horse breeders

ECB Spa owner among AQHA: American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame Inductees by Allen Gutowski

James E. Helzer of Arlington, Texas, is a 20-year breeder of American Quarter Horses who served as AQHA president in 2009-10. The racing breeder and his wife, Marilyn, bought their first racehorse in 1962.

While working in the defense industry, Helzer trained racehorses on the side and eventually became a roofing contractor who built a business that grew to encompass nine states and 33 locations. In 1990, he bought Refrigerator, who won that year’s All American Futurity, became a two-time world champion in racing, retired as the then all-time leading money earner with $2,126,309 and was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2000. In 1993, Helzer turned his business expertise to breeding American Quarter Horses and established stallion stations in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. After his term as AQHA president, he continued his service on AQHA committees. 

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ECB Client Crawford Farms Sponsors Meadowlands Pace by Allen Gutowski

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (December 23, 2014) – Crawford Farms, a leading New York-based breeding operation, and Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment have agreed to a three-year sponsorship deal that will make Crawford Farms the title sponsor of the Meadowlands Pace through 2017. Crawford Farms served as a major sponsor of “The Pace” in 2014.

“We have made a long term commitment, which the industry needs, to the Meadowlands and the Meadowlands Pace and we are ecstatic that this race is held at a venue like no other in the sport,” said Michelle Crawford of Crawford Farms. “It is a dream come true to be able to sponsor one of the biggest events in harness racing and to be able to bring people to a state of the art entertainment facility with top restaurants and clubs.”

The Meadowlands Pace has been held annually since 1977, when Escort won the inaugural edition. He’s Watching won the 2014 Pace in a record time of 1:46.4.

“We are grateful to Crawford Farms for stepping up to the plate and partnering with us to help promote the Meadowlands Pace for the next three years,” said Jason M. Settlemoir, CEO/GM of Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment. “The Crawfords continue to make a major investment in harness racing that is paramount to the long-term success of the entire industry.”

Crawford added: “We strongly believe that regardless of your level of participation in this amazing sport, everyone on every level from owners to trainers to drivers need to step up and contribute their time and money to the sport that pays them back so it stays alive with passion and is able to thrive for years to come.”

Live racing resumes at the Meadowlands Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.PlayMeadowlands.com.

ABOUT CRAWFORD FARMS

Crawford Farms is a family-owned and operated farm since 1966. The farm is located on more than 100 acres in Durhamville, NY. In the recent years Albert & Michelle Crawford have greatly improved and expanded the Crawford Farms facility to include approximately 55 broodmares, more than two dozen racing horses, state of the art breeding/foaling facilities, plush pastures, a retirement paddock, and a half mile trotting track. Visit Crawford Farms online atwww.crawfordfarms.com.

by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

SOURCE:
http://www.harnesslink.com/mobile#url=News/CRAWFORD-FARMS-NAMED-TITLE-SPONSOR-OF-MEADOWLANDS-PACE

ECB SPA OWNER CRAWFORD FARMS TO RECEIVE EXCELSIOR AWARD by Allen Gutowski

BY CRAWFORD FARMS  •  12 MONTHS AGO  •  AWARDSFARM NEWS

Monticello, NY–Few harness racing horse breeders have made a larger multi-media splash this year than Crawford Farms of Durhamville, New York.

From the second-story Crawford Farms mural at The Meadowlands to the Red Mile Grand Circuit meet where the water trucks proudly displayed the farm’s iconic insignia, racing fans are constantly reminded of the dynamic duo’s substantial commitment to the sport.  Evident across multiple digital platforms, the Crawford’s are very active on social media and have produced and broadcast several TV commercials during key, nationally televised harness races, including the Hambletonian.

Driven by a passion for the sport, and a desire to help harness racing prosper, the Crawford’s have sponsored this season’s Meadowlands Pace, Kindergarten Classic, Crawford Farms Trot and the Red Mile Grand Circuit meet.  In addition to vast purse support, they have recently completed a state-of-the-art equine therapeutic spa, 40-stall barn, and an 8-stall horse exerciser at their central New York breeding & racing operation.

For their considerable investment in the future of the Standardbred and support of harness racing and breeding in the state of New York, the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association has awarded Crawford Farms their annual Excelsior Award.

The award will be presented on Nov. 16 at the chapter’s 56th annual awards banquet.  Somewhat surprised when they learned of the award, Michelle and Albert Crawford were humbled by the honor.

“We love this business, and we are very pleased that someone has noticed and appreciated our efforts” noted Albert, son of the late Jim Crawford who was the affable former president of the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State.

“My wife and I are committed to breeding top horses in New York State and supporting the industry in the process.  We know that it is a considerable challenge, but we are rolling up our sleeves and eager to do the work!”

Michelle, the spark that energizes much of the daily operations added, “Every day that I am on our farm I am amazed at the work ethic and dedication that our staff contribute to our vision.  Whether we are breeding, foaling, weaning or performing racehorse rehab, they always give 110%, and for that I am very grateful.”

The farm, which was founded in 1966 by Jim and Patricia Crawford, continues to be a family affair.  The 100-acre nursery has continued to expand not only their footprint, but also their broodmare band.  Their yearling consignments to Lexington and Morrisville have continued to improve in scope and scale.

When they are not raising future harness racing stars, Michelle and Al own and operate one of the most successful healthcare lending institutions in the nation, Bankers Healthcare Group.  In fact, BHG was ranked as the 5th Fastest Growing Private Company by Inc.

Formed in 1992 from a modest group of four finance experts, BHG now employs close to 200 business professionals.

Source: http://www.harnesslink.com/USA/Crawford-Farms-to-receive-Excelsior-Award