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WHTA Appreciative of Blackburn Legislation



The Walking Horse Trainers’ Association (WHTA), the only nationally recognized association of professional Walking Horse trainers is in full support of the legislation amending the Horse Protection Act filed by Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn.  “On behalf of my fellow trainers I would like to thank Congresswoman Blackburn for her willingness to help our industry.  We believe strongly that an objective, science based inspection protocol ensures the welfare of the horse and a level playing field for all of our members,” said WHTA President Mickey McCormick.

H.R. 4098, the Horse Protection Amendments Act of 2013, will abolish the current Horse Industry Organization (HIO) system and create a single, independent HIO for enforcement of the HPA.  The bill also creates an objective, science-based inspection protocol replacing the current subjective protocol. 

“Our board of directors fully supports a single, independent HIO that conducts a fair and thorough exam of our horses prior to their exhibition.  As trainers we are entrusted with the welfare of these horses that are under our care and we take that responsibility seriously,” continued McCormick.  The WHTA joins the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association, Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration and Performance Show Horse Association in support of H.R. 4098.

“I think the unanimous endorsement of this legislation from the major national associations in our industry speaks to the effectiveness of the legislation.  We stand ready to do anything we can to push for passage of this legislation,” concluded McCormick.
 

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