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In This Issue: Louisiana Horse Racing Youth Pages................... 11 & 30 4-H..........................................16 Equine Health by Neely........ 23 Therapeutic Riding.......29 & 34 Cattle Producers of Louisiana........................... 35

FEATURED ARTICLES Tony Patterson...................Cover Korie King..........................Cover Trey Ellis................................... 7 Rodeo Queens and Jeans by Miss Rodeo Mississippi 2015 Laura Sumrall..........................17 Cody Martinez.........................20 Horror of Heaves....................28 Equine Viral Arteritis...............41 Q & A with Kenny Roberts......51

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Tony Patterson, Executive Director of the LA Quarter Horse Breeders Association By Barbara Newtown

Tony Patterson came to the Quarter Horse world in a roundabout way. He was born in the very small town of Delhi in Northeast Louisiana and grew up in Ruston. His grandfather trained Thoroughbreds and raced in Louisiana in the winter and in Massachusetts in the summer. Tony enjoyed the racetrack scene—the horses, the people, and the business. In 1979 he went to work for Larry Robideaux, a Thoroughbred trainer in Shreveport. “I thought I wanted to train, but I saw quickly that to be a successful trainer I’d have to have the support of some very good owners. At 19 I lacked the self-confidence necessary, so I started thinking about going into the management side of the racetrack.” Continued on page 10..

Korie King, Self-Starter By Barbara Newtown

“This year is my year to come back with redemption,” says Korie King, a barrel racer from Iowa, Louisiana, who is beginning eleventh grade. She’s had her eye on the state barrel race finals since seventh grade, when she won the championship. But the next year she had the sort of accident that all horse people fear: her horse stumbled, her boot caught in the stirrup, and she was dragged. Continued on page 30..

Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana 220 HipsCataloged for 2015 Annual Yearling Sale (New Orleans, La.) - The Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana (BSCOL) announces 220 hips have been cataloged for their 2015 Annual Yearling Sale, set for a start at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe, La. Tim Boyce, sales director of the BSCOL, believes this sale has become the outstanding sale of the region. “This sale has ascended

from the leading Louisiana Yearling Sale to the strongest Southwest Regional Sale,” states Boyce. “With six states represented I feel buyers from all over will be attending as the pedigrees are strong.  I’ve already received calls for cataloges, which indicates the heightened interest in the sale. When buyers get their books they will be even more pleased”. Continued on page 18..

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Rolex: A Great Event By Chrissy West -We are delighted to share this Member Report telling us about the experience of the Rolex Three Day Event in Kentucky.What hashtag would you use to sum up Rolex 3 day event? #fangirls Emily Embree, Elaine Groves and I all got to Lexington on Thursday evening and we couldn’t sleep that night for the life of us. When Friday morning rolled around, we were up and bundled up in sweatshirts and jackets because cold weather was in the forecast!! There was frost on the ground at the Horse Park  –  no joke! First things first, we shopped. So much horse stuff photos courtesy of Elaine Groves everywhere, I could have bought one of everything for Minion! Next was dressage, our seats were perfect – right on the corner of M! There were so many amazing rides and what a great 4* test. It really put the riders’ and horses’ abilities to the test. After dressage we did a course walk with Jimmy Wolford. He walked us through some of the tough complexes of the course; he explained that this year the course designer did something different with the course. Walking those fences really gives you a perspective on how much of a team horse and rider must be at this level. These fences are 3’11” high and 6’6”wide, truly amazing. Cross country day we woke up and the skies were grey and cold. We prepared to be wet and cold all day. The term “suck it up cupcake” goes both ways now! We started out at the head of the lake and watched the first three rides there. And yes, the rain started and didn’t let up until the last ride. Wet, cold, me four months pregnant and Elaine coming down with a cold … we were determined to see all we could see! We wanted to catch Will Coleman and OBOS O’Riley since Emily and Elaine both worked for him! Then we trucked it up to the first water complex, it consisted of a 6’6” drop into the water and a 6’6” wide table four strides out of the water. We watched Laine Ashker and Anthony Patch have a bit of a stumble into the water and Al throwing his heart over the table and Laine navigating him beautifully over it! After a few riders there, we went up to the frog pond and watched Elisa Wallace and Simply Priceless fly through this!! We also caught Jimmy Schramm and Bellemy glide through it, too. Behind us was one of the first complex combinations that really required accuracy and determination. We watched several amazing rides there and moved onto the Normandy bank complex. From there over to the corners where there were several run outs and a pretty hard rotational fall, (horse and rider were just fine). Then all the way to the far corner of the Park to watch Lynn Symansky and Donner at the Hollow.  Then back to the frog pond to finish up the day with Michael Jung, William Fox-Pitt, Boyd Martin and Phillip Dutton! In between those fences, we caught other fences from a distance and some close up. Continued on page 8..

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MONTHLY CALENDAR OF EVENTS Horse Racing Evangeline Downs Thoroughbred Horse Racing April 8th – August 29th | Post Time 5:45pm

NBHA MS07 5D Lauderdale County Agri Center Info: Lisa Pevey 601-934-1765 | Meridian, MS

August 1st & 2nd Dixie Regional Team Penning Assoc. Info: David King 910-322-1351 | Baldenboro, NC

August 7th – 9th J x 2 Team Roping \ Tunica Arena & Expo Center Info: Pam Smith 423-575-2295 | Tunica, MS

Delta Downs Thoroughbred Horse Racing October 16th – March 12th , 2016 | Post Time 5:40pm

Acadiana Barrel Racing Assoc. SugArena | Info: Susan Krieg 337-288-5374 or Shannan Roy 337-280-9349 or www.laabra.com New Iberia, LA

15th Annual Bayou Classic Added Money | SugArena Info: Susan King 337-288-5374 | New Iberia, LA

2nd Annual Mississippi Horse Fest | Kirk Fordice Equine Center | Info: 769-798-9412 | Jackson, MS

New Orleans Fair Grounds | Quarter Horse Racing August 15th – September 5th | Post Time 5:20pm

DeRidder Riding Club Club Show Info: Shanna Thomas 337-802-7049

Louisiana Downs | Thoroughbred Horse Racing May 1st – September 19th | Post Time 3:15pm

D’Arbonne Range Riders Saddle Series Playdays | Barrels, Poles, Quad Stakes Info: Kristin Lynn 318-243-5726

Young Guns Bull Riding Practice Day | First Saturday of Every Month Info: 985-351-6862 | www.younggunsbullriding.com Livingston, LA August 1st Emerson Arena 3D Ranch Sorting Info: Dilton Emerson 318-393-5703 | Benton, LA

4-H Livestock Show North Louisiana Exhibition Center | Ruston, LA NBHA LA 04 Info: Scooter LeBouef 985-209-3531 Email: scooterlebouef@aol.com | Port Allen, LA

August 7th Finally Friday Open 4D Barrel Race | Florida Parishes Arena | Info: 504-452-9707 | Amite, LA Bienville Parish Fair Assoc. 2015 Play Day | Info: 318-894-2593 | Ringgold, LA Red River Riders Vivian Arena | Info: 318-447-7767 | Vivian, LA August 7th & 8th 2 Hearts Barrel Racing | Back to School Open 5-D | Marshall City Arena | Info; Martha Reyenga 318-560-7583 | Marshall, TX

August 8th South Louisiana Team Sorting Assoc. Info: www.sltsa.com or email: | sltsa@hotmail.com Port Allen, LA Catahoula Riding Club C Bar Ranch Arena/Shivers Arena Info: Jennifer Tiffee 318-481-3119 or Tim Laine Neal 318-715-6912/0894 | Jonesville, LA NBHA MS03 Barrel Race | Rankin County Multipurpose Arena | Info: 601-813-3968 | Brandon, MS Acadiana Barrel Racing Association | SugArena Info: info@laabra.com | Susan Krieg 337-288-5374 or Shannan Roy 337-280-9349 | New Iberia, LA

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Trey Ellis Off to a Fast Start By Barbara Newtown

Trey Ellis, trainer of racing Quarter Horses, got his start in Grand Bay, Alabama. He says his family has a farming side and a racing side. The farmers, his mother’s relatives, still raise cotton and peanuts and run about 200 head of cows. The oldtimers of Grand Bay were Thoroughbred horse people, but Trey learned about Quarter Horses from his longtime friend Ray Robbins, whom he calls “Uncle.” “All he did was Quarter Horses,” says Trey, “and that’s what I liked, even though I raced Thoroughbreds, too.” Trey took care of Uncle Ray’s horses, roped babies, and rode match races on the brush tracks (that’s what Alabamians call the bush tracks). He doesn’t miss the brush track experience; he says he did it to make money while he was growing up. “The brush track is not a good place to be. It’s not the crowd I like to be around…too much fighting… and I’m not that kind of person.” Also, the brush tracks didn’t have the best equipment for deciding a photo finish. Arguments broke out after a close race and, of course, everyone blamed the jockeys. Despite being unrecognized, the races involved a lot of money. “Too much fighting and fussing,” says Trey. “I’m a quiet person.” Ray trained and raced at Louisiana tracks. Trey says, “The day I graduated from high school I had my truck and clothes packed and I came out here to live with him.” Ray put him to work right away, cleaning stalls, exercising horses, breaking babies… “Eventually I was sort of an assistant to him,” says Trey. His original plan was to become a licensed jockey. But he thought twice when he saw what professional jockeys had to do to make the weight: diets, sweats, and, for some, drugs and eating

disorders. “I didn’t want to live like that. Jockey life is a rough life. I don’t know how they do it.” He got a job working at Robicheaux Ranch in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. After a year Trey knew that breeding and sales prep was not the side of the horse business that he wanted to stay in. He loves watching and caring for racehorses and training them for competition. He has great praise for the professional operation at Robicheaux, however. He says that he learned about horses from Ray, but he learned how to run a business from the Robicheaux family. After two years in Louisiana, Trey took the test to get his trainer’s license. “It’s about a three-hour written test,” he says. It’s important to know the racing commission rule book. “If you pass that exam, then they watch you saddle a horse and be hands-on at the barn.” Trey explains that you can’t study a book to prepare for the hands-on part. You have to spend time at the track and get to know real horses. Trey has 40 horses in training and another 20 at a farm near Delta Downs that he rents from one of his owners. He used to keep up with the paperwork by hand, but now that his business has grown he keeps track of entries, billing, etc. on his laptop with software from equineline.com. Continued on page 50...

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Rolex: A Great Event By Chrissy West

photos courtesy of Elaine Groves

At the ditch and wall we watched Buck Davidson and Petite Flower fly over, as well as Boyd Martin and Crackerjack. They make that look so easy: sure we can all do that, no worries! It is always exciting seeing the riders gallop by you at 650 meters per minute pace. Emily decided that, somehow, she has to ride in Rolex! Sunday morning we started out early once again to go see the jogs;   the anticipation to hear if the horses passed is intense. And when they get a hold in the box, you hold your breath, too, and hope they represent sound! When jogs were done, we went and shopped some more; seriously how could you not shop there every day? We found Elaine a saddle and some presents for some others. We went to the Draft barn, the Hall of Champions, and the Breeds of the World barns. We grabbed some lunch and were ready for stadium! Yay, the sun was  shining and we were  getting burned! Our seats were on the right side of the course in the stands, about three rows up. We did a great job picking out seating! It was a very good and hard course. Riders had to jump 12 fences in 91 seconds! The course looked like a game of pick up sticks with rails was everywhere. Then Laine Ashker came though and went clean with time  –  it could be done clean! Once again, there were some great rides and some big disappointments. Watching Michael Jung and Sam take two  rails is unheard of, but his stablemate, Fischerrocana FST, went clean and, low and behold, she won Rolex 2015. This was such an amazing weekend and I am so glad I got to spend it with two of my favorite people. Emily, Elaine and I had the best time together and saw some very amazing history being made! We all packed up Monday and left in different directions. I was sitting in the airport in Kentucky and the 2015 Rolex 3 Day Event winner, Michael Jung, and his parents were on my plane to Chicago right in front of me! As I passed them I congratulated Michael and his parents on a great weekend. I was a tiny bit star struck, I have to admit. I wrote this while on  my flight to New Orleans and I hope  I covered everything for everyone. It is really hard to sum up such a whirlwind weekend with pregnancy brain going on at the same time! If you have an opportunity to go to Rolex……DO IT #fangirls

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Tony Patterson, Executive Director of the LA Quarter Horse Breeders Association By Barbara Newtown

Going to college at Louisiana Tech in Ruston was an easy choice for Tony: his father Pat Patterson was the Tech baseball coach. The university started a racetrack management program a couple of years after Tony arrived. He took three or four classes from Dick Kinsey, who worked in the racing office at Louisiana Downs. Kinsey gave Tony advice about the racing business, and, says Tony, “before you know it, I took a couple of quarters off and went to work in the Louisiana Downs racing office.” After a few years, Tony moved on to the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. When a new track opened in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1987, Tony started working there, but he was hired away by Remington Park in Oklahoma City, a few months before that track opened in 1988. He went to work in the racing office and served as a placing judge and stakes coordinator. Remington Park opened their inaugural meet with Thoroughbreds, and their first Quarter Horse meet ran in 1989. Tony ended up working as assistant racing secretary for Rob Werstler, racing secretary for the Quarter Horse meet. For the first time Tony got to know Quarter Horses and the people who race them. “The animals are magnificent,” he says. “The speed of the horses is so incredible. If you don’t get out of that gate quick, you usually aren’t going to finish anywhere near the money!” Tony has a special appreciation for Quarter Horse people: he feels that they are down-to-earth and very hands-on. There isn’t the same tradition of old money that you find in Thoroughbred breeding and racing. “It seems sometimes that many Thoroughbred trainers have a groom for every three or four horses. I know that’s not the case with Quarter Horses. Those trainers have to take on a lot of the daily chores.” Tony’s current position as Executive Director of the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association brings him into contact with an even greater variety of Quarter Horse supporters. He gets to come to work each day and interact with a “great group of members and a fantastic group of employees.” Although he is no longer involved in the day-to-day workings of a track, he feels deeply about the cuts that have been made in the racing industry. “It’s just not fair to the horsemen,” he says. His work at the LQHBA makes a difference: the organization has run a milliondollar breeders futurity every year since 2012. Numbers of foals are rebounding from the dark days of 2009, 2010, and 2011. “The nominating and the sustaining payments help build the purses for our Futurities and Derbies,” Tony says. He points out that most of the purse money for the Kentucky Derby, for instance,

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comes from the racetrack purse account and corporate sponsorships. But the Quarter Horse breeders and owners contribute approximately 70% of the LQHBA breeders futurity purse. Their support of their own industry is admirable. The LQHBA is the official registry of all racing Louisiana Bred Quarter Horses. They handle the paperwork that keeps the names and dollars straight…and they also promote the “product”—the Louisiana Bred Quarter Horse. Tony says that it is important to sign on new members, but it is also important to find more new buyers willing to spend more for Louisiana Bred yearlings. The futurity payments schedule really starts soon after the foal is born, then moves on to the yearling sale, and culminates with two-year-olds starting their racing careers. Futurities build excitement for the racing industry and continue to attract new owners and breeders to Louisiana. Tony explains that the American Quarter Horse Association specifies that a horse cannot race before March 1st of its two-year-old year. However, the Mardi Gras Futurity, which used to run at the Fair Grounds and now takes place at Louisiana Downs, is “grandfathered in” to start trials in mid to late February. The Mardi Gras is the first Quarter Horse racing futurity of the year in the nation. All eyes are on Louisiana, and the publicity is priceless. The Quarter Horse breeders awards program in Louisiana is designed to benefit the state’s economy. An out-of-state-owned mare must be domiciled in Louisiana from the time the mare is bred until the time her foal is born and accredited. The mare must be bred to a stallion that stands in Louisiana for the entire year. Once the foal is accredited, the owner can take the foal anywhere. (The LQHBA considers the breeder to be the owner of the mare when the foal was born.) Breeders awards kick in when the accredited horse runs first through fifth at a Louisiana track. Whether the race is for Louisiana-breds or is open, breeders get 25% of what the horse earns. For example, if the two-year-old you bred wins the million-dollar futurity at Evangeline Downs, the horse earns about $450,000, and your breeder’s check is over $110,000. “Last year the LQHBA paid out over $4.3 million in breeders awards,” Tony says. “We send out checks 30 to 60 days after the horse runs.” The Quarter Horse racing industry in Louisiana is large. Perhaps 26 or 27 states have Quarter Horse racing, but Louisiana runs 20% of the total races nationwide for 20% of the total purse money nationwide. “That’s impressive,” says Tony. The trend is upwards: the 2012 yearling sale brought 10%-11% more than 2011; the 2013 sale brought 20% more than 2012; and the 2014 sale brought 25% more than 2013. Another sign of improving times is the LQHBA Derby program for three-year-old racehorses. Tony says, “When people say that horse racing is dying, maybe the crowds are different, because of simulcasting and other forms of gaming. But here in Louisiana we are on the right path, I’m sure.”


Jason Boulet Named Senior Director of Racing At Fair Grounds Jason Boulet has been named to the position of senior director of racing at Fair Grounds Race Course. © Fair Grounds Racecourse

NEW ORLEANS, LA—JULY 23, 2015— Jason Boulet, a former racing secretary at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, has been named senior director of racing at the New Orleans track. In his new role, Boulet will oversee all things related to the racing office, racing surfaces, backstretch/stall operations, and horsemen relations. “Jason has demonstrated a strong work ethic and has invaluable experience in these areas,” Fair Grounds president Tim Bryant said. “He has a great reputation in the racing industry and knows the various nuances that come with racing,” Bradley Bryant was recently promoted to senior director of operations, but will now oversee both slots and all racing departments that interact with guests, including valet, admissions, programs/forms, pari-mutuel, and the customer VIP Gold Room, the track said in a release. “Brad was integral to the success that we achieved last meet, due to his direct involvement in our racing areas, and I am confident he will continue to succeed in the future,” Bryant said. The release said the promotions are a result of the departure of Howard “H” Withers, former general manager of racing at Fair Grounds. “He played an instrumental role in the recent implementation and success of the off-season enhancements that helped Fair Grounds racing receive rave reviews following the 2014-15 Thoroughbred live meet,” Bryant said of Withers. Leonard Lantz has joined Fair Grounds as senior director of facilities. Lantz has more than 30 years of planning, problem-solving, and operational leadership in construction, engineering and facilities management, and has been successful across gaming, government and private sector industries in several Florida, Mississippi, Ohio, and Oklahoma markets.

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Tack Tip of the Day

By Michelle Wadley

Ever had a zipper break on your paddock or tall boots? It’s beyond frustrating, right, especially as it always seems to happen right before a show or a clinic? As you sit cursing the boot manufacturer, frustrated at the looming probability of the expense of a new pair of boots or at the very least a new zipper, stop and consider this: the broken zipper could possibly have been prevented. Yep! That’s right! Most of us ignore our zippers. We clean our tack and the leather on our boots, but the poor zippers get ignored. And they are SO easy to maintain!

Here’s what you do: We’ve all stayed in hotels, right? Start stealing the soap samples. Better yet, you know those annoying little slivers of soap you end up with after a big bar is almost used and you didn’t throw it away? DON’T! Soap is a zipper’s best friend! Here’s the key: It isn’t just water that tears up our boots, it’s DUST! Zippers HATE dust! It gets in the grooves of the teeth; clogs them up; the zipper won’t slide; and then guess what! The zipper breaks! Here’s where the soap comes in. Take the dry piece of soap, and run it up and down the zipper. The small bars and slivers are perfect for this! The soap will take the place of the dust, it won’t hurt your leather, and it’s a great lubricant. Whenever you clean your leather, soap your zippers too. Your zippers will move easier and last longer, and maybe you won’t have to buy another pair of boots just yet.

Look for more Tack Tips from Michelle Wadley at the new Equine Report website! Coming soon to a screen near you!

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Rodeo Queens and Jeans By Laura Sumrall

Yep, that is it… my new go-to hashtag after the last few weeks of travel. To say I have learned a lot in the last couple of weeks would be an understatement. Although I received my crown as Miss Rodeo Mississippi in January, I did not officially start my travels until now. And with a late start, I think it is safe to say that I received a crash-course in “queening.”

Most of the girls already knew each other, and they graciously took me under their wings and taught me the ins-and-outs of being a rodeo queen on the go. Now I know some may think rodeo queens are just there to look pretty, but let me assure you, there is much more to us than hairspray and makeup, although we do go through a lot of that too. Over the past few weeks, we came in late from performances and woke up early for 5 am pancake breakfasts in Nampa, Idaho, at the Snake River Stampede. We made sponsor visits to the local Dodge dealership and put on a “Buckaroo Rodeo” with stick horse races and broncs made out of miniature seesaws. We went to dance practices for “Pink on the Dirt,” a breast cancer awareness luncheon, and modeled fashion forward outfits with the amazing ladies who had battled and overcome breast cancer in their lives. And those are just a few of the many things we did there in Nampa. We also had the privilege of being a part of the parade and the 100th Year Celebration of the Snake River Stampede, and that parade is one of the largest horse parades ever! I was incredibly impressed to see so many people there with all of their horses. There were people in traditional garb all the way to the rodeo queens, state and local. And have you ever heard of “Butt Bouquets?” I had not until I joined the crew in Idaho. They place big flowered bouquets on the horse’s rear, just behind your saddle, and each bouquet matches your outfit! It was so much fun. I also got to watch the Stampeders, an

incredibly impressive drill team, and the only drill team to have been invited to perform at the NFR. They perform at high speed in the pitch-black dark with their bodies and their horses wrapped in lights. Incredible is an understatement. Those riders are both brave and talented. We had one day off while in Idaho where Miss Rodeo Idaho’s family took us on a plane ride to breakfast and a sturgeon fishing trip. Here is where my hashtag truly comes into play. So if you tell a bunch of rodeo queens, “Hey, we are going fishing!” What do we do? We put on our Wrangler jeans and head out. It is Wranglers all around for us. After nine days in Idaho, the girls and I drove to Cheyenne, Wyoming, for the “Daddy of ‘Em All,” the Cheyenne Frontier Days. The organizers made us feel incredibly welcome from the very beginning. We stayed with people who graciously offered to house us during our stay. Each day was a little different. We were part of a pancake breakfast one morning, flipping pancakes off the griddle that sat high on a wagon and down below were “catchers” with trays. That day, the pancake breakfast fed over 8,000 people. It was amazing. We also attended the Cowgirls of the West Brunch, the parades in downtown, the Thunderbird Air Show, and made numerous sponsor visits each day. And the best part of it all was our fly-bys. At most rodeos, we do a run all the way around the arena, but in Cheyenne, there is a track that runs directly in front of the grandstands, which are enormous to say the least. So on my designated day, I got to ride my fly-by on a horse that was graciously provided. I started at one end of the track and finished a good 30 seconds later as we waved to the huge crowd that has come to watch one of the greatest rodeos of our time. It was both thrilling and humbling to be there at such a prestigious place, representing my state, the beautiful state of Mississippi. After a trip of a lifetime, all I can think to say is… Long Live Cowgirls.

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Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana 220 HipsCataloged for 2015 Annual Yearling Sale

Ninety-six stallions are represented with 36 consignors. “The sire power this year is unbelievable” said Roger Heitzmann, secretary/treasurer of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA). “Inside our catalog, buyers will find yearlings by Archarcharch, Broken Vow, Eskendereya, Into Mischief, The Factor, Tale of the Cat, and Warrior’s Reward. Top Louisiana stallions including Custom For Carlos, Forefathers, Half Ours, Songandaprayer, and Yankee Gentleman along with regional sire leaders Too Much Bling and Grasshopper will give buyers ample opportunities to find a horse for any program.. Tim has done an outstanding job in putting our sale together in his first year at the helm and he intends to have catalogs in hand for distribution at the various sales around the country.”   If you would like a catalog mailed to you contact the LTBA at 1-800-772-1195. A copy of the catalog will be available for download soon. In addition the catalog will be available at  EquineLine  via the app for the iPad. The sale can be viewed via a webcast on louisianabred. com  beginning at 11:00 a.m. the day of the sale. Our Quista, 2014 accredited Louisiana Bred Champion Three-Year-Old Filly, a   Breeders Sales Co. of Louisiana, Inc. Yearling Sale graduate. Photo credit: Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr. The BSCOL would also like to remind all buyers that any Louisiana Bred that passes through the sales ring at the 2015 yearling sale is eligible to race in the A.L. “Red” Erwin Memorial Stakes or the Elge Rasberry Memorial Stakes which are currently run at Louisiana Downs in the late summer or early fall of their 3YO year. The Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana Inc. (BSCOL) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA). Media Contact: Julie Calzone | (337) 235-2924 ext. 18 | jcalzone@calzone.com • LTBA Contact: Roger Heitzmann | (504) 947-4676 | roger@louisianabred.com

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C o dy M a r t i n e z, Bull Rider By Louisiana Equine Report Staff

Cody Martinez, 17, of Gonzales, Louisiana, discovered his passion when he saw “8 Seconds.” (The movie is about the life of Lane Frost, the 1987 PRCA Bull Riding Champion.) Cody says, “I wouldn’t go to bed without watching it!” Since he was still in diapers, he had to wait a while before he got on his first bull. In the meantime, Cody started riding sheep when he was two or three years old. He moved up to riding ponies bareback. Finally, when Cody was eight or nine, he rode his first bull.

He started taking lessons from Scott Sullivan and he practiced every Tuesday and Thursday. He traveled to Liberty, Mississippi, twice a month for more experience. When he was a seventh grader, he attended the Chris Shiver’s bull riding schools. Practice paid off. Cody made Nationals all three years of junior high. His first memorable ride came on his first trip to Nationals in sixth grade, when he covered his first bull. That year he was 4th in the state and finished 9th at Nationals. In seventh grade he didn’t place; in eighth grade he finishes in 23rd place. Cody has continued his streak: he’s now a junior in high school, and qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyoming again this year. Cody misses the fun of the Junior High Nationals. However, at this point in his bull riding career he wants more serious competition. High School rodeo isn’t enough: he wants to get his Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association card before he graduates.

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Cody is home schooled through Dutchtown High’s APPLe Digital Academy. After graduation he plans to study welding at ABC Technical School. His mother Kristi Gueho, said that Cody has not been hurt badly yet, but in bull riding “it’s not if you get hurt; it’s when you get hurt. We keep counting our blessings and thanking God for his safety.” Cody says, “I want to thank my mom, dad, step dad, Paw Paw, all of my family, and my biggest fan—my Gan!” Kristi says that Cody’s grandmother, his “Gan,” really is a super supporter. She’s been to every Nationals, junior and senior high, that Cody has qualified for—until this year, when she stayed home in Louisiana to help take care of a new grandchild. There’s always next year: Gan may get to watch Cody ride at the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association Finals Rodeo soon.


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Equine Health

By Neely

Neely Walker, PhD: LSU Ag Center | Equine Extension Specialist

Common lameness issues in barrel racing horses Barrel racing is one of the most popular uses of the American Quarter Horse in North and South America with approximately $14 million dollars awarded annually in prize money. However, this popularity takes a heavy toll on horses most commonly resulting in forelimb lameness. The National Animal Health Monitoring System published The National Estimate of Economic Costs associated with animal events and production. The number one cause of economic loss in the horse industry is lameness. The NAHMS report indicated that for every 100 horses there are 9-14 lameness related events with each event costing approximately $430.00, taking approximately 110 days to recover from each event, making lameness issues one of the most costly and performance reducing issues in the horse industry. Research has shown that nearly 50% of competing barrel horses could be performing with some degree of lameness, specifically relating to the fetlock joint. In a study conducted by Menarium et al. in 2011, several radiographic abnormalities associated in the forelimb fetlocks of high performing barrel horses were noticed. • 70% of horses experienced inflammation of the sesamoid bones (Sesamoiditis). • 56% of horses experienced inflammation or scarring of the synovial pad (Villonodular synovitis) on the front of the fetlock joint due to repeated trauma and extreme extension of the joint. • 36% of horses experienced Osteoarthritis from a bone spur. • 13% of horses experienced bone chips (Osteochondral fragments). • 13% of horses experienced joint capsule inflammation (Capsulitis). •6.6% of horses experienced soft tissue swelling. Most of the horses examined in this study were more likely to display external signs of lameness on the right forelimb, than on the left. However radiographic evidence showed more abnormalities of the left forelimb. This is thought to be caused by the extreme impact and hyperextension on the suspensory tendon apparatus while turning around the barrels. Most horses make one right turn which may cause soft tissue swelling, accounting for the external right forelimb lameness, and two left turns explaining the higher incidence of sustained injury on the left forelimb. Despite the high likelihood of injury associated with barrel racing, there are treatments available that can extend the longevity of your horse’s career including IRAP, Stem Cell, Platelet Rich Plasma, Tildren, joint support, anti-arthritis medications, corticosteroids, and shockwave therapy. • IRAP (Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Protein) is an anti-inflammatory therapy which blocks interleukin-1, a major inflammatory substance released due to an injury, reducing further tissue damage. A blood sample is collected from the injured horse and incubated with specially designed glass beads which stimulate anti-inflammatory and regenerative cytokines. The serum is collected from the sample and then injected back into the injured horse. • Stem Cell Therapy- Fat cells are collected from the injured animal. The stem cells from the fatty tissue are concentrated and injected into the injured area, delivering active fibroblasts to the area needing healing. Horses treated with this therapy have returned to normal work levels prior to injury. • Tildren- is a bisphosphonate drug shown to be highly effective in treating osteoarthritis in horses and humans. It acts by decreasing osteoclast formation. Tildren can be given locally but is more commonly given systemically, allowing multiple areas of injury to be treated at once. Most effective in horses that experience acute lameness. • Joint Support- Chondroitin Sulfate & Glucosamine can increase articular cartilage and have anti-inflammatory effects. This treatment provides the basic building blocks for cartilage repair and should be used as a preventative in any high performance athlete. • Anti-arthritis medications- Adequan, Legend, Sodium hyaluronate. All have anti-inflammatory effects and stimulate the production of Hyaluronic acid. Sodium Hyaluronate decreases pain, increases mobility. It acts as a pain killer and anti-inflammatory. It increases range of motion by improving synovial fluid viscosity and soft tissue lubrication. • Corticosteroids- used in conjunction with anti-arthritis medications. Overuse is very common and can have negative effects if not monitored appropriately. • Shockwave Therapy- used to enhance the healing rate of soft tissue and bones in horses. Positive pressure acoustic waves transmit energy into structures deep within the body, stimulating cell healing. Although the chances of your barrel horse sustaining some kind of performance reducing injury are high, most horses can continue to perform as high-level athletes. Proper hoof care and the use of support boots are also helpful in preventing excessive hyperextension and injury. It is also important for equine athletes to receive regular veterinary checkups. These check-ups increase the possibility of early diagnosis of any soft tissue or joint injury and the odds of successful treatment and a speedy recovery. If your barrel horse refuses to enter the arena, makes excessively wide turns, or cannot take the correct lead, it is important to contact your veterinarian to rule out any painful lameness issues.

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The Luck of the Draw

By Alex Varsico

Whoever said that high school years are the best years of our lives obviously didn’t go to college. At least, that’s my opinion after attending St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, North Carolina for the past two semesters. It is almost inconceivable for me to write about completing my freshman year in college, working my way towards a double major in Equine Business and Communications and riding on two intercollegiate equestrian teams within the St. Andrews Equestrian Program. Could it be that over a year ago I was receiving my Senior Award at the SEDA banquet? I participated in SEDA under my instructor Elizabeth Simmons since I was seven years old, and if it wasn’t for my prior experience with many different disciplines (hunter jumpers, dressage, 4-H), I would have had a very different experience riding in the intercollegiate programs here at St. Andrews. After competing at the collegiate level for almost a year now, I truly have come to appreciate Mrs. Elizabeth’s guidance in exposing me to almost every type of horse possible during the last fourteen years of my riding. Most of us are used to riding one particular horse throughout the year and competing on that mount to earn points through a certain association. However, collegiate riding necessitates quite a different program of riding and requires versatility from its riders. Competing on a collegiate team through the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) entails lessons on a different horse every week in preparation for competitions. Each competitor gets one shot to ride for the blue, and in addition to the pressure of having to get it right the first time, riders draw the name of the mount they will be riding out of a “pool” of horses. There are no guarantees when drawing from the hat, and unless a team has home show advantage, most riders must enter the ring on a horse they have never sat on before show day. I thought renvers and counter canter were the most difficult parts of my dressage career at the time…until I was asked to try out for the IDA team at St. Andrews! Since I competed up to Second Level at recognized competitions in high school, I had to start off competing in the First Level Division, which is the highest level of intercollegiate dressage, according to IDA rules. I actually joined the SAU Dressage Team mid-way through my first semester, and one could say I almost jumped in headfirst. The team needed a first level rider, so I tried out on a Monday and was headed to my first IDA competition at Averett University in Virginia the following Saturday. There’s a lot to be said for the rider who can literally ride anything she or he sits on, and this has been a skill that has taken a lot of hard work, dedication, determination, and loads of patience on my part. When competing, a rider is given ten minutes to warm up the horse he or she drew before entering the ring to ride the test. That’s only ten minutes to figure out details about a horse that riders usually spend years understanding and mastering to ride the perfect test! Does the horse need a soft leg and firm hand? Is he unmotivated or quick to respond to the aids? Which way does he leg yield best? An IDA competitor must literally

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answer all of these questions and more within a ten- minute warm up, and the judge expects no less than any other horse and rider pair. A rule of thumb I have learned from my IDA experience is that the most important part of competing in intercollegiate dressage is consistency. The more consistent I am with focusing on my own correctness, the better ride I will have on any horse that I draw. Rather than trying to figure out all of the ins and outs of the horse in ten minutes (which is really impossible), I have learned that being consistent to the basics actually helps me more. Another thing I have learned about IDA is that the result is certainly affected heavily by the luck of the draw. I don’t mean this in a sense that if I don’t draw the nicest or fanciest horse of the group, then I am doomed to be in last place. In IDA, placings are completely up in the air no matter the fanciness or flashiness of the horse. A rider can draw the best-trained horse of the group, yet if he or she doesn’t have the skill or knowledge to push the right buttons, then the horse probably won’t perform to its best potential. It’s the same for, say, the plainest horse of the lot who, if drawn by a consistent, skilled rider, may have the steadiest, most accurate test of the division and, therefore, end up with the highest score. Consequently, I feel I have had very random draws; I have drawn a steady first level horse at my team’s home competition, and I have drawn a German-trained mount from Averett University. This horse was apparently reliving his days as an upper level horse and decided we could only do flying changes in our first level test instead of simples! It was truly a learning experience. I guess the reason why I enjoy riding at the intercollegiate level so much is the fact that I wouldn’t be able to have this experience anywhere else at this point in my life. Many college equestrian programs do not allow freshmen to ride on two teams their first year. My case is unique, and I am grateful. I have gained a multitude of experience riding many different types of horses (all the while maintaining a full-time college student load), and it has changed my way of thinking. Perhaps some of it may be the luck of the draw, but my goal for next semester is to win the blue on whatever horse I pull, that way I know my score was earned and luck won’t have anything to do with it!


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Horror of Heaves for your Horse... By Dr. Kelly Hudspeth, DVM

What is Heaves in horses? The medical term is COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. What does it mean to horse owners in simple terms? Is there anything that can be done?

One of the first things you may notice is a little cough at the beginning of exercise. This can progress to intermittent coughing off and on a few times during the day without exercise. As time passes- usually years – the cough progresses. The worst case being a constant cough daily.

At first a nasal discharge may be absent, but as the years go by a clear discharge that becomes cloudy is present occasionally. Eventually in latter stages the discharge is almost constant, thick, and cloudy. In the beginning only slight changes in breathing occur usually following exercise. As time progresses, the horse must use abdominal muscles at the end of exhalation. The use of these muscles will cause a “heave line” to develop as the condition gets worse. Weight loss is one of the last factors that becomes apparent and is usually in the later stages. There is really no weight loss in the early stages and many times as the condition progresses, owners simply increase the food to hold the weight and assume conditioning or aging is the cause. In the late stage when signs and symptoms are severe, weight loss is obvious. Increasing food does not compensate any longer. Your veterinarian will need a history of all the signs listed above to stage your horse’s condition if it is not in the late stage. The veterinarian will also take into consideration the breaths per minute and the lung sounds. As COPD progresses, breathing rate will increase and lung sounds will become more prevalent. In severe cases, a stethoscope may not even be needed to hear wheezes. Let us imagine that your horse has been diagnosed with Heaves. Since it is caused by an allergen (simply something your horse is allergic to), the simplest thing would be to remove the allergen. Easier said than done. Many times the allergen is to grasses that are seasonal or related to hay dust that is in the hay being fed. When I attended veterinary school over twenty years ago, we were told if the horse was being stalled, turn it out. Also if the horse was out, stall it. The thought behind this was to change the environment. I have seen this work at times and have absolutely no effect at other times. Dampening food like hay and oats can also be helpful. Again sometimes it helps and sometimes it does not. Your veterinarian has steroids that are useful in controlling or helping the inflammation but steroids can have side effects. Bronchodilators can also be helpful. The bottom line is that we do not as veterinarians have a cure or quick fix for this condition. That is the horror of heaves. It is very frustrating to deal with a condition that has no cure. Hopefully further study will provide what we need in the future. There are some things that can be explored in alternative medicine. Herbal remedies and acupuncture have claims for some success with no side effects. Allergies are dealt with in a total different way in Chinese medicine. There are a number of websites to view for herbal supplements. Acupressure is something that the owner can actually try for themselves at home. If your veterinarian is not available to guide you, Equine Acupressure: A Working Manual (Paperback) by Nancy A. Zidonis is available for under fifty dollars on Amazon.com. I would encourage all horse owners to explore acupressure as a tool to use at home. Also visit the Healthy Bodies website at http://healthybodiesshop.com/. Patsy Bullard is very helpful to help choose supplements that are tailored to your individual animal. I order supplements for my own horses from this website. With time and new tools, hopefully the horror of heaves will be eliminated. As with asthma in people new developments and more information become available each day. Reference: Dentinger, Taryn. “Acupuncture for Equine Allergies.” Journal of Integrative Veterinary Care. Spring 2013 http://ivcjournal.com/ acupuncture-for-equine-allergies/ 7/20/2015

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Korie King, Self-Starter By Barbara Newtown

Not far, though, because her horse Sparky had been trained to stop if she felt any weight on her side. “Sparky’s a great horse,” says Korie. “I just cracked a bone in my ankle and had to wear a boot for a month.” That fall put off Korie’s hopes for a season. When she competed at the state level the next year, the magic wasn’t working. This summer the magic came back: Korie is the 2015 Louisiana High School Rodeo Association champion in barrel racing. Korie praises her horse Annie, her partner on the road to the championship. Annie was trained by Ms. Renee Cain of DeRidder, Louisiana. Annie is a dark chestnut Quarter Horse with an attitude. “She’s a diva,” says Korie. “That says it all. If it’s not her way, it’s the highway!” When Korie and Annie are waiting in the chute, ready to zoom, Annie gets pumped up. “She knows what to do. She puts her tail up and pokes her ears up and starts prancing.” When they burst into the arena, Korie says, “It’s all her. I pilot and she runs.” Annie runs with purpose: she likes to go to the right first and she tries to leave room for Korie’s knees as the pair swings around the barrels. Korie has only had Annie for six months. She knew that she was getting a horse for her sixteenth birthday. The gift horse was supposed to be a Palomino named Taos, but he didn’t work out. Her parents then found Annie. They knew what they were doing: Korie’s mother was the state champion in goat tying and her father, a horseshoer, used to do a little bit of everything in rodeo. “He team roped, saddle bronc rode, and at pro rodeos he would do the buddy bro pick up.” The buddy bro pick up is a real crowd pleaser: one cowboy stands on a barrel, the other cowboy gallops into the arena, and the barrel buddy jumps off the barrel onto the horse and hangs on to his bro as they race for the out gate with the clock ticking. Korie’s brother knows horses, too: he won the state championship in team roping. Her little sister, on her horse Choo Choo, loves barrels and poles. Korie’s family shares barns and pastures and an arena with her uncle and her grandmother. “We own about ten acres and we have an arena. My grandma has about 20 acres and a barn that we use. My uncle lives on the other side of my grandma and has his own acreage and a barn, stalls, and an arena.” And Korie takes care of fourteen horses.

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The secret to Korie’s success as a horsewoman and as a responsible young adult is home schooling. The freedom gives Korie time to ride. Her mother checks her school work, but since she works outside the home she’s not around to tell Korie to get back to her books or finish her chores. Korie’s grandmother is right next door, but she is occupied with her home-based business. Korie has learned to “keep up with my stuff.” Korie says that she has ADHD and that it is hard for her to focus. “I’m good at school, but when it comes to taking a test I can’t do it.” Home schooling allows her to work and learn at her own pace. She says that she enjoys teaching the material to herself. Korie understands what “regular” school is like. She attended Victory Baptist, a private school, for almost three years, and then moved on to the public school near her home. She began home schooling in ninth grade. She doesn’t miss all the drama that goes on and that gets in the way of education. “I like being by myself,” she says. Korie is planning ahead: next year she hopes that they can breed Sparky and harvest eggs from Annie. And Korie has plans for her own future, too: she wants to go either to the Paul Mitchell cosmetology school in New Orleans or to the Stage One cosmetology school near her family’s farms. Barrel racing gives a young woman the right attitude. Korie says, “I just want to do well. I just want to go out there and have the best time that I can and do it to the best of my ability!”


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2015 National High School Finals Rodeo July 12-18 at the Sweetwater Events Complex in Rock Springs, Wyo. TEAM STANDINGS 1. UTAH, 10,526.66 2. TEXAS, 8,585.00 3. LOUISIANA, 6,634.28 4. OKLAHOMA, 5,974.28 5. ARIZONA, 5,770.00 6. IDAHO, 5,730.00 7. CALIFORNIA, 5,165.23 8. IOWA, 4,720.00 9. ALBERTA, 3,865.00 10. NEBRASKA, 3,860.00 BOYS TEAM STANDINGS 1. UTAH, 5,215.00 2. TEXAS, 4,815.00 3. CALIFORNIA, 3,948.57 4. OKLAHOMA, 3,854.28 5. IDAHO, 3,720.00 6. LOUISIANA, 3,639.28 7. ARIZONA, 3,255.00 8. IOWA, 2,610.00 9. NEBRASKA, 2,210.00 10. ALBERTA, 2,125.00 GIRLS TEAM STANDINGS 1. UTAH, 5,311.66 2. TEXAS, 3,770.00 3. LOUISIANA, 2,995.00 4. ARIZONA, 2,515.00 5. OKLAHOMA, 2,120.00 6. IOWA, 2,110.00 7. IDAHO, 2,010.00 8. WASHINGTON, 1,986.66 9. ALBERTA, 1,740.00 10. SOUTH DAKOTA, 1,720.00 OVERALL NATIONAL EVENT CHAMPIONS GOAT TYING Mia Manzanares, Opelousas, LA

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June 21-27 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa TEAM STANDINGS 1. UTAH, 9440 2.  OKLAHOMA, 7810 3.  TEXAS, 7800 4.  LOUISIANA, 6125 5.  IDAHO, 5140 6.  KANSAS, 4795 7.  ARIZONA, 4545 8.  CALIFORNIA, 4455 9.  FLORIDA, 4350 10.  MONTANA, 4345 BOYS TEAM STANDINGS 1.  UTAH, 8200 2.  OKLAHOMA, 6790 3.  TEXAS, 5365 4. LOUISIANA, 4080 5.  IDAHO, 4050 6.  MONTANA, 3110 7.  KANSAS, 2990 8.  NEW MEXICO, 2660 8.  MISSISSIPPI, 2660 10.  FLORIDA, 2590 GIRLS TEAM STANDINGS 1.  TEXAS, 3105 2.  LOUISIANA, 2705 3.  ARIZONA, 2630 4.  CALIFORNIA, 2585 5.  NEW MEXICO, 2575 6.  UTAH, 2500 7.  FLORIDA, 2380 8.  KANSAS, 2045 9.  OKLAHOMA, 1930 10.  MONTANA, 1875 OVERALL NATIONAL EVENT CHAMPIONS GOAT TYING Kamryn Duncan, Denham Springs, La., 25.75

STEER WRESTLING Gabe Soileau, Bunkie, LA POLE BENDING Avery Weatherman, Balmorhea, TX

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Cowboy Church: Something Old, Something New There is a new church in town! It’s a little different from your grandmother’s church. You won’t see men wearing Armani suits or wing tip shoes. You won’t see women showing off Louis Vuitton’s latest purses. What you will see are “down to earth” people wearing Wrangler jeans and Ariat boots. Cowboy hats are only removed during prayer time. No one is judging you based on high fashion or status.   It’s a “come as you are” church. Christ is first, people are second, and horses are third.  Boots N’ Saddles Cowboy Church is having its grand opening September 13th and 20th. We will meet at The Good Guys Farm, 81244 Chenel Road, Folsom, LA 70437. On September 13th, we saddle up at 2:30, Cowboy Church starts at 4:00, and a chuck wagon style dinner starts at 5:00.   September 13th and 20th are the launching Sundays, with “no holds barred.” Boots N’ Saddles Cowboy Church will be offering barrel racing clinics for beginning, intermediate, and advanced riders. There will be team roping lessons, basic horsemanship, horse safety, equine health, and just plain ole fun for anyone who wants to ride. A horse will be furnished for anyone who doesn’t own one.  The Boots N’ Saddles church ministry reaches out to folks of all ages in the Folsom and Washington Parish areas. This ministry is located in the heart of Louisiana horse country, where many riding styles are popular. Boots N’ Saddles is an outreach sponsored by Crossgate Church of Robert, LA, and affiliated with the American Fellowship of Cowboy Churches and the Northshore Baptist Association. Sr. Pastor Louis Husser of Crossgate Church is the lead pastor for Boots N’ Saddles. About 30 horse lovers/committed Christians have dedicated time and energy to reach out to people in the Western cowboy culture. Cowboy Churches are spreading like wildfire. They are totally relevant to the Western culture. They just fit like a worn out pair of jeans. 100 years ago folks took wagons and horses to church. Today, people haul their horses to church. Pastor Louis, team roper/trail rider, has pastored “Established Churches” for 29 years. Although he loves that approach to church, he believes that Cowboy Church removes any barriers to folks who may be afraid to walk into a traditional church setting.  Visit our website at http://www.bootsnsaddlesfolsom.net or Facebook Boots N’ Saddles Folsom for updated information. If you wish to contribute time or finances to this outreach, you may contact Pastor Louis Husser at (985) 507-7988 or Huge Exnicios at (985) 630-4549.    We look forward to seeing you here September 13 at 2:30.  P.S. All horses must have negative coggins and owners must have copy in hand. 

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The Harvest. by Dave Foster

Corn and rice harvest is in full swing as is cattle coming to the market place. The corn and rice farmers had to plant their crop late due to adverse weather conditions, however, with all the rain in May and June their input costs were less due in part to less need to irrigate. Many cow/calf producers have started bringing their calves to market in mid August, as opposed to Sept./Oct. which gives that mama cow a break and research has shown that forages in August does not have the needed nutrients to add sufficient gain to the calf. I am not sure what “normal” is anymore, but we may be in a more normal seasonal price pattern as we go into the fall. Last year prices for cattle continued to get higher throughout the fall. This year cow/ calf producers may see the normal break in price as we get to Sept. and into Oct. The majority of calves going through the local sale barns will be unweaned, fleshy calves which normally are discounted by the buyers. Two factors that may minimize this discount is reduced numbers and above normal moisture in the wheat grazing regions of the U.S. So, if you are going to take your calves to the local sale barn and they have been on a health program, weaned and broke to eating and drinking out of a feed bunk or water trough PLEASE inform your sale barn manager BEFORE you show up to the sale, preferably weeks before you plan to sell them. A little reminder to those who market cattle through your local sale barn. The Louisiana sale barns, and all other sale barns, are opened to the public and they take the good, bad and ugly cattle and are charged to get the best price for the customer. That is why they charge a commission! The buyers determine what the cattle are worth, so the more information you can provide to the manager about your cattle the better informed they will be to represent your stock. Just “showing up” and expecting the top price for your calves because you spent $20,000 for your bull who sired these calves “does not cut it”. Most cow/calf producers in Louisiana sell their calves once a year. When you estimate an asking price for your calves don’t use a price that happened 2 or 3 months ago for a benchmark, but use what your calves brought last year and PLEASE don’t use what your neighbor’s calves brought. Respect your marketing agent’s opinion and remember they are in the market everyday, not just once a year. This year will be a little different when it comes to calf prices. The buyers will want to make a profit and not lose $150.00-$200.00 per head like the calves they bought last year did. Plan accordingly and inform your marketing agent about your calves. It would also be wise to LISTEN to their marketing advice. Have a good harvest and call Cattle Producers of Louisiana toll free number 888-528-6999 to learn more about us or go to our website lacattle.org.

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Equine Viral Arteritis- David P. Beehan, DVM | Sara K. Lyle, DVM, PhD, DACT | Neely Walker, PhD Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA) is a worldwide disease that causes mild respiratory disease and abortion in horses. Epidemiology: It was first diagnosed in 1953 on a stud farm suffering respiratory disease and abortions in Ohio. Since then it has been reported across America mainly on breeding farms. It may cause an abortion rate of up to 50% in pregnant mares exposed to the virus for the first time. It has been reported in all breeds of horses, but seems to be particularly prevalent in Standardbred horse populations. Surveys have shown that between 70% and 90% of Standardbred mares have been exposed (have a titer to the EVA virus). Horses are the only host of EVA virus, and all ages and sexes are susceptible. The disease will spread rapidly in susceptible horse populations, resulting in high morbidity and low mortality rates. Clinical signs can be so mild that the disease is not readily apparent. Most horses will recover and affected horses will attain prolonged immunity from disease. However infected stallions may continue to shed virus in ejaculates without other clinical signs. Transmission: The virus is shed in the respiratory secretions of affected horses, and can remain viable for long periods in the environment. Susceptible mares can be infected by inhalation of respiratory secretions from infected horses. Typical locations where exposure and transmission will occur would be sales-barns and racetracks. Abortion may occur 3 to 9 weeks after exposure. Infected stallions play a major role in the spread of EVA. Infected stallions can be long-term shedders resulting in the venereal spread of EVA to susceptible mares. Stallions can remain carriers for weeks to years. Mares are not considered to be long-term shedders, but infected mares can spread the disease to other susceptible mares by direct contact. Other reported modes of transmission include fomites (inanimate objects capable of holding a virus), teaser stallions and the fetal fluids of an aborted fetus. Pathogenesis: The EVA virus has predilection for the cells that line blood vessels. After inhalation, the virus will spread from the lungs to lymph nodes before entering the bloodstream resulting in a viremia (infection within the bloodstream). The virus will then replicate in the endothelial cells, resulting in damage to the blood vessel. It is this damage that results in many of the clinical signs associated with

EVA, e.g. edema, hemorrhage and abortion. Over the years, the virus has become much less virulent than what was seen in 1953. At that time, the EVA virus produced very severe disease, with mortality rates approaching 50%. Clinical Signs: Infections with EVA typically result in subclinical or mild respiratory disease and sporadic abortions. EVA has an incubation period of 3-14 days until clinical signs become apparent. These may include; fever, leucopenia (decreased white blood cells), serous nasal discharge, conjunctivitis (swelling of the membranes lining the eyelids, purulent ocular discharge, palpebral edema (eyelid swelling), photophobia (sensitivity to light), skin rash, nasal mucosal petechiation (small purplish spots on the mucus membranes within the nose). Some severe respiratory cases may result in coughing and dyspnea (shortness of breath). Edema may also be present in the limbs, ventral abdomen, scrotum and prepuce. Other reported clinical signs include anorexia, depression, weight loss, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Abortion usually occurs 10 days after maternal illness. Abortions may occur between 5-10 months of gestation. Between 40% and 80% of pregnant mares with no prior exposure to EVA virus (seronegative status) will abort. Diagnosis: EVA cannot be diagnosed by clinical signs alone. It must be differentiated from other causes of viral respiratory disease e.g. equine herpesvirus and equine influenza. Samples required for submission for diagnosis include nasopharyngeal (nasal part of the pharynx) swabs, blood, urine and aborted fetal tissues. Control: An effective vaccine is available to prevent and control EVA. All breeding stallions should be vaccinated at least 60 days before the breeding season. Infected stallions (presumed shedders of the virus) should only be bred to seropositive or vaccinated mares. If vaccinated mares are to be bred to an infected stallion, they should be vaccinated at least three weeks in advance, and the mare (and her foal if she is nursing) should then be kept in isolation from unvaccinated susceptible mares for three weeks. Mares should not be vaccinated during the last two months of gestation. Foals can be vaccinated at weaning or at 6 months. If you would like your horse tested or vaccinated for please contact: Equine Health Studies Program | School of Veterinary Medicine Louisiana State University | Baton Rouge, LA 70803| Telephone: (225)-578-9500

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Orphan Foal Feeding Program

Karen E. Davison, Ph.D. -Special- Sales Support Manager

A mare’s death is a tragedy that is compounded if her foal isn’t quickly placed on an effective feeding and care program. However, with proper nutrition and veterinary support, orphaned foals can be managed and successfully developed into healthy adults. To help orphans through the tough early stages of life, an emergency feeding program was developed at the Purina Animal Nutrition Center. Starting at birth, here are the steps in an orphan foal feeding program: Day 1: The first and most important step is getting colostrum into newborn foals within the first 2 hours of life. This “first milk” gives foals the antibodies they need to temporarily build up their immune systems to fight disease; however, after 18 to 24 hours, they can no longer absorb these antibodies. Check with your veterinarian right away to see if foals should receive medication of any kind and if they have achieved proper immunoglobulin levels. Days 2 to 7: After foals have consumed adequate colostrum, the next step is to encourage them to accept milk replacer, and then gradually increase daily intake. Mix Land O’Lakes Mare’s Match® Foal Milk Replacer (http://www.ranchway. com/products/horsefeed/landolakesmaresmatchfoalmilkreplacer) according to directions. It is very important to mix exactly as instructed. If it is too diluted, it will not deliver the proper level of nutrients, and if it is too concentrated, it could lead to digestive upset and scours. The dry matter delivered per unit of volume of the Mare’s Match® solution is designed to mimic mare’s milk. Start foals at 4 to 8 pints per day, and progressively increase intake up to 4 to 8 quarts a day. Feed four to six times daily with bottle feedings, or teach them to drink from a bucket. Days 7 to 28: Continue feeding Land O’Lakes Mare’s Match® Foal Milk Replacer in four to six feedings daily. Foals this age will nibble dry feed, so provide Purina® Omolene #300 (/horsefeed/products/omolene300growthhorsefeed/) ®, Strategy® GX (/horsefeed/products/strategyprofessionalformulagxhorsefeed/) or Ultium® Growth (/horsefeed/ products/ultiumgrowthhorseformula/) horse feed in small meals throughout the day. They should be eating a minimum of 1 pound of dry feed per month of age per day, and nibbling small amounts of grass or hay in addition to milk replacer. Days 28 to 42: When foals reach 1 month of age, gradually reduce the intake of milk replacer and feeding frequency while increasing the amount of dry feed. Offer dry feed in several small meals throughout the day. Days 42 to 90: During this period, foals can gradually be weaned off milk replacer and fed Omolene #300®, Strategy® GX or Ultium® Growth horse feed according to directions. Foals well adapted to dry feed at 1 pound per month of age per day can be successfully weaned off liquid milk replacer at 3 months of age. Ideally, foals at this age should be fed a minimum of 3 meals per day. If available hay or pasture quality is poor, at 90 days of age, you may transition to Purina® Equine Junior® horse feed (/horsefeed/products/equinejuniorhorsefeed/), which provides both grain and excellentquality fiber in a complete feed. If hay or pasture quality is good, then continue increasing the amount of hay up to 1 to 1.5 pounds per 100 pounds of body weight. Seek Out a surrogate mare Another option may be to put the orphaned foal with a nurse mare. If there is a gentle mare nursing a foal relatively close to the age of the orphan, she may be willing to raise the orphan foal. Introducing the orphan to the new mare requires careful attention, because even gentle mares may not accept another foal, and some may object rather strongly. Tying the mare next to her feed and hay while both foals have an opportunity to nurse may help get the mare accustomed to the extra foal. Again, caution must be taken to make sure the orphan foal doesn’t get hurt during this introductory period. But if successful, this can be a very good option for the foal and a much easier option for the horse owner. A wellfed lactating mare can support two nursing foals, as long as the foals are offered Omolene #300®, Strategy® GX or Ultium® Growth horse feed at 1 pound per month of age per foal on a daily basis. The feed will help nutritionally support good, steady growth and also get them accustomed to eating dry feed so that they may be weaned at 3 to 4 months of age to relieve the demand of lactation on the mare. Be Watchful Throughout the first three months, keep a sharp eye out for health problems in orphan foals and follow your veterinarian’s recommendation for a health and immunization program. Keep in mind this program was developed under the assumption that mares are lost very early. Foals can be switched to this program at any time, but the switch will require considerably more effort, and foals may be more stressed the longer they are with their dams. An orphan foal feeding program cannot exactly mimic the feeding behavior and nutrition of a suckling foal nursing its mom, and some orphans may go through awkward growing periods. But a wellimplemented feeding program can minimize any longterm growth problems. Many orphaned foals have been raised successfully on this feeding program, growing up to have excellent competitive careers.

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NOMINATION FORMS FOR 2016 QUARTER HORSE FUTURITIES AND DERBIES AT DELTA DOWNS NOW AVAILABLE ON THE TRACK’S WEBSITE

THE 46-DAY SEASON TO FEATURE PLENTY OF BIG MONEY STAKES RACES  VINTON, LA. – Nomination blanks for Delta Downs’ 2016 Quarter Horse futurities and derbies are now available on the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. The nomination blanks can be accessed under the ‘Horsemen’s Info’ tab at the top of the homepage.   Horsemen can also access the entire payment schedule for all futurities and derbies to be held at Delta Downs during the 2016 season on the website under the same area.   Delta Downs will conduct a total of nine futurities and derbies during its 46-day Quarter Horse season in 2016 including the $200,000-added Lee Berwick Futurity (RG1), the $150,000-added Delta Downs Derby (RG2), the $75,000-added Laddie (RG2) and Lassie (RG2) Futurities, the $100,000-added Firecracker Futurity (G2) and Derby, the $45,000-added Alabama Futurity as well as the $25,000-added Old South Futurity and Derby.   In 2015 those nine futurities and derbies offered horsemen a combined total purse amount of just over $2.1 million with five of the races carrying graded status. This year’s Lee Berwick Futurity (RG1) was worth $634,530, which marked the second highest Quarter Horse stakes purse in track history.   Delta Downs is currently dark until its 2015-16 Thoroughbred season gets underway on Friday, October 16. Fans can enjoy full card simulcasting from coast to coast in the track’s OTB seven days a week during the downtime.   For more information about racing at Delta Downs visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com or on the Facebook page, ‘Delta Downs Racing’.   Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Delta Downs is located in Vinton, Louisiana, on Delta Downs Drive. From Lake Charles, take Exit 7 and from Texas, take Exit 4.

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FAVORITES SHINE ON LOUISIANA LEGENDS NIGHT STORMDRIVER, HEITAI AND STRING KING ALL COME THROUGH WITH VICTORIES  OPELOUSAS, La. – Louisiana Legends Night at Evangeline Downs showed the bettors knew what they were doing, as favorites won seven of the eight stakes races on the 12-race program. The most prominent names among all the Louisiana-breds on the card were Stormdriver, who won the Classic, Heitai, who came out on top in the Sprint, and String King, winner of the Turf. All were sent off at less than evenmoney and all had to persevere to achieve victory.   Stormdriver continues to make a strong case for season-ending honors at Evangeline Downs, winning his second stakes race of the season in the $125,000 Louisiana Legends Classic. Stormdriver sat toward the tail end of the field through the early stages, as Udoknowjack set solid fractions of 24.23 for the quarter and 48.81 for the half. Once the field made the far turn, though, Diego Saenz sent Stormdriver through traffic and an opening developed that the 5-year-old horse came through and he scored a 2 ½ length victory over the sloppy surface in a final time of 1:38.13 for 1 1/16 miles. Stormdriver is owned by Fruition Racing LLC and trained by Patrick Devereux Jr. He paid $2.60 to win, $2.10 to place and $2.10 to show.   The $100,000 Louisiana Legends Sprint was taken by Heitai, who is quickly closing in on the million dollar mark in career earnings. The win in the Sprint elevates his lifetime earnings to $981,043. Heitai darted right to the lead out of the gate and set torrid fractions of 21.97 for the first quarter and 44.64 for the half-mile. After setting those quick times, Heitai was ripe for a closing challenge and one came from Strong And Tough, ridden by Colby Hernandez. Strong And Tough got within a half-length, but could get no closer as Heitai won in an impressive final time of 1:03.12 for 5 ½ furlongs. Heitai is a 5-year-old gelding owned by Rowell Enterprises Inc, trained by Tom Amoss and Diego Saenz was aboard tonight. He returned $3.20 to win, $2.20 to place and $2.10 to show.   String King scored by a length in the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Turf, run over the sloppy main track after heavy rains on Saturday forced racing off the turf. String King had to wear down longshot leader, Drewssasin, who led most of the way at odds of 26-1. The 7-year-old gelding also had to withstand challenges from Galveston Harbor and Old Pal of Mine in the stretch before prevailing in a final time of 1:38.62 for 1 1/16 miles. String King is owned and trained by Charles Craig Smith and was ridden to victory by Richard Eramia. He paid $2.60 to win, $2.20 to place and $2.10 to show.   There were five other stakes races on the Louisiana Legends program at Evangeline Downs. Over A Barrel was up in time to prevail in a photo in the $50,000 Starter. Pacific Pink came rolling from off the pace to draw away to a 4 ¾ length victory in the $100,000 Soiree. Snappy Girl was an impressive gate-to-wire winner in the $100,000 Mademoiselle. Mobile Bay took the lead on the far turn and held off the closers to take the $100,000 Cheval. Heatseeker Sharon went to the front right away and led all the way around the racetrack to win the $100,000 Distaff.   Evangeline Downs will continue live racing on Wednesday night with a 9-race program. Post time will be 5:40 pm Central time.   For more information about the upcoming season at Evangeline Downs visit the track’s website at www.evangelinedownsracing.com.    Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Evangeline Downs is located in Opelousas, Louisiana, just off I-49 at exit 18.

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Continued from page 6.......... Crossbrand Cowboy Church Youth Rodeo | Info: 985-215-9525 | Loranger, LA River Cities Barrel Racers | Lazy T Arena | Info: Susan Hickman 318-729-4323 | Jonesville, LA Acadiana Barrel Racing Assoc. SugArena Info: Susan Krieg 337-288-5374 or Shannan Roy 337-280-9349 or | www.laabra.com New Iberia, LA

Barrel Race | Marshall County Fairgrounds Info: Bo McCoy 662-544-5290 or 901-335-4876 Holly Springs, MS Barrel Race | Pontotoc Agri Center $1000 Added NBHA MS02 Info: Courtni 901-651-7622 | Pontotoc, MS Baton Rouge Barrel Racing Association Pole Bending & Barrel Racing | Port Allen, LA

Southeast Texas Barrel Racing Assoc. Washington County Fairgrounds Info: www.stbra.org or 979-220-6804 | Brenham, TX

Terrebonne Livestock Agricultural Fair Assoc. Horse Show | Info: Adrian Dufrene 985-232-5141 Houma, LA

Run For the Pearl Barrel Race | Florida Parishes Arena | Info: 504-452-9707 | Amite, LA

Southeast Texas Barrel Racing Association Still Creek Ranch | Info: www.stbra.org or 979-220-6804 | Bryan, TX

August 8th & 9th Silver Spurs Riders Club West Cal Arena | Info: www.westcalevents.com Sulphur, LA

Baldwin Ranch Sorting Balwin Arena | #7 Novice | Info: Mike Baldwin 936-598-3419 or 936-591-2524 | Center, TX

August 9th & 10th Young Gunz Production Team Roping | West Cal Arena | Info: www.westcalevents.com | Sulphur, LA

Deep South Stock Horse Show Association Open Horse Show | BREC Shady Park Arena Info: www.dsshsa.org or Celine Perry 225-235-0570

August 11th & 12th Silver Spur Rodeo Club 4-D | West Cal Arena Info: www.westcalevents.com | Sulphur, LA

August 15th & 16th Silver Spur Rodeo Club | West Cal Arena Info: www.westcalevents.com | Sulphur, LA

August 14th & 15th NBHA LA 06 | Show #11 & #12 Info: 504-452-9707 | Kiln, MS

Sugasheaux SugArena | Info: 337-365-7539 | New Iberia, LA

August 15th Louisiana Stock Horse Association Beauregard Parish Covered Arena Info: Judy Weisgerber 877-335-3072, Cell: 337-208-2336 or 337-238-0193 | DeRidder, LA

August 16th NBHA LA 04 | Info: Scooter LeBouef 985-209-3531 Email: scooterlebouef@aol.com | Port Allen, LA August 20th – 22nd Mega Barrel Race | Info: 901-626-8994 | Jackson, MS

August 21st Bienville Parish Fair Assoc. | 2015 Play Day Double Points Show | Info: 318-894-2593 Ringgold, LA | Red River Riders | Vivian Arena Info: 318-447-7767| Vivian, LA Youth Fridays | AEI Riding Arena Info: Glen 225-921-5826 or Cartrell 225-603-2949 Gonzales, LA August 22nd Great Southern Youth Rodeo Association Info: Lisa Ladner 601-916-7016, Suzanne Wilson 601-916-6380, Tony Wilson 228-669-0091 or Lance Ladner 601-916-6873 | Kiln, MS Piney Woods Horse Show Association Marshall Arena | Info: pineywoodshorseshow.com or 903-399-1097 | Marshall, TX | Adult Saturdays AEI Riding Arena | Info: Glen 225-921-5826 or Cartrell 225-603-2949 | Gonzales, LA Acadiana Barrel Racing Association SugArena | Info: info@laabra.com Susan Krieg 337-288-5374 or Shannan Roy 337-280-9349 | New Iberia, LA

August 22nd & 23rd Louisiana Team Roping Association West Cal Arena | Info: Ricky Jordan 337-263-0036 or George Reeeves 337-884-4525 | Sulphur, LA August 23rd NBHA LA 03 | Rice Arena Info: Glenda LeBlanc 337-789-9050 | Crowley, LA August 25th & 26th Silver Spur Rodeo Club 4-D West Cal Arena| Info: 337-529-5365 or 337-582-7373 | Sulphur, LA August 28th & 29th North Louisiana Equestrian Association DR Summer | Double Rainbow Equestrian Center Info: www.nlea.org | Haughton, LA August 29th 5D Western Store | Youth Rodeo Series Info: 225-658-8025 | Zachary, LA NBHA LA 06 Florida Parishes Arena | Info: 504-452-9707 Amite, LA

River Cities Barrel Racers Info: Susan Hickman 318-729-4323

Louisiana Playday Riding Club Info: 337-401-1225 Kayla Kennedy

3DOTS 3D Ranch Sorting & Cattle Working Ranch Sorting, Youth, 3 Man Open Arena & Team Penning | Hancock County Arena | Info: Rico Lee 601-916-7584, Troy Crain 985-516-7504 or Blake Chiasson 985-285-0892 | Kiln, MS

Youth 3D Jackpot Saline County Fairgrounds | Benton, AR

Wolf Barrel Racing Association | Leon County Expo Info: Staci Wolf 903-724-9956 | Buffalo, TX

August 29th & 30th Silver Spur Rodeo Club | West Cal Arena Info: www.westcalevents.com | Sulphur, LA

JRCA Rodeo Info: 225-266-7525 | Houma, LA

Baton Rouge Barrel Racing Association Pole Bending & Barrel Racing | New Roads, LA

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Trey Ellis -

Off to a Fast Start

By Barbara Newtown

At Trey’s farm the youngsters are usually mounted for the first time in a stall. When they can carry the rider in a quiet circle, they graduate to the round pen. Then they go to the track. Trey wants his young horses to gallop well in both directions; one day they go left, the next day they go right. Trey knows exactly why he is in the Quarter Horse racing business. “I love the speed,” he says. He also loves the challenge of training a horse to leave the gate like a rocket. Training for fitness and strength is important, but Trey estimates that as much as 20% of all Quarter Horses lack the mental toughness to handle gate training. If you get a bad start in a race that is only 220 yards, you have already lost. The techniques that a race trainer might employ to get a horse used to the gate would sound familiar even to a dressage trainer: you want the horse to focus forward and understand his job. First, you walk the horse through the open gate, back and forth. Then you close the horse up in the gate. When the horse is used to standing quietly, you open the gate by hand. You get the horse used to the gate flopping and clanging. When the horse can ease out of the gate without getting upset, you move to the next step: tapping the hind legs with a buggy whip so that the horse jumps forward through the opening. Trey says, “Most horses are smart enough to pick up what they are supposed to do. The next time you open the gate, they just automatically go.” Trey loves racing, but he wishes it were possible to wait until the horses are three years old. He understands that most of the big money is in two-year-old racing. But he points out that getting a horse ready for the Mardi Gras Futurity in February of its second year means that you have to start breezing the horse by the previous November or December. Even if the horse was a January foal, that is still early. Trey studies legs and feet. He uses a lot of ice—generally he stands his horses in tubs of ice, but some horses get to wear ice boots if they don’t like the tubs. When he wants to add heat to a joint, he wraps it loosely in plastic wrap. Trey doesn’t do his own shoeing, because the shoers he deals with are, as he says, very knowledgeable. He prefers to use shoes that nail on, but some horses need to wear glue-on shoes until their hoof walls get stronger. He says that some Quarter Horses have so little hoof wall that the “white line” is practically on the outside—in other words, there is no hoof wall to nail to. When it comes to bloodlines, Trey says that he likes seeing Mr Jess Perry on the dam side. He’s done well with horses that had that breeding. In general, Trey believes that the Quarter Horse breeding industry is moving away from Thoroughbred blood: races are getting shorter and the need for instant speed is getting stronger. “When I first started, most races were 350, 400, 440 yards. Now they’re just 220 or 300 yards. There aren’t many quarter-mile horses,” he says. Trey says that he just races in Louisiana. If a horse goes out of state to run, Trey places it with another trainer. He says, “There’s enough money here. We don’t have to go anywhere else.” Trey thanks Tony Patterson, Executive Director of the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association, and Leverne Perry, Executive Director Emeritus, for the excellent incentive program for Quarter Horse racing. Trey says, “It’s magnificent.”

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with Kenny Roberts by Barbara Newtown

I talked with Kenny Roberts at Delta Downs in Vinton, Louisiana. His success in training racing Quarter Horses has made him a national leader in the industry.

Mr. Roberts, I saw my first Quarter Horse races this week. Those horses take off like rockets! Tell me about gate training. Anywhere from 85% to 90% of our races are won from the gate. If you get a good start and you’ve got a real good horse, then you are in good shape. Going the short distances that we go, it’s hard to overcome a bad start. I do a lot of gate training. I want my horse really focusing when he’s in the gate. I want him looking down the racetrack. It’s hard, because they’re making a lot of noise when they’re loading horses into the gate. I don’t want my horse worrying about the gate closing. People say, “Everything depends on them leaving.” That’s true. I noticed that the announcer tells the public if certain horses in a race are wearing a “flipping rig” or “flipping halter.” I understand that it keeps the horse looking forward down the track while he’s in the gate, and that as soon as the gate opens the horse is free. But if the horse pulls back on the rig, it actually can hold the gate shut for a moment. A lot of horses probably won’t need flipping rigs, but I use them because I want to try to do anything possible to get my horse out of the gate the best way I can. So I help myself and my owners and my horses and my riders by using the rigs. Probably 90% of my horses use them, not just the few that are a little impatient or aggressive. A flipping rig can go good for you and it can go bad. If a horse sits back on the rope and puts tension on it, yes, sometimes it keeps the gate from coming open. We try our best to stand our horses as much as possible. We groom a lot of horses in the stall. They get used to being tied. When they feel a little

tension, they come right back. That’s an advantage I see for trying to win a race. Have you worked with horses that just won’t stand tied? If I bring 20 horses out to the gate, I might get one or two that I see don’t like it and will fight it. Then the ones that you think will fight it...won’t. It’s amazing. Most of the time they will get in the gate, pull on the rig a little bit, and they’re done with it and won’t fight it. We try to do each horse as an individual. They aren’t all the same. I try to train a horse to his personality. Do the people working the gates have a lot of impact on the race? Exactly. You don’t know who you’ll get working the gate on the day of the race. To me, when you work the gate, you have got to be a horseman. Trainers and owners and jockeys put their hard work into it...really, you have the jockey’s livelihood in that gate, not just the money, but safety, too. Jockeys can get hurt. That’s why I do everything I can to work with my horses at the gate. I know that things can happen because I’ve had them happen to me before. Your horse might stand a little awkward and fall out of the gate. It happens. Do trainers make a habit of getting to know the starter and the gate crew? Oh, yeah, but race night you don’t know who you’re going to get to head your horse, because not everybody that works at night works in the morning. Some of the guys may know your horses, but some won’t. A gate guy has got to have that feel for every horse he handles. Some horses, if you handle them rough, they’ll watch you. And some of the ones you handle rough will show you that they are rougher than you and they will fight. Some of these guys don’t know [the difference]. I try to tell my rider, ‘Hey, just get in the gate and tell whoever is handling your horse to just be easy and don’t fight him,’ but sometimes those headers can be a little smart-alecky and just want to do their job. Things happen. I wish some of these guys on the gate could focus and understand that you have a life on these horses, and that you have to protect the rider and protect yourself. You have to listen to the jockey. If he tells you to be easy, then be easy. He has been on this horse and he knows. Through this whole racetrack industry, if you’re a jockey, they have to watch you ride to get a license and be approved. If you’re a trainer, you have to take a test to be approved. But if you work the gate, you don’t have to be approved. It’s not right. Continued on page 55...

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QUALITY BERMUDA HAY – We have Tifton, jigs and coastal 50 pound, 2 string square bales for sale. You may find hay as pretty, but none better than our hay. It’s fertilized, irrigated and stacked off the ground. It is cut with a conditioner and put up with expertise. We test every cutting. Protein comes out between 13 and 19% protein, depending upon the cutting. Located in Woodville, Texas. Contact Judy at 337802-0344 or Email: karafarms@gmail.com Top Horse Quality Round Bales Bermuda and Mixed Bahia Available $50/bale | Bobby Granger 337-207-9535 Bahia square bales $5.50 per bale. Folsom area 985-796-9261 HORSES FOR SALE ARABIANS 14 year old registered Polish Arabian mare for sale. She is smart, gentle and can clear a five-foot fence. She rides Western or English. She has not been formally trained for hunter/ jumper, but would make a nice ride for this class. She would also do well in endurance classes. She loves to run---and can run forever! She has a beautiful stride and smooth trot. Price is negotiable. For more info contact Linda @ 214-929-8368 MORGANS 2001 AMHA Morgan Mare, wonderfully bred, sound, GREEN BROKE, super smooth ride, has produced two winning show mares, very pretty and has a willing attitude, wants to please and easy to work with. Good feet and overall health is very good. Easy keeper, approx. 15.2 hands has ridden English but seems to be more of a Western type. Valued at $25,000 but will sacrifice at only $2000 to a great home. Contact 985-796-0444

PAINTS 2003 APHA gelding 14.3H Romeo is the kind you want in your barn. He is very gentle and laid back as they come. He has a rocking chair lope and a super smooth trot. This gelding has an automatic handle. He will lope circles in the arena and trail rides anywhere you point him. This gelding has great ground manners and is easy to catch, groom, and handle. If you’re looking for a super flashy gelding that can do it all from arena work to riding outside Romeo is your guy. Call today for pricing and more info 337-764-3456

Accredited La Bred QH yearling -filly by Ragazzo out of Lil Due to Due $3,000 318-572-9515

Great Kids Horse. Shown in 4H, high school rodeo, and Sugasheauxs. Registered APHA 10 year old Mare. $5000. For Info Call: 337-371-1104

Accredited La Bred QH yearling - colt by Ragazzo out of stakes Mare by Game Patriot Blacktype family $4,900 318-572-9515

Accredited La Bred QH yearling - colt By Mr Jesse (3/4 brother to Mr Jess Perry) out of a Strawfly Special mare. Black type family. $3,900 318-572-9515 Accredited La Bred QH yearling - filly by JLS Party Wagon out of The Converter Mare. Black type family. $4,200. 318-572-9515

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11 accredited La Bred QH yearlings for sale contact 318-572-9515

Accredited La Bred QH yearling - filly by Mr Jesse (3/4 brother to Mr Jess Perry) out of Streakin La Jolla Oh. Blacktype family. $3,500 318-572-9515

Accredited La Bred QH yearling - January filly by Okey Dokey Fantasy o/o Stakes Mare - Princely Daisy. Strong black type Family. $5500. 318-572-9525

Accredited La Bred QH yearling - colt by Too Tough to Catch out of Stawfly Special Mare. Female family of CHAMPION Rare Form. $7500 318-572-9515

Accredited La Bred QH yearling - January filly by Mr Jesse (3/4 brother to Mr Jess Perry ) o/o Dash to Chivato Mare. Black type family $3,500 318-572-9515

Accredited La Bred QH yearling - colt by Sir Runaway Dash out of Miss Hollywood Perry black type family. $6500 318-572-9515

Accredited La Bred QH yearling -January filly by First Prize Perry o/o Dashin Bye Mare - black type family. $7500 318-572-9515

AQHA race Bred broodmares in foal; 3 in 1 packages also eligible for La Bred program. Herd reduction - farm that bred Mr Jess Perry. 318-572-9515. more than listed

Accredited La Bred QH yearling - filly by Whathaveigottado out of Rebels Royal Lady(Rebels Dasher) Blacktype family including $1mil race winner $5,000. 318-572-9515

AQHA broodmare Favorite Ovation 1/2 to NTR setter in foal to All American Winner Mr Polito Solid Blacktype family with foal by Fast Prize Jordan 318-572-9515

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Continued from page 49.......... August 30th & 31st Louisiana Hunter Jumper Association | Hunter’s Bluff Info: Lincoln Case 985-893-3412 | Covington, LA

September 11th & 12th Crossbrand Cowboy Church | Youth Rodeo Info: 985-215-9525 | Amite, LA

September 13th & 14th Louisiana Hunter Jumper Association Lagniappe Equestrian Center Info: Kathleen Aertker 225-205-2171 | Folsom, LA

August 30th – September 3rd Mississippi Hunter Jumper Association Tennessee Hunter/Jumper Classic | Info: Laurie McRee 601-927-4503 or www.mjha.net | Germantown, TX

Wylie Championship Rodeo | Wylie, TX

September 18th & 19th North Louisiana Equestrian Association Club Show #3 | Location: TBD | Info: www.nlea.org

September 4th – 7th USTRC Southeast Regional Finals Tunica Arena & Expo Center | Info: www.ustrc.com | Tunica, MS September 5th Terrebonne Livestock Agricultural Fair Assoc. | Horse Show Info: Adrian Dufrene 985-232-5141 | Houma, LA Southwest Arkansas High School Rodeo Assoc. Info: www.swahsra.org or 870-582-1968 | Springhill, LA Emerson Arena 3D Ranch Sorting Info: Dilton Emerson 318-393-5703 | Benton, LA D’Arbonne Range Riders Saddle Series Playdays | Barrels, Poles, Quad Stakes Info: Kristin Lynn 318-243-5726 DeRidder Riding Club Club Show | Info: Shanna Thomas 337-802-7049 3DOTS 3D Ranch Sorting & Cattle Working Info: Charlie Richardson 504-450-8466 or Travis Terrebonne 985-637-9325 | Kentwood, LA September 5th & 6th Tri-State Dressage Society | K-9 Benefit Show Holly Hill Farm | Info: tristatedressagesociety.com | Benton, LA Silver Spurs Riders Club West Cal Arena | Info: www.westcalevents.com | Sulphur, LA September 5th – 7th Down South Barrel Racing | Southern Stampede Info: downsouthpro.com or 601-463-9111 | Poplarville, MS Run for the Diamonds Barrel Race North Louisiana Exhibition Center | Ruston, LA September 6th & 7th Louisiana Hunter Jumper Association Equest Farm Crescent City | Info: Leslie Kramer 504-982-0888 or Kristen Swope 504-352-7882 | New Orleans, LA September 8th & 9th Silver Spur Rodeo Club 4-D | West Cal Arena Info: 337-529-5365 or 337-582-7373 | Sulphur, LA

September 11th – 13th Lucky Dog Barrel Race | Tunica Arena & Expo Center Info: Judy Brown 870-930-7718 | Tunica, MS September 12th Louisiana Stock Horse Association | Beauregard Parish Covered Arena Info: Judy Weisgerber 877-335-3072, | Cell: 337-208-2336 or 337-238-0193 | DeRidder, LA NBHA MS03 Barrel Race $200 Added for every 50 riders Rankin County Multipurpose Arena Info: Robert Sutton 601-813-3968 | Brandon, MS NBHA LA 04 Info: Scooter LeBouef 985-209-3531 Email: scooterlebouef@aol.com | New Roads, LA South Louisiana Team Sorting Association Info: www.sltsa.com | Port Allen, LA Piney Woods Horse Show Association Marshall Arena | Info: pineywoodshorseshow.com or 903-399-1097 | Marshall, TX Southeast Texas Barrel Racing Association Magnolia Community Horse Club Info: www.stbra.org or 979-220-6804 | Magnolia, TX Baton Rouge Barrel Racing Association Pole Bending & Barrel Racing | BREC Indoor Baton Rouge, LA Deep South Stock Horse Show Association Open Horse Show | BREC Shady Park Arena Info: www.dsshsa.org or Celine Perry 225-235-0570 September 12th & 13th Silver Spur Rodeo Club | West Cal Arena Info: www.westcalevents.com | Sulphur, LA World Series Team Roping North Louisiana Exhibition Center | Ruston, LA Sugarfest SugArena | Info: 337-365-7539 | New Iberia, LA September 13th NBHA LA 03 Rice Arena | Info: Glenda LeBlanc 337-789-9050 | Crowley, LA

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5th Annual TPSO Mounted Division Rodeo | Florida Parishes Arena Gates Open at 5:30 | Admission: $10 at the Gate, $8 Advance Advance Tickets can be purchased at Hammond Feed & Seed, Santa Fe Cattle Company and Florida Parishes Arena | Amite, LA September 18th – 20th Dixie Regional Team Penning Association DRTPA 2015 Finals | Forrest County Multi Purpose Arena Info: 601-849-5050 or drtpa@earthlink.net | Hattiesburg, MS WCHA Halter Futurity Tunica Arena & Expo Center Info: Ann Prince 941-730-1383 | Tunica, MS September 19th 5D Western Store | Youth Rodeo Series Info: 225-658-8025 | Zachary, LA NBHA LA 06 | Show #14 Info: 504-452-9707 | Kiln, MS Catahoula Riding Club C Bar Ranch Arena/Shivers Arena | Info: Jennifer Tiffee 318-481-3119 or Tim Laine Neal 318-715-6912/0894 | Jonesville, LA NBHA LA 04 Info: Scooter LeBouef 985-209-3531 Email: scooterlebouef@aol.com | Plaquemine, LA River Cities Barrel Racers Info: Susan Hickman 318-729-4323 Acadiana Barrel Racing Association Rice Arena | Info: info@laabra.com Susan Krieg 337-288-5374 or Shannan Roy 337-280-9349 | Crowley, LA 4D Multi-Race Lauderdale County Agri Center Info: Lisa Pevey 601-934-1765 | Meridian, MS Wolf Barrel Racing Association Leon County Expo | Info: Staci Wolf 903-724-9956 | Buffalo, TX Baldwin Ranch Sorting Balwin Arena | #5 Masters Info: Mike Baldwin 936-598-3419 or 936-591-2524 | Center, TX

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Q & A with Kenny Roberts by Barbara Newtown

Who hires the gate people? The starter and the racetrack. They try to get the best people, but, to me, they need to go through a system to get the job. You have people all over the world gambling on these horses and it’s in the gate crew’s hands. It’s not in the trainers’ hands anymore. So that’s the only thing I see that is bad on the part of racetracks. I feel they need to get the best and pay them good money. If you pay them well you are going to get good horsemen. I feel that the racetracks need to look at it in that perspective, to try to help the owners, jockeys, and trainers by trying to get the best people they can. How does a jockey demonstrate that he’s ready for a license? He shows the starter that he knows how to break from the gate. He has to show that he has learned how to keep a horse straight and in control. He has to know how to whip and switch sticks and things like that. How in the world do you control a horse if your legs are bent way up in the jockey position? You have to have balance and good hands and a good mind. If you have those things, you will go a long ways. Quarter Horse jockeys have to think fast and smart. In a second everything could happen. When they say GO! you have to be focused. In a Quarter Horse race, does gate position matter? It all depends on the condition of the race track. If the track is even all the way across, then I don’t care. If the sand is loose, the horses have to work harder. If it’s tight, the horses are going to perform better and run faster. Sometimes the inside might be slow, sometimes the middle or outside might

be slow. I like the track at Louisiana Downs a lot. It’s a bad time of year [for the Quarter Horse meet] and it’s real cold, but the track is very, very kind to my horses. What do you look for in a horse? If I look at a horse and he’s pretty balanced and moves good, he can really catch my attention. I can’t tell you why I might want a horse. If I go to a sale and see a horse that really grabs me and makes me look at him, most of the time I have people that are going to get him. I can’t tell you why I want him. I just get the feeling that he will work. I tell anybody that when you leave a sale you have to love what you bought and you have to think that you are going to do good. Are there any body or leg conformation faults that you can live with? I’ve had all kinds of horses come to me. I’ve had horses sit back in their knees that ran, horses pigeon toed that ran. Now, I wouldn’t go buy that for anyone, but I’ve had people bring them to me and the horses did good. I had a 2-yearold this year that I liked a lot. She was a little pigeon toed and never had a problem until the last set of trials, when she had a little chip in her ankle. I didn’t think she would get that far down the program, but she did. You never know. It depends on the heart they have. Mother Nature takes care of some of them. Do you x-ray knees? We x-ray knees, ankles, shins, stifles, hocks, or whatever, if we are going to spend money on a horse. We want to know everything that we can. I’m looking for OCD, or chips, or something like that. I also want to make sure they can breathe real well.

it cleaned up. When do you start your horses? If we’re going to run a horse early, like in the Mardi Gras Futurity, I might send him off to get broke in August, when he’s about 18 months old. I want him to be really knowledgeable. No speed work. Just breaking and driving to get him going. He might stay until October. I send them to a good friend of mine in Texas, also named Kenny Roberts. No kin. I trust him a lot and I believe what he tells me about the horses he breaks for me. He has a real good program and he does super well. He helps my program, because when I get a horse from Kenny I know what category the horse is in. Kenny may say a horse is a little aggressive and I need to wait, or he may think a horse is real nice or looks like he may be something later on. I think a lot of him. He is a good guy and a real, true horseman. Are there bloodlines that you look for? Yeah. Horses from the state of Louisiana. We have good horses here. The stallions are good. People that buy horses here can go anywhere and compete. I went to California and won big races with horses that came from right here. I won All American Derby races with horses from right here in the state of Louisiana. I feel we have one of the best breeders programs in the nation. Anything you want to add? I hope some of the things I say get to the right people and things get done. I want to make racing better for everybody. I’ll tell you, I love this. I wake up in the morning loving it and I go to bed loving it. Racing has its good and bad, but as long as I’ve been in it, it’s been more good than bad!

It all depends on how much money I’m going to spend on a horse. If it’s a horse I really like and he does have a little problem that won’t cost me an arm and a leg to fix, I’ll let that owner know that the horse has this or that and I will ask what they want to do, and I’ll suggest that that we get

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Nutrena® and Progressive Nutrition® Feeds to be Official Sponsor for the Rolex Central Park Horse Show, Winter Equestrian Festival, Adequan® Global Dressage Festival Tryon International Equestrian Center, and Colorado Horse Park MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. –16 June 2015 – Cargill’s Nutrena® and Progressive Nutrition® horse feeds and Mark Bellissimo, CEO of International Equestrian Group and Bellissimo entities, announced today that Cargill’s Nutrena and Progressive Nutrition Feeds will serve as the official sponsor of the top equestrian venues in the U.S. These events include the Winter Equestrian Festival, which is the largest, longest-running equestrian sporting event in the world, features more than $8 million in overall prize money per year and serves more than 7,000 horses with riders from 43 countries and 50 states. As the official feed sponsors, Nutrena and Progressive Nutrition will have a presence at four key English equestrian event locations across the U.S. These events, managed by Bellissimo entities, include: the Trump Rink in Central Park, New York City; the Winter Equestrian Festival and Adequan® Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Fla.; the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Tryon, N.C.; and the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colo. “We are excited about this opportunity to partner with a strategic organization that shares Cargill’s passion and desire to serve the equine industry across the nation,” said Jackie Galle-Haney Strategic Marketing and Technology leader with Cargill. “This partnership is key for us to advance our presence within the high-level hunter/jumper business. It also allows us to deploy our industry leading equine nutritional solutions to some of the top equine athletes in the U.S.,” said Tim Karl, Regional Sales Leader with Cargill. “We are excited to have Cargill’s Nutrena® and Progressive Nutrition® horse feeds present at our four events across the country,” said Bellissimo. “The high standard of quality in their products is an industry leader and we feel they will be a valuable partner at our venues.” Details about the four events include: • The Winter Equestrian Festival and Adequan® Global Dressage Festival. The Winter Equestrian Festival is the largest, longest running hunter/jumper equestrian sporting event in the world. More than 7,000 horses compete during the 12-week long event held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Fla., for a chance at $8M in overall prize money. Both events are the proving ground for the Olympic Equestrian sports of show jumping and dressage. • The Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) located in Tryon, N.C., is a new 1,400 acre facility that opened in June 2014. The event center hosts 25 weeks of sanctioned hunter/jumper, dressage, and eventing shows and features 10 riding arenas, 850 permanent stalls and a covered riding facility. • The Colorado Horse Park has more than 15 weeks of sanctioned shows per year and has become the summer haven for central and western American equestrian competitors and enthusiasts as well as a strong contingent of South American and Canadians. • The Trump Rink in Central Park, N.Y. will host the Rolex Central Park Horse Show (CPHS), a six day event September 23-27, 2015. Contact your local Nutrena® or Progressive Nutrition® feed dealer to learn more.

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Continued from page 52.......... AQHA broodmare by Strawfly Special in foal to Stakes producer Okey Dokey Fantasy eligible for La bred program. 318-572-9515 AQHA broodmare Miss Hollywood Perry 1/2 to NTR setter. In foal to Mr Jesse (3/4 brother to Mr Jess Perry) eligible for La Bred program. 318-572-9515 AQHA broodmare by Raise A Secret. In foal to Mr Jesse (3/4 brother to Mr Jess Perry) with Mr Jesse colt at side. eligible for La Bred program. 318-572-9515 AQHA broodmare By Apollo TB. In foal to Mr Jesse (3/4 brother to Mr Jess Perry) AQHA eligible for La Bred program. 318-572-9515 Qh broodmare By Mr Jesse (3/4 brother to Mr Jess Perry) in foal to AJs Fast Dash (Heza Fast Dash) eligible for La Bred program. 318-572-9515

Pretty OK (Mr. AOK x Peps Star Girl) 2001 Chestnut Mare. Bred to Casino Cool for 2014 foal. Registered AQHA. For inquiries call Double J Ranch, Whitesboro, TX 940-668-8265 Jules Time Machine (Mr. Baron Jules x Wiggle Time) 2010 Buckskin Mare. Registered AQHA and ABRA. For inquiries call Double J Ranch, Whitesboro, TX 940-668-8265 The Gift of Fab (Fabuluke x Can Do Gal (TB) ) 2008 Bay Mare. Presented JUNIOR HUNTER UNDER SADDLE, In training with Jerry Erickson in Danger, Texas. Registered AQHA appendix, incentive fund. For inquiries call Double J Ranch, Whitesboro, TX 940-668-8265

Honor – 2011 premium dark bay Oldenburg NA filly (Balanchine x Coeur de Lion), champion her inspection. Started. $20,000. 318-965-9071. www.newtownhorses.com Flower - 2011 Irish Sport Horse Mare, sired by Fancy Clancy, chestnut with flaxen mane and tail, blaze, 16+ hands (still growing), homebred and started with natural horsemanship, quietly hacking out on cross country course, basic dressage work started; sweet, kind and gentle mare $4500. For more info go to hollyhillfarm.net WELSH PONY Adorable welsh paint pony for sale. Jewel is super adorable. He rides very well, has been trail ride all over and done some play day events. She has also been started over fences. She goes English and western and is looking for a kid of her own $1500 337-764-3456

TB broodmare by Falstaff in foal to Divide the Cash( AQHA) and Divide the Cash colt at side. Eligible for La Bred Program 318-572-9515

Kid Splashing (OBB Secret Skip x Kids Art) 2011 Palamino Stallion. 2013 Forth Worth Stock Show, Palomino Show: Top 5 Amatuer/Open Halter and Top 5 in Color, By Superior Halter Stallion, OBB Secret Skip. For inquiries call Double J Ranch, Whitesboro, TX 940-668-8265

AQHA broodmare From the family family of Mr Jess Perry . In foal to Mr Jesse (3/4 brother to Mr Jess Perry) eligible for La Bred program. 318-572-9515

Performance Quarter Horses, All disciplines All Ages, plenty to choose from, Call (985)892-6884.

AQHA broodmare By Mr Jess.Perry. In foal to Stoli. eligible for La Bred program. 318-572-9515

QH weanlings, yearlings, 2 & 3 yr olds, great all around prospects. Lyon’s Den Quarter Horses Call (337) 684-6751 www.lyonshorses.com

AQHA broodmare By Mr Jess.Perry. In foal to Jet Black Patriot. eligible for La Bred program. 318-572-9515

Cremello Weanlings & Yearlings, Call Dana (985)893-1251, (985)259-1723 or (985)335-4238

AQHA broodmare By First to Shine In foal to Mr Jesse. Mare from the female family of Mr Jess Perry. eligible for La Bred program. 318-572-9515

Quality Quarter Horses available, Great Performance Prospects Call Kent @ Gray Ranch/M-Heart Corp. (337)589-7336 or visit www.grayranch.com

AQHA broodmare By Toast to Dash. In foal to Divide the Cash. Mare from the female family of Mr Jess Perry eligible for La Bred program. 318-572-9515

Great Cutting Horse Prospects, Nice Bloodlines, Call Jerry 225-921-0955

Hes Plenty “Doc” 2003 Buckskin Stallion Sire: Woodys Nifita Moon; Dam: Plentyofit E Face x Plentyofit | For more info contact Lyon’s Den Quarter Horses (337) 684-6751 or www.lyonshorses.com

Quarter Horse Weanlings & Yearlings, Cutting bred, Great Cow Horse Prospects Call Tommy 225-413-4053

Pistol Packin Badger Sire: Smart Little Pistol; Dam: Wheeling Polly x Wheeling Peppy For more info contact Lyon’s Den Quarter Horses (337) 684-6751 or www.lyonshorses.com

THOROUGHBREDS Habanero – 2010 Thoroughbred Gelding; chestnut with flaxen mane and tail; 16.2 hands; homebred for sport horse not racing; started with natural horsemanship; handsome, big boned, muscular horse; excellent, brave, scopey jumper; shown in first show in 2’6” jumpers like a pro; was the star of his class in 2 Karen O’Connor clinics; sweet and kind personality lo9oking for a leader in his life. $8500. For more info go to hollyhillfarm.net

JL Playboys Fantasy Sire: Lot A Playboy, Dam: Danas Last Fantasy x Freckles Fantasy 225-687-3667 • 225-291-0955 Jerry’s cell

AQHA broodmare By Mr Jess.Perry. In foal to Stoli. eligible for La Bred program. 318-572-9515 AQHA broodmare By Achievement In foal to AJs Fast Dash and foal by Tee Cos. eligible for La Bred program. 318-572-9515 2 year Old Red Roan stud colt by Peeka Pep X out of daughter of Dual Rey. Really nice colt has everything you need in one color, confirmation, ability and mind. This colt is out of the top bloodlines in the cutting world. $6000 and is nominated for the NCHA Super Stakes. Give us a call at 318-335-6476 Super adorable little gelding! Honestly can’t believe he is still for sale! Monty is great for any type rider- very broke, lopes right off and has a super smooth slow rocking chair lope. Monty has an awesome neck rein and has no bad habits. He is great in the arena or out on the trails :) This guy has the best ground manners as well. He stands right under 15h and is 8yrs old. Would be a great addition to any family or barn lesson program 337-764-3456 Top Quality Cow Horse and Performance Prospects for Sale. Van Powell Quarter Horses. For more info contact Van: 225-505-1710 5 year old appendix gelding for sale. Out of an all-around Doc Bar mare. Broke solid but has not been rode in a while. Been walked around the barrel and pole pattern. Train him your way. Super smart and laid back. Stands for baths and farrier. Registered name is Little Come To Ya. He is on all breed pedigree. I really hate to sell him, but I’m in college and just do not have time to finish him out. $1800 for info call: 318-588-0338 AQHA Sorrel Halter Gelding; 8 years old 16HH Great Bloodlines. Won Region 9 Show in 2013; Sweet, easy going, no vices. Great show horse for youth or 4H; Out of Dominates Image and One Cool Addition by Cool Tall One. Easy Keeper; clips, baths, loads. Lots of show miles at halter. $2,000 FIRM. Offers considered for right home. Contact: Juanita Thomas 225-869-4140. 11 Year old Gelding. Great Bloodline. Trained in barrels, knows poles. Has traveled to several local shows and Houston Rodeo. Great horse for an adult or advanced rider. Very sweet boy. Great for farrier, clips and baths. Easy but slow and cautious loader. Very bossy in barn as he wants to be fed first and wants love and attention. $4000; Contact; Amy at kas@gui.glacoxmail.com 6 year old 14.3 hands tall Gelding; cruising 2-3D local and big shows. Has a lot more to give. 100% sound and ready to start hitting the road. I have videos and pics. He registered name is Just Cuttin Loose. For info: frazier81@gmail.com 8 yr. old Registered Breakaway & Calf Roping Quarter Horse Gelding. Ready to be hauled. Peppy’s Here O’Lena. Started on breakaway and calf roping. Started on barrels, lots of potential. Please call 985-526-8943 or 985-271-2056 for more information. $6000 OBO. 26 yr. old Red Roan Gelding. Barrel and calf roping horse. Ready to go. Good for kids and beginners. $3000. Please call 985-526-8943 or 985-271-2056. Be A Rose (My Intention x JMK Rosalee) 2012 Sorrel Filly, Top three in her class at 2013 Fort Worth Stock Show, Winner of the 2012 Iowa Breeder’s Futurity, Registered AQHA, PHBA. For inquiries call Double J Ranch, Whitesboro, TX 940-668-8265

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Young Prospects for Racing & Performance Sports Several yearling, two and three year old registered thoroughbreds for racing or performance, bred at Holly Hill by stallions standing at the farm- Ruler’s Court, Middlesex Drive, Malibu Wesley, Chatain. For more info & video go to hollyhillfarm.net Mulligan Man - 2001 chestnut thoroughbred gelding, 16.2 hands, Evented through training level, Pony Club mount for Young Rider competing at several Regional Dressage, show jumping and Eventing Rallies. Super flashy, great mover and jumper, excellent temperament. Perfect for a Young Rider or Adult Amateur. Asking $20,000. For more info go to hollyhillfarm.net WARMBLOODS Byron – 2013 bay Oldenburg NA colt (Balanchine x Juventus), cute, compact, athletic. $7500. 318-965-9071. www.newtownhorses.com Bentley – 2013 bay Oldenburg NA colt (Balanchine x Deputy Diamond [TB]), premium foal, lithe, elegant. $8500. 318-965-9071. www.newtownhorses.com Bruce Wayne – 2013 dark bay Oldenburg NA colt (Balanchine x Consul), premium foal, dam is international eventing star. $12,000. 318-965-9071. www.newtownhorses.com Bobbie Burns – 2013 bay Oldenburg NA colt (Balanchine x Coeur de Lion), premium foal, reserve champion at his inspection. $12,000. 318-965-9071. www.newtownhorses.com Heather – 2014 chestnut Oldenburg NA filly (Balanchine x Coeur de Lion), high point premium filly at her inspection. Elegant and feminine, $10,000. 318-965-9071. www.newtownhorses.com Hope – 2013 bay Oldenburg NA filly (Balanchine x Der Radetzky), premium foal, reserve champion at her inspection, feminine, elastic. $12,000. 318-965-9071. www.newtownhorses.com Black Jack – 2013 black Oldenburg NA colt (Balanchine x Weltmeyer), mother is Elite Hanoverian, charming, and personable. $7500. 318-965-9071. www.newtownhorses.com Bojangles – 2012 premium bay Oldenburg NA gelding (Balanchine x Coeur de Lion), champion at his inspection, big and beautiful. $15,000. 318-965-9071. www.newtownhorses.com

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LODGING Camelot Wilderness Ranch Bed & Breakfast; located on an equine ranch near Opelousas, LA Country Cottage. $75 per night. 337-781-4312, visit our website for details. www.camelotwildernessranch.com STALLIONS AT STUD Balanchine, 16.3 black Oldenburg stallion. Lifetime breeding license with ISR/ Oldenburg NA. Sire: Bergamon (Hanoverian) by Baryshnikov; dam: Norma Jean (Oldenburg) by Frohwind. 2014 stud fee $1250. 70% premium foals in 2013. 318965-9071. www.newtownhorses.com Koris Lil Joe Sire: Pipers Doc; Dam: Rogues Poco Cutter x Tivio Stripes Lad For more info contact Lyon’s Den Quarter Horses (337) 684-6751 or www.lyonshorses.com

Grubbin Sire: Eatin Out, Dam: Peppy’s Lil Oak x Docs Oak 225-687-3667 225-291-0955 Jerry’s cell SUMMER CAMPS WHOA-GA! Horseback Yoga Summer Camps YOUTH CAMP Weekdays through June: ADULT CAMP July 27-29; Clinics, lessons, lectures. Call 337-4581524 Email: info@whoaga.com TACK 16 inch Tatum Saddles. Excellent condition. $900 For info: 225-921-8460 Older model Campbell Dressage Saddle. 17 inch seat, medium tree. Fair Condition. (318)229-9143 $200 or best offer. Older model Campbell Dressage Saddle. 17 inch seat, medium tree. Fair condition 318-229-9143 $200 or best offer. 17.5” Schleese Liberty Dressage saddle. Excellent condition with brand new seat (new seat only ridden in once). Contact Elaine Harmon at 504-952-9524 or Harmon692@aol.com for more information. Used saddles for sale: $100 - $300 good stuff just gotta move em! Info: 337-581-3618. 17.5” Berney Brothers Cross Country Saddle. Medium tree. Very good condition. $850 obo. Contact Watson for pictures or more info 504-495-5242 or wcopelan@my.centenary.edu 16” close contact Crosby Collegiate jumping addle, excellent condition. $300 obo. Call Chris at 251-342-8197 or email clschlecht@zebra.net for additional information. Prestige Optimax dressage saddle. Black, 17” No fittings. 985-893-4500 $2000 TRACTORS 2011 Kubota (ZD331LP-72) 276 Hours; 31 HP; Brand New Engine, New Warranty. Customer ran the mower hot and we have replaced the engine!!! New Deck & Blades, Sales for $15,000 Brand New. Price $11,800. For info contact: Parish Tractor, Poplarville, MS at 601-795-4521 2013 Kubota (ZG123S-48) 35 Hours; 23 HP; 2WD; 23 HP Kubota zero turn mower with 48” deck. Bought larger property and purchased a diesel mower. Transmission: Automatic; Cutting width 48”; Price $4500. For info contact: Parish Tractor, Poplarville, MS at 601-795-4521 2013 Kubota (ZG227A-54) 71 Hourse; 27 HP; 2WD; LIKE NEW 27 HP Mower with mulching kit. Traded in on larger deck machine. Transmission: Automatic; Cutting width 54”, zero turn radius. Fuel: Gas Price: $7800. For info contact: Parish Tractor, Poplarville, MS at 601-795-4521


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Multiple Stakes Winner Triple Vodka to Blanchet Farms For 2016 The first sale crop by Grade 2 winner Triple Vodka will be available at the LQHBA Yearling Sale on August 7-8 in Kinder, Louisiana. © Donna Weeks VILLE PLATTE, LA—JULY 20, 2015—Multiple stakes winner Triple Vodka SI 101 will stand the 2016 season at Blanchet Farms near Ville Platte, Louisiana. His fee will be $2,000. Owned by Rene Spiller, Triple Vodka went undefeated as a two-year-old and won or placed in seven of eight career starts while earning $224,670. He won the RG2 TQHA Sale Futurity, the Old South Futurity and was a finalist in the Firecracker Derby. Seven yearlings from Triple Vodka’s first sale crop will be offered in the LQHBA Yearling Sale August 7 and 8 at the Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder, Louisiana. CLICK HERE for the LQHBA Yearling Catalog. His sire, Tres Seis is among the AQHA Leading Sires of Money Earners each year with more than $19.1 million in earnings and average earnings per starter of over $29,000. He is the sire of Tres Friends SI 96 ($422,560 at 2) winner of the 2015 $1 million Rainbow Futurity(G1) on Sunday, AQHA Racing All-Time Leading Money Earner 4-time champion Ochoa SI 109 ($2,781,365), Multiple Grade 1 winner Tres Passes SI 101 ($1,504,928), Rainbow Futurity(G1) winner Wild Six ($601,632), etc. Triple Vodka’s dam is the multiple stakes producing Stoli mare Newport Lily, dam of 3 foals to race, 3 ROM including G2 winner Triple Vodka SI 101 (see above) and G2 winner Hiclass Vodka SI 106 ($217,250, Speedhorse Gold & Silver Cup Futurity-G2, 2nd Dash For Cash Derby-G2, etc.). The second dam is the Grade 2 Las Damas Handicap winner Newport Fancy SI 95 ($68,851), by Calyx. She is dam of 6 winners and the grandam of stakes-placed Jumpn Fly SI 96 ($32,305), stakes-placed Hesjumpn SI 103, etc.

Triple Vokda winning the $400,000 TQHA Sale Futurity(RG2) at Retama Park. Coady Photography

This is the family of AQHA Racing World Champion One Dashing Eagle SI 98 ($2,079054), G1 winner One Sweet Jess SI 101 ($953,592), etc. For additional information or breeding contracts to Triple Vodka call Chris or Kim Blanchet at 337-885-2019.

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Florida Parishes - 2015 Event Schedule August 2015 Friday, August 7 Finally Friday Open 4D Barrel Race. Saturday, August 8 Run for the Pearl Barrel Race.

Friday and Saturday, September 18-19 5th annual TPSO Mounted Division Rodeo. October 2015 Saturday, October 3 NBHA LA06 Barrel Race.

Saturday, August 15 Deep South Team Roping.

Friday, October 16 Finally Friday Open 4D Barrel Race.

Saturday, August 29 NBHA LA06 Barrel Race.

Saturday, October 17 NBHA LA06 Barrel Race.

September 2015

Saturday, October 24 Justin Banks Open Calf Roping.

Friday and Saturday, September 11-12 Ponchatoula High School Youth Rodeo.

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QUICK DAGGER STRIKES IN THE TURF EXPRESS BROBERG TRAINEE TOPS HEITAI IN STIRRING STRETCH DUEL

OPELOUSAS, La. – Karl Broberg, the leading trainer throughout the Evangeline Downs season, had a tough 1-2 punch for the favored Heitai in the $75,000 Turf Express for three-year-olds and up on Saturday night. Snappy Girl, a mare trained by Broberg, went out and joined Heitai in the early pace battle while Quick Dagger stalked in third around the turn. When the field made the stretch, Quick Dagger made his move under jockey C.J. McMahon and was able to wear down Heitai and win by a head in a final time of 55.29 seconds over the firm turf course. Quick Dagger’s victory prevented Heitai from joining the million dollar ranks in lifetime earnings. Heitai earned $14,250 for his second-place finish, leaving him $4,707 short of the magic mark. For his win, Quick Dagger earned $45,000 to increase his career earnings to $202,994. It is the Kentucky-bred gelding’s eighth win from 20 lifetime starts. Quick Dagger is owned by End Zone Athletics Inc. He was sired by Northern Afleet and is out of Tactical Cat mare, Dagger.

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Quick Dagger was sent off as the second choice in the wagering and returned $9.40 to win, $4.00 to place and $3.40 to show. Heitai paid $2.40 to place and $2.10 to show. Win Lion Win closed from well off the pace to get third and paid $5.40 to show. There were two other $75,000 stakes races on the turf Saturday night at Evangeline Downs. Potomac River rallied from last through the early stages to pass all of his competition and pull off a last-to-first victory in the $75,000 Sunset Stakes for three-year-olds and up in a final time of 1:41.37 for 1 1/16 miles. Potomac River was ridden by Carlos Marquez in the Sunset. He is owned by Maribel Ruelas and trained by Jose Camejo. English Channel, the 2007 Breeders’ Cup Turf winner, is the Kentucky-bred’s sire and he is out of the With Approval mare, Reba’s Approval. Potomac River’s win was his seventh from 24 lifetime starts and increased his lifetime earnings to $382,876. He paid $6.80 to win, $5.40 to place and $2.60 to show. A 13-1 longshot, Help From Heaven, ran second and paid $10.20 to place and $3.60 to show. Stormdriver, the betting favorite, ended up third and returned $2.10 to show. Saturday night also featured the $75,000 Opelousas Stakes for fillies and mares, three-year-olds and up, at one mile. Welcome Aboard rallied from last in the field of eight under Filemon Rodriguez to pull off a minor upset at odds of 6-1 in a final time of 1:36.29. She paid $15.60 to win, $7.20 to place and $3.60 to show. The early pacesetter, In My Time, finished second and returned $3.60 to place and $3.20 to show. Hot Tempo was third and paid $3.60 to show.

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Welcome Aboard now has eight wins from 21 lifetime starts with career earnings of $190,363. She is owned by Michael Catalano and Richard Boyer and her trainer is Eric Reed. The Kentucky-bred mare was sired by Rock Hard Ten and she is out of the Rahy mare, Recherche. Live racing will resume at Evangeline Downs on Wednesday with a nine-race program. Post time is 5:40 pm Central Time. Photos by Coady Photography

For more information about the upcoming season at Evangeline Downs visit the track’s website at www.evangelinedownsracing.com.

Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Evangeline Downs is located in Opelousas, Louisiana, just off I-49 at exit 18.

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CALE’S GOLD GETS THE GOLD IN THE D.S. “SHINE” YOUNG FUTURITY BROBERG-HERNANDEZ COLT DOMINATES BY SEVEN LENGTHS OPELOUSAS, La. – Evangeline Downs held two divisions of the $100,000 D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity, one for colts and geldings and one for fillies, on Saturday night. It was the male division, though, that provided the highlight performer of the evening in Cale’s Gold. The Karl Broberg trainee was perfectly positioned by jockey Colby Hernandez behind the pacesetting duo of Il Est Beau and Wonder Run through the early fractions of 22.06 for the quarter and 45.54 for the half-mile. When the field made the stretch, Cale’s Gold moved up to take the lead and ran away from his competition to record a seven-length victory in a final time of 1:04.19 for the 5 ½ furlongs over a fast track.

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The victory by Cale’s Gold kept him undefeated through two career starts and upped his career earnings to $76,800. The colt was sent off as the 7-5 betting favorite and returned $4.80 to win, $3.20 to place and $2.20 to show. 31-1 longshot Wonder Run finished second and paid $17.80 to place and $7.60 to show. Our Rapidash was third and paid $3.80 to show. Cale’s Gold is a Louisiana-bred colt by Gold Tribute out of the Lion Heart mare, Estella Ella. She is owned by Jerry Namy and was bred by Darrell C. Comeaux and Southern Equine Stables LLC. The fillies division of the $100,000 D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity followed and was won by Cajun Conoseir in a final time of 1:05.52 for 5 ½ furlongs. This race was unfortunately marred by an incident at the top of the stretch involving betting favorite, Elegant Idea, who unseated her rider, Diego Saenz. There was no immediate official information available of Saenz’s condition in the aftermath. He was taken off in an ambulance and it is believed he had mobility in his extremities. Elegant Idea was vanned off the racetrack following the incident. Cajun Conoseir tracked the pacesetters, Little Miss Sparky and Social Factor, through a 21.95 quarter and a 45.80 half-mile. The filly then took the lead on the far turn under jockey Gerard Melancon and went on to win by 3 ¾ lengths. With the victory, Cajun Conoseir maintained a perfect record of two wins in two starts. Her career earnings are now $76,800. She paid $6.40 to win, $4.20 to place and $3.60 to show. 42-1 longshot Aunt Nellie finished second and returned $18.20 to place and $13.60 to show. Halfandtwoquarters was third and paid $4.00 to show. Cajun Conoseir is owned by Whispering Oaks Farm, LLC, trained by Steve Flint and was bred in Louisiana by Circle H Farms and Carrol J. Castille. She was sired by Closing Argument and is out of the Gone West mare, Midsummer Fun. Evangeline Downs will resume live racing on Wednesday night with a nine-race program. Post time on Wednesday is 5:40 pm Central Time. For more information about the upcoming season at Evangeline Downs visit the track’s website at www.evangelinedownsracing.com.

Photos by Coady Photography

Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Evangeline Downs is located in Opelousas, Louisiana, just off I-49 at exit 18.

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HAMILTON, TAYLOR AND ROOD TOP STANDINGS AT DELTA DOWNS FOR 2015 QUARTER HORSE SEASON LOUISIANA SHOWCASE NIGHT CLOSED OUT THE SEASON ON SATURDAY VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs concluded its 46-day American Quarter Horse season on Saturday with an 11-race program billed as Louisiana Showcase Night. The closing night card featured eight stakes races and the presentation of the leading horsemen awards for 2015. Running away with his fourth leading jockey title in as many years was Newton, Texas resident John Hamilton. The 51-year-old made it to the winner’s circle 69 times from 328 mounts. Hamilton’s win total was the highest of his local career and his season-topping mount earnings mark of $1,206,044 was second only to his tally of $1,283,951 back in 2012. Rounding out the top 10 jockeys for the season were Raul Ramirez, Jr. (38 wins), David Alvarez (37), Patrick Watson (33), Juan Marquez (27), Alfonso Lujan (26), Randy Edison (21), Antonio Alberto (19), Armando Ramirez (19), and Eddi Martinez (16). Capturing his first local training title at Delta Downs in 2015 was Michael Taylor, who sent out 37 winners from 153 starters. The 66-year-old, who splits his time between Vinton, Louisiana and Lexington, Indiana, had the second highest amount of purses won with $717,326. Kenneth L. Roberts, Sr. finished second to Taylor in terms of wins with 35 but led all conditioners in barn earnings with $1,047,174. Roberts was attempting to win his fourth straight leading trainer title and his seventh overall at Delta Downs this season. Following the top two trainers in the win column this season were Trey Ellis (32), Carlos Saldivar (24), Martin Trejo (23), Randy Hebert (23), Manuel Macias (13), Lanny Keith (11), Kelli Smith (11), and Kevin Broussard (10).

Photos by Coady Photography Leading jockey John Hamilton winning the Flashy Hemp Stakes with Camerons Game on closing night at Delta Downs.

Winning her second consecutive leading owner title at Delta Downs was Saskatchewan, Canada resident Joan Rood, who saw 16 of her 60 starters make it to the winner’s circle this season. Rood’s runners earned a total of $238,364, which ranked second to Jason Richards & Michael J. LeBlanc’s $473,153. Rood’s exclusive trainer throughout the season was Randy Hebert.

Filling out the list of top 10 owners in terms of wins were Jose O. Barron (12), Joseph Landreneau (8), Rogelio Marquez, Jr. (8), Michael Taylor (7), Tony Doughtie (6), Triple C Racing Stables, LLC (5), Gene Cox (5), M & G Farms, Inc. (Maricela G. Montano) (4), and Mary G. Lynne Thompson (4). Delta Downs will now be dark until its 2015-16 Thoroughbred season gets underway on Friday, October 16. Fans can still enjoy full card simulcasting from coast to coast in the track’s OTB seven days a week. For more information about racing at Delta Downs visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com or on the Facebook page, ‘Delta Downs Racing’. Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Delta Downs is located in Vinton, Louisiana, on Delta Downs Drive. From Lake Charles, take Exit 7 and from Texas, take Exit 4.

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Continued from page 54.......... Southeast Texas Barrel Racing Association Miracle Farm | Info: www.stbra.org or 979-220-6804 | Independence, TX September 19th & 20th Sugasheaux | SugArena Info: 337-365-7539 | New Iberia, LA September 21st – 23rd Platinum Productions | 1st Annual Platinum Finals Kirk Fordice Equine Center | Info: 228-860-8104 or 228-860-4708 Jackson, MS September 22nd Great Southern Youth Rodeo Association Info: Lisa Ladner 601-916-7016, Suzanne Wilson 601-916-6380, Tony Wilson 228-669-0091 or Lance Ladner 601-916-6873 | Poplarville, MS September 24th – 28th Louisiana Hunter Jumper Association Elite Show Jumping | Amen Corner Farm Info: Cheryl Sims csims1128@att.net | Folsom, LA September 25th & 26th Turn Three for a Cure Barrel Run | Moorehouse Activity Center Bastrop, LA September 25th – 27th Circle G Quarter Horse Show | Tunica Arena & Expo Center Info: www.fisherhorseshows.com or Cody Fisher 901-626-5680 Tunica, MS

September 27th NBHA LA 03 | Regional Show/Mid South Info: Glenda LeBlanc 337-789-9050 September 28th Southwest Arkansas High School Rodeo Assoc. Info: www.swahsra.org or 870-582-1968 Texarkana, AR September 29th & 30th Silver Spur Rodeo Club 4-D | West Cal Arena Info: 337-529-5365 or 337-582-7373 | Sulphur, LA October 1st – 5th Louisiana Hunter Jumper Association | Elite Show Jumping Amen Corner Farm | Info: Cheryl Sims csims1128@att.net Folsom, LA October 2nd – 4th Team Josey Hattiesburg Forrest County Multi Purpose Center | Info: Carly 903-935-5358 | Hattiesburg, MS October 3rd Tri State Dressage Society | TSDS Show & Clinic Holly Hill Farm | Info: tristatedressagesociety.com | Benton, LA Mississippi Paint Horse Club Four Judge Horse Show Rankin County Multi Purpose Center Info: www.missphc.com or 601-604-9779 | Brandon, MS NBHA LA 06 Show #15 Florida Parishes Arena | Info: 504-452-9707 | Amite, LA

Mid South Nationals Info: 706-823-3728 | Hattiesburg, MS

Emerson Arena 3D Ranch Sorting Info: Dilton Emerson 318-393-5703 | Benton, LA

North Central High School Rodeo North Louisiana Exhibition Center| Ruston, LA

Catahoula Riding Club C Bar Ranch Arena/Shivers Arena | Info: Jennifer Tiffee 318-481-3119 or Tim Laine Neal 318-715-6912/0894 | Jonesville, LA

September 26th Deep South Stock Horse Show Association | Open Horse Show BREC Shady Park Arena | Info: www.dsshsa.org or Celine Perry 225-235-0570 JRCA Rodeo | Info: 225-266-7525 | Scott, LA 3DOTS 3D Ranch Sorting & Cattle Working Ranch Sorting, Youth, 3 Man Open Arena & Team Penning Crain Arena Info: Troy Crain 985-516-7507 or Blake Chiasson 985-285-0892 | Bogalusa, LA Baton Rouge Barrel Racing Association Pole Bending & Barrel Racing | Plaquemine, LA September 26th & 27th Mississippi Hunter Jumper Association GB Fall Fiesta | Info: Laurie McRee 601-927-4503 or www.mhja.net | Folsom, LA

NBHA MS03 Barrel Race $200 Added for every 50 riders | Rankin County Multi Purpose Arena Info: Robert Sutton 601-813-3968 | Brandon, MS River Cities Barrel Racers Info: Susan Hickman 318-729-4323 Baton Rouge Barrel Racing Association Pole Bending & Barrel Racing | Port Allen, LA Wolf Barrel Racing Association Twin Lakes Arena| Info: Staci Wolf 903-724-9956 | Fairfield, TX October 3rd & 4th Race Against Hunger | BBR Pending Mississippi Horse Park | Info: Pattie Jo Higdon 601-566-0237 | Starkville, MS

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Sugasheaux SugArena | Info: 337-365-7539 | New Iberia, LA October 3rd – 5th Louisiana Team Roping Association West Cal Arena | Info: Ricky Jordan 337-263-0036 or George Reeeves 337-884-4525 | Sulphur, LA October 4th Terrebonne Livestock Agricultural Fair Assoc. | Horse Show Info: Adrian Dufrene 985-232-5141 | Houma, LA NBHA LA 04 Info: Scooter LeBouef 985-209-3531 | Email: scooterlebouef@aol.com Plaquemine, LA Acadiana Barrel Racing Association Rice Arena | Info: info@laabra.com | Susan Krieg 337-288-5374 or Shannan Roy 337-280-9349 | Crowley, LA October 9th – 10th 2nd Annual Steers and Steel for LeBonheur | $2000 Added to Open & $500 to Adult & Youth | Pontotoc County Agri Center Info: Misty Tucker 662-297-4600 (Barrel Racing) Bryan Wood 662-419-3381 (Team Roping) | Pontotoc, MS Sugar Fest | Info: 337-365-7539 | Amite, LA October 9th – 11th Lucky Dog Productions | WPRA,BBR, $5,000 Added Open 4D Four States Fairgrounds | Info: Christy Lewis 870-930-7717 Texarkana, AR October 10th Deep South Stock Horse Show Association Open Horse Show BREC Shady Park Arena Info: www.dsshsa.org or Celine Perry 225-235-0570 NBHA MS07 5D Collinsville Riding Arena | Info: Lisa Pevey 601-934-1765 Collinsville, MS NBHA LA 03 SugArena Info: Glenda LeBlanc 337-789-9050 | New Iberia, LA Southwest Arkansas High School Rodeo Assoc. Info: www.swahsra.org or 870-582-1968 | Linden, TX October 10th & 11th Silver Spur Rodeo Club | West Cal Arena Info: www.westcalevents.com | Sulphur, LA Mississippi Hunter Jumper Association MHJA OKTOBERFEST Info: Laurie McRee 601-927-4503 or www.mhja.net | Canton, MS


LQHBA INSIDER

By: Martha Claussen Auctioneer: Keith Babb On August 7, the 39th annual LQHBA Yearling Sale will get underway. With every sale, there are several certainties. As 599 potential racing stars enter the sale ring, there will be the high and low sale prices, some thrilled and a few disappointed consignors and a roomful of horsemen with hopes and dreams. Orchestrating the action over two days, will be the melodic voice of one of the legendary auctioneers in North America, Keith Babb.

horses in auctions in Louisiana, California, New Mexico and California.

The Role of an Auctioneer Have you ever listened to a track announcer call a race and wonder if you could do it? Turn off your television one day and record “your live call” and play it back. Chances are you will quickly erase that and NEVER attempt it again! The same holds true for auctioning a horse at a yearling sale. Do you think it is all about fast talking and a resounding strike of the gavel? So much more goes into the job, but Babb has a way of making it look easy!

“Mr Jess Perry had an illustrious career,” stated Babb. “ A true horsemen I admired greatly was the late Lee Berwick. He knew that Mr Jess Perry was capable of producing champions in every category.” In 1982, he sold Queen For Cash for a record $1.125 million. It took three decades to surpass that mark, but in 2013, Babb proceeded over the sale of Tempting Dash, who went for $1.7 million.

There are the horses that pass through the sale ring. Babb will have studied the catalog so he has an idea of where to start the bidding on each. Not too high and certainly not too low. There are many interested parties in each transaction: the consignor, the breeder, the buyer and the hundreds of sale attendees looking ahead to another hip number. While the high dollar horse might be easier to sell, Babb understands that each prospect deserves an opportunity. “I try to give every horse their time in the ring,” said Babb. “Many of the buyers have already marked their catalogs, but sometimes a horse will enter the ring all spit and shined and catch the eye of a buyer.” Babb relies on his team, which will include Brian Rigby and Justin Holmburg as well as spotters. These experienced men have the tough task of keeping up with the buyers and making sure Babb is aware of each raise. “With 599 head going through the ring over two days, we will have to move at a pretty fast clip,” said Babb. “Selling 32 to 33 an hour is pushing it, but if you don’t think seconds count, look at NASCAR.” Career Accomplishments Babb embarked upon a full time career as an auctioneer in 1971. He has honed his craft for over 40 years, and estimates he has sold more than 50,000

“You have to be on your toes,” he admitted. “There is big money involved.” Babb has sold several of the legendary horses in American Quarter Horse racing, most notably First Down Dash and Mr Jess Perry.

“We knew Tempting Dash (who was sold in absentia at Heritage Place) was going to be in demand,” recalled Babb. “It was a very spirited auction that came down to two bidders.” Babb follows racing closely and was pleased to see Kiss My Hocks, a son of Tempting Dash, honored as AQHA 2-year-old champion on January 21. In 2004, Babb was inducted into the National Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame. The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Racing Council honored him with the “Special Recognition Award” for excellence in the equine sale arena. Highly Regarded by Horsemen Florida businessman and rancher, Steve Holland, will attend this year’s LQHBA Yearling Sale and hopes to replicate his good fortune from the 2012 event. He and Bill McIntosh purchased Ol Time Preacher Man for $20,000. The son of Heza Fast Dash out of the Streakin La Jolla mare Jj Streakin Illusion was bred in Louisiana by Jo Baya Foreman. Trained by Kenneth Roberts, Sr., he proved his mettle one year later in the $1 million LQHBA Breeders’ Futurity, picking up a check for $445,000. “I think Keith is a topnotch auctioneer,” stated Holland. “He has a very sharp eye and I can remember me nodding my head and Keith pointing to me in the bidding. I’m hoping to find another good one at this year’s sale.”

Lyle Guillory, who is a noted Louisiana breeder and LQHBA board member, has the highest regard for Babb. “He’s definitely one of the best,” said Guillory. “Not only does he have an amazing voice, his knowledge of both breeding and racing is unsurpassed. It’s easy to see why he is so in demand.” Money on the Line While the horses are the star attraction at the LQHBA Yearling Sale, each transaction is vital to the seller and the horse’s breeder. The overall numbers become public record and of great importance to the association’s board of directors and membership. “The growth of our sale is something that we as an association are extremely proud of,” said Tony Patterson. LQHBA executive director. “There are countless details in planning, preparing and hosting our sale, and our goal is to make it better each year. However, we never have to sweat the role that Keith plays as he is a true professional!” Babb and his wife, Carolyn, reside in Monroe, Louisiana. He admits he has pondered retirement, but the 71-year-old truly loves his calling, especially holding court in his home state. “I have a love for horses and have forged wonderful friendships through the years,” stated Babb. “It has been a pleasure seeing the quality of the Louisiana stallions improve; it is one of the best programs in the country.” But maybe more than the fast pace and outstanding horses that will parade in front of him, there is something else that continues to intrigue the noted auctioneer. “The ‘Cinderella stories’ are what keep so many people coming back,” acknowledges Babb. “What could be greater than a $2,500 purchase with the potential of returning a half million dollars?” **** The LQHBA Insider is a monthly feature written by Martha Claussen, who served as publicity director at Sam Houston Race Park for ten years. She continues to be active in writing, fan education and Quarter Horse racing publicity in Texas, Louisiana and other regions in North America.

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2015 LQHBA Yearling Sale The Racing Champions Keep Coming!By: Martha Claussen The Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association (LQHBA) is gearing up for its 39th annual Louisiana Bred Yearling Sale on Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8 at the Coushatta Casino Resort Pavilion in Kinder, Louisiana. The sale catalog lists 599 yearlings, an increase of 14% over last year, but clearly, this is not a matter of quantity over quality. The talent of Louisiana-bred racehorses is no secret and horsemen from all regions of the United States, plus Mexico and Canada, have marked this sale on their calendars. In addition to buying a well-bred yearling, there are solid financial incentives to racing in Louisiana. Each of the sale grads is eligible to compete in the $1 million LQHBA Breeders Futurity (RG1) at Evangeline Downs in late November, as well as the $300,000-estimated LQHBA Sale Futurity (RG1), which traditionally runs in September at Fair Grounds. Double Digit Increases Across the Board for the 2014 Sale Last year’s LQHBA Yearling Sale recorded major across-the-board increases with 383 yearlings selling for a total of $4,943,400; a 30% increase from 2013. The sale average rose by 24% to $12,907 compared to $10,383 in the previous year. A Heza Fast Dash colt was the sale topper, selling for $130,000 on the sale’s first day. The following day, a Stoli filly sold for $120,000. Robicheaux Ranch, LLC has been one of the biggest consignors for the LQHBA Yearling Sale. Last year, they were the leading consignor with 23 head grossing $530,110. Their impressive stallion roster includes Heza Fast Dash, Game Patriot, Jet Black Patriot, Toast to Dash, First Down Illusion and Fast Prize Jordan. This year they are also standing Five Bar Cartel, who eclipsed the million dollar earnings mark. Ryan Robicheaux serves as sale coordinator for the farm, and is in high gear with final preparations for the big weekend. “We spend long hours the last two weeks before the sale shoeing, clipping and getting these babies ready for Kinder,” said Robicheaux. “Quite a few trainers have already come by to get a sneak peek. Now we just have to hope every horse stays healthy and things go well.”

Robicheaux, reports that 97 Robicheaux Ranch yearlings will be shipped to Kinder, the second-highest number in the family’s 15-year association with the LQHBA Yearling Sale. “The quality of the yearlings that have sold at our sale has been impressive,” states Robicheaux. “Every year we are attracting new owners and horsemen from all over the country are sending their mares to benefit in our breed incentives.” He points out that while it is always a goal to win a seven-figure futurity, Louisiana continues to offer financial rewards to breeders. “With 25% of purses as incentives, breeders can earn nice checks, even if they don’t win the Lee Berwick or LQHBA Futurity,” said Robicheaux. “You can run in a

$1,000,000 LQHBA Breeders Futurity Champion JLS DASHN AND ZOOMN November 29, 2014 Photo credit: Coady Photography

maiden here in Louisiana and get a solid return on your investment.” Yearling Sale Success Stories Abound Jls Dashn And Zoomn, a $7,500 purchase at the 2013 LQHBA Yearling Sale, provided a very nice return on that investment when he scored a half-length victory in the $1 million LQHBA Breeders Futurity (RG1) at Evangeline Downs. Owned by Jose Guzman and trained by Brenda Foster, the gelded son of Sir Runaway Dash covered 400 yards in :19.726 under jockey Raul Ramirez Jr. to earn a first-place check for $445,000. Bred by JLS Speed Horse Ranch Inc., Jls Dashn And Zoomn has won seven of his 12 starts with career earnings of $529,764.

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Jason Richards and Michael J. Leblanc spotted Jessa Louisiana Zoom in the 2014 LQHBA Yearling Sale, and signed the ticket for $22,000. Bred in Louisiana by Lyle Guillory, Jessa Louisiana Zoom is a daughter of Jess Louisiana Blue out of the Azoom mare Zoomin for Cash. “We bought this filly because of her pedigree,” Richards said. “Mike and I tend to put more emphasis on the pedigree of a yearling over appearance and we tend to gravitate more toward fillies. It’s an inexact science for sure, but we liked the fact that her sire and grand dam were both champions and her mother qualified for a grade 1 Derby. The pedigree said she was supposed to run and she definitely did her family proud.” Less than one year later, their prospect had more than proven herself, winning each of her four starts, including the final of the Lassie and Lee Berwick Futurities. Her connections are pointing their filly, who has already earned $473,150, to the $1 million LQHBA Breeders Futurity. While Jessa Louisiana Zoom impressed in the $634,530 Lee Berwick Futurity, another sale graduate, Open Me a Corona, shone as one of the best older horses in the country on Louisiana Showcase night at Delta Downs on July 11. The 5-year-old son of Coronas Leaving You, bred by Natalie Montgomery, DVM, captured the $100,000 Louisiana Classic (RG2) at 440-yards. A $22,000 purchase at the 2011 LQHBA Yearling Sale, Open Me a Corona is owned by Charles Forbes, Jr. and Tommy Hays. The versatile runner has won 10 of 12 career start, amassing earnings of $666,298. Another notable Louisiana success story is Jls Mr Bigtime, who quietly passed through the 2009 sale ring as hip number #91 and was re-purchased by JLS Speedhorse for $19,000. The gelding son of Bigtime Favorite ran second in the 2010 All American Futurity (G1) and last December, eclipsed the $1 million mark in career earnings. Jet Black Patriot was another outstanding sale graduate, repurchased by Janelle and Richard Simon for $20,000 at the 2007 LQHBA Yearling Sale. The stunning black colt quickly garnered attention as a 2-year-old, winning Continued on page 69...


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the $545,649 LQHBA Breeders’ Futurity in 2008 and finishing second to Stolis Winner in the $2 million All American Futurity (G1). He retired with earnings of $876,921 and has followed his success on the racetrack as a highly regarded stud. Jet Black Patriot was the tenthleading AQHA sire by money earned in 2014 and ranked second, behind One Famous Eagle, as a third-crop producer last year. His progeny have already earned $1.3 million dollars this year. Spotting the Talent Frank Cavazos was part of the team that selected Jessa Louisiana Zoom in the 2014 LQHBA Sale. The veteran trainer has tallied big stakes wins in Texas and Louisiana, with victories in the Lee Berwick, Laddie, Lassie Futurity as well as the Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile and Derby. Spotting potential champions at the yearling sale is an important role for a trainer and Cavazos remembers what transpired with Jessa Louisiana Zoom from last year’s sale.

three-day format,” said Patterson. “However, we moved the start to 9:30 am, and with our very experienced and well-organized office and auction staff, we have faith that both days will go smoothly.” Patterson credits the past success of the sale and the new LQHBA website in getting the word out about the 599 prospects for the 2015 sale. “We sent over 3,600 catalogs to prospective buyers in many regions of the United States as well as Canada and Mexico,” he said. “A great addition this year was our Facebook page, which we initiated in February. We have fielded hundreds of sale inquiries through social media.” The LQHBA is the official registry of accredited Louisiana-bred Quarter Horses. They run two sales each year, the LQHBA Yearling Sale and a Fall Mixed Sale. Louisiana continues to be the leading state-bred program in the country with over $4.65 million dollars in mare and stallion awards paid in 2014.

Of course, the incentives for breeders are significant and been well-received by the horsemen in the state. “In most states, you sell a horse and that’s it,” said Guillory. “Our breeder incentives are very solid, and I can tell you that it’s nice to open your mailbox and see that check!” What to Expect August 7-8 The LQHBA board of directors have been extremely pleased with the Coushatta Casino Resort Pavilion as a venue for the sale. Attendees enjoy the ambiance, comfortable hotel accommodations, dining and gaming. The sale will include online coverage, and a booth with an interpreter for Spanish-speaking buyers. “We work hard each year to improve our sale and meet the needs of the consignors and prospective buyers,” adds Patterson. Clearly, the hard work and vision is paying off, as Quarter Horse owners earmark the LQHBA Yearling Sale as one of the country’s best.

“The owners had quite a few horses marked in their catalog,” said Cavazos. “We looked them over, but I told them that the filly was the one I really liked.”

“In addition to our breeders’ incentives, horsemen are encouraged by the exceptional purse money in Louisiana,” added Patterson. “There are 148 guaranteed Quarter Horse race dates at Delta, Evangeline, Louisiana Downs and Fair Grounds with approximately $23 million in purses.”

While a combination of factors play into evaluating yearlings and Cavazos relies on pedigree, conformation, disposition and the way the yearling stands and moves.

Growth Continues It’s hard to believe that the first LQHBA Yearling Sale began in 1977 with just 39 yearlings.

“This year Mike and I will be back at it looking to find another runner out of the 599 yearlings in the catalog,” said Richards. “The LQHBA yearling sale is an event I look forward to every year. Not only does this sale offer a tremendous catalog of prospects but the Cajun cuisine and camaraderie are second to none!”

“I look for good legs; straight and correct and find that the eyes tell you a lot,” he added.

Lyle Guillory, a respected breeder and horseman, is a longstanding LQHBA board member.

Louisiana has a proud slogan of “laissez les bons temps rouler” which means “let the good times roll”.

Cavazos will be busy at this year’s sale as he has several owners looking for potential champions.

“We are proud of our rich tradition in Louisiana,” said Guillory. “Horses are part of our heritage and we are fortunate to have had leaders that have shown a great deal of vision. Our board has worked hard to keep up with the trends, and the growth is very rewarding.”

With 599 prospective Louisiana champions passing through the sale ring, the good times are just beginning!

Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association Pleased with Response Tony Patterson is the executive director of the The Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association, (LQHBA) and looks forward to another banner sale. “With 599 head this year, our board discussed going to the

“The $1million LQHBA Breeders Futurity has been a home run for us,” added Guillory. “We are fortunate in Louisiana to have good race dates and significant purse money.”

Jason Richards and Michael Leblanc certainly agree.

Martha Claussen served as publicity director at Sam Houston Race Park for ten years and continues to be active in writing, fan education and Quarter Horse racing publicity in Texas, Louisiana and other regions in North America.

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LQHBA IMPORTANT DATES - 2015 www.lqhba.com

August 7th & 8th LQHBA 39th Annual Yearling Sale, Coushatta Casino Resort Pavilion in Kinder, Louisiana - 9:30 AM both days August 15th

LQHBA Sale Futurity Trials & Opening Day @ Fair Grounds

September 1st

Consignments for LQHBA Fall Mixed Sale Due in Office

September 5th

LQHBA Sale Futurity Final & Invitational Stakes, Closing Day @ Fair Grounds

September 30th

Opening Night @ Evangeline Downs

November 6th

LQHBA Breeders Futurity Trials @ Evangeline Downs

November 7th

LQHBA Fall Mixed Sale, Equine Sale Company of Louisiana in Opelousas & LQHBA Breeders Derby Trials @ Evangeline Downs

November 28th

LQHBA $1,000,000 Breeders Futurity Final & Invitational Stakes and LQHBA Breeders Derby Final @ Evangeline Downs

December 12th

Louisiana Champions Day @ Fair Grounds

December 19th

Closing Night @ Evangeline Downs

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