HITS Signs Motown Legends The Temptations to Headline Entertainment at Pfizer Million Weekend

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Saugerties, NY -  HITS, Inc., in association with the Bardavon, is excited to announce that legendary Motown group The Temptations will perform a live concert immediately following the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix on Sunday, September 11, as the conclusion to a remarkable and historic weekend of hunter/jumper show jumping at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York. Between the Pfizer Million and the all-new Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final, HITS will award a record-breaking $1.5 million in prize money on Sunday alone, making it the richest day ever in show jumping!

The Temptations are the quintessential vocal group that defined a generation and a genre of music that has paved the way for countless artists today. This multi-GRAMMY® Award winning vocal group first achieved fame as one of the most successful acts to record for Motown Records. The group's expansive five-decade repertoire includes R&B, doo-wop, funk, disco, soul, and adult contemporary. They have sold over 22 million records in their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career, and their many hits include: My Girl, Get Ready, Ain't Too Proud to Beg, Beauty Is Only Skin Deep, (I Know) I'm Losing You, All I Need, You're My Everything, I Wish It Would Rain, I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You), Cloud Nine, I'm Gonna Make You Love Me, I Can't Get Next to You, Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today), Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me), Papa Was a Rollin' Stone, Masterpiece, Let Your Hair Down, Happy People, and Shakey Ground.

“We are delighted to have The Temptations join us to celebrate what is unquestionably the richest day in show jumping history,” said Tom Struzzieri, HITS President and CEO. “Their music is beloved and well-known by people of all ages, and the perfect fit for our family-oriented event. We look forward to an exciting weekend of great competition. The winners from this year’s Diamond Mills Hunter Prix and Pfizer Million will emerge as two of the most celebrated equestrians in our sport, and we will mark their extraordinary achievements with great ceremony and a great concert!”

The HITS-on-the-Hudson VIII horse show will begin on Wednesday, September 7 with a full week of competition and special events for exhibitors and spectators alike. The Pfizer Million Weekend will kick-off on Friday afternoon with the $30,000 Pfizer Million Wild Card Grand Prix, which will provide an opportunity for the winner, if not already qualified, to compete in Sunday’s Pfizer Million.

On Saturday afternoon the first two rounds of the much-anticipated Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final will highlight the schedule. The top 25 riders from Saturday will return on Sunday at 11am to open the day’s competition in the Strongid® C 2X Stadium with the final two rounds of the Diamond Mills Hunter Prix. After the Diamond Mills Hunter Prix Champion is crowned, the course will be set for the Pfizer Million which will get underway at 2pm after a brief opening ceremony. The top 40 qualified High-Performance riders and five manager’s picks will duel it out for this year’s Pfizer Million title and the coveted $350,000 first-place check.

Following the awards ceremony for the Pfizer Million, The Temptations will take the stage for a 90-minute concert that will have fans dancing and singing along to some of the most admired songs in the history of pop music.

Competitors who show at HITS-on-the-Hudson VIII (September 7-11) will receive free passes for all three events. A limited number of Special VIP Packages are also available, and include fabulous amenities like seating for eight, delicious meals and prime seating for all four rounds of the Diamond Mills Hunter Prix and the Pfizer Million. VIP’s will also enjoy access to reserved front-section seating for The Temptations. For more information about reserving VIP tables, please contact Tony Hitchcock at Tony@HitsShows.com.

General admission tickets go on sale May 12 at the Bardavon, UPAC, and HITS box offices and at Ticketmaster. Tickets are $20 in advance for general admission festival seating and $25 at the gate, which includes admission to the Diamond Mills Hunter Prix and the Pfizer Million, as well as The Temptations concert. Children 12 and under are admitted free.

Purchase tickets through the Bardavon Box Office, 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            845.473.2072      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or through the UPAC Box Office, 601 Broadway Kingston, 845.339.6088 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            845.339.6088      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or through the HITS Box Office, 319 Main Street, Saugerties, 845.246.8833 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            845.246.8833      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or through Ticketmaster 800.745.3000 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            800.745.3000      end_of_the_skype_highlighting, Ticketmaster.com. For more information please call 845.246.8833 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            845.246.8833      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or visit HitsShows.com or Bardavon.org.

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. In 2010, HITS took the industry to new heights when it hosted the first-ever Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix. HITS will once again offer the most innovative weekend in show jumping history in 2011 when it hosts the second annual Pfizer Million and the inaugural Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final, September 10-11, at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York.

For more information and a complete schedule of classes and events, visit HitsShows.com. Stay connected with HITS, join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter!

Photo:  Motown legends The Temptations will take the stage on Sunday, September 11 at HITS-on-the-Hudson immediately following the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix. Tickets on sale Thursday, May 12, 2011.




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