UPHA Foundation Donates over $400,000 to
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; 
Ribbons of Service Participants Honored at UPHA National Conference

(Palm Springs, California, January 24, 2018) -- The UPHA Ribbons of Service program to date has raised over $400,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through the efforts of UPHA youth members.  2018 proved just as successful as participants volunteered over 870 hours in community service and collected over $40,000 in funds to be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and other nonprofit charities. The United Professional Horsemen's Association Ribbons of Service program teaches UPHA members, age 21 & under, the importance of community service by donating their time to those in need while learning the value of helping those less fortunate by raising money for charity. 


2018 was a year of change for the UPHA Ribbons of Service program. Participation levels were developed as an incentive to reward youth with gifts and recognition for completing community service hours and collecting donations for their approved nonprofit charity. In an effort to include college students, the program participant age was increased to 21 & under.


These changes proved to be rewarding as participants were honored with gifts and scholarships at the 2019 UPHA National Conference which took place January 15-19, 2019 in Palm Springs, California.

Congratulations to the following Ribbons of Service participants completing a minimum of 10 community service hours and fundraising a minimum of $1,000 to achieve the Platinum Level:


Annalina Reis

Brianna Tolkacz

Erin McNaughton

Gwyneth Hamrah

Jacqueline Schatzberg

Jordyn Isgrigg

Kendall  Kelledy

Kennedy Wilson

Kennedy Wisdom

Lauren Stuckmeyer

Matthew Tasch

Maya Tasch

Sophie Proctor

Sydney LoCascio

Taylor Thompson

Scholarships are graciously donated to reward those participants raising the most funds or completing the most community service hours. Congratulations to the following participants earning scholarships for their efforts in 2018:

Annalina Reis

Grace Arnold Western Seat Western Seat-Overall Top Fundraiser

Brianna Tolkacz

Dave and Sarah Patton American Saddlebred Breed Performance 14-17-Top Fundraiser

Louise Bennett Saddlebred Breed Community Service Award

UPHA Performance Rider/Driver Award-Overall Top Fundraiser

Jacqueline Schatzberg

Golden Creek Farm, Inc. Morgan Breed Saddle Seat Equitation Award-Top Fundraiser

Becker Brothers, LLC. Saddle Seat Equitation Youngest Participant Award

Jordyn Isgrigg

Top Fundraiser

Golden Creek Farm, Inc. Saddle Seat Equitation Overall Award-Top Fundraiser

Golden Creek Farm, Inc. American Saddlebred Saddle Seat Equitation-Top Fundraiser

Kenneth & Ceil Wheeler Saddle Seat Equitation Rider Community Service Award

Kendall Kelledy

Louise Bennett Hackney Pony Breed Community Service Award

Lauren Stuckmeyer

Charles N. Gish Memorial Morgan Breed Performance Rider/Driver Award 17 & Under-Top Fundraiser

David and Sharon Cole Morgan Breed Performance Rider or Driver Community Service Award

Terri and Roland Sturm Family Foundation Morgan Breed Hunt Seat-Top Fundraiser

Matthew Tasch

Grace Arnold Hackney Pony Breed-Top Fundraiser

Independent Equine Agents Performance Rider/Driver Youngest Participant Award

Thank you to our 2018 in-kind donors:

Thank you to our 2018 UPHA Ribbons of Service scholarship donors:


Arcola Farm-Ronald and Kirsten Johnson

Becker Brothers LLC

Champions Way LLC/In memory of Charles N. Gish

David and Sharon A. Cole

East Belmont-Kenneth & Ceil Wheeler

Friend of Dave and Sarah Patton

Golden Creek Farms, Inc.

Grace Arnold

Independent Equine Agents

Louise Gaylord Bennett

Stonegate Saddlebreds, INC.

Terri and Roland Sturm Family Foundation

Tri Color Ventures, INC.

William Woods University



For additional program information, please visit the UPHA website at: UPHA Ribbons of Service.


Questions?  Please contact UPHA at jmellenkamp@uphaonline.com or 859-231-5070 or UPHA Ribbons of Service Committee Chair, Fay Lowry at faylowry65@yahoo.com

2019 UPHA Ribbons of Service Application

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