Louisiana QHBA Changes Riders

Tony Patterson takes the reins at LQHBA.

Q-Racing Journal

Tony Patterson has stepped in as LQHBA's executive director.

It is always a big deal when you change horses – or riders. The Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders’ Association did that on January 1, when longtime executive director Leverne Perry stepped down and Tony Patterson stepped into the saddle as the new executive director.

The 53-year-old Patterson has been at LQHBA since April 2008, when he took the mount as assistant director. He now takes over a strong program in a state on the rise.

With 152 days of racing in 2013, Louisiana offered $22.8 million in purses, second only to New Mexico and comprising almost a fifth of the industry total. Louisiana has two of the sport’s three leading tracks in daily purses, with Delta Downs last year averaging more than $193,000 over 45 days of racing and Fair Grounds exceeding $205,000 for 10 days. LQHBA is the official registry of Louisiana-bred racing Quarter Horses, and in 2013 paid $4.6 million in breeder and stallion awards, including $344,000 in annual stallion awards.

LQHBA will conduct its annual yearling sale August 8-9 in Kinder. The association runs the $200,000-added LQHBA Futurity (RG1) at Evangeline Downs, where in 2012 it became the Pelican State’s first $1 million race. The association conducts the $150,000-added LQHBA Sale Futurity (RG1) at Fair Grounds, where three $100,000 graded stakes are run on Louisiana Champions Day in December. LQHBA also runs the $100,000-added Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) and $50,000-added Mardi Gras Derby (R), both at Louisiana Downs.

Read Patterson’s interview and Q&A in the April Q-Racing Journal.

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