The dog events include a Jack Russell terrier race, a sled dog demonstration, the Canine Grand Prix of dog agility, the Parade of GVH Hounds and a wiener dog race (for dachshunds and other similar breeds). It was amazing to see such a large pack of well-trained foxhounds respond to the huntsman’s horn. Marion A. Thorne, MFH, and huntsman, dismounted from her horse and invited children and parents from the audience to greet the hounds. Children were invited to participate in the Stick Horse race, pony rides and take a horse-drawn wagon ride. The Agri-Center tent hosted a petting zoo and activities such as roping a straw steer with lariats and riding a straw bale pony.
Over 200 volunteers donated their time and expertise to make the Genesee Valley Hunt Races and Fall Festival a very successful event. Proceeds from the GVH Races and Fall Festival benefit the Golisano Children’s Hospital, Geneseo Ambulance and Geneseo Rotary. For more information visit gvhraces.com.