Annual Saratoga Springs Horse Show kicks off for the weekend

SARATOGA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Saratoga Springs horse show is underway. It’s a nonprofit, helping area charities.

It’s the last weekend of the 56th annual Saratoga Springs Horse Show. It’s a three weekend event. In the past four years alone it’s given out around $200,000.

In the jumper ring on Friday morning; 14 and under as well as low child and adult. On Saturday, they’ll raise the bar for grand prix show jumping with fences over five feet high.

While these riders compete for money, the horse show is a charity event. And that’s why former pro football player Bob Reed is involved.

He brought a chapter of the NFL Alumni Association to the Capital Region about 15 years ago. Its mission is helping children.

“The bottom line is caring for kids, and anything that is going to support the community with children involved, when I’m asked to, I volunteer my time in order to enhance that image and philosophy when it involves youth and community,” said Bob Reed, Former NFL player.

The former Minnesota Viking, with a Super Bowl ring, says it’s about discipline.

“Respect for what you are doing and you out all that ingredients, as they grow up, that doesn’t leave itself,” said Reed.

Gates is the announcer for the jumper ring. It’s something he does all over, though says this one is unique.

“It’s almost like shows used to be even though they’ve made a lot of improvements. They’ve got the big scoreboard now and they bring in top notch professionals from all over. It reminds me of the old days. Even though they’ve kept up to date. I like it, it’s three weeks. It’s our first trip of the year, it’s nice,” said Jason Gates, Tequesta, FL, Announcer for the Jumper Ring.

It’s $4 to get in and free on Saturday of you wear pink for cancer awareness.

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