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Darrell Hare at helm of MBNA Racing Challenge

September 27, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Darrell Hare took the helm as the American Quarter Horse Association’s MBNA America Racing Challenge Senior Manager this summer. The position was vacated when the former manager, Ryan Sherman, accepted a position as racing director for Ruidoso Downs and Zia Park in New Mexico.

Hare has a long and involved history with racing American Quarter Horses. For almost thirty years, he was president and general manager of the Denver Merchandise Mart, a premier wholesale market center and the site for international, national and regional trade shows.

Even before his career with Denver Merchandise Mart, Hare was involved with racing Quarter Horses and managing a non-parimutuel race track. He has served as president of the Kansas Quarter Horse Association and served on the Racing Committee for AQHA for many years, including being elected to and serving as chair on the Racing Council.

Hare was chairman of the Task Force committee which organized the Racing Challenge program. He was part of the crew that helped announce and implement the program.

During that time, he owned and raced Quarter Horses and had horses competing in the program. In 1998, a horse of his won the Southwest Challenge Championship.

“I believe it’s probably the best overall program for Quarter Horse racing that’s been developed,” Hare commented about the MBNA America Racing Challenge program. “I am aware, though, that there are areas that need to be refined or re-defined, and possibly there need to be changes to certain parts of the format.”