Welcome to the ILHBPA and R.A.C.E. website

The HBPA (Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association), established nationally in 1940 is an organization of Owners and Trainers. The HBPA was established locally in the 60’s. The association is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of Owners and Trainers volunteering their time and elected by the membership every three years. The HBPA is committed to working for the betterment of racing on all levels.

The R.A.C.E. program a 501(c)3 is a separate non profit that finds homes for retired race horses and is involved with the Vandalia Correctional Facility to teach inmates how to care for horses at the facility. This vocational program is an excellent tool in giving the offenders skills needed to change their lives upon release from prison. R.A.C.E. assists in finding employment for the offenders which drastically reduces the chance of them returning to prison. R.A.C.E. is proud to be a part of this historic program in Illinois.