A week after it was announced that a Florida horse show sponsored by the Celebration had been called off, the Walking Horse Trainers' Association (WHTA) is picking up the reins.
The WHTA and Gulf Coast Charity Celebration Association, Inc. announced Wednesday that the 2013 Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show will be held April 25-27 in Panama City Beach, Fla., after all.
The WHTA approved the joint venture unanimously less than a week after The Celebration and Gulf Coast Charity chose to cancel the horse show, which has been renamed the Gulf Coast Charity Trainers' Show.
Celebration CEO Mike Inman said last week that they were "unable to achieve the correct balance of cost, participation, and sponsorship to make the show profitable in 2012."
According to an announcement from the Walking Horse Report, after hearing of the cancelation, the WHTA reached out to the Florida organization to see if it could possibly help save the show on the 2013 calendar.
"Our industry needs every horse show we can get, especially those that feature our horse in geographic areas that are not highly concentrated with shows," said show manager Benny Johnson. "We are proud to be able to assist the Gulf Coast Charity and manage it but we will need the help of everyone to make it a success."
Those interested in sponsoring the show should contact the WHTA at 684-5866.
A final class schedule and more details surrounding the show will be released in the near future. The three-day show has been a staple on the Walking Horse show calendar since 1999.
The 15th Annual show will feature three evening performances of both pleasure and performance Tennessee Walking Horse classes, and offers the industry a chance to enjoy the popular tourist destination and all it has to offer along with some of the industry's top competition, the WHTA said.
"We appreciate the partnership with The Celebration last year and are so excited to see the Trainers' Association step up and manage the show in 2013 to keep the tradition of the Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show alive for its 15th year," said board members Todd Fisher and Ben Lee.