Quarter Horse Racing

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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Cat Five Storm treated in ECB Equine Spa leading up to big win by Allen Gutowski

"Cat Five Storm game winner of the $23895 Red Cell Texas Distance Challenge at Sam Houston Race Park  - April 2011  

Owner and Trainer Oscar L. Lopez on Cat Five Storm “She had a year off while we took care of a chip and I give a lot of credit to Winning Sound Equine Spa at Delta Downs. Those ladies have been wonderful and the equipment made all the difference in her coming back so sound."

Oscar Lopez crediting Winning Sound equine spa for Cat Five Storm's recovery prior to winning at Sam Houston Race Park.  Cat Five Storm later went on to win the Virgil Bond Stakes, covering the 870-yards in 45.323 seconds, a new Delta Downs track record, to win the June 12 stakes. Lopez banked a $27,000 prize for the Virgil Bond Stakes victory, bringing the career total of Cat Five Storm into six figures at $106,088. Cat Five Storm’s record-setting trip, which surpassed the previous best of 45.405-seconds tallied by Seminole Injun in 2006, registered a 104 speed index.

                                                                                      Oscar Lopez with Cat Five Storm in the Equine Spa at Delta Downs

                                                                                     Oscar Lopez with Cat Five Storm in the Equine Spa at Delta Downs

Horses use ECB Equine Cold Salt Hydrotherapy Spa by Allen Gutowski

Watch a video overview of the ECB Equine Spa - see how it work! Cold Salt Hydrotherapy is used to treat and prevent a multitude of injuries in 35°F / 2°C saltwater.  The spa has successfully addressed virtually all lower leg injuries.  Treatment temperature alone induces a massive rush of blood and circulation which otherwise would not be present. This drug free therapy can be used for injury prevention and also to increase mobility and reduce swelling in the limbs before and after competitive events and training.

Horses use ECB Equine cold salt hydrotherapy for prevention and treatment of leg injury