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Monday, Aug. 29, 2016
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...
Celebration offers best memories of all (08/25/16)
Over the past 15-20 years, the arrival of The Celebration has each year been met with some measure of uncertainty. Some good, some bad. "Will it be Encore or Powerstroke this year?" "Out On Parole or Shout?" "Will PETA actually fulfill their promise to protest this year?" "Will Honors get to show?"...
78th annual Celebration underway (08/25/16)
Although the evening classes do not begin until tonight, The Celebration got off to a busy start Wednesday. Twelve morning classes were held Wednesday inside Calsonic Arena, from Model Pleasure Walking Mares to Owner-Amateur Riders on Country Pleasure Walking Horses, Four Years and Under, Opt. Tack. Results are on Page 6A...
'Horses' on display (08/24/16)
Margaret Petty poses with the latest display at the entrance of the Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library. She said the library has created a horse-themed display for at least 20 years during The Celebration. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
A new beginning: Ranger T. Walker to be TWHNC flag horse (08/23/16)
A new flag horse will open the action at the 78th annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, which begins this week. Counterfeit Dollar, ridden by Bud Seaton, had been the flag horse for both the Spring Fun Show and the Celebration but was retired earlier this year. The Celebration put out a call for potential replacements...
Ag notes: I'll be at the Celebration (08/23/16)
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has released applications for the Tennessee Ag Enhancement Program for 2017. It is a program that has benefited hundreds of farmers across the state and in this county, with several million dollars in funds spent on farm assets and infrastructure here in this county to date...
Just 5 more days... Celebration is about more than just horses (08/19/16)
The official start of the 78th Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is only five days away. Morning classes will start inside Calsonic Arena on Wednesday, with the evening performances in the big outdoor oval kicking off Thursday night. Ticket prices vary according to date, but for many nights of the show, a general admission ticket costs just $5. Reserved seats are also available. Contact the Celebration office at 684-5915 for more information...
Horse show helps students in many ways (08/17/16)
(Editor's Note: If you would like to comment on your experience or thoughts related to the horse show as it relates to the local economy or community at large, submit your views by emailing sfowler@t-g.com for possible inclusion in the Times-Gazette.)...
The Celebration crucially needs community's support (08/17/16)
It seems like every year I say I'm not going to do this, yet around this time I always feel a sense of obligation to share a few thoughts (some are personal and others relate to the newspaper's stance), educate readers and encourage citizens to play nice...
Appeals demanded: Celebration says owners of disqualified horses must be heard (08/16/16)
The Celebration is formally demanding the USDA not disqualify horses without providing the owner a chance to respond. Joseph D. Wilson, counsel for the Celebration, sent a list of demands to the government agency last week. The letter concerns horses being ruled in violation of the Horse Protection Act by the agency's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) veterinary medical officers. Wilson asks for a written response by this Friday...
GOP Senate, House members ask delay (08/16/16)
Republican members of Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia's congressional delegations are requesting the USDA extend the public comment period for proposed changes to the Horse Protection Act. Ten representatives and four senators signed off on two letters asking for 60 days' extension to the deadline, which is Sept. 26...
DesJarlais reacts to USDA proposal (08/16/16)
U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, M.D. issued this statement just before press time today on the recent Tennessee Walking Horse developments: "The Tennessee Walking Horse industry is a significant part of the economy of Kentucky, Tennessee and other states across the country and is comprised of thousands of individuals and small businesses. ...
Tracy urges USDA to back down (08/12/16)
On Thursday, State Sen. Jim Tracy released a copy of comments he sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in response to its proposed changes to regulation of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry. USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service held the first of five public hearings on the rule changes Tuesday in Murfreesboro...
Town-wide yard sale returns to Wartrace (08/12/16)
Wartrace Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual community-wide yard sale Aug. 26 and 27 from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. Residents and businesses throughout the town are encouraged to have yard sales on those days, making the town a prime stop for anyone interested in finding a bargain, including visitors in town for the Celebration...
Emotions high at USDA hearing (08/11/16)
MURFREESBORO -- A hearing on the future of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry brought forth a moral equation to slavery as one argument against Tennessee Walking Horses, while supporters spoke of their love for the breed. The crowd, which spilled into the convention center lobby, ranged from horse owners to activists -- even a beauty queen wearing a crown...
USDA gets an earful at heated public hearing (08/10/16)
MURFREESBORO -- A hearing on the future of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry brought many predictions of economic doom, with numerous remarks bringing either applause or cat calls from the standing-room-only audience. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service held the first of five public hearings Tuesday at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Murfreesboro...
What USDA wants to change in the Horse Protection Act (08/10/16)
USDA would train, license and screen all horse inspectors. Currently, horse industry organizations handle these responsibilities, but in a 2010 audit the Office of Inspector General stated this regulatory structure is ineffective because many industry-trained inspectors have conflicts of interest...

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Hats Off to the Celebration (08/29/16)
Hats Off to the Celebration was held Saturday, Aug. 27.
Interdenominational worship service at the Celebration (08/28/16)
Organized by Celebration chaplain Rev. Steve Murphree with the cooperation of Bedford County Ministerial Association, the annual worship service is held for visitors and locals alike in the big Celebration arena.