Clant Seay is writing up what he witnessed at the 2020 Tennessee Walking Horse “Celebration” show, in this instance exposing the Celebration’s numerous lies about attendance — with pictures to prove it. We are posting some of the highlights of his article below. Go here for Seay’s full post and pictures.
In Shelbyville, Tennessee, the grand finale of the 82nd Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, held on Saturday, September 5, 2020, had approximately 7,500+/- fans who were widely scattered in a 30,000 seat stadium.
On Monday, September 7, 2020, lifelong “Big Lick” supporter 88 year old Mr. Calvin “Paw Paw” Cheek of the Theta Community in Northern Maury County Tennessee, posted this comment on the Walking Horse Report Message Board at 7:48 p.m.:
“Crowd Saturday night was great. Largest crowd I have seen in MANY years, west grandstand looked about 75% full. Attendance was good the few nights that it didn’t rain. If the weather had been good all nights I believe there would have been a modern day record.”
If “Paw Paw” Cheek was right, there would have been 9,000 fans in the West Grandstand. There were 809 people (6.7%) sitting in the West Grandstand at 8:51 p.m. on Saturday, September 5, 2020.
And then “Big Lick” multi-millionaire 45 year old Mr. Jeffrey Howard Walking Horse Report Publisher/Celebration Director) concurred with “Paw Paw” Cheek saying:
“I agree. The crowd Saturday night (and the weather) was great! Overall just a very successful Celebration!”
2020 Celebration Attendance (actual numbers)
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020 — 200
Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 — 400
Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020 — 2,100
Sunday, Aug. 3O, 2020 — 400
Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 — 400
Tuesday, Sep. 1, 2020 — 400
Wednesday, Sep. 2, 2020 — 400
Thursday, Sep. 3, 2020 — 1,250
Friday, Sep. 4, 2020 — 2,100
Saturday, Sep. 5, 2020 — 7,500
The downward spiral in Celebration attendance is also mirrored by the drastic decline in the number of members at the breed registry, TWHBEA, (Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Association).
In 2000, TWHBEA had just over 22,000 members. In 2020, TWHBEA now has 2,450 members — a decline of almost 90%.
Seay also reports that even with sparse crowds there was little to no social distancing.
This is what they were there to see. Hideously cruel, and so very ugly.
Heroes for horses
Look at these heroes.
Many, many thanks to the indefatigable Clant Seay and all the great folks who showed up with him to protest. We are almost there. It’s almost over for these horses. Because of you.
Updated 09.18.20 2:31 am.