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Do you know a UPHA member that should be acknowledged not only for their success in the show ring but also their contributions to UPHA and our industry? Nominate them for the 2020 UPHA Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement awards by June 15, 2020.

To be presented during the annual UPHA National Conference. It is a chance to honor and celebrate those that have made a profound impact on our show horse industry and UPHA.

Nominations for the following awards are now being accepted:

Tom Moore Hall of Fame
To be eligible for induction into the UPHA Hall of Fame, a person or persons (can be a couple/partner) must have derived his or her livelihood from the profession of training show horses or ponies. He or she must have reached their success not only through the champion horses and ponies they have developed and shown, but must possess the respect of their peers throughout the professional conduct they have maintained throughout their careers. He or she must have willingly given of himself or herself the knowledge that they have acquired over the years, in an effort to help their fellow professionals and further the success of the show horse industry and the training profession. Induction into the UPHA Hall of Fame means this person has earned the highest esteem of their peers.

Helen K. Crabtree Instructor Hall of Fame
The UPHA Helen K. Crabtree Instructor Hall of Fame shall be presented to a professional horseman/horsewoman who has demonstrated extraordinary teaching and training skills (riding/driving) by consistently having winning combinations in the show ring and setting new standards of excellence year after year. By his/her dedication to teaching and training, effective teaching techniques, strong work ethic and superior conduct, the individual promotes the show horse/pony industry to youth and amateurs.

Larry Bacon Lifetime Achievement Award
The UPHA Larry Bacon Lifetime Achievement Award is reserved for a few very special people whose deeds and actions, over many years of involvement in the show horse sport, have consistently demonstrated their integrity, unselfishness, sportsmanship and competitive spirit. They are persons highly respected by their peers as leaders not followers. They are people who display an unconditional love for horses and who have shown a genuine concern for the betterment and advancement of the show horse industry by dedicating themselves to that end. They further feel a responsibility as custodians and “keepers” of the show horse breeds and can always be counted upon, to have the best interest of these breeds at heart. They are innovators, can be movers and shakers or people who are happy making a great impact from behind the scenes. All, so honored, will have one thing in common; our show horse world is a better place because of them. Those selected may be Trainers, Breeders, Owners, Exhibitors, Sponsors, Show Managers or simply people with a true appreciation of these horses and ponies we all love. To be considered for this award is to be paid the highest of compliments, to receive it is to receive the highest of honors.


Alvin C. Ruxer Lifetime Commitment Award
The UPHA Alvin C. Ruxer Lifetime Commitment Award recognizes the dedicated service and support of an UPHA Associate Member. Named for Alvin C. Ruxer, whose generous financial and personal commitment afforded the UPHA the opportunity to realize its formation, the recipient of the Award is someone who embodies that same commitment. The recipient has shown a lifetime of dedication to the UPHA's mission, goals and programs. The recipient has participated in the UPHA; its various breed organizations and its programs for numerous years. The recipient has supported the UPHA's members, missions, goals and programs in order to see the UPHA succeed and grow.


All nominations must be in writing explaining in detail why the nominee is deserving of a specific award. The deadline for submission of nominations for these awards is June 15, 2020. Nominations may be mailed to UPHA, 4059 Iron Works Parkway, Suite 2, Lexington, KY 40511, faxed to (859) 255-2774 or emailed to jmellenkamp@uphaonline.com (please include “Award Nomination” in the subject line).

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