Kent Stirling

Step Ahead Thoroughbred Retirement Awarded Exmark Mower For 2019 Mowing Season

Step Ahead Thoroughbred Retirement, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit that rehabilitates, retrains and rehomes retired Thoroughbred racehorses in the Tampa Bay area, has been awarded the use of an Exmark Lazer Z X-Series mower for the 2019 mowing season. The donation was provided by Equine Equipment and its equine industry partner Exmark as part of the […]

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

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 […]

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Chain Of Custody Procedures Lead To Order Reinstating Ziadie’s Florida License

An administrative law judge has recommended that trainer Kirk Ziadie’s license renewal – which was denied in August by the Florida Department of Business Regulation’s Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering as a result of several medication violations – be granted because  chain of custody procedures in post-race test sample collection were contrary to existing rules. F. Scott Boyd, […]

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$4.5 Million Florida-Bred Stakes Program Announced For 2016

Gulfstream Park along with the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association (FTBOA) and Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (FHBPA) announced today a 2016 Florida-bred stakes program worth $4.5 million, highlighted by the $1.05 million Sunshine Millions and $2.9 million Florida Sire Stakes. The Sunshine Millions, six races restricted to Florida-breds including the $250,000 Sunshine […]

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Florida Horsemen Seeking New Executive Director As Stirling Contract Concludes

During the next few months, Florida Thoroughbred racing industry icon Kent Stirling will transition out of his current position as Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (FHBPA) Executive Director, the organization announced today, October 9, 2015.  Stirling’s contract term expires December 31, 2015. Stirling, himself a decorated former Thoroughbred trainer, has been a fixture in […]

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Survey Says: Florida HBPA Says Members Support Lasix Use

The Florida HBPA has been calling account holders with the Horsemen’s Bookkeepers Office, which the FHBPA operates, to update addresses and capture email addresses for several months.  At the same time, they ask the account holder one simple question: “What is your position on race-day Lasix?”  There are three possible answers: “I support it, I’m […]

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Florida Racing Officials Join Presentation to Senate Gaming Committee

Officials from Florida’s Thoroughbred and accredited Quarter Horse racing industries will join analyst and researcher Will Cummings, who will present his findings on the statewide economic impact of horse racing to the Florida Senate Committee on Gaming today, February 3, 2014. Cummings’ presentation is scheduled first on the two-hour Committee agenda, which begins at 1 […]

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Controversy in Florida Over Clenbuterol Positives

The Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association is at war with the state’s regulatory body, the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, over what FHBPA executive director Kent Stirling said are more than 125 positive tests for clenbuterol.  Clenbuterol is a bronchodilator originally used to treat respiratory problems that became a commonly administered drug for horses in […]

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U.S. Senate to examine drugs in horse racing

“Medication and Performance Enhancing Drugs in Horse Racing” will be in the spotlight next Thursday in Washington, D.C., when the United States Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation conducts a hearing that will bring together both opponents and proponents of the horse racing industry’s current regulatory structure and permissive use of therapeutic medication in […]

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Former trainer William Stirling Jr. dies

William Stirling Jr., a retired Thoroughbred trainer, died on Tuesday in Ontario at the age of 94. Founder of Stirling Lumber company, William Stirling was a show rider after serving in World War II. He sold Stirling Lumber Company and began training racehorses in the 1970s. Stirling was the trainer of multiple stakes winner What […]

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