The 2017 UPHA National Convention 

January 18-21, 2017

The Westin Canal Street
New Orleans, LA

The UPHA announces its 2017 National Convention with special guests, The American Hackney Horse Association, The American Saddlebred Horse Association and The American Saddlebred Registry.

Please join us in New Orleans for the 2017 National Convention.  Reservation  booklets have been mailed to all members and contain information about meetings, awards, hotel accommodations and travel information.   

Convention Reservations are now open!

Click Here to make your reservations now!

To mail your convention reservation form to the office, download the form here, 2017 Convention Registration Form

Hotel Reservations are now open!

Click Here to make your online reservations directly with the Westin Canal Place, New Orleans, LA

For phone reservations, please call (888) 627-8180 and make sure to mention "UPHA 2017" Convention to receive your special rates!

2016 UPHA Horse/Pony of theYear 
Online Voting Begins Today


All voting is to be done online and only current (2016) UPHA Professional Members may vote. To vote you must log in to your UPHA membership profile on the UPHA website,, using your membership number and password. If you have not setup a password you may do so at this time. Located in the center of the membership page there is a "Set up Your Password Now" tab. If you do not know your UPHA Membership Number you may search by clicking the "Verify Member Status" tab.

Once you are logged in, you will see a "Start Voting Now" tab, just above your name and profile picture. Click on the link and you may begin voting.

You must click the "Submit Votes" button at the bottom of the page for your votes to count. Remember only current UPHA Professional Members may vote and you may vote only one time. Online voting will end at 12am on Thursday, December 1, 2016.


The Division winners will be determined directly from the results of the online voting. The owner of the winning Horse and Pony, in each Division will be notified prior to the Super Convention.


The Division Awards will be presented 

on Friday January 20th, 2017, during the UPHA Luncheon at the Westin Canal Place in New Orleans, LA.

Each of the forty-nine (49) Division Winners will automatically become eligible for the UPHA Overall Horse and Pony of The Year Awards in their respective division.

Ballots will be distributed, Friday January 20th, 2017, during the UPHA Luncheon, to all UPHA Professional and Associate Members, to determine the twelve (12)  Horse and Pony of the Year Overall Champions.


The UPHA Horse and Pony of the Year Overall Champions will be presented their awards during the Saturday Evening Gala.


Please click on the link below to cast your vote for your favorites, and please plan to join us in New Orleans for the 2017 UPHA National Convention, January 18-21, 2017 at the beautiful Westin Canal Place in New Orleans, LA!


Click here to vote!

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Support the UPHA Foundation, Inc

 "Legal Defense Fund"


Leadership from the UPHA, ASHA, AHHS and AMHA have joined forces to establish the UPHA Foundation Legal Defense Fund, and our goal is to raise 1 million dollars. All contributions are 100% tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


The UPHA Foundation, Inc. is a multi-breed non-profit and the tie that binds all of the above organizations together with the purpose to improve and protect the show horse industry. Additionally the UPHA seeks to foster communication and mutually beneficial relationships between all participants in the horse show industry.


The Legal Defense Fund is currently seeking a naming endowment as the first course of funding. For more information or to make a contribution please contact Nancy Becker @ or simply mail your contribution to:


UPHA Foundation, Inc.

Legal Defense Fund

Attn. Nancy Becker

4059 Iron Works Parkway, #2

Lexington, KY 40511


A couple of different fundraisers have recently been put in place to help fund the legal battle we are currently facing of the vague and capricious language in the USDA's proposed changes in the Horse Protection Act. With that said, we are thrilled to announce that the Legal Defense Fund has a gracious anonymous donor that is willing to match the T-shirt campaign funds raised through the deadline of November 13th, 2016, which is immediately following the American Royal. 


To purchase your T-shirt, contact a UPHA Young Professional, Ethan Roetman @ or click on the following link:


Please, make a contribution today to the UPHA Foundation, Inc. Legal Defense Fund and help the UPHA, ASHA, AHHS and AMHA fight for you and the horse show industry.

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Based in Lexington, KY, the UPHA is an association of professional horsemen and horsewomen who have united to improve the show horse industry and to define and clarify their professionalism within the industry. Since its inception in 1968, the UPHA has expanded into nineteen regional chapters that comprise all fifty states and Canada. The predominant breeds represented by UPHA members are the American Saddlebred, the Morgan Horse, the Hackney Pony and the National Show Horse. From the beginning, UPHA programs have benefited not only the individual horse person, but the entire horse show industry.


The UPHA regularly works with the United States Equestrian Federation, The American Horse Council and the various breed organizations to promote safety, ensure fairness, improve conditions, increase attendance and improve the overall horse show experience for owners, trainers, grooms, and spectators alike. In addition to its core programs, the UPHA seeks to foster communication and mutually beneficial relationships between all participants in the horse show industry.

For over forty years the United Professional Horsemen's Association has given a united voice to the individual trainer while recognizing his/her unique capabilities and talent. We invite you to learn more about UPHA's goals and programs, and would welcome your membership into our association.
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