On December 10, 2012, at the first meeting of the newly elected Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association’s (KHBPA) Board of Directors, Rick Hiles was unanimously elected as the President of the organization. It is his third consecutive term as KHBPA President. Previously, Rick has served as the KHBPA President on two separate occasions for a total of five terms.
“It is an honor and privilege to serve my fellow horsemen,” Rick stated. “Along with the new KHBPA Board, I will continue to fight to preserve the rights of horsemen.”
The KHBPA is a trade association representing the interest of the vast majority of owners and trainers of Thoroughbred horses racing in Kentucky. The KHBPA is affiliated with the National HBPA with nearly 30,000 owner and trainer members nationwide and in Canada.
The KHBPA has been outspoken on the need to preserve the use of the therapeutic medication Lasix on race day to prevent the onset of bleeding in racehorses. In addition, through its purse contracts at each and every racetrack in the state, the KHBPA assures horsemen an equitable share of wagering revenue for purses.
The newly elected KHBPA Directors include owners Frank Jones (First Vice President), Tom Conway, Dr. Randy Scheen, Mike Bruder and Pete Salmen Jr., and trainers Dale Romans (Second Vice President), Bill Connelly, Kenny McPeek, William “Buff” Bradley and Robert “RC” Sturgeon.
The KHBPA Board also reappointed Marty Maline as the Executive Director of KHBPA.