National HBPA Sets Meeting Forums

The National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association will address rebates, computer-assisted wagering, equine drug testing, immigration, and other issues during its winter convention scheduled for Jan. 24-28, 2008, in New Orleans.

The organization already has scheduled three forums for the convention--“Rebating and Computer Robotic Wagering--Are They Good for the Game?”; “A Look Into the Scientific Basis for Equine Drug Testing and Regulatory Thresholds”; and “Without the Passage of Immigration Reform, How Can Horsemen Solve Their Growing Labor Shortage and Better Care for the Labor They Have?” Speakers and times are being finalized, National HBPA officials said.

The event, to be hosted by the Louisiana HBPA, will include various committee meetings and, on the final day, a full National HBPA board meeting. The convention will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel.

“This marks the first time the National HBPA will hold a convention in New Orleans since the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster,” National HBPA president Joe Santanna said in a statement. “Our aim will be to support and honor the Louisiana HBPA and all Louisiana-based horsemen for their determination and resilience through the challenging rebuilding years since 2005.

“We will, of course, also recognize all those horsemen and industry organizations whose support--both financial and materially--was so vital right after Katrina hit.”

During its 2007 summer convention in Virginia, the National HBPA held a lengthy forum on account wagering that featured lively dialogue among horsemen and representatives of account wagering providers.

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