LEXINGTON, KY (January 15, 2016) - The American Saddlebred Museum and Gift Shop is currently seeking to hire a full time Bookkeeper. Founded in 1962, the Museum is the ultimate “Showplace for Saddlebreds”. Located on the grounds of the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, the Museum is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization funded by membership and private donations. The ASM presents the traditions and heritage of the American Saddlebred Horse through the Collection, Preservation and Display of artifacts, fine art, photography and the written word.

Duties and Responsibilities: The bookkeeper is responsible for computing, classifying and recording financial transactions to ensure the financial records of the American Saddlebred Museum are accurate. Handles all journal entries, billing and bank reconciliations. Oversees accounts receivables/payables, payroll, record keeping, updates membership and donation databases and other duties as assigned. The candidate should have Associate's degree in accounting or business administration, or significant work experience (preferably in the non-profit field), organizational and self-motivational skills, financial management skills, as well as a knowledge of bookkeeping and generally accepted accounting principles. Proficiency in QuickBooks, Microsoft Word and Excell required. QuickBooks Point of Sale, Past Perfect Museum software and IT skills are a plus.

Processes cash transactions and EFT’s, including coding, data entry and accounts receivables

Bank reconciliation

Processes payroll and bank deposits

Creates Invoices from supplied data

Produces internal reports

Process daily mail delivery

File and Record keeping

Purchase supplies and equipment as authorized by management

Assemble information for external auditors for the annual audit

Calculate and issue financial analysis of the financial statements

Maintain an orderly accounting filing system

Comply with local, state, and federal government reporting requirements

Provide clerical and administrative support to management as requested



All information should be submitted no later than January 31, 2016, to: Submittals will be kept strictly confidential. Initial screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. This is a full time position in Lexington, KY. Salary and benefits commensurate with experience.

LEXINGTON, KY (December 16, 2015) – The United Professional Horsemen’s Association, Inc. is currently seeking to hire an Executive Assistant to the President. The UPHA is a non-profit organization, located on the grounds of the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.

Job Title: Executive Assistant to the President

Reports To: The UPHA President and UPHA Executive Board of Directors.The Executive Assistant to the President will report to, and work closely with, the UPHA President as well as the UPHA Executive Board of Directors to advance the UPHA’s vision and the Foundation’s mission.

Function: To serve as the Executive Assistant to the President of the UPHA, with other duties requested by the UPHA Executive Board of Directors. Responsible for the daily administration and management of all office duties, UPHA Programs and UPHA Membership Database. To implement the strategic goals and objectives of the UPHA, to develop and strengthen programs that will advance the industry, to educate, encourage, promote, and advance participation in equestrian activities.

Duties and Responsibilities: Oversees UPHA Programs, membership database, technology, web site management, communications, media releases, accounts receivables/payables, record keeping and recording of meeting minutes. Assist with Education, promotion, marketing, coordination and planning of the UPHA Annual Convention, Board meetings, local and National special events. Develop and
maintain good communication and a positive working relationship with UPHA members.

College degree with significant work and business experience in a managerial role along with strong people, communication, organizational and self-motivational skills required. Willing to relocate to Lexington, KY for a full-time position. Equine, promotional, accounting, marketing, MS Office, In Design, Excel, and QuickBooks skills are a plus. Travel is periodically required.

All information should be submitted no later than December 30, 2015, to: All submittals will be kept strictly confidential. Initial screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Salary and benefits commensurate with experience.

Saddlebred World Loses Richard Franklin Kearney


Born: November 07, 1932
Died: December 07, 2015


Richard Franklin Kearney, 83, died Monday, December 7, 2015 at Presbyterian Senior Care, Southminster. 

He was born November 7, 1932 in Clarke County, Iowa, the son of the late Gilbert Ross Kearney and Edna Bernice Williams Kearney. 
Richard served in the U.S. Army, where he received the National Defense Service Medal. 

Richard began his Saddlehorse career in his home state of Iowa during his high school Years. He experienced much success with Dr. E. L. Robinson in Lee's Summit, Missouri as head trainer. Most noteworthy was his winning of the Jr. Stake in Lexington, Kentucky with Superior Odds in 1969. He was awarded "Horseman of the Year" by the Chapter 13 United Professional Horsemen's Association on January 10, 1992, as well "Trainer of the Year" by American Saddlehorse Association of Ohio in 2002. 

He moved to Washington in October 1971 to pursue another training opportunity with Lakeview Farms. During the coming years, Mr. Kearney would ride Superior Odds to the Five-Gaited Stallion Champion and Five-Gaited Reserve Grand Champion. 
Mr. Kearney, with wife Nancy Kearney, began Kearney Farm and Stables in 1977 in Prosperity. It was here that he raised "Catalyst", a light chestnut with flaxen mane & tail American Saddlebred that sired numerous champions throughout his standing lifetime. Here in Prosperity, Dick and Nancy enjoyed many happy years with their family, friends and grandchildren. 
Dick and Nancy Kearney were members of the Upper Ten Mile Presbyterian Church in their home town of Prosperity. On May 6, 1956 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa he married Nancy Lou Welsh, who survives. 

Also surviving are two sons, Richard (Cheryl) Kearney of Amity, Roger Kearney of Prosperity; a daughter, Deborah (John) Songer of Cullman, AL; three sisters, Alice (Melvin) Davis of Murray, Iowa, Colleen Roush of Indiania, Iowa, Dowell Kearny of Portland, OR; seven grandchildren, Megan (Chas) Ruszczyk, Jacqueline (James) Porter, Amy Songer, Scott (Maggie) Songer, Ross Kearney, Sam Kearney and Kaylyn Kearney; two great grandchildren, Michael and Ella Porter. 

Deceased are a brother, Roger Kearney; three sisters, Lorrine Jensen, Lorna Jones, Marion Nesbitt. 

Friends will be received Thursday, December 10, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday, December 11, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the time of service at William G. Neal Funeral Homes, 925 Allison Ave, Washington. Burial will be held Monday, December 14, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Military Honors will be accorded by American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175. 



Saddlebred World Loses Nancy Crabtree


Nancy Riester Crabtree 74, passed away Sunday, November 29, 2015 in Louisville. 

She was a member of Simpsonville Baptist Church; Nana was the wife, mother, grandmother and matriarch of the Crabtree family. She helped start the Shelbyville Community Theatre and the Shelbyville Horse Show. She was a member of the Garden Club and Al-Anon.

Nancy was preceded in death by husband, UPHA Hall Of Famer Charles "Redd" Crabtree and parents, Paul and Martha Riester. Survivors include: daughters, Anne Crabtree and Susan Fenton, Simpsonville, KY; son, Casey Crabtree (Sabra), Simpsonville, KY; grandchildren, Rebecca and Tut Crabtree, Taylor and Katie Fenton; sisters, Martha Jean Downs (Jim), Billings, MT, Judy McCurdy (Ralph), LaGrange, GA,; brothers, Paul "Bob" Riester, Jr., Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Vance Riester (Janice), Shelbyville, KY.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m.Thursday December 3, 2015 at Shannon Funeral Home with the Rev. Steve Boyd officiating. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Shannon Funeral Home. Expressions of Sympathy may be made to: Shelbyville Community Theatre 801 Main Street Shelbyville, KY 40065.   



Visit The Tom Moore Statue in Front of Freedom Hall Louisville, Kentucky

The beautiful life-size bronze, of Tom Moore, donated in 2005 by the UPHA, recently received some much needed work to preserve and restore the statue.


Artist Douwe Blumberg was commissioned by the United Professional Horsemen's Association some years ago to complete the masterpiece. 


Moore, commonly referred to as "The Tall Man" was honored by the United Professional Horsemen's Association with the statue, as the trainer who had won more championships at the World's Championship Horse Show than any other participant in the show's history.


Tom Moore, a member of the UPHA Tom Moore Hall of Fame and the World's Championship Hall of Fame, trained and showed multiple World's Grand Champions in all three divisions.


Moore trained World's Grand Champions CH Sultan's Starina, CH Yorktown, CH Valley View Supreme, CH Bellisima and many more.


Tom Moore's statue currently stands guard outside of Freedom Hall, the site of his numerous victories at the World's Championship Horse Show.


Next time you are in the area please stop by and visit the

beautiful life-size bronze, of Tom Moore, which was so generously donated by the UPHA.

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
Super Convention News Release
D. Wayne Lukas To Speak At 2016 Super Convention
The committee for the 2016 Super Convention, which will host the UPHA, American Hackney Horse Society, American Morgan Horse, and American Saddlebred Horse Associations, is pleased to announce that U.S. Racing Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas will be the headline speaker for the February 9 - 13 convention. This monumental gathering of organizations will take place at the Westin Waterfront in Boston.

Lukas, a former high school teacher and basketball coach, began training Quarter Horses in 1968 and in ten years time could claim 24 world champions. He switched to Thoroughbreds and was the first trainer to earn more than $100 million in purse money. At this point in his career Lukas has been the top money winner 14 times.

In 1980, Lukas had his first Triple Crown race winner as Codex won the Preakness Stakes. His record includes more Triple Crown race winners than any other trainer, including the Kentucky Derby (4) times, the Preakness Stakes (6) times and the Belmont Stakes (4) times. In 1995 he won all three races with two different horses: Thunder Gulch (Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes) and Timber Country (Preakness). Additionally, Lukas's Breeder's Cup entries have a record 20 times.

The Super Convention committee is pleased to be able to present a horseman of this stature to share his stories and wisdom. Other speakers include Jay Hickey from the American Horse Council and equine marketing specialist Patti Colbert. These and other noted speakers will be a part of the educational forums where attendees will "Celebrate the Past, Learn about the Present, and Prepare for the Future!" These discussions and educational opportunities will be geared for show and sport horse enthusiasts, breeders and AOTs. The focus of these forums will be how all aspects of our respective breeds (American Saddlebred, Hackney, and Morgan Horse) relate to one another and how all elements are needed for the breeds to successfully sustain into the future.

In addition to the educational opportunities for attendees, there will be plenty of time for entertainment and enjoying the city of Boston. On Wednesday, February 10 the Boston Celtics will be playing the Los Angeles Clippers and a couple of suites will be secured for those interested in attending the game. Costs for this outing will be available shortly. Anyone interested in this event should contact Bob Funkhouser Plans are for that same evening to have a theater option. More details on that event to come.

On Thursday evening the Welcome Party will be held at the iconic Legal Seafood Harborside. Helen Rich has generously sponsored this evening, which will offer great views, food, entertainment and camaraderie. A selection of foods representing the Boston area will be part of the Friday evening heavy hors d'oeuvres and cocktails prior to that evening's awards ceremony. There will be plenty of time Friday evening following the awards for attendees to go to dinner or explore the city. Saturday evening's finale will be the Black and White Gala with a Tony Award winning performer entertaining in between the presentation of the top awards from each association.
These are just a few of the highlights for what promises to be a memorable gathering of equine enthusiasts. For more information and updates please visit

UPHA Hall Of Famer Ben Segalla

Passes Away


Ben Segalla


Born June 17, 1929 in Morton Grove, Illinois to Serafino and Erimina (nee Sola) Segalla, Ben passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Crystal Lake at the age of 85.

Growing up in relative poverty, he began working at Northwestern Stables in his hometown for the wage of fifty-cents a day at the age of twelve beginning as a groom. Young Ben quickly became a proficient horseman, Showmen, and his disposition made him an excellent trainer and coach. He worked for Charlie Houston and Doc Flannery where he gained even more experience; the pair quickly developed a large business centered around American Saddlebred horse-training and riding lessons. 


In 1957, largely from Dolly's influence, Ben opened his own stable in Half Day, Illinois known as Ben Segalla's Country View Stables. At Country View, he trained five gated, three gaited, fine harness, pleasures, road horses, and stood several studs and mares. Ben had three Pleasures Horse, Rooster Butterfly, Palm Gray, and Wild Honey that were "World and National Champions." Just to name a few of his Champion wins, Ben won all the classes offered at the Milwaukee Spring Horse Shows. Ben served as the First Treasurer and Secretary, was one of the Founding Fathers of the United Professional Horseman's Association (many a meeting was held at Ben's home in Half Day) and he was an American Saddles Horse Association Judge. Over thirty years, he trained and/or showed fifteen World Champions, two National Champions and over a dozen champion show horses. Ben was a contemporary of trainers Tom Moore and Dick Durant.


In 2011 Ben  was  inductive into the American Saddlebred Horse Hall of Fame and the UPHA Tom Moore Hall of Fame.  


Ben is survived by his daughters, Yvonne Segalla-Cousins, Tina Segalla-Wagner, and Benita Segalla-Hutton; his grandchildren, James Benjamin Cousins, Kenneth Robert Wagner II, Benjamin Segalla Wagner and Sean Hutton; and his great-grandchildren, Vironica Elisabeth Wagner, and Ainsley and Emma Cousins; and former wife, Dolly Vole.


For funeral service information, please contact Davenport Family Funeral Home and Crematory at 815-459-3411. To express online condolences please visit

The UPHA Classics Jackpot Sale has a

New and Exciting format!

The new format will be featuring American Saddlebred Two-Year-Olds and Three-Year-Olds in the spring of 2016! The next sale will be held in conjunction with the Robertson Equine Sale in Shelbyville, Kentucky, April 8-9, 2016.


The Yearlings from the 2013 Jackpot Sale and Two-Year-Olds from the 2014 Jackpot Sale will show for the added Jackpot Sale prize money at the 2015 UPHA Classics Grand Championships at the UPHA/American Royal National Championship Horse Show. The Yearlings from the 2014 Jackpot Sale will show for the added Jackpot Sale prize money in the 2016 UPHA Classics Grand Championships.


The Three-Year-Olds that go through the 2016 Jackpot Sale in Kentucky will be showing for the added Jackpot Sale prize money in the 2016 UPHA Classics Grand Championships after they qualify in a respective UPHA Classics class prior to the 2016 UPHA Classics Grand Championships.


The 2016 Jackpot Two-Year-Olds will compete for the added Jackpot Sale prize money at the 2017 UPHA Classics Grand Championships.


Don't miss out on a great opportunity to purchase or sell a young prospect eligible for the Jackpot money!

UPHA Hall of Fame Member
Redd Crabtree  Passes Away

UPHA founding member, past president and UPHA Tom Moore Hall of Fame recipient Redd Crabtree, has passed away at the age of 79. Crabtree brought an enormous amount of integrity and fairness to everything he did, including his service to the United Professional Horsemen's Association as well as the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA).
A 1993 inductee into the World's Championship Horse Show Hall of Fame, as well as a 1994 inductee of the Tom Moore UPHA Hall of Fame, Crabtree was honored just last March with induction into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, the first show horse trainer to ever be recognized in this manner.
In addition to his great show ring successes, Crabtree has been a longtime industry leader, serving both the United Professional Horsemen's Association (UPHA) and the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA). Three times he has won the Five-Gaited World's Grand Championship with CH Will Shriver, CH Cora's Time, and (SA) Zovoorbij Commander In Chief. He has also won the Five-Gaited Stallion World's Championship a record nine times with six different horses: Chief Of Greystone (twice), CH Will Shriver (three times), CH Callaway's Wish Me Will, CH Callaway's Gold Rush, (SA) Zovoorbij Commander In Chief, and Callaway's Bluesman. In addition to many other world titles, Crabtree has either personally won or been the trainer of every five-gaited class at the World's Championship Horse Show. Additionally some of his great amateur and ladies gaited horses have included: CH Bandstand, CH Popular Time, CH Summer Melody, CH Will's Bulletin, CH Santana's Lass, CH Admiral's Mark, CH Blue Chipper, CH Times Best, CH Like An Admiral, to name just a few.

In addition to training and showing hundreds of World's Champions, Crabtree also followed in the footsteps of his UPHA Hall of Fame parents, Charles and Helen Crabtree, as a breeder of World's Champions. A few of his notables are the great five-gaited horse CH Swish and the twice World's Champion Supreme Heir who went on to be one of the top sires in history.

 "We are all saddened to learn of Redd Crabtree's passing," said UPHA President Tammie Conatser. "A legend in our industry, he was a Hall of Fame trainer, devoted family man and a friend to all. His contributions both in and out of the show ring, left an indelible impression on our sport. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and countless friends. To say he will be missed is an understatement."
"Mr. Crabtree was the consummate professional, and will be greatly missed. Our heartfelt thoughts are with the entire Crabtree family" reflected Immediate Past UPHA President Gary Garone.

Services are as follows: Visitation on Thursday from 4 pm - 8 pm at Shannon's Funeral Home 1124 Main Street Shelbyville, KY. Memorial Service will be held Friday at Simpsonville Baptist Church 7208 Shelbyville Road Simpsonville, KY, with visitation at 1 pm and service to follow at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Saddlebred Museum, or the charity of your choice.

Crabtree is survived by his wife Nancy and children Casey, Susan and Ann.

American Saddlebred World Mourns the Loss of Dudley Abbott

December 15, 1923 - October 16, 2014


Versailles – Dudley Abbott, 90, husband of Sharon L. Abbott, died Thursday, October 16, 2014. Mr. Abbott was born December 15, 1923, in Tarma, Kentucky to Jesse and Bertha McKinney Abbott. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and served in World War II. Mr. Abbott was a Professional Horse Trainer and worked at Meadowbrook Farm, managed Tattersalls Sales and judged at The Red Mile. He was also a founding member of the UPHA, a member of the UPHA Hall of Fame, a member of the American Hackney Horse Society Hall of Fame, a member of the American Shetland Pony Association Hall of Fame and a member of the Indiana Horsemen’s Association Hall of Fame. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Steve (Mary Paige) Abbott, of Florida; Dianne (John) Lengerich, of Indiana and Karen (Tom) Templeton, of Scottsville; his grandchildren, Doug (Evelyn) Abbott, Debbie (Chris) Brough, Jenny (Brian) Coffey; his great grandchildren, Kennedy Brough, Grant Brough, Michael Abbott, Sidney Coffey, Logan Coffey; 5 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Mitch Abbott and his brothers, Marvin Ray Abbott and Glendal Abbott.

Funeral Information

Graveside services will be held Monday, October 20 at 2:30PM at Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Casketbearers will be Brad Good, Brian Coffey, Merrill Murray, Chris Brough, Doug Abbott and Grant Brough.
Visitation will be held Monday October 20 from 10:00AM-1:00PM at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill.

Donations Information

Contributions may be made to the American Saddlebred Museum or UPHA Benevolent Fund

The UPHA would like to invite you to complete the following survey. The purpose of this survey is to allow UPHA members to evaluate the recent World's Championship Horse Show. Completing this evaluation is optional. However, the UPHA encourages trainers, owners and exhibitors to use this opportunity to inform us about both positive and negative aspects of the competition. Your voice will be heard! While these evaluations are confidential, the UPHA will utilize the summary data, and the information gathered will be presented to Kentucky State Fair Advisory Board to effect positive change at the Kentucky State Fair World's Championship Horse Show and equestrian sports in general.

World's Championship Horse Show Survey



 Contact: Nicole Laver 

 Telephone: 859.846.9674





Gather to support the UPHA Classics Programs


June 24, 2014


Midway, KY - Freedman's is hosting their first ever Lexington Junior League Horse Show Kick Off Party on Sunday July 6 at their Midway, KY location at 7 P.M.  All are invited to help launch their Annual Gift Card event with a Town Branch Bourbon tasting, light hors d'oeuvres, and wine.  Peruse through their latest hand and travel bag collections, shop for all your tack or harness needs, or be personally fitted for your new World Cup Super Grip saddle by one of their saddle fitting experts.


With operating hours from 10-5, Freedman's will open every day during the Lexington Junior League Horse Show.  Look for your gift card to be used during our weeklong event being passed out in the grandstand or at your barn's tack room.  The more you spend, the more you save!  Stop by to see renowned sculptor Alexa King giving live demonstrations throughout the week.  


The Kick Off Event will be benefitting the United Professional Horsemen's Association Classics Program, with five percent of all harness and saddle sales going towards the illustrious event.  Designed to promote interest in young horses, the UPHA Classics Program has contributed greatly to the growth of the show horse industry by creating a first class showcase and generating a larger prize money return.  Freedman's is an official UPHA supplier and long time supporter of their many programs. For more information about the UPHA and its Classics Program, visit


Freedman Harness is a sixth generation harness making company, based out of Toronto, Ontario, with a boutique located in Midway, KY.  They are known worldwide for the quality and attention to detail displayed in every leather piece, whether it be a custom show harness or stylish handbag.  For more information on Freedman Harness, visit


Above submitted by Nicole Laver and Megan McClure 

2014 UPHA Challenge Cup Qualifying Period

The United Professional Horsemen's Association, Inc. has been granted a United States Equestrian Federation Presidential Rule Modification.


The Presidential Modification will allow riders that placed first through fourth in their respective UPHA Challenge Cup qualifying classes during the qualification period, which started in 2013, to be qualified for their respective 2014 Finals. This includes the Senior and Junior sections of the UPHA Challenge Cup Finals, UPHA Pleasure Challenge Cup Finals, and the UPHA Morgan, Arabian Breeds, and National Show Horse Challenge Cup Finals.   

In reference to the 2014 competition year, riders that placed first through fourth prior to 12/1/2013 will be qualified to compete in their respected UPHA National Challenge Cup Finals in 2014.


The qualifying period for each of the 2014 UPHA Challenge Cup Finals is as follows:


UPHA Challenge Cup Arabian Breeds Finals:

July 13, 2013-July 12, 2014


UPHA Challenge Cup National Show Horse Finals:

September 5, 2013 - September 4, 2014


UPHA Challenge Cup Pleasure Finals:

August 26, 2013 - August 25, 2014


UPHA Challenge Cup Morgan Breed Finals:

October 5, 2013 - October 4, 2014


UPHA Challenge Cup National Finals:

November 5, 2013 - November 4, 2014




If there are any questions please do not hesitate to  

e mail or call the UPHA National Office at or 859-231-5070, and we will be more than happy to help.



UPHA Chapters 16 and 17 have been working non stop for the past year, to assure the success of the 2015 UPHA Convention. 


Please plan to join us and be a part of something special  in beautiful Savannah Georgia, January 15-17, 2015.  


The 2015 UPHA National Convention is honored to have the American Saddlebred Horse Association as well as the American Hackney Horse Society as our special guests.  


On Thursday evening January 15th, please plan to attend an event to remember, as we host a complimentary welcome party for all UPHA registered convention attendees.


Additionally there are many wonderful educational forums planned, as well as the always popular Awards and Gala Dinner events. 


Check out the Above video to see a sneak preview of all that Savannah has to offer. "Lets slow it we educate, honor and relax....Southern Style!


Sponsorship opportunities are available as this convention benefits the UPHA Foundation which is a registered 501c3. Contact Nancy Becker @  

Ribbons Of Service Rider Makes Local News:
SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Kentuckiana teenager has turned her passion for riding horses into thousands of dollars for terminally ill children.

Jordan Isgrigg, 14, has a passion for riding horses and helping sick children. She's able to combine the two by getting people to donate money every time she competes.

Jordan is considered a talented equestrian. It is a sport she fell in love with at an early age, but it's not her only passion.

"I've always wanted to try to help out others and just when this opportunity came up. I knew I wanted to be a part of it," she said.

Four years ago, Jordan joined Ribbons of Service. It is a program designed to encourage and challenge young riders who participate in horse show competitions in order to raise funds for charitable organizations. And once that door opened, you could say Jordan hit the ground at full gallop.

"Over my past 4 years of doing this, I've raised over $40,000," said Jordan.

All of the money Jordan raises goes to St. Jude Hospital. It is mainly used to help terminally ill children.

"So they do treat terminally ill kids, but they also have a big research program there so they do a lot of research that helps find cures for childhood illnesses," said Nita Isgrigg, Jordan's mother.

Nita Isgrigg says the young saddlebred rider has a lot of compassion and is passionate about helping sick children.

"When she sees the sick children or when we're on a mission trip to South America, and she works with the kids that are under privileged, then it really helps her learn compassion," said Nita Isgrigg.

Jordan trains at Infinity Stables in Shelbyville, under the watchful eyes of owners Jimmy and Helen Robertsonn -- and she has won dozens of awards.

"She competes 20 to 25 times a year and she usually does very well," her mother said.

But the Ribbons of Service program ranks higher than any blue ribbon.

"This one is not just about showing, but it's about so much more and it's about helping others but it makes it even more special," Nita said.

That's why before and after competitions, Jordan is not shy about asking for donations.

"Family and friends, church members and then the saddlebred community themselves," said Nita Isgrigg.

"I just like helping others, and just making it being able to where I can do it through my riding, that just makes it so much better," said Jordan.

Jordan says her goal is to raise at least $100,000 by the time she graduates from high school. That means she's got several years and about $60,000.00 to go.

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The Future of the Professional Horse Trainer

The following article is based on the findings of Jim and Jenny Taylor, along with Todd Graham for their presentation on Friday, January 17, 2014 at the United Professional Horsemen’s Association Convention. The presentation was directed toward Morgan and American Saddlebred trainers as both breeds show a very similar decline in foal registrations.

For years the American Saddlebred industry has been aware of the declining numbers of foal registrations, and lately the decline in registrations has been evident in the young horse classes at every show in the nation. Even at the 2013 Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Horse Show, where in the 28 classes offered for two-year-olds, three-year-olds, and four-year-olds there were not enough entries to claim the available ribbons.

Performance classes at the Kentucky State Fair for Junior Exhibitors, Amateurs, Ladies, and Open horses five-years-old and over were large with 501 ribbon winners. However, 219 horses, or 40% of those ribbon winners were actually aged 10 years or older.

A study of the number of entries from eight of the nation’s top horse shows, Asheville Lions Club, Kentucky State Fair, Lexington Junior League, Mid-America Mane Event, Midwest Charity, River Ridge Charity, UPHA/American Royal, and UPHA Chapter 5, revealed a 35% drop in the three-year-old divisions in the last 10 years. From these same horse shows in 2013, 45% of the horses were aged 10 or older. This 45% of horses will soon need to be replaced, as they could be nearing retirement or an alternate career.

There has been an alarming drop in registrations of American Saddlebred foals in the last few years. Specifically, from 2006 through 2012, where there has been a 52% drop in the foal crop.

In the same time frame there has also been an alarming drop in the number of breeding stallions. From 2006 through 2012 the number of Stallion Service Reports received by the American Saddlebred Registry has dropeed 47%.

From these findings Jim and Jenny Taylor, along with Todd Graham have made four sobering assumptions that could predict the future of the American Saddlebred horse and the livelihood of the breed’s professionals.

Assumption 1:

Though all trends show that registrations will continue to drop, let’s assume they remain at 1500 per year for the next 10 years, making a total of 15,000 foals registered over that time frame.

Assumption 2:

40% of foals registered make “career” show horses, making a total of 6000 “show horses” born over that 10 years.  There will only be 600 new show horses per year. There are currently an estimated 600 professional  (Active) UPHA Members that train American Saddlebred horses. Therefore, if all UPHA trainers divided each year’s colts equally, they would get one colt per year in training. However, if one trainer received five colts, four trainers will receive ZERO.

Assumption 3:

The average American Saddlebred show horse will remain in training for 10 years. Most horses currently in training will be phased out for a number of reasons over the next 10 years. 

Assumption 4:

If these three assumptions are realized, in 11 years each of the 600 UPHA trainers will have only 10 horses in training. If 300 of the UPHA trainers each have 20 horses in training, the remaining 300 will need to seek a new career!!!

The future of our great show horses, and the future of everyone who has chosen them as their livelihood, is at stake.

UPHA Past President Jim Taylor would like to remind all involved in the American Saddlebred, Morgan, and Hackney show horse industries that the UPHA has always had an open door policy with all the breed organizations.  Jim, Jenny, and Todd are asking each and every member of UPHA to extend an open arm and embrace this issue and work with their respective breed organizations to find some positive solutions to this very serious problem.

Exciting Additions and Changes to the 2014 UPHA/AHHS Convention Agenda:

Don’t miss out Please Register online at


Revised 2014 UPHA/AHHS Agenda 2014


Time Changes: The UPHA Young Professionals Meeting will be on Friday January 17 from 2:00pm-3:00pm

Exciting Additions:

Friday January 17, 3:00pm-4:00pm

The Future of the Professional Horse Trainer- A must attend meeting about the Future of the Professional Horse Trainer - Jennifer Taylor, presenter

Grand Ballroom - 7th Floor

Saturday January 18 in the Grand Ballroom - 7th Floor

1:30 pm-2:00 pm Understanding the MOS System - A comprehensive explanation of how exactly the tabulation of a 3 judge panel works, including how it compares to the systems before, how ties are broken, and one can win without a first place vote. Panelists are: Kevin Michael, Sandy Backer, Cheryl Rangel and Bill Whitley.

2:00pm-2:30pm Western and Hunter in today's Saddlebred and Morgan Show World. What to look for in a young prospect , as well as in an older show horse to give it a new division to extend its show career. Panelists will discuss this as well as how to start them or to convert them to these divisions. Panelists are : Nealia McCracken, Sheri Brandl, Tom Thorpe, and Jessica Bodnar. Don't miss the chance to learn more about these rapidly growing divisions.


2:30pm-3:30pm "If I knew then what I know now"- A frank and honest discussion with legendary trainers, Dr. Alan Raun, Debbie Foley, Stan Bodnar, Jan Lukens, Jeanette Durant and Jim Taylor. These horsemen will share their experiences of what they've done that both worked, and more importantly didn't work with the horses and the businesses they ran. Emphasis will be placed on learning from their mistakes and successes along with their views on the industry both now and in the future.

Hotel Parking is $25.00 a day for registered UPHA Guest only.

Bid on your Chance to Ride or Drive one of these Show Ring Stars, during the Silent Auction:

Five Gaited Horses

2013 World's Champion and World's Champion of

Champion's Ladies Five Gaited

He's In Style

Donated by: Sharyn Lackey

2013 UPHA/American Royal Five Gaited Stallion Champion

It's Double O'Deuce

Donated by: SGF Winning Ways Farm, Ltd.

Five Gaited Pleasure

2013 UPHA Adult Five Gaited Pleasure Horse Of The Year

2013 World's Champion and World's Champion of

Champions Adult Five

CH Take A Guess

Donated by: Michelle Partridge & Mary Krentz

Hackney Pony

2013 UPHA Harness Pony Ladies/Amateur Pony Of The Year

2013 Word Champion Amateur Ladies Harness Pony

CH Crystal Creek's Commander

Donated by: Sandra Surber


2013 World Champion Park Harness

2013 Grand National Park Harness Stallion

CBMF Crown Prince

Donated by: Copper Beech Morgan Farm

And Many More...


Saturday Evening's Live Auction

Will Feature:


One week stay at the beautiful Villa del Oso located in Sayulita Mexico. You may access information about this fabulous Villa at Donated by Kaye Bowles-Durnell


Breeding to the talented Fine Harness Stallion RWGCNutcracker's Nirvana. Donated by Shawn Stachowski


Breeding to Three-Times World's Grand Champion Hackney Pony Stallion Heartland Equality Donated by Mr. & Mrs. Darrel Kolkman


Breeding to Morgan Park Harness World Champion CBMF Crown Prince donated by Copper Beech, LLC


Commissioned painting donated by renowned equestrian lifestyle artist Janet Crawford


Custom Riding Suit, donated by Becker Brothers, LLC


Custom Western Outfit, donated by Marsha de Arriaga


Custom RaDon Show Tack Room, Donated by RaDon, Inc.


American Royal Horse Show Package, "add the class of your choice" and much more.


2 Handmade Blanket Racks

Donated by Freedman Harness


Saddlebred Bronze

Donated by Alexa King


One week stay at a Beautiful Beach House in

Clearwater Beach, FL. Donated by Beth Jones


Visit our vendors and view the many exciting Silent Auction items located in the Empire Ballroom on the 7th Floor.









Silver Sponsors

Hollow Haven Farm, Inc.

The Ruxer Foundation

Fritz Zimmerman





Friend of The UPHA

Elizabeth Ghareeb

MBA Equestrians, Inc.

J. Richard Gallagher, M.D.

Toni Nastali

Mahoney Environmental/Paul and Megan Novak

Candi & Ed Aversenti


Entries Close October 10th for the 2013 UPHA Classics Jackpot Sale


The 10th Annual UPHA Classics Jackpot Sale will be held in conjunction with the UPHA/American Royal National Championship Horse Show in Kansas City, MO., on November 14, 2013, at approximately 9:00 p.m. in Hale Arena.


The purpose of this sale is to raise jackpot money to be paid back on the national level in the UPHA Classics program, offering breeders a viable marketplace for their American Saddlebreds and Hackney Ponies. American Saddlebred Two-Year-Olds purchased through the 2013 sale will be eligible as Three-Year-Olds in 2014, to compete for the jackpot money raised from this sale. American Saddlebred Yearlings purchased through the 2013 sale will be eligible as Three-Year-Olds in 2015, to compete for jackpot money raised from this sale. Hackney Pony Three-Year-Olds purchased through the 2013 sale will be eligible as Four-Year-Olds in 2014, to compete for jackpot money raised from this sale. Hackney Pony Two-Year-Olds purchased through the 2013 sale will be eligible as Three-Year-Olds in 2014 or Four-Year-Olds in 2015, they are only eligible to compete for the jackpot money raised from this sale once. The culmination will be at the 2014 and 2015 UPHA/American Royal National Championship Horse Show, when bonus jackpot money will be awarded to the eligible horse/pony that placed the highest in the following UPHA Classics Championships:


American Saddlebred Divisions -

UPHA Three-Year-Old Five-Gaited

UPHA Three-Year-Old Three-Gaited

UPHA Three-Year-Old Fine Harness

UPHA Three-Year-Old Park Pleasure


Hackney Pony Divisions -

UPHA Hackney Pony

UPHA Harness Pony

UPHA Roadster Pony

UPHA Hackney Pleasure Driving Pony


Prize money awarded in the UPHA Classics Jackpot program so far totals over $243,000, with 10% of that total being paid back to the original consignors!


American Saddlebred Yearlings purchased through the 2013 sale will be eligible as Two-Year-Olds in 2014, to compete for added prized money in the UPHA American Royal Two-Year-Old Performance Classes, sponsored by UPHA Chapter 5. The added prized money sponsored by UPHA Chapter 5 will be awarded to the eligible horse that placed highest in the UPHA American Royal Two-Year-Old Performance Classes: Two-Year-Old Five-Gaited, Two-Year-Old Three-Gaited and Two-Year-Old Fine Harness.


American Saddlebred Yearlings will be presented through the sale in hand, and all Two-Year-Olds will be presented in the sales arena, in harness or under saddle, as they would be shown under United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) guidelines. Hackney Pony Two-Year-Olds will be presented in hand or in stud tack, Three-Year-Olds will be presented through the sales area in harness, as they would be shown under United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) guidelines.


 Entries close October 10th - NO ENTRY FEE REQUIRED - Original registration papers, photo and a completed entry blank must also be enclosed. Ten Percent (10%) of the bonus money paid at the 2014 and 2015 UPHA/American Royal National Championship Horse Shows will be awarded to the consignors of the 2013 sale entries.




 For further information, contact:


UPHA, Inc.

 4059 Iron Works Parkway, #2

 Lexington, KY 40511

 Phone 859-231-5070 Fax 859-255-2774


 Website: or

UPHA Chapter 5 will sponsor added Prize Money for 2012 UPHA Classics Sale Yearling Grads at the 2013 UPHA/American Royal National Championship Horse Show:


American Saddlebred Yearlings purchased through the 2012 sale will be eligible this November at the 2013 UPHA American Royal National Championship Horse Show to compete for added prize money sponsored by UPHA Chapter 5.


UPHA Chapter 5 has sponsored $1,000 in Additional Prize Money at 2013 UPHA American Royal National Championship Horse Show in each of the Two-Year-Old Performance Classes, for Yearling Graduates of the 2012 UPHA Incentive Sale.


The Sale Grad that places highest in each of the UPHA American Royal Two-Year-Old Performance Classes: Two-Year-Old Five-Gaited, Two-Year-Old Three-Gaited and Two-Year-Old Fine Harness, will be awarded an additional $1,000 from UPHA Chapter 5.


The UPHA Classics Sale is "WHERE BUYERS WIN", so bring your Two-Year-Old Sale Grad and have an opportunity to win an additional $1,000.


Thank you UPHA Chapter 5 for your additional sponsorship!

Saddle & Bridle Releases Newly Revised Edition of "Riding For Success: Both In And Out Of The Show Ring"


Hailed as one of the most influential books on the subject of saddle seat riding, Gayle Lampe's acclaimed hardcover "Riding For Success: Both In And Out Of The Show Ring" has been revised and is now available in large paperback form. With the addition of several new chapters, the book's 400-plus pages are more relevant than ever.


 Over four decades, Gayle Lampe has established herself as a renowned author, judge, coach, World's Champion rider, and professor, as she helped found the nation's very first four-year academic degree program in equestrian science at William Woods University in Fulton, Mo., and served as saddle seat program director there for 41 years.


The revised edition of "Riding For Success," which includes updated information as well as new quotes and explanatory photographs, covers everything from correct riding position and aids, to instructions on riding all five gaits and proper grooming. Later chapters deal with preparing both horse and rider for a show, dealing with show ring anxiety, and tips for judges. Finally, new chapters include: Blemishes, Lameness, Unsoundness; Faulty Ways Of Traveling; Stable Vices; What to Look for in a Good Lesson Horse; and How To Obtain Lesson Horses.


The book is an essential addition to any equestrian's bookshelf, from the beginner rider to the World's Champion instructor. It also makes a great gift, or a unique and desired horse show trophy or prize.


For more information or to pre-order a copy of the book at a special discount, call (314) 725-9115 or visit Once available the regular cover price will be $26.95, so don't delay. Bulk discounts available to retailers. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.


Information above submitted by Saddle & Bridle Magazine


UPHA and ASHA Announce Support of Amendments to the Horse Protection Act


LEXINGTON, KY: July 26, 2013 - The UPHA and the ASHA have announced that both organizations are in support of the "Prevent All Soring Tactics Act of 2013". The proposed federal legislation was introduced in April 2013 and has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. This legislation is intended to strengthen the Horse Protection Act, by increasing fees and penalties for the soring of horses.

The boards of directors of both organizations unanimously pledged their support for this legislation during board meetings held during the week of the Lexington Junior League Horse Show. UPHA President, Gary Garone, noted that "none of the breeds represented by the UPHA, namely American Saddlebreds, Morgan horses, Roadsters and Hackneys, have ever been cited for violations of the Horse Protection Act". ASHA President, Tandy Patrick, added that "the ASHA is opposed to any inhumane treatment of horses, including soring".

The trigger for USDA's enforcement of the Horse Protection Act is the showing, exhibition, auction or transport of a horse that has been sored. If a breed, discipline, or activity is not soring its horses to exaggerate their gaits, then the HPA will not adversely affect them. The new prohibitions do not apply to any breeds represented by the UPHA or the ASHA.

The UPHA and the ASHA join various other equine organizations in support of the proposed legislation, including the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Morgan Horse Association, the American Paint Horse Association, the American Quarter Horse Association, the Arabian Horse Association, the Pinto Horse Association of America, the Maryland Horse Council, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Horse Council.

Submitted by:Tandy Patrick, ASHA President

The Horse World Loses David M. Cunningham


UPHA Hall of Fame Trainer and professional horseman, David M. Cunningham age 73 of Knoxville, TN, passed away on July 10, 2013. David was the owner of Beaverbrook Stables in the Halls/Crossroads area. David began training horses as a teen and went on to become a driving force in every aspect of the horse industry. He successfully trained, showed and sold many of the nation's top American Saddlebred, Hackney and Roadster horses and ponies during his nearly 60 year career. He won more than 30 World Champion and Reserve titles with horses and riders he trained. He was a founding member of the United Professional Horsemen's Association and received its highest honor in 2012 being inducted to the UPHA Tom Moore Hall of Fame. David will best be remembered by his many friends for his help building their futures in the horse industry. A lifelong resident of Knoxville, David was involved with the Greater Knoxville Charity Horse Show which benefitted the local Boys and Girls Club.


Preceded in death by his parents Earl and Blanche Cunningham of Knoxville, he is survived by daughter Michelle (Dalles Lee) Phillips, 30, of Knoxville. Friends are invited to honor the life of David Cunningham from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17 at the Stables at Hunter Valley Farm, 9111 Hunter Valley Lane, Knoxville, TN 37922. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Halls/Powell located at 1819 Dry Gap Pike, Knoxville, TN 37918 or the United Professional Horsemen's Association 4059 Iron Works Pkwy Suite 2, Lexington, KY 40511. Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Cunningham family and the guestbook can be viewed and signed at


This Information was provided by

Statement from the UPHA 


In response to the recent tragedies in our industry, the UPHA has received several inquiries as to what the UPHA can do to help in these very difficult situations. The UPHA wants to do everything possible to help fellow horsemen in need, as evidenced by the recent email blasts and press releases of the UPHA urging members to help these victims.


The UPHA would like for its members to understand that the UPHA is not legally permitted to solicit donations for a particular individual. The UPHA welcomes donations to either the Dewey Henderson Benevolent Fund or the UPHA Foundation, both of which are tax-deductible, but the UPHA's legal counsel has advised the UPHA that these donations cannot be "earmarked" for a specific individual.


We want our members to understand the structure of the UPHA, which consists of three separate legal entities:



1.     The UPHA Membership Organization, Inc., a Kentucky nonprofit 501(c)(5) corporation, which does business under the names of "UPHA" and "United Professional Horsemen's Association"


-        The purposes of this entity are to better the conditions of those engaged in the pursuit of equine related activities; to support research aimed at improving the horse as a species; and to improve the general condition of the show horse industry


-        The Bylaws of this entity establish the various "Chapters" by geographic region, and contain guidelines for Chapters


-        Membership in this entity is limited to bona fide professional horsemen; associate membership is available to anyone who is interested in the show horse industry



2.      United Professional Horsemen's Association Foundation, Inc., a Kentucky nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable corporation


-        This entity has no members


-        The purposes of this entity are to educate the public on horsemanship and the welfare of horses, and to encourage and promote horse shows and equestrian activities; to develop educational programs on equestrian activities; and to award scholarships to amateur contestants in certain competitions


-        The Directors of this entity are the officers of the United Professional Horsemen's Association



3.      Dewey Henderson UPHA Benevolent Fund Trust, is a public charity


-        The Trustees of this Trust are the members of the Executive Committee of the United Professional Horsemen's Association


-        The purpose of this Trust is to provide payments to active members of the UPHA and their families who are in financial need due to circumstances that leave them unable to pay current expenses


-        The maximum amount to be disbursed to any member is $10,000 per year


-        Funds are awarded at the discretion of the Trustees, and in accordance with the application form that has been developed by the Trustees, which includes a requirement that the UPHA member receiving benefits must have been an active member of the UPHA for at least the past 24 months


The Dewey Henderson Benevolent Fund Trust was established in 2001. Since its inception, the UPHA has distributed in excess of $170,000.00 to professional horsemen in need.


In closing, it is our hope that this information has provided each of you, our valued members, with a more concise and complete understanding of the three separate legal entities of the UPHA organization.


June 24, 2013 


Tack and Equipment Funds Established for Happy Valley Farms


Following the devastating fire last week at Bit Hutchson's Happy Valley Farm in Rossville, Georgia, people in the Saddlebred community are anxious to show their support and sympathy.  Accounts have been established at major tack and equipment suppliers across the country so that when the time comes to restock the tack room and the stable, they will have a little help from their friends.


Deborah Richardson remembers all too well the devastation of a barn fire and the overwhelming task of rebuilding and restocking a stable.  "When you need everything from a fine harness cart and show bridles to buckets and snaps, every little bit of help is appreciated.  This is a great way for people to show their support and hope for Happy Valley's future."


In addition to establishing accounts for Happy Valley, a special fund has been established at Freedman's to replace Donnie Pyburn and Daniel Jenner's personal saddles that were lost in the fire.  A saddle is the major tool of a horse trainer's trade and we hope that fellow horse trainers, especially, will want to contribute in order to see Donny and Danny back in the saddle again soon.  David Freedman, who is always gracious in his support of professional horsemen, is offering two new World Cup Super Grip saddles at a tremendous discount.  Contact him to make a contribution to the Happy Valley Trainer's Saddle Fund, or any of these vendors to show your support for Happy Valley.


Freedman's                             877-256-7674


Fennell's                                 800-765-9087


Radon, Inc.                             952-758-5155

Shelbyville Horse Supply        502-722-5010


Show Horse Tack                   800-872-9926


Terry Bennett's Tack              800-729-2816

The Winner's Circle                800-298-7398

World Champion                     800-251-3490


Main Training Barn at Happy Valley Farm Destroyed by Flames, 35 Horses Perish

Rossville, Georgia - June 21, 2013

Happy Valley Farm, home to an expansive American Saddlebred show horse breeding and training operation, tragically lost 35 of 36 horses stabled in the main barn when fire erupted on Thursday evening shortly before dark.  Daniel Jenner, one of the farm's horse trainers, stated that the structure was completely engulfed within 20 minutes.  "We were able to get one horse out of an end stall on the back side of the barn adjacent to the indoor arena.  It was too hot and smoky to get anywhere near the main barn aisle."


Tragically lost in the blaze were four stallions that were the backbone of the breeding operation.  Included were the prolific homebred stallion, WC Merchant Prince, who won the Three Year Old Fine Harness National Futurity in 1986 and was sire of many great world's champions, including World's Grand Champion Fine Harness and World's Grand Champion Three-Gaited CH A Sweet Treat, CH Marching Orders, and CH Rejoice among many others.  Also perishing were RWC I'm The Prince - sire of twice World's Grand Champion Three-Gaited CH Grande Gil.  The black stallion, WC Harlem's Friendly Conversation, sire of World's Champions Kalarama's Delightful and With A Friend, and finally a stallion son of I'm The Prince, Magical Me.


Show horses that perished included WC With A Friend, RWC So Persuasive, I Insist, as well as a number of promising prospects including two full brothers to WC Grande Gill, I'm Grande and Grande Prince; a Junior prospect by Harlem's Friendly Conversation, I'll Just Say, who was being readied for competition at the Kentucky State Fair World's Championship; Such Magic, daughter of Such Sweet Memories and Little Soul, daughter of In My Soul.


The cause of the fire is still under investigation by authorities, but foul play is not suspected.  The colt barn and broodmare barn were not affected by the blaze.  Nearly 25 foals have been born in 2013 and they, together with almost 100 prospects and broodmares, will be the future of Happy Valley.


Marion "Bit" Hutcheson, owner, and the entire Happy Valley staff would like to express their deepest appreciation for your condolences.

June 18, 2013


Nashville, Tennessee -Knowing and understanding the incredible needs of the people working in the horse industry when disasters strike, Catherine Masters, President of the Women's Horse Industry Network, has announced the formation of the HORSE INDUSTRY DISASTER NETWORK.

When the tornados ripped through Oklahoma recently, many horse owners and horse related businesses lost not only their beloved horses but also all the equipment and things they needed to operate. Some were racehorse owners who lost their entire stable of horse and others were riding and boarding facilities. Many horse organizations stepped up to set up funds for donations and all of them are doing their best to help. However, Masters believes that if there was a "Red Cross" type of organization that would act as a clearinghouse of money and assistance, the donations would get to the people that need it a lot quicker.

She envisions a network of volunteers around the country who could be reached at a moment's notice so that they could get "boots on the ground" and find the people needing help. "Our group collected quite a bit of money and we want it to go directly to the people that need it. Many did not have insurance and are having a hard time just putting food on the table and finding a place to live. They need money just to survive and to get their horse related businesses back up and running. Many don't know where to go to get help. We want to become the first phone call that people in the horse industry make when they experience a disaster. We will provide money and many other things they need and will direct them to the people and organizations that can also offer help," she states.

She has already started putting volunteers in place and is asking anyone who want to help us to call us at 615-730-7833. They need volunteers everywhere. Masters is also asking all horse related associations and emergency boarding facilities to sign up as a resource.

Masters believes that if these things had already been in place, the recovery for these people would be a lot easier and quicker. She understands that setting up this "red cross" type organization for the horse industry is a huge task but knows she will have the support of not only the horse industry but people that simply love horses as well. "People really stepped up when we started raising funds for the people that were affected by the Oklahoma tornadoes. The disasters are not going to stop and we need to be prepared to help out immediately," she states. She is hoping that some of the bigger companies in the horse industry will step up as sponsors so the funds necessary to operate this project and donate money to those in need will be ready when they need it.

Individuals and companies wishing to donate or sign up as a sponsor can visit our website at or call 615-730-7833. They make also make contributions to the crowd funding site: .

Posted By Catherine Masters


Jim Miller, longtime American Saddlebred breeder and trainer, moved back to Oklahoma this year to be near his children and grandchildren. In the recent tornado devastation, Miller lost everything: personal items, clothes, newly renovated mobile home, daughter's home, barn, horse trailer, truck, and his beloved tack, including a prized silver parade saddle, which Jim was Reserve National Champion in at the Royal just last year. Miller's horses were found wandering town with puncture wounds, head injuries, cuts, and abrasions.


He closely escaped severe injury himself after staying with his horses in the last minutes before the storm hit, leveling the property, by ducking into the shelter. Miller's losses are unimaginable, if you can help, his friends urge you to.


If you would like to help Jim recover his spirit and belongings please do, he will be living with his son:

Scott Miller at 12450 N. Luther Rd, Luther, OK 73054 Phone: 660-233-0375


For Immediate Release June 10, 2013


The United Professional Horsemen's Association is extremely pleased to announce the following new award:






1.  Identify potential future leaders in the equine industry from riders in each of the UPHA Challenge Cup Breed, Pleasure, National Junior and Senior Finals.

2.  Recognize UPHA Challenge Cup Finals competitors for their achievements both in and outside of the sport.




1.     UPHA Junior members in good standing with the UPHA that are qualified to compete in the UPHA Challenge Cup Breed, Pleasure, National Junior and Senior Finals.

2.     Demonstrates an ongoing commitment and dedication to the promotion of the Saddle Seat Equitation sport.

3.     Serves as a positive role model for peers.

4.     Participates at any level of competition, including local, regional or national events.

5.     Exhibits characteristics that exemplify positive sportsmanship principles.




1.     All riders that compete in Phase 1 of a UPHA Challenge Cup Breed, Pleasure, National Junior and Senior Finals will be eligible for the UPHA Challenge Cup Sportsmanship Award.

2.     The winner will be voted on by his/her peers, which have also competed in Phase 1 of their division of a UPHA Challenge Cup Breed, Pleasure, National Junior and Senior Finals.

3.     Vote will be by ballot, and will list the names of each competitor of Phase 1. Voting will take place after Phase 1 is completed and before Phase 2. Each competitor may vote for one rider in their same age group.

4.     The winner will be announced during Phase 2 of each individual UPHA Challenge Cup Breed, Pleasure, National Junior and Senior Final.




1.     The honoree of each of the UPHA Challenge Cup Sportsmanship Awards will receive a dated trophy for his or her possession.


For immediate release: June 7, 2013  


UPHA Chapter 10 announces Live Auction items to be featured at the 

UPHA 2014 Convention Fundraiser being held Thursday evening, 

June 13, at the Midwest Charity 

Horse Show:

UPHA Ribbons of Service Program Adds New Scholarship for 2013


For more information, contact:
Helen Robertson --
(502) 802.6777

UPHA Ribbons of Service adds performance exhibitor division, earmarked scholarship

                        The popular UPHA Ribbons of Service Program that has offered $22,500 in scholarships for saddle seat equitation riders since 2009 has added a new $2,500 scholarship for junior exhibitor riders/drivers who compete in the performance division. Payable to the UPHA Ribbons Of Service participant who raises the most funds as a performance rider/driver in a show-horse discipline represented by a breed association that is a participant in UPHA, the new award and scholarship broaden the focus of the UPHA’s successful, character-building program that emphasizes community service and charitable fundraising.

“We’re very pleased that UPHA Ribbons Of Service is growing to include more young people,” said UPHA President Gary Garone. “That means more service to our communities, more funds for wonderful charities like St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, more publicity for our industry -- and, more scholarships for our juvenile exhibitors, like the new $2,500 one funded by UPHA.”

Eligible disciplines for the new performance division include saddle seat, hunt seat, stock seat and driving; eligible breeds include Hackney Pony, American Saddlebred, Morgan, National Show Horse, and Arabian/Half-Arabian ridden or driven in non-equitation classes. The UPHA Ribbons Of Service participant must raise a minimum of $1,000 for an approved charity and perform at least 10 community service hours to be eligible for any scholarship offered by the program.

“We remain dedicated,” said UPHA Ribbons Of Service Chairwoman Helen Robertson, “to the promotion of saddle seat equitation. We believe it is a cornerstone of the saddle seat sport, and are very pleased that the full contingent of scholarships remains available to saddle seat equitation participants. If any performance division rider or driver completes at least two saddle seat equitation classes, that participant is eligible for many other scholarships.

Those scholarships include:

  • $5,000 for saddle seat equitation rider who raises the highest overall amount of funds (donated by Golden Creek Farms)
  • $1,000 for saddle seat equitation rider who raises the highest overall amount of funds (donated by Pidgeon Roost Farm)
  • $1,000 for overall saddle seat equitation rider who raises the second highest amount of funds (anonymously donated)
  • $2,500 for American Saddlebred saddle seat equitation rider who raises the highest amount of funds (donated by Golden Creek Farms)
  • $2,500 for Arabian saddle seat equitation rider who raises the highest amount of funds (donated by Golden Creek Farms)
  • $2,500 for Morgan saddle seat equitation rider who raises the highest amount of funds (donated by Golden Creek Farms)
  • $2,500 for National Show Horse saddle seat equitation rider who raises the highest amount of funds (donated by Golden Creek Farms)
  • $2,000 for youngest saddle seat equitation rider who raises the highest amount of funds (donated by Becker Brothers LLC)
  • $1,000 for youngest saddle seat equitation rider who raises the highest amount of funds (donated by Independent Equine Agents)
  • $1,500 for saddle seat equitation rider who performs the most community service hours (donated by Kenneth & Ceil Wheeler)
  • $1,000 for saddle seat equitation rider who has the most community service hours and will attend William Woods University (donated by William Woods University)

Last year’s overall winner was 12-year old Jordyn Isgrigg of Mt. Washington, Ky. Jordyn raised $17,400 for St. Jude by competing in saddle seat equitation classes, performed 112 hours of community service, and won $11,000 in scholarships.

“We invite young riders and drivers to enrich their lives -- and the lives of others -- with the UPHA Ribbons Of Service program,” said Garone. “It’s easy to enroll and rewarding to participate.”

In addition to minimum fundraising and community service participation, other rules apply, and are disclosed in the UPHA Ribbons Of Service Rules for 2013 Show Season. For more information, visit to complete a UPHA ROS 2013 Application, or contact Helen Robertson at or (502) 802-6777.

Show Horse Associations Asking For Trainers/Exhibitors Attention

The United Professional Horsemen’s Association (UPHA) hopes that everyone is enjoying a great start to the 2013 show season. Please note that there is a possibility that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be attending and observing at several of the American Saddlebred, Morgan and Hackney Pony horse shows across the country. As you meet and greet these Federal employees please be kind and courteous and represent our breeds with the class they deserve.

The UPHA along with officials from ASHA, AHHS and AMHA are reminding all horsemen of the importance to fully understand the rules and regulations contained in the Horse Protection Act (HPA). The HPA applies to all horsemen at all times. Information, as well as  rules and regulations contained in this Federal Law, can be found at:

United States Department of Agriculture 

Download and Print Horse Protection Act Rules and Regulations 

With the recent heightened sensitivity regarding equine welfare we need to remind the outside world how much effort and care goes into the welfare of our horses and exhibit those same actions at all times.

As always the UPHA prides itself in keeping our membership fully informed and up to date on the daily happenings within the equine industry. Please remember the foundation slogan of our organization is “Horsemen Helping Horsemen” so let’s all work together to help each other not only abide by the rules set forth in the Horse Protection Act, but also keep the general public’s perception at the forefront at all times. Best of luck this show season!