The Capital Fund of Saratoga County Inc. and Saratoga Casino Hotel are working to keep the Saratoga Springs Horse Show in Saratoga Springs.
Pending a definitive binding agreement, the three-week show will take place in May 2018 at Saratoga Casino Hotel, officials said.
Going back to 1961, the Saratoga Springs horse show has been a long-standing tradition with equine fans and attended by some of the top equestrian talent in the Northeast.
“Partnering with Saratoga Casino Hotel will benefit all parties involved, including the city of Saratoga Springs,” said Tom Fueston, president of the Capital Fund of Saratoga County. “Our competitors have expressed a desire to keep the show within close proximity to downtown Saratoga, and our plan will accomplish that.”
“We are thrilled to play a part in this project and we look forward to keeping this long running tradition alive in Saratoga Springs,” said Skip Carlson, vice president of external affairs and signature service at Saratoga Casino Hotel.
Moving the horse show to Saratoga Casino Hotel will also provide the necessary infrastructure needed for the show, officials said. With over 800 stalls on property, the casino will be able to offer both the required grounds for hosting the show and barns needed to welcome over 500 anticipated horses that will be participating.
The Capital Fund of Saratoga County is also planning to rely on their long-standing relationship with NYRA to request use of additional barns located close to the harness track.
The Capital Fund of Saratoga County and Saratoga Casino Hotel have enlisted the services of the LA Group of Saratoga Springs to assist in the design and planning of the grounds for the 2018 show at the new venue. Initial plans include warm-up rings to be constructed on the grounds of the practice track at the casino and the development of four set areas to host the four rings of the show. Sufficient space will also be allocated to accommodate the spectators and vendors associated with the show, the groups said.
People wanting to financially support the 2018 venue transition can make a tax deductible donation. For more information, contact Tom Fueston at (518) 490-1214 or Tom@SaratogaSpringsHorseShow.com.
Donations can also be made at the show’s website at www.SaratogaSpringsHorseShow.com, or write to: Capital Fund of Saratoga County Inc., PO Box 1310, Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866.