Hidden behind properties in Bedford and spilling over into Pound Ridge is a historic system of 100 linear miles of trails managed and maintained by The Bedford Riding Lanes Association. According to the BRLA, as it is colloquially known, the trails were first cleared more than a century ago as an accommodation to the Fairfield-Westchester Hunt and provided a means for fox hunters to travel across the countryside to meets. The organization’s vigilance and enthusiasm contribute immeasurably to Bedford’s “horse country” vibe.
On Monday, May 29, the BRLA will host its 31st Annual Memorial Day Country Pace and Luncheon at the John Jay State Historic Homestead in Katonah. “The Pace is an extraordinary display of our Northern Westchester equestrian community,” says Houlihan Lawrence agent and BRLA member Christina Dochtermann. “Teams trailer to the Homestead and follow Pace Blazes through the woods, racing with equestrian mastery and sensibility to walk, trot, canter, or gallop where the terrain allows while crossing over fields, over jumps, and through water crossings. It's a beautiful display of horses of many breeds and riders ranging from the seasoned to bright-eyed juniors.” The first team departs at 7:30 am with the last team out at 11:30, followed by a barbecue luncheon, raffle, and awards.
Earlier in the holiday weekend, the BRLA will also host a "Horse Stuff” tag sale for equestrians looking to do some spring cleaning or to find some new treasures, gently used items, or horse-inspired furnishings. The sale will be held from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, May 27, at the Homestead, as well.
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site 400 Jay Street (Rt.22) Katonah, NY