2020 National HBPA Conference

Hot Springs, Arkansas
March 24 – 28, 2020

Oaklawn Racing and Gaming/
Embassy Suites Hot Springs

Registration Info

Conference Agenda

Things To Do In the Hot Springs Area

National HBPA Cancels Conference Due to COVID-19 Outbreak
The National HBPA has canceled its annual conference scheduled for March 24-28 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, another casualty of the COVID-19 outbreak and the need for America to eliminate crowds of any size.

“We are saddened to have to call off our conference,” said Eric Hamelback, chief executive officer of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association. “We were hoping there was a way to preserve it in order to engage in important discussion about the issues we face and ways to work toward improving our industry. But nothing is more important than the health and safety of Americans. Drastic measures are being taken across the country, and canceling our convention is the responsible thing to do.

“We are so disappointed for Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort and our Arkansas HBPA affiliate, which went out of their way to assist us in putting the convention together. We thank them for their efforts and hope down the road the National HBPA Convention can return to Hot Springs.”


Embassy Suites Hot Springs
400 Convention Blvd, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901
Phone: 501-624-9200
Hotel Website

Airport Information

Clinton National Airport Little Rock (LIT) – Approx. one-hour drive from Hot Springs

Hot Springs Memorial Field (HOT) – Limited commercial service via Southern Airways

Hotel Reservations


The Embassy Suites Hot Springs is our host hotel with rates starting at $154/night.

CLICK HERE to make your reservation online, or call 1-800-EMBASSY and reference the code HBP to get the special rate.

The cut-off date for hotel registration is Monday, February 24.


Ground Transportation

Taxi Service
Approximately $90 from the Little Rock Airport. (Rates may be cheaper through Uber, Lyft or other similar services).

Hotel Shuttle Service
Please contact the hotel.

Car Rentals
Please make reservations in advance so that the airport has enough cars. We do not have a national discount agreement at this time.

Hotel Parking
Self-parking is free at the hotel.

Other Transportation
The National HBPA will provide transportation for the day at the races at Oaklawn.