Program: How Hambletonian became the pride of Chester

| 15 Feb 2012 | 09:48

Goshen — Dr. Alan Eckard will lead a presentation about how Hambletonian, the foundation sire of the American Standardbred breed of horse, became the pride of Chester. The program is part of the "Lunch and Learn" lecture series at the Harness Racing Museum, 240 Main Street. The program will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7, and includes a buffet lunch with beverages and dessert. The cost is $18 for museum members and $20 for non-members. Reservations are suggested and may be made by calling 294-6330. Dr. Eckard will stell the story of how, in spring 1849, a local farmhand named William Rysdyk noticed something unusual about a little colt born in a field at the Jonas Seely farm in Sugar Loaf. He bought the colt for $125 and went on to make his fortune from this horse, who became an important figure in the sport of harness racing. A photo presentation will show the places where Hambletonian’s story unfolded. Dr. Eckard’s wife, Rosemary, is the innkeeper at the Hambletonian Bed and Breakfast in Chester, the original home of William Rysdyk and where the couple now lives. For more information call 294-6330 or e-mail Thanks to support from the United States Trotting Association, the museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and $4 per person for group docent-guided tours. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.