The Scoop Supports The Celebration

The 82nd Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is around the corner. The Scoop encourages everyone in the Shelbyville/Bedford County area to hang your tri-colored bows. Whether you are a business owner or home owner, show your support of the Walking Horse Celebration, as well as, the entire  horse industry. This World Championship Horse Show has a huge impact on our local and state economy. Call your area florist and ask for the tri-colored bows today!


August 3, 2020 PO Box 4007
Murfreesboro, TN
Contact: Tommy Hall

Murfreesboro, TN

International Safety Protocols

The International Horse Show has taken enhanced Health and Safety measures for those who attend our horse show for Trainers, Owners and Exhibitors. While on MTSU grounds you must follow all instructions as listed below. An inherent risk of exposure to Covid-19 exists in any public space where people are present. Covid-19 is a contagious disease. If infected, you may exhibit no symptoms, mild symptoms, or become incurably ill. According to the “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention”, senior citizens and person’s with underlying health conditions are especially vulnerable. By attending the International Horse show you voluntarily assume all risk related to the possible exposure to Covid-19.

The International Grand Championship Walking Horse Show will be conducted in compliance with all Federal, State and local laws and requirements with respect to COVID-19. We urge all persons
who plan on attending to become familiar with the Action Plan.

• All participants are encouraged to make their entries in advance online.
• Everyone who enters the Horse Show Office must wear a mask or cloth face covering.
• Trainers and/or participants must remain at least six (6) feet apart while in the Horse Show Office.
• No more than 8 people are allowed in the office, including staff; once that number has been reached others will have to wait outside. We ask that you don’t loiter in the office.

• While the show is in progress, only horses and riders in the next three (3) classes are allowed in the warm-up area. Only three (3) people are allowed per horse: Trainer, Rider, Assistant or Groom.
• Only one (1) person allowed going through Inspection and must wear a mask. The DQP Inspection area will be increased to allow all required personnel to social distance from each other.
• All DQP’s will wear masks.

• Social distancing requirements will be enforced throughout the show grounds at all times.
• No standing in front of Entry and Exit Gates.
• Show office will only be open to pick-up back numbers, sign paperwork, and drop off payments.
• Masks are required per county, and MTSU regulations.
• While on show-grounds the only exception is while mounted on a horse.
• You must provide your own facial mask.
• No party’s or get together are allowed during the show.
• Trophy presentation photographs will be taken at the end of a class and a victory pass will be done. All other ribbons will be available at the OUT gate in a box.
• WHOA will notify participants via email if we become aware of any individual who was present at the Show and tests positive for COVID-19 during the show or within 14 days of the conclusion of the show.
• Trainers and participants are strongly encouraged to regularly disinfect high contact items and surfaces such as tack, grooming supplies, stall handles, etc.
• Family members may sit together in the seating area of Miller Coliseum but, everyone else should leave three seats between them and others and an empty row in front of and behind them.

Obituary Tony Nales

On August 2, 2020, Tony Nales of Fort Lauderdale, Florida passed away. The 67 year old fought a courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of over 35 years, Terri Nales of Fort Lauderdale, along with four grown children, Anthony, Jr., Justin, Laura and Amy. He is also survived by four young grandchildren.

Tony owned Desarata Construction Company of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This company specialized in the construction of luxury homes in South Florida. Tony was an enthusiastic supporter of the Tennessee Walking Horse Industry and loved the beauty and grace of the breed. For over 30 years, he regularly attended the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Tony loved nothing more than discovering young colts with outstanding potential with his long-time friend, George Zamora. He was thrilled when putting the colts into training, and later watching them enter the show ring. All who knew Tony Nales appreciated his generosity, wit, humor and ability to put a smile on the face of those around him. The Scoop sends our warmest condolences to The Nales Family and all who called him friend.

Celebration Bans Confederate Flag

The Celebration Board of Directors have voted to ban the use of or flying of the confederate flag on its show grounds moving forward. This was a unanimous decision of the Celebration Board of Directors. It is based on their desire to provide the most inclusive environment for all exhibitors, trainers, fans and staff. No matter the event, this decision will be enforced at all times on The Celebration show grounds.


Obituary – Sarah Elisabeth Moersch Porterfield

A graveside service for Sarah Moersch Porterfield, 41, of Jacksonville, Alabama was held at noon on Friday, July 10, 2020, at Jacksonville City Cemetery. The Reverend Robert Fowler officiated.

Sarah passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at her home. She is preceded in death by her father, Dr. Vincent Fuselli; her maternal grandfather, Dr. Robert Moersch; and paternal grandparents, Joseph and Rose Fuselli.

Mrs. Porterfield graduated from Jacksonville State University in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree, and in 2003 earned her master’s degree in English Literature. A few years later in 2007, she had the opportunity to work at her Alma Mater as a professor of English Literature. She especially enjoyed the works of Edgar Alan Poe, and her specialty was Southern Literature. Sarah was known as a very dedicated teacher and cared deeply for her students, willing to work tirelessly for their success. She was a member of Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church in Jacksonville and was loved by all who knew her. She will be truly missed.

Survivors include her loving husband, Bentley Porterfield; son, Jonathon Moersch Porterfield; mother, Dr. Barbara Moersch; grandmother, Marion C. Moersch; brothers, Joseph Fredrick Fuselli and his wife, Sarah Jeanette David of Mobile, Michael Peter Fuselli and his wife, Rachel Marie Ford of Fenton, MI, and Stephen Anthony Fuselli of Columbia, MO; cousins, Robert C. Calin, William A. Fielding, Joel T. Fielding, and Jessica Wiley; aunt, Jacqueline Fielding and her husband, Dr. William T. Fielding; and uncle, Fredrick Paul Moersch and his wife, Pamela.

Pallbearers were Joseph Fredrick Fuselli, Michael Peter Fuselli, Stephen Anthony Fuselli, Robert Charles Calin, William Alan Fielding, Joel Thomas Fielding, and James Warren Porterfield.
Honorary pallbearer will be Frank H. Mosley.

The Scoop sends our deepest sympathies to the Porterfield, Moersch and Fuselli Families.


Obituary – Charlene Cox

Well-known horse enthusiast, Charlene Cox passed away on July 4, 2020 at the age of 67. The Seymour, Tennessee resident was known in the Racking Horse Industry across the East Tennessee, North Carolina and Alabama show circuits. Charlene was honored to serve on the judges’ panel at the Racking Horse World Celebration in 2015.

She was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Maloy Proffitt Allen. Those surviving include her husband William H. (Bill) Cox of Seymour, son Michael Jason Freeman, grandson Chase (Sarah), great grandchild Harper, granddaughter McKenzie, grandsons Gage, and Cole, granddaughter Haven, sister Kimberly Allen, also survived by her many cousins , other family and a host of very dear friends.

Graveside services were held Wednesday, July 8, 2020 in Allen Cemetery with Daniel Bell officiating.

The Scoop sends our condolences to The Cox Family.

SHOW Releases Numbers

SHOW, Inc. released the official numbers from the Fourth of July horse shows in Middle Tennessee. There were four nights of shows; Christmas In July- 7/1 & 7/2, Money Tree Classic- 7/3 and Woodbury Lions Club- 7/4. A total of 806 horses were inspected. What a great turnout!

Puckett Judging Fayetteville

The Fayetteville Blue Ribbon Horse Show will take place on Friday, July 31st, at the Lincoln County Horseman’s and 4-H Show Grounds. Johnny Puckett has accepted the invitation to judge the event which will mark its’ 39th year.

Obituary – Elvin Sapp

Elvin Emery Sapp , 84, passed away on July 5th, 2020 at his home in Columbia, Missouri surrounded by his family.

Visitation was Wednesday, July 8th at Memorial Funeral Home with a graveside service that followed in Memorial Park Cemetery. Elvin was born on June 24, 1936 in Boone County, the son of Everett Emery and Velma Loraine Sapp, they preceded him in death.

Elvin graduated from David H. Hickman High School in 1955. As a senior, he began a lifelong career as a respected and well known homebuilder and land developer. He and his father, Emery Sapp built homes together in the late ‘50’s through the mid ‘70’s. In the early ‘60’s he expanded the business to include the development of several residential subdivisions. Elvin had a gift for looking at a piece of raw ground and visualizing it’s potential. That gift enabled him to develop some of Columbia’s premier residential developments throughout his life, Bluff Creek, Thornbrook and Bristol Lake being some of the most recent. Elvin enjoyed his work and liked sharing his vision and expertise with family. In the early 90’s he furthered his legacy by mentoring his son Shannon into the homebuilding business and later brought both Shannon and his grandson Justin into the development side of the business. He also encouraged his daughter Valerie to represent them as a real estate agent. Elvin with his brother Billy and other family investors were founding members of Columbia Ready Mix and Emery Sapp and Sons, Inc. He served on the Board of Directors of Century State Bank in Columbia and was a past Secretary of the Homebuilders Association.

Elvin married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Mary Geraldine (Geri) Murray, she survives. True to their vows taken 64 years ago, their devotion to each other has been an inspiration to many. He is survived by their daughter, Valerie Barnes (Alan), son, Shannon Sapp (Diane), six grandchildren, Justin Barnes (Brooke), Megan Barnes Harris (Tyler), Brittany Sapp Smarr (Kyle), Coleman Sapp, Clayton Sapp and Carley Sapp and seven great grandchildren, Rylee, Hudson and Rhett Harris, Quinn and Lincoln Barnes and Clay and Hayden Smarr. He is also survived by a sister Norma Bennett (Marvin) and a brother, Billy Sapp (Glenda) and several nieces and nephews.

If asked, Elvin would always say he enjoyed getting up and going to work, to him, it was not a job. He loved finding land, picturing it in his head and then developing it. He liked a good Pitch card game and “calling” square dances with family. He also enjoyed showing and raising horses. Many great memories were made with family and lifelong friends while caring for and showing their horses around Missouri and surrounding states. Elvin will be remembered for his devotion to his family and for his great work ethic. He was an honorable and respected man.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donation be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of choice in care of the funeral home. The Scoop sends our thoughts and prayers to The Sapp Family.

Slagle Selected As Judge

The Wartrace Horse Show will take place on Saturday, August 1st. Show management has selected Rod Slagle to mark the cards for their 114th Anniversary event.