Benefits of Membership

Every person that starts a racehorse at a licensed Texas racetrack is automatically considered a member of the Texas Horsemen’s Partnership for that year and is entitled to membership privileges.

The Texas Horsemen's Partnership (THP) is officially recognized by the Texas Racing Commission as the organization representing owners and trainers of horses racing in Texas. The Texas Horsemen's Partnership is a partnership between the Texas Horsemen's Association, Inc. and the Texas Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, Inc..

Certain members also may qualify for assistance through a trust fund administered by the THAFI to assist qualified horsemen with certain medical needs. In 2016, the THAFI paid out over $45,000 in assistance to horsemen.

Funding for the THP is derived from several sources including a contractual deduction from the purse accounts at each track, corporate sponsorships, revenue generating programs initiated by the THP and interest from treasury management, therefore no direct dues are required from any single member.

The Texas Horsemen's Partnership conducts numerous programs and services aimed at improving efficiency and enriching the lives of ALL horsemen at our tracks in Texas. This benefits package is second to no other racing jurisdiction in the country.

Below are some of the benefits that the Texas Horsemen's Partnership provides for its members:

Centralized Horsemen's Bookkeeping System:
This revolutionary system was conceived and implemented by the THP and brings a branch-banking approach to our members. Horsemen are now able to consolidate all of their financial activity associated with horse racing at the various Texas tracks on one account and have one comprehensive statement. This allows for easier accounting and simplified tax reporting.

Free subscription to The Texas Horsemen's News:
Every member is entitled to a copy of the Texas Horsemen's Partnership's publication, The Texas Horsemen's News. The Texas Horsemen's News, which is published electronically five times per year, includes racing industry news and information, equine health topics, profiles, and Texas racing news. There is a link to a form to sign up to receive The Texas Horsemen's News on the home page of this website

Interactive Website:
   • Latest industry news and information affecting Texas horsemen
   • Access to online Horsemen's Bookkeeper account balances
   • Organization information such as structure, bylaws, meeting minutes, etc.
   • Information on benefits available to members

Chaplaincy Services:
The THP and each racetrack cooperatively provide funds for a chaplain at all tracks. The chaplain conducts Sunday church services, weekly bible studies, offers counseling, facilitates drug intervention treatments when necessary and in some cases teaches an English/Spanish course. The Chaplain also assists horsemen with obtaining GEDs and gives classes in computer use.

Lavin Insurance Services Complimentary Fire, Disaster & Vanning Insurance coverage:
$25,000 per horse fire insurance coverage against death by fire, disaster & vanning for horses currently racing or in training to race at a participating race track in the U.S. or P.R. or in transit between them. more details

Groom Elite Educational Program:
Groundbreaking groom training program offered at all Class One racetracks in Texas to improve the skill level of the people working with racehorses in Texas on a daily basis. Offered in both English and Spanish. The program has been endorsed as the national groom-training program of the National HBPA, and beginning in 2002, it became available in other racing jurisdictions outside of Texas

Free subscription to Portfolio Service:
The THP in cooperation with the Jockey Club Information Systems offers a free 90-day chance to try this great service that includes access to online condition books, horse tracking, nicking reports, etc. at no risk.

  Representation in:
   • Purse negotiations with racetracks
   • Legislative matters
   • Texas Racing Commission (TRC)

Other Member Benefits May Include:

On-track doctor services for trainers, grooms, and stable foremen Horsemen's movie nights and other events
Off-track shuttle services for members living in the
stable areas
Continuing education seminars for owner and
trainer members