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In the early years, the sport of horse racing seemed simpler. There was no simulcasting, discussion of appropriate marketing strategies, super testing, or betting via direct computer links. There were no THA, TOC, KTA, TOBA, UTTA, AQHA or other organizations representing horsemen’s interests.

Horsemen have a habit of taking care of their own. If someone was sick or down on his luck, they “passed the hat” taking up collections. This time-honored tradition of racetrackers provided for burial services, medical attention, and feeding and housing for the needy families.

It was during the year 1940 in New England that a group of committed horsemen brought into existence what is now known as the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association. The founding group included such names as Irv Gushen, Doug Davis, John Manfuso, Dr. Alex Harthill, Johnny McDowell, Mort Wolfson, and Jack DeFee. From this meager beginning the HBPA has developed into an organization representing the horsemen’s interests on a myriad of issues.

Today there are approximately 29,000 owner and trainer members throughout the United States and Canada focused on a common goal — the betterment of racing on all levels and collectively adopting the following mission statement: – We are committed to the future of horse racing; – We are horsemen who have one horse and a dream; – We are horsemen who spend millions of dollars; – We are horsemen who race throughout the country; – We are horsemen who represent different breeds of race horses; – We are owners, breeders, and trainers. Big and small, young and old; from one end of the country to the other — we horsemen are the HBPA. We are Horsemen Helping Horsemen.

With this purpose in mind, we urge all horsemen to join the HBPA, and urge you to take an active role in the direction and policies of your organization. By doing so, you are affirming your confidence in the goals and future endeavors of the HBPA. You do make a difference.

Mission

Founded in 1940, the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (“NHBPA”) and its Affiliates operate on behalf of thoroughbred race horse owners, trainers and backstretch personnel throughout the United States and Canada.

  1. Providing a representative voice for all thoroughbred horsemen on matters integral to the advancement of thoroughbred racing in the United States, Canada and at the State level.
  2. Encouraging the highest standards of horsemanship to continuously improve the care, health and safety of the horse.
  3. Facilitating guidelines to ensure the safety of the jockeys, trainers, grooms, exercise riders, hot walkers, farriers, veterinarians and all others who regularly come in contact with the race horse.
  4. Supporting the development, adoption, implementation and enforcement of nationwide uniform rules which promote safety and integrity in racing.
  5. Disseminating information on critical issues facing our industry to HBPA Affiliates and to the general public as appropriate.
  6. Supporting and promoting programs and entities which provide general benevolence and other beneficial programs for Affiliates and members.
  7. Assisting in the development of programs at affiliated tracks providing for the aftercare of our horses when their racing careers are over.
  8. Promoting the sport of thoroughbred horse racing.

Our Team

Leroy Gessmann
Leroy GessmannPresident & Chairman of The Board, National HBPA; Iowa HBPA, President
5229 NS 114th Street
Grimes, IA 50111

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Office: (515) 986-4944
Fax: (515) 986-4955
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Eric J. Hamelback
Eric J. HamelbackCEO, National HBPA
870 Corporate Drive, Suite 300
Lexington, KY 40503

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Office: (859) 259-0451
Fax: (859) 259-0452
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J. Lloyd Yother
J. Lloyd YotherWestern Region Vice President; President, Arizona HBPA
Arizona HBPA
P.O. Box 43636
Phoenix, AZ 85080

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Cell: (480) 206-1750
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Rick Hiles
Rick HilesSouthern Region Vice President & President Kentucky HBPA
3733 South Fourth Street
Louisville, KY 40214

Office: (502) 363-1077
Cell: (502) 386-7960
Fax: (502) 367-6800
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Robin Richards
Robin RichardsEastern Region Vice President; Director, Virginia HBPA
P.O. Box 273
Millwood, VA 22646

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Contact Phone: (540) 837-1001
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Lynne SchullerSecretary/Treasurer, National HBPA; Executive Director, Nebraska HBPA
2239 South 62nd Street
Lincoln, NE 68506

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Joe DavisCentral Region Vice President; President, Indiana HBPA
INHBPA
32 Hollaway Boulevard
Brownsburg, IN 46112

Office: (859) 992-3327
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Peter Ecabert
Peter EcabertGeneral Counsel, National HBPA
836 Euclid Avenue, Suite #207
Lexington, KY 40502

Office: (859) 266-3700
Fax: (859) 268-9141
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Robert Scott
Robert ScottAccountant, National HBPA
870 Corporate Drive, Suite 300
Lexington, KY 40503

Office: (859) 259-0451
Fax: (859) 259-0452
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