(SHELBYVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration has banned the breeders group president from Celebration grounds over a dispute over a website domain name, The Tennessean reports.
Celebration CEO Doyle Meadows said in a letter Monday to Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' Association President Marty Irby that the ban would last one year.
The disagreement started last year when the breeders group registered two website domain names including the words "Tennessee Walking Horse World Championship" and "Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Championship." Irby then sent an email in May to Celebration seeking a sponsorship deal in exchange for the website names, which escalated the conflict. Celebration challenged the breeders group's rights to the two website names and took the case to the National Arbitration Forum. The breeders group, by registering the names with GoDaddy.com, agreed to handle the dispute through arbitration, the paper says.
Records from arbitration forms show that Celebration has had the rights to the words "World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse" since 1939, and owns the phrase "World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse," according to The Tennessean.
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