Summer Fun in the Hudson Valley 2011



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hits on the hudsonPhotograph courtesy of HITS-on-the-Hudson

Horse Around

They are upping the ante again this year at HITS-on-the-Hudson (aka Horse Shows in the Sun), the equestrian center in Saugerties. Last summer, the facility introduced the Pfizer Million, a jumpers competition in which world-class riders vie for the grand prize of a cool mil.

This year, the hunter class gets into the act, with a $500,000 Hunter Final, the richest purse offered in that class of show jumping. Both the Pfizer Million and the Hunter Final take place during the weekend of Sept. 11-12; but beginning on May 25, HITS offers horse shows Wednesday-Sunday all summer long. For the $5 admission fee (charged only on weekends, and donated to the Family of Woodstock social services organization), spectators can watch riders of all ages and ability levels — from children and juniors up through the Grand Prix competitors.

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