2012 UPHA Ribbons of Service
The Ribbons of Service Program is designed to encourage, challenge, and reward equitation riders who...
* Participate in horse show competitions in order to raise funds for a charitable organization that helps those less fortunate
* Commit to helping others through hours of hands on community service
* Educate themselves and others about the needs and important work of a charitable organization such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
* Prepare themselves to discuss how participation with horses helps riders learn the value of hard work, sportsmanship, poise, and a rewarding relationship with an equine partner
This is a shared-commitment program that encourages riders to show an American Saddlebred, Arabian, Half-Arabian, Morgan or National Show Horse in saddle seat equitation competitions, and encourages donors to pledge funds for charity for each class in which the rider shows. The rider is not only responsible for raising the funds, but for performing community service as part of his or her own
contribution to the effort.
In 2013, the UPHA Ribbons of Service program will once again be open to all junior exhibitors who wish to participate in fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or another approved charity. However, for a rider to be eligible to win scholarships or prizes they MUST compete
in two saddle seat equitation classes in a saddle seat riding suit. “By not participating, we are wasting
unparalleled promotional possibilities for our sport and squandering excellent opportunities to introduce ourselves to the general public outside of our show horse community,” said UPHA Ribbons
Of Service Chairwoman Helen Robertson. “In just three years, our 12-year-old rider has raised almost $40,000 through the UPHA Ribbons Of Service Program for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In her
nine-year-old year she raised over $7,000. I am quite certain that she will be a philanthropist
for the rest of her life. How do you think that makes Jimmy and me feel, to know that we have been a part of nurturing that character trait in her, helping to teach her that no matter how old you are, you can make a difference in this world? And, you can do it from the back of a show horse!
“This program can be as big as we want it to be, or it can keep going along as it has been, and be the program that makes us all feel good at convention time when St. Jude is telling us how wonderful
our efforts are,” continued Robertson. “I challenge all of you who have riders to get them involved. Help us show the general public that showing horses -- where these riders learn sportsmanship, hard work and dedication -- also teaches our youth to give back to their communities and to develop the leadership skills that will serve us all well in the years to come.”
For more information, visit http://uphaonline.com/ribbonsofservice.html
or contact Helen Robertson at Helen@InfinityStables.com or (502) 802-6777.