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Tennessee Paint Horse Show


Article & photos by LaCresha Kolba

The Tennessee Livestock Center was in full color during the Tennessee Paint Horse Show, August 8-9, 2015. Hosted by the Tennessee Paint Horse Club (TPHC), the Summer Sizzler shows had over 900 entries. Classes ranged from: Showmanship, Longe line, Trail, Western Pleasure, Horsemanship, Ranch Riding, Western riding to Equitation, Hunt Seat, Barrel Racing, and Reining.  According to Linda Kreig, TPHC President, “Our members range from the oldest at 73 to the youngest showing this weekend at age 6. The majority of our competitors ride both disciplines, which is great for our members. Our focus is to support our riders from the youth all the way up to our adult members. Our organization tries to keep them inspired and motivated, which is why we offer the variety of classes that we have available. Our shows get a big draw. This show our competitors come in from; Alabama, Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky and Mississippi.” The two-day show had different judges each day. Saturday’s judges were John Ed Tabb of Tennessee and John Aipperspach of Missouri. Sunday’s show was judged by Sherry Haynes and Jeannie Young, both of Texas.

TPHC hosts five shows a year: two in Harriman, one in Lebanon, two in Murfreesboro, with their biggest show in March at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum. Their next show will be September 26, 2015 in Harriman, TN at the Roan State Communty College. It will be a four judge show with a Western Pleasure sweepstakes: entry fee of $50 with a 100% payback plus added money.

Bill Mitchell, of the Mitchell Training Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky, brought three of his clients and their horses to the show. Bill was there with a 2-year-old who simply needed exposure to other environments besides the training barn.  Bill has been riding for over 40 years and trained horse trainers in Australia, where he spent time working on various ranches in Sydney, New Castle and Queensland. He has shown all over the country from Texas, Oklahoma, Michigan, to North Dakota.  Yet, he enjoys this particular show because of the camaraderie. “It is a great place to gain points and a good show for beginner riders to get exposure to showing.”

Beverly Whittaker, Vice President TPHC, showed her 5-year-old Heavenly Scentaments.  “She really lives up to her name, as she truly is heavenly. I got started riding later in life and she was a great fit for me. This horse is calm, docile, patient, and I can fully trust her to behave the same way in the training arena at home or at the show arena. She does best in Showmanship, this weekend placig 3rd and 6th out of 18.  I couldn’t believe it when I was called for third place!  The two who took first and second place are horses who go to the World Show.  I don’t think it has fully sunk in yet, but I am really proud of her and excited for how well we did today.”

Even with it being a very warm weekend for the horse show, competitors remained in good spirits. For more information on the club and their upcoming shows, visit their website:

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