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Owner-Amateur Definitions Reminder

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration® feels it has some of the best amateur riders in the world performing in the owner-amateur classes at the World’s Greatest Horse Show.  Prior to the event, show managements asks all exhibitors to make sure they are aware of the rules that govern their performance.

“I can’t overstate the importance of the owner-amateur rider at The Celebration®,” said Celebration CEO Dr. Doyle Meadows.  “We have received several comments and questions about the specific area of combined ownership and how it relates to the qualification of the rider.  The National Horse Show Commission (NHSC) and Celebration have specific rules that govern these classes.”

NHSC RULEBOOK:  Rule 4, Section D (Page 28)
Combined ownership is permitted in Owners’ and Amateur-Owners’ classes.  Combined ownership may be in corporate form.  Any horse which is jointly owned, and one owner receives remuneration for training, is considered a customer’s horse.  The horse is ineligible to be shown in owner/amateur classes by the owner (who is receiving remuneration) or his or her immediate family.

The Celebration® personnel will not be involved in checking ownership of horses in owner-amateur classes.  The actual ownership of the animal will be determined, if a question arises, between the owner and the NHSC.  The Celebration® is very supportive of the efforts of the NHSC in this regard, and encourages you to enter your horses accurately and completely with regard to TWHBEA ownership.  The NHSC will require The Celebration® to retie any classes in which horses have been improperly entered, including the redistribution of prize money and ribbons.
There are additional rules that govern these classes and exhibitors need to take the time to make themselves aware of all rules and regulations that can affect their showing status.
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration® takes place each year during the 11 days and nights prior to Labor Day.  It is the premier event for the Tennessee Walking Horse, during which the breed’s World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse® and some 33 other World Grand Champions® are crowned.  It is a festival event, encompassing exciting classes in competition where more than $700,000 in prizes and awards are given.  Other activities include a barn decorating contest, a trade fair and a dog show.  For more information, visit

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