City of Ocala to Sponsor Inaugural $100k City of Ocala Grand Prix

Ocala, FL – February 5, 2015 – HITS, Inc. is pleased to announce the City of Ocala has confirmed its commitment to the 10-week HITS Ocala Winter Circuit as a sponsor of the $100,000 City of Ocala Grand Prix on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala, Florida. The namesake HITS Ocala event will conclude a week of FEI-ranked competition during the Ocala Winter Festival, which includes the iconic Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup CSIO-4*, presented by Edge Brewing Barcelona, two days prior on Friday, February 19.

indexThe $100,000 City of Ocala Grand Prix, on Sunday, February 21, 2016, will conclude a week of FEI-ranked competition during the Ocala Winter Festival at HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala, Florida. Photo: ESI Photography

“The City of Ocala is an exceptional supporter of HITS. Its dedication to horse sports aligns perfectly with ours – to grow show jumping as a sport for riders, spectators, and host cities alike,” said HITS President and CEO Tom Struzzieri.  “All eyes will be on Ocala throughout FEI Nations Cup Week at HITS Post Time Farm and it is an honor to share that spotlight with a city we consider our home.”

“The City of Ocala is pleased to once again welcome the guests and participants of HITS,” said City Council President Jim Hilty. “There is no doubt that HITS has provided a significant contribution to our community for many years. We are thrilled to be a sponsor this year, and to be involved in a more integral fashion. It’s an excellent opportunity to promote local businesses and the downtown while reminding visitors and residents in our horse community that the City of Ocala appreciates their efforts.”

The $100,000 City of Ocala Grand Prix will commence at 2pm EST in the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium. The top international riders, including World Cup Champions, Olympic Gold Medalists, and 2016 FEI Nations Cup Winners, will compete in the final FEI class of the week.  A live, free webcast of the event will be available on HITS TV at

General Admission for Sunday’s event is $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the gate the day of the event. For additional spectator information, please visit

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, and Virginia.

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, presented by MortgageCall, in Thermal, California, the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix in Ocala, Florida and Canadian Pacific $1 Million Grand Prix FEI CSI-5*, presented by Wells Fargo, in Saugerties, New York.

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