Skip to content

TWHBEA Discloses ‘Little’ About NHSC; Charles Hulsey



Copyright WHR 2006

by Sadie Fowler

The TWHBEA Executive Committee met in Lewisburg, Tenn., Monday, Jan. 16 to discuss topics including the NHSC contract, as well as TWHBEA Executive Director Charles Hulsey’s future role in the organization. Speculations had surfaced prior to Monday’s meeting that Hulsey had been involved in improper conduct relating to registration papers.

Approximately 30 minutes into the meeting, a member of the executive committee asked, “Should we go into executive session?”. While TWHBEA Executive Committee President Jerrold Pedigo said he had no problem keeping the meeting open, a motion made by Edie Wittenmyer and seconded by Trainers’ representative Jamie Hankins passed and the TWHBEA closed their meeting, excusing the Walking Horse Report Editorial Director Sadie Fowler. Shortly thereafter, the executive committee issued the following statement:

A motion made by Charles Wharton, seconded by Jane Meredith, and approved unanimously by the committee states: While no longer a member of the National Horse Show Commission, TWHBEA will continue to solicit the input of and negotiate with the Walking Horse Trainers’ Association and the Walking Horse Owners Association in regards to HIO and other industry issues.

Further motion made by Charles Wharton, seconded by Ann Kuykendall, and approved unanimously by the committee states: That the appearance of a conflict created by TWHBEA Board Members and Executive Committee members serving as NHSC Judges and DQP’s is waived for the calendar year of 2006.

Despite numerous attempts made by the Report to clarify this statement, TWHBEA remained quiet about their meeting, leaving many to assume the TWHBEA had simply maintained its original stance regarding the commission. The Walking Horse Trainers’ Association had urged TWHBEA late in 2005 to rejoin the commission for one more year, until a new operating plan is in place.

TWHBEA also disclosed little information about the Charles Hulsey situation. Later on Tuesday, Jan. 17, it was reported that Hulsey had been reprimanded for his misconduct when the TWHBEA issued the following statement:

Recent rumors related to Executive Director Charles Hulsey, surrounding a possible breach of the TWHBEA Registry have been investigated fully by the personnel committee and the executive committee. After a thorough investigation, the executive committee concluded that there were no horses that have been registered or transferred to a wrongful owner. The investigation did reveal a breach in the transfer procedure of two horses. The executive committee has taken appropriate measures to correct the procedural breach and has taken further measures to protect against any future breach.

After another ambiguous statement made by TWHBEA, the question remained, ‘What did Hulsey actually do wrong?’. The Report contacted Hulsey regarding this matter and he refused to comment, however he did say that the rumors that had surfaced regarding the incident were much worse than the actual truth. Nonetheless, Hulsey and other TWHBEA officials chose to remain quiet about Hulsey, begging the question, “If rumors were so much worse than the ‘truth,’ then why not set the record straight?”

The Report will continue to follow these stories and will update our readers as soon as any information becomes available.

More Stories

  • Obituary – Brenda Tyree

    Brenda L. Tyree, age 71 of Rocky Mount died Friday, June 14, 2019. She was born July 21, 1947 and was preceded in death by her father, Walter L. Tyree, mother, Christine Tyree; and granddaughter, Ashley Trail... Read More
  • Birth Announcement – Everett Welles Scarborough

    Everett Welles Scarborough was born Wednesday, June 5th at 1:46pm to Madison and Garrett Scarborough. He weighed 6 pounds 6 ounces and was 20 inches long. Proud grandparents are Tom and Teresa Kincaid and great grandparents are Bill and Peggy Overcash.  Read More
  • Money Tree Classic schedule update

    The Money Tree Classic is set for Friday, July 5, 2019 at Champions Arena in Shelbyville, Tenn. The Amateur Country Pleasure Three-Year-Old division was inadvertently left off the show bill and will be class 28 of the 34 class show... Read More
  • Entertainment at Money Tree Classic

    The Money Tree Classic is thrilled to welcome back Ever After Productions’ princesses for the second year running! Be sure to load up the little ones to meet and greet with Little Mermaid and Cinderella from 6:00-8:00PM... Read More
  • Latest Issue 6 17 19

    Read More
  • Savannah Lions Club revises class schedule

    The Savannah Lions Club Horse Show, scheduled for June 15 at Hardin County Fairgrounds in Savannah, Tennessee, has added the following classes to their schedule... Read More
  • Belfast schedule correction

    The Belfast-TWHBEA Horse Show, scheduled for June 22, would like to make the following clarification to their schedule:Class 26 Four-Year-Old Mares and Geldings will be a canter class. Read More
  • Arab Summer Classic schedule clarification

    The Arab Summer Classic, scheduled for June 15, would like to make the following clarification to their class schedule:Class 27 Riders' Cup Walking Horse Stake will be a canter class. Read More
  • WHOA Pleasure Jamboree

    The WHOA Pleasure Jamboree will be held at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum on June 21-22, 2019. Judge for the show on Friday will be Richard Wall of Shelbyville, TN. Saturday's show will be Judge Shelli MeHaffey of Shelbyville, TN. Read More
  • Equine Obituary – Command & Control

    Two-time World Grand Champion Command & Control passed away due to colic complications on June 10, at the age of 18-years-old.  Affectionately known as “Fred”, he was enjoying his first year of retirement from the show ring where he resided in his sire’s (I’m In Command) stall when he was not grazing in his pasture.  Read More