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NMHBA Honors It's State Bred Champions
RSS Feeds Friday, January 29, 2010
January 29, 2010 – Reigning AQHA champion aged stallion First Moonflash was among the 12 state-bred horses honored during the New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association Zia Awards banquet in Albuquerque on Thursday.

First Moonflash’s final post parade
at Sunland Park preceding the Shue Fly
A 5 year old brown stallion by the late First To Flash racing for Pierre and Leslie Amestoy of Albuquerque and Maria G. Gonzalez of Edgewood, New Mexico, First Moonflash was honored as the 2009 champion New Mexico-bred Quarter Horse older horse or gelding. First Moonflash earned $491,040 from eight starts last year, and his seven wins included the open Grade 1 Championship at Sunland Park and Bank of America New Mexico Challenge.

Also in 2009, First Moonflash set world records at 350 and 440 yards. He has been retired and stands for a $5,000 fee at W.L. Mooring’s Double L Farm in Bosque, New Mexico.

Other New Mexico bred champion Quarter Horse honors went to Mike C. Abraham’s Blazin N Shakin (older mare), P.K. Thomas’ Lethal Delight (3-year-old filly), Jimmy Harrel and A & C Racing and Roping’s One Diamond Kitty (3 year old colt or gelding), SM Cattle Export Co.’s Sixy Chamisa (2 year old filly), and Richard R. Shearer’s First Corona Call (2-year-old colt or gelding).

New Mexico bred champion Thoroughbred honors were awarded to Terry Millenbine’s Negotiablafections (older mare), Stable HMA and Triple J Racing LLC’s Gulchrunssweet (older horse or gelding), Rita J. Danley’s Happy Me (3 year old filly), Sam E. Stevens’ Lefty Who (3 year old colt or gelding), Bobby J. McQueen and Dale F. Taylor’s Glory Be Mine (2 year old filly), and Derrell Riggan’s Rig’s Runner (2 year old colt or gelding).

The Zia Awards banquet also recognized the state’s top stallions and broodmares for 2009. Dosi and Norma Alvarez’s Nagano Moon, the dam of First Moonflash, was honored as the state’s top Quarter Horse broodmare. Other honors went to William T. Walker’s Dam Stand (Thoroughbred broodmare), Mike C. Abraham’s Chicks A Blazin (Quarter Horse stallion), V.J. Callaway’s Ghostly Moves (Thoroughbred stallion), MJ Enterprises’ Dr Honnas (Quarter Horse freshman sire), and Larry and Theresa Teague’s Seeking The Cat (Thoroughbred freshman sire).

Also, The Blood-Horse magazine’s publisher Stacy Bearse and Southwest region advertising rep Shirley Dievert presented long-time breeder William T. Stradley with the Julep Cup award. A resident of Hobbs, New Mexico, Stradley is the breeder of Gulchrunssweet, a 10 year old gelding by Dry Gulch who has won 20 of 62 races – including six stakes – and has earned $821,288.

The Zia Awards banquet included a popular tribute to the New Mexico-based connections of 2009Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Mine That Bird. The 4-year-old Birdstone gelding’s co-owner, Dr. Leonard Blach of Roswell, attended the banquet, as did his jockey, Calvin Borel, and his wife, Lisa. Weather conditions in the state prevented co-owner Mark Allen of Roswell and trainer Bennie L. “Chip” Woolley Jr. of Bloomfield from attending.

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