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.
There will be a regular meeting of the Indiana HBPA Board of Directors on Thursday, December 12th, 2013 at noon. The meeting will be held on the third floor at Indiana Downs.
The IHRC will hold its last 2013 meeting at 9 am, December 10, at the State Library. Among the expected items on the agenda will be consideration of the Indiana HBPA application for 2014 slot revenues, and a reconsideration of the Initial Distribution Agreement between Indiana horsemen and Centaur, owner of the two pari-mutuel tracks. The Commission deadlocked 2-2 in its October 29 meeting and took no action on approving the revenue contract mandated by action in the 2013 Indiana General Assembly.
After a 2013 meet that saw all flat-racing conducted at one track for entire meet for the first time in Indiana, and a two-month experiment with day racing, still more change is coming to Indiana Downs for 2014. Major changes are coming to Centaur Gaming-owned Indiana Downs, including track and facility upgrades and a closer working relationship between the track and horsemen’s groups. Read Full Story.