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History of Midnight Sun Tennessee Walking Horse

posted Oct 15, 2009, 7:59 AM by Matt Elsberry   [ updated Jan 24, 2012, 4:39 PM ]
World Champion in 1945 and 1946

Midnight Sun holds the distinction as the first stallion to win the World Grand Champion title in Shelbyville, Tennessee during the Celebration in 1945 and again in 1946. Continuing the bloodline of his sire Wilson's Allen and dam, Ramsey's Rena, Midnight Sun's offspring and succeeding generations continue to dominate the walking horse industry.

Mrs. Eleanor Livingston and daughter Geraldine purchased Midnight Sun in 1957. After the death of Midnight Sun in 1965, Geraldine Livingston commissioned a life size statue of Midnight Sun and presented it to her mother on her birthday in 1972.

The statue was loaned from its original home at Dixie Plantation some years ago to stand proudly at the headquarters of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders Association in Lewisburg, Tennessee. However in recent years there has been considerable thought about having the life size statue moved back "home" to Dixie Plantation. Regardless of where the statue stands, this magnificent work of art perpetuates Midnight Suns' place in Tennessee walking horse history as the greatest sire!