Have you ever visited the historic ‘equestrian style’ town, Saratoga in New York? If you haven’t, we highly recommend a trip, or even adding the Saratoga Horse Shows to your horse show bucket list.
The Battles of Saratoga (September 19 and October 7, 1777) marked the peak of the Saratoga campaign; the attempt by the British to gain military control of the Hudson River valley during the American Revolutionary War. Today, we know it as the ‘southernmost foothills of the Adirondack Region in Upstate New York’. The slogan for Saratoga Springs is, “Health, History, and Horses,” the three things it is best known for.
Full of rich history, mineral springs, historic inns and parks, Skidmore College, eclectic boutiques and shopping on Broadway street, and the traditional Saratoga Race Track, Saratoga is quite the place to visit during the Summer.
Saratoga is one of the few places left rich in minerals. The springs are a result of a geological fault that allows water trapped in shale layers to surface. Historically, settlers here would bathe and drink the Saratoga waters to heal and cure themselves of ailments. Even George Washington was an advocate of Saratoga’s restorative powers. Even today, some doctors recommend ‘taking the waters’ to cure kidney and liver complaints, rheumatism, diabetes, heartburn, cancer, malaria, hangovers, and more.
The ‘old dirt track on Union Ave’ is one of the oldest race tracks in American history. By many accounts, it is also known as the oldest organized sporting venue of any kind in the country. One of it’s most famous races, ‘The Travers’, nicknamed Midsummer Derby, brings together the greatest three-year-old horses to the race course to compete for the $1.25 million purse. Saratoga is also known for it’s high profile Thoroughbred Sales industry, which sales running through Fasig Tipton during August and October.
Fiberglass horse statues are painted throughout the town to recognize Saratoga’s art scene. Shopping on broadway is one of our favorite activities. The buildings are rich in history, and you can find unique pieces in the boutiques you won’t find anywhere else. One of our favorite stores is Saratoga Saddlery! Be sure to stop in and tell them hey from the Goode Rider Gals 😉
Shop our ‘Summer Saratoga Look’ below!
Happy Polo: Silky yet technical this fun polo is as functional as it is flattering.
Vogue Jean: Among the most Flattering of Jean Breeches in a Mid Rise Fit.
Reign Jacket: This stylish colorful jacket will brighten your outlook on a dreary rainy day. Streamlined silhouette with a drawcord in back so you can get a turned in look at waist.