09/15/2011 3:28PM

Bellocq leaving as chief executive of National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Assocation

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Remi Bellocq, chief executive of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association for the past 10 years, is leaving the position to take a job as the executive director of an equine program at Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington, the National HBPA said.

Bellocq, a former racetrack marketing director and an amateur rider, will start in his new position Oct. 3, according to the NHBPA. The position at Bluegrass Community will require Bellocq to oversee the school’s equine curriculum, which prepares students for jobs in the equine industry. The program also works collaboratively with the North American Racing Academy, which is based in Lexington and is associated with Bluegrass Community.

“It will be hard to leave, but BCTC and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System have given me a wonderful opportunity, for which I am grateful,” Bellocq said in a press release. “My goal is to build on the great work being done by BCTC and the North American Racing Academy to provide horsemen with ready, willing, and able workers at all levels.”

In a release, the NHBPA said that it has formed a search committee to evaluate candidates for a new chief executive.

The NHBPA, based in Lexington, represents approximately 30,000 horsemen through the organization’s state affiliates.