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.


The following letter is in response to the United States Department of Agriculture's request for comments on the proposed horse protection rule regarding the Licensing of Designated Qualified Persons and Other Amendments that appeared in the Federal Register on July 26, 2016 ("proposed rule")(81 FR 49112). Founded in 1968, the United Professional Horsemen's Association ("UPHA") represents thousands of horse trainers and other professionals, including 21 regional chapters that comprise all 50 states and Canada. The UPHA is dedicated to bettering the conditions of those engaged in the pursuit of various equine related activities, to supporting research aimed at improving the horse as a species, and to promoting the development of a higher degree of efficiency for its members in their efforts to improve the general condition of the show horse industry.

On behalf of its membership, UPHA appreciates the opportunity to provide comments and additional information to assist APHIS in its development of the proposed rule to ensure it protects horse welfare, reflects the needs of the show horse industry and is consistent with the intent and language of the Horse Protection Act ("HPA"). While the UPHA is supportive of APHIS' intention to protect the integrity of the inspection system and strengthen existing requirements to prevent the cruel and inhumane practice of soring, UPHA cannot support the proposed rule as drafted. UPHA is concerned that the proposed rule exceeds the Agency's statutory authority under the HPA and contains a number of provisions with vague language that may result in confusion, uncertainty and unintended detrimental impacts to trotting breeds that have no history of soring. To prevent these outcomes, UPHA believes that the following modifications and clarifications must be made to ensure the proposed rule remains within the confines of the statutory authority granted by Congress, is easily understood by UPHA's members, and is consistently applied by APHIS: Please click on the following link to read the entire response from UPHA and forward the letter ASAP to your Representatives and Senators: RE- Docket No. APHIS-2011-0009 Horse Protection
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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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