WHOA Rule Books

WHOA has updated their Official 2021 Rule Books, and they are posted on the WHOA website. The rule books include changes in the Flat Shod and Versatility Rule Book.
Flat Shod Rule Book updates can be found on pages 11, 19, 26-28, 31-32 and page 38.
Versatility Rule Book updates can be found on pages 5 and 64.

Columbia Spring Jubilee Judges

The Columbia Spring Jubilee has selected Derek Bonner, Steve Glidewell and Brent Grider to judge their 70th annual event. The show will be held at the Maury County Park in Columbia, Tennessee on June 3rd – 5th.

Obituary – Thomas Loid

Thomas “Tommy” Earl Loid III, age 32, passed away Saturday March 20, 2021 at his residence in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The Bowling Green native was the son of Tommy Loid Jr. and Robin Jones Loid, and husband of Krista Loid. He was preceded in death by a sister McKenzi Loid, and both grandfathers, Thomas Loid Sr. and Larry Jones.

Tommy was a member of Living Hope Baptist Church and attended Bible study at Lehman Avenue Church of Christ. He was a member of the BG/WC Jaycees and also appointee to the Southern Kentucky Fair Board of Directors. He was a member of the Walking Horse Trainers Association. Tommy was a cowboy in the truest sense of the word; he loved horses and worked at several top level Walking Horse Farms where he made many friends. Most of all Tommy loved his family, especially his wife and kids.

Tommy is survived by his wife; Krista Loid, his kids; Tommy Loid IV, and Riley Ruthanne Loid, his parents Tommy and Robin Loid, sister; Emily Wilkins (Craig), brother-in-law; John Ackerman, grandmothers; Ruth Ann Loid and Doris Lewis, nieces and nephews Ella Crews Wilkins, Dallas Wilkins, Carter Wilkins and Sophie Ackerman and several cousins.

Visitation was March 25, 2021 and March 26, 2021 at the Living Hope Baptist Church. Funeral Service was Friday, March 26, 2021 at Living Hope Baptist Church Burial followed in the Fairview Cemetery.

Expressions of Sympathy may be made to the Center for Biblical Counseling, 2232 Smallhouse Road, Bowling Green, KY 42104. The Scoop sends our deepest sympathies to the Loid Family.

Obituary- John Earl “Hoppy” Brown Jr.

John “Hoppy” Earl Brown, Jr., age 72, of Cedar Bluff, Virginia, passed away on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at the Maple Grove Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Home in Lebanon, Virginia following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Hoppy was born August 31, 1948 in Richlands, Virginia and was the son of the late John Earl Brown, Sr., and Margarette Marie McCoy Brown. He was a graduate of Richlands High School Class of 1966 and graduated in 1968 from the Southwestern Business College with a degree in business administration. He then served in the US Marines from 1968-1970 during the Vietnam conflict. After returning home he earned an Associate’s Degree in 1975 from SWCC in Mining Technology. Hoppy worked for a while at the Seaboard Mines as a superintendent, later becoming a mine inspector for the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, retiring in 2017.

Hoppy was a member of the Gethsemane Baptist Church in Richlands, he was a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies of Roanoke, Virginia and was elected and received the Degree of Knights Commander Court of Honor in 1999. Kazim Shriners of Roanoke, Tazewell and Russell Shrine clubs where he had served as a past commander, president of the club and was a chairman of the Tennessee Walking Horse Classic for 30 years. He was faithful to his craft and always had the best interest of all the children who needed his help. He was a member of the Cedar Bluff Masonic Lodge #260 AF&AM, where he received the Degree of Master Mason in 1972.

In addition to his parent’s, he was preceded in death by his sister, Barbara “Bobbie” Jeanne Brown Belcher Sweeney. Those that remain on carry on his spirit are the following: Wife, Alice Cunningham Brown of Cedar Bluff, VA ; Son, Michael Scott Brown of Belfast, VA; Daughter, Cynthia Renee Brown of Decatur, GA; Brother, James Douglas Brown and wife, Diana of Bristol, VA Granddaughter, Isabella Grace Brown and several nieces and nephews also survive.

In honor of John’s memory, the family ask that in lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605-4277; https://wwwshrinershospitalsforchildren.org/greenvillesc or call them at 1-864-241-3444.

Due to COVID 19 restrictions, all services for John “Hoppy” Earl Brown, Jr., were private. Dr. Rev. Marc Brooks and Rev. Lonnie Perkins officiated. A Masonic service will be conducted by the Cedar Bluff Masonic Lodge #260 AF & AM. Interment will be at the Greenhills Memory Gardens and the Casey Short VFW Post#9640 will conduct military graveside rites. Pallbearers will be Michael Brown, James Brown, Jim Reynolds, Ernest Edgell, Joe Smith and Ray Collins. A video of the funeral service will be available on the Hurst-Scott Funeral Home Facebook page after 5:00pm on Wednesday.


Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands, Virginia is in charge of arrangements and those wishing to express sympathy online may do so at www.hurstscottfuneralhomes.com. The Scoop extends our condolences to the Brown Family.

Obituary – Anne Kellam Nicks Williams Rochelle

Anne Kellam Nicks Williams Rochelle, born September 17th, 1930, passed away on March 30th, 2021. Widow of the late James M. Rochelle, she was born and raised in Dickson, Tennessee, the daughter of Carl and Ida Clement Nicks. She was a 1948 graduate of the Ward-Belmont Preparatory School in Nashville. After marrying the late Dr. John O. Williams, Jr., she travelled the world as the wife of a Marine. She lived for a period of time on the Isle of Bermuda, one of her fondest memories that she loved to share with friends and acquaintances alike. Once her husband graduated medical school, they settled in Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee, where they raised five sons. She was very active in the community, the DAR, and with First United Methodist Church of Mt. Pleasant.

A woman who truly valued southern traditions and proper presentation, she was known in her family for her delicious sweet tea and incredible coconut and caramel cakes. She never met a stranger and was known for her outgoing and engaging personality. After her boys were grown, she joined her second husband in business, helping to run Broadway Discount Liquors in Gallatin, Tennessee, for over 20 years. She was the type of strong, Southern woman who was just as at home at a dinner party for 20, as she was behind the counter at her family business. She will be remembered for her hospitality, love of entertaining, and the kindness she showed everyone she met.

Survivors include her sons, John Orlando (Kay Kay) Williams, III; Lee Clement (Pam) Williams; David Walton (Theresa) Williams; and Thomas Allyn Williams; her daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Davis Williams; grandchildren, Dr. Rosemary Williams, Rebecca Anne Williams (Eric) Hughes, Carol Parks Williams (John) Carnahan, Walker Davis (Sarah) Williams, Ross McKelvey (Chelsea) Williams, Bevin Anne Orlando Williams (David) Lyle, Lee Davis (Mary Katherine) Williams, Ashleigh Brooke (Lee) Colvett, Wesley Adam Williams, Taylor Allyn Williams, David Walton Williams, Jr., Kimmy Lee Williams (Anthony) Bardwell, Buie MacAlester Williams, John Ireland Williams, Benjamin Fox Williams, Luke Ross Williams; great grandchildren, Hooper McKelvey Johnson, MaryKannon (Chris Martin) Johnson, Annabelle Grace Carnahan, Linton Alexander Hughes, Amelia Sloan Carnahan, Eden Elizabeth Carnahan, Bennett Locke Hughes, Hardin Isaac Hughes, Lucy Pink Carnahan, Emma Grace Williams, Jackson Parks Hunter, John Nicks Williams, Evelyn Ruth Colvett, Josiah Douglas Carnahan, Maury Lee “Tripp” Colvett III, Knox Lane Williams, Addison Sage Bardwell, Henry Orlando Lyle, David Nicks Williams, Hazel June Williams, Brady Davis Williams; and great great grandchild, Langston Jones Martin.

She is also survived by her step daughters, who she loved like they were her own, Jennifer Rochelle Williams and Ginger Rochelle Smith; step grandchildren Dylan Williams, Tyler (Kelsey) White, and Michael (Nicole) Smith; step great grand children Henry White, Daniel White, Ruthie White, Silas Smith, and Emmett Smith, and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Carl Nicks Williams, the father of her children, Dr. John O. Williams, Jr., and her sister, Betty Lou Nicks Wolcott. Oakes and Nichols Funeral Home handled the arrangements. The family held a private graveside service at Arlington Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant, TN, on Friday, April 2nd, 2021. Services were conducted by John Carnahan. Pallbearers were Walker Williams, Wesley Williams, Taylor Williams, Walton Williams, Buie Williams, Hooper Johnson, Linton Hughes, Hardin Hughes, Bennett Hughes, David Lyle, John Williams, Ben Williams, Luke Williams and Chris Martin. Honorary Pallbearers were The Staff and Residents of The Bridge Assisted Living, all of whom gave her so much joy in her later years. In lieu of flowers, the family requested those desiring to make memorials do so by the donation of books to the libraries of Maury County Schools. The Scoop offers our warmest condolences to the family of Anne Kellam Nicks Williams Rochelle.


West Tennessee Strawberry Festival Adds Class

The West Tennessee Strawberry Festival Horse Show management has announced the addition of Class 12A, All Day Pleasure class. The historic show will be held on Friday, May 7th.
For More Information contact Vicki Benjamin at 731-694-5188.

PRHTA Show Class Sheet


Chris Zahnd Chosen to Judge AWHLA Show

The 10th Annual AWHLA Horse Show will be held on May 1 at the Morgan County Celebration Arena.  The Honorable Chris Zahnd will be the judge.  We hope everyone plans to attend.  Proceeds from the show will go to the AWHLA Scholarship Program and Smile-A-Mile.  Please click here for the class sheet AWHLA 10th Annual Horse Show – 05.01.2021

The 2021 Show Year Is Here!

The Tennessee Walking Horse Industry is off to a great 2021 year! The start has been so exciting with colt previews and barn parties that get everyone hyped up about the upcoming season. Many have enjoyed getting out and catching up on the latest Scoop of the industry. There have already been many colts sold and purchased with the anticipation of a great show year.

It all started with David Mast and Jessica Hlebak of Stonewall Farm hosting their annual kickoff event. Many talented pleasure horses were presented at their barn party. Snappwood Farm followed by hosting a barn party and colt preview the last weekend in February in Sevierville, Tennessee. Everyone was excited to see Jimbo Conner’s new facility, some presentations of young colts and visit with fellow horse people. The best part about this weekend was being able to do things in Gatlinburg since it was nearby.

The first weekend of March proved to be just as fun and eventful. The North Carolina Walking Horse Association knows how to throw a party, too! They hosted a sneak preview, a fun show and a time of fellowship with friends and food! If you traveled south to Alabama on this same weekend, you could have attended the WHAA’s annual barn party and colt preview. It was held at Choose Your Gate Farm in Danville. This beautiful venue is owned by Kelly Peevy. Continuing on March 6th was the Premeir Stables Barn Party and Preview. Trainers Nathan Rymer and Clay Sanderson were very excited to welcome everyone to their first event at their new training facility.

The Kentucky Walking Horse Association held their annual banquet and presented all their 2020 High Point Awards. WHOA hosted their first show of the season and they had the largest turnout they have ever had. With the new show year buzzing all around, many colts have swapped owners and contenders have been purchased for new divisions. It is fair to say 2021 has successfully kicked off and it is one for the books. If this is a sign of what the year will be, then bring it on! The Scoop is proud to cover these events, and we look forward to covering more. GOOD LUCK to everyone and we look forward to greeting you soon!

Press Release from TWHNC 3/10/21

The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration recently posted its opening for its Chief Executive Officer position. The Celebration has appointed a search committee that has been tasked with updating the job description to better reflect the responsibilities and expectations of the position, advertise the opening and screen the initial candidates. The committee will recommend the top candidates to the board for final interviews.

The Celebration has been without a CEO since the resignation of Mike Inman in September of last year. The Celebration’s focus for a new CEO will center around the marketing of the Celebration’s facilities and ability to attract more equine and agricultural events that are longer in duration and utilize more of the facilities, especially the stalls and camp grounds. The CEO will remain in charge of the Celebration’s events, including the world championship horse show each August.

Resumes will be accepted until Friday March 26th in the initial round of the search with interviews to begin in the first couple of weeks of April. The goal would be to have a new CEO in place prior to the Spring Fun Show in late May. All resumes will be sent to Connie Allen at callen@twhnc.com.

A full job description follows:

Job Title: Chief Executive Officer – Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration®

Function: To implement the strategic goals and objectives of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration® to enable the Board to fulfill its governance functions.

To give direction and leadership toward the achievement of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration’s philosophy, mission, growth strategy, and objectives. To provide an overall vision for the organization that involves maximizing the Celebration’s use of its assets and to provide the maximum impact on the Bedford County community while also recognizing the history and tradition of the event and venue.

Reports To: Board of Directors

Major Functions: Leadership – Develops, communicates, and implements strategies that capitalize on the assets of the organization with a focus on both short-term and long-term growth. Be able to effectively communicate strategic direction to board, association members and staff.

Program, Product and Service Delivery – Oversees design, marketing, promotion, delivery and quality of programs and services. Helps to develop and maintain a full digital marketing strategy of the Celebration and its resources and update and improve all current digital platforms.

Financial, Tax, Risk and Facilities Management – Recommends yearly budget for Board approval and prudently manages Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration® resources within those budget guidelines according to current laws and regulations. Provides effective reporting and key performance indicators to board members monthly and to association members annually.

Community and Public Relation – Assures the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration® and its mission, programs, products and services are consistently presented in a positive image in the local and surrounding communities. It is imperative that the CEO of The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration® be an effective communicator, active member of the Bedford County community and be able to represent the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration® in a professional manner. It is highly recommended that the CEO live in or relocate to Bedford County.

Corporate Sponsorship – Responsible for Celebration’s corporate sponsor program and growing this program through both Walking Horse sponsors as well as local and national brands that fit the profile to utilize this type sponsorship. Fundraising is a key component of this job and will determine the overall success of the position as well as the overall success of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration®.

Event Management – Will be responsible for the management of all internal and external events on the grounds of the Celebration. Will work with management of all shows to make sure they are carried out in a professional manner. Maximize the use of facilities for all events on grounds of Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration® with a focus on equine events and use of stalls.

Sales/Marketing – Will be responsible for marketing of all facilities on the show grounds of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration® and maximizing the use of all facilities with a focus on bringing additional agriculture and specifically competitive equine events to Shelbyville

Strong sense of customer service
Equine background
Sales and/or marketing experience
Strong communication skills
Facility management
Previous management experience
B. S. Degree
Previous leadership experience

Salary Range: Base Pay Plus Incentives of $125K-$175K

Standard Executive Level Benefits

Please send resumes to callen@twhnc.com or mail to P. O. Box 1010, Shelbyville, TN 37162. The deadline to receive resumes will be Friday, March 26, 2021. If you have questions please call 931-684-5915 Ext. 107.