Ray Schnittker has become a household name around Orange County, N.Y.
When the Monticello–Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association holds its 59th annual awards banquet on Sunday, Dec. 3, Schnittker will again be the talk of the town. The New York horseman will receive the organization's highest honor--the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Having been a fixture around Goshen Historic Track and wherever top harness horses are raced, "Rockin' Ray" and his Grand Circuit stable have amassed more than $37 million in purse earnings since calling the Cradle of the Trotter home. As a driver, he has won more than $42 million and 2,761 dashes, often dominating the lucrative New York Sires Stakes.
In 2008, when his undefeated 3-year-old trotter Deweycheatumnhowe swam, rode and drove his way into Hambletonian stardom, Ray was in the driver's seat.
Although Schnittker may be best known for his association with the aforementioned $3 million-winning triathlete, he has managed to develop a top horse nearly every season since. The 2017 campaign was no exception. His star 3-year-old pacer Huntsville earned more than $1 million and won both the Meadowlands Pace and the Cane Pace at the Meadowlands while battling with some of the best colts in the country. A world champion at two, the son of Somebeachsomewhere won eight with four seconds in 14 starts this year.
Schnittker has developed other world champions and multiple stakes winners such as Check Me Out, One More Laugh and Covert Action, just to name a few.
This year, in addition to the year-end awards for horses and horse people from the local tracks, the Monticello-Goshen chapter will also honor Dave Hanson (Excelsior Award); Dr. Herbie Burns (John Gilmour Good Guy Award); Crevani Farms (Cradle of the Trotter Breeders Award); Tim Masters (Amy Bull Crist Distinguished Service Award); Joseph Lee (Amateur Driver); Brandon Parker (Rising Star); and Carole Macedonio (Award of Appreciation).
Tickets for the gala event can be reserved by contacting Shawn Wiles at (845) 794-4100, ext. 458, or email email@example.com.
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