Dear UPHA Member:
 
The UPHA Board of Directors recently approved a "Code of Ethics" for it's members.  What is a Code of Ethics?  A Code of Ethics define the values and principles for which the association stands. 

As a member of The United Professional Horsemen's Association, Inc. (UPHA) we acknowledge our role of providing service to the Horse industry, recognize the need to do so in a professional manner, and to deal with the public and our colleagues with the highest degree of integrity. Therefore,we have set forth the following creed which shall govern our endeavors to fulfill our obligations:

United Professional Horsemen's Code of Ethics
  • To ensure that the welfare of the Horse is paramount and that every animal shall at all times be treated humanely and with dignity, respect and compassion
  • To uphold and adhere to the highest standards of integrity, professionalism, and sportsmanship of the UPHA and to work to further its goals and objectives
  • To conduct all business affairs with clients and other professionals in an honest, sincere, open and forth right manner
  • To handle our business and operations in a manner that promotes the image of the UPHA and professionalism through our conduct, dress and behavior
  • To adhere to moral and ethical principals; soundness of character
  • To instill confidence among clients and the public in the Horse industry, avoiding any action conducive to discrediting it or the membership of the United Professional Horsemen's Association 
  • As Horsemen we agree that it is our obligation, not only to the horse, but to each other, to have a reciprocal relationship wherein we are compelled to comment to our peers on their actions as well as be receptive of comments on our actions, if those actions might be perceived or interpreted as abusive or inappropriate
  • Any conduct contrary to these Code of Ethics will be brought forward to the UPHA Executive Board and Board of Directors for review
 
The UPHA believes that establishing this Code of Ethics allows us to operate in a manner which will secure public trust and confidence for the membership of our association.

We welcome your comments and questions.

Respectfully,

UPHA Executive Board
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Based in Lexington, KY, the UPHA is an association of professional horsemen and horsewomen who have united to improve the show horse industry and to define and clarify their professionalism within the industry. Since its inception in 1968, the UPHA has expanded into nineteen regional chapters that comprise all fifty states and Canada. The predominant breeds represented by UPHA members are the American Saddlebred, the Morgan Horse, the Hackney Pony and the National Show Horse. From the beginning, UPHA programs have benefited not only the individual horse person, but the entire horse show industry.

 

The UPHA regularly works with the United States Equestrian Federation, The American Horse Council and the various breed organizations to promote safety, ensure fairness, improve conditions, increase attendance and improve the overall horse show experience for owners, trainers, grooms, and spectators alike. In addition to its core programs, the UPHA seeks to foster communication and mutually beneficial relationships between all participants in the horse show industry.

 
For over forty years the United Professional Horsemen's Association has given a united voice to the individual trainer while recognizing his/her unique capabilities and talent. We invite you to learn more about UPHA's goals and programs, and would welcome your membership into our association.
 
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