Louis Pomes Named White Horse Winner
by Evan Hammonds
Date Posted: 10/27/2005 2:45:28 PM
Last Updated: 10/27/2005 3:24:17 PM
Louis Pomes, who worked tirelessly to find and lead
abandoned horses to safety in the wake of Hurricane Katrina,
was named the 2005 winner of the White Horse Award
Thursday afternoon at Belmont Park. The award was bestowed
upon Pomes during the third annual Race Track Chaplaincy of
America's White Horse Heroes Luncheon held in the Marquee
tent near the Belmont paddock.
Pomes was one of four nominees for the award, which consists
of a bronze statute of a white horse plus $5,000 courtesy of
youbet.com. The other finalists were Bobby Anderson, an
outrider at Bay Meadows Race Course, who collared a loose
horse as it ran the wrong way around the track during a race;
Kyle Howard, a groom from Maryland who saved farm owner Jim Welling after he became trapped while
upside down in a barn silo ladder; and Kevin Schulte, a horseback riding instructor at the Kentucky Horse
Park who avoided disaster after a fire broke out in a barn.
The other three finalists received $1,000 from "Chicken Soup for the Horse Lover's Soul." Each of the
nominees is being treated to the weekend at the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships by
Daily Racing Form.
When Katrina struck New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region at the end of August, Pomes traveled to the
Mississippi River to fill buckets, ice chests, and small inflatable plastic pools to bring the horses he had
saved safe drinking water. He also brought them hay and treated their wounds, often traveling to the horses
Later, Pomes discovered that the hurricane had washed away his home and his 26 horses had drowned.
Despite his loss, Pomes cared for horses until teams of veterinarians arrived from Louisiana State
University in Baton Rouge could arrive to help. It is estimated that LSU aided some 400 horses from seven
The award was presented by former jockey and Hall of Famer Pat Day. The master of ceremonies were
Chris Lincoln and Tim Smith, f