UPHA Pink Ribbon Program

I haven’t heard much talk about the UPHA Pink Ribbon program.  I noticed it first in the prize list for the NY Regional.  They included a full-page ad for the UPHA Pink ribbon class.  Then Chris Cassenti informed me that the theme of the Chapter 14 UPHA Spring Premier Show was to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness.  Apparently the entire Friday evening session was dedicated to “Ride For The Cure” with the coolers for every class that evening embroidered with a Pink ribbon.  An additional Pink pocket ribbon was provided to each winner as well as a bouquet of pink flowers.  Breast cancer survivors from the horse community made the center ring presentations to the class winners.  It sounds like a real celebration.  I wouldn’t have minded winning one of those coolers.

UPHA has a goal to raise $100,000 for breast cancer research, education, and awareness.  They are asking shows to designate either the Ladies Five-Gaited Championship for Saddlebreds or the Ladies English Pleasure Championship for Morgans, as the UPHA Pink Ribbon class.  UPHA is providing special trophies and pink ribbons.  Everyone is asked to donate to the fund in honor of someone they know with breast cancer.  Up to 50% of the funds raised by a show for the Pink Ribbon class may be donated to a local breast cancer organization, or all funds may be forwarded through the UPHA Foundation for donation to a nationally known breast cancer program.

This seems like a worthy cause for all of us to support with both our money and participation.  Hopefully, more of our Morgan shows will jump on the bandwagon.  Please check with your show committees and ask them to participate in any way they can.  More information is available at www.UPHAonline.com.

6 Responses to UPHA Pink Ribbon Program

  1. We attended the Spring Premiere with a strong of Morgans, and saw firsthand the success of the Pink Ribbon program. Kristen Cater did an amazing job with about a million fundraisers. Everything from the silent suction to the Chuck-A-Duck to the matching of all prize monies donated back…. every penny went to the Pink Ribbon fund. It was established at the beginning of the week at the UPHA meeting that our goal would be to raise $16,000. While I don’t remember the exact number, I think we raised somewhere around $34,000!!! It made for a really fun week, and also made us a little more likely to spend those extra dollars! It was, by all accounts, a huge success.

  2. Black Eye Beth says:

    Wow…what a cool program. I hadn’t seen anything about it. Thanks for posting about it MochaMom.

  3. bella92290 says:

    My trainer brought this to my attention as she heard the NY Regional was doing this. I am a coordinator for Syracuse International, does anyone know where we get information on this, or is it along the lines of do your own thing?

  4. Black Eye Beth says:


    I found this info. on the Saddle Horse Report website. It the Pink Ribbon page at the UPHA website and talks about how to get the free kits and information about the program.

  5. Mocha Mom says:

    Bella, If you click on the link at the end of my post it will take you directly to the UPHA homepage which describes the program and has a link to more information, which includes the kits. Go for it!!

  6. Bella–
    I would recommend getting in touch with Kristen Cater. She was the driving force behind this at UPHA, and had tons of great ideas, and I am sure now that she has done it, can offer some advice on what she would do differently. I think you can get her through her website, http://www.caterstables.com. I always attend both Syracuse International and the NY Regional, and am happy to help if it is needed! ~Alicia

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