HITS to Host Two Biggest Hunter Prix in 2021

Get Ready for the Diamond Mills & Platinum Performance Hunter Prix Finals –

Two of the Richest Hunter Classes in the World

The 11th annual HITS Championship will take place at HITS-on-the-Hudson, Saugerties, New York, September 8-12, 2021, and will feature two of the richest Hunter Classes in the world, the Diamond Mills $250,000 Hunter Prix Final and Platinum Performance $100,000 Hunter Prix Final. The prize money is guaranteed and there are no nomination fees or qualifying requirements necessary to compete in these classes.

“These classes are really made possible by our sponsors,” said Tom Struzzieri, President and CEO of HITS. “With their support we’ve been able to make these classes happen without riders having to pay nomination fees and we look forward to hosting these classes for years to come.”

Many of the top riders in the sport plan their summer around the Hunter Prix Finals in Saugerties and now it’s your chance to do the same. Although riders do not need to qualify for the Finals, competing in qualifying classes throughout the year at HITS Ocala, HITS Saugerties, HITS Culpeper, HITS Chicago and the Vermont Summer Festival will give riders an advantage in the order of go, and determine which riders are eligible to ride two horses. Complete specifications will be available soon.


“I spend all summer at HITS Saugerties, but my favorite week is definitely the week of the HITS Championship. We work very hard to get our horses prepared for this week of competition especially for these big prize money classes. The prize money that HITS so generously offers is great! The competition is exciting and it’s all for a great reward. I can’t wait for this year!”

– Emil Spadone, Owner and Trainer of Redfield Farm


“We always look forward to showing at the HITS Championship and being able to compete there is a very special feeling. During this week they make the Outside Course in Saugerties bigger which feels like showing in a new ring and in the Final Round we are featured in the Grand Prix Stadium, which is something we don’t get to do often, so that’s also special. We never get a chance to jump for this kind of Prize Money so we work very hard to have our horses prepared for this week. Everyone brings their best horses because this is the best prize money!”

– Patricia Griffith, Professional Rider for Heritage Stables

Spend the end of your summer in the beautiful Hudson Valley and enjoy unparalleled competition opportunities for every level of rider, superior management, and top prize money in 2021! Make your plans for eight weeks of FEI and USEF Rated competition with $3 Million in prize money, as well as the Marshall & Sterling Insurance League National Finals. Stay tuned, more information and the official prize list coming soon!

HITS-on-the-Hudson Spring Series (I, II, III), May 26 – June 13

HITS-on-the-Hudson Summer Series (IV, V, VI), July 21 – August 8

HITS-on-the-Hudson Fall Series (VII, VIII), September 1-12

Marshall & Sterling Insurance League National Finals, September 15-19


Additional highlights throughout the season include:

FEI CSI2* Competition (I-VII)

FEI CSI5* Competition featuring the AIG $500,000 Grand Prix (VIII)

USHJA Zone 1 & 2 Platinum/Team Jumper Championships (V)

Two $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derbies (IV & V)

USHJA National Hunter Derby Regional Championships (VI)

USHJA Hunter Team Challenge – East (VI)

Marshall & Sterling Finals Wild Card Qualifiers (VII & VIII)

NCEA Hunt Seat Medal Finals (VIII)

HITS Championship (VIII)

– Diamond Mills $250,000 Hunter Prix Final

– Platinum Performance $100,000 Hunter Prix Final

– $15,000 Green Hunter Prix

– $25,000 Jr/A-O/Am Jumper Prix

– AIG $500,000 FEI CSI5* Grand Prix


Visit HITSShows.com and follow us on Facebook for news and updates and watch for the Prize List coming soon!


Don’t wait to book your stay as Saugerties is a popular place to visit, especially in the summer months. HITS Saugerties offers full RV hook-ups on-site, as well as a number of hotels nearby.


Premier Lodging Partner – Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern

For a complete list of HITS Saugerties Host Hotels of for more information on home rentals, please visit our Accommodations Page.


Nearby Airports

Albany International Airport (ALB) – Albany, New York

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) – Queens, New York

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) – Newark, New Jersey


Explore Saugerties

Looking for something to do in your free time while you’re visiting Saugerties? Check out the HITS Out & About Page for nearby shopping, dining and excursions.


Sponsorship Opportunities

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Megan Hildebrand or call our Corporate Office at 845.246.8833.