Skip to content

Western Park Pleasure Class Reinstated

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. – Western Park Pleasure classes will be part of the schedule at the 2008 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration following discussions with exhibitors and trainers.

After researching the past six years and seeing a dramatic decline in entries in that division, a total of four Western Park Pleasure classes were deleted from the initial 2008 class schedule.  That included two preliminary (canter) classes, one non-qualifying two-gaited class, and the Western Park Pleasure World Grand Championship (Canter) class.

The Celebration typically releases a tentative schedule in January to get feedback and input before finalizing the docket in the spring.  That was no different this year.  After initial phone calls and email requests to reinstate the classes, Celebration officials met with a group of trainers and exhibitors.  The result of those discussions was putting three preliminary classes and a championship class back on the schedule.  There were, however, some changes made to help bring the numbers up.

Two of the preliminary classes will be for Owner-Amateur Riders and will feature two gaits.  Those classes will be qualifying classes for the Owner-Amateur Western Park Pleasure Horses World Grand Championship.  There will be one open class that will require entries to canter, but will not be a qualifying class for any championship.

“This is an example of how our system should work,” said Celebration Entry Office Manager Mary Lynn Dickens.  “Our class schedule is a work in progress from year to year.  We add classes and championships where needed and delete them in areas that are not supported by entries.  Hopefully, this compromise will spur interest in this division and make for exciting classes for the fans to enjoy.”

The classes added back into the schedule are:

Owner-Amateur Western Park Pleasure Walking Horses, Four Years and Under (two-gait)

Owner-Amateur Western Park Pleasure Walking Horses, Five Years and Over (two-gait)

Owner-Amateur Western Park Pleasure Walking Horses World Grand Championship  (two-gait)

Western Park Pleasure Walking Horses (Canter)

A completed final schedule for the 70th Annual Celebration will be released in the next few weeks.  Until then, the tentative schedule can be viewed on the official website of The Celebration (  The 2008 world championship horse show is slated for August 20-30 at the Historic Celebration Grounds in Shelbyville, Tenn.

More Stories

  • Southern Championship relocates for 2021

    For many years the Georgia Walking Horse Exhibitors Association has sponsored and operated the Southern Championship Charity Horse Show... Read More
  • Latest Issue WHYIR 20

    Read More
  • Latest Issue 3 1 31

    Read More
  • Walking In The Smokies stall deadline approaching

    The Walking In The Smokies Horse Show, scheduled for April 8-10, 2021, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is preparing for their first annual show and would like to send a reminder to anyone needing stalls that the deadline is March 15. Please contact Lexi Stinnett at 828-550-8520 to reserve stalls on the show grounds. Read More
  • Trainers' Show announces judges

    The Walking Horse Trainers’ Association National Trainers’ Show will be held at Calsonic Arena in Shelbyville, Tenn. March 18-20, 2021. Judges for the three-day event will be Wayne Dean, Newton Parks and Johnny Puckett. Read More
  • USDA prepares for 2021 show season

    The USDA recently conducted their virtual HIO training course for the 2021 show season. The USDA and industry recently received the final report from the National Academies of Sciences (NAS) and some of the recommendations in that report are communicated in the new processes the USDA will implement in 2021... Read More
  • WHOA hosts virtual awards ceremony

    On Saturday. February 20th, the Walking Horse Owners’ Association (WHOA) held their National High Point awards for 2020 on their WHOA Facebook page with winners who chose to be zooming in to accept their awards... Read More
  • WHOA to host virtual awards ceremony on February 20

    The Walking Horse Owners’ Association (WHOA) will recognize their award winners from the 2020 show season during a virtual awards ceremony on Saturday, February 20, 2021. The show will be broadcast live on WHOA’s Facebook page beginning at 6 pm central time. Read More
  • FAST Spring Showcase announces judging panel

    The FAST Spring Showcase is pleased to announce that John Fikes, Newton Parks and Sam Sorrell will judge this years’ two-day event. The show will be held at Calsonic Arena in Shelbyville, Tenn. April 16-17, 2021... Read More
  • Obituary – Kimberly Woods

    Kimberly Lynn Woods, age 47 departed this life on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky... Read More