Celebration Of Marietta Gambrell

Sponsored by: Southern Plantation Walking Horse Association

 Date and Time: September 20, 2014, 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: T. Ed Garrison Arena, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Tickets: $16.00

Ticket Purchase: Celebration tickets must be reserved no later than September 10, 20114. For more information on tickets, please contact Dr. Gene W. Wood at gwwindwalker@gmail.com.

Country and Western Music by Sorelle:  5:45pm to 6:45pm

Barbecue buffet opens at 6:30pm

Presentations begin at 7:30pm

            Certificates of Recognition and Appreciation are being requested from:

                        Clemson University

                        South Carolina Horsemen’s Council

                        Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association

                        South Carolina Tennessee Walking Horse Association

                        Southern Plantation Walking Horse Association

                        South Carolina Upstate Equine Council

                        South Carolina Department of Agriculture



Deserving of Honor

The life and work of Marietta Gambrell, Liberty, South Carolina will be celebrated at the T. Ed Garrison Arena, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina on September 20, 2014. Any life lived with high acclaim for accomplishments, contributions and commitment to high ideals in human endeavor should be honored and celebrated, especially by those who have directly benefitted from those strivings. Such has been the life of Marietta Gambrell whose talents, quiet strength, patience and passion not only for horses, but also for the relationship between horses and the people who ride them, have been of national and international renown. The horse industry has benefitted greatly from Marietta’s work in breeding and training horses for a wide array of uses ranging from show rings, including pleasure classes, reining and carriage driving, to track and trails.

Among her many accomplishments in horsemanship, Marietta bred, raised, trained and showed two Tennessee Walking Horse Supreme Versatility champions and bred, raised and trained a World Champion Walking Pony. She was chosen to be a representative of the equine industry in the 1996 Olympics Parade in Atlanta and to represent the Tennessee Walking Horse Association in the a Kentucky Derby parade. She received the first Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association Pleasure Horse Ambassador Award in 1996.

Marietta’s reputation for knowledge and skills in horsemanship, as well as her high ideals, integrity and personality, have caused numerous organizations to seek her involvement and council. She was active in organizing and a charter member of both the South Carolina Horseman’s Council and the South Carolina Upstate Equine Council. She served on the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association (TWHBEA) Board of Directors for 26 years, and the Executive Committee for eight years. In addition, she once represented TWHBEA at the Equine Horse Fair in Berlin, Germany. She has judged horse shows and conducted judging and training clinics across the United States and in Canada.

Marietta served on the Board of Directors of the Horse Show Commission for three years and as Chairperson of the Judges Committee for one year. She served on the South Carolina Walking Horse Association Board of Directors for several years and is currently President of the Southern Plantation Walking Horse Association.

In support of advanced education institutions in South Carolina, Marietta has served as the equine representative on the Advisory Committee for the Clemson University Dept. of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, a building committee at the Clemson University T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena and as the on the Equine Advisory Committee for Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton, South Carolina.

Finally, Marietta has also served on the Farm Bureau Advisory Committee representing the equine industry.


The Southern Plantation Walking Horse Association, the organizer and primary sponsor of the Celebration of The Life and Work of Marietta Gambrell, is searching for organizations and individuals who can join us in sponsoring this event as Marietta enters her 76th year of a life making magnificent contributions to the horse industry. Please review the list of costs that we will encounter in the Celebration and, to the extent practicable, join us in financial support of the effort to honor the life from which so many of us have benefitted.

All item specific and general sponsors will be recognized in Celebration literature. Total cost of the Celebration as itemized below and based on current bids is $3195.

If you or your organization can join us in financial support of this highly deserved celebration, please contact Dr. Gene W. Wood, 520 Windwalker Lane, Seneca, SC 29678; phone – 864.650.1742; e-mail – gwwindwalker@gmail.com.


Search for Celebration Sponsors

Sponsorships Obtained as of July 7, 2014


Music by Sorelle fee: $150 sponsored by Dr. Gene W. Wood

Music performance stage rental fee: $354 sponsored by Dr. Gene W. Wood

Security Officer

            Needed if alcohol served: about $100 sponsored by Dr. Poag Reid

Sponsorships Being Sought

T. Ed Garrison Arena concourse rental fee: $350

Tables and chairs for 160 people rental fee: $255

Support Equipment

            Stage for guest of honor and honored guests rental fee: $520

            Projector screen rental fee: $42

            Podium with built-in speaker rental fee: $106

Cash Bar (5:30pm – 7:30pm) (Will require a security officer @ about $100.)

Liquid Catering (Greenville) subcontracted to Carolina Catering

            Cash Bar setup fee                                                                                        =  $200.00

            2 bartenders for 2 hours @ $25/bartender/hr.                                           =    100.00

            Soda service 75 drinks @ $1.00 ea.                                                              =      75.00


Cash Bar subtotal = $375.00

                                                                        Sales tax                =      22.50

                                                                        Gratuity (20%)    =      20.00


                        Cash Bar total quote = $418.50


Printing of biography booklet on Marietta: $600 (approximate estimate)

Other printing costs: $300 (approximate estimate)

General Sponsorships  (cash contributions)

            Platinum: $300 or more

            Gold: $200-$299

            Silver: $100-$199

            Bronze: $50-$99

            Sunshine: $25-$49