The HBPA first began representing horsemen in Arizona when Turf Paradise opened in 1956. The Arizona Division separately incorporated in 1988 as the Arizona Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, Inc. and became an affiliate of the National HBPA. Today there are over 1,500 members of the Arizona Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association. Since 1940, we have believed in our 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.
This time-honored tradition of horse racing gives purpose to the association. We provide for burial services, medical attention, and food for the needy families. We work to improve the safety, living and working conditions of stable personnel and horses, along with representing the interests and rights of the association’s Arizona members.