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Former Servicemen To Drive S-Breds

Published: October 11, 2016 12:01 pm ET

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On Veteran’s Day (Friday, November 11), the United States will commemorate the valiant services of former members of its armed forces with speeches, parades and various other celebrations.

The local amateur driving clubs are planning an amateur driving challenge at Monticello Raceway for the previous day (Thursday, November 10), as an impetus to raise money for the local veteran’s food banks.

“We chose November 10th for two reasons. First, Monticello is dark on Fridays and second because it will mark the 241st anniversary of the United States Marine Corps,” noted former U.S Marine Alan Schwartz, who is the vice president of the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA), as well as the president of the local horsemen’s organization.

“We have planned our own special tribute for those who served our country with honour by staging an amateur driving challenge for veterans of the armed services who are currently amateur harness drivers and we’re re being joined in this endeavour by the Catskill Amateur Drivers Club (CADC) and its president, Gerry Fielding.

“At the end of Monticello’s November 10th racing program, each amateur club will donate $1,000 to the Veterans Food Pantry of Sullivan County,” Schwartz added.

Although the amateur clubs have great ambitions, their project couldn’t come to fruition without the help of Monticello Raceway’s longtime director of racing, Eric Warner, who over the years has been helpful in promoting his racetrack.

The Veterans Amateur Driving Challenge is only open to former servicemen who are amateur drivers licensed by the U.S. and/or Standardbred Canada.

“This may not be an easy race to fill but we surely feel this is a worthwhile endeavour,” Schwartz said. “Once the word is out we are hoping to get a good response from the proud veterans who helped preserve the American way of life.”

Anyone wanting more information, or to enter the event, must contact Warner at Monticello Raceway by calling 845-794-4100 (Ext. 557) or contact Schwartz in the horsemen’s organization’s office at 845-791-7747.


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