HITS Horse Shows Strengthens Management Team Ahead of 2024 Season

Kingston, NY – November 30, 2023 – HITS LLC the largest producer of hunter/jumper and dressage horse shows in North America is pleased to announce 3 new additions to the company’s management team.

Barbara Culpepper will become Director of Equestrian Sponsorship Sales. Culpepper has over 20 years of technology and media sales experience with large enterprise clients including CBS Radio, Shutterstock and GoTo Technologies. A lifetime equestrian, she competes in the hunters and derby classes.

"I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to be part of this well-established leadership team," said Culpepper. "I look forward to helping the company expand new partnership while maintaining the high standard of distinction our clients expect from our horse shows."

Samuel Neagles will become Director of Food and Beverage. Neagles brings extensive experience in hospitality, most recently with the Viceroy Hotel Group.

Expressed Neagles: "I am excited to bring many years of luxury lifestyle experience to the equestrian events space. I hope to elevate the clients experience with every interaction and to create lasting memories that position HITS as our guests #1 destination for future show dates."

Jonathan Viola returns to HITS as the new Director of Purchasing and Licensing. Viola, formerly Operations Manager at HITS from 2002-2019, was most recently a marketing representative for Pro-Quip.

“These three hires are important to strengthening the HITS management team heading into our exciting 2024 Season,” said Peter Englehart, HITS' President & CEO. "Barbara, Sam and Jonathan each bring an enormous amount of experience, and we are confident they will make important contributions to elevating the customer experience."


About HITS: Since its inception in 1982, HITS, LLC has grown into the market-leading lifestyle management company producing hunter, jumper and dressage horse shows. Based in Kingston, New York, HITS is a national company producing horse shows in Ocala, Florida; Culpeper, Virginia; Wayne, Illinois, East Dorset, Vermont, Del Mar, California, and Saugerties, New York. HITS is owned by Traub Capital Partners.

About Traub Capital Partners: Traub Capital Partners is a New York-based strategic private equity firm specializing in building value in consumer companies using its unique combination of investment, strategic and operational expertise as well as a culture-led, engaged approach. The fund targets investments in companies with revenue between $50 and $250 million. To learn more about Traub Capital Partners, visit TraubCapitalPartners.com.