(Palm Springs, CA) The 2019 UPHA National Conference concluded on January 19 with a spirit of unity and purpose that left attendees optimistic and excited for the coming season and the future of our industry. AHHS, ARHPA,ASB Museum,ASHA,ASR, the and UPHA hosted meetings and forums on various topics of concern to our collective memberships.Many of the forums and meetings were attended by leadership and general membership from AMHA as well.Of great consequence was the formation of an ad hoc committee with representation for all our organizations that will give us one strong voice in discussions and negotiations with USEF aimed at achieving better relations and better governance from our national governing body. Should those negotiations fail to bear fruit, the unified committee and the leadership of our respective organizations are committed to exploring and developing options for improved governance.


In addition to many productive board and committee meetings, and grand awards banquets recognizing people and horses that have achieved excellence in the sport, the Conference offered a wide array of forums that were engaging and well attended. 


UPHA produced terrific forums on breeding, and creating a profitable business model for trainers and equitation instructors.The USEF Safe Sport mandate,The State of Our Industry and Horse Shows,UPHA Equitation Forum, ASHA Riding Program Council and ASHA Strategic Planning Breakout Sessions achieved great interaction with members and impressed attendees as highly informative and useful. 


Attendees enjoyed gracious hospitality in Palm Springs, as Carson Kressley hosted a fabulous cocktail party Friday night and Hall Of Fame jockey Mike Smith captivated the Thursday night audience with his genuine and relatable discussion of his career and topical issues in the industry. It is up to our entire sport to work together and use the momentum generated in Palm Springs to better our industry and promote our sport as we move forward towards the 2019 season.


A Huge Thank You to Our 2019 UPHA Conference Sponsors as we 

Simply Could Not Do It Without You


Grand Benefactor

Grace Arnold 


Platinum Benefactor

Carson Kressley


Gold Benefactor

Kaye Bowles-Durnell

Mary Gaylord McClean 

The Goodman Manilow Family


Silver Benefactor

American Royal Association

American Saddlebred Horse Association

American Saddlebred Museum

Appointments, USA

Becker Brothers, LLC

Carroll Ray

Elisabeth Goth, LLC


Hillcroft Farm-Misdee & James Miller

Marsha De Arriaga

UPHA Chapter 14


Bronze Benefactor

CA Equine Foundation/CA Springfest Horse Show

Gen Hess

Honey Baked Ham Co.

Karen Waldron

Shelby Farm and Stables, Inc.

The Schaffel Family

UPHA Chapter 9

UPHA Chapter 10



Candi and Ed Aversenti

Carol Reedy

DeRegnaucourt Ltd.

John and Patricia Fennessy

John R. Cummins DVM

Riverdreams, LLC

UPHA Chapter 3/4


Friend of the UPHA

Ed Perwin/Bluebonnet Farm

Equidae Insurance Co.

Milo Jones

Sandy Currier

Spring Acres Farm/ Kipper Family

Tomeri Farm


A Very Special Thank You To:


Our Hard Working Volunteers:Jess Verrill, Pam Roush, Cheryl Jines, Amanda Ward, Deidre Davis, Nancy Troutman, Carol Reedy,Taylor Gregory representing AHHS, Cynthia Lowell and Jessica Cushings representing ASHA! 


Conference Officials: Beth Snider, RH Bennett, Richfield Video Crew, Tuffy Owens, Mark Farrar, Howie Schatzberg, and auctioneer extraordinaire Walt Robertson. 


Last But Not Least: To Susi Day for her tireless hours, dedication and commitment as the UPHA Conference Chair, "Susi, you have never wavered in your commitment to excellence and we owe you a debt of gratitude." 


Please plan to attend the 2020 UPHA Conference in Lexington,KY January 21-25,2020

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2020 UPHA Conference Video

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