Skip to content

TWHNC Bans Chad Way from Celebration Grounds and All Celebration Events



Tonight incoming National Celebration CEO Mike Inman banned Chad Way from The Celebration grounds and any Celebration events for two years.  This is in addition to violations from SHOW Horse Industry Organization (HIO), of which the length is yet to be determined due to numerous violations.

"Way presented a horse last night that had no reason being in the ring or on the grounds,” said Inman. "If you are soring your horse you are not welcome at our events," said Inman.

SHOW HIO, the Horse Industry Organization with the strictest inspections and harshest penalties in the industry, and the HIO that manages inspections at The Celebration, issued two violations to Chad Way for trying to show a horse that an independent veterinarian at The Celebration said would be considered disabled.

Since SHOW’s inception three years ago, violations have been decreasing and last year, SHOW HIO received a 98.5% compliance rating from the USDA. The USDA even has praised SHOW for its tough inspections and even adopted some of SHOW’s inspection processes.

In the last three years SHOW HIO has suspended 155 trainers for one year for a finding of bilateral sensitivity – more than any other HIO or the USDA in its history (the USDA has only pursued 52 federal cases in the forty years since the passage of the Horse Protection Act).

SHOW’s inspections, where the USDA was not even present at the show, have resulted in the first two criminal prosecutions of HPA violations in approximately 20 years. Recently, SHOW issued three lifetime suspensions, one for pressure shoeing and two for use of a distraction device, one 7.5-year suspension for falsification of records, and two 1-year suspensions for swapping horses.  SHOW HIO found all four of these violations at horse shows where the USDA was not present.

More Stories

  • Southern Championship relocates for 2021

    For many years the Georgia Walking Horse Exhibitors Association has sponsored and operated the Southern Championship Charity Horse Show... Read More
  • Latest Issue WHYIR 20

    Read More
  • Latest Issue 3 1 31

    Read More
  • Walking In The Smokies stall deadline approaching

    The Walking In The Smokies Horse Show, scheduled for April 8-10, 2021, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is preparing for their first annual show and would like to send a reminder to anyone needing stalls that the deadline is March 15. Please contact Lexi Stinnett at 828-550-8520 to reserve stalls on the show grounds. Read More
  • Trainers' Show announces judges

    The Walking Horse Trainers’ Association National Trainers’ Show will be held at Calsonic Arena in Shelbyville, Tenn. March 18-20, 2021. Judges for the three-day event will be Wayne Dean, Newton Parks and Johnny Puckett. Read More
  • USDA prepares for 2021 show season

    The USDA recently conducted their virtual HIO training course for the 2021 show season. The USDA and industry recently received the final report from the National Academies of Sciences (NAS) and some of the recommendations in that report are communicated in the new processes the USDA will implement in 2021... Read More
  • WHOA hosts virtual awards ceremony

    On Saturday. February 20th, the Walking Horse Owners’ Association (WHOA) held their National High Point awards for 2020 on their WHOA Facebook page with winners who chose to be zooming in to accept their awards... Read More
  • WHOA to host virtual awards ceremony on February 20

    The Walking Horse Owners’ Association (WHOA) will recognize their award winners from the 2020 show season during a virtual awards ceremony on Saturday, February 20, 2021. The show will be broadcast live on WHOA’s Facebook page beginning at 6 pm central time. Read More
  • FAST Spring Showcase announces judging panel

    The FAST Spring Showcase is pleased to announce that John Fikes, Newton Parks and Sam Sorrell will judge this years’ two-day event. The show will be held at Calsonic Arena in Shelbyville, Tenn. April 16-17, 2021... Read More
  • Obituary – Kimberly Woods

    Kimberly Lynn Woods, age 47 departed this life on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky... Read More