The Foundation for the Advancement and Support of the Tennessee Walking Show Horse (FAST) recently awarded its 2012 youth scholarships. Receiving the Wink Groover Scholarship were Paige Bennett, Lindsey Landrum, Monica Thompson and Taylor Willis. The Wink Groover Scholarship is awarded to children of professional Walking Horse Trainers.

Receiving the FAST Educational Scholarship were Cora Greene, Hayley Hatfield, Aimee Lambert, Ashley Shelton and Susan Shelton. 

All of these scholarship recipients will be honored in center ring at the upcoming 74th Annual Celebration.

FAST recently held a board meeting and announced the formal resignation of President Mike Inman. Inman left the FAST board to pursue his new role as Chief Executive Officer of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. Replacing Inman on the board will be his wife Karen. FAST also voted to add two board members to its existing 11-person board at its August meeting during The Celebration. The additions will add a more diverse geographic and philosophical diversity.

In other actions, FAST issued a matching grant to the Tennessee Walking Horse Museum that can max out at $2,000.  FAST also issued grants to the SHOW HIO to inspect the Georgia, Tennessee and Mississippi 4-H championship horse shows.

FAST continues to help the Walking Horse Trainers’ Association and Tennessee Walking Show Horse Organization with the WHTA Enforcement Initiative, preservation of the industry horse shows through legal proceedings and funding for the strategic communications partner