SHELBYVILLE, TN – The “Celebration Association” members met Monday night and elected Mr. Scott Johnson, Director of Bedford County EMA (Emergency Management Agency), as a Celebration Director to replace Walking Horse Report publisher Mr. David L. Howard who stepped down upon reaching the mandatory age of 70.
It may be a “sign of the times” that the “Celebration Association” turned to the Bedford County Emergency Management Director to serve as a Celebration Director.
MR. SCOTT JOHNSON, NEWLY ELECTED CELEBRATION DIRECTOR
Mr. Johnson is the son of Mr. Virgil Johnson who served on the Board of Directors from 1991 – 2004. A Hall of Fame member, Mr. Johson served as Board Chairman in 2002 – 2003 when Celebration attendance was at record high of approximately 170,000. Mr. Johnson came back to serve as “Interim” CEO from December 2007 when long time CEO Mr. Ron Thomas left in November 2007. Mr. Johnson served until Feb. 2008 when Dr. Doyle Meadows was announced as Celebration CEO.
FORMER CELEBRATION CEO RON THOMAS (1984 – 2007)
(Far Left) MR. VIRGIL JOHNSON – FORMER CELEBRATION BOARD CHAIR
By 2014, the show attendance had dropped to 70,000 – a loss of 100,000 fans.
CELEBRATION ATTENDANCE – 2004 TO 2014
Dr. Meadows served as Celebration CEO until he was replaced on August 9, 2012 by Mr. Mike Inman.
In his first interview with the Shelbyville Times-Gazette, Mr. Inman said, “I believe in this horse. Right now, we need to promote all the things we’re doing right,” said Inman. “All we’re doing right now is being defensive … There are things in this industry that have to change, but our biggest problem right now is that we are allowing our detractors to dictate who we are. We need to focus on the positive and actively promote the performance horse.“
And immediately, Mr. Inman embarked on giving Baghad Bob a real run for his money by telling lots of “WHOPPERS” about the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse.
Nephew Eugene hears that Celebration CEO Mike Inman won’t be much longer on the job as Celebration CEO.
Amazingly, Mr. Howard hired Mr. Mike Inman, who had a Horse Protection Act Violation Citation History, as Celebration CEO.
Like a Head Football Coach, Mr. Howard apparently needed someone around to be the “Fall Guy” and jettison when things got hot.
Mr. Mike Inman will fill that bill perfectly!
MR. MIKE INMAN ATTTENDING A BIG LICK COLT PREVIEW
MR. MIKE INMAN HORSE PROTECTION VIOLATION CITATION HISTORY
At the Monday night meeting, Mr. Howard gave credit to U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) for “saving” the Celebration and praised Representative Scott Desjarlais (R-TN).
- Why didn’t the Shelbyville Times-Gazette newspaper provide coverage of the “Celebration Association” meeting last night?
- Why hasn’t The Walking Horse Report provided news regarding the “Celebration Association” meeting when both its Editor, Mr. Jeffrey Howard, and Publisher David L. Howard were in attendance:
JEFFREY HOWARD AND DAVID L. HOWARD – THE WALKING HORSE REPORT
Nephew Eugene is getting mixed signals on some things that went on at the meeting.
More information to follow.