ELORA, ON - Back by popular demand, Grand River Raceway will host its fifth annual backstretch Open House on Saturday, October 19. Guests are invited to drop-in any time from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for a rare glimpse of horse racing behind-the-scenes. Admission is free.
A full tour of the Open House's four main stations will last approximately one hour. The itinerary includes the unique opportunity to drive a racehorse. Standardbred racehorses and double-seated jog carts from the Hands On Horses Program will provide the horsepower.
Other hands-on stations include a tour of the judges' stand and announcer's booth high atop the grandstand, and the opportunity to call a pre-recorded race alongside track announcer Gary Guy.
Back in the barn, visitors will learn the basics of breeding, owning, training, driving and caring for racehorses in sessions led by industry experts. Machinery enthusiasts will enjoy the opportunity to view and learn about the equipment and techniques required to maintain the track surface. The ever-popular starting car will also be on display, and open for photo opps.
No registration is required. The event is suitable for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The Open House runs rain or shine. Participants are urged to wear closed-toe shoes and casual, comfortable clothing.
Admission is free, but participants are urged to make a $2 donation at the door to support the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society. A BBQ lunch and beverages will be available for purchase between 11:30 - 2:00.
The Grand River Raceway Open House is presented in cooperation with the Hands On Horse Program and the Ontario Harness Horse Association.
More than 1,000 people have attended Grand River Raceway’s Open House event in the past four years. To view photos from the 2012 event: https://www.facebook.com/
By Kelly Spencer