SHELBYVILLE, TN – This coming Monday, the 49 members of the “Celebration Association”, will meet and elect the Directors of the Tennessee National Walking Horse Celebration. (Note: You cannot be elected a Celebration Director unless you are a member of the “Celebration Association”.)
TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE CELEBRATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
DOES MR. DAVID L. HOWARD THINK HE’S “CELEBRATION DIRECTOR FOR LIFE
It will be interesting to see if Celebration Chairman Mr. David L. Howard will honor the long-standing “Celebration Association” policy of stepping down as an active “Association” member when a member reaches 70.
Mr. Howard turned 70 in 2014.
According to the unwritten policy, a person 70 or older will no longer be a member of the Association or serve as a Director. The person’s name is removed from the “Membership List”, and is then listed as a “Director Emeritus” and/or a “Honorary Member” of the Association.
If Mr. Howard refuses to step down, he will be the first person in the history of the “Celebration Association” to not do so.
“CELEBRATION ASSOCIATION” MEMBERSHIP LIST
1. Jim Allison* – FORMER PRESIDENT – DUCK RIVER ELECTRIC
2. Tommy Anderton (Traders Bank)
3. Ron Bell (Former Regions Bank banker)
4. John T. Bobo* – TREASURER BEDFORD COUNTY ATTORNEY
5. Todd Bobo (Son of John T. Bobo)
6. David Brown (CPA)
7. Mark Cannon (CFO Healthcare Provider Solutions)
8. James H. Caperton, Jr. (Businessman)
9. Barry Childers (Chairman, Community Dev Center)
10.Dr. James H. Clark (Dentist)
11.Curt Cobb (Bedford County Chancery Clerk)
12.Scott Cocanougher (CEO ““ First Community Bank)
13.Barry Cooper (Cooper Steel Fabrication)
14.Ben Craig (Craig & Wheeler Real Estate)
15.David Crowell* – DIRECTOR CITY EMPLOYEE
17.Henry Feldhaus, III (relative on City Council?)
20.Garrett Gordon (Manager Shelbyville Power)
21.David Howard* – CHAIRMAN WALKING HORSE REPORT PUBLISHER
22.Jeffery Howard (Son of David L. Howard)
23.Cort Huffman (Bedford Co. Education)
24.Edward C. Huffman (First National Bank)
25.Rick Insell* DIRECTOR MTSU BASKETBALL COACH
26.Scott Johnson (Bedford County Emergency Mgmt)
27.Gary King (Canter Oil Distributor)
28.Jody Lambert (Attorney)
29.Claudia (Dobee) Mallard (Property Owner)
30.Amie Lee Marks (Bob Parks Real Estate)
31.Pat Marsh* – VICE CHAIRMAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE
32.Charles McDonald* DIRECTOR CELEBRATION EMPLOYEE
33.Amanda O’Neal – (Allstate Insurance Agent) (Daughter of Charles McDonald)
34.Daryl O’Neal – (Mgr., First Community Mortgage) (Son-in-Law Charles McDonald)
35.Shelia Orrell – (Financial Services ““ Duck River EMC)
36.Laura Parham ““ (Heritage Credit Union)
37.Christy Parsons (Daughter of David L. Howard)
38.Tim Phillips – (Bedford Tractor Company)
39.Kathy Prater ““ (Bedford County Clerk)
40.Mike Rittenberry ““ (Peoples Bank)
41.Lee Russell ““ (Bedford County Circuit Judge)
42.Harold Segroves (Coldwell Banker Real Estate)
43.Donna Stone ““ (CEO – First Community Bank)
44.Austin Swing (Former Chief of Police, now Sheriff)
45.Jim Tracy (State Senator)
46.Lisa Turner (CPA)
47.Chris White (Bedford County Zoning Director)
48.James D. (Bo) Wilson (County Commissioner)
49.Walt Wood (Former CE0 Chamber of Commerce)
(Note: Two members of the ‘Celebration Association” are Mr. Howard’s children, Christy Howard Parsons Womack and Jeffrey Howard.
Mr. Bobo’s son Todd Bobo, Esq. is a member.
Also, the daughter and son-in-law of long time Celebration employee Mr. Charles McDonald’s daughter Amanda O’Neal and her husband, Daryl O’Neal.
ARE ANY OF THESE KIDS FUTURE “CELEBRATION ASSOCIATION” MEMBERS?
CELEBRATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
MORE “CELEBRATION ASSOCIATION” INFORMATION
QUESTION: What is the “CELEBRATION ASSOCIATION”?
ANSWER: The “Celebration Association” was formed to provide a pool from which its Directors would be selected. The Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration started out as a local civic event in which the owners of local businesses provided the leadership. They were industrious residents who owned “Mom and Pop” businesses. They were the backbone of the community. Many belonged to local Civic Clubs which ran the concessions and earned their operating money from the 10 day event. For decades, it worked well and the event grew. The “Celebration Association” originally had 30 members. With the passage of time, the original business people grew older and passed on, and the Celebration became “big business”. To have more people available, the “Celebration Association” grew to 40 members. Then in 2012, ten more members were added to increase it to 50 members.
QUESTION: How do you become a member of the “CELEBRATION ASSOCIATION”?
ANSWER: You have to be invited. It appears that the ones doing the inviting are Shelbyville attorney John T. Bobo and Mr. David L. Howard. Mr. Bobo is Mr. Howard’s attorney and associates in many ventures. They have worked to be sure that the “Celebration Association” is a group which is will be favorable to their objectives. The composition of the group has gone from local independent business owners to many “employees” who are accountable to the people who employ them. And interestingly, there appears to be some possible nepotism and conflicts which are again designed to be favorable to the agenda and objectives of Mr. Bobo and Mr. Howard.
It will be interesting to see what the “Celebration Association” does Monday night.
And it will be interesting to see if Mr. Howard has the decency to step down in keeping with the policy established by honorable men who have preceded him in serving as Directors of the Celebration.
These three distinguished gentlemen, all former Celebration Directors, are persons whose families were involved in the Tennessee Walking Horse breed for generations and the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration before soring consumed it
MR. BAILEY LITTLE, BANK VP (ON THE RIGHT)
MR. HENRY HULAN, CEO MUSGRAVE PENCIL COMPANY
THE LATE MR. HENRY CANNON TILFORD, JR.
It will be interesting to see if Mr. David L. Howard will show the class of Mr. Bailey Little, Mr. Henry Hulan and the late Mr. Henry Cannon Tilford, Jr.
Nephew Eugene says he will be pleasantly surprised if he does.