Skip to content

SHOW HIO releases Celebration compliance Info



The SHOW HIO was the affiliating Horse Industry Organization for the 81st Annual Celebration. The SHOW HIO conducted inspections across all 15 sessions of the show with the Veterinary Medical Officers from the United States Department of Agriculture present on Friday and Saturday of both weekends.

The designated qualified persons (DQPs) from SHOW inspected 1,834 entries pre-show, four more than the previous year and 186 inspections post-show versus 182 the previous year. The overall compliance rate was 92.6% however a closer look shows that the decrease in compliance year over year was mainly due to a focus on shoeing and post show inflammation on entries after they competed which included looking at their back legs as well as their front legs. The USDA referred 27 horses back to DQPs post show for open lesion or inflammation on fourth and fifth place horses that would not normally be checked by DQPs when the USDA is not in attendance as the HPA only mandates that the first place horse be checked post-show.

Of the 137 violations during the show, 20% of the violations were for this type post-show noncompliance.  Additionally, in 2018 foreign substance, illegal shoeing and high bands accounted for only 10 violations while this year those categories disqualified 31 horses during the competition. If you remove the focus on post show inflammation from 2019, which was not a focus in 2018, the compliance rate jumps to 94%, and if you remove the increase in illegal shoeing the compliance rate is 95.9% which is right in line with the previous year’s 96.2% compliance.

In 2018, the scar rule was written 14 times while this year that number rose to 27 violations. With regards to sensitivity, there were 48 violations in 2019 compared to 43 in 2018 but less than the 53 found in 2017.

“We are proud of the work our DQPs conducted during the show and disappointed in so many of the illegal shoeing violations found during the show, many of which were only 1/8” out but yet still out per the HPA.  The numbers of violations increased this year but many of them due to violations that could be prevented or that were not focused on in 2018” said SHOW Lead DQP John Paul Riner.

The continued positive working relationship between the USDA VMOs and SHOW HIO DQPs was on display again in 2019.  The teams have worked hard to improve compliance with the HPA together and have the enforcement standard the same whether USDA VMOs are present or not.  Despite the shoeing compliance and post show inflammation, again on horses that the DQPs do not inspect post-show when USDA is not present, the findings from each group were as in line with each other as ever before.

The industry remains committed to the dual purposes of the Horse Protection Act, eliminating soring and promoting fair competition, and the super majority of trainers, owners and exhibitors did their part at the 81st Annual Celebration.

More Stories

  • Latest Issue 12 9 19

    Read More
  • Dr. Goldentyer to officially replace Juarez

    APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea sent the following letter to stakeholders announcing the selection of Dr. Betty Goldentyer as the permanent replacement for Bernadette Juarez. Initially Dr. Goldentyer had been named Acting Deputy Administrator but will not be permanent in the position... Read More
  • The new face of FAST: Fowler named Director of Advancement

    If her name sounds familiar it’s likely because she’s played a role in two important facets of the local community. A seasoned veteran in the media business with a heart for the horse, Sadie Fowler is now combining her unique skillset as the new face of FAST — the Foundation of Advancement and Support for the Tennessee Walking Show Horse. Read More
  • TWHBEA hosts succinct general membership meeting

    The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association (TWHBEA) held its annual general membership meeting at 1:00PM on Friday December 5, 2019.  In a change from previous years the standing committee reports were not given during this meeting and were held for presentation at Saturday’s International Board of Directors’ meeting. Read More
  • SHOW Judges’ Committee set for 2020

    The SHOW HIO recently approved the members of the 2020 Judges’ Committee. Following the 2019 show season two members of the committee rolled off per the committee’s guidelines. Jennifer Bingham, who was chair of the committee for the last several years and Doyle Meadows were the two members whose term expired in 2019.   Read More
  • Surrounded by horsepower

    An MTSU graduate is expanding her family’s multi-faceted business ventures which range from showing horses to owning NASCAR championship racing teams to developing real estate. Allison Thorson owns and manages ThorSport Farm on Barfield Crescent Road in Christiana. The 500-plus-acre farm has an indoor training facility and 80 stalls, plus countryside riding trails, she said... Read More
  • Obituary – Nancy Elliott

    Nancy Caroline Ballentine Elliott, age 65, passed away unexpectedly and peacefully on Friday, November 29, 2019 surrounded by her family. A social hour with family and friends will be held on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 1:00 followed by the celebration of her life at 2:00 at her beloved Ballentine Farms Venue, 6921 Sunset Lake Road, Fuquay Varina, NC. Read More
  • Thorsport to host Holiday Open House

    ThorSport Farm is hosting their annual holiday party and open house this coming Saturday December 7th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Barn and facility tours, food and beverage, horse competitions, and lots of fun to be had!  Read More
  • 2019 Readers' Choice Ballot

    You don't have to be a member of anything to vote for your favorite horses, exhibitors, trainers and shows in The 38th Annual Walking Horse Report Readers' Choice conducted by The Walking Horse Report... Read More
  • SHOW to host judges' clinic

    SHOW is hosting a Judges’ Clinic for returning SHOW licensed judges and new applicants. The clinic is scheduled for Saturday, February 15, 2020 in the Blue Ribbon Circle beginning at 9:00 am... Read More