|Freeman Memorial Walking Horse Show Returns to the Fair|
|Wednesday, August 11, 2010|
By ANGEL KANE
This Friday, August 13, the Wilson County Fair returns! From food to contests to rides to beauty queens, every day from the 13th through the 21st, the fair offers fun-filled entertainment for the whole family.
This year, brings the return of the third annual Betty B. Freeman Memorial Walking Horse show. Betty Freeman was a long-time Wilson County resident who had a passion for horses. Originally from Lewisburg, Betty moved to town when she married John Freeman and in the 1970’s, Betty turned her passion for horses into a breeding business known as Freeman Foals.
Betty bred and raised over 300 foals in her breeding career, many of which made it to showings and some were even sent overseas. One of Betty’s greatest accomplishment in breeding was raising the only World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse from Wilson County, known as “Generator’s Santana.”
Betty Freeman passed away a few years ago, but her memory lives on. Three years ago the Wilson County Fair Board contacted the family and asked if they could name the Walking Horse Show in her honor. The Freeman family continues to honor Betty’s love of horses through their yearly participation in this world-class event.
On Friday, Walking Horses in various classes will be presented to the public at the fair. Proceeds from the event will benefit two of Betty’s favorite charities: Hearthside Retirement Center and the Youth Scholarship Fund of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association.
So, make sure to mark your calendars to attend this year’s Walking Show event. And for more information about all the activities at the fair, go on-line to www.wilsoncountyfair.net.