Hall of Fame - Horses August  22, 2017

The Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders' Association Hall-of-Fame showcases the many horses and people who have earned the distinction of becoming part of Quarter Horse Racing history in Louisiana. To be part of the Hall-of-Fame, horses and people must have been outstanding over a period of years in a variety of categories. They must have brought exceptional visibility and/or contribution to Quarter Horse Racing and the State of Louisiana.

Hall-of-Fame inductees are chosen each year by a selection committee and are honored at the annual LQHBA Awards Banquet. The inaugural inductee class were announced in January 2016 and will be honored Saturday April 9 at the LQHBA Awards Banquet in the Evangeline Downs Event Center beginning at 5:00 p.m. (CST).

A special thank you to Martha Claussen for research and writing bios and to Speedhorse and TRACK magazines for helping track down photos of these inductees from their archives.

The inductees have each played a significant role in Louisiana Quarter Horse industry. Inductees into the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders' Association Hall-of-Fame are:

PEOPLE

  • Claude & Bessie Jeane
  • Leverne Perry
  • Lee Berwick
  • W.A. Darling

HORSES

  • Oh Black Magic
  • Rockets Magic
  • Royal Bushwhacker
  • Go Vicki Meyers
  • Hesajoy
  • Streakin La Jolla

Below are photos of each Hall of Fame member inducted in 2017. Click their photo or name in the left toolbar to read their biographical information. To view previous Hall-of-Fame member bios click on "PEOPLE" or "HORSES" in the left tool bar.

OH BLACK MAGIC

Inducted into the LQHBA Hall of Fame in 2016

Oh Black Magic -- 2016

Oh Black Magic, a daughter of All American Futurity winner Three Oh's by the Scooper Chick mare Legs La Scoop, was bred by Dr. and Mrs. D. G. Strole on April 1, 1973. Mr. Donice Thompson, a dairy farmer from Folsom, Louisiana, had an interest in Quarter Horses, and made quite a fascinating acquisition for Oh Black Magic, according to his daughter, Jo Ann.

Oh Black Magic, her goat and her connections pose in the winner's circle. Donice Thompson is left wearing hat.

"My dad was quite a character," explained Jo Ann. "In 1973, he made the trip to Abilene, and came back with four horses, a goat and a windmill!"

One of the four was a weanling, Oh Black Magic, and the goat, which they named Horace, became the stalwart companion to the talented mare. As a race mare, she made 33 starts, winning six races before retiring to the breeding shed.

It was her record as a broodmare that made Oh Black Magic a true legend. She produced a remarkable 15 foals, including three stakes winners and three stakes-placed earners of $634,520. The mare's best runner, Magics Mighty Man (SI 96) was foaled in 1981. A son of the Quarter Horse stallion Rovargas, he won 16 of 27 starts including the Louisiana Breeders' Laddie Futurity, Delta Downs Louisiana Breeders Derby, Grade 2 Evangeline Downs and Firecracker Derby(G2). Magics Mighty Man earned $305,210 and was honored as an AQHA Superior Race Horse in 1976.

Magics Mighty Man winning the 1983 Lafayette Futurity. Courtesy Speedhorse
Oh Magic Rainbow winning the 1986 Louisiana Breeders' Lassie Futurity. Courtesy Speedhorse

Oh Black Magic's other stakes horses included 1986 Delta Downs Louisiana Breeders' Futurity winner Oh Magic Rainbow SI 96 ($94,175), 1982 Louisiana Breeders' Lassie Futurity winner Oh Magic Lady SI 86 ( 3 wins in the 3 starts at 2, $52,110), 1988 Delta Downs Louisiana Breeders' Futurity(RG3) runner-up Double O Magic Lady SI 101 ($45,410), 1986 Delta Downs Louisiana Breeders' Derby runner-up Thompsons Magic SI 91 ($35,215) and stakes-placed Oh Black Magic Man SI 91 ($67,185).

Oh Black Magic is the granddam or great-granddam of such stakes horses as 2010 Mile High Futurity(G3) winner Rockin SI 101 (10 wins to 6, 2015, $260,792), Burnett Handicap(G3) winner Bushfire SI 114 (17 wins, $212,188), West/Southwest Derby Challenge(G3) winner Kakadu SI 108 ($56,550), RG3-placed Black Magic Callin SI 95 ($60,542) and Grade 3 Cajun Kindergarten Futurity winner Shesa Rare Beauty SI 88 ($27,531 at 2).

Out of the stakes-placed and multiple stakes producing Scooper Chick mare Legs La Scoop, Oh Black Magic is a half-sister to the dam of Champion and leading sire Mr Jess Perry SI 113 ($687,184), Oklahoma Futurity(G2) winner Corona Fireball SI 101 ($181,112), etc.

Oh Magic Lady winning the 1982 Lassie Futurity at Delta Downs. Courtesy Speedhorse
Her female line is still contributing to the Quarter Horse racing gene pool through the likes of 2015 Remington Park Invitational Championship(G1) winner Dashin Brown Streak SI 107 ($513,990) and 2016 stakes winner Scoopies Leaving You SI 109 ($204,780) who set a new track record at Louisiana Downs on January 9.

"My dad loved Oh Black Magic and we were blessed to have a mare like her," Jo Ann said of the inductee, who produced her last foal in 1994 and died in 1998. "She might not have been a super racehorse, but what a producer!"