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UPHA Convention Set For January 2007




Be sure to mark your calendars and make plans to attend the 2007 UPHA and AHHS Annual Convention, being held Jan. 4, 5 and 6, at the Westin Hotel in downtown
Cincinnati, Ohio.

Complete information on the convention and the agenda can be found on the UPHA’s web site, www.UPHAOnline.com, along with hotel registration information and a convention registration form.

Highlights of this year’s convention begin on Thursday evening with the AHHS’s Annual Dinner, auction and awards night, featuring a guest comedian who will entertain the crowd after dinner.

On Friday, the day starts with separate meetings for the active and associate members of the UPHA to elect their officers for 2007. Then, starting at 9 a.m., there will be series of “round table” discussions and informative sessions which will feature the following topics and speakers:

Selecting And Preparing the Amateur Horse
Andy and Lynda Freseth, Hollow Haven Farm

Charging and Expensing (What we charge and when)
Patty Milligan, Marsha and Gary Garone

An Entertaining Look at the History of the Hackney and Grand Drivers of the Past
Barry Dickerson

In Depth Look at the Roadster Pony to Wagon Division - Videos, Harnessing
Harlan "Lanny" Judd

Proper Harnessing And Hooking For The Show Ring
Nelson Green and Kurt Hufferd

A Primer On Harness: Why we use it, how it has evolved, how we use it today
Pat Kennedy

Marketing And Sales
John T. Jones and Jim Taylor

Training the Young Pony:  From Pasture to the Show Ring
Chris Gantley & Tom Lowry


These sessions will run from 9 a.m. through noon, and the presenter will give discuss their topic four times in three hours so that you can rotate from group to group during that three hour time period. These are interesting, informative topics, presented by professionals and everyone is sure to benefit from the wide variety of topics.

Immediately after the round table discussions, a new event will be held at the UPHA Convention. This year, the annual UPHA Horse and Pony of The Year Awards will be presented at a luncheon on Friday at noon. Each of the 41 class winners automatically becomes eligible for the UPHA Horse/Pony of The Year Division Award in their respective division. Ballots will be distributed to all active and associate UPHA members present at the luncheon at the Convention. The results of that vote will determine the 11 UPHA Horse/Pony of the Year Division Champions and will those awards be presented during the Saturday evening banquet at the Annual Convention. The winners of the 11 overall division awards, will be presented with a beautiful bronze, sculpted by Douwe Blumberg and designed specifically for the UPHA to award to the winners of the overall UPHA Horse and Pony of The Year awards.

After the luncheon, the UPHA Equitation Committee will present another series of round table discussions on “Everything You Need to Know About Equitation and Running A Riding Lesson Program.” Industry experts will present various aspects of teaching, running and developing an equitation program at your barn.

The day concludes with the annual UPHA Live Auction, with a wide variety of items available for your bid. That evening’s award presentations include the UPHA Sallie B. Wheeler Distinguished Service Award, UPHA Helen Crabtree Equitation Instructor of the Year Award, UPHA National Honor Show Awards, UPHA Herman Miles Horse Show Manager of the Year Award, UPHA Associate Membership Award, UPHA Shirley Parkinson Professional Achievement Award and one of the UPHA Tom Moore Hall of Fame Awards.

Saturday will start with a UPHA General Membership meeting, where USEF rule changes will be discussed and reviewed, and where any new business can be brought to the attention of the UPHA Board of Directors. It is very important that all UPHA active and associate members attend these general membership meetings so that the UPHA Board can be aware of the issues the membership feel are important in the upcoming year.

Saturday evening will be time to celebrate and enjoy a black tie evening of dinner, awards, entertainment and dancing. The awards scheduled to be presented on Saturday evening include the UPHA Horse and Pony of the Year Divisional Awards, the UPHA Young Trainer Award, the Richard E. Lavery Professional Horseman’s Award and UPHA Tom Moore Hall of Fame Inductions. A fantastic band from the Cincinnati area will be on hand for dancing the rest of the night away.

The Members of UPHA Chapter 13 also cordially invite you to attend a sales preview of fine show horses. Numerous horsemen from UPHA Chapter 13 are graciously shipping in horses of all divisions for your viewing pleasure.

Horses can be seen at two locations following the 2007 UPHA Convention on
Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007. Appointments will be accepted.

Cape Cod Farm

3187 Centerville Road
Spring Valley, OH 45370
Kathy Boggs -
(937) 848-8566

L’Ambiance Farm

Waynesville Road
Bellbrook, OH 45305
Phil Price -
(937) 848-7604

Both stables are just 45 minutes from the Westin Hotel (the host hotel for the convention). Sales list will be made available at the start of the 2007 UPHA Convention.

For further information contact the UPHA at (859) 231-5070 or e-mail UPHAKGR@aol.com.

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