TWH Celebration Preliminary Classes end; Championships begins today

Eight days and nights of preliminary classes came to a close on Wednesday night at the Celebration Grounds, setting the stage for a three night run through the championship classes culminating with the crowning of the World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse on Saturday night.Eight days and nights of preliminary classes came to a close on Wednesday night at the Celebration Grounds, setting the stage for a three night run through the championship classes culminating with the crowning of the World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse on Saturday night.

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Eight days and nights of preliminary classes came to a close on Wednesday night at the Celebration Grounds, setting the stage for a three night run through the championship classes culminating with the crowning of the World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse on Saturday night.

The last preliminary evening of The Celebration began with a large class in front of another record crowd. The Owner-Amateur Riders on Three-Year-Old Walking Mares or Geldings was split into three divisions. The first to claim the blue ribbon was Nancy Groover and Texas Salsa in Division A. Eric Lackey and San Juan proved to be supreme in the second division, followed by Beverly Sherman and Major Heart Throb wrapping up the C-Division.

Kathy Owen and She’s A Double Major took the Park Pleasure Driving, Two-Wheel Vehicle class, while Jamie Etheredge and Rainbow Of Colors won the Owner-Amateur Riders on Walking Horses, Riders 70 Years and Over.

Doug Barnes rode Jazz All Night to victory in the Park Pleasure Walking Horses, Two Years Old class. In the Mare and Foal class, the triumphant party consisted of Wendy Boyd and Blue Nun and Karen McGee and Our American Idol.

Hulon Humphrey and Pusher’s Redemption were the victors in the Retired Trainers Over 55 on Walking Horses class, just as Caresse Mills and Generator’s Champion caught the prize in the Owner-Amateur Riders on Walking Stallions, Five Years and Over, Over 15.2 (Canter) class.

Elaine Doxey atop Pride’s Flashy Girl captured the blue in the Owner-Amateur Riders on Walking Horses, Classic Horses 15 Years and Over class. The next class, Fine Harness class, was split into two divisions. Scott Benham and General Custer claimed the A-Division and Ramsey Bullington with Genius Gold Spirit took Division B.

Jimmy McConnell aboard Barracuda made their way to the Blue Ribbon Circle during the final class of the evening, the Walking Geldings, Five Years and Over, Over 15.2 (Canter) class.

Paid attendance on Wednesday was 22,944 while actual attendance was 11,216. The actual attendance number was an all-time record for Wednesday night.

The Celebration continues through August 30th at the historic Celebration Grounds in Shelbyville, TN. For more information on the show, log on to www.twhnc.com.