. Dancing For the Horses

Monday, October 11th

$10 admission at the door gets you into the "Dancing For The Horses" fundraiser 7 - 9 PM
the "Joe Nichols Concert" immediately following 10:00 PM.

Be sure to refresh your screen often when checking vote results

                             Meet our Female Dancers  - Click box under their pictures to vote
Each dollar donated counts as one vote: example - $10 donation equals 10 votes

Special $25
"Meet & Greet" with Joe Nichols before his concert.
Only 30 tickets available, so buy yours now!

Donations can also be mailed to HHT at
P.O. Box 22841
Knoxville, TN 37933
Put the name of the dancer in the memo section if placing a vote.

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Cant attend the event but want to help?  Donate the price of $10 admission below.


Sponsored By:


Dancer # 1
Jamie Lynn Drohan                                                           200 Votes

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ABC Channel 6 WATE-TV
Good Morning Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
Columnist for HQ Magazine and writes a column entitled "Is This Thing On? My Life as a TV Host"...
Worked for Westfield TV 36 from 2006 - 2009 as Director of Operations were I ran a local television station in NJ.
She also worked at Comcast during this time as an Anchor/Producer and hosted red carpet shows that aired on CNN Headline News














And the 79 other
horses we have cared for so far in 2010, and the ones still to come.

Dancer # 2 
Kathy Kear                                                                         215 Votes

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Professional Writer and Owner of The Horse Emporium, Knoxville, TN

Kathy is a native Knoxvillian holding B.A. and M.S. degrees from the University of Tennessee. She has been a professional writer for 25 years and has been published in numerous national publications as well as being a free-lance journalist for The Knoxville News Sentinel. She is also a public relations consultant. Being a lifelong horse lover, Kathy decided in 2006 to pursue her dream of opening an equestrian retail store designed to enhance the equestrian lifestyle and thus, The Horse Emporium was born. The 2000 square foot shop is located at 6210 Chapman Highway in Knoxville and serves English and Western riders, catering not only to horse owners but to all who love horses. Kathy and husband Russell (a building contractor) have two daughters (Candace and Ashley) and enjoy life on their farm with their animals including horses of course!

Dancer # 3                                             
Erika Adams                                                                       336 Votes

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Erika Adams was raised in Knoxville TN, graduating from Farragut high school.  After gaining her bachelors degree in communications from the university of Tennessee, Erika moved to Atlanta Ga to pursue her horse career with 3-Day Event Olympians Stuart and Julie Black.  Erika Spent a few years working under the Blacks, and then moved to Middleburg VA to train under equestrian great Jimmy Wofford.  After spending a few years in Middleburg, Erika decided to move back home and pursue her goals in the area she grew up.  She has spent the past 7 years competing and teaching local enthusiasts how to event.  Erika is a big supporter of United States Pony Club and feels strongly about giving back to the community.  Some highlight's of her career are
* Competed to the CCI*** level
* Longlisted for the Athens Olympic Games
* Longlisted for the 2010 World Equestrian Games
Dancer # 4
Heather Craig                                                                     265 Votes

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Heather is an attorney with Holbrook Peterson & Smith, PLLC. The firm specializes in estate planning and charitable planning.
She became interested in Horse haven after seeing a booth set up at a local horse show. She grew up in Knoxville, graduating from Farragut High School. Proceeded on to Hollins University in Roanoke, VA where she received her B.A, and then went on to UT College of Law and earned her J.D.

She has been riding for many years and currently owns 2 thoroughbred mares (mother and daughter), ages 21 and 7.  Heather has competed in several disciplines, including eventing, hunter/jumper, and dressage.   

     Meet our Male Dancers - Click box under their pictures to vote  
Each dollar donated counts as one vote: example - $10 donation equals 10 votes

Cant attend the event but want to help?  Donate the price of $10 admission below.

Dancer # 5 
Mike Hammond                                                                    20 Votes

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Mike Hammond has been selected as Chairman of the Knox County Commission for the coming year. He was elected as Commissioner at Large Seat 10 with 86 percent of the vote. Hammond was first elected to the Knox County Commission for a partial term in 2004 and elected to a full term in 2006.
A native of Hawkins County, Hammond graduated from the University of Tennessee and is director of Operations for Citadel Broadcasting of Knoxville.  He and his wife, Vivica, have four children, all of whom are married and three grandchildren.
Mike is the newest member of the Country Radio Hall of Fame having been inducted in February of 2010 by Taylor Swift. He has been named Broadcaster of the Year by the Associated Press, Program Director of the Year by the Country Music Association, and received the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for this coverage of Tornadoes striking East Tennessee in 1996.  He was named Elected Official of the Year by the Knox County Council of PTA and was a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the PTA and Farragut Primary School.  Active in the community, Mike has been Co-Chair of the Dogwood Arts Festival, and Chairman of the Red Cross as well as serving on the Boards of United Way, Tennessee Theater, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Knox County Drug Court and has consulted numerous charities regarding fund raising.  He was a member of the Leadership Knoxville Class of 1998 and serves as Co-Chair of the Transportation Planning Organization.


Sponsored By:

Dancer # 6 
Dr. Steve Adair                                                                     450 Votes

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Dr. Adair earned his D.V.M from Auburn University after receiving his Bachelor's and Master's from Auburn University. After receiving his D.V.M., Dr. Adair spent two years in private equine practice and completed a surgery residency at the University of Tennessee. He is presently an Associate Professor of Equine Surgery, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville. Dr. Adair is board certified as a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and as a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is also Certified in Animal Chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. Dr. Adair’s primary research areas include Equine Laminitis, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Equine Rehabilitation. Dr. Adair has been conducting research since 1986 and has been published in numerous journals, including the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Journal of Veterinary Research, Veterinary Surgery and the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Equine Practioners.


Dancer # 7 
Dr. Mathew Lester                                                               30 Votes

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Dr. Matthew Lester has been a licensed Chiropractor since 2000.  He attends numerous seminars around the country to bring the most current and effective techniques back to the Knoxville area.
Dr. Matthew Lester is a Logan Chiropractic graduate and has been freeing people from pain since 2001 in his clinic at 901 Merchants Rd. in Knoxville, Tn. As a Chiropractor with experience, he is committed to promoting the health and well being of our patients. Dr. Lester uses a "whole person approach" when taking care of his patients. By combining the very best hands-on-technique and state of the art physiotherapy procedures, Dr. Lester is able to help you to accelerate and/or maintain your journey to good health.


Meet our MC

Jack Ryan  http://www.wivk.com/showdj.asp?DJID=42060

DJ for WIVK. Since joining "The Frog Station," Jack has won several awards including the "Silver Microphone" award, the "Communication" award and a Gold Addy Award. He has been nominated for CMA Country Music Personality of the year five times and has been recognized by the state of Tennessee for his achievements.

Meet our Judges

Can't attend, but would like to make a donation in honor of one of our judges, click the button next to their name. Prize awarded to our top judge!

  Mary Ann Kennedy  http://www.maryannkennedy.com/

Grammy nominated hit songwriter from Nashville, TN., Mary Ann Kennedy, creates music that celebrates the horse and other animals. I have had the pleasure of singing
backgrounds and playing mandolin on many Nashville records, and on some of the songs I have had recorded. She has recorded with Martina McBride, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes, Art Garfunkel, Reba McEntire, Diamond Rio, Pam Tillis, Hank Williams Jr., John Berry, Kathy Mattea, Emmylou Harris, Blackhawk, Maura O'Connell, Ashley Cleveland, Mindy McCready, Anita Cochran and Caroline Dawn Johnson, just to name a few.

  Mike Branch  http://flyingbhorsemanship.squarespace.com

Mike's motto: Leadership through trust, partnership through leadership; trust, partnership, and leadership through; love, understanding, and communication.

Mike’s work with the American Mustang has been recognized not only in the United States as he was invited to be one of only three clinicians from North America, to be in Brandon, Manitoba’s first ever “Round Up”, which is a “Road to the Horse” type event. It has also taken him over the sea to the United Kingdom, three times now with a fourth tour already scheduled. His work in the UK has been giving clinics and demos from south west England to the north east corner of the country. Mike has presented at “Devon County Show” twice now with an invitation to present in 2011 as well.

Mike has been given a formal introduction to members of the royal family in the UK, and filmed by “Lion Productions” to be the lead on a very popular one hour episode of a BBC program called “Edwardian Farm” due to be aired fall 2010.

Mike's dedication led to him being asked by the “Mustang Heritage Foundation” to oversee the “Youth and Yearling Mustang Challenge” in the south eastern United States.

 Tom Gallaher http://www.gallaher-assoc.com/

Owner at Gallaher & Associates, Inc.
Radford University
Business Operations Management 
1989 – 1993
Activities and Societies: -Radford University President's Advisory Council Member
-Junior Achievement of East Tennessee Board Member
-Knoxville Economic Development Council Board Member
As owner of Gallaher & Associates
, Inc., received award as an Inc. 5000 fastest growing company in America in 2008
-Received award as a Hot 100 Business in Tennessee
Entrepreneurs' Organization member 2008

                                        "but we will take your checks too"