Residence: Batesville, AR
Bill Walmsley has owned and raced thoroughbreds since the late 1970’s and has been a long-time supporter of the sport, holding various state and national titles. The former President of the Arkansas Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association (H.B.P.A.) and former President of the National H.B.P.A., was appointed by Governor Mike Beebe to the Arkansas Court of Appeals in Nov. 2012 and at that time, he stepped down from the Arkansas H.B.P.A. where he was serving his second term as President. He rejoined the Arkansas H.B.P.A. board in 2016 after completing his term on the Court of Appeals.
The National H.B.P.A. presented its 2011 Industry Service Award to Walmsley to recognize, honor, and express its gratitude to him for his active involvement, outstanding contributions, and wise counsel to the National HBPA over the past two decades. During that time, Walsley served at different times as NHBPA’s President, Vice President for the Southern Region, Secretary-Treasurer, and a Board member. He was also a founding member of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA)’s and served as the NHBPA’s representative on its Board of Directors.
Born in Bald Knob, Arkansas, Walmsley attended Arkansas College, where he served as Student Council President and earned a scholarship as part of the basketball team. Walmsley went on to earn his law degree from University of Arkansas. After practicing law for five years, Walmsley launched a successful campaign for a seat on the Arkansas State Senate. He served as a state senator in Arkansas for 12 years.