Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup CSIO4*, presented by Edge Brewing Barcelona, Draws Top-Ranked Riders to HITS Ocala

Ocala, Florida (January 15, 2015): HITS, Inc. is preparing to welcome the top American and International riders to HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala, Florida, for the Furusiyya Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Nations Cup CSIO4*, presented by Edge Brewing Barcelona, on Friday, February 13.

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) named five of the top U.S. riders Wednesday, January 14, to the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team that will represent their country in this international show jumping event, which will be held during the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. The team includes: Beezie Madden, Kent Farrington, Lauren Hough, Laura Kraut, and Georgina Bloomberg.

Madden is looking forward to returning to Ocala after her 12th place finish in the 2014 Great American $1 Million Grand Prix. “While the other specific teams that will be joining us have not been finalized, the U.S. team is a very strong one, and I’m confident in our chances,” she said.

These riders are among the highest-ranked in the world, including two who are in the top 12 of the Longines FEI World Rankings. The FEI is the international governing body for all Olympic equestrian disciplines. The USEF is the national governing body for equestrian sport in the U.S., and is the equestrian arm of the United States Olympic Committee.

“We’re thrilled to welcome these top riders to HITS Ocala. It’s a great opportunity for HITS, and for Ocala and Marion county to host these elite riders from the U.S., as well as from around the world, ” said Thomas Struzzieri, HITS President and CEO.

General admission tickets to the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup CSIO4*, presented by Edge Brewing Barcelona, are now available at OcalaTix.com or by calling 352.867.0508 For more information, please visit: www.hitsshows.com.

Beezie Madden

(c) Shannon Brinkman/USEF
Kent Farrington

(c) Shannon Brinkman/USEF
Lauren Hough

(c) Shawn McMillen/USEF
Laura Kraut

(c) Joaquin Bilbao/USEF
Georgina Bloomberg

About Nations Cup

Hailed as one of show jumping’s most prestigious events, the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ series is comprised of seven regions with 20 qualifiers in as many countries. Forty nations will seek a place at the 2015 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final in Barcelona this September. In total, 18 teams will qualify for the final. The Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup CSIO4*, presented by Edge Brewing Barcelona, in Ocala, is the only Nations Cup Final qualifier in the United States. 

About HITS, Inc.

HITS, Inc. produces high quality, international-level hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the Village of Saugerties, HITS has been producing shows since 1982 and is now a nationwide company with world-class circuits in California, Florida, Arizona, New York, and Virginia.

While hosting the richest weekend in show jumping at HITS-on-the-Hudson, HITS also formed the Triple Crown of Show Jumping. This includes the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix, presented by Mortgage Call, in Thermal, California, the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix in Ocala, Florida, and Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix, presented by Wells Fargo, in Saugerties, New York.

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2015 Horse Show Dates

HITS Desert Circuit  |  Thermal, CA  |  January 13 - March 15, 2015
HITS Ocala Winter Circuit    |  Ocala, FL  |  January 13 - March 23, 2015
HITS Arizona Winter Circuit  |  Tucson, AZ  |  January 28 - March 8, 2015
HITS Culpeper Show Series  |  Culpeper, VA  |  April / July / August / September
HITS Saugerties Show Series  |  Saugerties, NY  |  May-June / July-August / September
HITS Championship  |  Saugerties, NY  |  September 2-6, 2015
Marshall & Sterling Insurance League National Finals  |  September 9-13, 2015
National Sunshine Series  |  October 28 - November 8, 2015