HBPA Elections Process Once Again Underway

The process to elect new 2008 Board of Directors members for the Texas Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (THBPA) and the Texas Thoroughbred HBPA, Inc. (TTHBPA) has begun. Each of the two organizations that comprise the Texas Horsemen’s Partnership, LLP has different election procedures.

THBPA (Quarter Horse, Paint, and Appaloosa Board): The Texas Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association will hold its annual meeting for the purpose of accepting nominations for candidates to run for the upcoming elections for the 2008 Board of Directors. The meeting will take place in the Lone Star Park Chapel on Friday, October 19, 2007 beginning at 11:30 a.m. The current board members with expiring terms are trainer John Buchanan and owners Connie Nobles and Jerry Windham.

All persons licensed by the Texas Racing Commission (TRC) as owners or trainers of horses are eligible for membership in the THBPA. A person becomes a member of the THBPA by participating in a race meeting at any licensed racetrack in Texas within the last year.

Nominations will be accepted from any member in attendance, with two other members seconding that nomination. Nominations by the nominating committee shall not require seconds.

Candidates will be selected to run for two (2) owner representative and one (1) trainer representative available positions. The nominating committee shall neither make nor accept any nomination after the adjournment of the general nominating meeting, except that for a period of fifteen (15) days thereafter, additional members may be nominated by petition duly signed by at least fifteen (15) members of the Association in good standing, provided that said petition is filed with the Secretary/Treasurer of the Association during said fifteen (15) day period.

If you have any questions, please contact Wanda O ’Banan at the Retama Park HBPA track office at (210) 651-7004 or at the Austin office at (512) 467-9799. Tami Hare may be reached at the Lone Star Park HBPA track office at (972) 237-5064.

TTHBPA: The Texas Thoroughbred HBPA, Inc. is currently in the process of nominating members to run in the Thoroughbred 2008 election for the Board of Directors. The current board members with expiring terms are owners Terry Blanton and Lane Hutchins and trainer Danny Pish.

Any ten (10) members, in good standing, of the TTHBPA may nominate an eligible member for consideration. In order to be considered eligible for candidacy, an individual must have started a minimum of two (2) Thoroughbred horses a minimum of five (5) times at a Texas racetrack as the owner or trainer of the horses in the past year and raced for at least six (6) months prior to being nominated, or those individuals whom have raced in a partnership or other entity so long as the individual is reflected in Texas Racing Commission records as owning at least a five percent (5%) interest or more in the partnership or entity.

Ten (10) signatures of TTHBPA members, with their Texas Racing Commission license numbers listed by the signatures, must accompany all nominations.

Members will vote for two (2) owner representatives and one (1) trainer representative. Deadline for submitting nominations is Wednesday, October, 10, 2007.

Ballots will be mailed no later than Tuesday, November 20, 2007 and returned no later than Friday, January 4, 2008 for counting by an independent accounting firm.

To ask questions or to review nomination/election procedures established by our bylaws, or to obtain a nominating form, please contact Wanda O’Banan at the Retama Park HBPA track office at (210) 651-7004 or at the Austin office at (512) 467-9799. Tami Hare may be reached at the Lone Star Park HBPA track office at (972) 237-5064.

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