2021 WHTA Trainers of the Year and Assistant Trainers of the Year

Congratulations to the 2021 WHTA Trainers of the Year and Assistant Trainers of the Year

Performance Horse Trainer of the Year- John Allan Callaway, presented by his father Allan Callaway.

Performance Horse Assistant Trainer of the Year- Sam Martin, presented by Jimmy McConnell.

Pleasure Horse Trainer of the Year- Dickie Gardner, presented by Joe Lester.

Pleasure Horse Assistant Trainer of the Year- Victoria Kalosis, presented by Dickie Gardner.

Williams Purchases Rising Star Ranch

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Riders’ Cup High Points Champions

At the recent Walking Horse Trainers’ Association Banquet, the two winning Riders’ Cup trainers received their award for earning the most points. Jimmy McConnell was at the top for performance trainers while Laurie Toone was the leader for pleasure trainers. The Scoop congratulates each one on this outstanding accomplishment.

United in Marriage

wedding picMolli Beth Hobgood and Nick Price were united in marriage on December 18, 2021 at Fairmount First United Methodist Church. A reception followed at Price Stables where Nick is trainer. The Scoop congratulates the newlyweds.

FAST Denim & Diamonds

FAST, Inc. will be hosting a New Year’s Eve gathering called Denim & Diamonds. Wear your denim or diamonds and celebrate the coming New Year with your Walking Horse industry friends. There will be dinner, music, casino fun, auction and so much more. This event will take place December 31st at the Blue Ribbon Circle in Shelbyville. Starting time is 7:00PM. For more information contact Sarah Smith at 931-580-5085.

Auxiliary Elects Officers

The WHT Ladies’ Auxiliary held a meeting on Friday, December 10th in conjunction with the Walking Horse Trainers Association’s annual banquet.
This hard-working group of ladies elected their new officers for the upcoming show year. Those elected are the same as 2021: President- Sarah Smith; First Vice President- Susan Coleman; Second Vice President- Kari Tisma; Heather Beard- Secretary and Allison Becknell- Treasurer.


The Smoke Signal is owned by Dr. Mindee and Brad Pruitt or Tupelo, MS. He was the National Spotted Horse Association Amateur Four Year Old & Over World Grand Champion. Elvis is trained by Daniel Forman at South Wind Stables.

WHOA Press Releases

WHOA Announces Show Changes

The Walking Horse Owners Association announces some exciting changes for the upcoming 2022 show year. They would like to announce that WHOA will sponsor the “Southern Belle Walking Horse Show” scheduled for March 10-12, 2022. The host venue will be the Georgia Horse Park, 1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway, Conyers, Georgia 30013.

The Walking Horse Owners Association “Jamboree” has a new home. It will now take place on March 31-April 2 at the new Oak Grove Equestrian Center & Casino, 777 Winners Way, Oak Grove, Kentucky 42262.

The second Annual “Rumble on a River” (ROAR) will be held April 21-23 at the Reflection Arena Event Center, 1500 David Manor in Festus, Missouri.
You can check out more events at www.walkinghorseowners.com.

WHOA Board of Directors Nominations for 2022

The Nominating Committee of the Walking Horse Owners’ Association has nominated the following people for the Board of Directors for a 3 year term.

Jason Bachert – Missouri
Martha Child – Tennessee
Kevin Gilliam – North Carolina
Jessica Hlebak Mast – Tennessee
Maggie Moore – Tennessee
Susan Paul – Tennessee
Mark Taylor – Tennessee
Meredith Thessen – Kentucky

The nominating committee has nominated for President, Frank E. Neal of Tennessee.

Anyone wishing his or her name declared as a candidate will need to notify the Walking Horse Owners Association no later than December 15, 2021 according to the By laws, Article III, Section 1, stating anyone desiring to be a candidate shall give notice by registered mail, electronic mail or fax to the Association of his or her intent to run for a directorship.”

This notice must reach the WHOA office no later than December 15, 2021.

According to the By laws, Article IV, Section 2 stating “The President shall be elected by total popular vote by the members for voting. Any candidate for President must have been a member in good standing and must have served on the Board of Directors for the past two years immediately prior to the election. In order to be a candidate for President, other than being nominated by the nominating committee, a person must be nominated by a member in good standing of this association. Said nomination, along with a written statement by the nominee agreeing to said nomination must be reported to the association no later than December 15, 2021.

These nominations must reach the WHOA office no later than December 15, 2021.

TWHBEA Press Release

Jack G. Heffington, TWHBEA President announced the hiring of Thomas Derickson as the Chief Financial Officer of TWHBEA effective November 17, 2021.

Derickson received his B.S. degree from MTSU with a major in finance and a minor in business administration where he maintained a GPA of 3.5.

He has extensive ties to the Tennesee Walking Horse having shown horses all his life. His parents, Herbert and Jill Derickson own and operate a horse training facility, 4 The Glory Farm, and both his maternal and paternal grandparents were and are extensively involved with Tennessee Walking Horses.

Obituary – Michael Anthony Todd

Michael Anthony Todd, age 52 of Murfreesboro, Tennessee died Friday November 12, 2021. Mr. Todd was a native of Rutherford County and was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Ann Adams Todd. He worked for Jacobs Construction and enjoyed trail riding with his horse.

Mr. Todd is survived by his son, Casey Todd; father, James “Freddie” Todd; sister, Lori Kay Todd; and a host of other family and friends.

Visitation and funeral services were held at Woodfin Memorial Chapel with Teb Batey officiating. Burial followed in Trimble Cemetery. The Scoop sends our warmest condolences to the Todd Family.