(Copright 2005 - Walking Horse Report) - Dr. Todd Behre, Horse Protection Coordinator for the USDA, was in attendance at this morning's classes.  However, all inspections were conducted by National Horse Show Commission DQP's under the watchful of of Lonnie Messick.  There were no USDA Veterinary Medical Officers in attendance.

In addition, a full time licensed veterinarian is on hand to provide independent opinions on any horse in question if requested. This service is being provided by the Walking Horse Trainers Association, the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, the Walking Horse Owners Association and the TWHBEA.  This veterinary service will be provided at all Celebration performances with the cost absorbed by the above listed organizations.