Much like the pioneers of the 1800’s in search of a better way of life, the Walking Horse Owners’Association (WHOA) was founded by dedicated people of the Walking Horse industry in pursuit of a more active and honorable way to promote the breed. In December 1976, WHOA was formed as a nationwide program to upgrade the integrity of shows, sales and exhibitions of the Tennessee Walking Horse.
WHOA members receive:
- Eligibility in National High Point Program & Register of Merit program
- The ability to show at WHOA shows throughout the country
- Access to the Happy Trails program
- Access to the WHOA Service Horse program
- A vote in all election processes of WHOA
- Access to the members-only portion of the website
- Invitation to the annual WHOA National Convention which hosts informative seminars, the annual awards banquet, and the general membership meeting
- Involvement in an association that supports the interests of walking horse owners across the nation
- Corporate discounts at many equine and farm-related retailers.
Happy Trails Program
- Rewards members for time spent trail riding.
Service Horse Program
- For those using their horses in the service of others.
Register of Merit
- Provides Plantation Pleasure horses and their exhibitors a showcase for their versatility
- For horses at least 2 years old, nominated by September 1 each year
- Point books issued yearly must be submitted by December 5
- Points earned by placing at any organized horse show, competitive or endurance ride, or other event
- Awards include Certificate of Achievement, Certificate of Merit, Register of Merit (program's highest honor), and Diamond Certificates.
- For more information, contact Sis Osborne.
National High Point
- Points accumulated at shows across the country affiliated with any HIO
- Points awarded based on placing at each show
- Awards presented each February at the WHOA National Convention
Youth Quest & Amateur High Point
- For members 17 & under
- Points earned at shows affiliated with any HIO
- Awards banquet held in February for top winners