There are a number of renowned hall of fame categories in the world — many have to do with sports, like baseball, football, basketball, boxing, soccer — just about every sport has a hall of fame. Then there’s the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Hall of Fame, and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Almost unbelievably, there’s even a Robot Hall of Fame.
Within the equine industry, one hall of fame stands alone — the esteemed Western States Horse Expo Hall of Fame.
Rightfully so, the list of honorees reads like the Who’s Who of the horse world:
Frank Vessels / 2002
Ray Hunt / 2003
Robert Miller, DVM / 2004
Pat Parelli / 2006
Linda Tellington-Jones / 2007
(You may wonder why there is no award for 2005; the judges felt that there were no nominations worthy of this coveted award.)
And now the Western States Horse Expo is awaiting your nomination so that an unbiased committee may make a careful selection for the 2008 Hall of Fame inductee. To submit your nomination, simply compose a letter stating why your nomination should be selected. Send the letter via mail to Post Office Box 517, Coloma, CA 95613 or submit it via email to email@example.com
. The deadline for submissions is May 9, 2008. The person selected for this honor will be introduced at the Saturday Evening Showcase (June 7) at the Expo, which runs June 6-8 at Cal Expo in Sacramento, California.
Deciding who will be triumphant as an inductee into the Hall of Fame is always a tough decision to make each year. To explain how truly special this award is, perhaps the wording on the perpetual trophy says it best: “In honor of those who have made a significant, meaningful difference in the world of horses.”
Last year the “all men” inductee pattern was broken and an exemplary horsewoman got “the nod” unanimously from the Hall of Fame selection committee. The nomination form that heralded Linda Tellington-Jones’s accomplishments and contributions listed her numerous presentations, lectures, awards, television appearances, videos, books and an explanation of her work that has helped horses and horse people around the world for decades.
Linda was completely surprised about the Hall of Fame award, thinking that she was riding in the Expo’s Saturday Evening Showcase as a clinician and she would simply ride around, grin at the crowd, and have fun waving a sparkly rodeo queen wave. She was loaned a Paint horse mare from one of the California Cowgirls, and she even borrowed a cowgirl hat with glittery tiara attached. When told at the last minute that she won the Hall of Fame award, ever the consummate professional, she smiled, gathered her reins and cantered to the center of the arena where she was met by Horse Expo founder and president Miki Cohen and radio and television personality Rick Lamb (who always lends a certain savoir-faire to any event). Linda said graciously as she was presented with her plaque, “I'm thrilled at the honor of being inducted into the Western States Horse Expo Hall of Fame. To share my work with over 70,000 enthusiastic lovers of horses at this educational expo is a wonderful opportunity to change the world one TTouch at a time.”
Pat Parelli couldn’t attend his Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the 2006 Western States Horse Expo. So in 2007 he rode out to the arena before Linda Tellington-Jones to accept his plaque and make a brief speech. As the two Hall of Fame recipients rode around the arena to greet the attendees, Pat Parelli on his black mare “Magic” did some fancy spins, slide stops and other crowd-pleasing maneuvers — all unrehearsed and spontaneous — but that didn’t deter Linda Tellington-Jones from keeping right up with Pat on a horse that she had ridden for about four minutes! Her glittery jacket captured the stadium lights as she spun, slid and cantered while holding her plaque in one hand. She proved that cowgirls can keep up with cowboys any day of the week! The crowd leaped to its feet as these two performers and riders extraordinaire “strutted their stuff!”
An innovator in the horse world since the 1960s, Linda Tellington-Jones’s background includes an amazing variety of riding accomplishments, from hunters, jumpers, dressage, steeplechasing, combined training, competitive trail riding, English pleasure, Western pleasure, Top Ten placings in the world-renowned Tevis Cup 100 mile ride, to a world record in endurance she set in 1964 on a 100-mile race that remained unchallenged for seven years. Her unique background with horses includes directing the Pacific Coast School of Horsemanship in California, a nine-month residential school for riding instructors and trainers.
Linda’s contributions to equine behavior, health and communication are recognized and acclaimed internationally; her TTouch and TTEAM methods have been successfully used by Olympic contestants and trail riders alike. As part of Linda’s legacy, she has authored 18 books in 14 languages and has produced 21 videos of her work with animals. Her current projects include teaching orphaned children in Africa how to help animals in local veterinary hospitals and animal shelters by using the Tellington Method of TTouch.
For more information about the Western States Horse Expo, visit http://www.horsexpo.com
or call 800/352-2411.
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