SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration has announced the addition of six new classes for the 67th annual world championship horse show.  The classes come as a result of suggestions from exhibitors and the willingness of The Celebration to put together a schedule of classes that meets the wants of its customers.

After much discussion and input from across the country, The Celebration has added a full slate of park performance classes for the 2005 show.  Two classes each for professional trainers and their amateur riders have been added.  Park performance is a growing division that is becoming very popular and has been well-supported by exhibitors at other shows.


Owner-Amateur Riders on Park Performance Walking Mares or Geldings

Owner-Amateur Riders on Park Performance Walking Stallions

Park Performance Walking Horses, Four Years and Under

Park Performance Walking Horses, Five Years and Over

In addition to the new Park Performance classes, adult Owner-Amateur riders will now have an opportunity to show Walking Ponies at The Celebration.  Walking Pony classes for youth exhibitors has been a Celebration staple, but there has been a rising interest in adults showing ponies.<?xml:namespace prefix = o /><?xml:namespace prefix = o /><?xml:namespace prefix = o /><?xml:namespace prefix = o /><?xml:namespace prefix = o />

“Suggestions have been made to the Celebration for the last couple of years to add these classes,” said Entry Office Manager Mary Lynn Reed.  “This division has gotten stronger throughout the industry and we are proud to give them the opportunity to show in the biggest show in the industry.”


Owner-Amateur Riders on Walking Ponies, Mares or Geldings

Owner-Amateur Riders on Walking Ponies, Stallions

Those exhibitors showing in the new Walking Pony classes will qualify for the Owner-Amateur Riders on 15.2 and Under Walking Horses World Grand Championship.  The new Park Performance classes are not a preliminary to any current championship offered by The Celebration.

“We take input from our customers very seriously,” said Celebration CEO Ron Thomas.  “It doesn’t matter if it’s about class schedules or what color ink to use in the program.  This is a prime example of exhibitors and fans telling us what they want to see.”

            The 35th Annual Spring Fun Show will be held May 26-28 at Calsonic Arena while the 67th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration runs August 25-September 3, 2005.  For more information, log onto