Genesee Valley Hunt Races to Help Hospital
Monday, September 25, 2006
People interested in a real fall treat should venture out; they’ll help a great cause and have a lot of fun to boot.
Horse-lovers, hound-lovers, here’s some good news: your trip to this year’s Genesee Valley Hunt Races will support Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong.
Held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, just off Nations Road in Geneseo, the day of races celebrates a 78-year tradition of horse racing, canine events and family fun, all in a valley back-lit by autumn’s orange and gold.
Besides 10 horse races (ranging from junior flat races to jumping races featuring world-class steeplechase thoroughbreds) and special canine events (including “Weiner dog” races for Daschunds, sheepherding demos and dog agility courses), there’s lots of other fun for the whole family. Free events for children include pony rides, horse drawn wagon rides and competitions for kid jockeys (riding stick horses). Adults are sure to be tickled by the array of shops and boutiques, not to mention a rather ritzy tailgating competition, featuring oriental rugs, dining furniture, fine china and stemware! The events benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital and the Geneseo Rotary.
Howie Jacobson, chair of the children’s hospital’s board of directors, has a 15-year-old son, Gunther, who plans to compete in the day’s races.
“This event is really one of the big highlights of the Genesee Valley Hunt’s racing season, and the organizers are delighted to recognize the children’s hospital with a donation for the third year in a row,” Jacobson said. “People interested in a real fall treat should venture out; they’ll help a great cause and have a lot of fun to boot.”
Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the gate on race day. Children 12 years old and younger are admitted free. To buy yours, call (585) 243-3949; for more information, visit www.geneseevalleyhunt.org/Races.htm.