Add Hunt Seat and Western to the UPHA Ribbons of Service Program!
Please sign the petition if you agree that UPHA's Ribbons of Service program should let hunt seat and western equitation riders participate in the program in addition to saddleseat riders.
This amazing program allows you to raise money for charity every time you enter the show ring. However right now only saddle seat riders can participate. We know hunt seat and western divisions have some of the largest classes at the shows, so please sign the petition to encourage UPHA to expand the program. Allowing more hunt seat and western riders will raise more money for charity, spread awareness of this great program and make more youth eligible for scholarships - it's a win, win situation!
The Ribbons of Service Program is currently designed to encourage, challenge, and reward saddle seat equitation and performance riders/drivers who …
- Participate in horse show competitions in order to raise funds for a charitable organization that helps those less fortunate;
- Commit to helping others through hours of hands-on community service;
- Educate themselves and others about the needs and important work of a charitable organization such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; and
- Prepare themselves to discuss how participation with horses helps riders learn the value of hard work, sportsmanship, poise, and a rewarding relationship with an equine partner.
At the end of the show season, prizes are given to the riders who raise the most funds for their designated charity. Each of these winners are then eligible for the overall award -- including a scholarship to be given to the rider of any of the four breeds or performance rider/drivers who has raised the most funds and the (a minimum of $1,000 is required) and completed a minimum of 10 hours of community service.
To learn more about Ribbons of Service, visit http://www.uphaonline.com/ribbonsofservice.html.