New Mexico-Bred Champions Honored

Nine Quarter Horses were honored in Albuquerque on Thursday.

New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association

MJ Farms' Astica was one of the nine New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses honored at Thursday's Zia Awards Banquet in Albuquerque. PHOTO: Coady Photography

The New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association honored its 2016 Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse champions during its Zia Awards Banquet at the Marriott Uptown Hotel in Albuquerque on Thursday.

A total of 18 awards were presented. The following nine awards honored New Mexico’s top Quarter Horses:

OLDER MARE: Astica (Jesse James Jr-Alice K White by First Down Dash); owner and breeder, MJ Farms
OLDER HORSE/GELDING: Klassic Strawfly (Genuine Strawfly-A Classic Song by A Classic Dash); owner, Yaneth Cabrera; breeders, Leonard P. Blach and Ronald Stephens
3-YEAR-OLD FILLY: Princess Jesse (Jesse James Jr-Total Miracle by Dean Miracle); owner and breeder, Vance E. Mikkelson
3-YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING: Play Misty Foreme (Jesse James Jr-Arbor Mist by Blushing Bug); owner, Robert D. Smith; breeder, MJ Farms
2-YEAR-OLD FILLY: Running Dragon (Zulu Dragon-Banking Lane by Devon Lane [TB]); owner and breeder, By By JJ LLC
2-YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING: Magnifico Dragon (Zulu Dragon-Cassies Mag by Magnificence); owner, Daniel Balderrama; breeder, Heriberto Moreno)
BROODMARE OF THE YEAR: Banking Lane (Devon Lane [TB]-Banking Disco by Strait To The Bank); owner, By By JJ LLC
STALLION OF THE YEAR: Jesse James Jr (Mr Jess Perry-Loose Lips by First Down Dash); owner, MJ Farms
FRESHMAN SIRE OF THE YEAR: Big Daddy Cartel (Corona Cartel-Miss Racy Eyes by Mr Eye Opener); owner, MJ Farms

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