The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration and two industry groups say they support alternative legislation to the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, or PAST Act.

"The Celebration commends and supports fully Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and her commonsense legislation to eliminate soring from the Tennessee Walking Horse industry," according to a Celebration press release.

The Celebration joins the Walking Horse Trainers' Association and Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' & Exhibitors' Association in endorsing Blackburn's legislation.


H.R. 4098, the Horse Protection Amendments Act of 2013, was introduced with nine additional co-sponsors.

The PAST Act seeks to amend the Horse Protection Act. U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., introduced the bill that has 46 senators and 265 representatives as sponsors.

"The Celebration applauds everyone in the industry that supports the efforts of Congresswoman Blackburn and we stand ready to assist in any way possible the voluntary introduction of the items contained in the legislation," Celebration Chief Executive Mike Inman says.

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