SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. -     The Tennessee Walking Horse National
Celebration is proud to announce that the 2005 Spring Fun Show will be
affiliated with the newly-created Riders Cup program implemented recently by
the Walking Horse Trainers' Association.
    The program, to be administered by The Walking Horse Report, allows
trainers to accumulate points at Riders Cup shows for showing in open
two-year-old, three-year-old, four-year-old, 15.2 and under, and open stake
classes. The top 25 points winners will be awarded money at the WHTA
banquet. Throughout the year, the point standings will be published in a
weekly update in the Walking Horse Report and will be continuously updated
   The Celebration fully endorses this new program, said Celebration CEO
Ron Thomas.  This new program should add a level of excitement to all of
the affiliated shows, including the Spring Fun Show.
    The purpose of the program is to encourage the professional trainers to
show more top entries at Riders Cup Shows.  The effect for horse show fans
should be an opportunity to see the most talented horses in the industry
ridden by the most talented riders in the industry on a more frequent basis.
    The trainers in our industry do a magnificent job, Thomas continued.This program should make for a very competitive points race throughout the
entire show season.
    The Celebration recently announced a major re-shuffling of the Spring
Fun Show schedule that will spotlight different aspects of the breed on the
three nights of the show.  The Thursday night performance will highlight
pleasure and halter entries while Friday night will feature Owner-Amateur
Riders.  The Saturday night performance will be a showcase for the
professional trainers and will include a $2,000 jackpot for the high-point
trainer on that evening.
    The 35th Annual Spring Fun Show is scheduled for May 26-28, 2005 at
Calsonic Arena at the Historic Celebration Grounds in Shelbyville, TN.  For
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