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Benevolence, Slots, Exclusions on HBPA Agenda

The National HBPA will discuss a few controversial issues at its convention.

Backstretch programs, racetrack gaming, and exclusionary practices are the primary topics for forums scheduled for the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association summer convention June 30-July 3 in Shepherdstown, W.V.

On July 3, after a full meeting of the board of directors, elections will be held for National HBPA president and chairman, and four regional vice presidents.

The July 1 forum is titled “It Takes a Village—A Ground-Level Look at Backstretch Support Systems.” Panelists will discuss the programs offered by professionals and volunteers to backstretch workers.

Two forums are slated for July 2. The first, titled “Life After Slots—A Cautionary Tale,” will look at how horsemen ensure they receive their fair share of gaming revenue. The second, called “Legal Forum: The Growing Trend Toward Exclusionary Practices,” will discuss how racetracks’ private property rights are balanced with horsemen’s due process rights.

There currently is a horsemen’s exclusion case at Charles Town Races & Slots, located about 20 minutes from Shepherdstown. The Charles Town HBPA is hosting the summer convention.

The event will be held at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center. More information is available at