National HBPA Makes Appeal for Assistance in Louisiana

In an open letter to horsemen across the country, the National Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association is making an appeal on the behalf of displaced Louisiana horsemen.

The letter reads, " Early indications are that some of our horsemen and Louisiana HBPA officers may have lost their homes and other belongings and may be left with no place to stay, work, or bank.

"The situation may be dire for some in the region most affected by Hurricane Katrina. As we begin to receive more detailed information from our affiliate in Louisiana we will be more prepared with detailed information on what their most urgent needs will be. Yet, while donations will be most helpful, it is becoming apparent that the primary need for many of our displaced horsemen may well be temporary living space. Many across the country are volunteering to host victims or families with temporary living quarters until the situation is stabilized."

The National HBPA is requesting horsemen form an action network of names of people who would be willing to serve as host families to displaced horsemen or if they would like to make donations of either money or supplies. Pledges can be made to the "National HBPA Foundation / National Assistance Fund" and will be earmarked for Hurricane Katrina Horsemen's relief. As more details become available the HBPA will communicate where funds will be most needed.

More information can be obtained or donations can be sent to the National HBPA Foundation / National Assistance Fund 4063 Iron Works Parkway, B- Lexington, KY 40511. Calls can be made to: Office: (859) 259-0451 or Fax: (859) 259-0452