The SHOW HIO applied for and received a grant for the recent DQP Education Programs from the Foundation for the Advancement and Support of the Tennessee Walking Show Horse (FAST). The training programs were held in conjunction with the newly hired Co-Compliance Coordinators Dr. John Bennett and Dr. Steve Mullins.

In an effort to help educate DQPs with the enforcement of the Horse Protection Act, Drs. Mullins and Bennett recently held three training sessions with DQPs across the country. Proper enforcement of the Horse Protection Act as well as education on enforcement of the new penalties enacted by SHOW highlighted the training.

One of the purposes of FAST is to advance, support and preserve the Tennessee Walking Show Horse and its unique gait through coordination and commission of educational opportunities on the welfare of the Tennessee Walking Horse. The DQP education from American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) veterinarians Mullins and Bennett fits perfectly into the purposes for which FAST was organized.

“We couldn’t think of a better way to begin our support for the advancement of the show horse than through the initial DQP educational seminars held by Dr. Bennett and Dr. Mullins,” said FAST President Mike Inman. “We are so pleased at the initial response to the foundation and we look forward to continuing our efforts to promote and support the Tennessee Walking Show Horse.”

SHOW CEO Dr. Doyle Meadows commented on the donation. “We can’t thank FAST enough for its generosity and support of SHOW and our initiatives. We are committed to enforcement of the Horse Protection Act and the showing of sound Tennessee Walking Horses. Initiatives such as our recently completed DQP training are instrumental in the achievement of our objectives.”

FAST is a 501(c)(3) foundation that will allow industry stakeholders and supporters the opportunity to give tax-deductible donations to further the advancement and preservation of the Tennessee Walking Show Horse. Donations may be made to FAST, Inc. at PO Box 259, Shelbyville, TN. For more information visit FAST on the web at