It had been a picture-perfect weekend in Middle Tennessee traveling with my sister Cindy Mouch and her husband Jim from Decatur, Alabama. Destination? Jack Daniel Distillery to tour the facility and see the production of Old No. 7 up close. (Click here for story.) And then we stayed in a lovely, country Bed and Breakfast Inn — GreenRose of Raus — as recommended on the Jack Daniel website. (Click here to read about GreenRose.)
But all weekend, Cindy kept saying, Wouldn’t it be great to see a Tennessee Walking Horse? We agreed it would be, but where could we find a farm that would let us take a closer look or see walking horses in training? Through the magic of “Googling,” however, we happened upon an event in nearby Shelbyville going on that very weekend: The Walking for Angels Horse Show and Christmas Village!
We put the address for Calsonic Arena into our GPS and found ourselves headed toward the home of the The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration that’s held each year in late summer for eleven days ending on the Saturday night prior to Labor Day.
Originally bred as utility horses for plantation owners, Tennessee Walking Horses are known for a four-beat gait that’s smoother than a trot. It can seem as though the horses are gliding or moving effortlessly down the track.
Finding the show at Calsonic Arena was pure serendipity: seeing Tennessee Walking Horses in action was elegance in motion.
For more information:
Calsonic Arena, 721 Whitthorne Avenue, Shelbyville, TN; http://www.calsonicarena.com/
Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration: http://www.twhnc.com/
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Museum located in Wartrace, TN is part of The Jack Trail. For more information, go to http://www.tntrailsandbyways.com
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