“The Louisiana Bred program is important because of the economic benefits to the state.”
Tom Early is a force in the Louisiana thoroughbred Industry. He has been with the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA) for forty-two years. Beginning his LTBA Career as a Field Inspector and then moving to Secretary-Treasurer, he advanced to Chief Executive Officer and served at the helm of the organization from 1985-2012. While serving as CEO, Early lead LTBA through changes and leaps forward in the industry such as the implementation of off-track betting in Louisiana, the formation of the group’s sales company, the arrival of video poker, and the passage of enabling slots legislation. LTBA has hosted a breeders’ showcase day for Louisiana breds held at each of the state’s four race tracks since 2005.
Early now serves the Association as President of the Board of Directors, unanimously voted so by his peers in 2014 and again receiving the vote each year since.
In addition to owning and managing 50 horses with his wife Chrisie, Early currently works as General Manager of Quality Feeds, Inc. in Covington. Tom and Chrisie have three children: Ben, Meghan and Pam who were all raised at the family farm, Brehon Farm, based in Folsom.
Tom spent every Tuesday with “Big Daddy”, his father, until he passed away last year. People that know Tom, know that he has a big heart and that his favorite thing to do is spend time with family and friends. He and Chrisie enjoy their time with their grandchildren.
Tom is a warehouse of information about the thoroughbred industry in Louisiana. Just ask him a question and he can retrieve an amazing amount of data and information.
He is a unifier.
“The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association and its members are the number one priority here. Moving forward as a unified group will only solidify the future of the industry in Louisiana,” said Early.
When asked what is favorite Louisiana Bred horse was he answered with Early Goer. Early Goer was his very first Stakes Winner on Louisiana Champions Day.