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ASHA/UPHA Open Gate Learning Center Returns To The WCHS

The United Professional Horsemen's Association (UPHA) is pleased to announce the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) has agreed to once again underwrite the UPHA Open Gate Learning Center program at the 2019 Kentucky State Fair World's Championship Horse Show. The Center is an on-site study and learning center for young equestrians who are competing at the Kentucky State Fair World's Championship Horse Show, in Louisville, KY.

The center provides academic support to equestrian student athletes, grades 5-12, who are away from their local schools while exhibiting at competitions. Students are able to stay abreast of their academic requirements in the center's structured learning environment. The center is supervised by a professional teacher who provides basic academic support such as clarification of assignments, proofreading work, proctoring tests and answering student's questions. The center will work with teachers from the student's school to help guide the student's academic activities while absent. The center is able to receive assignments, PowerPoint notes, outlines, etc. from teachers throughout the competition.

The center is available to students beginning Sunday, August 18 through Saturday, August 24. The program is available at no charge to youth who are current members of both ASHA and UPHA; participation is offered for a $200 fee to non-members. Students must complete an application prior to the show in order to participate. Space is limited; applications accepted on a first come, first serve basis.  

The application can be found at the following link:

ASHA/UPHA Open Gate Learning Center Application

Application deadline is Saturday, August 5, 2019.

If you have any questions, contact Debbie Murphy at 804-366-9455 or email

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