Cattaraugus County Equestrian Areas Featured on RFD-TV Show

News from Economic Development, Planning and Tourism, Posted on Thu, 01/28/2010 - 4:20pm

Bob Pfohl and Tom Seay

On February 18th and 25th, the Cattaraugus County Equestrian community and the Chautauqua County Equestrian community will be featured on RFD-TV’s series “The Best of America by Horseback” with host Tom Seay.

Best of America by Horseback is a fast moving, top quality television series that features a different riding location each week. It is designed to give horse owners the confidence and knowledge to travel to these wonderful locations with their own horses as well as offering riding vacation locations that supply horses to those that do not have their own.

Mr. Seay and his filming crew visited the Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties area on September 24th through the 27th, 2009, for its inaugural filming in New York State.  Beginning the tour for the weekend was the Annual Meeting for the New York State Horse Council, hosted by its Cattaraugus/Chautauqua Chapter.  Tom Seay was the keynote speaker at the event which was held at the Cherry Creek Inn with the luncheon served by the Mustard Seed Restaurant of South Dayton.

Next on the agenda was a visit to the Pine Hill/South Valley State lands just south of Randolph where the local chapter showcased their Adopt-A-Resource trails project.  This was a joint venture with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation that helped plan and develop 26 miles of horse and multi-use trails as well as an equestrian parking/camping area using a grant of $33,000 received from the NYS Horse Council.

Friday evening was spent at the Little Valley Riders Horse Park in Little Valley with an old-fashioned Cowboy Cookout and Western Show that was orchestrated by Jim and Dolly Little of The Crosspatch.  A delicious meal was cooked over an outdoor fire, followed by a country music show with dancing late into the night.     

The days were filled with travels across the two counties, visiting and filming various equine facilities and equine friendly establishments and enjoying the good food and company of our equestrian communities.  Although wishing to highlight the equestrian areas of each county, the group also desired to highlight other area attractions such as: New York’s Amish Trail, fishing, golfing, arts, skiing, agriculture and boating.

Sponsors of the project included Cattaraugus County and its Cattaraugus County Horsemen’s Association; Chautauqua County IDA; Catt/Chaut Chapter of the New York State Horse Council and Jack and Mary Peacock of Stagecoach West in Irving.

The Best of America by Horseback discovered so many wonderful things to see and do in the Cattaraugus and Chautauqua County area that it will feature the area in two parts.   Part One will air on February 18th, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. with Part Two airing on February 25th, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.  (RFDTV airs on Direct TV – channel 345 and Dish Network on channel 231.  Please check schedules for airtimes as these change.)

For more information, please contact Cattaraugus County Tourism at 1-800-331-0543.