Skip to content

Industry Organizations Continue Meetings



SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. – Following the 42nd Annual National Trainers’ Show, the Walking Horse Owners’ Association (WHOA), Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association (TWHBEA), Walking Horse Trainers’ Association (WHTA) and SHOW HIO continued their monthly meetings to assess the status of the industry.  The meetings have allowed the organizations to better work together in accomplishing goals for the industry.

David Pruett and Stan Butt were in attendance from TWHBEA.  Mark Taylor and Tommy Hall were representing WHOA while Winky Groover was there from the WHTA.  Dr. Stephen L. Mullins, Tony Edwards and Rollie Beard attended from SHOW.

All of the groups were very disappointed in the decision rendered by the Kentucky Race Horse Commission denying SHOW the opportunity to inspect horses for the Kentucky Breeders’ Incentive Fund.  

Butt thanked SHOW for assisting TWHBEA in promoting the Go Gelding program by hanging banners at inspection stations at horse shows and sales in 2010.  At this point TWHBEA has over 60 geldings entered, which is more than registered for the program in all of 2009. The goal for the program is 100 geldings in 2010. It was also reported by TWHBEA President, David Pruett, that transfers were up for the first time in many months.

New in 2010 at the WHOA and TWHBEA Academy shows are the performance preview classes.  The classes allow amateur and professional teams to participate during these shows.  Hall urged everyone to promote the classes as they allow everyone to gain experience prior to showing in larger shows and arenas.

WHOA has focused on horse show development in 2010 and will feature a unique weekend in Lebanon, Tenn. on April 30- May 1.  On Friday night there will be 32 performance classes held in a ribbon only show format.  Saturday morning will feature a non-tungsten informal pleasure class horse show.  Saturday night will feature an all Novice show with a full slate of classes.  "All segments of the industry will be represented at these events and we encourage everyone to participate," said Hall.

All congratulated the WHTA on the success of its Trainers’ Show and commended the trainers and owners who participated and brought compliant horses to the ring.  The National Trainers’ Show featured over 463 entries with SHOW and USDA conducting inspections.

Dr. Mullins reviewed the 2010 Points of Emphasis from the USDA.  He pointed out that show management is responsible for making sure any horse which is turned down for any HPA violations during a multi-night show is not eligible to reenter for the remainder of the show.  These violations include but are not limited to HPA shoeing violations, unilateral sensitivity, unacceptable, bilateral sensitivity, scar rule and foreign substance. 

Mullins also pointed out that any horse that leaves the ring during competition, whether voluntarily or after being excused by a judge must return to inspection for further inspection.

More Stories

  • Latest Issue 3 1 31

    Read More
  • Walking In The Smokies stall deadline approaching

    The Walking In The Smokies Horse Show, scheduled for April 8-10, 2021, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is preparing for their first annual show and would like to send a reminder to anyone needing stalls that the deadline is March 15. Please contact Lexi Stinnett at 828-550-8520 to reserve stalls on the show grounds. Read More
  • Trainers' Show announces judges

    The Walking Horse Trainers’ Association National Trainers’ Show will be held at Calsonic Arena in Shelbyville, Tenn. March 18-20, 2021. Judges for the three-day event will be Wayne Dean, Newton Parks and Johnny Puckett. Read More
  • USDA prepares for 2021 show season

    The USDA recently conducted their virtual HIO training course for the 2021 show season. The USDA and industry recently received the final report from the National Academies of Sciences (NAS) and some of the recommendations in that report are communicated in the new processes the USDA will implement in 2021... Read More
  • WHOA hosts virtual awards ceremony

    On Saturday. February 20th, the Walking Horse Owners’ Association (WHOA) held their National High Point awards for 2020 on their WHOA Facebook page with winners who chose to be zooming in to accept their awards... Read More
  • WHOA to host virtual awards ceremony on February 20

    The Walking Horse Owners’ Association (WHOA) will recognize their award winners from the 2020 show season during a virtual awards ceremony on Saturday, February 20, 2021. The show will be broadcast live on WHOA’s Facebook page beginning at 6 pm central time. Read More
  • FAST Spring Showcase announces judging panel

    The FAST Spring Showcase is pleased to announce that John Fikes, Newton Parks and Sam Sorrell will judge this years’ two-day event. The show will be held at Calsonic Arena in Shelbyville, Tenn. April 16-17, 2021... Read More
  • Obituary – Kimberly Woods

    Kimberly Lynn Woods, age 47 departed this life on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky... Read More
  • WHAA annual barn party rescheduled due to inclement weather

    There will be a lot of great items to auction as well as breeding fees to some of the top stallions in the industry and training fees for many of the top trainers. Everyone is encouraged to bring your young horses to preview for the upcoming show season. Read More
  • Birth Announcement – William Jackson Bauer

    Dr. & Mrs. Will  Bauer of Gainesville, Georgia welcomed their first child, William Jackson Bauer, on December 4, 2020. Jack weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces at birth... Read More