Skip to content

Celebration To Replace Outdoor Stadium Lighting



The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration board of directors recently met and voted to replace the stadium lighting for the outdoor arena. The facility upgrade will take place prior to the 80th Annual Celebration in August.  

In 2017, the Celebration was unable to have spotlight rides for many of the championship classes because of a mechanical issue that did not allow the lighting to be turned off.

“Our facility is an aging facility that continues to need maintenance and renovations necessary to carry on the tradition of the Celebration,” said Celebration CEO Mike Inman. “Our lighting is old and the replacement not only allows us to continue the tradition of the spotlight but replaces the old technology with LED bulbs and better, more efficient lighting.” 

The replacement will take eight weeks but will be done prior to the start of the horse show in August. The total price tag for the new lighting will be close to $200,000 once everything is complete. The Celebration plans to fund some of the renovation with funds from its cash reserves and finance the remainder of the project.

“We are in a position with our facilities that we will have more and more projects like this necessary,” Inman said. “We recently upgraded the lighting in Calsonic Arena and are currently repairing the roof of the Blue Ribbon Circle, all of which have come with a significant price tag.  We are so fortunate to have the wonderful financial support of our sponsors that help to offset some of the operational costs of running our facility on an annual basis.  
“The Celebration is so much more than just an 11-day horse show,” added Celebration Board Chairman Charles McDonald. “Our World Championship show is the backbone of everything we do.”
 

More Stories

  • Year In Walking Horses Dedication: Honey Badger

    Do you know what a honey badger is? If not, don’t worry about it … the honey badger really doesn’t care what you think because they know how awesome they are. A small, fierce mammal also known as a ratel, the honey badger was made famous after a video about it, narrated by Chuck Norris, went viral. Read More
  • Year In Walking Horses Dedication: Howard Hamilton

    Howard Hamilton has spent his entire life devoting himself to his family and the horse and he does it all for one very simple reason — love. He and his family literally love the horse with all of their hearts; Howard certainly plays his part in doing what he can to ensure the horse, the industry and the industry’s youth thrive. Read More
  • The Money Tree Classic selects Beard

    Walking Horse Trainers’ Auxiliary is proud to announce that Rollie Beard will judge the 36th Annual Money Tree Classic on July 5, 2019. The show will be held in Champions Arena.  Read More
  • Bedford Cancer Foundation announces plans for spring show

    The Bedford Cancer Foundation has announced it will again be sponsoring its annual horse show, scheduled to take place Saturday, April 27 at the Champions Arena on the grounds of the Celebration in Shelbyville, Tennessee. The show will feature 30 exciting classes including both flat shod and padded performance classes.  Read More
  • Obituary – Keith Champion

    Walking Horse owner and exhibitor, Keith Champion, passed away April 11, 2019. Keith was known for his humble attitude and great personality. Keith owned and exhibited Go Boy on Parade, Collectors Director, and most notably The Real Deal, and Be Cool. Read More
  • Obituary – Frank Eichler

    Frank Martin Eichler "Fritz" 88, of Cincinnati, Ohio, father of popular Walking Horse owner, Frank Eichler, who owns Rising Star Ranch and whose wife Debbie is popular exhibitor, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Read More
  • Latest Issue 4 15 19

    Read More
  • Bennett Stables Relocates

    Kim Bennett Stables has relocated to the beautiful Grand Oaks farm located at  825 Great House Road, Bowling Green, Kentucky. Kim has been training professionally since the mid-seventies and is well known for his success with Amateur and Youth riders as well as in open divisions. Read More
  • A Thank You from Frankie Jo Bradley

    I would just like to say Thank You to everyone who has been so good and thoughtful to me during this time. I appreciate everything and anything that all of you have done!  Read More
  • Lynchburg Horse Show returns

    The Lynchburg Walking Horse Show will return this year on Saturday, July 20 in the Moore County Arena. This show will benefit Liz Gassaway’s Kids, meaning all the children that have benefited from her guidance in equine events. Read More