Remi Bellocq is stepping down as chief executive officer of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association to pursue a position with higher education.
Beginning Oct. 3, Bellocq will become the executive director of equine programming for the Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington. He will work with the college’s administration to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate BCTC’s Equine Industry Support Center and the North American Racing Academy, founded by former jockey Chris McCarron. Bellocq will be overseeing training and academic programs geared toward providing the racing and breeding industries with a more reliable and ready workforce.
“The National HBPA has been my home and, in many ways, my extended family for 10 years,” Bellocq said. “My many thanks go out to our board of directors and to our affiliate members who have given me so much support over the years. It will be hard to leave, but BCTC and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System have given me a wonderful opportunity, for which I am grateful.”
The National HBPA has formed a search committee and will immediately begin a national search for a new CEO. Information regarding this position will soon be available on the National HBPA website.
“I have the utmost professional respect and personal regard for Remi,” said Joe Santanna, president and chairman of the National HBPA. “During his tenure he contributed substantially to the growth and success of our organization, and on behalf of our board and over 30,000 general members, I sincerely thank him for not only that but also for his very visible dedication to the entire Thoroughbred horse racing industry.”
The National HBPA is the largest horsemen’s representative association in North America.