The opening ceremony begins at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tenn., Aug. 26, 2006. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has toughened regulations aimed to keep some trainers and owners from profiting off the abuse of Tennessee walking horses. The Humane Society of the United States says the new two-year plan announced in March 2007 closes a loophole that has allowed persistent abusers to avoid longer bans on showing and selling prized walking horses, while some in the industry say it goes too far.  (AP Photo/The Tennessean, Mandy Lunn, File)
The opening ceremony begins at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tenn., Aug. 26, 2006. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has toughened regulations aimed to keep some trainers and owners from profiting off the abuse of Tennessee walking horses. The Humane Society of the United States says the new two-year plan announced in March 2007 closes a loophole that has allowed persistent abusers to avoid longer bans on showing and selling prized walking horses, while some in the industry say it goes too far. (AP Photo/The Tennessean, Mandy Lunn, File)
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published Sunday, September 18th, 2011
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Every August, the population in Shelbyville, Tenn., multiplies by 10 as about 200,000 people from across the nation and around the globe trot in to watch the world-famous Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration.

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