PAST Act bill moves through committee
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
(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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
Pre-K student activities
Eakin Elementary School pre-kindergarten teachers Cari Doss and Susan Hall conducted special learning activities recently for their students for Week of the Young Child.
A very bunny time at Christian Care
Christian Care Center of Bedford County hosted a visit from the Easter Bunny, along with boys and girls from Building Blocks AB&D day care.