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ETSA Held Annual High Points Banquet

The East Tennessee Saddlebred Association held their 2001 high Point Awards Banquet in the Jefferson Federal Room of the Walters State Great Smoky Mountains Expo center in White Pine, Tenn., on Fri., Dec. 7.

The Jefferson Federal Room was filled with festive holiday decorations thanks to the efforts of several hard-working members. Each table had a red poinsettia as the centerpiece which were later given away as part of the door prizes along with numerous items donated by members.

Each year, the membership of ETSA is asked to vote for the individuals they feel have best exhibited the spirit of good sportsmanship while promoting the American Saddlebred. Awards were presented for male sportsman, female sportsman and youth sportsman. The 2001 Female Sportsmanship Award was presented to Sharon Rhoton of Gate City, Va. Male sportsman for 2001 was Ray Bible or Morristown, Tenn. The youth award ended in a tie with Ashley Wallace of Lebanon, Va. and Allison Phillips of Morristown, Tenn. being named co-winners. Recipients of the sportsmanship awards were presented framed and matted prints from an original work of art by Heath Hughes.

Anyone interested is welcome to become a member of ETSA. For further information about the club or any of the activities conducted, contact any of the officers, or email the club at

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