CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD STEPS DOWN AS CELEBRATION DIRECTOR – SON OF FORMER BOARD CHAIRMAN ELECTED AS NEW DIRECTOR – CELEBRATION CEO MR. MIKE INMAN APPEARS TO BE ON THE WAY OUT

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.

THE PUBLIC HAS SAID "NO"

THE PUBLIC HAS SAID “NO”

MR. SCOTT JOHNSON,  NEWLY ELECTED CELEBRATION DIRECTOR

MR. SCOTT JOHNSON, DIRECTOR,  SHELBYVILLE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION

MR. SCOTT JOHNSON, DIRECTOR, SHELBYVILLE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION

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)

FORMER CELEBRATION CEO RON THOMAS (1985 - 2007)  AT CLAIBORNE COUNTY, TENNESSEE LIBRARY PRESENTING VOLUME ON TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE BREED TO CLAIBORNE COUNTY OFFICIALS

FORMER CELEBRATION CEO RON THOMAS (1984 – 2007) AT CLAIBORNE COUNTY, TENNESSEE LIBRARY PRESENTING VOLUME ON TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE BREED TO CLAIBORNE COUNTY OFFICIALS

(Far Left)  MR. VIRGIL JOHNSON  –  FORMER CELEBRATION BOARD CHAIR

(Left to Right)  VIRGIL JOHNSON, CHARLES MCDONALD, DR. DOYLE MEADOWS, DAVID L HOWARD, JOHN T. BOBO

(Left to Right) VIRGIL JOHNSON, CHARLES MCDONALD, DR. DOYLE MEADOWS, DAVID L HOWARD, JOHN T. BOBO

By 2014, the show attendance had dropped to 70,000 – a loss of 100,000 fans.

CELEBRATION ATTENDANCE – 2004 TO 2014

2004     162,176
2005     156,768
2006     157,460
2007     141,573
2008     139,695
2009     126,685
2010     114,017
2011     123,648
2012     119,245
2013         95,400
2014         70,918

Dr. Meadows served as Celebration CEO until he was replaced on August 9,  2012 by Mr. Mike Inman.

CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN

                    CELEBRATION CEO 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.

BAGHDADBOB

CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN

CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN

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

CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN

(Left)  CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN – SHELBYVILLE COLT PREVIEW

MR. MIKE INMAN HORSE PROTECTION VIOLATION CITATION HISTORY

CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN HPA VIOLATION CITATION HISTORY

CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN HPA 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).

SOME OBSERVATIONS:

  • 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

TWO GUYS FROM SHELBYVILLE WATCHING THE HORSE SHOW

TWO GUYS FROM SHELBYVILLE WATCHING THE HORSE SHOW

Nephew Eugene is getting mixed signals on some things that went on at the meeting.

More information to follow.

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