JULIANNA HAWN HOLT
When Julianna Hawn Holt of Blanco, Texas, privately purchased the brilliant filly Higher Fire, it was only her most recent acquisition of a super star Quarter Horse. Holt already owned Corona Chick, still a track record holder at Los Alamitos and one of the fastest sprinters ever since at the Orange County oval. Corona Chick is the dam of noted sire Corona Cartel and All American Futurity winner and champion Corona Cash.
At last year's Los Alamitos Equine Sale, she also purchased the bay filly Corona Por Favor (Hip #359) for $200,000, making her the high seller on the second day of the sale. Sired by First Down Dash and out of Broodmare of the Year Sizzling Lil, Corona Por Favor is a full sister to champion millionaire Corona Kool and stakes winner Corona Cocktail and a half sister Corona Chick. Corona Por Favor is nominated to the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity and Derby, All American Futurity, Golden State Million, Los Alamitos Two Million and the MBNA America Racing Challenge.
But it's not always about buying for Julianna Hawn Holt. She consigned the colt Valiant Hero at last year's the Ruidoso Quarter Horse Yearling Sale held over Labor Day weekend last year. Holt was also the leading consigner there.
Holt and her husband Peter own the San Antonio Spurs of NBA fame, as well as Holt CAT of Texas, the largest Caterpillar distributor in the U.S. The Holts are well known and highly respected in their community, as they were recognized as the International Citizens of the Year presented by the World Affairs Council of San Antonio in February 2005. Julianna and Peter are also art philanthropists as the SBC Center, which is the home of the Spurs, includes a major collection of contemporary art. The $1-million collection is the result of the Holts' mission to make contemporary art available to the public. The SBC Centeris also the home of the San Antonio Livestock Exposition, as well as hundreds of community events.