1963-Voice Of The Tennessee Walking Horse 1963 July Voice - Page 7

Voice of the Tennessee Walking Horse 5 California Walking Horse Interest Centers in Organizations By VIRGINIA LAMB May 16th was the date for a dinner- meeting between the Morada Tennes­ see Walking Horse Club of Stockton (Sponsor) and the Northern Cali­ fornia Tennessee Walking Horse As­ sociation here in Sacramento. This was an annual dinner, to be sponsored next year by the NCTWHA, and was held at the Del Prado, one of Sacra­ mento’s leading restaurants. My hus­ band, Ted, and J had the pleasure of attending this and meeting some very fine Walking Horse owners. A few of those attending were: Mr Mitch Mc­ Clure, Mr. Bill Oakford, Dr. Carl Bishop and wife, Florence, all of the greater Los Angeles area. Mr. and Mrs. Don Harrington, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Casper, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Beards- lee and several others from Stockton. From the greater Sacramento area: Mrs. Kenneth Morris, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Porter, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Landers, Mr. and Mrs. Art Kiefer, Mr. Leonard Dunn, Mr. Larry Jines, Mrs. Jan Tabares, Mr. Harrison Cutler and Miss Beulah Capers. Mitch McClure gave a nice talk re­ garding pleasure horse owners be­ coming future exhibitors and of the satisfaction and enjoyment being an exhibitor brings to the individual. He also made the statement that if he had to make a choice of being a pleas­ ure horse owner or a show horse own­ er, that he would sell his pleasure stock. Harrison Cutler, horse show chair­ man of the California State Fair, made a speech that is sure to be of interest to all horse owners. While I cannot give the whole speech, I can certainly pass along some of the information. He spoke of the reasons why the horse show had been changed from the State Fair program in September to be part of the County Fair in the spring dur­ ing May. May, for the past three years, has been colder than blue blazes and windy enough to blow a fella clear into the next county. The attendance during this time has just not been up to the expected. During September, however, not only were the entries tremendous, but the attendance at the horse show went way beyond standing room only and many had to be turned away at the gates. Now, after finding out by trial and error that warmer weather brings out the crowds, the next horse show will possibly be moved into June of next year. This should, in my own opinion, bring the attendance up to a more normal aver­ age and give more entries. It is up to the State of California, however, to change the future, date, and if all horsemen, both spectator and entrant, get behind this, I am quite sure it can and will be done. This was one of the nicest dinners I have ever attended and was not only entertaining but quite informative. I did not have the opportunity to meet everyone there, but to those I did meet, it was a real pleasure, and to those I didn’t meet, I hope to meet at a later time. NCTWHA By-Laws Read At the last meeting of the NCTWHA, the by-laws drawn up by Leonard Dunn were read. Section 2 dealt with why the Association was formed, and since it was of such great interest to me, I want to pass it along to you, it goes like this: “The object of the Association shall be to encour­ age and promote the breeding, show­ ing and riding of the Tennessee Walk­ ing Horse in the show ring as a show horse, pleasure horse and trial horse and also as a ranch horse. To help develop a statewide system of the Walking Horse in all fields, to support legislation that may effect and benefit horsemen and horses. To encourage the spirit of good fellowship and unity among all the people that are inter­ ested in Walking Horses. To promote a feeling of goodwill of all people in Northern California and the sur­ rounding States, and a rekindling of the pioneer law, abiding spirit of our forefathers and their love of fine horses.” 1 believe in this firmly. To me, one of the greatest inheritances our fore­ fathers could leave us is the love of fine horses. They have served us well in the past. They pulled the pioneers in covered wagons, plowed fields, herded cattle, and even went to war. They were there when needed and served man well. There is no longer much need for a horse to pull a plow or a wagon, but that is no excuse for us to forget they exist and what they have done for us through the years. The horse is as deeply rooted in Amer­ ican history as the Indian, the May­ flower, and Custer’s Last Stand. Although the horse is no longer as useful as he was a century ago, he is still, and should always be, a perma­ nent part of our lives; to be enjoyed, loved and cared for well. Our children should grow up with the knowledge that a horse can be a trusted friend. The love of a child for his horse can­ not be put into writing. You have to see it, to feel it, to know it. Let’s not let the horse die out, but promote him to your fullest. Let him become a part of your life and you will find he can become a family affair. He may even prove to be that “something" your family is missing. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Every so often I receive questions that might possibly benefit all Walk­ ing Horse owners or prospective buy­ ers. Here are a few and my answers to them. Q—I notice you have formed the Northern California TWFI Associa­ tion. We do not own Walkers at the present, but are interested in learning all we can about them. Cotdd we do this in your Association without being high-pressured into buying an animal we are not ready for? Could we also voice an opinion without fear of being cut short? This is important as it has happened to us before! A—I am quite sure that if you joined this Association, or any other for that matter, that you should not have to be worried about being ‘high-pres­ sured’. If the people in the Association membership are truly interested in promoting the Walking Horse, they will wait and let you do the deciding. You should, by all means, be allowed to voice an opinion without fear of reprisal. If you are right in your opin­ ion, the members will more than likely go along with you. If you are wrong, they should show or tell you why with­ out being to ‘know it all’. I would definitely say “Yes” to both questions. Q—We are interested in purchasing a couple of good pleasure horses but have a difference of opinion as to whether or not we should buy a colt or a settled horse. We know nothing about the Walker except what we have read. What do you think? A—Well, the best way to answer this would be to have you answer these questions for yourself. Do you have proper facilities to raise a colt? How familiar are you with horses in gen­ eral? Can you afford to raise a colt? Do you feel you can afford to have the colt broken and trained by a profes­ sional? If you can’t honestly say “yes”, then I will try to tell what I would do in your place. It is not as easy as some would like to think when it comes to raising a colt. Without proper feed and care they will not develop or grow prop- (Con tinned on Page 6)