SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The 54th Annual Saratoga Springs Horse Show, a long-established fundraiser in the region, is the first outdoor show of the season in the Northeast and is underway at the Yaddo-New York Racing Association grounds off Union Avenue.
Kicking off a five month celebration of the Spa City's horse season, the event is expected to draw hundreds of spectators for a $3 admission fee, all of which goes back to benefiting the community. The two-week competition is held by the Capital Fund of Saratoga County, a not-for-profit organization that donated more than $40,000 to area missions, shelters, food pantries and veteran organizations last year. After its first year of taking over the show, The Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau awarded the organization the 2012 Hometown Ambassador for its efforts in encouraging events to be held in Saratoga.
Tom Fueston, CEO of the Capital Fund of Saratoga County and the Saratoga Springs Horse Show, said they are hoping to be able to draw more revenue for the county this year. More than 420 participants from Maine to Florida are taking part in the competition, but what makes it even more special in 2013 is it marks the beginning of the festivities set for the 150th anniversary of the Saratoga Race Track.
The show features hunters, jumpers, and equitation classes in both amateur and professional divisions riding in three different rings from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Competition began Wednesday and continues through Sunday, May 5, with a second show picking up on Wednesday, May 8 that will wrap up on Sunday May 12.