The Minnesota Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association, Inc. (MNHBPA) was formed in 1984 to advocate the interests and needs of owners and trainers participating in Thoroughbred racing in the state of Minnesota. The Minnesota Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association is the sole representative of the Horsemen conducting business at Canterbury Park. The MNHBPA strives to actively promote, in general, the horse racing industry in Minnesota, and specifically the sport of Thoroughbred racing. The MNHBPA is an affiliate of the National HBPA, which consists of thirty-three affiliates throughout North America.
The organization provides many benefits to the trainers and their employees who work on the backside. These include sponsorship of recreational programs, paying a portion of the Chaplain’s salary, and representing horsemen in general on issues with the racetrack. Board representatives meet every other week with track management to discuss and correct track conditions, backside accommodations, and any of the wide range of situations that may develop during the live racing season. The MNHBPA hires a full time lobbyist to pursue legislation and protect the interests of horsemen. This effort was instrumental in enabling the establishment of the Canterbury Park Card Club that generates substantial revenues for purses. The HBPA Foundation provides benevolence to assist in necessary medical situations, eye care and dental.