The Walking Horse Owner’s Association and International Grand Championship Walking Horse Show are pleased to announce that a benefactor has been chosen for this year’s show. The International participates in various local charities each year and this year is no exception. We are proud to have First Step Outreach Ministries of Murfreesboro, Tenn., as the chosen benefactor for 2003.

First Step Outreach is a non-denominational organization that helps men, women and families who are seeking help in overcoming life-controlling problems, such as alcoholism and drug abuse.

During the course of the past 24 years that the International has been held, approximately $100,000 has been donated to charity. Some of those charities include United Cerebral Palsy, Equestrian Program of Middle Tennessee, Make A Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee and the Mercy Children’s Clinic in Franklin, Tenn.

In addition, local civic groups have worked at the horse show to raise funds for their charitable work in the community.