Dear UPHA Member:


On November 9, 2015, at a closed meeting of the UPHA Board of Directors, Mr. Randall Cates was, by a vote of greater than a two-thirds (2/3) majority in compliance with the UPHA  Bylaws, removed from UPHA membership for life.  Mr. Cates had previously received lifetime bans from the USEF, ASHA and other organizations for violations of the USEF Safe Sport Policy. 

As a result of Mr. Cates lifetime ban from UPHA membership and loss of all attendant rights, he has filed suit against the UPHA and unnamed persons seeking both reinstatement and damages.  The UPHA is vigorously defending this baseless action and is taking all appropriate legal steps to protect the organization and its Board of Directors.   

The UPHA feels strongly that our membership should be provided with information regarding this suit.  Accordingly, on advice of legal counsel, we have placed Mr. Cates’ Complaint and the UPHA’s Answer with attendant exhibits on our website,  This information is accessible to members only via their password on their profile page.  These documents are a matter of public record and are on file in the Circuit Court Clerk’s office for Fayette County, Kentucky. 

Included in the exhibits filed with UPHA’s Answer is the 39-page USEF Findings and Decision relative to Mr. Cates’ hearing before that entity.  Also attached as an exhibit to the UPHA’s Answer is the USEF’s Safe Sport Policy. 

WARNING:  The Answer and attachments, and particularly the USEF Findings and Decision contain extremely sensitive information and references to graphic sexual language.  Please use your discretion in accessing, allowing access to, and reviewing this information.    

We will continue to keep the membership advised as this matter evolves. 


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.


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