“It is great for families to spend time together and have kids get involved.”
Folsom, Louisiana is homebase for Michelle LaVoice and her family. She has been a Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association member for 15 years and has served on the Board of Directors for the last four years. She brings an understanding of the business and people to the Board along with innovative programs to attract a younger demographic to the business.
The thoroughbred business is truly a family affair for Michelle. She works for Clear Creek Stud and manages about 100 horses. She is the Clear Creek Stud farm manager and her father, Val Murrell, is general manager. Her husband, Trey, is the operations manager.
She was raised with thoroughbreds and the racing and breeding business is her sole occupation. She is often seen handling energetic yearlings at horse sales and horses that are easily ten times her weight or more.
Clear Creek Stud was founded in 1969 by renowned horseman Jack Lohman. Over the years Clear Creek has become known as one of Louisiana’s premiere thoroughbred operation and has been home to many of Louisiana’s leading sires.
She and her husband work together daily and keep family life a priority. Their three-year-old daughter, Elizabeth (Lizzy), already has horses in her life.
There are many reasons why Michelle believes the Louisiana Bred program is important. One of them is that “it is very good for the state because it employs so many people.”
Her favorite Louisiana Bred (and her daughter’s) is Ante Up Annie. She was bred and raised at Clear Creek.