The Foundation for the Advancement and Support of the Tennessee Walking Show Horse (FAST) is in the final stages of incorporation and will begin fundraising soon.  The 501(c)(3) foundation 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.

The foundation was started by a group of concerned industry stakeholders and holds its core focus on promoting the performance Tennessee Walking horse along with all other disciplines of the show horse.  The Tennessee Walking Performance Show Horse is unique in its high stepping, head shaking gait and the foundation will help preserve and promote this segment of the industry while ensuring the welfare of the Tennessee Walking Performance Horse.

Serving as president of the foundation will be Mike Inman from Alabama.  Kasey Kesselring, Florida, will serve as vice president.  Kathy Zeis, Georgia, was very instrumental in the formation of the foundation and will serve as secretary/treasurer.

Other board members include Lee McGartland, Texas, Bob Ramsbottom, Tennessee, Brenda Carlon, Michigan and Jeffrey Howard, Tennessee.
The purpose of the foundation is to advance, support and preserve the Tennessee Walking Show Horse and its unique gait.  FAST will coordinate and commission educational opportunities on the welfare of the Tennessee Walking Show Horse through educational, research, scientific, promotional and welfare programs.  It will preserve and promote present and future show venues whose major beneficiaries are local and national charities, solicit and receive voluntary contributions of funds, public grants, personal or real assets, in kind or in cash, to be used in carrying out the objectives.

A web site is being developed and more information on how industry participants can contribute to FAST will be forthcoming.