The National Walking Horse Association (NWHA) Director of Designated Qualified Persons (DQP) and Animal Welfare Martha Day has resigned effective February 13, 2012 from her position.  Day's announcements comes as NWHA is facing intense scrutiny from members, exhibitors and USDA over alleged HPA violations at the 2011 National Horse Show in Murfreesboro, Tenn.  Day has served in her role as head of the DQP program for six years.

The Walking Horse Report recently published Day's interview with her position on the actions of those within NWHA leadership alleged of committing the HPA violations.  Jason Crawhorn, President of NWHA was aware of Day's position but chose to ignore it during his investigation and not discipline any member with more than a letter of warning.  Crawhorn and NWHA classified Day's interview as rumor and hearsay in their letter to the membership.

Below is Day's official resignation letter.

February 6, 2012

Martha M. Day
NWHA DQP Coordinator
8741 New Glasgow Road
Scottsville, KY 42164

Jason Crawhorn, President
National Walking Horse Association
4059 Iron Works Parkway
Lexington, KY 40511

Dear Mr. Crawhorn,

I am writing to notify you that I am resigning my position as Director of Designated Qualified Persons and Animal Welfare for the National Walking Association effective February 13, 2012.

I have maintained a home office for the NWHA DQP program since December 2006 and it will require some time to prepare 2011 DQP training records, 2011 DQP contracts and reports, DQP uniforms, and 2012 DQP records  for shipment to the NWHA office. 



Martha M. Day