"Today, Tennessee Walking Horses are known throughout the industry
as the breed that shows abused and tortured horses."

~ Jim Heird, Ph.D., Do Right By The Horse, February 2010

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity,
you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men."

~ St. Francis of Assisi

Monday, August 2, 2010

NEWS - NWHA Approved as Recognized Organization with USEF


This is HUGE news, folks! I just found out from the NWHA news webpage that the USEF UNANIMOUSLY approved NWHA for their national affiliation membership.

It is extremely important to note that the USEF has traditionally shunned the TWH world due to the continuing problems with soring. This is a MASSIVE step towards the TWH not only be recognized as a "real" breed but also to the USEF (hopefully) eventually approving their rulebook. This is also a step towards those who show with NWHA earning USEF points and affiliations as well.

CONGRATULATIONS NWHA! Everyone, be sure to write to the USEF and thank them for their approval!

USEF UNANIMOUSLY approves NWHA as National Affiliate Association

At the August 2, 2010 Board of Directors Meeting, the United States Equestrian Federation Inc. “unanimously” approved the National Walking Horse Association’s application for “National” affiliation membership.

“National” affiliation membership is just one “category” of the different affiliation memberships offered by the Federation where equestrian-related groups or individuals have formed a national association or organization (USEF Rule GR204.1.c). Note: This should not be confused with a USEF “Recognized” Association membership where the organization’s rules have been included in the Federation’s rule book and where that affiliate’s horse shows are governed by USEF.

The Federation’s approval of the National Walking Horse Association as a National Association creates a joint business relationship and international platform for NWHA to further their mission of promoting the sound, “Naturally Gaited” Walking Horse while providing a fair and level playing field for all exhibitors.

NWHA is proud to partner with USEF which leads the industry as the National Governing Body for Equestrian Sport. Both organizations exhibit only the highest integrity, passion, dedication, and commitment to excellence with the welfare of horse and rider above all else.

This high honor sets the stage for the many and exciting upcoming NWHA events. The National Walking Horse Association’s National Championship horse show (the largest flatshod competition in the country) will be held September 27 through October 2 at Miller Coliseum in Murfreesboro, TN. Simultaneously, NWHA will be the sole representative of the Tennessee Walking Horse at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky. Live horse demonstrations will take place Sept. 29 through Oct. 2 while our promotional booth will be on site throughout the entire length of the games. The NWHA Annual Membership Meeting and High Point Award Celebration will be held at the Cincinnati, Ohio Airport Marriott hotel November 12-14.

It is indeed an exciting time for the National Walking Horse Association! For more information, contact our office at (859) 252-6942 or visit our web site at www.nwha.com.

And may I add an oh so humble...

IN YOUR FACE, TWHBEA, WHOA, SHOW, SSHBEA, HOA, and all you other HIOs who continue to have sore horses in your show rings!!!!!!!!!!!*

*That was from me, not from NWHA, so no construing that I represent NWHA or any other sound venue. I'm just here to post the facts.

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