HITS Ocala Fast Facts - 2005
EVENT: HITS Ocala Winter Circuit
WHEN: Wednesday through Sunday,
2005 show dates are:
HOURS: Wednesday through Sunday, 8:00am to approximately 4:00pm.
DIRECTIONS: I-75 to Exit 354 (old #70) for Hwy 27 North. Travel eight miles, show grounds on the left.
PARKING: Parking is free Wednesday through Sunday.
ADMISSION: No admission charge Wednesday through Saturday. Sunday admission is $5 per person, children under 12 free. Admission proceeds benefit local charities.
SHOW GROUNDS: 10 show rings and multiple schooling rings for hunter, jumper, and equitation classes.
CLASSES: Approximately 250 classes take place per week including two Grand Prix classes per week.
ATTENDANCE: An average of approximately 2,000 horses and 4,500 horsemen are on the grounds each week. More than 3,500 horses, 7,000 horsemen and 10,000 spectators attend over the seven-week event.
PRIZE MONEY: Over $1,000,000
FOOD: Prepared and served by HITS food service personnel, a complete and diverse menu of food and beverages is available every show day at the restaurant on the show grounds.
SHOPPING: The vendor courtyard features more than a dozen shops offering quality equestrian gear, apparel, jewelry and souvenirs.
IN BRIEF: Since its introduction in 1982, the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit has become a fixture on the East Coast show jumping circuit. Each winter, the Ocala Circuit attracts national and international participants from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Classes offered range from the Grand Prix show jumping classes to a selection of divisions for both the novice and experienced rider. Located in Ocala/Marion County, the heart of Floridas horse country, the area is home to over 600 horse farms and hundreds of supporting facilities and businesses. HITS moved the Ocala horse shows from the 100-acre Golden Hills International Show Grounds to the circuits new home, the 300+ acre Post Time Farm in 2002. Post Time Farm is located just a few miles west of the Golden Hills International Show Grounds on Highway 27. The Post Time Training Center was originally built for thoroughbred racehorses. The facility is professionally landscaped and features gated entrances, 52 miles of four-board fencing, 26 permanent barns that house 500 stalls, numerous paddocks, bridle paths, and additional buildings for the horse show office, restaurant, and on-site school.
ECONOMIC IMPACT: The economic impact of HITS Ocala on the surrounding community is estimated at $50 million, which reflects exhibitor spending during the circuit on food, lodging, living expenses, and entertainment in the area during the seven-week event.
CHARITIES: Local charities are the ticket-takers on Sundays. Horse Shows In The Sun donates 100% of the gate receipts to these charities.
POST TIME TRAINING FARM 13710 U.S. Hwy 27; Ocala, Florida 34482; Tel: 352-620-2275; Fax: 352-620-2059; Website: www.HitsShows.com
HORSE SHOWS IN THE SUN HITS Corporate; 319 Main Street, Saugerties, New York 12477; 845-246-8833; Fax: 845-246-6371; website: www.HitsShows.com.
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