All American Weekend 2014

Nestled somewhere in the mountains of New Mexico lies a town that if visited between the months of October and January appears to be sleepy at best.  Condominiums and even some stores looks as if though one day residents just picked up and left.  Like the deserted towns of old.  Life just stopped one day.  And to an extent in many cases that is exactly what happened.  This happens every year during the first week of September.

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See Ruidoso isn’t just ‘any’ mountain town thriving with tourists during peek seasons of the year.  Ruidoso Downs is home to the richest, most prestigious quarter horse race in the world.  The All American Futurity was started in 1959, with a purse of $129,686.85 and has ran every labor day weekend since.  Every year from May through September equine athletes and enthusiasts alike call Ruidoso Downs home.  Home away from home, because that is exactly what it is.  People come from all walks of life to invest in a chance to run in the race of all quarter horse races.  For the pride, money, prestige, and momentary fame that comes with running in the All American Futurity.

Every year across America yearlings are purchased with this dream in mind.  Apart from the racing festivities the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale is also held in conjunction with the race.  The sale is a three day sale and yearlings from all over the united states are fitted and consigned to this sale.  The sale is held Friday night through Sunday Night after the races each day.

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The yearlings entered in this sale have been prepped for the sale ring for months.  Each yearling is a story yet to be told.  He is judged from the lineage running through his veins.  He is evaluated from the top of his head to the soles of his feet.  Individuals from generations back play a part in the price tag upon his head.  It is a game of politics, chance, fate, logic, and strategy.  Nothing is certain in horse racing.  It is anybody’s game any day of the week.  The factors in which these yearlings are evaluated and purchased on do nothing more than ‘suggest’ what he ‘should’ be capable of doing….’if’ everything goes according to plan.  But as with anything in life and especially in sports, there are no guarantees.  Perhaps the old phrase “Every dog has his day” has never been more appropriate than in horse racing.  There is always the ‘long shot’, the ‘underdog’, the ‘Cinderella story’ waiting to be told.  For many this is the allure,  ‘it can happen to me’, ‘this is my year’ and so the bidding begins!

'David'

‘David’

‘David’

The track on this particular weekend has a unique buzz about it.  Folks are early to rise and late to bed.  Upon entering Ruidoso Downs on Labor Day weekend one can only catch the ‘bug’, the atmosphere is overwhelming and contagious.  There are no lazy days sitting around sipping tea this time of year in this busy tourist town.  There are places to go, people to see, races to win, and horses to buy.  Aside from all of the ‘prep’ for the enormous race those who call Ruidoso Downs their temporary home are also preparing to leave.  Once the horses in the last race cross the finish line on Monday evening it becomes a rat race to beat the traffic and get out of town.

A Full House

Full House

We decided to document our All American Weekend journey so that we could share it with you, our fellow equine enthusiasts.  The All American is about many things to many people and for many of us we have different definitive views on what exactly makes the ‘All American’ THE  All American.  However most of us could agree on a few core commonalities of the All Amercian weekend.

All American weekend is about ‘Tradition’ and heritage.  Something we here at Hart Trailer can appreciate and something we believe in.  Perhaps that is why we feel so at home when we get to be a part of it.

Family Tradition

Family Tradition

Father & Son

Father & Son

Father & Daughter

Father & Daughter w/ Racehorse Reni Martin

It is about old friends and new friends.

Friends

Friends

It is about new partnerships

Overlooking the new guy

Looking over the new guy

A New Partnership

A New Partnership

It is about family and legacies.  It is for the young and the old.

Generations

Generations

Little Cowboy

Little Cowboy

It is about a dream that started the moment a stallion was chosen for a specific mare.  It is about the hall of famers AND the ‘little man’.

Apollitical Blood

Apollitical Blood

Bodacious Eagle

Bodacious Eagle

JM Miracle

JM Miracle

Tempting Destiny

Tempting Destiny

Mad About The Moon

Mad About The Moon

Sam Crow

Sam Crow

This Fire Is Cold

This Fire Is Cold

Exquisite Stride

Exquisite Stride

Thunder Ball B

Thunder Ball B

It is about new beginnings as well as endings.

Words of Wisdom

Words of Wisdom for the new yearling, ‘Ole Pipeliner’

Our Miss Valentine

Our Miss Valentine just wrapped up her last meet at Ruidoso Downs.

Ocho the CEN Pony

Ocho the CEN Pony

Ocho & his previous owner and trainer

Ocho & his previous owner and trainer

Dawson the CEN Pony and Taint Misbehavin

Dawson the CEN Pony and Taint Misbehavin

It is about style and class

Best Dressed

Best Dressed

All American 'Style'

All American ‘Style’

It is about a ‘Game Plan’

Killing Time

CEN Crew

Deep In Study

Deep In Study

And anticipation

Race Day Style

Who’s It Gonna Be?

Race Cam

Race Cam

Race Fans

Race Fans

Place Your Bet

Fingers Crossed

Down To The Wire

Down To The Wire

Its about the the relationships

Ole Pipeliner & the 'gang'

Ole Pipeliner & the ‘gang’

Tracy Hart and Tanner

Tracy Hart and Tanner

And the bonds

Dawson the CEN Pony and Taint Misbehavin

Dawson the CEN Pony and Taint Misbehavin

Ole Pipeliner

Ole Pipeliner

Its about the excitement

Reni Martin

Reni Martin before her race.

Ole Pipeliner

Ole Pipeliner after being purchased.

It is about representation and detail

Hart

Hart

Hart

Hart

CEN Trainer and Tanner, A CEN Pony

CEN Trainer and Tanner, A CEN Pony

Race Program

Race Program

Bob Williams Racing

Bob Williams Racing

Halter

Halter

Racing Gear

Racing Gear

CEN Barn

CEN Barn

Clean CEN Barn

Clean CEN Barn

It is about about being prepared to do whatever it takes to navigate through the massive crowd of racing enthusiasts…

Race Day Essentials

Race Day Essentials

The Stable Cart

The Stable Cart

Cramped Cart Transportation

Cramped Cart Transportation

It is about long days…

Exhausted

Exhausted

Enjoying The Breeze

Enjoying the view.

And good times…

CEN Trainer sporting the Hart Hat

CEN Trainer sporting the Hart Hat

Rest & Relaxation

Rest & Relaxation

If ever you find yourself faced with the opportunity to watch ten of the fastest two year old quarter horses run the race of their lives we hope that you consider seizing that chance.  It is not one that you will ever forget and if you like horses even just a little bit you are bound to find yourself hypnotized by the ‘land of enchantment’ in the world of quarter horse racing.

Here’s to a great All American 2014!  We cannot wait until next year!

P.S. JM Miracle ran away with the 2014 win in the All American Futurity!

JM Miracle striding away to win the 2014 All American Futurity

JM Miracle striding away to win the 2014 All American Futurity

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