by Julia Livingston

ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. – Saturday, March 7, 2009, was a prefect day for the gathering of the East Tennessee Walking Horse Association’s annual barn party. With temperatures in the 70s and a gentle breeze blowing, spirits were lifted for a great 2009 season. The event was held at Summerhill Farms, owned by Dwight, Lisa and Summer Brooks. The Brooks were gracious to host the party for the second year in a row. With the help of the loyal officers and board members of ETWHA this could have very well been the best preview ever.

This year, 17 trainers from not only East Tennessee but also Virginia, Kentucky and Middle Tennessee came to support the preview. Chris Helton and Rusty Carlton were listed as new and upcoming trainers to join the ETWHA ranks. A total of 19 talented horses were previewed: eight two-year-olds, three three-year-olds and eight aged horses.

There was a crowd of over 270 people who enjoyed the day. Richard Lindsey was the announcer and auctioneer for the event. Don Broome said the prayer before the wonderful meal that was prepared by chefs Gene Fain and Coy Jarvis.  It included barbecue pork and all the trimmings, along with the best of desserts made by the ladies of East Tennessee. The preview raised over $8,000, topping last year’s totals.

Everyone left looking forward to a great 2009 season.