LQHBA Presents Donald G. Kelly with Lifetime Achievement Award

Kelly was honored for his contributions to the American Quarter Horse racing industry in Louisiana.

Edited press release

The Louisiana QHBA has presented Donald G. Kelly with a lifetime achievement award.

The Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association has presented longtime breeder Donald G. Kelly with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The LQHBA made its presentation to Kelly during its membership meeting and awards banquet at Evangeline Downs on March 24. Kelly, 76, was awarded for his extraordinary contributions and dedication to the organization. 

A longtime resident of Natchitoches, Louisiana, Kelly graduated from River Senior High School before attending the University of Mississippi and then Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. He earned his law degree from Louisiana State University Law Center in Baton Rouge.

As a prominent attorney with the law firm of Kelly, Townsend & Thomas, Kelly specializes in criminal law and retirement matters.  The Democrat served as a member of the Louisiana State Senate from 1976-1996 and was inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame in Winnfield in 2008.

Kelly began breeding Quarter Horses in Louisiana in 2000. The state has a rich history with both Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds and three of his horses advanced to the highest level of competition.  He served as the attorney for the LQHBA from 1998-2011.

"It was a pleasure for our board of directors to honor Donald Kelly with a lifetime achievement award at our LQHBA Awards banquet,” said LQHBA president Ryan Robicheaux. “He is an incredible leader in our state and has shown a tremendous dedication to Louisiana breeding. Our industry is richer due to his contributions, and we are very grateful.”

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