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Successful Shows, Good Compliance with the HPA



 

For Immediate Release from the NHSC:



 

 

The successful shows this past weekend in Fayetteville, Belfast, and Wartrace demonstrated the industry’s commitment to showing good horses that are in compliance with the Horse Protection Act. 

 

USDA was present and welcomed at all three shows, and worked together with the DQPs in an inspection area where the atmosphere was relaxed and respectful.

 

The lack of controversy and the presentation of quality horses resulted in horse shows that were enjoyable and reflected well on the Tennessee Walking Horse.  A total of 639 horses were inspected, both pre- and post-show.  Of those 639 inspections over three shows, a total of nine tickets were written for an overall compliance rate of 98.6%.  Of those nine tickets, six were for scar rule violations and one was for a technical violation.  There was one ticket for a unilaterally sensitive horse and one ticket for a bilaterally sensitive horse.  This high level of compliance, with USDA present, is a reflection of the renewed commitment the industry has made this year toward compliance with the Horse Protection Act.  The newly adopted Walking Horse Trainers’ Association Code of Ethics documents this direction.

 

Although disappointed by the presentation of a few horses that were not in compliance, the National Horse Show Commission (NHSC) remains committed to detecting such horses and assuring that they do not enter the show ring.  NHSC is committed to promoting and protecting the welfare of the Tennessee Walking Horse and preserving the Tennessee Walking Horse industry for future generations.  The trainers, owners, and exhibitors should be commended for their efforts and for the quality of the horses they are presenting.

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