New Mexico HBA Honors its 2017 Champions

AQHA champion sophomore filly Running Dragon is among the honorees.

New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association

Running Dragon, pictured here winning last year's Shue Fly Stakes, was among the New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses honored during Thursday's NMHBA Zia Awards banquet in Albuquerque. PHOTO: Coady Photography

The New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association honored its 2017 champions during its Zia Awards Banquet at the Marriott Uptown Hotel in Albuquerque on January 25.

On the Quarter Horse side, Running Dragon was honored as the 2017 NMHBA champion 3-year-old filly. A homebred daughter of Zulu Dragon owned and bred by By By JJ LLC of El Paso, Texas, Running Dragon was also honored as the American Quarter Horse Association champion 3-year-old filly on January 17, after a sophomore campaign during which she won four graded stakes from 10 starts and banked $328,384.

The following Quarter Horses were also honored for their accomplishments on the track: Carson City Girl (champion older mare, owned by David & Sandra Barrett; bred by MJ Farms); Major Bites (champion older horse/gelding, owned by Israel Bordier, bred by Carlos F. Paez); Percyjones (champion 3-year-old colt/gelding, owned by Terry & Irene Stennett, bred by Benny Smith); Two Wines (champion 2-year-old filly, owned by Doug Ruby, bred by MJ Farms); and Bigg Daddy (champion 2-year-old colt/gelding, owned by Too For Two, bred by MJ Farms).

The following Quarter Horse stallions and broodmares were honored: Alice K White (broodmare of the year, owned by MJ Farms), Jesse James Jr (stallion of the year, owned by MJ Farms), and Tres Seis Nueve (freshman sire of the year, owned by Valle Guadiana Corporation).

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