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Saddle seat equitation competitors can ride for charity

The United Professional Horsemen's Association Ribbons of Service Program lets saddle seat equitation riders raise charitable funds when they compete.


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Saddle seat equitation riderSaddle seat equitation riders can  now ride with a new reason in mind: raising funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the rider’s selected charity.

"It’s a shared-commitment program that encourages riders to show an American Saddlebred, Arabian (including Half-Arabian), 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,” says United Professional Horsemen's Association (UPHA) President Jim Taylor.

This UPHA program is designed to encourage, challenge, and reward equitation riders who participate in horse show competitions in order to raise funds for a charitable organization that helps those less fortunate.

Saddle seat equitation riders may enroll in the program by submitting a UPHA Ribbons Of Service Application (see link below), setting a goal, and developing a plan for raising funds for an approved charitable organization. When UPHA receives your application, you’ll be mailed an approval letter and a package of information.

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Sharon C    St. Charles, IL

12/14/2008 5:05:00 PM

What a great opportunity to give service through the fun of riding a beautiful saddlebred horse. I love children and have been a pediatric nurse for years.

Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

12/6/2008 7:21:10 PM

I've only ever seen pictures of saddle seat.

Clara    Paris, TX

12/6/2008 7:49:36 AM

I love saddleseat, it's so pretty and energetic.

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