Historic TWH National Celebration slated to begin August 24

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 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.

Story originally posted by Horsecity.com Staff

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.

Nearly a quarter of a million tickets are sold to fans from more than 40 states — fans that travel to Shelbyville, Tennessee to enjoy the excitement of the Tennessee Walking Horse and its National Celebration.

The Celebration is housed in a 105-acre complex in Shelbyville, Tennessee. We have 63 barns that contain 1,650 stalls, an outdoor stadium that seats approximately 30,000, a covered warm-up ring called Champions Arena, a 4,400 seat indoor arena for horse shows, and other similar events, and a well-decorated and manicured facility. The Celebration is governed by a seven member Board of Directors to whom the staff reports. These seven members meet monthly to stay abreast of guidelines and goals that have been set in place for the staff to achieve.

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, 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 Arabians, Ponies of the Americas, Quarter Horses, Spotted Saddle Horses, Racking Horses, Tennessee Walking Horses, miniatures, and saddlebreds, call our facility their "home" during the weekends that they use our world class facility.

2003 Celebration Clinic Schedule

Sunday, August 24, 2003 (to be held on the Celebration grounds, Shelbyville, TN
10:00 – 11:50 a.m. – Academy Program
The TWHBEA Academy Program, conducted by Jane Meredith, Nicole Carswell, Leigh Bennett and Rollie Beard.
12:00 – 1:50 p.m. – Showmanship at Halter
Conducted by Leslie Derrickson

***Tuesday, August 26, 2003 (to be held at TWHBEA Headquarters, Lewisburg, TN)
9:00 – 10:50 a.m. – Equine Nutrition
"Do I really have to feed this stuff? Taking a hard look at supplements." Conducted by Dr. Doyle Meadows, University of Tennessee
11:00 – 12:50 p.m. – Reproduction

Conducted by Dr. John Henton, University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine

Wednesday, August 27, 2003 (to be held on the Celebration grounds, Shelbyville, TN)
9:00 – 10:50 a.m. – Starting the Versatility Horse Under Saddle
Conducted by Laurie Toone
11:00 – 12:50 p.m. – Basic Dressage
Conducted by Allison Smart

Thursday, August 28, 2003 (to be held on the Celebration grounds, Shelbyville, TN)
9:00 – 10:50 a.m. – Jumping
Conducted by Ann Brzezicki, Middle Tennessee State University Horse Science
11:00 – 12:50 p.m. – Understanding the Trail Pleasure Division
Conducted by Wendy Shaw

Friday, August 29, 2003 (to be held on the Celebration grounds, Shelbyville, TN)
9:00 – 10:50 a.m. – Starting Colts (weanlings, yearlings and two-year-olds)
Conducted by Bobby Richards
11:00 – 12:50 p.m. – Judging Philosophies
Conducted by Wink Groover, Judy Martin, Nicole Carswell, Dr. Roger Richards and Ty Irby

***Please note, clinics on Tuesday, August 26 will be held at TWHBEA headquarters in Lewisburg, TN.

*Deadline for entry in this years’ Celebration is Tuesday, August 5, 2003 at 5 p.m.