Articles: Press Release
UPHA to Offer Ribbons of Service Program for Saddle Seat Equitation
United States Equestrian Federation, Inc.
4047 Iron Works Parkway
Lexington, KY 40511-8483
Tel: (859) 258-2472
Fax (859) 231-6662
Web site: www.usef.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 5, 2009
By Stacey Meier and Terra Schroeder
Lexington, KY- The UPHA has initiated a new program designed to reward
saddle seat equitation riders for their community service involvement
and fundraising efforts for approved charitable organizations. Jim
Taylor describes Ribbons of Service as "a shared-commitment program that
encourages riders to show an American Saddlebred, Arabian (including
Half-Arabians), Morgan or National Show Horse in saddle seat equitation
competitions, and encourages donors to pledge funds for charity for each
class in which the rider shows. The rider is not only responsible for
raising the donations, but for performing community service as part of
his or her own contribution to the effort."
Riders interested in participating begin by submitting an application to
UPHA and after receiving approval begin fundraising. Donors pledge to
give a minimum of $10 for each saddle seat equitation class the rider
competes in during the duration of the annual program. Proceeds of the
program will be given to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the
approved charity of the rider's choice. In addition to soliciting
funds, riders enrolled in the program must commit to performing and
tracking their own hours of community service to be eligible for awards.
UPHA will recognize top participants at the end of the program's season
in a special awards ceremony at the UPHA Annual Convention. The rider
who raised the most funds will receive an overall award including a
$5,000 scholarship donated by USA Equestrian Trust, Inc. and a $3,000
scholarship to Stephens College in addition to other prizes.
Furthermore, the rider who raised the most in each of four individual
breeds (American Saddlebreds, Morgans, Arabian breeds, or National Show
Horses) will receive a $2,500 scholarship donated by USA Equestrian
Trust, Inc. and other awards. A $1,500 scholarship made possible the
Kenny Wheeler family will be awarded to the participant with the most
community service hours.
A detailed listing of the awards made possible by the generous sponsors
to reward the saddle seat equitation riders' for their dedication is
available on the UPHA website.
For details and forms regarding the program, please visit the UPHA
website http://www.uphaonline.com/ribbons_of_service.htm or contact
Helen Robertson at email@example.com or (502) 633-0123.
The vision of the United States Equestrian Federation(r) is to provide
for equestrian sport in the United States of America by promoting the
of excellence from the grassroots to the Olympic Games, based on a
foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare
of its human and equine athletes.