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The Smokey Mountain Walking Horse Association Donates to Legal Fund

The Smokey Mountain Walking Horse Association voted to donate $2,500 to the Legal Fund to help fight the proposed rule changes by the USDA.

Equine Piroplasmosis Detected in 17 Horses

NASHVILLE — The state veterinarian’s office is investigating an outbreak of Equine Piroplasmosis (EP) in a group of racing Quarter Horses in Tennessee. EP is a blood parasite that affects equines. Although it can be transmitted through infected ticks, today it is more commonly spread by blood and blood products through the sharing of needles,
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AMHA Board Releases Statement on Pending Proposed HPA Regulations

First and foremost, the American Morgan Horse Association, Inc. supports the responsible breeding and ownership of horses and is pro-welfare of the horse. However, USDA’s pending proposals (as currently written) regarding the Horse Protection Act (HPA), are NOT endorsed by the AMHA Board of Directors. The Board would like to assure the membership that AMHA
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American Farm Bureau Requests Extension from USDA

American Farm Bureau Federation Executive Director of Public Policy, Dale Moore, sent a letter to the USDA on August 15, 2016 requesting an extension of at least 60 days to the comment period on the proposed rule by the USDA. The proposed rule would amend the Horse Protection Act (HPA) and prohibit the use of
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Walking Horse Trainers’ Auxiliary Celebration Meeting Scheduled

The Walking Horse Trainers’ Auxiliary will hold their annual Celebration meeting on Sunday, August 28th at 11:30 am on the porch of Finish Line Farms’ Celebration grounds barn. As a reminder, this is the last meeting to count for 2016 show eligibility. Also, all members are encouraged to stay afterwards and help with the Auxiliary
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TWHNC Invites AAEP Welfare Committee to Celebration

Celebration Chief Executive Officer Mike Inman sent a letter to each member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Welfare Committee inviting them to attend the upcoming 78th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. The Celebration will begin on August 24th and continue through Saturday September 3, 2016. “In your position on the AAEP
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Walking horse trainers’ youth council meeting scheduled

The youth council will hold their annual meeting at 6:00 pm, Saturday night on the bleachers at Champions Arena. Please don’t be late. There will be a scavenger hunt that night during the show. At the meeting you will get your list of items to hunt for throughout the night!! Y’all don’t want to miss
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Second Annual Hats Off To The Celebration Contest

The “Hat’s Off To The Celebration” events will take place Saturday, August 27th. Please wear your favorite derby hat to the show that evening! Categories are as follows: 1. Largest Hat 2. Most Beautiful Hat 3. Gentleman’s Hat 4. ADO hat (amateur owned and designed) 5. Girls Hat – 11 years and under 6. Boys
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Office of General Counsel Responds to TWHNC Letter

Principal Deputy General Counsel Lee Fink sent a letter to Joseph Wilson, Counsel for the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration stating the General Counsel is reviewing the letter sent on August 10, 2016 and will respond no later than August 23, 2016. The letter sent to USDA-APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea asked the USDA to conduct
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MWHA Opposes USDA Rule; Seeks USDA Commitment to Agriculture

The Mississippi Walking horse Association (MWHA) recently raised almost $1,000.00 through a T-Shirt campaign for donation to the Tennessee Walking Horse Legal Fund. In addition, the MWHA has proudly donated $5,000.00 to FAST and are planning future donations as well, including 75% of the proceeds of the fall show to FAST. In a statement made
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Kentucky Celebration Announces Judges

The Kentucky Celebration, scheduled for October 14-15, has selected the judges for this year’s event. The votes were tallied and Lisa Newsome and Newton Parks will alternately judge the classes. The event will be held at the Mercer County Fairgrounds. For more information please call 859-582-4122

Celebration Seeks Protection For Exhibitors

The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration through its counsel Kelley Drye & Warren sent a letter to USDA-APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea requesting APHIS officials conduct lawful inspections at the upcoming 78th Annual Celebration. In the letter, The Celebration reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring the welfare of all horses competing. “The Association is fully supportive of
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NORTH CARONLINA WALKING HORSE ASSOCIATION TO PRESENT TWO $1,000 SCHOLARSHIPS AT ASHEVILLE

The Lynn Culbreth Memorial Scholarship and the NCWHA Ronald Mosley Memorial Scholarship will be awarded at the 2016 North Carolina Championship Walking Horse Show in October. Applicants must be at least a senior in high school. The scholarship application and the scholarship rules may be found at www.ncwha.org The scholarship deadline is September 30, 2016

Tennessee Walking Horse Industry Stands together In Opposition of USDA Rule

Murfreesboro, Tenn.—Tuesday, August 9, 2016 the first of five USDA public hearing sessions on the proposed rule that would ban the pad, action device and band, as well as eliminate industry regulation through Horse Industry Organizations (HIO) was held. The industry gathered in large numbers with a crowd in excess of 350 people. Of the
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Tennessee Walking Performance Horse Industry Legal Defense Fund

WHY THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NEEDS IMMEDIATE SUPPORT It is clear and definite: the industry will be subject to proposed rulemaking, which rules will be advanced in July 2016. The substance of the rule is expected to be similar to or perhaps identical to the versions of the Past Act we have seen. These proposed
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Show Results

Dunlap, TN Results

Dunlap, TN Results

Dallas, NC Results

Dallas, NC Results

Christmas In July Results

Christmas In July Results

Chestnut Hill Results

Chestnut Hill Results

Chester County Lions Club Results

Chester County Lions Club Results

Smith County Show Results

Smith County Show

WHAA Summer Classic Results

WHAA Summer Classic Results

Savannah Lions Club Results

Savannah Lions Club

Liberty Lions Club Show Results

Liberty Lions Club Show

Cumberland County Results

Cumberland County

Smoky Mountain Classic Results

Smoky Mountain Classic Results

NCWHA Tip Show Results

NCWHA Tip Show_Dallas, NC Results

Lawrenceburg Lions Club Walking Horse Results

Lawrenceburg Lions Club Walking Horse Results

Tazewell, TN Results

Tazewell, TN Results

Spring Fun Show Results

Spring Fun Show Results

Obituaries

Show Ring Champion London Rain Passes Away

Thursday August 4, 2016—The Tennessee Walking horse industry is sad to learn of the passing of London Rain. Rain brought many victories to top trainers as Steve Aymett, Chad Baucom, Tyler Baucom, Derek Bonner, Mike Hilley, Justin Jenne’ and Link Webb. London Rain was owned by Erica Hartlein at the time of his passing. Erica
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Tennessee Walking horse industry mourns the passing of World Grand Champion He’s Putting On The Ritz

Shelbyville, Tenn.– Wednesday August 3, 2016 one of the all time greats and multi-World and World Grand Champion, He’s Putting On The Ritz passed away in his sleep at the age of 25. Ritz was standing at stud at Rising Star Ranch located in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Ritz was kept under private treaty for his stud
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Charles E. Brantley Obituary

Funeral services for Mr. Charles E. Brantley, age 91 of Wartrace will be conducted at 5:00 PM on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at Manchester Funeral Home Chapel with Louis Johnson and Tom Brantley officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens with military honors. Visitation will be held from 3:00 PM until time of
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Carol Ann Gavin Obituary

Carol Ann Gavin, age 78, passed away on Friday, July 15, 2016 at Adams Place in Murfreesboro, TN. She was a native of Lanett, AL and lived in Georgia and Tennessee most of her life. She was a wonderful southern lady, avid gardner and lover of life, who never once met a stranger. Carol Ann
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Bob Westbrook Passes

The Scoop sends our condolences to the Bob Westbrook family. Bob has been involved in the Tennessee Walking Horse Industry for years and has always supported his wife, Wayne, with her show horses.  Bob passed away June 24, 2016 from renal failure.  In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Tennessee Kidney Foundation.

Larry Lowman Obituary

Larry Lowman passed from this life on June 20 in Naples, Florida. He was the son of Dot Lowman of Murfreesboro and the late Lee Roy Lowman. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Terry Lowman, of Naples, Florida, one son, Larry Lowman II, of Shelbyville, three step-children, Chris (Antonia) Helton
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Mary Anne Studdard Hensley Obituary

Mary Anne Studdard Hensley, 78, of Athens, passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at Starr Regional Medical Center of Athens. A native of Sweetwater, and a lifelong resident of McMinn County, she was a daughter of the late John Thomas and Annie Gladys Latham Studdard. She was District Deputy for U.S. Congressman Bill Brock.
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The Loss of Larry Lowman

The Scoop is saddened to have lost a great friend and leader in our Tennessee Walking Horse Industry. Larry Lowman lost his battle with Cancer on June 20, 2016. Mr. Lowman has been in the Walking Horse Industry for over 55 years. Funeral Arrangements will be listed when known. TWHBEA released the following statement. TWHBEA
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William B. Johnson Obituary

JOHNSON, William B. 1937-2016 William B. Johnson passed away on June 12, 2016 after a long illness. Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Sandra Thome Johnson, a graduate of Agnes Scott. An Atlanta native, Johnson graduated from Decatur High School in 1955 and from Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in Industrial Management.
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Kenneth John Stirn Obituary

Kenneth John Stirn, 69, of Scottsville, KY died Sunday, May 15, 2016 at his residence. The Aurora, IL native was a retired employee of Ford Motor Company Kentucky Truck Plant where he worked for over 30 years, a graduate of Glasgow High School, a member of the Tennessee Walking Horse Association and Nova Car Club.
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James (Jim) Gullett Obituary

James (Jim) Gullett died peacefully at his Duluth home May 20, 2016. .Jim was born in Prentiss county, Mississippi on Sept. 30, 1924, to James Angus and Zora Gullett. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jeanine, daughter Patricia Tisma, Son Ronnie, daughter-in-law Cyndee, grandchildren Jon and Kari Tisma, Tonya Beaty(Husband Greg) Joseph
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Louise Polk Obituary

Louise Polk, 93 years of age, of Midland, NC passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Tucker Hospice House in Kannapolis, NC. Louise was born November 19, 1922 in Stanly County, to the late Jonah Little and the late Annie Little. She was also preceded in death by husband, Clinton S. Polk; seven brothers and
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Tommy Halmontaller Obituary

Paul Thomas (Tommy) Halmontaller, 64, passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, of anaplastic thyroid cancer. Tommy was preceded in death by his father, Paul and brother, Chuck Halmontaller. He is survived by his fiancé, Tera Bynum; mother, Minnie Halmontaller; sister, Nina (Jim) Coppinger; sister-in-law, Nancy Halmontaller; two nieces and two nephews; special friends, Bobby
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Larry Brown Obituary

Cecil Larry Brown, age 66, of Leesville, South Carolina, went to his eternal resting place on May 5, 2016. He passed away after a long battle with cancer at Providence Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina. Larry was born on February 10, 1950 in Arley, Alabama to the late Opal and Stanley “Snoop” Brown. He is
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Louise Polk Obituary

Please keep David and Deedee Polk and their family in your thoughts and prayers as David’s mother passed away yesterday. Louise Polk, 93 years of age, of Midland, passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Tucker Hospice House in Kannapolis. Louise was born November 19, 1922 in Stanly County, to the late Jonah Little and
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