HITS Announces 2019 Spring and Summer Class, Circuit and Event Sponsors

Saugerties, NY – HITS, a nationally recognized and leading producer of hunter/jumper horse shows, is set to launch their full 2019 spring show season with the same commitment to excellence that has accompanied each and every show they’ve produced since the company’s inception in 1982. In their 38th consecutive season, HITS has developed a reputation of producing shows with unmatched operations and first-class competition. This level of expertise has continually attracted leading sponsors who want to be associated with HITS and the clientele they service.

Sponsors see value in HITS year-after-year as evidenced by the number of returning annual partnerships this spring as well as the introduction of a number of new brands and associations.

We work hard year-round to deliver a show that exceeds everyone’s expectations, from participants and trainers, to spectators and sponsors,” says Tom Struzzieri, president and chief executive officer of HITS. “We have invested in our Chicago, Culpeper and Saugerties properties this spring to make them more attractive to participants and sponsors alike. We value the exceptional partnerships we’ve built over the years.

With spring circuits kicking off in Illinois, New York and Virginia, the company is pleased to announce the following spring and summer sponsorships:

Diamond Sponsors 

American International Group, Inc. known as (AIG) is a multi-national insurance company operating in over 130 countries, employing 65,000 people.  From insuring gentleman farmers to world class training facilities, AIG understands the risks horse farm owners face every day.  With over 30 years in the equine insurance business, AIG’s products are specifically designed to protect farm building(s) and personal property against loss.

Back on Track manufactures joint and muscle protection for horses. Products are manufactured from a “ceramic textile” made up of polyester, polypropylene and cotton fibers with a ceramic powder used to fuse the fibers together. They create products that help horses achieve a more active and comfortable life. Their horse exercise boots, blankets, neck/head covers, saddle pads, leg wraps, and knee/hock/bell boots are leaders in the industry. 

BLACKBARN, located directly on Madison Square Park in New York City, offers a seasonal, modern approach to American classics, sourcing directly from local farmers, ranchers, and fishermen. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, and capable of hosting special events and banquets, BLACKBARN pairs their menu with a robust and powerful wine program.

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BI), is the U.S. animal health division of Boehringer Ingelheim Corporation. Over the past 25 years, BI has supported its growth through research and development of innovative products for the livestock, equine and companion animal markets. Innovation and research are the keys to BI success. Dedicated to improving the lives and well-being of animals, BI continues to seek ways to further research and develop optimum solutions for the animal health industry.

Diamond Mills is a luxury boutique hotel and contemporary tavern located in the historic Village of Saugerties, New York. Nestled between the mighty Hudson River and the resplendent Catskill Mountains, Diamond Mills offers a hotel and culinary experience like no other in the region. Located just 100 miles north of New York City, and just one mile from HITS Saugerties, the region and the hotel property provides an ideal setting for a romantic weekend, family vacation or culinary affair. Diamond Mills is the title sponsor of the “Diamond Mills Hunter Prix Finals,” a world class event in Saugerties, New York.

Great American Insurance group is committed to helping individuals and businesses secure a healthy financial future. With horse industry experts on staff throughout its Equine Division, it is hard to tell Great American employees from policyholders. Their “We live it” motto reflects Great American’s understanding that horse ownership isn’t just a business, it’s a way of life

Marshall & Sterling Insurance is one of the largest independent insurance agencies in the nation. The “Equisport Division” of the company specializes in equine, farm/ranch, and concierge personal insurance for clients who own horses. Marshall & Sterling has unparalleled industry experience, offering personalized risk management services for distinguished clientele. In conjunction with HITS, the “Marshall & Sterling Insurance League” was created as a grassroots competition program for children and adult riders looking for the opportunity to participate in a prestigious National Final.  The program has grown to 1,300 horse shows and more than 2,500 riders today.

Purina is the most innovative manufacturer of equine nutrition in America with more than 100-years’ experience. The feed Purina produces afford horse owners dependable, solid and consistent product. Their premium feed can accommodate any and all of a horse’s needs.  Today, horses are living substantially longer lives and Purina and its products are proud of the role they have played in this positive development. Purina is the proud title sponsor of the $20,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Open Prix at HITS Culpeper Week III, a Grand Prix at HITS Chicago during Showplace Spring Spectacular I, and the “$50,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Grand Prix” during Week III at HITS Saugerties.

ShowHorse TV is the premier home for digital content designed for the equestrian enthusiast. The first OTT (Over the Top) video platform with live event and lifestyle content direct to consumers with a passion for horses, ShowHorse TV is available on mobile devices (IOS & Android), connected TV Apps (Apple TV, ROKU, Amazon Fire), online website and social media platforms. 

Platinum Sponsors

Adequan is the ONLY FDA approved equine polysulfated glycosaminoglycan for the intramuscular treatment of non-infectious degenerative joint disease of the carpal and hock joints.

Antarès Sellier is among the top saddle makers in the world with over 35 craftsman specializing in bridlery, harness making and saddlery design, producing more than 3000 saddles every year.

AON is a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions.

CWD provides hand-made solutions so riders can achieve their dreams, selling new and used saddlery that gives equestrians performance and quality.

Dever Inc. has been serving the golf cart rental industry and major events for over 30 years. As an authorized E-Z-GO dealer, they offer the highest quality golf cart rentals and sales nationwide.

Devoucoux is dedicated to the saddle partnership between horse and rider, providing innovative new concepts and materials like D3D panels and vegetal leather combine the latest technology with expert craftsmanship. 

FarmVet is the premier source for animal health products and supplies, offering the highest level of customer service and great value on a vast number of products to meet horse owner’s needs.

Horze Equestrian supplies equestrian clothing and equipment for riders and horses. Driven by pride and belief in what they do, Horze provides the best quality products at the industry’s most affordable prices.

Johnsons Horse Transportation provides top notch, state of the art equipment, and experienced horsemen who take great pride in giving your horse the same love and care they get at home.

Platinum Performance® provides superior nutrition with unmatched personal service.

SmartPak administers nutritional supplements and medications to horses, offering a broad line of horse health, products, show apparel, tack, and equine pharmaceuticals through their catalogs and website.

Summit Joint Performance® is designed to help horses compete at their best. Summit is the cutting-edge new ingredient in the recipe for success, proven by the results of International and Olympic riders.

Voltaire works with each rider to craft a saddle that helps them improve their riding and consistently improves their saddles with innovative, environmentally-friendly and fashion-forward concepts.

Wilmington Trust helps individuals and institutions thrive through innovative, intelligent thinking, extensive industry experience, and sophisticated financial services. 

Gold Sponsors – Equithrive, Osphos, Pyranha and Standlee

Silver Sponsors – Adeptus, Dover, Equifit, Horseflight, Perfect Products, Stal Hendrix, King Custom Barns, VDL STUD, Reist Equipment

Bronze Sponsors – Eastern Hay, Nightwatch

For more information on HITS and our nationwide circuits, please visit www.HITSShows.com.