Donelson's Second Annual Horse Show, being sponsored June 10 at the High School Stadium, this year may again astound the skeptics who have pooh-poohed the magnitude of the affair. The Horse Show Committee is laying plans to accommodate 6300 visitors and if any near that number turns up Donelson will be hard pressed to handle them.
A group of "you've got to show me" skeptics expected little for last year's show but they reckoned without knowing of the horse lover's enthusiasm for the breed. Even before a late afternoon rain began, owners with trailers in tow began pulling through town. Then, despite the rain, the same skeptics were amazed to find cars parked on Lebanon Road and Stewart's Ferry Pike for nearly a mile in each direction and some 2500 people filling the stands. Now, if the Committee's hopes are realized, even the most hard-bitten skeptic should be convinced that the Horse Show is here to stay.
Donelson should benefit considerably from the Show. The net proceeds will be used for the betterment of the community. The cafes and drug stores should do a land-office business, especially during the lull between the afternoon and evening programs. Nearly every business, some indirectly, will benefit from the money the horse lovers will leave here. Donelson, in return, hopes to give them plenty of high-class entertainment.
Enthusiasm for the Tennessee Walking Horse is deeply rooted in a great many citizens. This particular breed was developed in this area, first as a means of transportation from new wilderness homes to commercial centers. Then, as estates and plantations evolved, the Walking Horse, with his easy-to-ride gait, became popular as a means of getting around to oversee work. The slow, easy gait of the Walking Horse is inbred and colts display this trait almost as soon as they can walk. With this sort of a background, it is small wonder that so many horse-lovers come to see the fine animals in a Show no matter what their occupation may now be.
There will be a big crowd in attendance at the Donelson Horse Show, make no mistake about that!