Day At The Track

Georgian Down's Family Night a huge success

04:48 AM 22 Jul 2014 NZST
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Kids and adults had a great time at Family Fun Night

Not even Mother Nature's fury could keep fans from attending Georgian Downs' Family Day experience last weekend.

Despite dark clouds and a few raindrops fans lined up to enjoy miniature pony racing, bouncy castles, mini golf and rides around the track with a standardbred racehorse. In fact, the sign-up list to hop in the double-seated jog cart for a tour of the oval was filled in less than a half hour.

People came from all over to take part in the fun, including one family that came straight from a Blue Jays game earlier that day.

"We were rushing checking the time hoping that we wouldn't miss our chance to ride behind a racehorse," said Stacey Marchand.

When asked if it was worth the rush she said, "Yes! It was great, but it goes by a lot quicker than you think - probably because you don't want the ride to end."

Al Whiteside, a newcomer to the track, learned of the event via a radio promotion.

"I won my chance to ride with a horse on the radio and my friend's wife tried to trade me my ride for concert tickets because she loves horses that much," said Whiteside.

Over forty racing fans - young and old - enjoyed the adrenaline rush of sitting behind a racehorse for the first time, and for each of them it was an experience they won't soon forget.

For your chance to drive a racehorse here are events coming up at a track near you:

Saturday, July 26 - Hanover Raceway (Hanover)

Saturday, August 2 - Hiawatha Horse Park (Sarnia)

Friday, August 8 - Grand River Raceway (Elora)

Sunday, August 10 - Dresden Raceway (Dresden)

Friday, August 29 - Grand River Raceway (Elora)

Saturday, August 31 - Clinton Raceway (Clinton)

For photos from Georgian Downs' Family Day event,

by Stacey Reinsma, for Hands On Horses Program




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