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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2023 CELEBRATION FALL CLASSIC

Online entries can be made at www.entermywalkinghorse.com starting Sunday, Oct 29 through 1:00 pm each day of the show.  All other entries can be made in person at the SHOW office between 3:00-6:00 pm each night of the show. 

2023 FALL CLASSIC SPONSORSHIPS

2023 FALL CLASSIC CLASS SCHEDULE

2023 FALL CLASSIC PREMIUM INFO

2023 FALL CLASSIC PRIZE DISBURSEMENT FORM

2023 FALL CLASSIC ENTRY FORM

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Celebration selects Fall Classic judges

The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration has selected Scotty Brooks, Jamie Lawrence and Chad Williams to judge the Celebration Fall Classic. The Fall Classic will be held November 2-4, 2023 inside Cooper Steel Arena.

Brooks will be making his first Fall Classic appearance but has judged The Celebration’s Spring Fun Show in 2006, 2010 and 2017 and judged the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in 2017. Brooks has judged the Money Tree and Alabama Jubilee earlier this year.

Lawrence will be marking the cards for the first time at a Celebration event. He too judged a major fourth of July show at the Woodbury Lions Club. Lawrence also judged the FAST Spring Showcase earlier this year.

Williams will also be making his first Celebration appearance. Williams most recently judged the Columbia Spring Jubilee in June of this year.  Williams judged the Walking For Cancer and Classic in Belfast in 2022.

“We are excited to have these three gentlemen judge our Fall Classic.  We continue to want to use additional judges that have not previously judged for us and we also like to make sure we extend our reach so we were excited to be able to have judges that represent Alabama (Lawrence), Tennessee (Williams) and Kentucky (Brooks), said Celebration CEO Warren Wells.

Again, for the 2023 Fall Classic, the Celebration will construct a show ring within the Cooper Steel Arena to allow for ringside tables. These tables are a much-loved aspect of the Fall Classic and provide a close-up look at the action.

The tables will cost $1,500, come with eight seats, eight meal tickets per night, and this year will include an open bar. The tables also qualify for bronze-level sponsorship of the Fall Classic and parking passes. 

The show will be a triple-point Riders’ Cup show and culminate with the Andy Adkins Memorial Youth Championship on Saturday night, which has been the tradition for the Fall Show. Again, this year the class sheet features the Debut classes for two-year-olds that have not shown in 2023, and the Celebration will again have one class for Mares and Geldings and one for Stallions. The prize money for the winner of both classes is $3,000 this year. Sponsorship remains available for both classes.

For more information about the 2023 Celebration Fall Classic visit www.TWHNC.com or call the Celebration office at 931-684-5915.

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Important Notice regarding Lite Shod Championship classes 170 & 182

Placings 1,2 & 3 in the following classes will have their shoes pulled and inspected upon returning to inspection after the class.

Class 170 *Lite Shod Walking Horses, WGC®, Optional Tack

Class 182 Owner-Amateur Riders on Lite Shod Walking Horses, WGC®, Optional Tack

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Championship Entry Deadline

Championship Entries can be made between 8:00 am-Noon at the Barn Office (Barn 10) the day before the class is to be held. You can also enter online at http://entermywalkinghorse.com

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30TH AT NOON IS THE DEADLINE FOR THURSDAY NIGHT’S CHAMPIONSHIPS.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 31ST AT NOON IS THE DEADLINE FOR FRIDAY NIGHTS CHAMPIONSHIPS.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST AT NOON IS THE DEADLINE FOR SATURDAY NIGHTS CHAMPIONSHIPS.

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Stall Assignments

Stall assignments have been finalized.  If you need to know where you are located, please send an email to egill@twhnc.com or barmstrong@twhnc.com and we will be glad to let you know.

This will give you a quicker response.

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Celebration entries top 2,500 for second straight year

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. 

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