Trainer will introduce children to this magnificent and athletic breed of the Tennessee Walking Horse.

SHELBYVILLE, TN – Local professional Tennessee Walking Horse trainer, Winky Groover, will hold a free Tennessee Walking Horse demonstration for a group of 30 children from the local Boys & Girls Club at his barn on the Celebration grounds tonight, Monday, August 27 at 6 pm. Please contact Jennifer Baker at [email protected] for media credentials and parking passes.

WHAT: Tennessee Walking Horse demonstration for local charity. Local trainer will introduce children from local Boys and Girls Club to Tennessee Walking Horse.                                                     

WHEN: Monday, August 27, 2012 @ 6:00 pm
WHERE: The Celebration
Winky Groover Barn
1110 Evans Street
Shelbyville, TN

The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration kicked its 74th annual Celebration® on August 22nd in Shelbyville. The Celebration is the world’s largest and most prestigious event celebrating the Tennessee Walking Horse. For over 70 years, the Celebration has crowned world champions and left an indelible mark on the community that is both economic and civic. In addition to the $38 million impact on Middle Tennessee’s economy, the Celebration raises over $200,000 for local charities. The Celebration’s highest priority is placed on the safety of the horses and the Celebration is proud to lead the way in safety reforms by imposing the most stringent inspection measures and strictest penalties of any Tennessee Walking Horse event

Winky Groover trains both performance horses for shows and pleasure horses for shows and trails. He has been training Tennessee Walking Horses for 35 years and showing horses 49 years. He started showing horses at the age of 5 and won a World Championship in the juvenile division in 1971. He was awarded Assistant Trainer of the Year in 1986, 1987, & 1988. He has trained numerous World Champions in both the Amateur and Professional divisions. He is currently the President of the Walking Horse Trainers Association.
Winky owns and operates Groover Stables at Saddlecrest Farms in Shelbyville, Tennessee. He specializes in starting and developing young horses for the show ring and pleasure riding. He also enjoys working with amateurs, preparing the horse and rider for the show ring. Winky loves the Tennessee Walking Horse and the horse business, having been in it all his life. Winky and his wife Sheila raise colts at their home farm. He has a son Daniel, and two stepchildren. Winky is an avid golfer, and enjoys watching his stepchildren compete in their sport of the season.