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Minnesota HBPA

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.

The purposes of the association are:

To promote Thoroughbred horse racing.

To institute and assist efforts aimed at protecting the general welfare of the Thoroughbred horse racing industry, the interests of horsemen and their employees, and of backstretch personnel.

To help foster a closer, more understanding relationship among horsemen, Racing Associations, Racing Commissions and the public.

To participate in the establishment of proper rules and conditions that affect in any manner the interests of horsemen, their employees, and backstretch personnel.

To represent the best interest of all horsemen in protecting their property rights in dealing with Racing Associations regarding, but not limited to, the following.

  1. Purse monies
  2. Televised rights
  3. The negotiation of purse contracts and all other contracts pertaining to racing
  4. The improvement of facilities
  5. All other matters of interest and benefit to horsemen

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