The New York tri-state area is blessed with an abundance of opportunities to watch world-class equestrian sports without having to drive far. One such place is HITS-on-the-Hudson, located just two hours north of New York in the scenic town of Saugerties. HITS Horse Shows stand out as premier events that blend elegance, skill, and competitive spirit. HITS, originally short for “Horse Shows In The Sun,” is renowned for its meticulous organization and high standards. Each event is carefully crafted to cater to both seasoned competitors and enthusiastic newcomers alike.

HITS Hudson Valley is an opportunity for many local riders to go and watch mid and upper-level competition close to home. The many exciting competitions HITS hosts in Hunter/Jumper and Dressage include the CSI4* HITS Championship, the HITS Hudson Valley Show Jumping Tour, World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) competition, and the USDF Region 8 Dressage Championships.

For many, attending a HITS Horse Show is more than just a weekend event—it’s a tradition. Families gather to cheer on their loved ones, creating memories that endure long after the ribbons have been awarded. The camaraderie among competitors is palpable, turning rivals into friends united by a mutual respect for the sport and its noble participants.

As the summer of 2024 begins and kicks off all the great show series, the legacy continues to grow. These events showcase horses’ beauty and athleticism and inspire a new generation to pursue excellence in equestrian sports. Whether you’re a rider, spectator, or enthusiast, HITS Horse Shows offer an unforgettable experience where passion and performance reign supreme.

If you would like to attend a HITS Horse show this summer, check out their website for a full calendar of shows.