June 5, 2013

I Rode In The 10th Annual Spring Vineyard Ride On The North Fork

Last Saturday, I was invited as the guest of honor, to take part in the 10th Annual Spring Vineyard Ride in the beautiful North Fork of Long Island, New York.  The North Fork has been successfully growing wine grapes since the 1970s and today there are 29 wineries open to the public.  This Vineyard Ride is a fund-raiser organized by Sally Lynch, President and one of the founders of Old Field Farm Ltd.,  whose mission is to reinstate Old Field Farm as an important center on Long Island for equestrian and community activities.  Built in 1931, this 13-acre equestrian facility has a distinctive waterfront setting on Long Island’s North shore.  For more than 50 years, Old Field Farm attracted thousands of riders and spectators to high-quality equestrian competitions.  Privately owned until 1986, the Farm was acquired by the County to protect it from development.  Today, years of deterioration need to be reversed to bring Old Field Farm back to its original glory.  The Vineyard Ride was quite a lot of fun.  We visited 4 vineyards - Martha Clara, Paumanok, Jamesport, and Dililberto Vineyards.  Riders could participate in wine tasting along the way, followed by a pleasant luncheon afterwards.