Bill Walmsley, long time President of the Arkansas HBPA and former President of the National HBPA, has been appointed by Governor Mike Beebe to the Arkansas Court of Appeals. Walmsley was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the NTRA and served on that Board for the first five years of its existence. Additionally, he has served as a National Vice-President and as the National Secretary-Treasurer.
He has owned and raced thoroughbreds since the late 1970's in the name of Jamestown Stables or PHWL Partnership. Cumulatively horses in which he had an ownership interest have won some 106 races throughout the country.
His appointment as a Justice of the Court of Appeals will require him to resign all positions in the Arkansas and National HBPA. Walmsley issued the following statement:
“One of the few regrets I have in accepting this Judicial Appointment is the requirement that I sever my relationship with the state and National NBPA. I have made many friends and met many people I admire in this industry and I will miss them very much. I have found owning and racing thoroughbreds to be an emotionally rewarding experience.”
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