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TWSHO Announces 5th Round of Swabbing



Shelbyville, TN – Today the Tennessee Walking Show Horse Organization (TWSHO) has learned from the Walking Horse Trainer’s Association (WHTA) the results of The Celebration’s fifth round of expedited swabbing results. 

According to Don Gandy, Commissioner for the WHTA Enforcement LLC, one swab from Wednesday, August 29 failed the WHTA swabbing initiative.  As a result, the WHTA has suspended trainer Brad Davis’ license for two weeks and The Celebration will remove Davis’ ribbon, prize money and trophy as well as retie the class.  Additionally, Davis will not be allowed to present a horse for inspection or participate as a rider in the remainder of The Celebration. 

Last week, The Celebration announced it would be implementing historic reforms by enhancing the science based testing recently implemented by the Walking Horse Trainers’ Association  (WHTA’s) Enforcement Initiative and strengthening the stringent testing methods currently employed at the event. 

The WHTA Enforcement Initiative swabbing program is an objective, science-based inspection initiative to swab the pasterns of horses in competition in order to detect substances that harm the horse or mask substances that could have harmed the horse. Celebration is taking the initiative one step further by swabbing every horse participating in the Celebration and funding a program that expedites swabs so that the results will be available during the event – this is a first in the history of the Industry. The swabbing results will then be made public and those found in violation will be punished in accordance with the Trainers’ Initiative. This is also the first time that classes will be retied accordingly removing ribbons, trophies and prize monies.  A trainer found in violation will have their license suspended in line with WHTA initiative protocol and the horse will be disqualified.

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