Each year, hundreds of school-aged riders attend the HITS Winter Show Circuits in Thermal (formerly Indio), Calif., and Ocala, Fla., opting for life at the show grounds instead of at the school grounds. For many, this can mean extended periods of time away from school right in the middle of the academic year. It’s for this reason that HITS offers on-site educational facilities at both circuits to help make it easier for students of all ages to stay current with their curriculum without sacrificing their passion and commitment to show jumping.
Director Patricia Struzzieri holds a master’s degree in education and has spent the last 27 years of her educational career as the administrator of a private school and camp in New York. Furthermore, all of the teachers are experienced and certified in their subject areas.
“It’s our goal to provide a strong academic arena,” said Ms. Struzzieri. “It’s a great social environment, too. Children come from all over the country to Ocala with one common interest, and they can interact with each other in an educational environment in addition to the show scene.”
Educational services will be available beginning Jan. 21, 2008, with convenient school hours on Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The schedule allows students to study in the morning and ride in the afternoon.
Deadline for applications is Jan. 9, 2008. For more information or to register online visit www.HitsShows.com.