Photo of Master of Jazz hung at Ellington Agriculture Center

Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Photo courtesy of the Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture Standing before the portrait of Master of Jazz are, from left, Connie Nixon, Doyle Meadows, Ken Givens, Jimmy McConnell, Gail McConnell, Sharon Brandon and Charles McDonald, and, from left, second row at right, David Pruett and Stan Butt.

NASHVILLE -- State Agriculture Commissioner Ken Givens has honored 2007 Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Champion owners Lee Wall and Mike McGartland and trainer Jimmy McConnell.

Givens recognized Wall, McGarland and McConnell during a luncheon of industry leaders and supporters at the Ellington Agricultural Center. Givens represented Governor Phil Bredesen at the event that's become a tradition for contributors to the Walking Horse industry.

"People throughout the world recognize and embrace the beauty, versatility and mild temperament of Tennessee Walkers," Givens said. "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 "Master of Jazz" to Givens.

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