Trainers Adopt New Penalty Structure

The WHTA (Walking Horse Trainers’ Association) has announced the adoption of a new penalty structure for the 2018 show season. The new penalty matrix will be effective beginning March 22, 2018, the first day of the National Trainers’ Show.

The provisions of any Suspension(s) under this Penalty Matrix shall apply to the entire Facility and all WHTA licensed trainers associated with that Facility.
A violation under this Penalty matrix only includes a Unilateral and/or Bilateral sensitivity violation committed at any USDA certified Horse Industry Organization (“HIO”) affiliated/sanctioned event by any licensed trainer(s) associated with the Facility. This includes any HIO affiliated/sanctioned show, sale, exhibition or auction.
1. Unilateral Violation. All HIOs inspection procedure for a horse that are the same for the inspection of a horse that identifies and determines a bilateral sensitivity as described in the USDA Regulations and the HIOs Rulebook (if available) except the determination is limited to one foot only.
2. Bilateral Violation. A determination in the HIO inspection procedure that identifies and determines a bilateral sensitivity as described in the USDA Regulations and the HIOs Rulebook (if available) that presents a consistent reproducible (non-random) response to pain from any flexion or palpation in both front limbs.
All violations of this WHTA Penalty Matrix will be reported to ALL HIOs for compliance with the WHTA suspension. To the extent that a Trainer presents or exhibits at an HIO that does not comply with this Penalty Matrix, the Facility will be suspended for an additional period of time (2 weeks if the original suspension was for the 8th or 9th violation, and 30 days if the original suspension was for violation #10 or more).

1. The WHTA will notify the Facility and the Head WHTA licensed Trainer at that Facility within 10 days of the violation(s) that initiate any suspension, by return receipt mail when any suspension will begin and end. The Facility and/or WHTA Head Trainer may waive the 10 day notice period and start the suspension immediately. The Facility or WHTA Head trainer must notify the WHTA of such waiver and provide a signed waiver to the WHTA (the waiver forms may be obtained at the WHTA office).
2. A person suspended as a result of a violation may only be a spectator at horse shows, exhibitions, sales or auctions. Persons who are on suspension shall not (1) enter a horse for the purposes of showing, exhibiting or selling at auction (For purposes of this paragraph “Enter a horse,” shall mean to perform any of the activities that are required to be completed before a horse can actually be shown or exhibited.) (2) show or exhibit a horse at a horse show, public auction, or exhibition such as a college football game or parade; (3) judge a horse show; (4) enter the show ring during the course of a horse show; (5) enter the inspection area or warm-up area where previously inspected horses are allowed to await ring or sale entry, during the course of a horse show or sale; (6) coach by any manner of communication, any trainer, owner, or exhibitor anytime during the show or exhibit (7) transport horses to shows, exhibitions or public auctions; (8) prepare a horse on the sale, show, auction or exhibition grounds; or (9) serve as a horse show official.

Suspensions will begin with the first HIO affiliated/sanctioned event and will end with the last HIO affiliated/sanctioned event and any suspension term not completed by the end of the last HIO event must be implemented or continued beginning with the first HIO affiliated/sanctioned event of the following year.
All APPEALS will be handled by WHTA Ethics Committee.

The penalties below apply only to Unilateral and Bilateral violations (as cumulatively found for a Facility) and will apply to the entire Facility including all facility licensed WHTA Trainers.

Violations #1 through #7 NO SHOW – RETURN TO TRAILER
Violation #8 through #9 2 weeks suspension
Violation #10 and more 30 days for #10 and for EACH VIOLATION thereafter

Multiple violations must be served CONSECUTIVELY NOT CONCURENT and during the show season

Subject to Section E above all WHTA violations and suspension(s) will be removed at the end of the calendar year presuming the suspension(s) have been served by all licensed Trainers at the Facility.

Any licensed Trainer at a Facility who does not comply with this Penalty Matrix will be suspended for additional periods at the WHTA determination by majority vote of the WHTA board

THE WHTA has the right to modify, change or suspend this Penalty Matrix program at any time it deems appropriate.

A Message from the WHT Auxiliary

Hi Ladies, I want to welcome you all, old and new to the WHT Auxiliary! We are thrilled you have chosen to join us and help us with the many great efforts we stand for.
We have the Trainers’ Show Silent Auction coming up. Remember that we need items donated and need members to help work the table all three nights of the show, and help close it on Saturday evening. Please get with Kim Wick or Susan Coleman with any questions on the Silent Auction, (contact info included at the end of this email). Our next meeting will be by the Silent Auction tables in Calsonic Arena on Saturday, March 24th at 11 am. Please make plans to attend.
Here is the list of members that are eligible to show in a WHT Auxiliary designated class as of 3/7/18: (Please call Sarah Smith 931-580-5085 if there is a mistake).
Becky Barnes
Jennifer Barr
Heather Beard
Chavigny Beasley
Allison Becknell
Alex Blackburn
Maria Bobo
Leah Boyd
Karen Callaway
Dee Cantrell
Susan Coleman
Freda Dean
Jill Derickson
Stephanie Elliott
Julie George
Candy Green
Corey Green
Joyce Marie Green
Amelia Haselden
Beth Lawwell
Stephanie Martin
Christy Mauney
Dru McCormick
Madison Scarborough
Linda Scrivner
Sarah Smith
Beth Thomas
Amy Trimble
Taylor Walters
Erica Way
Jacquelyn Way
Kim Wick

—New members, you have to work a project and
attend a meeting as well as pay your dues by March 1st to be
eligible to show.
—Old members must have worked a project and
attended a meeting the previous year as well as pay your
dues by March 1st.
We have the following meetings:
Saturday of the Trainers’ Show
Saturday of the Fun Show
Sunday of the Celebration
December Meeting during the
Trainers’ Banquet counts for the following year.

Upcoming projects:
Trainers’ Show Silent Auction – bring 3
auction items or work the tables.
Money Tree Classic (July 6th) – raise $500 or more in sponsorships or
work the show.
Dog Show at the Celebration – work
the show.
Money Tree Fall Classic (no date yet) -
raise money or work the show.

Please call Sarah Smith with any questions on
eligibility, projects or meetings – 931-580-5085.
Officers for 2018:
President – Sarah Smith (931-580-5085)
1st Vice President – Susan Coleman (931-580-2867)
2nd Vice President – Jennifer Barr (931-205-3493)
Treasurer – Heather Beard (931-703-3349)
Secretary – Kim Wick (615-680-4553)

Equine Obituary- Popcorn Pusher

The Joel Nipper Family of Cleveland, Tennessee has announced the passing of their beloved Tennessee Walking Horse Popcorn Pusher. Popcorn Pusher was sired by Pushers High Score and out of a Prides’ Generator mare.
The beautiful gelding began his show career in 2002 with Raegan Thompson directing him to many blues in the Youth 11 & Under division. This duo accumulated many titles and accolades. Other equestrians riding him to blue ribbon titles were Becky Bull and Skyler Nipper. Throughout his remaining show career, Skyler and Popcorn Pusher continued winning title after title. 2013 was his final year in the show ring. He was moved to the Park Pleasure division and shown three times. The duo took home two blues and one reserve. He began his show career as a champion and ended his show career as a champion.
Nipper Hill, the Joel Nipper farm, was where Popcorn Pusher enjoyed his final years and also became his final resting place. The Scoop sends our sympathy to the Nipper Family and all who previously owned and loved Popcorn Pusher.

Obituary- Willie Cook Jr.

Walking Horse trainer and industry supporter Willie James Cook, Jr. entered his eternal rest on March 2, 2018. He was 52 years old. His parents Willie “Flip” Cook and Esther Horton Cook preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife, Shere’ Owens Cook, his children Jessica Cook, Willie Cook, III and Connor Cook, his grandson Henry Dixon, his stepson, Tyler Smith and his angel on earth, Courtney Owens. Other survivors include siblings Charles Cook, Pam Cook, David Cook and Laverne Cook Hull and a host of aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service will be held during the 2018 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. The Scoop sends our sympathy to the Cook Family.

SSHBEA Trail Ride

sshbea trail ride

B & B Barn Party

B & B Stables will host a Barn Party on March 17th at 10:00 AM.
B & B Stables is located at 2204 Methodist Church Road in Marion, South Carolina.

Judge and Class Change for National Trainers’ Show

The WHTA has announced some important changes for the upcoming 50th Annual Trainers’ Show. Ronnie Spears is unable to judge and he will be replaced by Kenny Smith. Smith will be joining Jamie Bradshaw and Allen Foreman in the center ring as the trio of 2018 judges. Other changes to note are Class 35, Mare & Gelding, Open Riders’ Cup will now be a Specialty Class. Class 32, Yearling Fillies and Class 38, Yearling Colts will now be Riders’ Cup Classes.

Ronal Young Update

Acclaimed Walking Horse trainer Ronal Young recently underwent surgery removing his right upper lobe following a lung cancer diagnosis. He is now recovering at home. The family wants to thank everyone for the well wishes and all acts of kindness, but most importantly the prayers.

New TWHBEA Staff Member – Mallory Maddox

Printed with permission from the TWHBEA website.

Mallory Haislip Maddox of Lewisburg, TN begins her career with TWHBEA today as the new Admin & Marketing Program Specialist. The new staff member, Mallory, brings a wealth of education and experience with her and the pleasure of adding her to the staff is ours. Mallory graduated in 2010 from UT-Martin with a bachelor’s in marketing with an emphasis in event planning. Since graduating Mallory has worked as a project manager for Lewisburg Printing Company in their customer service department as well as leading their marketing team. Mallory comes to TWHBEA with a long family history of connections to the Walking Horse industry. Her great-uncle three generations back Jimmy Joe Murray was the owner and operator of the Murray Sale Barn in Lewisburg. Her late grandfather Dr. Dick Meredith was the veterinarian at the Sale Barn for many years. Her uncle Dr. Howard Warner III is the current owner and operator of Meredith Warner Animal Clinic. Mallory was reared to have a great appreciation for the beauty of the walking horse and for the rich heritage this industry has in her hometown.

HSUS Accepts Resignation of Pacelle

The following is a press release from HSUS

HSUS Accepts Resignation of Pacelle

The Humane Society of the United States accepts the resignation of Wayne Pacelle as president and CEO
The Humane Society of the United States announced that it has accepted the resignation of Wayne Pacelle, as president and CEO, effective immediately. Wayne has served in this capacity since 2004, and previously served for 10 years as the organization chief political and communications operative.

The HSUS has named Kitty Block as acting president and CEO. Ms. Block, an attorney, is currently president of Humane Society International, The HSUS’s global affiliate.

“The last few days have been very hard for our entire family of staff and supporters,” said Rick Bernthal, Chairman of the Board of The HSUS. “We are profoundly grateful for Wayne’s unparalleled level of accomplishments and service to the cause of animal protection and welfare.”

“We are most grateful to Kitty for stepping forward to lead the organization as we continue to advance our mission, which has never been more important,” added Bernthal.

Ms. Block has served at The HSUS since 1992, first as a legal investigator to the investigations department, then to oversee international policy work related to international trade and treaties. In 2007, she was promoted to Vice President of Humane Society International, later to Senior Vice President, and last year became President of this affiliate overseeing all HSI international campaigns and programs. Ms. Block received a law degree from The George Washington University in 1990 and a bachelor’s degree in communications and philosophy from the University of New Hampshire in 1986.

Additionally, The HSUS announced the resignation of Board member Erika Brunson.