By Richard ChamberlainQ-Racing JournalMarch 8, 2014
Lousiana Quarter Horse Breeders Executive Director Tony Patterson
Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association Executive Director Tony Patterson was 6 years old when he attended his first horse race.
“My Granddad had to sneak me into the Fair Grounds,” he told the Q-Racing Journal in an interview that will appear in the April 2014 issue of the digital magazine.
So there’s no doubt that horse racing is in his blood. The American Quarter Horse Journal caught up with Tony at the 2014 AQHA Convention in New Orleans to snap a few photos of him for the Q-Racing Journal article.
Tony, 53, has been at LQHBA since April 2008, when he took the mount as assistant director. He took the reins of the organization in January after long-time executive director Leverne Perry retired.
It is always a big deal when you change horses – or riders.
“The one thing he told me was to ‘Get to know your legislators,’ ” Tony says of Leverne Perry’s best advice to him.
And considering the sport's reach in the state, that’s a good idea.
And the state’s racing industry continues to grow.
“There was nearly $23 million paid in purses in this state last year and $4.6 million in breeder awards, both all-time high numbers for us,” Tony says. “And, for the record, those purses do not include the $4.6 million in breeder awards.”
Then, there’s the LQHBA scholarship program.
“We give the scholarships in increments of $1,000 to seniors graduating from Louisiana high schools,” Tony explains. “We give out 25 scholarships a year, mainly from money through our stallion auction and also donations and a few things such as selling shirts and such. We started the scholarship program in 2001, and the total through 2013 – not counting the money that will be given this year – is $297,000.”
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