The Walking Horse Owners' Association (WHOA) is proud to announce that the WHOA-HIO has been approved by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to affiliate shows that are eligible to distribute prize monies from the Kentucky Horse Breeders' Incentive Fund. With this approval, the WHOA-HIO becomes the fourth approved horse Industry organization in the program.
Established in 2005, the Kentucky Horse Breeders' Incentive Fund consists of 7 percent of all taxes collected for breeding a stallion to a mare in the state of Kentucky. The fund is often referred to as "Non-Race" because it is set aside for all other breeds to earn money competing in shows and contests, rather than racing. Last year $223,388 was distributed to Walking Horse owners in Kentucky through the program.
Over the past several years, WHOA's presence in Kentucky has been blossoming. It's 2015 schedule includes an impressive 11 Kentucky Horse Breeders Incentive Fund eligible shows. With the WHOA-HIO's new status as a KHBIF approved HIO, there is little doubt that WHOA's activities in Kentucky will continue to grow.