SHOW HIO TO BE INACTIVE
Friday, October 04, 2013
The SHOW Horse Industry Organization (HIO) will become inactive and not
affiliate horse shows effective with the completion of the Tunica, Mississippi
Horse Show in November. SHOW currently has approximately 20 affiliated shows
remaining in 2013 and will honor those commitments. SHOW affiliated 143 shows
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, owner of SHOW, will keep SHOW alive but inactive as was the case prior to being asked to take over enforcement responsibilities April 1, 2009 by the Walking Horse Trainers' Association and the Walking Horse Owners' Association, partners in the National Horse Show Commission HIO.
SHOW was formed over 10 years ago as a backup HIO for Celebration sponsored shows in the case of an emergency but was never activated until 2009. The announcement is being made at this time to enable another group to step up and take over these responsibilities.
"While the Celebration was willing to activate SHOW to help the industry during a difficult time, it has been demanding and expensive and its time we concentrated on our horse shows, particularly The Celebration," said SHOW Board Chairman Buddy Nelson. "We will support any other responsible group that implements an effective HIO program to enforce the Horse Protection Act in the future."
The Celebration loaned SHOW money to get it started in hopes it would be self-sustaining, but that was not the case. The Celebration has loaned SHOW over $500,000 as others HIOs came into existence and started affiliating shows in competition with SHOW.
"Our involvement in SHOW has served its purpose and we are extremely proud of the hard work of our Designated Qualified Persons (DQP). The number and percentage of violations has dramatically decreased and this year has been a tremendous success," Nelson added. "This year SHOW has inspected 15,869 horses and written 335 violations, including some that are not HPA violations, a compliance percentage of 98%. Our working relationship with the Department of Agriculture has improved and been beneficial to both organizations as well as the industry."
The Celebration has been put in the position of penalizing some of their customers and supporters and that is a difficult position. Their concentration will now be on their horse shows and promoting the breed.
CELEBRATION BOARD CHAIRMAN
Friday, October 04, 2013
D.B. "Buddy" Nelson has retired from his position as Chairman of the Board of
the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration as of the October 3 meeting.
Nelson was due to leave the board at retirement age in January but decided to
leave three months early. No replacement has been named but an early November
meeting has been set where his replacement is expected to be named.
The Board also voted to name David Howard Chairman of the Board replacing Nelson until the January annual meeting. Other board members include Pat Marsh, Jim Allison, Charles McDonald, Rick Insell, and John T. Bobo.
Mr. Nelson joined the Celebration board in 2002 and is a real estate appraiser in Shelbyville, Tennessee. The board expressed their appreciation for his service.
GOLD STRIKE CASINO HOST HOTEL FOR TUNICA FALL CLASSIC
The Gold Strike Casino, located in Tunica, Miss., will serve as the host hotel
for this year's Tunica Fall Classic. The Tunica Fall Classic is slotted for
November 14-16. The Gold Strike is also providing rooms at a discounted rate
for all associated with the horse show. For more information call
1-888-245-7829. The Discount Code is 1311TUNICA under Tunica Fall Classic.
The discounted horse show rate is $49 Tuesday-Thursday and $89
In conjunction with the horse show, there will also be an Exhibitor's Party on Wednesday, November 13th from 6:30 - 8:30. The event will be held in the Millennium Ballroom and Bar located on the second floor of the hotel. This is a private area set aside for hor'devours that are provided and a cash bar. The live band starts at 9:00 p.m. downstairs on the casino floor.
Celebration CEO, Mike Inman stated, "The Gold Strike is owned by MGM and has a very upscale feel in quality and service that everyone enjoyed last year. You team that with it being just the right size that you get to see your friends while gambling or on the dance floor made it feel like it was “our” hotel. It is the perfect venue at a super price. I hope everyone will join us at the Millennium Ballroom for a first class start to a big weekend.”
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75TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION TO CROWN NEW CHAMPIONS
The75th Anniversary Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration (TWHNC) will crown its 75th World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse on Saturday August 31, 2013. In addition to the traditional Saturday night finale, the 75th version of the Walking Horse classic will feature new divisions.
For the first time, The Celebration will have Owner-Amateur Five-Year-Old Mares & Gelding and Stallions qualifying classes and will crown the first Owner-Amateur Five-Year-Old World Grand Champion. The class, promoted by TWHNC all year with medallions to winners at all shows, has been very popular and well-received by exhibitors throughout the show season.
“The popularity of this new division has exceeded all expectations. It has consistently been one of the largest classes at one-night and multi-day shows. The battle for this inaugural World Grand Championship will be one of the most competitive divisions at this year’s event,” said Celebration CEO Mike Inman.
The Trail Pleasure division has gained in popularity over the last several years at The Celebration and continues to be one of the most highly-entered divisions at The Celebration. The Four Years and Under Trail Pleasure, Optional Tack World Grand Championship will join the Youth, Novice and Western Trail Pleasure World Grand Championships held last year.
“This new World Grand Championship will be a great addition to the last Saturday night lineup. We at the Celebration want to continue to adjust our lineup to fit the trends, popularity and growth within our divisions. The number of quality horses now in this category certainly warrants this new World Grand Championship,” concluded Inman.
In addition to the new World Grand Champion class, the Trail Pleasure division will also add an Elite Riders (50 years of age and older) On Trail Pleasure Horses, Optional Tack. The new class, inclusive of many of the most elaborate riding attire in the ring has already been nicknamed “Bling In The Ring.”
TOP FOUR WINNERS TO SHOW BACK
In an effort to provide the maximum fan experience and showcase the breed’s top horses on the Championship nights of this year’s show, The Celebration will require the top four finishers in all preliminary classes to show back in the respective championship class to receive their prize monies. “Having this new format will not only increase interest as to which horse and rider will emerge with the title but it will also bring about competitive matchups that are rarely seen. This is the excitement that a Celebration spotlight ride is all about,” said Celebration Chief Executive Offer Mike Inman.
The following exceptions to the new policy include all padded performance amateur Two and Three-Year-Old Mare & Gelding classes and all age divisions in the Open Mare & Gelding classes. Also exempt are any horses shown in preliminary classes that don’t have championship classes offered.
Any rider or owner who qualifies two horses in the same division will only be required to show one of those entries back in order to receive both preliminary prize monies. In addition, any horse that qualifies in multiple divisions will only be required to show in one championship class in order to receive all prize monies awarded in those preliminaries.
“With input from both exhibitors and fans this year’s World Grand Championships should have even more to offer than in the recent past. The depth of talent shown throughout the season has been truly impressive,” concluded Inman.
The 75th Anniversary Celebration will be held August 21-31, 2013.
CELEBRATION PARTNERS WITH L & H DISTRIBUTING
The Celebration is proud to announce its newest partner and corporate sponsor, L & H Distributing Co. L & H distributes Anheuser-Busch brands as well as other brands that include Yuengling, Fat Tire and Monster Energy to name a few.
In addition to its sponsorship, L & H will partner with the Celebration for sales of its products in the Calsonic Arena and outdoor Celebration arena. This will mark the first time patrons to the Celebration evening performances can purchase beer and alcohol in the outdoor arena. As part of the partnership, no alcoholic beverages will be allowed to be brought inside the gates of the arenas.
“The Celebration could not be more excited. Not only do we enter into a new relationship with L & H Distributing, but we have an opportunity to enhance the Celebration experience for our patrons,” said Celebration CEO Mike Inman.
“We are very pleased to be partnering with The Celebration. Our relationship has certainly gotten off to a good start and we look forward to this event being enjoyable and successful for everybody involved,” said Robert Hennigan of L & H Distributing.
L & H Distributing Co., Inc. is located in Tullahoma, Tenn.
SHOW OFFERS FUTURITY AFFILIATION
SHOW HIO has offered to affiliate the 2013 TWHBEA National Futurity following receipt Monday of a limited request from TWHBEA. The Breeders’ Association requested that SHOW affiliate 5 padded walking horse classes at their Futurity on July 28 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. They also requested that their three judges – Jason Bachert, Larry Martin and Dee Dee Miller – be granted SHOW judging licenses for this one event.
In addition to the affiliation, SHOW and the Celebration invited TWHBEA to use their grounds free of charge the night preceding the start of the Celebration. Until last year, TWHBEA had always hosted the Futurity on the Celebration grounds the night preceding the show and used judges licensed by SHOW or its earlier affiliating bodies. TWHBEA moved the Futurity date and show to Murfreesboro last year and affiliated with SHOW. This year they affiliated with WHOA and subsequently asked SHOW to make a special exception to affiliate just 5 classes and judges not licensed by SHOW. SHOW has had a policy of not splitting or sharing affiliations or allowing its judges to adjudicate at shows of other HIO’s since its inception.
SHOW Board president Buddy Nelson stated “We are more than happy to make this offer and reintroduce the Futurity being held on our grounds the night prior to our show as it had been for over 70 years. This will alleviate the conflict for padded horse owners showing at the Futurity and not being able to show at The Celebration. This would also qualify those entries for the World Grand Championship classes at this year’s Celebration. If it is too late to move to our show grounds this year, we extend the same offer next year.”
Earlier this year the Walking Horse Trainers Association ruled that trainer’s showing horses at shows not affiliated with SHOW would lose their license for 6 months. Years ago, in cooperation with the Trainers’ Association, the Celebration agreed to only let licensed trainers show at their show. “Despite TWHBEA’s recent difficulties, financially and otherwise, we are willing to reach out to them and Futurity exhibitors in a spirit of cooperation and in hopes of bridging the gap between our two organizations” stated Nelson. “It is imperative that the industry get back together for the betterment of the horse and also benefit the loyal exhibitors and fans that support both organizations and the industry.”
TWHBEA President Tracy Boyd (at the time) stated that TWHBEA reached out to the SHOW through a third party with this request several weeks ago. Nelson said “We have never received any such request until Monday, July 21st and have considered the request and responded promptly today.”
Also, PSHA recommended that SHOW honor TWHBEA’s request based upon the belief that TWHBEA had come out publicly in opposition to the Whitfield bill. Subsequently, PSHA withdrew that recommendation. “The Celebration respects both PSHA and TWHBEA and chooses to remain out of the ongoing discussions between the two organizations,” Nelson said.
TWHNC TAKES ACTION PRIOR TO CELEBRATING 75TH ANNIVERSARY
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration (TWHNC) held a board of directors’ meeting on July 18, 2013. The Celebration is preparing to celebrate its 75th Anniversary World Championship show on August 21-31, 2013.
The Celebration recently posted a change to its grounds fee on its web site and the board clarified this increase will come only if you don’t rent a stall at the 2013 show. For those renting stalls, the grounds fee will not increase and will remain at $75. For those horses not renting a stall, the grounds fee will be $190.
The Celebration recently received a press release whereby the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association (TWHBEA) stated it had requested The Celebration consider allowing four padded performance classes to be held during The Celebration. All seven directors of The Celebration confirmed no one from TWHBEA had contacted them with a request to move those classes to The Celebration. The Celebration did receive a recommendation from the Performance Show Horse Association (PSHA) to consider affiliating those four classes at The Futurity with its SHOW HIO but The Celebration has received nothing from TWHBEA requesting this either.
Over the last several years, barn assignments have changed because of the lack of use of many of the stalls on the Celebration show grounds. The board reaffirmed the policy that only the TWHNC can authorize the utilization of stalls and they cannot be resold outside the authority and consent of TWHNC.
PSHA, upon its formation asked The Celebration to appoint two board members to the initial board of PSHA. The Celebration appointed Mike Inman, its Chief Executive Officer and licensed veterinarian Dr. John Bennett. The board has since accepted the resignation of Dr. John Bennett and appointed Bruce MacDonald, an owner from Georgia and former Tennessee Walking Show Horse Organization board member, to fulfill that obligation.
The Celebration has begun the process of replacing retiring Celebration board chairman D.B. Nelson in September. A complete report was reviewed detailing the most successful Spring Fun Show in recent years. Purple Strategies will again be working with The Celebration during the months of August and September. The Celebration, with the assistance and direction of Purple Strategies, had one of the most successful public relations campaigns in history at the 2012 Celebration.
The three and a half hour meeting also included a review of the corporate sponsor program. The 75th Anniversary show will see a number of changes, additions and deletions to its corporate sponsor program. The 2013 corporate sponsor party will be held at the home of Keith and Lorraine Rosbury. The Celebration will next meet on August 15th.
TWHNC INSTITUTES LEVELS OF GROUNDS FEES
SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration will have two levels of grounds fees for horses entered at the 75th Annual Celebration to be held August 21-31, 2013. Horses that are renting a stall for the 2013 Celebration will continue to have a $75 grounds fee, the same in 2012. Horses stabled off the grounds and do not rent a stall will be charged a $190 grounds fee this year.
For barns that rent multiple stalls for multiple entries during the 11 days of the show, the fee structure will still apply. For example a barn that rents 10 stalls but enters 20 different horses will have 10 $75 grounds fees and 10 $190 grounds fees. The grounds fee applies to individual horses entered, not the total number of entries. For example a horse that enters four times at the Celebration will still only be charged one grounds fee.
For more information on the 75th Anniversary Celebration visit www.TWHNC.com.
CELEBRATION CONTINUES DOWNWARD FINANCIAL TREND
As the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration (TWHNC) is making plans to celebrate it’s 75th Anniversary show August 21-31, 2013 on the historic show grounds in Shelbyville, the deadline for box seat renewals recently passed and renewals showed a continuation of a disturbing trend.
While reform efforts have been successful and a turnaround in the industry is upon us, the misinformation campaign being run by the other side has been successful in curtailing the interest in a sport that means so much to many of us, and the charities to which we give the bulk of our profits each year. Box seat sales are down 148 boxes this year, which will result in a decline of $120,000 of revenue to TWHNC. In the last two years, box seat sales were down a total of 478 boxes equaling $376,000 in lost revenue.
“Sales have been down, and therefore, to continue holding The Celebration, as a last resort we have been forced to increase fees, including our grounds fee” said Celebration CEO Mike Inman. “We did not want to do this and we do so after looking at every penny we spend and cutting every corner we can without sacrificing the experience for attendees.”
For many years, The Celebration has been losing money and as a result, the management has focused heavily on cost-cutting measures. In the previous 5 years the Celebration cut just over $1,000,000 in expenses and in the last year alone, TWHNC has implemented the following cost-cutting reforms:
· Reduced maintenance crews by 50% and management by 20% saving $120,000;
· Reduced management staff and expenses by consolidating functions; and
· Decided not to have jumbotron televisions at the event for a savings of $80,000.
For six years, The Celebration has been losing money totaling almost a million dollars, which is broken down by year below:
· 2007 - ($67,802)
· 2008 - ($139,408)
· 2009 - ($153,810)
· 2010 - ($32,417)
· 2011 - ($100,379)
· 2012 - ($438,356)
In addition, SHOW, the HIO owned by The Celebration, lost $558,987 since 2009. And while revenues have gone down, costs to hold the event have gone up. For example insurance fees are up $50,000 this year. It is also important to note, The Celebration does not retain concession revenue as it gives the nearly $400,000 in gross revenue to the local civic clubs.
75th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION SELECTS JUDGES
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration (TWHNC) will host its 75th Anniversary World Championship August 21-31, 2013 on its historic show grounds in Shelbyville, Tenn. Adjudicating the anniversary show will be Rollie Beard, Lewisburg, Tennessee, Jamie Bradshaw, Union Grove, Alabama, Leigh Stuart, Alvaton, Kentucky, Allen Forman, Thomson, Georgia and Derek Bonner, Mooresboro, North Carolina.
"The Celebration is excited to bring such a talented and geographically diverse panel of judges to this very special 75th anniversary event. These knowledgeable judges are ready and anxious to oversee what will be the gathering of the most gifted equine athletes in the world," said TWHNC CEO Mike Inman.
Rollie Beard will be judging The Celebration for the seventh time. Beard’s first assignment in 1988 was on the 50th anniversary of The Celebration. Beard also judged in 1994, 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2009. Bradshaw will be serving his fourth assignment in center ring also judging in 2006, 2009 and 2011. Forman will be making his second appearance as a judge at The Celebration with his first being in 2007. Stuart judged the pleasure divisions of The Celebration in 1997, however 2013 will mark her first time to judge all performances at The Celebration. Bonner will be making his debut as a Celebration judge.
CELEBRATION SPLITS FUN SHOW CLASS; FINALIZES JUDGES
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration (TWHNC) has announced it will split the Two-Year-Old Amateur class at the 43rd Annual Spring Fun Show. The Spring Fun Show will be held May 23-25, 2013 at the Calsonic Arena.
The Two-Year-Old Amateur Mares & Geldings will be class 37 on Saturday night and the Two-Year-Old Amateur Stallions will be class 37A.
Due to previous unforeseen circumstances and scheduling conflicts Jerry Collier and Derek Bonner will not be able to fulfill their judging duties at this year’s show. Taking their place will be Chris Bobo of Shelbyville, TN and Spencer Benedict of Glasgow, KY.
For more information the Spring Fun Show contact the TWHNC at 931-684-5915 or visit www.TWHNC.com.
SHOW RECEIVES CLARIFICATION FROM USDA
The SHOW HIO received a letter on April 24, 2013 from the USDA regarding the recent request for cross-utilization of Designated Qualified Persons (DQP) from other Horse Industry Organizations (HIO). In the letter the USDA clarified that it will allow cross-utilization of DQPs specifying that the licensing HIO bears the responsibility for DQP conduct and performance along with record producing and penalty assessment and enforcement for violations documented by the DQP.
The letter goes on to explain that transferring of licenses from one HIO to another is not permitted. If a new applicant or a currently licensed DQP wants to be licensed at a different HIO they can do so by completing the 14-hour training program and meeting all requirements for licensure provided in the regulations.
Although the letter was addressed to SHOW, it was as a result of the efforts to combine the HIOs under the Performance Show Horse Association (PSHA). The SHOW HIO will conduct a 14-hour training program on May 18-19, 2013 in Shelbyville, Tenn. For more information contact the SHOW HIO at www.SHOWHIO.com.
CELEBRATION ANNOUNCES FUN SHOW
JUDGES; ADDITIONS TO CLASS SCHEDULE
The Celebration will host the 43rd Annual Spring Fun Show May 23-25, 2013 in the Calsonic Arena in Shelbyville, Tenn. The 43rd Annual Spring Fun Show will be judged by Jamie Hankins, Paris, KY; Derek Bonner, Mooresboro, NC; and Jerry Collier, Rogersville, AL.
The traditional Spring Fun Show date on Memorial Day weekend will continue but this year’s show will have some new additions to the class schedule. The schedule will include the new division, Owner/Amateur Five-Year-Olds with both a stallion and mare & gelding division. The Celebration has previously crowned a Young Trainer World Championship, but this year the Fun Show will add the crown of an Experienced Trainer, 36 years of age and over in a Riders’ Cup class.
In addition to these three classes, there will also be a 15.2 & Under Walking Horses, Riders Cup class. The growth of the country pleasure division will see an Amateur Owned and Trained Country Pleasure, optional tack class added as well.
“We are excited to have what we feel is an outstanding judging panel. We also feel these new classes will add even more excitement to the 43rd Annual Spring Fun Show,” said Celebration CEO Mike Inman. For a complete class schedule and more information regarding the 43rd Annual Spring Fun Show visit The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration at www.TWHNC.com.
PSHA CONTINUES PUSH FORWARD
NWHA Moves National To Celebration Grounds
The National Walking Horse Association (NWHA) recently voted to move The National, its championship show to the historic show grounds at The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration (TWHNC). The National will be held September 23-28, 2013 in the Calsonic Arena. This will be the first time The National will be held in Shelbyville, Tenn.
Last year’s National was held in Ohio and previously it had been held at The Miller Coliseum in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Classes will begin on Monday September 23 and championship classes will begin on Friday September 27.
The TWHNC will now host in 2013 the championship shows for NWHA, the Extreme Cowboy Association (May) and Spotted Saddle Horse Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association (SSHBEA). These three shows along with the crowing of the 75th Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Champion at The Celebration will make for a historic 2013 on the show grounds.
"We are extremely excited about 2013 and I look forward to working with an event the caliber of The National as they move to Shelbyville. We are thrilled to host these other three championships in addition to our World Championship show," said Celebration Chief Executive Officer Mike Inman.
The National’s Show Chairperson Maria Redmond added, "NWHA is excited to be coming back to Tennessee and partnering with Calsonic Arena for the 2013 National." For more information regarding the 2013 National visit www.theNWHANational.com
Medallions Made Available for Inaugural Amateur Five-Year Old Division
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration (TWHNC) recently announced it would add the amateur five-year-old division at the 75th Annual Celebration. To honor the inaugural year of the division with the ultimate crowning of a new World Grand Champion, TWHNC will send medallions honoring the winners at every show throughout the year. Any horse show that offers the class can request the medallions and The Celebration will provide them at no charge.
Horse show managers are encouraged to add the division building momentum throughout the year leading up to the 75th Annual Celebration. Applicable divisions include amateur stallions, amateur mares & geldings or combined. The Celebration will crown World Champions in both the Five-Year-Old Amateur Mare & Gelding Specialty and Five Year-Old Amateur Stallions Specialty and award World Grand Championship to the Five-Year-Old Amateur Specialty winner.
"I hope the winners will be as excited to win these commemorative medallions as the Celebration is to award them," said Celebration Chief Executive Officer Mike Inman. "There will be a very limited number of people to receive these during the year and of course the World Champion and World Grand Champion medallions will truly be one of a kind and never duplicated," concluded Inman.
Show managers need to contact Connie Allen (x.107) or Margaret Eakin (x.106) at The Celebration (931-684-5915) to request the medallions and indicate how the medallions are to be engraved. Each medallion will include the class being offered and include "Inaugural Year 2013." The Celebration requests photos of each recipient of the medallions to be emailed to the Celebration for inclusion on the new TWHNC Facebook page.
CELEBRATION ADDS NEW AMATEUR DIVISION
SHELBYVILLE, TN –The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration (TWHNC®) will add a five-year-old amateur division to all of its shows in the 2013 season. The new class will be a specialty class and will be in addition to the Amateur Specialty division and Amateur Canter division. In addition the age restriction of five years and over in the Amateur Canter division will be removed eliminating the age requirement to compete in that class. All of these divisions will have the traditional mare and gelding division and stallions division in the preliminaries.
"A large percentage of two year olds do not compete in the ring with amateurs until midway or later in their first year under saddle. Combine that with the competitive performance horse career regularly extending well into the teens, it makes perfect sense to start the aged division for amateurs when the horse reaches six. This year’s Celebration had over 40 horses entered that were fifteen years or older," said TWHNC® CEO Mike Inman.
The suggestion for the new class and division came to Inman via an exhibitor from Alabama. "It is important that The Celebration® interact and correspond with its exhibitors and although we can’t implement every suggestion we will do our best to implement those that better the experience for our customers," said Inman.
Inman reached out to the Walking Horse Trainers’ Association (WHTA) before making the decision and the feedback from the WHTA was unanimously in support of the move. "In all my conversations with trainers and owners discussing this concept, the feeling was unanimous that there were tangible benefits for the horse, trainers, owners, and show managers," concluded Inman.
The TWHNC® encourages all horse shows to incorporate the new division and help build anticipation for the crowning of the inaugural Amateur Five-Year-Old World Grand Champion® at the 75th Anniversary Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration®.