SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Saratoga is the summer place to be when it comes to horses. Adults and youth horse lovers alike flock to Saratoga to see the Thoroughbred horses. On Thursday, August 3rd, local 4-H Youth had the opportunity to learn about the Thoroughbred horse industry up close and personal. Thanks to a sponsorship from the New York Thoroughbred Breeding & Development Fund, approximately 30 youth from Saratoga and surrounding areas spent the day with industry professionals. Young people who live here year round may not be aware of the equine career opportunities in their own backyard. Tracy Egan, Executive Director of The Fund says “The NYS Thoroughbred Breeding & Development Fund is pleased to support the CCE outreach to youth. Part of our mission to promote responsible breeding is to encourage young people to respect horses at every stage of life. Today’s 4-H member could one day train or raise Thoroughbreds with caring and respect”.
Youth started the morning off with a tour of the Oklahoma Track and barns, seeing the horse’s morning workouts with their trainers. They learned about the breeding industry and potential careers in the equine industry. Next, they toured the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame to learn about the history of horse racing, and gain a historical perspective on Thoroughbred racing and how it has evolved. Several youth had a chance to ride the racing simulator, which gave them a jockey’s perspective of riding a Thoroughbred racehorse. Finally, participants were treated to lunch and a day at the races at the famous Saratoga Racecourse.
For more information on Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County, 4-H Youth programs and CCE Equine, please call 885-8995 or visit www.ccesaratoga.orgor Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CCESaratoga. For information on the New York Thoroughbred Breeding & Development Fund please visitwww.nybreds.com.
—Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County
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