FEI Approves CSI-5* Grand Prix for 2015 National Sunshine Series II

THERMAL, California (June 2, 2015): HITS, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Fédération Equestre Internationale has given final approval for Week Two of the National Sunshine Series as CSI-5* event, featuring a $350,000 Sunshine Grand Prix CSI-5* on November 8, 2015.

The 2015 National Sunshine Series in Thermal, California, will run from October 28 to November 8. National Sunshine Series II, November 4-8, includes a range FEI-rated classes throughout a highly competitive week, including:

  • The $350,000 Sunshine Grand Prix CSI-5*;
  • The $50,000 Sunshine Welcome on Wednesday, November 4;
  • The $50,000 Desert Jumper Prix on Thursday, November 5;
  • And the $100,000 Coachella Valley Classic on Saturday, November 7.

FEI’s approval of the CSI-5* National Sunshine Series II affirms the success of HITS' ongoing commitment to providing world-class competitive opportunities to high-performance riders. This prestigious FEI rating catapults HITS onto the international stage, offering one of the highest-ranked FEI classes in North America.

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Jill Humphrey and Zubliem on the way to a $25,000 Sunshine Classic win at the 2014 National Sunshine Series Week II. 

Until now, the vast majority of such opportunities could be found only outside of North America, requiring riders and their mounts to travel long distances, at great expense, in order to secure coveted FEI qualifying points.

Other FEI 5* events at HITS include the Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix CSI-5*, presented by Wells Fargo and, pending approval, 5* weeks in 2016 at HITS Desert Circuit and HITS Ocala Winter Circuit.

HITS is currently working on its Draft Schedule and expects to send invitations to riders for the 5* class in approximately one month. National Sunshine Series Prize Lists will be mailed this summer, and more information will be posted soon on HitsShows.com.

The National Sunshine Series takes place at HITS Desert Horse Park. HITS awards $1 million in prize money during this two-week series. In addition to the new $350,000 Sunshine Grand Prix CSI-5*, the NSS will include an array of top hunter and jumper classes such as a $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, the West Coast Pony Finals, and the Zone 10 Age Group Equitation Finals.

Southern California’s temperate late-fall weather during this series makes for pleasant night classes under the lights, coupled with live music, special events and VIP parties for exhibitors to enjoy. A gourmet menu at the Go Rentals VIP Club, prepared by Executive Chef Giuseppe Napoli, and extensive grounds improvements in 2014 add to this premier show jumping event.

To request a copy of the 2015 National Sunshine Series Prize List or to join the HITS mailing list, please click here. For more information on HITS and the National Sunshine Series, please visit HitsShows.com.

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.

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.

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