LEWISBURG, Tenn. - TWHBEA Secretary/Treasurer Sharon Brandon was honored for 40 years of service to the Association during its semiannual board of director’s meeting on May 25, 2002.

Mrs. Brandon received a 40-year service pin, a diamond and sapphire Tennessee Walking Horse watch, a dozen roses and dinner for two at a popular Nashville restaurant.

She began her tenure at TWHBEA on August 11, 1962. She served as a clerk until being elected to the position of secretary/treasurer in May of 1966 by the board of directors. She is only the third person in the 67-year history of the association to fill that position.

“I would like to thank the many wonderful people whom I have been blessed and honored to be associated with over the last 40 years, the friendships that have been formed, and the opportunities that have been afforded me due to being with the Association,” she said. “I’d like to thank my husband and my family at home, as well as my work family for their tolerance and support, and my God for his many blessings. I appreciate so much the lovely watch, the roses, and the reception following the board meeting. I hope that I have been able to make a contribution to the Association and the Tennessee Walking Horse industry which I have grown to love and enjoy, and that I can continue for many years to come.”

As secretary/treasurer, Mrs. Brandon is responsible for the daily administration and management of the breed registry, including the proper registration and transfer of horses. She has the sole authority to guarantee the authenticity of registrations and transfers based on information received. She is also responsible for maintaining the TWHBEA accounts, including investments and disbursements of TWHBEA funds.

“Sharon is one of the most incredible ladies I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing,” said Bob Cherry, TWHBEA Executive Director. “She is one of the most dedicated, loyal, accountable and responsible people I’ve ever known. She takes the word ‘responsible’ to a new level. I am so proud to have had the opportunity to work with her for the past 11 of her 40 years.”

On a personal note, Mrs. Brandon is a lifelong resident of Lewisburg, Tenn. She and her husband, Joe, have been married for 39 years. They have two sons, Joey and Nathan, and four grandchildren.