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October 3, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

LOS ALAMITOS RACE COURSE, CYPRESS, CA…. The Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association has donated $25,000 to the Katrina relief and recovery effort for Quarter Horse racing in Louisiana.
    “On behalf of Quarter Horse horsemen in Louisiana I would like to thank the PCQHRA for their generosity,” said Laverne Perry, the Executive Director of the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association. “Their money will do a lot of people a lot of good.”
    “The PCQHRA board members remain very concerned for the Quarter Horse people in Louisiana,” said PCQHRA President Bud Alessio. “I personally researched and talked to about 15 organizations but none of them could assure me that the money would specifically go to help Quarter Horse horsemen in Louisiana.
    “The AQHA American Horse Council put me in contact with the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association in Kentucky and the HBPA has assured me that this money will be directed to help the backstretch at both the Fair Grounds and Delta Downs with an emphasis on those involved with Quarter Horse racing.”
   The money will be used to provide relief in the form of food, clothing, medical needs and housing said Alessio.
“When I called the HBPA to talk to Remi Bellocq, who is their Chief Executive Officer, he was actually out loading a truck with supplies going to the tracks,” Alessio added. “They are doing some great work at the HBPA.”