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HITS debuts Thermal News Weekly

Sample front page of HITS News Weekly

HITS, Inc. is making headlines. Literally! The nation’s premiere producer of hunter/jumper horse shows has teamed up with leading media outlet The Equestrian News to introduce a new publication, HITS News Weekly. Premiering Jan. 22 with HITS News Weekly – Thermal Edition, this new publication will document the non-stop action of the 2013 HITS Desert […]

AIG Sponsors Thermal $1 Million

Rusty Stewart and his bay gelding Bristol clear a huge Swedish oxer.

Insurance firm American International Group Inc. has stepped up to sponsor HITS’ new Thermal $1 Million Grand Prix. Set to cap the 2013 Desert Circuit, the AIG Thermal $1 Million Grand Prix is set for March 17 at the HITS Desert Horse Park just outside of Palm Springs, CA. “Between our continuing relationship with Pfizer […]

Morris Main Event at USEF

Joanie Morris, USEF

The United States Equestrian Federation has named Joanie Morris managing director of eventing. Morris spent the past five years as the USEF’s high performance communications director. The news was first reported on the website, which characterized the appointment as part of the “sweeping changes” that would take place as David O’Connor segues into his […]

Struzzieri Receives Galbreath Award

HITS president and CEO Tom Struzzieri.

He’s bestowed plenty of trophies and prizes, but Oct. 25 marked HITS Inc. CEO Thomas G. Struzzieri’s turn for a victory lap as recipient of the 2012 John W. Galbreath Award for Outstanding Entrepreneurship in the Equine Industry. Presented by the University of Louisville for the past 23 years, the Galbreath recognizes outstanding achievement in […]

Tauber New USEF President

Chrystine Tauber headshot.

The United States Equestrian Federation Board has named Chrystine J. Tauber president, effective Jan. 1 when current president David O’Connor’s commitment expires. O’Connor, an Olympic Gold Medalist in eventing, served two four-year terms starting in 2004, when he became the first person to be named president under the organization as it is currently configured. Tauber […]

SmartPak Fights Colic

Woman cuddles horse.

Colic is responsible for more deaths in horses than any other disease, and SmartPak is fighting back. Users of SmartDigest Ultra can sign up for the company’s ColiCare program and become eligible for $7,500 in colic surgery reimbursement. “We’re so confident that SmartDigest Ultra will help keep your horse’s digestive system healthy that we’ve backed […]

Malibu Creek Bubbles Up in Agoura

Hunter rider in the arena at Malibu Creek Equestrian Center.

There’s a new presence on the West Valley horse scene, the Malibu Creek Equestrian Center, which in August opened under new management on the site formerly known as Pegasus.  That comes as welcome news to those who had heard the venue might be developed for non-equestrian use. But owner Philip Atwell says he’s in it […]

NorCal Preserves 10,000 Acres of Open Space

Rockville Trails, Solano County, CA

The Solano Land Trust of Fairfield, CA, has raised $13.5 million to complete the purchase of 1,500 acres of open space in the Bay Area which it will add to its existing 10,000 acre holding and turn into a public park, located about half-way between San Francisco and Sacramento. The deal concludes 18 months of […]

SmartPak Sparks Free Returns


SmarPak is throwin’ down in the online sales arena, going for the championship title in terms of convenience with its new “free shipping on all returns of tack and apparel.” The idea is to try to make online shopping “totally risk-free.” Donnie Steele, vp of SmartPak, Tack and Apparel, says the idea is to recreate […]

Purina’s Rescue Relief

Horse's head rendered in pellet feed.

Purina wants to lend a hand to rescue groups with hungry horses. The Missouri-based feed manufacturer is giving away $125,000 worth of coupons to rescue shelters that act before Aug. 17. In partnership with A Home for Every Horse and, Purina Horse Feed is gifting each shelter enough of its Strategy and Equine Senior […]

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