Made possible with funding From The Agriculture NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund
Road Trip to the Race Tracks is a unique two day program offered by NYS Region II Horse to the world renowned Saratoga Springs Race Tracks and breeding Farms. This trip will connect equine professionals that have successful horse breeding and racing careers with youth interested in pursuing those careers, the 4-H youth will make new friends on the bus ride to Saratoga Springs as well new connections in the equine world.
The trip is offered to 4-Hers in Region II through 4-H Educators with horse responsibilities, if space is available after May 1 st this “one of a kind trip” will be open to other 4-Hers in neighboring regions. An application from the 4-Her with two references and a $50 deposit is required. The balance of $50 is due by May 15 th for those who are selected. Applicants should be at least 14 at the time of the trip. Selections are based on the applicants desire to learn about career opportunities in the equine industry, particularly the breeding, grooming and training of the Thoroughbred Race Horse and the Standard bred Harness Horses.
Our first guided tour will be of Sugar Plum Farm, home of War Dancer, where we will meet the farm manager and learn about the care and breeding of their national known thoroughbreds.
Check out the website: www.sugarplumfarmsaratoga.com
Next we will tour and meet the veterinary professionals at the Root & Riddle Equine Hospital for a “behind the scenes” tour of this amazing clinic, and see the incredible work they do. Website www.roodandriddlesaratoga.com
A visit to The National Museum of Racing and Racing Hall of Fame is next for a 4:00 pm group tour before heading to the Harness Races at 7:00pm to watch the evening races at the rail. Website: www.racingmuseum.org
We will be up early for a guided tour of ‘the back side” to watch the horses warm up on the practice track, meet the trainers, groomers, and others who make the days races happen! Post time is 1:00 pm.
The opportunity to learn from horse owners, trainers and breeders of both Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds on a first person basis is what makes this trip so unique. Add in the opportunity to watch the thoroughbred races “at the rail” of the oldest race track in the USA with 4-H friends, new and old to make it truly special.
We will be using the Harness Horse Youth Foundation handbook “Studying the Standardbred” as reference while on the bus ride up before learning first hand from the horse owner/breeders. Everyone will get a copy of this reference book donated by the HHYF. Participants learn by seeking out answers to questions only folks currently making a living in the industry can truly answer. Guidance about education, internships and training is also presented. Personal experiences will be shared at the farm, hospital and track visits. Promoting equine careers with our youth has many benefits as it also promotes workforce development and economic development throughout the equine industry and New York State.
Evaluations will be filled out on the bus by every participant measuring their knowledge both before and after the experience.
Amy Morrisey, 4-H Educator, Ontario Countywww.racingmuseum.org
Jenny Groen, 4-H Educator, Steuben Countywww.sugarplumfarmsaratoga.com