Taking part in the ceremony were (from left) TWHBEA Executive Director Stan Butt, Celebration CEO Dr. Doyle Meadows, TWHBEA Director of Marketing Chris Coffey, WGC Owners Michael and Ann Jones, Commissioner of Agriculture Ken Givens, Trainer Link Webb and wife Rhea Ellen Webb, Celebration Administrative Assistant Connie Nixon, TWHBEA President David Pruett, (State of Tennessee photo)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - State Agriculture Commission Ken Givens recently honored 2008 Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Champion® owners Michael and Ann Jones and Trainer Link Webb and his wife Rhea Ellen. 

Givens recognized the Jones and Webbs during a luncheon of industry leaders 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 “Santanas 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.
The 71st Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration® is slated for August 26 – September 5. The Celebration® is the longest continuously-running event in the state of Tennessee.