HBPA Panel Offers Advice on Engaging With Lawmakers

Panel was part of the National HBPA conference in Hot Springs, Ark.


As government affairs consultant Joe Clabes sees it, when horse racing conducts industry days on state capitol steps it’s perfectly all right for many of racing’s participants to show up in jeans.

“It’s OK if there’s a cowboy hat or two and big belt buckles,” Clabes noted during a panel discussion on how horsemen can interact and build relationships with lawmakers March 3 during the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association conference at the Oaklawn Park hotel in Hot Springs, Ark.

Clabes, who has lobbied for the Kentucky industry and the Kentucky HBPA, said seeing that everyday fashion helps remind lawmakers that while racing may be the Sport of Kings, there are plenty of people going to work each day to make a living in the sport and the ancillary businesses that keep it up and running.


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