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Sunday, November 27, 2016

SRF to participate in parade with 25,000 spectators expected

By Fred Hudson

(November 28, 2016) - The annual Christmas in Middleburg Parade will take place Saturday, December 3rd, and, once again, the Standardbred Retirement Foundation will be representing the harness racing industry. Last year's parade brought out a record attendance of over 25,000 spectators that closed down the town of Middleburg, Virginia. Many of the town's restaurants actually ran out of food. The parade starts at 2PM following the Middleburg Hound and Hunt Review at 11AM.

The SRF's participation in the Middleburg Christmas parade under the guidance of Judy Bokman and Freddie Hudson is now in it's fourth year.

Hudson said; “When we first started participating in the parade there were only about 10,000 spectators and then the following year it grew to around 15,000 and last year it was totally unbelievable and unexpected with over 25,000 people showing up”.

Joining the SRF along with Hudson will be harness driver/trainer Mark Gray (with a sulky and horse), riders Rachel Rhodes and Michelle Graham along with racing official Cheri Collison.

Moira Fanning of the Hambletonian Society has sent gifts and brochures to pass out to the spectators and Allison Conte of the USTA has sent fan guides coloring books to also pass out. Dr. Scott Woogen, President of Virginia Harness Horseman’s Association, is working out the details of their participation.

This parade is a great way for the harness racing community to showcase it's sport to a large, influential crowd that, mostly, have no familiarity of or have never seen a harness race. Many celebrities participate in the parade including NFL Hall of Famers Sam Huff, Sonny Jergensen and John Riggins.

For more information please contact Freddie Hudson 631-896-9838 or email