Obituary- Bryan Smith

Charles Bryan Smith, age 53, passed away Monday, August 23, 2021, at Tristar Centennial Medical Center.

A visitation was held on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Heritage Funeral Home in Columbia, Tennessee. Heritage Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

Born on June 20, 1968, in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, Bryan was the son of Mary Jo Blair (Henry) Chapman and the late David Smith, Sr. He was a longtime Walking Horse trainer who loved riding horses and often trained horses on the side. Bryan was an outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, playing cards, watching westerns, and having a good time. He especially loved spending time with his daughter, Jastyn.

In addition to his mother, step father, and daughter, he is survived by the mother of his daughter, Martina Smith-Bolanos of Smyrna, TN, stepchildren, Jaclissa Haislip of Atlanta, GA, Drew McLean of Vero Beach, FL, brothers, David (Tyree) Smith, Jr. of Lewisburg, TN, Marc (Tracy) Smith of Hickory, NC, sister, Kristen Smith of Lewisburg, and numerous nieces and nephews. The Scoop sends our warmest condolences to The Smith Family.

Obituary- Maria Redmond

Maria E. Redmond, 58, of Bethel, Ohio, passed away on August 26, 2021. Maria was born November 27, 1962, in Campbell County, KY to the late John and Beulah Ahlbrand.

Maria was the loving wife of John Redmond. Beloved mother of Chris Redmond (Tristie), Tyler Blair (Tracy), Alan Redmond (Meghan), and Dustin Amann (Michelle). Grandmother of 13 grandchildren. Sister of Jimmy Ahlbrand, Johnny Ahlbrand, and the late Billy Ahlbrand. Best friend and sister to Laura Amann.

Maria was passionate about her love of horses and took leadership roles in some of the associations she was a member of (NWHA) National Walking Horse Association, (WHOA) Walking Horse Owners Association, (RHBAA) Racking Horse Breeders Association of America, and (TWHBEA) Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association. She was also a decorated competitor winning multiple titles. Maria dedicated herself to many local community sports programs serving as a team mom for multiple sports her sons were involved in. She served as the Glen Este Athletic Booster President for many years. Above all, her fierce love for her children and grandchildren was what she cared about most.
A public memorial gathering will be held at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home 177 W. Main St. (St. Rt. 125) Amelia, OH, on Sunday, September 5, 2021, from 1:00 PM until the time of memorial service starting at 4:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Maria Redmond International Racking Horse Championship Fund or Charlie Howard Scholarship Youth College Scholarships c/o WHOA, PO Box 4007 Murfreesboro, TN 37129. The Scoop offers our deepest sympathies to The Redmond Family.

Aged Stallions Walk On

On Saturday, August 28th the evening’s show at The Celebration ended with the traditional Aged Stallions preliminaries to the World Grand Championship. The crowd waited anxiously for each contender to enter the ring. Division A crowned Really Coach? with Rodney Dick in the irons for Denny Russell and Carol Missildine. This win continued their undefeated season. Joe Pa and Winky Groover were the reserve winners for the new partnership of Brian and Tanya Strickland and Shane and Veronica Porterfield.

Division B was equally exciting. Riding out with top honors and another World Championship title was Minor Ordeal with Tyler Baucom up for owner Mona Dean. Jose Revival and Casey Wright were the reserve champions for Billy and Debbie Woods. The stage has been set for a grand finale for this year’s 83rd Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

Celebration Events

August 25th
*TWHBEA National Futurity at Calsonic Arena

August 25th – September 4th
*Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration

August 27th- 29th
*Celebration Food Truck Fair at Farmers’ Market Pavilion

August 27th
*Layne Leverette & Sons Stables 4th Annual Fish Fry

August 28th
*Hwy 43 Auction Co. Celebration Super Sale at Wiser Farm
*Hats Off to the Celebration

August 29th
*Celebration Worship Service
*Celebration Shootout Gold Tournament at Riverbend Country Club
*WHTA Ladies’ Auxiliary Meeting (on the porch of Finish Line Farms)
*WHTA Ladies’ Auxiliary Dog Show

September 2nd – 4th
*Celebration Food Truck Fair at Farmers’ Market Pavilion

September 3rd
*Prestige Horse Sale at Pleasant Valley Farm
*Military Appreciation Night

September 4th
*5th Annual WHTA Blue Ribbon Yearling Sale at Wiser Farm


Celebration Donates to Schools

The Bedford County School System would like to acknowledge and publicly thank the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Board of Directors for donating tickets to every student, Pre-K through the 12th grade, to attend this year’s Celebration.

Walking Horse Trainer’s Auxiliary Dog Show

Sunday, August 29, 2021
Champions Arena
Shelbyville, TN

1. Children’s Costume
2. Trick Dog
3. Puppies – 11 months & Under
4. Mutts – No Pedigree Dogs
5. Children 8 Years & Under and Their Dogs
6. Children 9-17 Years & Their Dogs
7. Classic Dogs – 10 Years & Older
8. Obedience – Sit, Stay, Come
9. I Look Like My Master
10. Ladies & Their Dogs
11. Gentlemen & Their Dogs
12. Auxiliary Members Showing Any Dog
13. Pedigree Dogs – Full Blooded
14. Youth Stake 17 & Under (Must participate in class 1-13 to enter)
15. Stake – Best in Show (Must participate in class 1-13 to enter)

TWHNC Press Release August 6, 2021 Celebration Releases Aged Stallions Splits

The 83rd Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration® will be held August 25-September 4, 2021. The class sheet was revamped for 2021, with several changes made per recommendations by a committee formed by the board of directors.
In total, 11 classes were split and for the first time in several years there will be no three-way splits in 2021. “We are tremendously excited to have competitive classes that pit many of our industry’s most talented horses against one another in both preliminary and championship classes,” said CEO Warren Wells.
For the first time in years, the Two-Year-Old Stallions will be split only into an A and B division. The total numbers of entries were down significantly in the division which warranted only a two-way split.
Although the Walking Stallions, Five Years and Over (Canter) only had 11 entries, The Celebration® kept with tradition and split the class into two divisions.
“It was a tough call with only one trainer having multiple entries and the total number of entries not warranting a split. I know our fans would love to see all 11 horses in the ring at the same time, and it would make for great theatre. But I chose to keep with tradition in my first year on the job,” said Wells.

The A division will feature:

Walk For Roses and Russ Thompson
Joe Pa and Winky Groover
Mach 1 and Jimmy McConnell
Hey, Tomcat and Jamie Lawrence
Really Coach and Rodney Dick

The B division will feature:

Jose’s Power Broker and Keith Blackburn
A Big Honor and Ryan Blackburn
Minor Ordeal and Tyler Baucom
Jose’s Revival and Casey Wright
Gin’s Shadow and Jimmy McConnell

Celebration entries remain steady
After a 10% increase in entries in 2020, The Celebration® announced a total of 2,262 pre-show entries for the upcoming 83rd Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration®. The 2,262 total is up 10 entries from last year. “We are extremely pleased with the entries for our upcoming show. With such a large increase last year, the ability for us to continue to add entries year over year continues the positive trends we are seeing in the industry,” said Celebration CEO Warren Wells.
The number of unique horses that make up the 2,262 entries also increased from last year. In 2020, 1,311 different horses were entered at The Celebration®. In 2021 that number jumped to 1,320 horses. “Being the world championship horse show, we want to host as many horses as we possibly can, and we look forward to continuing to grow this number over the next several years,” said Wells.
The 1,320 horses competing is a jump of 120 horses over two years ago. This number has been continually rising and this year’s increase is another positive sign. The 83rd Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration will be held August 25th through September 4th.

TWHBEA National Futurity
Shelbyville, TN

25-September 4
Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration
Shelbyville, TN

HWY 43 Auction Co. Celebration Sale
Shelbyville, TN


Prestige Horse Sale
Shelbyville, TN

WHTA Blue Ribbon Yearling Sale
Shelbyville, TN

WWHA versatility Show
Larsen, WI

Brodhead, KY

Kentucky Celebration
Harrodsburg, KY

Racking Horse Breeders’ Association of America Celebration
Decatur, AL

PWHAT Fun Show
Wartrace, TN

Walking For The Future
Morristown, TN

SSHBEA World Grand Championships

Welcome to the World

Brent and Courtney Grider have announced the arrival of their twin daughters, Logan and Collins Grider. The babies made their grand entrance on Friday, August 5, 2021. Logan weighed 5 lbs. and 8 oz. and was 18 inches in length. Collins weighed 6 lbs. and 1 oz. and was 19 inches in length. Big sister and big brother, Harper and Cohen Grider, are excited about the family’s new additions.

Judges Announced for Alabama Jubilee Charity Horse Show

Show management for the Alabama Jubilee Charity Horse Show recently announced their judges’ panel for the 2021 event scheduled for October 22nd & 23rd. They are Jeanette Baucom, Robert Cortner and Robbie Spiller. The Alabama Jubilee is a Triple Point Riders’ Cup show. The horse show’s venue is the Morgan County Celebration Arena in Priceville, Alabama.

Obituary- Dick Myers

Dick MyersThe Tennessee Walking Horse industry has lost a legend. Mr. Richard “Dick” Myers, age 82, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, August 8, 2021, under the loving care and comfort of his family and Hospice Compassus.
A Celebration of Life service was held Saturday, August 14, 2021, at Feldhaus Memorial Chapel. Military honors were provided by the United Sates Navy. Reverend Steve Murphree officiated.
He was born December 20, 1938, in York, Pennsylvania, to the late Charles and May Stubbs Myers. Dick was a trainer of Tennessee Walking Horses, and one of the founding members, and a lifelong member of the Walking Horse Trainers’ Association. A veteran of the United Sates Navy, Mr. Myers was a faithful member of New Beginnings Baptist Church in Shelbyville.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Hanger Myers, of Shelbyville; a brother, George Myers, and his companion Sherrie, of Reno, Nevada; sisters, Pat Copeheaver and Ruth Blumenthal, both of York, Pennsylvania. Someone with whom he bonded like a son, Brian Reece, of Pikeville, Tennessee; numerous nieces and nephews; his wife’s cousins, Wade Cash, and his wife Phyllis, and Niann Wilmer, and her husband Dickie.
Dick would be honored with memorials to the Tennessee Walking Horse Trainers Association or New Beginnings Baptist Church.
Feldhaus Memorial Chapel assisted the family. The Scoop sends our warmest condolences to Joyce and the Myers Family.