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United States Polo Association was founded in 1890 to create a uniform method of handicapping players and to standardize the rules of the game in the United States. The founders' objective was to raise the game to the status of a recognized American sport. Over one hundred years later, with those goals accomplished, the U.S.P.A.'s key functions remain - rule making and handicapping of players, as well as enhancing competition by conducting and sanctioning tournaments, promoting safety, managing the international aspects of the sport and promoting its growth. Its membership consists of the clubs and their playing members.
4037 Ironworks Pkwy, Suite 110
Lexington, KY 40511
Horsemen's Benevolent Protective Association. The National HBPA is dedicated to protecting the rights and providing assistance to racehorse owners & trainers. Today there are more than 35,000 owner and trainer members throughout the United States and Canada focused on a common goal – the betterment of racing on all levels.
870 Corporate Dr, Suite 300
Lexington, KY 40503
859-259-0451 Toll Free: 866-245-1711
National Barrel Horse Association, headquartered in Augusta, Georgia, is the largest barrel racing organization in the world. In 1992, the NBHA revolutionized the barrel racing industry by pioneering the divisional format, which allows riders of all skill levels a chance to win money and prizes in barrel racing competition. NBHA has over 23,000 members of all ages across the United States and affiliates in five countries: Canada, Italy, France, Panama and the Netherlands.
725 Broad St
Augusta, GA 30903
Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), headquartered in Colorado Springs, is the largest and oldest rodeo-sanctioning body in the world. The recognized leader in professional rodeo, the PRCA is committed to maintaining the highest standards in the industry. The PRCA sanctions approximately 650 rodeos annually in 41 states, in addition to four Canadian provinces, and ensures that every PRCA-sanctioned event is managed with fairness and competence and that the livestock used is healthy and cared for to the highest standards.
101 Pro Rodeo Dr
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
Masters of Foxhounds Association and Foundation is the governing body of organized fox, coyote and drag hunting in the United States of America and Canada. Among its activities are the promotion of the sport, the publication of a Foxhound Stud Book, the recognition of organized Hunts which have met its standards, the recordation of countries and boundaries for organized hunting establishments, and the Registration of Hunts as a preliminary step toward Recognition
PO Box 363
Millwood, VA 22646
United States Dressage Federation is the only national membership organization dedicated to dressage, a method of horse training in existence since ancient Greece and an Olympic sport since the inception of the modern Olympics in the late 1800’s. Dedicated to education, the recognition of achievement and promotion of dressage, USDF is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization with more than 30 different educational programs, 125 affiliate local or regional clubs and more than 2000 annual awards for excellence in competition.
4051 Iron Works Pkwy
Lexington, KY 40511
The Jockey Club Foundation (JCF) is a charitable trust which provides, on a confidential basis, financial relief and assistance to needy members of the Thoroughbred industry and their families. Adversity or hardship presents itself in a variety of ways, so The Jockey Club Foundation remains flexible when it comes to the support it provides. Assistance can come in any number of forms, including financial aid, medication, surgical and hospital costs, therapeutic equipment, voice-recognition computers for quadriplegics and wheelchair-accessible vans, among other needs.
40 E. 52nd St (15th floor)
New York, NY 10022
The University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Foundation (UKGERF) a 501c3 Corporation, has been successful in its efforts to provide the format to disseminate information to and from the horse industry. The dual purpose of the Foundation is to facilitate the exchange of information with the equine industry and to secure funding for equine research at the University of Kentucky (UK). Through the collaborative efforts of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Department of Veterinary Science, the UKGERF board, and a committee of university researchers and area veterinarians, we strive to provide the university and our industry with current information and future needs. The UKGERF biannual publication, the Equine Research & Service Report, provides the industry with information from the Department of Veterinary Science, which includes research updates, current investigation information, researcher spotlights and available services.
108 Gluck Equine Research Center
Lexington, KY 40546
859-257-4757, ext. 81089
Horse Genetics at U. C. Davis. The Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL) provides animal parentage verification, identification, forensics services, genetic diagnostics and genetic disease research as a self-supporting unit of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis. VGL is internationally recognized as a pioneer and expert in DNA based animal testing. VGL also offers an extensive animal forensics service program, diagnostic tests for genetic diseases, and support for genetic research in domestic species, primates and wildlife.
Veterinary Genetics Laboratory
One Shields Ave
Davis, CA 95616
The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, Inc. Since 1940, the foundation’s aim has been to support research at existing institutions rather than carry out the research itself. The Jockey Club Research Foundation was merged with the Grayson Foundation in 1989, to be known since then as the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, Inc. The combined foundation has been able to allocate more than $750,000 annually in grants and in 2007 reached a milestone allocating more than $1,000,000.
821 Corporate Dr
Lexington, KY 40503
The US Pony Clubs is a junior equestrian organization with over 600 individual clubs and 12,000 members across the United States. Pony Club provides opportunities for instruction and competition in English riding, horse sports and horse management for children and young adults up to 21 years of age. The term "pony" reflects the age of the members, rather than the size of the mount. Horses and ponies of many different breeds, shapes, and sizes are seen in Pony Club activities.
4041 Iron Works Pkwy
Lexington, KY 40511