News December  18, 2017

LQHBA Announces 2016 Champions, Winners to be Honored April 8 at Evangeline Downs


LQHBA will honor their 2016 Champions during the association's annual banquet April 8.



ALEXANDRIA, LA—FEBRUARY 28, 2017—The Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association (LQHBA) is pleased to announce the 2016 association’s annual Champions.

Each of the recipients will be honored at the annual LQHBA Membership Meeting & Awards Banquet, Saturday, April 8 at Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, Louisiana.

The 2016 Louisiana Quarter Horse champions are:

  • Champion 2-Year-Old Filly (Co-Champions)
    JESS A LITTLE STAR
    Owner: Juan J. Bazaldua
    Breeder: J & B Rental Inc.

    WATERGIRL B
    Owner: Vanessa Bartoo
    Breeder: Edward Taylor

  • Champion 2-Year-Old Colt (Co-Champions)
    GAMEY TEE COS
    Owner: Arturo & Isidro Reyes
    Breeder: Richard Ortego

    SWINGINSTAR
    Owner: Narciso Flores
    Breeder: Narciso Flores

  • Champion 2-Year-Old Gelding
    TF RACEE RUNAWAY
    Owner: Tate Farms
    Breeder: Tate Farms

  • Champion 3-Year-Old Filly (Co-Champions)
    JET BLACK ROGUE
    Owner: Michael D. Taylor
    Breeder: Triple M Farms LLC

    JETZ A STREAKIN
    Owner: Martin Trejo Jr.
    Breeder: Janelle L. Simon

  • Champion 3-Year-Old Colt (Co-Champions)
    IM ALL OUT
    Owner: Talmadge Green
    Breeder: Gerald D. Libersat

    MY FAVORITE BLUE
    Owner: Tres Ricardos Ranch
    Breeder: Jumonville Farms

  • Champion 3-Year-Old Gelding (Co-Champions)
    FIRST PRIZE DENIM
    Owner: Double H Racing Investments LLC
    Breeder: Weetona Stanley

    ZOOMINFORGRADY
    Owner: Triple C Racing Stables LLC
    Breeder: Dudley Chewning

  • Champion Aged Mare
    OAK HILL STREAK
    Owner: Vanessa Bartoo
    Breeder: Arnold J. Trahan<>
  • Champion Aged Stallion
    OPEN ME A CORONA
    Owner: Dr. Tommy Hays & Charles Forbes, Jr.
    Breeder: Dr. Natalie Montgomery

  • Champion Aged Gelding
    HEZA LOUISIANA DASH
    Owner: TM Ranch
    Breeder: Jumonville Farms & Burnett Ranch

  • Champion Distance Horse (Co-Champions)
    B AND G FAST DASH
    Owner: Oscar Rohne
    Breeder: B & G Group Investments Inc.

    GAME OWN
    Owner: Yaima Grillo
    Breeder: Kenneth R. Fletcher

  • Top Money Earner
    TF RACEE RUNAWAY
    Owner: Tate Farms
    Breeder: Tate Farms

  • Champion Stallion
    HEZA FAST DASH
    Owner: Heza Fast Dash Syndicate

  • Champion Broodmare
    EYEJESSLOVELOUISIANA
    Owner: Jumonville Farms & Burnett Ranch

  • Champion Trainer
    KENNETH ROBERTS, Sr. - 75 Wins in Louisiana

  • Champion Jockey
    DAVID ALVAREZ - 116 Wins in Louisiana

  • Champion Breeder
    TATE FARMS

  • Champion Owner
    TATE FARMS

Tony Patterson, LQHBA executive director, confirmed that a new selection format was approved in 2015 by the LQHBA Board of Directors to determine the association’s annual Champions. This format, followed again in 2016, is as follows:
  • Take the AQHA Points of the highest money earner by category
  • Add 10 points for winning a stake race
  • Add 5 points for finishing 2nd in a stakes race
  • Add 3 points for finishing 3rd in a stake race
  • Add 1 point for qualifying to a Futurity or Derby Final
  • If the highest money earner’s (by category) new point total is the highest for that category, then that horse is a LQHBA Champion
  • If the highest money earner’s new point total is not the highest (by category), co-champions for that category (the highest money earner and the highest AQHA point total) will be awarded.

"Champions awards are extremely important to the men and women who breed, own and race Quarter Horses in Louisiana," said Patterson. "Last year, our board worked diligently to revise our selection format and point system. We congratulate each of the 2016 champions and look forward to honoring them at our LQHBA Membership Meeting & Awards Banquet on April 8."

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LQHBA is the state racing affiliate of the American Quarter Horse Association.  It is also the official registry for accredited Louisiana-bred racing Quarter Horses and is recognized by the Louisiana Legislature and the Louisiana State Racing Commission.  Since its inception in 1966, the association has developed a number of programs to further breeding and racing in Louisiana. Last year, purses in Louisiana totaled approximately $21 million, and breeders' incentives for mares and stallions exceeded $4.9 million.  LQHBA oversees the annual LQHBA Yearling Sale and Fall Mixed Sale, and has raised and donated over $441,000 to support its Louisiana youth scholarship program. 

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