Obituary- Holly (Liddell) Sanders

Holly Liddell Sanders, 64,of Shelbyville, Tennessee, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2024 at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband Robert Sanders by her side. Holly was born in Louisville, Kentucky to the late Steve and Frances Liddell.
Holly was well known and loved by everyone in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry. Holly was best known for her many World Championship rides aboard her beloved Backfield In Motion and The Dancing Duke. Both of which she won World Championship honors with at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. The Walking Horse industry was a huge part of Holly’s extended family and occupied a big piece of her heart since she started riding as a child.
Holly is survived by her husband, Robert Sanders, and one sister Stephanie Liddell Zuniga. Holly also leaves behind countless friends who are shocked and saddened by her death. If you were a friend of Holly’s you always knew where you stood with her and were loved greatly by her.
A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, May 26, 2024, from 1:00pm – 3:00pm at the Blue Ribbon Circle Club in Shelbyville, TN. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Sanders family.
Moore-Cortner Funeral Home 300 1st Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, (931) 967-2222,


The Walking Horse Trainers’ Auxiliary will have their Fun Show meeting Saturday, May 25th at 10am at Champions Arena.
The Auxiliary is excited to announce Scotty Brooks, Jamie Lawrence and Amy Trimble will be the judges for this year’s Money Tree Classic that will take place on July 5th in Cooper Steel Arena. For more information, contact Kari Tisma at 678-576-1290.


Equine Obit – All Colors My Papa

All Colors My Papa, 1998-2024

On May 7, 2024, All Colors My Papa was laid to rest. He was owned by the David Keatts family. During his life he was shown by Bobby Hugh, Debbie Wells, Dalia Smith Harr, and finally by the Keatts family. He was trained by Lynn Keatts at Oak Crest Stables in Gretna, VA. He won many shows in the Virginia-North Carolina circuit including wins at Asheville, NC and Tazewell, VA. He lived the last 12 years of his life in the pasture at Oak Crest Stables where he enjoyed being a companion with other horses. He was the horse of a lifetime for the Keatts Family and will be truly missed. Thank you, Colors, for giving us the best shows we ever had.

Obituary – Gene Jordan

Gene D. Jordan, age 91 of Murfreesboro, Tennessee passed away peacefully, May 11, 2024 at the farm he was born and raised on. Gene graduated from Walter Hill High School and then farmed with his Father and later worked as a Master Farrier for thirty-eight years in the Tennessee Walking Horse Industry.
He was a member of the Jerusalem Cumberland Presbyterian Church and led the singing there and at Powells Chapel Baptist for fifty years. His infectious smile and sense of humor brought joy and laughter to everyone he encountered.
Gene is survived by his High School sweetheart, Lailia Nell Jones Jordan to whom he was married for 72 years; son Belvie Gene (Tamberlyn) Jordan; daughter Sheryl Lee (Dean) Pittard; sister Lanna Jordan Barrett; grandchildren Elizabeth (Josiah) Shoemaker; Ellie Jordan; and great¬ grandson, Emerson James Shoemaker and Lionel Gene, due to be born November, 2024. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Short Jordan and Alberta McKee Jordan; brother, Roger Belvie Jordan; and granddaughter, Emilee Genell Jordan.
Visitation was May 14th, and chapel services were May 15th with Brent Wills officiating at Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home. Burial followed in Evergreen Cemetery with family serving as pallbearers.
The family would like to recognize and thank Amedisys Hospice for their excellent and loving care of Gene during the last thirteen months. Along with caregivers, Carrie Grantwhite and Fred Wilder who played a vital role in enhancing Gene’s quality of life and unwavering support to family members.

Mark Your Calendar

This year’s  United Walking Horse Fall Finale will take place November 14-16, 2024 inTunica, Mississippi.

Pick Your Partner Class for 2024


After the popularity of the “Pick Your Partner” class at last year’s United Fall Finale, the class will now be featured at five different shows this year as a fundraiser for the industry. The first classes of the year was held during WHTA National Trainers’ Show, raising over $9,000 for the Foundation for the Advancement & Support of the Tennessee Walking Show Horse (FAST). These classes are open to teams of youth, amateurs, and/or trainers. Any combination is acceptable. One team member will ride first way and their partner will ride second way. Teams solicit sponsors (much like a walk-a-thon) to support them in the class. All online donations go directly to FAST. A “Fan Favorite” award is given for the team that raises the most money by the end of the class.
In addition to the Trainers’ Show, these other shows will be hosting “Pick Your Partner” classes this year:
May 23-25 – TWHNC Spring Fun Show (Celebration Arena, Shelbyville, TN)
July 18-28 – International Grand Championships (Miller Coliseum, Murfreesboro, TN)
October 3-5 – NC State Championships (Western NC Ag Center, Fletcher, NC)
November 14-16 – United Fall Finale (Battle Arena, Tunica, MS)
These classes are directed by the TWHBEA Training Committee, chaired by Dee Cantrell. For more information, contact Cantrell at or TWHBEA at You can also call the TWHBEA office at 931-359-1574.



17, 2024

USDA Press Release New HPA Rule

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2024 – In an effort to end horse soring at Tennessee Walking Horse shows, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is announcing strengthened Horse Protection Act regulations. Soring is a cruel and inhumane practice where some owners and trainers chemically or physically irritate or burn horses to provide an accentuated gait that gives them an unfair advantage in walking horse competitions and fraudulent purchase prices at horse shows.
Walking horses are known for their naturally high gait, but to be more successful in competitions some owners and trainers use cruel methods to exaggerate a horse’s gait. These inhumane methods may cause the horse to suffer physical pain, distress, inflammation, or lameness while walking and moving.
“For far too long, some within the Tennessee Walking Horse industry have sored and abused their horses, despite the industry’s inspection process and our own enforcement efforts,” said Jenny Lester-Moffitt, Under Secretary for USDA Marking and Regulatory Programs. “This abuse must stop. Eliminating this cruel practice will help protect horses competing in these shows and level the playing field for the industry. The independent inspection process should strengthen the competition at these shows and benefit the many owners and trainers who do right by their animals.”
The stronger regulations include:
• Eliminating industry self-regulation and the role of industry-backed Designated Qualified Persons as inspectors at horse shows, exhibitions, sales, and auctions. Only APHIS inspectors and independent non-APHIS-employed horse protection inspectors screened, trained, and authorized by APHIS will have inspection authority.
• Prohibiting any device, method, practice, or substance applied to a horse that can cause or is associated with soring.
• Prohibiting on Tennessee Walking or racking horses all action devices and non-therapeutic pads, artificial toe extensions, and wedges, as well as all substances on the extremities above the hoof, including lubricants.
• Removing the scar rule from the regulations and replacing it with a more accurate description of visible dermatological changes indicative of soring.
• Amending recordkeeping and reporting requirements for management at covered events to better enforce the HPA.
In 2017, APHIS withdrew the initial Horse Protection Act final rule from public inspection per a memorandum issued by the Executive Office of the President. Following a lawsuit based on that action, the agency withdrew the 2017 rule on October 30, 2023, and published a new proposed rule, receiving 8,787 comments. The new rule builds upon information we have learned since the 2017 rule was drafted. Notably, it incorporates lessons and science-based recommendations from the 2021 National Academies of Science review of the inspection program.
The Horse Protection Act is a Federal law that prohibits sored horses from participating in shows, exhibitions, sales or auctions. The Horse Protection Act also prohibits the transportation of sored horses to or from any of these events.
A copy of this rule may be viewed today, and the rule will be published in the Federal Register in the coming weeks. This rule will be effective February 1, 2025.



The Shelbyville Central High School Tennis Teams Horse Show will take place on May 17th at the historic S.W. Beech Showgrounds in Belfast, TN. Show management has announced the addition of Class 29A- Amateur 50 & Over. For more information on this show, contact Allison Smith at 931-607-2680.

Obituary – Mary Frances Brantley

Mary Frances Brantley of Manchester, TN was born April 11, 1925 in Mt. Pisgah, Giles County, TN. She was the daughter of the late Reverend Oscar Pitman Gentry and Mary Florilla Ensor Gentry. A beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt, she departed this life on April 24, 2024 in Manchester, TN at the age of 99 years.
She is survived by 3 children, Martha V. “Vicky” Brantley of Nashville, TN, John French Brantley, III (Chris) of Knoxville, TN, and James Brantley (Sheila) of Pegram, TN; 8 grandchildren, Lt. Col. Ashley Thames (Kris) of Wiesbaden, Germany, Brantley Thames (Heather) of Louisville, KY, Catharine Dodd (Adam) of Murfreesboro, TN, J. French Brantley, IV of Knoxville, TN, Asif Elamri Brantley of Pegram, TN, Hannah, Sophie and Madeleine Seage of Nashville, TN; 5 great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Riley Dodd, Harper and Norah Thames, and Maximillian Thames. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years John French Brantley, Jr.; sisters Willie Mae Gentry, Grace Helen Hoover and Allie Marie Griffin; brothers Edward Wheeler Gentry and Donald Ensor Gentry, Sr; and daughter Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Thames.
She was a member of Manchester First Methodist Church, where she first met her husband, John, on the church steps 83 years ago.
The family of Mary Frances would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of McArthur Manor and to Callie, Carla and Anna from Adoration Hospice for the special care given to their loved one.
Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at the Manchester First Methodist Church, 105 N. Church St., Manchester, TN with the Reverend Stephen Lee and Reverend Neil Glass officiating. Internment followed at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family has requested memorial contributions may be made to the General Fund of the Manchester First Methodist Church.

Obituary – Jack Bolozky

Tennessee Walking Horse owner and exhibitor, Jack Bolozky, passed from this life on April 25, 2024 . He was the beloved husband of the late Lillian “Bubbles” Bolozky; Cherished father of Scott Bolozky (Mucki Judge) and Nancy Bolozky. Loving grandfather of Caitlyn Bolozky, great-grandfather of Adelaide Garibay. Treasured brother of Carol (Marc) Marcovich. Dear stepbrother of the late Herschel (Margie) Price. Dear brother-in-law of Jerrold E. (Jayn Rosenfeld) Seigel. Beloved son of the late Nancy Blumenfeld and Ralph Bolozky. Our dear uncle, great-uncle, cousin, and friend.
Funeral services were held Sunday, April 28, 2024 at United Hebrew Congregation, with interment at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery. Rindskopf Roth Funeral Chapel assisted the family.