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Monday, July 21, 2014
The New Mexico Racing Commission has set 2014-15 race dates for the state’s five tracks.
Thursday, April 03, 2014
In this issue: Complete coverage of the 2013 Zia Awards Banquet in Albuquerque; news and notes from the 2014 NMHBA Annual Meeting; coverage of all New Mexico-bred stakes races at Sunland Park through March 16; profile of New Mexico Horsemen's Association executive director Eric Smith; story of jockey Mike Smith induction into the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame; and much more.
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NMHB Magazine April 2011 Issue

  Inside this issue:
  • 2010 Zia Award champions
  • Recap of New Mexico-bred stakes at Sunland Park 
  • Profile on Famous Lane Farm in Tularosa
  • NMHBA Trustee Spotlight: Kay Thurman 

  And much more!

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  • $400 Million into New Mexico's Economy
  • $63 Million in gaming taxes to New Mexico
  • 10,000 jobs in New Mexico
  • 12,000 horses associated with the industry
Horseracing is the largest spectator sport in New Mexico attracting more than 2 million out-of-state visitors while preserving farm land and valuable green space
Horse Farms are a critical element in maintenance of the states agricultural heritage

New Mexico Racing is Nationally Ranked

  • #7 - In number of Thoroughbred Stallions and Mares bred
  • #5 - In number of American Quarter Horse starters and owners of starters
  • #4 - In breeders of American Quarter Horse starters

New Mexico Horse Breeders Association

Promoting the breeding of racing American Quarter Horses & Thoroughbreds in New Mexico since 1961

The New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association promotes the breeding and racing of American Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds in the state. Established in 1961, this non-profit corporation has served as the backbone to an agricultural industry that is a long-standing tradition in New Mexico.

The NMHBA also serves as the official registry for New Mexico-bred horses. It also administers a legislative-mandated incentive fund, which encourages the expansion of the industry and improves the quality of performing athletes. More than ever, horses bred in New Mexico are competitive on a national level and are internationally recognized for their accomplishments.

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  • After receiving input from its Medication Committee, the New Mexico Racing Commission has announced that it will resume testing of Aminocaproic Acid. If the presence of this drug is detected in a sample provided by a racehorse, the trainer may be charged with a penalty assessed with a Class 4 drug.
  • Broodmares need to be registered by September 1 of the year they are bred for their foals to be registered without penalty. Once a broodmare is entered into the registry, she is registered for life. The mare must remain in the state of New Mexico for her entire pregnancy and foaling. All rules also apply to recipient mares. Current membership is required when registering any horses.
  • Stallions must be registered with the NMHBA before covering any mares in order for the resulting foals to be registered New Mexico-bred without any penalty.The penalty for each foal conceived prior to the registration of the stallion is $1,000. Current membership is required in order to register any horses. To register your stallion, contact the NMHBA office at (505) 262-0224.
  • If you have a New Mexico-bred that has been renamed or has been given a reissued set of registration papers, you need to get them restamped by the NMHBA office.
  • All horses age on January 1, 2013. Register your foals no later than December 31 in order to save money -- the older the foal, the higher the registration fee. Be sure your envelope is postmarked no later than December 31, 2012.
  • We will start accepting 2013 memberships on November 1, 2012. 
  • All stallions must be EVA tested and vaccinated before the breeding season. Stallions who have been vaccinated need to have a booster shot every year before the next breeding season. Forms will be mailed out for the veterinarians to fill out and sign.


In The News

Monday, July 21, 2014
The New Mexico Racing Commission has set 2014-15 race dates for the state’s five tracks.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Missing Reba, a stakes-winning daughter of the Artax stallion Diabolical, sprinted to a 1 1/4-length victory in the last of four Rio Grande Senorita Thoroughbred Futurity (R) trials at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
A pair of stakes winners, Raider Red and Lux, will next race in the July 27, $154,380 Rio Grande Senor Thoroughbred Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings at Ruidoso Downs.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Pierre and Leslie Amestoy’s Mighty Moonflash won the first of four Zia Derby (RG2) trials at Ruidoso Downs, posting the fastest qualifying time for the $139,483 final on July 26.

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