Phi Delta Theta’s Charity

FAST was honored to have the assistance of Phi Delta Theta on April 12, 2019 for our Birthday Party set up. The brothers came together in an organized whirlwind and set up a party for over 400 people in less than 15 minutes. In appreciation FAST donated $2,000.00 to Phi Delta Theta’s charity, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Thank you to all the brothers who made the party possible.

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Washington Press Release

Alexander, Blackburn Introduce Legislation to Protect the Tennessee Walking Horse Tradition
Press Release Posted on May 14, 2019

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2019 – United States Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) today introduced legislation to protect the Tennessee Walking Horse tradition.

“In baseball if a player illegally uses steroids you punish the player – you don’t shut down America’s pastime. We need to punish and stop any trainer, owner or rider who engages in the illegal practice of horse soring – not shut down a treasured and important tradition in both Tennessee and Kentucky. Just as there is zero tolerance in baseball, there should be zero tolerance in horse soring,” Alexander said. “This legislation is a proposal to end the contemptible, illegal practice of horse soring, while preserving the century-old Tennessee Walking Horse tradition. It would do that by improving the consistency of inspections and regulations and enhancing accountability.”

“The Tennessee Walking Horse industry plays a vital role in our state’s agricultural economy,” said Senator Blackburn. “It is time to address the need for common-sense reform to stop the abuse of our beloved Walking Horses and to implement inspection and testing methods to eliminate these problems for good. The creation of a single Horse Industry Organization will establish consistency and improve accountability within the industry.”

The Tennessee Walking Horse industry supports more than 20,000 jobs nationwide and pumps $3.2 billion into the nation’s economy. In 2018, there were more than 200 shows contributing millions of dollars to local economies. There are more than 260,000 walking horses registered nationwide, including over 58,000 walking horses in Tennessee, and more than 35,000 in Kentucky.


Area Shows Announce Judges

Columbia Spring Jubilee
The Columbia Spring Jubilee, held in Columbia, Tennessee, will be held May 30th – June 1st and will begin at 6:00 pm each night. Selected to judge the event at the Maury County Parks and Recreation will be Nathan Clark, Scotty Brooks and Dickie Scrivner.

Wartrace Horse Show
David Sisk has agreed to mark the cards for the historic Wartrace Horse Show in downtown Wartrace, Tennessee. The show will take place on August 3rd and begin at 6:00 pm. This will be an incredible 113th anniversary celebration for this event.

Cornersville Lions Club Horse Show
The Cornersville Lions Club Horse Show has selected the Honorable Jamie Bradshaw to judge the event. The show is scheduled for July 19th at the Lions Club Horse Show Grounds in Cornersville, Tennessee. Opening ceremonies will begin at 6:00 pm.

Arab Summer Classic
The Arab Summer Classic will take place on June 15th at the Arab Horse Show Arena in Arab, Alabama. Show officials have selected David Sisk to mark the cards for this year’s event. Starting time is 5:00 pm.

Liz’s Kids Horse Show

The Lynchburg Walking Horse Show will return this year on Saturday, July 20, 2019 in the Moore County Arena. This show will benefit Liz Gassaway’s Kids; meaning all the children that have benefited from her guidance in equine events. She has been an instructor for Horse Play in Tullahoma and Great Strides in Shelbyville, as well as a special needs educator in Unionville, Tennessee. The Liz’s Kids Horse Show will affiliate with the SHOW HIO and will have both Flat Shod and Performance Riders’ Cup classes. There will be three championships; one for each division. If you would like to be a sponsor or helper, please contact Jerry Harris at or 931-581-4411, Debbie Williams at 931-575-9704 or Marcia Allison at 931-639-2518. All proceeds will go to Liz’s Kids!

New Horse Show In Shelbyville

The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association has announced plans for a new horse show coming to Shelbyville. The TWHBEA Summer Sizzler will take place on July 25th at 5:00 PM in the Calsonic Arena. Mark your calendars and make plans to support this inaugural event.

TWHNC Class Sheet

Celebration officials have announced that the class sheet now posted on their website will be the official and final show schedule. The 81st Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration will take place in Shelbyville on August 21-31, 2019. To view this class sheet visit

Good Eats For A Good Cause

Chilis- give back event flyerThe Tennessee Walking Horse National Museum is able to function by financial contributions and fundraisers. On Tuesday, May 21st, you can help by eating at Chili’s Shelbyville location at 1738 N. Main Street. Between the hours of 4:00pm and 9:00pm, 10% of your ticket will be donated to the museum. You must mention this Give Back Event in order for the museum to receive credit.

Obituary – Ernest Upton

xernestErnest Lee Upton, age 64 of Shelbyville, passed away on Friday, April 26, 2019. He was born in McMinnville on March 10, 1955 to the late Carson Walker and Betty Sue (Kell) Upton. Ernest had been a professional Tennessee Walking Horse trainer since high school graduation, Even as a youngster he enjoyed working with horses. Ernest was known for his expertise in starting colts, many of which later earned World Championship honors. It was Ernest’s true joy to instill the love of the Tennessee Walking Horse on the youth, and he was known to have taught many to ride or have put them on their first horse. Ernest will be remembered for being a true horseman and for the many great horses he was associated with.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Ronald Carson Upton. Ernest is survived by his son, Ernest Lee (Rebecca) Upton Jr; step-son, Cliff Carlock; grandchildren, Lane Upton, Carson Upton, Josh Carlock, and Kirby Carlock; nieces, Beth (Clint) Joyner and Mystie (Chris) Fehlman; nephews, Brent Upton and Mark DeMasso; beloved partner, Patti Marek. A visitation with family and friends was held on Monday, April 29, 2019 in the Blue Ribbon Circle at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Ernest Upton Youth Riding Scholarship Riding Camp, c/o Dempsey Vantrease and Follis , 630 South Church Street, Suite 300, Murfreesboro, TN 37130. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. The Scoop sends our deepest sympathy to the Upton Family.

Welcome to the World

xAnne Evans and Alex Johnson announce the birth of a son, Franklyn Craig Johnson. He entered the world on Monday, April 29th. He weighed 6lbs 11oz and was 19 inches long. The Scoop congratulates Anne and Alex on their bouncing baby boy.