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INHBPA provides support in many ways for the horsemen and women on the backside. Along with a benevolence program providing funds and services to provide physical needs, INHBPA also has a dedicated staff that is available for spiritual needs. 
INHBPA ministry provides opportunities for fellowship and spiritual support whether your first language is english or spanish.  

Kent Benson Shares Uplifting Message

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (Aug. 30, 2019) – Kent Benson, Indiana’s 1973 Mr. Basketball, member of the undefeated NCAA National Championship team in 1976 and 12-year NBA player, provided a motivational and uplifting program Thursday, Aug. 29 at Indiana Grand. The program, sponsored by the Indiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA), was part of a special Fellowship Night through the organization’s chaplaincy program at Indiana Grand.

A native and resident of New Castle, Ind., Benson spoke to a full house which included horsemen, basketball fans and members of the girls and boys basketball teams from Shelbyville High School. His focus, which is always faith driven, dates back to his eighth-grade year in New Castle when a coach encouraged him to reach for his dream of becoming the state’s Mr. Basketball.

“The coach saw a ‘doodle’ I had made of a basketball player with a number one on the uniform,” said Benson. “I explained to him I was working on my future and wanted to be Mr. Basketball my senior year. He told me to achieve that, I would have to implement four
things to get there: desire, determination, dedication and discipline.” 

Benson noted he committed to those four words through his entire playing career and later added two more words to the mix, direction and decision to create a list of “The 6 D’s to Excellence.” He later realized that the coaches, teachers, parents, friends and others had
given him direction to make the right decisions in both basketball and life.

Benson went on to talk about his days at Indiana University and playing for Bob Knight as well as his time in the NBA. His two most prolific quotes of the night are staples in his programs: “You never lose. You either win or you learn,” and “Losers focus on what they
are going through. Champions focus on what they are going to.”

The Indiana HBPA kicked off the program with a meal and the evening concluded with several giveaways, including four red and white IU basketballs signed by Benson.

See photo album from the event at left.
Kent Benson playing against Purdue in 1976.   


Otto Thorwarth
Otto Thorwarth is an ex-jockey who has joined the Indiana HBPA Chaplaincy for 2019. Otto rode races for fifteen years amassing over 1,600 wins and multiple riding titles. He is probably best know for his portrayal of Ron Turcotte in Disney’s Secretariat.

In most recent years he was ordained as a minister and has worked as an exercise rider for Anthony Granitz and as the chaplain for the QHRAI.

Otto is exciting about joining us in bringing all the backside together by spreading the gospel through the love of Christ.

Ailsa Calderon is from Costa Rica and has been very active in ministry since a very young age when she taught Sunday School. She is currently teaching Spanish at a Christian school and is assistant to the principal.

She and her husband, Marvin, planted (and pastored) the first Hispanic church of the Assemblies of God in Hendersonville, NC and have planted and pastored two churches in Indianapolis. 

Ailsa has been with the Indiana HBPA as chaplain since April 2016.
A Message from Otto
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August started off with a bang, well actually a splash ! On August 1 we had our first two baptisms. It is so awesome to see people come into a saving relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.

God continues to move in powerful ways in and around the backside answering prayers and revealing Himself to people.

As always I like to invite you to join us any Thursday evening at 6:30 for our weekly bible study in the track kitchen. This month we have been studying the book of John. We have been learning what it looks like to know God and to be known by Jesus. So many people are deceived into thinking it is simply enough to believe there is a God. Even the devil himself believes there is a God, but you won’t be seeing him in heaven. It’s so much more than just a religion, it’s about a relationship. A relationship with a God who loves you so much that He sent His Son to die for you. Jesus said “ if you love Me, you will keep My commands” as believers, His commands shouldn’t be burdensome to us. Yet we should delight in His commands because they are there to keep us safe.

We should all hold Gods word in the highest regard. In John 15:7 Jesus says “If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” It’s as simple as that! If we only believe, all things are possible to him who believes. One of my favorite things to do is to pray with people, so if you are reading this and have a need, do not hesitate to call me and ask for prayer. And as I close, may the Lord bless you exceedingly, abundantly, above all you could ask or think!

You can reach Chaplain Otto by email or phone at: 501-802-5480

How to rebuild our altar of God in our lives?
Genesis 12: 7,8 7 And Jehovah appeared to Abram, and said to him, I will give this land to thy seed. And he built an altar there to Jehovah, who had appeared to him. 8Then he went from there to a hill east of Bethel, and planted his tent, taking Bethel to the west and Hai to the east; and he built an altar there to Jehovah, and called on the name of Jehovah.

The human being needs today more than ever to rebuild the altar of God, which is a meeting place with our Maker. Unfortunately, many people and even, perhaps we, we have set aside. The enemy has sowed us the idea of ​​relying more on man and our own forces than on God. God's search time has diminished and it is necessary to resume it. Through my walks sharing with the workers in the stables and with some who come from outside I have seen the need for that relationship with God.

Investing time in the Presence of God makes us victorious. I invite you that you are reading this devotional to evaluate this subject in the light of the Word, which is of utmost importance for our personal life.

I.- From the origins of man, the altar became a place of encounter with God
a- From the beginning of time those who recognized God in His ways raised an altar. Genesis 4:26 Seth also had a son, whom he called Enos. Since then the name of the Lord began to be invoked.
b- The altar became a meeting place with God Genesis 8:20, 21 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and on that altar, he offered as pure holocaust pure animals and birds. 21 When the Lord perceived the pleasant aroma, he said to himself: “Although the intentions of the human being are perverse since his youth, I will never again curse the earth because of him. Nor will I destroy all living beings again, as I just did.
c- The altar is not a physical structure but the disposition of a heart surrendered to God.

Thursday Bible Study meetings are a blessing, which I take to see them face to face and tell them what the bible says. In this group there is a very beautiful communication, there are days where the study is over but during dinner, they have questions for me, which makes others think or ask too

II.- It is time for us to rebuild the altar for God in our lives
a- On the altar of God is where we can overcome 1 Kings 18:30 Then Elijah said to the people — Come near! They did so. As they had left the altar of the Lord in ruins, Elijah repaired it.
b- Many times we depend on man rather than God on His altar
c- The altar of God is kept on when, like the Lord Jesus, we spend time in prayer Mark 1:35 Very early in the morning, when it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went to a lonely place, where He began to pray.

lll- We need to set aside time daily to talk to God
a- The altar of God goes out when we have a double life: 1 Kings 18:21 Elijah appeared before the people and said: How long will they remain undecided? If the true God is the Lord, you must follow him; but, if it's Baal, follow him.
b- Our personal, spiritual and family growth is in keeping the altar of God lit. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

My prayer is that they learn to have a more intimate and close relationship with God through the reading of the bible and prayer. It is only possible to restore the altar when we recognize the need of God in our lives
Today is the day to restore the altar in the Presence of God!

Ailsa Calderon
Horsemen Chaplain

God bless everyone and remember my phone # is 317 979 1873, if you have a question or pray request or something else call me or send me a message.
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INHBPA Ministry Chaplins will be hosting bible studies every Thursday evening at 6:30 in the track kitchen.

Feel free to attend and invite a friend for fellowship faith among others who are seeking peace and hope through faith.
INHBPA will be providing hot dogs periodically throughout the race meet.
Watch here for dates and times. 

Stop by and grab a hot dog before you head to the barn or in between chores.
This year HBPA is experimenting with a community garden. The garden will be located to the East of the soccer field. Spaces will be open and allotted for any backside employee with an IHRC license. Tools and water will be made available for planting. Some plants will be purchased by HBPA. We need to know who will be wanting a plot. Please contact Chaplain Otto to secure your space. (See contact info below.)

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Thanks to those who joined us!

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If you have a need or a prayer request, please do not hesitate to send us a message. We will reply within 24 hours.
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August 2019
Why, why me, why not another?

“For who makes you different? And what do you have that you didn’t receive? But if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it? You are already filled. You have already become rich. You have come to reign without us. Yes, and I wish that you did reign, that we also might reign with you. ”
1 Corinthians 4: 7-8

In this month I have been able to share with many people who have questions like Why, why me, why not others, why others can achieve things and I can't?

The Bible reminds us that all we have is for the Lord and happy or grateful for what we have is the best gift we can give to God.

Instead of focusing on what we don’t have and what didn’t happen, we can choose to be grateful for what we do have and what has happened. This doesn’t come naturally, not even for the apostle Paul, who said, “I have learned to be content.” Being content is a learning process.

It's hard to admit we struggle with envy because it’s such an ugly emotion. When we’re envious of others, we really want them to fail, because it makes us feel better that they don’t have more than us. That’s pretty crazy, right? If we can learn to be grateful for what we have, we can begin to get rid of these feelings of envy.

It’s important to understand that Envy is not about looking forward to something or hoping that something can happen in our life or even wondering if you should have something. Instead, envy is resenting somebody who has already obtained what we desire or who has reached a goal we have yet to attain. Envy says I can't be happy until I get that desire or reach that goal. Envy is not being grateful for what we already have.

The Bible tells us that we already have more than we need and far more than we deserve. Every good thing in our lives is a gift from God, and it is up to him to decide when and how he blesses us. It’s up to us to choose to be grateful and make the most of what we have instead questioning.

July 2019
Finding the Liberty
Throughout this month in my walks through the stables I have been able to observe and listen while people seek freedom.
Isaiah 8:32 -36. And you will know the truth and the truth will make you free. They answered: we are descendants of Abraham and we have never been slaves to anyone. As you say: "You will be free"? Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin and the slave does not remain in the house forever; the son stops if he stays forever. So, if the son makes you free, you will be really free.”

I think the word freedom is something that also we hear a lot in the month of July, as we celebrate the independence of this country.

But what is true freedom?

Doing what pleases us
Acting any way we want to
Saying things that we feel regardless of the outcome

This maybe the world's freedom, but it's not Jesus Freedom!

It is more than doing as we please,
It is more than filling our lusts and passions
It is more than worry and depression.
It is more than just living day by day.

Freedom that will give us the ability to move about freely in the will of God for our lives and the lives of our love ones.
Isaiah begins to proclaim a new and better way for mankind; He begins to speak the words of God to all that will listen to the new covenant of Freedom from the Law of sin and Death.
Spiritual Freedom can be ours today; all it takes is for you to start a relationship with Jesus Christ.

The Bible declares that we need to bury those sins with Jesus, so that we can have the Liberty and Freedom from Sin. 
You can do that Right now by just simply telling him that you need him in your life and that you are repent for all that you have done in your past.


June 2019

What is stopping your development?
In this month of May in my walks through the stables I have found many people with many fears.
Fear of what they will say, fear of the laws, fear of relatives, fear of being fired from work, fear of not having enough money to support the family, etc.
Ephesians 2:10 says: because we are God's workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God foreordained in order for us to put them into practice.
Fear stops the potential development that a person may have. It also prevents a person from being what God has said to be. It prevents a person from building a legacy that lasts until eternity.
Fear causes you to doubt yourself which makes you live a life locked up like a prison.
The fear of failure is much worse than the failure in itself,
worry about what other people think about you will not let you achieve anything in your life. Do what God tells you to do that is all that counts, we have not been called to be the best of this world but to be the best that God wants us to be. Fear makes you live in a self-compassion where you refuse to face the reality of this life.
In the bible we find two examples of Peter and Judas both were disciples of Jesus. Judas in his failure decided to end his life. Peter in his failure decided to repent, get up and return to serve God and a few weeks after that we see how God uses it to speak to crowds.
Let's not let anything or anyone stop us from reaching the potential in our lives, let's remember what the Bible says, That we are God's workmanship created in Christ for good works which God had in advance in order to put them into practice .
Philippians 4:13 says: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me and Proverbs 3: 26 because the Lord will always be by my side and free me from falling into the trap.
Go ahead and go forward every day trusting in the Lord and allowing the purpose of God to be fulfilled in your life.


May 2019

The example of Mary.
Before the horsemen’s returned to Indiana Grand this year, my husband and I walked through all the stables praying for the new season, where I would meet familiar and unknown faces. Even beforehand I could feel that many lives would come with needs just like the years before, so I prayed to the Lord, how do I help them in a more effective way?

Studying the Bible in the book of John I learned the example of Mary in the book of John 2:1-7:
On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
4 “Woman,[a] why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”
5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.[b]
7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.
8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”
They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine.
Mary heard the need! That there was no wine! Although it was not her need but she took it to Jesus, because she knew that only Jesus could solve any impossible. Many times when people have approached me to ask me for advice about something that is happening or a suffering, in my humanity, I try to find ways and helps to bring solutions, but often no matter what I do, it does not change the situation of that person. But when I bring the problem, as Mary brought it to Jesus, I can see how God works wonders.

In this year my  goal is that every need that I can hear or know of, I will take to Jesus who is always going to have an answer. I've told people who have presented situations to me: Let's take them to Jesus! Let's trust him, since he is the only one who can turn water into wine. No matter how empty your life is, God wants to fill it to overflow and your problem will become joy and joy to help others get ahead. If we come confidently to Jesus with all of our needs, we will be witnesses from April to November of the WONDERS that God will make
God bless everyone and remember my phone # is 317 979 1873, if you have a question or pray request or something else call me or send me a message.


April 2019

Hello, my name is Ailsa Calderón, a chaplain for HBPA at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino.

I am from Costa Rica (Tica). I grew up in a family of six, in a dysfunctional home. I received the Lord as my Savior at the age of eight to nine years in a Sunday school, where I first heard that Christ loved me. At the age of 12 I started teaching in a Sunday school, at 16 I started working with the youth, and very soon after that I started to preach in the church at my pastor's request.
When I went to college, it was a challenge for me to continue maintaining my faith in the Lord, but with His help I did.
At the age of 23, I married Marvin Calderón and after two years of marriage we started to pastor a church together with our son Javier, who was a few months old at the time.
In 1996 we moved to the state of North Carolina to plant the first Hispanic church of the Assemblies of God in Hendersonville. Then we moved here to Indianapolis, where we have planted two churches.
I work at a Christian school as a Spanish teacher and as an assistant to my principal. I’ve been working as a chaplain for another company.
One day my chaplaincy teacher called me to let me know that he had recommended me for a chaplain position at Indiana Grand. He advised me to pray, talk to my husband and go to the interview, and he said: "I think God will use you in that place." A week before this call, I was praying with my husband for an extra job to be able to get ahead with the payments from our children's college. I went to the interview in February 2016. At the meeting there were three HBPA representatives who were very kind to me. In April 2016, I started working for the HBPA.
I started having different experiences when meeting many people in this place. It gives me joy to come and pray for the jockeys and then be able to walk through each barn and ask the workers how they’re doing.
I started to establish relationships and communication with them. At first, I think it was a big challenge for them to have a woman as a chaplain. I think they did not feel confident, at the beginning to share their situations with me. But as time went by, things began to change.
I thanked God, because I was seeing that their relationship with me was getting better. Over the years I still love what I do. I enjoy being able to serve them. I truly enjoy listening to them when they have situations, and I can give them advice based on the Word of God. When they have to go to the doctor, I like to be there to encourage them and tell them that they will be better.
I see this more as a ministry than as a job.
When the end of the season approaches, many times there are tears because we do not know if we will see each other again. But I always give them this verse as advice: Psalm 37:5 “Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.”
We are approaching the season of 2019 where I know that, with the help of the Lord, we will have a wonderful year. He will help us overcome the obstacles that may come. I thank God for his protection over me and for the support I have from HBPA, my husband Marvin, my children: Shekinah, Javier and Lauren, and my soon-to-arrive grandson, whom I love very much.

If you want to contact me call me at 317 979 1873.

August 2019
Here are some of the things that were happening in the month of July.

We implemented a three on three soccer league headed up by Dale Huber of the HBPA. It has been a huge success. The first night we had nine teams playing. I really like it because it has been another avenue to bring together the quarter horse and thoroughbred employees. We are starting to become a horseman’s chaplaincy rather than HBPA or IQHRA chaplaincy and that’s the way God intended us to be.

Our bible studies are going strong. On Thursday August 1 we will be having a Baptism service out near the garden before the soccer games at 5:30. Everyone is welcome to come as we will be cooking food and have two baptisms which are scheduled so far but I believe the Lord is going to add to that number.

We also conducted our second movie night which has also become a huge success at bringing people together to fellowship. This months movie was Secretariat in which I also hosted a short Q&A before the movie.

As all these events are great, my favorite thing about this job is destroying the lies of the enemy. Not only in bible study, but in my day to day visits with people as I walk the backside and the grandstand. Our enemy is constantly working to deceive people. While I’m not giving him props, I focus on him just long enough to get the crosshairs on him and squeeze the trigger. Im able to share the truth with people, expose his lies, and it’s the truth that sets them free !!! God bless you all and I will see you next month.


July 2019
June has been a very busy month . We kicked it off with our first Quarter Horse night of the season June 1, which was by far the biggest crowd I have seen this meet.

Another first was our movie night. On June fourteenth we showed the movie “Courageous” on the infield Jumbo Screen and had a great turnout of over seventy people. We prepared authentic Mexican food prepared by Javier Coria who is a backside employee for John Harran. The food was amazing and what took us eight hours to prepare was devoured in less than twenty minutes.

Our next movie night will be in July where we will be showing the movie “Secretariat” after the movie I will be hosting a Q&A.

Our garden is coming along nicely. Several people have some nice looking tomato plants coming up. We also had our first
fishing day in the infield. Unfortunately we had gusting wind and rain that  day but those who decided to brave the elements such as myself were awarded with some nice catches. The next fishing day will Be September 9th.

God continues to show himself mighty at our Thursday night bible study. Just two weeks ago we had three miracles in one
service. New faces continue to join us as we are studying the book of John. Bible study takes place in the track kitchen at 6:30 pm each Thursday. Please come and join us.

Last but not least this month I had a couple of trainers come to me and ask me to say a blessing over their barns. This was such an honor. God loves to bless His children. It is His nature to bless, but there are some blessings that we only receive by asking. The first was Jesse and Giovani Vasquez and God has been blessing them regularly as they have had several winners and horses in the money over the last few weeks. My prayer to all reading this is from Ephesians 3:20 which says “may He bless you exceedingly, abundantly, above all that you could ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” When we tap into that power, all things become possible. The Bible tells us in Romans 8:11 that the same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in us as believers. If you are not seeing that power in your life, come and join us on Thursday nights. 


June 2019

God continues to be moving on and through the backside this month. The HBPA Chaplains dinner had a great turn out. Cyndi Ferre shared her testimony of how God healed her shoulder which sparked faith in people that lead to another healing that very night.

On another note, the community garden is starting to take shape. Almost half of the plots have already been planted. People on the backside are really enjoying having a place to grow fresh vegetables.

The vegetables aren’t the only thing growing. Our Thursday night bible study is growing in numbers as well. Even this past week in a fierce thunderstorm we had a dozen people show up hungry for the word of God in the pouring rain.

I was also able to share the goodness of God at our first Indiana Grand Experience as well as with a group of teenagers from a local school.

So many opportunities to pray with and for people on a daily basis. There is nothing better than praying for someone who has little hope and seeing their response when God answers that prayer. “ whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” these are the words of Jesus in Mark 11:24 and as always, I take Him at his word !!!

You can reach Chaplain Otto by email or phone at: 501-802-5480


May 2019

Well, the meet has gotten off to an awesome start! I don’t want to give the devil any due, but he has been working hard to steal, kill, and destroy at Indiana Grand. Unfortunately for him “greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world”.

To start it off the first day I stepped foot on the backside I got word of a woman with a 80% muscle tear in her rotator cuff. That was on Monday the eighth. Her surgery was scheduled for Wednesday the tenth. I met with her on Tuesday and prayed for her and anointed her with oil. On Wednesday at the hospital the doctors did two MRI’s trying to find the tear they were supposed to operate on. They couldn’t find it because the great Physician beat them to it. Praise the Lord !!

Later on Wednesday I prayed for a rider with lower back pain and it left within ten minutes. The following Saturday I prayed with a woman off the track who had breast cancer in her chest and lymph nodes. She went for surgery on Wednesday and they removed the lump in her breast, but the other cancer was nowhere to be found.

I had many other encounters with people who were dealing with mountains in there life and was able to counsel and encourage them. God is alive and He loves His children so much. He wants to make himself known to them. We get to be a part of that when we offer our self as a vessel for Him to flow through.

We had a great turnout for the prayer walk and many who hated missing it. I’m looking into making this a monthly occurrence because you can’t have too much prayer when it comes to the racetrack.

It’s going to be a great summer roaming the backside and destroying the works of the devil. Each time I wreck one of his works it’s like kicking his teeth in, and at the rate it’s going, he will soon be eating through a straw.

Speaking of eating, don’t forget to contact me to reserve your plot in our community garden that’s coming up at the end of the month. God bless and I will see you out there! 

The garden has been tilled and we will begin marking out plots in the next few days. (4/30/19)


April 2019

Otto Thorwarth is an ex-jockey who has joined the HBPA Chaplaincy for 2019. Otto rode races for fifteen years amassing over 1,600 wins and multiple riding titles. He is probably best know for his portrayal of Ron Turcotte in Disney’s Secretariat. In most recent years he was ordained as a minister and has worked as an exercise rider for Anthony Granitz and as the chaplain for the IQHA . Otto is exciting about joining us in bringing all the backside together by spreading the gospel through the love of Christ.

This year HBPA is experimenting with a community garden. The garden will be located to the East of the soccer field and spaces will be open and allotted for any backside employee with an IHRC license. Tools and water will be made available for planting and some plants will be purchased/provided by the Indiana HBPA.

We need to know who will be wanting a plot.

Please contact Chaplain Otto to secure your space.

You can reach Chaplain Otto by email

or phone at: 501-802-5480

Oh what a seed can do!!!

Sometimes when sharing our faith we can feel like we aren’t making progress or being productive. I used to have these cool gospel tracts that were a million dollar bill. They looked and felt like real money. I would always take a few with me to the grocery store and drop them in the cases of beer.

I always imagine what it would look like when the people opened their case to get a beer and found the million dollar bill. I picture them looking at the case to see if there is a contest kind of like the Willy Wonka gold ticket.

Never the less, we never know what a seed may do. Studies show that the average person has to hear the gospel 7 times before they receive it. So the seed you sow may be the 1st, 5th, or the 7th. You just don’t know , but keep on scattering that seed !!
In Matthew 16 just after Peter receives the revelation of who Jesus is, Jesus states in vs 19 “and I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven”. This is bringing heaven to earth. “ Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”. Yesterday I spoke of how sin melts in the presence of God. So does sickness, disease, and demons. When we are hosting the very presence of God, signs and wonders should be a part of everyday life !