The Tennessee Walking Show Horse Organization (TWSHO) has appointed its initial board of directors.  TWSHO’s goal is to prevent cruelty within the sport while promoting the proud history of the industry.  The welfare of the horse is the centerpiece of the organization, and the new board will help strengthen and unify their efforts to promote reform in the Industry and ensure all participants are informed and engaged in supporting this great horse.

New board members include the following: Proctor Dean (NC), Terry Dotson (TN), Frank Eichler (TN), Nancy Groover (TX), Bruce MacDonald (GA), Lee McGartland (TX) and Duke Thorson (OH). 

Currently, TWSHO is focused on three major initiatives, which are as follows:
1. Administer and implement the swabbing initiative approved by the Trainers association
2. Work with a professional public relations firm to assist in educating the public about garnering support for reform within the industry
3. Develop the stakeholder information program to media, Show Managers, and other interested or concerned Organizations

TWSHO will continue to support and propose reforms and work with any organization or individual committed to that cause.

TWSHO is an inclusive organization and is not owned by any HIO, The Celebration, The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ Association (TWHBEA) or The Walking Horse Owners’ Association (WHOA).  All of these groups will be asked to participate but will not have representation in oversight.  And TWSHO is an organization that speaks for the show horse portion of this Industry, regardless of personalities, past history or preference for one division versus another.

Initial funding will come in the form of donations.  Donations for TWSHO can be made through the Foundation for the Advancement and Support of the Tennessee Walking Show Horse (FAST). Contact FAST or Mike Inman for more information (

P.O. Box 259
Shelbyville, TN  37162