Fall Board/Membership Meeting

The TVPFHA Fall Board/Membership meeting will be held Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the home of Stella and G.C. Hixson.

2322 Floraton Road
Readyville, TN  37149

Meeting Time:  11:30 – Lunch Provided


Old Business
Approval of the Spring/Summer TVPFHA Meeting Minutes
New Business
Committee Reports
Show Committee
Website Committee
Finance Committee
Sunshine Report
Recreation, Promotion and Events Committee
Other New Business and Properly Presented


Please let us know if you will attend the meeting, so that we may plan adequately for lunch.

Thank you,
Stella Hixson, President TVPFHA

A Star Is Born

All of us who have bred horses know and understand that not every foal will be destined for the Show Ring. Such was the case for the grey colt we named “Duende” which means “something extra special”. His grandsire was none other than Mar de Plata Lace and his dam had strong old bloodlines. However, Duende was “different” and a puzzle to understand. For the first year of his life he put me through challenges no other foal had or has since. He was difficult to handle and really preferred not to be handled. He made it an event to return to the barn at night with his mother and me, and trust in his people came slowly. At 2 ½ years old, we gave him to Ned Wilson who is an excellent trainer with young horses. Ned told us Duende was the most difficult horse he had ever trained to saddle. When his early training was complete, Duende came home. It was clear Duende was not a Show Horse. He worked fine on trail, but that did not excite him. He disliked the vet and farrier, and he was not attracted to most people. What was Duende’s purpose in life? At around age 3 1/2, the colt gave me an “aha” moment. I began to observe that Duende spent a lot of time leaning over the fence watching the mares and babies. He studied them and you could almost see his mind learning from the mares and assessing the babies. Duende had uncovered his talent and what made him indeed a special gelding. Over the years, Duende and I became special friends. He was my second in command, and I trusted him implicitly with babysitting our precious foals, guarding and protecting them and teaching them horse manners and good decision-making. Duende was firm but gentle and each foal in his care was an individual whose special needs he identified.

An example of his superior intelligence occurred one Sunday morning when I went to the barn for morning feeding. Duende had 7 colts and 1 filly in his care that year, ages 5-9 months. He always brought his little herd up to the fence close to the barn where all the feed buckets were lined up. Not this morning. He did not respond to my calls, so I got on the 4-wheeler to investigate. As I approached the end of the paddock close to the road, I saw a 16-foot top board on the ground. The foals could easily have jumped out of the paddock and into traffic. Duende had all 8 babies lined up in a row facing him like a drill sergeant in front of the downed fence. I was amazed. Not one foal moved until I had the board back in place and Duende gave the OK.

When Duende was well into his twenties and growing old, he trained another gelding that he selected to take over his job. El Jaleo, a 4th Grand National Champion Gelding, listened and learned well.

The day Duende was assisted to Heaven, he was quietly in the arena, with all the doors closed and his favorite people and cats surrounded him. The other horses could not see or hear, but they all knew. Duende had helped to raise every horse on the farm, and as he passed a hush came over the whole farm. All of the horses appeared depressed and went off their feed for several days. The grey colt who could not find himself had become a “Star”, and left his human and animal friends with a big hole in their hearts.


Joy Van Loon

Southern Equine Expo – Breed Demonstration

TVPHA will participate in the Southern Equine Expo, which will be held on February 24-26, 2017 at the Miller Arena in Murfreesboro, Tenn. During this event, we will have a booth and display our horses twice during the event before thousands of horse enthusiasts so that they can see why our horses are so special. Also, Paso Fino and Horsemanship Trainer Michael Gascon will be performing from 12:00 – 12:45 p.m. on Friday, February 24, as well as participating in a Colt Starting Challenge throughout the event. For more information go to http://www.southernequineexpo.com/.

Paso Fino Horse Association, Inc. 2017 Judges & Stewards Education Clinic

You are cordially invited to attend and audit the upcoming judge’s & steward’s clinic at Startown Stable in Newton, NC on February 11 & 12, 2017. Please come join us and observe the training that all our PFHA judges and stewards are required to have per the PFHA Rule Book. Take this opportunity to meet and visit with our licensed officials.

The host hotel is Holiday Inn Express of Hickory
(828) 328-2081
2250 US Highway 70 SE
Hickory, NC 28602
Rate $99 + taxes per night
This hotel is less than 5 minutes from the farm and close to many shops and restaurants.

The cost to audit is $50.00
This may help you understand and answer some questions about the judging process and our steward’s responsibilities.

For more information, contact Rick Meyer, Chair of J&S Education & Clinic – (314) 520-5707

“The more you know; the better you show!”
Hope you can attend!

Download Clinic Information and Reservation

Nashville Christmas Parade

Dec. 3, 2016 – Nashville Christmas Parade

Members of TVPFHA and Kentucky Paso Fino Horse Association have been invited to participate in the Nashville Christmas Parade on Saturday December 3rd. The parade will be nationally televised on 165 stations reaching as far as Hawaii. The parade starts at 9:00 AM and participants will need to be at the starting point at 7:00 AM for line up. The dress will be similar to the black formal show attire that one would wear if participating in a performance or fino show division (at least try to have a black jacket, hat and pants and a white shirt). If anyone is interested in participating, please contact Stella Hixson as soon as possible at 615-403-4702. This is a great opportunity to showcase our wonderful horses.

There are stalls available for an overnight stay at MTSU for $15.00 plus tax per night if needed.