Skip to content

Ken Taylor Looks To Restore Lost Vision

Thirteen years ago, Ken Taylor was coming home from a horse show and noticed a problem with his vision; he was having trouble seeing cars. He was eventually diagnosed with Optic Neurosis. Ninety percent of individuals with this medical problem have no vision problems. Taylor fell in the 10 percent area.

Taylor can see shadows in front and has a blind spot that covers the area where he would normally need to look when walking. He cannot make out faces. For the past 13 years, Taylor has continued to train walking horses. His passion in life is training horses. He has a sign that says, "I have spent most of my life riding horses and the rest of the time I wasted."

Several years ago, Taylor moved to Tennessee from Missouri and now works with Steve and Steven Amyett. Recently an ophthalmologist was found who used a stem cell procedure that is correcting vision. Taylor has talked with Dr. Sapse of Las Vegas, Nev., and he has indicated that he has had very good results in treating Taylor’s condition. Taylor and all his friends are overwhelmed with excitement regarding the possibility of him getting back part or all of his vision. More information on the procedure can be found at

The procedure will cost $10,000. As with most horse trainers, Taylor does not have the money to pay for this. His friends and family are asking for donations to help Taylor to offset the expense of this procedure. They need to raise slightly over $10,000 to help defray travel expense. The procedure is done in Mexico and is schedule for June 29, 2009. Donations are requested to be mailed to Ken Taylor Vision Fund, Regions Bank,
101 Elm Street,
Shelbyville, TN 37160,
Attn. Mark Erwin. Any donation no matter how small will be greatly appreciated.


More Stories

  • Latest Issue 8 19 19

    Read More
  • Celebration prayer meeting scheduled

    This year marks the third annual Celebration for Christ get together! One week from today starts the first evening performance of “the greatest show on earth”. Come join together on Thursday, Aug. 23 at 6:00 pm at the Champions Arena bleachers... Read More
  • Celebration Reels now available on ReporTV

    Get ready for this year's Celebration by enjoying the final three nights of the 2018 Celebration with Celebration Reels now available on ReporTV! Brought to you by The Walking Horse Report and Dean Johnson Video.  Read More
  • WHTA Board and General Membership Meeting coming up!

    The WHTA Board of Directors will meet Tuesday, August 20, at 4:30 pm. The General Membership meeting will follow at 6:00 pm. Lobbyist, Jeff Speaks, will attend and discuss all legal issues. All interested parties are invited to attend.  Read More
  • HSUS files lawsuit aiming to reinstate rule tabled by Trump

    The Humane Society of the United States filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday, Aug. 14 against the United States Department of Agriculture in what the HSUS called an attempt to reinstate a final rule that was set aside by the Trump administration back in 2017 that would have banned action devices, pads and eliminated the Horse Industry Organization structure.  Read More
  • Equine Obituary – WGC Repeats Color Me In

    Raised by Kasey Kesselring, "Whitey" was a once in a lifetime mare that took many children to the Winners Circle safely, including Kailin Kesselring's first set of roses at the Spotted Championships. From a broodmare, to lesson horse at Montverde Academy in Florida, to a safe show ring mount for any level rider... Read More
  • Walking Horse Report’s daily papers and office hours

    The Celebration is the busiest time of year for Walking Horse Report. We strive to provide the best possible coverage of the industry’s world championship horse show. We will continue to post live results and judges’ cards. Read More
  • Obituary – Carl Johnson

    Mr. Carl M. Johnson, age 89, a resident of Columbia, passed away Saturday, August 10, 2019 at NHC-Maury Regional Transitional Care Center. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Heritage Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Swango officiating. Read More
  • Neck ribbons to be presented to all winners

    In something new to the Celebration this year, beautiful neck ribbons will be presented to winners of each preliminary in 2019. In addition to these, each winner will also receive a bridle blue ribbon. The 81st annual Celebration kicks off Aug. 21 and goes through the end of the month.   Read More
  • Celebration Live Stream available throughout show

    Do you want to be at the 81st annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration but can’t make it? Have no fear, because live stream internet is available to anyone not wanting to miss any of the action.

    Single night purchases for live stream video fee is $19.99, or a package deal that includes the entire show is available for $89.99. To make your purchase anytime leading up to the show visit the 

    Read More