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.

The 2017, 79th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is scheduled for   August 23 – September 2, 2017.

 

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ENTRY DEADLINE FOR CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

ENTRIES FOR CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSES WILL BE RECEIVED UP TO 12:00 NOON THE DAY BEFORE THE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASS IS HELD.  EXCEPTION:  CLASS 78, WALKING YEARLING WGC, DEADLINE, AUGUST 26, 5:00 PM.   CLASS 131, WALKING WEANLING WGC, DEADLINE, AUGUST 30, 5:00 PM.   REMINDER:  TELEPHONE ENTRIES CANNOT BE ACCEPTED BY CELEBRATION PERSONNEL.

 

CELEBRATION INSERTS CLASSES BETWEEN 2-YEAR-OLD SPLITS

The Celebration has announced class changes to benefit those showing in the 2-Year-Old Mares and 2-Year-Old Stallions classes, held Saturday Aug. 26 and Monday Aug. 28, respectively. Classes have been inserted between the splits of these classes to accommodate the large number of trainers showing horses in each of the splits.

Starting Saturday night, the schedule is now as follows: Class 75 is the O/A Novice Youth 12-17 on Mares/Geldings. Next is class 76A, the first split of the Two-Year-Old Mares. Class 77 will be the O/A Pony Stallions, following by class 76B, the second split of the Two-Year-Old Mares. Class 78 is the Yearling Championship.

The Monday evening schedule, which includes three splits for the two-year-old stallions, is as follows: Class 110 is the O/A Five-Year-Old Stallions. Class 111A is the first split of the Two-Year-Old Stallions, followed by Class 112, the O/A Gentlemen Show Pleasure. Class 111B is the second split of the Two-Year-Old Stallions, followed by Class 113, Elite Lady Riders on Stallions. Class 111C is the third split of the two-year-old stallions, followed by Class 114, O/A Park Performance Stallions.

The Celebration does this to alleviate some of the stress trainers endure from having to show in back-to-back classes, in the case when are showing in more than one split. It also creates a fair and level playing field for trainers campaigning more than one entry.

“Splitting the classes up this way gives the trainers (showing in more than one split) equal amount of time to prepare their mounts,” said Celebration CEO Mike Inman. “Otherwise they’re in the ring in the A division, for example, and cannot properly warm up the horse they have in the B division, if they were back-to-back. Inserting classes between the splits gives each horse and rider equal time to warm up.”

The Celebration has done this for the past three years and has received positive feedback.

 

2017 CELEBRATION CLASS SCHEDULE – FINAL WITH SPLITS

2017 CELEBRATION ENTRY FORM (2)

2017 CELEBRATION PREMIUM

2017 CHANGES TO PREMIUM BOOKLET

2017 CELEBRATION PREMIUMS DISBURSEMENT

2017 CELEBRATION CREDIT CARD AUTHORIZATION FORM

 

Celebration Judging Panel Mixes Fresh Faces With Experience

The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration has selected Jennifer Bingham, Chris Bobo, Scotty Brooks, David Landrum and Bill Reel to judge the 79th annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. The Celebration will be held Aug. 23 through Sept. 2, 2017.

Both Scotty Brooks, from Bowling Green, Kentucky and Reel, from Harrisonburg, Virginia will both be making their first appearances at The Celebration. Brooks has judged the Celebration’s Fun Show three times, most recently in 2017. Reel has judged the North Carolina Championships in 2012 and 2014 as well as The Celebration’s Tunica show in 2015. Reel also judged the FAST Spring Showcase in 2017.

Bingham will be the most experienced of the panel making her seventh appearance in center ring. Bingham, from Crittenden, Kentucky, previously judged The Celebration in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015.  Respected in both the flat shod and performance divisions, Bingham has also judged The International in 2008 and most recently judged Columbia Spring Jubilee in 2017.

Bobo, from Shelbyville, Tennessee, will be making his third appearance, having also judged The Celebration in 2012 and 2016. Bobo also judged The International in 2008 and has judged the Fun Show in 2013 and 2014 and Tunica in 2013. In 2017, Bobo judged the Christmas In July show over the 4th of July weekend and will be judging in Pulaski in a couple weeks.

Landrum, from Franklin, Tennessee will also be making his third appearance at The Celebration. Landrum judged The Celebration in 2014 and 2015 and most recently judged the North Carolina Championships in the fall of 2016. Landrum is highly respected by his peers in the Walking Horse Trainers’ Association and rounds out the panel of five judges for the 79th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

“A tremendous amount of effort goes into selecting the judging panel for our World Championship show. We consider several factors including their experience, not just at our shows but at other major shows, where they are located, and their experience in halter, pleasure and performance divisions. We also want to mix new faces with some of our more experienced judges to continue to develop a deeper judging pool for all shows to pick from in future years,” said Celebration CEO Mike Inman.

 

Celebration Amends Qualifying Class

At the most recent Celebration board meeting, the decision was made to combine the Owner/Amateur 15.2 Mare and Gelding class with the OwnerAamateur Pony Mare and Gelding class.  This combined class, Owner/Amateur Riders on 15.2 & Under Mares/Geldings will be number 121 and take place on Tuesday August 29.  The change from Pony to 15.2 & Under Mares & Geldings allows both the ponies and mares and geldings to qualify.   This class is a qualifier for the Owner/Amateur 15.2 World Grand Championship on Thursday evening August 31.  It will also serve as a qualifier for the Owner/Amateur Riders on Walking Horses World Grand Championship on Friday evening, September 1 and/or the Owner/Amateur Riders on Walking Mares or Geldings World Grand Championship on Saturday evening, September 2.

 

Celebration Makes Changes to 2017 Schedule

The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration (TWHNC) released its 2017 class schedule for the 79th Celebration on May 3, 2017. The Celebration recently began a process to revamp its class schedule over a three-year period with a focus on competitiveness, participation and the length of each session.

“We have received feedback from exhibitors and fans alike that our sessions were too long and that they wanted to see more entries in our championship classes,” said Celebration CEO Mike Inman.

With that in mind, the Celebration’s program committee reviewed the amount and length of presentations that take place during the class schedule and was able to shorten the presentations by approximately 90 minutes over the course of the show.

In addition, the Celebration formed a Trainers’ Advisory Committee, made up of seven leading trainers that entered the most horses at the 2016 Celebration in both the pleasure and performance divisions.  The committee met and exchanged ideas over a three-week period with 39 changes recommended to the 160 class schedule.  The Celebration board has adopted 24 of those changes in year one of the three year plan.

“We can’t thank the trainers that assisted us enough. They were very thorough in their review and made great recommendations to help us achieve our goal of morning sessions that end by noon and evening sessions that end by 10:30, while also increasing per class participation and the prestige of claiming top honors at the Celebration,” said Inman.

Some of the major changes initiated in 2017 were the removal of non-championship classes from the last three evening performances of the show resulting in the removal of four non-championship classes over those 3 nights. In addition, the amateur pony division and amateur 15.2 & under division will continue with separate qualifying classes but will now have a combined championship class on Thursday evening. In total, the changes resulted in a reduction of 12 classes over the last three nights of the horse show.

The Trainers Ride for the Roses class was eliminated however the amateur novice championships were kept on the schedule in both the pleasure and performance division in 2017.  “While it is important that the Celebration give as many people as possible the opportunity to ride for a blue ribbon at our show, it is even more important that we uphold the long-standing tradition of what winning a set of roses means at our show and the prestige that comes along with that ride under the spotlight,” said Inman.

In the pleasure division, the most significant changes was the combining of the Amateur English and Western Trail Pleasure championship classes. Again, both will continue to have qualifying classes that separate English and Western.  In addition, several divisions included combining classes into four and under divisions resulting in the combining of classes. The Riders’ Cup and Amateur Classic Park Pleasure classes were eliminated from the class sheet.

“The Celebration is committed to providing our exhibitors and fans with the best horse show experience in the country.  We will monitor the effects of these changes and continue over the next two years with modifications in the class schedule that reflect the industry’s trends in participation, increase the competitive landscape in our championship classes and provide our fans with the most enjoyable experience,” concluded Inman.