By Jeffrey Howard

LEWISBURG, Tenn. – The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association held its International Board of Directors Meeting on Saturday, December 5, 2009 at the TWHBEA headquarters.  The day’s meetings are a recap of many of the same reports made on Friday at the general membership meeting.  To read the recap of that meeting click here.

The major agenda item was the election of the 2010 Executive Committee.  All but one spot was filled with the nominating committee’s recommendation.  The Member-At-Large Youth Vice President had a nomination from the floor.  That nomination was Leslie Topham from Utah.  She ran against the nominating committee’s candidate, Margo Urad from Texas.  After a speech by each candidate, Urad won the seat by a margin of 43-20.

The 2010 TWHBEA Executive Committee is as follows:
President – David Pruett, TN
Senior Vice President – Dee Dee Sale, TN
VP Admin/Fiscal/Audit – Rob Cornelius, AL
VP Breeders – Jack Heffington, TN
VP Enforcement – Kasey Kesselring, FL
VP Horse Shows – Bruce Vaughn, OH
VP Marketing – Marty Irby, TN
VP Owners/Exhibitors – Stephen Brown, WA
VP Performance Horse – Ty Irby, AL
VP Pleasure Horse – Rick Weis, MT
VP Training – Wayne Dean, TN
VP Member At Large Bylaws – Lloyd Hall (Buster) Black, GA
VP Member At Large Youth – Margo Urad, TX
VP Equine Welfare – Dr. Linda Montgomery, AL
Secretary – Sharon Brandon

A new position for 2010 was the VP for Equine Welfare.  The spot was added bringing the total number of the Executive Committee to 14.

A motion made by Dee Dee Sale under new business called for a press release to be generated regarding TWHBEA’s discussions on Friday December 4, 2009 regarding the 2010 World Equestrian Games and TWHBEA’s involvement and sponsorship of those games.

A complete wrap-up of the 2009 TWHBEA International Board of Directors’ Meeting will be in the December 14th issue of the Walking Horse Report.