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UPHA Tony Ray Young Professional Of The Year: Andrea Harry

To know Andrea Harry is to admire Andrea Harry. Growing up around American Saddlebreds at the famed Mercer Springs Farm since 1996, Andrea Harry has been on the track to success since a young age. 

With a strong work ethic, fierce determination and an uncanny will to accomplish anything she sets her mind to, Andrea has proven herself to be a very deserving recipient of the Tony C. Ray Young Professional Of The Year Award.

After working for Rich and Maureen Campbell in 2011 she returned to Mercer Springs to work under Smith and Alexandra Lilly for nine years. Under her tenure at Mercer Springs Farm Andrea has both cared for and trained some of the best of the best. She earned her very first personal world’s champion title in 2019 aboard the Two-Year-Old Five-Gaited sensation Leatherwood’s Way To Go.

After much success under the Lilly’s, Andrea took a leap of faith in October 2019 and opened her own Meraki Farm in Kernersville, North Carolina. With only a few months of business under her belt, both the training and lessons sides of her business are thriving.

In addition to starting a business, Andrea has served for two years as the co-chair of the UPHA Young Professionals Committee and has been the driving force behind the GenNext Newsletter as well as a strong fundraiser; helping the Young Professionals Committee raise over $35,000 for the UPHA Foundation through two successful events at Kansas City.

Her passion for this industry and ambition to make a difference have already made waves, and this award will prove to be one of many to come.

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