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Friday, September 16, 2011

Bellocq to Leave National HBPA

After ten years of outstanding and exemplary service as CEO of the National HBPA, Remi Bellocq is leaving his position to become the new Executive Director of Equine Programming for Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) in Lexington, Kentucky beginning October 3rd.

Bellocq will work collaboratively with college administration to provide leadership in the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of the Equine Industry Support Center and North American Racing Academy. The position provides Bellocq with oversight of operations and the development and support of training and academic programs geared towards providing the racing and breeding industries with a more reliable and ready workforce.

Remi Bellocq: “The National HBPA has been my home and, in many ways, my extended family for ten years. My many thanks go out to our Board of Directors and to our affiliate members who have given me so much support over the years. It will be hard to leave, but BCTC and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System have given me a wonderful opportunity, for which I am grateful. My goal is to build on the great work being done by BCTC and the North American Racing Academy to provide horsemen with ready, willing and able workers at all levels.”

National HBPA President and Chairman Joe Santanna expressed his gratitude: "I have the utmost professional respect and personal regard for Remi. During his tenure he contributed substantially to the growth and success of our organization and on behalf of our Board and over 30,000 general members, I sincerely thank him for not only that but also for his very visible dedication to the entire Thoroughbred horse racing industry.”

The National HBPA has formed a search committee and will immediately begin a national search for a new CEO. Information regarding this position will soon be available on the National HBPA website (

The National HBPA is the largest horsemen’s representative association with over 30,000 affiliated horsemen across North America. Big Dee’s Tack & Vet Supplies,, and Horseman Labor Solutions proudly sponsor the National HBPA.

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