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Bridlewood Farm Promotes The Breed

Bridlewood Farm hosts numerous organized tours each year exposing thousands of visitors to the Tennessee Walking Horse. The farm has recently hosted six tours totaling 200 visitors, most of whom were, until now, were unfamiliar with the breed.

The Bedford County Summer Enrichment Program enjoyed their visit to Bridlewood during the month of June. The group of 15 watched an educational film and then enjoyed getting to meet the stallions of Bridlewood Farm, posing for pictures and giving the stallions' their favorite treats.

Twenty individuals from the Senior Adult Group from Decatur, Ala., also enjoyed touring the farm while a group of 40 from Jimmy Smith's Sunshine Tours visited Bridlewood the following week.

Liz Hestle Gassaway's Cedar Creek Farm Riding Camp recently made their annual trip to Bridlewood Farm. The youngsters enjoyed getting to meet Bridlewood's world class stallion line up and as always picking a stallion to be photographed with. This year the group was photographed with five-time World Champion Ultra Copy.

A group of 55 from the Farm Bureau Company also enjoyed a visit to the farm as part of their National Ag In The Classroom Convention. Teachers from all 50 states attended the convention and according to Farm Bureau's Brian Wright, "Everybody really enjoyed Bridlewood and the staff did the best job of any stop on our tour. Seeing the farm is one of the greatest things to do in Middle Tennessee. We really enjoyed seeing the horses and interacting with them."

Another group who enjoyed visiting Bridlewood Farm was a group of 35 from the Ohio Holstein Farmers Association. The visitors enjoyed their education on the Tennessee Walking Horse. This group found their visit to the breeding barn particularly interesting and enjoyed comparing the cattle breeding business with the walking horse breeding business.

Each segment of each tour ended with a question and answer session. Bridlewood Farm is the only farm to give organized tours, the objective of which is to educate people not only on running a breeding operation, but on the Tennessee Walking Horse in general. Bridlewood's tours expose thousands to the breed annually.

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