New England Harness Racing
at Plainridge Park in Plainville, Massachusetts

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P.O. Box 1811, Plainville, MA 02762

Executive Secretary: Lin Sherman (508.824.1074; hhanesec@hhane.com)

Robert J. McHugh, President  (2021)

President and ex-officio member of all committees

email: president@hhane.com   ~  ph: 781.929.7254

Bob may technically be retired but don't tell that to the horses he's owned and helped train since his first purchase in the mid-70's! His former life as a federal bank examiner comes in handy in his role as President.

James Hardy, Vice President  (2020)

Vice Pres, Bike Committee Chair, Race Track Committee Chair

email: jhardystable64@yahoo.com  ~  ph: 508.577.6631

Jim has served as both an officer and member of the board for over 15 years, a record no one has surpassed. As an driver, trainer, and owner of Hardy Stables, Jim's expertise has been invaluable to the board. Jim reached his 3000th victory in October 2016 and plans to have many more.

Joseph Flynn  (2021)

Health & Welfare Committee

email: flynneileen@verizon.net  ~  ph: 508.887.0685

Retired? The horses don't know that! A former educator as well as a long-time owner and trainer, Joe's been in the industry for over 50 years and has raced up and down the East Coast. A dedicated Board member, Joe uses his knowledge, and at times his teaching skills, on the board.


Wallace Watson (2019)

Bike and Race Track committees

email: wrwatson@yahoo.com  ~  ph: 207.841.8731

A HHANE member for over ten years, Wally has been involved in the horse industry for many years and as a former member of the Maine HHA board, he is no stranger to Board issues and readily uses his expertise for the betterment of HHANE members.

Joseph Therrien, Clerk  (2019)

Bike and Race Track committies

email: joetherrien21@yahoo.com  ~  ph: 508.272.8513

Joe grew up in the horse industry and constantly uses his knowledge as a driver and trainer (and blacksmith!) to ensure the best interests of HHANE members.

Alice Szpila, Treasurer  (2019)

Treasurer, Health & Welfare Committee Chair

email: aszpilatreas@hhane.com  ~  ph: 508.662.8564

An owner and trainer, as well as owner of National Equine Associates and co-owner of Tisbert Stable, With over 30 years in the industry, Alice's knowledge is a valuable asset to the Board not only as a board member but in her roles as Treasurer and chair of the Health & Welfare Committee. Alice has raced throughout the United States.

Robert Bogigian  (2020)

Marketing, Health & Welfare Committee

email: brobert8@charter.net  ~  ph: 508.414.0833

Far from retired, Bob enjoys his role as a horse owner. His past experience as both an educator and a politician plus his over ten years as a HHANE member serve him well in his many roles on the HHANE board.

Frank M. Antonacci (2021)

Governmental Affairs Liaison

email: fma@lindyfarms.com  ~  ph: 860.559.8183

Frank's expertise as president of Lindy Farms and success as an owner and trainer has proven invaluable to the Board. A true negotiator, he's a natural in his position as Governmental Affairs Liaison.

Paul Silva  (2020)

Race track Committee

email: lpsbennieboy@gmail.com  ~  ph: 603.801.8052

A farrier and driver, as well as a HHANE member for over fifteen years, Paul has been around horses most of his life and has lots of stories to share. Paul returned to the Board after a seven year absence.

2018-2019 Officers & Directors

Number in parentheses after name indicates last year of current term