Skip to content

$301,100 COLLECTED – GOAL $500,000 --- Join the Fight



Editor’s Note:  The following is a press release from the FAST fundraising committee.

While you are enjoying the Celebration keep in mind the crisis the Tennessee Walking Horse Industry and all equine related industries are facing. 

The USDA, by bypassing Congress is attempting to implement regulations that will have a devastating effect on show horses. If implemented these rules will destroy the one night shows, remove the pads, bands and action devices from horses with accentuated gaits like the Tennessee Walking Horse, Racking Horse and other performance breeds and place undue burdens on show management. The HIO will be eliminated and replaced by expensive vets and vet techs directly licensed and virtually subcontracted to the USDA. Due process is once again being ignored. 

The communities and charities dependent on the income generated by the shows will be adversely affected.  Any equine agriculture based community will suffer the most, with not only direct income from horse related products reduced, but across the board monies for entertainment, restaurants, gas, groceries etc. will decline, along with a greatly reduced tax base from properties which are equine related.  

When implemented, potentially as early as November of this year, these Regulations must be challenged legally. The initial expense is estimated at $500,000.

You can join the fight against the economic tsunami, by taking time during the show to give to the FAST legal/preservation fund and commenting on the HSUS backed regulatory changes. 

In the stands there will be designated volunteers to collect donations and assist you with filling out comment forms, which can be picked up under the grandstand and at various sites around the grounds. The Walking Horse Trainers Auxiliary/ Youth will be “passing the bucket” each night, stepping up doing their part to save the horses they love. Look for the red, white and blue buckets throughout the show in various places.

Outside the arena at the Walking Horse Report satellite office, the staff of the Report will be on hand to accept donations and hand out the Free T-Shirts that are being given with every minimum $25 donation. Also you can enjoy the air-conditioned office while filling out your comment form, or even directly enter your comment online at the computers available there.

It is time for the entire Horse World to join together to fight this government overreach. You can do your part over the next 10 days by cheering for your favorite SHOW HORSE at The Celebration and by donating to the legal fund and sending your comments to the government.

#SUPPORT THE SHOW HORSE   #WALKSTRONG

More Stories

  • 2020 Readers' Choice Ballot

    You don't have to be a member of anything to vote for your favorite horses, exhibitors, trainers and shows in The 39th Annual Walking Horse Report Readers' Choice conducted by The Walking Horse Report... Read More
  • Celebration forms committee to help with class sheet

    The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration (TWHNC) hosted the first meeting of its newly formed class sheet committee on November 23, 2020. The committee consists of Nathan Clark, Justin Jenne, Jennifer Bingham, Laurie Toone, Howard Hamilton and Amy Trimble. Read More
  • Obituary – Ferne Eileene (Bauer) Crawford

    Ferne Eileene Crawford, age 92 of Georgetown, Ohio died Sunday, November 29, 2020 at the Ohio Valley Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ripley, Ohio. Ferne was a LPN at the former Brown County General Hospital, a former member of the Georgetown Police Department, the Brown County Dispatch office and the Brown County Auditor’s office. Read More
  • Obituary – Dianne Green

    Mrs. Sara Dianne Green, age 68, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, November 25, 2020... Read More
  • KWHA postpones annual banquet and meetings

    On November 23, 2020, the Kentucky Walking Horse Association (KWHA) Board of Director’s met and voted to postpone the annual banquet, dinner, and general meeting that was originally scheduled for January 8-9, 2021 at the Embassy Suites in Lexington, Kentucky.  Read More
  • Obituary – Elizabeth Gassaway

    Funeral services for Elizabeth Marie Hestle Gassaway, age 48, of the Wheel Community, will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, at Edgemont Baptist Church with Pastor Steve Murphree officiating and Laurie Toone speaking. Burial will follow at Jones Cemetery. Elizabeth passed from this life Thursday, November 26, 2020, at home surrounded by her loving family. Read More
  • Latest Issue 11 23 20

    Read More
  • Cyndi McConnell hospitalized

    The Report has recently learned that Cyndi McConnell has been in the hospital following a surgery to repair blockage in her heart. She has had two stints put in her main artery that was blocked 99%... Read More
  • Obituary – Michael Scott “Mike” May

    Michael Scott “Mike” May, age 79, of Shelbyville, formally of DeLand, Florida passed from this life Monday, November 16, 2020, at NHC of Tullahoma after an extended illness... Read More
  • Latest Issue 11 16 20

    Read More