August 15, 2011 – Nashville, TN – The Women’s Horse Industry Network has announced that well known singer songwriter, Templeton Thompson, has been awarded a WHINNY award. The WHINNY awards are given out to people in the country music industry with high visibility who help save horses and use their love of horses to promote the equine industry. Some of the winners include: Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Amy Nelson, Raelyn Nelson, Bonnie Gardner, Lacy J. Dalton and Mike and Martha Borchetta.
In addition to her love of music, Thompson has an intense passion for horses. Not only does she own and ride horses as often as she can, her love of horses shows up in the songs she sings & writes. Templeton’s mare Jane is a Breyer model & she and Templeton have performed at many horse events together across the country. “My horses are my inspiration, my healers & my teachers,” Templeton says.
Thompson may not be a household name to many but in the music industry she’s well known and well respected. She has written hits for many of country music’s top artists such as Reba McEntire, Jo Dee Messina, Sherrie’ Austin & Little Texas and her song “Settle Down Cinderella” is featured in the 20th Century Fox motion picture, Dr. Doolittle 3. She has released several albums on her own label & is now working on a new CD called “Icy Blue Heart.”
“We are really thrilled to give this WHINNY to Templeton. She’s got a very loyal following and her music about her love for horses reaches a worldwide audience. And, that definitely helps the equine industry overall,” states WHIN’s Executive Director, Catherine Masters.