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National HBPA Winter Convention Speaker Forums Finalized

January 18, 2009     E-mail this page to a friend!

Preparations are being finalized for the 2009 National HBPA Winter Convention scheduled for January 29 February 2. This year’s winter gathering returns to south Florida for the first time in many years and will be held at the Hollywood Beach Marriott in Hollywood, Florida.

In addition to a busy schedule of committee and business meetings, this winter’s convention will again focus on key issues affecting horsemen. Highlighting the discussions will be a series of three forums featuring expert speakers from across the racing industry:

National HBPA 2009 Winter Convention Speaker Forums
January 29 February 2, 2009; Hollywood Beach Marriott, Hollywood, Florida
(Speakers may be subject to change)

Friday, January 30, 2009 / 9:00 11:00 am
“From the Backstretch to the Backyard: Practical Solutions on Managing the Retired Racehorse ”
From the backstretch to the backyard, how can horsemen and horsewomen properly balance the business of owning or running a racing stable while ensuring proper and humane aftercare of racehorses once their racing careers are over.

Moderator: Remi Bellocq, CEO, National HBPA
Janice Brooks, Secretary-Treasurer, Illinois HBPA
Anna M. Ford; Program Director, New Vocations Horse Adoptions and author: “Beyond the Track Retraining the Thoroughbred”
Herb Moelis, President, Thoroughbred Charities of America
Diana Pikulski, Executive Director, Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation
Laura Plato, Operations Director, NHBPA/NHBPA Rep. to the Unwanted Horses Coalition

Saturday, January 31, 2009 / 9:00 am 11:00 am
“What’s on the Horizon in Medication Testing & Thresholds”
Dr. Tobin will outline upcoming changes in the area of thresholds and withdrawal times for therapeutic medication and will discuss TCO2 testing. Dr. Maylin will give a presentation on a new instrumental approach to TCO2 testing. Dr. Sams will give a presentation of thresholds and withdrawal times for anabolic steroids and on other research completed for the RMTC.

Moderators: Kent Stirling, Executive Director, Florida HBPA & Chairman, NHBPA Medication Committee
Dr. Thomas Tobin, MVB, MRCVS [DVM], PhD, DABT Professor, Dept. of Veterinary Science, Gluck Equine Research Center and Graduate Center for Toxicology, University of Kentucky
Dr. George Maylin, Director, NYRA Drug Testing and Research Program, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
Dr. Rick Sams, Program Director of the FL Racing Laboratory, University of Florida

Sunday, February 1, 2009 / 10:15 am 12:00 Noon
“Synthetic vs. Dirt A Track Superintendent’s Viewpoint”
No two groups interact more often or can affect each other success than track superintendents and horsemen. Here we will ask some of the very best their views on synthetic surfaces versus dirt surfaces, and how traffic, climate and maintenance affect either or both.

Moderator: Dr. Michael “Mick” Peterson, Ph.D., Libra Foundation Professor, College of Engineering, University of Maine
Joe King, President, Joseph H. King Co. Ltd.
Tom McLaughlin, Track Superintendent, Tampa Bay Downs
Mike Young, Track Superintendent, Keeneland Racecourse
Irwin Driedger, Director of Thoroughbred Racing Services, Woodbine Entertainment Group

The National HBPA Executive Committee and Board will also consider and discuss other current hot-button issues including: the current economic downturn, immigration, the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Group, safety and welfare and model rules.

Joe Santanna, President and Chairman, National HBPA: “We are thankful to the Florida HBPA for hosting our 2009 NHBPA Winter Convention. We especially recognize FHBPA President Sam Gordon for his determination in making it possible for our members to return to south Florida. Thanks also goes to the FHBPA Board of Directors, Executive Director Kent Stirling, its member horsemen and horsewomen and Gulfstream Park.”

The National HBPA is the largest horsemen’s representative association with over 30,000 affiliated horsemen across North America. Big Dee’s Tack & Vet Supplies,, and Horseman Labor Solutions proudly sponsor the National HBPA.

Convention registration and hotel information can be found on the NHBPA homepage by linking to: