Louisiana Champions

Top Louisiana horses are crowned.

LQHBA Press Release

Top Louisiana horses are crowned.

The Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association 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."

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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