Let the Horses Talk

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

With the upcoming 64th Annual Walking Horse Show this Friday, July 9, the Cornersville Lions Club is holding the major fundraiser that allows them to give back to their community in a so many ways. First and foremost, they assist with White Cane and the blind, a major part of Lions International. There are scholarships given to deserving young students from the Cornersville School. Cornersville Lions Club sponsors a Little League baseball team and a youth football team. It also supports local 4-H projects, as well as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. A Leo Club is sponsored and supported to train youths in community service tasks.

This tradition began in 1946 when 40 civic-minded men, many of whom had just returned from service in World War II, formed the Lions Club of Cornersville to continue to serve their community, state, and nation. In 1996 the Tennessee State Legislature recognized the Lions Club at Cornersville for 50 years of service to the community. In the proclamation, such men as Frank Chapman, H. L. McMahon, Paul Richardson, and Cecil Spencer were mentioned as being living members remaining of those original 40 men.

The walking horse show brings a lot of visitors. For 64 years, many horses that have won there go on to championship honors later at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville in late August.

The show Friday will feature 31 classes of yearlings, country pleasure, lite-shod plantation, show pleasure, park performance, western, amateur and performance horses of various ages. The total prize money is $5,525, with six classes of Riders Cup for performance horses.

A new class this year is the Pro-Am Specialty, which features a professional and an amateur rider. The amateur rides the first way of the ring, and the professional rides the other way of the ring.

Judging the 64th annual show is Rob Cornelius of Rogersville, Ala. Bobby Sands of Columbia will once again serve as the announcer, and the organist is Connie Dunlap of Murfreesboro. Joseph Goldman will be the ringmaster.

Bobby McDaniel is the horse show president, with his wife Kay serving as his capable assistant. The president of the club for 2010 is Donnie Groves. Come early and eat at their renowned concession stand with their famous country ham, fried peach pies, home-made cakes, and other delicious delicacies.

The Cornersville show is affiliated with SHOW, the horse industry organization that governs the walking horse industry.