SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Walking Horse Industry is comprised of several different entities, all with one common goal, the promotion and protection of the welfare of our great breed.  Recently Celebration CEO Dr. Doyle Meadows received the following statement of support from the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' Association and The Tennessee Walking Horse Owners' Association.

July 8, 2009

Dr. Doyle Meadows
Celebration, Inc.
Shelbyville, TN

Dear Doyle,

Below is the joint statement by Mr. Neal and myself that we were asked to prepare.  It has been approved by both the TWHBEA and the WHOA Board of Directors.  It reads as follows:

“TWHBEA and WHOA will continue to work with all parties committed to promoting and protecting the welfare of the Tennessee Walking Horse and to preserve the Tennessee Walking Horse Industry for future generations. Since the enactment of the Horse Protection Act  (HPA) in 1970, there has been continued improvement in the management and presentation of the Tennessee Walking Horse. TWHBEA and WHOA intend to work proactively to assure HPA compliance in order to continue this progress. 

S.H.O.W.  HIO is to be commended for their recent efforts and stepped up enforcement with respect to compliance. We applaud and support all HIO’s that continue to address the welfare of our great horse and to work for compliance of the HPA.

TWHBEA and WHOA will continue to work in the best interest of their collective constituencies and each discipline of the Tennessee Walking Horse Industry to encourage needed change.”

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

David Pruett, President
Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Association
Frank Neal, President
Walking Horse Owners Association

Commented Dr. Meadows  "I feel that it important that those within our industry and the general public continue to be informed of the support that SHOW is receiving in its efforts of implementing the Horse Protection Act. "