The renovated Steeplechase Gallery will have a new interactive feature during the upcoming meet at Saratoga Race Course, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame said July 10.
The new space, already open to the public, is double the size of the former location and includes three exhibition cases, additional space for art and photography, and the new computer interactive program called "Experience the 'chase," which will debut Aug. 1.
The interactive program features numerous multimedia options, including a map of all steeplechase locations in the United States, 50 historic and contemporary races, a history of the sport, and an updated Hall of Fame inductee section. The focal point is a National Fence-style brush jump with a built-in touch screen for users to access the program.
The program will also play high-definition footage of horses jumping brush and timber fences at various angles. The renovation was made possible through the financial support of members of the Steeplechase community, museum officials said.
"We would like to thank everyone involved in making this new gallery a reality," said Beth Sheffer, curator at the museum in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. "Plans to renovate the Steeplechase Gallery have been in the works for several years, and we are thrilled to be able to showcase the completed project this summer."