A big weekend of one-night horse shows begins on Thursday, July 23, with the Dickson County Saddle and Bridle Club Horse Show at Dickson. The show starts at 6 p.m. and 32 classes are on the program.
On Saturday night, the 68th Annual Red Carpet Show of the South takes place in Pulaski. Over $6,000 in prized money will be divided among 28 classes. The Pulaski Rotary Club sponsors the show. Rollie Beard of Lewisburg is the judge. Beard has also been named as one of the judges for the 71st Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, held in Shelbyville from Aug. 26 to Sept. 5 this year.
On Friday night, July 24, the 33rd Annual Marshall County Horseman's Association Show will take place at the Marshall County Expo Center on Robin Hood Road in Lewisburg (just north of Hwy 431, Fayetteville Highway). The show will feature 33 classes with prize money of $8,500 to be divided among the winners.
The judge for the show this year is Jamie Hankins of Kentucky. The announcer will be Chip Walters; photographer is Jack Greene; and the organist is Brian Peery. Co-chairmen of the show are Wayne Dean and Herb Miller; Freda Dean is show secretary, and Sharon Sanders is in charge of box seats.
All three shows for the weekend are affiliated with SHOW, the Horse Industry Organization (HIO) that governs the walking horse industry. SHOW is an acronym for Sound Horses, Honest Judging, Objective Inspections, Winning Fairly.
All proceeds from the Lewisburg show go for scholarships for high school seniors and college students who have an interest in walking horses. The 2009 scholarship winners, who will each receive $400, are Chuck Bassham, Kellen Gower, Amanda Beth Lowe, Kevin Smith and Selena Smith.
Come early and eat supper at the Blue Ribbon concession stand, featuring country ham sandwiches, ice cream, and plenty of other delicious food. The concession stand and other parts of the Robin Hood Road show ground have recently been renovated by Andrew Tyler Jordan and friends, as part of Jordan's Eagle Scout project.
The three shows scheduled for the last full weekend in July feature some of the finest Walking Horses in the country. Many of them go on to championship honors at the celebration. All horse lovers are encouraged to come and enjoy a great weekend.