Tradition at its Finest 
Mark your calendar for the Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby Brunch

Written by Erin Meyering

It’s late June and the weather is unbelievably perfect — not too hot and not too cold. It’s derby day and everyone is wearing his and her best  — the ladies in beautiful, big floppy hats and the gentlemen in freshly pressed sport coats. As you walk along the large grassy lawn, you realize you’re in for a treat. Admiring horse royalty and witnessing each horse’s incredible athleticism is just one of the experiences on the docket. Enjoying expertly hand-selected wine pairings and local beer with your brunch is another.

In its seventh year, the Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby will draw equestrian enthusiasts, families, and community patrons to picturesque Washoe Valley at Franktown Meadows Equestrian Facility. One hundred percent of the funds from the event benefit the Food Bank of Northern Nevada in providing assistance to more than 97,000 people each month. Read more about the cause and what the Food Bank of Northern Nevada does for the community here

Festivities will unfold throughout the weekend of June 25 – 26. Gates open at 10 a.m. each day and guests will be treated to a fun-filled weekend of equestrian excellence, as well as shopping, children’s activities, a Calcutta auction, and more. On Sunday, VIP guests will delve into a decadent brunch, organized by Blend Catering in Reno. Along with a variety of fresh, delicious breakfast and lunch items will be white, red, and sparkling wine pairings hand-selected by experts at Peter Paul Wines. Great Basin Brewery from Reno also will provide libations. 

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This year's sanctioned derby weekend will feature more than $43,000 in prize money for top-ranked riders and horses. Dress to impress, rain or shine, in dresses, hats, blazers, and slacks. During the event, guests can watch the horses, and stroll through the Promenade of Shops, which will feature high-end clothiers, gourmet food purveyors, and other upscale merchants. See the full list of 2016 vendors here

For details and to purchase tickets to the Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby, call 775-722-1699 or visit the website

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