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Louisiana QHBA Awards Scholarships to Six Students

The LQHBA awarded $15,000 in scholarships on Saturday at Evangeline Downs.
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The Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders' Association on Saturday awarded six Louisiana students a total of $15,000 in scholarships.

The presentation, assisted by Senators Gerald Long and Neil Riser and other prominent legilsators, was made during Louisiana Million Night at Evangeline Downs. The winners of $2,000 scholarships were Kaelyn Moore, Jace Gilbert, Jaxon Dugas, and Sage Bischoff. Lauren Thomas received the $2,000 Paul Ryder Memorial Scholarship, named in honor of one of the founding members of LQHBA, who died earlier this year.

The final drawing for a $5,000 scholarship went to Gena Daigle of Carencro, Louisiana.

The LQHBA Scholarship Fund was the vision of the late Jim Mitchell and Executive Director Emeritus Leverne Perry, and it is supported by the LQHBA and its board. More than $570,000 has been earmarked for this program since it began in 2001.

LQHBA executive director Tony Patterson acknowledged the support of Hart Farms, Robicheaux Ranch and Knorpp Bloodstock Insurance Agency LC. Hart Farms donated a breeding to stallion Freighttrain B in the 2018 LQHBA Fall Mixed Sale, and Robicheaux Ranch offered a breeding to Jet Black Patriot during the 2018 LQHBA Yearling Sale.

"It was a thrill for our association to see the smiles on the faces of the six LQHBA Scholarship recipients on Saturday night," said LQHBA president Ryan Robicheaux. "We hope that some of these fine young people will make their livelihood in the Louisiana equine industry once they complete their education.”

For more information on the LQHBA Scholarship Program, visit, or call the LQHBA office in Alexandria at (318) 487-9506.

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