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Stall Street Journal Entry 25

Friday, June 21, 2013

Stall Street Journal – Entry #25

At McMahon Thoroughbreds of Saratoga, we believe it’s important to give back to the community, industry and environment. We have been blessed to have all that we have, and feel that this is the least we can do.

So, we try to be as conservation-minded as possible. John spearheads this, as his agronomy background allows for an awareness of farming methods that are most ecologically sound. Recycling matter has always been a top priority on the farm. We were also among the first accredited members of the NYS Horse Health Assurance Program, garnering certification for our hygienic and safe practices. The drive to have this farm healthy and environmentally sound for many generations to come --- of both McMahon’s and all the thoroughbreds that inhabit our environs --- is strong.

An effort is also made to help the thoroughbred racing and breeding industry. It needs help, and with our experience of some forty years in the business, we feel both an obligation and desire to commit ourselves to such an endeavor. Thus, we sit on boards (Farm Bureau, NYTB,etc.), speak at conferences, promote partnerships, lead tours, advertise, sponsor major races, attend career fairs, petition in Albany, and more. Self-serving? To an extent. But fundamentally it is about our passion for this industry, as we care deeply about its health.

Lastly, we care about our community and want to make it a better place. Our kids and grandkids go to school here. Our neighbors matter. We try to be an asset and a “jewel on the hill.” Once again, we wanted to “give back,” so we decided to host “Sundae on the Farm” again. This open house allows for area residents to visit a real working farm, learn more about agriculture, and realize the impact of a viable agricultural industry in Saratoga County. It was also a nice way of being a part of Saratoga Racecourse’s 150th anniversary.

The day promised to be a “Daily Double” of fun and education. Free events included tours of the farm, meet the stallions/broodmares/yearlings/foals (not to mention goats, llamas, etc.). There were a variety of children’s activities, horse drawn carriage rides, live music, agricultural exhibits, lots of food (burgers/dogs, ice cream, pies, and more), and a farmer’s market with local farm produce.

 

                                                                           EPILOGUE

The turnout was fantastic. Thousands of people of all ages came to experience this wondrous event. It made for a very special Father’s Day for many a family. The planning was tedious, and many of our employees worked non-stop from 6am to 6pm, but the feeling of fulfillment helped curb the exhaustion and keep the spring in our step. Actually, not sure who was most worn out – the human’s or the horses! The stallions stood proud. The yearlings enjoyed the attention. The foals were wide eyed and playful, if not a bit shy at first.

While the Ice Cream Sundaes were certainly a hit, the horse was still at the forefront on this given day. The questions from the visitors to the tour guides came fast and furious.

“How much does a stallion cost?” (We wish they were less expensive than they are.)

“How many poops does a horse make in one day?” (While mucking stalls, we always remark that they go far too often.)

“How many miles is a horse race?” (We wish the modern day horse were sound/stamina- oriented enough to run the multi-mile races they used to run.)

“What happens if a horse gets out of the fence and goes to the apple orchard? (They’re either in for a delicious treat…or a visit from the vet.)

Speaking of eating too much, the pie a la mode was so good I had to have two helpings…a rookie mistake. And, along the same lines, if an event like this doesn't bring more young fans to our sport…..I’ll eat my (UTOPIA) hat!

As John mentioned on one of his countless tours, it’s all about the stallions…they keep the farm vital. How appropriate a message for this very special day….and Father’s Day!

                                                       ADDENDUM

The only winner (of many) that we’ll report on this week is for UTOPIA’S Saropia, winner of its last three starts for trainer Ralph D’Alessandro and owners….Joe and Anne McMahon!

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