by john manzi for NAADA and CADC
Efforts by the North American Amateur Drivers Association and the Catskill Amateur Drivers Club to present a race(s) for veterans who are also amateur harness drivers are coming to fruition according to NAADA vice president, Alan Schwartz.
“We have received confirmation from quite a few vets who are looking forward to competing in the event(s) here at Monticello Raceway which will help us raise money for the local veteran’s food bank,” Schwartz said. “Just recently (CADC president) Gerry Fielding and I have heard from Peter Gerry, George Bonomo, Joe Pennacchio, Bernie Boland and Jimmy Marshall 3rd, as well as local horsemen, Allen Sisco, Pete Siebert and Paul Moore so we’re well on our way of getting a field together. And should we get enough vets we’ll have two races.”
The event was planned for national Veterans Day, November 11th but since the Mighty M is dark on Fridays the race(s) will be slated for Thursday, Nov. 10. “But that’s OK since November 10th will be the 241st Anniversary of the United States Marine Corps,” noted Schwartz a former U.S Marine who besides being the vice president of NAADA is also the president of the Monticello Raceway’s Harness Horsemen’s Association.
“It’s true we have a good start at filling at least one division but with a few more entries we could possibly have two races,” Schwartz added.
At the end of the November 10th racing card at the Mighty M both NAADA and CADC will each donate $1000 to the Veteran’s Food Pantry of Sullivan County, NY.
Both amateur organizations are urging those who plan on attending the afternoon’s race card to please bring along a non-perishable food item which will then be delivered to the veteran’s food pantry.
The Veterans Amateur Driving Challenge is only open to former servicemen who are amateur harness drivers licensed by the U.S. and/or the Canadian Trotting Associations.