Much Ado About... Saratoga

There's a P.L.A.N. and It Includes You!

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So, you've heard that there was this battle here in town about 230-some-odd years ago, right? Some called it the turning point of the American Revolution.

You've heard that this town has more than a few mineral springs, healing waters if you will, too right?

How about the racing game? Know much about it? They like running horses here too. Oldest racetrack in North America is right here in Saratoga.

I guess what I'm saying is this joint's got itself some history and if ever there is a town worth promoting, preserving, sponsoring, and helping, it's this piece of land right here in the Adirondack foothills.

So .. now ... let me ask you this: Are you familiar with Saratoga P.L.A.N. at all?

Saratoga P.L.A.N. is Saratoga Preserving Land and Nature.

They are currently working with a property owner, their neighbors, Saratoga County, and a local town to purchase the development rights on a farm growing alfalfa, clover and grass hay for a thoroughbred breeding operation.

saratogaplan.jpgBut they want you too. They'd love the support.

This piece of land is an 84-acre piece of property that has been in the same family for 90 years. What they want to do is protect it with a permanent conservation easement, to ensure the grounds will always be available for continued agricultural pursuits.

Unless you've been living under the rocks of these aforementioned foothills, horses have played a pretty big part in the growth of the town, its tourism, its economy ... hell, it's a way of life up here.

What Saratoga P.L.A.N. is working to do in this instance is to secure the land base that the local equine industry depends upon for pasture and hay.

Agricultural fields shape, support, and sustain the region's horse industry and the community's character. If you like racing - standardbreds or thoroughbreds, if you like to trail ride or just dig the serenity of watching horses grazing in the pasture Saratoga P.L.A.N. is hoping you might give them a hand.

Here's the good news. They've raised 94% of the costs for the conservation project of this farm but need just under $20 grand to complete the easement process this summer and summer is running out.

Visit them. Go to their website. Just click Saratoga P.L.A.N. and take a peek for yourself.

You have no idea how much they'll appreciate your support ... not to mention the horses.

Granted, the gratitude of the equine may not come in the form of a thank you note, but next time you're hangin' out near a pasture and a horse looks your way, keep an eye peeled.

It may neigh, it may whinny, it may wink, it may gallop around in circles for you to watch. That's just their way of saying "thanks."

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Patrick Kerrison

While most American men of Patrick's generation grew up talking to their Dad about baseball and the likes of Mantle, Ford, Berra and DiMaggio, he and his father covered the racing beat and talked of Ruffian, Seattle Slew, Affirmed and John Henry.

The son of a newspaperman, Patrick spent his summers a "spoiled" child, but not in the traditional sense. Spoiled because his August months were spent at Saratoga Race Course watching the best the game ever offered.

Breakfast in the mornings, races in the afternoons and the occasional party when kids were welcomed in the evenings, he has lived a privileged childhood. For better than 10 years Patrick worked in varied frontside positions in racing, "living the dream" as he calls it.

Today at age 41, he reverts back to his life as an eight year old with the same passion and love for the town of Saratoga he always had, but with the perspective of an adult. His appreciation for her history and his desire to go back in time revives every summer, while never forgetting the glorious life he lives today. Patrick and Saratoga.com invite you to come back to Saratoga's 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries and a little bit about today, too.