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It's Not Too Late: Be A Part of the UPHA Ribbons of Service



The United Professional Horsemen's Association (UPHA) would like to extend an invitation to its actively showing members aged 21 & Under to become a part of the UPHA Ribbons of Service Program. The United Professional Horsemen's Association Ribbons of Service program seeks to impart on its members, aged 21 & under, the importance of community service. Through donating time and raising funds, the association hopes young members will learn valuable lessons while making a positive impact on their community. Since the program's inception, participants in the Ribbons of Service program have collected and distributed over $400,000 to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and other charities. 
 
This year, some innovative changes were made in an effort to be more inclusive and expand the program. One of the largest was the opportunity for academy riders to begin participating in the program. Moreover, additional scholarship opportunities have been added for Academy and Arabian performance riders.  

The Ribbons of Service program now offers over $43,000 in scholarship money to participants. Riders raising a minimum of $1,000 in donations and performing a minimum of 10 hours of community service are eligible to apply for the scholarships. New this year, the CA Gabriel Fund has graciously donated two $2,000 scholarships for Arabian performance participants, one for the 17 & Under age group and another for those riders 18-21, who raise the most funds in the program year. UPHA scholarships in the Academy division will be awarded to the top fundraiser and top service hours performer in both the Walk/Trot rider/driver and Walk/Trot/Canter sections. 
 
To get started, first ensure your current UPHA Membership, and renew/join if necessary. Then, simply fill out a Ribbons of Service application form and mail it to the UPHA office, located at 4059 Iron Works Parkway Suite #2, Lexington KY 40511. Soon after, you will receive an email with all the forms you need to get started. Participants have until October 31 to fund-raise and complete their community service hours.
 
For additional program information, please visit the UPHA Ribbons of Service website.

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