Inaugural HITS Thermal Fashion Show

Inaugural HITS Thermal Fashion Show kicks off exciting special events calendar for second half of the circuit

On Saturday, February 23, the first ever HITS Thermal Fashion Show, presented by Horse Connection took center stage in the VIP Oasis Club at HITS Thermal.

Highlighting the fashion show was apparel from several merchants of El Paseo. Located in Palm Desert, the famous El Paseo Shopping District features over 300 world-class shops, clothing boutiques, art galleries, jewelers, restaurants and more all lined along a beautifully maintained picture-postcard floral and statue-filled mile. Known as the Rodeo Drive of the Desert, El Paseo boasts a wide spectrum of stores from Saks Fifth Avenue to individually owned boutiques.

Several vendors from HITS Thermal had their merchandise on display. Participating vendors included Ariat, Stirrup Cup, Ayora Saddlery, Shorty’s Loft, Exceptional Equestrian and The Herd Collection. The models included accomplished equestrians such as Kate Considine, Hannah Selleck, Jeff and Shelly Kampf, Kate Bardis, Ashlee Bond and Bliss Heers.

Models included Bliss Heers (2nd from left) and Kate Bardis (far right).
Photos © Flying Horse Photography

Central Equine Party and Relay

Don’t miss the inaugural Central Equine Party and Relay tomorrow!

WHEN: Saturday, March 1, 2008. The party starts at 6:00pm and features a Southwest Fiesta with cuisine by Chef Ric Orlando & the Oasis Club Kitchen Team. The relay begins at 6:30pm.

WHAT: This is a Nations Cup-style class. Teams of three horse and rider pairs will compete, with each rider only riding one horse. The class will take place in the covered ring under the lights.

Under the Nations Cup format, each team will have its first rider complete the course and the time plus faults converted to seconds recorded. Similarly, the second rider for each team will complete the course followed by the third rider for each team. At the conclusion of the class, the aggregate times for each team will be announced and the team with the lowest aggregate total time shall be declared the winner. If any member of a team fails to complete the course or is otherwise eliminated, the entire team is eliminated from the competition.

Ribbons and fun prizes for 1st through 8th Place will be given to each of the top eight teams.

WHERE: HITS Thermal covered arena

WHO: Open to any jumper horse entered in HITS Thermal V. (Sorry, no ponies in this class). Horses will jump a course of approximately 8-10 jumps with heights not to exceed 3’6”.

HOW MUCH: No entry fee. The Relay class is limited to the first 12 teams that sign up and submit their entries in the HITS Show Office.