Louisiana QHBA to Honor 2017 Champions

The awards banquet will be held March 24 at Evangeline Downs

Louisiana QHBA

The Louisiana QHBA will honor its 2017 champions on March 24 in Opelousas.

The Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association has announced its 2017 champions, all of whom will be honored at the annual LQHBA Membership Meeting and Awards Banquet on March 24 at Evangeline Downs in Opelousas.

The Louisiana Quarter Horse champions are determined by a format established in 2015 by the LQHBA Board of Directors. In all categories, winners are selected based on a combination of earnings, stakes wins, qualifying to a futurity or derby final and AQHA points.

"Our association takes great pride in recognizing the exceptional horses and individuals who breed, own and race Quarter Horses in Louisiana," said LQHBA executive director Tony Patterson. "We congratulate each of the 2017 champions and look forward to honoring them at our LQHBA Membership Meeting & Awards Banquet this month."

Here are the 2017 LQHBA champions, listed by age and gender category:

Champion 2-Year-Old Filly
DASHNUNDER AFULLMOON
Owner: Rogelio Marquez, Jr.
Breeder: Spring Hill Farms & Sherry Dunn

Champion 2-Year-Old Colt  (Co-Champions)
YOU DRIVE I FLY
Owner & Breeder: Richard & Janelle Simon

JRS NATURAL RUNAWAY
Owner: Triple C Racing Stables, LLC
Breeder: Julien R Stevens, III & Paul Rigdon

Champion 2-Year-Old Gelding(Co-Champions)
JRS TAYLORS RUNNAWAY
Owner: Rosalio Espinosa
Breeder: Julien R Stevens, III

SECOND DOWN LEAVING
Owner: Eulalio Argote & Victor Alvarado
Breeder: Grant Farms, LLC

Champion 3-Year-Old Filly (Co-Champions)
SHEZ THE BOMB
Owner: Watson Land & Cattle & Live Oak Farms 
Breeder: Live Oak Farms, Inc.

LA MOS CORONA
Owner: Manuel Alvarez
Breeder: Oscar Rohne

Champion 3-Year-Old Colt (Co-Champions)
HEZ FOR REAL 
Owner: Watson Land & Cattle (Paul Watson)
Breeder: Daniel Trahan

FABULOSLY FAST GAME
Owner: Martin Trejo & RC Stables, LLC
Breeder: Grant Farms

Champion 3-Year-Old Gelding
FIRST PRIZE BOURBAN
Owner: Charles Boudreaux
Breeder: Weetona Stanley

Champion Aged Mare
SWEET BRU
Owner: Jose Ortiz
Breeder: Ceburn L. Baker, Jr.

Champion Aged Stallion (Co-Champions)
JESS LA JOLLA BLUE
Owner: Bernal Arturo Olvera
Breeder: Jumonville Farms

SCOOPIES LEAVING YOU
Owner: Joel Galindo
Breeder: Gerald D. Libersat

Champion Aged Gelding (Co-Champions)
HEZA LOUISIANA DASH
Owner: TM Ranch
Breeder: Jumonville Farms & Burnett Ranch

IM MIGHTY FAST
Owner: Triple C Racing Stables, LLC
Breeder: Brent Cody LeBlanc

Champion Distance Horse (Co-Champions)
B AND G FAST DASH
Owner: Mo Racing
Breeder: B & G Group Investments, Inc.

IM MIGHTY FAST
Owner: Triple C Racing Stables, LLC
Breeder: Brent Cody LeBlanc

Top Money Earner
YOU DRIVE I FLY
Owner & Breeder: Richard & Janelle Simon

Champion Stallion
HEZA FAST DASH
Owner: Heza Fast Dash Syndicate

Champion Broodmare
EYEJESSLOVELOUISIANA
Owner: Jumonville Farms & Burnett Ranch

Champion Trainer
KENNETH ROBERTS, SR.

Champion Jockey
DAMIAN MARTINEZ

Champion Breeder
RICHARD & JANELLE SIMON

Champion Owner
ROGELIO MARQUEZ, JR.

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