HITS Culpeper to Host Five $40,000 Qualifiers for Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix
RELEASE: February 4, 2010
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: By Jessica Marie Nemzoff
HITS Shows, Inc., is pleased to announce that the HITS Culpeper Spring and Summer Show Series will be home to five grand prix qualifiers for the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix. One $40,000 qualifier will be held each Sunday of Weeks I-V, giving riders the chance to accumulate the grand prix classes and the prize money they will need in order to try to qualify for the unprecedented Pfizer Million, which will be held in Saugerties, NY on September 12.
Beginning in April, the six-week show series will commence with the Commonwealth National April 21-25, 2010, that will feature a $40,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, a $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Derby, and a $10,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic.
Located in the heart of horse country, HITS Culpeper has drawn top equestrians from around the world to compete during the spring and summer. The five Pfizer Million qualifiers, coupled with many new classes offering impressive prize money, will undoubtedly have riders and spectators flocking to Culpeper in 2010.
This year, all HITS Culpeper horse shows will feature a $5,000 3'3" Devoucoux Hunter Derby, which offers riders the opportunity to accrue points for the 20th Annual Marshall & Sterling National Finals, which are held in Saugerties, NY, on September 16-19
Leveling the playing field for children and adult competitors, this year HITS has decided to split what were once the combined Children's/Adult Jumper Classic into two respective sections—hosting a $3,000 Marshall & Sterling Children's Jumper Classic, as well as a $3,000 Adult Jumper Classic each week.
Along those same lines, HITS also decided to split the Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Low Classic, and will now offer a $5,000 Junior Jumper Low Classic and a $5,000 Amateur-Owner Jumper Low Classic each of the first five weeks and, to wrap up the season, Week VI will have a $15,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Low Classic. The High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Division will have a $10,000 Classic Weeks I through V, and a $25,000 Classic Week VI.
For the hunters, HITS has added a 2'6" hunter division each week providing a great opportunity for professionals and amateurs alike, as it will allow young horses to gain experience, and give amateur riders the opportunity to get more time in the ring for practice. Additionally, for the 12th year, Week VI will host the popular $10,000 Pre-Green Hunter Classic.
Circuit pricing for stalls and RVs is back at HITS Culpeper this season and will give competitors the opportunity to take advantage of a special, one week free. "The circuit pricing we offered in 2009 helped to make it one of our best seasons in Culpeper," said Tom Struzzieri, HITS President and CEO. "This year, with the return of the circuit discounts, plus having five $40,000 Qualifying Grand Prix events for the Pfizer Million, and the new $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Derbies, HITS Culpeper is sure to be a focal point for both high-performance jumper riders as well as top hunter riders."
According to Struzzieri, the April shows in Culpeper remain one of the top destinations for East Coast riders finishing up their winter show schedules. "Our show grounds in Culpeper are perfectly located for exhibitors making their way back north for the spring show season. We see a lot of our friends from Ocala, plus some folks we didn't get to see in the winter. We are planning on making some further facility changes in Culpeper late this spring in time for the July shows. One of those changes will be huge, so stay tuned for the announcement!"
Prize lists for the 2010 HITS Culpeper Show Series are currently in production and expected to be mailed by mid-February. To request a copy of the Culpeper prize lists, please visit www.Hitsshows.com
or call (845) 246-8833.
In order to qualify for the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix, a rider must compete in eight or more HITS Grand Prix classes. The top 40 riders, based on money won by horse/rider combination, will be eligible to ride for the Pfizer Million. For more detailed information on the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix, please visit www.Hitsshows.com
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. In 2010, HITS will take the industry to new heights when it hosts the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix in Saugerties on September 12.