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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Application deadline for UPHA Open Gate Learning Center at the American Royal is October 10th, 2015
The UPHA Open Gate Learning Center will be offered again this year at the 2015 UPHA/American Royal National Championship Horse Show.
Application Deadline is October 10th, 2015
* This program is offered at no charge to all current junior members of the UPHA.
The UPHA has graciously offered to underwrite the UPHA Open Gate Learning Center Program at the 2015 UPHA/American Royal National Championship Horse Show. The entire program will be available at no charge to all current UPHA junior members.  Additionally juniors that would like to become UPHA Members may join during the UPHA Open Gate Learning Center application process. (see application link below) 
             **See Terms and Conditions**
The goal of the Open Gate Learning Center is to help students complete assignments required by their teachers while absent from school. Basic support such as clarification of assignments, proofreading work, proctoring tests and answering a student's questions are provided. The Center is also able to receive assignments, PowerPoint notes, outlines, etc. from teachers throughout the horse show.
Please mail to:
 Debbie Murphy
 1083 E. Field Rd
 Rockbridge Baths, VA 24473 
If you have any questions please call 804-366-9455 or 540-348-1055 or write to
  UPHA Open Gate Learning Application
Don't Miss the 2015 UPHA/American Royal National Championship Horse Show November 10-14, 2015
Nothing can match the fire and brilliance of the American Saddlebred Horse and Hackney Pony! The American Royal is once again honored to be hosting the UPHA (United Professional Horseman’s Association) National Championship. The very best American Saddlebreds, Hackney Ponies, and Road Horses from UPHA chapters throughout the country will come to Kansas City to compete for the prestige of being national champions.
Be sure to attend The National Championship Stake Night (Saturday Night), where the competition comes to an exciting climax as National Champions are crowned in 14 Classes. The final class will be the $50,000 Five Gaited National Championship.

For more information please Click Here.

Registration for the 2015 Time To Ride Challenge is now closed. Click Here to sign up to receive updates on future Time To Ride programs

About the Challenge:


The Time to Ride Challenge is all about sharing the joy of horses with newcomers. $100,000 cash and prizes will be awarded to the host stables, businesses, and organizations that can introduce the greatest number of new people to horses during the Challenge period through fun horse experiences.


The annual Time to Ride Challenge offers horse professionals the opportunity to grow their business while competing for cash and prizes. Those who sign up to become Challenge hosts offer activities during the months of June - September to give Newcomers a chance to meet a horse. More than 700 beginner-friendly Hosts in 49 states took the Challenge in 2014, resulting in more than 25,000 people enjoying a first-time horse experience. Hosts may use Time to Ride ideas and resources to create compelling activities aimed at generating new long-term customers. Divided into Large, Medium and Small divisions, Hosts compete to reach the most Newcomers during the Challenge period and can win up to $10,000 in cash, with prizes awarded through tenth place in each division.


Find a Ride page:


Hosts participating in the Time to Ride Challenge receive free listings on the Time to Ride map. Each Host location will be mapped including business name, location, and contact information. Host listings will be accessible to everyone visiting It may take up to 30 days for your listing to appear. The Time to Ride Map can be searched by category and zip code to assist Newcomers in locating trail rides, stables, riding lessons, fairs and rodeos, racetracks and equine events nearby. For more mapping information or to ask questions, contact


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Time to Ride is an equine-industry-wide program facilitated by the American Horse Council with the goal of connecting, or reconnecting, people with horses in their local area.


Time to Ride programs are designed to connect American families, specifically moms, to horses in their areas. The Time to Ride initiative is coordinated by the American Horse Council in cooperation with a host of equine organizations as well as breed and discipline associations. Through the Time to Ride Challenge, its interactive websites, and other activities, Time to Ride encourages people to enjoy the benefits of horse experiences, which include increased mental and physical well-being.