The National HBPA would like to congratulate some past and present affiliate board members whose horses hit the board in last weekend's Kentucky Derby (Gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (Gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
First, congratulations go out to Kentucky HBPA Vice President Dale Romans (pictures above), who saddled Dullahan to a third place finish in the Derby. Dullahan is owned by Donegal Racing, a syndicate of 12 out of Iowa that include current Iowa HBPA Owner Director Sandra Rasmussen and former Iowa HBPA Owner Director Rick Olsen.
Congratulations also go to trainer W. Bret Calhoun (pictured right), who saddled Summer Applause to a fourth place finish in the Oaks. Calhoun is a director of the Texas Thoroughbred HBPA, Inc., the Thoroughbred partner organization in the Texas Horsemen's Partnership, LLP (which also includes the Texas Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, which represents owners and trainers of Quarter Horses in Texas).