UPHA Membership 
Renewals Are Now Due  

If you have not done so already, you can renew your membership online by clicking on the link below.

This link will redirect you to the UPHA Membership portal.  There you will be able to renew your membership and update your membership information.

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The new UPHA website will be launched soon so please watch for an email that will direct you to the new and improved Membership portal.  

Membership cards will be mailed at the end of February.
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USEF Announces Rules Changes
For 2017, 2018 and 2019

The USEF (United States Equestrian Federation) announced today rule changes for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 competition years.  
Below is a summary of these rule changes: 

RULES EFFECTIVE FOR 2017 COMPETITION YEAR

 Effective 12-1-16

EQ115 Good Hands

  • Changing name from NHS Good Hands to The Good Hands

RD101.1 Roadster Eligibility
  • All horses competing in Roadster Horse classes must have a Roadster ID number issued by the ARHPA
 Effective 2-1-17
HK103.2 RD103.1 and SB102 Welfare Rules
  • Eliminating use of any chemical or other irritant  to alter the pony/horse's tail carriage
  • Eliminating use of chains or rollers as actions devices on the competition grounds
  • Adding stipulations/explanations regarding shoeing and surgical release of tails
  • Removing reference to cob tails and docked tails; requiring appearance of short tail
 SB157.5 Western Country Pleasure
  • Allows professionals (with restrictions) to compete in Junior Horse, Maiden/Novice/Limit Horse classes in addition to prospect and open classes.
 Effective 4-1-17
HK110 Hackney Division of Classes
  • Requires classes with 16 or more entries to be divided.  Gives competition management discretion on how to divide
 RD109.7 USTA Roadster Classic
  • Changing qualifying period for 2018 competition
 SB111    American Saddlebred Division of Classes            
  • Reduces the maximum number of entries allowed to compete in classes.
 RULES EFFECTIVE FOR THE 2018 COMPETITION YEAR
 GENERAL
GR1056 Hackney Judges
  • Requires clinic prior to learner judging
  • Applicant may be denied due to little or no experience with breed
  • Learner judge under a minimum of two different Registered "large R" judges
 GR1069 Roadster Judges
  • Recommends clinic prior to learner judging
  • Applicant may be denied due to little or no experience with discipline
  • Learner judge a minimum of five Roadster classes
  • Learner judge with a Registered "large R" judge
 GR1070 American Saddlebred Judges
  • Requires clinic prior to learner judging
  • Applicant may be denied due to little or no experience with breed
  • Require learner judge to officiate an additional competition unless one experience is on a panel of judges.
 GR1071 Saddle Seat Equitation Judges
  • Requires clinic prior to learner judging
  • Applicant may be denied due to little or no experience with discipline
  • Require learner judge to officiate at an additional competition unless one experience is on a panel of judges.
 GR135 Maiden, Novice and Limit Classes
  • Allows horse to only "start over" by switching between driving and under saddle classes
 GR839 Cruelty to and Abuse of a Horse
  • A horse presented for competition must not exhibit signs of recent cruelty or abuse
 GR844 Necropsy
  • Outlines requirements for horses that die while at a Licensed Competition.
 HACKNEY DIVISION
HK135 Appointments
  • Martingales are required in Hackney Roadster Pony classes
 ROADSTER DIVISION
RD102.2 Type and Conformation
  • Better defines the type of horse for the Roadster Division
 RD106 Appointments
  • How to handle and entry that does not have a standard size seat or proper vehicle for class
 AMERICAN SADDLEBRED
 SB101 Half American Saddlebred
  • Adding rules for Half American Saddlebreds to compete
 SB103.9 Attention Getting devices
  • Strengthens competition management's ability to limit attention getting devices at designated times
 SB104.1 Appointments
  • Prohibits the use of and eliminates those that compete with a high tail crupper which attaches to the saddle.
 SB108.3 Amateur Owner Trainer Classes
  • Establishes perimeters regarding ownership, training, and professional assistance for AOT classes.
SB115.2 and SB1336 Park Horse Gaits
  • Requires a Park horse to be shown at a Park Trot.
 SB161 Saddle & Bridle's Working Western Pleasure Class
  • Requires a minimum of three obstacles
 SADDLE SEAT EQUITATION
EQ113 Bight of Reins
  • Riders penalized for switching bight of rein to left side
 EQ117 Championships
  • Must work minimum number of riders per number of ribbons awarded in class; including one entry classes.
 EQ118 Tests
  • Must work minimum number of riders per number of ribbons awarded in class
  • Removing addressing reins as test.  Separating tests 2 and 3 for clarity
 RULES EFFECTIVE FOR THE 2019 COMPETITION YEAR
 GR1202.1 Competition Manager
  • Must complete education requirements
  To read the complete rule changes, please click on the following links:

World's Championship Horse Show Date Change Proposal To Be Discussed

On Thursday, January 19th, during the ASHA Annual Meeting, which is being held in conjunction with the UPHA National Convention in New Orleans, a discussion will be held regarding the possibility of changing the World’s Championship Horse Show (WCHS) dates, beginning in 2018.

  

During the Annual Fall meeting of the ASHA Board of Directors, held on October 31 and November 1, 2016, the Kentucky State Fair interim CEO Steve Kelly presented the idea of the Horse Show date change to the ASHA Board of Directors.

  

Kelly reported that the date change would mean that the Horse Show could start a week earlier than normal. This change would effectively have the Show begin several days in advance of the opening of the State Fair with the final three days of the Show being on the first three days of the Fair. Kelly went on to add that by moving the Show a week earlier, it would possibly provide the WCHS with several opportunities such as easier access in and out of the show grounds, use of Broadbent Arena and improved locations of temporary stabling.

  

Following the presentation, the Board unanimously voted to pursue the idea of moving the show a week earlier. Later in that meeting the Board formed a committee to review the possible change and since has communicated with other Associations in our industry for additional comments and input. Kenny Wheeler, Jr., was appointed chair of the committee, which consists of Bret Day, Elisabeth Goth, David Mount, Donna Pettry-Smith and David Rudder.

  

ASHA representatives have met with representatives from the United Professional Horsemen’s Association (UPHA), the American Hackney Horse Society (AHHS), and the American Road Horse and Pony Association (ARHPA) to make their associations aware of the WCHS’s offer.

  

The discussion that is planned to take place at the ASHA Annual Meeting will look at the positives and negatives of making such a move. During the week immediately following the Convention, the four above-mentioned Associations will send out a survey to their respective members asking for feedback. That feedback will be compiled and reviewed by ASHA in consultation with the other Associations. The ASHA Board of Directors in determining its final recommendation to Mr. Kelly will utilize that data, as well as other information available to the ASHA, including but not limited to logistical details from the Kentucky State Fair Board.

  

“We want to do what the ASHA wants,” said Kelly. “If staying on your dates is what’s best, that’s fine or if moving earlier works better we’re good with accommodating that move.”

  

Bob Funkhouser, ASHA President
he UPHA Equitation Committee in partnership with the UPHA is hosting a Live Clinic- The Devil 
is in the Details, on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Cascade Stables. 9am-12pm 
Clinicians include: 
John Conatser, Smith Lilly, Barbe Smith, Bret Day, Lynda Freseth, Rich and Maureen Campbell, 
Steve Wheeler, Cindy Mugnier, Kent Swalla, Mary Orr, David and Kristen Cater, Kellie Budd,  
Carol Matton, Missy Hughes Smith, David Freedman,  Dale Becker and More! 
Here is an exciting and  unique opportunity to learn from some of the nation’s top trainers and 
instructors about presenting horses and riders in the show ring. From the instruction and ring 
strategies for rider and drivers, to the fine points of suit fitting and harness fitting, there will be 
plenty of topics covered.  There will also be a session on the Judge’s Point of View.  Hear from 
current judges about what they look for, what is important to them and what strategies get 
their attention. 
There will be time to answer your questions as well! 
The clinic is free to those who are registered for the UPHA National Convention and $25 for 
those not registered payable at Cascade Stables the day of the clinic. 
he UPHA Equitation Committee in partnership with the UPHA is hosting a Live Clinic- The Devil 
is in the Details, on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Cascade Stables. 9am-12pm 
Clinicians include: 
John Conatser, Smith Lilly, Barbe Smith, Bret Day, Lynda Freseth, Rich and Maureen Campbell, 
Steve Wheeler, Cindy Mugnier, Kent Swalla, Mary Orr, David and Kristen Cater, Kellie Budd,  
Carol Matton, Missy Hughes Smith, David Freedman,  Dale Becker and More! 
Here is an exciting and  unique opportunity to learn from some of the nation’s top trainers and 
instructors about presenting horses and riders in the show ring. From the instruction and ring 
strategies for rider and drivers, to the fine points of suit fitting and harness fitting, there will be 
plenty of topics covered.  There will also be a session on the Judge’s Point of View.  Hear from 
current judges about what they look for, what is important to them and what strategies get 
their attention. 
There will be time to answer your questions as well! 
The clinic is free to those who are registered for the UPHA National Convention and $25 for 
those not registered payable at Cascade Stables the day of the clinic. 
he UPHA Equitation Committee in partnership with the UPHA is hosting a Live Clinic- The Devil 
is in the Details, on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Cascade Stables. 9am-12pm 
Clinicians include: 
John Conatser, Smith Lilly, Barbe Smith, Bret Day, Lynda Freseth, Rich and Maureen Campbell, 
Steve Wheeler, Cindy Mugnier, Kent Swalla, Mary Orr, David and Kristen Cater, Kellie Budd,  
Carol Matton, Missy Hughes Smith, David Freedman,  Dale Becker and More! 
Here is an exciting and  unique opportunity to learn from some of the nation’s top trainers and 
instructors about presenting horses and riders in the show ring. From the instruction and ring 
strategies for rider and drivers, to the fine points of suit fitting and harness fitting, there will be 
plenty of topics covered.  There will also be a session on the Judge’s Point of View.  Hear from 
current judges about what they look for, what is important to them and what strategies get 
their attention. 
There will be time to answer your questions as well! 
The clinic is free to those who are registered for the UPHA National Convention and $25 for 
those not registered payable at Cascade Stables the day of the clinic. 


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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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