On Friday night, the little hamlet of Belfast, Tennessee, will come alive once again with the 51st Annual Belfast Lions Club Horse Show. In past years, Belfast became the second largest town in our county with up to 5,000 people in attendance at this prestigious show, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the S. W. Beech Memorial Field.
Over $6,500 in premiums, ribbons, and trophies will be awarded in 29 classes. There are six Riders' Cup classes with a purse of $1,475 with the stake class worth $700. Many champions from the show have gone on to become World Champions and World Grand Champions at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville in late August.
Brock Tillman of Shelbyville will judge the 29-class show; Bobby Sands of Columbia is Master of Ceremonies; Jack Greene of Christiana, the official photographer; Connie Dunlap of Murfreesboro the organist; and Jeremy Wilhelm of Belfast is the ringmaster. Again serving as show master is Thomas "Bubba" Crockett and Nancy Lynn Greene is show secretary.
In past years the Belfast club has contributed to many charitable projects in the community and the county. The Lewisburg Lions Club is assisting the Belfast club with the show.
Folks who have come to the Belfast Show for years remember the contributions of the late S.W. Beech, Ed and Nanny Tate, the Callahan Brothers and many others to the success of the horse show. Nancy Lynn Beech Greene is the third generation of the Beech family involved with the show.
If you are hungry, come for supper and eat the best country ham sandwiches in this part of the country. There are other delicious treats at the concession stand.
The show is affiliated with SHOW, the Horse Industry Organization that regulates the walking horse industry. SHOW stands for Sound horses, Honest Judging, Objective inspection, Winning fairly.
See you in Belfast this Friday night. On Thursday night, the Fayetteville show will take place and on Saturday is the Wartrace Show. This a big weekend of walking horse shows, leading up to the National Celebration running from Aug. 24 to Sept. 3.