Great American Insurance Group to Sponsor Fourth-Annual 2017 $1 Million Grand Prix in Horse Capital of the World
Saugerties, NY (November 22, 2016) – HITS, Inc. is pleased to announce that Great American Insurance Group will return as the title sponsor of the 2017 Great American $1 Million Grand Prix in Ocala, Florida, the second jewel in the HITS Triple Crown of Show Jumping.
The fourth-annual Great American $1 Million, which serves as the grand finale of the ten-week Ocala Winter Circuit, will draw all equine industry eyes—from exhibitors to spectators, sponsors to media—to HITS Post Time Farm on Sunday, March 26.
“The 2017 Great American Million in Ocala will be contested at the 1.60 meter height—this will assure that the sport will be at the highest level," said HITS President and CEO Tom Struzzieri. "HITS has produced this winter circuit of shows in Ocala for over thirty years, a huge reason for the area's title, Marion County: Horse Capital of the World."
The world’s most elite riders and horses will compete in the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium for one of the sport’s richest prize purses—including a $350,000 prize for the blue ribbon winner.
Great American has one of the most comprehensive and unique product portfolios available for horse owners. This prestigious company understands that horses are an ongoing investment that deserve expert insurance coverage.
“Our partnership with Great American helps demonstrate that HITS is the leader in Ocala for show jumping. Their continued support of this top-caliber class, and our company, also affirms their commitment to horse sport enthusiasts,” said HITS President and CEO Tom Struzzieri. “All of us at HITS are looking forward to another fantastic season.”
Great American remains a longstanding sponsor of all HITS shows including the 2015 HITS Desert Circuit, HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, HITS Arizona Winter Circuit, HITS Culpeper Series, HITS Saugerties Series, and the Marshall & Sterling Insurance League National Finals. The Great American Insurance Time to Beat Clock, featured at all HITS Grand Prix during 2016, will display the leading horse and rider time in all Grand Prix jump-offs.
“Great American Insurance Group is proud to be the title sponsor of the fourth-annual Great American $1 Million Grand Prix in Ocala. With more than a decade and a half sponsoring the Great American Time to Beat, and sharing in the sponsorship of the Marshall & Sterling Insurance League, we look forward to this opportunity to support HITS Horse Shows for another season,” said Ken Standlee, President of the Great American Equine Division. “Last year was a wonderful success, highly attended by competitors and the Ocala community. Our thanks goes to Tom Struzzieri and the HITS Staff for all of their hard work.”
(C) ESI Photography Great American Insurance representatives, including President of the Equine Division Ken Standlee, present Robero Teran and Woklahoma with a check for $350,000 after winning the 2016 Great American $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Ocala.
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, Virginia, and a new property coming to Chicago in 2017.
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 in Thermal, California, the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix in Ocala, Florida, and the Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix in Saugerties, New York.