Shelbyville TN - Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration 2011

Real Estate Agent with Reliant Realty, Murfreesboro


It's that time of year again!  The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration takes place at the Calsonic TN Walking HorseArena in Shelbyvlle Aug 24 - Sept 3, 2011.  Shelbyville TN is known as The Walking Horse Capital of the World.  The charming town of Shelbvyille is located about 50 miles southeast of Nashville in Bedford County.  Residents of Shelbyville have easy access to neighboring Williamson County, Davidson County and Rutherford County.  Shelbyville is a short 20 minute drive from Murfreesboro.

According to Sperlings Best Places to Live, the population of Shelbyville is approximaely 33,363.  But for 11 days of the year this small town is booming when the population soars because of the Celebration!  People come from all over the world to attend this festival and it is estimated that 250,000 people will attend this year!  Needless to say, The Celebration is a big deal for this community and adds $40 to $50 million dollars to the local economy.  

The National Celebration is anticipated by walking horse fans all year long.   As a child growing up I was lucky enough to be raised in a rural area and have my own horse.  Most people in my community had horses or were very familiar with horses.  Horses were just a part of life.  But my neighbors raised Tennessee Walking Horses instead of the typical quarter horses.  If you've never seen a Tennessee Walking Horse, I can assure you that they are a sight to behold.  A Tennessee Walking horse is truly a magestic animal.   As a child I was always in awe of their size and regal presence.  As an adult, I can say that I am still in awe when I see a Tennessee Walking Horse in real life.  If you have never been able to see and touch a real TN Walking Horse, I encourage you to attend The Celebration.  A picture does not convey the beauty of this magnificent creation. 

More than $650,000 in awards and prices will be handed out to the winning horses!  This is the premiere event for breeders of the Tennessee Walking Horse.   During the celebration the breed's World Grand Champion and 20 other World Champions will be named.  For more information including ticket prices, pleae visit the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration website.  It is sure to be an event you will never forget!

Walking horse picture image by DanDee Shots

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Comments (4)

Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Sherri, this is an excellent post and wow-what a boost to your community to host this event.  I have always heard about Tennessee Walking horses, but I have no idea what makes the breed different from other horses.  Hoped to see in the video, but my computer is having problems with video right now as I could not get it to play.  Best wishes for a great turnout!  250,000 people-incredible!

Sep 01, 2011 02:49 AM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

That's a lot of horse manure, I mean, money for Shelbyville. Sorry, couldn't resist.

Sep 01, 2011 04:18 AM
Sherri Berry
Reliant Realty, Murfreesboro - Murfreesboro, TN
Murfreesboro TN Homes & Real Estate

Tammy you are so funny!  Imagine your down going from 33,000+ to 250,000 for two weeks!  Gotta love the smell of horses with that kind of turn-out!


Hi Bruce, Walking Horses are much larger than quarter horses & their build is sleek and powerful.  Even a large man looks small next to a TN Walking Horse. I grew up watching them run free in the pasture and they are stunning.  I'm not a big fan of the high-stepping that they do in the shows.  

Sep 01, 2011 06:17 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Very cool post Sherri, enjoyed the video of the horses. The music was a fun complement to the rhythm of the hooves.

Sep 01, 2011 08:18 AM