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State Honors 2008 Walking Horse World Grand Champion



       
Portrait of Santan's El Nino is on display at Ellington Agricultural Center

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Agriculture Commissioner Ken Givens, recently honored 2008 Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Champion owners Michael and Ann Jones and trainers Link and Rhea Ellen Webb.

Givens recognized the Joneses and Webbs during a luncheon of industry leaders and supporters at the Ellington Agricultural Center. Givens represented Governor Phil Bredesen at the event which has become a tradition to recognize the contributions of the Walking Horse industry to the state.

“People throughout the world recognize and embrace the beauty, versatility and mild temperament of Tennessee Walkers,” said Givens. “The Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration is a wonderful event that draws thousands to the state each year and has a significant impact to the local economy. Tennessee is fortunate to have this event and industry in our state.”

Stan Butt, Executive Director of the Tennessee Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association, presented the official portrait of World Grand Champion “Santana’s El Nino” to Givens.  The portrait, by photographer Michael Gomez will be on display in the Moss Administration Building at Ellington Agricultural Center.

“As has been the tradition in past, I am honored as the Executive Director of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association to present this portrait of the 2008 World Grand Champion “Santana’s El Nino,” said Butt at the event.

Representatives of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association and the National Celebration joined Givens in recognizing the guests of honor.

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