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A legacy lives on through Walking Horse Classic

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Delaine Freeman Smith was honored when the Wilson County Fair Board approached her with a request following her mother's death in 2007.

"They came to us the year Moma passed away and said they wanted to name the Walking Horse show in her memory," Smith said, adding that she believes that the Betty B. Freeman Walking Horse Classic was appropriately named.

Smith's mother, Betty Bradford Freeman, was a longtime supporter of Tennessee Walking Horses and was heavily involved in both breeding and showing. "Her daddy raised Walking Horses and she developed a love of the breed from him. She grew up in Walking Horse country - in Lewisburg, Tennessee - and carried on the tradition," Smith, a third generation breeder, said.

During her career, Freeman raised Generator's Santana, a World Grand Champion and several other world champions.

"Most everyone that knew Moma knew how much she loved horses. They knew how much she supported the breed," Smith! said. "When people moved to town and needed help with their horses - even if they weren't Walking Horses - it was Moma who helped them."

This Friday night, Freeman's legacy will live on at the fifth annual Walking Horse Classic during the Wilson County Fair.

The show begins at 5:30 p.m.

In past years, proceeds raised from the event have benefitted organizations like the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' Association and Hearthside Assisted Living, she continued.

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