Let the horses talk: Cornersville horse show set

Friday, July 10, 2009

One of the oldest one-night horse shows in the state of Tennessee takes place on Friday, July 10, when the Cornersville Lions Club presents their 63rd Annual Walking Horse Show.

A tradition for these many years, Cornersville is the place to be on the second Friday night in July for horse-show fans as well as owners and trainers alike. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. at the horse-show grounds behind Cornersville High School.

There will be 31 classes of performance, youth, amateur, show pleasure, English, Western, park performance, country pleasure, weanling, yearling, and lead line. There is over $5,500 in prize money. Six classes are Riders' Cup with $400 in prize money. Trophies will be awarded in every class.

The judge for the show is the Honorable Brett Boyd of Fayetteville, Tenn. The announcer will be long-time horse show announcer Bobby Sands of Columbia, by way of Lynnville. Sands will return to the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration this year as the center ring announcer for the evening classes. The organist will be Connie Dunlap of Murfreesboro and the ringmaster is Joseph Goldman of Cornersville.

The president of the Lions Club this year is Jimmy Wolaver, and Bobby McDaniel is the long-time horse-show chairman. The concession stand features a horse-show favorite - country ham - and lots of other good food and desserts. There are many beneficiaries every year from the proceeds of the horse show.

On Friday night, July 10, all roads lead to the town of Cornersville for a great night. Many horses that won in Cornersville went on to become World Champions at the Celebration later in the summer.