Louisiana QHBA Announces 2015 Champions

Champions will be honored at Evangeline Downs on April 9.

Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders' Association

Open Me A Corona is one of several Louisiana champions who will be honored at Evangeline Downs on April 9.

The Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association has announced its 2015 champions.

The LQHBA champions will be honored at the annual LQHBA Membership Meeting & Awards Banquet, to be held April 9 at Evangeline Downs in Opelousas. The champions are:

Champion 2-Year-Old Filly
JESSA LOUISIANA ZOOM 
Owner:  Jason Richards & Michael Leblanc
Breeder:  Lyle Guillory

Co-Champion 2-Year-Old Colt
MY FAVORITE BLUE 
Owner:  Tres Ricardos Ranch
Breeder:  Jumonville Farms

Co-Champion 2-Year-Old Colt
THISGAMEISUNREAL 
Owner:  J & L Stables LLC
Breeder:  Gerald D. Libersat

Co-Champion 2-Year-Old Gelding
JESS A SAINT 
Owner:  Julio Rios
Breeder:  J.E. & Bunny Jumonville

Co-Champion 2-Year-Old Gelding
STREAKIN BYE U 
Owner:  Guerras Racing Stables
Breeder:  Rodney & Philip DeBenedetto

Co-Champion 3-Year-Old Filly
RBD JESSASWINGIN 
Owner:  Jamie Gutierrez
Breeder:  RB & Dox’ Stables

Co-Champion 3-Year-Old Filly
SHES A FAST DASH 
Owner:  Rebeca A. Garza Gonzalez
Breeder:  Lyle Guillory

Co-Champion 3-Year-Old Colt
DASHACROSSYOURMIND
Owner:  Brock Broussard & Jacques Bourque
Breeder:  Timothy Rogers & Dr. Thomas Fontenot

Co-Champion 3-Year-Old Colt
LOUISIANA JAMBALAYA 
Owner:  Carter’s Quarters LLC
Breeder:  Dan Mars & Robicheaux Ranch

Champion 3-Year-Old Gelding
HEZA LOUISIANA DASH 
Owner:  TM Ranch
Breeder:  Jumonville Farms / Burnett Ranch

Champion Aged Mare
TF EYES R STRUTTIN 
Owner:  Louis Johnson, Jr.
Breeder:  Steve Tate

Champion Aged Stallion
OPEN ME A CORONA 
Owner:  Dr. Tommy Hays & Charles Forbes, Jr.
Breeder:  Dr. Natalie Montgomery

Co-Champion Aged Gelding
EYE GET THE BLUES 
Owner:  Elianny Estupinan
Breeder:  Kathleen & Steve Billings

Co-Champion Aged Gelding
FIRST PRIZE COPY 
Owner:  Aurelio  Juarez
Breeder:  Teddy Mendoza & Patrick Wertz

Co-Champion Distance Horse
KEEPN IT KOOL 
Owner:  David Lee Vance
Breeder:  Montgomery Equine & Red River Farm

Co-Champion Distance Horse
STREAK OF MUSIC 
Owner:  Kevin C. Nobles
Breeder:  Jerry Lee O’Quain

Top Money Earner
JESSA LOUISIANA ZOOM 
Owner:  Jason Richards & Michael Leblanc
Breeder:  Lyle Guillory

Champion Stallion
JESS LOUISIANA BLUE
Owner:  Jumonville Farms

Champion Broodmare
MISS JESS ROGUE
Owner:  Triple M Farms LLC

Champion Trainer
KENNETH ROBERTS SR.

Champion Jockey
JOHN HAMILTON

Champion Breeder
LYLE GUILLORY

Tony Patterson, LQHBA executive director, confirmed that a new selection format was approved at the September 2015 Board Meeting to determine the association’s annual Champions.  The new format 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 an 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.

"There is tremendous pride in Louisiana Quarter Horse racing and champion honors are very important to our association members," said Patterson. "Ryan Robicheaux, committee chair,  and our entire board of directors worked diligently in revising our selection format. We look forwarding to honoring each of the recipients."

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.

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