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Obituary - Kathy Zeis

Kathy Zeis, 73, passed away suddenly after a brief illness on September 23, 2019. Kathy was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended the University of Georgia, where she earned her Bachelors of Arts in English Literature in 1967...

Tunica Fall Classic releases tentative class schedule

The Tunica Fall Classic, scheduled for Oct. 31–Nov. 2, 2019 at the Paul Battle Jr. Arena, has released a tentative class schedule...

Obituary - Willis D. Bowman

Willis D. Bowman passed away peacefully at his home Friday surrounded by his loving family. He was 94...

Smith honored with Auxiliary Merit Award

Each year, the Walking Horse Trainers’ Auxiliary celebrates Auxiliary Night at the Celebration with the presentation of The Merit Award. This honor is given to an individual who is dedicated to and works tirelessly for the betterment of the walking horse industry as a whole. This year’s recipient was chosen by a unanimous decision of the Auxiliary nearly a year ago...

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HPA Inspection Process to be Reviewed

Critically important news for the Tennessee Walking Horse industry was announced Thursday, Sept. 19 related to the inspection process that falls under the Horse Protection Act and it is imperative for walking horse enthusiasts to actively participate in this process by sharing their comments within a 20-day period that begins today.. 

Yoder still shocked by Celebration of a lifetime

“Yo … It don’t get much better” were words echoed by many friends and fans familiar with Dee Broom Yoder’s unbelievable Celebration. Really, there’s no other way to describe what she experienced at the 81st annual version of the event that will forever be remembered as the best one yet for Yoder...

Baum delivers ride of a lifetime for Zeis

The Celebration is always filled with storylines and standout moments that are Celebrated not only during the show, but for the days, weeks, months and years that follow. One of those moments happened in 2019 and it involved teamwork like no other that was rewarded with success that will forever remain deeply planted in two of the walking horse industry’s most well-loved ladies...

SHOW HIO releases Celebration compliance Info

The SHOW HIO was the affiliating Horse Industry Organization for the 81st Annual Celebration. The SHOW HIO conducted inspections across all 15 sessions of the show with the Veterinary Medical Officers from the United States Department of Agriculture present on Friday and Saturday of both weekends...

A STRONG story roots back to the Smokies

Sometimes there’s a story behind a name, or a story in general, that’s so special and unique you can’t help but take notice, and when you do take notice, you’re glad you did because it’s the type of story that will have its place in your memory forever...

Celebration announces host resort for Tunica Fall Classic

The Celebration is pleased to announce the host hotel for this years’ Tunica Fall Classic October 31st through November 2nd  will be the Gold Strike Casino and Resort. This MGM property is the premier destination facility in Tunica. 

SHOW changes Park Performance shoeing standards

The SHOW HIO has changed the shoeing regulations in the Park Performance division to a maximum of 1 ¼” instead of the current 1” maximum in the current rulebook. The change will be effective immediately and will be reflected in the new SHOW HIO rulebook when it is released...

FAST seeks director of advancement

Having celebrated its 10 year anniversary in 2019, the Foundation for the Advancement and Support of the Tennessee Walking Show Horse (FAST) seeks to move the progress of the foundation forward by adding a full-time Director of Advancement to its organization.

Obituary – James Hendrick

James Donald Hendrick, 79, of Bowling Green went peacefully to meet his Heavenly Father on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at his residence...

Celebration 2019 Groom Contest Winners

The Celebration Grooming contest was judged throughout the show. Entrants were being judged for the grooming of the horse, cleanliness of the tack and horse, color coordination of the rider and horse, and just the overall presentation of the bigger picture...