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The Iowa H.B.P.A. is a non-profit 501(c)(6) trade association that represents all horsemen who run Thoroughbred horses within the state of Iowa. Currently there are 1,200 members in the Iowa H.B.P.A. The membership is comprised of individuals who have raced during the current and previous calendars years. The Iowa H.B.P.A. is also an affiliate member of the National H.B.P.A. which is based in Lexington, Kentucky. The National H.B.P.A. represents over 30,000 members in North America.

The Iowa H.B.P.A. leadership is comprised of a volunteer Board of Directors and a President. Also two employes are hired to serve the members, Board, and President as the Secretary/Treasurer and Executive Director. The Board and President, selected from current members, are elected to serve three year terms, and are all elected simultaneously for their positions.The Board of Directors is comprised of five Owners and five Trainer or Owner/Trainer Directors. The President position may be filled either by an Owner, Trainer, or Owner-Trainer. The current Board and President where elected in July 2014, and will be up for reelection in July 2017. For more information on the President, Board, Secretary/Treasurer, and Executive Director, please see the IA H.B.P.A. Leadership section of this site.


1. To promote the common business interests of its members and improve conditions in the Thoroughbred industry of Iowa within the meaning of Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code.

2. To engage in any lawful activities which are in furtherance of the purposes of the Corporation, including, but not limited to:
(A) Promotion of federal and state legislation, rules and regulations, and uniform racing policies beneficial to the common interests of horsemen in the State
(B) Negotiation with racetracks on a collective basis on issues affecting the common interests of horsemen including schedules, stakes programs, safety issues, and working conditions
(C) Representation of common interests of horsemen at various meetings and hearings of racing associations, racing commissions and other racing organizations
(D) Improvement of the image of Thoroughbred racing in the State and the relationships between horsemen, other members of the racing industry and the general public


Benevolence is an important component to the mission of the Iowa H.B.P.A. Benevolence is available to assist in medical, dental, prescriptions, and other health care related expenses. Also, benevolence may be applied for in hardship cases or other specific situations as deemed appropriate by the Benevolence Committee and Administrator. For more specific details on who is covered, what the limits are, and how to apply, please see the Iowa H.B.P.A. Benefits and National H.B.P.A. Benefits sections.


The Iowa H.B.P.A. supports many different organizations within the racing industry. Some of the support goes to the Groom Elite Program (GEP). GEP offers state-of-the-art equine education while providing stable employees the opportunity to attain a higher level of competence working with the equine athletes that make horse racing possible. Typically one to two classes are offered during the racing season in Iowa that are sponsored and run by the Iowa H.B.P.A.

Support also goes to the Racetrack Chaplaincy of America to provide moral and physical assistance to those in need. The Racetrack Chaplaincy is an integral part of many racetrack backsides, and works closely with the Iowa H.B.P.A. in assisting backside workers with all of life's issues that may confront them.