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Running Hot and Cold: Caring for Horses During Weather Changes

Horses are very adaptable and typically can handle significant temperature swings. It’s when we alter their natural condition and confine them or haul them from one climate to another that they tend to struggle.

 

When the mercury rises or drops dramatically, will your horse be prepared?

In October 2013 South Dakota livestock and farmers were experiencing balmy 70- and 80-degree temperatures when a storm moved in from the Rockies and a cold front from Canada. The collision of the air masses created heavy rain, winds up to 70 mph, and a dangerous blizzard. Many cattle drifted with the storm, piling up against fences, getting covered with snow, and freezing to death because they were soaked with rain before the snow and cold temperatures set in. Though there were some equine losses, outdoor horses generally fared better than cattle because they’re more adept at finding windbreak and shelter. But horses with no reprieve from the elements likely suffered cold stress and frostbite.

Similarly, albeit not so drastically, horses might have a tough time adjusting to the elements when moving from a cold climate to a hot one (or vice versa) or when body-clipped during a serious cold snap.

 

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Funeral Services Set Thursday For Former LQHBA President Gerald Libersat, Sr.

Gerald David Libersat, Sr.

February 17, 1940 – November 04, 2019

 

ABBEVILLE, LA—NOVEMBER 5, 2019—A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 3:00 pm Thursday (Nov. 7) at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Abbeville for longtime Louisiana horseman Gerald David Libersat, Sr., 79, who died Monday at his residence.

He will be laid to rest at St. Paul Cemetery with Reverend Louis Richard officiating the services. Vocalist for the service will be Barrett Bertrand, and lectors, Shannon and Keri. Pallbearers will be Jacob, Brock and Colin Broussard, Brooks and Barrett Bertrand, and Mark Libersat.

Gerald will be lovingly remembered by his family and friends as a selfless, admirable caretaker and role model not only dedicated to his family and faith whole heartedly but also to his community, serving as past president and board member of the Abbeville Harbor and Terminal District for 31 years, Board of Directors of Bank of Abbeville, Chamber of Commerce for over 10 years, serving as president 1986-1987, Woodmen of the World Association member for over 15 years. Retired owner of Murphy’s Lease and Welding.

Besides his ultimate passion toward his family, his other great passion was his love of horse racing. Throughout his 32 years in the industry he has been recognized as a leading owner and breeder with an impressive career including 159 wins, 147 second wins and 167 third place finishes.

With the help of his son and trainer, Kevin Broussard, together some of their greatest accomplishments include winning 30+ year Breeder Award, along with setting numerous track records and being a leader in the industry. He has also served as president of the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association. It is with great honor his family will continue to carry on his great legacy.

Gerald is survived by his caretaker and loving wife of 37 years, Julie; son, Kevin and his wife Jill; daughters, Keri, Shannon and Lisa; nine grandchildren, Brock, Jacob, Colin, Jenna, Anna, Kaitlyn, Kylie, Brooks and Barrett; and four great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, May and Murphy “Mutt” Libersat; son, Gerald “Boz” Libersat, Jr.; and brothers, Donald Libersat and Rodney Libersat. The family requests that visiting hours be observed at Vincent Funeral Home – Abbeville, 209 S. St. Charles St., on Thursday (Nov. 7) from 9:00 am until 2:45 pm when the procession will depart for the church. A rosary being prayed at 2:00 pm.

The Libersat family would like to thank St. Joseph Hospice and Senior Helpers, along with a special thanks to Regina, Roz and Mrs. Kitty.

New Heights Therapeutic Riding Center gets New ED

Lisl Blitch Moyer has been appointed the new Executive Director of New Heights Therapeutic Riding Center in Folsom.

Established in 1998, New Heights is a premier, certified Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center, which helps children and adults with physical or emotional disabilities reach ‘new heights’ through the healing power of the horse. Over the past twenty years the therapeutic riding programs have expanded to serve children and adults ages 2-85 with conditions ranging from Cerebral Palsy and brain trauma to paralysis, Autism, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Two of the newer services available are Horses for Heroes (Veterans and First Responders) and Hippotherapy, a type of Equine Therapy prescribed by physicians to help patients recover physical strength and movement.

Moyer’s prior experience includes serving as Director of Marketing for Blitch Knevel Architects in New Orleans, Executive Event Planner for Events of Distinction in Annapolis, and Executive Director of the Texas Restaurant Association-Houston Chapter.  She is a New Orleans native who received her degree in Public Relations/Communications from the American University in Washington, DC.

COURT VISION SON STORM THE COURT UPSETS BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE

By Bob Ehalt

If the $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) is any indication of what awaits racing fans on the 2020 Triple Crown trail, then get some popcorn and buckle your seat belt. There’s a wild, unpredictable trip ahead of us.

On paper, anyway, the 36th edition of the Juvenile looked like a rather formful way to decide the 2-year-old championship. The three betting favorites—Dennis’ Moment (4-5), Eight Rings (3-2), and Scabbard (5-1)—seemed to tower over theother five starters, none of whom were lessthan 23-1 on the toteboard at Santa Anita Park.

 

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Four Wheel Drive Rolls to BC Juvenile Turf Sprint Win, Holding off Louisiana Bred Chimney Rock

Son of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah races for Breeze Easy.

 

November Calendar of Events

 Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association would like to share the following list of dates of interest to Louisiana horsemen and women.

Brought to you by Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders AssociationWhispering Oaks Farmand Equine Sales CompanyClick images to link to more information 

Nov 11

  • Veterans Day

Nov 15

  • Final Louisiana Champions Day Nominations Deadline
  • Treasure Chest Stakes, Delta Downs, Vinton

Nov 16

  • Election Day
  • Delta Mile, Delta Downs, Vinton

Nov 20

  • Fair Grounds, final day to enter papers for zero date

Nov 22

  • My Trusty Cat Stakes, Delta Downs, Vinton

Nov 23

  • Jean Lafitte Stakes, Delta Downs, Vinton

Nov 28

  • Thanksgiving
  • Fair Grounds 148th Season Opens
  • Thanksgiving Handicap, Fair Grounds, New Orleans

Nov 25

  • Stallion Registration Forms (covered in ‘19 for foals of ‘20) to mail from LTBA office

Nov 26

  • Louisiana Futurity Nomination Forms to mail from LTBA office

Nov 30

  • Richard R. Scherer Memorial Stakes, Fair Grounds, New Orleans

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Court Vision Colt Leads Home Parade of Longshots in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

By Steve Sherack

ARCADIA, CA – With the crowd of 41,243 left completely stunned after a stumbling start for 4-5 favorite and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Dennis’ Moment (Tiznow), longshots Storm the Court(Court Vision) and Anneau d’Or (Medaglia d’Oro) battled down the Santa Anita stretch with the former getting the nod by a neck in a shocking GI TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Another bomb Wrecking Crew (Sky Kingdom) completed the trifecta.

The 45-1 wire-to-wire upset winner is the longest-priced victor in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile history.

 

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Louisiana Bred Chimney Rock in Todays Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint

Two-year-old Chimney Rock (Artie Schiller-What’s Your Point, by Wheaton) in todays (1-1-19) $1 million G2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. Bred in Louisiana by Stargazers and Clear Creek Stud, LLC, the Michael J. Maker trainee will start from Post Position 1 for owners Three Diamonds Farm.

 

Chimney Rock broke his maiden by 1 ¾ lengths going away in a $75,000 MSW at Saratoga, in his third start September 1st . Less than a week later he ran back in the $500,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Turf Sprint where he just  missed the victory to undefeated Cambria (3-3) by a head. Next out he was once again a close second in the $200,000 Indian Summer Stakes at Keeneland; this time to G2 placed multiple stakes winner Kimari, by a half length. Both races were 5 ½ furlongs on the turf.

 

An $18,000 purchase from the 2018 Equine Sales Company Select Yearling Sale, Chimney Rock is out of the stakes placed winning Wheaton mare, What’s Your Point ($435,095).  He is by 2005 Breeders Cup Mile winner Artie Schiller.  Artie Schiller won 6 Graded Stakes  and over $2 million in his racing career. He has consistently ranked among the leading sires in the country since his first crop started in 2010.

 

Chimney Rock will be competing at Morning Line odds of 10-1.

Louisiana bred Khozan Colt Tops Equine Sales Co. Open Yearling and Mixed Sale

A yearling colt sired by Florida-based Khozan  was purchased by Norman Stables for $22,000 to top the Oct. 27 Equine Sales of Louisiana’s Open Yearling and Mixed Sale in Opelousas, La.

Consigned by Oakridge Farm, the colt was bred in Louisiana by Paul Pruett and is out of the Dixie Union mare Unwooed. The colt’s second dam, the Alysheba mare Designatoree, produced Voice of Destiny, a $556,723-earner whose 24 victories from ages 2 to 10 included the Berkeley Handicap and California Juvenile Stakes, both grade 3. Designatoree, a half sister to grade 1 winner Very Subtle, is also granddam of grade 3 winner Actin Good.

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