(PRESS RELEASE from the Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show)

The Gulf Coast Charity Celebration is pleased to announce that the Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show and Music Festival is on as scheduled and has requested to be affiliated with “SHOW” HIO.  Mr. Fisher states” we have every reason to believe that our affiliation request will be accepted and that the “SHOW” HIO will be in place and up and running by April 1 and inspecting horses at Panama City Beach as the official HIO for the Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show and Music Festival April 22-25, 2009.  This move within the Tennessee Walking Horse Industry to create an independent HIO in SHOW is supported and embraced by The Gulf Coast Charity Celebration, Inc. and we look forward to working with them.”

With the show season at hand and off to a great new start, the Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show would like to ask all owners, trainers and exhibitors to support the first horse shows of the season.  It is important to get the horses back on the trailers and back in the show ring to keep our industry and love of the Tennessee Walking Horse intact and to show horses compliant with the HPA.  There has been much anxiety over the past several months and years as to the future of our breed.  Many have labored to have the highest quality example of Tennessee Walking Horse represent all that we love about the horses and the special bond that we have with our breed.  Many have labored to put an end to the speculation and the public perception of the mistreatment of our horses.  That time is now at hand so now let’s SHOW AND ENJOY OUR HORSES AND LET OUR HORSES ENJOY TO SHOW!  Jackson, Mississippi is right around the corner and then, just as you catch your breath, it’s time for Panama City Beach!

To this end, The Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show and Music Festival would like to announce that they have hired Dr. Jim Baum of Baum Equine Services, Shelbyville, TN to be present and on the grounds the week of  April 19-25th.  Dr. Baum will assist as needed in the DQP area.  Moreover, he will be working in conjunction with Mr. Winky Groover and his Thermogram machine to assist in Pre-Inspection thermograms to be made available for $10 per horse, per thermogram should you wish.

Sister Blackmon Milligan, founder of the Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show recommends that everyone consider getting their show horses a thermogram before show season starts and intermittently throughout the year to establish a baseline theromgram for these individual horses as well as a case history of each horse.  She also believes that this thermogram could be a very positive thing for the industry if used appropriately and with common sense and interpreted uniformly and honestly.  The USDA has seconded this notion and says “the thermogram machine is a good thing, not a bad thing”.

A quick reminder that the stall deadline is Monday, April 6.  Visit our Schedule of Events online at gulfcoasthorseshow.com to get a lineup of all the fun we will be having!

Remember On Wednesday, April 22nd entertainment will be provided by “The Rhythm Allstars”.  A local group that currently has 3 songs topping the charts in the UK.

On Thursday, April 23rd, entertainment will be provided by “Entice”.  Straight out of Nashville and as seen at the National Celebration in 2008, an R&B group that will leave you gasping for more.

On Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 25th entertainment will be provided by “Legends of the Beach”.   Formerly the Embers…these guys know how to perform and entertain with beach music!

Everyday, April 22nd-25th prior to the show each afternoon at 4:00 pm, Northwest Florida’s own “Ivey Brothers” will entertain.  The Gulf Coast Charity Celebration is sure everybody will enjoy all of the entertainment lined up for this year’s event.
Specialty Acts and back by popular demand is Tim Leper and “Wild Thang” yes it is the monkey’s, riding dogs, herding sheep.  Also, straight out of Texas, Blake Goode will perform trick riding & roman riding his 2000 pound Brahma Bulls…wait till you see them jump through the Ring of Fire.  IT’S MAGNIFICENT!

So “Reach for the Beach” and come on down and let the show season begin.  Not only have you and your horses been cooped up all winter, but so have we.  We are hankering to see all of our friends and all of our favorite horses.  No worries here….we’ve got you covered!