Obituary- Bob Nelms

Mr. James Robert “Bob” Nelms, age 67, of College Grove, Tennessee, passed from this life on Monday, September 18, 2017 at his home in College Grove. A Marshall County native, Mr. Nelms was a member of the Presbyterian Church, and was an equipment operator in the construction industry. He was a great supporter of the Tennessee Walking Horse Industry and an avid horseman.
Mr. Nelms was preceded in death by his father, James Thurman Nelms. Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Becky Nelms, College Grove, Tennessee; sons, Robert (Amanda) Nelms, College Grove, TN, Jesse (Megan) Nelms, Chapel Hill, TN; mother, Martha Nelms, College Grove, TN; sister, Cindy (Mike) Dill, Franklin, TN; grandchildren, Kayrin, Riley, Peyton, Savannah, and Allie; great grandchildren, Adley Rae, and Walker; niece, Dawn Dill (Jimmy), Kentucky.
Bob, as he was affectionately known, was laid to rest on Thursday, September 21, 2017 in the Triune Cemetery following a service held in the chapel of the Lawrence Funeral Home in Chapel Hill, Tennessee. The Scoop sends our condolences to the Nelms Family.

Obituary- Buddy Dick

buddyLifetime Tennessee Walking Horse Trainers’ Association member Buddy Gene Dick passed away September 23, 2017. He was 77 years old. Buddy was born in Science Hill, Kentucky on October 7, 1939 to Columbus and Mary Dick.
He was a great supporter of the Tennessee Walking Horse. He made a career of training and in 1997 moved to Columbia, Tennessee to join his son Rodney at Twin Hills Training Facility. In 2000 he won his first World Grand Championship on Steel Connection. The father/son training team moved to Finish Line Farms in Unionville, Tennessee in 2002 where he remained a familiar face until his illness. His church membership was at Ferndale Baptist Church in Liberty, Kentucky.
A Memorial service will be held Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Feldhaus Memorial Chapel in Shelbyville. Brother Steve Murphree will officiate. The family will receive visitors beginning at 11:00am until time of funeral.
Survivors include three sons, Rodney (Susan) Dick of Unionville, Bradley Dick, of Springhill, TN and Matthew Dick, of Gallatin; two daughters, Schella Grider, of Nicholasville, Kentucky and Wilma Jean Charles (Rodney Justice) of Pikeville, Kentucky; grandchildren, Chasity, Scottie, Amanda, David Lee, Hilary, and Shaun; great grandchildren, Jacob Hogue, Emily, Daniel, and Katie Stanley, Braxton and Bryson Johnson, Fraceska Charles, Camden Cowen, and Oakley and Makayla Dick.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Tennessee Walking Horse Trainers Association, P.O. Box 61, Shelbyville, TN 37162. The Scoop sends our deepest sympathy to the Dick Family.

NCCWHS Adds Class

` The NCCWHS has added Class 71A – Experienced Trainers 36 & Over Specialty to the October 7 show schedule.

The 2016 Racking World Grand Champion Under New Ownership

Tears, the 2016 Racking Horse Association Breeders and Exhibitors World Grand Champion, has a new owner. Tears won the Championship title with trainer Jamie Lawrence for owners Kimberly and Perry Walden. The World Grand Champion was purchased prior to this year’s Racking World Championship show by The Roy Wester Family. Roy directed Tears to a World Championship title already in 2017 remaining under the direction of Jamie Lawrence. The Scoop congratulates the Westers for their purchase!

Fall Breeding Coming Soon

Love is in the air for your mare so let The Scoop help guide you to the winners’ circle. Our Fall Breeders’ Guide will be part of our next publication. If you have a breeding stallion that you would like showcased, please contact any of our advertising representatives listed in the front of this issue.

Celebration Releases Tunica News

The Tunica Fall Classic Horse Show will be held November 2-4, 2017 at the Paul Battle Jr. Arena in Tunica, Mississippi. Celebration officials have announced that the Gold Strike Resort and Casino, an MGM hotel, will once again serve as the host hotel. This hotel offers first class amenities, along with special horse show rates. To reserve a room call 1-888-245-7529 and use event code 1710TUNICA.
Judges for this event have also been announced by the Celebration. They are Sam Sorrell, Robbie Spiller and Leigh Stuart. Sorrell is a five-time Celebration judge, while Stuart has judged the Celebration three times. Although a seasoned judge, this will be Spiller’s first Celebration event to mark the cards.

50th Annual Alabama Jubilee Charity Horse Show Class Sheet

Alabama Jubilee Class Sheet – Oct 27-28, 2017

WHOA Releases Show Updates

The Walking Horse Owners’ Association would like to announce that the upcoming show Sunday, September 17 at the Tennessee State Fair in Nashville, TN will be changed from formal attire to casual attire (collared shirt, long pants and boots). Bobbikay Hein will judge the show. Class 15 was a duplicate class and now reads Classic Country Pleasure, Amateur, English or Western. In all WHOA shows “Youth 11 and Under” must wear an ASTM-SEI approved headgear (helmet) in all riding classes. This is a WHOA rule and safety requirement.

Also, this weekend’s show “Ride for Roses” is a Double Point Show in Dillsburg, PA. Jeff Daniels from Oxford, NC will judge the show. Next week the “Walking for the Future Classic” is scheduled for the Smoky Mountain Expo Center in White Pine, TN. This show is also a double point show for WHOA High Points. The show will be held Friday and Saturday, September 22-23, beginning each evening at 7 pm. Glenda Levin of Jamestown, TN will judge the show.

For more information about these or other shows please see the WHOA website or e-mail:


Tragic Fire at Nance Stables

On September 5, 2017 Nance Stables, located at Crane Farms in Alabama, experienced a devastating barn fire. Trainer Keith Nance reported that 23 horses perished and almost all barn items were destroyed. Friends and fellow trainers have stepped up to help. A benefit auction will be held Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Pleasant Valley Farms, 2395 Hwy 64E, in Shelbyville. Donations will be taken for lunch that begins at 12:30pm with the auction following at 1:30pm.

Anyone wishing to donate items for the auction or directly to the Nance Family can purchase those at Bedford Tack or The Winners Circle. A designated person will pick those up prior to the event. Monetary contributions can also be made. Checks should be paid to Keith Nance Benefit and mailed to Andy Davis at 108 East Grove Street, Greeneville, TN 37745 or to Dustin Smith at 333 Claypool Boyce Road, Alvaton, KY 42122. For more information, you can contact Davis at (404) 932-3146, Smith at (270) 779-8139 or Chris Elliot at (256) 856-5481.

Thomas Receives Humanitarian Award

The Evan Lloyd Adamson Humanitarian Award, named in honor of the former Celebration ringmaster, is given by The Celebration each year recognizing an individual who has demonstrated outstanding service and commitment to The Celebration. This year’s recipient is Mark Thomas. Mark is a Shelbyville native that chose to raise his family in his hometown. He is a very active participant in the local government and Fair Haven Baptist Church. His servant’s heart is noticed by his family, friends and the entire community as he has been employed by the Bedford County Fire Department for 36 years serving as chief for 29 years.

In 1989 Mark began working for The Celebration Security. Through the years, he could be found working almost every aspect of security for The Celebration. His kind smile has been seen at events in the Calsonic Arena, inspection area, barn area, and more. In 2012, Mark accepted the position of security manager, and this year he will celebrate his 28th anniversary as a Celebration employee.

Mark and his wife Donna have been married for 36 years. They have two children, Ashley Brinkley and Tyler Thomas and three grandsons. The Scoop congratulates Thomas on receiving this distinguished award.