SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. - SHOW HIO will host a group of prominent horse industry leaders from across the nation at the 39th annual Spring Fun Show.  "We are extremely excited for this group of horse leaders to observe firsthand the Walking Horse Industry" indicated Dr. Doyle Meadows, CEO of SHOW.

The group includes Dr. Jim Heird, Colorado State University Horse Science leader and horse industry liaison with CSU, Cam Forman, Executive Director of Shows and Regional Activity with the American Quarter Horse Association,  Dr. Scott Hopper, Senior Veterinarian with Rood and Riddle, Lexington, Kentucky, Marie Wheatley, President and CEO of the American Humane Association, Dr. John E. Henton, retired Professor of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, University of Tennessee, Dr. Mike Harry, Middle Tennessee horse veterinarian, and official veterinarian for the Spring Fun Show and Dr. Dave Whitaker, Director of Horse Science at Middle Tennessee State University.  Dr. Harry and Dr. Whitaker were both members of the AAEP "White Paper" published this past summer dedicated to the Walking Horse Industry.

This distinguished group will attend a dinner and seminar on Wednesday evening.  A planning session on the Walking Horse Industry, farm visits and observations of the Fun Show and inspection process will be conducted on Thursday.  This education program was designed to allow other horse leaders to learn more about the industry.

"I think it is important for leaders in other breeds and disciplines of horses to be aware of the direction and progress of the Walking Horse Industry" stated Charles McDonald, Chairman of the Board for the Celebration and SHOW.