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Cover Features Every Issue
GEN’S BLACK MAVERICK 10 50 YEARS AGO IN THE 49 FOND FAREWELL
Rider: BILL CALLAWAY VOICE 52 HORSEMAN’S DIRECTORY
Owned by: Maple Crest Farm 54 STALLION DIRECTORY
Keith and Lorraine Rosbury 16 THE CELEBRATION 50 YEARS 55 ADVERTISERS' INDEX
Trained by: Callaway Stables AGO 56 FOTO FINALE
VOICE • AUGUST 2017 20 COVER STORY Events/Horse Shows
A Day At The Farm
22 FUN SHOW
26 BILL HARLIN 30 COLUMBIA SPRING JUBILEE
44 TWHBEA BOARD OF 38 4TH OF JULY HORSE SHOWS
47 TWHBEA CANDIDATES FOR
48 TWHBEA PROGRAMS
4 FROM YOUR PRESIDENT
6 FROM THE EXECUTIVE
FROM YOUR PRESIDENT
from the president
David W. Williams
As our Tennessee Walking Horse show season ramps up to the World Championships
at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, it is well to reflect on such a
positive show season our breed has had. We are seeing increased entries in the ring
with many old friendly faces coming back to the show ring and many new faces are venturing
in for the first time.
This increased participation in shows always “trickles down” to our breeders with the
increase in demand for those high-quality Tennessee Walking Horses. It has been a boon
season for our breeders. I have had many conversations with breeders whose foals are selling
shortly after birth. The demand for young Tennessee Walking Horses is increased more than I
have seen in the past 10 years. We had an across the board increase in breeding numbers last
year of roughly 20-25%. I can easily predict we will see the same degree of increase when our
stallion reports are filed this Fall.
Our Exhibitors and Breeders seem to be doing well. This has allowed us to focus on issues
such as maintenance on our Iconic breed registry building. New roofing and gutters have
been installed, which give our registry a new look. For those who have seen some of the
floor damage in the front foyer by some settling of the ground beneath, we have contracted
to repair those issues to restore the building to the beauty that we are all proud of. As those
repair projects go on, I want to make sure any inconvenience to our customers doing business
with TWHBEA is only short term.
It has been my pleasure to be your TWHBEA President these past few months. It has given
me a better insight to what our association members need and want. I hope the rest of 2017
continues on the path of progress and increased participation for both our exhibitors and our
breeders of the breed we all love… The Tennessee Walking Horse.
David W. Williams 4
VOICE • AUGUST 2017
FROM YOUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | GENERAL EDITOR
TWHBEA – Lewisburg
RORY R. WILLIAMS
Executive Director|General Editor
“In the heat of the summer, as temperatures climb to 97 and 98 degrees Fahrenheit and
humidity at 90%, the strength of a body spills out in massive quantities of sweat. But, we
continue our tasks, drinking and drinking as we go to replenish that necessary item for life
This summer has been extraordinarily busy for the staff at TWHBEA, and in The VOICE
Magazine, also, as we prepared this issue for your enjoyment. The August magazine is a
big issue, once again, and we sincerely hope that you enjoy scanning through its’ pages
as we did putting it together, organizing photo shoots and collecting stories and articles to insert
between all the great horses and news items. We are so grateful for the people that continue to
choose the VOICE Magazine to advertise their farms, families and four-legged friends. Spread
the word that discount rates are available for multi-ad orders and Barn/Farm/Family Portrait
Stories. Everyone has a story to tell and many, many of our readers need to know more about
the up and coming TWH owners, exhibitors, trainers, and breeders.
In the TWHBEA headquarters building, you may have noticed a new roof on its’ top most
reaches, but you won’t see all the rest of the work going on unless you come by in person. As
much as we can, we are maintaining this 50-year-old building so that it will be here for another
50 years. As the construction sounds in the building can sometimes drown out the phone ringing
next to a person on their desk, please understand that we are diligently working all customers’
issues, even from voicemail. You may not know this, but you can email us also – for general
support, email the following as it applies to the particular subject area: firstname.lastname@example.org
for administrative or fiscal issues, email@example.com for general questions, and registry@twhbea.
com for all questions related to the registry which is pretty much everything horse related.
We are all very grateful for the success of the horse shows this year, breeding numbers are also
up and those two metrics are positive signs for the industry. Keep supporting your local shows
and encourage all your friends to purchase a Tennessee Walking Horse!
VOICE • AUGUST 2017 6
50 YEARS AGO IN THE VOICE
Walking Horse Lover Reflects The Past;
Suggests Tour for Celebration Visitors
(The following article was prepared by Mr. Joe Money, a friend of the VOICE, who was born and raised in the middle of
walking horse country, Wartrace, Tennessee. In recalling the past, he has brought to mind some of the people and places that
originated this great breed. He has suggested a tour in and around the countryside near Manchester and Wartrace that should
prove interesting to many Celebration visitors).
In the fall of 1928, at the age of six, I saw the first horse Ropes were strung up from each corner of the south side
show that I remember anything about. My family had of the well house enclosing an area about 50 feet wide and
just moved to Wartrace, Tennessee where my father had about 200 feet long in which the horses were exhibited.
accepted a teaching job. This horse show was a far cry
from the elaborate productions we see today. There was I do not remember being able to identify a judge, but I
no organist. There were no ribbon girls in colorful flowing vividly recall that each horse was ridden by two or three
formals. There was no public address system, no rail, no different riders during his exhibition. (I have later learned that
flood lights, no stands, no boots, and no pads. There was the judges used to take turns at riding the entries to decide
not even a ring in which the horses could work out. upon a winner.) From this show I can recall such exhibitors
as Mr. Albert Dement, Mr. J. R. Brantley, Mr. Lynn Davis,
Those of you who are familiar with Wartrace will recall Mr. Henry Davis, and Mr. Arthur Hayle. I remember the
the town well in the center of the business section, which awed expression and murmers of admiration from the crowd
in 1928 was quite an active place. There was a two lane as Mr. Dement demonstrated the smoothness of the gait by
pavement immediately in front of the stores and the rest riding a horse (perhaps Merry Legs) while balancing a glass
of the wide area between the stores and the railroad had a of water in his hand. This was the climactic feat of the first
gravel surface. It was here that the horse show was held. horse show that I can remember seeing.
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50 YEARS AGO IN THE VOICE
My next vivid recollection of walking horse activity was the farmhouse. This was the farm of the late Mr. Jim Black,
old Wartrace livery stable behind the school (I used to sneak the owner of Alice F-85, the dam of Hunter’s Allen F-10.
off from school to watch the horses work.) This stable had Hunter’s Allen was foaled here. Here also was the home of
been converted into a training barn with such men as Henry Ella Black, that foaled Ella II, the dam of Hall Allen, Sam
Davis, Floyd Caruthers, and Bob Murchison working horses. Allen and Pearle. Pearle was the dam of three stallions
Among the horses I saw worked here were Strollin Jim before (full brothers, sired by Merry Boy): White Merry Boy Jr.,
he won the championship and a mare called Madam Queen Reynolds Pride and Merry Maker, all great breeding stallions.
that I thought was the prettiest I had ever seen. At this time
the stable was experimenting with tail sets and false tails and It is not much more than a mile and over an archaic
braces. I don’t know who perfected them and when, but I arched stone bridge or two (the road is much the same as it
do know that many modifications and innovations in horse was thirty years ago when I rode it, or even fifty years ago,
showing were worked out here at this barn. I’m told – when these illustrious horses traveled it), to the
home of Merry Boy. It’s just across the creek to the right
My first personal contact with walking horses was in the of the road – an old barn near the creek. It was here, as a
middle and late thirties when I used to ride mares from Mr. boy, that I used to ride mares from Fairfield to be bred to the
Aubrey Lee’s farm in the Fairfield Community (along with famous sire.
his grandsons, Aubrey, John, and Robert Troxler), up Noah’s
Fork road to Mr. Lee McMichael’s farm where the mares Before your speedometer turns two more notches you will
would be bred to Merry Boy and then we would ride them be approaching what was then known as the Ed Nolin farm.
back home. Even today I experience no greater nostalgic It extends for almost a mile on both sides of the road with
pleasure than from my reflections on this period of my life, numerous barns and a fine big house. Remember the name
and my reason for writing this article was to suggest a drive of the number 8 foundation horse? Ed Nolin.
for Celebration visitors. Many people, I feel, are just curious
enough and have sentimentality enough to enjoy seeing the Ere you leave this farm you have a decision to make for
farms on which some of the great foundation horses were the road forks. You can turn right for one mile to Fairfield
foaled and the barns in which they were stalled. After all, then left to Wartrace or you can continue straight over the
these founders of the breed are in your horses’ pedigrees. Kellertown road to Wartrace past the farm of Archie Wiser
where Merry Go Boy was foaled and the adjoining farm
The drive I am suggesting begins at Stepp’s Store at Noah where Winston Wiser rode his first horse, as a boy. If you
about ten miles from Manchester at the foot of the Highland choose this route it’s a mile from Archie Wiser’s to the
Rim of Tennessee and on the very edge of the State’s farm belonging to Mrs. Fannie Bamblett in the 30’s where
Central bluegrass basin. Turn west at Stepp’s Store and it is Black Angel, the 1943 Grand Champion, was foaled. This
just a matter of 300 to 400 yards to the J. R. Brantley farm farm now belongs to Mr. Garland Wright whose niece,
and the home of Black Allen, the number one foundation Betty Sain, rode Shaker’s Shocker to the World’s Grand
horse. This was also the home of the great Roan Allen F-38. Championship in 1966.
Just a couple hundred yards further down the road is If you are sentimental about your horses to the point that
the old plantation home of General Frank “Give ‘em hell” you enjoy probing into their ancestral background, you will
Cheatham of Civil War fame. A gravel road turns left at enjoy this trip. At any rate, during the time it has taken me
the house and follows the creek. Take it. In less than a mile to write this, I have been whisked away by nostalgia. Thirty
the road takes a sharp turn to the left around a big and old years have disappeared and a boy of fifteen again rides down
a winding dirt road – on a Tennessee Walking Horse.
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THE CELEBRATION 50 YEARS AGO
By Ladye P. Sparks
Shelbyville, Tennessee – the recognized birthplace of What is the big attraction of the Celebration? Why would
the modern Tennessee Walking Horse, show horse a city the size of Shelbyville put itself so completely into
supreme, king of equines, the world’s greatest pleasure a single project? Like other horse shows throughout the
horse. Located in Shelbyville, the cradle of the breed, nation, the Celebration is managed for the express purpose
are the ground of the Tennessee Walking Horse National of raising funds for civic and community betterment, but
Celebration. It is here that the World’s Champions of the the Celebration is more than that. When a town the size of
breed are crowned and it is here that Tennessee Walking Shelbyville, with a population of 11,800, suddenly finds itself
Horse enthusiasts from the world over congregate every year the host to twenty thousand strangers, nothing but southern
during the last week of August to see the “greatest show on hospitality at its very finest could cope with the complexities
earth” for Walking Horses. of lodging, feeding, traffic, and the multitude of other
problems that a situation such as this creates. But Shelbyvilly
Now in its twenty-ninth year, the Celebration is a is proud of the Celebration – after all, the show put
miracle of community effort. It was conceived by a civic Shelbyville in the limelight, and the citizens and merchants
club of Shelbyville whose members were inspired by the have a reputation to uphold. This they do with good will and
many festivals and similar events that were held each year a genuine eagerness to help the visitors truly enjoy their stay
to celebrate various other activities. It is now under the in the city of Champions.
direction of the Celebration, Incorporated, a group of civic-
minded citizens. Great pride is taken in the success of this Although the town is flooded with people in the daytime,
venture that has seen steady growth for many years. in the evenings the streets are virtually empty, as the visitors
and many of the residents crowd the grandstands at the
The show itself has long since become known simply as Celebration grounds. The grounds consist of approximately
the “Celebration” and indeed every horse enthusiast in the sixty acres of rolling land located in Shelbyville proper. There
land, regardless of his breed, knows about this fabulous are stable facilities for over thirteen hundred horses and the
horse show and the Tennessee Walking Horse. With this in permanent grandstands can hold 22,500 spectators with
mind . . . let’s pursue the background of this classic event 3500 more seats being added this year. Much labor and
that is to the light horse world what the Kentucky Derby is to planning goes into the preparation for the show each year
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THE CELEBRATION 50 YEARS AGO
and as one season ends the plans for the next year must start in he hopes of owning a really fine Tennessee Walking Horse
almost immediately, for the Celebration is a major endeavor. – a horse he can train and dream about, and sweat over, and
finally bring back to the hallowed ground of Middle Tennessee
The keep the grounds in good order, a maintenance crew . . . to the proving ground of the breed . . . to the Celebration!
works the year ‘round. As the big show approaches, new
paint is added to the show ring, the vast speaker system is This annual event is a complex and stimulating activity.
set up and put in working order, and box seats are numbered It is one of the factors that make the Tennessee Walking
and signs painted. The turf in the big ring is turned and Horse a “different breed of cat” as compared to other light
packed to assure perfect footing for the horses. horse breeds. Ours is the only show horse in the land that
looks to no higher authority for recognition. Horse show
While the grounds are being put in show order, a large associations, state organizations, regional associations and
staff of volunteer workers moves into the offices under other entities having to do with the various show horse
the big grandstand to begin work on handling the entries, activities all take a back seat to the Celebration when it
registrations, tickets and programs which are so necessary. It comes to recognition of our “world champions.”
is easy to imagine that they think, each time they receive an
entry, “Could this be the next World’s Grand Champion?” Several attempts have been made to wrest the “World
Pondering this same question are visitors who stop to view Championship” status away from this middle Tennessee
the official “Board of Champions” which lists the great classic, but every attempt has failed, because in the minds of
winners of the past. Another favorite spot for spectators is Walking Horse enthusiasts everywhere, a horse is not a true
the large trophy case under the grandstand that holds the champion unless he has won the “Celebration.”
thousands of dollars’ worth of silver awards to be presented
during the week of competition. The attraction of the Celebration is somewhat varied. It
is many things to many people. To a trainer it represents a
As show time approaches, people from all parts of the pinnacle of his yearly activity. The winning of a top class at
country and all walks of life converge on the Celebration the Celebration has literally “made” many trainers. In some
grounds, bringing their horses and their hopes to the show. cases it has ruined trainers who were not ready to handle
In the largest custom-build vans and the smallest one- the “smell of success” and the attention and publicity that
horse trailers, on they come with their beloved Tennessee goes with winning. To the horse owners it represents “an
Walking Horses. Day by day the tempo increases until expenditure” that only a blue ribbon can account for. The
finally the early morning mist is broken by the blare of a professional farriers it represents a “Mecca” for business
loudspeaker and one hears the familiar sound of the barn and ten days of constant work. To countless others, the
office announcer heralding the proceedings of the day – and Celebration represents a diversion from their routine
once again the time has come – the day that all Tennessee activities and they come by the thousands to share in the
Walking Horse lovers look forward to throughout the year success of some and the failures of others . . . they project
has finally arrived. The Celebration has begun! themselves into the saddle as a big-time champion makes
the turn in the running walk . . . and to dream a little as
As the excitement of the show increases, so do the the crowd picks up a popular favorite and, right or wrong,
various activities surrounding the Celebration. In and around cheers it on in an effort to “sway the judges” to their way of
Shelbyville are held several annual auction sales that feature thinking. It is a great show! We hope to see you there!
many of the finest horses available. There is an excitement
here that is paralleled nowhere else in the sports world, as
the horses enter the sales arena and the auctioneer starts his
chant. The bidding begins, and each interested party bids to
his own satisfaction, trusting his judgment against all others
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On a beautiful day in middle Tennessee what could be better than spending time at one of the area’s finest Tennessee
Walking Horse farms. When our team was invited to visit Allan Callaway Stables for an up-close visit with Bill
Callaway and his World Grand Champion Contender Gen’s Black Maverick, we excitedly headed to Shelbyville
where we were joined by Jennifer Barr, one of the industry’s top horse show photographers.
When we first saw Maverick up close in the cross ties, we We asked Lorraine why she chose the Callaway’s to
could immediately see a massive, powerful and handsome campaign this magnificent stallion for the World Grand
horse. With head held high, and eyes bright with anticipation Championship. She spoke of the character of Allan and
they began their workout. As we watched them go through both sons, of their many championships, their dedication
their routine, we could appreciate all that goes into making to the industry, and of their high degree of professionalism.
a champion. It is obvious to see that Maverick’s training She spoke about what a fortunate decision that has been
is a family affair. While Bill is Maverick's only rider in the with all the success that Maverick and Bill have had.
show ring, Allan and John Allan are very much involved in
the training. Both Allan and John Allan watch as Bill runs
Maverick through his gaits with expert eyes and expert
advice to add to Bill's feel atop the horse.
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Bill and Maverick earned their first blue ribbon at
the Money Tree Classic over the 4th of July weekend
in 2014. Since then they have never been defeated in
regular season competition. They have also added two
World Championships and one Reserve World Grand
Championship to their impressive resume. Just one prize
remains, that of the World Grand Champion title, which
they have worked so hard to achieve. “We are very proud
of Bill, Allan and John Allan and the hard work which they
have done to bring Maverick to this point” said Lorraine
Rosbury“ and we are overwhelmed by the blessing of owning
this great stallion”.
We asked Lorraine about her plans for Maverick after the
Celebration. In the future Maverick will begin a new career
as a breeding stallion. He is sired by Gen’s Black Gin, one
of the great breeding stallions in the industry. His dam was
Cash For Roses, also a world champion and Maverick is
the only progeny of the two. But before that, for Maverick
and the Callaway team, there is a lot of hard work and
preparation as they look toward the 2017 Celebration.
Perhaps as they gaze out at the Memorial on their farm of
another great champion of the past, Dark Spirits Rebel, they
are inspired as they complete this day’s work and head back
to the barn.
Keith and Lorraine want to express their appreciation to
everyone who has supported Maverick, the Callaway’s for
dedication and perseverance, and the fans who have cheered
for him. They hope that you will be there, enjoying the
greatest horse show on earth, and cheering Bill and Maverick
on as they compete for a chance to wear the roses!
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47th Annual Spring Fun Show
Shelbyville, Tennessee – The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration hosted the 47th Annual Spring Fun Show
at the Calsonic Arena May 25-27, 2017. Scotty Brooks, Nathan Clark and Allen Forman served as judges for the
show. With 50 more entries than last year and the highest number of entries in four years the Fun Show was a huge
success at 420 entries.
The tradition of the white flag horse was back with White Diamond Dollar making her debut performance with Bud Seaton
in the irons. After an absence of a couple of years it was a welcomed part of the show.
The large classes and the quality of the horses had the crowd cheering over the hotly competitive classes. The Fun Show
championship stake class was captured for the second year in a row by Gen’s Black Maverick and Bill Callaway for owners
Keith and Lorraine Rosbury. I’m Mayhem and Rodney Dick finished reserve for owners Coleman and Dowell, and He’s
Shady In Black and Jimmy McConnell tied third for Richard Conner rounding out the top three.
Congratulations to all the winners.
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Mr. William Wirt Harlin Jr., age 92, of Nashville,
Tennessee, passed away peacefully at his home,
Wednesday, June 14, 2017. The eldest son
of Luella and Wirt Harlin, Bill was a 1942 Graduate of
Battle Ground Academy.. He attended the United States
Naval Academy and Vanderbilt University, where he met
his wife, Barbara Ann (Nunnally) Harlin. His professional
career began at Red Kap Garment Company, and he later
transitioned into the industrial laundry business.
Bill was committed to the farming and Tennessee Walking
Horse breeding tradition passed down from his father,
William Wirt Harlin at Harlinsdale Farm. In later years, he
partnered with his brother Tom to complete the sale of the
farm to the City of Franklin as a passive park. He was a past
president of TWHBEA, from 1984-86, and 1992-93, and
a member of the Tennessee Horse Council and the National
Horse Council. In 2009, Bill moved the Harlinsdale horses
to his farm at College Grove, Tennessee, where his children
and grandchildren continue the tradition today. In 2011, Bill
received a Distinguished Service Award from the National
Pedigreed Livestock Council. He was a Lifetime Trustee of
Battle Ground Academy and Director Emeritus of Franklin
Bill was an active member of Brentwood Hills Church
of Christ and The Son Seekers Sunday School Class. He
was predeceased by his wife,, Barbara, son William Wirt
Harlin III, and brothers, Tom, Alex, and Bob. He is survived
by his children, Camille Harlin Willis (Hal), Clay Harlin
(Faye); grandchildren Bill Harlin (Kelly), Anna Beck (Brad),
Tom Harlin (Laura), Talbot Harlin (Ashley), Mary Camille
Hickerson, Harlin Hickerson (Mariko), Meredith Harlin
Lomasney (Joel), and eight great grandchildren.
Pallbearers were his grandchildren and their spouses.
Honorary Pallbearers were the Harlin family, Emery Wade
“Rocky” Jones, and The Son Seekers Sunday School Class.
A Celebration of Life Services was held June 17, 2017 at
Brentwood Hills Church of Christ.
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COLUMBIA SPRING JUBILEE
The 66th Annual
Columbia, Tennessee – The 66th Annual Columbia Spring Jubilee was held June 1-3, 2017 at the Maury County Park.
Marking the cards for this years show were Jennifer Bingham, Derek Bonner and Robbie Spiller. The Maury County
Horseman's Association sponsored the show with proceeds benefiting the Maury County FFA, college scholarships
and local charities.
This year’s show got off to a rainy start and ended with cold chills. The TWHNC Riders’ Cup Stake had six entries vying
for top honors with Jose’s Cold Chills and John Allan Callaway claiming the tricolor ribbon for LaRue and Ann McWaters.
Reserve went to The Land Shark and Casey Wright for Larry and Pam Russell and rounding out the top three were Jose’s
Power Broker and Keith Blackburn for Dan and Susan Ervin.
378 entries made for some fierce competition. Congratulations to all the winners and to the Maury County Horseman’s
Association on a great show.
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4TH OF JULY HORSE SHOWS
4th of July Events
Kicking off the 4th of July events was an annual fish fry at Male Crest Farm, hosted by Keith and Lorraine Rosbury.
The large crowd enjoyed fish, hamburger, hotdogs, with all the trimming and homemade ice cream for desert.
Fourth of July Shows are Christmas In July, Money Tree and Woodbury. Christmas In July was the only two-night
show and was held at the Bedford County Agricultural Center. Derek Bonner, Chris Bobo and Johnny Puckett served as
judges for the 362 entries showing in 51 classes.
Next was the Money Tree, which was also held at the Bedford Agricultural Center. Travis Craft had the honor of marking
the card for the 272 entries in 42 classes. The Money Tree drew the largest number of spectators of the three show.
Last but not least was the 79th Annual Woodbury Lion’s Club Horse Show with 40 classes. Aaron Self served as judge for
the 239 entries. With the weather playing a role in a slight decrease in number, it was great show.
The crowds were great and with almost 900 entries combined they were treated to awesome competition. Thanks to all
that made these shows possible.
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4TH OF JULY HORSE SHOWS
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International Board of
Saturday, May 27th the Tennessee Walking Horse Keegan Meadows reported that the European
Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association hosted Championships would be held in Germany.
an awards ceremony prior to the semi-annual
International Board of Directors meeting. TWHBEA Robin Webb encouraged members with any issues that
honored winners in the Go! Gelding and Motivated Mare arise to notify the bylaws/enforcement committee.
programs. A list of all the winners is on www.twhbea.com.
Congratulations to these winners. Ashley Wadsworth reported on marketing efforts of her
committee and the recently launched new TWHBEA website.
The International Board of Directors meeting was called to
order by President David W. Williams at 9 a.m. at TWHBEA Carrie Benedict shared that members will see
headquarters in Lewisburg, Tennessee. improvements with iPeds on the new website. Also that
you can search for horses by state and do stallion breeding
The committee reports gave all directors an overview reports online.
of all the activity going on with the association. Standing
committee reports were given by Breeders Vice President Allison Thorson shared some of the activities and events
Carrie Benedict, Owners/Exhibitors/International Vice being planned to increase youth participation and interest in
President Keegan Meadows, Training/Equine Welfare Vice our breed. She also has hopes of bringing back the academy
President Stephen B. Smith, Marketing Vice President program to the walking horse industry.
Ashley Wadsworth, Administrative/Fiscal/Audit Vice
President Nancy Lynn Greene, Performance Horse Vice Ford Gates reported that plans for the Belfast Horse
President Ford Gates, Pleasure Horse Vice President Margo Show are well under way and encouraged everyone to
Urad, Member At Large Bylaws/Enforcement Vice President bring their horses and show and encourage others to
Robin Webb, Esq., and Member At Large/Youth Vice also attend. He also spoke of efforts to clean up iPeds
President Allison Thorson. for more accurate information for the International High
Nancy Lynn Greene, gave a report that the 2016
yearly audit was approved and the fiscal year ended with Margo Urad spoke of the World Versatility Show being
TWHBEA having $1.4 million in assets, with $48,000 in moved to Shelbyville, Tennessee to the Calsonic Arena
reserves for future futurities. A small net loss of $1560 was July 19-21. Also that updates had been made to the
showed by TWHBEA. Versatility Rule Book and that helmets are now mandatory
for youth ages 6 to 11.
Greene also reported that year to date, the cash for
TWHBEA is $72,000, up as a result of memberships and Steve Smith said he was optimistic about achieving
increased foal registrations. predictable pre-show inspections, a goal his division is
working to achieve.
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Carrie and Spencer Benedict Jim Heiting, Frank and Judy White
Kitty Keen, Mary Keen, John Wright Barbara Corbett and Lynn Hickok
and Scott Keen
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Steve Smith, Ford Gates and Dr. Jack and Wilsene Kwok and
Ginger Evans Margo Urad
Linda Scrivner and Margo Urad Christy Lantis, Tom Kakassy and
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INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
As per the direction of the TWHBEA Bylaws, prior to May 1st of each year a determination is to be made as to the
number of directors to be elected from each state, province, country or region, based on the number of members from
each. This year per direction by the Executive Committee those numbers were determined at our largest member total on
December 31, 2016.
To qualify for election to the Board of Directors, a person must have been a dues paying member of the Association for
at least the past three (3) consecutive years, must reside in the state for which the declaration represents and must not be
serving a Horse Protection Act suspension for thirty (30) days or longer from the USDA. Each potential director must have
had at least one horse duly registered with the Association for a period of one year, commencing August 1st of the preceding
year to be elected, and must keep at least one horse continuously registered throughout the duration of the election period
and the term. For horses registered in the name of a Corporation, the name of the owner of record on the registration form
or on the transfer form will be honored. A horse registered to a married couple will qualify one spouse to run for election.
Horses registered to any other partnership will not qualify any of their owners for election.
No person shall be eligible to be a director for more than two (2) full consecutive terms; however, a director may serve
more than two (2) nonconsecutive terms.
STATE NUMBER TO ELECT Declared Candidates CANDIDATE
Tennessee 10 STATE/REGION Ginger Evans
Kentucky 3 Alabama Bill Adams
North Carolina 3 Canada Tracy Pinson
Ohio 2 Florida Kim Bennett
Texas 2 Kentucky Sheree Bollinger
Canada 1 Kentucky Melanie Lawrence
Alabama 1 Kentucky Wes Majors
California 1 Kentucky Urban E. McFarland III
Florida 1 Kentucky Ralph E. Pinner, Sr.
Indiana 1 Mississippi Arthur Beavers
Michigan 1 North Carolina John Callicutt
Mississippi 1 North Carolina Paul Robbins
Oregon 1 North Carolina Bob Rollins
Pennsylvania 1 North Carolina Ginger Williams
Virginia 1 North Carolina Dr. Joseph Leith
Region 1 1 Ohio Joyce Moyer
Ohio Barron Witherspoon, Sr
(Australia, Austria, Belgium, 1 Ohio Rick Chovan
France, Germany, Israel, Pennsylvania
Italy, Netherlands, New 1 Mollie Dran
33 Kristen Reichard
Region 3 Pennsylvania
Jeri Sue Arrighi
(CT, DC, ME, MD, MA, Tennessee
NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT) Dr. Randall Baker
Total to Elect
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Tennessee Wayne Barnes Tennessee Denise Rowland
Tennessee Frances Bates Tennessee Peaches Searles
Tennessee Jacob Baum Tennessee Theresa Williams
Tennessee Bobby Beech Texas Ann King
Tennessee Ernie Brewbaker Texas Margo Urad
Tennessee Terry Dotson Virginia Mary Susan Ellis
Tennessee Tony Edwards Virginia Pam McKinney
Tennessee Nancy Lynn Greene Region 1 Gerrit Band
Tennessee Jack Heffington Region 1 Floyd Tripp
Tennessee Bobby Joe Jones Region 1 Maryan Zyderveld
Tennessee Thom Meek Region3 Gail Bayer
Tennessee Jennifer Miller
Elected Directors will serve on the International Board from December 2017 – December 2020. Oaths of office to
be administered at the Annual International Board of Directors meeting at the headquarters office in Lewisburg, TN.
Additionally, new directors will be provided with up to date binders containing by-laws and corporate rules, meet with the
Executive Assistant to update contact information, receive orientation from VP By-laws/Enforcement, Robin Webb, and
have their photos taken for the website and records.
MEMBER ONLY PROGRAMS
TWHBEA offers many programs for anyone in the Program, Distance Trail Riding Program, Versatility
breed! Whether you are showing weanlings or yearlings, Program, Futurity, Geldings Opportunities Program,
trail riding your pastures at home or on organized rides, Motivated Mares Program, Youth High Point Program,
teaching others to ride as a certified riding instructor, Certified Riding Instructor… just to name a few!
showing at horse shows in the performance, pleasure or
versatility division, breeding mares or stallions, TWHBEA Just remember, in order to count points for your horses’
has several different programs for its members! Every winnings, the owner, rider and trainer has to be current
program offers even more value to your horse, especially members of TWHBEA! Good luck to all competing, now
if you do really well and like to self promote our beautiful get out there and start claiming those points!
breed, the Tennessee Walking Horse.
For information contact
Whether you are the owner, breeder, exhibitor or trainer,
a TWHBEA membership is very important! Our programs Kristen Corbin
are TWHBEA member only programs and points only get
counted for members. Don’t lose out on earning a high firstname.lastname@example.org
point award or claiming another title just because you were or 931-359-0592.
not a member! Choose a program today to get involved
with and start earning points with your horse!
TWHBEA offers the following programs at this time:
International High Point Program, World Series Show
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