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David Tillson
Founder, The Stock Exchange

2019 has been an outstanding year for our stallions. Court Vision has lived up to both his pedigree and race record by siring the winner of the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile-G1, Storm the Court. As of this writing Gemologist has sired 30 two year old winners, second nationally to Into Mischief. Gemologist is also responsible for 119 individual winners, among them Horologist, a G3 winner and G1 placed. Astrology has proven consistently superior with another $2,000,000 plus in progeny earnings.


This year has proven turbulent for our industry. There are fewer mares being bred and fewer stallions breeding them. The national sales averages have stayed strong, but much of that is the expensive horses rise in price and the cheap ones decline. The one constant is “A good horse sells”, and a good horse also wins.


If you compare the Louisiana yearling sales catalog from about a decade ago to now you’ll see significant differences and changes in many of the categories. In a short period of time we have gone from a two-day sale with over 400 cataloged to just over 200 today.


As would be expected, a 50% reduction over a ten year period should and did show a lot of pedigree improvement. Sell the non-productive; seek out black-type.  The most recent yearling sale catalog is arguably our state’s best, and it compares favorably to any regional market. You are commended for the discipline, difficult decisions, and the monetary burden that you’ve shouldered in order to raise the quality of our stock. Louisiana breds sell well and run fast nationwide.


Another glaring difference in today’s catalog is the proliferation of Kentucky sires. There were very few ten years ago, but today can be responsible for up to 50% of the yearlings offered.

So if the numbers have been cut in half, and if now half again are sired by outside stallions, what options does that leave the breeder?  The industry has become significantly more competitive and we at The Stock Exchange and Acadiana Equine are here to offer you a roster of top stallions, professional services, and a state of the art facility that we hope will make you more successful in both the sales ring and on the racetrack. 


We feel that it is our responsibility as stallion managers to bring you the upgraded opportunity on the sire side that you have worked so hard and at such great expense to achieve on the dam side.


Thank you for everything you do,


David Tillson