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WHTA Partners to Continue Gulf Coast Charity Trainers' Show



The Walking Horse Trainers’ Association and Gulf Coast Charity Celebration Association, Inc. are pleased to announce the 2013 Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show will be held April 25-27 in Panama City Beach, Fl.  The new joint venture, approved unanimously by the WHTA, comes less than a week after The Celebration and Gulf Coast Charity decided to cancel the horse show.  The new name will be the Gulf Coast Charity Trainers’ Show.

After hearing of the cancellation, the WHTA reached out to the Gulf Coast Charity Celebration Association, Inc. to see if it could possibly help save the show on the 2013 calendar.  “Our industry needs every horse show we can get, especially those that feature our horse in geographic areas that are not highly concentrated with shows,” said Show Manager Benny Johnson.  “We are proud to be able to assist the Gulf Coast Charity and manage it but we will need the help of everyone to make it a success,” concluded Johnson.

The 15th Annual Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show will feature three evening performances of both pleasure and performance Tennessee Walking Horse classes.  The popular horse show, held on the white sand beaches of Panama City Beach, offers the industry a chance to enjoy the popular tourist destination and all it has to offer along with some of the industry’s top competition.  The WHTA encourages everyone to come and enjoy the fun and show their horses in order to keep this important show on the horse show calendar for future years.

Anyone interested in sponsoring the show should contact the WHTA at 931-684-5866.  The Gulf Coast Charity Trainers’ Show is the only beach venue on the show calendar and offers great food and vendors, live music and the popular “Paddock Club” seating.

“We appreciate the partnership with The Celebration last year and are so excited to see the Trainers’ Association step up and manage the show in 2013 to keep the tradition of the Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show alive for its 15th year,” said board members Todd Fisher and Ben Lee.

A final class schedule and more details surrounding the show will be released in the near future.

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