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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

National HBPA Publication Earns Positive Review in Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

World Rules for Equine Drug Testing and Therapeutic Medication Regulation, the fourth edition of the book that covers medication regulations around the globe, received a strong review in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

The review by Andreas Lehner, PhD, in the September 15 issue of the JAVMA praises the book as having “tremendous value to the equine veterinary and sports communities.”

Lehner went on to say that, “The book should be noteworthy for horse buyers, owners, trainers, equine veterinarians, regulators, attorneys investigating equine drug overdose penalties, analysts at testing laboratories, researchers, and reporters—in short, anyone with an interest in equine sports and medication.”

The review also notes that the $25 price is extremely reasonable and that the book should be a “rallying cry to the scientific and regulatory communities for additional research that appropriately examines these withdrawal times,” referring to the “at least 66 times that scientifically determined withdrawal time guidelines have not yet been linked to standardized therapeutic dosage regimens for given compounds, except for anabolic steroids, glycopyrrolate, firocoxib, flunixin meglumine, and furosemide.”

The fourth edition of World Rules for Equine Drug Testing and Therapeutic Medication Regulation was released on February 14 by Wind Publications. Authors of the 286-page book are Thomas Tobin, MVB, MSc, PhD, MRCVS, DABT, professor at the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center; Kimberly Brewer, DVM, a private practitioner; and Kent H. Stirling, executive director of the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association and chairman of the Medication Committee of the National HBPA.

For more information, go to, or the book may be purchased at

Friday, September 21, 2012

Portland Meadows Horsemen Raising Money for Trainer James Easley

As we all know, a severe medical crisis can create an untold amount of anxiety, both mental and financial. One of our own, James Easley, had been stricken with a terminal illness in the form of a rare, incurable type of prostate cancer.

A group of concerned horsemen are organizing a benefit dinner in an attempt to alleviate some of this anxiety with a "from the many" effort.

Thus, we are seeking donations from a multi-faceted event which will include ticketed raffles, as well as a silent and live auction. The evening will also include additional fundraising endeavors. The event is going to be held at Portland Meadows on Oct. 13 following the races.

Any donations of items such as products, services and entertainment options are GREATLY appreciated. Anyone wishing to contribute to this event can talk to Jacqui Navarre, Steve Fisher, John Maloney, Debi Jahns, Debbie Ward or Sharon Balcom.

Any further information or documentation can be sent if requested. Again, we are not professionals but just a dysfunctional racetrack family trying to help out in a time off need!

Thank you for your time!
Jacqui Navarre - Fisher
(360) 909 5439

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Arkansas, Ohio, Ontario and Minnesota HBPA Announce Election Results

Four state affiliates recently announced election results:

The following officers were elected to the Ohio HBPA board of directors.
Tim Hamm - President
Bob Reeves - Executive Vice President
Mark Doering - Vice President
Dr. John Piehowicz -Vice President
Joe Poole -Vice President

The HBPA of Ontario is pleased to announce that the members have elected a new board of directors for a three-year term:
Owners: Veronica Attard, Conrad Cohen, William Diamant, Lynne Hindmarsh, Sam Lima, Sherry McLean
Trainers: Roger Attfield, Mark Casse, Nick Gonzalez, Sue Leslie, Danny Vella

The new board will assume their responsibilities at the conclusion of the annual general meeting in Toronto slated for Sunday, September 23, 2012.

The HBPA extends its thanks to all the candidates for taking part in the election process and to Larry Regan and Stan Fishman for their years of service on the board and their dedication to the HBPA of Ontario and its members.

The licensed owners and trainers at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas, have elected the following people to serve as the board of directors of the Arkansas HBPA:
William H. Fires
Steve Hobby
Don Von Hemel
Terry Brennan
Rick Jackson
Terry Dunlavy
Linda Gaston
Gary Woodall
Dr. Robert Tucker
Bill Morrison
Bill Walmsley was elected president. The president and board will serve for a three-year term.

Three director positions were filled as the Minnesota HBPA completed its 2012 election.

Owners Bruce Malkerson and long-time board member Dan Mjolsness were re-seated. Trainer Tony Rengstorf joins the board as well. All were elected to three-year terms.

At the August 30 board meeting, the board of directors re-elected Tom Metzen Sr. as president and Jack Walsh as vice-president.

Congratulations to all and thank you for your service.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Claiming Crown Draws 276 Trainer Nominations

There are 276 trainers eligible to nominate horses to the Dec. 1 Claiming Crown at Gulfstream Park, officials said Sept. 13.

For the first time in the 14-year history of the Claiming Crown, trainers this year were asked to pay a $100 fee to be eligible to nominate any horse in their barn to the Claiming Crown, which will offer seven races with purses ranging from $100,000 to $200,000. The event, with features races with starter allowance conditions, is scheduled for opening day of the 2012-13 meet at the Florida racetrack.

"We're extremely pleased with the interest and support shown by trainers throughout North America," Gulfstream racing secretary Dan Bork said. "We look forward to Nov. 9 when regular nominations are due. We've received tremendous feedback from horsemen who are excited about the Claiming Crown coming to Gulfstream Park."

Some of the trainers who paid the nomination fee are Todd Pletcher, Steve Asmussen, Mike Maker, Mike Mitchell, Roger Attfield, Wesley Ward, Dale Romans, Kiaran McLaughlin, Scott Lake, Rudy Rodriguez, David Jacobson, Chad Brown, Jamie Ness, Larry Rivelli, Marty Wolfson, Wayne Catalano, Allen Jerkens, Anthony Dutrow, John Sadler, Nick Zito, Bill Kaplan, and Mark Casse.

"I am extremely pleased with the significant number of trainer nominations as well as the spectrum of trainers who submitted their nomination," said Phil Hanrahan, chief executive officer of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association. "The National HBPA appreciates the support of these trainers and their owners as well as the support of the Florida HBPA and Gulfstream Park."

The Claiming Crown is a partnership between the National HBPA and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. The event was launched in 1999 at Canterbury Park in Minnesota.

For more information, including nomination forms and race conditions, go to

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

DREAM Act Update from Horseman Labor Solutions

The following information is an important notice sent to the National HBPA by our sponsor, Horseman Labor Solutions.

Horseman Labor Solutions has been advising the NHBPA through our conventions and articles in The Horsemen’s Journal on legislation from the federal government regarding immigration and options to gain legal status for backstretch workers.

President Obama has provided immigration relief in the DREAM Act. Horseman Labor Solutions feel that the ability to apply will be short lived. Please post this notice throughout your backstretch and provide the application within your office. Also spread the word as you see fit, via announcements on overnights and over the PA system. It is important to relay to trainers and backside employees that they can trust Horseman Labor Solutions; they are immigration lawyers providing a service to help them.

The intake application captures most of the information needed to complete the DREAM Act application. Obviously each person’s case is unique; Horseman Labor Solutions would like to talk with each applicant. The notice is a prequalification check for individuals that clearly do not qualify.

Also, there is an article in the fall issue of The Horsemen’s Journal discussing immigration, the DREAM Act and the 601 Waiver.

If you have any questions, please contact Will Velie and Craig McDougal directly at 1-877-678-RACE (1-877-678-7223).

To receive the notice for posting with the eligibility requirements or to request a DREAM Act intake form in English or Spanish, please send an e-mail to and the forms will be promptly sent to you as Microsoft Word documents. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Interactive, Electronic Edition of The Horsemen's Journal's Fall 2012 Issue is Now Available

The interactive, electronic version of The Horsemen's Journal's Fall 2012 issue is now available online. It is an enhanced version of our Fall 2012 issue, which is mailing this week. To view it, either click here or click on the flipping magazine icon above.

NOTE: As you zoom in and enlarge the text, it becomes increasingly clear. Also, you can click on the headline of any article to view a text-only version, which is particularly mobile device-friendly.
Features in the issue include:
  • Meeting in the Midwest: The National HBPA’s 2012 Summer Convention – The Lasix/Salix issue is again the primary topic of discussion at the Summer Convention at Prairie Meadows near Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Taming Technology to Reach a Wider Audience – A look at how social media and the Internet can help trainers and partnership groups better communicate with current and prospective clients.
  • Protecting Yourself – The NHBPA Owners and Trainers liability program can insure horsemen against damages caused by horses or employees.
  • Election Year 2012 Brings Exciting Changes and Opportunities for Horsemen Affected by Immigration – Two proposals, one known as the DREAM Act and the other a provision for forgiveness of illegal entry by immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, should be on the radar screen of all horsemen.
  • Handling Hoof Abscesses – An overview of what causes hoof abscesses and the best ways to treat, protect and soak a horse’s foot.
  • Tendon Troubles – Researchers are working on new ways to identify and predict tendon and ligament injuries.
Much more than a PDF, the interactive electronic edition of The Horsemen's Journal includes searchable content and the ability to save, print, email, or share content on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Please enjoy this exciting offering from the National HBPA and share it with anyone you think might enjoy it.

All hyperlinks/URLs and email addresses in the electronic edition are working, clickable links. So be sure to click on some of them - especially those in the advertisements to get more information on the great products and services being offered by the companies supporting your horsemen's organization.