Skip to content

TWHBEA Defends Performance Horse at Missouri State Fair

Editor’s Note:  The following letter was sent from Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association President Tracy Boyd after representatives from Missouri reached out to TWHBEA for help.  Several anti-performance horse groups had lobbied the Missouri State Fair Board and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) to eliminate the performance horse from the Missouri State Fair Horse Show in 2013. The threat is that USEF remove the State Fair as one of its accredited shows if performance Tennessee Walking Horse are allowed to compete.

Dec. 6, 2012

Mark Wolfe, Director
Missouri State Fair
2503 W. 16th Street
Sedalia, Mo. 65301

Dear Mr. Wolfe:

In recent days, we have heard from several of our concerned Missouri members telling us the Missouri State Fair is considering elimination of the padded performance Tennessee Walking Horse from its annual show schedule. We understand that pressure from outside groups, coupled with the unfortunate events surrounding last year’s inspection process, have caused USEF to threaten to pull its rating from the show if padded walking horses are allowed to compete this year.

The padded performance Tennessee Walking horse remains an important part of our breed registry and a driving economic force for our breeders, owners and trainers across the country. For many years, Missouri has been among the leading states for TWHBEA membership. In addition, Missouri has a long and storied history of producing world-class walking horses, both padded and flat-shod. Today, trainers and exhibitors in many states are increasingly presenting horses in both divisions, and Missouri is no exception.

We at TWHBEA continue to support all disciplines and divisions within our breed, as long as the horses are trained and presented in a sound manner. We enthusiastically support our Missouri members who wish only to continue having the opportunity to showcase their talented performance horses at great venues like the Missouri State Fair.

We respectfully ask that you consider all these factors and allow the performance Tennessee Walking Horse to continue its rich history of showing at the Missouri State Fair. Thank you for your time and for your consideration of this request.


Tracy Boyd, President
Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association

More Stories

  • Latest_Issue_June_25_18

    Read More
  • Christmas In July schedule update

    The Christmas In July show, scheduled for July 4-5, has modified their original class schedule. Class 32 will now be Amateur Country Pleasure Western and class 9a will be Amateur Country Pleasure English. Read More
  • Supreme Court Decision Holds ALJs Must Be Appointed

    The United States Supreme Court has ruled that Administrative Law Judges must be appointed by the department head and not how they are currently retained by the agency they represent.  The case, Lucia vs. the Securities and Exchange Commission, does not deal with administrative law judges in the USDA, however the ruling could have a major impact on the enforcement scheme currently utilized by the USDA in Horse Protection Act cases. Read More
  • Obituary – Sam Hartsell

    Sam “Shot” Hartsell, age 74, of Newport, passed away Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Knoxville. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nan Hartsell and parents, Floyd and Viola McMahan Hartsell... Read More
  • WHOA announces International judging panel

    The Walking Horse Owners' is pleased to announce the three judges selected by current WHOA members. Charlie Brown, Shelli MeHaffey and Lonnie Messick will officiate the 40th Annual International Pleasure & Colt Championship.

    Read More
  • Savannah Lions Club adds classes

    The 52nd Annual Savannah Lions Club Show, scheduled for June 23 at 6:30 pm, has added two classes to their original schedule... Read More
  • Scrivner selected to judge Mid-South

    The Mid-South Walking Horse Association Show, scheduled for July 14, has selected Dickie Scrivner of Murfreesboro, Tennessee to mark the cards for this year's event. The show will be held at Pugh Bourne Park in Jackson, Tennessee.  Read More
  • Equine Obituary - Gen’s Armed & Dangerous

    The Report has recently learned of the passing of Gen’s Armed and Dangerous. The beautiful stallion was the 1994 Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Champion. Read More
  • Ohio Valley adds class

    Ohio Valley Walking Horse Association show, scheduled for June 23 in Stanford, Kentucky, has added a 4 and Under Trail Pleasure to their show.  Read More
  • Walking For Hope Show updates

    The Walking For Hope show, scheduled for June 16, has selected Chris Zahnd to judge this year’s event. Originally scheduled to start at 4:00, the show will start at 5:00 pm. Read More