Lewisburg, TN - The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association (TWHBEA) fully supports new legislation introduced by Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R, TN) to institute objective, science-based inspections and reform the Tennessee Walking Horse industry.  “We are very honored and appreciative of Congressman Blackburn’s efforts to support our community and strengthen the integrity of our sport,” said President Steve Smith.

TWHBEA, headquartered in Lewisburg, Tennessee, 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.

“This legislation was endorsed unanimously by our Executive Committee, and we strongly believe in its creation of a single, independent Horse Industry Organization (HIO) and its establishment of an objective, science-based inspection protocol,” continued Smith.  “While we are proud that more than 95% of horses inspected today are compliant with federal law, we cannot rest until every horse, in every class, in every show is found to be sound and healthy” concluded Smith.

TWHBEA is hopeful that this legislation will be received positively in the House of Representatives and gains widespread acceptance and passage.  In the meantime, TWHBEA will help to incorporate the basic tenants of the legislation in the current self-regulatory environment.