Horses in the Sun Hosts the First Triple Crown of Show Jumping

Currently training at Meadow Grove Farm in the Lake View Terrace suburb of Los Angeles, Saree Kayne has been riding in equestrian jumping shows for nearly 10 years. Among the shows that Saree Kayne has competed in across the United States and Canada are events on the Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS) Thermal Desert Circuit. The seven-week series of hunter-jumper shows is held from January to March at the HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, California.

Along with the Thermal Desert Circuit, HITS operates winter horse show circuits in Ocala, Florida, and Tucson, Arizona, as well as summer circuits in Saugerties, New York, and Culpeper, Virginia. The Ocala and Thermal circuits both culminate with $1 million grand prix horse jumping competitions, leading up to a third $1 million dollar prix at the HITS Championship, which constitutes the final week of the Saugerties circuit. Together, these three grand prix comprise the first established Triple Crown of Show Jumping. Additionally, the HITS Championship hosts two hunter prix finals, with awards totaling $250,000 and $500,000, as well as a $250,000 junior/adult-owner division jumper prix.

Before it became a national horse show managing company offering some of the largest award purses in the world, HITS began with a single horse show circuit held in Gainesville, Florida, in 1982. Since establishing the organization with this initial circuit, HITS has been led through its subsequent development by president and CEO Thomas G. Struzzieri, and the enterprise now has 35 employees at its headquarters in Saugerties, New York. Moreover, HITS continues to seek new ways of expanding its operations within the event management field. In 2011, HITS added a HITS Triathlon Series and HITS Running Festivals to its roster of competitions.

HITS has also garnered the support of a number of corporate sponsors across a broad range of industries. Zoetis, AIG, and Great American Insurance Group each sponsors one of HITS’ $1 million grand prix. Other major sponsors include Purina, Bayer, Antarès, CardFlex, and Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern. Likewise, HITS has developed a large network of media partnerships to facilitate coverage of its events.