Kent Stirling, Longtime Executive Director Of Florida HBPA, Dies At 72

by | 09.06.2017 | 4:15pm

Kent Stirling, who for many years was the executive director of the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, died Sept. 5 after a recurrence of cancer, according to a report in the Daily Racing Form. He was 72.

Stirling served as the executive director of the Florida HBPA from 1995 – 2015; he served as president of that organization for three years prior to that. As the Daily Racing Form reports, Stirling “played a pivotal role” representing horsemen's interests during his tenure. He also served on several different boards of national organizations which sought changes in horse racing's medication regulation.

Stirling also was an advocate for horsemen on medication issues, and he was a past board member for the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium.

Read more in the Daily Racing Form

  • Jay Stone

    Kent was an important link between Florida tracks and horseman for many,many years and his leadership as well as expertise on medication issues will be sorely missed. RIP.

  • Sally Blue

    Though at the end of his time as Fhbpa executive director, he had gone into disfavor with many of the board, anytime somebody had a positive at Calder he was in the stewards office defending them to the teeth, with his vast knowledge of medication. And that includes Martin D Wolfson. Don’t know how many people know he was walking around with a colostomy bag the last ten years of his life. Will miss you Kent, RIP

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