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Fun for funds

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Samantha Lindeman, right, gets a quick photo of walking horse trainer Brock Tillman, left, after he served his time as a shaving cream pie target. Between them, Larry Lowman III prepares to take his turn. The event was one of many at the Tennessee Walking Horse Trainers' Association Auxiliary's Hoedown before the Showdown Wednesday night at Calsonic Arena.
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By the time this weekend is over, some walking horse trainers will have a rainbow of ribbons on their stall doors. Some trainers will have trophies, or new horses or new clients.

But by the time Wednesday night was over -- some of them had pie on their faces.


Celebration gift shop cashier Sue Callahan gives some tips to Dale Barnett, the Celebration's new marketing and media manager, as they set up shop for the National Trainers Show. The three-day show begins tonight.
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"It's going to be a lot of fun," said Sarah Smith, president of the Walking Horse Trainers' Association Auxiliary, which held its first Hoedown before the Showdown fundraiser the Wednesday night before the opening of the National Trainers' Show today. She was working in Calsonic Arena hours before the hoedown, marking out the grid for the "Pony Plop," one of many games planned for that night.

"The trainers on the board asked us to do some kind of fundraiser," she said. "We originally thought about a fall festival."

The plans for that didn't gel quickly enough and the auxiliary members realized that the night before the Trainers' Show would be perfect.

"It's gone from four nights to three, so we had the night available," said Smith. "Everybody's in town. It's a good way to get started."

The event included a kids' corner with a bounce house, a duck pond, face painting and other kid-friendly games and activities. The Pony Plop, like Cow Pie Bingo, allowed contestants to "buy" a square and wherever the pony plopped, that square owner won half of the pot, with the other half going to the trainers association.

"We've also got the pit throw," said Smith.

Several well known trainers, including Mickey McCormick, volunteered to be human targets for cream pie marksmen, who got three pies and tries for only $5.

Season kickoff

But that was last night. Today, it's back to serious business with the first big show of the season starting at 5:30 p.m. Like the Spring Fun Show, the trainers' Show is often a launching pad for the equine superstars who will dominate the center ring for the next five or six months. For instance, Godfather by Ultra Copy, owned by Courtney and Alex Luttrell, won Amateur Show Pleasure Specialty at the trainers' Show and went on to win the Owner Amateur Show Pleasure World Grand Championship at the Celebration.

From today until Saturday evening, the horses will "walk on" at Calsonic Arena while fans watch, or browse the vendors' stalls on the mezzanine.

"I think it's going to be a good show," said Dale Barnett, the Celebration's new marketing and media director. "We're ready."

The Celebration hosts the show which is put on by the WHTA. The judges this year will be WHTA President Bill Cantrell, Tommy Howell and Larry Wheelon.

The Trainers Show webcast will begin at 5:30 p.m. time each night beginning today through Saturday at walkinghorsetrainers.com. It will only work during the show. Windows Media Player and a high speed internet connection are required.



1. Model, Open

2. Walking Mares and Geldings, 15'2 and Under (RIDER CUP)

3. Show Pleasure, Open, Specialty

4. Amateur Two Year Old Stallions

5. Lite Shod, Open, Specialty

6. Amateur Two Year Old, Walking Mares and Geldings

7. Pro-Am Class, Specialty

8. Plantation Pleasure Open Specialty

9. Amateur Walking Stallions, Mares, and Geldings (Canter)

10. Amateur Three Year Old Stallions

11. Amateur Riders on Walking Horses, Riders 50 and Over, Specialty

12. Amateur Pony Class Specialty

13. Park Pleasure, Open, Specialty

14. Amateur Three Year Old Mares and Geldings

15. Western Lite Shod, Specialty

16. Amateur Four Year Old Mares and Gelding, Specialty

17. Walking Stallions, Mares, and Geldings, 15.2 and Over (Five Years and Over) Specialty (RIDER CUP)

18. Amateur Men's, Specialty

19. Amateur Park Performance, Specialty

20. Amateur Show Pleasure, Specialty

21. Amateur Four Year Old Stallions, Specialty


22. Amateur Yearling

23. Youth Mares and Geldings 11 and Under

24. Amateur Lite Shod, Specialty

25. Amateur Ladies Specialty

26. Country Pleasure 18 and over

27. Three Year Old Stallions Open (RIDER CUP)

28. Plantation Pleasure Amateur Specialty

29. Open Yearling Fillies

30. Four Year Old Mare and Gelding (RIDER CUP)

31. Amateur Park Pleasure, Specialty

32. Youth Mares and Geldings 12-17

33. Trail Pleasure Amateur, Specialty (English)

34. Juvenile Show Pleasure 17 and Under, Specialty

35. Open Yearling Colts

36. Amateur 15.2 and Under Stallions, Specialty

37. Youth Lite Shod, 17 and Under, Specialty

38. Amateur 15.2 and Under Mares and Geldings, Specialty

39. Trail Pleasure Amateur, Specialty (Western)

40. Three Year Old Open Mares and Geldings (RIDER CUP)

41. Park Performance, Open Specialty

42. W.H.T.Auxiliary Class, Specialty (Members Only)

43. Western Park Pleasure, Specialty


STICK HORSE CLASS (Beginning of show)

44. Two Year Old Mares and Geldings Open (RIDER CUP)

45. Country Pleasure 17 and Under

46. Walking Stallions 15.2 and Under Specialty (RIDER CUP)

47. Trail Pleasure Juvenile, Specialty, Optional Tack

48. Two Year Old Stallions (RIDER CUP)

49. Lite Shod Open, Specialty Championship

50. Juvenile Specialty Championship

51. Trail Pleasure Amateur, Specialty Championship (Optional Tack)

52. Walking Ponies 60" and Under, Riders 17 and Under, Specialty

53. Park Pleasure Open Specialty Championship

54. Four Year Old Stallions (Canter) (RIDER CUP)

55. Amateur Championship (Canter)

56. Country Pleasure Championship

57. Grooms Class Specialty (Rider must not have a Trainer's Lic.)

58. Amateur Specialty Championship

59. Walking Horse Aux. Equitation 17 and Under, No Canter

60. Francis C. Gentry Ladies Specialty Championship

61. Show Pleasure Specialty Championship

62. Walking Horse Aux. Equitation, Open, Canter

63. W.H.T.A. Championship Stake (RIDER CUP)

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