HITS Ocala Winter Circuit - 37 Years and Counting

Since 1982, HITS, Inc., has made its winter home in Central Florida, and it is with excitement that we will return to HITS Post Time Farm for the 2017/2018 edition of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. 

Join us for 12 weeks of USEF-Rated shows beginning with the two-week Ocala Holiday Series, December 1-3 and 13-17, 2017.  The Ocala Winter Circuit will again be a ten-week series, January 16 – March 25, featuring the FEI Nations Cup™ CSIO5* and culminating with the fifth-annual Great American $1 Million Grand Prix.

“We are thrilled to have Great American Insurance Group on-board again as title sponsor of the Ocala Million,” said Tom Struzzieri, Owner and CEO of HITS, Inc.  “They have been great supporters of HITS for nearly 20 years, and we are so pleased to be working with them again."


Lauren Hough and OHLALA riding to a win in the 2017 Great American $1 Million Grand Prix.
Photo Courtesy of ESI Photography

“As for the FEI Nations Cup™ CSIO5*, we couldn’t be more proud than to have been chosen to host that event for the fourth year in a row,” Struzzieri continued.  “This honor is not only a testament to HITS ability to run a first-class international show jumping event, but it also reflects the support this event garners from the Horse Capital of the World. The City of Ocala, Marion County and the State of Florida are 100% behind this event, from the local businesses, to the Ocala/Marion County Visitors and Convention Bureau, the Marion Country Tourism Development Council and the Florida Sports Foundation, to the spectators who come out to show their love of horse sport."

The FEI Nations Cup™ CSIO5* week (Week V, February 13-18) will be a $1 Million event for HITS Ocala with over $1 Million in prize money awarded throughout the week. Also new to Nations Cup week this year will be sections for Children’s and Junior Riders. Adding to the FEI schedule for the season, Week VI, February 20-25, will be FEI CSI3* and will feature three FEI classes on the schedule.

Hunters will be in the spotlight as well, with two $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derbies, Week IV, February 6-11 and Week X, March 20-25.  The World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) week (Week VIII, March 6-11) will also put hunters center-stage with many of the A-Rated Divisions being featured in the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium.

“With the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium, the Grand Prix Ring, Main Hunter Ring and our grass Hunter Field, we have immense flexibility with our schedule week to week,” said Struzzieri.  “We really enjoy being able to feature different groups, both hunter and jumper, in the main rings each week and will continue to make that part of our plan.”

Hunter Holloway and ANY GIVEN SUNDAY after winning the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby during Week X of the 2017 Ocala Winter Circuit.
Photo Courtesy of ESI Photography
Let us help you make your plans for the 2017/2018 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. With 450 lush acres, over 100 permanent turn-out paddocks and 30 permanent barns, make HITS Post Time Farm your home-away-from-home this winter! For information about our Private and Semi-Private permanent stabling options or for more information on the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, contact us at 845.246.8833 or info@HitsShows.com.

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