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78th Celebration Selects Judging Panel



The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration has  selected Chris Bobo, Nathan Clark, Ray Gilmer, Sam Sorrell and Leigh Stuart to judge the 78th Annual Celebration.  “The Celebration appreciated the enhanced input this year that aided in selecting such a talented and experienced panel.  We also look forward to giving more candidates the opportunity to judge other Celebration events as preparation for marking the cards in the big oval,” said Celebration CEO Mike Inman.

Sorrell, from Lexington, Ky., will be making his fifth appearance in center ring at The Celebration. He judged previously in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2015.  Clark, from Arab, Al., will be making his fourth assignment.  Clark previously judged in 2008, 2010 and 2012 and judged the Spring Fun Show this year.  Stuart, from Alvaton, Ky., will be marking the cards for the third time.  She judged the full show in 2013 and the pleasure division in 1997. 

Gilmer, from Toone, Tenn.,  and Bobo, from Shelbyville, Tenn., will be making their second appearances.  Gilmer judged in 2002 and Bobo judged in 2012.  Gilmer judged the Celebration’s Tunica Fall Classic in 2015.  Bobo judged the Spring Fun Show in 2014.

The 78th Annual Celebration will be held August 24 – September 3, 2016. A full class schedule has been released and can be viewed here.

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