Mackie's love for Appaloosa racehorses began on the California
Fair Circuit with Amigos' Bull-Lee. The stallion introduced David
to the world of Appaloosa racing in 1968, and David, now of Houston,
Texas, went on to spend the better part of the next three decades
promoting and improving Appaloosa racing.
Drawn to the breed's distinguishing color patterns and rich history,
David also believes in the wisdom of outcrossing to refine and
improve the Appaloosa racehorse's performance ability. Over the
years, David has bred and raised track all-stars such as A Mean
Individual and Mackie's Moon, both by Moon Lark (AQHA), and Houston
Jet, by Easy Jet (AQHA).
"A Mean Individual was small but he didn't know it,"
David says of the gelding. "He was very fast and won several
stakes races for us including the World Wide in Albuquerque, New
Mexico, in 1990.
"That year we won all five of the futurities," David
continues. "But on that particular September day, A Mean
Individual won the World Wide and then we went over and listened
in the racing office and 20 minutes later in Oklahoma, Houston
Jet won the Supreme Futurity at Blue Ribbon Downs. It was a very
memorable, thrilling day."
Houston Jet went on to be named the 1990 2-year-old sprint colt
and though he only ran for one year, earned more than $45,000
on the track. A Mean Individual won three of Appaloosa racing's
most prestigious races during his career: the Cricket Bars, Texas
Futurity and World Wide, racking up 11 wins in 19 starts. In total,
the gelding earned more than $69,000 on the track.
"Mackie's Moon was special because he was so versatile and
ran in so many different places and did well," David says.
The talented gelding earned nearly $100,000 on the track before
David's contributions to the world of racing reached beyond the
track as well. After moving from California to Texas for career
reasons, the former senior executive for two different natural
gas pipeline companies found himself near Sunland Park Racetrack
in El Paso, Texas.
"Carl Miles and Bob Haley were long-time sponsors for the
Texas Appaloosa Horse Club and they contacted me and asked me
to try to start the Texas Appaloosa Racing Association,"
Under David's leadership, the Texas Appaloosa Racing Association
flourished and eventually teamed up with the Kansas and New Mexico
Appaloosa racing associations to create the Appaloosa Triple Crown
David also served from 1979 to 1983 on the Appaloosa Horse Club's
Executive Race Committee. During his tenure, the ERC encouraged
the ApHC to recognize, for performance and record-keeping purposes,
all Appaloosa races run under official conditions. The ERC also
succeeded in gaining recognition for all official Appaloosa races
and their publication in the Daily Racing Form, information crucial
to the wagering public and the continued success of Appaloosa
Throughout it all, David's wife Susan has been an active partner
in his racing endeavors. "The very first race she ever saw
was with me watching one of the horses I bred run in Oklahoma,"
David says. "She loves racing."
And though David and Susan's children, David, Sarah and Emily
(now adults), haven't followed in their father's footsteps, David
says they've all enjoyed the horses and the racing.
"Racing has been the central source of enjoyment and satisfaction
in our lives," David says. "We love the animal and the
excitement and the challenge of it. It's all been very special."
David says he hopes to be remembered as someone who enhanced the
quality of the breed and the performance of the Appaloosa racehorse,
and as someone who made a significant contribution to the growth
and acceptance of Appaloosa racing nationally.
As for being inducted into the Appaloosa Racing Hall of Fame,
David says, "It's very satisfying. There are a lot of very
fine people in the Hall of Fame who have done a lot for the breed
and it's an honor to be inducted with them."