HITS Million Saugerties and American Gold Cup Offer Competitor Convenience and FEI-Level Competition

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Beezie Madden and Simon claim the CP $1 Million Grand Prix FEI CSI-5*, presented by Wells Fargo on September 6, 2015 at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York.

Written by: Allyson Lagiovane, Phelps Media Group

Adapted by: HITS Horse Shows Staff


PRESS RELEASE

The Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix FEI CSI 5* and will take place on Sunday, September 11 the HITS Championship, the grand finale of the HITS Saugerties show series. The Saugerties Million, first introduced in 2009 and held in 2010, will debut its seventh consecutive year of the historic, FEI-sanctioned class at HITS-on-the-Hudson in 2016.

HITS Saugerties will also host a show the week prior to the Saugerties Million from August 31-September 4. HITS-on-the-Hudson Week VII will feature two Grand Prix, the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix and the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix.

New York will also play host to another popular show jumping event in the fall, The American Gold Cup, which is celebrating its fifth year of competition this year at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, New York. The historic show will take place September 14-18, featuring the $216,000 CSI 4* Longines FEI World Cup on Sunday, September 18.

The American Gold Cup and the HITS Championship will be held back to back in September, and are conveniently located just an hour away from each other. High Performance riders are encouraged to take advantage of both events to participate in two of the highest quality competitions of the season.

HITS President and CEO Thomas Struzzieri said, “With two premium events, the American Gold Cup and the Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix, so close in both proximity and scheduling, high performance riders will benefit from the convenience that HITS-on-the-Hudson and Old Salem Farm provide.”

Management from both events will be communicating with one another to ensure a smooth transition between the two venues for horses and riders, and can help with any special requests. Both HITS and Morrissey Management will be diligent in their efforts to support competitors at both events.

“We are planning a great show at this year’s American Gold Cup, as well as working closely with HITS to create a seamless transition between our two events,” continued American Gold Cup Manager Michael Morrissey. “This is a unique opportunity for riders to participate in two top-notch events within a short drive of each other. We are looking forward to working together with the HITS team.”

Struzzieri added, “HITS and Old Salem will be working together to assist riders in making their plans, including coordinating quarantine if necessary, as well as communicating arrival arrangements with Old Salem management to make the transition from Saugerties to North Salem as smooth as possible.”

(C) The Book, LLC. Richie Maloney and Carribas Z win last year's $215,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping at the American Gold Cup.
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Richie Maloney and Carribas Z win last year’s $215,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping at the American Gold Cup.

For further information on the HITS Championship or for tickets to this year’s Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix CSI-5*, visit the HITS Horse Shows website or call the HITS corporate office at 845.246.8833.

For further information or for tickets to this year’s American Gold Cup, visit the American Gold Cup website at www.theamericangoldcup.com