INHBPA

Indiana Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association, Inc.

Ministry

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INHBPA provides support in many ways for the horsemen and women on the backside. Along with a benevolence program providing funds and services to provide physical needs, INHBPA also has a dedicated staff that is available for spiritual needs. 
INHBPA ministry provides opportunities for fellowship and spiritual support whether your first language is english or spanish.  

CHAPLINS

Otto Thorwarth
Otto Thorwarth is an ex-jockey who has joined the Indiana HBPA Chaplaincy for 2019. Otto rode races for fifteen years amassing over 1,600 wins and multiple riding titles. He is probably best know for his portrayal of Ron Turcotte in Disney’s Secretariat.

In most recent years he was ordained as a minister and has worked as an exercise rider for Anthony Granitz and as the chaplain for the QHRAI.

Otto is exciting about joining us in bringing all the backside together by spreading the gospel through the love of Christ.

Ailsa
Ailsa Calderon is from Costa Rica and has been very active in ministry since a very young age when she taught Sunday School. She is currently teaching Spanish at a Christian school and is assistant to the principal.

She and her husband, Marvin, planted (and pastored) the first Hispanic church of the Assemblies of God in Hendersonville, NC and have planted and pastored two churches in Indianapolis. 

Ailsa has been with the Indiana HBPA as chaplain since April 2016.
A Message from Otto
A Message from Ailsa
Otto Thorwarth is an ex-jockey who has joined the HBPA Chaplaincy for 2019. Otto rode races for fifteen years amassing over 1,600 wins and multiple riding titles. He is probably best know for his portrayal of Ron Turcotte in Disney’s Secretariat. In most recent years he was ordained as a minister and has worked as an exercise rider for Anthony Granitz and as the chaplain for the IQHA . Otto is exciting about joining us in bringing all the backside together by spreading the gospel through the love of Christ.

This year HBPA is experimenting with a community garden. The garden will be located to the East of the soccer field and spaces will be open and allotted for any backside employee with an IHRC license. Tools and water will be made available for planting and some plants will be purchased/provided by the Indiana HBPA.

We need to know who will be wanting a plot.

Please contact Chaplain Otto to secure your space.

You can reach Chaplain Otto by email

or phone at: 501-802-5480
Hello, my name is Ailsa Calderón, a chaplain for HBPA at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino.

I am from Costa Rica (Tica). I grew up in a family of six, in a dysfunctional home. I received the Lord as my Savior at the age of eight to nine years in a Sunday school, where I first heard that Christ loved me. At the age of 12 I started teaching in a Sunday school, at 16 I started working with the youth, and very soon after that I started to preach in the church at my pastor's request.
When I went to college, it was a challenge for me to continue maintaining my faith in the Lord, but with His help I did.
At the age of 23, I married Marvin Calderón and after two years of marriage we started to pastor a church together with our son Javier, who was a few months old at the time.
In 1996 we moved to the state of North Carolina to plant the first Hispanic church of the Assemblies of God in Hendersonville. Then we moved here to Indianapolis, where we have planted two churches.
I work at a Christian school as a Spanish teacher and as an assistant to my principal. I’ve been working as a chaplain for another company.
One day my chaplaincy teacher called me to let me know that he had recommended me for a chaplain position at Indiana Grand. He advised me to pray, talk to my husband and go to the interview, and he said: "I think God will use you in that place." A week before this call, I was praying with my husband for an extra job to be able to get ahead with the payments from our children's college. I went to the interview in February 2016. At the meeting there were three HBPA representatives who were very kind to me. In April 2016, I started working for the HBPA.
I started having different experiences when meeting many people in this place. It gives me joy to come and pray for the jockeys and then be able to walk through each barn and ask the workers how they’re doing.
I started to establish relationships and communication with them. At first, I think it was a big challenge for them to have a woman as a chaplain. I think they did not feel confident, at the beginning to share their situations with me. But as time went by, things began to change.
I thanked God, because I was seeing that their relationship with me was getting better. Over the years I still love what I do. I enjoy being able to serve them. I truly enjoy listening to them when they have situations, and I can give them advice based on the Word of God. When they have to go to the doctor, I like to be there to encourage them and tell them that they will be better.
I see this more as a ministry than as a job.
When the end of the season approaches, many times there are tears because we do not know if we will see each other again. But I always give them this verse as advice: Psalm 37:5 “Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.”
We are approaching the season of 2019 where I know that, with the help of the Lord, we will have a wonderful year. He will help us overcome the obstacles that may come. I thank God for his protection over me and for the support I have from HBPA, my husband Marvin, my children: Shekinah, Javier and Lauren, and my soon-to-arrive grandson, whom I love very much.


If you want to contact me call me at 317 979 1873.

Oh what a seed can do!!!

Sometimes when sharing our faith we can feel like we aren’t making progress or being productive. I used to have these cool gospel tracts that were a million dollar bill. They looked and felt like real money. I would always take a few with me to the grocery store and drop them in the cases of beer.

I always imagine what it would look like when the people opened their case to get a beer and found the million dollar bill. I picture them looking at the case to see if there is a contest kind of like the Willy Wonka gold ticket.

Never the less, we never know what a seed may do. Studies show that the average person has to hear the gospel 7 times before they receive it. So the seed you sow may be the 1st, 5th, or the 7th. You just don’t know , but keep on scattering that seed !!
In Matthew 16 just after Peter receives the revelation of who Jesus is, Jesus states in vs 19 “and I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven”. This is bringing heaven to earth. “ Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”. Yesterday I spoke of how sin melts in the presence of God. So does sickness, disease, and demons. When we are hosting the very presence of God, signs and wonders should be a part of everyday life !

Read Past Messages from Otto
Read Past Messages from Ailsa
  1. 2
    Chaplins
  2. 897
    Horses Raced
  3. 60
    Trainers
  4. 120
    Days of Racing
  5. 2,085
    Members
  6. 160
    Grooms at Dorms

FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

BIBLE STUDY

HOT DOG DAYS

COMMUNITY GARDEN

INHBPA Ministry Chaplins will be hosting bible studies.
Watch here for dates and times.

Feel free to attend and invite a friend for fellowship faith among others who are seeking peace and hope through faith.
INHBPA will be providing hot dogs periodically throughout the race meet.
Watch here for dates and times. 


Stop by and grab a hot dog before you head to the barn or in between chores.
This year HBPA is experimenting with a community garden. The garden will be located to the East of the soccer field. Spaces will be open and allotted for any backside employee with an IHRC license. Tools and water will be made available for planting. Some plants will be purchased by HBPA. We need to know who will be wanting a plot. Please contact Chaplain Otto to secure your space. (See contact info below.)

Welcome Back  Dinner

May 10, 2019 7:00-9:00pm

Prayer Walk

Join Indiana HBPA as we welcome the horsemen back to Indiana Grand for the 2019 racing season.

Indiana HBPA will provide the meal and drinks and there will be prize drawings through the evening.
Must be present to win!

April 12, 2019 @ 5:00pm

Join Indiana HBPA Chaplains, Otto Thorwarth and Ailsa Calderon as they take a prayer walk around the track at Indiana Grand.

Immediatley following Prayer Walk the Indiana HBPA will provide drinks and food for those participating. Please stay and fellowship!

CONTACT US

If you have a need or a prayer request, please do not hesitate to send us a message. We will reply within 24 hours.
Name
Phone
Message - Need - Prayer Request
Email
Otto:
Telephone: (501) 802-5480
Email Otto


Ailsa:
Telephone: (317) 979-1873
Email Ailsa