Driving tour of horse farms, picnic slated Sunday to celebrate racing

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
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— The Saratoga County Board of Supervisors will sponsor a drive-it-yourself tour of five local horse farms followed by a picnic Sunday.

The event is part of the county’s efforts to celebrate the 150th anniversary of thoroughbred racing in Saratoga Springs. The tour at farms in five different communities, each participating in a different aspect of the equine economy, will be followed by a free picnic in Charlton.

Horse farming is a growing part of Saratoga County’s agricultural scene; there are about 11,000 resident horses here, the most of any county in the state.

The “For the Love of Horses” Farm Tour will open participating farms to visitors from noon to 4 p.m. There will be stops available at Win$um Ranch in Schuylerville, Hidden Spring Ranch in Moreau, Old Friends at Cabin Creek in Greenfield, Five Oak Farm in Saratoga Springs and Sand Hill Farm in Galway.

Win$um Ranch is a 150-acre, five-generation horse and cattle operation at 1392 Route 32 in Schuylerville. It specializes in boarding and training western riding and quarter horses.

Hidden Spring Ranch is at 185 Washburn Road, Moreau. It specializes in raising and boarding jump and dressage horses, and offers riding lessons.

Old Friends at Cabin Creek, 483 Sand Hill Road in Greenfield Center, is a retirement farm for thoroughbreds who have ended their racing careers. Among the horses living at the farm are Will’s Way, the 1996 Travers winner, and 1992 Jim Dandy and Travers winner Thunder Rumble.

Five Oak Farm is a thoroughbred breeding farm started in 2002 at 124 Denton Road, Saratoga Springs.

Sand Hill Farm is at 5286 Bliss Road, Galway. It is a 34-acre farm with Morgans, miniature horses and donkeys.

The event will conclude with a free family picnic from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Ellms Family Farm, 468 Charlton Road, Charlton. There will be food, wine and beer samples, and children’s activities.

Registration for the picnic is required, and limited to 250 people. Reservations should be made with Pam Hargrave at the Board of Supervisors’ office in Ballston Spa, 885-2240.

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