Enter the Marshall & Sterling League Indoor Finals by October 2

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Make your plans for the Marshall & Sterling Insurance League Finals!

Entries are due October 2

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Join us October 24-27 at the beautiful Great New York State Fair Expo Center in the heart of Syracuse, New York, for the all NEW Marshall & Sterling Insurance League Indoor Finals. In its first year, the Marshall & Sterling Insurance League would like to extend an invite to all active members! If you are not a member, become one and get on your way to the Marshall & Sterling Insurance League Indoor Finals!

Click here to join!

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Have you made your plans to show at the state-of-the-art Expo Center for the Marshall & Sterling Insurance League Indoor Finals? The transformation of the Great New York State Fairgrounds, located right in the heart of Syracuse, New York, and the development of the Expo Center, has deemed this to be one of the best event facilities in the Northeast.

The Great New York State Fair Expo Center is a beautiful indoor show facility that has been praised by equestrians from across the country since it opened last year. The main show ring measures 200' x 300' and features a custom-built solid wall and footing designed specifically for hunters and jumpers.

Additional amenities of the Expo Center include over 500 permanent stalls close to competition and schooling arenas, full-service RV hookups, a spacious vendor area and stadium-style seating. All this and more make the Expo Center one of the most remarkable places for equestrians to compete. We hope to see you October 24-27 at the Marshall & Sterling Insurance League Indoor Finals!

"I think this is a great show for kids and adults in our area. Looking at the big picture, this could bring something back, similar to the Syracuse Invitational, and that would be amazing."

- Erin Dunn, Head Hunter Seat Coach at SUNY Morrisville

This extension of the Marshall & Sterling Insurance League to include the Indoor Finals allows riders to show in TWO Finals – with just one qualification period!

Divisions Offered:

HITS Hunter 2'6" - Pro and Non-Pro

HITS Hunter 2'

Adequan Hunter

SmartPak Adult Hunter

Children's Hunter Horse

Children's Hunter Pony

Novice Children's/Adult Hunter Classic

Bit O' Straw Hunter Classic

Children's 2’6” Medal

Adult 2’6” Medal

Dover Saddlery Adult 3' Medal

Children’s Pony Medal – Small/Medium

Children’s Pony Medal – Large

Back on Track Children's 3' Medal

Junior 3'6" Medal Final

Junior/Amateur 3'3" Horsemanship Medal

Children's & Adult Jumper Low

Modified Children's & Adult Jumper

Children's Jumper High

Adult Jumper High

Show in the National Finals at HITS Saugerties, September 11-15, and then at the Indoor Finals, in Syracuse, October 24-27!

For more information, please visit the HITS website: www.hitsshows.com

Marshall & Sterling Insurance League Finals Prize List Available

Are you ready for the 29th Annual Marshall & Sterling Insurance League Finals? Join us at HITS-on-the-Hudson, September 11-15, for another year of Champions in the Wilmington Trust Stadium!

Each year more than 500 horses compete at the Marshall & Sterling Insurance League National Finals in 25 Divisions; YOU could be one of them this year!

Click here to view the prize list!

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Britt-Leon Reigns as Derby King at Charleston

Michael Britt-Leon and True Enough

Michael Britt-Leon and True Enough

For Immediate Release: July 20, 2019

Johns Island, South Carolina

Week I welcomed Michael Britt-Leon and Kelly Sims’ Eleventh Hour to the winner’s circle in the $5,000 Marshall & Sterling Classic Hunter Derby and this week again, in the irons of Kelly Sims’ True Enough .

“It was actually really special to win both weeks because I won both weeks last year with Transparency -another of Kelly’s horses. It was kind of a nostalgic time for Kelly and I since we lost him [ Transparency ] earlier this year,” said Britt-Leon. “It was a great show. It was an exciting class with a good mix of juniors, amateurs and professionals. It was a great opportunity to tune up True Enough and Eleventh Hour for the Derby Finals in Kentucky in a relaxed environment. And, it was nice for us because the horses got done earlier and we stayed in Kiawah, went out to some great restaurants and downtown Charleston and just had a really nice time--it was a nice balance of work and play,” he added. “We’re heading home now to rest for two weeks and then we’re off to Atlanta and then Kentucky,” he said.

Casanova , owned by Sarah Macmillan and ridden by Jessica Cross, of Orlando, Florida, took home second place, and Laurie Hilburg’s Waterfall Z , piloted by Kris Killam, placed third. Killam returned to pick up the fourth-place ribbon with Empire Show Stables’ Ayla.

Avargo, owned by High Brass Farm and ridden by Liz Perry-Merbler, of Pittstown, New Jersey, placed fifth overall, and Katie Ramsey’s Don La Rouge , ridden by Grace Roberts, of Knoxville, Tennessee, earned a sixth-place ribbon and the $500 Marshall & Sterling 3’ Non Pro Rider Bonus.

Savannah College of Art & Design’s Rolling Stone, ridden by Tatum Tatreau, of Bluffton, South Carolina, earned seventh place overall, and Sophia Robinson’s All Dressed Up, ridden by Jay Robinson, of Larchmont, New York, earned an eighth-place ribbon and the $300 Marshall & Sterling 3’ Non Pro Rider Bonus.

Mahoney, owned and ridden by Hannah Hilal, of Altamonte Springs, Florida, placed ninth overall and won the $200 Marshall & Sterling 3’ Non Pro Rider Bonus. Scout, owned and ridden by Mattie Worsham, of Woodstock, Georgia, placed 10th and Britt-Leon picked up the 11th-place ribbon with Kelly Sims’ Bacchus. Spring Creek Ranch’s Big Hoss, ridden by Taylor Adam, of Ocala, Florida, wrapped up the class in 12th place.

About Marshall & Sterling Insurance

Marshall & Sterling Insurance is the title sponsor of all Marshall & Sterling Classic Hunter Derbies at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic and Classic Companyshows in 2019.

Marshall & Sterling’s Equisport Division was created by insurance professionals to meet the demands of horse owners from competing professionals, dedicated amateurs and those who just plain love horses.

Their client service and claims team is dedicated exclusively to support their horse insurance clients. One quick call to their office will provide instant answers to your questions. Claims are handled quickly and efficiently. They work to exceed every customer’s expectation for quality and service.

Marshall & Sterling Insurance specializes in personalized plans that encompass a full range of extensive coverage options, uniquely tailored to fit your distinctive needs.

Marshall & Sterling Insurance is your true advocate when it matters most—when you apply for insurance, and when your horse has an accident, becomes sick, or injured.

About The Charleston Summer Classics

There’s a reason everyone considers the Charleston Summer Classic a show-cation destination and competitors travel from around the country with their families to show on beautiful John’s Island .

An Official USEF Designated Heritage Competition, the Charleston Summer Classic is always a crowd pleaser and features daily exhibitor parties both at the show in the VIP tent and offsite.

Golf fans can play on several world class courses, families can enjoy the beach, boating and wind surfing. Fishing enthusiasts can charter a boat from Bohicket Marina , located less than five miles from the show grounds.

The show runs from Tuesday through Saturday to allow for extra beach time and there is a special social event most every day in the VIP tent. Riders often say that this is the one of the only horse shows that the entire family wants to attend! And, there’s a reason for that. Conde Naste has awarded Charleston the #1 Vacation Destination in the country. Pristine beaches, boutique hotels, ocean front condos, and historic downtown are just a few of the reasons people choose to show at the Charleston Summer Classic.

Plan your show-cation for 2020 and bring the whole family to the Charleston Summer Classic! Come make memories with us!

More Finals and More Fun!

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HITS is excited to annnounce the 2019
Marshall & Sterling Insurance League Finals

Saugerties, New York, July 22, 2019 - HITS is excited to announce there will be THREE Marshall & Sterling Insurance League Finals in 2019. The Marshall & Sterling Finals kick off September 11-15 with the 28th annual Marshall & Sterling Insurance League National Finals at HITS Saugerties and the Marshall & Sterling Insurance League Midwest Finals at HITS Chicago. Then, join us October 23-27 at the Great New York State Fair Exposition Center in Syracuse, New York, for the Marshall & Sterling Insurance League Indoor Finals.

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Marshall & Sterling Insurance League National Finals
HITS-on-the-Hudson | Saugerties, NY | September 11-15

Marshall & Sterling Insurance League Midwest Finals
HITS Balmoral Park | Crete, IL | September 11-15

Marshall & Sterling Insurance League Indoor Finals
Great NYSF Expo Center | Syracuse, New York | October 23-27


The Marshall & Sterling Insurance League is a grassroots organization dedicated to providing competition for up-and-coming Children's and Adult Hunter, Jumper and Equitation riders. Over 1,200 horse shows across the country offer Marshall & Sterling classes during the qualifying period for the 25 divisions that are a part of the Marshall & Sterling Insurance League.

The qualifying period for the 2019 Marshall & Sterling Insurance League Finals ends on August 25, 2019. With just one qualification period, YOU can choose what finals you would like to attend, whether it be just one or multiple! There's still time to qualify, check out the upcoming Marshall & Sterling Insurance League Horse Shows near you!

Not a member yet? Join today!

"The Marshall & Sterling Insurance League Finals is a great opportunity for riders who are looking to go to the next level. The Finals’ are held at three wonderful venues. From the Grand Prix Stadium at HITS-on-the-Hudson, to the retreat which is Balmoral Park, and the brand new Expo Center in Syracuse, the Finals’ offer an experience that is truly exceptional. Over the years, riders in the Marshall and Sterling Insurance League Finals have gone on to succeed in the industry, and that is something we are really proud of.”

Tom Struzzieri, HITS President and CEO

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The Marshall & Sterling Insurance League Year-End Awards Banquet will be held Friday, September 13 where the Top Ten riders in each Division will be announced! Please contact Patti Guerriero or contact our main office at 845.246.8833 for more information on anything Marshall & Sterling.

Have a special event to celebrate while you are showing at HITS-on-the-Hudson? Whether it's a birthday, anniversary, or just a small get together, HITS offers banquet rooms at the Diamond Mills Hotel and Tavern, as well as, Saugerties Steamboat Co.

Britt-Leon and Eleventh Day Win The $5,000 Marshall & Sterling Hunter Classic

Michael Britt-Leon and Eleventh Hour

Michael Britt-Leon and Eleventh Hour

For Immediate Release:

Johns Island, South Carolina

Twenty-four horse-and-rider teams competed in the Week I $5,000 Marshall & Sterling Classic Hunter Derby, and Michael Britt-Leon, of Marietta, Georgia, rode away with the win in the irons of Kelly Sims’ Eleventh Hour.

Taylor Adams, of Ocala, Florida, and Spring Creek Ranch’s Big Hoss earned a second-place finish, and Britt-Leon also picked up a third with Kelly Sims’ True Enough.

Scout, owned by Mattie Worsham, of Cumming, Georgia, placed fourth and also won the $500 Marshall & Sterling 3’ Non Pro Rider Bonus.

Kris Killam moved from the jumpers to the hunters and picked up fifth and sixth places with Laurie Hilburg’s Waterfall Z and Empire Show Stables’ Ayla, respectively.

Britt-Leon returned to collect the seventh-place ribbon, this time in the irons of Kelly Sims’ Private I and Liz Perry-Merbler, of Pittstown, New Jersey, aboard High Brass Farm’s Avargo earned an eighth-place finish.

Ashley Ayoob’s Snap Dragon, ridden by Emily Terry Peterson, placed ninth, and Transcendent, owned and ridden by Isaac Leffkowitz, of Ocala, Florida, was 10th.

Global Entry, owned by Leslie Terry and ridden by Emily Terry Peterson, placed 11th. Hannah Hilal, of Altamonte Springs, Florida, placed 12th with her own Mahoney and won the $500 3’ Marshall & Sterling Non Pro Rider Bonus.

Hadley Crawford, of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Merilee Ventura’s Winterfell won the $300 Marshall & Sterling 3’ Non Pro Rider Bonus.

ABOUT MARSHALL & STERLING INSURANCE

Marshall & Sterling Insurance is the title sponsor of all Marshall & Sterling Classic Hunter Derbies at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic and Classic Company shows in 2019.

Marshall & Sterling’s Equisport Division was created by insurance professionals to meet the demands of horse owners from competing professionals, dedicated amateurs and those who just plain love horses.

Their client service and claims team is dedicated exclusively to support their horse insurance clients. One quick call to their office will provide instant answers to your questions. Claims are handled quickly and efficiently. They work to exceed every customer’s expectation for quality and service.

Marshall & Sterling Insurance specializes in personalized plans that encompass a full range of extensive coverage options, uniquely tailored to fit your distinctive needs.

Marshall & Sterling Insurance is your true advocate when it matters most—when you apply for insurance, and when your horse has an accident, becomes sick, or injured.

Equisport Express Summer 2019

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We’re pleased to announce our inaugural Equisport Express Newsletter! We hope you enjoy the news, updates, insurance information, awards, latest standings and much more. Please let us know what you think, and we hope you’ll send us your own news, awards, testimonials and questions for future newsletters!

For a direct link, please click here and see a few of the featured departments below!

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He's Blue Takes Home the Blue in the $5,000 Marshall & Sterling Classic Hunter Derby

Lee Hughes and He’s Blue

Lee Hughes and He’s Blue

Aiken Summer Classics Wrap-Up Release

Aiken, South Carolina, June 23, 2019 - Lee Hughes, of Athens, Georgia, piloted Wolver Hollow’s He’s Blue to the win in the $5,000 Marshall & Sterling Classic Hunter Derby, besting a field of 27 horse-and-rider teams.

“I thought it was a nice mix of Pros, Amateurs and Juniors, which made for an even playing field,” commented Hughes. “The course posed lots of questions, but overall it was very fair. There were sweeping, bending lines, which I love, and the course was very presentable. There were natural obstacles with the hay bales, and there was a split rail with wine barrels as a high option, which we took—we took all the high options,” she said. “That one rode a little tricky and a few peeked at it. It was off a short turn, so you had to catch it just right.”

Hughes has been riding He’s Blue since November. “He came out of the jumpers, and we decided to try him in the hunters. He’s very brave with a huge stride but can turn really easily. I have a blast with him. We won our first Derby we did together. This is our third one and his second win. He’s only 7, so there’s a lot ahead for him,” she added.

Brad Pitt, owned by Palmyra Enterprises and ridden by Sheridan Johnson, of Raleigh, North Carolina, earned second-place honors as well as winning the $500 Marshall & Sterling 3’3” Non Pro Rider Bonus.

Valentine, owned and ridden by Liddy Strickland, of Mcdonough, Georgia, earned a third-place ribbon as well as the $300 Marshall & Sterling 3’3” Non Pro Rider Bonus. Haute Couture, owned and ridden by Sheridan Johnson, of Raleigh, North Carolina, took home the fourth-place ribbon as well as the $200 Marshall & Sterling 3’3” Non Pro Rider Bonus.

Empire Show Stables’ Ayla, ridden by Kris Killam, of Naples, Florida, earned a fifth-place ribbon and Masterpiece, owned and ridden by Paige Moose, of Tampa, Florida, took home sixth as well as the $500 Marshall & Sterling 3’ Non Pro Rider Bonus.

Carnaval Elite, owned by Whish LLC and ridden by Whitney Lind, of Bethesda, Maryland, rode away with the seventh-place ribbon as well as the $300 Marshall & Sterling 3’ Non Pro Rider Bonus.

Eighth place finisher, Versailles, owned and ridden by Allison Wegmann, of Saint Rose, Louisiana, also won the $200 Marshall & Sterling 3’ Non Pro Rider Bonus. Scout, owned and ridden by Mattie Worsham, of Cumming, Georgia, earned a ninth-place finish, and Mandolin, owned by Lynn Laird and ridden by Josie Evans, of Covington, Georgia, placed 10th.

Carolyn Bell, of Alpharetta, Georgia, piloted her own Corleando to an 11th-place finish, and Isabel Harbour, also of Alpharetta, Georgia, wrapped up the class with 12th in the irons of Showcase Limited’s In The Black. For more information on this class, please visit horseshowsonline.com.

ABOUT MARSHALL & STERLING INSURANCE

Marshall & Sterling Insurance is the title sponsor of all Marshall & Sterling Classic Hunter Derbies at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic and Classic Company shows in 2019.

Marshall & Sterling’s Equisport Division was created by insurance professionals to meet the demands of horse owners from competing professionals, dedicated amateurs and those who just plain love horses.

Their client service and claims team is dedicated exclusively to support their horse insurance clients. One quick call to their office will provide instant answers to your questions. Claims are handled quickly and efficiently. They work to exceed every customer’s expectation for quality and service.

Marshall & Sterling Insurance specializes in personalized plans that encompass a full range of extensive coverage options, uniquely tailored to fit your distinctive needs.

Marshall & Sterling Insurance is your true advocate when it matters most—when you apply for insurance, and when your horse has an accident, becomes sick, or injured. For more information, visit them on the web or call their office at 800-836-3046.

Out and About on the Winter Equestrian Festival Circuit

(Wellington, FL) $209,000 Marshall & Sterling Insurance/Great American CSI 4* Grand Prix. Beezie Madden and Darry Lou for the win! McLain Ward and Tradition de La Roque place second, and Kent Farrington and Gazelle take third. Sportfot Photo

(Wellington, FL) $209,000 Marshall & Sterling Insurance/Great American CSI 4* Grand Prix. Beezie Madden and Darry Lou for the win! McLain Ward and Tradition de La Roque place second, and Kent Farrington and Gazelle take third. Sportfot Photo

Marshall & Sterling Insurance Equisport Division WEF Updates

Congratulations to Penelope Ayers and Kings Road! Champion of Week 4 Marshall & Sterling Insurance Older Adult Amateur Hunter Sec. B.  📸 Elizabeth MacWilliam

Congratulations to Penelope Ayers and Kings Road! Champion of Week 4 Marshall & Sterling Insurance Older Adult Amateur Hunter Sec. B.
📸 Elizabeth MacWilliam

Even horses love our insurance agents! 😂🦄😍 Congratulations to Brad Wolf and Private Practice  WEF - Winter Equestrian Festival Week 1 Champions in the Marshall & Sterling Insurance Older Adult Amateurs. 📸 Sportfot

Even horses love our insurance agents! 😂🦄😍 Congratulations to Brad Wolf and Private Practice
WEF - Winter Equestrian Festival Week 1 Champions in the Marshall & Sterling Insurance Older Adult Amateurs. 📸 Sportfot

Insurance is all about protecting your valuable assets. As horse people, we at M&S Insurance understand how important your equine operations are. We can help you see how our insurance can benefit your horse business. Honored to sponsor week 4 at the 2019 WEF - Winter Equestrian Festival 😍🦄🌴 📸 Elizabeth MacWilliam

Insurance is all about protecting your valuable assets. As horse people, we at M&S Insurance understand how important your equine operations are. We can help you see how our insurance can benefit your horse business. Honored to sponsor week 4 at the 2019 WEF - Winter Equestrian Festival 😍🦄🌴 📸 Elizabeth MacWilliam

Happy WEF Week 1 😍🦄

Happy WEF Week 1 😍🦄

Proud sponsors of the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

Proud sponsors of the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.