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Enrollment - Registrations up at TWHBEA

   The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association saw an increase in all its primary revenue categories--memberships, new foal registrations and transfers of ownership, during June, according to the
group's minutes reported by TWHBEA executive assistant Tracy Boyd.
     The following is a summary of those minutes:
     Charles Hulsey, executive director of TWHBEA, announced the increases during the July meeting of the group's executive committee at the TWHBEA
headquarters in Lewisburg, Tenn.  June registrations were up 131 over the same period a year ago, while transfers were up 113, and memberships increased by 88.  Year-to-date totals show registrations up 486, transfers up 101 and memberships up 122.
     Hulsey said the upcoming August issue of the Voice Magazine would be 300 pages, the largest in the publication¹s history.  He also said the Voice staff was in the process of publishing a separate September issue. Traditionally, the August and September issues have been combined into one pre-Celebration edition.
     On the international front, Hulsey reported on his successful trip to Euro Cheval, a large equine trade show in Offenburg, Germany.  He said the walking horse breed was represented by five, well-prepared horses supplied by a group of dedicated German owners and enthusiasts.  He said TWHBEA would be remiss if it did not continue to support its European members who volunteer their time and money to participate in these all-breed promotional events.
     In June, revenues were up $358,000, up $61,000 over last June.  Expenses for the month were $322,000, up $72,000 from a year ago, according to Charles Wharton (Tenn.), vice president of administrative/fiscal/audit
division.  Net income in June amounted to $36,000. Through the first seven months of the fiscal year, revenues were $2.4 million, up $177,000 from last year.  Expenses remained level at $2.3 million, resulting in a net income
     Jamie Hankins (Ky.), vice president of the horse show division, reported that all 12 National Futurity stallion sponsorships had been sold.  He also presented a proposal for the creation of a new three-day horse show in
Newnan, Ga.  The proposal was submitted by the Georgia Walking Horse Ladies Auxiliary.
      Hankins said he has asked staff to solicit input from all TWHBEA Regional Futurity managers to determine if any changes are needed to improve the program.
     Larry Lowman (Tenn.), reporting on the marketing division, said the association continues to place advertisements in a varietof national and industry publications.  Currrent promotions include the TWHBEA¹s annual convention in December, the commemorative garden and national futurity.
     Lowman said the Progressive Farmer Idea House in Murfreesboro, Tenn., has attracted about 4,000 visitors since opening June 10.  TWHBEA is involved in this promotion.
     Lowman said the association received $24,669 in funding from United States Livestock Genetics Export Inc. for fiscal year 2004 (July 1, 2004-June 30, 2005).  The money will be used for promotional activities in Canada, Germany, Ireland and Switzerland.
     Reporting on behalf of the ownners/exhibitors division, Nicole Carswell(Ken.)reminded the committee of the time change for the All Youth Clinic on Sunday, Aug. 29.  The clinic will be from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.  She also announced plans for a series of Voice Magazine articles on the TWHBEA Instructor Certification Program.
     Ann Kuykendall (Okla.), vice president of the pleasure horse division, said a large turnout is expected for the TWHBEA World Versatility Show, which was  scheduled for July 30-31 in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
     Paula Andrews  (Mo.), member at large-youth, said the Softball Challenge was a big success again this year.  The event raised $2,686 for the Great Strides Therapeutic Riding Program.
     In other action, the executive committee granted directors Ricky Womack (Tenn.) and Joyce Morris Moyer (Ohio) excused absences from the May semi-annual board meeting.

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