Celebration makes accommodations for Maiden entries

The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration will allow any Maiden entry to enter by the late entry deadline of July 30th without paying any penalty.  Due to the Maiden Finals being held on July 24th which falls after the entry deadline for the 86th Annual Celebration on July 23rd, those entries will be allowed to enter up until the late entry deadline of July 30th and pay the normal entry fee.

The Celebration® moved the entry deadline up this year from the traditional date and will take entries in person at the Blue Ribbon Circle on July 22nd and 23rd until 5:00PM CST.  For years The Celebration® has been asked to create a late entry opportunity with an increased entry fee for those entries that were forgotten and/or for those that have had a change in their circumstances which would allow for them to enter at The Celebration®.

“I am glad we found a way to accommodate the Maiden participants and not penalize them for wanting to show in the World Championship show. I want to be clear, the double fee for late entries is not intended as an opportunity for The Celebration® to collect more revenue.  My hope is that no one takes advantage of the late entry deadline.  The late entry deadline and the increased fee came from requests from our customers.  The 86th Celebration is lining up to be another amazing show and we are thankful for everyone that plans to enter a horse in the show.” 

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Judges selected for 86th Celebration

The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration has selected Derek Bonner, Jamie Bradshaw, Scotty Brooks, Leigh Stuart and Amy Trimble to judge the upcoming 86th Annual Celebration.  The Celebration will be held August 21-31, 2024 in Cooper Steel and Celebration Arenas over five morning sessions and 11 evening performances.

The Celebration affiliates with the SHOW HIO and selects its judges from those licensed by the SHOW HIO.  The Celebration only selects from those judges that hold a AAA or better license with SHOW.  Earlier this summer the Celebration sent an email to all SHOW judges and asked for those that had an interest and availability to judge this year’s show.  There were 32 AAA or better licensed judges to submit their name for consideration and the Celebration narrowed the list initially and then went through an extensive vetting process to select the final panel.
“We appreciate the interest our SHOW judges have in judging our industry’s World Championship Show.  I would like to thank our judges’ committee for the amount of time and effort put into selecting this panel,” said Celebration CEO Warren Wells.

Bradshaw, from Arab, Al., will be judging The Celebration for the seventh time with his most recent appearance in 2022.  Bradshaw had judged The Spring Fun Show on four occasions including earlier this year.  Bradshaw has judged most every major show in the industry during his career and will mark the cards one more time before The Celebration at the upcoming Marshall County Horseman’s Association horse show in Lewisburg.

Bonner, from Mooresboro, N.C., will be making his fifth appearance on the judging panel and will judge the show in back-to-back years for the first time in his career.  Bonner has also judged most major venues outside of The Celebration in the industry and has also worked for The Celebration at the 2014 and 2022 Spring Fun Shows.
Stuart, from Alvaton, Ky., will be making her sixth appearance at The Celebration with her first appearance happening in 1997.  Stuart also judged The Celebration in 2013, 2016, 2018 and 2020.  Stuart’s span of 27 years from her first appearance to her current selection is one of the longest in recent Celebration history.

Brooks, from Smith’s Grove, Ky., will be making his second appearance at The Celebration with his first coming in 2017.  Brooks has judged the Spring Fun Show in 2006, 2010 and 2017 and judged the Celebration Fall Classic in 2023.   Earlier this year Brooks judged the Columbia Spring Jubilee and Money Tree Classic, two of the industry’s premier venues.

Trimble, from Pulaski, Tn., will be marking the cards for the second time with her first appearance being in 2022.  Trimble most recently judged the Money Tree Classic over the 4th of July weekend but has also previously judged the Celebration Fall Classic, Mississippi Charity, Columbia Spring Jubilee, North Carolina Championships and Walking in the Smokies.

“Along with Charles McDonald and our entire center ring staff, I look forward to working with the panel to have a great Celebration.  Our ability to have a panel that represents four different states and has 20 years of past Celebration experience excites all of us about our upcoming show,” concluded Wells.

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Celebration to provide late entry opportunity

The 86th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration will be held August 21-31, 2024 on its historic showgrounds in Shelbyville. Earlier this summer, an entry deadline for preliminary class entries was set for July 23rd at 5:00PM central standard time. This deadline was earlier than in past years by approximately a week.

In response to requests this year and over the past several years, The Celebration® board of directors has made the decision to keep the original entry deadline of July 23rd,but also allow late entries through July 30th at 5:00PM CST. All late entries will be charged double the normal entry fee for entries received after the original July 23rd date.

Online entries will once again be accepted by The Celebration® this year starting July 14th entermywalkinghorse.com. The Celebration® will take entries not made online, in the Blue Ribbon Circle on both July 22nd and 23rd until 5:00PM each day.

For more information on the upcoming 86th Annual Celebration please visitwww.TWHNC.com or call 931-684-5915.

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TWHNC releases class sheet for 86th Celebration

The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration (TWHNC) has released the class schedule for the upcoming 86th Annual Celebration. The Celebration will begin on Wednesday August 21, 2024 and run through the following Saturday, August 31st. The class sheet mirrors 2023 in terms of what classes are offered.

The only changes are a slight reorder of the classes on the first Saturday morning and a move of the Juvenile Park Performance from Thursday evening to Friday evening, which in turn moved the Amateur Mares & Geldings Park Performance from Friday to Thursday.

The entry deadline for the 86th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is 5:00PM CST on July 23, 2024. The Celebration will take entries in person at the Blue Ribbon Circle Club on July 22nd and 23rd and will once again this year accept online entries at entermywalkinghorse.com.  

Click here to see the full schedule: 2024 CELEBRATION CLASS SCHEDULE

For more information contact The Celebration at www.TWHNC.com or 931-684-5915

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Pick Your Partner Classes at Spring Fun Show

On Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25, 2024, the 54th Annual Spring Fun Show will feature the popular “Pick Your Partner” classes. The Pleasure class will be class 39 on Friday night and the Performance class will be class 63 on Saturday night. These classes are open to teams of youth, amateurs, and/or trainers. Any combination is acceptable. One team member will ride first way and their partner will ride second way. Entries for these classes can be made online and are due by 1pm each day at EnterMyWalkingHorse.com. Teams are encouraged to enter ASAP and then start soliciting sponsors (much like a walk-a-thon) to support them in the class. This is a fun way for everyone to help support the industry as all online donations go directly to the Foundation for the Advancement & Support of the Tennessee Walking Show Horse (FAST).  A “Fan Favorite” award will be given for the team that raises the most money by the end of the class. Fans can support their favorite riders by making donations to their team page, which can be found at www.twhbea.com/partner.

Again, all entries must be submitted by 1pm each day at EnterMyWalkingHorse.com.

Once entries are confirmed, a link to each team fundraising page will be posted online at www.twhbea.com/partner.


Founded in 1935, the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association (TWHBEA) is the oldest and largest breed association dedicated to the Tennessee Walking Horse – the official horse of the State of Tennessee.

TWHBEA maintains the official breed registry and records the pedigrees of Tennessee Walking Horses around the world. They also promote the diverse qualities and uses of the smooth-riding breed and help assure the general welfare of all Tennessee Walking Horses. The association headquarters, located in Lewisburg, Tennessee, is governed by an International Board of Directors.


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Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration announces preliminary class entry deadline.

Entries will be accepted for the 86th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration on July 22nd and 23rd until 5:00 pm, central standard time, each day at the Blue Ribbon Circle Club on the Celebration grounds. Entries will close July 23, 2024 at 5:00 pm. Late entries will not be accepted.

The Celebration will again this year accept online entries.

The 86th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration will be held August 21-31, 2024 in Cooper Steel and Celebration arenas.

For questions or assistance, contact The Celebration at 931-684-5915.












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Golf Cart Rentals- Mikey’s Motors

Mikey’s Motors is now located on The Celebration® grounds just behind Barn #1.

Contact Mikey’s at 615-962-9265 or by email Dixie@mikeysmotors.com to reserve your cart today.

Online form: https://www.mikeysmotors.com/rent-a-make–xrentals

Mikey’s will have carts on hand for purchase as well. **All golf carts on the grounds require a pass.* You can pick these up at the Barn Office (Barn 10). www.mikeysmotors.com

The Celebration® requires proof of Liability Insurance in order to obtain a golf permit.

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2024 Celebration RV Policy

The 86th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration RV Policy:

Camping on site continues to be a popular option for our Celebration fans, and we want to maximize that experience. We are excited to announce that we will have all new shower houses for each of our three RV Parks for the 86th Celebration.

New Reservation policy for 2024 Celebration:

• All previous occupants that booked for 10 days or more last year will be guaranteed a spot if they book and pay by June 1st.

• All previous occupants that booked spots for less than 10 days last year will have the opportunity to reserve a spot for 10 days or more, and must pay by July 1st.

• Anyone interested in booking for 10 days or more has until July 15th to reserve and pay for a spot.

• On July 16th and after The Celebration will start taking request for reservations that are less than 10 days. Reservations with higher number of days reserved will have priority.

• We intend to have all spots reserved by August 1st.

• RV Reservations will be $50 per night.

To make a reservation please contact Barbara Armstrong at 931-684-5915 ext. 105 or barbarmstrong@twhnc.com

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Celebration makes plans for Spring Fun Show; Announces Judges

The 54th Annual Spring Fun Show will be held May 23-25, 2024, in Cooper Steel Arena on the historic show grounds of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. Judging the Spring Fun Show will be Jamie Bradshaw, Mike Hilley and Dickie Scrivner.

Bradshaw has been a regular at Celebration events having marked the cards at The Celebration six times.  His most recent assignment was in 2022.  Bradshaw also judged the Spring Fun Show in 2022 and has judged most every major show in the industry during his career.

Hilley will be judging the Spring Fun Show for the first time however he has also previously judged The Celebration.  Hilley marked the cards at The Celebration in 2018 and 2020.  Hilley has been in center ring at some major venues since his last Celebration role.  He has judged the National Trainers’ Show, Pulaski, Columbia Spring Jubilee and Money Tree among others since 2020.

Scrivner will be considered the rookie of the panel as he will be the only one that has not previously judged The Celebration.  But Scrivner is no rookie and has worked for The Celebration previously at the 2020 Spring Fun Show.  His resume includes judging the National Trainers’ Show, North Carolina Championships, Columbia Spring Jubilee and Alabama Jubilee.

The Spring Fun Show will feature 72 classes across the three evening performances with an addition of two crowd favorite Pick Your Partner classes to help raise money for the legal fun.  Each performance starts at 6:00PM, and the class sheet can be found here

The Celebration will also have a sponsor party in center ring of Celebration Arena on Wednesday night.  Information on sponsorship opportunities can be found here. For more information visit www.TWHNC.com or call The Celebration office at 931-684-5915.

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