The popular UPHA Ribbons Of Service program is stepping up its game to teach riders about the many opportunities for meaningful community service as generous donors have created new awards for the stables that support and encourage riders who participate. "We're challenging all stables to get involved this year," said UPHA Ribbons Of Service Chairwoman Helen Robertson. Prizes for the winning stable (trainer or instructor) with the most UPHA Ribbons Of Service participants include a $1,500 gift certificate to Churchwell's Jewelers and a $2,500 gift certificate to World Champion -- plus a separate $2,000 cash prize will be awarded to the stable that raises the most funds. "That's in addition to the more than $24,000 in scholarships and prizes already offered to individual participants," Robertson pointed out.
Participants who complete the program's minimum requirements ($1,000 in raised funds and 10 hours of community service) in 2015 are eligible to win prizes in several categories. "This program helps our young riders learn the responsibility and reward of serving others," Robertson said. "UPHA Ribbons Of Service helps families find more reasons to be involved in our sport," she pointed out.
Robertson voiced a direct challenge to any trainer or instructor who hasn't had a rider participate in UPHA Ribbons Of Service: "Now is the time to get involved and be a part of the show horse industry that is shaping tomorrow's leaders. Please phone me at (502) 802-6777 and I'll be happy to discuss the many ways UPHA Ribbons Of Services benefits our riders, their families, the barns -- and certainly our communities and those less fortunate."
To date, the program has collected and distributed over $300,000 for 501(c)3 organizations such as St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Pepper's Ranch, and local animal shelters and more. As well as awarded over $100,000 in scholarships and prizes. Enrollment is open now for the 2015 show season.