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East Tennessee Walking Horse Association News

Smoky Mountain Association Scholarship Program deadline is April 1, 2017 – DON’T miss an opportunity to apply for this scholarship. Application is on the Forms page.
The East TN Trainers Association will host a barn party / trade day at Chris Helton Stables -
April 1, 2017.
Come and enjoy horse’s, food, silent auction and corn hole tournament.

High Point membership deadline is April 15 , 2017
Do you want to be a High Point Winner? In order for points to count the owner MUST be a High Point member prior to the deadline. For special awards, ie. performance horse, pleasure horse, amateur and trainer of the year – the owner, rider and trainer (all three) must be High Point members.
High Point Member $35 (April 15 deadline-after deadline administered a $50.00 late fee)
Associate Member $15 (Join anytime throughout the year)

Please send memberships to:
Susan Harvey
123 Welch Lane
New Tazewell, TN 37825
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Do you think your horse has charisma and striking beauty? If so, then perhaps your horse should be the next flag horse for the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. After 12 show seasons, current flag bearer Counterfeit Dollar retired.

Traditionally the flag horse was a padded white horse. However horses of other colors will be considered. If you think you have the perfect horse, or know the perfect horse, you can contact Connie Allen by email at callen@twhnc.com.

Equine Obituary- The Duck

The Jim Baum Family recently announced the passing of the 1999 15.2 & Under World Grand Champion The Duck. The black stallion was humanely laid to rest on March 12, 2017- four days after his 27th birthday.

Although Rodney Dick directed The Duck to a World Grand Championship, Dr. Jim Baum also accumulated numerous wins with the champion. The Duck was sired by Duck River Pride out of a Triple Threat mare. The Scoop fondly remembers this great horse with our warmest sympathy.


Equine Obituary- Disarmed

WC Disarmed has passed away at the age of 17. The sorrel mare was owned by Joan Kemp and Casee Bush.  Throughout her show ring career, Disarmed claimed 34 blue ribbons. In 2010, Casee Bush directed the mare to a World Championship title winning the Owner/Amateur Novice Riders on Novice Park Pleasure Mares class. Gen’s Armed And Dangerous was sire to this World Champion mare. The Scoop sends our sympathy to all who knew and loved her.

Equine Obituary- Black Diamond Ritz

The partnership of Zinter & Doran has announced the passing of Black Diamond Ritz. Sired by He’s Puttin’ On The Ritz, the beautiful black stallion was foaled March 12, 2002.
After a short show ring career, his legacy became his offspring: RWC Ritz’s Diamond Broker, WC Hey Pretty Girl, WC Adorable Diamond, WC The Camp Town Lady, Marquis, Firestone Black Ritz, and I’m A Farmer’s Daughter. The Scoop sends our condolences.


Judge for SCWH Ladies Auxiliary Horse Show Announced

The judge for the SCWH Ladies Auxiliary Horse Show will be Mike McCormick. The show is April 7th and 8th in Clemson, SC. We ask that you please support the first SC show of the year with a sponsorship. Please contact me, Beverly McLeod, Sandra Blackwell or Billie DeArmond for any questions. We look forward to seeing everyone at the show.



Shelbyville, TN- On Wednesday, March 22, 2017 USDA-APHIS Deputy Director Administrator Bernadette Juarez addressed the Walking Horse Trainers’ Association at their March meeting. This meeting is an annual event that is held in conjunction with the National Trainers’ Show.

In Juarez’s speech, she communicated the group’s goals which were also released as part of the APHIS’ Strategic Plan. Trainers were given a chance to ask questions or make comments during a time of open-floor discussions. This meeting was the first event of a highly anticipated weekend as the 2017 National Trainers’ Show kicks off.

Obituary -Sidney Baucom

Sidney George Baucom was born October 21, 1930 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was the first of three children born to parents Sidney and Nora Palfreyman Baucom. He attended West High School followed by undergraduate studies and Law School at the University of Utah. After graduating, he married his high school sweetheart and love of his life Mary Backman in March of 1954. Together they raised three sons.

Sid and Mary’s life was a journey of pursuing many common interests. Sid had a very successful law career, but together he and his wife particularly enjoyed raising, training and riding their Tennessee Walking Horses. The Walking Horses became a connection to numerous friends both home and in their adopted home of Tennessee.

Sid will be deeply missed by his sons Sidney F. Baucom (Teri Lyn), George E. Baucom and John E. Baucom (Bonnie) along with his 14 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Mary, sisters Mary Webster and Ann Baucom, and granddaughter, Morgan Baucom. The Scoop sends our warmest condolences to the Baucom Family.


Please keep Daphne France, her mother, Audrey and her family in your prayers. Daphne is in Virginia with her mother and does not have cell service. To reach the family call 276-926-4017. Clyde was a member of the NCWHA and loved showing his horses.

James Clyde France, age 68, passed away Saturday, March 18, 2017. Mr. France was born in Pike County, Kentucky to the late Elmer and Becky France. He was owner and operator of Clydes Trucking. Mr. France loved his family and showing horses.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Fearl France.

Survivors include his wife, Audrey France of Clintwood; son, Jimmy France and wife Becky of Wise, Virginia; daughter, Daphne France of Charlotte, North Carolina; 6 grandchidren, Ashley France, James Ryan France, Austin Lyall, Kevin Lyall, Caitlin France and Colton Wallace; 4 brothers, Earl France and Clearsy France of Clintwood, Burl France of Nickelsville, Virginia and Delmar France of Ohio; 7 sisters, Betty Polly and Amanda Phillips of Alexandria, Virginia, Jimmie J. Baker and Wilma Stanley of Clintwood, Jenny Mae Taylor of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Alberta Kistner of Bristol, Tennessee and Eileen Angel of Greensboro, North Carolina; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, March 22nd at 11:00 AM in the Clintwood Funeral Home Chapel with John Farmer officiating. Burial followed in the France Family Cemetery. Family and friends served as pallbearers.