The wide-open expanses that are the backdrop for the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa are the perfect
environment for horses as well as meetings.
Set on 550 acres of New Mexico’s Santa
Ana Pueblo about a half-hour from Albu-
querque and an hour from Santa Fe, the
property’s stables are an iconic Southwest-
ern draw for guests. The resort returns the
favor to its equine residents by holding an
annual Horse Rehabilitation Week. This
year the event will be held May 29-June 2.
The Stables at Tamaya supports newly
rescued horses that wind up at the property
for a variety of reasons. The property typical-
ly supports five new horses each year, and
has taken in 103 since its inception in 2013.
“We get a lot of calls—a lot of calls—it’s
a very big issue in the U.S., so there’s just
a lot of need to take on this challenge,”
said Herb Rackliff, general manager of the
property. “Sometimes it’s just that people
have gotten up in age and can’t take care
of horses, and sometimes we find the
horses absolutely beaten, battered and
Rackliff said that many guests stay at
Tamaya in order to spend their time volun-
teering at the Stables, and meeting groups
can be shuttled down to the operation to
spend an afternoon as part of a CSR pro-
gram. The resort also holds a rodeo night at
its arena on Thursdays.
“They come in in all different condi-
tions,” Rackliff said of the horses. “The
hope is eventually the horses can go out for
adoption. We’ve made the horses ridable,
and they’ve become a staple of what we
do here at the Stables. Some have become
permanent residents. Today I believe we
have about 67 horses and all but 20 of them
have been rescued.”
To help bolster the effort, Tamaya holds
a Horse Rehabilitation Week. The resort’s
goal is to expand the program to sponsor
100 horses annually. Following are this
◗ Tuesday, May 29: Rounds for Rescues
Golf Tournament at Twin Warriors.
◗ Wednesday, May 30: Youth Volunteer
Day at the Stables.
◗ Thursday, May 31: “Adoption Auction”
◗ Friday, June 1: Tamaya Rodeo at the
◗ Saturday, June 2: VIP Day at the Stables.
◗ Saturday, June 2: Horse Rehab Gala.
A variety of sponsorships are available for
individuals and organizations that want to
further Tamaya’s efforts. The Stables at Tama-
ya is a 501(c)( 3) nonprofit organization.
Here are some organizations making a difference:
// Visit Anaheim and the American Heart Association
launched a “Heart-to-Heart” campaign that will equip
Anaheim high schools with CPR kits and training over
the next three years. Led by heart disease prevention
advocate Jennie Garth, the philanthropic effort grew
from the American Heart Association returning to the
Anaheim Convention Center’s ACC North expansion for
its Nov. 11-15 Scientific Sessions meeting.
// Fairfield by Marriott celebrated its 30th anniversary
by expanding its support for Habitat for Humanity with
builds in New York City, Atlanta and Kathmandu, Nepal,
among other destinations, marking the largest “Rally
to Serve” day
more than 275
ties around the
world pitched in. TOM
Neglected horses are lovingly rehabbed under the New Mexico sky
By Tyler Davidson
HYATT REGENCY TAMAYA
RESORT AND SPA
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