CONTACT FOR ASSISTANCE
(231) 206-4884...Fax(517) 552-0004
George Kutlenios, President 2013-2015
Mary Mazur, V. President Gary Tinkle, Executive Director
Mary Mazur '11-'13 James Jackson '11-'13
Rich Powers '11-'13 Shane Spiess '11-'13
Ray Stimac '12-'14 Bob Gorham '12-'14
Ron Dowdy '12 -'14 Carole Rettele '12-'14
Julie Atwood '13-'15 Dan Atwood '13-'15
Ginny Uelmen '13-'15 "Bobby" Barron '13-'15
NEW LAUNCH: National HBPA launches New Online Feature "TRIPLE CROWN PREP RACES"....this site offers an incredible amount of information on these important races, great information at a single site.
Go to: nationalhbpa.blogspot.com
INFORMATION UPDATE 2/8/13:
On January 30, 2013, the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) issued an executive order that determined the amount of the allocation of the thoroughbred purse pool that is to be distributed between the Great Lakes Quarter Horse Assn. and the Michigan HBPA for the 2013 race meeting at Mount Pleasant Meadows.
The MGCB requested that the CHO's, Certified Horsemen's Organizations (MI-HBPA & GLQHA) meet and determine what the purse pool split should be. In the past three years, the 2011 split was 11% for the GLQHA and 89% for the MI-HBPA, in 2012 the split was increased to 18%/82% and this order calls for another increase for 20%/80% split for 2013. The MI-HBPA agreed to the 2012 split of 18%/82%.
After we met with the GLQHA on numerous occasions, it became apparent the the GLQHA wanted their funds to be increased, and we firmly believe that their funds should have been left the same or decreased. The MGCB stated, that, absent an agreement between the CHO's, the MGCB would make the decision.
The MI-HBPA firmly believes that we presented sufficient evidence and criteria to establish that the split should have remained the same for 2013. The MI-HBPA is currently reviewing what options and/or recourse we may have in light of the order.
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: VIA THE "Race for Education" program for 2013-14. For applications go to:
For more details: Race for Education
NOTICE: Michigan Gaming Control Board sets schedule for "Pre-Conference Hearings on Appeals"
1) Last Tuesday of each month
2) December 2013 hearing date Dec. 17
With the facts below and the Governor's pocket-veto, how will the Governor assist in saving the industry? Ultimately, it is his decision.
It appears the horse racing industry is outside the opportunity "to right to work.
It becomes more difficult to draw a conclusion, that allowing an industry with a 77 year history to compete fairly is the "expansion" of gaming and a shallow argument at best, with:
1) More than 25 Casinos, with plans for more!
2) Hundreds of "Charity Poker" games taking place
3)Tens of millions wagered on the internet by Michigan residents, illegally on horse racing....state, tracks and horsemen receive -0-!
4) Lottery grows with Mega Millions and PowerBall, new games almost weekly, and Keno everywhere
In light of the above, the "expansion" of gaming is a shallow argument vs the loss of 12,000 jobs and the elimination of hundreds of family businesses. There appears to be more at work here! Under the current environment, Michigan's horse racing industry is facing two choices: 1) Get out of the state 2) Be forced out of the business.
WHAT'S AT STAKE: An entire industry that exists in almost every county in Michigan, and provides jobs for thousands of families! Horse racing has been a productive business in Michigan for more than 79 years, that provides:
12,000 family jobs
Approx. 400 million dollars in economic impact, huge impact on agriculture
84,000 green acres
Each race horse involves a significant numbers jobs and products:
Farm jobs; breeding, raising and training
Hay, Grain, Bedding
Supplies, Equipment, Trucks, Trailers, Fuel and Maintenance
Grooms, Trainers, Riders, Vets and Blacksmiths
Track employees, Tellers, Maintenance
The industry continues work on amending the 1995 Racing Act that will allow the industry to compete fairly with the gaming industry. There are important issues that are close to agreement. When that is completed, the survival of the industry will depend on the support of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches, quite a challenge. Not many industries face that challenge when a decision is made to offer more products that will allow them compete fairly within their industry. At the end of the day, horse racing depends on our elected officials.
Take time to personally discuss your business with your legislator and ask for support, this may be our last chance.
MI-HBPA BENEVOLENT TRUST: Please email or call to request current coverage and claim form. Benevolence is available for current and 2011 members.
Benevolent Trust Programs: The Trust shall provide optical, medical, dental and funeral burial benefits to HBPA members without insurance for husband and spouse, children are not covered. Click here to download the information.
SAVINGS: EquineSavings is offering discounts of equipment purchases for members of HBPA affiliates and there members, to include members of the Michigan HBPA as a national affiliate. Discounts up to 28% on TORO, eXmark and container company Boston. For details call (877)-905-0004 and visit www.equinesavings.com
SIMULCAST TAX REVENUE FISCAL YR. 2012-13, OCTOBER 2012- JANUARY 2013 $1,330,581
(weekly track audit reports end on Sunday)
PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR PAC FUND: MORE THAN EVER, OUR FUTURE LIES WITH OUR
ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES. WE NEED TO GAIN SUPPORT FOR OUR STORY! Please continue to support your PAC, any contribution you can afford will be helpful!
THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO UNDERSTAND THE PROCESS.
Michigan HBPA PAC Fund (NO CORPORATE CHECKS)
841 N. Latson Rd.
Howell, Michigan 48843
Liability Insurance: National HBPA Owners and Trainers Liability Ins. has been secured by the National for affiliate members. The insurance is to protect your assets against claims for bodily injury or property damage related to your horse activity to include breeding, racing, sales and training.
CONTACT: Kevin S. Lavin (800) 446-3112 to discuss details.
Aflac: The Aflac Insurance Company, HBPA Corporate sponsor, is offering
discounts to HBPA members nationwide for accident insurance. Michigan members that may be interested contact Kent Horsemen call for quote: www.chooseaflac.com/hbpalead
Michigan Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Assn.
Michigan Gaming Control Board
Office of the Racing Commissioner
National Thoroughbred Racing Assn.
(discount purchases for MI- HBPA members)
Michigan Equine Partnership