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 employees 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 2017, and will be up for reelection
in July 2020. 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.
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.
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.
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.