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The Greatest Trainer

In 1989, the horse owned by Jackie Bancroft Spencer Morgan won the richest quarter horse race, The All American Futurity, paying her one million dollars. The horse was Strawberry Silk and the trainer was Jack Brooks. Jack Brooks was and is the greatest quarter horse trainer ever. It is next...

Jackie and The Horses

Archaeological records indicate that horse racing occurred in ancient Babylon, Syria, and Egypt, and was an event in Greek Olympics by 648 B.C. The style and distance of racing vary significantly by the country in which the race is occurring. There are three major types of racing: flat racing, steeplechase...

Ruidoso, New Mexico

Nestled in the Sacramento mountains and at the foot of Sierra Blanca rests the mountain village, Ruidoso. Today, it is a thriving sports and cultural center. I remember when it was a small one or two street village sitting on a creek with a trout hatchery. In 1962, I laid...