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Raise the Roofs collects funds to preserve historic buildings

More than 400 people came out to celebrate the horse’s return to Harlinsdale at the second annual Raise the Roofs, a benefit to preserve the historic buildings at the Park at Halinsdale Farm. Four generations of the Harlin family were on hand, including brothers Bill and Tom Harlin, sons of farm founder, Wilt Harlin.
 
After several years of equine absence at the birthplace of a breed line of champion Tennessee walking horses that date back to Midnight Sun, horses once again walked the grounds. A procession of a variety of breeds from the stately walking horse to miniature horses and ponies, paraded around what one day will be a multipurpose arena which will host equine events as well as concerts and other celebrations. 
 
A display during the event featured drawings prepared by Kiser-Vogrin Design, which has worked closely with Friends of Franklin Parks on initial concept drawings of the park, along with Barge Waggoner Sumner Cannon, Boyle Investments and Historic Concepts of Atlanta.
 
A display during the event featured drawings prepared by Kiser-Vogrin Design, which has worked closely with Friends of Franklin Parks on initial concept drawings of the park, along with Barge Waggoner Sumner Cannon, Boyle Investments and Historic Concepts of Atlanta.
 
An exhibition Polo match of three chukkers, held the crowd captive to the last goal, when attention turned to fine food and drink.
 
Photos by Carole Robinson



The Procession of Horses is led by Saddle Up! pony, Gabby.
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Bill and Tom Harlin, brothers who once ran the Tennessee Walking Horse breeding stables their father began, sold the farm to the City of Franklin to be preserved. 
 
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Four generations of Harlins: Barbara, Tom and John Harlin, Harlin Suscha and his mom, Graham Harlin Suscha
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Ashley Rainey, Christina and Christopher Martin launch "Hear the Sound of Horses Coming to Harlinsdale" T-shirts 
promoting the return of the horse to Harlinsdale where the Tennessee Walking Horse began. The shirts may be purchased at Philanthropy on Main Street – 100 percent of the profits go to Harlinsdale and Friends of Franklin Parks.
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Damon Bagwell and Jamey Parker
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Posted on: 6/21/2013

 
 

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