SARATOGA SPRINGS>> 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 Monday, Aug. 17, local 4-H Youth will have 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 will be spending the day with industry professionals. Young people who live locally year round may not be aware of the equine career opportunities in their own backyard.
Tracy Egan, Executive Director of The Fund said in a press release “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 will start the morning off with a tour of the Oklahoma Track and barns, seeing the horse’s morning workouts with their trainers. They will learn about the breeding industry and potential careers in the equine industry. Next, they will tour 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. Finally, participants will be treated to lunch and a day at the races at the famous Saratoga Racecourse. Monday’s are family day at the races with plenty of educational opportunities and activities for all to enjoy.