Category: Celebration® Updates
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration closed entries for its upcoming 85th Annual Celebration on August 1st. The pre-show entries for the upcoming World Championship topped 2,500 coming in at 2,502. Entries in 2022 were 2,536, which was a 12% increase over 2021. The number of unique horses once again topped 1,300 coming in at 1,352.
“I am thrilled about our pre-show entries again this year. Last year was the first year since 2012 to hit 2,500 entries and the team was so excited when we hit that number this year. I want to thank all of our trainers, exhibitors, and owners for supporting our World Grand Championship Show” said Celebration CEO Warren Wells.
The 2023 Celebration will once again feature the National Futurity classes within the Celebration class schedule. The class schedule includes 14 different classes being split with one of those, Two-Year-Old Stallions, being split three ways. The Aged Stallions class on the first Saturday night will once again be split into an A and B division after not being split in 2022. The 85th Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration will be held August 23-September 2, 2023.
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration has selected Derek Bonner, Leah Boyd, Nathan Clark, David Sisk and Kenny Smith to judge the 85th Annual Celebration. The Celebration®® will begin Wednesday August 23rd and conclude on Saturday September 2nd.
“We are pleased to be able to name such an experienced group of judges for our upcoming World Championship show. Our committee did a tremendous amount of due diligence on each of the judges that were qualified and available to judge this year. While several others were vetted, we feel extremely confident that this group will do an excellent job in marking their cards,” said Celebration CEO Warren Wells.
Bonner, from Mooresboro, N.C., will be marking the cards at The Celebration® for the fourth time. Bonner has previously judged The Celebration® in 2013, 2015 and 2021 and has also judged the Spring Fun Show in 2014 and 2022. Earlier this year Bonner judged the Walking in the Smokies and FAST Spring Showcase.
Boyd, from Murfreesboro, Tenn., will be the rookie on this year’s panel, making her first appearance in the big oval for The Celebration®. Boyd did previously judge for The Celebration® at the 2022 Spring Fun Show. Boyd has previously judged The International as well as for the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association at the 2020 Summer Sizzler.
Clark, from Arab, AL., will be making his sixth appearance in center ring for The Celebration®. Clark has previously judged in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2016 and 2019. Clark has also judged the Spring Fun Show five times, with his most recent coming this year. Clark wrapped up his judging in 2022 at the North Carolina Championships.
Sisk, from Columbia, Tenn., has previously judged The Celebration® four times. Those appearances came in 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2021. Sisk has also worked the Spring Fun Show in 2018 and Celebration Fall Classic in 2022. Earlier this year Sisk judged the National Trainers’ Show.
Smith, from Manchester, Ky., will make his second appearance as a Celebration judge. In 2019 Smith judged both the Spring Fun Show and The Celebration®. Smith has also judged at major venues across the industry including the National Trainers’ Show and Alabama Jubilee twice.
For more information on the 85th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration visit www.TWHNC.com.