“I learned what it takes to live the American dream from the examples set by my parents.”
Making an indelible mark in the high stakes equestrian world is just the beginning for Allison Thorson, who holds over 200 Championship titles, including the record for the most World Championships in the history of Tennessee Walking Horses.
Over the past ten years, Thorson has maintained a rigorous training, competition and travel schedule, competing at horse shows 36 weeks per year. As of 2019, she has won more than 1,000 blue ribbons and over 100 National High Point Championships. She is a 38-time National Champion, 59-time International Champion and holds 78 World Titles, including 12 World Grand Championships.
Allison recently entered the sport of reining, a western horse discipline where the rider must skillfully execute a pattern of small slow circles, large fast circles, flying lead changes, roll backs, 360-degree spins done in place, and exciting sliding stops. She is currently training under the direction of Schermsal Reining horses.
There is more to her than training and competing, as she moves from the barn to the boardroom, and from arenas to legislative committee hearings. She served as Youth Vice President of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association from 2014-2018. She was also the youngest director to be elected in the breed history, with her inaugural year on the Board of Directors at age 20. Her poise and knowledge have led to her latest project – hosting the pilot episode of Horses and Horsepower, scheduled to premiere on RIDE TV in 2020.
Understanding the needs of horses both in the show ring and the barn, Thorson recently acquired Tenda Horse Products, a trusted agricultural brand that has been serving the performance horse industry for over 45 years. The primary goal of Tenda Horse Products is to develop and manufacture safe and effective products using top–quality ingredients to enhance the lives of horses. In addition to Tenda Horse, Thorson is involved in the development of The Farm – a premier residential equestrian housing community created in Tennessee that will feature 350 residential options, riding trails, golf, a clubhouse and swimming pool among other amenities.
“I learned what it takes to live the American dream from the examples set by my parents, and I keep those values at the forefront when it comes to growing my career as a businesswoman,” Thorson said. “With an upbringing based on strong values, determination, hard work and enthusiasm, I was fortunate to learn first-hand the many different facets of the businesses and brands my family has established.”
Today, Allison proudly works alongside her parents, continuing to build ThorWorks Industries, the umbrella company of their many businesses in the coatings world.
Combining their talents, experiences and entrepreneurial spirits, the family created several agricultural and equine businesses, building and developing two farm locations in Ohio and Tennessee.
Thorson owns and manages ThorSport Farm, with world-class equestrian facilities in Murfreesboro, TN and Sandusky, OH. She fosters and maintains the farm’s standard as an equestrian haven for horse owners, their families, trainers and riders to fulfill their equine passions. The Sandusky location features 20 acres, 22 stalls and an indoor/outdoor arena. The farm in Murfreesboro comprises 500 acres, 78 stalls, and an indoor/outdoor arena. Both facilities utilize ThorTurf, a turf engineered to be dust free and low maintenance, providing the quality and performance demanded by equine enthusiasts.
Switching gears from her own horses to 800 horsepower comes naturally to Allison, as the Advisor and Spokesperson for ThorSport Racing. The Thorson family’s NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series team, which boasts three national championships, fields four trucks and is the longest-tenured NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series team.
“My life in the worlds of equestrian competition and business has given me a unique perspective and more positive experiences than I could ever have envisioned that fateful day I first got on a horse,” said Thorson. “Being able to extend everything I have learned to help others, whether horses or people, has been both the highlight and the goal. I eagerly look forward to what’s next.”