SHELBYVILLE, Tenn.- The president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' Association has been suspended following a dispute of website domain names.
A letter sent to Marty Irby on July 30 from Doyle Meadows, the CEO of The Celebration stated that Irby was extorting the group, after he refused to transfer back two websites purchased in TWHBEA's name: tennesseewalkinghorseworldchampionship.com and tennesseewalkinghorseworldgrandchampionship.com.
Irby claimed he was trying to use the websites to gain leverage in Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Sponsorship and that the domains were his to use.
Following multiple letters between leaders of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration and the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' Association a lawyer was hired and the case brought to the National Arbitration Forum.
During arbitration, it was decided that TWHBEA had no right to the domain names.
Due to what the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration leaders considered "bad faith" Irby was suspended from the Celebration grounds all Celebration activities for one year. Irby was also asked to reimburse the Walking Horse National Celebration leaders the over $11,000 they spent in court costs.