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Letter To The Editor



Dear Editor,
I live in Ohio and have received news that the TWHBEA wants to bring in a padded horse for the Equine Affair. I was very excited when I heard this news, since I used to show padded and pleasure walking horses. I have always loved the breed, but living in Ohio, I have had to choose to either leave the breed or move to another state.

The MOWHA has never liked the padded horse people and has always gotten its way when it came to moving the padded horse out of Ohio. I know this for a fact because my family and I helped build the MOWHA Spring Spectacular and Fall Round Up. We decided to resign from MOWHA for this reason.

I have always believed that if you are going to promote the Tennessee Walking Horse, and that is what you say you are here to do, then you should promote the Tennessee Walking Horse, not just the pleasure horse. I feel that if this is the way the association feels, then it should be renamed the Mid Ohio Pleasure Horse Association and leave it at that. I personally feel that the association is the reason that people in Ohio do not except the padded horses. If they are supposed to be an association promotes the Tennessee Walking Horse, then they should do just that.

I had walking horses for ten years, but I felt run out of Ohio due to the misleading and misjudging behavior. I now own an American Paint horse and truly do miss showing my Tennessee Walkers. Thank you for your time and I hope someone really can understand where I am coming from.

Yours Truly,
Roxanne Bennett Nelson

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