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FAST's UHDP Announces New Florida Show



The Unified Horse Show Development Program is pleased to announce the 3rd horse show to be financially assisted.  The Healthy Hoof Beats Open Horse Show and Obstacle Schooling Day to benefit the Key Training Center have been awarded a grant by UHDP, an arm of the Foundation for the Advancement and Support of the Tennessee Walking Show Horse (FAST). 

This show, to be held at Darby Oaks Stables, Bushnell, Fla., will offer game, versatility and fun classes to showcase the Tennessee Walking Horse in the Central Florida area.  The beneficiary of this show is the Key Training Center, located in Inverness, Fla., which offers services to adults with developmental disabilities.  One of their residents currently rides a Tennessee Walking Horse in part of his therapy.  This resident will be exhibiting at the show, demonstrating the smoothness, disposition and versatility of the Tennessee Walking Horse to the attendees of the show.  Many exhibitions are planned during the course of the day.  UHDP Chairperson Diana McMurtrey, said “UHDP is proud to financially assist this show that allows more people to become familiar with our great breed”.

The UHDP was formed to assists new horse show development as well as help existing shows that need financial aid.  The group will also seek to revitalize previous Walking Horse venues and help with walking horse events across the nation.  The UHDP will focus its aid to horse shows primarily outside of the states of Tennessee and Kentucky and horse events and shows will have to apply to the UHDP for financial aid.  Applications can be found at www.fastwalkingshowhorse.org

The program also includes a mentoring program.  UHDP will offer mentoring services to groups that need help with organizing their shows and putting together events.  The UHDP and FAST proudly promote all show disciplines of the Tennessee Walking Horse.

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