LEWISBURG, TN (April 20, 2008) – The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association (TWHBEA) announced today that effective immediately Stan Butt has been named as Executive Director.

Butt has been serving as Interim Executive Director since December of 2007.  “Stan has done an outstanding job of helping restore financial accountability and fiscal responsibility to our Association,” said Mike Inman, TWHBEA Admin/Fiscal/Audit VP and Personnel Committee chairman. “After completing our commitment to the membership by interviewing additional candidates for the position, the Executive Committee felt confident that they had made a wise choice, continued Inman. David Pruett and I were excited to make the call to Stan on Saturday evening.”

“Stan was selected, not only for his overall knowledge of the industry, but for his acceptance by every discipline within our industry,” said President David Pruett. “His untiring efforts to represent TWHBEA at shows, sales, and breed functions everywhere is a breath of fresh air. His willingness and untiring efforts are to be commended. As he continues as Executive Director, Stan will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Association, restoring the integrity of our registry, expanding membership in the US and International markets, improving member communications and improving our financial position. Having worked closely with Stan over the last four months, I know that he is dedicated and eager to accept the challenge,” continued Pruett.

“I am humbled and honored to accept the challenge presented by this Executive Committee. They bring a wealth of wisdom and knowledge to TWHBEA. One could not ask for a more dedicated group of individuals with which to work. I look forward to the days ahead, said Butt.

The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' AssociationSM, headquartered in Lewisburg, Tennessee, is the oldest and most prestigious organization devoted to the promotion and protection 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.