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Celebration enhancement

Posted Monday, August 29, 2011, at 2:22 PM

Please leave positive comments only, no sarcasm, on what you think would enhance the entire Celebration experience for exhibitors, fans and Shelbyville.

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Let's not forget the Tennessee walking horse was developed because it's smooth gait was preferred by southern plantation owners checking on their crops and their "workers".

There are still plantation classes in today's shows.

I'm surprised the NAACP hasn't staged a massive protest of the show.

-- Posted by quietmike on Mon, Sep 5, 2011, at 10:34 AM


As I said previously...Not everyone in Shelbyville is glad to see the horse show come to town. And as for the empty shelves in the store...I am sure that the customers that "live here" were not so happy to see the empty shelves when they go to buy groceries. I am also happy for you that you moved from Shelbyville some 50 years ago.

-- Posted by AmericanWoman on Sun, Sep 4, 2011, at 9:41 AM

With all the (positive comments) for such a cash cow for all the local vendors I know now why I was so happy to move from Shelbyville some 50 years ago. I would hate to leave my cart in an asile,I bet the store owner really hated to see his empty shelves.

-- Posted by eyeavol on Sat, Sep 3, 2011, at 5:43 PM

The animal abuse associated with the Walking Horse industry is no more representative of the breed than the crimes associated with other equine breeds or even other beasts.

The Walkers in pleasure classes,on trail rides,in service as mounts for parks and police officers and in the entertainment industry manage to make a positive impression with their beauty,stamina,

intelligence,cheerful nature and easy ride.

They do this without illegal "enhancements" that injure and pervert the horses' bodies as thoroughly as the breed's reputation.

The Celebration was founded on pride in our Tennessee Walking Horses and the desire to promote and support our community.

The further we've gotten away from the original intentions,the less we've had to celebrate.

How ironic that the "professional" Walker and its commercial exhibition seem to many to be about greed and shame rather than pride,achievement and generosity.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Fri, Sep 2, 2011, at 4:35 AM

Its positive for the poor horses, that are abused to perform for money-hungry humans who wish to witness this abomination.

-- Posted by countrymom on Thu, Sep 1, 2011, at 12:15 PM

So much for the positive comments!!!

-- Posted by leeiii on Wed, Aug 31, 2011, at 2:27 PM

So much for the positive comments!!!

-- Posted by leeiii on Wed, Aug 31, 2011, at 2:26 PM

The best enhancement would be to do away with it. That is the most unnatual gait a horse could have. Their back end is out of alignment. There is too much abuse to the horses to perform this gait. Do away with it and build a mall or some and a roller rink and more restraunts.

-- Posted by countrymom on Wed, Aug 31, 2011, at 1:57 PM

Enhance the celebration? I vote for shutting it down.

Who cares how much money that farce brings in. It's a tradition based on nothing more than animal cruelty - cruelty that is still prevalent today. It may not be as commomplace but it certainly still exists.

-- Posted by gottago on Wed, Aug 31, 2011, at 12:04 PM

Not everyone in Shelbyville is glad to see the horse show come to town. It may be a great thing for Shelbyville to make money. But I agree with everything quietmike said and Dianatn.

I was in a grocery store here in town last week when a woman from out of town that was here for the horse show kept parking her grocery cart in the middle of the isles. She would stand near the cart blocking the entire area and wouldnt move when people would say excuse me. I have seen this type of behavior time and time again from some of the out of towners. Dont get me wrong, I have also seen it from people that have lived here all of their life but bringing lots more people into town during the horse show only makes more rude people here.

I watch as the out of towners carry entire grocery carts of soft drinks, bottles water etc.out of the store and when I go to buy soft drinks the shelves are empty a lot of the time. It also makes me mad that this time of year you can walk into the deli at Kroger and there will be large containers of chicken tenders, specialty cookies etc. and they are on sale but the rest of the year the store will only carry small containers of these items and the prices are almost never on sale.

I am not rude to the out of towners but I am always glad to see it gone each year.

-- Posted by AmericanWoman on Wed, Aug 31, 2011, at 9:58 AM

if there was not a problem with soaring there would be no need for inspectors. return the industry to what is was to start with, remove all the politics and negative attentiion and it will soar higher than it ever has.

-- Posted by Bill H on Tue, Aug 30, 2011, at 4:00 PM

I don't know and am not trying to put words in quietmike's mouth but I thought he was referring to the stop signs that suddenly appear during the horse show or maybe what other time of year can you ride golf carts up and down Madison Street. Or possibly the open beer in the horse show grounds that no one is suppose to see.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Tue, Aug 30, 2011, at 1:20 PM

Take the Federal Inspectors out to dinner & a drink every night. Someone must be in a bad mood to differ so vastly from what they have been doing all year.

I know, I know, we don't want soring, and I wholeheartedly agree, but inconsistencies are killing the show and we can use all the revenue we can get.

Not just the town, but all the civic clubs and school groups that benefit from our visitors are being hurt.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Aug 30, 2011, at 12:28 PM

Not having grown up here, I found the show to be really a cool community thing, still do. Must say there was nothing community wise to compare to it. I hope it never fizzles out.

-- Posted by wonderwhy on Tue, Aug 30, 2011, at 10:00 AM

The thing that immediately comes to mind is that all local residents should be more accomodating to the out of town guests, and to be thankful for the great influx of money that comes into Shelbyville, Bedford County, and Middle Tennessee every year during the "Celebration" and even for the myriad of other shows.

-- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Aug 30, 2011, at 6:46 AM

I'm not sure I understand what's wrong with repaving roads. Generally, roads are repaved during warm weather months -- "just before the Celebration" -- because that's the optimal time to work with asphalt.

Sometimes, there will be a rush to get an ongoing project finished before the show, because traffic is heavier during the show and would be made worse by paving projects during that time. Again, I'm not sure this is some sort of sinister favoritism so much as common sense.

And if a road is repaved, don't residents benefit from it long after the show is over? So, what's the problem exactly?

-- Posted by Jicarney on Mon, Aug 29, 2011, at 10:40 PM

We publish the police blotter and crime-related news in the Times-Gazette during The Celebration. The show's presence has nothing whatsoever to do with crime coverage.

-- Posted by David Melson on Mon, Aug 29, 2011, at 3:24 PM

Quit putting on a fake face for Shelbyville.

Enforce laws during the celebration, the same as any other time.

There is no need to turn a blind eye to drunks riding their dually trucks, or golf carts, on our roads just because they might have brought money to the area.

How many times are roads repaved just before the celebration, even though it's the locals who pay for them?

Even the T-G is somewhat guilty as they refuse to publish the blotter, or other controversial stories, during the celebration.

-- Posted by quietmike on Mon, Aug 29, 2011, at 2:36 PM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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