The United Professional Horsemen’s Association (UPHA) has awarded the Equestrian Center at Stephens College a $10,000 grant, which will be used for new bridles, training sets and other equipment.
Assistant Professor Kelly Hulse has been a member of the prestigious UPHA for 25 years. She spent much of Thanksgiving break completing the grant application. The UPHA selected Stephens and awarded the grant during the UPHA Convention in Savannah, Ga., earlier this month.
The UPHA is a Saddle Seat organization, but Hulse stressed that the funding will be used to benefit all disciplines at Stephens.
“In my request, I included profiles of Western, Reining and Huntseat instructors Sara Linde Patel and Karen Craighead,” she said. “When we compete, we compete as a group. All of our students’ internships and the jobs our graduates are getting in all fields shows that we are going places.”
Following the convention, Megan Beasom, president of the San Antonio Saddle Horse Association, informed Hulse that Stephens has been selected to be the featured charity at the SASHA horse show in March.
The College will now receive a portion of the proceeds from the show.
“I’m really humbled by it,” Hulse said. “So many people have come up to me to tell me how excited they were that I was” at the conference “and that they could support our school. They realize that our goal is to graduate professionals who will help them in their businesses and in the industry.”
Hulse, who was featured in the January 2015 issue of Saddle & Bridle, has since been asked to provide a clinic on grant writing for UPHA members.
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