Vincent Hot Springs Clinic, has been providing care to HBPA
employees for 14 years, treating everything from horse bites to lacerations to diabetes at no charge.
To counter these challenges, the HBPA
is looking to establish a national captive to control costs and provide what Bellocq refers to as a "one-stop shopping" opportunity for horsemen to obtain workers' compensation as well as liability and fire and disaster coverage.
"It's very difficult for Kentucky horsemen or the Kentucky HBPA
directly to embrace whatever they come up with when they won't allow us to be at the table," says the group's spokesman Marty Maline.
According to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (HBPA
), a large majority of American households own a grill, and more than half of grill owners use theirs year-round.
While the majority of American households (80 percent) own a grill or smoker, according to a 2014 survey by the Hearth Barbecue & Patio Association (HBPA), consumers don't have to go outdoors to get their fix of barbecue flavor.
The traditional grilling holidays of Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day are now finding competition from other seasons, with the HBPA noting Thanksgiving, New Year's Eve and Super Bowl Sunday as occasions where people also enjoy cooking outdoors.
Barbecue sauce is a necessity for nearly three-quarters of those who grill, according to the HBPA, which notes that sauces are most often used for basting during cooking.