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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
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
"The Devil is in the Details"
The UPHA Equitation Committee in
partnership with the UPHA is hosting a Live Clinic- "The Devil is in the Details" Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Cascade Stables, 9am-12pm.
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 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.
Support the UPHA Foundation,
"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 @ email@example.com 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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org or click
on the following link:
Please, make a contribution today to the UPHA Foundation, Inc.
Legal Defense Fund and help the UPHA, ASHA, AHHS and AMHA fight for you and the
horse show industry.
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Based in Lexington, KY, the UPHA is an association of professional horsemen and horsewomen who have united to improve the show horse industry and to define and clarify their professionalism within the industry. Since its inception in 1968, the UPHA has expanded into nineteen regional chapters that comprise all fifty states and Canada. The predominant breeds represented by UPHA members are the American Saddlebred, the Morgan Horse, the Hackney Pony and the National Show Horse. From the beginning, UPHA programs have benefited not only the individual horse person, but the entire horse show industry.
The UPHA regularly works with the United States Equestrian Federation, The American Horse Council and the various breed organizations to promote safety, ensure fairness, improve conditions, increase attendance and improve the overall horse show experience for owners, trainers, grooms, and spectators alike. In addition to its core programs, the UPHA seeks to foster communication and mutually beneficial relationships between all participants in the horse show industry.
For over forty years the United Professional Horsemen's Association has given a united voice to the individual trainer while recognizing his/her unique capabilities and talent. We invite you to learn more about UPHA's goals and programs, and would welcome your membership into our association.
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