Skip to content

David Howard Retires From Celebration Board



By Jeffrey Howard

David Howard officially retired from the Celebration Board at the January 26th meeting of the Celebration Association. Scott Johnson, son of former Board member Virgil Johnson, was elected to serve in the role vacated by Howard. Howard joined the Celebration Association in 1987 and was elected to the Celebration Board in 1997. During that time, he was dedicated to promoting the Celebration and the Tennessee Walking Horse.

“David is one of the most dedicated people to our industry that I have had the pleasure to work with for the past 25 years. He has been a great influence on me personally and professionally and he will be truly missed on our board. I am very blessed to call him my friend,” said Connie Allen, Director of Office Operations for the Celebration.

Celebration CEO Mike Inman added, “David’s passion for the Celebration and how it is woven into the fabric of Shelbyville is always apparent. It is and has been a total commitment. I have found David’s leadership as Chairman to be an incredible asset.”

David Howard has served as Chairman of the Board for two separate terms, most recently this last year of his service. Pat Marsh was elected to the role of Chairman of the Board for the coming year.

“We are really going to miss David’s knowledge and expertise of the Walking Horse industry as well as his business sense.  He has put in countless hours of free work and done it with a big heart to help the horse, trainers and owners.  He has done it for the right reasons and I respect him greatly for that,” said Marsh.

“In my 25 years of involvement with The Celebration no one that I have dealt with has given more time or more effort to The Celebration than David.  He will be missed by all of us and I appreciate his service and his friendship.  In addition to his service, David is the longest standing corporate sponsor of The Celebration and his company’s generosity has meant a great deal to The Celebration,” said board member John T. Bobo.

Fellow board member, Charles McDonald, commented, “The Celebration, and more particularly, The Celebration Board of Directors, has lost a huge resource and dedicated member with the retirement of David. His insight and knowledge of the Walking Horse industry has been invaluable. His dedication and commitment to The Celebration, and what I've grown to see and appreciate, his love and sincerity for the betterment of the breed, is far more than most people realize.

“Although he may think he will be able to walk away into obscurity, I feel certain The Celebration Board has other thoughts and will be calling on David regularly for guidance and advice. It has been my pleasure to work with him for his years of dedicated service to The Celebration Board and I appreciate his friendship.”

Howard is the owner and president of Dabora, Inc. which publishes the Walking Horse Report.  Although Howard turned over the majority of the management of Dabora, Inc. to his children Christy Womack and Jeffrey Howard, he keeps an active link to the industry through Walking Horse Report.

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve on the Board with some outstanding and committed community leaders.  The Celebration is more than a horse show and its leadership is critical to the future of the breed. Without the broad based support from horsemen all over the country the Celebration would not be the championship this horse deserves.  I certainly appreciate the support I have received,” said Howard.
 

More Stories

  • Live from Tri-County Student Anglers

    ReporTV will be live from Tri-County Student Anglers Walking Horse Show, beginning at 6:00 pm. Read More
  • TWHNC updates class schedule

    The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, scheduled for Aug. 22–Sept. 1, has made the following changes to their class schedule... Read More
  • Latest Issue July 23 18

    Read More
  • Celebration makes plans for Adult Pony WGC to return

    The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration recently made plans to split the amateur pony and 15.2 & under world grand championship classes. In 2017, The Celebration decided to combine the two divisions into a single world grand championship class due to a lack of entries in both divisions. Read More
  • Lead Line WGC moved to Sunday night

    The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration has announced that the Lead Line World Grand Championship has been moved from the first Saturday morning performance to the Sunday evening schedule at the 80th Annual Celebration.  Read More
  • Lewisburg Millcreek Show canceled

    The Lewisburg Millcreek show, scheduled for July 21, has been canceled due to the amount of rain and storms in the forecast.  Read More
  • International Horse Show updates

    The 40th Annual International Pleasure & Colt Grand Championship, scheduled for July 27 - August 4, 2018 is soon approaching and promises to be the year's greatest showcase for the flat-shod Tennessee Walking Horse... Read More
  • Obituary – Jerry Lunsford

    The Report has recently learned of the passing of Jerry Lunsford. He was a long time member of the Georgia Walking Horse Association. A full obituary will be posted when it becomes available.  Read More
  • Birth Announcement – Juke Rein Jenne'

    Justin, Hope and Jagger Jenne' happily welcome the arrival of their son and baby brother, Juke Rein Jenne’ on July 10, 2018. He weighed 7 lbs. 4 ounces and measured 20 inches in length.  Read More
  • TWHBEA Election coming soon

    August 1, 2018, is the deadline to have your candidacy declared for the Int'l Board of Directors at TWHBEA.  TWHBEA needs enthusiasm,  fresh perspective, and help, every term to continue growth and prosperity.  Read More