In light of the events at the National Walking Horse Celebration yesterday evening, the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association today reiterated its faith in the future of the Tennessee Walking Horse and the future of the industry.

           “The cancellation of competition at the National Celebration is very unfortunate for walking horse enthusiasts and for the Celebration,” said Jerrold Pedigo, president of TWHBEA. “However, I am fully confident that the industry will address these and other issues critical to the future of the industry. TWHBEA supports and looks forward to leading the industry in developing a stable show environment.               

“We have a great horse and an industry full of wonderful people,” Pedigo continued. “The industry will unite and work through these issues for a prosperous future.”

The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' Association (TWHBEA), headquartered in Lewisburg, Tenn., is the oldest and most prestigious organization devoted to the promotion of the breed. Founded in 1935, the breed registry was established to record the pedigrees of the Tennessee Walking Horse. Its goal is to maintain the purity of the breed, to promote greater awareness of the Tennessee Walking Horse and its qualities, to encourage expansion of the breed and to help assure its general welfare. For more information, visit