Additionally, the company offers competitive opportunities for riders in a broad range of ages and skill levels.
Thomas G. Struzzieri has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of HITS since its inception. He has served on the Board of Directors of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) as well as its Competition Management Committee. He also served as chairman of USEF Zone 2. HITS has a professional, full-time staff of 35 employees, including a complete administrative staff, located at the company's headquarters in Saugerties, New York. Their level of experience and dedication guarantees superior execution of the details of all HITS horse shows.
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