In 1980 a group of trainers and riders from northeast Ohio founded the Ohio
Professional Horsemen’s Association, dedicated to serving the needs of
professional horsemen in their area. Gabor Francia-Kiss, Laddie F. Andahazy,
Hugh Kincannon, Arsia Ardalan, and Howard Lewis are among the professionals
instrumental in establishing the association.
Today the OPHA has more than 430 members consisting of professionals, amateurs, and juniors.
The association puts on two triple point horse shows, one in the spring and one in the fall,
and also sanctions more than 85 other shows in Ohio and the surrounding states. Members
competing in these shows can earn points toward year-end awards in 34 different divisions,
which are presented at the annual fall banquet. The association also publishes two issues
of the OPHA News Magazine every year.
The OPHA is proud to support the charity Horses for Heroes at Fieldstone Farm, Petie the
Pony at Victory Gallop, Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center and the Chagrin Valley
PHA Horse Show Endowment Fund. Read more...
6 Jan 17
Ellie Meil is our 2016 Laddie G. Andahazy Horsemen's Cup Award winner. We congratulate Ellie and her trainer Shirley Kopas!
21 Dec 16
We want to wish all a fun and safe show year!
Our new show year has begun, please make sure you are a member of the OPHA and your horse is nominated. You can do that on line, or you can print a membership form on the Docs and Forms page.
Rule changes for 2017 have been posted on the docs page.