Fun Show picks up Friday night

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Another great night of blue skies welcomed visitors to the second session of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration's 39th Annual Spring Fun Show Friday. A good crowd was on hand to watch the sixteen classes make the gate call onto the Celebration Arena track, according to Jimmy Burton, spokesman for TWHNC.

"The trainers did another wonderful job of presenting compliant horses for inspection to the SHOW DQPs and USDA Officials," said Celebration CEO Doyle Meadows. "One hundred four horses were presented for inspection, with only three of those entries receiving tickets from the SHOW DQPs and one additional ticket written by the USDA VMOs."

"That is over 96 percent of those horses presented being in compliance with the Horse Protection Act. We want to thank the trainers for a great job."

That brings the total number of USDA tickets to 16 through Friday night.

Following the conclusion of the evening's classes, the crowd retired to Champions Arena to hear the sounds of the band Entice from Nashville. The entertainment was provided by Lee and Mike McGartland and Mike Davis and Shamrock Farms.

The 39th Annual Spring Fun Show was scheduled to come to a close on Saturday night following a 16-class schedule.

Classes in the halter, pleasure and performance divisions were on the docket.

A wrapup of the Fun Show and results of Saturday's classes will be included in Tuesday's Times-Gazette.

Results are available on the web at

Meadows not resigning

In light of rumors in person and on industry chat sites that Meadows is resigning, Meadows committed his support in his role to the organization's board of directors Friday, according to a statement from TWHNC.

Meadows said he is steadfast in his commitment to continue his work to bring stability to the Walking Horse Industry.

"I am 100 percent committed to the Celebration and walking horse industry as we go through these trying times," Meadows said. "We have a lot of work to do and have only begun the process of moving SHOW over to an independent board," concluded Meadows. "Initially, I signed on to manage the World's Greatest Horse Show, but during this process, we have assumed another very important role in overseeing the inspection and enforcement protocol of the Horse Protection Act. I view this as a critical piece of restoring the walking horse industry to the revered status that it deserves."

"Dr. Meadows has given us his commitment as well as our Advisory Committee (Friday) morning that he is committed to our initiatives to lead the industry into the future," said Celebration Chairman Charles McDonald.