HBPA May Relocate to Kentucky

The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association will begin to compile information concerning a possible move of its national office to Lexington, Ky., perhaps in 2002. The office currently is located in south Florida.

NHBPA and Kentucky HBPA president Rick Hiles, and Kentucky HBPA executive director Marty Maline will investigate the options. At a committee meeting Friday during the NHBPA's summer convention in Bloomington, Minn., Hiles said the possible move "isn't something the HBPA in Kentucky is advocating." He said it was suggested because many industry organizations have offices in Lexington.

In the meantime, the HBPA will extend its lease in Florida through the end of 2001. Executive director Scott Savin said any move bring about changes. "If you talk about moving this office, you're talking about having a whole new staff."

During its board meeting Saturday, the HBPA also approved its 2001 budget, which projects total income of $260,000, and total expenses of $248,700. The largest line item is professional fees at $44,000.