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Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017
Guest column: TWH industry will prevail over USDA (01/19/17)
I think it is important that everyone realize this (the USDA action) is exactly what we expected and have been preparing for over the last six months. After reading the rule last Friday, we remain very confident in our position that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing an illegal rule and that we will prevail through litigation just like we did on the last illegal rulemaking USDA tried to implement. ...
Celebration break to end? (01/18/17)
Could Bedford County schools end the tradition of closing for the Celebration? Superintendent Don Embry threw that scenario out during Tuesday's Board of Education meeting. The board approved the 2017-2018 calendar, which includes the traditional break for the horse show. Classes would start Aug. 1 and dismiss from Aug. 28 through Sept. 4 for the show...
Horse industry to fight new USDA rules (01/15/17)
Members of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry say they were not too surprised by the USDA's ban on pads and action devices announced Friday. Most of the rules, including a ban on pads and wedges, would take effect Jan. 1, 2018. However, action devices, except for certain boots, would be banned at shows and other events 30 days after being published to the Federal Register...
USDA rule changes finalized (01/12/17)
The USDA has finalized its proposed rule changes to the Horse Protection Act, but one expert says it's too soon to know what actual alterations were made. The Walking Horse Report published a story Wednesday saying the Office of Management and Budget finished its review of the proposed rule to eliminate pads and action devices and give enforcement of the HPA to the government. ...
Top stories of 2016: Local legends made big impacts (12/28/16)
Well-known local figures who passed away during 2016 are the next two entries on our countdown of the top local news stories of the year as selected by a poll of Times-Gazette staff members. This year, due to a tie in the 10th position, there are 11 items on our list. ...
A legend is lost: David Howard driven to succeed, but family came first (12/20/16)
The Celebration lowered its flag to half-staff Monday as a salute to one of the walking horse industry's most influential leaders, David Howard, who passed away unexpectedly Saturday following complications resulting from a minor surgery he had about four weeks ago...
Holiday encore: 'A Celebration Christmas' returns (12/09/16)
Last year's inaugural "A Celebration Christmas" drew more than 2,500 visitors, which Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration CEO Mike Inman said made it instantly one of the top local holiday activities. "I would think that had to be either the largest or the second largest, behind only the parade, in attendance," said Inman earlier this fall...
USDA reaches out to horse shows (12/01/16)
The USDA released two statements this week about enforcement of the Horse Protection Act (HPA) and its relations with the show industry, but some question if there is any new information there. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service this week released a letter stressing its desire to work well with horse show managers. ...
Guest speaker for Lions (11/22/16)
Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration CEO Mike Inman spoke to the Shelbyville Lions Club recently about the horse show. Pictured (from left) are Bill Dearing, Inman and Bailey Little. (Submitted photo)
Will Trump's election change USDA action? Horse industry leaders hopeful (11/20/16)
Tennessee Walking Horse observers say they are essentially in a wait-and-see pattern on whether Donald Trump's incoming presidential administration will affect proposed changes to the industry. "We feel now we can have our voice heard," said trainer Herbert Derickson. "It is the most hopeful thing we have heard in a while."...
Champion gone (11/03/16)
Billy Gray, who rode to Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Championships in three different decades, died Wednesday at his home in Shelbyville. He was 79. "Billy's performances and personality are, and forever will be, woven into the fabric of the Celebration," Celebration CEO Mike Inman told the Times-Gazette. "A fierce competitor, yet always a Southern gentleman, the 'Master Showman' will be greatly missed by everyone."...
HPA comment period ends, now wait begins (10/30/16)
Now that the public comment period for proposed changes to walking horse regulations have ended, the question is, what's next for the industry? The U.S. Department of Agriculture ended the comment period last Wednesday on proposed changes to the Horse Protection Act. That deadline had been extended by one month...

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Education presentation (01/19/17)
Cascade Elementary School third-graders visited the Bedford County Board of Education Tuesday to demonstrate English and math lessons. During each month's board meeting, a different school makes some sort of presentation.
Community photos 1/18/17 (01/18/17)