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Friday, March 13, 2015

All Four Longtime Corporate Sponsors Renew with the National HBPA

The National HBPA has announced that all four longtime corporate sponsors—, Finish Line Horse Products Inc., Horseman Labor Solutions and Big Dee’s Tack & Vet Supplies—have agreed to another year of sponsorship. The number of corporate sponsors also increased to five with the recent addition of Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals Inc.

“Our corporate sponsors help make it possible for the NHBPA to reach our goal of ‘horsemen helping horsemen,’ ” said NHBPA President Robin Richards. “Because of our partnerships with these quality companies, we are able put on two conventions each year to help educate and engage horsemen, the media and the general public on a wide range of issues in the racing industry. I want to sincerely thank our corporate sponsors, and I encourage all horsemen to consider their products and services.”, a service of The Jockey Club Information Systems Inc. (TJCIS) of Lexington, Kentucky, offers a wide variety of services for horsemen. reports offer pedigrees, race records and a wide assortment of breeding, racing and sales information for individual Thoroughbreds and American Quarter Horses, including free five-cross pedigrees for Thoroughbreds, free auction results search for Thoroughbreds and a free Racing Recap for both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse races. Many of the Thoroughbred reports include video replay capabilities.

Other products include the Trainer Program, Farm Program and Portfolio Service. A free Owner Program helps owners manage and track their horse records, including procedures, revenue and expenses. TJCIS also offers the popular Equineline Sales Catalog app and Equineline Mare Produce Records online service and apps. Many HBPA offices make reports available as a service to their members. To find out more, visit

Finish Line Horse Products Inc. has manufactured products for racing and other performance horses for nearly 40 years, but the family history with horses goes back well over a century. John Edward Howe, the great-grandfather of the company’s founder, rode horseback with Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders, and Howe’s grandson John Casper Howe had a long career as a jockey and then as a trainer. Finish Line strives to provide the right products at the right price and offers a free hotline for customers to ask trained staff about Finish Line products or just general equine-related questions.

While Finish Line has grown to service many additional equine disciplines over the years, Thoroughbred racing was the first and is still a core business for the company. The company appreciates the thousands of loyal clients who find that its products help them get to the “finish line.”

Finish Line products are made in the United States and are 100 percent guaranteed to horsemen every time with the goal to “produce products that will show you a noticeable improvement in your horse.” That makes Finish Line’s products a necessary part of many trainers’ barn programs and a factor in racing barns throughout the country. For more information about Finish Line Horse Products Inc., visit the company’s website at

Horseman Labor Solutions (HLS) has provided immigration services to the industry for nearly a decade and assisted trainers in maintaining their staff of skilled guest workers. Whether it is a 10-month temporary visa for a skilled groom or hot walker or a five-year visa for exercise riders and jockeys, HLS and its immigration services are considered second to none by many horsemen. HLS CEO William Velie is a frequent speaker at NHBPA conventions and is hands-on in meeting with both the trainers and guest workers to cover all details in the visa process. He often writes about immigration issues in The Horsemen’s Journal. Velie’s offices are based in Norman, Oklahoma, but his practice is nationwide. He practices immigration law in all 50 states and has a wide range of employment-based immigration experience. With years of experience, Velie has secured nearly 5,000 visas annually. For more information, visit HLS at or call (800) 678-RACE (7223).

Serving the equine community for more than three decades, Big Dee’s Tack & Vet Supplies specializes in racing supplies and carries an extensive line of horse health care items. In addition, the company carries product lines for all equine disciplines—a testament to the company’s efforts to be a convenient, one-stop shopping destination for horsemen and women. The company also offers a variety of equine gifts and custom products, plus a complete line of dog-related products.

Big Dee’s prides itself on its top-notch customer service and its affordable prices. The company also takes great pride in its speedy service and tries to keep all of its merchandise in stock for immediate delivery. More than 90 percent of in-stock orders placed by 3 p.m. are shipped the same day. Customers can shop by phone at (800) 321-2142 or online at A complete product line catalog and a specific racing product catalog are available upon request.

The National HBPA is the largest racing horsemen’s representative association in North America, with 30 affiliate member organizations representing over 30,000 owners and trainers of thoroughbred racehorses. The National HBPA is proud partners with its corporate sponsors, Big Dee’s Tack & Vet Supplies,, Finish Line Horse Products, Horseman Labor Solutions & Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals Inc.

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