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Walking Horse Trainers’ Auxiliary plans exciting 47th year

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. – Plans for their annual Money Tree Classic, another Money Tree Classic Fall Show and election of officers brought 26 members out for the General Membership meeting of the WHT Auxiliary at the Edgemont Baptist Church in Shelbyville, Tennessee on December 1, 2017.

Treasurer Heather Beard presented the Treasure’s report. The Regular Auxiliary account has $2,876.22, the Money Tree Classic account has $40,479.20, the Youth Council account has $12,061.88 and the Special Account has $4,294.34. The 2017 Auxiliary Projects Report related the profit from the Silent Auction was $3,822, the 5K profit was $2.076.50, the Dog Show profit was $1,401.55, the Money Tree Classic was $18,041.14 and the Money Tree Classic Fall had a profit of $4,396.79 totaling a profit of $29,737.98. Unpaid sponsorships total $4,155 and if these are collected the total possible profit would be $33,892.98. 

The pros and cons were discussed as to where to have the 2018 Money Tree Classic. After discussion the group voted to have their show, July 6, 2018 at the Champions Arena on the Celebration grounds.   Chairpersons of the various committees gave their reports with discussions on each topic. More applicants are needed for the Scholarships and it was discussed paying them in increments so that students would not be penalized by having financial aid from other sources reduced.

Freda Dean gave a report on the Walking Horses Overcoming Obstacle (WH00) program which supports various therapeutic riding programs. Seven groups had applied for the 2018 grants. The auxiliary has provided grants for The Great Strides Therapuetic Riding Facility in Shelbyville, Tennessee for 23 years and to Horse Play, Inc. of Tullahoma, Maury Magic Riders, Inc. of Columbia and Saddle Up! of Franklin for 20 plus years. She also passed out the facilities’ wish lists and addresses to everyone present.

Following discussions of other business, elections were held and the 2018 officers are President Sarah Smith, First Vice-President Susan Coleman, Second Vice-President Jennifer Barr, Secretary Kimberly Wick and Treasurer Heather Beard. 

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