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UPHA Ribbons Of Service Riders Raise $98,810 And Complete Over 1,200 Community Service Hours

“We believe this program,” said United Professional Horsemen’s Association President Gary Garone at the organization’s recent annual convention, “personifies the value of a youngster’s participation with show horses. We strive to develop great riders who enjoy a lifelong sport, but, as importantly, excellent citizens who make our communities a better place.”

“Each one of these 30 saddle seat riders’ accomplishments is outstanding,” agreed UPHA Ribbons Of Service Committee Chair Helen Robertson. “It’s truly the Ribbons Of Service participants’ best year yet. Not only did these kids raise $98,810 for St. Jude Children’s Research and other deserving charities, but they participated in over 1,200 documented hours of community service.”

On January 18, the following participants were congratulated in a celebration at the InterContinental Chicago:

•Kara Hachigian, Houston, Texas – A sophomore at the Kinkaid school is the overall winner of the program with the most funds raised, 16-year-old Kara is also the American Saddlebred Breed winner. Under the direction of Sandra Currier and Cindy Boel, Kara and her American Saddlebred CH- EQ My One Night Stand raised $29,420 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and completed 95.5 hours of community service, earning her the following scholarships and prizes:

Golden Creek Farm Overall Winner - $5,000
Golden Creek Farm Saddlebred Breed Winner - $2,500
Pigeon Roost Overall Winner - $1,000
Freedman Custom Leather Backpack

•Harriet Butscher, New Orleans, Louisiana –Harriet, 9, is the youngest participant with the most funds raised.  Under the direction of Jimmy and Helen Robertson, Harriet and her American Saddlebred Walk-And-Trot gelding CF Cool Night Out raised  $3,500 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and completed 12 hours of community service. Harriett was awarded the following scholarships:

The Becker Brothers Youngest Participant - $2,000
Independent Equine Agents Youngest Participant - $1,000

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