BRENTWOOD, TN - Lori Northrup, organizer of “The Sound Horse Conference”, announced that the annual Conference will be held this coming weekend, March 28 to 30, at the Four Points by Sheraton in Brentwood, Tennessee and the Rising Glory Farm in Lewisburg, TN.
“We expect people from Tennessee, and all across the country, to join us in Brentwood for this educational program to help end the soring of the Tennessee Walking Horse. This conference will bring together people who love horses and want to educate themselves to help protect this breed, and to enjoy them sound and naturally,” said Northrup, who is the New York Director of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association.
The event will feature many Tennesseans, including key note speaker Clay Harlin whose family owns Harlinsdale Farm; John C. Haffner, DVM, member of the Horse Science Faculty at M.T.S.U.; Donna Benefield, who testified before Congress on behalf of the PAST ACT; Cat Dye of Winchester, proprietor of Black Anvil Equestrian; and Neal Valk, DVM from Greenville, Tennessee who specializes in equine podiatry. Former two time Tennessee Walking Horse breed association President Marty Irby will be the Master of Ceremonies.
Some featured topics will include “Making A Good Living With Walking Horses; The Future of Walking Horse Competitions; Current Soring Tactics, and the USDA’s Enforcement Role.”
The event will headline former “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse Trainers Carl Bledsoe and Jimmy Norris to give first-hand accounts of the “Big Lick” world of soring. Presenting veterinarians include Tracy Turner, DVM, thermography expert, and member of International Equine Hall of Fame; and Mike Blackwell, DVM, former Dean of the University of Tennessee Vet College. Other featured persons on the program include Keith Dane, Equine Director for the Humane Society of the United States, Dr. Rachel Cezar, USDA Horse Protection, and nationally acclaimed Gaited Horse Clinician Gary Lane from Brodhead, Kentucky.
Event Sponsors include: American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, Animal Welfare Institute, Walking Horse Owners Association, American Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals, The Humane Society Of The United States, David Pruett, Frank Neal, Friends of Sound Horses, American Horse Protection Association, Tennessee Voters For Animal Protection, The National Walking Horse Association, the Winner’s Circle Horse Supply, and the Parelli Education Institute.