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Press Availability at The Celebration



The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, in its 75th year, would like to provide an opportunity for news outlets to interview event riders, owners, leaders, charity leaders, contributors, and others affiliated with The Celebration.  If you are interested, please contact Chris Mather from Purple Strategies at 312-520-3046.

The following are some notable highlights from the event:
 
.  Twelve charities will bring home close to $400,000 that they raised using The Celebration's facilities to supply concessions, distribute programs and park cars.  The Celebration is a one-of-a-kind event that allows close to all concession proceeds go to local charities.

 .  There are 32 horses over the age of 15-years old competing at this year's Celebration.  In the rest of the equine breed, horses that old competing is unheard of. This exemplifies how healthy the walking horses are and demonstrates the success of trainers in keeping them healthy.  One horse, named Pride's Bama Tiger, ridden by Dale Finley, is 23-years old.

 .  There is a large group of 70-years and older riders competing in this year's Celebration - their combined ages total more than 1000 years.

 .  Nathan Oliver, a young boy from Bowling Green, Kentucky, who had heart surgery four years ago, won the Owner/Amateur Youth Riders Ages 6-11 on Geldings riding A Cloudy Sky.  Due to his heart condition, Oliver is not allowed to play contact sports, so his family got him into the walking horse sport.

 .  Dr. W H Hill, who will be 96 years old in November, won the Owner-Amateur Riders on Walking Horses, Riders 70 Years & Over.  Hill has won the 70 years and over class seven of the last eight years, the last three on Kudos for Cash.  Hill is from Powder Springs, GA.
 
.  The American General, last year's 11 & Under World Champion and World Grand Champion, ridden by Sellers Veazey, placed second in the Owner-Amateur Youth Riders 6-11 Years on Walking Geldings.  The American General is 15 years old, five years older Sellers, who is from Tifton, GA.

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