On Tuesday, January 15, 2019, Clear Creek Stud LLC, in cooperation with Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture, Mike Strain and Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association President and Farm Bureau Member, Warren Harang III, hosted a farm tour for attendees of the American Farm Bureau Federation 100th Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show which was being held in New Orleans. Approximately seventy-five attendees took a bus from New Orleans to Clear Creek Stud in Folsom. First, they watched a short video demonstrating thoroughbred breeding procedures. Next they were shown the stallions and given a brief description of each stallion’s accomplishments. The next stop on the tour was the training track to view some recenlty turned two-year-olds as they worked through their routine. The tour concluded at the foaling barn where, unfortunately, there was yet to be a foal born this year.
Farm Bureau members from the American Farm Bureau Federation 100th Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show arrive at Clear Creek Stud in Folsom for a farm tour.
Farm Bureau members from the American Farm Bureau Federation 100th Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show
LTBA President Warren Harang, addresses Farm Bureau members
Clear Creek Stud owner Val C. Murrell said of the tour, “I was asked by Mike Strain, associate Fred Bass and Warren [Harang] to host this group and glad to do so. The visitors are real farmers and I’m sure appreciate the business based on their own perspectives, knowing plenty about farming and seeing how labor intensive it is to run a horse farm.”
Each attendee received a small gift bag as they boarded the bus to return to New Orleans.
Farm Bureau visitors tour Clear Creek Stud
Michelle Lavoice (orange jacket) introduces farm bureau visitors to the Clear Creek Stud Stallions
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.
The Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) held its fourth annual Thoroughbred Makeover this past week, October 4-7, 2018 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. The 2018 RRP Thoroughbred Makeover had 23 Louisiana breds entered in the competition, more than double the number that competed in the 2017 event. This year Louisiana breds competed in Barrel Racing, Competitive Trail, Dressage, Eventing, Field Hunter, Freestyle, Ranch Work, Show Hunter, and Show Jumper disciplines.
Retired Louisiana bred thoroughbred racehorses showed up in the top ranks in many of the ten different disciplines represented with Interactif Spy earning the number one spot in the Show Jumper category. Interactif Spy, a 2013 gelding (Interactif—Runaway Spy, Mt. Livermore), was bred in Louisiana by D&F Horse Farms LLC, and ridden by Morgan Boyer, a professional from Stokesdale, North Carolina. On the racetrack, Interactif Spy started three times as a three-year-old, with one victory and a second place finish. He retired with racetrack earnings of $9,305.
While this year was Boyer’s first time competing at the RRP Thoroughbred Makeover, she has competed in the Eventing discipline up to the intermediate level on a thoroughbred. She now works as a professional alongside her mother at Blue Line Farm, with plenty of customers who own off-the-track horses in training.
“Honestly I don’t think they’re for everyone because they’re very forward thinking, but that translates very well to a working horse,” Boyer said of off-the-track thoroughbreds. “It translates incredibly well to eventing. They’re catty and athletic; they’re cooperative. They just have the brain to try really hard. They’re so, so smart.”
Another Louisiana bred, Delightfully, a 2014 mare (Redding Colliery—Like a Lover, Pleasant Tap), earned third place in the Freesytle discipline. Delightfully was bred in Louisiana by Columbine Stable, LLC, and ridden by Amy Lent, a professional from Versailles, Kentucky. Delightfully was unsuccessful in her one bid on the racetrack and retired with earnings of $1,230.
An unplaced Louisiana bred gelding Bazillion Bells (Calibrachoa-Zada Rae, by Unbridled’s Song), earned sixth place in the Eventing discipline for professional competitor Kaitlin Hartford of Callahan, Florida. Bazillion Bells was bred by Joseph Adcock.
Two competitors from Louisiana also made the trip to the Kentucky Horse Park. Brooke Miller, head trainer at Woodland Hills Equestrian Center in Carencro, La, competed Classy Clown in Show Jumping and Eventing. Classy Clown is a 2014 gelding by Tenpins– Lady Button Eyesby Belong to Me. He was bred by Ada K. White.
Sarah Alexis Rouse competed as a Junior on her Pirate Island in Show Jumping and Barrel Racing. Pirate Island is by Storm Day– Jaycor Pass, by Pikepass. The 2008 gelding’s breeder is Maurice W. Smith.
The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA) sponsored a $2,500 cash prize for the top-placed Louisiana-bred at the competition.
“The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association continues to make an investment in the future of our thoroughbreds by helping our former runners secure a beautiful life after their time on the racetrack is done,” said Roger Heitzmann III, secretary-treasurer of LTBA. “We believe that by assisting the Retired Racehorse Project, former racers have the ability to show to others the true beauty of the Thoroughbred, as well as their continued usefulness.”
Bossier City, LA – Harrah’s Louisiana Downs is pleased to announce its third purse increase of the 2018 Thoroughbred racing season. Effective Saturday, September 8, an additional $2,000 will be added for all races published in the condition book.
Harrah’s Louisiana Downs had previously acknowledged an increase in overnight race purses which went into effect on June 30.All overnight races, up to and including $12,500, were increased by $1,500. All other purses were raised by $1,000.On July 19, purses for each of the six stakes for accredited Louisiana-breds on Louisiana Cup Day were increased by $10,000. That announcement was made in partnership with the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA).
“Harrah’s Louisiana Downs is pleased to announce a purse increase for the remainder of the 2018 Thoroughbred meet,” said David Heitzmann, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Directory of Racing. “Our Louisiana horsemen have been extremely loyal and steadfast in their support of our live racing season. We are glad to be able to reward them and create added opportunities for Louisiana racing.”
The 84-day Thoroughbred meet began on Saturday, May 5 and will continue through Wednesday, September 26.Live racing takes place Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Saturday with a 3:15 p.m. (Central) post time. For more information on the current racing season and special events, visit https://www.caesars.com/harrahs-louisiana-downs/racing.
About Harrah’s Louisiana Downs
Located near Shreveport in Bossier City, Louisiana, Louisiana Downs opened in 1974 and was purchased by Caesars Entertainment in December, 2002. With annual Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing seasons, the track is committed to presenting the highest quality racing programs paired with its 150,000 square foot entertainment complex offering casino gambling, dining and plasma screen televisions for sports and simulcast racing.
The New Orleans office of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will be open today, Wednesday, September 5, 2018. Staff will be in the office for phone calls at 8:00. Computers are expected to be back online around 9:00 a.m. for any official business. Thankfully, Tropical Storm Gordon stayed well to the East of New Orleans. We appreciate your patience while we get back to business as usual.
The New Orleans Office of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will be closing at noon today, September 4, 2018 in preparation for Tropical Storm Gordon. The storm is expected to become a hurricane as the day progresses and models currently show it on track to hit the Louisiana Mississippi coast later this evening or early Wednesday morning.
Tentative plans are to re-open some time Wednesday afternoon. Please check back as we will be updating plans as the storm progresses.
Prayers for the safety of anyone who may be in the path of this storm.