Walking Horse Associations Form Rulebook Pact

Two associations frequently at odds over the best way to promote Tennessee Walking Horses have joined together in a pact designed to promote the breed's versatility.

On Feb. 18, David Pruett, president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association (TWHBEA) and Juana Grover, president of the National Walking Horse Association (NWHA) announced a joint resolution to reciprocally accept either the NWHA or the TWHBEA rules for show point calculations.

In the past, NWHA shows were bound to use only TWHBEA rules in versatility classes.

"We had members participating in both associations' shows and our president and Diane McMurtrey, TWHBEA's vice president of the Pleasure Horse Division, began conversations with NWHA to accomplish this," said Stan Butt, TWHBEA's executive director.

In addition to mutual rule recognition, both organizations--which spent two years embroiled in a lawsuit over copyright of TWHBEA breed registry information--agreed under the resolution to pursue reciprocal efforts to promote Walking Horses' natural abilities.

"It's been a pleasure working with TWHBEA on this resolution," Grover said. "It's good for the horse. With good promotion, this horse should rival Quarter Horses for versatility."

About the Author

Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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