Candidacy Declaration Deadline is August 1, 2024

This Fall TWHBEA members will elect 17 individuals to serve three year terms and 3 to fill vacancies on the International Board of Directors beginning next year. As directed by the TWHBEA By-Laws, the Executive Committee confirmed the positions of directors from states and aligned regions for the coming election. There are a total of 19 seats to fill from the following states and regions:

State/Region  –  # to elect

Alabama  –  1

California  –  1

Illinois  –  1

Kentucky  –  3

Michigan  –  1
(unexpired term of Dr. Gerald Pease for one year)

Missouri  –  1

S. Carolina  –  1

Tennessee  –  6

Virginia  –  2
(one full term and unexpired term of Bethany Lackey for two years)

Region 1  –  1
Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Region 2  –  1
Iowa, Wisconsin

Region 6 – 1 
Mexico, Dominican Republic
(unexpired term of Jim Dolan for two years)

Anyone interested in running for an open seat must declare their intention to run by August 1, 2024 to the CEO, Mark Farrar, by emailing or mailing TWHBEA, Attn: Mark Farrar, PO Box 286, Lewisburg, TN 37091-0286.

In order to run for a seat on the International Board of Directors, individuals must meet the following qualifications:

Each Director shall be a resident of the state or region from which they are elected;

Each Director shall be eighteen (18) years of age or older at the beginning of the election period;

Each Director must have been a dues-paying member of the Association for at least the past three (3) consecutive years;

A Director may not be serving a USDA-initiated and finally adjudicated Horse Protection Act suspension of thirty (30) days or longer or have served any such HPA suspension in the last 365 days, nor be serving any HPA suspension of thirty days or longer from any USDA certified horse industry organization during the Director’s term or his/her term will be terminated;

Each director must take and at all times conform to the oath of office extant at the time of the director’s election and as amended at any time during the term of office;

Each potential Director must have had at least one horse duly registered with the Association for a period of one year, commencing as of August 1 of the preceding year to be elected, and must keep at least one horse continuously registered throughout the duration of the election period and the term.

Additionally, no person shall be eligible to be a director for more than two (2) full consecutive terms, however, a director may serve more than two (2) nonconsecutive terms.

A complete copy of the TWHBEA By Laws and more information on the election of directors can be found at