Oregon HBPA contingent with "the President" |THP-Hosted National HBPA Convention in
San Antonio a Big Success
The Texas Horsemen's Partnership
(THP) was proud to host the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective
Association's 2005 winter convention in San Antonio from January 15 through
18. The attendees were treated to a combination of productive meetings
and great entertainment.
In addition to furthering the National HBPA positions on simulcasting,
offshore hubs, uniform medication issues, and enhanced security issues
at racetracks, the delegates were treated to a special guest at the dinner
gala on Monday night. The audience was surprised when they saw President
George W. Bush enter the room to address the horsemen. After a closer
look - and upon hearing his comical remarks - they quickly realized that
it was not the president, but rather a ringer named Steve Bridges. Bridges,
who regularly appears on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno,
entertained the crowd for over an hour with his particular brand of humor
and timely political remarks.
Texas was well represented in this event. Chris Lincoln emceed the gala,
which also featured two video segments. One segment was a beautiful memorial
tribute to our beloved Jo Ann Weber, the late executive director of the
Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame. The second video highlighted the achievements
of the Texas racing industry in 2004, including hosting the Breeders’
Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie
and the MBNA America Challenge Championships at Sam Houston Race Park.
Many of the attendees left the meeting stating that it was the best convention
that they have ever attended.