Bruce Salard Named LQHBA Executive Director

Alexandria, Louisiana Native to Take the Helm on Monday, April 15

 

Bruce Salard-2019
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Alexandria, Louisiana (April 3, 2019) –  The Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association (LQHBA) is pleased to announce that Bruce Salard has been named executive director of the state-bred racing association. He will replace the position vacated by Tony Patterson, who served as executive director of LQHBA, before resigning last month.

Salard was born and raised in Alexandria, attending Holy Savior Menard High School before continuing his education at Louisiana Tech University, where he earned his BS of Finance. He went on to receive his MBA from Southern Methodist University. Professionally, Salard began his career as an audit and tax accountant before joining JP Morgan Chase as a controller and senior vice president. He was recruited by Barclays and spent four years in London serving as finance director before returning to the United States and taking the position as controller for the National Bankruptcy Services in Dallas, Texas.

His extensive financial background aside, Salard is well-versed and passionate about horseracing in his home state of Louisiana.

LQHBA president Ryan Robichaeaux has enjoyed a long association with
Salard and his father, Willie, a Quarter Horse breeder and owner who had a number of successful Louisiana-breds including Magic Black Jack. The son of Jet Black Patriot set a new AQHA world record on July 8, 2017, winning the 220-yard Flying Breed Stakes at Delta Downs in a sizzling:11.466 seconds, a 118 speed index.

“Tony Patterson did a tremendous job for our association for the past 11 years,” said Robicheaux. “We are extremely fortunate that Bruce has returned to Alexandria and accepted our offer. He is an excellent businessman, great communicator and knows and loves horses. We believe that with Bruce’s leadership, we can continue to grow and take our association to the next level. We are, and will always be Louisiana Strong!”

Salard, is thrilled to return to his hometown and direct his business acumen and energies to breeding and racing in Louisiana.

“I grew up down the road from Leverne Perry and my fondest memories involved racing,” said Salard. “When I was 21, my first horse qualified for the LQHBA Breeders Futurity. My family loved Quarter Horses. The joy of seeing my father breed a world record-setting stakes winner will stay with me forever.”

Salard has attended numerous racing events in Louisiana over the years and knows the current LQHBA staff and board of directors very well.

“I have many goals as I embark upon the role of LQHBA executive director,” added Salard. “It will be important to get to know each of the horsemen and horsewomen who have worked tirelessly to grow racing and breeding in Louisiana.  Attracting even more prospective buyers to our two annual sales is another very important priority. This is a very exciting move for me!”

About the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association (LQHBA)

The Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association (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 many programs to further breeding and racing in Louisiana. Last year in Louisiana horsemen competed for over $21 million in purses, and breeders’ incentives for mares and stallions of accredited Louisiana-bred foals totaled approximately $4.7 million.  LQHBA oversees the annual LQHBA Yearling Sale and Fall Mixed Sale and has raised and donated over $570,000 to support its Louisiana youth scholarship program.

 

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New Video Touting $2 Billion Horse Industry in Louisiana Released

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards talks about how important the horse industry is to the state of Louisiana
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BATON ROUGE, LA—DECEMBER 7, 2018—A promotional video touting the $2 billion dollar economic impact the horse industry currently has on the state of Louisiana has been released.

The Louisiana horse industry has a $2 billion economic impact across the state touching every parish and community as one of the state’s top ten agricultural industries. Many top performing athletes and horses were born and bred in Louisiana. The state is one of the top three horse producing states in the nation.

Prominent Louisiana horsemen, including Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association President, owner and breeder Warren Harang III are featured on the five minute video discussing all aspects of the state’s strong equine connections from Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing and breeding programs to therapeutic equine programs.

Joining Harang on the video are Louisiana’s Governor John Bel Edwards; Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser; Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association President Ryan Robicheaux; Cleve Weisgerber, past-president of the Louisiana Stock Horse Association; and former Carolina Panthers Super Bowl Quarterback Jake Delhomme, who is 1st vice-president of the LTBA.

Lt. Governor Nungesser also introduces the state’s Louisiana Horse Tourism website louisianahorsetourism.com. Louisiana Horse Tourism has compiled an extensive database of all equine services provided throughout the state.

Nungesser says the Louisiana Horse Tourism’s goal is to benefit the equine businesses in Louisiana by gathering an awareness of the industry to others outside the state.

To watch the video CLICK HERE.

 

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Funeral Services for Former LQHBA President Paul Ryder Set Saturday

Funeral services for former LQHBA President Paul Ryder are set Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Pineville, Louisiana
© Courtesy Gallagher Funeral Home

 

PINEVILLE, LA—AUGUST 10, 2018—Funeral services are set Saturday for Louisiana horseman Paul Rudy Ryder, 85, who passed away Tuesday, August 7 at the at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, Louisiana.

Services for Mr. Ryder will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday (Aug 11) at First United Methodist Church in Pineville, Louisiana. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Ball, Louisiana, under the direction of Gallagher Funeral Home and Crematory.

Visitation for Mr. Ryder will be on today (Aug 10) at Store Front Church in Pineville, from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Mr. Paul Ryder was a loving father, grandfather, and brother. He was a graduate of Bolton High School and earned a degree in Animal Husbandry at LSU. After graduating from college he enlisted and proudly served his country in the United States Army.

Mr. Ryder was one of the founding members of the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association, served as President of the LQHBA, and was employed there as the out of state mare inspector until his passing.

He was a very accomplished RCA Rodeo cowboy as a bareback rider, bull rider, and bulldogger. Mr. Ryder owned and operated Waddle Inn and Grill and Poor Paul’s Steakhouse for many years as well as worked with Western Tact Store at Dominic’s. He also owned the first salad bar in Rapides Parish and the second steakhouse in Louisiana to sell Dry Aged Prime Beef. He will forever be missed by those that loved and knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents A.L. Ryder and Ruby Paul Ryder and his brother Firal Ryder.

Mr. Ryder is survived by his sons, Brandon Kurt Ryder (Karla) of Alexandria, Bryan Kent Ryder (Leila) of Pineville and Stacey Blake Ryder (Rhonda) of Deville; daughter, Lisa Ryder Buckley (Thomas) of New Iberia; sister Jacquelyn Ryder Mertens of Pineville; 17 grandchildren; and 11 great – grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Pallbearers honored to serve are Stacey Ryder, Brandon Ryder, Preston Ryder, Casey Ryder, Gilliam Guillot, and Scott Michiels. Honorary Pallbearers are Tony Patterson, Mike Hayes, Wayne Roberson, Lynn Richard, Donnie Mattheson, Don Kelley, Sonny Harris, Gerald McCrea, Rick Bouttee, Brad Michiels, and Robert Parker.

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House Bill 833 Amended. Horsemen’s Funds Remain Intact

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LTBA Contact:
Roger Heitzmann
(504) 947-4676
roger@louisianabred.com

May 3, 2018

LTBA Legislative Update:  House Bill 833

House Bill 833 Amended. Horsemen’s Funds Remain Intact

House Bill 833 was presented to the Louisiana House Appropriations Committee Tuesday, May 1. The bill was amended so that any horsemens funds that may have been affected by this bill are safe. Many thanks to all who contacted members of the House Appropriations  Committee. Your involvement has made all the difference! This has been a real work of cooperation between members of the LTBA, LQHBA, and LaHBPA, proving that when we join forces we all benefit.

 

 

For more information, please call 1-800-772-1195 or visit louisianabred.com.
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Longtime LQHBA Executive Director Leverne Perry Passes Away, Services Set Tuesday

ALEXANDRIA , LA—MARCH 27, 2016—Former LQHBA Executive Director Leverne Perry died today in Alexandria, Louisiana. He was 84.

Services have been set for 2 pm Tuesday (Mar 29) at the G.A. Mangun Center at the Pentecostals of Alexandria located at 2817 Rapides Avenue in Alexandria, Louisiana.

Visitation will be held Monday from 5-9 pm at Hixon Brothers in Alexandria and also from 10 am until time of the service on Tuesday at the G.A. Mangun Center.

Leverne was born in Sieper, Louisiana on January 4, 1932. He contributed much to this community throughout his lifetime. As an accomplished cowboy he traveled the south and even competed in a Madison Square Gardens in New York. Many remember Leverne as host of the children’s show “Leverne Perry and the Little Wranglers” which ran from 1960-1966.

He had a heart for children, especially those with special needs, He organized the “Horses and Handicaps Program “ volunteering many hours to help give joy to others through his love of horses. He also was involved in fund raising for St. Mary’s.

Leverne was the owner of Leverne Perry Shoes. He also served, as President of the Police Jury in the 1970′ s. He was President of Amicus Club Rodeo Association.

Perry served as the Executive Director of LQHBA for 26 years retiring in 2013.

He played a key role in successful legislative efforts that resulted in slot machines at Louisiana racetracks. Following that, Louisiana’s Quarter Horse racing industry flourished into the richest state-bred program in the nation with significant gains in purse money and breeder incentives awards for accredited state-breds.

During his tenure, he helped develop the Youth Scholarship program, the first Mardi Gras Futurity and the first $1,000,000-guaranteed Breeders Futurity for Louisiana-bred foals.

His tireless efforts to promote and expand Louisiana racing and breeding helped develop the annual yearling sale into one of the largest state-bred Quarter Horse sales in the country.

Perry has been honored with many distinguished service awards and will be inducted into the inaugural class of the new LQHBA Hall-of-Fame next month. He is also a member of the Louisiana Rodeo Hall of Fame.

In recognition of his 25 years of service as the executive director of the LQHBA, the American Quarter Horse Association honored him with the 2011 Gordon Crone Special Achievement award. In 2014 he received the LQHBA Lifetime Achievement award.

Perry served on the AQHA Racing Committee and the AQHA Champions committee and served as Executive Director Emeritus of LQHBA.

He was preceded by his parents Jesse and Goretha Perry. He is survived by five daughters, Sonny and Karen Rush, Julie and Dana Normand, Javier and Jill Gutierrez, Larry and Leigh Lepinski, Heath and Amy Grimes, twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association Youth Scholarship Fund. 318-487-9506.

CLICK HERE for additional information.

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