Skip to content

USDA and SHOW Meet in Washington



A delegation representing SHOW, Bedford County and Task Force members met in Washington with USDA officials Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson, DVM on Thursday, August 13.  The meeting was arranged by Tennessee Congressman Bart Gordon who also attended.

The meeting was hosted at the USDA offices and lasted almost 2 ½ hours.  There was a candid and open discussion of past issues and a dialog of open communication was established to assure a better working relationship between SHOW and the USDA.

SHOW pledged to work with the USDA to achieve the goal of finding and eliminating the sore horse with the goal of 100% compliance.

As a first step, Dr. Gipson will be meeting with SHOW Compliance Coordinators Dr. John Bennett and Dr. Steve Mullins in Nashville prior to the Celebration to review details associated with the inspections at the Celebration as well as the future of SHOW’s enforcement program. 

Dr. Gipson indicated that the inspection program at the Celebration will be substantially the same as in 2008 with increased emphasis on three areas:  chain weight, policing of the warm-up area and increased inspections of horses tied in classes, specifically first place horses.
 
Representing SHOW at the meeting was Chairman Charles McDonald, board member David Howard, CEO Dr. Doyle Meadows, Co-Compliance Coordinators Dr. John Bennett and Dr. Steve Mullins.  Task force members attending were Mike Davis, Mike McGartland and Lee McGartland.  County Mayor Eugene Ray spoke on behalf of Bedford County.

More Stories

  • 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
  • WHAA annual barn party rescheduled due to inclement weather

    There will be a lot of great items to auction as well as breeding fees to some of the top stallions in the industry and training fees for many of the top trainers. Everyone is encouraged to bring your young horses to preview for the upcoming show season. Read More