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Owner and Exhibitor: Dr. Kasey Kesselring



HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE INDUSTRY?
27 years

WHAT HORSES DO YOU CURRENTLY OWN AND WHO ARE THEY IN TRAINING WITH?
Hawk's Miss Carmelita with Herbert Derickson and several two-year-old pleasure horses with Joe Lester Stables.

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PAST WORLD GRAND CHAMPION AND WHY?
Jose’ Jose’…in the latter part of my experience with Tennessee Walking Horses, I have focused more on my breeding program and Jose’ Jose’ has sired some of my best colts.

IF THERE WAS ONE AREA OF THE INDUSTRY YOU COULD CHANGE OR RAMP UP, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
Marketing and promotion of the show horse. We have allowed those who are against our show horse too much leeway in defining the show horse. We have to begin promoting our show horse for the wonderful, versatile and exciting horse that it is.

IF YOU WERE NOT AT THE BARN OR A HORSE SHOW, WHAT WOULD WE FIND YOU DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?
Tearing something up at the farm.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE TV SHOWS, MOVIES OR NETFLIX FEATURES HAVE YOU BEEN BINGE WATCHING DURING THE PANDEMIC?
Breaking Bad!

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR SHOW CAREER THUS FAR?
Winning world championships with Contemporary Jazz and Confederate Jazz.

WHAT WORDS OF WISDOM CAN YOU GIVE TO THE HORSE INDUSTRY ON THE PANDEMIC?
Never let a good crisis go to waste…find the silver linings, learn from them and apply them in your future.

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