To the editor:
I visited Shelbyville on January 11, 2013 to meet with Sylvia Pinson, Director of the Park and Recreation Center, and was treated to a wonderful day. I am interested in finding employment and moving to the Nashville area upon graduating from college in May.
My major is zoo science and my minor is environmental science, so I contacted Sylvia about meeting with her to discuss possible job opportunities within Shelbyville Parks and Recreation. Although there were no job openings, she gladly invited my three friends and me to come on a tour of the Shelbyville area. She spent three hours with us, taking us all throughout Bedford County and explaining the history of the area.
She took us to Never Rest Park, showed us the Duck River, explained the greenway system that is currently in the works, and gave us a tour of H.V. Griffin Park. The parks were beautiful areas.
I am also interested in the Tennessee walking horse industry since I have a Tennessee walking horse of my own. Her name is Handshaker's Sun Lady, but I call her Sunny. She is a daughter of 1972 World Grand Champion Handshaker's Delight. She is my first and only horse I have ever owned and will be 26 years old in May. However, she never acts her age!
Sylvia knew of my interest in learning more about the industry, so she took us to the Tennessee Walking Horse National Museum in Wartrace. We got a personal tour of the museum by Phillip Gentry, President of the museum. The artifacts in the museum were incredible! It was amazing to see the actual saddle worn by Strolling Jim when he became the first World Grand Champion. Anyone who has not visited the museum should be sure to do so. It is a small treasure that no one should miss.
Sylvia treated us to lunch at the Bell Buckle Café after a tour of Bell Buckle. It is such a quaint town with wonderful shops and shop owners. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. The food at the Bell Buckle Café was incredible. Sylvia made sure we tried the oatmeal caramel cake, which was delectable. If only I could bake a cake that tasty.
Our visit to Shelbyville was beyond our expectations. Sylvia was an incredible tour guide and extremely welcoming. Coupled with Sylvia's hospitality and the warm welcome of Phillip Gentry of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Museum and the citizens of Bell Buckle, it was one of the highlights of our trip to Tennessee. I wanted to thank Sylvia Pinson, Phillip Gentry, and the citizens of Bell Buckle who were so kind to welcome us to their communities.
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