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Farley inducted into MWHA Hall of Fame



Joy Smith & Mike Farley

(Editor’s Note: The following script was read during the Friday evening session of the Tunica Fall Classic.)

The Mississippi Walking Horse Association has asked for a moment of our time tonight to make a very special recognition. This association sacrificed having a formal annual awards banquet in order to make a financial contribution to our fight for our show horse so when asked, we were happy to allow them to make a presentation tonight here from center ring.

The Mississippi Walking Horse Association would like to announce and recognize Mike Farley and his induction into the MWHA Hall of Fame.

Mike is no stranger to us. He's one of our ringmasters who has been working out here with us. Many of you know Mike or at least recognize Mike from working as ringmaster at many horse shows throughout the year, including the Fun Show, Trainers Show and Celebration.  

Mike got his start 60 short years ago at the Guntown Lions Club Charity Horse show at the age of 12. Being around the people and the horses while lending a helping hand as he is doing here with this show is what Mike enjoys most.  

In addition to his volunteer work with the Lions Club, Mike is also a Mason and Shriner. He is a Vietnam War veteran; was Chief Deputy of the Rescue Squad at the New Albany, MS Fire Department and he retired from the Lee County, MS Sheriff's Department in 2007. In all aspects of his life, Mike has been there when called upon.  

Mike has been an active member of the Mississippi Walking Horse Association for countless decades and has served in many capacities, including past President.  

Joy Smith, the association's Vice President, is pleased to present Mike Farley, on behalf of the entire Mississippi Walking Horse Association and all of us here tonight, with a lovely award in recognition of his outstanding achievement, contributions and dedication to the amazing Tennessee Walking Horse and Walking Horse industry and welcomes him into the MWHA's Hall of Fame.

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