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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Ralph Vincent

Dear Fellow Members, 

Beverly and I just returned from Zia Park, where we witnessed an incredible showcase of New Mexico breeds for the New Mexico Classic Cup Day. Zia Park hosted 12 breed races with $1.8 million of added money and total purses of over $2 million. The entries in the Rocky Gulch New Mexico Classic Cup Championship for 3-year-olds and older contested over 1 mile had already earned more than $2.6 million. It's hard not to be excited about the racing industry in New Mexico when one witnesses this showcase. Congratulations to all of those who were fortunate enough to be among the competitors on this great day of New Mexico racing!

We held a second racing industry summit in early October to continue our discussions between the horsemen, breeders, track management, and staff from the racing commission. The topics are the same as the first meeting -- maximizing race opportunities, ways to improve public confidence in a clean and fair racing industry, new requirements for workmen's compensation, and several others. While we spent too much time discussing a proposed race date schedule and didn't make as much progress as the first summit meeting, we continued to have open, frank conversations about issues and potential solutions. These are great forums for exploring ideas and gaining a better perspective from the other industry represenatives. Our goal with the race dates is to have a more complete and permanent schedule that maximizes racing opportunities while providing the best possible product for the racing fan.

For a number of years we have not provided enough opportunity to the horses that fit somewhere in the middle. These horses are between the stakes and allowances but also do not belong in the lower claiming ranks. This is not unique to New Mexico, but we are attempting to rectify the disparities where possible by exploring changes that could be of benefit. One way to "create the middle" is to change the current purse structure to entice more horses to remain in the middle. This will mean less money to the lower claiming ranks and more money up the ladder. The allowances and stakes will remain similar to current purse structures. We have a plan for the breeders' added money that we will be discussing with all of the tracks.

I have heard from a number of our members about different issues, and I hope everyone has been satisfied that we take your input, discuss it and where necessary, provide it to those who can make a difference. Please continue to correspond via e-mail at rvincentco@msn.com or call me directly at (505) 720-8771.

I hope you all have big plans for the foaling and breeding season and find the perfect stallion for your mare in our 2017 Stallion Register, which can be accessed from the homepage of our website.

Ralph Vincent
NMHBA President
(505) 720-8771


The award incentive checks were mailed on November 22. The details regarding the 2016 award distribution will be given during the annual membership meeting, which will be held on January 26, 2017, at the Albuquerque Marriott Hotel.

The final reports for the 2016 New Mexico State Fair meet can be found on page 12 of our 2017 Stallion Register, which can be accessed from the homepage of this website.

Happy Holidays!

Anna Fay Davis
NMHBA Executive Director


2017 Board of Trustees (front row, left to right) Norma Alvarez and Jill Giles; (back row, left to right) Ralph W. Vincent, Kevin J. Blach, Tom Goncharoff, Jay L. Taylor, Debra J. Laney, Pierre J. Amestoy Jr., Mac Murray, Miguel Gallegos. Missing from Photo: Brad King and Bobby J. McQueen.

2017 New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association Board of Directors

  • President - Ralph W. Vincent (QH) - Albuquerque
  • 1st Vice President - Jay L. Taylor (TB) - Albuquerque
  • 2nd Vice President - Norma Alvarez (QH) - La Union

2017 New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association Board Members

  • Norma Alvarez (QH) - La Union 
  • Pierre J. Amestoy Jr. (TB) - Albuquerque
  • Kevin J. Blach (QH) - Roswell
  • Miguel Gallegos (TB) - Albuquerque
  • Jill B. Giles (QH) - Vado 
  • Tom Goncharoff (QH) - Tularosa
  • Brad E. King (TB) - Lubbock, Texas
  • Debra J. Laney (QH) - Las Cruces
  • Bobby J. McQueen (TB) - Lubbock, Texas
  • Mac Murray (QH) - Veguita


  • Executive Director -Anna Fay Davis
  • Registrar - Mary M. Barber
  • Clerical - Leslie Mikkelson

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Friday, March 24, 2017
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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