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Industry Meeting Regarding Our Horse In The Ring



Editor's Note:  The following is a press release issued by the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' & Exhibitors' Association.

On Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, the boards of directors of four organizations will meet in Shelbyville, Tenn., to discuss matters of interest regarding our horse in the show ring.  The meeting was organized  after Dr. Chester Gipson met with the Walking Horse Trainers Association and the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association.  The decision was made to invite the four groups, including the Walking Horse Owners Association and the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, after Dr. Gipson requested that the industry present a unified message from one voice about the future of the show horse. 

Three of the groups are membership-driven, and their boards were included.  The Celebration was invited because they have crowned our champions since 1939.  Approximately 55 individuals were included. The Executive Committee of TWHBEA will be in attendance since the board contains almost 80 people. 

The 55 people who are invited represent our industry through their group's election process.  They have been given the authority to speak for their respective organization. 

The direction of the meeting will be determined by those in attendance.  There is no 'specific' agenda  except to discuss ways to better protect our horse and improve its image in the show ring. The over-riding thought is to keep a competitive, exciting show horse that is in compliance with the Horse Protection Act.

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