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2002/04/09

Tennessee Volunteer Horse Fair Sets Records by Tom Burriss "It just seems like everything was bigger and better this year." That was the overall consensus for the 2002 Volunteer Horse from Kelly Schaffer, Tennessee Horse Council office manager. Attendance was over 10,000 last year, "and we clearly exceeded that," she noted. In addition there were more horses, breeds, and vendors. Among new breeds this year were Friesians and Haflingers. "This was the first year that we had to stable horses off site. We were just bursting at the seams." All the clinicians were well received and the THC has heard lots of positive feedback. Anna Miller, who demonstrated her "3C Plus" program, has already expressed her desire to return. Tammy Crawford, who was a 2000 Sydney Olympic contender and is a THC member, was given a standing ovation for her performance. A crowd favorite was Sandra Tlacco and her Friesian stallion EURO. The pair won the freestyle performance and earned a command performance at the show on Saturday night. The trade show was a tremendous draw, boasting over 125 vendors. The 2002 edition of The Tennessee Horse Source, a yellow pages for the horse industry, was unveiled as well. The Volunteer Horse Fair expects to continue its growing trend. Next year they will move into a new and bigger facility, still on MTSU grounds in Murfreesboro.

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