For Immediate Release
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Contact: Michelle Krentz
Junior Programs Administrator
ASHA, UPHA Present Ribbons to First-Time Trainers, Exhibitors
Lexington, Kentucky - Thanks to the initiative of American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) Board Member, Randy Cates, and the generous sponsorship from World Champion Horse Equipment, ASHA and the United Professional Horsemen’s Association (UPHA) inaugural ribbons were presented to nearly 160 “first timer” trainers and exhibitors on Tuesday evening at the 2012 World’s Championship Horse Show.
The inaugural year ribbon is a way to recognize those trainers and exhibitors who are joining us at Louisville for the first time. It has nothing to do with experience, we all know people ride for years often times before they show at Louisville. By hanging these ribbons it will also recognize those stables who are bringing new people to the show and into our business. A first time trainer is an individual who is signing the entry blank as trainer for the first time. An exhibitor is anyone showing in the ring for their first time or for their first time in the last 20 years either under saddle, driving, or in hand.
ASHA President Tandy Patrick was thrilled with the turnout and proud of this new joint initiative.
“On behalf of the entire ASHA board of directors, we welcome all of the first-timers to the World’s Championship Horse Show; we're glad that you're here! Special thanks to ASHA board member Randy Cates and to our sponsor World Champion Horse Equipment for making this possible."
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