Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration

The historic Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Grounds in Shelbyville, TN is home to The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration®, which takes place each year in late summer for the 11 days ending on the Saturday night before Labor Day.

Calsonic Arena
Calsonic Arena

  • Calsonic indoor Arena

Calsonic Arena, our indoor arena, can seat up to 7,000 people for concerts. In this arena we have had monster truck shows, circuses, country music concerts, dog shows, car shows, motocross events, rodeos, alpaca shows, etc., in addition to horseshows.

The building was designed with the equine events as our number one priority, but we are delighted that we can host an event of almost any type. Calsonic Arena is booked approximately 40 out of the 52 weekends each year. Breeds such as Gypsy Vanners, Friesians, Ponies of the Americas, Paint Horses, Spotted Saddle Horses, Tennessee Walking Horses, Ranch Horses, Mules & Donkeys and Miniature Horses call our facility their “home” during the weekends that they use our world class facility. Additionally, because the arena is located on the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration grounds, we have 1200 stalls available making this a highly desirable location for equine events.

  • Interior volume 125,000 Sq Ft

  • Field area 45,000 Sq. Ft.

  • 52 ft ceiling height, with 4 spotlight towers, 2 hi intensity spotslights

  • Metal halide lighting (dim to 10%, instant restart)

  • Concourse 18ft (5.4m) wide

  • Ticket office

  • Center Ring area 150ft x 300ft (45m x 90m)

  •  Warm-up ring 125ft x 250ft

  • Separate VIP Parking / Backstage Special Access


  • 18″ Seats, 9″ Leg room, All plastic, individual seats with backs and armrests

  • Wheelchair spaces / accessible

  • 4,469 permanent seats

  • Accomodation for 7000 seats where chairs are placed on field area

  • Box seats for 4,6, or 8 people

  • Heated for winter events, Summer cooled used 18 roof ventilators

  • Ticket Office, Show Office, Dressing Area & Hall of Fame Club all have central heating and A/C

  • 4 Restrooms, 2 women, 2 men, all with baby changing stations