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David Tillson
Founder, The Stock Exchange

Born and raised in rural St. Landry Parish, David is a graduate of Opelousas Catholic and LSU. The father of two adult children, David grew up spending much of his time on a large tract of land near Grand Prairie on Bayou Cocodrie which was owned by his grandfather and his brothers. He started riding at an early age would accompany his grandfather on trips to the bush track in Grand Prairie. This was where he developed a lifelong love of Thoroughbreds.


At LSU he majored in Animal Science and during the summers he racetracked, working as a groom and exercise rider. David and a friend put a little money together and bought a thoroughbred mare, and from that point there was no looking back. In 1983 Doctors Ken Quirk and Steve Godeaux hired David to run the breeding shed at Louisiana Stud in Opelousas. That farm is now Copper Crowne. We stood twenty stallions and bred nearly 500 mares that year. 


David has served on the board of Directors of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association and is devoted to helping Louisiana breeders navigate industry changes that can help our industry grow by producing and distributing better horses that can thrive in the next stage in their careers. 


A better bred, better raised horse attracts more buyers to sales. In turn, a higher sales average helps you, the mare, the stallion, and the program. An improved business model results in all businesses by profiting. We do better, not at someone else’s expense, but because we did a better job. 


Open and approachable, David wants to hear from you, he will tell you all about our stallions, the farm and the people that do this every day.

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