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Thursday, January 15, 2015

NHBPA CEO Will Leave Horsemen’s Organization in February

Philip Hanrahan, Chief Executive Officer of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association (NHBPA), will step down mid February 2015 after the conclusion of the NHBPA Winter Convention in Carefree, Arizona.

“Phil has been an invaluable asset to the National HBPA” said Robin Richards, President of the organization. “He has always demonstrated a willingness to cultivate what is in the best interest of horsemen and women, and just as importantly, strived for the health, safety, and integrity of the horses with which we work. We are better for his efforts here, and I speak for all horsemen when I say that we wish him all of the best in his life and pursuits.”

During his three-year-tenure with the NHBPA, Mr. Hanrahan worked tirelessly with many industry organizations such as the ARCI, ROAP, and TOBA. He contributed greatly in transitioning the Claiming Crown from Canterbury Park to Gulfstream Park, where it has been held for the last three years. During the initial Claiming Crown at Gulfstream, he helped in the development of the Claiming Crown trophy now in use and given to the connections of the winning horses.

In conjunction with his working among various industry participants, Mr. Hanrahan also put together a variety of knowledgeable panels during the NHBPA’s twice-annual conventions that garnered enthusiasm and educated the public on interests vital to horses and horsemen. He demonstrated resolve in working out a myriad of fine detail necessary to generating change and compromise among the many and disparate forces at work in the racing industry.

“While there are many racing related issues that will continue to be worked on after my departure, I believe we are moving in the right direction for horsemen and women in North America.” stated Phil Hanrahan. “It has been my pleasure to work with the leadership of the NHBPA and the Affiliates. They are horsemen and women dedicated to the welfare of the horse and the integrity of the sport of horseracing. I wish all the members of the HBPA great success in their future racing endeavors.”

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