The Indiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (INHBPA) functions as the state-level chapter of the national HBPA.
We are the horsemen on the backside of the track, including owners, trainers, grooms, pony riders, stall help, and hot walkers and others who help prepare, train and care for our equine athletes. Any owner, owner-trainer, or trainer licensed by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission is eligible for membership after one start in any qualified thoroughbred race in Indiana.
The nearly 4,000 members of the Indiana HBPA are led by a volunteer board of directors, elected every three years.
Since the national organization was first formed, sixty years ago, the HBPA has always been dedicated to one constant core value: horsemen helping horsemen. The Indiana HBPA lives that value every day, at the track and in our myriad interactions with regulators, officials, a wide variety of publics and our members. Wherever there is a need to ensure the integrity of racing, the health and welfare of racehorses and participants in racing, and the interests of the racing public; there, you will find the Indiana HBPA.
For your protection, if you sell or give away a horse, make sure you have a bill of sale, and make sure that bill of sale specifies that a condition of this transaction is that the horse is not changing hands to go to slaughter. Several recent incidents of gifting or selling a horse have resulted in the initial seller being blamed for what a third or fourth party may ultimately do with the horse. You can’t control what might eventually happen, but you can make it clear that your transaction was not for slaughter. View full story.
With the end of the 2015 racing season, we can start planning for the 2016 Indiana Grand thoroughbred racing season. Dates are not official until approved by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, which is scheduled to take up the question at its December 9 business meeting. Centaur has indicated what their race dates request will be. They propose racing four days a week, from April 19, 2016, through May and June. In July and August, we would race five days a week, followed by four-days-a-week through October 29. View full story.
On October 1, the Indiana HBPA counted ballots, re-electing President Joe Davis for another three-year term. The election also established owner and trainer directors for the HBPA Board. HBPA counted all ballots received up to and including that day’s mail at the office of the accounting firm supervising the HBPA election process, in the presence of the HBPA election committee and candidate representatives. President Davis and the new board began their three-year terms on October 5. View full story.