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Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Horses and horse shows

The scar rule and disturbing information (10/02/14)
During the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, one thing was evident; the scar rule was being interpreted differently by the United States Department of Agriculture and the SHOW HIO. And since the show ended, media have reported that violations doubled and soring is still rampant in the Walking Horse industry. It's time to look at some facts...
CORRECTED: Spotted saddle horses' versatility will be on display (09/28/14)
Shelbyville-based Spotted Saddle Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' Association will open its 30th annual fall show Wednesday in Calsonic Arena. This week's show is a traditional gaited horse show, but as SSHBEA looks to the future it is looking to the breed's versatility and relying on a mix of horse shows, trail events and sport horse events to carry the organization forward...
Ups, downs mark 2014 Celebration (09/10/14)
There were both high points and low points in the 76th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, according to Celebration CEO Mike Inman. Rainy weather on both Saturday nights of the show hurt attendance, and there were about 200 fewer horses showing this year than last year. ...
Celebration lauds Smith with humanitarian award (09/02/14)
Local scoutmaster, former assistant Shelbyville fire chief, and active Rotarian Franklin Smith was honored during the first Saturday night of the Celebration with the show's annual Evan Lloyd Adamson Humanitarian Award. "It was a big surprise," said Smith. "Everybody knew it but me."...
Let the children walk on, too (08/31/14)
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration isn't the only horse show that occurs in Shelbyville during the last week of August. The kids at Mrs. Judie Pope's Daycare have a horse show of their own. Mrs. Judie Pope, a lifelong Shelbyville resident, has owned Mrs. Judie's Daycare for 44 years. Pope has always had a love for children, but she as many Shelbyville-natives do, also has a love for the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration...
I Am José becomes first repeat grand champion since 1956 (08/31/14)
I Am José was named Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Champion on a soggy Saturday night, becoming the first horse to repeat as champion since Go Boy's Shadow in 1955 and 1956. Casey Wright rode the entry for Billy and Debbie Woods of Lexington. Traditionally, the owners of the previous year's World Grand Champion donate a trophy for the new winner, and this year, the Woods were both the donors of that trophy and the recipients...
Letter to the editor, Aug. 29, 2014 (08/29/14)
To the editor: You all going to the show tonight? A familiar question this time of year. The show, of course, being the Celebration. The pagentry and competition notwithstanding, I ask myself every year why I still go. It's been a repeat eavery year since I watched Ebony Masterpiece wear the floral horseshoe...
Plenty to do on a hot Celebration day (08/29/14)
Some Celebration-goers braved Thursday's mid-day heat to cook doughnuts, check out their horses and just hang out. Carl Patrick of Ohio was buying doughnuts from the Optimist booth around lunch time. A crew of volunteers led by Mark Hall stayed busy frying, glazing and boxing the tasty treats. The volunteers included Ryan House and Conner Hintze of Boy Scouts Troop 390...
Governor attends TWHNC; veterans honored (08/29/14)
State Rep. Pat Marsh uses a Celebration usher's smartphone to take a photo of her with Gov. Bill Haslam. Haslam attended the show Thursday night and was honored at center ring. Thursday was also Veterans' Night, with special patriotic ceremonies. See more photos at http://www.t-g.com/gallery/twhnc-8-28-14. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
On the day shift: The grounds are alive long before the show starts (08/28/14)
Before the lights come on and the spectators arrive each night at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, there's a lot of preparation going on at the Celebration grounds during the day. Starting with the food... At the VFW food "booth" -- actually an entire building, and one of two food outlets open the full day -- customers were already chowing down at mid-morning Thursday. Inside, workers were braving the heat; air conditioning is only a dream here. But no one was complaining...
Local artist specializes in horse paintings (08/27/14)
Many area residents and horse enthusiasts know Larry Lowman for his photography talents, but the local business man his also a talented painter, seen here with several of his pieces on hand for this year's Celebration goers. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Beating the heat with A.M. work (08/27/14)
With overcast skies and a temperature of 73 degrees, Tuesday morning was the perfect time for Tennessee walking horses to get out and stretch their legs. Hunter Morgan of Circle T. Stables had been on the Celebration grounds since 5 a.m. and said they like to work the horses during the morning instead of the typical sweltering August afternoon heat...
What scar? Industry responds to turndowns (08/27/14)
Tennessee Walking Horses that were rejected by federal inspectors at the Celebration were shown to the media and to a representative of U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais' office on Tuesday, as the horse industry fights to preserve its image and premier event of the year...
Around and around a ring of his own (08/24/14)
Bill Jenne' has put together a "labor of love" for the Celebration this year, and it will be on display for all to see at his son's stables A master woodworker, Bill has designed and built a gorgeous miniature carousel, featuring 20 walking horses and 2 carts -- illuminated with over 200 miniature lights...
Mr. Heisman only entry in "A" division of stallion class; Gen's Black Maverick wins "B" division (08/23/14)
Only one horse, Mr. Heisman, showed in the "A" division of Walking Stallions, 5 Years and Over during Saturday night's performance of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. Gen's Black Maverick won the "B" division from among five entries...
Stepping to a start (08/22/14)
Mark Farrar, in his first evening as the official announcer of evening classes at the Celebration, told the crowd that he noticed attendance had doubled between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., which he attributed to the show's change in start times. "It caught some folks here off guard," said Farrar, and he was probably correct in that assumption...
USDA urged to inspect horses at Celebration (08/22/14)
Fifty-nine Congressional sponsors of the PAST Act are renewing their call to the USDA to actively inspect horses at The Celebration. The representatives sent a letter on Aug. 7 to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. They repeated that call on Thursday in a press release to the media by Reps. Ed Whitfield, R-Kentucky, and Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, two of the main sponsors of the PAST Act...
VAC will report findings: Leader (08/22/14)
A new equine group inspecting horses at The Celebration will report "the good, the bad and the ugly," the lead veterinarian says, although some walking horse industry observers have expressed reservations about the testing. Dr. Jerry Johnson made his pledge to report his findings earlier this week when talking about the Veterinary Advisory Council (VAC). ...
Explaining VAC: Who they are, what they do (08/22/14)
The new Veterinary Advisory Council (VAC) will inspect horses at this year's Celebration. But some are asking what is the VAC. The VAC consists of Drs. Jerry H. Johnson, Dallas O. Goble and Phillip D. Hammock. The VAC will test at random after horses have shown in the ring and been through any official post-show inspection, said Tom Blankenship, an Indiana attorney who serves as the council's spokesman. The group works separately from USDA and industry inspectors...
Vet group talks inspections (08/21/14)
The Celebration's third-party veterinary inspection of horses kicked off following Wednesday morning classes, halting briefly for a press conference to show how the process works. Earlier this summer, The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration announced the creation of a third-party group, the Veterinary Advisory Council (VAC)...
From the Horse's Mouth: New, yet familiar, voice (08/21/14)
Mark Farrar Jr. had already been announcing morning classes for the Celebration but this year will move to the big arena as the announcer for evening classes...
Corrections training possible in old school (08/21/14)
Tennessee Department of Corrections wants to use the old Harris Middle School / Central High School building on Elm Street for training exercises. The request was presented to Bedford County Board of Commissioners' law enforcement committee and to the courthouse and property committee on Tuesday night. The courthouse and property committee must approve all such requests on a case-by-case basis; the request was presented to the law enforcement committee as a courtesy...
Destinations & Diversions: It's Celebration time in Shelbyville (08/21/14)
Tonight's the night, as evening classes in the 76th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration kick off in the big arena. There's a new start time, 6:30 p.m., so don't be late. The Celebration Trade Fair will be held beginning at 5 p.m. and continuing into the evening in an open area behind the Kiwanis food booth at the south end. Show admission is required to access the trade fair...
Walk on...it may be faster (08/20/14)
With visitors to the Celebration arriving this week, traffic on North Main Street is expected to pick up rapidly. Work on Shelbyville's main thoroughfare will continue during the 10 days of the National Walking Horse Celebration, according to Heather Jensen, TDOT community relations officer for Region 3...
Trade fair shifts locations, hours (08/20/14)
The Celebration Trade Fair is moving outdoors, and becoming a part of the big show. The Trade Fair is an annual event featuring a variety of vendors selling everything from equine equipment to fine jewelry to T-shirts. In the past, it's been held during the day, inside Calsonic Arena on the horse show grounds. It closed just as the Celebration's evening performances were getting underway...
Eakin celebrates Celebration (08/20/14)
Eakin Elementary School is celebrating The Celebration in a special way this week. The school cafeteria dressed out its food serving line with Tennessee walking horse items, including show ribbons, trophies, toy horses and a walking horse platter...
Futurity returns to Shelbyville (08/20/14)
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is celebrating the return of the National Futurity show to Shelbyville. The Futurity -- which showcases younger animals in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry -- will be held at Calsonic Arena tonight...
Breaths of truth: Horse whisperer's actions carry deeper message (08/10/14)
Paul Daily has been a Christian and a horse lover his entire life. However, it was not until he combined those two loves that he felt he was actually doing what God had called him to do. Daily gave his first demonstration as a "horse whisperer" on Feb. 22, 1997, at his home in Louisiana for his wife Joana's Sunday school class. Since then, he has committed his life to "training" untamed horses by communicating with them through the word of God...
Tradition continues: Wartrace Horse Show's 108th year (08/05/14)
The 108th annual Wartrace Horse Show featured large classes, quality entries and a large crowd, according to industry representatives. Winky Groover won the stake with MP2 for Debbie Eichler of Rising Star Ranch. (Submitted photo)
Wartrace tradition steps on (08/01/14)
Not many local events can claim more than a century of tradition, but the Wartrace Horse Show just keeps on going, bringing life to the town's tagline, "Cradle of the Tennessee Walking Horse." The 108th annual show starts at 6 p.m. Saturday on the horse show grounds in Wartrace, and show secretary Heather Beard said preparations are moving right along...
Celebration makes several rules changes (07/25/14)
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration has announced new rules changes. Among the new rules going into effect are: l Any horse competing in a championship class must be continuously stalled on the show grounds for no less than 48 consecutive hours prior to the scheduled start time of the performance in which the championship class is to be held...
Celebration names advisory group (07/23/14)
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration has announced a three-member veterinary advisory committee that will be in charge of rules and regulations pertaining to the safety and well-being of the Tennessee Walking Horse. The panel consists of Drs. Jerry H. Johnson, D.V.M, Dallas O. Goble, D.V.M, and Phillip D. Hammock, D.V.M...
Colorful ribbons to show, urge Celebration support (07/20/14)
Even as lawmakers in Congress grapple over competing bills to regulate walking horses, industry backers are preparing for the 76th annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. Virginia Stewart is urging Bedford County residents and businesses to deck the community in blue, red and yellow tri-color ribbons to welcome Celebration visitors. Each color represents a prize in the show: blue for first, red for second and yellow for third...
FCB partners with horse show (07/16/14)
First Community Bank CEO Scott Coconaugher, right, joins Celebration CEO Mike Inman after the announcement was made that FCB is a new premier sponsor of the Celebration. The first Saturday night of the horse show has been designated as "First community Bank of Bedford County" night. (Submitted photo)
FCB is new sponsor of Celebration (07/11/14)
First Community Bank of Bedford County has agreed to become the premier sponsor for the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration from Aug. 20-30. The first Saturday night of the 2014 event will be First Community Bank of Bedford County Night, according to a press release...
Yee haw! Mule show underway at Celebration Grounds (07/11/14)
The 23rd annual Great Celebration Mule & Donkey Show started Thursday and runs through Saturday at the Celebration grounds. (T-G Photos by Jason Reynolds)
Summer to become busier at Celebration grounds (06/29/14)
Activity will be heating up soon at the Celebration grounds. The Celebration's 23rd annual Great Celebration Mule & Donkey Show will be July 10-12. And the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' & Exhibitors' Association (TWHBEA) National Futurity returns Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Calsonic Arena. In recent years the futurity was held in Murfreesboro...
Great Strides seeks volunteers (06/06/14)
Great Strides Therapeutic Riding Program is looking for a few good volunteers. Volunteers should be at least in their teens, said Libby Golden of the organization. Great Strides provides opportunities for physically challenged children to ride and interact with horses...
Walking horse trainers give back (06/03/14)
The Walking Horse Trainers Association has started a new Walking Horse Trainers Give Back Program. This will be a community outreach initiative that will strive to positively impact children, families and animals . They are scheduling volunteer events within the community as an opportunity for the association to give back to Bedford County...
Folsom Prison Blues wins Fun Show stake class (05/27/14)
Folsom Prison Blues, Charlie Green up for the Jimmy Smith Family of Oliver Springs, won the Stallions 15.2 and Over category to conclude the 44th Annual Spring Fun Show on Saturday night at Calsonic Arena. (Photo courtesy Shane Shiflet Photography)
Friday at the Fun Show (05/25/14)
Competitors in the Owner-Amateur Youth Riders on Country Pleasure Horses class opened Friday night's Spring Fun Show. Due to the 6 p.m. start time, there weren't many in the stands for the first class, but spectators continued to arrive. Competitors in the Owner-Amateur Youth Country Pleasure class wait in the lineup for the judges' results...
Spring Fun Show in progress at arena (05/23/14)
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration's 44th annual Spring Fun Show began Thursday night and continues tonight and Saturday night at Calsonic Arena. Classes begin at 6 each evening. It's a chance to get an early look at some of the horses that are expected to contend in the Celebration when it arrives in August. The final class Saturday night will be the stallions over 15.2 class, corresponding with the Celebration division from which World Grand Champions traditionally are found...
Steps back into the future (05/23/14)
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is celebrating the return of the National Futurity show to Shelbyville. The Celebration has announced that the Futurity -- which showcases younger animals in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry -- will be held at Calsonic Arena on Wednesday, Aug. 20. That will be the night before the start of The Celebration...
Obstacle course (05/07/14)
It'll be "ride 'em cowboy" later this month at the Calsonic Arena during the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration (TWHNC) Spring Fun Show. Craig Cameron's Extreme Cowboy Association (EXCA) and the Southern Obstacle Challenge Association (SOCA) has announced that the EXCA National Championships will once again be held at the historic Celebration Grounds in Shelbyville...
Sheriff says he's against PAST Act, despite Facebook photo (04/29/14)
The way that Facebook inserts photos in posts is being blamed for a misunderstanding on a public official's position on legislation affecting the horse industry. Bedford County Sheriff Randall Boyce issued a statement denouncing what he called false accusations that he supported the PAST Act. The sheriff referred to a link that Marty Irby, U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield's press secretary, posted on Facebook on April 23...
Trainers' plea: Objectivity in horse show inspections (04/27/14)
A horse training family is calling for more objectivity in inspections following one horse's disqualification at last week's Kick Off Classic and a possible lifetime ban of the 3-year-old. Master Class was disqualified after showing on a scar rule violation by U.S. ...
PAST Act bill moves through committee (04/10/14)
The PAST Act passed through a U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday. The Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved the bill with no discussion. The PAST Act, or Prevent All Soring Tactics Act of 2013, was "marked up" and moved out of the committee as a package with other bills. No additional votes have been scheduled yet...
Horse community fights cancer (04/04/14)
The Tennessee Walking Horse community is stepping up again to help local cancer patients. The annual Walking for Cancer Horse Show will be held on Saturday, April 12 at Bedford County Agriculture Center on Midland Road. The show is the largest fundraiser for The Bedford County Cancer Foundation, an independent organization that provides financial assistance to patients in Bedford County...
Alexander bill's goal: Protect Tennessee Walking Horses, industry traditions (04/01/14)
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) are introducing a horse protection bill similar to the one U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Brentwood) and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Kentucky) have introduced in the House, only with a few additions...
TWH museum recognized (03/28/14)
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Museum located in Wartrace, the town known as the "Cradle of The Tennessee Walking Horse," received the 2014 Award of Commendation in recognition of superlative achievement in the "Temporary Exhibition" category at the Tennessee Association of Museums Annual Conference in Greeneville, on March 19. The exhibit focused on "A Moment in the Rich Tradition of the Celebration" on Aug. 29, 2013. Pictured left to right are Adam Alfrey, president of TAM; Philip Gentry, president of the museum; Leah Walker, awards committee chair; and Tori Mason, Middle Tennessee representative. (Submitted photo)
Trainers' Show winner (03/18/14)
Trainer Herbert Derickson celebrates the stake win he captured, aboard Master's Razzel and Jazz, with the Riddley family and other friends and supporters of the winning team. The win took place Saturday night at the Walking Horse Trainers' Show, considered by many to be the season opener for the walking horse industry. (Photo courtesy Walking Horse Report)
Trainers' show underway (03/14/14)
Hannah Pulvers and Jennifer Bingham celebrate Eye On The Title's win in the country pleasure division at Thursday evening's Walking Horse Trainers' Show. The show is considered to be the industry's season opener and runs through Saturday night at the Calsonic Arena on the grounds of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville. (Photo courtesy Walking Horse Report)
DesJarlais joins on Blackburn legislation (03/12/14)
Congressman Scott Desjarlais believes a bill before Congress aimed at preventing soring "would significantly hurt the Walking Horse industry." Last month, Shelbyville's mayor and council wrote to Desjarlais and other members of Congress to express their concern over H.R. 1518, The Prevent All Soring Tactics Act...
Sound Horse Conference to be held (03/11/14)
"A future without soring" is the goal for a horse lovers conference next month. The fourth Sound Horse Conference will meet March 28-30 at the Four Points by Sheraton in Brentwood. A Sunday horse demonstration will be held in Lewisburg. Several sponsors include Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) and the Humane Society of the United States...
Blackburn bill would protect Celebration (03/09/14)
(Editor's note: The following piece reflects a recent Q & A interview with Celebration CEO Mike Inman and the Times-Gazette, and also includes comments from U.S. Rep. Pat Marsh, who is also a Celebration board member. The purpose of this article is to inform readers about a recent bill introduced to Congress regarding the Tennessee Walking Horse industry.)...
TWHNC backs Blackburn bill (03/02/14)
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration and two industry groups say they support alternative legislation to the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, or PAST Act. "The Celebration commends and supports fully Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and her commonsense legislation to eliminate soring from the Tennessee Walking Horse industry," according to a Celebration press release...
Together as one: Thorson wants to bring others into horse world (03/02/14)
The life of a college student has become fine-tuning for Allison Thorson, who was an equestrian champion long before she made the latest step in what becomes many young adults' life progression. She's up before the sun -- not just today but virtually every day...
Spotting the best: Just look for Dickie Gardner (02/26/14)
Bedford County's own Dickie Gardner has earned his eighth Trainer of the Year award, the most recent being from the National Spotted Saddle Horse Association, which has given Gardner the honor for each of the past three years. He's also earned three Trainer of the Year awards (2009, 2010, 2011) from the Spotted Saddle Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' Association, and two (1999, 2004) from the Professional Spotted Saddle Horse Trainers Association...
Celebration cuts prices, speeds pace (02/21/14)
The Celebration will be speeding up its ceremonies as well as discounting box seat prices this year. "You will be able to get box prices as low as $200," said Mike Inman, CEO of The Celebration. "That works out to $3.33 a seat per night, since boxes have six seats."...
Judges named for Trainers' Show (02/19/14)
The Shelbyville-based Walking Horse Trainers' Association (WHTA) has announced the judges for the 46th Annual National Trainers' Show, which will be held March 13-15 at Calsonic Arena on the Celebration grounds. The judges will be Jamie Hankins of Paris, Ky.; Dean Byard of Antioch; and Paul Robbins of Forest City, N.C., will be marking the cards for this year's event...
DesJarlais wants horse bill changed (02/18/14)
U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais told the Times-Gazette last week that he hopes for a compromise version of the legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky which would require federal inspection at walking horse shows and ban the use of action devices...
City council expresses concern on horse bill (02/14/14)
Shelbyville's mayor and council have written to several members of Congress expressing concerns about a proposed federal law that would impact the Tennessee Walking Horse industry. In a letter to Rep. Scott DesJarlais and others, the council says it believes that the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act "is more encompassing than needed in its extent of new federal regulations through the Department of Agriculture."...
WHTA asks council for $5K donation (02/05/14)
The Walking Horse Trainers Association (WHTA) made a request for $5,000 from Shelbyville for this year's event to kick off the horse show season. It's the same amount that the council granted last year when the WHTA made the same request. It's also the same amount WHTA is asking from Bedford County...
WHTA coat donation (01/31/14)
Mickey McCormick, president of the Walking Horse Trainer's Association, presented Kyle Turnbow of Shelbyville Central High School with around 50 jackets to be distributed to the local schools. "The Walking Horse Industry is proud to help the community see that children who are coming to school in these cold temperatures at least have a jacket to help keep them warm while they are waiting on the bus or walking to school," said Julie Lambert, on behalf of the organization. (Submitted photo)
Smith takes the reins of TWHBEA (01/08/14)
Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' And Exhibitors' Association (TWHBEA) has announced that Stephen B. Smith has been elected to its International Board of Directors to represent Tennessee and to serve as president of the International Board for 2014...
Top Stories of 2013: Prank gun call scares school; horse industry fights critics (12/31/13)
A school security threat turned out to be a prank call, but the ongoing struggles of the Tennessee walking horse industry were all too real, as the Times-Gazette continues its countdown of the top 10 local stories of 2013 as determined by a panel of 12 T-G employees...
Priscilla Presley takes back Celebration trophy (12/27/13)
NASHVILLE (AP) - Priscilla Presley says she is taking back the Graceland Challenge Trophy, which has been offered at the nation's premier walking horse competition for three decades. Presley said she didn't know the trophy was still awarded at the annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville...
The Celebration board taps Crowell (11/06/13)
David Crowell is a new board member of The Celebration. The Shelbyville native is general manager of Shelbyville Power, Water & Sewerage System. He graduated from Shelbyville Central High School in 1979 and from Middle Tennessee State University in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in business administration, majoring in accounting...
TWHBEA leader: Walking horse industry will rebound (11/01/13)
Members of Tennessee's Backroads Heritage Inc. chose the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' Association in Lewisburg as the site for their fall dinner and program. Tracy Boyd, TWHBEA executive director and former president, gave a PowerPoint presentation on the history of the walking horse and the breed association, which was established in Lewisburg in 1935 as the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' Association of America. ...
Lights are on the way ... (10/17/13)
Brandon Mitchell attaches a bracket to the fence on the Celebration grounds to help secure Christmas lights being put up Tuesday afternoon. Helping Mitchell is Tim Pruitt, left. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Belfast champions crowned (10/16/13)
The Belfast walking horse show was reported to have gone smoothly as it showcased its champions in its inaugural fall show. Traditionally, the horse show is held just prior to the Celebration, but was rescheduled to October this year. Top honors in the walking horse stake class went to The Golden Sovereign, owned by Virginia Stewart of Shelbyville...
Trainer, horses killed (10/08/13)
A prominent Tennessee walking horse trainer and three horses were killed in a traffic accident Sunday morning in northern Kentucky. Jeffrey Givens, 51, of Murfreesboro was southbound on Interstate 71 in Gallatin County, Ky., when the truck he was driving with an attached horse trailer ran off the left side of the road, authorities told Cincinnati media outlets...
SHOW HIO to become inactive (10/08/13)
The SHOW Horse Industry HIO (HIO) will become inactive and not affiliate horse shows effective the completion of the Tunica, Miss., horse show next month. SHOW is owned by the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. Prior to Tunica, it has 20 affiliated shows remaining in 2013 and those commitments will be honored, according to a press release issued by The Celebration...
Chairman of Celebration board retires (10/08/13)
D.B. "Buddy" Nelson has retired from his position as Chairman of the Board of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. The retirement was effective Oct. 3. Nelson was due to leave the board at retirement age in January but decided to leave three months early. No replacement has been named but an early November meeting has been set where his replacement is expected to be named...
Just follow the trail (10/04/13)
Zack Sapp leaves behind a low cloud of dust as he puts his horse through a workout in preparation for the Spotted Saddle Horse Show at the Celebration grounds. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Title Town U.S.A.: Four championship shows in Shelbyville this year (09/25/13)
The Celebration grounds is now hosting its third championship in 2013 -- for flat shod walking horses. The National Walking Horse Association (NWHA) National Championship Show, or "The National," started Monday and will be held through Saturday at Calsonic Arena...
Queen of the Percherons (09/19/13)
Percheron horses are known as "gentle giants," and a Chapel Hill girl has recently been crowned as their queen. Brooke Daly, 17, has been showing horses since she was 3 and plans a career in equine veterinary. But over the past few years, she's been competing with Percherons -- an enormous draft horse breed from northern France first used as a war horse -- and has now been crowned 2013 National Percheron Queen...
Magistrate: Dismiss lawsuit against Celebration (09/10/13)
A federal magistrate is recommending the dismissal of a $10 million lawsuit against the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration and its board of directors. Last month, Nathanael L. Jackson, Jennie D. Jackson of Cookeville and Natalie B. Jackson-Pritchard of Villa Rica, Ga., each filed a federal civil rights suit against the Celebration and nine others...
Civil rights suit filed against Celebration (09/05/13)
A long-time exhibitor in -- and critic of -- the Tennessee walking horse industry, and two other family members have filed a multi-million dollar federal civil rights suit against the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration and members of its board of directors...
I Am José named World Grand Champion (09/01/13)
I Am José, Casey Wright up won the World Grand Championship early this morning, closing out the 75th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. The entry is owned by Billy and Debbie Woods of Lexington. The entry qualified for World Grand Championship competition by winning the 4-Year-Old Stallion class. Most World Grand Champions in recent memory have come from the class for stallions 5 years and over...
Nine listed in WGC program (08/31/13)
Nine entries, including a past World Grand Champion, are listed in the program supplement for tonight's Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Championship, to cap off the 75th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. They are, in order of rider-back number:...
Doctor prescribes wins: At 95, Hill dominates 70-and-over classes (08/30/13)
Dr. W.H. Hill is going strong in the Celebration even as he looks to his 96th birthday in November. Dr. Hill won the Owner-Amateur Riders on Walking Horses, Riders 70 Years & Over class last week. He has won the class for seven of the last eight years, the last three of them on Kudos for Cash...
A heart for winning (08/29/13)
Even heart trouble won't keep one boy away from the Celebration. Ten-year-old Nathan Oliver has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a life-threatening condition in which the heart muscle is extra thick, said his mother Tracy. But Nathan also has several blue ribbons from the world grand championship horse show...
Help them walk on: Support the Celebration (08/29/13)
I don't know if it's because I have a child who's getting old enough to enjoy the horse show in small bits and pieces, or if it's because the weight of the world seems to be lying on the walking horse industry's shoulders -- or maybe both -- but I'm feeling especially drawn to the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration this year...
Strolling Jim was ride of life for youth (08/28/13)
It was the summer of 1939 when 13-year-old Milton Holloway's father Frank took his son to the Colt Show over in Petersburg. The Petersburg show "was a very prominent thing that had been going on since the 1800's," the 87-year-old Holloway recalls today, with another horse show scheduled nearby, set for two weeks later...
Wartrace facility worth the visit (08/28/13)
While Shelbyville is known worldwide as the home of the Walking Horse Celebration, the actual starting point to learn about the breed's rich history is in nearby Wartrace. It's where walking horse shows first got their start in 1906, also being the location of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Museum...
Drama in and out of the ring (08/27/13)
The first weekend of the 75th anniversary of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration had more drama, intrigue and cliff hangers than an afternoon of TV soap operas. Usually the Walking Stallions, 5 Years Old and Over, class on the first Saturday night gives fans a preview of what might happen on the final Saturday night when the World Grand Champion is crowned...
Wheeling around: Lowman provides Celebration tram (08/27/13)
You see them on the streets of cities like Charleston and Savannah -- carrying tourists while teaching about the past. This year, the Celebration has joined them with its very own tram. It's all thanks to walking horse supporter Larry Lowman, whose efforts will make it easier to move groups around the show grounds...
Not just barns: Luxurious havens dot show grounds (08/25/13)
A barn is not always just a barn when it comes to the Celebration. Prior to the pomp and circumstance of the center ring each evening, the barns, or stables, serve both as a place to prepare the horses as well as to hang out and meet up with longtime friends. And, the barns may be decorated just as much as the horses and riders, from nice kitchens to palm trees...
Great Strides: It's a matter of trust (08/25/13)
The Great Strides Therapeutic Riding program has been a great help to Clark Bowling with his balance. Clark is enrolled in the program, diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and is developmentally delayed. But his mother Debbie says he has progressed a lot since joining the six week program at the urging of Clark's grandmother Beverly Boyce...
Great Strides: Riding for a more balanced life (08/25/13)
This summer marked the first six-week class for Chelsea Frazier at the Great Strides program at Bridlewood Farm, and she is all smiles about it. According to her mother Shelly Dye, Chelsea is like many children in the program. She has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), is developmentally delayed, and was recommended for the therapeutic riding program by her doctor...
Great Strides: Woman considers lending a hoof -- or four (08/25/13)
A woman who has been involved with therapeutic riding in the past is thinking of providing a little "horse power" to a local program. Carlene Pulley visited Great Strides Therapeutic Riding in July to look into the program. Pulley said she owns a 17-year-old black-and-white spotted saddle horse she is thinking about donating to the group. The horse's name is Night Light Nip, or just Nip. The horse is too old now for trail riding...
Great Strides: Madilynn loves horses ... and cats ... and dogs (08/25/13)
Madilynn Reeves' mother says she loves horses -- indeed, she loves all animals. The 6-year-old -- and her family -- owns three cats, two dogs and two horses, one of which is named Caper's Rocket Queen, said her mother, Karen. She also has a guinea pig...
Great Strides: Horses build confidence for young rider (08/25/13)
For one father, horse riding's value starts with human interaction. "It's a big thing, the socialization," said Chris Simpson, who moved to Wartrace three years ago. "It's also a confidence builder, her getting up on the horse." His 6-year-old daughter, Katie, started riding at Great Strides Therapeutic Riding this summer. She attends one-hour sessions on Monday afternoons...
Great Strides: Trainer has reason to smile (08/25/13)
Ann Burkhalter loves the smiles. The Christiana resident is the trainer for Great Strides Therapeutic Riding. And she sees a lot of smiles. One rider, who is autistic, comes to mind. "He's serious," Burkhalter said. "All of a sudden, he gets it (how to ride) with the horse going faster, and he's got a smile from one end to the other. I think it's the smiles more than anything. I'm happy I can do this."...
Great Strides: Meet Sean Douglas (08/25/13)
This is the fifth year that 11-year-old Sean Douglas has taken part in the Great Strides program, and the animals have helped him cope with his disability. He was born with bilateral club feet, one of the more severe forms of it, according to his mother Karen, with his left foot touching his shin. But over the year with surgery and therapy, they have been straightened out. The condition also causes severe flatfoot, she said, since he has no arches...
Great Strides: Calm, easy and quiet (08/25/13)
Many of the students who take part in the Great Strides Therapeutic Riding program take to the horses to help them become more outgoing and less introverted. But 19-year-old Scotty Maloney rides for a different reason -- to calm him down. According to his mother Jo, Scotty has been in the program for three years, and has William's Syndrome, which she described as a social condition where he's overly friendly...
Great Strides: Opening up wider horizons (08/25/13)
Three years ago, getting Aiden O'Carroll involved in anything outside his bedroom was a chore -- that is, until his participation in the Great Strides program. When Aiden went to live with his grandparents, Ed and Tina Ruth, they had "no clue" how to deal with autism, until they got advice from members of the local support group about the program...
He's Vida Blue, Lampshade win aged stallion class (08/24/13)
A total of five horses competed in the split "A" and "B" divisions of the the aged stallion class in the 75th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. He's Vida Blue, Chad Williams up for Dr. Jim and Kay Green of Meridian, Miss., won the "A" division of the class, in which only three of the seven entries in the program made the gate call, while Lampshade, Bill Cantrell up for Dr. W.S. And Gloria Warr and Rhonda Major of Phenix City, Ala., won the "B" division, in which only two entries made the gate call....
Great Strides: Progress through therapy (08/25/13)
It was a recommendation that has introduced five-year-old Christopher Garcia to the Great Strides Therapeutic Riding Program this year. The boy has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome, according to his sister Rosalba Garcia, and the family was told the riding would help him progress in his skills...
Adjusting to change: USDA-ordered minimum penalties affect Celebration (08/23/13)
Changes face the Tennessee walking horse industry as its showcase event, The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, walks into its 75th year. The SHOW Horse Industry Organization (HIO) announced Monday it would adopt the minimum penalty protocol proposed in a rule last year by the U.S. Department of Agriculture...
Horse Protection Act penalties (08/23/13)
(a) Rulebook. Each HIO that licenses DQPs in accordance with *§ 11.7 must include in its rulebook, and enforce, penalties for the violations listed in this section that equal or exceed the penalties listed in paragraph (c) of this section and must also enforce the requirement in paragraph (d) of this section...
Box seats available (08/23/13)
Going into the 75th annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, Celebration CEO Mike Inman reported ticket sales were down. Since that news was published, Inman said about 40 more box seats were sold. However, several remain vacant. Vacant box seats do not have chairs and are marked by pink tape. ...
Different start, traditional show (08/23/13)
Ring announcer Bobby Sands quoted Mark Twain to the opening-night crowd. "The report of my demise is greatly exaggerated," said Sands, and that summed up the attitude at the 75th annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. Although morning classes started on Wednesday, for many locals the show didn't start until evening classes got underway on Thursday night...
It's show time: Evening classes begin tonight (08/22/13)
Anticipation, preparation -- and simply a lot of hard work. Horses were already in the ring at Calsonic Arena as the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration began Wednesday morning, but things were much quieter next door at the outdoor arena. A few people were out and about, but one could walk long distances without seeing another person...
Celebration kicks off with morning session (08/22/13)
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration (TWHNC) marked the start of its 75th annual Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration today. Known as The Celebration, it is the world's largest and most prestigious event celebrating one of Tennessee's most historical and iconic assets -- the Tennessee Walking Horse...
Ready for the big show (08/21/13)
Sue Fletcher and Debra Smith check a barn location at the barn office on the Celebration grounds.
PSHA announces board of directors (08/21/13)
The Performance Show Horse Association (PSHA) announced its board of directors Monday. The PSHA was created to consolidate industry enforcement of the Horse Protection Act (HPA) in a fair and consistent manner to protect the wellbeing of performance horses, while maintaining the integrity of their sport...
Smiles on 'cue (08/20/13)
Horses can wait. For one night, barbecue was the star of the show at the Celebration grounds. Steve Murphree, chaplain of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration and pastor of New Beginnings Baptist Church, welcomed exhibitors and fans with the first-year event Monday night...
Preparing for the big show (08/20/13)
Michael Moreno places a brick while remodeling the barn being used by 4 His Glory Farm on the Celebration Grounds Friday. The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration begins Wednesday morning, with evening classes getting underway Thursday night. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
SHOW accepts USDA's minimum penalty protocol (08/20/13)
The SHOW Horse Industry Organization (HIO) announced Monday they would adopt the minimum penalty protocol proposed in a rule last year by the USDA. These penalties will be effective immediately and will be in force at this year's Celebration starting Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 and at all subsequent SHOW affiliated horse shows...
Animal cruelty case dismissed (08/20/13)
A Blount County judge dismissed a felony animal cruelty charge against a Tennessee Walking Horse trainer Thursday on a technicality following two days of testimony. Larry Wheelon, 68, was accused of using caustic chemicals to "sore" the legs of horses to ensure they adopt the exaggerated gait for which Tennessee Walking Horses are known. Authorities seized 19 horses from Wheelon's Blount County property in April...
The right touch: Massage therapist improves horses' performances (08/18/13)
As a retired Air Force engineer, Steve Haber has had the opportunity to live all over the world. However, in 2000, Haber and his wife decided Bedford County would be the place they retired. "I looked from Maine to Colorado, but decided on Middle Tennessee. It's one of the prettiest places in the world and the people are great."...
Unhappy trails: Lake area horseback ban hits Normandy stores hard (08/13/13)
The decision by TVA two weeks ago making trails around Normandy Lake off-limits to horseback riding has already hurt local businesses. Citing erosion and damage to federal public lands, TVA closed the trails near Barton Springs Bridge to horses and ATVs in late July, warning that any riders would be ticketed for trespassing. Hunting, camping, hiking and fishing are still allowed...
Signs of the times: Celebration nears (08/09/13)
It's nearing time for local businesses to welcome Celebration visitors, the Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce says. "If you have a sign that allows you to change your message, please put 'Welcome Celebration Visitors' up beginning the week of Aug. 19 or before if possible," the Chamber said in an e-mail Thursday...
He's Vida Blue takes Wartrace blue (08/09/13)
The 107th annual Wartrace Horse Show welcomed exhibitors and local fans to Jernigan Field Saturday, Aug. 3. Managed by Roy Ferguson, the show is a joint community volunteer effort of the East Bedford Civic Club and the Cascade Parent Teachers Organization. Once a year the groups form "Civic Enterprises of Wartrace" and sponsor the show...
TWHNC offers entry refunds (08/06/13)
Any entry at this year's Celebration will be able to withdraw before the show and receive a full refund if they don't agree with the horse show inspection arm's decision to accept or reject mandatory penalties. Last week, a federal judge in Texas ruled in favor of last year's USDA rule change that placed the walking horse industry in charge of enforcing anti-abuse penalties. ...
Wartrace Horse Show will go on (08/02/13)
The historic Wartrace Horse Show is moving ahead for Saturday, organizer Heather Beard said. Beard told the Times-Gazette that organizers would not know the level of participation until Saturday. In the meantime, uncertainty in the walking horse industry following the judgment rendered in a Texas lawsuit caused Belfast Lions Club to postpone its horse show, scheduled for Friday, according to the Marshall County Tribune...
TWHNC seeks new source of income (08/01/13)
One year into his tenure as CEO of The Celebration, Mike Inman is reaching out, asking the community for support he feels the horse show needs as it heads into its 75th anniversary. In the last six years, the organization has lost close to $1.5 million, including funds it spent to oversee the SHOW horse industry organization, charged with inspecting horses before they show. ...
Wartrace Show ready for 107th chapter (07/31/13)
The 107th annual Wartrace Horse Show will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday. The show, to be judged by Joel Weaver of Shelbyville, will feature 30 classes. General admission is $5 and children under 12 are free. Managed by Roy Ferguson, the Wartrace Horse Show is a joint community volunteer effort of the East Bedford Civic Club and the Cascade Parent Teachers Organization. Once a year the two groups join to form the "Civic Enterprises of Wartrace" and sponsor the show...
Normandy horse trails closed: TVA (07/31/13)
Unauthorized horseback riding trails at Normandy Reservoir are being closed immediately, the Tennessee Valley Authority said Wednesday. "TVA security and local law enforcement officers will enforce trail closure and are authorized to ticket any horseback riders for trespassing," a TVA press release said Tuesday. "Closure is necessary to prevent additional damage to federal public lands and further environmental degradation."...
Ruling won't stop Celebration: CEO (07/31/13)
The head of The Celebration says the annual event is still a go despite a court ruling against the show's inspection arm. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means of Texas dismissed with prejudice a suit filed last year by the Shelbyville-based SHOW Horse Industry Organization (HIO). The suit claimed that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's rule change that placed the walking horse industry in charge of enforcing anti-abuse penalties was unconstitutional...
Mule show begins (07/11/13)
It was a long haul from Clearview Farms on U.S. 231 South to the Celebration Grounds, but these two fellows made it without any problem for this weekend's Great Celebration Mule and Donkey Show, starting today and running until Saturday. Driver Bobby Taylor, at right, kept the beasts under control while Jordan Cagle, sitting in the middle, and Jessie Martin, helped out. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Find a place to ride with ease (06/26/13)
Horses are a common sight in this part of Tennessee, but folks checking the state out online can find where the best equine spots are. A new map of the state on the Pick Tennessee Products website, www.PickTnProducts.org, links up visitors directly to 196 different horse "hot spots" from one end of the state to the other...
Lions Club plans horse show (06/18/13)
The 14th Annual Liberty Lions Club Walking Horse Show will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Bedford County Agriculture Center. Admission is $5; children under 6 are free. Food is sold during the show. Bob Finney is show announcer. Jackie Byrom is show judge for the 32 classes of show horses scheduled. The show features ribbons and cash prizes from $15 to $120...
Equipment at heart of controversy (06/09/13)
Critics of the Tennessee Walking Horse have singled out certain equipment used in training horses that compete in many of the most popular divisions at shows like The Celebration. But what is this equipment? The debate centers around padded shoes and chains that trainers use to exaggerate the horses' distinctive gait for the performance division...
USDA defines soring (06/09/13)
Soring is an abusive practice used to accentuate a horse's gait. It is defined as the application of any chemical (e.g., mustard oil or diesel fuel), mechanical agent (e.g., overweight chains), or practice (e.g., trimming a hoof to expose the sensitive tissue) inflicted upon any limb of a horse, that can cause or be expected to cause the horse to suffer physical pain or distress when moving...
Fun Show back for 43rd year (05/26/13)
A new view inside Calsonic Arena (05/24/13)
New renovations to the Hall of Fame Club inside Calsonic Arena make it easier to view activities in the arena from the club. A new counter, new and less-obstructed windows, and new chairs allow visitors to the club to sit at the windows facing the arena and clearly see what's going on inside, said Celebration CEO Mike Inman...
Cool spray on a hot day (05/24/13)
Boy, that feels gooooooood! Jessica Hleback gives her horse Jose's Last Rose a bath in preparation for the 43rd annual Spring Fun Show at Calsonic Arena this week. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Additional classes added for Spring Fun Show (05/23/13)
The 43rd annual Spring Fun Show kicks off tonight in Calsonic Arena on the Celebration grounds. The spring Tennessee Walking Horse show, held each Memorial Day weekend, is run by the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. "We're excited," said Celebration CEO Mike Inman, who said midday Wednesday that based on the number of out-of-town trainers who'd already arrived for the show, participation looked to be strong...
ThorSport to host open house Friday (05/22/13)
MURFREESBORO -- ThorSport Farm and FarmPaint.com will hold an open house on Friday, May 24, featuring company information, tours of the new buildings and facility, live entertainment and a meet and greet with two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers...
Celebration tour (05/21/13)
Mike Inman, Celebration CEO, takes 28 equine science students from Colorado State University on a tour of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration grounds on Monday.
Celebration rentals (05/15/13)
The Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce is providing local home owners assistance in renting their homes during the upcoming Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, which is being held Aug. 21-31. If you are interested in making your home available to our visitors, contact the Chamber office at 684-3482 or e-mail bedfordchamber@bellsouth.net...
Marsh, Tracy 'disappointed' by veto (05/14/13)
Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday vetoed a bill that would require images documenting animal abuse be turned over to law enforcement within 48 hours, saying his main concern is its constitutionality. State Attorney General Bob Cooper last week said in a legal opinion that the measure would be "constitutionally suspect" because it could violate Fifth Amendment protections against self-incrimination and for placing burdens on news collection....
A weekend of fun activities (05/07/13)
Absolute Skyy, Hannah Pulvers up, presented the flag to open Friday night's Row McLaughlin and Greg Maupin Benefit Horse Show at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Horse trainer denies charges (05/03/13)
Tennessee walking horse trainer Larry Wheelon of Maryville has issued a statement denying abuse of horses at his facility. Wheelon was charged with one count of animal cruelty and 19 horses were seized from his farm. "I would like to first state that I am innocent on the charges alleged against me," Wheelon said. "These are serious allegations that carry serious consequences and I look forward to the opportunity to have my story known and my name cleared of these allegations...
East Tenn. horse trainer faces abuse charges (04/26/13)
A horse trainer from Maryville has been charged with felony animal cruelty after 19 horses were removed from his barn Thursday. The Blount County sheriff's office assisted the U.S. Department of Agriculture in serving a search warrant to Larry Wheelon, 68, last week after receiving a tip about possible animal cruelty, reported The Daily Times of Maryville...
Tracy, Marsh back livestock abuse bill (04/19/13)
Both of Bedford County's state legislators voted for a bill to require anyone recording or taking photos of livestock abuse to turn images over to law enforcement within 48 hours. The bill was approved in the House on Wednesday with 50 votes -- the bare minimum needed to clear the chamber. The Senate version passed 22-9 on Tuesday...
Close encounters: MTEC class lets students experience walking horses (04/18/13)
Students from Middle Tennessee Education Center visited the grounds of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Wednesday and had a chance to meet Shelbyville's signature horse up close and personal. The trip was part of Dr. Warren Gill's "Agriculture in Our Lives" annual curriculum. The class is now offered at MTEC in Shelbyville, a satellite campus of Middle Tennessee State University...
Little horses leave a big impression (04/16/13)
These horses may be small, but they put on a big show. The Tennessee Miniature Horse Celebration 2013 ASPC, ASPR, AMHR & Open Hackney Horse Show was held Friday through Sunday at Calsonic Arena. Tennessee Miniature Horse Volunteers organized the show, which is accredited and conducted under the 2013 rules of the American Shetland Pony/American Miniature Horse Registry...
Local man, local mule are parade winners (04/12/13)
Buddy Pope of Shelbyville and his mule Kate placed second in the Mule Day Parade in Columbia in 2011, and were runners-up again in 2012. This year? "I won a ribbon in every class I showed in," said Pope, "and I won the parade."...
Walking horses speed into hearts of spectators (04/10/13)
PULASKI -- The unmistakable rhythm of horses' hooves on a sod track was music to the ears of a crowd of about 200 horse enthusiasts at the Milky Way Farm Equestrian Challenge Sunday. The event, sponsored by the Walking Horse Racing and Event Commission, was held at the historic Milky Way Farm, home of candy legend Frank Mars. The race track, built in 1932, was designed by Mars and is where many champion thoroughbreds were trained, including the 1940 Kentucky Derby Winner, Gallahadion...
Serious walk: Singer/horse trainer uses talents to help in fight against cancer (04/05/13)
Alena Nicholson is a busy woman, but give her a chance to help fight cancer and she'll clear her schedule in a minute. She'll be performing for 30 minutes prior to the start of the Walking for Cancer Horse Show, to take place April 13 at the Bedford County Ag Center. The horse show, which kicks off at 5 p.m., benefits the Bedford County Cancer Foundation...
Proposals restrict abuse probes (03/19/13)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- An undercover video that showed California cows struggling to stand as they were prodded to slaughter by forklifts led to the largest meat recall in U.S. history. In Vermont, a video of veal calves skinned alive and tossed like sacks of potatoes ended with the plant's closure and criminal convictions...
A Bruce Pearl wins Trainers Show stake class (03/19/13)
Jimmy McConnell rode A Bruce Pearl, owned by Mike and Lee McGartland, to the blue in the Trainers' Show stake class Saturday night. The show, held at the Calsonic Arena, drew more than 500 entries -- making the show the largest it has been in the past five years. (Photo courtesy Walking Horse Report)
Cowboys face obstacles in new event (03/14/13)
The Celebration Grounds will host horses of a much swifter breed in May as Craig Cameron's Extreme Cowboy Race comes to town. The event is set for May 24 & 25 on the Celebration Grounds and is sponsored by the Southern Obstacle Challenge Association...
Cancer Foundation gears up for spring horse show (03/10/13)
The Annual Walking for Cancer Horse Show will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the Bedford County Ag Center on Midland Road, Shelbyville. The show begins at 5:00 PM and admission is $5 with children under 6 being admitted free. There will be fun for everyone; good food, merchandise vendors and the greatest breed of horse, the beautiful Tennessee Walking Horse. Music for the show and for entertainment will be provided by noted organist Chase Williams...
TWHBEA offers incentives to help in tough times (03/08/13)
The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' And Exhibitors' Association (TWHBEA) has announced three new incentives for horse owners and enthusiasts. The group said the incentives were in response to the tough economic times and the various issues effecting prices in the horse industry specifically...
Walking horse group to hold national show at arena (03/07/13)
Horses will fill Calsonic Arena this fall when the National Walking Horse Association (NWHA) holds its championship show in Shelbyville. The group recently voted to bring the show to Shelbyville Sept. 23 - 28, and will be introducing new divisions to the event this year - All Day Pleasure and Park Lite Shod. Country Pleasure division rules have also been revised for 2013, according to an announcement on the NWHA website...
Division added to 2013 Celebration (03/03/13)
An amateur five-year-old division is to be added to the 75th annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, the organization has announced. To honor the inaugural year of the division with the ultimate crowning of a new World Grand Champion, the Celebration will be sending medallions honoring the winners at every show throughout the year...
Feathered horses will return in April (02/27/13)
Calsonic Arena will host the Fifth Annual Feathered Horse Spring Classic in April, it has been announced. The event, which will be free and open to the public, is scheduled for April 19-21. Gypsy and Friesian horses from across the nation will compete...
WHTA backs single HIO (02/21/13)
The Walking Horse Trainers' Association (WHTA) voted unanimously Monday to support a single Horse Industry Organization (HIO). A general membership meeting was held at the WHTA's headquarters in Shelbyville, which included guests from the four predominant HIOs - Heart of America, Kentucky, PRIDE and SHOW, who inspect performance horses, as well as the Tennessee Walking Show Horse Organization (TWSHO)...
Alena Nicholson: Living two dreams (02/17/13)
Alena Nicholson has tremendous passion for two things -- horses and music. She barely has time to breathe as she travels back and forth between her horses at Canter Farms in Bedford County to a budding country music career in Nashville. Alena's love for horses began early...
Celebration seeks trash removal help (02/07/13)
The Celebration is again asking for help with their waste collection from the City of Shelbyville in a continuing effort to cut costs. But some officials are worried that doing so would "open a door" for businesses to make the same request, while others want to help the Celebration in any way possible...
Florida horse show goes on; WHTA will manage (01/31/13)
A week after it was announced that a Florida horse show sponsored by the Celebration had been called off, the Walking Horse Trainers' Association (WHTA) is picking up the reins. The WHTA and Gulf Coast Charity Celebration Association, Inc. announced Wednesday that the 2013 Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show will be held April 25-27 in Panama City Beach, Fla., after all...
Celebration cancels Florida horse show (01/23/13)
A Florida horse show sponsored by the Celebration has been cancelled for this year, but organizers are hoping for the event to continue in 2014. The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration (TWHNC) announced that the 2013 Gulf Coast Charity Celebration, traditionally held in Panama City Beach, Fla., will not take place this year...
$5K to trainers, council decides (01/11/13)
Shelbyville's city council approved giving $5,000 to the Walking Horse Trainers' Association for an upcoming show, and is asking the county to chip in as well. The group's 45th anniversary show is scheduled March 14-16 at Calsonic Arena, and the council was asked last week for $10,000 to help sponsor the event...
Trainers' Association requests city donation for horse show (01/06/13)
Shelbyville's city council was asked for $10,000 for a horse show slated for March, but a tight budget could limit whatever contribution the city chooses to make. Mickey McCormick, the new president of the Walking Horse Trainers' Association, told the council that the group's 45th anniversary show has been scheduled to be held at Calsonic Arena March 14-16...
Help available for Alzheimer's patients (11/15/12)
Caregiver Relief of Bedford County offered free memory screenings this week, in conjunction with the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. In a session held at Bedford Drug on North Main Street, several local residents were briefed on the early signs of the disease and completed a series of questions and tasks designed to test memory, language skills, thinking ability and other intellectual functions...
For the love of horses (and Benji): Filmmaker finds new home in Bedford County (10/24/12)
In the early 1970s, Joe Camp had a great idea for a movie, built around a unique central character. The Hollywood studios, however, didn't see it that way, and all of them rejected the project. The head of distribution for Universal Studios said he liked the movie but didn't think he could convince others to do the work that would be required to sell it. He suggested that Camp distribute the movie himself...
A perfect time to hit the trail: Strolling Jim ride is Saturday (10/11/12)
Ray Pimental promises that if you come to ride Saturday, it will be, "The most fun you've had all year." Fall officially began on Sept. 22, and trees are beginning to change color as cooler weather arrives. It's a perfect time to take part in the Strolling Jim Memorial Trail Ride, now in its 15th year...
New equestrian event comes to middle Tennessee (10/07/12)
James and Jackie Hale saw a need and answered it. Owners of a successful Saddlebred training facility and consignment sales operation, the couple decided to take action when the Tattersalls sales pavilion in Lexington, Ky., closed last year. It's safe to say that the Hales have been to a sale or two, know how to utilize new technologies, and can tell a good horse when they see one. Still, establishing a new sale would be a risk...
McConnell receives probation (09/19/12)
CHATTANOOGA -- A former trainer received three years' probation and a $75,000 fine Tuesday for soring Tennessee walking horses. "So this is the man I've been reading so much about," U.S. District Judge Harry S. Mattice said as Jackie McConnell, 62, stood before him...
Groups react to McConnell sentencing (09/19/12)
CHATTANOOGA -- "This 'big lick" has got to go!" Those were the words of the senator who wrote the Horse Protection Act (HPA) 42 years ago. Following the sentencing hearing of Jackie McConnell, Keith Dane of the Humane Society of the United States and former senator Joseph Tydings urged lawmakers to pass an amended HPA that would make soring a felony...
Walking horse trainer, stablehands to be sentenced (09/18/12)
CHATTANOOGA (AP) - A walking horse trainer and two stablehands who were caught abusing horses in an undercover video are to be sentenced today in federal court in Chattanooga. Prosecutors have recommended five years' probation for Jackie McConnell, whose Whitter Stables in Collierville was the subject of the video. It shows McConnell and others applying caustic substances to horses' legs and hooves and beating the horses to make them stand...
TWSHO responds to more 'misguided' attacks (09/14/12)
Tennessee Walking Show Horse Organization (TWSHO) Thursday issued the following statement from communications director Jeffrey Howard in response to proposed legislation to amend the Horse Protection Act (HPA): "TWSHO is in strong agreement that reform is needed in the industry and we will work with anyone who truly wants reform...
Cohen introduces bill to ban soring of horses (09/14/12)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Saying he was taking an opportunity to "look out for our four-legged friends," U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen co-sponsored a bill Thursday that would make injuring a Tennessee Walking Horse to exaggerate its gait a felony. The Memphis Democrat joined Kentucky Republican Ed Whitfield in introducing amendments to the 1970 Horse Protection Act that also tighten the definition of soring, the practice of putting irritating chemicals or chains on a horse's front ankles to make it step higher in a gait known as "the Big Lick.". ...
Beautiful Horse Show sky (09/05/12)
Melonie and Micah Lynn Schmiede enjoying the Horse Show with a beautiful backdrop.
Saturday, Sept. 1, Celebration results (09/04/12)
1) RATTLE AND SNAP, Ashtyn Claire Brown / Carla Brown, Ashtyn Claire Brown; 2) RASCAL FLATTS, Grace Wilhelm / Kristen Wilhelm, Byrom & Wilhelm; 3) TEXAS PETE, Julia Paige Callaway / Jada Callaway, Julia Paige Callaway; 4) JAZZ CAT, Raelyn Wainwright / Kasie Caldwell, Raelyn Wainwright; 5) WOODY YES HE WOOD, DaKoda Gardner / Misti Gardner, DaKoda & Cheyanne Gardner; 6) SHAKE'S LITTLE MIDNIGHT, Breanna Lovvorn / Christen Lovvorn, Charles & Joy Gleghorn; 7) ALI CAT H, Laci Matthews / Tiffany Hartwig, Bella Hartwig; 8) PRINCESS, Riley Sims / Lynn Womack, Riley Sims; 9) AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL, Peyton Nelms / Amanda Nelms, Peyton & Riley Nelms; 10) I'M CHARLIE BROWN, BiBi Beasley / Russ Thompson, Beth Beasley. ...
Honors takes 4-year-old WGC (08/31/12)
Friday's penultimate performance at the 74th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration began with a rainbow, visible looking southeast from the stadium just before the show started, and Honors, Larry Edwards up, found the pot of gold at the end of that rainbow, winning the Four-Year-Old World Grand Championship to close out the evening. The entry is owned by Dan, Keith & Kelly McSwain of Gainesville and Duluth, Ga...
Walking horse supporters defend against HSUS claims (08/31/12)
Friday morning, both the Humane Society of the United States and the Tennessee Walking Show Horse Organization held press conferences in Murfreesboro aiming to rein in the public's perception of the walking horse industry. While both groups assert that they have the best interest of the walking horse in mind, their stances differ...
Going for blue: Contenders look towards World Grand Championship (08/31/12)
World Champions and World Grand Champions are crowned every year at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. But the focus usually is on the winner of the Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Championship, the finale of the show. Saturday night the 74th World Grand Champion will take its place in history. Listed in no particular order are the expected top seven contenders for the crown...
Turnin,' burnin' and winnin' (08/31/12)
Three barrels, two hearts and one soul is a popular saying with barrel racers. Sydney Ely of Chestnut Ridge and her mare, Smokies DD Gold Lady -- or "DeeDee," for short -- have a true understanding of this intertwined soul. They've worked hard to develop this trust...
Thursday night Celebration results (08/31/12)
Thursday, Aug. 30, Celebration results OWNER AMATEUR YOUTH 6-17 PARK PLEASURE MARES/GELDINGS WORLD GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP 1) B B KINGS JAZZ, Jackson Stephens, Stephens/Womack; 2) SANTANAS COIN, Lindsey Landrum, Landrum/McNeely/Cortner; 3) FOG AT THE RITZ, Abbey Fleming, Jim Upchurch...
Jose It Ain't So and Jonathan Watts excite crowd (08/31/12)
It's Championship Thursday in Shelbyville! For five days and seven nights, everyone has enjoyed the preliminary action, but it's finally time for the real competition to begin as all of the teams showing tonight will be riding for the roses and the title of 2012 World Grand Champion. Twelve classes of championship action made up the Thursday evening schedule, highlighted by the final class, the Three-Year-Old World Grand Championship...
Attempt made to obtain motel guests' info (08/30/12)
Several visitors staying at Best Western Celebration Inn, Madison Street, were asked to disclose personal information by someone claiming to be an employee Wednesday, police said. Multiple guest told the front desk clerk they had received calls from a man asking them to bring their credit cards for a 30 percent room discount. He did not ask for their card numbers...
Preliminary classes wrap up (08/30/12)
It's Wednesday night . . .the final night of preliminary competition of the 74th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. Starting tomorrow night, the spotlight comes on and the riding for the roses begins. There's still a great night of competition ahead tonight and if the rain will stay away, it will be one great night for a horse show!...
Fighting back: Some USDA inspectors unfair, say industry reps (08/29/12)
Celebration officials have gone on the offensive this week as they claim some U.S. Department of Agriculture officials are inspecting horses unfairly at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. Dr. Doyle Meadows, Celebration CEO, says he feels the USDA has retaliated against the horse show after walking horse industry leaders went above their heads in an effort to ensure a successful event...
Sentencing rescheduled in soring case (08/29/12)
Sentencing for the remaining defendants in a widely publicized horse soring case has been reset for later in September despite objections from federal prosecutors. U.S. District Judge Harry S. Mattice Jr. has continued sentencing for Jackie L. McConnell, 60, Jeff Dockery, 54, and Joseph R. Abernathy, 30 until Sept. 18 at 2 p.m. EDT at the federal courthouse in Chattanooga...
Scar rule: It's all about interpretation (08/29/12)
If you think a pastern is where horses graze, you probably don't quite understand the "scar rule" portion of the Horse Protection Act. And you're not alone. We'll start with a layman's explanation of the pastern, the area of concentration. The pastern is the area of a horse's legs between the ankle (fetlock) and the hoof. It is made of two bones -- the smaller of which is the closest to the hoof, and the portion in question...
Tuesday night Celebration results (08/29/12)
THE MOLLY WALTERS FAMILY FOUR YEAR OLD MARES (CANTER)/WHTA 2012 RIDERS CUP 1) POWERSTROKES EVENING STAR, Herbert Derickson, Ingraham/McGee; 2) THE SKY QUEEN, Casey Wright, Bob/Jamie Gullic; 3) JOSE GUN POWDER AND LEAD, John Allan Callaway, Tommy Jowers Family; 4) SAPPHIRE GIN, Brock Tillman, Dru McCormick; 5) STRONG AS A DOLLAR, Rodney Dick, Larry Markum; 6) TRUE PLATINUM, Tim Smith, M/M Eric Lackey; 7) YANKEE GIRL, Michael Wright, Dr Les McGowan; 8) SWEETHEART OF JOSE, Brad Beard, M/M Charles Brantley. ...
Stable decorating contest held (08/29/12)
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...
Luttrell has two Tuesday night wins (08/29/12)
We've come to Tuesday of the 74th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. This is the next to the last night of preliminary competition, as the championships get underway on Thursday night. The 11 classes of competition on the evening schedule certainly should provide an entertaining evening, if the rain clouds that showed up earlier this afternoon will go ahead and pass...
Celebration activities (08/28/12)
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration has announced that the entry fee for the World Grand Championship class will be refunded in full if the entry does not show for any reason. The $2,500 entry fee is due by Friday at noon. The 74th Annual Celebration culminates with the crowning of the World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse on Saturday in class 177. The refundable entry fee is not a new policy as the Celebration has instituted the same in 2009, 2012 and 2011...
Monday Celebration results (08/28/12)
FLAT SHOD PLEASURE DRIVING 1) OVERPASS, Patti Pollack, Pollacks Silver Spur Ranch; 2) JOSES BABY DOLL, Jeff Laughlin, Doris Penick; 3) SCORES HEARTBREAKER, Kathy Owen, Kathy Owen/Double Springs Farm; 4) STARRY EYES, Shelli MeHaffey, Sally Reiley; 5) ARIANA, Dr Linda Jones, Jones/Lane; 6) TRIGGER ON THE PROWL, Jeff Givens, JoAnn Dowell; 7) MY PRIVATE EYE, Ann Marie Couch, Royce/Ann Marie Couch; 8) CEO OF THE RITZ, Jody Brannon, Brooke Daly/Jody Brannon. ...
Keep Your Cash, Nine Gold, I'm Bob Marley top 2-year-olds on Monday (08/28/12)
It's Monday night, the halfway point of the 74th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. After tonight's events, there will only be two more preliminary sessions prior to Championship competition getting underway on Thursday night. In fact, two World Grand Champions have already been crowned. ...
Sunday evening Celebration results (08/27/12)
OWNER AMATEUR YOUTH 12-14 MARES/GELDINGS 1) BE COOL, Jaclyn Compton, Rick/Della Compton Family; 2) JOSE CALIENTE, Chris Elliott, Chris Elliott; 3) STEMWINDER, Koston McWaters, LaRue McWaters; 4) MISS MIDNIGHT RIDER, Maria Perry, Bullington/Perry; 5) TOO TALL JONES, Jesse Laughlin, 4J Land & Cattle Co; 6) FOURTH QUARTER MIRACLE, Jacob Miller, Jacob Miller; 7) BLACK MARKET PUSHER, Nathan Britt, RPC Farms; 8) CAROLINA CONFEDERATE, Isaac McGee, Laura McGee; 9) HES OUR DURAMAX, Thomas Derickson, Thomas Derickson; 10) GENERALS TOP BRASS, Ashley Raby, Sheila Raby. ...
Saturday Celebration results (08/27/12)
AUXILIARY EQUITATION MEDAL 11 & UNDER 1) CLAIRE HANKINS; 2) KEELY MORROW; 3) ALLIE AVENT; 4) KATHLEEN BURROUGHS; 5) LUKE KELLER OWNER AMATEUR YOUTH 6-17 WESTERN COUNTRY PLEASURE 1) BUSTLINE, Mackenzie Morgan, Benjamin/Morgan; 2) COWBOY ON PAROLE, Payton Davis, Jack/Wilsene Moody Kwok/Payton Davis; 3) THE GHOST WALKER, Katie Gerber, Brown/Irby/Gerber; 4) JOSES HANNAH MONTANA, Ashley Gray, Kesselring/Gray; 5) GI GIS HALBERD, Logan Hankins, Logan Hankins; 6) EL TECATE, Allison Thorson, Allison Thorson; 7) DELIGHT SILVER DESIGN, Jackson Stephens, Van Stephens Family; 8) HALLELUJAH IN THE SKY, Tyler Diamond Pollack, Pollacks Silver Spur Ranch; 9) A ROYAL ATTRACTION, Kaitlyn Rippy, Nick/Kaitlyn Rippy; 10) SWEET DIXIE NIGHT, Keeley Carr, Smith/Carr. ...
Governor visits Celebration Sunday night (08/26/12)
Gov. Bill Haslam visited the Celebration on Sunday night and was honored at center ring. State Rep. Pat Marsh and Celebration CEO Dr. Doyle Meadows presented the governor with a tri-colored ribbon. Ring announcer Bobby Sands, in announcing the presentation, indicated that Haslam had helped the walking horse industry by passing along some of its concerns to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack...
Irreplaceable 'Baby': Family saves life of dying colt (08/26/12)
A fan of the T-G's reader-submitted photo pages shared a story last week fit for any person fond of a horse. Teresa Cozart of Wheel had been thinking of submitting a particular photo for some time. "I track the reader submitted photos on the T-G website all the time, and I thought, 'You know what, I am going to submit a photo,'" said Teresa. "People love this photo. Every time anyone walks by my desk at work they comment on it so I figured why not share it."...
Memories of the 'Wireman' live on (08/26/12)
The Celebration brings with it a certain frame of mind. For long-time residents, it provides a unique marker in your calendar each year. Whether you remember being at the show each night as a kid or you're taking your kids on vacation, it's hard to not be a little nostalgic about things come this time of year...
I'm Copperfield, Walk Time Charlie win stallion class (08/25/12)
I'm Copperfield won the A division, and Walk Time Charlie won the B division of Stallions, Five Years and Over, over 15.2 (Canter) at Saturday evening's performance of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. Each horse was the unanimous choice of all five judges in its division...
All the pretty horses... (08/25/12)
It used to be when a walking horse took home the floral horse shoe, the flowers were draped over a solid black animal. On rare occasions, a chestnut or a bay walked on with the win, but those three choices were about it. These days, even though the blacks, dark bays, chestnuts and sorrels still dominate, more attention is being given to a horse of a different color. ...
Be safe while riding in the arena (08/25/12)
Riding in an arena may be your only option during bad weather, or it's a convenient place to school your horse with a minimum of distractions, according to Katherine Blocksdorf for About.com. In any case, do your part to make riding with others fun and safe...
Some ponytails need little help (08/25/12)
In case you've ever wondered, 90 percent of the tails are real on all walking horses. But there's no denying that some horses need some help with their ponytails for the show ring. For horses it can be a necessity in how striking they look. Extensions create a full effect in horses, just as they do for women...
Learn the lingo: Class names explained (08/25/12)
Ever wonder what the different names of the different Celebration classes mean? How is an Open class different from an Amateur class? What does "Specialty" mean? Or Classic? Here are some definitions that may help. Amateur Class: Each rider, driver, or handler must be an amateur. ...
Origins of the Tennessee walking horse (08/25/12)
You might call the Tennessee walking horse the melting pot of the east -- it seems like every early breed established east of the Mississippi contributed to its genetic makeup somewhere. Here are some of the breeds that have contributed to the Tennessee walker gene pool, create a truly American horse...
Come in, you're welcome (08/25/12)
Walking horse trainers, owners and exhibitors call the Celebration the greatest horse show on Earth. But just because visitors are more than welcome to attend the show and cheer on their favorites doesn't mean it's OK -- or safe -- for folks visiting the horse show to make themselves at home in the barn area...
Familiar sights, sounds at Celebration (08/24/12)
The evening performances of the 74th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration began Thursday night, as Bud Seaton rode flag horse Counterfeit Dollar over to the east side of the big arena....
Students see the show (08/24/12)
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is recognizing local schools during the 10-day show this year, after giving more than 16,000 tickets to local students. Each student in Bedford County has received a pair of tickets for one night of the show. City elementary schools will be tonight's guests, with Eakin, East Side and Southside schools being recognized as their school logos are flashed on the Jumbotron, and Bobby Sands will share information about each school...
Thursday night Celebration results (08/24/12)
OWNER AMATEUR MARES YOUTH RIDERS 6-11 1) JOSES DELIGHTFUL PUSHER, Landon Callicutt, John Callicutt; 2) WALK ON COMMAND, Jessica LAwell, Roger/Barbara Jenkins; 3) IM UGLY BETTY, Counti Green, Counti Green; 4) SHOWBOATS HEARTSTOPPER, Dylan Young, Lisa Patton Evans; 5) SHES ARMED WITH POISON, William Derickson, Thomas Derickson; 6) HELLO CUTIE, Maggie Kail, Jada Kail; 7) SHES A SILVER LADY, Macey Krauth, Krauth Family; 8) JAZZY SALLY, Zachary Swafford, Zachary Swafford. ...
Thursday morning Celebration results (08/23/12)
MODEL PLEASURE STALLIONS 1) MAXXIMIZE, Jeff Givens, JoAnn Dowell; 2) IM JACK DANIELS, Rollie Beard, J. W. Beard; 3) JAZZMANS LEGEND, Dr Judy Moore, Moore/Foust Farm; 4) HURRICANE DICKIE, Jennifer Broadhurst, Jennifer Broadhurst; 5) GENERATORS TROUBADOUR, Beverly Lamp, Keith/Cheryl Waid; 6) THE PRESTIGE, Robert Nelms, Rushing Creek Walkers; 7) ARMED WITH INTENT, Ronnie Rushing, Rushing Creek Walkers...
Wednesday morning Celebration recap (08/23/12)
As the unseasonably cool breeze blew through Calsonic Arena, the vendors were anxiously setting up and the officials were working in center ring, all signs that the first session of the 74th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration was about to get underway. ...
Down-home images (08/23/12)
It's a homecoming of sorts at the Celebration for Dee Foster. Foster now calls Texas home, but each year she enjoys a trip back to her hometown of Shelbyville to sell her signature screen printed shirts at the Celebration Trade Fair. Foster is the owner of Gator Prints, and she'll gladly give you the run-down on how she and her carousel of presses transfer image to screen and ink to shirt...
Wednesday morning Celebration results (08/23/12)
MODEL PLEASURE MARES 1) ARMED VOO PROMISES, Lynn Womack, James King, 2) IM A COPPERTONE GIRL, Robert Nelms, Rushing Creek Walkers, 3) WHIMSICAL JAZZ, Russel Keyser, Denise Bader/Russell Keyser, 4) SCORES DIAMOND GIRL, Beverly Lamp, Maple Crest Farms, 5) ITS MY MOMENT, Jeff Givens, JoAnn Dowell, 6) A RED RUBY, Laurie Toone, Gassaway/Toone, 7) KINGS JAZZ DANCER, Rollie Beard, Mona McMillian, 8) RUBY DIAMOND RITZ, Rayna Latham, Skierkowski/Jones, 9) GETTING EVEN, Maggie Mae White, Maggie Mae/Jon/Sherry White, 10) INTO THE NEXT GENERATION, Jennifer Broadhurst, Jennifer Broadhurst. ...
DesJarlais concerned with USDA (08/22/12)
U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais has written U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack with concerns about Horse Protection Act enforcement which he said "cause great uncertainty for the industry and this coming 'Celebration.'" DesJarlais, a member of the House Agriculture Committee and its subcommittee on livestock, dairy and poultry, has asked to meet with Vilsack and his staff to discuss the issues...
Steppin' Into Cash sponsors to give away $10,000 (08/22/12)
Each night at the Celebration, one attendee will have their own victory dance to do. At 8:30 p.m. in center ring, there will be a drawing in which participants can win from $500 to $3,000 per night. "This promotion is being funded by local individuals, financial institutions and businesses," said Donna Stone, promotional chairperson and Celebration Association member. ...
Celebration to quicken test results (08/21/12)
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is changing procedures that are used to detect signs of soring. The show's board of directors on Monday announced in a news release that for the first time, it will make the results of chemical tests public and it will result in trainers immediately losing their trophies and prize money if caught abusing horses...
'Excitement' builds for Smith at show (08/21/12)
T-G: How did you get started in your role there at the Celebration? How long have you been doing it?... Smith: This is my fourth summer at the Celebration. My cousin heard about the opening and called me because she thought it would be a good fit with my school schedule.
Celebration class schedule (08/21/12)
(Morning performances will be inside Calsonic Arena) 1 Model Pleasure Walking Mares 2 *Plantation Pleasure Walking Horses 3 Owner-Amateur Riders on Two-Year-Old Trail Pleasure Walking Horses, Optional Tack 4 Amateur Owned and Trained Lite Shod Walking Horses...
Just say Whoa! TWH stars in positive behavior campaign (08/19/12)
Ranger Tennessee Walker has arrived in Shelbyville, and he has a message for children and teens: "Just say Whoa." Last fall the Bedford County Sheriff's office acquired a Tennessee Walking Horse for their mounted patrol unit. Renamed Ranger, the horse is striking in appearance with a grey coat and a blue right eye...
Town-wide sale (08/17/12)
While the Celebration kicks off next week, bringing in visitors from all over the country, another popular event will be taking place nearby. Next Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24-25, Wartrace will hold its 17th annual town-wide yard sale. The event, sponsored by the Wartrace Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Wartrace, has evolved into more than just a yard sale, taking on a festival-like atmosphere that now attracts thousands of visitors for two days to the community known for Tennessee Walking Horses, handmade guitars and long freight trains.. ...
A legacy lives on through Walking Horse Classic (08/15/12)
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...
Dogs, ponies to prance at show (08/10/12)
A bit of sibling rivalry between pups caused Tango's injury, but organizers of this year's Dog and Pony Show at Clearview Farms hope to pair the hound with a loving family who can overlook the scars in his life. He was one of a litter of four pups that came to Bedford County Animal Control in early September. A puppy scuffle as the litter was caged together resulted in an injury to Tango's head, causing scars which are still visible...
Incoming Celebration CEO hits the ground running (08/09/12)
On his first day on the job, Mike Inman jumped in with both feet running. He knows he's got work to do. Inman's transition into his role as CEO of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration began last week; and during his first day on the job -- before settling into his office, setting up a new email, getting business cards or doing anything else you might normally do on your first day on the job -- Inman began working toward a very clear goal he has set for himself...
It's time to Celebrate the Celebration (08/09/12)
Let's Celebrate. We are only a couple of weeks away from the 74th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration calling of the final class. Can you imagine what it was like in 1939 to experience the first class at the inaugural Celebration? My father-in-law W. ...
Ribbons of support (08/08/12)
The Celebration is giving away ribbons for businesses to display in support of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. The ribbons, which are red, white and blue, are free, and may be picked up at the Celebration office...
Soring case defendant told to write article (08/07/12)
One of the defendants in a widely publicized horse soring case will have to write an article about the practice, a federal judge has ordered. John Mays, 50, pleaded guilty Monday to a single count of conspiracy to violate the Horse Protection Act (HPA) and was sentenced to time served -- four months, a special assessment of $25 and instructions from U.S. District Judge Harry S. Mattice to write an article about horse soring for the "community service" portion of his sentence...
City to help briefly with Celebration trash (08/05/12)
Shelbyville will be providing waste collection services for the Celebration later this month, but only for a short time. The council already had a discussion during last month's study session about the possibility of the city providing garbage services for the annual event, but city manager Jay Johnson and public works director Mark Clanton had informed Celebration officials that due to the short time frame before the event, the decision was made to pursue the services this year...
TWHNC suspends TWHBEA president (08/02/12)
The Celebration's board of directors has suspended Marty Irby, president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' Association, from all activities related to The Celebration for at least one year. The suspension is in response to a dispute over website domain names that were bought in the name of TWHBEA -- the organization that controls the breed's registry...
SHOW responds to USDA action (08/02/12)
SHOW, the Horse Industry Organization connected with the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, responded Wednesday to last Friday's action by the USDA taking the first step to decertify SHOW inspectors. HIOs inspect horses for soring at shows...
'You are the Celebration' (08/02/12)
We have several people in our community that are working extremely hard to involve our entire community in a more positive manner in bringing back "Civic Pride" to the Celebration. Last week, several members of the Board of Directors of the Celebration and I met with the Celebration Association to discuss ways to reunite members of our community to return or experience for the first time the pageantry of the Celebration...
SHOW misses rule change deadline (08/01/12)
Three Tennessee walking horse groups -- including SHOW, Inc., the horse industry organization (HIO) affiliated with the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration -- have missed a deadline for adopting tougher inspection rules. The groups could lose their certification from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which allows them to inspect for violations of the Horse Protection Act...
'Cradle' gets ready to rock (08/01/12)
This will be a big weekend for the little town which calls itself the "Cradle of the Tennessee Walking Horse," as the relocated Tennessee Walking Horse National Museum opens on Friday and the 106th annual Wartrace Horse Show takes place on Saturday...
Local civic clubs work to back Celebration (08/01/12)
David Brown, Vice President of the Shelbyville Rotary Club and Katie Guthrie, Region III Chair of the Shelbyville Lions Club, met with Dr. Doyle Meadows, CEO of The Celebration and Connie Allen, Executive Assistant at The Celebration to discuss ways local civic clubs could help show their support for The Celebration...
Horse show to give away $10,000 (07/26/12)
As the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration draws nearer, horse show officials have announced they plan to give away $10,000 in cash during nightly drawings throughout the show. Each night in center ring at 8:30 p.m. there will be a drawing in which participants can win from $500 to $3,000 per night...
New judges chosen for Celebration (07/19/12)
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration has selected the judging panel for the 74th Annual Celebration, to be held Aug. 22-Sept. 1. Jennifer Bingham, Chris Bobo, Nathan Clark, Brent Grider and Joel Weaver will adjudicate the performance horse classes during the show. Connie Waldo and Carol Smithson will join Bingham, Bobo and Clark to adjudicate the pleasure classes...
Horse trial canceled; judge to hear both sides of issue (07/17/12)
A trial over the constitutionality of a U.S. Department of Agriculture rule change affecting the Tennessee walking horse industry was canceled before it could take place Monday, with both sides to present their evidence over the issue instead. Last month, the Shelbyville-based SHOW Horse Industry Organization (HIO) filed a lawsuit, asking for a restraining order over new rules which instruct the walking horse industry to oversee enforcement of anti-abuse penalties...
Hugs, tears for a winner (07/13/12)
Giving his donkey a hug is Richard Fleener as he was brought to tears after his miniature donkey Topper was judged best of breed during the 21st annual Great Celebration Mule and Donkey Show at the Celebration grounds. His wife, Katrina, showed the donkey....
SHOW injunction denied; trial is set (07/12/12)
A trial over the constitutionality of a USDA rule change ordering the walking horse industry to oversee enforcement of anti-abuse penalties will go on as scheduled, a federal judge ruled Monday. U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means denied a motion for a temporary restraining order requested last month by the Shelbyville-based SHOW Horse Industry Organization...
Thanks, Board, for a job well done (07/12/12)
The 74th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is just a little over a month away. I am proud to be associated with an event that literally identifies our community. The Walking Horse Industry and The Celebration set us apart from communities with similar size and population...
Horse industry seeks support of local businesses (07/11/12)
Shelbyville's Walking Horse Trainers Association (WHTA) visited local businesses Tuesday, asking for their support of the local horse industry. The organization declared the day, July 10, as Bedford County Support Day. "The Tennessee Walking Horse industry has always been a positive influence on the economy of Shelbyville and Bedford County. ...
Mules & more on display this week (07/10/12)
Stubborn as a mule? It may be a well-known saying, but trainer Anita Gravener doesn't think it's a true description. "I don't think they're stubborn," said Gravener, a quarter horse trainer by trade who started training mules last year as a favor to a friend. "They're actually very smart."...
Riding in the rain (07/08/12)
Joe Lester climbs on I A Mysterio as Alex Lowe holds the reins at Friday night's Money Tree Classic horse show in Shelbyville. (T-G Photo by Mitchell Petty)
Riding in the rain (07/08/12)
Yee haw! Mules, donkeys step out (07/08/12)
The 21st annual Great Celebration Mule and Donkey Show will be held Thursday through Saturday at the Celebration grounds. Mules from more than 25 states are expected at the annual event. "Things are progressing very well," said Celebration CEO Dr. Doyle Meadows, who serves as show manager. The mule show is one of a handful of annual events actually organized and put on by the Celebration, as opposed to events which rent the facility...
Riding for Tony Rice (07/06/12)
This horse is reflected in the side of a trailer as it waits for its turn in the ring at the Tony Rice Center horse show Thursday night at Bedford County Agriculture Center. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Celebration, events help local economy (07/05/12)
Hello, my friends, and welcome back to "Around the Grounds." The Celebration continues to contribute to the local economy through various events conducted on our grounds. The 2012 rodeo was the largest in years with standing room only, and the Moto-Cross was fantastic....
SHOW takes on USDA over penalty rule (06/26/12)
The Shelbyville-based SHOW Horse Industry Organization claims the U.S. Department of Agriculture's rule change placing the walking horse industry in charge of enforcing anti-abuse penalties is unconstitutional, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday...
SHOW suspends trainer for violations (06/24/12)
Horse trainer Joe Cotten has been suspended and fined for alleged actions at the Liberty Lions Club horse show earlier this month, according to a press release issued Saturday by the SHOW Horse Industry Organization. Cotten's suspension, effective immediately, will last for 7 ˝ years -- until Dec. 21, 2019 -- said SHOW President Dr. Stephen L. Mullins. He has also been fined $5,000...
Liberty Lions appreciate support (06/21/12)
The chairman of the Liberty Lions Club's annual horse show says he's grateful for the support given their annual horse show. "Our club raised over $9,000 profit from this one-night event." Paul D. Gambill said. "In the past, our club has tried other fundraisers, but nothing compares to our walking horse show to raise money for our club and community. We depend on this horse show for funds to meet the needs of the people in our area."...
Needy 'employee' doesn't work for horse trainer (06/12/12)
At least two people were contacted last week by someone falsely claiming to be an employee of a Bedford County horse trainer and asking for money. Dickie Gardner told the Bedford County Sheriff's Department on Friday his neighbors and friends were receiving calls from the "employee" saying his truck was broken down in Birmingham, Ala. with alternator problems and asking for $75...
Federal government stiffens soring penalties (06/06/12)
NASHVILLE (AP) -- The federal government will implement a new rule mandating stiffer penalties for horse soring and other related violations. According to The Tennessean, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's new rule will require organizations that inspect horses to assess minimum penalties to violators of the Horse Protection Act, including violations from soring Tennessee Walking Horses...
Letter to the Editor, May 31 (05/31/12)
To the editor: It may be an act of blasphemy, but I would like to admit that I have absolutely no interest in walking horses, or the Celebration. I grew up riding horses in the fields and woods of Antioch, and grew to love them. But the artificial, stilted, walking horse gait that is so popular around here does not interest me at all; it is unnatural, and is something that has to be trained into a horse's mind. ...
Nearly all Fun Show horses pass inspection (05/30/12)
Approximately 97 percent of horses passed inspection at the 42nd annual Spring Fun Show, one of the walking horse industry's season openers. The show was held last Thursday through Saturday at Calsonic Arena. Of 599 examinations, inspectors issued citations for 16 of them, said Dr. ...
New horse industry group forms (05/30/12)
A group of owners, trainers and breeders from across the industry established a $1 million funding goal Friday during the walking horse Fun Show to start a new group charged with promoting the breed and other goals. The new group is called the Tennessee Walking Show Horse Organization (TWSHO)...
Best feet foward: Horses inspected thoroughly at Fun Show (05/27/12)
It was only the first day of the Spring Fun Show, but the seats looked sparsely full. The Champions Arena adjacent to Calsonic Arena was a different story, however. Trainers, owners, media members and inspectors from SHOW and the USDA congested the warm-up ring, all looking for different things...
TWHNC backed, concern shown (05/24/12)
National media reports regarding the training practices of trainer Jackie McConnell have played a role in influencing local public perception of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry. This week the Times-Gazette has invited public comment from readers, called upon local business people and solicited information in an online poll. Here's what they have shared...
Celebration punishes McConnell (05/23/12)
The Celebration Board of Directors took decisive action Tuesday afternoon, condemning the actions of walking horse trainer Jackie McConnell, who pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges related to the conspiracy to violate the Horse Protection Act. The Celebration Board voted Tuesday to suspend McConnell for life from entering the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Grounds for any and all events, regardless of the event's affiliation or ownership...