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The Saratoga Springs Horse Show returns for the 2017 season, with its 40th and final year at this idyllic venue on the grounds of Yaddo. Each spring from 500 -700 horses gather in Saratoga to begin their northeast outdoor season at this long running “Premier” (AA) rated Hunter and Level 4/3 Jumper rated show. This has included many Olympic riders and horses and winners of other notable equestrian events both here in the United States and abroad.
Since this will be the last year at this venue, they will be taking a look back at the past and bringing back some of the little things that was a part of this show in the “early days”. Some of the other popular attractions will continue, such as: On Saturday, May 20th, the Saratoga County Animal Shelter will be on site to share their experiences in helping provide support in finding homes for unwanted pets and waiving their normal adoption fee for Veterans; Thursday, May 11th will be breast cancer awareness day and everyone is encouraged to wear pink as an outside garment in recognition of your support for those who have or have survived this disease. Each day a “Charity of the Day” will be selected and all “tips / donations” given at the food tent, souvenir area, and at our bistro will be given to that charity. And as always, the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby will be celebrated on May 6th, with a gathering of exhibitors and sponsors to watch the Derby on a “jumbo-tron” set up specifically for viewing the race. And let’s not forget Mother’s Day, which we will celebrate on May 13th to show our appreciation to all the moms who help make this show possible by helping their sons and daughters enjoy the thrill of competing in the sport of competitive equestrian riding. Then on May 20th we will celebrate the 141st running of the Preakness. On Saturday May 20th will be veteran’s appreciation day to coincide with Armed Forces Day. We will by groups representing the Veterans Peer Connection, Veterans and Community Housing Coalition, Chamber of Commerce Veterans Group and a US Navy color guard. Additional events are still being added to make this year’s event a place to visit for fun, and equestrian games.
This year the featured events will be the $30,000 Saratoga Cup Grand Prix (National Standard) on May 7th , the $30,000 David B. Wood Cup Grand Prix (National Standard) on May 14th , and $15,000 Steve and Yvonne Sullivan Cup (Regional Standard) on May 21st. Each of these events will begin approximately 3 PM.
In addition there will be vendors providing merchandise of both equestrian and non-equestrian styles, and of course food and refreshments prepared fresh daily on the show grounds by our food service professionals and volunteers. Daily admission (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) is $4.00 per person 12 and older. Admission is free on Wednesday and Thursday. This year the admission’s booth will be manned by three different charities who will get to keep the admission receipts for their organization’s programs. They include the Saratoga Race Track Chaplaincy, Tears Foundation – Saratoga Chapter, and Angel Names Association of Saratoga.
Competition starts on Wednesday and goes through Sunday of each week starting on May 3rd and running through May 21st. Warm up and first competitions usually begin between 7:30am and 8:00am each morning. Most competitions are over by 5:00 PM. The community is invited to come and enjoy three weeks of top notch equestrian competition, and help the Capital Fund of Saratoga County Inc. help others in need.
For more information, visit their Website at www.saratogaspringshorseshow.com.