ThorSport Farm plays by the rules
ThorSport Farm is an equestrian haven for horse owners, their families, trainers and riders to fulfill their passion, enjoyment and love for horses. Daily, from before sunup to well after dark, ThorSport stables are filled with activity in the commitment to quality care -- families and trainers feeding, grooming horses, cleaning stalls and training side by side. ...
Howard appointed to Celebration board
Jeffrey Howard has been appointed to the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration board of directors. He fills the vacant spot of Jim Allison, who recently lost his battle with cancer. Howard, publisher of the Walking Horse Report, has been active in the Walking Horse industry since his return to Dabora, Inc. in 1999. He has been married to his wife Mindee for 15 years and they have two children, Jax, 8, and Blake, 5...
NWHA show to salute veterans
The National Walking Horse Association, a flat-shod walking horse group which will hold its national show starting Monday at Calsonic Arena, has issued a special invitation to veterans and active military members to the final night of the show on Saturday, Sept. 26, when the group will be giving at least $10,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project...
Twenty-four members of Cascade FFA participated in the Celebration All Youth Horse Judging contest on August 29. The chapter collected 36 ribbons and three medallions. The highlight of the contest for Cascade was freshman FFA member Landon Parker receiving the high individual overall award in the senior non-reason division. Landon scored a near perfect score of 291 out of a possible 300 points. From left: Calli Gregory, Chayse Sanders, Sam Woodard, Wyatt Goolsby, Darwin Copp, Landon Parker, Jay Thompson, Jordan Hollis, Sara Cloud, Brigette Swafford, Chase McCormick and Breanna Stevens. (Submitted photo)
Brighter future may be ahead for Celebration?
Another Celebration's come and gone -- but, to use an old cliche, after this one we may be seeing the "light at the end of the tunnel." It appears this year saw a little more community support, a little more interest, and a few more seats filled compared to last year...
Triple play: I Am Jose earns third World Grand Championship
I Am Jose, Casey Wright up, was named Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Champion early Sunday morning, closing out the 77th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. The entry, winning its third straight World Grand Championship, retired all four challenge trophies in the class and became only the second horse to win three years in a row, the first since Talk Of The Town in 1951, 1952 and 1953. The stallion is owned by Billy and Debbie Woods of Lexington...
Six horses entered in TWHNC championship class
Six horses are entered in tonight's World Grand Championship class at the 77th annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, including 2013 and 2014 World Grand Champion I Am Jose. The other five entries are all from the aged stallion division...
Veterans honored by Celebration
The Celebration held Military Appreciation Night on Friday, with veterans of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines given free tickets and recognized in the big arena during the show's opening ceremonies. Veterans marched into the ring behind a flag representing their branch of the service...
Inspecting the inspections
United States Department of Agriculture inspectors allowed a glimpse of access Thursday night of how they check horses at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. Dr. Chester A. Gipson, Deputy Administrator, Animal Care Program for the agency, discussed the inspection process and addressed several topics of concern raised by the horse industry...
Keeping It Clean
Jonathan Miller, David Neese, Cory Biles and Keith Beck of the Celebration maintenance crew stack garbage cans in storage after emptying them early Wednesday morning at the Celebration. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Riding for the love of the horse
Some Tennessee walking horse owners can never get the love of the equine out of their blood. Dr. Leslie Perry Collins is one of those people. Collins first rode a Tennessee walking horse at age 10 when her parents bought an $800 mare. The family knew nothing about horses and did not know that was not a good matchup for a young rider, she said. They wanted to quiet her repeated "I want a horse" requests...
Barn rule lifted at Celebration
Horses do not have to stay on the Celebration grounds in advance of entering the ring, show officials said Wednesday. The Celebration lifted a rule that horses must stay on the grounds prior to showing in championship classes, CEO Mike Inman said...
USDA releases Celebration inspection results
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has released these inspection and scratch results for the Celebration. Numbers are from the beginning of the show through Tuesday. Entries Inspected 94 Entries Scratched Prior to Inspection 17...
Community at the Celebration
Lydia Darnell's students from Community Middle School recently toured the Celebration grounds. Pictured in front of the Celebration sign (from left) are: Blysse McKee, Josie Chapman, Case Grizzle, Khari Pentecost, Billy Stallings, Martina Ramirez, Darnell, Tristan White, Nathan Bailiff, Jaqual Holman and Josue Juarez....
Excuses running out for USDA actions
The excuses given by the USDA for the increase in horses disqualified at the Celebration each year are being proven erroneous by facts and data readily available on the USDA-APHIS web site...
Frustrating times: Sudden rise in USDA scar rulings upsets trainers
Halfway into the Celebration, some in the walking horse industry are expressing frustration with what they say is a large number of disqualifications, and the possibility of a Congressional study is being raised. In the show's first two days, about 10 percent of inspected horses were disqualified for alleged scar rule violations, said Celebration CEO Mike Inman. That compares to 1 percent of horses being ruled as scarred during earlier shows throughout this past year, he said...
FCB Night at the Celebration
First Community Bank was Saturday night's Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration sponsor and awarded cash to several attendees.
Taking a close-up look
"Rail birds" watch a Celebration class at Calsonic Arena from ground level. The show continues through Saturday night. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Art for her room
Leslie Crum unwraps an item she bought at the Celebration that will go in her room in Lovelady, Texas. She has been showing horses for more than 25 years. Her mother, Tammy Crum, is at right. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Gen's Black Maverick, Border Run win stallion class divisions
Gen's Black Maverick won the A division of Stallions 5 Years and Over (Canter) while Border Run won the B division at Saturday night's performance of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration....
Stadium shines in the night
The action's on at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration each night this week, as the bright beams light up the Shelbyville sky. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Billy Coker of Olive Branch, Kentucky, sits beside his camper at the Celebration reading a walking horse magazine Wednesday morning. Coker used to show horses but is not at the present, and has been coming to the Celebration for over 40 years. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Jernigan family donates sign to Wartrace gathering place
The site of Bedford County's oldest horse show now has a new sign. Jernigan Field is the home of both the Wartrace Horse Show, which held its 109th annual event earlier this month, and the Wartrace MusicFest, which takes place the first weekend in June...
Video alleging horse abuse released
As opening classes of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration begin, the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office is investigating allegations of Tennessee walking horse abuse at a stable in Murfreesboro. No charges have been filed. The investigation was prompted by undercover videos the Humane Society of the United States says were taken at ThorSport Farm. They were released to the public on Tuesday...
Carnival midway being readied at Celebration
A carnival worker with Amusements of America sets up a ride Tuesday on the Celebration grounds. The carnival runs Thursday through Sunday. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)