|Texas Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective
Association Board of Directors Election Underway
Austin, Texas (November 11, 2002) - Members of the Texas Horsemen's
Benevolent & Protective Association were sent ballots this week
to vote for individuals to serve on the organization's Board of
Directors. Anyone who started a quarter horse in the past 12 months
is considered a member and is entitled to vote in this election.
The membership will be selecting two owner candidates and one trainer
candidate to serve for a three-year term. The candidates this year
are as follows:
Ted Abrams (Incumbent)
Ted Abrams lives in Houston, Texas where he is the President of
Abrams Technical Services, Inc., a contract employment services
company that specializes in providing engineering and construction
personnel for contract technical positions in the energy industry.
Mr. Abrams is a lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association
and serves as an AQHA Race Committee Member. He is also a lifetime
member of the Texas Quarter Horse Association, is currently serving
as a Board member of the Texas Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective
Association and has previously served on the Texas Horsemen’s
Partnership Management Committee.
In 1976 Mr. Abrams became an active owner running quarter horses.
Over the years Ted has become involved with breeding and sales,
producing many quality futurity, derby and stakes horses for the
industry. Mr. Abrams has enjoyed running at all racetracks in Texas
as well as, California, Iowa, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma.
Ted is a successful businessman with a proven track record for
making informed decisions, providing commitment and focus to all
endeavors he pursues. “My goal is to see the pari-mutuel industry
in Texas raise the purse levels for the horsemen to a competitive
level by providing the industry with new outlets for revenue and
raising the horsemen’s awareness with increased industry participation,”
Bobby Joe Barnett
Bobby Barnett was born and raised in Austin, Texas and currently
resides in Elgin. Mr. Barnett is the owner/operator of Austin Southwest
Roofing and Austin Southwest Self Storage. Bobby enjoys and has
played college football and tennis.
Bobby loves to ride horses and enjoys going to the racetrack to
watch his horses win! He is a member of the American Quarter Horse
Association and the Texas Quarter Horse Association.
In 1972, Mr. Barnett purchased his first race horse and ran at
the Gillespie County Fair before pari-mutuel was legalized. It was
not until 2000, when he claimed his favorite horse “Plataoro”
that he was able to once again pursue his passion and truly get
involved in the horse racing industry. Bobby and his wife Deeanne
currently have 7 quarter horses in training, which have run at Delta
Downs, Lone Star Park, Manor Downs, Retama Park, Sam Houston Race
Park and Ruidoso Downs. The Barnett’s intend to become involved
in breeding when their mares are retired from racing.
“My goals include helping in whatever way possible to keep
the spirit of horseracing alive.” said Mr. Barnett.
Manuel "Bebe" Gonzalez, Jr.
Manuel “Bebe” Gonzalez was born in Edcouch, Texas and
is an owner and breeder at his SA Ranch in Alamo, Texas. Mr. Gonzalez
is the President of GAT, Inc., which is a produce greenstock shipper
and he also is a member of the American Quarter Horse Association,
Texas Quarter Horse Association and Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders
Bebe has over 35 years of experience as he began racing horses
in Texas in 1966 at match races and from there he went on to non
pari-mutuel racetracks. Mr. Gonzalez has started horses at the Gillespie
County Fair, Lone Star Park, Manor Downs, Retama Park and Sam Houston
Race Park. Bebe greatly enjoys his family, golfing, hunting and
Mr. Gonzalez feels, “Everyone should have a fair and full
race schedule in Texas, and if elected I will strive to represent
the owners and breeders effectively and encourage Texas racing to
continue to grow to bigger and better opportunities.”
Darrell Hooper (Incumbent)
Darrell L. Hooper was born in Madisonville, Texas and today lives
in Carrollton, Texas with his wife Connie. Darrell works on oil
well pressure control equipment for Halliburton Energy Services
as a Quality Assurance Engineer. Mr. Hooper currently serves as
a Board member on the Texas Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective
Darrell started out as a hot walker in 1966 over 35 years ago and
worked his way up the ladder to a groom, exercise rider, jockey,
and finally owner and trainer. He has started horses at Lone Star
Park, Manor Downs, Remington Park, Retama Park, Sam Houston Race
Park and Trinity Meadows. In addition to his love for horse racing
Darrell enjoys golfing.
Mr. Hooper has enjoyed serving on the THBPA Board of Directors
and says, “If I am blessed with being re-elected, I would
diligently continue to serve in the best interests and wishes of
all horsemen throughout the state.”
L.R. "Tooter" Jordan
Born in Poteet, Texas, Tooter Jordan and his wife Geri currently
reside in New Braunfels, Texas where he trains on their farm and
at Texas racetracks. Tooter started out in the horse racing industry
in 1961 as a jockey and from there went on to become a trainer and
owner. He has over thirty years experience as a trainer.
Mr. Jordan has been approved by the American Quarter Horse Association
and the Association of Racing Commissioners International as a Steward
or Judge, and is a current member of Texas Quarter Horse Association.
Tooter has started horses at Bandera Downs, Blue Ribbon Downs,
Delta Downs, Gillespie County Fair, Lone Star Park, Manor Downs,
Pamona, Remington Park, Retama Park, Ruidoso Downs, Sam Houston
Race Park, Sunland Park and Trinity Meadows, plus many others over
Mr. Jordan is eager to represent the horsemen racing in Texas stating
that, “I wish to promote quality and fairness for all horsemen
and breeds participating while striving to equally improve the quality
and structure of purses for all breeds by supporting new opportunities
for additional gaming in Texas.”
David Okeson was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and
today, he and his family reside in Kingswood, Texas. Mr. Okeson
is an Independent Sales Manager for a medical equipment and supplies
company in Houston, Texas. David is a past Texas Horsemen’s
Benevolent and Protective Association President and Board member,
past member of the Texas Quarter Horse Association Racing Committee
and an avid supporter of the HERO Program at Sam Houston Race Park.
Mr. Okeson grew up around horse racing in New Mexico and first
became involved as an owner in 1994 and in 2001 got his trainers
license. The first horse he ever owned was a claimer, which was
lost to a claim in his very first race and he won! He then went
on to buy a yearling named “Grits Gator” who ran in
10 stakes races earning over $200,000. This year Mr. Okeson won
his 50th race with quarter horses he has owned himself. David has
run races at Lone Star Park, Manor Downs, Retama Park and Sam Houston
David feels his biggest interest at this time is supporting his
children in 4H and soccer while also letting them have a part in
some of his horses. “If elected, I would like to be active
in two issues, one of them would be opportunities and the other
would be purses,” David stated.
Mike Zingelmann is the owner of and trainer for Wind Dancer Racing
Stable out of Bastrop, Texas. Mike was born in Anaheim, California
and is currently a member of the American Quarter Horse Association,
American Paint Horse Association and the Texas Quarter Horse Association.
Mr. Zingelmann got his start in racing as an owner in 1995 when
he claimed “Pappas Hot Trux” for $5,000. He later bred
this mare to produce “Yoda O Toole” who won the Dash
for Cash Futurity Consolation in 2001. Mike truly became involved
in 1999 when he “traded” for a trainers’ hat.
During the last three years he has enjoyed a lot of success improving
horses that others did not see the potential in. In dealing with
horses, Mike’s philosophy is “Give me your tired, your
poor and your mentally disabled and we will help them reach their
potential.” He has started horses at Calder Race Course, Delta
Downs, Lone Star Park, Manor Downs, Retama Park and Sam Houston
Mike likes to travel, go scuba diving, snow skiing and Texas A
& M sports where he graduated from in 1986. If elected “My
goals include providing health insurance for horsemen and their
families and promoting on track gaming to increase purses and racing
opportunities,” said Zingelmann.
Ballots must be received back by no later than Monday, December
16, 2002 and the results will be announced shortly thereafter. If
anyone who started a quarter horse in the past 12 months does not
receive a ballot please call the Texas Horsemen's Partnership office
at (512) 467-9799 and ask to speak with Wanda.