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September 19, 2013

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February 3, 2011

What a wonderful organization dedicated to promote the SOUND Tennessee Walking Horse. A member for 10+ years, it has been a great activity for our children and entire family. Great people and wonder... more

September 19, 2013

The Tennessee Walking Horse can still hold it's head high as a breed with organizations like The National Walking Horse Association promoting the sound flat shod naturally gaited walking horse. No gimmicks, no soring. Just a naturally talented breed with appeal to the whole equestrian world.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

more opportunities for growth

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Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

February 3, 2011

What a wonderful organization dedicated to promote the SOUND Tennessee Walking Horse. A member for 10+ years, it has been a great activity for our children and entire family. Great people and wonderful horses make for a Great organization.

NWHA has never waivered from it original goal.
Through thick and thin of the USDA HPA world, NWHA has always stood firm for the horse. Based all decisions on doing the right thing when it came to God's wonderful creatures.

What a great place to bring my children up in - knowing the difference between right and wrong when it came to treating animals.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Bringing back the true Tennessee Walking Horse with true un-sored gaits. Standing up for inhume practices of soring this horse for a cheap ribbon. Presented as the official breed representative to the 2010 World Equestrian Games in KY. Never has this breed been allowed to participate until NWHA stood up and gave this breed of horse a voice in the world.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make them financially sound to continue the mission of anti-soring legislation within the USDA.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

The National Walking Horse Association is a prime of example of how things can be changed for the positive. That change came courage of a few dedicated people. Those few sacrificed their time, effort and own resources to start this organization. Because of those few, our organization has come a long way in a short time. Those few have multiplied and continue to grow.

The NWHA is an organization that promotes the sound practices of training and exhibiting the Tennessee Walking horse. It is also an organization that is just fun to be a part of. People encourage their fellow exhibitor and are more than willing to lend a helping hand. This organization looks for the positive.

Thanks to the founding members for their forsight and courage to establish a change in the world of the Tennessess Walking Horse.

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We were on the verge of turning to trail riding only when NWHA was founded. Through NWHA, we have met so many people who we call our friends. The commradie of the organization is infectious. Because of our association with NWHA, we were able to donate the use of a former National Champion to be used at the Kentucky Horse Park as representative in their breed demonstration. Trapper has been seen by visitors from around the country as well as the world.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage everyone to volunteer when possible and just keep doing what they are doing. Never hesitate to tell someone about the National Walking Horse Association and what it is doing for the horse.

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

For years the Tennessee Walking Horse has endured abuse in the form of soring. In 1970 the Federal Government responded with the Horse Protection Act. Since the beginning, the Act has attempted to stop the abuse of this magnificent breed but has failed. The practice of abuse continues. The National Walking Horse Association has come about for those of us like me that want a forum to show our sound and natural moving gaited horses. I believe that in the near future they will become the organization of choice for the world to showcase the breed. As a hint of whats to come they were asked to represent the bred in the World Equestrian Games. I believe this is a wonderful organization, with a true message of hope for the future of the Tennessee Walking Horse.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Many visits to their website and future participation at their affiliated shows and events.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it bigger, more funds to perpetuate the cause of sound horses. To end the so called "padded" or "performance" horse that is abused in order to get the "big lick" unnatural gait.

February 7, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 7, 2011

The National Walking Horse Association was formed in 1998 to promote the sound Tennessee walking horse and to end the practice of soring.

Most people outside the horse world, and even some people inside it, are not aware of the abusive training and showing practices of a certain segment of
the Tennessee walking horse world. These practices have existed for decades and there is specific legislation prohibiting it, known as the Federal Horse Protection Act. The NWHA offers a show circuit for owners who wish to compete against only sound, healthy horses. At their horse shows, entries are carefully examined prior to admittance, and there is zero tolerance for horses that have any signs of present or past abuse. Horses that do not meet the standard are rejected; while their owners are ticketed and face other consequences.

The NWHA continues its goal of advocating for the end of abusive and inhumane treatment of the Tennessee walking horse. Receipt of the prize money would assist this group in acting on behalf of these voiceless animals.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen a growth in the sound horse movement, and a reduction in the popularity of engaging in the soring of horses. Horses that were formerly victims of abusive treatment, are now sound and pain free.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

My change would be to increase the power of the organization to increase the punishment of persons who engage inabusive treatment of horses.

February 7, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 7, 2011

I have been an owner and exhibitor of the Twh for over40 years. The awefull things they to to compete with these beautiful animals was more that I could deal with. When NWHA started that put the fun back in showing for many of us and especially for the animal. we all show and compete and trail ride on sound animals. It is marvelous.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have rideen and competed with other animals that are trained and shown without abuse.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would get hundreds more people to join them.

February 7, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 7, 2011

I have been involved in the Tennessee Walking Horse Industry for over 20 years now. As a child I enjoyed trail riding and showing in youth classes at local shows. My father and I seemed to collect horses over the years, for both the trails and the "rail" and I was very blessed to have owned and own some truly wonderful horses that have become forever friends. The Tennessee Walking Horse Industry is very complex you see. It is comprised of such a wide variety of individuals that each have their own agendas and wish to promote that agenda entirely. My father and I have always and ever been advocates for the SOUND horse and we beleive that horses should be treated and respected and given an environment as close to their natural one as possible to flourish. For an individual like myself who loves to show and wants to educate and network with other SOUND horse people, the NWHA provides a wonderful place to do this. It is truly the only Horse Industry Organization that stands by their word with fair inspections and honest judging. It is a wonderful tapestry of individuals that beleives in the naturally gaited horse and how to go about showcasing their abilities the best way for the horse and the rider. The NWHA also provides an outlet for trail riders, youth and versatility, which are all areas where the Tennessee Walking Horse excels and should be in the public spotlight. The NWHA is the only Tennessee Walking Horse HIO that was invited to preform at the World Equestrian Games that was held in Kentucky this past year (2010) and I can tell you that this came to be becasue of the amazing volunteers, the organization members and the fact that we as gaited horse lovers police ourselves and want good genuine people to promote our breed and not be a deterrent to our wonderful breed. The NWHA does what no other HIO does, it provides unity among it's members and gives us a safe place to exhibit and promote our horses with like-minded individuals. I can honestly say that from showing for over 20 years that this is the first time I have actually felt like I am a part of a family, a show family that appreciates my dedication, my love and my obvious sincerity to the Tennessee Walking Horse and the NWHA not only rewards those that they feel are exceptional they stand by those individuals ideas and contributions. I have been welcomed to the NWHA with warm welcome arms, unlike other organizations I have belonged to in the past and I feel that the NWHA has high standards for it's members yet each and everyone of us want to be a part of this organization because of that. This is an organization with integrity, character and morals and for that I am grateful because I have not been able to find that or the comraderie in other organizations like I have found in this one. A+ to the NWHA and what they provide, their mission sells itself.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The unity and the promotion of the Healthy and Sound horse and the comraderie among it's members. I have seen a growth in numbers of people who attend the horse shows and an overwhelming number of these individuals that return to these shows and events. There is also a growth in those wanting to not only participate in the events associated witht he NWHA but they would also like to host them which is a difficult task to request of volunteers.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

My changes to this organization would be very minimal. I would love to see an active forum where those involved could chat easily about upcoming events, horse issues, stories, artwork and obviously a classifieds section. Forums are a great tool and I think many sound folks would really enjoy the opportunity to mingle wth one another.

February 6, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 6, 2011

The NWHA has helped wonderful, kind, athletic horses, to be taken away from inhumane treatment, and give them an opportunity to be shown in venues, where their natural talents and great dispositions can be appreciated.
It also affords riders of all abilities, and disabilities, to enjoy these
great horses, whether they are ridden on the trail, in the show ring, or in their versatility events like dressage, trail obstacle, reining, jumping, etc. Thus NWHA is providing opportunities for a great breed of horses and people of all kinds of abilities to enjoy them.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Various riding competitions and clinics.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ask them to promote these horses more to the FEI and USEF, so they can be included in their world competition events, where only horses that trot are included and "gaited"horses are excluded.

February 5, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 5, 2011

NWHA has definitely changed the overall image of the Tennessee Walking Horse for the better. Before NWHA, there were few horse shows that one could exhibit their horse and know they were on a level playing field. NWHA has changed that, and given the TWH owners a venue to show with respect, sound practices, and horses who are not in pain and who have better conformation due to more selective breeding practices to get back to that original natural "walking" horse instead of the pacey big lick horses. There is a huge youth membership in this organization, and versatility of the horses owned by these youth is amazing to watch at shows. I love taking my students to shows now, they aren't exposed to unethical training practices at NWHA events.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

NWHA affiliated shows with students, judging, managing shows, and as the youth committee co-chair.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Move our National Show every 4 years to a different location to accommodate more of the membership around the U.S.

February 3, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 3, 2011

Before I delve into positive impacts, influences, mission, vision of the NWHA, I believe the reader needs a quick synopsis of why the NWHA exists today.
Since the 1940's the inhumane training practices of the Tennessee Walking Horse(TWH) became widespread and prevalent. The practice of soring
the front ankles to enhance their gait for national competition became the norm and IS heavily ingrained in the culture of the padded performance TWH industry . Although the Federal Horse Protection Act of 1977 was meant to protect the horse and prohibit such hideous acts, these practices are STILL prevalent in 2011.
The NWHA was formed for breeders, owners, and exhibitors who love the breed and realize there IS a better way. With a strong mission statement and a vision to promote the naturally gaited Walking Horse, it offers a wonderful alternative to showcase and promote the flat-shod TWH. Since I have been involved with this organization I have witnessed this organization change the hearts and minds of persons who have participated on the "inhumane" side of the TWH industry. The NWHA continues to promote positively, maintain their integrity, and allows the membership to drive the organization.

In summary, the NWHA offers a three (3) important aspects. 1) It offers a culture and vision for members to be involved in and organization who supports the HUMANE treatment and training of such a wonderful breed. 2) It offers stringent enforcement of the Horse Protection Act, to ensure the horse is protected 3) Offers an alternative for those who EVENTUALLY realize inhumane treatment of the TWH is ethically and morally wrong.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Horse shows are SO MUCH FUN!!! Everyone is on the SAME page. Prior to the NWHA, the only horse shows available were horrible to witness and participate in. Trainers applying topical ointments to the pastern to pass inspection. Or trainers walking the sore horse in the shadows until they "appear" presentable to the inspectors. With the NWHA, the sore horse is no more!!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I'd like to see every committee work on measuring their progress. If you are not measuring your progress, then you don't know if you're improving.

February 3, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 3, 2011

It was through the NWHA that I was introduced to the Tennessee Walking Horse breed. Watching the behavior of these horses and their owners/riders at a large regional horse show, with one rider even asking me to hold her horse while she checked on a ruling, showed me some very positive things about this breed of horse and the friendliness of the people within NWHA. Several months later I adopted a Walking Horse of my own. The NWHA had opened my eyes to what a Walking Horse should be and could be as an alternative to the gross exageration that I had seen in the media. The NWHA promotes the versatility and utility of the Walking Horse, sponsors many events and activities that appeal to Walking Horse owners, young and old, as well as works toward developing the potential of the breed in general. Because of the information that I've learned from the people within this organization I was able to help a friend to find a Walking Horse of her own. It is a tribute to this organization that they were selected to be the breed affiliate for the Walking Horse at the 2010 World Equestrian Games. A high honor indeed. This board and members of this organization make the NWHA a "people-oriented" horse association that I'm proud know.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching horse shows, contributing articles to their newsletter, attending sponsored clinics.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of anything that I would change at this time.

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