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Judges chosen for 2011 TWHNC

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The 2011 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration will feature 12 years of Celebration judging experience within the five members of the judging panel.

Jennifer Bingham and Jeff Willis, both of Shelbyville, Jamie Hankins of Paris, Ky., Ronnie Spears of Tullahoma and Jamie Bradshaw of Union Grove, Ala. were named judges of this year's 73rd annual event.

Bingham, who has served as a judge for the last three shows, has been involved in the walking horse industry her entire life and previously served as a judge for the 2008 Spring Fun Show.

Willis makes his debut performance in the big show but judged the 2010 Spring Fun Show. He is owner of Jeff Willis Stables in Shelbyville.

Hankins will be making his sixth appearance. He judged the 1994, 1996, 2001, 2003 and 2008 shows. Hankins operates Jamie Hankins Stables in Paris.

Spears, a trainer for many years and owner of Ronnie Spears Stables in Tullahoma, is making his fourth appearance. His experience includes the 1999, 2006 and 2007 events.

Bradshaw is also judging for the third time. He served during the 2006 and 2009 Celebrations. A trainer since 1997, he has won blue in several Celebration championship classes.

"I'm excited to have this experienced panel as we welcome a newcomer to center ring," said Celebration CEO Dr. Doyle Meadows. "I have every confidence that they will be great Celebration judges and a credit to the industry. I look forward to working with each and every judge at the 2011 Celebration."

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