Walking Horse Club Ky graciously accepted the opportunity to speak to the Marketing Committee during the recent T.W.H.B.E.A. International Meeting about positive ways that we as an industry can promote the Tennessee Walking Horse using modern technology.
Upon careful reflection of the annual meeting of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Association, it became apparent to us that all of the organizations within our industry have at least one common goal. We all want to promote the Tennessee Walking Horse.
I found that the passion for our horse is strong and each of the stake holders has a strong desire to promote each of the divisions of horsemanship in an all out effort to show case this great horse. Trail Horses, Companion Horses, Agility Horses, Obstacle Horses, Dressage Horses, Reigning and Western Horses, as well as Rail Horses, have many owners, and exhibitors not only enjoying their horse but also who are eager to share their discipline with others.
It was further discovered that each of the stake holders has the capacity to be both respectful and diplomatic while determining how to best proceed.
As I reflected and researched the latest information that is available I came to the conclusion that while Thomas Jefferson said, “There is Power in Knowledge.” I realized that while that statement is true, we also must realize that, “There is Power in Numbers.”
What we need in this industry is an all out membership drive. All horse owners, breeders, trainers, trail riders, and horse enthusiast need to get more involved. There is no attempt made to convince you where you need to get involved. You can make a difference and you have the opportunity to get involved so that you can make a difference.
We here at Walking Horse Club Ky have compiled a list of the major organizations along with a link to the organizations’ membership application. You are encouraged to determine where you would best be able to support this great breed and the industry.
1. Walking Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Association (T.W.H.B.E.A.)http://www.twhbea.com/ The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association (TWHBEA), headquartered in Lewisburg, Tennessee, is the oldest and most prestigious organization devoted to the promotion of the breed. Founded in 1935, the breed registry was established to record the pedigrees of the Tennessee Walking Horse. Its goal is to maintain the purity of the breed, to promote greater awareness of the Tennessee Walking Horse and its qualities, to encourage expansion of the breed, and to help assure its general welfare.
2. Walking Horse Owners Association (W.H.O.A.)http://www.walkinghorseowners.com/ WHOA’S Goal is to represent the interests of all matters pertaining to the Tennessee Walking Horse, to advocate fair play and equal treatment of all members, and to promote the well-being of the breed so as to ensure humane treatment along with the development of standards and rules which will eliminate unfair or unlawful practices affecting the breed.
3. Walking Horse Trainers Association, Inc.http://www.walkinghorsetrainers.com/
The Walking Horse Trainers Association, Inc. was established in 1968 under the first President Mr. Vic Thompson.
The purpose of forming this non-profit organization was to promote and develop activities on behalf of and in interest of the protection of the members of their Association.
The Walking Horse Trainers Association began with approximately 200 members in their general membership. Today they have reached an astonishing 850 members.
4. Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration http://www.twhnc.com/The historic Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Grounds in Shelbyville, TN is home to The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration®, which takes place each year in late summer for the 11 days ending on the Saturday night before Labor Day. Nearly a quarter of a million tickets are sold to fans from more than 40 states — fans that travel to Shelbyville, Tennessee to enjoy the excitement of the Tennessee Walking Horse and its National Celebration.
5.Tennessee Walking Horse Show Organization TWSHO www.twsho.com/: Many feel like they are on track with the insight that the industry needs to diligently work on: a) Embracing technology and science as part of the welfare of our horse. To find out more about T.W.S.H.O. and all of these organizations, click on the links above.
***KENTUCKY WALKING HORSE ASSOCIATION: www.kywha.com/
In His light, bob roach