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Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016
USDA delays HPA action by 30 days (09/20/16)
USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is extending the comment period on the proposed rule that would amend APHIS' Horse Protection Act (HPA) regulations. APHIS published the proposed rule on July 26. At the request of some stakeholders, APHIS announced it is extending the comment period 30 days until Oct. 26...
Students rewarded (09/14/16)
The Celebration, in partnership with Duck River Electric Membership Corporation, gave out general admission tickets to all local schools to attract more young spectators. The school returning the highest percentage of tickets received a check as a reward. Community High School won and representatives from the school said the funds will go toward student activities. Representatives from the Celebration, DREMC and Community gathered for the check presentation. From left, Jeffrey Howard, Lane Tapp (back), Celebration CEO Mike Inman, Hannah Mitchell, Charles McDonald, Amanda Lemmons, Luccie Woodell, Connie Allen, Lanie Simmons, Sheila Orrell and Kate Canady. (T-G Photo by Sadie Fowler)
Barrelling into town (09/09/16)
A week ago, on the Celebration grounds, grace and style were the point of equine competition. But this weekend, it's all about speed, baby, as horses and riders strive for the fastest time around a series of three barrels. The National Barrel Horse Association will hold its 2016 Tennessee State Championship in Calsonic Arena today through Sunday, bringing in more than 250 barrel racers from Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky. ...
Honors gets his due at show (09/06/16)
It was more than an hour before the start of the final Saturday night of the 78th Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration and approximately 100 people were standing outside Carl Edwards and Sons Stables. "I want a hat or at least I want to see him," one woman commented...
Honors is named World Grand Champion (09/04/16)
Honors, Larry E. Edwards up for Keith and Dan McSwain of Milton and Gainsville, Georgia, was named Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Champion at 12:46 this morning, concluding the 78th annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. There were seven entries in the class, and they entered -- as always -- to the beat of organist Larry Bright's "Flat Walk Boogie," which ring announcer Mark Farrar referred to as the "national anthem" of Tennessee Walking Horse competition...
T-G delivery will be late on Sunday (09/02/16)
Sunday's Times-Gazette will be delivered much later than normal -- in the wee hours of Sunday morning -- due to coverage of the grand championship class of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. The edition will contain coverage of the final class, including photos and information about this year's World Grand Champion Tennessee walking horse...
Help ready if disaster strikes (09/01/16)
In years past, the parking lot behind Bedford County Schools' headquarters building on Madison Street has served as an emergency command post for the last three nights of the Celebration, when championships are awarded and crowds are at their peak. In some years, if there was drama taking place in the sometimes contentious relationship between the horse industry, government regulators and activists, passers-by would see the collection of serious-looking vehicles and wonder if it was some sort of harbinger. ...
City's talking about heat, doughnuts and the horse show (09/01/16)
What's on your mind? Several people responded to that question Wednesday. Junior Lane was rounding out his lunch break at Our Town Park after eating at a restaurant on the square. He is a technician at Gateway Tire & Service Center. When asked about the weather, Lane said, "It's too hot. If it cools down just a little, we'll be alright."...
Whitfield retiring next week from Kentucky House seat (09/01/16)
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Republican U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield says he will resign from office next week, one year after announcing his retirement amid a House ethics investigation. Whitfield notified Republican Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin on Monday with a letter, which did not give a reason for his decision. ...
Memorable seat cushion (09/01/16)
Dora Tillman of Shelbyville, left, and Celebration visitor Laura Perry of Somerville wanted to share this memorable seat cushion honoring 1976 World Grand Champion Shades of Carbon. "We were cleaning out the garage and found this cushion," Dora said. "We cleaned it and we're taking it to the show tonight." (T-G Photo by David Melson)
HSUS clarifies remarks (09/01/16)
The Humane Society of the United States issued a clarification in response to statements that Celebration CEO Mike Inman made in an Aug. 25 op-ed in the Times-Gazette. The HSUS became involved in an existing lawsuit for alleged violations of the Animal Welfare Act. The original lawsuit against Feld Entertainment, the owners of the Ringling Bros. circus, centered on claims of animal abuse...
Chamber awards presented (09/01/16)
The Joe Fleming Stables received the Business Landscape Award last Thursday from the Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee. From left are stable workers: Greg Bryant; Chava Fernandez; Wesley Stapler; and Shawn Fulton. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Special display honors Celebration (08/31/16)
First Community Bank is stepping into The Celebration in an artistic way. The bank's main branch on Elm Street is displaying various items associated with the horse show. The public is invited to view the display, which runs through Saturday, said Linda Nichols...
Patriotism on display (08/31/16)
Although one football player chooses to remain seated during the National Anthem, support for our nation is strong and clear at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. Flag horse Ranger T. Walker, owned and ridden by Ernie Brewbaker, carries the flag on Tuesday night as the staff at center ring and spectators put their hands over their hearts. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
God's in the show ring (08/30/16)
On Sunday morning, during the first weekend of the Celebration each year, a small crowd gathers in the big outdoor arena. It's a mixture of locals and visitors, gathered not to watch high-stepping stallions but to sing and pray. Since 1989, the Celebration has hosted an interdenominational worship service. ...
Top this (08/30/16)
This group coordinated for the Hats Off to the Celebration contest Saturday with a patriotic theme. From left: Donda Combs; Lynda Brogdon; Tam Brogdon; and Ben Brogdon. Also pictured is Trudy the dog. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Come enjoy the show and savor the experience (08/28/16)
Ever since I was little, The Celebration was about family and bringing loved ones together. Some of my earliest memories of Shelbyville come from going with my grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Sam Pearce. They had a box right at the southwest corner near the CHS Marching Band booth...
Reed worked as E Section usher for 55 years (08/28/16)
Celebration regulars may remember Leighton Reed, a long-serving usher in E Section of the outdoor arena...
A tribute to Celebration contestants (08/28/16)
The 78th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is upon us here in Shelbyville. For Vicki and me, this is our third Celebration and we continue to be impacted by its majesty and by its history. We love horses and enjoy spotting them being exercised and trained at the numerous training facilities around Shelbyville...
He's Shady In Black, Honors win stallion class divisions (08/27/16)
He's Shady In Black, Jimmy McConnell up for Richard Donner of Dyersburg, won the A division of Stallions, 5 Years and Over (Canter) Saturday night at the 78th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. The B division was won by Honors, Larry Edwards up for Keith & Dan McSwain of Milton and Gainesville, Georgia....
USDA's unfair actions must be brought to halt (08/27/16)
The show is underway. It never fails that when the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is here that the negativity of the horse is front and center. The coverage from the public forum in Murfreesboro several weeks ago and "horse show time" humane groups bring to the forefront the issue of the Horse Protection Act and allegations of abuse...
Canadian visitors enjoy show (08/26/16)
Eldred and Shirley Haggerty of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, planned a very special vacation -- a riverboat cruise from Memphis down to New Orleans. But the trip required a 2,000-mile drive from Canada's capital city down to Tennessee. "We love horses," said Eldred on Thursday night, "and we're on our way to Memphis."...
Stewart urges support for area horse industry (08/26/16)
Virginia Stewart is working hard for the Tennessee Walking Horse and she wants everyone, especially the local community, to understand the importance of the breed to Middle Tennessee with a special emphasis. She and her husband, Gene Schaefer, own Evergreen Walking Horse Farm in Bell Buckle. ...
VIEW 2 VIEW: Unfair allegations will be tackled; for now, celebrate the magic (08/25/16)
There is always special energy in the air as the days tick down closer and closer to Labor Day. For those in Shelbyville and those making the annual pilgrimage it means one thing, the magic of the Celebration. What is maybe the most magical component is the transformation of the 105 acres that comprise the Celebration campus...
VIEW 2 VIEW: Proposed USDA regulations will end horse abuse (08/25/16)
As a former Tennessean, past president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' & Exhibitors' Association, and life-long enthusiast of the Tennessee walking horse, I am all too familiar with the pervasiveness of soring within the walking horse industry...

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