The Walking Horse Trainers’ Association held its second general membership meeting of the year at the Blue Ribbon Circle Club on the eve of Spring Fun Show. President Jamie Hankins presided over the meeting and updated the membership on happenings so far this year.

Hankins welcomed guests Jeffrey Howard, Warren Wells and Tim Hatfield. Howard, introduced the new Celebration CEO and gave a brief update on how Wells was selected by the Celebration Board. Wells followed with giving a warm exciting over-view of his history with the Celebration and the town of Shelbyville. Wells also extended an open door to anyone who would like to discuss matters with him about The Celebration. The new CEO was very passionate about the importance of The Celebration to the town of Shelbyville and that he hopes to continue the traditions of The Celebration making it the largest and best event in the area. Wells’ actual start date is June 7th. 

Hatfield updated the membership on the inspection process and the success that the HIO has had so far this season. 

The WHTA was thrilled to announce that the Dowell Family will continue to sponsor the Scholarship program for young students who are entering college. For the past 10 years the Dowell family has gracious donated money to this fund and they will continue with the scholarship program for 2021.

A new Riders’ Cup class was also added to the list for 2021 making that a total of 25 Riders’ Cup classes. The partnership of Simons Show Horses and Stonewall Farm has sponsored a Country Pleasure Riders’ Cup division that will now allow trainers to gain Riders’ Cup points in that division.

Hankins finished the meeting by discussing plans for the 5th Annual Blue-Ribbon Yearling Sale to be held September 4th at Wiser Farm. The WHTA is also planning a Winter Classic show for November 11th at the Calsonic.