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Walking Horse Advocates Formed



SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. – Walking Horse Advocates is pleased to announce its establishment as a group dedicated to the support of humane practices that ensure the health and safety of the Tennessee Walking Horse. Several members from leading industry organizations—including the National Horse Show Commission (NHSC), the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association (TWHBEA), the Walking Horse Owners Association (WHOA) and the Walking Horse Trainers Association (WHTA)—came together to focus on improving the welfare and promoting the appreciation of the Tennessee Walking Horse by putting the well-being of the horses first.

“For many years, a singular body consisting of members from all facets of the industry has been needed for proper oversight,” said Mark Farrar, spokesperson for Walking Horse Advocates and NHSC chairman. “Walking Horse Advocates has received wide acceptance and support, and we’re very excited about the opportunities to encourage positive change in our great industry.”

Walking Horse Advocates joins WHOA and WHTA in unanimous acceptance of recommendations made by an NHSC special task force in its review of proposals issued by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Tennessee Walking Horse Task Force. The AAEP group evaluated current industry procedures and practices with particular emphasis on governance structure, uniform regulations and judging standards of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry.

About Walking Horse Advocates
Comprised of members from several leading industry groups, Walking Horse Advocates is committed to the protection and humane treatment of the Tennessee Walking Horse. By putting the well-being of horses first, the group is dedicated to the promotion of safe practices in the training and exhibition of this elegant breed through the consistent enforcement of uniform standards and regulations. Formed in 2008, Walking Horse Advocates seeks to enhance the understanding and appreciation of the innate grace and beauty of the Tennessee Walker, often recognized as “the world’s greatest show, trail and pleasure horse.” For more information, please visit www.walkinghorseadvocates.com.

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