FAST issues September status report

OVERVIEW First and foremost, it is imperative to recognize and express thoughtful gratitude to every single donor who has contributed to the FAST Legal/Preservation Fund before, during and following the Celebration show during which we met our Phase I fundraising goal. If it were not for the generosity of our industry, we would not have been able to achieve the progress we have made in our quest to preserve the show horse industry for future generations to come. Second, we must recognize that a legal effort of this magnitude versus a government entity is no small ...

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Celebration Seeks Protection for Exhibitors

From the Walking Horse Report The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, through its counsel Kelley Drye & Warren, sent a letter to USDA-APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea requesting APHIS officials conduct lawful inspections at the upcoming 78th Annual Celebration.  In the letter, The Celebration reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring the welfare of all horses competing.  “The Association is fully supportive of all lawful measures that ensure compliance at the Celebration by those subject to the HPA.” The letter specifically requested the following: ...

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TO OPPOSE FEDERAL PROPOSED RULE CHANGES TO THE HPA

To oppose the proposed rule changes to the Horse Protection act,   click here

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Celebration Stands by Tennessee Walking Horse; Opposes USDA Proposed Rule

from the Walking Horse Report The Celebration is disappointed with the proposed rule issued by the USDA-APHIS.  The rule is deficient in its intended objectives and will have a devastating impact on the Tennessee Walking Horse industry and thus The Celebration, the community of Shelbyville and all those communities and charities impacted by our great breed. The Celebration is adamantly opposed to soring of any kind and has done more than the Horse Protection Act requires to eliminate soring at its horse show.  It has been extremely frustrating and disappointing ...

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FAST PRESIDENT ISSUES MONTHLY STATUS REPORT…USDA BEGINS TAKING DOWN LISTS

As indicated in my prior message, it will be our priority to keep the industry as informed as possible with regard to the legal proceedings currently underway. Before getting into that, I wish to express my gratitude to those who have already joined the effort to support the industry in its quest for our show horse to continue its long standing history for future generations to come. Your support is critical to the success of the industry moving forward. Donations to the effort may be made through the FAST website at www.fastwalkingshowhorse.org. Every contribution, ...

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KWHA Donates to FAST and the Legal Fund

The Kentucky Walking Horse Association made the decision to donate $5,000 to FAST for the legal fund to aid in the advancement of the Tennessee Walking Horse. The decision was finalized by a unanimous vote at a recent KWHA board of directors meeting on July 10, 2016. The KWHA is open to future ideas to fundraise and bring forth efforts to assist in the funding to the Walking Horse industry and the legal fund. For more information on KWHA, you may contact President, Jared Scott at jscott1608@gmail.com.

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Celebration Meets with Office of Management and Budget

The Celebration met with the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) division of the Office of Management and Budget on July 7, 2016. Board member Jeffrey Howard and Chief Executive Officer Mike Inman represented The Celebration. Performance Show Horse Association (PSHA) Chairman Terry Dotson, lobbyist Jeff Speaks and attorney Joseph Wilson were also in attendance. Wilson works with Kelly Drye & Warren, the law firm representing The Celebration and the show horse industry in the rulemaking process. The meeting focused on the issues surrounding the proposed ...

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47th East Tennessee Walking Horse Classic

#‎HorseShowsJoiningThe FightToDefendOurHorse‬ ‪#‎WalkProud‬ Thank you 47th Annual East Tennessee Walking Horse Classic in Gray Tennessee for your donation to PSHA for the preservation of the Tennessee Walking Show Horse! The East Tennessee Walking Horse Classic has donated $500 to the Performance Show Horse Association in support of PSHA’s efforts to save and preserve the Tennessee Walking Show Horse. PSHA was informed of the donation by Treasurer Shea Sproles and Show Manager Amy Starnes. The 47th Annual East Tennessee Walking Horse Classic Show ...

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USDA Regulation Changes Through Proposed Rulemaking

source: The Walking Horse Report OMB's Unified Agenda Outlines Proposed Rulemaking Thursday, May 19, 2016 Proposed Rule Will Address Inspections, Equipment and Show Management The Office of Management and Budget, as part of its Unified Agenda, released yesterday additional information regarding APHIS’ proposed rulemaking.  The abstract listed as part of their released described the proposed rulemaking this way: “This rulemaking would amend training and licensing requirements mandated by the horse protection regulations....

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Chairman Rogers Disappointed in APHIS

From the Walking Horse Report Chairman Rogers Disappointed In APHIS Wednesday, June 01, 2016 Agency Continues to Ignore Directives In Appropriations Bill By Jeffrey Howard Kentucky Congressman Hal Rogers (R-KY), Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, recently wrote a letter to Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) Administrator Kevin Shea expressing his disappointment in APHIS’ lack of constructive communication with the industry.  The letter pointed out that the last five appropriations bill enacted by ...

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