The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration (TWHNC) has announced that the 2013 Gulf Coast Charity Celebration has been cancelled.  Although cancelled in 2013, both the TWHNC and Gulf Coast Charity are looking at ways to continue the show in 2014.

The Gulf Coast Charity Celebration in Panama City Beach, Fl. has been a staple on the Walking Horse show calendar since 1999 and will be missed by exhibitors and trainers who have frequented the white sand beaches of Northwest Florida.

“It is unfortunate that we were unable to achieve the correct balance of cost, participation, and sponsorship to make the show profitable in 2012,”said Celebration CEO Mike Inman.  He continued, “The Celebration has proven it will do everything it can to help horse shows in the industry to survive but at some point we have to protect the bottom line of The Celebration and unfortunately that motive necessitated the move to cancel the 2013 Gulf Coast Charity Celebration.”

The three day show was scheduled for April 25-27, 2013, its traditional last full weekend in April date.  The void in the show calendar has not yet been filled.  The Celebration is looking at all options to move forward in 2014 with a show in Panama City Beach.