Endorsed by Champions, Embraced by Horsemen - The Sanctuary is the Official Equine Sports Therapy Center for the 2011 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Posted by HITS E-News



Ocala, FL - HITS, Inc. is proud to announce that The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center, one of the premier equine rehabilitation centers in the nation, will sponsor the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit for the third consecutive year.

The Sanctuary is an outstanding facility known for its world-class rehabilitation and conditioning services, and is conveniently located just minutes down the road from HITS Post Time Farm. In addition to being HITS Ocala’s Official Equine Sports Therapy Center, The Sanctuary will also sponsor a new weekly award, The Sanctuary Reserve, and will be the Official Host of the For the Love of Your Horse Event this upcoming show season!

The HITS Ocala Winter Circuit will begin Wednesday, January 19, for two consecutive weeks of unrated competition. The AA-rated, six-week circuit begins Tuesday, February 8, and will culminate on Sunday, March 20, highlighted by the $100,000 DeLuca Toyota Tundra Grand Prix, presented by Great American Insurance Group. High-Performance on the road to the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix will have 14 qualifiers to get on-board the Eligible Rider Rankings and five Devoucoux Hunter Prix qualifiers for the inaugural $500,000 HITS 3’3” Hunter Prix Final, which will take place the same weekend as the Pfizer Million at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York, September 10-11.

“We have been involved with HITS since before we had our Grand Opening, and have seen an increase in exhibitors and owners who use our services to help prevent injury, condition and maintain their horses and as rehabilitation after injury to get back to showing in the least possible time with the best possible results,” said Tom Grabe, Managing Partner at The Sanctuary. “This year we have expanded our list of therapies to better serve the HITS exhibitors, and continue to offer the latest technology in the sports therapy and rehabilitation field along with around the clock care for our in-house clients.  We see the level of competition continually improving, and we strive to improve our services to meet this need.”

This season at HITS Ocala, The Sanctuary Reserve will be the newest honor awarded to the second-place finisher in select jumper events, which may include the weekly Grand Prix classes and the Brook Ledge Open Welcome. The difference between first and second is often a nail-biting fraction of a second or a rail down, and The Sanctuary is proud to give credit to the second place horse-and-rider team for their outstanding performances each week. High-Performance riders and their horses will be proud to earn this title, as The Sanctuary is known for treating some of the most decorated horses in the world. In fact, they have treated 19 nationally titled, 47 stake winners/finishers, 38 Grand Prix horses and four Olympic Medal winners.

The caliber of competition at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit and quality of horses it attracts makes for a potentially grueling physical schedule for horses and a competitive test of strength and fitness. Like any hard working athlete, injuries are inevitable. With the proper conditioning, care and treatment, horses can lead to a more successful, longer, and healthier career. The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center is a state-of-the-art facility, featuring the best equine rehabilitation equipment in the nation to return equine athletes back to peak competition condition. Located on 30 beautiful acres just down the road from HITS Post Time Farm at the corner of Hwy. 27 and 225 at 5590 NW Hwy. 225 in Ocala, The Sanctuary offers a complete boarding and treatment facility, as well as mobile services, to perform certain treatments right at the barn at HITS! This year's mobile services will include Cold Salt Water Leg Spa treatments, Class IV Therapeutic Laser therapy, Electromagnetic Pulse Therapy, Transpirator II Respiratory Therapy, and Functional Electrical Stimulation Therapy.  A mobile Vibration Therapy Plate is also in the process of being available. All will be available in their new on-site mobile therapy trailer.

Facility services include the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber, Aqua-Pacer Water Treadmill, Cold Saltwater Leg Spa, Swimming, Solarium Infa-Red Light Therapy, Pegasus Laser Therapy, P3 Electromagnetic Pulse Therapy, Transpirator, and Zamar Cold/Hot Dry Compression Therapy. Packages of amenities are available to meet all your and your horses’ needs.

When it comes to animal care, The Sanctuary does’t horse around. They address every aspect of your animals’ health needs and well-being. Aside from horse care, The Sanctuary is fully equipped to treat your canine as well! Their superior services will ensure the best care and improvement of your horse and canine at outstanding rates.

What’s the best way to show the ones you love some tender love and care on Valentine’s Day? We meant the horses, of course! Head over to The Sanctuary this Valentine’s Day, Sunday, February 14, along with your horses “For the Love of Your Horse” event, which will feature wonderful demonstrations and speeches by world-renowned vets and horsemen, food, refreshments, and discounted prices for equipment use that day. This event is open to all HITS exhibitors to learn about the great services The Sanctuary has to offer while unwinding after an exciting week at the horse show.

The Sanctuary is always offering clinics and educational seminars to better inform its clients about preventing injury and rehabilitation after injury, and the uses of their equipment. For more information on The Sanctuary, please visit

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 $500,000 HITS 3'3" Hunter Prix Final, September 10 -11, at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York.

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Photo: The Cold Saltwater Hydrotherapy is one of the many machines used to rehab and condition horses.  © HITS Staff.