Attendance was higher than ever. Nearly 300 people of all ages attended for a rare glimpse of horse racing behind-the-scenes. Donations at the door topped $200 for the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society.
A full tour of the Open House stations included: a tour of the judges' stand and announcer's booth with track announcer Gary Guy; the basics of breeding, owning, training, driving and caring for racehorses; a tour of the paddock, testing areas, starting car and track maintenance vehicles; and the unique opportunity to drive a racehorse.
Grand River Raceway extends its sincere appreciation to the horsepeople who graciously volunteered their time, and horses, to help with this event: staff of the Hands On Horses Program (Stacey Reinsma, Natalie Elliott, Ken Ellis), Brian Tropea of the Ontario Harness Horse Association, Chris Munroe, Murray Small,, , Kristen Cobb, Paula McGuire, Ken Middleton, John Braid, John Newell, Gary Guy, Jim Ellis, Justin Herod, Chris Polifroni, , , Jane Belore, Ron O'Neill, Debi O'Brien Moran and Hannah Beckett from Trot 4 Kids.
To view photos from the Grand River Raceway Open House: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.712109232183792.1073741840.127947220599999&type=1&l=d6ea5c8a6d
To view the CTV coverage of the event: http://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/eight-race-tracks-form-alliance-to-streamline-horse-racing-and-fill-seats-1.1837705
Grand River Raceway's 2014 live racing season kicks off on June 2 at 6:30.
by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway