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.

“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.

Our lovely and wonderful friend Ada Wright has died.

Funeral services for Mrs. Ada Brantley Wright, age 86, of Manchester will be conducted at 12 Noon, Friday, August 29, 2014 at the Manchester Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tom Brantley officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the Wright family will be Thursday, August 28, from 5pm until 9pm at Manchester Funeral Home. Mrs. Wright passed this life Monday, August 25, at the United Regional Medical Center in Manchester.

International Versatility High Point Winners

Versatility High Point Division

1st       Rebelation - Linda Starnes, Brownsville, Kentucky

Reserve: Texan at the Ritz - Tracy Pinson, Bushnell, Florida

Youth 11 and Under Division

1st       Rachel Cowles, Bowling Green, Kentucky

Reserve: Mia Walker, Garden City - Missouri

Youth 12-17 Division

 1st       Shelby Finch - Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Reserve: Madison Drew - Oxford, North Carolina