Skip to content

Celebration Adds New Amateur Division

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration (TWHNC) will add a five-year-old amateur division to all of its shows in the 2013 season.  The new class will be a specialty class and will be in addition to the Amateur Specialty division and Amateur Canter division.  In addition the age restriction of five years and over in the Amateur Canter division will be removed eliminating the age requirement to compete in that class.  All of these divisions will have the traditional mare and gelding division and stallion division in the preliminaries.

“A large percentage of two year olds do not compete in the ring with amateurs until midway or later in their first year under saddle.  Combine that with the competitive performance horse career regularly extending well into the teens it makes perfect sense to start the aged division for amateurs when the horse reaches six. This years’ Celebration had over 40 horses entered that were fifteen years or older,” said TWHNC CEO Mike Inman.

The suggestion for the new class and division came to Inman via an exhibitor from Alabama.  “It is important that The Celebration interact and correspond with its exhibitors and although we can’t implement every suggestion we will do our best to implement those that better the experience for our customers,” said Inman.

Inman reached out to the Walking Horse Trainers’ Association (WHTA) before making the decision and the feedback from the WHTA was unanimously in support of the move.  “In all my conversations with trainers and owners discussing this concept the feeling was unanimous that there were tangible benefits for the horse, trainers, owners, and show managers,” concluded Inman.

The TWHNC encourages all horse shows to incorporate the new division and help build anticipation for the crowning of the inaugural Amateur Five-Year Old World Grand Champion at the 75th Anniversary Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

More Stories

  • Obituary – Sam Hartsell

    Sam “Shot” Hartsell, age 74, of Newport, passed away Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Knoxville. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nan Hartsell and parents, Floyd and Viola McMahan Hartsell... Read More
  • WHOA announces International judging panel

    The Walking Horse Owners' is pleased to announce the three judges selected by current WHOA members. Charlie Brown, Shelli MeHaffey and Lonnie Messick will officiate the 40th Annual International Pleasure & Colt Championship.

    Read More
  • Savannah Lions Club adds classes

    The 52nd Annual Savannah Lions Club Show, scheduled for June 23 at 6:30 pm, has added two classes to their original schedule... Read More
  • Scrivner selected to judge Mid-South

    The Mid-South Walking Horse Association Show, scheduled for July 14, has selected Dickie Scrivner of Murfreesboro, Tennessee to mark the cards for this year's event. The show will be held at Pugh Bourne Park in Jackson, Tennessee.  Read More
  • Equine Obituary - Gen’s Armed & Dangerous

    The Report has recently learned of the passing of Gen’s Armed and Dangerous. The beautiful stallion was the 1994 Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Champion. Read More
  • Ohio Valley adds class

    Ohio Valley Walking Horse Association show, scheduled for June 23 in Stanford, Kentucky, has added a 4 and Under Trail Pleasure to their show.  Read More
  • Walking For Hope Show updates

    The Walking For Hope show, scheduled for June 16, has selected Chris Zahnd to judge this year’s event. Originally scheduled to start at 4:00, the show will start at 5:00 pm. Read More
  • WHOA Versatility revises class schedule

    The Walking Horse Owners Association has added 5 classes to its June 16 show scheduled at Tennessee Tech, Hyder-Burk Facility in Cookeville, TN. The show starts at 10 am and is a casual dress show (boots, long pants, shirts with a collar) and "Youth 11 and Under" are required to wear a safety helmet. Read More
  • Putnam Co. Fair selects judge

    The Putnam County Fair and Upper Cumberland Walking Horse Association are pleased to announce that Newton Parks of Murfreesboro, Tennessee will judge this year’s event... Read More
  • Wartrace selects judge

    The 112th Anniversary Wartrace Horse Show has selected John Fikes of Hamilton, Alabama to judge this year's event and has released their class schedule... Read More