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Charles Owen Introduces a New Award for the HITS Show Series

Thursday 30th January 2014

Charles Owen is excited to announce a brand new award at HITS Thermal, HITS Culpeper and HITS Saugerties. Beginning with the HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal, California Charles Owen will be sponsoring the award for the Leading Hunter Rider each week.

The Charles Owen Leading Hunter Rider will be awarded to the top scoring horse/rider combination each week based on points scored in rated hunter divisions at HITS Thermal, HITS Culpeper and HITS Saugerties. The winner of the weekly Charles Owen Leading Hunter Rider Award will receive a complimentary Charles Owen Helmet of their choice.

The first ever winner of the Charles Owen Leading Hunter Rider was awarded last week to John French at HITS Thermal. Charles Owen was delighted to see such an impressive rider as the inaugural winner.

“Charles Owen helmets have a long tradition in the Hunter ring and Charles Owen is pleased to give back to the discipline with this award,” said Managing Director, Roy Burek. “I wish all the HITS competitors the best of luck this season and look forward to awarding the top riders Charles Owen helmets each week.”

About HITS, Inc.

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. HITS hosts the richest weekend in show jumping at HITS-on-the-Hudson, as well as the Triple Crown of Show Jumping. The Triple Crown includes the AIG Thermal $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Thermal, the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix in Ocala, Florida and the Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix in Saugerties, New York.

For more information and a complete schedule of classes and events, visit

2014 Horse Show Dates

HITS Desert Circuit
Thermal, CA
January 21 - March 16, 2014

HITS Culpeper Show Series
Culpeper, VA
April / July / August / September

HITS Saugerties Show Series
Saugerties, NY
May-June / July-August / September

HITS Championship
Saugerties, NY
September 3-7, 2014

About Charles Owen & Co.

Known throughout the world as the leader in equestrian helmet design, Charles Owen & Co. represents more than 100 years of innovation and style for a safer world. Each Charles Owen helmet is handcrafted using the highest quality materials. With the largest range of helmet styles and shapes, independently certified to up to four international equestrian safety standards, Charles Owen offers a wider range of protection in a potential accident.