The National Walking Horse Association (NWHA) recently voted to move The National, its championship show to the historic show grounds at The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration (TWHNC). The National will be held September 23-28, 2013 in the Calsonic Arena.  This will be the first time The National will be held in Shelbyville, Tenn. 

Last year’s National was held in Ohio and previously it had been held at The Miller Coliseum in Murfreesboro, Tenn.  Classes will begin on Monday September 23 and championship classes will begin on Friday September 27. 

The TWHNC will now host in 2013 the championship shows for NWHA, the Extreme Cowboy Association (May) and Spotted Saddle Horse Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association (SSHBEA).  These three shows along with the crowing of the 75th Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Champion at The Celebration will make for a historic 2013 on the show grounds.

“We are extremely excited about 2013 and I look forward to working with an event the caliber of The National as they move to Shelbyville.  We are thrilled to host these other three championships in addition to our World Championship show,” said Celebration Chief Executive Officer Mike Inman.

The National’s Show Chairperson Maria Redmond added, “NWHA is excited to be coming back to Tennessee and partnering with Calsonic Arena for the 2013 National.”  For more information regarding the 2013 National visit