The 2019 United Professional Horsemen's Association National Conference concluded on January 19 with a spirit of unity and purpose that left attendees optimistic and excited for the coming season and the future of the industry.
American Hackney Horse Society, American Road Horse & Pony Association, American Saddlebred Museum, American Saddlebred Horse Association, American Saddlebred Registry, and UPHA hosted meetings and forums on various topics of concern to the collective memberships. Many of the forums and meetings were attended by American Morgan Horse Association leadership and general membership as well.
Of great consequence was the formation of an ad hoc committee with representation for all the organizations that will give one strong voice in discussions and negotiations with US Equestrian, aimed at achieving better relations and better governance from the national governing body. Should those negotiations fail to bear fruit, the unified committee and the leadership of the respective organizations are committed to exploring and developing options for improved governance.
In addition to many productive board and committee meetings, and grand awards banquets recognizing people and horses that have achieved excellence in the sport, the Conference offered a wide array of forums that were engaging and well attended.
UPHA produced terrific forums on breeding, and creating a profitable business model for trainers and equitation instructors. The USEF Safe Sport mandate, the State of Our Industry and Horse Shows, UPHA Equitation Forum, ASHA Riding Program Council and ASHA Strategic Planning Breakout Sessions achieved great interaction with members and impressed attendees as highly informative and useful.
Attendees enjoyed gracious hospitality in Palm Springs, as Carson Kressley hosted a fabulous cocktail party Friday night and Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith captivated the Thursday night audience with his genuine and relatable discussion of his career and topical issues in the industry. It is up to the entire sport to work together and use the momentum generated in Palm Springs to better the industry and promote the sport as it moves forward toward the 2019 season.
UPHA thanks its 2019 UPHA Conference Sponsors:
Grand Benefactor: Grace Arnold
Platinum Benefactor: Carson Kressley
Gold Benefactor: Kaye Bowles-Durnell, Mary Gaylord McClean, The Goodman Manilow Family
Silver Benefactor: American Royal Association, American Saddlebred Horse Association, American Saddlebred Museum, Appointments USA, Becker Brothers LLC, Carroll Ray, Elisabeth Goth LLC, Freedmans, Hillcroft Farm -- Misdee and James Miller, Marsha De Arriaga, UPHA Chapter 14
Bronze Benefactor: CA Equine Foundation/CA Springfest Horse Show, Gen Hess, Honey Baked Ham Co., Karen Waldron, Shelby Farm and Stables Inc., The Schaffel Family, UPHA Chapter 9, UPHA Chapter 10
Benefactor: Candi and Ed Aversenti, Carol Reedy, DeRegnaucourt Ltd., John and Patricia Fennessy, John R. Cummins DVM, Riverdreams LLC, UPHA Chapter 3/4
Friend of the UPHA: Ed Perwin/Bluebonnet Farm, Equidae Insurance Co., Milo Jones, Sandy Currier, Spring Acres Farm/ Kipper Family, Tomeri Farm
A very special thank you to the hard-working volunteers: Jess Verrill, Pam Roush, Cheryl Jines, Amanda Ward, Deidre Davis, Nancy Troutman, Carol Reedy, Taylor Gregory representing AHHS, Cynthia Lowell, and Jessica Cushings representing ASHA
Conference Officials: Beth Snider, RH Bennett, Richfield Video Crew, Tuffy Owens, Mark Farrar, Howie Schatzberg, and auctioneer extraordinaire Walt Robertson.
To Susi Day for her tireless hours, dedication and commitment as the UPHA Conference Chair, "Susi, you have never wavered in your commitment to excellence and we owe you a debt of gratitude."
Plan to attend the 2020 UPHA Conference in Lexington, Kentucky, January 21-25, 2020. Click on the link to view the 2020 UPHA National Conference Promo: 2020 UPHA Conference Video.
-- via UPHA