|Helzer Re-Elected President of Texas
The Texas Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective
Association held its first 2004 Board of Directors meeting in Austin on
February 20. At the meeting, Jim Helzer of Arlington, Texas, was re-elected
for a second one-year term as the organization’s president. In addition,
Ted Abrams of Houston, Texas was re-elected for a second one-year term
as the THBPA’s vice president.
The THBPA’s three 2004 representatives on the Texas Horsemen’s
Partnership (THP)’s management committee were also chosen at the
board meeting. Helzer, who served on the management committee in 2003,
will serve again in 2004. Jerry Windham of College Station, Texas, will
also serve again in 2004. New to the management committee this year will
be L.R. “Tooter” Jordan of New Braunfels, Texas, who is replacing
In other board business, the board reaffirmed its commitment to representing
horsemen in the quest to get Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs) legalized
in Texas. The directors stood firm on their position that horsemen should
get a fair and equitable share of the revenue proceeds and ensure that
the Texas horse racing industry remains competitive and healthy for all
of its participants.
The board heard reports from lobbyist Reggie Bashur concerning the legislative
landscape. They also heard from Manor Downs’ CEO Howard Phillips
regarding plans for the upcoming mixed meet at that track. Additionally,
the staff provided several reports and updates concerning the ongoing
operations of the organization and the industry at large.