Horsepark will now be redeveloped and run by HITS and not by West Palms Events.
As you may recall, West Palms Events had been awarded a five year contract by the 22nd DAA to run Horsepark in January. Initially, West Palms was hoping to run horse shows in 2022, but ran into a distracted 22nd DAA which weren’t moving all that quickly.
Three days ago, West Palms issued a press release saying they were pulling out of contract negotiations with the 22nd DAA. And today, HITS issued a press release saying they had come to terms to redevelop and manage Horsepark.
HITS is most well know to west coast equestrians as the owner/operator of the large nine week hunter/jumper show in Thermal from January to March. HITS recently sold that show to an investor due to “an offer we couldn’t resist!”. HITS now has the time and money to do Horsepark justice.
About the award, HITS CEO, Tom Struzzieri says “The benefit of being a lifelong horseman, rather than just an investor, gives me a unique perspective in not only developing and designing facilities, but also in acting as a horseman in the coordination of events. These skills will be instrumental after witnessing the challenges the sport has experienced this past year. I look forward to starting the project of renovating one of the most iconic horse facilities in the country, and then producing some of California’s most outstanding events!”
The horse community is hoping that with HITS’ significant experience with very large shows and dealing with various governments, they will be able to work effectively with the 22nd DAA and bring back shows to Horsepark after a 2+ year delay. Their press release says they hope to have shows operating in 2023.