Lonnie Messick, executive vice president for the National Horse Show Commission, is making steady progress in his recovery following major surgery three weeks ago. Messick is planning to be in his familiar role in the inspection area during the upcoming Celebration, although his role may be somewhat limited.

Messick is still not in the office, but plans to return as soon as the doctors allow. He is at home in Murfreesboro, Tenn., during his recovery.