Skip to content

Humboldt Was Busting Special

by Debbie Graham

HUMBOLDT, Tenn. - The 71st annual West Tennessee Strawberry Festival was held on May 9, 2008, at the Chalmus Davenport Arena in Humboldt, Tenn. The Strawberry Festival is a week-long celebration that was founded in 1943 to promote the expanding strawberry industry and make Humboldt the center of the industry in West Tennessee. The event features many activities including a parade, but the highlight of the festival is the horse show and always features some of West Tennessee’s finest Tennessee Walking Horse contenders. The 2008 event was no exception with a large crowd in attendance. A large gallery of spectators enjoyed an evening of fun and entertainment. Delicious concessions and a dessert booth featuring homemade baked goods and strawberry shortcake were available.

Carlyle Johnson judged the 31 classes featured on the agenda. Tony Neill was master of ceremonies. Mike Farley handled the duties of ringmaster. Diane Beaver entertained the crowd with her popular horse show music on the keyboard. Brian Hayes was the farrier. Matt Morehead was the official photographer.

In the final class of the evening, Jimmy McConnell directed Busting Special to the West Tennessee tricolor in the WHTA Riders’ Cup Walking Horse Championship class for Larry and Farrah McAlexander.

Complete results can be viewed by clicking here.


More Stories

  • **Updated Horse Show Schedule

    The Walking Horse Report will provide daily updates to the list of canceled and postponed horse shows... Read More
  • 2021 WHOA Banquet plan

    The Walking Horse Owners Association would like to announce that due to restrictions for Covid-19 the WHOA Banquet scheduled in February of 2021 has been cancelled... Read More
  • Equine Obituary – Mr. Trump

    The Walking Horse Report has recently learned of the death of Mr. Trump. The 2xWGC, WC and 2xRWGC passed away unexpectedly following a routine workout on October 15 coming as a shock to owners Molly and Taylor Walters as well as to trainer Edgar Abernathy. Read More
  • Online entry system available for Alabama Jubilee

    The Alabama Jubilee, scheduled for October 23-24, will take online entries up until noon on Friday, October 23 and 11:30 am on Saturday, October 24. Entries can be made at  Read More
  • Obituary – Christy Kakassy

    The Report recently learned of the passing of long-time walking horse owner and exhibitor, Christy Kakassy, on Monday, October 19, after a difficult battle with acute myeloid leukemia... Read More
  • Latest Issue 10 19 20

    Read More
  • Equine Obituary – Pride's Jubilee Encore

    Sometimes a horse is destined for greatness and with the right group of people and a lot of hard work and determination, that level is reached. This was the case for 2001 World Grand Champion Pride’s Jubilee Encore... Read More
  • Dix River Fall Classic update

    The Dix River Fall Classic, scheduled for October 23-24, at the Brodhead Indoor Facility in Brodhead, Kentucky will be a SHOW–HIO show. The entry fee for flat-shod classes will be reduced from $30 to $15.  Read More
  • Thomas Seymore injured

    Thomas Seymore was injured during the Saturday evening performance of the Trainers’ Show. He was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center with a broken ankle and other minor injuries... Read More
  • Larry Wheelon hospitalized

    Larry Wheelon is in the hospital in East Tennessee battling pneumonia and several other health issues. We extend our prayers to Larry and his family.  Read More