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Crystal Springs Farm is located just north of Tularosa, NM (elevation: 4,520 feet), along Highway 54 and just 35 miles from the premier Ruidoso Downs Racetrack and sales facility. Surrounded by breathtaking views of the Sacramento and San Andres mountain ranges, the farm's 640-acre valley location has proven to be the ideal place to raise superior racehorses and high quality alfalfa hay.

Originally established in 1986 by partners R.D. “Dee” Hubbard and the late Edward Sczesny, along with former trainer Don Farris, Crystal Springs Farm for many years was located just west of Paris, KY, in the heart of the Bluegrass region's Thoroughbred country. Mr. Hubbard sold the Kentucky property and moved the farm to New Mexico in 2007.

 

Mission

Crystal Springs Farm's staff members are dedicated to providing superb care to the mares and young horses residing there, with top priority given to round-the-clock, hands-on management by top professionals. Bottom line? “We raise runners!”

 

Facilities

The facilities were planned and developed with the horses foremost in mind, and are beautiful as well as practical. Mares and foals are kept in 16'-x-16' stalls, while young horses are in 12'-x-12' stalls. Each stall is enclosed on three sides by heavy steel mesh that permits air flow and allows the horses, which are highly social, to see each other. A window on the outside wall can be opened to allow a view outside. Aisleways are extra wide, and every effort is made to maintain cleanliness and safety.

All of the equine residents enjoy spacious pastures and paddocks, which are seeded in orchard grass, rye grass and two kinds of Bermuda. Fences are made of wood, and meant to give way should a horse crash with force into them, as this has proven to minimize injuries.

Water is abundant, although high in gypsum, and treated to provide excellent drinking water. The farm's seven wells are controlled by computer for continuous flow and efficiency.

For more information, please contact Crystal Springs Farm at (859) 983-2545. For address and directions, click here.

 

For more information on Crystal Springs Farm, as written by Rich Chamberlain for the Quarter Horse Racing Journal, please click on "Horses First."

Hubbards

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Crystal Springs Farm owners R.D. "Dee" Hubbard and his wife, Joan Dale Hubbard, fell in love with racehorses – and with Ruidoso, New Mexico – in the late 1960s, and have made them an integral part of their lives ever since.

Mr. Hubbard grew up in Smith Center, KS, the youngest of eight children. After studying and playing basketball at Butler County Community College, El Dorado, KS, he took a job at Towanda Junior High School as a teacher and basketball coach.

Glass

Soon after, he began working as a $90-a-week salesman for a firm in Wichita that manufactured automobile windshields. In just nine years he became company president.

Blessed with a true entrepreneurial spirit, Mr. Hubbard has never been afraid of hard work and runs his business ventures with a sure hand. In 1978, he worked with some investors to merge two glass companies into AFG Industries – which became the nation's second-largest glass manufacturer and a Fortune 500 company. He sold AFG in 1992. The glass industry honored Mr. Hubbard with its Phoenix Award for his many contributions to that business.

Today, Mr. Hubbard is chairman of R.D. Hubbard Enterprises, a company based in Palm Desert, CA, with interests that include golf courses, real estate and racing.

Horses

During his first years in the glass business in Kansas, Mr. Hubbard and his boss, Art Lankin, became interested in Quarter Horses. Eventually they had about 50 show horse type individuals that they co-owned through their glass and muffler business. It soon became apparent that the racing end of the horse business was more lucrative, so they began buying top Quarter Horse race horses and sold their show stock.

Among their early acquisitions were the stallions Diamond Charge, who held the record for 300 yards at that time, and Moolah Bar. The plan was to stand the stallions at the partners' Red Bee Ranch, north of Wichita. They also began racing Quarter Horses, which included going to Ruidoso Downs every summer.

Since then, Mr. Hubbard has campaigned more than 100 Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse stakes winners (many with various partners). Some of these successful runners have been bred and raised at Crystal Springs Farm, first in Kentucky and now in New Mexico.

Among his Thoroughbred stakes winners are: Gentlemen, Corwyn Bay, Spring House, Artema, Fit to Lead, Fire the Groom, Justwhistledixie, Man Among Men, Royal Shyness, Puerto Madero, Southern Rhythm, Talloires and Stravinsky.

His Quarter Horse stars, owned or co-owned, bred or co-bred, include: Denim N Diamonds, The Down Side, Make Mine Cash, Noconi, Brenda Beautiful, My Dashing Lady, Super Sound Charge, the Signature, Stoli, Planet Holland, Favorite Cartel and Ketel Won. A more complete list of their accomplishments can be found here.

For his achievements and impact on the industry, Mr. Hubbard was honored by the American Quarter Horse Association with a Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame in 2009.

Racetracks

With the Hubbards' interest in racehorses came an interest in racetracks. He and Joan Dale (a former Wichita schoolteacher) often visited Ruidoso, both because of the racing at Ruidoso Downs and because they enjoyed staying in that charming mountain resort town.

Over the years, Mr. Hubbard observed that his favorite track was becoming rundown. He purchased the decaying Ruidoso Downs in 1988 with partner Dr. Ed Allred and the two poured millions into its renovation. Mr. Hubbard owned a majority interest in the track until 2017.

Soon after that 1988 acquisition, Mr. Hubbard constructed and opened The Woodlands in Kansas City. In late 1990, he had the opportunity to purchase a share in Hollywood Park in California, and ended up as its CEO. Hollywood Park then purchased Turf Paradise in Arizona and a dog track in Oregon. Casinos also became a part of the enterprise. Hollywood Park and Turf Paradise were eventually sold, and Mr. Hubbard sold his stock in the company in 2003 and "retired."

In 2004 (however), Mr. Hubbard and partners were granted a license to build a new racetrack and casino in Hobbs, NM. The casino opened in 2005 and the track, Zia Park, in 2006. It was sold to Penn National Gaming in 2007. Mr. Hubbard currently owns only Ruidoso Downs.

For his business achievements in the equine industry, Mr. Hubbard was presented in 2008 with the prestigious Galbreath Award by the University of Louisville.

 

R.D. & Joan Dale Hubbard Foundation

In 1986, the Hubbards formed the R.D. and Joan Dale Hubbard Foundation to support charitable causes for which the two have special regard. To date, the foundation has given more than $25 million to educational scholarships, to Hubbard's alma mater Butler County Community College, to the Shoemaker Foundation, to the Racetrack Chaplaincy of America, to the American Quarter Horse Foundation, to projects in poor communities in southeastern New Mexico, to medical research, and more.

The Hubbards are avid collectors of art, artifacts and memorabilia, some of which can be found in the home they built in Ruidoso. Much more, however, is housed in the Hubbard Museum of the American West. It has grown from its first extensive Anne C. Stradling collection of amazing horse memorabilia to one which features more than 10,000 pieces.

In 2000, it became the first New Mexico museum accepted into the prestigious Smithsonian Affiliate Program. In 2005, the Hubbards presented the museum to the city of Ruidoso Downs.

Shaun Hubbard (along with Boomer)

Shaun Hubbard has been working alongside his Grandfather, R.D. Hubbard and the Crystal Springs Farm staff for several years.  His love of horses can be seen in the way that he cares for all of the horses on the farm.

Staff

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Crystal Springs Farm's staff members are dedicated to providing superb care to the mares and young horses residing there, with top priority given to round-the-clock, hands-on management by top professionals. Bottom line? "We raise runners!"

 

Tom Goncharoff
Manager

Tom Goncharoff, a native of Southern California, has been with Crystal Springs Farm almost from its inception. He left Vessels Stallion Farm in Bonsall, CA, in May, 1986 to move to Kentucky and work for Mr. Hubbard. Over the years, he and his wife, Leslie, and a loyal, hardworking group of employees built that property into one of the best horse farms in the Bluegrass. When Mr. Hubbard decided to sell it in 2006 and move the business to New Mexico, he was determined that the Goncharoffs continue to run the farm.

Tom oversaw the building of the new Crystal Springs from a nice, little hay farm into a state-of-the-art broodmare nursery and facility for young horses. Today, he is responsible for overseeing the smooth running of the farm in general and is often spotted at horse sales and races around the country as he makes sure Crystal Springs Farm and its horses remain at the forefront of the racehorse business.

 

Leslie Goncharoff
Assistant Manager

Leslie (Wolff) Goncharoff also is a native of Southern California and has owned and ridden horses for most of her life. She studied at California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly), and then took a job at Vessels Stallion Farm. From there, she went to work as a vet tech at Equine Medical Center with Drs. Bart Baker and Nancy Goodman. She married Tom Goncharoff in 1981 and has worked alongside him ever since.

Tom claims that Leslie "really runs the farm" as she is in the barn daily, and often through the night, especially during foaling and breeding season. She works closely with the farm's veterinarian and farrier, keeping a close eye on many aspects of the day-to-day equine management of Crystal Springs. The couple live on site. She and Tom have two grown daughters, Kristen and Rebecca.

For more information, please contact Crystal Springs Farm at (859) 983-2545. For address and directions, click here.