THE HORSEMEN’S BENEVOLENT AND PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION OF ALBERTA 2020 Spring General Membership Meeting Dear Horsemen: It has been a challenging spring for horse racing, not only in Alberta but racing world-wide. We are incredibly happy to finally have racing dates and looking forward to some positive outcomes for racing in 2020. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the HBPA has decided we will have to cancel our traditional spring general meeting. We will plan to hold our Annual General Meeting once stage 3 opens up in Alberta and will be passing that information along as soon as we know. Thank you all for your patience, and please follow our website and social media for upcoming information. Should you have any questions, please call myself at 403-715-1689 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Executive Director/Manager, Allen Goodsell June 13, 2020
The HBPA of Alberta is pleased to announce live horse racing's return to Alberta! Statement from Horse Racing Alberta: "Live Horse Racing to Resume This Weekend in Alberta. On behalf of the Alberta Horse Racing and Breeding Industry, Horse Racing Alberta is pleased to announce the return of live horse racing in Alberta. Horse Racing Alberta in conjunction with all industry stakeholders and the Government of Alberta are pleased to see live Standardbred racing return in Alberta starting this Sunday June 14th at Track On 2 in Lacombe. Live Thoroughbred racing will load the gate June 21st in Edmonton at Century Mile and live Standardbred racing will resume June 22nd at Century Downs in Calgary. Numerous safety precautions will be put in place to protect all industry participants following the COVID-19 guidelines set forth by Alberta Health and the Canadian Pari Mutuel Agency (CPMA). Racing will take place with strict physical distancing measures in place. Fans can wager live in person
The HBPA of Alberta would like to pass along condolences to the family of Doris "Dodie" Burrell. Dodie was predeceased by her husband Russell (Happy). She is survived by her children Jim (Annette), Perry, Candy, Dawn, Rusty (Sharon) and Doug. Her grandchildren Bobby, Russell, Christy, Danny, Justin, Wyatt and Sawyer; As well as her Step Son Ronnie Burrell, and his children Stacy, Shaun, Erin, Ashely and Cody. The Burrell family has a long standing tradition of their involvement in horse racing in Alberta over the decades. Russell (Happy) Burrell was a racehorse trainer for many years with Dodie by his side. They had a band called the "Happy Russell and the Prairie Ramblers Band" that traveled and entertained all over Alberta.
RMTC Medication Updates for Horsemen
Owners and Trainers Jockey Club Calls for Suspension of Section 31 for 2019/20 Tax Filings Farmers involved in the horse racing industry are being asked to join the JCC and HBPA to insist on measures to help them get through the next few years. Please read the article and download the letter to print, sign, mail, or email to your federal M.P. https://canadianthoroughbred.com/magazine/business/jockey-club-suspension-section-31/#.XpCoGK-FCgk.email Form-Letter-1-3
Dear Horsemen, While we do not know the full extent of how the current COVID-19 pandemic will affect our 2020 race season, we are committed to making the best choices we can for all of our owners, trainers, and backstretch personnel. The HBPA of Alberta have received written notice from Century Mile Racetrack and Casino with regards to some significant changes to the 2020 Thoroughbred racing season. The Fall meet at Century Downs scheduled from September 5 – October 25 has been moved in its entirety to Century Mile. This means we will race the entire 2020 season at Century Mile Racetrack and Casino. We have evaluated all of the information and are trying to remain flexible and adaptable to make the best possible decisions. A delayed start to the summer meet might be necessary, and we feel it is in our best interest to have horses and horsemen stay in one location for the entire race season. We will continue