Walking Horse show was a hit

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The 35th Annual Marshall County Horseman's Association Walking Horse Show on Friday at the county's Expo Center on Robin Hood Road was a remarkable success, according to a close and long-time observer of walking horse shows.

"The only one that I've heard of that had more interest is Woodbury with about 250 horses showing," said Tom Sumners, a long-time associate of the Marshall County Tribune with his column, Let the Horses Talk. "I'd say, the Lewisburg show is in the running for recognition as best one-night-show of the year."

Such a designation is made by a vote among members of the Tennessee Walking Horse Trainers Association.

There were some 238 entries at the Horseman's Association show, Sumners recalled on Monday morning.

"Most of these one-nighters in recent years, they'd be lucky to have 200 horses," he said. "In Cornersville on July 8, they had only about 130-140 and in Pulaski, this last Saturday night, they had 180 horses.

"It does" bode well for the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration in Shelbyville in the days leading up to its finale on the Labor Day weekend, Sumners said.

Among the notable winners Friday was the horse Dark and Shady, a walking stallion in the five-year-old and older stake class. Three-time Celebration winner Jimmy McConnell of Union City was the rider. It was his third win this year, Sumners reported.

The two-year-old Stallion Class had 16 entries with 14 that entered the ring, he said. Several other classes had seven, eight and 10 horses.

Sumners is also chairman of the Marshall County Commission. He was absent for the panel's monthly meeting Monday night because of a death in his family. His observations of the Horseman's Association Walking Horse Show are more than street talk.

"We had a great crowd, given the other events in the county," he said.

The Chapel Hill Lions Club's annual Super Pull of the South attracted a crowed that was estimated at approximately 19,000 people Friday and Saturday. And while many of the participants and the audience for the tractor pull are from out of the county, there were other events.

The Horseman's show "was so big that they ran out of food," Sumners said. "Former Marshall County Commissioner Tony White, president of the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association, and County Mayor Joe Boyd Liggett were cooking pork for the Horsemen's show that continued into the night, ending at about midnight.