Editor’s note:  The following message was sent to Walking Horse Report from Bill Lyon. Bill Lyon portraits is at the Celebration each year and has done portraits of many of the famed Walking Horses over the years as well as families in the industry. 

Walking Horse Friends - Bryce Leatherwood, the young country music singer on Blake Shelton’s team on The Voice, is my cousin! My great Uncle, Bryce’s great grandad, took me to my first Celebration in 1968 and l haven’t missed one since! Bryce’s dad learned to ride a walking horse on our farm while growing up! Bryce rides when he stops by on his way to the beach each summer and always brings his guitar in and sings! Great young man! I am asking my Tennessee Walking horse friends to spread the word and vote for Bryce Leatherwood! Thanks Bill Lyon