About

The Professional Horsemen’s Association of America, Inc., otherwise known as the PHA, is a self-contained benevolent organization founded in Watertown, Connecticut in 1936. In 2002 the PHA consisted of 16 chapters throughout the United States with over 900 Professional members.

The purpose of the PHA is to:

  • GIVE aid and sustenance to needy horsemen
  • PROVIDE financial assistance for continuing education to children of professional members through a scholarship fund
  • PROMOTE and foster interest in the horse industry, the care and protection of horses through education at local, state and federal levels.

 

Awards

NATIONAL PHA MEDAL CLASS: Open to Junior and Adult Amateur Riders. 
To be shown over a course of 7 or more fences, and may be offered at 3’3” and/or 3’6” in height based upon management’s discretion. Heights and/or Junior & Adult Riders may be judged separately or concurrently as one class at management’s discretion.

Course shall include a minimum of three oxers with at least one combination strongly suggested. Combination may include one oxer. There shall be at least two changes of lead after the first fence. The judge may choose to insert two tests into the original course (USEF 1 – 18), or call back the top four riders, or utilize a flat phase to complete the requirements for the class. Any further testing is optional.

Non-USEF rated horse shows may offer this class however, a USEF licensed judge must be utilized, and qualified medical personnel must be on site. The class may run concurrently with another class of like specifications. Only one rider per horse. To fill a class, three competitors must complete the course. The top eight riders who complete the class will be pinned in the order of the judges’ choosing. Those choosing not to return, if further testing is requested either on the flat or over fences, will be placed after those that do return. Riders do not have to be PHA members to participate in this class. However, in order for points to accrue they must be members of the National PHA Medal. Membership forms are available online listed in the menu under “Downloads”.

Points won in this class are as follows: with up to 15 riders, points will count 10-6-4-2-1-1/2; with 16 to 30 riders points will count double, and with 31 riders and above points will count triple. All classes with 50 or more entries at the beginning of the class must be divided and run as two separate classes with separate trophies and ribbons. Based on these points, there will be a championship class for the 40 riders who have accumulated the most points throughout the season. Site to be selected by the National PHA. Should any of the top 40 riders chose not to compete in the championship class additional riders will be invited from a stand-by list. The winner of the championship class is no longer eligible to compete in the finals.

You may download an application to compete in this class here Download

The season begins on September 1 and concludes on August 31 of the following year. For permission to offer this class, the competition must submit the appropriate application, available at www.nationalpha.com, at least 30 days prior to the competition date to Gary Gauruder at NationalPHAPoints@gmail.com Class results must be submitted electronically within 10 days, using the same file as is submitted to USEF, and must be sent to Gary Gauruder at NationalPHAPoints@gmail.com

Riders’ fees are also due to National PHA Medal, C/O Gary Gauruder, 146 Branca Court, Milford CT 06461 within 10 days after the completion of the horse show. For additional information please visit: www.nationalpha.com.

You may download an application to hold this class here:

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THE PHA JUNIOR CUP is awarded each year to a Junior Member in their last year as a junior who personifies the term “Professional Junior.” The winner must be an active Junior Member of the PHA and have demonstrated their ability and desire to continue in the horse industry.

THE NATIONAL JUNIOR PHA RIDING SCHOLARSHIP AWARD is presented to an active Junior Member of the PHA. The individual must be one who has shown interest and good sportsmanship in any aspect of the horse industry, and has the ability to benefit from professional training. The award is to be used by the junior for riding instruction with a Professional Member of the PHA.

For information about these awards, contact: Mary Jane Mitchell, 245 Washington Avenue, Pleasantville, NY 10570. Phone: 914-769-6240.

Committees

NATIONAL PHA COMMITTEES

 AID TO MEMBERS 
Kathy Pinera, Mary Jane Mitchell, Fred Schauder
Committee shall consist of 3 directors, one of whom shall be the Treasurer, one the current  President

 FINANCE 
Fred Schauder
 In addition to the current Treasurer, this committee shall consist of all past Presidents

 GRIEVANCE 
Naomi Blumenthal, Carol Molony, Kathy Pinera, Judy Richter, Easy Kelsey
 This committee shall consist of 5 directors, 2 of whom shall be Vice-Presidents

 PUBLIC RELATIONS 
Lynn Peters, Karen Immerman, Chris Dwyer
This committee shall consist of 3 directors
plus each chapter’s secretary

 SCHOLARSHIP 
Ann Grenci, Mary Jane Mitchell, Easy Kelsey
This committee shall consist of a minimum
of 3 directors, one being a  Member of the Finance Committee

JUNIOR
Christina Schauder
This committee shall consist of 1 or more directors whose job it will be toco-ordinate the Jr PHA programs and awards

PHA MEDAL 
Helen Bilby, Walter Distler, Carol Molony,
Scott Tarter

CHARITABLE DONATIONS 
Allen Magnotta, Carol Molony, Mary Jane Mitchell

USEF/USHJA 
Karin Immerman, Naomi Blumenthal, Naomi Gauruder, Kathy Pinera

HAWKINS AWARD 
Artie Hawkins, Carol Molony, Ray Molony

EDUCATION 
Naomi Blumenthal, Barbara Filippelli, Judy Richter

NEW YORK HORSE COUNCIL 
Naomi Blumenthal

AMERICAN HORSE COUNCIL 
Judy Armstrong

VETERINARY 
Members have yet to be appointed

Officers

NATIONAL OFFICERS 

PRESIDENT
Frederick F. Schauder
Country Lane Farm
39 John Street
Greenwich, CT 06831
203-629-4723

VICE PRESIDENTS
Naomi Blumenthal
8125 Verbeck Drive
Manilius, NY 13104
315-682-1933 • 315-436-1933
nblumenthal@twcny.rr.com

Kathy Pinera
thelwell111@optonline.net

TREASURER
Chris Dwyer
P.O. Box 566

Shenorock, NY 10587
cddwyer2@verizon.net

RECORDING SECRETARY
Barbara K. Filippelli
85 Pawling Lake Road
Pawling, NY 12564
845-855-2603
914-669-8768
skelzomat@hotmail.com

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY
Lynn Peters
P.O. Box 43
North Salem, NY 10560

914-669-8262
lynnpeters10@aol.com

PHA MEDAL CLASS POINT KEEPER
Scott Tarter
scott@twinlakesfarm.com

AFFILIATED
UNITED STATES EQUESTRIAN FEDERATION
AMERICAN HORSE COUNCIL SPONSOR