Skip to content

PSHA Vows To Continue Opposition to HR 1518



(MURFREESBORO, TN)--On the heels of a November 13 hearing in Washington D.C., the Performance Show Horse Association (PSHA) board of directors met recently and reaffirmed its position in opposition to HR 1518, the so-called PAST Act being sponsored by Cong. Ed Whitfield (R-KY1) and backed by the Humane Society of the United States. In reaffirming its opposition, the board again pointed to some inherent problems with the proposed legislation:

• Self regulation within the industry has dramatically reduced incidents of soring. According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s own data, compliance rates hover in the 97 percent range. In 2013 alone, violations are down approximately 34 percent from just one year prior, according to USDA. In addition, violations found by the USDA at the World Grand Championship dropped a staggering 37 percent with even more inspections conducted.

• Stipulations within the proposed legislation are discriminatory because they only apply to three breeds—Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking horses and Spotted Saddle horses. At issue is the use of padded shoes and action devices, which are common among other breeds as well.

• Banning the use of pads and/or weighted shoes would effectively eliminate 85 percent of Tennessee Walking Horses from competition. And contrary to the misleading statements by advocates of the PAST Act, pads and action devises do not cause soring.

• The legislation does nothing to remove subjectivity from testing, which the industry believes is the cause of numerous erroneous violations. Even the USDA inspectors have disagreed 26 percent of the time at one training clinic. The board endorses a more objective set of criteria in determining whether a violation has occurred.

 

“The industry has made great strides in eliminating soring and will continue to do more—without federal intervention,” said Dr. Doyle Meadows, a PSHA board member. “The history and culture of this breed will be protected—as will the horses themselves—with the industry promoting more and more independent oversight.

 

The Tennessee Walking Horse industry supports more than 20,000 jobs and makes a direct and indirect contribution of $3.2 billion to the nation’s economy.

 

PSHA was established to promote and protect the integrity of the Performance Horse as a sound competitor in the show ring. Further, the organization is intent on also promoting and protecting the culture and history of the breed. Our goal is to consolidate industry enforcement of the HPA and inspect all horses in a fair and consistent manner to protect the wellbeing of the performance horse while maintaining the integrity of the sport.

More Stories

  • **Updated Horse Show Schedule

    The Walking Horse Report will provide daily updates to the list of canceled and postponed horse shows... Read More
  • Latest Issue 9 28 20

    Read More
  • Jose's Cold Chills update

    The Walking Horse Report has just recently learned that Jose’ Cold Chills will not be returning to the ring. Following an injury at the 2020 Celebration in the Walking Stake class the decision was made today that the talented horse will no longer compete in the ring. Owner Bart McWaters made this statement for the McWaters Family... Read More
  • Inman steps down from The Celebration

    Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Chief Executive Officer Mike Inman tendered his resignation to the Celebration’s board of directors on September 23, 2020.  The resignation from Inman will be effective immediately and comes after his eight-year stint at the helm of The Celebration. Read More
  • Obituary – Peggy Vernon

    Peggy Joyce Vernon, 81, passed away Tuesday, September 1, 2020, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was born in Winona, Mississippi, on September 19, 1938... Read More
  • Obituary – Steve Beech

    Stephen W. “Steve” Beech, III, 77, resident of Belfast, died on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at Lynchburg Nursing Center... Read More
  • Trainers' Show schedule update

    The Walking Horse Trainers' Association has added a class to their original schedule. Class 18 will be Five & Under Show Pleasure, Riders’ Cup. The show will be held October 8-10 at the Calsonic Arena in Shelbyville, Tennessee.  Read More
  • Obituary – June Hawkins

    Mrs. Freda June Harris Hawkins, 85, of Lewisburg, Tennessee, died Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. Born in Maury County, she was the daughter of the late Leroy Harris and Edna Frances Gillum Harris... Read More
  • WHTA newsletter from the President

    Hello all!  I pray that everyone had a safe trip home. The 82nd Annual Celebration was certainly one to remember in many ways. The quantity and quality of horses presented were outstanding.  The spectators were energized, the decorations were beautiful and the rain plentiful... Read More
  • Some Razzle and Jazz was added to 2020

    Christmas really did come in July for Tennessee Walking Horse trainer John Allan Callaway. The gift was delivered not by Santa Claus, but by Alan Riddley of Shelby, North Carolina, to the Callaway barn in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Master’s Razzle And Jazz was the present and at 16.3 hands high, the dark bay stallion was a little too big to wrap...  Read More