Saugerties, NY - HITS, Inc. is pleased to announce that exhibitors will now be able to submit their entries electronically to the HITS-on-the-Hudson show series in Saugerties, New York. This follows HITS’ March announcement that they would accept electronic entry submissions for the Culpeper horse show series, and is part of HITS’ commitment to streamline the entry process for its exhibitors. Equestrian Connect is the leading online service for completing horse show entry forms electronically.
“We accepted electronic entries through Equestrian Connect at the first Culpeper show, and were happy with the process and have received positive feedback from exhibitors there,” said HITS President and CEO, Tom Struzzieri. “It is great to expand the service to our Saugerties shows as well.”
Until now, exhibitors have used Equestrian Connect to complete their entry forms online, but have been required to print, sign and mail the forms with payment. In 2012, Equestrian Connect made electronic submissions possible, offering a major convenience upgrade to trainers, owners and riders.
“I put all the information for my horses and riders into the system and it literally takes me 10 minutes to enter between 15 and 20 horses per horse show,” said Danielle Torano, Equestrian Connect customer and HITS Saugerties exhibitor. “I have used other services and this is by far the easiest – it makes the process very simple.”
Equestrian Connect launched its entry service in 2010. In the last two years, Equestrian Connect has attracted more than 6,500 members. The company posts entry forms for more than 800 USEF A/AA hunter/jumper shows throughout the United States and Canada. The company’s new electronic entry submission feature has experienced good responses from horse show managers and exhibitors alike. The majority of California horse show managers have adopted it. HITS is the first company on the east coast to offer it, however, electronic entry submission through Equestrian Connect is also offered by the 2012 Hampton Classic, Ryegate, Skidmore College, Saratoga Classic, and Equus Events.
“Electronic entry submissions was the natural next step for our service,” commented Barbara Phillips, Equestrian Connect co-founder. “Both exhibitors and horse show managers were asking for it and we’ve been very happy with how quickly the market is adopting this new capability.”
Equestrian Connect is available for a 45-day FREE trial. The trial doesn’t begin until the first entries are created. Once the trial is over, exhibitors have two pricing options, including $49.99 for an annual subscription per horse or $8 per entry form. For more information about Equestrian Connect, please visit EquestrianConnect.com.
The HITS Saugerties Show Series will get underway May 23 with three consecutive weeks of hunter/jumper competition. Action returns to HITS-on-the-Hudson July 18 to kick-off three weeks of summer showing, including the New York Horse & Pony Show and the Children's Hunter Pony Final. The last two weeks of competition begin August 29 and will cap the season with HITS Championship Weekend.
2012 HITS-on-the-Hudson Show Dates
HITS-on-the-Hudson I: May 23-27
HITS-on-the-Hudson II: May 30 - June 3
HITS-on-the-Hudson III: June 6-10
HITS-on-the-Hudson IV: July 18-22
HITS-on-the-Hudson V: July 25-29
NY Horse & Pony Show (VI): August 1-5
HITS-on-the-Hudson VII: August 29 - September 2
HITS-on-the-Hudson VIII: September 5-9, featuring HITS Championship Weekend
Photo: Danielle Torano on her way to winning the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, at HITS-on-the-Hudson last summer. ©ESI Photography