Schedule of Events for the 36th Annual International Pleasure & Colt Grand Championship

Sunday July 27

8 am, Gary Lane Clinic, MTSU Horse Science Center.

9 am, International horse show in arena 2 (horse science building).

1-4 pm, Gary Lane Clinic in the Tennessee Miller Coliseum.


Daily at Noon, Silent Auction in the Mary Miller room.

4 pm, International Horse Show

TUESDAY, July 29

9 am, International Horse Show

Following morning classes Allison Thorson youth showmanship Clinic, Miller Coliseum.  

3:30-11 pm, WHOA Hospitality in the Mary Miller Room.

4 pm, International horse show.


9 am, International horse show

Between 12:00 and 1:30, a youth pizza party

3:30-11 pm, WHOA Hospitality in the Mary Miller Room

4 pm, International horse show.

Following the show the Progressive Barn Party in the Mary Miller Room.


1 pm, International Dog Show in Miller Coliseum

3:30-11 PM, WHOA Hospitality Mary Miller Room

4 pm International horse show.

7:30 pm Mr. Robert S. Pollack Dedication


3:30-11PM, WHOA Hospitality in the Mary Miller Room

4 pm, International horse show.

6 pm, Mr. Jeff Givens Dedication


9 am, International Service Horse Competition in the MTSU Horse Science arena.

Noon, International horse show

3:30-11 pm, WHOA Hospitality in the Mary Miller Room

7:30, Mr. Sam Stockett Dedication

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

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 –


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 Introduces “Happy Trails” Program

Happy Trails Brochure

Murfreesboro TN - The Walking Horse Owners’ Association (WHOA) “Happy Trails” Program is the perfect program for anyone that enjoys trail riding. As a “Happy Trails” participant you are one of our most effective representatives, promoting WHOA on the trail. Whether you enjoy participating in large organized trail rides, riding out with a small group of friends, or just touring your own neighborhood, we want to reward and recognize you for the hours you spend enjoying your horse and representing WHOA on the trail.


 The program is open to all Tennessee Walking Horses, registered or unregistered.

  1. The program is also open to any other gaited breeds.

  2. The program has three age divisions - Youth 17 & Under, Adult, and Elite 60 & Over.

  3. The rider must be a WHOA member.

  4. There is no limit to the amount of time taken to achieve award hours.

  5. Awards are based on hours logged.

  6. Hours logged must be hours spent in forward motion while riding the horse.

  7. A rider can enroll as many horses as they wish in the program however a separate enrollment form and log sheets must be submitted for each horse the individual rides.


New “Happy Trails” participants receive a welcome gift followed by special certificates, patches, and awards as hours are accrued to each award level. Participants will also be recognized in WHOA’s upcoming online newsletter.

Award Levels

50 Hours

100 Hours

250 Hours

500 Hours

750 Hours

1,000 Hours

1,500 Hours

2,000 Hours

For more information and to download and print your “Happy Trails” enrollment form visit "Quick Links" or call WHOA at 615-494-8822.

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."

Gary Lane to Conduct Clinic During International

Contact: Tommy Hall, Walking Horse Owners Association, 615-494-8822
July 21, 2014

Gary Lane to Conduct Clinic During International

Murfreesboro, TN – Noted gaited horse trainer and clinician, Gary Lane, will host a clinic on July 27, 2014 . The clinic will be held during the Pleasure & Colt International Grand Championships, in Murfreesboro, TN. and will benefit the Walking Horse Owners Association (WHOA).

While the spots for horse and rider clinic participants have been filled, there are still openings for those who want to come and watch. The cost to audit the entire clinic is $40. Participants may print an application from or pay at the door. Seating is limited.

The clinic  is scheduled on Sunday, July 27 and begins at 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the MTSU Animal Science Building; then from 1 pm -5 pm in the Miller Coliseum. The clinic will consist of a discussion and teaching of the biomechanics of the gaited horse, understanding Gait scale and recognition, bitting for the Trail or Rail and personal individual gait modification and training with the ten participants and their horses.

“I’m very proud of the things that WHOA is doing for the Tennessee Walking Horse and I wanted to have this clinic to show my support. All the proceeds go to the Walking Horse Owners Association to help with their programs,” said Gary Lane.

“We are extremely proud to have Gary conducting one of his famous clinics at the International this year. We are humbled that he wants to support WHOA and we look forward to working together on many projects in the future,” said WHOA president, Dee Dee Miller.

About WHOA

The Walking Horse Owners Association (WHOA), headquartered in Murfreesboro, TN., 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.

About Gary Lane
Gary Lane, born in Columbia, KY, attended the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University where he majored in law enforcement. Gary graduated from the Kentucky State Police Academy in 1984 and retired as a senior KY State Police Detective in 2008. Gary’s history includes service in the United States Active Army Military Police Corps from 1975 to 1982. His personal history with horses and his professional work with training Cavalry Officers have given him unique skills as a clinician. He has worked with many gaited horses over the years, and is dedicated to enhancing the knowledge of novice and professional gaited horse riders, developing a free going horse, and obtaining a smooth easy gait. His ability to break the training down into simple steps is an asset to his teaching style. This creates a positive learning experience for the horse and rider. Since the release of his best-selling gaited horse book, “Training the Gaited Horse, From the Trail to the Rail”, and his 3 training DVDs, he has helped thousands of people find the magic in their gaited horse.


A Registration form for the Gary Lane Gaited Horse Clinic may be  found in the Quick Links section of the WHOA Home Page.

WHOA Welcomes Manna Pro Products as Newest Sponsor

WHOA Welcomes Manna Pro Products as Newest Sponsor

Murfreesboro, TN - The Walking Horse Owners Association is proud to announce the addition of Manna Pro Products, LLC to its corporate partner lineup. Manna Pro Products, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is a multi-faceted, progressive company that stands as a leader in the fields of animal health products and high quality animal nutrition. From their flagship brand, Calf-Manna®, to their newest acquisition of Corona® products, to the most popular horse treats on the market, Manna Pro products continue to be staples in barns across the country.

“We are excited to add Manna Pro to our team of corporate partners,” said WHOA President Dee Dee Miller. “It’s great to have the confidence of equine corporate leaders and we certainly appreciate Manna Pro recognizing and supporting WHOA’s endeavors. Manna Pro is a nationally known company and we look forward to a very productive partnership and welcome the opportunity for our membership to support them.

“The Walking Horse Owners Association is a vital part of the Walking Horse industry, dedicated to supporting and promoting the breed. Manna Pro is proud to be its partner, “said Jason Bachert, Vice President of Sales for Manna Pro. For more information on Manna Pro Products, please visit

About WHOA

The Walking Horse Owners Association (WHOA), headquartered in Murfreesboro, TN, 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 judging, 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.


2013 Honorees and Register of Merit Certificates of Achievement

Mr. and Mrs. Duke and Rhonda Thorson of Huron, OH were honored with the Dr. Bob & Elizabeth Womack Presidential Award.

Ada "Kitty" Keen of Manchester, TN was honored with the 2013 Sportsmanship Award.

The following were recognized for their accomplishments in Register of Merit. 

Diamond Bullet's Surefire Shakker Shawnee Stewart  Contest & Games
Diamond Counselors Jewel Terre Huebner  Trail Pleas Eng NC
Diamond Dolly Dumas Ada Kitty Keen/John Wright Family Showmanship & Trail
Diamond Gigolos Cowboy Cadillac Susan Ellis  Dressage
Diamond Gypsy Midnight Madness Kathee McGuire  Games
Diamond Heavenly Vision Patricia Crisp  Showmanship & Trail
Diamond Im Angels Amazing Grace Cyndi Natzke  Contest & Trail
Diamond Prides Trigger Finger Janet Knight  Contest
Diamond Rebelation Shelby Finch  Games
Diamond Rebelation Linda Starnes  Games
Diamond Sir Albert Susan Havard  Games
Diamond Supremes Dog Soldier Cathy Gottlieb  Showmanship
Diamond Victory Trip  Linda Starnes Games & Trail
Gold Corona Gold Sandy Harris  Country Pleas West NC
Gold Designer Edition Angela Patterson  Lite Shod NC
Gold Go Boys Regis Christine Pepmeyer  Contest
Gold Gypsy Midnight Madness Kathee McGuire  Equitation
Gold Heavenly Vision Patricia Crisp  Games
Gold Prides Trigger Finger Janet Knight  Trail
Gold Rachet Michael Crisp  Games & Trail
Gold Rebelation  Shelby Finch Jumping
Gold Sarges Choicey Boy Jessica Marlewski  Games
Gold Sir Albert Susan Havard  Dressage & Showmanship
Gold Stormys Secret Traveler Jessica Marlewski  Contest
Gold Supremes Dog Soldier Cathy Gottlieb  Trail
Gold Sweet Dixie Delight Linda Starnes  Games
Gold Texas News Laurine Marlow  Games
Gold Victory Trip Linda Starnes  Contest & Reining
Silver Dolly Dumas Ada Kitty Keen/John Wright Family Games & Reining
Silver Extra Agent Terre Huebner  Games
Silver Gypsy Midnight Madness Kathee McGuire  Showmanship & Trail
Silver Heavenly Vision Patricia Crisp  Contest & Equitation
Silver Im Angels Amazing Grace Cyndi Natzke  Games & Stock/Field Trail Horse
Silver Leilani's Pride Chase Hasler  Showmanship
Silver Pit Stop Robyn Fahnle  Equitation
Silver Princess Power Terri Smith  English & Western Trail Pleas NC
Silver Rachet Wanda/Danny Reagan  Games
Silver Rebelation Linda Starnes  Contest & Reining
Silver Rebelation Shelby Finch  Equitation & Trail
Silver Sarges Choicey Boy Jessica Marlewski  Trail
Silver Sir Albert Susan Havard  Equitation & Trail
Silver Sweet Dixe Delight Linda Starnes  Showmanship
Silver Texas News Laurine Marlow  Contest & Trail
Silver Victory Trip Linda Starnes  Jumping
Bronze Counselors Jewel Terre Huebner  Games
Bronze Designer Edition Angela Patterson  lite Shod NC West
Bronze Dolly Dumas Ada Kitty Keen/John Wright Family West Riding
Bronze Extra Agent Terre Huebner  Contest & Lite Shod English NC
Bronze Go Boys Regis Christine Pepmeyer  Trail
Bronze Gypsy Midnight Madness Kathee McGuire  Contest, Country Pleasure English, Promotion
Bronze Hasler's Dream Angel DLD D J Hasler  Contest & Games
Bronze Heavenly Vision Wanda  Reagan  Games, Showmanship, Trail
Bronze Miss Minnie Mac Jodi DeDecker-Bubar  Equitation
Bronze My My's Shadow Hunter Joyce  Augustine  Model Stallions
Bronze Prides Trigger Finger Janet Knight  Western Riding
Bronze Rachet Michael Crisp  Equitation & Showmanship
Bronze Rebelation Shelby Finch  Dressage, Lite Shod NC, Model, 
Bronze Rebelation Linda Starnes  Showmanship & Western Riding
Bronze Sarges Choicey Boy Jessica Marlewski  Showmanship
Bronze Supremes Dog Soldier Cathy Gottlieb  Dressage & Games
Bronze Victory Trip Linda Starnes  Reining & Western Riding