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A rider guides a horse over one of the obstacles during the steeplechase race at the Genesee Valley Hunt on Saturday at Nations Farm, Geneseo.
GENESEE VALLEY HUNT
Sun and fun shine on Genesee Valley Hunt Races
Most came for the horses. Some came for the dogs. There was also food, tailgating and a festive atmosphere among the thousands that came to the Genesee Valley Hunt Races on Nations Farm on Nations Road, Geneseo, on Saturday.
“It’s a great social event,” said Kathy Bannister of Gainesville, who was attending her first Hunt Races with a group of friends from the Rochester-area who had all attended several previous races.
The group came with a picnic lunch and “English-style desserts” of pound cake, raspberries and a rich crème sauce.
Sandy Lehmann of Henrietta organized the outing. This year’s event was her seventh time.
“It’s very busy in the city. This is a change from city life,” Lehmann said. “It’s something everyone gets to do.”
More than 5,000 people were expected to attend the event, which took place under beautiful blue, sunny skies, with temperatures into the mid-70s.
In addition to the main races, which included the Martha S. Wadsworth Memorial and the 85th running of the Genesee Valley Hunt Cup steeplechase and its $25,000 purse, there were dog races and agility demonstrations, a stick-horse race for young children, and an agriculture discovery center that celebrated Livingston County’s leading industry, agriculture.
“The people, the racing, the setting, it’s just beautiful,” said Sal Guido of Elma. “It’s been a fun day to come out to and the weather has been great.”
Find additional coverage of the Genesee Valley Hunt Races in the next print edition of the Livingston County News, which arrives in stores on Wednesday.