Health, History and Horses at the Skidmore College Saratoga Classic Horse Show

Everyone is a winner at the Skidmore College Saratoga Classic Horse Show (SCHS). Blue ribbons and prizes are awarded not only in the show ring but also outside the ring as well. Everyday exhibitors have a chance to win prizes and gifts for simply participating in the two weeks of competition.

The SCHS takes place in Saratoga Springs, NY, a town rich with tradition, history, and culture. While exhibitors participate in two weeks of AA-rated competition from June 12 through June 24, non-equestrian family members can take in extraordinary shopping, renowned restaurants and golf courses, as well as the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, the Saratoga Automobile Museum, the National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame, the Children’s Museum, and the New York State Military Museum.

Additionally during the two weeks of competition, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center has performances by Yanni, Drake, and the Beach Boys. Make a point of visiting one of Saratoga’s famed seventeen public mineral springs. Deer Park Spring, located in Congress Park, is a short walk from the show grounds.  After a long day of enjoying all that the town has to offer, visit one of the many relaxing spas that Saratoga is famous for.

Scott Stewart — Photo by Parker/Russell/The Book LLC.

In addition to enjoying downtown Saratoga, just a few blocks up the road, Skidmore College offers an array of exciting summer performances, art exhibits and programs for all ages.  On Friday nights, the TANG Teaching Museum and Art Gallery hosts UpBeat on the Roof, a wonderful summer music series.  The TANG also offers extraordinary exhibits, children’s programs, gallery tours, and workshops.  The College’s new Arthur Zankel Music Center hosts both musical and dance performances in a stunning new theater.  The 2012 Special Programs Summer Calendar posts in May.

“The Skidmore College Saratoga Classic Horse Show is a competition that not only exhibitors enjoy but so does the whole family,” said Adele Einhorn, Executive Director of SCHS. “The horse show attracts some of the top riders and trainers in the country and most importantly all proceeds go directly to fund scholarships for students who otherwise can’t afford college tuition.”

As a winner of the 2011 United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Member’s Choice Awards, the 2012 highlight events will include the $25,000 Landgero Cup Grand Prix, $15,000 USHJA International High Performance Hunter Derby, $15,000 Thoroughbred Hunter & Jumper classes, and $10,000 Jumper Classic. Scenic and shaded show grounds provide an ideal place for families and their children to compete in the short stirrup, pony hunters, children hunters, junior hunters, equitation, and jumper classes.

The $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby will be held during the first week of SCHS, which will be a World Championship Hunter Rider Member Event, on Saturday, June 16th in the Jumper Ring. The derby event will include jumps reminiscent of the hunt field, such as a natural post and rail, stonewall, hedges, and logs.


Lili Keenan — Photo by Hunter Messineo.

The newest addition to the 2012 SCHS are the Low Thoroughbred Hunter & Jumper Classes sponsored by the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, the New York Racing Association, and the New York Thoroughbred Breeders as part of their Take 2 Initiative. The initiative’s mission is to develop second career opportunities for retired Thoroughbreds. The classes are open to Thoroughbreds only that possess either a Jockey Club certificate of registration, a lip tattoo, or a letter from the Jockey Club verifying their identity.

SCHS offers a large array of marketing and sponsorship opportunities at all levels of support.  At Skidmore, Creative Thought Matters, and we are happy to meet individual needs by developing customized options for corporate promotion and marketing opportunities, as well as personal donor options.  Our mission is to provide you with valuable marketing and meaningful sponsorships.  This event is the College’s single largest fundraiser and has generated more than $3 million in scholarship support.

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