National HBPA Conferences

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.”

If you have any questions, please contact our conference coordinator, Audrea Blake, at

Executive Board Meetings

The fall meeting of the Executive Board was held October 23-24 in Lexington, Kentucky. More details will be posted here about the next meeting.

2019 National HBPA Conference Audio

Below are audio recordings of the panels and seminars held during the 2019 National HBPA Conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida. To listen to any audio, simply click the play button on the file you’d like to hear.