Dear UPHA Member:
Many of you are aware of the proposed changes to the PAST Act (Prevent All Soring Tactics Act of 2015).

This bill amends the Horse Protection Act to establish a new system for inspecting horses for soring, revise penalties for violations of the Act and modify enforcement procedures.  The soring of horses is any of various actions taken on a horse's limb to produce a higher gait that may cause pain, distress, inflammation or lameness.

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) must establish requirements to license, train, assign and oversee persons hired by the management of horse shows, exhibitions, sales or auctions to detect and diagnose sore horses.  A license may not be issued to a person with conflicts of interest and the USDA must give preference to veterinarians.  The USDA may revoke a license for unsatisfactory performance.  The USDA must assign licensed inspectors after receiving notice that management intends to hire the inspectors.  An inspector must issue a citation for violations and notify the USDA of violations.  The USDA must publish information on violations of this bill and disqualify a horse that is sore.

The bill prohibits a person in any horse show, exhibition, sale or auction from causing or directing a horse to become sore for the purpose of showing, exhibiting, selling or auctioning the horse.

The bill prohibits the use of specified devices on a Tennessee Walking, a Racking or Spotted Saddle horse at a show, exhibition, sale or auction.

The bill increased the maximum criminal and civil liability penalties for certain violations.  The USDA may disqualify violators from specified activities related to horse shows, exhibitions, sales and auctions.

The UPHA has and will continue to have a strong presence at all of the USDA meetings regarding the amendments to the Horse Protection Act and has formed a task force to review these changes.  We strongly urge you to contact your elected officials about your concerns for these changes.  The link below is a website with email and address information for all State Senators and Representative:

The UPHA remains a voice for the membership.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact the UPHA offices.


Tammie Conatser
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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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