New Jersey's Maria D'Angelo selected as Cover Artist for 2010 HITS Saugerties Official Horse Show Program

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Saugerties, NY - HITS is pleased to announce that Maria D'Angelo’s drawing “Back to the Barn” has been selected as the artwork for the cover of the 2010 HITS Saugerties Official Show Program.

D'Angelo’s "Back to the Barn" originated at HITS Saugerties during the 2009 season where she spent a lot of time photographing horses. "Last year I was snapping photos of horses in the ring when I turned my head and saw this gorgeous dappled gray coming at me on his way back to the show barns," said D'Angelo. "He had such a beauty about him that I knew I wanted to get a photo. I loved his coloring, his dark mane and the dappling on his neck and legs, and the angle that he was coming at me. I just knew it would make a beautiful drawing."  
 
"My husband and I come to HITS often during the season. The show grounds are beautiful and for someone who loves to photograph horses, it’s like being a kid in a candy store," added D'Angelo.

The 2010 HITS Saugerties Official Show Program will be distributed throughout the spring and summer both at the show grounds, as well as throughout the community. The program features several compelling reads, including feature articles on Grand Prix Rider Tracy Fenney, HITS Sponsors, the new High-Performance Equestrian Foundation, equestrian families who share their love for show jumping and the historical Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix that will take place at HITS-on-the-Hudson on Sunday, September 12. The program also contains lots of valuable information for exhibitors on where to eat, sleep and play during their stay in the Hudson Valley, including recommendations on great restaurants, comfortable accommodations and favorite area attractions.

In addition to gracing the cover of the show program, D’Angelo’s "Back to the Barn" also will be part of the first ever HITS-on-the-Hudson Equestrian Art Exhibition & Charity Auction, which features an eclectic collection of equestrian-themed artwork from both local and national artists. Artwork from the exhibition will be on display throughout the community from May through July. In August, the collection will move to Fletcher Gallery located at 40 Mill Hill Road in Woodstock, New York for a month-long gallery exhibition that will commence with an opening on Saturday, August 7. At the conclusion of the gallery exhibition, the collection will then move to the HITS-on-the-Hudson show grounds for a two-week preview leading up to the Auction on Friday, September 10. The Auction will benefit FAMILY of Woodstock, Inc. and draw exhibitors and art lovers alike, to enjoy an evening of great food and a thrilling auction where they can bid to own a piece from this special exhibition. Participating Artists will receive 50% of the proceeds raised from the auction of their work, while the remaining 50% will go to FAMILY.

"While I personally won't be at the auction for FAMILY of Woodstock, my piece "Back to the Barn" will be there to be auctioned off to benefit the charity," said D'Angelo "I felt in these hard times it would be a good way for me to help families that are in need."  

D'Angelo, of Newton, New Jersey, is an accomplished equestrian artist that credits Sam Savitt, Roger Archibald, Robert Shufelt, David Bjurstrom and Karmel Timmons as her inspirations. For more information on Maria D'Angelo, please visit http://www.mariadangelo.com/. For more information on the HITS-on-the-Hudson Equestrian Art Exhibition & Charity Auction please visit the Exhition Website.

This season HITS Saugerties will host 14 qualifying Grand Prix classes for the historic Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix, which will take place on Sunday, September 12. The three week HITS Saugerties Spring Series will take place Wednesday, May 26 through June 13 and will feature six Grand Prix events presented by Pfizer Animal Health, including a $25,000 HITS Grand Prix each week, as well as the $50,000 EMO Grand Prix on Sunday, May 30; the $75,000 HITS Grand Prix on Sunday, June 6; and the $125,000 Purina Mills Grand Prix on Sunday, June 13. The HITS Saugerties Summer Series gets underway on Wednesday, July 21 and continues until August 8 with another six opportunities for Grand Prix riders to qualify for the Pfizer Million, including a $25,000 HITS Grand Prix each week, as well as the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix on Sunday, July 25; the $75,000 HITS Grand Prix on Sunday, August 1; and the $125,000 Strongid© C 2X Grand Prix on Sunday, August 8.  

The 2010 HITS Saugerties shows will close out with three consecutive weeks of competition, September 1-19, with several exciting events to celebrate the season. First, HITS-on-the-Hudson Weeks VII (September 1-5) and VIII (September 8-11) will feature Wild Card Classes each week for nearly every Division for the Marshall & Sterling League Finals. Week VII will also feature two more Pfizer Million Grand Prix qualifiers. Week VIII recently received a CSI-W rating and will feature two FEI classes, including a World Cup Qualifier on Saturday, September 10, which will double as the Pfizer Million Wild Card Grand Prix and award the winner the chance to jump for the Pfizer Million on Sunday, September 12. Following the week of the Pfizer Million, the 20th Annual of the Marshall & Sterling National Finals will take center stage September 16-19, closing out the 2010 show season at HITS-on-the-Hudson. The Prize List for the Fall Series and the 20th Annual Marshall & Sterling League National Finals will be mailed over the summer.  

In order to qualify for the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix, a rider must compete in eight or more HITS Grand Prix classes. The top 40 riders, based on money won by horse/rider combination, will be eligible to ride for the Pfizer Million. For more detailed information on the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix, please visit our website at HitsShows.com.

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 will take the industry to new heights when it hosts the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix in Saugerties on September 12.




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