HITS Coachella Desert Circuit

January 15th - March 17th, 2019

The HITS Coachella Desert Circuit established its roots in Indio, California, in the mid-1990s, and years later, in 2007, the shows moved to the AON HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal. Join us for the HITS Coachella Desert Circuit and don’t miss out on eight weeks of USEF Premier-rated Hunters and 5*/6* Jumpers with total prizes over $3 million. Spanning nine weeks (with one off-week) from mid-January through mid-March, the circuit draws thousands of equestrians to the premier Southern California show grounds. With classes for every level rider, the HITS Coachella also features weekly Grand Prix, two USHJA International Hunter Derbies and qualifiers for the HITS Championship. HITS is excited to announce the all new Marshall & Sterling Team Challenge, making its West Coast debut at the HITS Coachella Desert Circuit, the Team Challenge adds sections for Children and Adult Hunters and Jumpers Riders to the more than two dozen divisions already recognized. All this culminates with the annual AIG $1 Million Grand Prix, a tradition that began in 2013. WATCH HITS on the go!

The AON HITS Desert Horse Park is located just minutes from Old Town La Quinta and less than a half hour from Palm Springs.

Horse Show Office Hours (During shows only)

  • Monday: 8 am - 5 pm
  • Tuesday: 7 am - 5 pm
  • Wednesday-Sunday: 6:30 am - 5 pm 

2019 DATES 

DC I January 15-20 USEF Premier / 5*
    USHJA Gold Star Clinic January 16-20  
    $30,000 SmartPak Grand Prix Friday  
    $70,000 Back On Track Grand Prix Sunday  
DC II January 22-27 USEF Premier / 5*
    $30,000 SmartPak Grand Prix Friday
    $70,000 Go Rentals Grand Prix Sunday  
DC III January 29 - February 3 USEF Premier / 5*
    USHJA Pony Hunter Derby
    $30,000 SmartPak Grand Prix Friday
    $70,000 HITS Grand Prix
DC IV February 5-10 USEF Premier / 5*
    $30,000 SmartPak Gambler's Choice
    $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
    M&S Children’s/Adult Team Challenge Friday-Sunday  
    $70,000 Eq International Real Estate Grand Prix Sunday  
Off-Week February 12-17  
DC V February 19-24 USEF Premier / 5*
    $30,000 SmartPak Grand Prix Friday Watch LIVE!
    $70,000 Osphos Grand Prix Sunday  
DC VI February 26 - March 3 USEF Premier / 5*
    $30,000 SmartPak Grand Prix Friday
    $70,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Grand Prix Sunday
DC VII March 5-10 USEF Premier / 5*
    USHJA Pony Hunter Derby
    $30,000 SmartPak Grand Prix
    M&S Children’s/Adult Team Challenge Friday-Sunday  
    $70,000 Ulcergard Grand Prix Sunday  
March 12-17 USEF Premier / 6*
    $30,000 SmartPak Grand Prix Friday  
    R.W. Mutch Equitation Championship
    Zone X NAJYRC Qualifiers
Friday & Saturday  
    $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
    AIG $1 Million Grand Prix Sunday  
National Sunshine Series I October 30 - November 3 FEI CSI3*
National Sunshine Series II November 6-10 FEI CSI3*-W

Private Barns - Private Barns are available for trainers and exhibitors to lease at AON HITS Desert Horse Park. Enjoy the opportunity to have a fully customizable year-round facility on HITS! Reserve a Private Barn today – contact HITS at 845.246.8833 for more information.


DC I Class Listing Schedule Entry  
DC II Class Listing Schedule Entry  
DC III Class Listing Schedule Entry  
DC IV Class Listing Schedule Entry  
  $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby   Specs    
Off-Week     Entry  
DC V Class Listing Schedule Entry    Revised Schedule
DC VI Class Listing Schedule Entry  
DC VII Class Listing Schedule Entry  
Class Listing Schedule Entry  
  R.W. Mutch Equitation Championship   Specs    
  Zone X NAJYRC Qualifiers   Specs    
  $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby   Specs    
  AIG $1 Million Grand Prix   Specs Entry  


Full Desert Circuit Prize List Printable Version Prize List
Printable Version Feed & Bedding Credit Card Form
Online Feed & Bedding Form Online Add & Scratch Form

Ultra High-Speed Internet is available - with speeds faster than 100 mg!  Access this new premium service in the VIP Club, the new Coachella Bar, and the RV Area for just $50/show week.  Upload, download, stream video and TV, and more!  Check in the Show Office for more information.


Enter Online!  HITS now accepts Entries electronically through the
Show Management System Entry Portal at no charge to exhibitors.
Additional features coming soon!
Submit your entries Electronically using Equestrian Connect 
– The One Minute Horse Show Entry Service.
Use Electronic Vet's innovative EVet certificate to submit your
horses health requirements to HITS. Keep all of horses vaccine
records in one place, without the worry of lost paperwork!

KindredBio Leading Rider standings - 2019

Karl Cook 16
Keri Potter 10
Richard Spooner 10
Will Simpson 10
Jeff Campf 6.5
Mattias Ekeroth 6.5
Ashlee Bond 6
Cassio Rivetti 4
Eric Navet 4
Jill Henselwood 4
Kenneth Vinther 4
Mandy Porter 4
Joie Gatlin 2
Susan Hutchinson 2
Angel Karolyi 1
Julia Madigan 1
Viggo Bjorklund 1
Kendall Bourgeois 1
Ali Ramsay 0.5
Lindsay Archer 0.5


Karl Cook 12
Zazou Hoffman 10
Will Simpson 10
Eric Navet 10
Kaitlin Campbell 6
Michelle Parker 6
Joie Gatlin 6
Angel Karolyi 6
Nicole Haunert 5
Hugh Mutch 4
Lindsay Ramar Costigan 4
Guy Thomas 4
Bruno Diniz das Neves 2
Tracey Wade 2
Lily Larson 2
Guillermo Obligado 1
John Pearce 1
Shawn Casady 1


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HITS, Inc. | 319 Main Street | Saugerties, NY 12477
845.246.8833  |  Fax: 845.246.6371


AON HITS Desert Horse Park
85-555 Airport Boulevard  |  Thermal, CA 92274
760.399.9200  |  Fax: 760.399.1952