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Now That’s a Walking Horse!

A program recognizes Tennessee Walking Horses excelling in non-traditional equestrian sports.

By Kim Klimek | May 24, 2015

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Susan Garlinghouse, DVM, and her 13-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse, John Henry, take on Cougar Rock during the 2013 Tevis Cup ride. Photo courtesy Susan Garlinghouse.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has established a program benefitting owners and riders of registered flat-shod Tennessee Walking Horses. "Now, That’s A Walking Horse!” provides awards to adult amateurs who participate in any activities outside of the traditional breed show rail classes. These include dressage, driving, competitive trail riding, reining, and more. The program also offers grants to support natural horsemanship and therapeutic riding programs and clinics that use qualifying Tennessee Walking Horses.

Individuals can receive up to $500 in Recognition Awards, and organizations or sponsors of clinics and promotional events can receive up to $1,000 per event. To be eligible, Tennessee Walkers must be registered with the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association or the Canadian Walking Horse Registry. Applicants are also required to answer questions about how they use their Tennessee Walkers and how they intend to use the award or grant.

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Tennessee Walkers are getting awards for participating in activities outside the traditional breed show-ring. Photo courtesy Buddy Brewer.

You don’t need to be a top competitor to apply. The HSUS is looking for any equestrians, organizations and events that are interested in improving horses and horsemanship skills, as well as promoting the naturally gaited Tennessee Walker. For 2014, the program offered up to $20,000. To apply, visit

This article originally appeared in the August 2014 issue of Horse Illustrated magazine. Click here to subscribe!

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Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

6/2/2015 11:53:55 PM


Diane    Leonardtown, MD

5/28/2015 9:25:21 AM

This sounds like a great program and I will be signing up. I agree with the others who commented that the soring and abuse of these wonderful animals needs to stop, now! The abusers need to be exposed constantly for what they do and who they are as individuals. How anyone in their right mind could think this type of abuse is acceptable is beyond me!

Melinda    Sanford, FL

5/28/2015 8:14:41 AM

My horse was a part of big kick before I got him.. every time I raise my hand or any sudden movement he jumps back in fear with the white of his eyes showing. He NEVER tries to hurt me but his fear and his pain is real. All because stupid people want to make money off of these innocent animals pain and misery. It must stop!

Sara    Rockford, AL

5/28/2015 4:50:22 AM

The PAST act is not enough! Lets boycott and protest those shows, too. Only when the money dries up will the torture stop.

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