HITS to Build New Hunter Stadium at Post Time Farm

Exemplifies Commitment to High-Performance Hunter Riders

OCALA, Florida (June 6, 2015): A new Hunter Stadium to be built this year at HITS Post Time Farm will give high-performance hunter riders a premier location in which to compete during the 2016 Ocala Winter Circuit and beyond.

The decision to build the new Hunter Stadium came in light of the high demand for hunter classes at the 2015 Circuit, and the growing need for hunters to have a stage of their own. The new Hunter Stadium will provide a similar opportunity to spotlight hunters as the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium, which opened in 2014, has done to showcase top jumpers.

The Hunter Stadium will be located next to the original Post Time Farm Grand Prix Ring, in the area previously used for day parking. The stadium will host exciting hunter classes and classics, including the $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby during Week VI, The Ocala Masters, February 23-28.

HITS will break ground on the Hunter Stadium immediately following construction of the new Custom Barns also being built at HITS Post Time Farm. The new barns will be erected beginning in July, and ten Custom Barns have already been reserved for 2016. For more information on this new stabling option at HITS Ocala or HITS Thermal, or to reserve your custom barn, please click here.

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In 2013, HITS built the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium to showcase jumper riders. A new Hunter Stadium be built to open for the 2016 Ocala show season.

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The Ocala Horse Properties Stadium opened in 2014. The new Hunter Stadium will shine a similar spotlight on high-performance Hunter Riders.

Also new at the 2016 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit is a FEI CSI-5* event (approval pending), during Week VII, the Ocala Tournament, March 1-6, which will feature a range of FEI-rated classes culminating in a $350,000 Grand Prix. The annual Great American $1 Million Grand Prix – the Grand Finale of the circuit – returns in March, and HITS is also seeking to secure the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup again and looks forward to the return of this exciting, international event.

“Unlike other Show Facilities on the East Coast, HITS Post Time Farm has plenty of room to grow,” said HITS President and CEO Thomas Struzzieri. “With space to add barns, show rings, schooling areas and riding areas, it won’t be long before the entire East Coast realizes that HITS Ocala is the only place to show in the winter where horses will be safe and happy, exhibitors will be welcomed, and the facility can easily accommodate the needs of its customers.”

The creation of the new Hunter Stadium, the addition of the USHJA Hunter Derbies at HITS shows in Ocala, as well as Thermal, California, and Saugerties, New York, and unparalleled prize money at the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final and the Platinum Performance $250,000 Hunter Prix Final, exemplifies HITS’ commitment to high-performance hunter riders, just as the expansion of FEI CSI-5* events at four circuits and the HITS Triple Crown of Show Jumping is evidence of HITS’ commitment to jumpers.

The 2016 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit Prize List will be mailed this fall and will also be available online. To join our mailing list please click here. For other details or information, please contact our Main Office at 845.246.8833 or info@hitsshows.com.

About HITS, Inc.
HITS, Inc. produces high quality, international-level hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in Saugerties, New York, 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 HITS 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.

For more information and a complete schedule of classes and events, visit www.HitsShows.com. Stay connected with HITS, join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. Media should contact the HITS Media Team at 845.246.8833 or e-mail Media_Info@HitsShows.com

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
HITS Marshall & Sterling Insurance National Finals  |  September 9-13, 2015
National Sunshine Series  |  October 28 - November 8, 2015