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Now, That's a Walking Horse!

The HSUS grant and recognition program rewards humane owners and riders of Tennessee walking horses.

  • North Carolina’s Caballera Farm Mounted Drill Team received its reward for promoting the walking horse, while educating and entertaining the general public.

  • Jennifer Klitzke of Minnesota will use her reward to continue dressage training with her walking mare, Makana.

  • California’s Dr. Kristin Hermann has excelled in versatility events with her walker and received a reward to pursue dressage training as a new field of endeavor.

  • The program is open to all flat-shod, registered Tennessee walking horses being used in ways other than traditional show-ring rail classes. Dianne Little/For The HSUS

"Now, That's a Walking Horse!" is designed to encourage opportunities for the use, care, and training of Tennessee walking horses apart from the traditional show ring.

The program is open to all flat-shod, registered Tennessee walking horses being used in ways other than traditional show-ring rail classes. See our flyer for more information »

Recognition Awards

Recognition awards are for amateur owners and riders using Tennessee walking horses in new/non-traditional ways and multi-breed environments. Learn how to apply

Grants

The grants are designed to encourage and support therapeutic and natural horsemanship programs and clinics.
Learn how to apply

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2015 winners

Lucila Rangel and the GaitWay Horse Association of Peculiar, Missouri, has been named a Grant recipient in the 2015 “Now, That's a Walking Horse!” program. The grant will be used to support a clinic for naturally gaited Tennessee Walking Horses with trainer/ clinician Nya Bates. GaitWay Horse Association promotes sound lite shod/ keg shod, and barefoot versatile Tennessee Walking Horses.

Kathi Paul of New Market, Alabama, has been named an award recipient the 2015 “Now, That's a Walking Horse!” program. The award will be used to continue holding Parelli workshops with Robin Harriss so that their volunteers can improve their skills with horses and so that the horses will continue to benefit from the growing expertise of their handlers. Kathi Paul will use the award with her 25 year-old, registered Tennessee Walking Horse, Ace’s Gold Dancer.

The Northern California Walking Horse Association of Fairfield, California, has been named a Grant recipient in the 2015 “Now, That's a Walking Horse!” program. The grant will be used to promote the Tennessee Walking Horse breed at a breed booth at the Western States Horse Expo. Northern California Walking Horse Association uses Tennessee Walking Horses like 12 year old, Jump Start; 19 year old, Irish River Dance; 9 year old, Gen’s Tennessee Colors and 16 year old, Ya Better Watch Out in its program.

Kristin Herman of Fairfield, California, has been named an award recipient in the 2015 “Now, That’s A Walking Horse!” program. The award will be used to help expand the gaited horse tests available through Cowboy Dressage World. Kristin Herman will use the award with her 17 year old, registered Tennessee Walking Horse, Audrey Hepburn.

Lila Corey of Youngsville, North Carolina, has been named an award recipient in the 2015 “Now That’s A Walking Horse!” program. The award will be used to continue to work with her SAR Drill Team and to pursue her Level 3 PNH certification. Lila Corey will use the award with her registered Tennessee Walking Horses: 27 year old, Generator’s Energizer; 21 year old, Devil’s Rockin’ Again; Gypsy’s Dream Man, Double Gypsy’s Dream and Wy’s Moon Sand Dune.

Jennifer Klitzke of St. Francis, Minnesota, has been named an award recipient in the 2015 “Now That’s A Walking Horse!” program. The award will be used to help her continue her dressage lessons with Jennie Jackson. Jennifer Klitzke will use the award with her 11 year old registered Tennessee Walking Horse, Gift of Freedom.

Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) of St. Louis, Missouri, has been named a grant recipient in the 2015 “Now That’s A Walking Horse!” program. The grant will be used to help further education and promotion of the sound Tennessee Walking Horse at Horse Expos.

The Independent Judge’s Association of St. Louis, Missouri, has been named a grant recipient in the 2015 “Now That’s A Walking Horse!” program. The grant will be used to produce a DVD to educate owners of gaited horses on healthy movement.

Dreamcatchers Therapeutic Riding Center of Cameron, Missouri, has been named a grant recipient in the 2015 “Now That’s A Walking Horse!” program. The grant will be used to help acquire a saddle that will accommodate two of the therapeutic program horses as well as aid in medical expenses for the horses. Dreamcatchers Therapeutic Riding Center uses Tennessee walking Horses like 11 year old, Peggy Sue Dove, 22 year old, Babe and 17 year old, Fayline.

Pauline Stotsenberg of Murrieta, California has been named an award recipient in the 2015 “Now That’s A Walking Horse!” program. The award will be used to help her attend a clinic for gaited dressage. Pauline Stotsenberg will use the award with her 13 year old registered Tennessee Walking Horse, Mystir.

2014 winners

The 2014 Recognition Award recipients

  • April Smith, Pennsylvania
  • Cara Williams & Marcus Pikur, Michigan
  • Christine Boucher-Reynolds, Tennessee
  • Denise Parsons, Maryland
  • Leslie Starkey and Ashley Royer, Missouri
  • Robynne Catheron, New York

The 2014 Grant recipients

  • Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH), Missouri
  • The GaitWay Horse Association, Inc., Missouri
  • Happy Trails Riding Center, Alabama
  • Healing with Horses Ranch, Texas
  • Marion Wheaton, Utah
  • The Mounted Patrol Unit of the Houston, Texas police force, Texas
  • The Pennsylvania Pleasure Walking Horse Association, Pennsylvania
  • Plantation Walking Horses of Maryland, Maryland
  • Rhythm of the Rein Therapeutic Riding Program, Vermont
  • Therapeutic Riding of Tyron (TROT), North Carolina
  • The Walking Horse Owners Association (WHOA), Tennessee

How to apply for an award or grant

Download and complete the 2016 "Now, That's a Walking Horse!" application [PDF]. Once you've thoroughly and legibly completed all of the application's pages, mail it to the following address:

The HSUS
ATTN: Walking Horse Grant and Recognition Program
700 Professional Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Applications must be postmarked by November 1, 2016, to be considered for the 2016 program. Award money for individuals may be considered taxable income by the IRS and require an IRS form W-9. Please consult your tax professional.

Download the application [PDF] »

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