50-Year Breeder: Asa W. Broussard
50-Year Breeder: Asa W. Broussard
By Richard Chamberlain for The American Quarter Horse Journal
Asa W. Broussard of Erath, Louisiana, has spent his life carrying on the great traditions of Cajun horsemen. Born in 1931, “Mr. Asa” grew up in the heart of Cajun Country, where his family farmed and raised cattle near Erath, Louisiana. Horses were everywhere. Cajuns used them for transportation, work on the farms and working cattle on the ranches, but perhaps most importantly for running on the bush tracks that gave rise to the fastest horses on earth. Acadiana was the cradle of the modern American Quarter Running Horse.
The Broussards lived near world champion running horse sire Flying Bob, where Asa’s father bred a nice mare to the stallion and got “Nelly,” who was very fast. Mr. Asa bred her and her daughter “Linda,” and they produced speed demons. The problem was no papers – neither mare was listed in the AQHA Studbook. By 1966, Mr. Asa was wanting to breed registered horses, but the problem was he could not afford the quality it took to win on the track. He turned his interest to cutting horses and has bred them ever since.
“I like a horse that is smart and athletic enough to do many things,” says Asa, who has retired from decades of owning a feed store, slaughterhouse and meat market in Maurice, where he still runs his mobile home park. “I like one with looks. I like speed and quickness. I remember the bulldog type with good muscle, big rumps, good bone, little ears, cow sense and brains. I like those. I really like the ones that sell!”
Asa, wife Teddy and their son John David (known as “Dave”) have sold a bunch.
“We never showed any of our own horses,” he says. “We sold them. I would say that the greatest achievement with horses was that it made us happy. It was very enjoyable to see the new foals every year. It was a big bonus if they went on to do things, even though when they did, it was with someone else.
“We’ve bred many calf roping, team roping, penning, sorting and barrel racing winners,” he continues. “Our horses have qualified for the top-10 at the National Cutting Horse Association year-end and Super Stakes finals, Louisiana cutting futurity finals and Pacific Coast finals. We’ve also had the Oklahoma and Southwest reining futurity champions, and National Reining Horse Association Futurity finalists.”
Some of the Broussards’ best mares are Little Red Holly, Mis Fanci Doc, Haidas Royal Gal and Cee Patty Freckles, who produced the 1996 Smart Little Pistol mare Smart Pistol Patty, an NCHA top-10, Super Stakes and Pacific Coast finalist. Some of their best stallions are Clarks Red Ant, Haidas Royal Son, Colonels Lil Scoot, Sweet Abner and Coy’s Bonanza Jr. But two of their very best ever were the stallion Smoke On Quixote and the Echo Breeze mare Echo Maud, who Asa bred together to produce Smoke On Echols, a bay gelding foaled in 1985.
“My most memorable experience was when Smoke On Echols won the NCHA Non-Pro Finals,” Asa recalls. “In four shows, Smoke On Echols had three firsts and a second, and in the Finals, he beat world champion Jae Bar Fletch by seven points. This was in 1992. Millie Kay Bouget rode the horse, and I was there in Houston with my wife and friends, and boy, I was sure proud!”
Asa’s family now conducts the horse business in the name of John D. Broussard Quarter Horses.
“We run anywhere from 30 to 50 horses on 60 acres,” Asa says. “We have our own stallions but also breed to outside stallions. We breed outside mares as well as our own.”
Having son Dave involved is right in line with what Asa believes is an imperative for the future of the Quarter Horse industry.
“I think the future is bright as long as the economy holds up,” he says. “It is getting more expensive every year to own good horses. There was a time when almost anyone could have a horse or two. Now it is too expensive for most. I think racehorses will last, but the future of performance horses depends on getting youth involved. When they grow up, they’ll have to keep it going.”
Keeping it going has kept Asa going.
“Good horses have given me enjoyment, pride and a sense of accomplishment,” he says. “My father passed the love of horses to me and I to my son and his wife, who have passed that love to their daughter.”
David and Susan Broussard have daughter Hana Kay Smith, an EMT who recently married and has taken a break from training cutting horses to start a family. Horses and family mean the world to Asa Broussard.
“My wife, Teddy, loved the horses, especially the foals, and we stayed involved because it made us look forward to something every year,” Asa says. “As I got older, it was harder to stay with it, and Teddy passed away two years ago, so it isn’t as enjoyable now as it was with her. But our son keeps it going. It’s in his blood. Dave’s been running our horse business for 42 years. Thanks to him, I’ve been able to enjoy the foals each year. I’m proud to still be raising good horses after 50 years.”