The United Professional Horsemen’s Association (UPHA) hopes that everyone is enjoying a great start to the 2012 show season. Please note that there is a possibility that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be attending and observing at several of the American Saddlebred, Morgan and Hackney Pony horse shows across the country. As you meet and greet these Federal employees please be kind and courteous and represent our breeds with the class they deserve.
The UPHA along with officials from ASHA, AHHS and AMHA are reminding all horsemen of the importance to fully understand the rules and regulations contained in the Horse Protection Act (HPA). The HPA applies to all horsemen at all times. The rules and regulations contained in this Federal Law can be found at the following website: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/hp/
With the recent heightened sensitivity regarding equine welfare we need to remind the outside world how much effort and care goes into the welfare of our horses and exhibit those same actions at all times.
As always the UPHA prides itself in keeping our membership fully informed and up to date on the daily happenings within the equine industry. Please remember the foundation slogan of our organization is “Horsemen Helping Horsemen” so let’s all work together to help each other not only abide by the rules set forth in the Horse Protection Act, but also keep the general public’s perception at the forefront at all times.
Best of luck this show season!