Cy Williamson
Cy Williamson, a former executive TWHBEA board member, passed away June 12, 2002. Williamson, a native of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, was involved in the walking horse business for over forty years. Some of the notable horses owned by Williamson are Spirit's Midnight Rider, Spirit’s Wicked Woman, Keen’s Jezebel, and countless others.

A veteran of World War II, Williamson served in the European theater where he received the Purple Heart. Williamson also served as chairman of First City Bank which is now known as BBT Bank.

Williamson is survived by his wife Annie, daughters Marion Cole and Ann Williamson, and grandson Matthew Manning Cole.

Pete Manning
D.B. “Pete” Manning, long time supporter of the Tennessee Walking horse, passed away April 28, 2002, at the age of 91. Pete resided at High Street, Richmond, Kentucky, and attended 56 consecutive Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebrations. He is survived by his wife, Pearl Mae, and three daughters, Libby, Cindy and Carolyn, and three grandsons Matt, Brian, and Doug Combs.

Pete was a strong supporter of the Tennessee Walking Horse both in Tennessee and his home and in his home state of Kentucky. He fondly reminisced of his years of attendance of The Celebration where he stayed at the Dixie Hotel on the square in Shelbyville, and the many meals and long-term friendships he enjoyed at Pope’s Restaurant. He was always very proud of the fact that he placed Sammy Day on his first pony, purchased by Sammy’s dad, Jim, when Sammy was a little boy. He often told the story of Sammy hitting the horse with a rock when his Dad, Jim was working the horse in a cart, causing the horse to run off and give Jim a good spill.

Pete was a manager and retiree of the South Central Bell office in Richmond, Kentucky. He was a World War II veteran, having been shot down in the English Channel while serving as a pilot of a P-38 during the war. Pete will be greatly missed by the Kentucky Walking Horse Association, where an annual memorial trophy has been established in his memory by Margaret Coy and Dan and Patti Reynolds, of Richmond, Kentucky.