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Celebrating Our Award Winners and a Successful Event!


UPHA Chapter 15 Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and the American Saddlebred Horse Association of New Jersey held its Mid Atlantic Winter Get Away conference at the Sheraton Bucks County hotel on January 12-14, 2018. Both organizations worked hard to make sure that it was a jam-packed weekend full of fun, great speakers, awards, and special guests.


Friday night kicked things off with the UPHA competitive Hobby Horsing fundraiser. Riders could nominate themselves, others, or their trainers to compete in stick horse competition. We had three classes of our young riders followed by the adult class. Thank you to our judges for providing everyone with a wonderful time with your patterns and work outs!


Saturday’s educational program featured a full line up of speakers for the parents and a separate program for the kids.  The intention of the adult program was to provide our veterans and newcomers alike with some of the basics to help them navigate through and be successful with owning and showing a horse.  Elisabeth Goth, breeder/exhibitor from Lexington, KY presented to our junior exhibitors about how to approach their sport as an athlete, never giving up in training and in competition and the value of sportsmanship. The kids all enjoyed her wonderful presentation which was followed with a pool party and lunch. The adult part of the symposium also featured some expert speakers. Ellen Beard, owner and instructor at Success in Saddles, explained how the officials approach judging and reviewed the specs and judging rules for several different divisions.  Sarah Tompkins, of The Show Shop located outside Louisville, KY, spoke about style of riding suits and proper fit.  Following Sarah was National Horseman publisher Allison Lambert who gave a presentation on the importance of advertising.  Then Judy Werner, of Redwing Farms, Waterloo, IL, shared with the group what it is like breeding horses and related stories and experiences during her career.  Joan Booth, Milford, NJ, gave an informative talk on a wide range of equine insurance products; Nealia McCracken, Hardwick, NJ gave a presentation on Saddlebred Rescue, and Dr. Karyn Malinowski of Rutgers University, gave a presentation on developments in equine research that is providing practitioners improved knowledge to understand and care for the older horse.  Speakers then joined us for a panel discussion and to answer any questions the attendees may have had.


Saturday night’s banquet featured our ASHA of NJ annual awards for the year 2017, which had a red-carpet theme. The awards presented to no less than 71 recipients were truly lovely! The ceremony included a slide show of all the nominated horses and riders plus acknowledging everyone’s contributions to the club and the breed. This year the club presented the Gwen Stableford Perpetual Memorial Service Award to Marty Waldman for his many years of dedicated service to the ASHA of NJ and the breed. Thank you very much to all members for making the night so special and to Tuffy Owens for emceeing this evening’s event.


Sunday morning UPHA Chapter 15 hosted a brunch featuring a fashion show for all of our junior exhibitor riders which was emceed by the TV actor, designer and ASB exhibitor, Carson Kressley. Thirteen of our exhibitors came dressed in their favorite outfits to strut their stuff on the run way! Thank you so much to Carson for helping us make it an entertaining fashions show!


Many thanks to our sponsors – Kierson Farm, Flemington, North Wind Stables, Saddlebred Rescue, Inc., Hardwick, and the NJ Morgan Horse Club.  And special thanks go to ASHA of NJ member Mary Elias whose generous donation ensured the success of this event.

                                                                                                                    ​Hilary Wilcox & Mark McCracken