General Harmony Theme As HBPA Confab Ends: Murphy Cites Progress Made By Body in Its Brief History, Daily Racing Form, 1943-06-12


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General Harmony Theme As HBPA Confab Ends EndsMurphy Murphy Cites Progress Made By Body in Its Brief History HistoryThe The national convention of the Horse ¬ mens Benevolent and Protective Associa ¬ tion came to a close here Thursday night with a general session at which Maj Thomas H McCreery reelected president of the association and Joseph A Murphy named permanent adviser to the president were the principal speakers speakersMajor Major McCreery outlined proposals and resolutions drawn up the night before by members of the executive committee and Murphy discussed the accomplishments and aims of the organization as the themes of their talks More than 150 members of the HBPA attended the final session a meeting in which general harmony was the keynote keynoteIn In the course of his address Major Mc ¬ Creery urged an early drive to interest blacksmiths exercise boys and grooms in auxiliary membership in the association and again pointed out the advantages to those who come into the HBPA in this group They will receive all the benefits such as medical attention hospitalization and other relief and they will have rep ¬ resentation in the affairs of the association through a committee which they will ap ¬ point pointMajor Major McCreery also recommended for the consideration of horsemen the execu ¬ tive committees opposition to arbitrary arbitraryContinued Continued on Page Two General Harmony Theme As HBPA Confab Ends EndsMurphy Murphy Cites Progress Made By Body in Its Brief History HistoryContinued Continued from Page One Onerules rules which bar certain horses from par ¬ ticipation in certain meetings a proposal that a qualified horseman be included on the board of stewards at every track and the suggestion that applicants for trainers licenses present their qualifications for that profession before being granted credentials credentialsMurphy Murphy who was named permanent ad ¬ visor to the president of the HBPA cited the splendid advancement and good work this rapidly growing organization has achieved in its brief history and suggested that it will go far during the next 12 months monthsHe He stressed the importance of a close knit organization made up of owners train ¬ ers grooms exercise riders and platers for their mutual benefit and welcomed the pro ¬ posal that the Jockeys Community Fund and Guild work in cooperation with the horsemens group He also urged that racing associations be persuaded to dedi ¬ cate certain days or races to the raising of funds for the HBPA and delegates from various branches of the organization have been commissioned to discuss this matter with state racing commissioners and track operators operatorsIn In commenting on the HBPA as a stead ¬ ily growing body Murphy said he was happy to find that the organization during the first year of its existence had banished the thought that it would not work in clos ¬ est cooperation with the track manage ¬ ments and he pointed out that that was one of the associations principal aims aimsHe He also noted the possibility that horse ¬ men and others will be in need of assist ¬ ance again this winter if the New Orleans Fair Grounds is the only track that will be in a position to operate during the cold months but he offered a ray of hope for better general conditions next winter with the observation that there is a chance that Florida might have a season if not on the elaborate scale of previous years He held hope for racing at Gulfstream Park as well as Hialeah even if travel restrictions I keep Tropical Park closed closedOn On the subject of contributions from tracks Murphy said that whatever money is received from these sources should be held in trust by the track making the gift and be disbursed by a committee composed of a representative of the track a delegate of the HBPA and a third member to be selected by both He added however that While this money should be frozen where it is collected provisions should be made for its disbursement elsewhere if needed neededThe The veteran racing official had little to say about the claiming rule except that it is a problem for horsemen themselves and the regulations governing this phase of horse dealing must be agreeable to them themR R J Gilmore who has served as secre ¬ tary of the central group of the organiza ¬ tion last night was appointed secretary to the president and he will do contact work out of the New York offices Also appointed last night was the Illinois committee to work under James Chesney vicepresident and head of the group His committeemen are Kirby Ramsey E B Carpenter Roscoe Goose Clyde Troutt Al Gaal Frank Grand and M G Farnsworth FarnsworthE E B Carpenter was named head of the Florida committee He will appoint his associates later while the heads of the other groups will meet with their chapters to select horsemen to assist in the conduct of affairs in their respective areas areasOne One of Chesneys first assignments with his committee will be to call on the Illinois Racing Board to discuss the possibility of raising funds for the HBPA through the race tracks

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