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FOSH to Present Gaited Horse Judging Clinic in Europe

History will be made when Dianne Little, Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) Director of Judging, presents an Independent Judges Association (IJA) judging clinic in South Germany, prior to the European Championships for Tennessee Walking Horses. At this time, Natural Walking Horses (NWH) promotes horses that are barefoot or plain shod, that can perform a true four beat walking gait.

Little was recently contacted by Carolin Klaus, European Tennessee Walking Horse Association (ETWHA) Executive Director, to present a two-day judging clinic July 30-31. It would be held in preparation for the European Championship Aug. 1-3. The hope is to have three TWH judges for that show. “I had expected such a request a year from now,” Little said. “I was surprised but pleased that they want the clinic this year. I think the acceleration of the sound horse movement in Europe is significant.” The European Championship will feature Tennessee Walkers, Peruvian Pasos and Paso Finos. Mary Donald, Rupert, Idaho, is the IJA judge selected to officiate over the Peruvian Pasos at this show.

The request for a sound horse clinic came after many European Walking Horse owners wanted sound rules to identify sound horses. They formed The Natural Walking Horse Association to protect their horses and honor a natural way of going. “It would be more than wonderful if we could have a two-day judging clinic before the show,” Klaus said. “All the NWH founders would be very honored to have Ms. Little and a FOSH IJA Judge’s Clinic in Europe. I believe a FOSH Judges’ clinic will be like a big bang in the European walking horse scene.”

Little suggested that the annual IJA judging clinic be held in Germany this year. The FOSH Board of Director enthusiastically agreed. “I felt the promotional value of FOSH/IJA representing the sound horse in Europe was huge,” Little said. “Being the first organization asked to provide a sound, natural gaited horse judging clinic in Europe is a tremendous opportunity.”

FOSH is a national leader in the promotion of natural, sound gaited horses and in the fight against abuse and soring of Tennessee Walking Horses. For more information about FOSH, or to become a member, please visit http://www.fosh.info or call 800-651-7993.


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