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"A good rider can hear his horse speak to him. A great rider can hear his horse whisper."
The Tennessee Walking Horse is the state’s official horse. The breed dates to the late 19th/early 20th century and is descended from Standardbred, Morgan, Saddlebred, and American Thoroughbred stock. Walking Horses have a gait and are known for their running walk, a considerably faster version of the four-beat walk. Favored for the smoothness of their gaits and their calm dispositions as a working horse when travel on horseback was the norm, they are popular today for trail and pleasure riding as well as their flash in the show ring. Tennessee Walking Horses compete in two basic categories: flat-shod and performance.
The ETWHA is a membership driven group that come together to both celebrate and show this beloved horse. Each year the association holds fund raising events, horse show(s), awards banquet all of which benefit St Jude Children's Hospital. Throughout the years we have donated over $67,000 to St Jude to help those in need. Please help the ETWHA so we can continue to support the children, help us help them.
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ETWHA Mission Statement
- The members of the East Tennessee Walking Horse Association are a diverse group of people with a common goal. To some of our members the walking horse represents their chosen profession. To others the horse represents their greatest pleasure. The goal of all of us is to secure the future of the walking horse. This is our highest priority.
- Since any organization is made up of individuals with varying opinions and viewpoints, the situation demands of us that we work in the spirit of commitment, cooperation and most importantly unity. Therefore, we agree that to the best of our ability we will do, not what is best for us as individuals, but what is best for the walking horse.
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