Cumberland Now Volume 1, Issue 8 - Page 9

Chloe Castell stands with her 17-year-old pony, Central Park — though everyone calls him Sweep. Ticket to Ride Story by Heather Mullinix Editor Casteel featured on Celebration ticket Chloe Casteel had her first taste of showing horses when she was two — in a lead-line class where she and her horse were led around the ring. She’s been hooked ever since. The Stone Memorial High School freshman competed in August at the 82nd annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration held in Shelbyville, TN. While she was hoping to come home with a ribbon — the publication deadline for this was prior to the event — she and her family had a nice surprise when they saw the tickets for this year’s event. The ticket for the first night of the 10-night event features a photo of Chloe from last year’s show. “It was a total surprise,” said Robbie Castell, Chloe’s mom. “A lady posted the ticket on Facebook and my brother Bear zoomed in and saw it. “We couldn’t wait to get our tickets in the mail.” In the photo by Celebration photographer Shane Shiflet, Chloe is coming down the entry shoot and is in the process of urging the horse on. Uncle Brad is beside her, running beside horse and rider until they’re in the ring. Chloe comes from a walking horse family. Her grandparents, Bob and Linda Bottoms, have been active in the Tennessee Walking Horse Association since the 1970s. Robbie and her brothers, Brad and Bear, also show on the walking horse circuit. “She’s been able to use her grandparents’ barn and practice ring,” said Robbie. Dad Heath and grandparents Ronnie and Peggy Casteel are big supporters of the young equestrian, as well. Chloe showed a pleasure horse when she was seven, making her solo debut at Cumberland Now • September 2020 | 9