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David Tillson
Founder, The Stock Exchange

2022 is full of opportunity for our breeding partners. Purses have just increased across the board at the Fair Grounds and Louisiana breeders look forward to additional incentives recently passed by our state legislature.


The Stock Exchange stallion roster has transitioned and for 2022 we offer breeders two exciting opportunities with the potential to take you to new heights in the sales ring and on the racetrack. New for 2022 is CARPE DIEM, a multiple Grade 1 winning son of three time leading sire GIANT'S CAUSEWAY. The leading third crop sire cumulative standing outside Kentucky for 2022, CARPE DIEM's progeny earnings are quickly nearing $10,000,000.


We are excited to welcome the first foals by BOBBY'S WICKED ONE in 2022. The Grade 1 son of SPEIGHTSTOWN offers breeders access to one of 2021's most successful sire lines at a reasonable regional rate.


While 2021 provided many new highs for our industry, Louisiana’s broodmare population has remained steady the last two years, but at a lower level than years prior, and there are fewer stallions breeding them. The national sales averages are very strong, but much of that is due to the rise in price of expensive horses and the decline in value of the cheap ones. 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 your 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