Skip to content

NHSC Announces Celebration Inspection Process





     SHELBYVILLE, TENN. -- The National Horse Show Commission (NHSC) has announced inspection processes that will be in place for the 2006 Celebration.  Last month, NHSC Chairman David Pruett established a committee to review the inspection process for the 2006 Celebration.  The committee returned the recommendations to the NHSC Board at this week’s meeting.  “Most of their recommendations are to continue processes that we already use,” says Lonnie Messick, NHSC executive vice president.  “However, we have adopted two new recommendations that I think will be well-received.” 
     The new processes that he refers to are the separation of inspection areas and the appointment of an “acting” Director of Judges during the Celebration.  During the evening performances of the Celebration, the Champions Arena will be utilized to examine weanlings, yearlings, flat shot horses, harness and driving horses.  This should create a safer environment and give more room to evaluate horses.
     For the past several months, the NHSC has been searching for a full-time Director of Judges, but has not had success in hiring one.  For the Celebration, there will be an “acting” Director of Judges that will monitor and evaluate the judges performance, as well as answer any questions that may arise during the show.  Judges are expected to dismiss any “bad image” horses, as well as any other violations they see.
     Other inspection processes that will continue at the Celebration include:
• Ground Stewards and Veterinarians will monitor the Celebration Grounds.  This program was initiated during the Walking Horse Trainers’ Show and will continue at the Celebration.
• Horses entering the inspection area should be properly identified and proceed to the DQP inspection area and will be examined by the “next-in-line DQP.”  DQPs will monitor the horses in line so there is no preference of examiners.
• Two DQPs will be active in the warm-up ring after inspection to monitor and observe horses in motion and also to observe the addition of approved lubricants.  This year the DQPs will keep written documentation of their observations.
• Cameras will continue to be used to monitor all inspection areas.
• Tails may be blocked by a licensed veterinarian or trainer in the presence of a DQP.
• The number of individuals allowed per horse in the warm-up ring is limited to four people (trainer, rider, groom and one parent in the case of youth riders) or as needed to accommodate the special needs of individual horses.  There are individuals working on an identification system for people entering the warm-up area.
• Hoof testers will continue to be used if necessary in inspections.
     “Although much of this is a continuation from previous years, we want to put it in writing so everyone knows what to expect when they come to the Celebration,” says David Pruett, NHSC chairman.  “We are extremely grateful to this special committee for their input and timeliness in this matter.”  The committee consisted of Bailey Little, Celebration board member; Dr. John O’Brien DVM, with the NHPS Compliance Committee; and Lonnie Messick with the NHSC.

More Stories

  • EQUITANA USA Announces Show Dates Alongside New Collaborations

    EQUITANA USA and the Kentucky Horse Park are pleased to announce the official show dates alongside three new collaborations. The new EQUITANA USA show will run Friday, September 25 – Sunday, September 27, 2020, making it a complete three day shopping and educational equestrian event.  Read More
  • Walking Horse Trainers’ Auxiliary Scholarship Application

    The Walking Horse Trainers’ Auxiliary is a national non-profit organization dedicated to charitable organizations, such as the programs for handicapped riders, and the promotion of the Tennessee Walking Horse... Read More
  • Walking For Cancer coverage

    The Report will be providing live coverage from Walking For Cancer on ReporTV this weekend. Highlights from the show will be posted the following day. There will also be live results. Read More
  • Obituary – Emery "Rocky" Jones

    Emery “Rocky” Jones, age 64 of Columbia, TN passed away on April 19, 2019 at home with his family. Rocky was born in 1954 to the late Henry and Geraldine Woodside Jones. He worked at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, TN for 47 years and knew everything about each breed of horse at the farm.  Read More
  • Members of Congress Should Reject HSUS Award

    The Humane Society of the United States recently released its scorecard for Congress. There’s much irony to be found in the situation considering the organization receives a “D” from CharityWatch and was recently embroiled in a major sexual harassment scandal in which the board of directors tried to cover for the alleged sexual predator CEO. Read More
  • Latest Issue 4 22 19

    Read More
  • Year In Walking Horses Dedication: Honey Badger

    Do you know what a honey badger is? If not, don’t worry about it … the honey badger really doesn’t care what you think because they know how awesome they are. A small, fierce mammal also known as a ratel, the honey badger was made famous after a video about it, narrated by Chuck Norris, went viral. Read More
  • Year In Walking Horses Dedication: Howard Hamilton

    Howard Hamilton has spent his entire life devoting himself to his family and the horse and he does it all for one very simple reason — love. He and his family literally love the horse with all of their hearts; Howard certainly plays his part in doing what he can to ensure the horse, the industry and the industry’s youth thrive. Read More
  • The Money Tree Classic selects Beard

    Walking Horse Trainers’ Auxiliary is proud to announce that Rollie Beard will judge the 36th Annual Money Tree Classic on July 5, 2019. The show will be held in Champions Arena.  Read More
  • Bedford Cancer Foundation announces plans for spring show

    The Bedford Cancer Foundation has announced it will again be sponsoring its annual horse show, scheduled to take place Saturday, April 27 at the Champions Arena on the grounds of the Celebration in Shelbyville, Tennessee. The show will feature 30 exciting classes including both flat shod and padded performance classes.  Read More