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Tuesday, April 1, 2017

Ralph Vincent

Dear Fellow Members, 

The NMHBA Annual Meeting and 55th annual Zia Awards Banquet were held on January 26. It was a good gathering during the afternoon and a nice celebration in the evening. Eighteen awards were presented to the breeders, owners and trainers for the horses that excelled in 2016.

Two changes to the breed rules -- one for Thoroughbreds and one for Quarter Horses -- passed in the general election with more than 60 percent voting in favor. These new rules will allow a mare in foal to leave the state at some time during her pregnancy, as long as she is returned to the state to foal. Documentation and a fee are required. More information can be found on the NMHBA website. The third proposal on the ballot was approved for the NMHBA to charge a handling fee for checks that are sent to non-members. While the members approved this overwhelmingly, we still have to ensure that this does not violate any state laws.

The members also elected two new members to the board -- Dr. Miguel Gallegos and Debra Laney. Both bring a wealth of experience in the business, and we welcome these two and look forward to working with them. Leaving the board are William "Bill" Walker and Steve Prather. Bill served several terms on the board and was a past president who provided many hours of service. Steve served a couple of terms and brought a lot of industry knowledge. We wish them both well.

Every organization has its normal day-to-day activities. In the case of NMHBA, our day-to-day activities include maintaining the registry and managing the awards funds. It's a big job, and our staff (Anna Fay, Mary and Leslie) work hard to make sure it is done professionally. What every organization also needs are those leaders who provide the directions for the future of the organization. This responsibility falls on the board of trustees -- a twelve-member board entrusted by the membership to ensure the viability of the organization. The current board is a good cross-section off the NMHBA membership. The board has six QH trustees and six TB trustees with more than 300 combined years of experience in the industry. We have five small breeders, three mid-size breeders, and four large breeders representing some of the smallest breed operations and a couple of the largest operations. The trustee experience includes mare ownership, stallion ownership, breeding farm management and training, and all trustees maintain either a small or large stable of horses that compete in New Mexico and beyond. But most importantly, every member of this board is a professional dedicated to doing right by our members as one could ever hope. While our focus is on breeding, we work under the assumption that anything we can do for the good of the racing industry in New Mexico will also be good for the breeding industry.

Fast forward to March:

We are excited and upbeat about the current breeding season. The breeding farms are reporting an increase in mares and interest in their stallions. Good luck to everyone!

As we did last year, the NMHBA board will communicate through our magazine (the New Mexico Horse Breeder), our website, and a "town hall" meeting in Ruidoso in July during the Zia Festival weekend. Our board meetings are always open if anyone is interested in attending or has a topic for discussion. Additionally, the minutes of our meetings are posted on our website, along with the rules and bylaws. Our goal recently has been to do a better job with all of the social media tools so that our members understand the organization better and are more informed. As always, you can contact the NMHBA office, or you can contact me at  rvincentco@msn.com or  (505) 720-8771.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Ralph Vincent
NMHBA President
(505) 720-8771


The Annual Meeting was held on January 26 at the Marriott Hotel in Albuquerque. Mark your calendar for Thursday, January 25, 2018, at the next Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet. The location will be announced at a later date. I would like to thank Dr. Jason Turner and the county extension agents for setting up the booth for the membership to become acquainted with the cooperation extension service in New Mexico.

Before the 2016 audit review, it shows a net gain of $2,919. This was a result of the income from the stallion auction held in August prior to the New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale. 2016 members totaled 809, which is a 3-percent decrease. Registrations overall decreased 8 percent. Affidavits continue to be mailed confirming the accuracy of the information stated on the New Mexico-bred applications submitted. There were 272 days of racing in 2016, compared to 283 days in 2015.

SunRay Park was the only racetrack that didn't average three New Mexico-bred races a day excluding trials approved in the spring of 2015 by the New Mexico Racing Commission.

2016 was challenging with the EHV-1 outbreak at Sunland Park. The officers for 2017 are president Ralph W. Vincent, first vice president Jay L. Taylor and second vice president Norma Alvarez.

I would like to welcome Debra Laney as the new Quarter Horse trustee and Miguel Gallegos as the new Thoroughbred trustee. Re-elected as Quarter Horse trustees were Norma Alvarez and Jill B. Giles. Re-elected as Thoroughbred trustees were Jay L. Taylor and Ralph W. Vincent.

I would like to thank Steve Prather and William T. Walker for serving as trustees.

Thanks to Crystal Springs Farm and MJ Farms for hosting the wine and Lazy A Farm for sponsoring the flowers during the Zia Awards Banquet.

I'm honored to serve this association as the executive director, even with the challenges we face as an industry.

I send my condolences to the Barber family and my co-worker since 1993 for the tragic loss of their son. Our prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Best regards,
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

In The News

Saturday, June 24, 2017
A field of 10 New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds, topped by morning-line favorite Stormin The Jewels and defending champion Citizen Geller, has been entered in Saturday’s 7-furlong, $60,000 O.D. McDonald Handicap (R), the opening-night feature at Albuquerque Downs.
Friday, June 23, 2017
On The Low Down, a stakes-winning chestnut son of Dome, is one of 10 New Mexico-bred juveniles entered in Saturday’s 5-furlong, $141,382 Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Gary W. Harstack’s Daddys Blushing, the fifth-fastest qualifier, kept his perfect record intact with a wire-to-wire, half-length win in Saturday’s $392,554 Mountain Top Quarter Horse Futurity (RG3) for New Mexico-breds at Ruidoso Downs.
Friday, June 16, 2017
The New Mexico Racing Commission on Thursday approved 2018 race dates for the state’s five tracks.

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