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Tuesday, July 15, 2017

Norma Alvarez

Dear Members, 

As te yearling sale season approaches and the breeding season is being wrapped up, many of you are busy polishing up your yearlings for the upcoming sales. This is my favorite time of year, because I love to see the yearlings transition from a cactus to a rose, and it is so good to get to the sales to see friends we haven't seen since last year. I wish everyone a successful sa.e

Please be aware that there has been a format change on this year's New Mexico-Bred Sale. Thoroughbred yearlings and the first 50 Quarter Horse yearlings will sell first on Friday, August 18. Saturday night will feature the remainder of the Quarter Horse yearlings, along with a Select Foal In-Utero Sale. Both nights will offer a Stallion Service Auction, which benefits the NMHBA. There will be three Thoroughbred stallions and six Quarter Horse stallions offered. The NMHBA expresses our gratitude to the owners of these stallions.

On July 29, there will be a regularly scheduled NMHBA board meeting at the Ruidoso Sales Pavilion, beginning at 9 a.m. and followed by an industry panel discussion starting at 10. Panel participants include New Mexico Racing Commission executive director Izzy Trejo, Ruidoso Horse Sales Company general manager Lowell Neumayer, and a partner from the ownership group currently in the process of purchasing Ruidoso Downs Racetrack and Casino. This meeting is a great opportunity for our members to meet these leaders and learn about different aspects of our state's racing industry.

Trustee Debra Laney and I attended an AQHA Affiliate meeting in Amarillo, Texas, on May 22-23. This was very informative because the NMHBA is an affiliate member of the AQHA, and all of our members are extended the same discount offers that an AQHA member receives. Some of the companies that offer nice discounts include Ford, John Deere, Smartpak, Montana Silversmiths, Office Depot, and Sherwin Williams. If you are not a member of the AQHA but are an NMHBA member, you qualify for these discounts. (For example, an NMHBA member who only races Thoroughbreds can qualify.) You can call Steven Driskill, AQHA Members Plus program, at 866-678-4288 (office) or 918-830-1906, and he will assist you. The AQHA representative will contact our office to confirm your membership.

One of our association's biggest goals is to work together with all horse racing stakeholders in New Mexico for a long-term plan to ensure stable and mutually beneficial opportunities for everyone. We continue to see progress toward this goal. We welcome your valuable input as we move forward.

We hope to see you at our summer meeting.

Norma Alvarez
Quarter Horse trustee/NMHBA Second Vice President


On June 15, the following 2017-18 race dates were approved by the New Mexico Racing Commission:

Sunland Park (72 days): December 15, 2017-April 17, 2018
SunRay Park (33 days): April 21-June 18 (three days the first week and last two weeks)
Ruidoso Downs (47 days): May 25-September 3 (four days the first and last weeks)
Albuquerque Downs (38 days): June 29-September 1
New Mexico State Fair at Albuquerque Downs (17 days): September 2-23
Zia Park (56 days): September 8-December 11

Total race days: 263 (all mixed meets)

Please stop by the NMHBA booth during his year's sales at the Ruidoso Horse Sale Pavilion. Please note that the Thoroughbred yearlings will be selling after the races at Ruidoso Downs on Friday, August 18.

Good luck to all!
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

Monday, August 21, 2017
Machismo Moon, a registered New Mexico-bred son of Heza Motor Scooter racing for Ramon Alvarez, Joe Alvarez, and Ysabel Medrano, is the seventh-fastest qualifier to the September 3, $1,365,907 All American Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Twenty registered New Mexico-breds entered this weekend’s 440-yard All American Futurity (G1) trials at Ruidoso Downs, and in the end one of them -- Bigg Daddy -- was the fastest qualifier from two days of heats.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Six registered New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds are among the 116 hopefuls entered in Sunday’s 440-yard All American Derby (G1) trials at Ruidoso Downs.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
A total of 20 registered New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds has been entered in this weekend’s 440-yard All American Futurity (G1) trials at Ruidoso Downs.

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