Trainers’ Show Judges

The judges for The 55th Annual National Walking Horse Trainers’ Show to be held on Wednesday, March 15 through Saturday, March 18th 2023 at The Calsonic Arena will be David Sisk, Brent Grider, and Dickie Scrivner.

2022 Trainers of the Year

The Scoop congratulates the 2022 Trainers of the Year


R.M. Kellett

WHTA Performance Trainer of the Year


Laurie Toone

WHTA Pleasure Trainer of the Year


Kayla Baucom

WHTA Assistant Performance Trainer of the Year


Krysta Allen

WHTA Assistant Pleasure Trainer of the Year


Obituary- Eric Lackey

Eric Carl Lackey, 66, a resident of High Point, NC, passed on to be with the Lord on November 22, 2022 while at the home he shared with his wife, Diane DuBois Lackey. Funeral services were Tuesday, November 29th, 2022 with a visitation from 12:00 until 1:30 pm in the Christian Enrichment Center at Memorial United Methodist Church in Thomasville.

Eric was born September 14th, 1956 in High Point to parents (deceased) Carl Wilson Lackey, and “Nona” Gilberte Lackey. Eric was a graduate of East Davidson High School as well as UNC Chapel Hill. The Decorator’s Edge was begun about the same time he met and married Diane DuBois Lackey in 1978.

Along with his wife, Eric owned and operated The Decorator’s Edge for over 40 years. An interior design firm and showroom, clients from near and far would enjoy watching them work their “magic” on their homes and businesses.
In 2020, The Decorator’s Edge was chosen the award-winning design firm by “Houzz”, chosen by millions of homeowners that comprise the “Houzz” community. Eric worked passionately on his work, which took him to many cities as well as countries i.e. London, Costa Rica, Italy…. too many to name.
His other passion was just as strong, his love for his Tennessee Walking Horses. Handed down by his father, Eric was a very accomplished equestrian having shown since he was 8 years old.
Eric and his various horses have several World Championship titles under his belt. With a horse show home in Shelbyville, TN, you would find him and Diane at as many shows he could work in to his schedule throughout the season. His love for animals continued with the dogs he loved over the years, especially “Miss Blue” who remains in the home.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his 2 sisters, Denise Sharon Lackey of High Point, and Josiane Lackey Laumann of Thomasville. One niece, Taylor Laumann Conner (Rick) of Harrisburg, and their children Callen and Kendall.
Eric was a wonderful human being who loved very deeply, especially his wife Diane and his family. He chose December 13th as their wedding date because his parents were married on that date.
Also still on this earth are several close friends who have become family…they know who they are. We are forever grateful for your love.
The Scoop sends our deepest sympathies to Diane and the Lackey Family.

Obituary- Elaine Pinner

Elaine Pinner, 76, of Senatobia, MS passed away Sunday, November 27, 2022. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. She also loved animals. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Ralph Pinner; daughter, Teresa Anne McDermott (Barry); son, Ralph E. Pinner, Jr. (Traci); sisters, Nanda King and June Lee; brother, Harold Owen, Jr. (Ginger); grandchildren, Mason McDermott, Lawson McDermott (Kendall), Kaylee Cannon (Conner), and Drew Pinner (Laura) and great grandchildren, Aubrey McDermott and Grayson McDermott. Memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The Scoop sends our warmest condolences to Ralph and the Pinner Family.

Obituary Jean Poarch

Jean Poarch, age 90, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, November 16, 2022, surrounded by her family.
She is preceded in death by her son, Ronal Young; parents Dennis and Emma Johns; daughter-in-law Judy Young; brother Dennis Johns Jr.: sisters, Faye Scott, Model Kendrick, Anner Lou Ridley, Syble Green, Betty Steelman, Bobbie Jo Stanley.
Survivors include her loving husband of 35 years, Bob Poarch of Resaca, Georgia; granddaughters, Beth Young Lawwell (Josh) of Shelbyville, Tennessee; Brittany Poarch of Chatsworth; great-grandchildren, Jessica and Johnathan Lawwell of Shelbyville, Ali Hulett of Chatsworth; stepsons Steve Poarch of Chatsworth and Mike Poarch of Oakman; brothers, Isaac Johns (Wylene) of Resaca and Jerry Johns (Martie) of Chatsworth; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends also survive.
A service to honor the life of Jean Poarch was held November 20, 2022, at Canaanland Baptist Church, with Bro. Isaac Johns and Bro. R.V. Stanley officiating. The interment was in the Craine Eater Cemetery.
The Scoop sends our thoughts and prayers to The Poarch Family.

Obituary Darrin Sisk

Darrin Wayne Sisk of Walterboro, South Carolina entered into eternal rest on Wednesday afternoon, November 9, 2022. He was 57 years old.
Darrin was born October 18, 1965, in Rocky Face, Tennessee. He was the son of Mary Katherine Love Sisk and the late Jerry Wayne Sisk. Darrin had worked over thirty years, a long and dedicated career, with the Department of Disability and Special Needs in Walterboro and was currently serving as Director, Day Services. He was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Walterboro, where he had been a member of the Chancel Choir, as well as The Handbell Choir.
One of Darrin’s greatest passions in life was horses. His love for Tennessee Walking Horses took great precedence in his life, and along with his wife, he traveled extensively to show their horses, even winning an esteemed World Grand Champion Ribbon at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tennessee.
In addition to his mother, survivors include his beloved wife, Linda White Sisk; a daughter, Sarah Sisk Cronan (Weston); a grandson, Lawson Cronan; and a sister, Sherri Kaye Sisk. He is also survived by Linda’s daughter, Jennifer Koblan (Ken) and their children, Chase and Rachel; as well as his beloved dog, “Etta”.
A talented musician, he had served as pianist with Zion Baptist Church; Memorials may be directed there in his memory: Zion Baptist Church, 152 Ruffin Road, Walterboro, South Carolina 29488.
A private family memorial service will be held to celebrate his life. The Scoop sends our warmest condolences to Darrin’s family.

WHOA Announces 2023 Triple Crown

The Walking Horse Owners Association will host the Triple Crown Show Series in 2023. The inaugural year was 2022, and it was a huge success. Mark your calendar for the following dates:
*March 30-April 1, 2023- Escambia County Equestrian Center in Pensacola, Florida
*The second of the three shows is pending show grounds availability and will soon be announced.
*October 12-14, 2023- Oak Grove Racing and Equestrian Center in Oak Grove, Kentucky
WHOA will also host their regular area shows throughout the year.

Obituary Becky Bull

On November 15, 2022 Rebecca Sue (England) Bull, 66, of Jefferson City, Tennessee passed away at Fort Sanders Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was 66 years old.
She was born on May 17, 1956 in Kokomo, Indiana to the late Eugene and Arnetta Bray England, and was raised in Tazewell, Tennessee. She was the eldest of four children.
Rebecca was totally dedicated to her children and grandchildren. She loved horses with every fiber of her being and was an avid University of Tennessee football fan.
In addition to her parents, Rebecca was preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth England. Survivors include two sons- Brandon (Sandy) Lambert of New Market and Brian (Angela) Lambert of Beechgrove, Tennessee; two grandchildren- Bryan Austin Lambert and Paiton Eliza Lambert; two sisters Sabrina Ramsey of Ashville, North Carolina and Paula England of Tazewell, Tennessee.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date (TBD) at Panther Creek State Park with friends and family.
The Scoop was honored to have Becky serve as a correspondent at East Tennessee horse shows and we will miss her. We send our deepest sympathies to her family.

Birth Annoucement

The Scoop congratulates Rae Shumate-Tysor and James Abernathy on the birth of their daughter Tatum Elizabeth Abernathy. She entered the world on November 15, 2022 weighing 6.5 lbs and measured 19 inches in length. Proud big sister is Reese Abernathy.

Wedding Annoucement

Brandy Jeanne and Zack Zeis were united in marriage on November 12, 2022 at Wilhite United Methodist Church in Downsville, Louisiana. The newlyweds will reside in Wartrace, Tennessee. The Scoop wishes Brandy and Zack a marriage that is abundantly blessed.