MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ And Exhibitors’ Association was proud to present its 2013 Friendship Award recently to the late Jeff Givens.
A beloved member of the walking horse community, Givens, of Murfreesboro, died while hauling home from this year’s Ohio Celebration horse show.
A lifelong lover of the Tennessee Walking Horse, association officials said Givens will be greatly missed by its members. The association not only presented this year’s Friendship Award to Givens, it renamed the award in his memory.
Going forward the award will be known as the Jeff Givens TWHBEA Friendship Award. The association is headquartered in Lewisburg, Tenn., and is the oldest and most prestigious organization devoted to the promotion of the breed.
Founded in 1935, the breed registry was established to record the pedigrees of the Tennessee walking horse. Its goal is to maintain the purity of the breed, to promote greater awareness of the Tennessee walking horse and its qualities, to encourage expansion of the breed, and to help assure its general welfare.