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Gulf Coast Announces New Co-Executive Director

The Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show and Music Festival is proud to announce that Todd Fisher of Panama City, Fla., has joined the team of the Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show and Music Festival as the new co-executive director to continue to work along side Mr. Ben Lee. Mr. Fisher is a Towson University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Master of Business Administration from the University of St. Francis.

            Fisher is no stranger to Tennessee Walking Horses having been brought up on a diversified farm in Asheville, N.C., where he owned and assisted in training walking horses until the age of 18. Not only has he had a lifelong love of the Tennessee Walking Horse and the industry, he has been affiliated with the Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show and Music Festival since its inception in 1999 as show manager. As manager, Fisher has had intricate workings with the horse show, its functions and many charitable activities.

            Sister Blackmom Milligan, Founder, said the Gulf Coast Horse Show “is lucky to have a man of Todd’s caliber, experience and education. He will be an asset to the show and everyone will continue to love him. I have known Todd since he moved to Panama City 12 years ago and instantly knew we would be friends for life, and I was not wrong. We share the same passion for our breed that many of us do. Todd has a great respect for the people he has met in the industry. We hope the horse industry will embrace him because not only will he be an asset to our show, he will be an asset to the walking horse industry in general.”

            Fisher states, “My parents bought my first walking horse at the age of seven, since then I have been hooked on Tennessee Walking Horses and when given the opportunity to join the industry, it has been something I have wanted to do my entire life. I have been actively involved with the Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show and Music Festival since the start and upon seeing the opportunity to become more completely involved, I jumped at the chance. I am so excited to be able to see all the wonderful people I have met in the industry on a year round basis now. I am equally excited to work diligently for the Tennessee Walking Horse and the Tennessee Walking Horse industry, promoting growth and continuing in the high standards out industry has become accustomed to.”

            Fisher further states that, “With the addition of seven Riders’ Cup classes this year, the Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show and Music Festival should be more competitive than ever in 2007. I look forward to another exciting year and anxiously anticipate everyone’s return to Panama City Beach for another great show the last full weekend in April, which includes Sunday, and will be April 26-28, 2007. I want to personally thank all of the owners, trainers, exhibitors and spectators who came and supported our show this year and made it a success. I hope everyone will feel free to call me with any and all ideas on how we can continue to make our show one of the best in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry. I look forward to seeing all of you again next year, and bring a friend!”

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