Skip to content

State Honors 2010 World Grand Champion



State Honors 2010 World Grand Champion
Portrait of horse on display at Ellington Agricultural Center


Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Julius Johnson (L to R), dam owners Raymond and Diana Popp of Knoxville, sire owners Cena and Joe Martin of Shelbyville and state Representative Pat Marsh pose with a portrait of The Coach, the reigning World Grand Champion Walking Horse.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson, recently honored 2010 Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Champion owners Robert Kilgore of Tuscaloosa, Ala. , Neal Holland Jr. of Decatur, Ala. and Joe Barnes of Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Also honored was trainer Billy Gray of Shelbyville, Tenn.

Johnson recognized the owners and trainer during a reception of industry leaders and supporters at Ellington Agricultural Center. Johnson represented Governor Bill Haslam at the event which has become a tradition to recognize the contributions of the Walking Horse industry to the state.

“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,” said Johnson. “Tennessee is fortunate to have this event and industry in our state.”

Marty Irby, President of the Tennessee Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association, presented the official portrait of World Grand Champion The Coach to Johnson. The portrait, by photographer Jack Greene will be on display in the Moss Administration Building at Ellington Agricultural Center.

“I am honored on behalf of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association to present this portrait of the 2010 World Grand Champion “The Coach,” said Irby at the event.

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

The 73rd Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration® is slated for Aug. 24 – Sept. 3. The Celebration® is the longest continuously-running event in the state of Tennessee. This year marks the 76th anniversary of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association.

For more information on the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association, visit http://www.twhbea.com/. For more information on the National Celebration®, visit http://www.twhnc.com/.

 

More Stories

  • Haley Lane Clay receives medical degree

    On Saturday, May 15, 2021, Haley Clay received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree from The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Auburn, Alabama. She will begin her three year Internal Medicine Internship Program at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Al... Read More
  • Latest Issue 5 17 21

    Read More
  • Mid-South Horse Show Association adds class

    The Mid-South Walking Horse Association Horse Show, scheduled for Saturday May 15 in Parker's Crossroads, Tennessee has added a class to their schedule. Class 13A will be Men's Specialty... Read More
  • WHOA Gallatin Spring Classic Horse Show update

    The Walking Horse Owners Association introduces a new show on Saturday, May 15 at the Sumner County Fairgrounds in Gallatin, Tennessee. Dee Dee Miller from Lewisburg, Tennessee will judge the show... Read More
  • TWHNC welcomes new CEO

    The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration (TWHNC) has hired Warren Wells to be its new Chief Executive Officer. Wells will be the fifth CEO in the Celebration’s rich history.  Wells, originally from Bedford County, currently lives in Signal Mountain, Tenn... Read More
  • FAST makes donation to Bedford County Cancer Society

    The Foundation for Advancement and Support of the Tennessee Walking Show Horse, FAST, hosted two Red Ladies classes at their Spring Showcase a few weeks ago. The classes were held in memory of Kathy Zeis who was a founder of FAST as well as a long-time exhibitor.  Read More
  • WHTA Fun Show meetings scheduled

    The WHTA Show Board of Directors will meet Wednesday, May 26, at 4 p.m. The General Membership meeting will follow at 5 p.m. Both meetings will be held at the Blue Ribbon Circle located on the Celebration grounds in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Read More
  • WHTA/Glenn C. Dowell Scholarship applications now available

    The Walking Horse Trainers Association scholarship application is now available. This is a joint educational endeavor with the Glenn C. Dowell Jr. family. Thes scholarships are made possible by the Dowell family's generous donation, making this their tenth year to sponsor... Read More
  • Latest Issue 5 10 21

    Read More
  • Birth Announcement – Jonah Smith Harney

    Jonah Smith Harney was born on Friday, April 23 at Ascension St. Thomas to proud parents Justin and Rebekah Harney. Jonah joins big brother, Jack Harney... Read More