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The United Professional Horsemen’s Association, Inc., (UPHA), is a Section 501 (c) (5) organization comprised of members of Local Chapters. The membership of the UPHA was desirous of providing payments to members, their families, or estates in financial need due to certain occurrences including, but not limited to, death, disability, or natural disasters such as fire, flood, storm or theft which leaves them unable to pay current expenses.

In order to make such payments to their members, the UPHA organized the UPHA Dewey Henderson Benevolent Fund Trust, a Section 501 (c) (3) charitable foundation, named in memory of Dewey Henderson, a UPHA member who felt strongly about the UPHA being able to help horse trainers in times of need.

Upon application to the Trust, professional members may receive up to $30,000 in their lifetime. In no event may any application be made more than once in a calendar year. The member, their family or estate must demonstrate to the Trustees that an event of the nature discussed above has left them unable to pay for living expenses for themselves or their families or to pay for funeral costs. The Trust will provide an application form for this purpose.

Members may make contributions to the Trust, but members are not required to make contributions to be eligible for payments.  Payments will be made from these contributions or income earned thereon.  In the event that funds do not exist to make payments, none will be made. Determination of the payment will be made at the sole discretion of the Trustees.

Only applicants who have properly and thoroughly completed an application, submitted supporting documents, and presented same to UPHA office will be considered.

Under the Trust Agreement, only current UPHA Professional Members are eligible to receive benefits.  Such membership must have been in place for at least two concurrent calendar years (24 consecutive months) prior to application.

While many circumstances are sad, real and documented need must be present. Inability to pay bills, etc. due to negligence, misappropriation or remiss are not considered need under the DHBTF.

Death benefits can be made to an appropriate entity if all other qualifications are met. Examples include: funeral expenses, medical expenses. Payments should be made directly to the entity with proper documentation included in the application.

Payments to individuals after an eligible recipient’s death are NOT allowed under the DHBTF.  If a surviving spouse or heir meets the qualifications for benefits, that individual should submit an application. 

Benefits for a qualified individual may be made to an attorney, service provider or other documented entity if concern exists about the handling of the funds. For example: payments to an attorney with a written agreement with regards to the use of those funds; payment of rent; medical bill payments.

Determination of benefit amount should include the possibility of future need by the individual.  Lifetime limits are not waived under the DHBTF.

Confidentiality is foremost in the review, discussion, and distribution of benefits.

For more information or an application for assistance, contact the UPHA at 859-231-5070, or send an email request to

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