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Stable decorating contest held

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

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Division C winner (Six or more horses not stabled on the Celebration grounds) was Leigh Stuart Stables.
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Judges of this year's competition included, Lorainne Davis, Councilwomen Jean Pruitt and Jo Ann Holland, Shelbyville Mayor Wallace Cartwright, Helen Garner and County Mayor Eugene Ray.
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The Celebration, along with the Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce, held its 19th annual stable decorating contest Sunday. Stable decorating wasn't always an official event, but one that evolved from informal competitions when owners would dress up their areas for the 11 days of the Celebration. According to Celebration secretary Connie Allen, it eventually became an official competition.

"The barns were so elegantly decorated that it just became part of the show," she said.

Elegance, taste, beauty and equine decor are the qualities to be judged, with neatness, work efficiency and a pleasant and inviting appearance with a friendly atmosphere being the goal. A point system is used in the judging. The Mayors Award is based on the composite of both the city and county mayor's scores.

This year's contest was judged by a panel which included councilwomen Jean Pruitt and Jo Ann Holland, Shelbyville Mayor Wallace Cartwright and County Mayor Eugene Ray.

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Laurie Coats Stables was winner of Division A (Horses stabled on the Celebration grounds.)
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Named the Mayor's Award winner as well as taking Division B honors (Six or fewer horses, not stabled on the Celebration grounds) was Tintern Abbey Farm, Milly Player Stables.
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