Anthony F. Hitchcock
Tony Hitchcock is a leading innovator in horse show marketing and management in the U.S., consistently developing creative and successful classes and series that benefit both the horseman and the show management company. He has been involved with the annual Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix, the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final and will introduce the $250,000 HITS 3' Hunter Prix Final this spring. He has been associated with the National Horse Show, the Washington International Horse Show, the Hampton Classic and the HITS horse show circuits through the U.S. Over the past 30 years, he has been instrumental in growing the total number of active competitors as well as increasing the popularity of horse shows to the general public.
Hitchcock has been associated for many years with HITS, Inc. a national horse show production company, which produces multi-week horse show circuits in Thermal, California; Ocala, Florida; Tucson, Arizona; Culpeper, Virginia; and Saugerties, New York. He serves as senior vice president and drives the development and execution of short- and long-range strategies for securing corporate sponsorships for show programs, such as the annual Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix. He also is involved in expanding the HITS community outreach programs as well as providing long-term development and supervision of the HITS Food Service division.
For the past three years Hitchcock served as chief operating officer of the Washington International Horse Show in Washington, DC, the leading metropolitan indoor horse show in the country, where he was instrumental in guiding the show to a sound financial footing. In January 2012 he retired from that position and took on the role as advisor to the president and executive director.
In 1976, Tony and his wife, Jean Lindgren, founded the Hampton Classic Horse Show on Long Island, New York, and built it into one of the largest and most successful hunter-jumper competitions in America. Under their leadership, the Hampton Classic grew to attract more than
1,500 competitors and about 50,000 spectators annually. They retired from the show in April 2006.