Lexington attorney named National HBPA chief

The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association board has named attorney and retired Brigadier Gen. Philip Hanrahan as chief executive. A Lexington attorney, he begins Dec. 19.

Hanrahan grew up on working on a horse farm on Long Island, N.Y., and for a time was a licensed Thoroughbred trainer, according to the announcement.

"Phil brings a full array of proven leadership skills to the National HBPA as a result of his vast military experiences. His quarter-century of practicing law adds legal and professional negotiation, litigation and public speaking skills," said Joe Santanna, National HBPA president and chairman.

The HBPA, which has its headquarters in Lexington, represents trainers and other horsemen.

Hanrahan replaces Remi Bellocq, who left to become executive director of Equine Programming for Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington.