American Horse Council News

H-2B Reform Bill Introduced

On October 29, 2015 Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced the  Save our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act of 2015.  The bill would make many needed reforms to the H-2B temporary, non-agricultural worker program that will make it less burdensome for employers, including those in the horse industry to use.

For more information about the H-2B Bill please click here

Fall WHOA Double Point Shows

The Walking Horse Owners’ Association would like to announce that the following Fall horse shows will be designated as double point shows for the WHOA National High Point Program. For more information on these shows click the EVENTS tab near the top of this page.

October 3, Ride For Roses, Quentin, PA

October 16-18, Octoberfest, Santa Rosa, CA

October 17, FWRHA Championship, Tampa, FL

October 23-25, Camden Horse Show, Camden, SC

October 24-25, Midwest Walking Horse Championship, Jackson, MO

October 31, Versatility Spooktacular, Phenix City, AL

November 7, Southern Strides, Swainsboro, GA

November 8, WHOA Versatility Show, Brownsville, KY

November 14, Pine Rock Farm Show Series #5, Kettrell, NC

November 14, WHOA Versatility Show, Murfreesboro, TN

Support the Metro Nashville Park Police



Word has recently come in that the Metro Nashville Park Police are in need of donations. They are seeking level-headed, trained Tennessee Walking Horse geldings between the ages of four and ten years old and over 14 hands. They are also currently raising funds to purchase new saddles and tack. All donations are tax free. To learn more please contact Sgt. Kevin Hooper at or 615-880-3429.

Tennessee Walking Horses featured in Horse and Rider

Horse and Rider magazine, a newsstand magazine geared toward the general public, featured Tennessee Walking Horses in the Conformation Clinic article in the August issue.  The Conformation Clinic shows photos of 3 horses and then presents a critique of each horse. WHOA judge Carol Camp critiqued the class.  Camp stated "I was proud to see three really nice looking Tennessee Walking Horses shown in this mostly Western breed based publication.”

WHOA-HIO Approved for Kentucky Horse Breeders’ Incentive Fund Eligible Shows

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.

Thank you

August 10, 2015

Dear International Supporter,

The Walking Horse Owners' Association would like to say "Thank you" for your support of the 37th Annual International Championship Pleasure & Colt Show held July 26- August 1, 2015 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. A total of 1,524 entries and 394 horses were present throughout the seven day event.

To all sponsors, owners, exhibitors, trainers, spectators, or volunteers a big thank you goes out to each of you.



Tommy Hall

Executive Director



The Walking Horse Owners’ Association is proud to announce the following candidates were elected to the WHOA Board of Directors by the WHOA Membership.

2015 President:  Dee Dee Miller Sale - Tennessee

                                      Dr. Jana Anderson - Tennessee

                                     Jill Beech - Tennessee

                                     Darden Gladney - Louisiana

                                     Caroline Hoffman - Missouri

                                     Peggy Moore - Tennessee

                                     Kathy Owen - Tennessee

                                     Sherrie Szucs - Ohio

                                     Lynn Womack - Tennessee

 These eight will serve a three year term. The WHOA Board of Directors is made up of 26 members.

CO-OP Sponsor

The Walking Horse Owners' Association is pleased to announce that CO-OP will sponsor back numbers for all WHOA sponsored shows and events in 2017.  This marks the 8th year that CO-OP has been the back number corporate sponsor.  WHOA Executive director, Tommy Hall states that WHOA and CO-OP has had a great working relationship over the years and appreciates their continued support.

For more information about WHOA and events throughout the 2017 show season please see the WHOA website at or, email us at