Town and Country draws crowd, celebrates legacy

Callaway Hills Stable owner Tony Weldon rides a horse for a crowd of spectators during this year's Town and Country event Tuesday evening.

Callaway Hills Stable owner Tony Weldon rides a horse for a crowd of spectators during this year's Town and Country event Tuesday evening. Photo by Dean Asher.

The Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce’s annual Town and Country event is about bringing together members of the county from all walks of life. This year’s event drew a crowd of more than 250 people for a night of dinner and fellowship.

But this year, it was also about legacy.

Held at Callaway Hills Stable in New Bloomfield, much of the discussion on everything from the venue down to the meal centered around the rich history that brought it to where it was Tuesday.

Guests began arriving to Callaway’s premier stable around 5:30 p.m., where they were treated with live music from the Mill Bottom Blues Academy and demonstrations from stable staff. During the demonstration, guests learned about horses and showing, and saw descendants of legendary saddlebred and World Grand Championship Horse Show winner Will Shriver, from whom many of the horses at the stable have been sired.

“In Callaway Hills, our bloodlines go back five to six generations: You’re seeing great-grandsons of horses that my mom bred,” said Callaway Hills owner Tony Weldon in a video presentation. “And that was the most important part to me to try to save this farm, was to preserve the top line, the sire’s bloodlines, and that’s what we’ve been trying to get.”

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