Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association's annual meeting and Zia Awards banquet will be held on Thursday, January 26, at the Albuquerque Marriott Hotel at 2101 Louisiana Blvd. NE.
The day's agenda includes a business meeting, starting at 11 a.m. (MST), followed by a buffet luncheon at 12:45. The business meeting resumes at 1:30, featuring voting for trustees and on membership dues and New Mexico-bred fees.
At 2 p.m., equine nutritionist Jeff Butler will give a presentation entitled “Feeding the Equine Digestive System.” Butler is president of Prime Performance Nutrition.
Only members whose 2012 dues have been received by January 11 will be able to vote their membership, in compliance with Article IV, Section 8 of the NMHBA bylaws. No mail-in ballots will be accepted.
The Zia Awards banquet starts with a no-host cocktail hour at 6 p.m., followed by a dinner and awards presentation, which honors the best New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses for 2011, at 7.
The master of ceremonies for this year's awards presentation is Chris Lincoln, the executive sports director at KTUL-TV, the ABC affiliate in Tulsa, Oklahoma. To those in the horse racing industry, Lincoln is best known as the host of racing telecasts on ESPN from 1982-98. He also currently serves as senior consultant for special projects for Tulsa-based Winnercomm (formerly Winner Communications), a company he co-founded with Jim Wilburn in 1981.
To make reservations for the awards banquet, contact the NMHNA office in Albuquerque at (505) 262-0224, by January 19. For reservations at the Albuquerque Marriott, contact the hotel at (505) 881-6800 or 1-800-334-2086 and ask for the reservation department.
The Albuquerque Marriott is offering a reduced rate of $99 per night for meeting and banquet attendees. To get the reduced rate, identify yourself as an NMHBA member when you make your reservation.