What is a Pleasure Walking Horse?
The Plantation Pleasure Walking Horse is a relatively recent name for a type of horse that has been used commonly in the Southeastern United States since the late 1800s. The breed combines the bloodlines of the Thoroughbred, Standardbred, Morgan, and American Saddlebred. It was originally developed as a farm animal and became an integral part of daily life in the rural South.
The Walker’s most important distinction from other breeds is its four-beat gait–with the head nodding and the rear legs striding. This fluid motion enables it to perform the Running Walk. During the Flat Walk or Running Walk, the rider remains seated while the horse covers considerable ground in a smooth, bounce-free manner.
The term “Plantation” is used to denote those horses which are flat-shod and move like their ancestors did across the fields and roads of the Old South. Plantation Pleasure Walking Horses are noted for their hardiness and calm, accepting disposition.
Plantation Pleasure Walking Horses are no longer found only in the South, but are found everywhere that a smooth, steady gait and an easy disposition can be appreciated. The popularity of the old-style, natural moving Walker is growing almost as fast and smoothly as a good Walker covers ground.
To promote the beauty and usefulness of the natural moving pleasure Walking Horse.
To bring together people who share an interest in the pleasure Walking Horse.
To provide an association that offers a network, activities and marketplace for those who enjoy the pleasure Walking Horse.
Board Meetings are open to ALL PPWHANC members. Board Meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Please contact President Elaine Ray at 919-260-4242 if you wish to be a guest or on the agenda for a meeting.
All members are welcome to attend board meetings and express concerns about the way the Club is run, about our fun shows or the Classic or any other matters that they feel they have a responsibility to report to the board.
Kevin Gilliam, Elaine Ray, Jessica Deal & Brenda Nelms
Trail Rides Committee
Barbara Parker & Jessica Deal
Brenda Nelms & Jessica Deal