Who We Are . . .
The Capital Fund of Saratoga County, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 public charity (Fed ID #45-3668104) established in 2011 to provide financial support or aid, directly or indirectly, in support of the missions of the not-for-profit organizations in Saratoga County that are helping others in need. We are an all volunteer organization that believes it is good to help others and we are hosting this event to accomplish that mission.
Our Motivation . . .
The Capital Fund was started by a few of the long time volunteers for the St. Clement’s Saratoga Horse Show after St Clements decided to not continue hosting the show. These volunteers did not want to see this beautiful horse show close after 51 years of bringing high quality equestrian entertainment to Saratoga Springs.
Action Taken . . .
This new management group, with a little revamping, some belt tightening, a focused marketing effort, and some very difficult decisions as to if we should proceed or not, decided to move forward (with a lot of apprehension). This was made more difficult because of a rumor that the show had closed was circulating and it had to be overcome. Well, long story short, the 2012 Saratoga Springs Horse Show was held and it was a success. In fact we have been growing each year.
To help our volunteers take ownership of this event, the CFSC set up a process where the volunteers that participate in preparing and putting on this horse show, would recommend and then select the groups that will benefit from their volunteerism. This process was well received and is still being used today.
More challenges . . .
Because of the success with the Saratoga Springs Horse Show, the Capital Fund management was approached in mid-2013 to see if they would be interested in taking over the operation of another horse event in Saratoga, the Saratoga Horse and Tack Expo which had been held in the fall the past two years (since 2011) at the Saratoga Race Course. The organization that started this event decided not to continue it for a third year and again some of that event's founding members did not want to see it close. They believed it had great potential and was also a good event for Saratoga and the surrounding areas. Again with some apprehension, the Capital Fund took over the event and ran it on for two years. It was a challenge to make a go of it, but we were able to clear a profit each year and give to our selected charity. However, a combination of items about the operation of the event, including getting enough volunteers and acts to make it a go eventually lead to the decision that this event was not one that we could support going forward. We are presently working with some other groups that are interested in taking on this event as their own. For updates on this, please check the Saratoga Horse Expo website.