July Calendar of Events from the LTBA

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

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July 1

July 2

  • Opelousas Stakes, Evangeline Downs

July 3

  • John Henry Stakes, Evangeline Downs

July 4

  • Independence Day

July 5

  • LTBA Office closed for 4th of July Holiday

July 8

  • LTBA Board of Directors Meeting. 1:30 p.m. Equine Sales Facility, Opelousas

July 9

July 16

  • Accreditation forms mailed from LTBA office

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Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association

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Obituary: Prentiss Neal McFadden

Prentiss Neal McFadden, 77, was called home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 after a short illness.  Proceeded in death by his parents, Elgin McFadden, Sr. and Ruby Wilks McFadden, his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.I. Wilks, and his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R.P. McFadden, a brother, Richard “Buddy” McFadden and a nephew, Ben McFadden.  He leaves behind his wife of 30 years, Mary McFadden, a brother, Elgin McFadden, Jr., a sister-in-law, Sue McFadden, and stepson, John Silva, nephews Michael McFadden, wife Sheri, Joe McFadden, wife Christy, nieces, Surmartha Wallace, husband Jim, Abby Cates, husband Steve, Cynthia Simmons, husband Ron. Nieces, Vanessa Menhennett, husband Chris, Chastity Adams, husband Chad, nephew Matt Brunson, wife Polly.  He also leaves behind several great nieces and nephews and a great-great niece and four grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Neal was born on July 23, 1943 in Ruston, Louisiana. He attended A.E. Phillips Elementary School and graduated from Ruston High School in 1961.  He then attended Louisiana Tech University and graduated with a B.S. Degree in Business Administration in 1965.  He began his career as a Pharmaceutical salesman and worked for Pfizer, Abbott Labs, and Beecham Pharmaceuticals.

In 1978, he established General Veterinary Supply in Lafayette, La., where he owned and operated along with his wife Mary for 30 years.

His association with horses in the veterinary supply business led to the establishment of McFadden Farm, where he and his wife raised Thoroughbred racehorses and running Quarter horses along with his best friend and business partner, Jay Adcock, until he died.  Neal had a passion for broodmares and foals.  When he was active at the farm, he didn’t miss many foals coming into the world, being there for almost every delivery, which numbered into the hundreds.

Neal served on the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders board for 30 plus years, serving as President, 1st Vice President and 2nd Vice President.  He served on the Breeders Cup Board for five years, and also served on the Animal Health Board of Louisiana.  Retiring in Baker, Florida, he still stayed connected with his Louisiana bred horses and also enjoyed raising Tennessee Walking horses, as well as Rocky Mountain horses on his farm in Florida.  He enjoyed trail riding with his wife, Mary, and their many friends. Neal never met a stranger; he made new friends everywhere he went.

Neal was raised in a Baptist church in Ruston, Louisiana where he made friends who still visited and enjoyed attending church with him through the years, both in Lafayette, Louisiana and at Good Hope Baptist, a sweet little country church in Escambia Farms, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Good Hope Baptist Church Building Fund, 1895 Olin Cotton Road, Baker, Florida 32531.

Services

GRAVESIDE SERVICE

Saturday
February 27, 2021

3:00 PM
Cotton Cemetery
1895 Olin Cotton Road
Baker, FL 32531

 

October Calendar of Events

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

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Oct 1

  • 2020-21 Membership Dues are now past due. Fees are now $85.
  • Louisiana Champions Day Early Bird Nominations are due
  • LTBA Board of Directors Meeting, 12:00 noon Boutin’s, Carencro

Oct  12

  • Columbus Day

Oct 15

  • Louisiana Horse Stallion Register Stallion Submissions are due
  • Louisiana Horse Stallion Register Farm and Service Directory submissions are due along with payment

Oct 16

  • Consignment Deadline. Equine Sales Company Open Yearling and Mixed Sale for Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses. NEW Sale Date, Nov. 21

Oct  17

  • Fair Grounds, Deadline for Stall Application

Oct 26

  • Fair Grounds, Barn Area Opens

Oct 31

  • Halloween

 

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LTBA Earmarks $100,000 Contribution to Enable Running of Louisiana Cup Day at Louisiana Downs

The Board of Directors of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association, voted at their June 16th meeting to earmark $100,000 dollars to be used for Louisiana Cup Day at Louisiana Downs in hopes that a card will be put together.

Louisiana Cup Day is a day of racing designed to showcase accredited Louisiana bred thoroughbreds at Louisiana Downs.  The event  includes multiple Louisiana bred stakes races.

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, and its effects on racing, Louisiana Downs cut the stakes program from its condition book this year in order to keep overnight purses at a solid level. Consequentially, Louisiana Cup Day was suspended for 2020.

Not satisfied with this turn of events, Roger Heitzmann, Executive Director of the LTBA; Ed Fenasci, Executive Director of the HBPA and David Heitzmann, director of Racing at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, put their heads together to work on a plan to revive the Louisiana bred stakes day.  “We have been working on possible ways to bring back Louisiana Cup Day,” said Roger Heitzmann. “I believe we can get there, but a lot depends on handle. We can’t count on the funds we normally receive from slots and video poker. Hopefully field size remains at a good number. Larger fields will help entice the patrons to wager on Louisiana Downs.”

“Roger presented us with a plan which we believe will work,” said Warren Harang III, President of the LTBA. “We will be creative and work outside the box to accomplish this. We will be utilizing funds that we don’t normally use for purse supplements. Helping the horsemen of Louisiana is always our mission. Adding back six black-type races helps the the breeders, the horsemen participating in the races, as well as the track itself.”

Each  of Louisiana’s four racetracks has a day designated for Louisiana bred thoroughbred stakes. In addition to Louisiana Cup Day at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, there is Louisiana Premier Night at Delta Downs in Vinton, Louisiana Legends Night at Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, as well as Louisiana Champions Day at Fair Grounds in New Orleans.

Louisiana Downs has opened the meet with good number so far. If Louisiana Cup Day is added back to the schedule, it will likely be run near the end of the meet in late September.

May Calendar of Events from the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association

 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 FarmDaaher and Equine Sales CompanyClick images to link to more informationMay 2, 3, 4, 5, New Orleans Jazz Fest at the Fair Grounds
No visitors will be allowed access to New Orleans Office during these days.
We apologize for any inconvenience.

May 2

  • National Day of Prayer

May 3

  • Equine Sales Oaks, Evangeline Downs

May 4

  • Equine Sales Derby, Evangeline Downs
  • Louisiana Downs 2018 Thoroughbred Meet Opens
  • Kentucky Derby


May 5

  • Cinco De Mayo

May 7 

  • Nominations for LTBA Board of Directors due from LTBA membership. Resume and photo of prospective board members also due.

May 12

  • Mothers Day

May 14

  • LTBA Board of Directors to meet with the Acadiana Caucus in Baton Rouge

May 18

  • Preakness Stakes
  • Armed Forces Day

May 21

  •  LTBA 2019-20 Membership Forms mail

May 25

  •  Louisiana Legends Night – Eight stakes races for Accredited Louisiana Bred Thoroughbreds worth total purses of $550,000

May 27

  •  Memorial Day

May 31

  • Louisiana Futurity Forms mail
  • LTBA Board of Directors Ballots to be mailed out

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Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association

504-947-4676