September 6 – Hobbs, NM. In support of the Staked Plains Roundup, the largest annual event at New Mexico Junior College, the R.D. and Joan Dale Hubbard Foundation has awarded $2500 to the Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame, the ranching and pioneering side of NMJC’s Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame.
Lisa Seed, executive director of the Cowboy Hall of Fame, received the grant at the Southeast New Mexico Grant Awards Program held August 16 at the Hubbard Museum of the American West in Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico.
“This is perfect timing,” said Seed. “The 16th Annual Staked Plains Roundup is scheduled for Thursday, September 14, and it’s going to be even bigger and better than ever, thanks to this grant. We’re really appreciative of the part that the Hubbard Foundation plays in helping us preserve the rich history and culture of southeastern New Mexico. The Staked Plains Roundup is the perfect way for people to see exactly how the early ranch families and pioneers lived. And it’s incredibly entertaining. This is a super event that the Hubbard Foundation is helping promote.”
Thousands of people, including Lea County students in kindergarten through high school, attend the event, which will be held at the Museum, just north of the NMJC campus circle. Ranchers, rodeo cowboys, artists, and numerous volunteers give live demonstrations of activities such as trick roping, woodcarving, music playing, storytelling, blacksmithing, clogging, quilting, churning, branding, wool spinning, and saddle and boot making, to name just a few.
R.D. and Joan Dale Hubbard are the majority owners of Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino, as well as Zia Park and Black Gold Casino in Hobbs, and have holdings in real estate, golf courses, and horse breeding farms throughout New Mexico.
The Hubbard Foundation, which is now 20 years old, annually funds approximately one million dollars in projects throughout New Mexico and the nation.
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