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:
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:
Grace Arnold Western Seat Western Seat-Overall Top Fundraiser
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
Golden Creek Farm, Inc. Morgan Breed Saddle Seat Equitation Award-Top Fundraiser
Becker Brothers, LLC. Saddle Seat Equitation Youngest Participant Award
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
Louise Bennett Hackney Pony Breed Community Service Award
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
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.
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.