LTBA to Open EVD Office

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will open its Evangeline Downs office Tuesday, April 4, for the thoroughbred race meet. The office is located at the racetrack adjacent to the racing office.

Martha Rico will be at the office Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 noon to assist breeders with any LTBA related business.

The EVD office of the LTBA will be open for business through the duration of the Evangeline Downs thoroughbred meet.

2235 Creswell Lane Extension
Opelousas, LA, 70570
337-942-1884
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

LouisianaBred: Loretta Romero #LouisianaBred

LouisianaBred: Loretta Romero
#LouisianaBred

“I truly enjoy racing in Louisiana.”

It is easy to see why Loretta Romero loves her job and racing in Louisiana. The Bossier City resident manages the Shreveport office at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs and attends every Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association board meetings and championship day events.

While she prefers to be behind the scenes, Loretta is the engine that drives the North Louisiana operation. Her welcoming smile is the first thing anyone sees when they enter the office. She takes care of any and all details that members need.

When you ask her to talk about herself, she is genuinely humble. She always credits the people around her and her team at LTBA. Her can do attitude motivates everyone around her. She will tell you that she is just doing her job and she has been doing it for 34 years. That is an invaluable asset to LTBA and the members.

Loretta has been associated with thoroughbred racing and breeding business for 50 years. She is a warehouse of information on the history, the people and the industry. She really understands what it takes and that is why she is so amazing at her job.

She is currently involved in the racing business with her husband and former jockey, Gerald Romero. Together they own and operate Bethany Farm, the breeding side of their thoroughbred business. It is apparent she loves horses and is passionate about her work with them.

Her favorite Louisiana Bred (besides her husband) is Superior Storm. “She was a champion horse and won each Champions Day at all four racetracks in Louisiana.”

 

 

Saturday Race to Honor Billie Jo Courville

Evangeline Downs has named the first race on the Saturday, June 11th card in honor of Billie Jo Courville. Billie Jo had been a long time employee of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association, serving breeders at the Evangeline Downs office from February 2004 until her recent death this past February. Her brightness of spirit and smiling face are missed by all who knew her.
The Billie Joe Courville Memorial Race is scheduled to be the first race on Saturday’s card with a post time of 5:50 p.m. There will also be a presentation in the winners circle.

Linda McLellan

  • “The Louisiana Bred program serves the thoroughbred breeders in the state. It has been a privilege for me to get to know many of the breeders through my work with Louisiana Horse Magazine, and these are some of the most hard working, genuine people I know.”
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    Linda McLellan lives in Ponchatoula, Louisiana and came to the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association when it purchased Louisiana Horse Magazine in 1991. She was an amazing addition who had been with Louisiana Horse Magazine since 1986.
    Most people know her as the editor who produces the magazine. What most people don’t know is everything she does. She develops story ideas, generates advertising sales revenue, produces print ads, designs the magazine for print and electronic distribution. This is a Herculean task that she does nearly single-handedly.
    She is a woman with many talents and is constantly upgrading her skills to take on new job responsibilities. She drives the LTBA digital world and is the web master for LouisianaBred.com.
    Linda is also the photographer you see at every Louisiana Bred Championship racing day at the four racetracks throughout the state. Behind that camera is consummate professional with a heart of gold and a smile as big as the sun.
    She has been involved with thoroughbred horses for 30 years and the business has been her sole business occupation. She not only knows the business, she’s helped build it.
    When asked what her favorite Louisiana Bred horse was; she had a tough time answering it.
    “I guess it would have to be Star Guitar; with him, Evelyn Benoit brought so much positive national attention to the Louisiana Bred program.” Spoken like a true marketer who is passionate about the program.

LTBA Re-Opens EVD Office

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association has re-opened its Evangeline Downs office effective today, March 29, 2016. The office is located at the racetrack adjacent to the racing office.

Brooke Darbonne will be at the office Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to assist breeders with any LTBA related business.

The EVD office of the LTBA will be open for business through the duration of the Evangeline Downs thoroughbred meet.

2235 Creswell Lane Extension
Opelousas, LA, 70570
337-942-1884
Tues-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.