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National HBPA Convention Update

The National HBPA board met Saturday, March 11, at the South Point Hotel & Casino at the conclusion of the annual convention in Las Vegas, and following are the results of the Executive Committee elections: Joe Davis, president of the Indiana HBPA, was elected as National Officer, Central Region Vice President, fulfilling the term of [...]


Louisiana HBPA Election Notice

Louisiana HBPA Election Notice-- The ballots for the Louisiana HBPA 2017 election have been mailed. For your ballot to be counted, your ballot must be received at the designated post office box by Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 11:00AM CDST. If you need a replacement ballot, please call MK Election Services at 209-259-6740 ext. 4 [...]


Horsemen grapple with ADWs increasing market share at much lower splits

Racing has undergone a transformative change since grandstand and backside telephones were locked during the races for fear people would bet through bookmakers. Wagering on mobile devices today is Thoroughbred racing’s clear growth leader. But the challenge is how to gain enough purse revenue from betting through the Advance Deposit Waging platforms that have siphoned [...]


National HBPA Convention Day 1 Recap: Track Owners Cite Benefit of Working with Horsemen to Improve Racing

Be it working with tracks or regulators, discussion on Wednesday’s first day of the National HBPA Convention centered on partnerships horsemen can forge to improve the sport for everyone. “By working together, we can improve the sport and generate more revenue,” said keynote speaker Corey Johnsen, himself a horse owner and breeder as well as [...]


An Open Letter to the Industry on Environmental Contamination

National HBPA CEO Eric Hamelback and Dr. Steven A. Barker, one of the world’s foremost experts in equine drug testing and research, have written an important open letter to the industry on environmental contamination. The letter begins, "On behalf of owners and trainers in every jurisdiction, we would like to address comments made during a [...]


KEEP Day Connects KEEP Members with Friends in the Legislature, Old and New

Senator Steve West (left) with National HBPA CEO Eric Hamelback Kentucky equine-industry participants and supporters got the chance to emphasize the important impact horses have on the state and local economies during visits with state legislators on Wednesday’s KEEP Day in Frankfort organized by the Kentucky Equine Education Project. Several dozen stake-holders in [...]


Pennsylvania HBPA’s New Start Re-homing Program Wins Zoetis Equine Charity Sweepstakes

From left to right: Megan Lapp, Zoetis; Dr. David Marshall; Lauren Zagnit, New Start; Sandee Martin, PA HBPA president; Todd Mostoller, PA HBPA executive director. New Start, the Pennsylvania Horsemen's Benevolence and Protective Association (PA HBPA) retired racehorse re-homing program, was named grand prize winner in the Zoetis Equine Charity Sweepstakes. The equine [...]