SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. -     The Tennessee Walking Horse National
Celebration has announced it's pledge of $25,000 to the Walking Horse
Trainers' Association toward their effort in constructing a new office
complex for the group.
    The W.H.T.A. has plans for a new building to house the day-to-day
operations of the group in Shelbyville.
    The Celebration has grown into the wonderful world championship horse
show it is today because of the untiring efforts of the professional
trainers in our industry, said Celebration chairman John T. Bobo.  We
wanted to show our gratitude to them for all they have done for us.
    The Trainers' Association is currently in the process of land
acquisition.  From there, plans for the building will be completed and
construction will begin.
    The Celebration has long been a loyal partner to our Association and we
have enjoyed a wonderful relationship with them, said W.H.T.A. president
David Landrum.  Their generous gift will certainly help jumpstart our
fundraising activities.
    Having our offices in Shelbyville is very important to us, Landrum
continued.  Shelbyville, Bedford County, and The Celebration are the focal
point for our entire industry.  We are extremely grateful to The Celebration
Board of Directors for helping us in such a meaningful way.
    The W.H.T.A. puts on the National Trainers' Show at Calsonic Arena and
is in the midst of a long-term deal for The Celebration to house the event.
The 37th Annual Trainers' Show will be held March 30-April 2.

WHTA 1st Vice President Allan Callaway (left) accepts a letter of commitment from Celebration Chairman John T. Bobo.  The Celebration has pledged $25,000 toward the construction of the new Trainers' Association headquarters in Shelbyville.