Skip to content

VAC To Examine Application of Scar Rule

The Veterinary Advisory Committee (VAC) has contracted with Dr. Christopher R. Johnson, DVM, MS, DACVS, and Dr. Paul C. Stromberg DVM, PhD. to conduct inspections for scar rule compliance on Friday and Saturday night at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

The two independent, highly-qualified veterinarians will be available in Champions Arena to conduct inspections for scar rule compliance either pre-inspection or post-inspection and will not interfere nor take the place of the normal pre-show and post-show inspections conducted by the SHOW HIO and USDA.

The purpose of the examinations is to continue to gather more information for the VAC and make recommendations to the VAC as they continue working toward a more objective, science-based inspection protocol.  There will not be a fee to the exhibitor or trainer.

Dr. Johnson is a surgeon and owner of Equine Surgical Services in Versailles, Ky., and former partner at Woodford Equine Hospital in Versailles.  He is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Veterinary Medical Association and Vice-President Elect for the Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners.

Dr. Stromberg is Professor-Emeritus of Veterinary Pathology (Anatomic) at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.  Dr. Stromberg is also a Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathologists and recently reviewed biopsies taken from horses deemed in violation of the scar rule by the USDA at the 2014 Celebration.

More Stories

  • Obituary - Jim Pace

    John James Pace, Jr. (Jim), 80, of Tusculum passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 16th. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and a retired farmer, cattleman, and horseman... Read More
  • Equine Obituary - Pride's Lady Dia

    The Report has recently learned of the passing of Pride’s Lady Dia, affectionately known as Lady Dia. She passed away on November 8, 2017, at Blackwell Stables, her home for the past 20 years. Read More
  • Equine Obituary - Hard Texas Cash

    Hard Texas Cash, a stallion owned by Nancy Groover Hodges of Waco, Texas. passed away on Nov. 8, 2017 at the age of 24... Read More
  • Equine Obituary - Heart Attack's Fast Beat

    World champion Heart Attack’s Fast Beat passed away on November 7, 2017. The 22-year-old gelding was owned and loved by Danielle Ricker of Greeneville, Tennessee... Read More
  • Celebration Of Life for Doug Crawford

    Please join us for the CELEBRATION OF LIFE Honoring Doug Crawford on Friday, November 10, 2017 at the Celebration Blue Ribbon Circle in Shelbyville, Tenn, 7-10 pm. Casual Attire. Read More
  • WHOO grants now available

    Applications for the Walking Horses Overcoming Obstacles (WHOO) grants are available now. The Walking Horse Trainers' Auxiliary is proud to award grants to 501(c)3 facilities that use Tennessee Walking Horses for therapeutic advancements of less fortunate individuals.  Read More
  • UCWHA announces nominations for 2018

    The Nominating Committee for the Upper Cumberland Walking Horse Association has nominated the followingdirectors for three-year term... Read More
  • Equine Obituary - The Coach

    The Coach passed away on November 4, 2017. At the time of his death, the 13 year-old stallion was owned by Dr. Barbara and Sarah Moersch of Jacksonville, Ala... Read More
  • Obituary - Virginia Chism

    Virginia Biddle Chism, 77, of Arrington, Tennessee passed away November 6, 2017. She was a lifetime member of, and elected to the Board of Directors of, the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association... Read More
  • Obituary - Leona Kirby

    Leona Catherine Richey Kirby, 88, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton, North Carolina. She spent 25 years showing horses with her family across North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Leona and her husband, Floyd, also ran Tip-Top Stables together. Read More