The popular UPHA Ribbons of Service Program that has offered $22,500 in scholarships for Saddle Seat Equitation riders since 2009 has added a new $2,500 scholarship for junior exhibitor riders/drivers who compete in the performance division. Payable to the UPHA Ribbons of Service participant who raises the most funds as a performance rider/driver in a show horse discipline represented by a breed association that is a participant in UPHA, the new award and scholarship broaden the focus of the UPHA’s successful, character-building program that emphasizes community service and charitable fundraising.
Eligible disciplines for the new performance division include saddle seat, hunt seat, stock seat and driving; eligible breeds include Hackney Pony, American Saddlebred, Morgan, National Show Horse and Arabian/Half-Arabian ridden or driven in non-Equitation classes. The UPHA Ribbons of Service participant must raise a minimum of $1,000 for an approved charity and perform at least 10 community service hours to be eligible for any scholarship offered by the program.
Last year’s overall winner was 12-year-old Jordyn Isgrigg of Mt. Washington, Kentucky. Jordyn raised $17,400 for St. Jude by competing in Saddle Seat Equitation classes, performed 112 hours of community service and won $11,000 in scholarships.
In addition to minimum fundraising and community service participation, other rules apply and are disclosed in the UPHA Ribbons Of Service Rules for 2013 Show Season. For more information and a list of available scholarships, visit www.uphaonline.com/ribbonsofservice.html to complete a UPHA ROS 2013 Application, or contact Helen Robertson at Helen@InfinityStables.com or (502) 802-6777.