On March 27, 2016 the city of Ocala, FL will be privileged to host the third annual HITS $1 Million Grand Prix, the tensely-awaited conclusion of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit and one of the richest show jumping grand prix in the world. Ten weeks of world-class equestrian competition have led to this prestigious event, and some of the biggest names in hunter/jumper sport will be vying for victory at HITS Post Time Farm. The Grand Prix is the second jewel in the HITS triple crown between Thermal, California’s Grand Prix on March 20th and Saugerties, New York’s on September 11th. This is your last chance to experience HITS events in Ocala until 2017, so don’t miss out on one of horse country’s most exciting events of the year!
For over 30 years HITS has been dedicated to promoting hunter/jumper sports in the United States. Horse Shows In The Sun was officially launched in 1982 right here in Central Florida with founder Thomas Struzzieri’s first horse show circuit in Gainesville. Since then HITS has become one of the biggest and most respected names in hunter/jumper competitions, attracting only the best and brightest equine athletes from around the world. The first HITS $1 Million Grand Prix was launched in Saugerties, New York in 2010, followed by Thermal, California’s $1 Million Grand Prix at Desert Horse Park in 2013. The Ocala $1 Million Grand Prix debuted a year later, forming the HITS Triple Crown of Show Jumping.
The 2016 $1 Million Grand Prix will take place on March 27 at 2 PM at HITS Post Time Farm. General admission is $10 and children under 12 are admitted for free. Free parking will be available. Bleacher seating will be available for the first 2,000 general admission spectators; all other seating is festival-style and lawn chairs are encouraged. A full cash bar and food court will be available for the duration of the competition. VIP seating can be obtained by advance purchase and includes reserved ringside seating, buffet and complimentary beer and wine. Don’t miss out on your last chance to experience a local HITS event until next year! Come out to support our horse community and experience world-class equine sport as only our city can offer.