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 www.walkinghorseowners.com or, email us at joinwhoa@aol.com.

“Remembering Stephen Brown”



The Tennessee Walking Horse industry has lost a great friend and advocate. Stephen Brown of Vancouver, Washington, passed away Monday, October 13, 2014, following a courageous battle with cancer.

 A Tennessee Walking Horse enthusiast for over 30 years, Steve was a fan of every facet of the breed. Over the years, he proudly showed in each division our industry has offered. As a breeder, he produced countless talented horses including world grand champion The Wicked Master. A longtime student of the breed, Steve’s knowledge of its history and of what makes a quality Tennessee Walking Horse was nearly without match. Not surprisingly, he was an accomplished horse show judge. He counted among his proudest moments, those spent judging our industry’s top shows including the Celebration, Fun Show, Mississippi State Charity Show, and the International Grand Championships. When he wasn’t judging a show, he could often be found announcing or serving as show manager. His belief in our great horse led him to promote the breed throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, China and Central America.

 Our industry’s associations and organizations were fortunate to benefit from the services of Steve Brown. Throughout his time in the industry he held leadership positions with a number of groups. For the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ And Exhibitors’ Association he served multiple terms as a director and was the Owners/Exhibitors/International Vice President for three years. For two terms he served as president of the Western International Walking Horse Association. He was also a past president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Foundation and a director for the Walking Horse Owners’ Association.

 A former schoolteacher and school administrator, Steve devoted his life to helping others. He was a generous and supportive friend with an adept sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and by the breed that so benefited from his interest and allegiance.

Celebration Of Marietta Gambrell

Sponsored by: Southern Plantation Walking Horse Association

 Date and Time: September 20, 2014, 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: T. Ed Garrison Arena, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Tickets: $16.00

Ticket Purchase: Celebration tickets must be reserved no later than September 10, 20114. For more information on tickets, please contact Dr. Gene W. Wood at gwwindwalker@gmail.com.

Country and Western Music by Sorelle:  5:45pm to 6:45pm

Barbecue buffet opens at 6:30pm

Presentations begin at 7:30pm

            Certificates of Recognition and Appreciation are being requested from:

                        Clemson University

                        South Carolina Horsemen’s Council

                        Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association

                        South Carolina Tennessee Walking Horse Association

                        Southern Plantation Walking Horse Association

                        South Carolina Upstate Equine Council

                        South Carolina Department of Agriculture



Deserving of Honor

The life and work of Marietta Gambrell, Liberty, South Carolina will be celebrated at the T. Ed Garrison Arena, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina on September 20, 2014. Any life lived with high acclaim for accomplishments, contributions and commitment to high ideals in human endeavor should be honored and celebrated, especially by those who have directly benefitted from those strivings. Such has been the life of Marietta Gambrell whose talents, quiet strength, patience and passion not only for horses, but also for the relationship between horses and the people who ride them, have been of national and international renown. The horse industry has benefitted greatly from Marietta’s work in breeding and training horses for a wide array of uses ranging from show rings, including pleasure classes, reining and carriage driving, to track and trails.

Among her many accomplishments in horsemanship, Marietta bred, raised, trained and showed two Tennessee Walking Horse Supreme Versatility champions and bred, raised and trained a World Champion Walking Pony. She was chosen to be a representative of the equine industry in the 1996 Olympics Parade in Atlanta and to represent the Tennessee Walking Horse Association in the a Kentucky Derby parade. She received the first Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association Pleasure Horse Ambassador Award in 1996.

Marietta’s reputation for knowledge and skills in horsemanship, as well as her high ideals, integrity and personality, have caused numerous organizations to seek her involvement and council. She was active in organizing and a charter member of both the South Carolina Horseman’s Council and the South Carolina Upstate Equine Council. She served on the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association (TWHBEA) Board of Directors for 26 years, and the Executive Committee for eight years. In addition, she once represented TWHBEA at the Equine Horse Fair in Berlin, Germany. She has judged horse shows and conducted judging and training clinics across the United States and in Canada.

Marietta served on the Board of Directors of the Horse Show Commission for three years and as Chairperson of the Judges Committee for one year. She served on the South Carolina Walking Horse Association Board of Directors for several years and is currently President of the Southern Plantation Walking Horse Association.

In support of advanced education institutions in South Carolina, Marietta has served as the equine representative on the Advisory Committee for the Clemson University Dept. of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, a building committee at the Clemson University T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena and as the on the Equine Advisory Committee for Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton, South Carolina.

Finally, Marietta has also served on the Farm Bureau Advisory Committee representing the equine industry.


The Southern Plantation Walking Horse Association, the organizer and primary sponsor of the Celebration of The Life and Work of Marietta Gambrell, is searching for organizations and individuals who can join us in sponsoring this event as Marietta enters her 76th year of a life making magnificent contributions to the horse industry. Please review the list of costs that we will encounter in the Celebration and, to the extent practicable, join us in financial support of the effort to honor the life from which so many of us have benefitted.

All item specific and general sponsors will be recognized in Celebration literature. Total cost of the Celebration as itemized below and based on current bids is $3195.

If you or your organization can join us in financial support of this highly deserved celebration, please contact Dr. Gene W. Wood, 520 Windwalker Lane, Seneca, SC 29678; phone – 864.650.1742; e-mail – gwwindwalker@gmail.com.


Search for Celebration Sponsors

Sponsorships Obtained as of July 7, 2014


Music by Sorelle fee: $150 sponsored by Dr. Gene W. Wood

Music performance stage rental fee: $354 sponsored by Dr. Gene W. Wood

Security Officer

            Needed if alcohol served: about $100 sponsored by Dr. Poag Reid

Sponsorships Being Sought

T. Ed Garrison Arena concourse rental fee: $350

Tables and chairs for 160 people rental fee: $255

Support Equipment

            Stage for guest of honor and honored guests rental fee: $520

            Projector screen rental fee: $42

            Podium with built-in speaker rental fee: $106

Cash Bar (5:30pm – 7:30pm) (Will require a security officer @ about $100.)

Liquid Catering (Greenville) subcontracted to Carolina Catering

            Cash Bar setup fee                                                                                        =  $200.00

            2 bartenders for 2 hours @ $25/bartender/hr.                                           =    100.00

            Soda service 75 drinks @ $1.00 ea.                                                              =      75.00


Cash Bar subtotal = $375.00

                                                                        Sales tax                =      22.50

                                                                        Gratuity (20%)    =      20.00


                        Cash Bar total quote = $418.50


Printing of biography booklet on Marietta: $600 (approximate estimate)

Other printing costs: $300 (approximate estimate)

General Sponsorships  (cash contributions)

            Platinum: $300 or more

            Gold: $200-$299

            Silver: $100-$199

            Bronze: $50-$99

            Sunshine: $25-$49


WHOA Welcomes New Team Member

Murfreesboro TN - The Walking Horse Owners’ Association (WHOA) is pleased to announce that Sarah Gee is now working for the Association on a freelance basis, assisting with programs and marketing efforts. Very familiar with the Tennessee Walking Horse and the walking horse industry, Sarah brings over 12 years of wide-ranging experience to WHOA. In her previous position with the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ And Exhibitors’ Association (TWHBEA) she was active in publishing, writing, graphic design, marketing, and member programs.

"We are honored to welcome Sarah to the WHOA team," President Dee Dee Miller stated, "She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to WHOA that is unique within the industry."

The Walking Horse Owners Association (WHOA), headquartered in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, was founded in 1976 to represent the interests in all matters pertaining to the sound Tennessee Walking Horse. WHOA's goals are to advocate for fair and equal treatment of all members and to promote and protect the welfare of the breed. WHOA develops and supports programs that increase the value of Tennessee Walking Horses and enhances members experiences with their horses.

WHOA Membership Fee to Increase

The WHOA membership fee is scheduled to increase after June 30. The WHOA International Pleasure & Colt Show will require membership to WHOA for exhibitors. Memberships may be paid on-line on the WHOA website or by calling the WHOA office.

WHOA Forms Emergency Protocol at Germantown

WHOA Press Release

WHOA Forms Emergency Hoof Band Protocol at Germantown

The Germantown Charity Horse Show, one of the oldest and largest multi-breed events of the summer show season, brings together many of America's foremost breeds in a week-long celebration each June. This year, the USEF sanctioned, and WHOA affiliated event was deluged with record amounts of rainfall.

On Friday morning, June 7, Mark Farrar, Germantown Show Manager, reached out to WHOA and the WHOA HIO for temproary relief from the no bands rule. He cited the fact that even though the Germantown show ring is one of the best all weather and all breed facilities in the nation, extreme rainfall had necessitated that exhibitors of every discipline make changes to accommodate the compromised arena footing.

At that point, a one time exception to the hoof band rule was formed, along with an emergency protocol to accommodate Mr. Farrar's request. Those exhibitors desiring to use hoof bands were restricted to the use of the official show farrier to attach the hoof bands under the oversight of the WHOA DQP Terry Martin. Other show officials were invited to oversee that process as well. During pre- and post show inspections, Terry Martin reaffirmed that the bands were correctly placed and used appropriately. WHOA is happy to report that there were no HPA violations at this show.

"We feel that being included in the Germantown Charity Show is a great honor and opportunity to showcase the Tennessee Walking Horse in a multi-breed event," stated WHOA President Dee Dee Miller Sale. "We appreciate the fact that the owners, trainers, and show management worked together to exhibit our horses with the other breeds and horse enthusiasts. A special thank you to everyone who took their Tennessee Walking Horses to compete at Germantown."