LARRY JOE WHEELON CASE WAS “TWO YEAR INFOMERCIAL” ON ANIMAL CRUELTY OF “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE – BROTHER ROY EXUM COMMENTS ON COURT RULING

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CHATTANOOGA, TNBrother Roy Exum reports on the Blount County Home Cooking and the demise of TWHBEA under Smith Smith and Walt Chism.

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Roy Exum: Our Sored Walkers Weep
Monday, May 18, 2015 – by Roy Exum

PHOTO OF ANIMAL CRUELTY OF “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE AT LARRY JOE WHEELON STABLES – 2743 TUCKALEECHEE PIKE,  MARYVILLE, TN

PHOTO OF SORE TWH TAKEN AT LARRY JOE WHEELON'S BARN IN MARCH 2013 BY GINO BACHMAN, SPCA OFFICER

PHOTO OF SORE TWH TAKEN AT LARRY JOE WHEELON’S BARN IN MARCH 2013 BY GINO BACHMAN, SPCA OFFICER

‘I believe the United States Constitution is our most precious document. I also believe in order for us to live in the way that so many who have died for our country dreamed we would someday, we must cherish the Constitution, uphold it, and glory in it. That established, the Constitution just broke my heart.

Tammy Harrington, a circuit court judge in Blount County, has just ruled Larry Joe Wheelon’s rights under the Fourth Amendment were violated by a search warrant in an April 2013 raid on his barn. On that day 19 horses were seized, some so badly abused by caustic chemicals the animals could hardly walk. The evidence was overwhelming but Judge Harrington’s ruling on Friday means the 70-year-old Wheelon will soon walk as a free man rather than serve any punishment for very obvious soring practices he uses to make Tennessee Walking Horse dance a sickening step called the “Big Lick.

Forget that the repeated delays in the judicial process of the Wheelon trial have cast a curious cloud over the Blount County Courthouse. Never mind that last summer, while awaiting trial, Wheelon was ticketed once again by USDA inspectors for violating the federal Horse Protection Act as he has done so many times in his checkered past. What matters is that the Constitution is the supreme law of the United States and must be followed to the letter.

While “sound horse” disciples across America are wincing over Judge Harrington’s decision, and animal advocates see the Wheelon case as a mockery of true justice, the fact that horse soring is so rampant in Tennessee leads to the belief it is just a matter of time before dedicated law enforcement officers nab the next closed-door barn monster.

Judge Harrington, who knows far more about our laws than I do, ruled Friday that some “undercover” visits by a federal agent before the warrant was issued violated Wheelon’s rights and said there were also some credibility issues with an affidavit that supported the search warrant. “It is never an easy decision,” the judge told the court, “and I understand the issues may be politically charged. However, that never takes the place of the Constitution.”

I believe Judge Harrington misspoke when she talked of “issues that may be politically charged.” Politics has little to do with animal abuse. A trainer either abuses a horse or does not. It could be she was referring to Blount County, where the courthouse fronts Lamar Alexander Parkway. Alexander, a U.S. Senator who is leading opposition to the “Prevent All Soring Tactics” bills now coursing through the Senate and House with a watered-down bill, is a known supporter of the “Big Lickers,” a shady group out of Shelbyville intent on preserving the dirty side of the horse industry.

The better truth is the “Big Lick” is killing the Tennessee Walking Horse, its gentle reputation and its noble heritage. Public perception of the gross pads, the tight chains on horses’ hooves and barbaric practices to “pain” a horse so it will lift its agonized front legs higher in an unnatural gait, is scathing. While “sound” horse shows are thriving, some venues are banning Big Lick horses.

Memberships in the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association have fallen from 17,872 in 2004 to less than half of that, 7,189 in 2013, according to Walter Chism, an interim director.

Chism also revealed registrations have fallen from 15,304 in 2004 to 4,080 in 2013 and that transfers are down, going from 17,548 in 2004 to 5,667 in 2013. Insiders say it is much worse in the spring of 2015. It wasn’t until July of 2013 that Jackie McConnell pleaded guilty to federal charges of horse abuse and since then the scorn of the nation has centered on the “Big Lickers,” scofflaws who wantonly sore animals because the federal laws have no teeth and because they enjoy the sadistic cheating.

Currently the U.S. Department of Agriculture will suspend a “ticketed” trainer for a short time and send a form letter asking him or her to stop. The owner easily skirts the violation. He simply shows the horse the next weekend under the name of a dirty trainer’s assistant or perhaps his wife. They even change the horse’s name, which immediately erases past indiscretions.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is in the process of elevating animal abuse to a Level One crime, placing it as a top priority with crimes like murder, extortion, and financial fraud. The FBI believes anyone who will hurt an animal may morph into the next Jeffery Dahmer and, by next February, indicates it will actively pursue those who have gained world-wide notoriety for soring horses.

Horse abuse in a felony in Tennessee and many saw the Wheelon case as the first time an abuser might go to jail. They had Larry Joe on 19 counts of aggravated animal cruelty. They had pictures, swabs, veterinary statements and more but a technicality, a flaw in the system, set Wheelon free and enabled him to return to his noted position on the Walking Horse Trainer’s Association’s Ethic Committee.

Who would ever believe it? The USDA agent did masterful work. She had him. She waited patiently for over two years as Blount County officials seemed to bend over backwards for the defendant. As disheartening as it well may be, there will soon come another opportunity and, with it, Tennessee Walking Horse lovers will be closer to seeing the “Big Lick” go the way of the Dodo bird.”

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Nephew Eugene says the Larry Joe Wheelon case was a Two Year Informercial on the Animal Cruelty of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse supported by U. S. Senator Tom Ingram and the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

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GUEST COLUMNIST: MONROE WILSON FROM BULLS GAP, TENNESSEE WRITES MR. TOM INGRAM – “IT’S THE ANIMAL CRUELTY – SORING” – “NOT THE UNCERTAINTY OF THE INSPECTION AREA”

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BULLS GAP, TENNESSEE

Mr. Tom Ingram, Proprietor
The Ingram Group – The First Group
Nashville, Tennessee – Washington, DC

Dear Mr. Tom,

In recent years, we have dealt with a number of “Big Lick” public relations/crisis management firms (and couches) here in our fight to protect “The Horses” from the Animal Cruelty of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse. There have been Purple Strategies (BP Oil Spill), Phil Osborne, DVL Public Relations and now your, The Ingram Group – The First Group attempting to defend the indefensible “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.

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Actually, the firm Purple Strategies actually inspired the Horse “Purple Strategy” and the All American Walking Horse Alliance Campaign Theme, “BIG LICK BIG LIE” against the Animal Cruelty of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.

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Now, you and your firm have joined us, and you lend your reputation to the people who shamelessly host this Animal Cruelty in the name of family entertainment.

According to The Walking Horse Report, you are proposing a campaign for The Celebration to lead the industry back to its rightful place as a celebrated breed and the pride of Tennessee. As part of that campaign, eliminating the uncertainty of the inspection process is paramount to the success as is the uniting of the breeders, owners and trainers behind a singular, strategic plan. The Ingram Group realizes that in order to give people a reason to trust The Tennessee Walking Horse industry again significant changes in the industry must be supported by all groups.

Mr. Ingram borrowing from the 1992 Bill Clinton Campaign, respectfully sir, “It’s The Soring, Stupid”.

If there was NO SORING, there wouldn’t be any “uncertainty of the inspection process”.

But Mr. Ingram, therein lies the problem.

You cannot have a “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse without Animal Cruelty.

The “Big Lick” Horses are trained “SORE”.

ALL of them.

Don’t believe what I am saying?

Here, please listen to Mr. Carl Bledsoe who has “been there, done that”.


Don’t believe me.

Then please ask Ms Dee Dee Miller who owned the 1998 World Grand Champion “Masquerading”. She can tell you. Ms. Miller is the President of WHOA (Walking Horse Owners Association) which last year’s International featuring exclusively flat shod (Non “Big Lick”) Tennessee Walking Horses had – 0 – , Nada, None, Zip Horse Protection Act violations. WHOA’s 2014 International Horse Show attracted more Horse entries than did the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

"MASQUERADING" - 1998 WORLD GRAND CHAMPION

“MASQUERADING” – 1998 WORLD GRAND CHAMPION

"MASQUERADING" - 1998 WORLD GRAND CHAMPION WITH KNOX BLACKBURN UP (QUIT TRAINING "BIG LICK" WHEN WIFE'S UNCLE JACKIE MCCONELL WAS PROSECUTED)

“MASQUERADING” – 1998 WORLD GRAND CHAMPION WITH KNOX BLACKBURN UP (QUIT TRAINING “BIG LICK” WHEN WIFE’S UNCLE JACKIE MCCONELL WAS PROSECUTED)

Also, Ms. Miller’s organization WHOA IS a member of The American Horse Council.

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WHOA HIO DQP INSPECTING HORSES- ZERO HPA SORE OF 1,953 ENTRIES AT 2014 WHOA INTERNATIONAL HORSE SHOW

Please ask Mr. Steve Smith and Mr. Walt Chism why The American Horse Council, representing other primary horse breeds such as Quarterhorses, Arabians, Thoroughbreds and American Saddlebreds, will NOT allow TWHBEA (Tennessee Walking breed registry) to be a member.

Mr. Ingram, it all comes down to:

“It’s The Soring, Stupid”.

Mr. Ingram, If that is not good enough, then please ask equine vet Dr. John Haffner, MTSU Horse Science Professor.

He will tell you that “The Big Lick is a learned response to pain”.

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Here is Dr. John Haffner, MTSU Horse Science Professor,   this past Tuesday in Nashville explaining “Pressure Shoeing” to The Tennessean Editor Maria de Varenne.

THE TENNESSEAN EDITOR MARIA de VARENNE LISTENINGTO DR. JOHN HAFFNER & WHOA PRESIDENT DEE DEE MILLER

THE TENNESSEAN EDITOR MARIA de VARENNE LISTENINGTO DR. JOHN HAFFNER & WHOA PRESIDENT DEE DEE MILLER

Mr. Ingram, “Pressure Shoeing” is one of the abominable methods by which the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse is created.

It is nothing but pure unadulturated TORTURE of a defenseless animal. It is the height of Animal Cruelty. Former “Big Lick” Horse Trainer Mr. Carl Bledsoe can tell you that it’s common place in the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse World.

MTSU HORSE SCIENCE PROFESSOR DR. JOHN HAFFNER AND FORMER "BIG LICK" TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE TRAINER CARL BLEDSOE

MTSU HORSE SCIENCE PROFESSOR DR. JOHN HAFFNER AND FORMER “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE TRAINER CARL BLEDSOE

In fact, Mr. Ingram, one of the heavy hitters in the “Big Lick” World is Mr. Frank Eichler who owns Rising Star Ranch of Shelbyville, Tennessee, which is managed by TWHBEA Executive Committee Member Mr. David Williams.

 

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MR. FRANK EICHLER, PSHA ATTORNEY & RISING STAR RANCH PROPRIETOR

MR. DAVID WILLIAMS, MANAGER RISING STAR RANCH

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MR. DAVID WILLIAMS, MANAGER OF RISING STAR RANCH OWNED BY MR. FRANK EICHLER

Mr. Eichler presently employs Mr. Dick Peebles to care for and “train” and “show” his “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses.

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At one time, Mr. Dick Peebles who trains for Mr. Frank Eichler was accused of “Pressure Shoeing”.

According to the 2007 The Walking Horse Report:

Peebles Accepts Five Year Suspension
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
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“The Walking Horse Report has received a joint press release from the Walking Horse Trainers Association Board of Directors and Ethics Committee regarding the investigation into Dick Peebles’ alleged shoeing violation.
“The Walking Horse Trainers Association (WHTA) was recently notified of a potential violation of a serious nature. Upon receipt of this allegation, the Board of the Walking Horse Trainers Association voted unanimously to initiate an investigation by the WHTA Ethics Committee. The intent of the WHTA was to take quick action to investigate and address the accusation.
Upon initiation of the investigation, it became clear that proving the charges may be a lengthy process due to concern of chain of custody. The horse in question had been moved from one trainer’s barn to another, where the horse had been for a number of days before the alleged shoeing violation was ultimately discovered.
In order to promptly address the situation and to protect the welfare of the Tennessee Walking Horse and recognizing that the chain of custody is not as clear as it would be had the trainer presented or been handling the horse himself, an agreement has been reached with the trainer whose barn the horse had been moved from.
The trainer involved, Dick Peebles, while not admitting guilt, has agreed to accept responsibility for the violation since it possibly occurred while the horse was in his care. As a result, Mr. Peebles has agreed to a five-year suspension penalty, effective immediately. This suspension is consistent with the 2007-2009 Operating Plan Penalties for an illegal shoeing violation.
The WHTA Board of Directors and the Ethics Committee of the Walking Horse Trainers Association voted unanimously to approve the five-year suspension.
The WHTA is committed to ensuring compliance with the Horse Protection Act, protecting the welfare of the Tennessee Walking Horse and preserving the Walking Horse Industry for the future generations.”
The Report contacted Dick Peebles who declined to make a comment at this time.”
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Mr. Peebles was back training “Big Lick” TWH not long after the “Wet Noodle” Five Year suspension by the WHTA BOYZ for an “alleged shoeing violation”. It is not sure if Mr. Larry Joe Wheelon was the BOYZ Ethics Chairman at the time.

Mr. Ingram, the cat is out of the bag on the Animal Cruelty of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.

Citizens are protesting on the streets and roads of Tennessee informing the public of the Animal Cruelty. The Media has and is going to cover the story.

THE ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE TAKING IT TO THE STREETS

THE ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE TAKING IT TO THE STREETS

 


Senator Alexander has received over $3 Million Dollars from Soring Ringleader, TWHBEA President Mr. Steve Smith to take his “Out Of Touch” “Uninformed Position”.

Senator Alexander hasn’t been to the Celebration in over 25 years.

No one knows how much you are being paid.

Mr. Ingram, in 10 years, The Celebration attendance has gone from 170,000 to 70,000.

This year, the “2015 CITIZENS INITIATIVE” protesting the Animal Cruelty of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration will reduce ithe attendance to 50,000 or less.

The only people making any money from the Animal Cruelty of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse are David L. Howard, Publisher, and Jeffrey Howard, Editor of The Walking Horse Report, and the members of the Walking Horse Trainers Association BOYZ who “SORE” the Tennessee Walking Horses to teach them the “Big Lick”. There are also the Farriers and Vets who enable and assist it.

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And I left out you and Lamar.

Mr. Ingram, you are on the wrong side of this issue, and more importantly, Senator Lamar Alexander is on the “wrong side of history” on it.

PHOTO OF SORE TWH TAKEN AT LARRY JOE WHEELON'S BARN IN MARCH 2013 BY GINO BACHMAN, SPCA OFFICER

PHOTO OF SORE TWH TAKEN AT LARRY JOE WHEELON’S BARN IN MARCH 2013 BY GINO BACHMAN, SPCA OFFICER

You didn’t put Senator Alexander there, but you can remove him from it. He needs to tell Mr. Steve Smith that some things can’t be “bought” unless his once sterling reputation can be bought.

U.S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN)

U.S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN)

And Mr. Ingram, if you have taken The Celebration’s Animal Cruelty money, you also need to give it back. This isn’t what you really do, is it?

MR. TOM INGRAM - SUPPORTER OF ANIMAL CRUELTY - "BIG LICK" TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE

MR. TOM INGRAM – SUPPORTER OF ANIMAL CRUELTY – “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE

You and Senator Alexander will lose this one if you try to ignore the fact that the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse is Animal Cruelty.

Sincerely,

Monroe Wilson

P. S.

There is NOT going to be any compromise, and there ain’t going to be nobody turning around, either.

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Nephew Eugene says you can’t get it any straighter than Monroe Wilson from Bulls Gap, Tennessee.

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HEY MR. DAVID L. HOWARD … “ITS THE SORING, STUPID” … THE PUBLIC HAS HAD ENOUGH – SO CLOSE YOUR PIEHOLE ON THIS “HARASSMENT” BALONEY
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THETA, TN – Mr. David L. Howard, and the hard core Lickers, live in a constant state of:

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EX-CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

2014 CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD
2014 CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

None of this is complicated.

“IT’S THE SORING, STUPID”.

It’s not because the Show Management at the 57 year old Gallatin Lions Club Horse Show was harassed.

It’s not because the 167 year old University of Mississippi with a $527 Million dollar endowment was harassed.

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UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI LYCEUM BUILDING IN BACK GROUND AND JAMES MEREDITH STATUE

It’s not because Regions Bank doing business in 16 states  with $120 Billion dollars in assets was harassed.

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It’s not because PepsiCo capitalized at $131 Billion dollars was harassed.

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It was because PepsiCo didn’t want to be associated with this:

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JACKIE MCCONNELL, ABC NIGHTLINE

It’s not because the 200+ year old University of Tennessee with a $1 Billion endowment was harassed.

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IT WAS BECAUSE UT DIDN’T WANT TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS

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“BIG LICK” “WALK TIME CHARLIE” SET DOWN WITH CHAIN POUNDING SEVERE BITTING/SHANKS

Mr. Howard, Â are you stupid or greedy or both?

Or you have just reached the point where no one can do anything with you.

You got it right down on the steps of the Federal Courthouse in Chattanooga, Â “That you’ll be honest, you’ll never get there.”

“I’LL BE HONEST WITH YOU – WE’LL NEVER GET THERE” – CHATTANOOGA FEDERAL COURTHOUSE STEPS – JACKIE MCCONNELL GUILTY PLEA – MAY 22, 2012
“I’LL BE HONEST WITH YOU – WE’LL NEVER GET THERE” – CHATTANOOGA FEDERAL COURTHOUSE STEPS – JACKIE MCCONNELL GUILTY PLEA – MAY 22, 2012

And stop acting like you didn’t know what was going on in Jackie McConnell’s or Larry Joe Wheelon’s Barns.

Heck yes, you did.

You and Larry Joe Wheelon have both been in this 45 years, and you darn well know all about the “FIXING” – “STEWARDING” – “PRESSURE SHOEING” – Â all of it.

So stop playing dumb.

Sore Tennessee Walking Horses have made you a rich man.

DAVID L. HOWARD’S SORE BIG LICK CASH COW “CHA CHING”

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“CHA CHING” – MOOOOOO

And you don’t want to give them up.

And you are ignorantly advising others who share your B. L. Cozard, Jr. views.

Society has changed since you and Larry Joe Wheelon started your businesses in 1970.Â

LARRY JOE WHEELON

LARRY JOE WHEELON, ALLEGED OF SORING “SHOCK IT TO ME” ON JULY 12, 2014
LARRY JOE WHEELON, ALLEGED OF SORING “SHOCK IT TO ME” ON JULY 12, 2014

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2014 CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD
2014 CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

The sore “Big Lick’s” time has come and gone.

And it doesn’t matter what you do, the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse is deader than a carp.

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MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW MANAGER ROBERT TAYLOR STATEMENT IN THE SORE “BIG LICK” THE WALKING HORSE REPORT

First, it’s questionable if Mr. Robert Taylor wrote the following “Statement”.

The University of Mississippi Children’s Hospital didn’t do a One Year – we aren’t going to accept your Donation.

The University of Mississippi  completely “DISASSOCIATED” the Children’s Hospital from the Mississippi Charity Horse Show because of the animal cruelty to “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses.

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Two Sound Horse Advocates conferred with Mr. Guy Giesecke, Â CEO of the Blair Batson Children’s Hospital on Friday, February 27, 2015. Â The Change.Org Petition started on Thursday, February 26, 2015. In 48 hours, Â the Petition had 1,150 signatures. Â Mr. Giesecke along with University of Mississippi Medical Center Dean LouAnn Woodward and Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones were made aware of the animal cruelty going on at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show.

Mr. David L. Howard’s own employee, Â S. H.O.W. HIO Head DQP Mr. Mitchell Butler wrote the Horse Protection Act ticket on 2014 Mississippi Stake Champion “Gen’s Black Maverick” for being SORE.

2014 “BIG LICK” STAKE CHAMPION – GEN’S BLACK MAVERICK WITH BILL CALLAWAY UP
2014 “BIG LICK” STAKE CHAMPION – GEN’S BLACK MAVERICK WITH BROCK TILLMAN UP

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Not Scar Rule.

Not Foreign Substance.

But “ONE FOOT” SORE. Â

The horse’s Trainer Mr. Brock Tillman is being prosecuted by the USDA for showing SORE Horses. Â The owners of the Horse, Â Mr. Howard’s friends Ms Lorraine and Mr. Keith Rosbury have numerous HPA Violation Citations.

MR. DAVID L. HOWARD WITH HPA VIOLATION CITEE LORRAINE ROSBURY

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The University of Mississippi made a virtually immediate decision to sever ties with the animal cruelty with the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show.

What actually happened was after Sound Horse Citizen advocates met with the University officials on Friday,  February 27, 2015,  Mr. Robert Taylor was called on the carpet at the Batson Children’s Hospital on Monday, March 2, 2015, and confronted with the evidence of the Soring going on with the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse. Mr. Taylor knew the jig was up on his attempt to cosmeticize “Big Lick” animal cruelty by hiding behind the Children’s Hospital.

Other charities are about to also “run” from the “Big Lick”.

The Sound Horse advocates met again with the University officials on Wednesday afternoon,  March 4, 2015.  Mr. Giesecke informed them that Mr. Robert Taylor would be advised immediately of the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s decision to “DISASSOCIATE” the Children’s Hospital from the Mississippi Charity Horse Show.

There was never any “harassment”.

But it was obvious that the University Children’s Hospital officials were aghast at the “Big Lick” ANIMAL CRUELTY Â at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show, and they were having nothing of it.

Some people liken “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses to dog fighting.

Universities really don’t like that perception.

Unlike Celebration Chairman David L. Howard, Â Ole Miss didn’t want to be associated with Cock Fighter Mr. B. L. Cozad, Jr., Â who Mr. Howard invited to speak at the 2014 Celebration.

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD’S GUEST MR. B. L. COZAD, JR.

B. L COZAD, JR – COCK FIGHTING SONUVAGUN CELEBRATION HALL OF FAME CLUB
B. L COZAD, JR – COCK FIGHTING SONUVAGUN CELEBRATION HALL OF FAME CLUB BY INVITATION OF CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

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OKLAHOMA COCK FIGHTER B.L. COZAD, JR

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The sore “Big Lick” is not marketable.

it’s not coming back.

Not now … not ever.

The Change.Org Petition with 4,000+ signatures in six days turned the University of Mississippi on a dime.

And it had nothing to do with harassment.

It had everything to do with protecting a national image and the prestige of an Institution of a great American Public University.

The public is through with Horse Soring.

In 2013, Â the Gallatin Lions Club had 106 horses in 26 classes. (avg. 4 horses per class)

In 2014,  it had 86 horses in 27 classes.  (avg. 3 horses  per class)

The Gallatin Lions Club Horse Show has been going on, rain or shine, Â since 1958.

It is now dead.

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The historic Belfast Lions Club Horse Show died last year.

So did the Faith Haven Horse Show in Tupelo, Â Mississippi.

It’s strictly about SORING, not harassment.

The sore “Big Lick” cannot buy respectability with “Blood Money” donations that are made to a worthy charity like the University of Mississippi Children’s Hospital.

The “Big Lick’ is no longer going to able to use sick children to “front” for the sore “Big Lick”.

Or hide behind them.

And the “Big Lick” scheme of using Charities of trying to obtain legitimacy is also over.

From this point forward, you can count on Charities and Sponsors everywhere there is a “Big Lick” Horse Show being fully informed regarding the animal abuse necessary to produce the sore Big LICK.

You can be assured that the children at the Batson Hospital will be treated and cared for without the “Blood Money” donation generated from animal abuse.

The Manning Family wants nothing to do with your animal cruelty nor does anyone else who loves Ole Miss. Â The Manning Family gives Millions of Dollars to Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital, and they raise Millions more.

Mr. Howard, Â Archie Manning does not want YOUR despicable animal cruelty at his University Children’s Hospital.

ARCHIE AND ELI MANNING, AND DR. DAN JONES, OLE MISS CHANCELLOR
ARCHIE AND ELI MANNING, AND DR. DAN JONES, OLE MISS CHANCELLOR

And neither does your alma mater, the University of Tennessee, Â to which you have contributed substantial funds over the years:

DAVID L. HOWARD FAMILY ROTUNDA AT UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

DAVID L. HOWARD FAMILY ROTUNDA
DAVID L. HOWARD FAMILY ROTUNDA

The sore “Big Lick” TWH is gone from UT, and it’s NOT coming back.

The Mississippi State Charity Horse show can go all natural flat shod, and the University of Mississippi will again be glad to receive a charitable contribution from the event.

But until the sore “Big Lick” is eliminated from the Mississippi State Charity Horse Show, it will not.

So please stop trying to play the “Children Card” and clean up the Soring.

Or just close your pie hole, and let your son take over, and you stop trying to make things worse than you already have.

The 4,000+ Change.Org signatures should have told you, that the American Public has left the building,  and it’s not coming back for the sore “Big Lick”.

You can “VAC” to a fair thee well with Big Lick operatives like Mr. Tom Blankenship.

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TOM BLANKENSHIP UP ON “BRING BACK THE GOLD” – 1994 NATIONAL TRAINERS SHOW

It’s not going to make any difference.

It’s all lipstick on the Pig of Soring.

“VAC” – LIPSTICK ON THE CELEBRATION PIG OF HORSE SORING
“VAC” – LIPSTICK ON THE CELEBRATION PIG OF HORSE SORING

You might consider stopping inciting the B. L. Cozad, Jr. type minds.

The FBI has already opened files on persons related to the sore “Big Lick”, and there appear to be more about to be opened.

Perhaps they will even want to talk to you.

Please let me share with you that Sound Horse advocates saw up close and personal the revulsion that the decision makers at the University Medical Center had when they learned about your personal involvement with Oklahoma Cock Fighter Mr. B.L. Cozad, Jr.

In the words of Dr. Dallas O. Goble (who you and Mr. Blankenship blatantly lied about being part of the “VAC”), Â Ole Miss wouldn’t touch that with a 10 foot pole.

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You probably need to seriously consider turning things over to Jeffrey, Â and let him try to straighten out this grand and glorious mess you have made.

And for God’s sake, please leave him alone while he does it.

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ANALYSIS AND COMMENTARY – USDA OIG AGENT JULIE MCMILLAN PULLED THE CURTAINS BACK ON THE ANIMAL CRUELTY OF THE “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE – BLOUNT COUNTY JUDICIAL SYSTEM APPEARS BUMBLING AT BEST, AND SUSPECT AT WORST

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MARYVILLE, TN – When the final story is written on the demise of the Animal Cruelty of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse, a tribute chapter will be dedicated to USDA OIG Agent Julie McMillan.

Julie McMillan cred list:

  • Instrumental in Tennessee law making aggravated “horse soring” a felony.
  • Efforts to obtain prosecution of Jackie McConnell in Fayette County resulting in  $25,000.00 fine and 1 year house arrest for misdemeanor.
  • Seizure by State of Tennessee of “SORE” horses owned by members of the Floyd and Beverly Sherman family.
  • Exposure of WHTA Ethics Chairman Larry Joe Wheelon leading to 18 count aggravated animal cruelty indictment of Larry Joe Wheelon and Randall Stacy Gunter.
  • “Big Lick” Horse Trainers Quit Training – Knox Blackburn, Bill Bobo, Steve Dunn, David Landrum, Joel Weaver and Chris Bobo (Four Hall of Fame)

USDA OIG AGENT JULIE MCMILLAN

USDA OIG AGENT JULIE MCMILLAN

USDA OIG AGENT JULIE MCMILLAN

Thanks to Ms. McMillan’s contributions, for first time the curtains were pulled back for the World to see an in-depth view of Larry Joe Wheelon’s “Big Lick” “House Of Horse Horrors” at 2743 Tuckaleechee Pike in Maryville, Tennessee.

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Amazingly, Wheelon’s “Big Lick” Barn was a mere five minute drive from Blount County Circuit Courtroom of Circuit Judge Tammy Harrington, and General Sessions Judge Robert Headrick.

It was all going on right under the noses of the Blount County Legal Establishment.

Apparently, the expose’ of the Animal Cruelty of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse embarrassed Blount County officials starting with favorite U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) to Blount County Court House located on East Lamar Alexander Parkway.

U.S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN)

U.S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN)

BLOUNT COUNTY COURTHOUSE ON LAMAR ALEXANDER PARKWAY

BLOUNT COUNTY COURTHOUSE ON LAMAR ALEXANDER PARKWAY

And the publicity resulting from Blount County Animal Cruelty illuminated the judiciary housed in the Blount County Court House:

BLOUNT COUNTY GENERAL SESSIONS JUDGE ROBERT HEADRICK

BLOUNT COUNTY GENERAL SESSIONS JUDGE ROBERT HEADRICK

General Sessions Judge Robert Headrick signed the Search Warrant on April 17, 2013, to authorize the search of Larry Joe Wheelon’s barn. According to reliable sources, when Agent McMillan appeared before Judge Headrick she told him that SPCA officials Gino and Kellie Bachman was working with her. Judge Headrick reportedly said, “They do good work”. Judge Headrick knew Geno and Kellie Bachman because his parents were the Bachmans’ neighbors.

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KELLY BACHMAN, OFFICER BLOUNT COUNTY SPCA

KELLY BACHMAN, OFFICER BLOUNT COUNTY SPCA

On May 15, 2015 at yesterday’s Hearing, Agent McMillan testified as follows: “… but I am positive that I told him (Judge Headrick) I was working with him (Gino Bachman) on this case”.

Then Circuit Judge Tammy Harrington ordered a 15 minute recess that ran almost an hour.

CIRCUIT JUDGE TAMMY HARRINGTON

CIRCUIT JUDGE TAMMY HARRINGTON

When the Court resumed, Defense Attorney Rob White and Assistant District Attorney Matt Dunn announced a STIPULATION (where both parties agree) to the Court as follows:

“If called to testify, General Sessions Judge Robert Headrick would testify that when Agent Julie McMillan applied for a Search Warrant on April 17, 2013 that Agent McMillan never mentioned that Kelly or Gino Bachman were involved in the investigation”.

At that point, USDA OIG Agent Julie McMillan was thrown under the bus by Blount County District Attorney Mike Flynn. Assistant District Attorney Matt Dunn should have never agreed to the Stipulation, but according to reliable sources, his boss told him to do it. If judge Headrick was going to input, he should have been put under oath, and cross examined on his testimony.

Blount County General Sessions Judge Robert Headrick is NOT above the law.

That was not done, and it was not right.

Blount County District Attorney Mike Flynn should be ashamed of himself.

WILL THIS MAN HONORABLY PROTECT THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE  AND TAKE THIS CASE TO THE GRAND JURY?

WILL THIS MAN HONORABLY PROTECT THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE AND TAKE THIS CASE TO THE GRAND JURY?

The Larry Joe Wheelon case has embarrassed the Blount County Judiciary at every turn.

First, when Agent McMillan approached District Attorney Mike Flynn regarding the alleged Animal Cruelty taking place at Larry Joe Wheelon stables, Mike Flynn assigned Assistant District Attorney Ellen Berez to handle the case.

BLOUNT COUNTY ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY ELLEN BEREZ

BLOUNT COUNTY ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY ELLEN BEREZ

According to reliable sources, Assistant District Attorney Ellen Berez was not available on or about April 17, 2013, when Agent McMillan sought her assistance at a critical time in preparing the Affidavit, Search Warrant and other documents necessary for law enforcement to enter Larry Joe Wheelon’s barn at 2743 Tuckaleechee Pike in Maryville, Tennessee.

Agent McMillan did the best she could in preparing the documents, and then she met with Judge Robert Headrick on April 17, 2013. Judge Headrick signed the Search Warrant, and on April 18, 2013, Wheelon’s barn was raided. On April 25, 2013, another 19 horses were seized and removed from Wheelon’s facility.

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It defies credibility to think that on April 17, 2013, Agent Julie McMillan did not inform Blount County General Sessions Judge Robert Headrick that she was working with Geno and Kellie Bachman on the Larry Joe Wheelon case. They are clearly listed on the Arrest Warrant on April 25, 2013.

And for District Attorney Mike Flynn to “sign off” on that STIPULATION and egregious.

Julie McMillan testified under oath and was cross-examined by Rob White. Judge Headrick was not under oath and was not subject to cross-examination.

Blount County General Sessions Judge Robert Headrick is NOT above the law.

And Blount County District Attorney Mike Fynn should NEVER have allowed him to be.

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In August 2013, General Sessions Judge Robert Headrick presided over a three day Preliminary Hearing which had more drama than the “Days Of Our Lives” soap opera.

On Day One, Agent McMillan was attacked by Wheelon Defense attorney Rob White, but the next morning (Day Two), Judge Headrick ruled there was “probable cause” for Wheelon’s search and subsequent arrest. He ruled that Wheelon’s barn was a business open to the public. As shown by these photos, the Barn was right by the side of the road where anyone could park and walk in.

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After Day Two of the Preliminary Hearing concluded, Assistant District Attorney Ellen Berez was going to pull the plug on the case because she questioned Agent McMillan, but then she changed her mind.

On Day Three, District Attorney Berez negligently lost track of a crucial witness, USDA Vet Dr. Bart Sutherland. Due to Berez’s error, and her not having presence of mind to overcome the error by doing voir dire examination to rehab Dr. Sutherland, the key witness was not allowed to testify.

Directly because of Ellen Berez’s failings, Judge Headrick dismissed the charges against Larry Joe Wheelon.

Following the dismissal, District Attorney Mike Flynn decided to pull the plug on prosecuting Larry Joe Wheelon, and said “the case was over”.

Public outrage ensued and Petitions were signed.

MARYVILLE CITIZENS PETITION DA FLYNN TAKE WHEELON TO GRAND JURY

MARYVILLE CITIZENS PETITION DA FLYNN TAKE WHEELON TO GRAND JURY

District Attorney Flynn relented, and the matter was presented to the Blount County Grand Jury in December 2013. It indicted Larry Joe Wheelon, Randall Stacy Gunter and Brandon Lunsford (now deceased) on 18 felony counts of aggravated cruelty to animals.

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Another bizarre turn involved D.A. Berez charging Wheelon attorney with wrongdoing, and a hearing was set before Judge Headrick on October 2, 2013.

http://www.billygoboy.com/2013/10/02/blount-county-judge-robert-l-headrick-pitches-it-all-the-way-over-the-wall-going-to-give-horses-back-to-owners-by-friday/

To the shock of those present, Judge Headrick announced there would be NO hearing of any kind, and the horses would be returned by Friday or the Assistant D.A. Berez and SPCA official would go to jail for contempt of court.

BLOUNT COUNTY ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY ELLEN BEREZ

BLOUNT COUNTY ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY ELLEN BEREZ

Then District Attorney General Mike FLynn ordered his employee Ellen Berez to sign the Order:

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Following this development, District Attorney Ellen Berez removed herself from the case.

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Blount Circuit Judge Judge Tammy Harrington got the case in early 2014, then Judge David Duggan got it when Harrington was not present for arraignment, and then Judge Harrington got it back.

Things bounced back and forth all during 2014, and then in December 2014, another Preliminary Hearing was held before, who else, General Sessions Judge Robert Headrick.

Then in May 2015, more than two years after Larry Joe Wheelon was first arrested, Judge Tammy Harrington threw the case out, citing an improper search in violation of Wheelon’s 4th Amendment rights.

Nephew Eugene says it will be interesting to see how Larry Joe Wheelon is now received by the “Big Lick” establishment which is trying to “rebrand” itself, and deflect attention away from “IT’S THE SORING, STUPID” in a Campaign.

WHEELON TRAINER RANDALL GUNTER NAILED WITH SORING IN JULY 2014 – THE FAMILY WHICH SORES TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER

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Larry Joe Wheelon and Randall Stacy Gunter, both Defendants in Blount County, Tennessee criminal case for aggravated cruelty to Tennessee Walking Horses, were suspended by Kentucky HIO on July 15, 2014, or alleged Horse Soring Violations. The HPA Violation citation “One Foot Unilateral Sore” alleged offense occurred at the East Tennessee Walking Horse Auxiliary Show in Chestnut Hill, Tennessee on July 12, 2014.

PHOTO OF SORE HORSE IN BUCKET STAND AT LARRY JOE WHEELON STABLES ON TUCKALEECHEE PIKE, MARYVILLE, TENNESSE – A FIVE MINUTE DRIVE FROM THE BLOUNT COUNTY COURT HOUSE – PHOTO BY GINO BACHMAN – BLOUNT COUNTY SPCA – MARCH 2013

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Somehow something tells me that Mr. Tom Ingram doesn’t want either himself or Maryville native Lamar Alexander to have be having any photo ops with former WHTA Ethics Chairman Larry Joe Wheelon any time soon.

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LARRY JOE’S STUFF

MR. LARRY JOE WHEELON (HORSES NOW MOVED TO FENTRESS COUNTY)

LARRY JOE WHEELON -CHARGED WITH FELONY HORSE ABUSE - MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE (INNOCENT UNTL PROVEN GUILTY)

LARRY JOE WHEELON -CHARGED WITH FELONY HORSE ABUSE – MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE (INNOCENT UNTL PROVEN GUILTY)

MR. TOM INGRAM, THE INGRAM GROUP – THE FIRST GROUP

MR. TOM INGRAM - SUPPORTER OF ANIMAL CRUELTY - "BIG LICK" TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE

MR. TOM INGRAM – SUPPORTER OF ANIMAL CRUELTY – “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE

 

COCK FIGHTER MR. B. L. COZAD, JR.

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B. L COZAD, JR – COCK FIGHTING SONUVAGUN CELEBRATION HALL OF FAME CLUB

U.S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN)

U.S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN)

U.S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN)

On behalf of all who oppose the Animal Cruelty which Senator Lamar Alexander presently champions, Nephew Eugene and Radar thank USDA OIG Agent Julie McMillan for her service and contribution.

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*NOTES ON JUDY MCMILLAN TESTIMONY – DEC. 16, 2014 PRELIM. HEARING

“Establish background –Investigate April 18, 2013 Served a search warrant at Larry Wheelon Stables on Tuckaleechee Pike

Arrived early in the morning between 7 & 8

Search Warrant admitted into evidence.

Arrived on scene with Blount County Sheriff Dept. – Terry Hughes still in bed asleep – cleared the barn and made sure no one else was around. Around 24 stalls.

Two stalls converted and a little bathroom off to the side and a bed inside.

I had gone in under cover an inquired about boarding a horse on Apr 17. Talked with Terry Hughes

On April 18, the law enforcement officers Waked him up with blanket wrapped around him.

We secured area and made video of how we found the barn – always do that when we go in – Started labeling and sketching – before doing search (don’t have my notes) who with USDA, Becky Hicks Dr. Bart Sutherland and people with Horse Haven to help with handling horses – 4 people – Gino and Kelly Bachman with SPCA were there.

What were yall looking for?

We were looking for chemicals and sore horses, and devices used to sore horses. Mainly evidence of the soring – chemicals and sore horses.

Are you familiar ? I have worked cases in the past mustard oil kerosene possibly croton oil – there were several chemicals go jo stuff mixed with other chemicals.

Mustard oil applied to area just above the hoof – the soft tissue right above the coronet band – then cellophane – allow chemicals to go in to the skin quicker – then another wrap if horse has cellophane and other wraps – it is usually ???

Terry Hughes helped get horses fed and watered. We were there all day. He was helpful – helped handle the horses – once we got everything labeled – there were lots of containers – what they were used for and what they did. Hughes help id what horse was what. When we ran across different things in the barn – Hughes showed us around and id chemicals. He told us about some bolts or blocks – another device you use if you don’t use chemicals. Saw them –

Saw big can of mustard oil. Other jars had other mixtures, When you opened them, they would burn your noses. The jars would put up to get them out of sight.

A number of chemicals were hidden behind the office.

‘What about gojo – nothing was labeled. Terry was telling what had been used. Had run out of croton oil in Feb. and switched to cinnamon oil instead of croton oil. Person in Shelbyville had been getting from had gotten scared and couldn’t get any more. Took the substances, and sent them to lab to be tested.

During the search, lots of people showed up. Larry Wheelon showed up. Everyone was kept across the street. I talked with Mr. Wheelon. Bobbie Jo Koger was with him in his truck. Mr. Wheelon said he was responsible for the barn. I think he said there were 24 horses, but I am not for sure. I turned inspection over to APHIS – Dr. Bart Sutherland who is vet and Becky Hicks who is investigative tech.

Each horse was given a number, inspected which was videotaped – Wraps removed – foot is swabbed – then vet can watch movement – then vet does palpation. Most of the horses were wrapped in cellophane and leg wraps and the horses had tail sets and blankets, and the equipment was removed and the cellophane removed and each horse was swabbed. I don’t know what happened to the cellophane. There were big piles of wraps in the halllway of the barn.

Dr. Bart Sutherland would observe – and the horses were led around.

One horse was too sore to even swab him. Too sore to touch. Other than him all horses were swabbed and tested.

We were hoping to find the Coggins tests and owners paperwork. We did not find Coggins and owners paperwork.

Who was the trainer of ???
Not at that time

Learned when talked to Terry Hughes. “In My Pocket” owned by Kenny Smith – older stud and his daughter Dalia(sp) was going to show Spring. Stacy Gunter was going to train and show the horse. (I think I have it in my notes) 15.2 & Under amateur class – “In My Pocket” was big lick horse. Told difference between flat shod and big lick.

Davidson: (Big Lick) This is what we used to see at UT football game?

JM – The pads are built up . The pads are totally legal. APHIS inspects horses at shows to be sure they are not sore. The chain hits on the horses foot – the horse feels it and flips his foot to create more action – would hurt more if sored when chain hit.

Beverley Hicks swabbed the horse. Was horse found to be sore?

Jose’s Happy Feet – feet looked real bad to me Objection Sustained

Terry had told us (Hearsay) What did you do with Jose’s Happy Feet – we had reason to believe something was under the pad, we removed the pad with owners permission, and there was blue epoxy pad between the bottom of the foot and pad

Did you see the blue epoxy? Yes

Primm atty object to leading question – sustained.

The front of the foot – “the foot had been filed down”

Introduction of photo into evidence – two more – pix of JM holding piece of blue epoxy curved –

Pressure shoing is terms with substance between bottom of foot and shoe.

“Putting rock in shoe” would be good analogy.

Farrier – walking horse – very specialized – not something that any farrier can do.

It’s a lot more complicated than regular shoeing.

I drove by and saw Blake Primm’s truck there a day or two before. Did you talk to Larry Wheelon? I did. One of them called Mr. Primm. LW would have had the phone #. We called Mr. Primm and he agreed to come remove the package.

What was done with the blue epoxy after Blake Primm removed it? We put it back in – for several reasons – it’s a new method that’s used – we knew what was doing was supposed to cause pain – the vet tested with calipers and horse didn’t give a pain reaction. JM I made a judgment call, I think we should put it back in and left the horse as we found it. When we back to the barn at a later date, we checked Jose’s Happy Feet and the epoxy had been removed.

All the packages were removed after the horses were seized. Only Jose’ Happy Feet at time of executing search warrant.”

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TRAINER BOYZ SAY “SORE ‘EM AND FEED EM” – WHILE BROTHER ROY EXUM REMINDS THE TRAINER BOYZ THAT IN 10 MONTHS THE FBI WILL MAKE ANIMAL ABUSE A “GROUP A” FELONY – AND THEY WILL BE ON THE LIST

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Published:   May 5, 2015

SHELBYVILLE, TN –  Down in the Middle Tennessee  “Circle of Animal Cruelty” of the “BIG LICK” Tennessee Walking Horse world, it didn’t look good three weeks ago when 55 starving Tennessee Walking Horses were seized  in Giles County (next to Maury County) from “Big Licker”,   breeder and exhibitor,  Mr. Jeff Mitchell.
So the  Walking Horse Trainer BOYZ,   knowing they had  a slight image problem, decided to stop up and do their part to help those hungry emaciated Tennessee Walking Horses:

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http://www.t-g.com/story/2190903.html

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The Jeff Mitchell  horses were in foal to stallions standing Rising Star Ranch owned by Mr. Frank Eichler and managed by Mr. David Williams. Mr. Eichler has Rising Star “For Sale”.  Mr. Mitchell was a fixture at the “Big Lick” shows, riding in close to 100 of them in the past 10 years.

MR. FRANK EICHLER – PSHA ATTORNEY AND MEMBER, CELEBRATION HORSE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL (RICH GUYS DEFENDING ANIMAL CRUELTY)

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MR. FRANK EICHLER, PSHA ATTORNEY & RISING STAR RANCH PROPRIETOR

MR. DAVID WILLIAMS, MANAGER OF RISING STAR RANCH OWNED BY MR. FRANK EICHLER

MR. DAVID WILLIAMS,  MANAGER OF RISING STAR RANCH OWNED BY MR. FRANK EICHLER

MR. DAVID WILLIAMS, MANAGER OF RISING STAR RANCH OWNED BY MR. FRANK EICHLER

“BIG LICK” ENTHUSIAST MR. JEFF MITCHELL (CHARGED WITH 55 FELONY COUNTS (INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY)

MR. JEFF MITCHELL, ARRESTED ON 55 CHARGES OF AGGRAVATED ANIMAL CRUELTY

MR. JEFF MITCHELL, ARRESTED ON 55 CHARGES OF AGGRAVATED ANIMAL CRUELTY

MR. DAVID LANDRUM,  FORMER JEFF MITCHELL “BIG LICK” TRAINER

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DAVID LANDRUM, FORMER “BIG LICK ” TRAINER FOR JEFF MITCHELL (INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY)
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So after all of this takes place,  Brother Roy Exum writes a column on April 26, 2015,   reminding the Trainer BOYZ:
“In February of 2016, abuse of a Tennessee Walking Horse, or dogs and cats, will rank right up there with homicide, car bombing, and arson, among others.”
Roy Exum: FBI To Study ‘Lickers’
Sunday, April 26, 2015 – by Roy Exum

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About 25 years ago there was a terrifying movie called “The Silence of the Lambs.” It was so good it won the Academy Awards in all five categories – Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Adapted Screenplay. Further, Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster were brilliant, but do you remember the third “star?” Scott Glenn played a character named “Jack Crawford,” the brilliant head of the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit.
Believe it or not, there really is a “Jack Crawford.” His real name is John Douglas. He is now retired from the bureau but in a detailed interview published earlier this week in the Powell, Wyo., newspaper, the masterful criminal profiler talked about the extensive research the FBI has done on the ways criminal minds think.

Douglas has done extensive interviews with people like Charles Manson, David “Son of Sam” Horowitz, Ted Bundy and Seattle’s Green River killer, Gary Ridgway, who pleaded guilty to 49 murders. He worked the Tylenol case, the Unabomber, and his biography, “Mind Hunter” is a classic.
Here is part of what he told Powell Tribune reporter Ilene Olson, and pay particular attention to the last three paragraphs of this excerpt:
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“I conducted the research, not from a rehabilitation perspective, but from an investigative perspective,” he said. “It was considered innovative, but to me, it was basic. If you want to learn about violent crime, talk to the experts: the criminals perpetrating rapes, arsons and serial homicides.
“Once I got into this stuff, I started teaching the students…If someone was in the class who worked the investigation, I would be able to say, ‘I interviewed him, and this is what I learned.’ It became a very popular class.”
It didn’t take long to see roots and patterns of behavior emerging from his research, Douglas said.
“Most of the people we interviewed came from some type of a dysfunctional family,” such as a passive or absent father, domineering mother and physical and/or psychological abuse.
However, not all people who experienced those traumas went on to become violent criminals, he said.
Douglas said his research indicated a direct correlation between animal cruelty and human violence. “Not just curious, doing it once, but where they find sadistic pleasure from torturing,” he said.
Cruelty to animals was one of three factors he identified in what he termed “the homicidal triangle,” which he said can predict violent tendencies. The other two are bedwetting as a child, beyond the normal age, and setting fires.
“Of the three, that (animal cruelty) is the one that really stands out; it’s really a good predictor,” he said.
All of Douglas’ research helped him develop a method of criminal profiling, which, in turn, ultimately enabled him to list likely characteristics of the perpetrator after visiting or viewing photos of violent crime scenes, helping aim investigations more effectively.
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The quite-pointed reason I bring up “animal abuse” is quite obvious — Tennessee is a hotbed for it with the “Big Lickers” in Shelbyville both well-known and nationally recognized today for soring animals. “Big Lick” horses are now being banned from certain shows. It appears two “Lickers” will go to trial this summer that could put them in jail and public contempt has never been as high. Yet horse soring is very prevalent and the “Big Lickers” will do almost anything to preserve it.
The reason I mentioned the FBI and show its research arm is because there is suddenly a new interest in people who would purposely rub caustic chemicals on a horse’s forelegs or drive nails into a horse’s front hooves. That is why the Federal Bureau of Investigation is currently in the process of making animal abuse a Group A felony. This is the last year it will be listed among “All Other Offenses.” In February of 2016, abuse of a Tennessee Walking Horse, or dogs and cats, will rank right up there with homicide, car bombing, and arson, among others.
Say, did you know Jeffery Dahmer, the serial killer who raped, killed and dismembered 17 men between 1978 and 1991, loved to torture animals? By abusing animals, Dahmer learned how to preserve the skeletons of people he killed. After the FBI helped catch him, he was declared sane and was sent to prison with 16 life sentences. There, he was soon beaten to death with an iron bar.
Madeline Bernstein, a former New York prosecutor who heads the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Los Angeles, said the bureau’s involvement will change the whole landscape of animal abuse. “It will help get better sentences, sway juries and make for better plea bargains,” she explained.
Animal advocates say the Michael Vick dog-fighting bust in 2007 triggered public awareness to animal abuse. The graphic video of Tennessee Hall of Fame trainer Jackie McConnell clubbing a defenseless Walking Horse brought far-better notoriety. The undercover tape has been seen all around the world since it first appeared on ABC News show, Nightline. McConnell was sentenced in a Chattanooga federal court but did no jail time. Since then, horse abuse has become a felony in the state of Tennessee.
With the FBI making it a top tier felony, some believe the cheaters in the seedy “Big Lick” portion of the horse industry may someday sleep in the same prison unit at Leavenworth that housed Vick in his two-year confinement. Many ‘sound horse’ organizations (where horses are clean) hope that is exactly what will happen and that the Tennessee Walking Horse breed will finally outlive the sadistic torture that has done insufferable damage to the horse, the people, and the state of Tennessee.”
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Nephew Eugene says  Mr. Frank Eichler sees the writing on the wall and is getting out while the getting is good.

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AAWHA RELEASES “VIRAL VIDEO” TO MEDIA OUTLETS ALONG WITH 3,400+ CHANGE.ORG PETITION SIGNATURES AND 1,377 COMMENTS – AAWHA LAYS BLAME AT FEET OF APHIS DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR DR. CHESTER GIPSON

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COLUMBIA, TN –  AAWHA issued the following Press Release:

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 An AAWHA video made on March 28, 2015 at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show in Jackson, Mississippi has gone viral.   Since being posted at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 13, 2015 on Facebook, it has been viewed over 40,000 times and reached over 144,000 persons.

https://www.facebook.com/BillyGoBoy/videos/vb.370842346372201/674155049374261/?type=2&theater

Also,  the All American Walking Horse Alliance today delivered  to media outlets a Change.Org Petition containing over 3,400+ signatures and approximately 1,400 comments,

Over 3,400 people from every state in the union and over 57 foreign countries have signed the Petition with 1,377 (36%) providing comments.

AAWHA official Jeannie McGuire said, “We will pursue this Animal Cruelty of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse wherever it is located.   The people of America and the World want this Animal Cruelty to end.  Our  AAWHA members paid for a Billboard in Columbia, Tennessee calling for #BANTHEBIGLICK.”

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AAWHA Spokesperson Clant M. Seay said a Facebook Video of “Big LICK” Tennessee Walking Horses taken on March 28, 2015 at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show “graphically depicts the Animal Cruelty of the “Big Lick. USDA Deputy Administrator Dr. Chester Gipson is responsible for allowing this Animal Cruelty to be on public display because he is not enforcing the Horse Protection Act in 2015 as he said it would be enforced in the DQP training session in Harrodsburg, Kentucky on March 14, 2015.”

https://www.facebook.com/BillyGoBoy/videos/vb.370842346372201/674155049374261/?type=2&theater

Here is a Slow Motion You Tube of the Facebook video:

Seay said,  “In this close up slow motion video you can clearly see all of the Animal Cruelty of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.

▪                The horse is stumbling and laboring.  

▪                It is “rocking back” as each front foot hits the ground risking a blown tendon with each step.

▪                It attempts to flip the Chain off its front foot which is a conditioned response to the pain and memory of having its pastern sored with chemicals.  And it possible that a deadening or masking agent was used to allow it to pass inspection, and now it has worn off.

▪                It is severely bitted with tremendous leverage exerted with the chain under the jaw and long shanks attached to the bit in the horse’s mouth.

▪                The horse appears to be carrying extra lead tacked to the bottom of the Padded Stacked Shoes.

▪                The rider is hunched over and spurring the horse while yanking on his mouth trying to get him “in gear”.

“This Animal Cruelty is an abomination,   and it must end in 2015.”

The AAWHA (All American Walking Horse Alliance) is an independent grassroots citizens group made up of people who own and love Horses from all over America.  It is a voice for the Tennessee Walking Horse breed that deserves to be reclaimed from the dysfunction of unethical management of the breed and abusive treatment in the show world.  Alliance members are committed to restoring the reputation of the Tennessee Walking Horse which has a heritage in American history.

The AAWHA (All American Walking Horse Alliance) has not and will not have any ties to the Humane Society of the United States.#############

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MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW OFFICIAL ANNOUNCER MR. TOMMY WILLIAMS THREATENS PHYSICAL VIOLENCE ON INTERNET AGAINST CHANGE.ORG PETITIONER – MANY PARALLELS TO THE MISSISSIPPI 1960s CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

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JACKSON, MS –   The National Movement against the Animal Cruelty represented by the “SORE” “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse culture has enraged many lifelong “Big Lick” supporters.  Many of these people were not alive in the early 1960s when the Tennessee Walking Horse breed was hijacked from its destiny by the “SORING” tactics necessary to create the “Big Lick” gait.

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2014 “BIG LICK” STAKE CHAMPION – GEN’S BLACK MAVERICK WITH BROCK TILLMAN UP – SORED AT JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI IN 2012

This “Way Of Life” built around the “SORING” of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses is now threatened with extinction.

Society has had enough of it and will no longer accept or tolerate it.

One of those furious “Big Lickers” is  Mr. Tommy Williams of Enterprise, Alabama.

On March 14-15, 2014, Mr. Tommy Williams published and communicated on his open Facebook page the following threats of contemplated physical violence toward Change.Org Petitioner Clant M. Seay.

Other commenters joined in the dialogue.

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MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR ROSS R. BARNETT

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What apparently fueled Mr. Williams rage is that on February 26, 2015,  native Mississippian and Oxford, Mississippi attorney Clant M. Seay started the following Change.Org Petition which quickly gathered over 5,500 signatures from every state and over 50 foreign countries.

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PLEASE CLICK ON LINK BELOW TO GO TO CHANGE.ORG PETITION

https://www.change.org/p/mississippi-charity-horse-show-manager-mr-robert-taylor-dr-dan-jones-chancellor-of-university-of-mississippi-dr-louann-heath-woodward-dean-of-university-of-mississippi-medical-center-cancel-big-lick-tennessee-walking-horse-classes-at-the-mississippi-?recruiter=239976491&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_email_responsive

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On March 5, 2015,  after meeting with representatives of AAWHA and FOSH,  the UMMC Batson Children’s Hospital severed ties with the Mississippi Charity Horse Show citing the national controversy over the training and handling of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.  UMMC refused to accept any more donations from the Mississippi Charity Horse Show as long as “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses are exhibited at the event.

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On March 16, 2015,  AAWHA asked Horse Show Manager Mr. Robert Taylor to announce to CANCEL the 59 “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse classes, and gave him a 5:00 p.m., Wednesday,  March 19, 2015,  deadline by which to do so.

Mr. Taylor did not respond to the AAWHA request.

On March 19, 2015,  AAWHA official Jeannie McGuire called for a “Boycott” of the Mississippi Charity Horse Show in protest of the 59 “Big Lick” TWH classes.

On March 19, 2015,  Mississippi’s largest television station, WLBT-3 Anchor/Investigative Reporter Ms. Marsha Thompson provided the following report.WLBTMARSHA01A

Ms Thompson chronicled that the UMMC Baton Children’s Hospital disassociated itself from the Mississippi Charity Horse Show over National Controversy over how the “Big Lick”  Tennessee Walking Horses are trained and handled.

CLICK BELOW FOR PROGRAM – “BIG LICK CONTROVERSY”

http://www.msnewsnow.com/story/28565842/controversy-surrounds-ms-charity-horse-show-big-lick?clienttype=generic

 

CONTROVERSY SURROUNDS MS CHARITY HORSE SHOW – “BIG LICK”

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On March 23, 2015,  it was reported and documented that Mississippi Charity Horse Show Manager Mr. Robert Taylor owned a horse, “My Titleist”, that was found to be “SORE” at the 73rd annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. It also detailed and documented that two of the Walking Horse Trainers employed by Mr. Taylor have each served a 12 month Federal Suspension when faced with “SORING” allegations.

MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW MANAGER MR. ROBERT TAYLOR

MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW MANAGER MR. ROBERT TAYLOR

The “Big Lick” “Way Of Life” is now in peril.

Never has it previously come under attack in the Deep South such as the media coverage that has occurred in Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee during the last 30 days.

The “Big Lick” followers realize their cherished “Way Of Life” built around Animal Abuse is fast coming to an end.

Society is demanding the elimination of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse because it is nothing more than Animal Cruelty.  The Sound Horse Movement analogizes the cruelty to that of “Cock Fighting” and “Dog Fighting” for “sport”.   That image was reinforced in 2014 when Oklahoma “Cock Fighter” Mr. B. L. Cozad, Jr was a featured speaker at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tennessee.

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B. L COZAD, JR – COCK FIGHTING SONUVAGUN SPEAKING AT TENNESSEE NATIONAL WALKING HORSE CELEBRATION HALL OF FAME CLUB

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Ironically,  much of this 2015 MISSISSIPPI “SORING” “Big Lick” drama is playing out on the same ground that the 1963 MISSISSIPPI BURNING Civil Rights struggle took place 52 years ago.

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NATIVE MISSISSIPPIAN MYRLIE EVERS CALLING FOR CHANGE

On the very same Mississippi State Fairground in the exact same Livestock Buildings “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses will be stalled this week where 52 years ago “workmen erected a series of fenced stockades capable of holding thousands of protestors — a blunt message to those who considered protesting.”*

Leading the protesting at that time was a native Mississippian named Medgar Evers who had served his country in WWII, then came home from war wanting civil rights for his race, and a better life for his children.  Mr. Evers took the lead in demanding that African Americans have their basic constitutional rights.

Medgar Evers was first threatened, and then the threats escalated to his family and property, until one June night in 1963,  Medgar Evers was murdered by a sniper hiding in the bushes who shot him in the back.

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So now in 2015,  the Mississippi State Fairgrounds are once again the setting for social change demanded by the decent norms of civilized people

Mississippi Charity Horse Show Official Mr. Tommy Williams of Enterprise, Alabama needs to realize that in the words at the Selma Bridge,  “There Ain’t Going To Be No Turning Around”  where this National and International Movement to eliminate the Animal Cruelty of the “SORE” “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse is concerned.

Mr. Tommy Williams is an Official of the Mississippi Charity Horse Show.

He will serve as the Announcer.

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OTHER EXAMPLES OF “BIG LICK” THREATS

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AUGUST 2014 – TRAINER CASEY BROOKS MUTTER LEARNED THAT MAKING INTERNET THREATS ON FACEBOOK IS A GOOD WAY TO MEET YOUR LOCAL FBI AGENT

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THREAT MADE BY CASEY BROOKS MUTTER TO BILLY GO BOY

POSTED ON WALKINGHORSECHAT.COM (OWNED BY MR. TOMMY WILLIAMS) DURING THE 2014 CELEBRATION

The Big Licker Version Of “Whip Somebody’s Ass”.

“Have You Ever Had One Of Those Days
when Nothing seems to Go just Right
your trainer Starts b***hen ’bout Whatever It Was he Was b***hen About Last Night
so You Escape Into that hot ass tackroom
Just To sip on some silver Patron
But After You finish yo drank, you see all the hot donuts are gone…

Well It’s A Great Day For Me To Whip Somebody’s Ass
It’s A Bad Day So You Better Get Off My Back
you Might Get Cold Cock ,If Dr. Baker crosses My Path
cuz It’s A Great Day For Me To Whip Somebody’s Ass

We Was Runnin Late For inspection
So I put on my show t shirt,
Its says “if my hoss just aint’ ready, don’t think I give it another squit”,
And when the Guvment man walked up, and he saw my shirt was a protesting display, darn it he and that Mexican gal done shot me with the pepper spray.

Well It’s A Great Day For Me To Whip Somebody’s Ass
it’s A Bad Day So get yo frickin camera off my back,
you Might Get Cold Cocked if them cat ladys Cross My Path
cuz It’s A Great Day For Me To Whip Somebody’s Ass

When I Finally got to the ring,
I missed the darn two minute clock
I ask Mike Inman, “what the hell?”
but still that class didn’t stop
so I jumped that forgetin rail, wasn’t no guvment stoppin me,
Im gonna make me a big Billy Gray pass, before they slap my ass in jail,

Cuz It’s A Great Day For Me To Whip Somebody’s Ass
it’s A Bad Day So You Better Get off that track
you Might Get Cold Cocked when I round that south turn,
cuz It’s A Great Day For Me To Whip Somebody’s Ass.”

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The actions of Mississippi Charity Horse Show Official,  Mr. Tommy Williams, have been reported to Jackson, Hinds County, Mississippi law enforcement authorities.

So have other internet chatroom screenshots made by various individuals.

Mr. Williams threats are NOT going to “Turn Anybody Around”.

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2014 MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW CHAMPION ‘GEN’S BLACK MAVERICK’ “SORED” TO PRODUCE MONEY FOR CHILDRENS HOSPITAL – OLE MISS HAS A DECISON TO MAKE

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Jackson, Mississippi -  “SORE” “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses are publicly exhibited at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show for two main reasons:

  • To satisfy the personal egos of delusional “Big Lick” addicts like Ms. Elaine Rosbury,
  • To enable the Mississippi Charity Horse Show management to make a              “Blood Money” donation to the University of Mississippi Blair E. Batson Childrens Hospital.

GEN’S BLACK MAVERICK – MISS. CHARITY HORSE SHOW STAKE CHAMPION     BROCK TILLMAN UP,  LORRAINE AND KEITH ROSBURY,  OWNERS 

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2014 “BIG LICK” STAKE CHAMPION – GEN’S BLACK MAVERICK WITH BROCK TILLMAN  UP

JACKSON, CAPITOL OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI

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JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI – HOME OF THE MISS. CHARITY HORSE SHOW

The show features 106 classes over three days with 59 of them including”Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses.

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“BLOOD MONEY” DONATION TO UNIVERSITY  OF MISSISSIPPI

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MR. ROBERT TAYLOR, MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW MANAGER

What proof is there that Mississippi Charity Horse Show Stake Champion                 “Gen’s Black Maverick” was “SORED” to obtain money to donate to the University of Mississippi’s Childrens Hospital?

THIS WOULD BE IT

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The above is not a ticket for “Foreign Substance” or a subjective “Scar Rule” violation

It is,  by God,   an old-fashioned sho’nuff one footer SORE.

The clinical language is “unilateral sensitive left foot”.

The above Horse Protection Act Violation Citation was not issued by the USDA Vet Inspectors – rather it was written by the Celebration owned S.H.O.W. HIO inspection program.  It is signed by S.H.O.W. HIO Head DQP Mr. Mitchell Butler.

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MR. MITCHELL BUTER, HEAD DQP, CELEBRATION’S S.H.O.W. HIO INSPECTION PROGRAM

What indicia is there that Mr Brock Tillman sores Tennessee Walking Horses?

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What indicia is there that Ms. Elaine Rosbury is “addicted” to the sore “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse?

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HOSTING THE 2013 CELEBRATION SPONSORS PARTY

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ELAINE ROSBURY UP ON POPCORN SUTTON AT TUNIC DELTA CLASS OPERATED BY THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION

ELAINE ROSBURY UP ON POPCORN SUTTON AT TUNICA DELTA CLASS OPERATED BY THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION

Keith Rosbury Aubrey Texas Don Diego Not Specified Not Specified Sore 08/23/08 TN08070-AC 7060 04/11/12 70th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration
Keith Rosbury Aubrey Texas He s Top Priority Not Specified Not Specified Sore 10/23/10 KY11012-AC 7060 04/11/12 East Tennessee Walking Horse Association Fall Classic Horse Show
Lorraine Rosbury Not Listed / Unknown He s Top Priority Foreign Substance Not Specified 08/30/10
Lorraine Rosbury not listed Not Listed / Unknown Willie Twilight Foreign Substance Not Specified 08/31/12 Sulfur and Octyl methoxycinnamate TN130248-AC 7060 04/26/13 74th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration
Lorraine Rosbury Aubrey Texas Don Diego Not Specified Not Specified Sore 08/23/08 TN08070-AC 7060 04/11/12 70th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration
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The ultimate pressing question facing Ole Miss is:

Now that University’s leaders know the sore “Big Lick” is largely responsible for generating the “Blood Money”  donations,  will they as a matter of principle “DISASSOCIATE” the University of Mississippi from the Mississippi Charity Horse Show for as long as even one “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse is shown at that venue?

As of right now,  there’s about 2,300+  people  (and growing every minute) from all over the United States,  and around the World,  from New Zealand to Switzerland,   from the Netherlands to Australia, who are intently watching and waiting to see what Ole Miss is going to do.

“These Guys” are looking at them, too.

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Archie Manning, Eli Manning and Ole Miss Chancellor Dr. Dan Jones                     At Blair E. Batson Childrens Hospital $2.5 Million Dollar Fund Raiser

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ARCHIE AND ELI MANNING, AND DR. DAN JONES, OLE MISS CHANCELLOR

Nephew Eugene says he doesn’t believe that Archie Manning and his Family are going to want to be associated in any shape, form or fashion. with an event based on the “SORING” of  “Big Lick”  Tennessee Walking Horses.

ARE YOU READY?

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UPROAR OVER “BACK TO BACK” HORSE SHOWS THREATENS TO DERAIL THE 2015 SHOW SEASON BEFORE IT STARTS – DID THE BIG LICK TRAINER BOYZ PITCH IT OVER THE WALL TELLING CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD TO TAKE THE CALSONIC ARENA AND SHOVE IT???

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – Albert Einstein himself could not have thought it up any better.

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When the new Walking Horse Trainer BOYZ  President Mr. Billy Young decided to tell Celebration Chairman David L. Howard to “Take The Calsonic Arena and “Shove It” – and moved the 47th Annual National Trainers Show to Decatur, Alabama - April 2 – 4,  2015 – he kicked over a fire ant mound.

Big Lickers are now in an uproar saying that Mr. Young did one of two things:

  • Wrecked the Jackson, Mississippi Horse Show set for March 26 -28, or
  • Jeopardized the National Walking Horse Trainers Show on April 2 – 4.

In a financially weakened condition, the sore Big Lick Trainer BOYZ simply must have a successful Trainer’s Show if they are going to continue to exist.

The last thing they can afford is to have an upset Big Lick customer base.

Right now,  it appears that is exactly what they have.

And of course,  Mr. David L. Howard is stoking the flames of unrest.

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“FOR SALE” SIGN IN FRONT OF WHTA BOYZ BUILDING IN SHELBYVILLE, TENNESSEE

MR. BILLY YOUNG, WALKING HORSE TRAINER BOYZ PRESIDENT

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BILLY YOUNG, PRESIDENT OF THE WHTA BOYZ

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN MR. DAVID L. HOWARD

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THE “DOWN AT THE HEELS” CELEBRATION CALSONIC ARENA

 

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MORGAN COUNTY CELEBRATION ARENA, DECATUR, ALABAMA

Historically,   the annual Trainer BOYZ show is in Mid-March.  This year it would have been March 12, 13 and 14.    The way the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse Show season works is it starts with the Trainers Show and goes all the way to the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration which ends the Saturday before Labor Day.

By coming first, the Trainers Show sets the tone for the entire Big Lick Show year.

  • Jackson Horse Show     March 26 – 28
  • Trainers BOYZ Show      April 2 – 4

So the word of this has gotten out, and there is now substantial unrest in Licker World.

As usual,  it all gets discussed down at Pope’s Cafe on the Square in Shelbyville.

THE ‘PERILS OF PAULINE’ AT POPE’S CAFE,  SHELBYVILLE, TENNESSEE

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MONDAY,  JANUARY 19, 2015 AT POPE’S CAFE,

Bobmedmac,  a Yankee who owns property out in Bedford County,  has been especially vocal saying,   “Very bad planning.  This will damage both shows. People will have to choose which show to go to and consequently not many people will attend either one.”

Carolyn, in charge of the Jackson Horse Show is real unhappy about the Trainer BOYZ show being only four days after the Jackson Show.  She says, “Jackson has always come after the mid-March dates of the Trainers Show.  She said the Trainers Show could have been held somewhere in Middle Tennessee that would have attracted a lot of horses from Kentucky.”

Bobmedmac said,  speaking of the Trainer BOYZ,  “you can’t expect dumb people to make good decisions”.  He asked his wife Marina which show she wanted to attend, and Marina said “Jackson” because it has “better restaurants and better parties”.  Bobmedmac said the Trainers are going to make their bad financial situation even worse with a “Loser Show”.

Then Herr Howardo came into Pope’s late and said to all present,  “The Trainer BOYZ can’t have a weak Show because of their poor financial condition.   The Tennessee Walking Horse sore Big Lick “Racket” can’t afford Jackson to have a bad show because of how important it is to the Racket.   No one benefits from this arrangement.”

Bobmedmac said,  “You can’t fix STUPID, and forecast poor planning and bad research combo would cause both shows to fail.”  He called upon the Trainer BOYZ to reconsider and change the dates of the Trainer BOYZ Show set for April 2-4 in Decatur, Alabama.

Bobmedmac argle bargling “Pogo” said,

“We have met the enemy and it is us.”

Harold likens the Trainer BOYZ to Two Year Old Children:  “They don’t care how big a mess they make as long as they are the center of attention”.

It certainly seems that they have succeeded.

Please stay tuned for further developments.

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THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF USDA APHIS ADMINISTRATOR KEVIN SHEA DECERTIFYING THE CELEBRATION’S INSPECTION PROGRAM COMES AND GOES WITH NO ACTION – WHO IS FRANK MARTIN, JR.???

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WASHINGTON, DC  – A year ago today,  January 9, 2014,   the USDA finally filed a Complaint to decertify the Celebration’s inspection program, S.H.O.W. HIO.  

A year later,  January 9, 2015,  nothing has been done.

The Complaint was filed only after years of “foot-dragging” by APHIS Deputy Administrator Chester Gipson,  and the Celebration’s delay in failing to comply with the Horse Protection Act or accept the USDA Mandatory Minimum Penalties.

The Complaint was signed on January 7, 2014 by APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea and his attorney Mr. Frank Martin, Jr., with the USDA OGC (Office of Inspector General).

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KEVIN SHEA – APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

Quite a bit of mystery surrounds Mr. Frank Martin, Jr. and the OGC (Office of General Counsel).  Seasoned observers cannot tell if APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea is the one driving the boat,  or if he is merely a deck hand operating under the directions of a faceless bureaucrat lawyer named Mr. Frank Martin, Jr. who has represented APHIS for more than 20 years.

Mr. Martin is the creator of the essentially “worthless”  USDA “7060 Letters of Warning”.

When the Big Lickers  get them in the mail,  they immediately toss them in the trash can.  They know nothing will come from them.  Many long time observers believe that Mr. Martin came up with the “7060”s to clear his docket and make it look like he is doing his job when he actually isn’t.

The OGC (Office of General Counsel) is a part of the USDA.  It is located in the USDA building. That is where the ALJ (Administrative Law Judge) hearings are held.

That is where the Complaint to decertify the Celebration presently sits.

Attorney Frank Martin, Jr. does not appear to be accountable to anyone. (See Organization Table below)

Mr. Shea is also subject to some public scrutiny.  He hides behind a Public Information Officer and does not give interviews to the media.

There is a theme of mystery and non-transparency which surrounds APHIS and the USDA Office of General Counsel.   According to the USDA website,   “the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is an independent legal agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). OGC provides legal advice and services to the Secretary of Agriculture and to all other officials and agencies of the Department with respect to all USDA programs and activities. All legal services are centralized within OGC and the General Counsel reports directly to the Secretary.” (USDA Website Source)

THE COMPLAINT – USDA VS. S.H.O.W., INC. (OWNED BY THE CELEBRATION)

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It is now January 9, 2015.

The APHIS case against the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO has gone nowhere.

It’s stuck right where it was filed buried down deep in the bowels of the Jamie L. Whitten U. S. Department of Agriculture building on Independence Avenue SW near the National Mall where the historic  “WALK ON WASHINGTON” took place.

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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, 1400 INDEPENDENCE AVENUE SW, WASHINGTON, DC

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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, 1400 INDEPENDENCE AVENUE SW, WASHINGTON, DC

And the enigmatic faceless USDA OGC Attorney Mr. Frank Martin, Jr. is in charge of the case.

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The USDA’s COMPLAINT to decertify the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO, is continued until January 15, 2015.  Some speculate that Mr. Martin has gone along with the stay because he doesn’t have the fire in the belly to prosecute the sore Big Lick.

The other factor is the Fifth United States Circuit Court of Appeals  decision is expected soon on the Appeal by sore Big Lick Michael McGartland – Contender Farms, of U. S. District Judge Terry Means decision in the U. S. Northern District of Texas case upholding the USDA’s Mandatory Minimum Penalties.

MICHAEL MCGARTLAND – APPELLANT,  S.H.O.W., INC; CONTENDER FARMS, LLP . VS USDA

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MICHAEL MCGARTLAND,  APPELLANT

Oral arguments in the case took place before a three Judge panel on September 3, 2014,  the week after the Celebration ended.

U.S. FIFTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE E. GRADY JOLLY

U.S. 5TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE E. GRADY JOLLY

U.S. FIFTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE E. GRADY JOLLY

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JOHN MINOR WISDOM FEDERAL COURT HOUSE – FIFTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS

FRIEND OF THE COURT AMICUS BRIEF AUTHOR – RUSSELL GASPAR, ESQ.

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Shortly after the USDA Complaint was filed a year ago on January 9, 2014,  it appears that USDA APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea was caught playing footsie with the sore Big Lick.  A lot of mystery surrounded a new INDEPENDENT INSPECTION SERVICES, LLC HIO application to take the place of the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO inspection program.

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APHIS ADMINISTRATOR KEVIN SHEA, DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR CHESTER GIPSON, DVM ARE WEARING NIGHT CAPS. IN BED WITH APHIS ADMINISTRATORS SHEA AND GIPSON ARE FRANK EICHLER, DAVID HOWARD, STEVE SMITH, DUKE THORSON AND COMPANY

Interestingly,  Celebration Chairman David L. Howard,  who is also Publisher of The Walking Horse Report,  did not report that the Celebration had been sued by the USDA until February 7, 2014.

The news was broken by www.billygoboy.com on January 30, 2014,  and then picked up by ShelbyvilleNOW online publication.

It begs the question if Mr. Howard was sitting on the news story hoping that USDA APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea would approve a new “clean”  Horse Inspection program to take the place of S.H.O.W. HIO and give the Trainers a “Fresh Start” doing away with the 139 HPA violations which had accumulated since the USDA implemented the Mandatory Minimum Penalitesw in July 2012.

WWW.BILLYGOBOY broke the news that a new HIO application had been submitted by former Celebration CEO Doyle Meadows in the name of Independent Inspection Services, LLC HIO, represented by Lee McGartland, wife of Michael McGartland who served as PSHA Director and Secretary.

A Freedom Of Information request was filed to obtain the Application.   To date,  no documents have been provided in response to the FOIA request.   In the past,  It is believed that Mr. Shea has previously classified certain items he didn’t want the public to see so they would not be released.   After a year,  that appears to have been done in this instance.

The knock on Mr. Shea is he doesn’t seem to be comfortable enforcing the Horse Protection Act to eliminate horse soring,  rather he is comfortable with just regulating it.  The knock on Dr. Chester Gipson is he can’t be trusted and has back channel communication with the sore Big Lick.

LEE W. MCGARTLAND,  WIFE OF MICHAEL MCGARTLAND

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Lee W. McGartland, PSHA Secretary & Board Member

It is believed that the Licker group was encouraged by Deputy APHIS Administrator Dr. Andrea Morgan to submit the HIO application.  Dr. Morgan works for APHIS  Administrator Kevin Shea.  There are previous indications of Dr. Morgan having a “cozy” relationship with the sore Big Lick crowd.

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ANDREA MORGAN, DVM – USDA DEPUTY APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

In 2009, Dr. Morgan emailed a “Big Licker” friendly interpretation of the Scar Rule:

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The month of January 2015 could tell the tale on the Mandatory Minimum Penalties.

Then Mr. Martin will have no excuse to not go full speed ahead prosecuting the Complaint to decertify the Celebration’s  S.H.O.W. HIO.  That is what would happen the “real world”, but somehow one wonders if what goes on in this building is the real world?

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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, 1400 INDEPENDENCE AVENUE SW, WASHINGTON, DC

Nephew Eugene believes that Mr. Frank Martin, Jr. needs to either get the job done for “The Horses”, or Associate General Counsel Carrie Ricci must reassign him and get an attorney for APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea who will get the job done.

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THE GOOD LORD INTERVENES ON THE SIDE OF THE HORSE – WORST CELEBRATION IN 76 YEARS

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration was historic.

It was the smallest number of horses competing and the smallest of people watching the Wolrd Grand Championship in the history of the Celebration.

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

And a horse won back to back which has only happened six other times

The City of Shelbyville essentially turned its back on the Celebration.

The nicest hotel in town across from the Celebration had the “Vacancy” sign out.  In previous years, it would have been filled six months ahead of time

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The attendance was the poorest in modern times as the public continues its rejection of the sore Big Lick.

Here is a photo from the Stake Class to crown the 2014 World Grand Champion.

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WEST GRAND STANDS – 2014 WORLD GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP

There may have been 3,000 people there watching it.

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CELEBRATION ON THE ROPES

Much much more to come.

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SHELBYVILLE “RIBBONS” UP FOR CELEBRATION $$$$$$ – THE LICKERS AND THE FLATTERS GET READY TO FACE OFF

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – The Big Lick interests have put the “Arm” on the local Shelbyville merchants to put out ribbons welcoming visitors to the Celebration.

AMERICA WILL BE WATCHING WITH RAPT INTEREST

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THE LICKERS

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THE FLATTERS.

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 THE CELEBRATION SPONSORS MINUS “REGIONS BANK”

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CELEBRATION SPONSORS

Six days until the Celebration.

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AMERICANS RALLY TO CALL BY ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE TO BOYCOTT THE 2014 CELEBRATION -TWHNC TODAY ANNOUNCES 33% DECLINE IN CELEBRATION ENTRIES – FIRST BILLBOARD GOES UP IN SHELBYVILLE

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SHELBYVILLE, TN  –  The All American Walking Horse Alliance‘s call to boycott the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, and deliver a crippling blow to the sore Big Lick showcase of the Tennessee Walking was heard loud and clear.

The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration announced today that the 2014 Celebration entry numbers are down a shocking 33% from 2012,  and a dramatic 20% from 2013.

  • 1,784 Entries  –  2014)
  • 2,137 Entries –   2013)     887 LESS HORSES IN 2014 THAN 2012
  • 2,671 Entries –   2012)

By comparison,  the all flat shod shod WHOA International Walking Horse Show held last week in Murfreesboro, Tennessee had a record 1,913  flat shod entries,  which is a 22% increase over the 1,585 entries from 2013.

On July 25, 2014, the All American Walking Horse Alliance called for Americans to boycott the 2014 Celebration:

Apparently, they listened.

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“NASHVILLE, TN  –   Jeannie McGuire of Culpeper, Virginia,  organizer of  the “Walk On Washington”  event which brought natural sound flatshod Tennessee Walking Horses before the U. S. Capitol in June in support of passage of the PAST Act, is now calling for Americans to boycott the upcoming 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration.  McGuire urged riders, owners and trainers who are bringing their horses to The Walking Horse Owners Association (WHOA)  International Show to make their feelings known about the continued exhibition of big lick horses with stacked pads and chains by skipping The Celebration this year.
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FORMER U.S. SENATOR JOE TYDINGS AND CLANT M. SEAY, SPOKESPERSON "WALK ON WASHINGTON" - ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE

FORMER U.S. SENATOR JOE TYDINGS AND CLANT M. SEAY, SPOKESPERSON “WALK ON WASHINGTON” – ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE

AAWHA Spokesperson Clant M. Seay said,  “We now have 70% of the U. S. House of Representatives supporting the PAST ACT. The elimination of the pads and chains which are a means and incentive to sore the horses would allow the Tennessee Walking Horse to regain its rightful place as the world’s greatest show horse that is also a pleasure to ride. The PAST Act will require change,  but it is change that will allow the Tennessee Walking Horse breed to survive and thrive. We proved at “Walk on Washington” with America watching that there will still be beautiful show horses without 15 pound shoes on each foot and chains slapping their pasterns. What there won’t be is an artificially created grotesque caricature of what should be a beautiful, fluid and altogether natural gait.  That was what made the Tennessee Walking Horse famous in the first place and when we get it back, then we will really have something to celebrate.”
The first billboard went up in Shelbyville today.
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TWO HORSE SHOWS – WHOA INTERNATIONAL AND WARTRACE – ONE HEADING UP – THE OTHER ONE HEADING DOWN – A SIGN OF THE TIMES – (MORE TO FOLLOW)

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THETA, TN –  Radar saddled up and went a gallivanting around Middle Tennessee Saturday night surveying the future of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed.

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WARTRACE HORSE SHOW – AUGUST 2, 2O14

The 108th Annual Wartrace Horse Show  was held Saturday night in Bedford County, Tennessee.  The show began in 1906.   This was 29 years before the breed registry was founded in 1935 in Lewisburg, Tennessee.

And the Celebration followed in 1939.

Wartrace was the home of the famed “Strolling Jim”.

“Strolling Jim” was the Celebration’s first World Grand Champion.

The only problem is “Strolling Jim” wasn’t at Wartrace on Saturday night.

Strolling Jim’s progeny were all over the Tennessee Miller Coliseum for the WHOA International in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

The future of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed was alive and well at Miller Coliseum.

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In its showcase International Walking Horse Show,   WHOA had a shopping 1,913 entries.

This is a 21% increase over the 2013 entry number 1,585.

During the International,  the American Horse Council announced it was recognizing WHOA to speak for the Tennessee Walking Horse breed,  The breed registry TWHBEA under President Steve Smith is “Persona Non Grata”, and the American Horse Council will not allow TWHBEA to be a member.

TWHBEA Tennessee Director and Executive Committee Member David Williams of Shelbyville abruptly resigned from the WHOA Board last week.  Williams manages Rising Star Ranch owned by  PSHA Board member and attorney Frank Eichler.

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WHOA – HORSES LINED UP FOR INSPECTION

WHOA HIO DQP INSPECTING HORSES

WHOA HIO DQP INSPECTING HORSES

THESE FOLKS WERE BUSY ALL WEEK WITH A RECORD 1,985 ENTRIES.

WHOA – THESE FOLKS WERE BUSY ALL WEEK WITH A RECORD 1,985 ENTRIES.

Meanwhile a short 34 miles away,   the most historic show in the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse world was being held at the same time on Saturday night in Wartrace, Tennessee,  the cradle of the Tennessee Walking Horse.

There was a tense air at Wartrace.

There were worries over inspection, both getting in and coming out.

It hung over everything.’

One long time observer asked, “Is it too late to get a couple of pads and a wedge in order to keep the show horse?

The person answering said that might have been possible two or three years ago,  but it wasn’t possible now.

WARTRACE, TENNESSEE HISTORIC BIG LICK SHOW

WARTRACE, TENNESSEE HISTORIC BIG LICK SHOW

JR. SAMPLES AND SOME KINFOLK CAME IN FROM KORNFIELD, COUNTY

JR. SAMPLE AND SOME KINFOLK CAME IN FROM KORNFIELD, COUNTY

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JANNIE CHAPMAN UP ON "KNOCK EM TED" = "SMILING FOR BILLY GO BOY"

JANNIE CHAPMAN UP ON “KNOCK EM TED” – “SMILING FOR BENNY JOHNSON”

AMATEUR RIDERS ON AGED STALLIONS – CLASS

AMATEURS ON AGED STALLIONS – VICTORY PASS

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 AMATEUR MARES & GELDINGS – DEBBIE EICHLER UP ON “HE’S MY MAIN MAN”

DEBBIE EICHLER, WIFE OF FRANK EICHLER UP ON "HE'S MY MAIN MAN"

DEBBIE EICHLER, WIFE OF FRANK EICHLER UP ON “HE’S MY MAIN MAN”

TRAINER WINKY GROOVER COACHING DEBBIE EICHLER

TRAINER WINKY GROOVER COACHING DEBBIE EICHLER

TWO MEMBERS OF TWHBEA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

TOM "I'AM A PROUD HPA VIOLATOR" -ENFORCEMENT/BYLAW VP - AND CHRISTY LANTIS,, FISCAL AFFAIRS, HAPPY TO BE AT WARTRACE HORSE SHOW.

TOM “I’AM A PROUD HPA VIOLATOR” -ENFORCEMENT/BYLAW VP – AND CHRISTY LANTIS,, FISCAL AFFAIRS, HAPPY TO BE TOGETHER AT WARTRACE HORSE SHOW.

MR. JERRY HARRIS,  BIG LICK PROPAGANDIST

MR. JERRY HARRIS, BIG LICK PROPAGANDIST

LONG TIME SHOWMAN ED BREEDLOVE AND MR. JERRY HARRIS

LONG TIME SHOWMAN ED BREEDLOVE AND MR. JERRY HARRIS

 THE USDA – IN BLUE SHIRTS

THE USDA COMMAND STATION - DR. BAKER IN CHARGE

THE USDA COMMAND STATION – DR. BAKER IN CHARGE

POST SHOW INSPECTION - BY CELEBRATION'S H.O.W. HIO DQP

POST SHOW INSPECTION – BY CELEBRATION S.H.O.W. HIO DQP

Nephew Eugene says if you live long enough,  sometimes things come full circe.

And with WHOA packing in close to 2,000 entries,  Nephew Eugene says Jeffrey Howard is beginning to resemble Fibber McGee.

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With the Walking Horse Trainers Association building up for sale, and the Big Lick gasping for air,  it appears that Jeffrey Howard’s “line” about how the Tennessee Walking Horse breed will be destroyed by removing the pads and chains rings hollow at best.

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WHTA BOYZ BUILDING – SHELBYVILLE, TENNESSEE

1,913 WHOA International entries say otherwise.

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THE TENNESSEAN HAS LOCKED ON TO THE DECEPTION OF THE SORE BIG LICK PSHA CROWD – CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD AND SON JEFFREY AND THE PSHA CROWD ARE GETTING “JUMPY JERKY” AND DOWNRIGHT NERVOUS OVER IT

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WASHINGTON, DC – The intrepid The Tennessean Washington Bureau Chief Paul C. Barton is digging deeper and deeper into the actions of  PSHA Spokesperson Jeffrey  Howard,  son of Celebration Chairman David L. Howard; Celebration CEO Mike Inman; and  lobbyist Jeff Speaks, key aide to former Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY), along with the Directors of PSHA.

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JEFFREY HOWARD, PSHA SPOKESPERSON BEFORE THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL BOARD

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Reporter Barton has uncovered Jeffrey Howard and Lobbyist Jeff Speaks attempted to instigate an Ethic Investigation of PAST ACT sponsor Congressman Ed Whitfield by writing a letter on PSHA letterhead last December.

Then Celebration CEO Mike Inman and PSHA Spokesperson Jeffrey Howard tried to “get cute” with Reporter Barton, and didn’t “come clean” when the reporter started asking the questions.

Neither Jeffrey Howard, his father David,  or Mike Inman are used to being scrutinized and questioned by a probing investigative reporter.

Reporter Paul C. Barton sniffed the smoke, and then he found the fire.

Now that it has been found,  some think the reporter is going to look even harder at the sore Big Lick folks.

No telling what he will find it he does.

This could get real interesting.

Stay tuned.

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Disclosure shows PSHA letter critical of Whitfield

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A Tennessee Walking Horse group that opposes anti-soring legislation wrote to the House Ethics Committee last year alleging Rep. Ed Whitfield, the bill’s lead sponsor, engaged in unethical conduct by shepherding a measure that his wife lobbied for, new disclosures show.

The Performance Show Horse Association of Shelbyville disclosed the contents of the letter as it continued to dispute the Kentucky Republican’s contention, made earlier this week, that it was the source of an ethics “complaint” against him.

Its letter did not meet the requirements for a formal complaint, the group said in a statement. But in the letter, the group’s board members urged the Ethics Committee to examine Whitfield’s actions.

“It is, therefore, our request that the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ethics investigates these matters and takes action so that our organization, and the thousands of people associated with our industry, can have faith that the legislative process can and does occur in a fair and non-biased manner,” a Dec. 23 letter said.

It also requested that “proper and appropriate disciplinary actions are taken” against Whitfield if the committee finds he has violated ethics standards. Whitfield’s wife, Connie, lobbies for an arm of the Humane Society of the United States, which supports her husband’s bill.

On a different matter, PSHA alleges Whitfield hired Marty Irby, his current press secretary, in exchange for Irby’s promise to become an advocate for the legislation. Irby was formerly president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association, another group opposing Whitfield’s bill.

“These actions by Mr. Whitfield to push a legislative initiative directly connected to his wife’s position as a compensated lobbyist and to recruit and reward a former walking horse industry official for his advocacy of this legislation cannot in any way be actions acceptable to the United States House of Representatives,” the PSHA board also said in the Dec. 23 letter.

Whitfield contends the charges against him are bogus and are part of PSHA’s efforts to make it politically difficult to pass the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act. Until this week, the bill had been rapidly gaining political momentum with 305 cosponsors in the House — 70 percent of the chamber — and 57 cosponsors in the 100-member Senate. Former Tennessee Gov. Winfield Dunn, a Republican, has also endorsed it, not to mention dozens of veterinary medicine organizations and horse groups.

In another development, Whitfield said late Thursday afternoon that House Speaker John Boehner “currently refuses” to bring the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act to the floor for a vote.

He also said it was too late under House rules to use a discharge petition to force the bill to the floor. A discharge petition requires 218 signatures from House members, more than half of the body’s membership.

In a statement, Whitfield added: “I am sad that a bill which 70 percent of the House of Representatives support, including 115 Republicans, can’t be brought to a vote. I am particularly frustrated because many horses will continue to be abused on a daily basis, unless the PAST Act becomes law.”

Widely seen as cruel, soring involves using caustic chemicals, chains, special pads and other devices on a walking horse’s legs and hooves to inflict pain and create an artificially high step, referred to as the “Big Lick.”

Irby, Whitfield’s press secretary, denied Thursday his advocacy for the bill was bought with a job offer.

“There has never been any ‘quid pro quo’ and my testimony was not bought,” he said in a statement. “I stand behind my testimony, and want to see the rampant, horrific abuse I have observed since childhood be eradicated permanently.”

Connie Harriman-Whitfield is a “senior policy adviser” for the Humane Society of the United States. PSHA, in its correspondence to the Ethics Committee, described the Humane Society as “the primary advocate against our industry.”

According to the Ethics Committee website, “Special caution must be exercised when the spouse of a member or staff person, or any other immediate family member, is a lobbyist. At a minimum, such an official should not permit the spouse to lobby either him or herself or any of his or her subordinates.”

While Whitfield denies his wife has lobbied him, PSHA told the Ethics Committee: “It is incomprehensible that a registered lobbyist would not engage and discuss in detail the specifics of legislation with that legislation’s sponsor and, as a result, this interaction would seem to be a serious violation of the House rules governing this matter.”

Jeffrey Howard, a member of the PSHA board, said Thursday the “complaint” against Whitfield came not from the December letter but from a referral to the Ethics Committee made by the Office of Congressional Ethics on June 10.

The House adopted a new, two-step process for ethics complaints in 2008. An initial investigation of charges — which can come from almost any source — is done by the Office of Congressional Ethics, which is run by appointees not elected officials. The offices decides whether charges are worthy of the Ethics Committee looking at further.

OCE officials would not comment Thursday on what spurred them to look at Whitfield.

But the Ethics Committee, in a statement issued on July 25, said it will make a final decision on Whitfield’s case by Nov. 10.

It emphasized its acceptance of referral from the Office of Congressional Ethics “does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee.”

Contact Paul C. Barton at pbarton@gannett.com Follow on Twitter @PaulCBarton.

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CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD (R-KY) ISSUES PRESS RELEASE

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THETA, TN – Late this afternoon,  Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) issued a somewhat perplexing Press Release.

In it,  Whitfield says:  “I regret to inform you that Speaker of the House, John Boehner, currently refuses to bring the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act to the floor for a vote.” 

Those two words can be interpreted several different ways.

If those two words were not included,  one could infer that the PAST ACT is dead in the U. S.  House for this session of Congress.

The most logical reason is the publicity resulting from an ethics probe of Congressman Whitfield during an election year became too much for the Republican leadership to tolerate, and Whitfield was “told” the Bill would not get a floor vote.

The PAST ACT in the U. S. House is three Republican members short of meeting the “Hastert Rule”.   Whitfield’s Press Release does not address what happens if three more Republican co-sponsors are added.

Another factor regarding Speaker Boehner’s (current) refusal that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) opposes bringing the PAST ACT to the House Floor.

Cantor’s last day as Majority Leader is today, July 31, 2014.

A positive interpretation of “currently refuses” could be that when Cantor’s successor Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)  becomes Majority Leader on August 1, and the House comes back to work on September 8,  2014,  Speaker Boehner may “no longer refuse” to bring the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act to the floor for a vote.

 

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JOHN BOEHNER, SPEAKER OF THE U. S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

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 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
     Thursday,  July 31, 2014
                                             CONTACT:  Marty Irby
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Whitfield Issues Statement on PAST Act
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-01), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, issued the following statement today regarding the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 1518:
 
“I regret to inform you that Speaker of the House, John Boehner, currently refuses  to bring the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act to the floor for a vote.  His decision is inconsistent with leadership’s stated preference for adhering to regular order. Furthermore, it is too late in the year to resort to a discharge petition according to House rules.  I am sad that a bill which 70 percent of the House of Representatives support, including 115 Republicans, can’t be brought to a vote. I am  particularly frustrated because many horses will continue to be abused on a daily basis, unless the PAST Act becomes law. There have been thousands of sound horse advocates as well as numerous groups such as the American Horse Council, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of  Equine Practitioners, National Sheriffs Association, Association of Prosecuting  Attorneys, and the veterinary medical associations from 50 states that have  helped create vast support for this bill. I will not give up.  I remain dedicated to ending the rampant practice of soring and I encourage everyone to ramp up their efforts to do the same.”###

 

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Nephew Eugene says,  as with all things,  time will tell.

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WHEELON TRIAL HEARINGS BEFORE BLOUNT COUNTY CIRCUIT JUDGE TAMMY HARRINGTON – SEVERAL DEFENSE MOTIONS RESOLVED BY AGREEMENT WITH PROSECUTOR – ORAL ARGUMENT AT 2:00 PM

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MARYVILLE, TN –  The Blount County Circuit Courtroom of Judge Tammy Harrington,  in the hometown of native son U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN),  was filled with supporters of both sides and lots of media as various Motions were taken up this morning .  Covering the felony horse soring cases are Ms Iva Butler with The Daily Times in Maryville.  and Knoxville television stations Channels Six WATE,  reporter Jill McNeal;  along with Channel Ten WBIR. .  All Defendants are entitled to a presumption of innocence.

LARRY JOE WHEELON OUTSIDE COURTROOM WITH ASSOCIATE BOBBIE JO KOGER

LARRY JOE WHEELON OUTSIDE COURTROOM WITH ASSOCIATE BOBBIE JO KOGER

U.S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN)

U.S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN)

The four Defendants, Larry Joe Wheelon, Blake Primm, Randall Stacy Gunter and Brandon Lunsford were all represented by their attorneys in the aggravated cruelty to animals case.  Officials from the Blount County SPCA were present along with supporters of embattled sore Big Lick horse trainer Larry Wheelon, and Sound Horse Advocates.

WHEELON FARRIER BLAKE PRIMM AND ATTY. BRIAN NICHOLS BEFORE CIRCUIT JUDGE TAMMY HARRINGTON; ASST DA KENLYN FOSTER ON FAR RIGHT

WHEELON FARRIER BLAKE PRIMM AND ATTY. BRIAN NICHOLS BEFORE CIRCUIT JUDGE TAMMY HARRINGTON; ASST DA KENLYN FOSTER ON FAR RIGHT

WHEELON DEFENSE ATTORNEY ROB WHITE INVESTIGATOR KENNY MYERS CLOSEST ON FRONT ROW NEXT TO WHEELON FARRIER BLAK PRIMM;  ROW TO THE LEFT WHEELON DEFENDANT SUPPORTERS

WHEELON DEFENSE ATTORNEY ROB WHITE INVESTIGATOR KENNY MYERS CLOSEST ON FRONT ROW NEXT TO WHEELON FARRIER BLAKE PRIMM; ROW TO THE LEFT WHEELON DEFENDANT SUPPORTERS

ATTORNEYS FOR DEFENDANTS - LEFT TO RIGHT - TYLER WEISS FOR BRANDON LUNSFORD; ROB WHITE FOR LARRY JOE WHEELON; GEORGE WATERS FOR RANDALL STACY GUNTER

ATTORNEYS FOR DEFENDANTS – LEFT TO RIGHT – TYLER WEISS FOR BRANDON LUNSFORD; ROB WHITE FOR LARRY JOE WHEELON; GEORGE WATERS FOR RANDALL STACY GUNTER

WHEELON FARRIER BLAKE PRIMM WITH BALL CAP.

WHEELON FARRIER BLAKE PRIMM WITH BALL CAP.

Former University of Tennessee Vet School Dean Michael Blackwell was present in the Courtroom along with Knoxville attorney Esther Bell.

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MICHAEL BLACKWELL, DVM FORMER DEAN OF VETERINARY MEDICAL COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

ESTHER BELL, ESQ., KNOXVILLE ATTORNEY

ESTHER BELL, ESQ., KNOXVILLE ATTORNEY

Circuit Judge Tammy Harrington will hear oral arguments by Wheelon’s attorney Rob White and Assistant D. A. Kenlyn Foster at 2:00 pm on White’s Motion To Dismiss the case.

CIRCUIT JUDGE TAMMY HARRINGTON

CIRCUIT JUDGE TAMMY HARRINGTON

More to come.

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THERE ARE 843 REASONS WHY CONGRESS SHOULD CONSIDER INVESTIGATING APHIS ADMINISTRATORS KEVIN SHEA AND CHESTER GIPSON, DVM FOR NOT PROTECTING “THE HORSES” FROM PAIN AND ABUSE BY THE SORE BIG LICKERS

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UNPROTECTED HORSES THANKS TO KEVIN SHEA AND CHESTER GIPSON, DVM

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WASHINGTON, DC –  Mr. Kevin Shea, neither you nor Deputy Administrator Chester Gipson, DVM are above the Law.   The public pays your salaries,  and the public has a right to know how you are doing your jobs.  And if you are not doing your jobs, WHY you are not doing them.

You each appear to be conspiring to limit access to information to which the public has a right to know.  That gentlemen is about to end.   You are apparently stonewalling the public from knowing what you are and you are not doing where the enforcement of the Horse Protection Act is concerned.

That is not acceptable.

The public does have a right to know.

And will know,  sooner rather than later.

The Horse Protection Act was enacted to protect innocent Tennessee Walking Horses against cruelty, pain and abuse practiced by the sore Big Lick Trainers to satisfy their addict customers and enable people like Celebration Chairman David L. Howard to become extraordinarily wealthy.

KEVIN SHEA - APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

KEVIN SHEA – APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

 DR. CHESTER GIPSON, DVM - BLOWS HOT AND COLD ON ENFORCING HE PAS AC

DR. CHESTER GIPSON, DVM – BLOWS HOT AND COLD ON ENFORCING HE PAS AC

Gentlemen,   you both enforced the Horse Protection Act from March 1, 2014 until May 28, 2014.

Then, you stopped!

Why?

  • Mr. Shea, are you playing politics afraid that Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) might threaten the USDA’s overall funding over this particular issue if the Republicans take control of the U. S. Senate in November 2014?   Like the Rogers-McConnell duo has done in the past?
  • Mr. Gipson,  are you so close to retirement that you just don’t want to rock the boat, or is there a sore Big Lick connection you have that is influencing you that has just not yet come to light, yet?
  • Has some type of undue influence been exerted against either of you,  or possible enticementa offered to either of you for you to not do your jobs and consistently enforce the Horse Protection Act like you were doing from March 1, 2014 to May 28, 2014 – when you abruptly stopped?

Sirs, below is a list of the names of 843 Tennessee Walking Horses.

All of them from 2007 – 2013 were found to be sore.

Two of the Horses you did NOT protect were in the news yesterday.

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GIN TODDY – 3 HORSE PROTECTION ACTION VIOLATION CITATIONS

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“GIN TODDY”, 3 HPA VIOLATION CITATIONS, HERBERT DERICKSON UP – #S 107, 108 & 226.

“SHOCK IT TO ME” TRAINED BY LARRY JOE WHEELON – MARYVILLE, TN – THREE HPA VIOLATION CITATIONS #317, 416 AND JULY 12, 2014

LARRY JOE WHEELON, ALLEGED OF SORING "SHOCK IT TO ME" ON JULY 12, 2014

LARRY JOE WHEELON, ALLEGED OF SORING “SHOCK IT TO ME” ON JULY 12, 2014

JACKIE MCCONNELL “SHOCKING” IT TO A BIG LICK TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE

JACKIE MCCONNELL - "SHOCKING IT TO AN INNOCENT TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE"

JACKIE MCCONNELL – “SHOCKING IT TO AN INNOCENT TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE”

Mr. Shea and Mr. Gipson,  seriously, how do you sleep at night having enforced the law for 90 days, then suddenly stopping?

Have you become so hardened and insensitive that you just don’t care to be troubled with doing your jobs?

People who have previously met with you report that you seem overly concerned with “Gate Receipts” which are generated from the exhibition of sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

Sirs, seriously,  what are you thinking about?

If you think people are not watching you,   you are wrong.

If you think you can get away with not consistently enforcing the Horse Protection Act to eliminate soring and abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses like you have been since May 28, 2014, you are wrong about that, too.

You had it right from March 1, 2012 to May 28, 2014.

Last week,  a scheduled meeting of the USDA Office of General Counsel and APHIS Attorney Frank Martin with three highly credentialed Sound Horse Advocates regarding the USDA;s enforcement of the Horse Protection Act was abruptly cancelled by the USDA on 48 hours notice.  The meeting in part was to address APHIS Attorney Frank Martin’s woeful ineffectual use of “Form 7060s” to clear his docket, instead of prosecuting Horse Protection Act violations as he should.

Yet, the week following “WALK ON WASHINGTON”,  informed sources report that APHIS Deputy Administrator Chester Gipson, DVM found time to have a lengthy meeting with sore Big Lick Horse Trainers,  WHTA President Mickey McCormick and sore Big Lick old timers Gary Edwards and Jimmy McConnell, brother of Jackie McConnell.  What was the purpose of this meeting?   What was discussed?  What new was there to discuss?

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

GARY EDWARDS, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER

GARY EDWARDS, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER

JIMMY MCCONNELL, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER

JIMMY MCCONNELL, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER

Gentlemen,  why did you meet with the sore Big Lick Horse Sorers McCormick, Edwards and McConnell – and not see the Sound Horse Representatives?

A year ago,  the following story appeared on www.billygoboy.com that Sound Horse Advocates W. Ron Dehaven, DVM,  AVMA CEO;  Donna Benefield, Teresa Bippen and Gary Lane were meeting with U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.  At that time, there were approximately 125 Congressmen co-sponsoring the PAST ACT.

http://www.billygoboy.com/2013/07/25/u-s-secretary-of-agriculture-tom-vilsack-welcomes-prestigious-tennessee-walking-horse-spokespersons/

U. S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will welcome today a nationally recognized contingent of equine authorities who will spend an hour with the Secretary speaking on behalf of the Tennessee Walking Horse and freely discussing a wide range of matters including the USDA’s enforcement of the Horse Protection Act, and other serious TWH related issues.”

Tom Vilsack - U. S. Secretary of Agriculture

Tom Vilsack – U. S. Secretary of Agriculture

A year later,  with over 300 Congressmen co-sponsoring the PAST ACT,   the “nationally recognized contingent of equine authorities” W. Ron Dehaven, AVMA CEO, Donna Benefield and Teresa Bippen apparently cannot or have not obtained an appointment to see the Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to discuss APHIS Administrators Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson, DVM failure to uniformly and consistently enforce the Horse Protection Act to “Protect The Horses”.

Nephew Eugene thinks its high time for those 300 PAST ACT co-sponsors to call for a Congressional Investigation to find out who or what has put the “Hoodoo” on APHIS Administrators Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson, DVM to keep them from “Protecting The Horses”.

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THE LIST OF 843 TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE VICTIMS OF SORING AND ABUSE

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LARRY JOE WHEELON AND RANDALL STACY GUNTER, DEFENDANTS IN MARYVILLE CRIMINAL CASE, NOW CHARGED WITH JULY 12, 2014 HORSE SORING AT CHESTNUT HILL, TENNESSEE HORSE SHOW

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MARYVILLE, TN –  Larry Joe Wheelon and Randall Stacy Gunter, both Defendants in Blount County, Tennessee criminal case for aggravated cruelty to Tennessee Walking Horses,  were suspended by Kentucky HIO on July 15, 2014,  for alleged Horse Soring Violations.    The HPA Violation citation “One Foot Unilateral Sore” alleged offense occurred at the East Tennessee Walking Horse Auxiliary Show in Chestnut Hill, Tennessee on July 12, 2014.

U.S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER – TO “PRESERVE TENNESSEE TRADITION”

U.S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN)

U.S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN) – HOMETOWN, MARYVILLE, TN

LARRY JOE WHEELON – SENATOR ALEXANDER’S HOMETOWN NEIGHBOR

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LARRY JOE WHEELON, SUSPENDED BY KENTUCKY HIO FOR ALLEGED JULY 12, 2014 HORSE SORING

RANDALL STACY GUNTER – EMPLOYEE OF LARRY JOE WHEELON

RANDALL STACY GUNTER, SUSPENDED BY KENTUCKY HIO

RANDALL STACY GUNTER, SUSPENDED BY KENTUCKY HIO

Chestnut Hill, Tennessee is 40 miles from the front door of the Blount County Circuit Courthouse on the Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville, Tennessee.   

CHESTNUT HILL, TN – EAST TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE AUXILIARY SHOW

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BLOUNT COUNTY COURTHOUSE ON LAMAR ALEXANDER PARKWAY

BLOUNT COUNTY COURTHOUSE ON LAMAR ALEXANDER PARKWAY IN MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE

Informed sources say that Larry Joe Wheelon was the Trainer, and his assistant and Co-Defendant in the Blount County aggravated cruelty cases,  Randall Stacy Gunter, led the horse up to be inspected.  Informed sources say Sharon Lambdin owned the horse, and the name of the horse cited for being sore by the inspectors is allegedly “Shock It To Me”.   It has not yet been determined who the Exhibitor riding the Horse was going to be.  When and if that information is determined, it will be published here.

“Shock It To Me” is one of the 843 Horses found to be sore from 2007 – 2013 according to the USDA HPA Violation List.  The USDA reports that 94% of all HPA violations occurred with horses wearing “Pads/Stacks” (10-15 lb each foot) and chains.

TENNESSEAN CARTOON - ACCOMPANYING THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL URGING PASSAGE OF THE PAST ACT

TENNESSEAN CARTOON – ACCOMPANYING THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL URGING PASSAGE OF THE PAST ACT

Larry Joe Wheelon is a former WHTA (Walking Horse Trainers Association) officer serving as Chairman of the Ethics Committee.  His fellow WHTA officer David Landrum of Franklin, Tennesee is serving as 2nd VP of WHTA.  Landrum was announced last week to Judge the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration beginning on August 20, 2014.

DAVID LANDRUM – JUDGING 2014 CELEBRATION – SERVED 2 YEAR FEDERAL SUSPENSION FOR VIOLATING HORSE PROTECTION ACT

DAVID LANDRUM,  2 YEAR SUSPENSION FOR VIOLATING THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT FOR SORING HORSES - 2014 CELEBRATION JUDGE

DAVID LANDRUM, 2 YEAR SUSPENSION FOR VIOLATING THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT FOR SORING HORSES – 2014 CELEBRATION JUDGE

LARRY JOE WHEELON – JULY 12, 2014 – HORSE SORING HPA CITATION

Larry Wheelon OTHER MARYVILLE TN Jul 15, 2014 Sep 12, 2014
Amount:
Paid:
SUSPENSION ACTIVE
Jul 15, 2014
ETWHA Ladies Auxiliary KY-HIO Sore – 1 Foot (Unilateral)

RANDALL STACY GUNTER – JULY 12, 2014 – HORSE SORING HPA CITATION

Stacy Gunter TRAINER LOUISVILLE TN Jul 15, 2014 Sep 12, 2014
Amount:
Paid:
SUSPENSION ACTIVE
Jul 15, 2014
ETWHA Ladies Auxiliary KY-HIO Sore – 1 Foot (Unilateral)

SHARON LAMBDIN – JULY 12, 2014 – HORSE SORING HPA CITATION

Responsible Parties for the Horse Found in Violation
First Last Horse Relation City State Start Date End Date Fine Ticket Status Ticketed at Show Ticketed by HIO Violation
Sharon Lambdin OWNER HEISKELL TN Jul 15, 2014 Sep 12, 2014
Amount:
Paid:
SUSPENSION ACTIVE
Jul 15, 2014
ETWHA Ladies Auxiliary KY-HIO Sore – 1 Foot (Unilateral)
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ONLY A FEW BAD APPLESNephew Eugene thinks based on the list of 843 Big Lick Horses found sore from 2007 – 2013 that there’s more than just a “few bad apples” doing it.And anything involving cruelty to animals, including the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is NOT a “Sport”.BGBHEADSHOT01NOTE:   At 10:00 a.m. this Wednesday,  July 23, 2014,   Blount County Circuit Judge Tammy Harrington will preside over a Hearing in the State of Tennessee vs Larry Joe Wheelon,  Randall Stacy Gunter,  Blake Primm and Brandon Lunsford.   All are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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LOUISVILLE COURIER-JOURNAL NEWSPAPER EDITORIAL URGES CONGRESS TO PASS THE PAST ACT – BLASTS “BOUGHT AND PAID FOR” U.S. SENATORS MITCH MCCONNELL AND RAND PAUL; TENNESSEE OFFICIALS LAMAR ALEXANDER AND MARSHA BLACKBURN

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LOUISVILLE, KY -The Courier-Journal newspaper endorsed the PAST ACT yesterday, and called upon the U. S. Congress to pass the PAST ACT to end the torture of helpless Tennessee Walking Horses.

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

The PAST ACT is backed by the American Horse Council and the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association).

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http://www.courier-journal.com/story/opinion/editorials/2014/07/16/stopping-horse-torture/12735795/

Stopping horse torture

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You’d think a measure to end torture of helpless animals is something even Congress could agree on.

And in fact, in this era of utter dysfunction, most members do agree with U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, a Western Kentucky Republican, that the practice of “soring” Tennessee Walking horses is wrong.

Mr. Whitfield, himself a horse owner, is the primary sponsor of the bill known as “Prevent All Soring Tactics,” an awful practice by some unscrupulous owners of injuring the animals’ legs and hooves to enhance the show horses’ famous high-stepping gait known as the “Big Lick.”

Pain, caused by caustic substances on the horses’ legs or sharp objects driven into their hooves, forces them to step higher. It also wins ribbons and cash prizes for owners willing to engage in this animal abuse.

Mr. Whitfield and 303 members of the 435 members in the House have signed on to the bill aimed at eliminating the practice still prevalent in the industry despite efforts to curb it. U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, is among House co-sponsors.

In the Senate, 57 of the 100 members support a similar bill sponsored by Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a New Hampshire Republican, and Sen. Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, according to the Humane Society of the United States, which is lobbying for the measures.

The bills would toughen inspection standards at horse shows and ban use of chains and pads on horses’ legs and hooves to perpetuate pain and hide scarring or evidence of injury associated with soring.

One wonders who could possibly be against efforts to eliminate such a heinous practice.

Look no further than Kentucky’s two senators, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, who have joined fellow Republicans from Tennessee, Sen. Lamar Alexander and Rep. Marsha Blackburn, in an industry-friendly bill that would do nothing to discourage horse soring and would merely enable the bad actors.

Those bills are so wretched that the Senate version has only four co-sponsors and the House version, 12.

Yet Mr. Whitfield’s PAST bill and its Senate companion still await action.

Not coincidentally, horse owners seeking to avoid such regulation are big political donors. The Humane Society notes Mr. Alexander, Mr. McConnell and Ms. Blackburn have received major support from the “Big Lick” faction of the industry.

The Tennessean, which has endorsed Mr. Whitfield’s bill, was especially scornful of Ms. Blackburn, who it said has received tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions for her support, calling her bill “the best that horse abusers’ money could buy.”

Time is short.

Congress is only in session till the end of July, then will be back intermittently through the end of the year.

After all, members running for re-election need time to campaign.

The public should demand that Congress act now to stop the despicable practice of horse soring.”

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Nephew Eugene says it’s time.

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“SOUND TRAINER VS SORE TRAINER” – IN THEIR OWN WORDS – MIDDLE TENNESSEE PUBLIC RADIO 89.5 FM, MDOT – PRESENTS: “OPPOSING VIEWS OF THE PAST ACT: WALKING HORSE TRAINERS – IN THEIR OWN WORDS”

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THETA, TN – One of the few entertainment enjoyments out here at Theta is listening to Public Radio.    An enterprising radio reporter Mike Osborne over at MDOT in Murfreesboro decided to cover the Tennessee Walking Horse story by talking to Horse Trainers on both sides of the issue.  (Please note that Mr. Osborne doesn’t refer to the sore Big Lick as a “sport”.)

One, WHTA President Mickey McCormick from Shelbyville, Tennessee has a resume filled with violations of the Horse Protection Act, a Federal law to ban horse abuse.

The other,  Cat Dye from Winchester, Tennessee,  has a spotless record with NO HPA violations.

Mickey McCormick trains the sore Big Lick.

"I AM JOSE" - 2013 WORLD GRAND CHAMPION EXHIBITED AT 2014 NATIONAL TRAINERS SHOW

“I AM JOSE” – 2013 WORLD GRAND CHAMPION EXHIBITED AT 2014 NATIONAL TRAINERS SHOW – CASEY WRIGHT UP

Cat Dye trains sound Tennessee Walking Horses.

2012 - UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE Homecoming - Kimbrell Hines Up On "A Daring Affair" - Taking The Place Of 'Big Lick' World Grand Champion Walk Time Charlie

2012 – UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE Homecoming – Kimbrell Hines Up On “A Daring Affair” – Taking The Place Of ‘Big Lick’ World Grand Champion Walk Time Charlie

CAT DYE AT THE SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE – BRENTWOOD, TENNESSEE

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MICKEY MCCORMICK – PRESIDENT, WALKING HORSE TRAINERS ASSOCIATION WITH 24 KNOWN HPA VIOLATIONS

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

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 HERE IS MIKE OSBORNE’S MDOT RADIO STORY WITH INTERVIEW AUDIOS

http://wmot.org/post/opposing-views-past-act-walking-horse-trainers-their-own-words

Opposing views of the PAST Act: Walking Horse Trainers in Their Own Words

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  –  A bill that veteran Tennessee Walking Horse trainers say will destroy their industry recently acquired its 300th House of Representatives sponsor.

The PAST (Prevent All Soring Tactics) Act would outlaw the use of the mechanical devices – oversized shoes and leg chains – that industry insiders say they need to achieve the high-stepping “big lick” gait that’s become synonymous with the Walking Horse.

The Walking Horse industry puts millions of dollars into the Middle Tennessee economy each year. So with Shelbyville’s 76th annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration looming on the horizon, WMOT News decided to examine the ongoing Walking Horse controversy from the viewpoint of trainers who both support and oppose the PAST Act.

Cat Dye is a horse trainer at Black Anvil Equestrian in Winchester, Tennessee. Dye grew up riding Walking Horses in competition. She currently trains young riders using Walking Horse mounts. She favors passage of the PAST Act. Here is Cat Dye in her own words.

Listen

http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wmot/audio/2014/07/PAST-ACT_DYE.mp3

Mickey McCormick is the current president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Trainers Association. His stables are located just south of Shelbyville, Tennessee. McCormick is vehemently opposed to the passage of the PAST Act, asserting that it will destroy the Walking Horse industry. Here is Mickey McCormick in his own words.

EDITOR’S NOTE: WMOT understands that the training of Tennessee Walking Horse is debated with great passion by horse lovers on both sides of the issue. We would ask that anyone commenting on this story do so respectfully. Please discuss the issues involved without making personal references.

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Clant Seay • 

As spokesperson for the All American Walking Horse Alliance which recently staged the campaign rally before the U.S. Capitol to urge passage of the PAST ACT, I believe that people need to realize when Mr. McCormick claims a 96% compliance rate, that is one which has been manufactured by the Celebration’s horse inspection program S.H.O.W. HIO which is presently being decertified by the United States Department of Agriculture for violating the Horse Protection Act. Also, Mr. McCormick and the Walking Horse Trainers (BIG LICK) leadership have consistently violated the Horse Protection Act – One of these with HPA violations is WHTA 2nd VP Mr. David Landrum who was announced this week as a Judge of the 76th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. Mr. Landrum has rented a barn for over 25 years from Mr. Steve Smith, TWHBEA President, who is also U.S.Senator Lamar Alexander’s Campaign Finance Chairman:
WALKING HORSE TRAINERS LEADERSHIP HPA CITATION VIOLATION RECORDS
At least 117 known citations for violations of the Horse Protection Act have been issued to members of the 2014 Walking Horse Trainers Association board of directors, by either the USDA or Horse Industry Organization inspectors.
W.H.T.A. Board HPA Citation Tallies
Mickey McCormick: 24 known citations
David Landrum: 6 known citations
Bill Cantrell: 10 known citations
Edgar Abernathy: 9 known citations
Jeff Green: 28 known citations
Link Webb: 39 known citations
Ross Campbell: 1 known citation

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NOTE:  Mr. Osborne is correct that Tennessee Walking Horses do have a significant economic impact in Middle Tennessee, however, Mr. Osborne needs to recognize that the flat shod sound Tennessee Walking Horse will easily fill the vacuum once the sore Big Lick is abolished by the PAST ACT.   Here are the facts about the “actual” number of sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses:

COLD HARD FACTS ON SORE BIG LICK TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE RACKET:

  • Passage of the PAST ACT would only affect 8/10th of 1% of all living Tennessee Walking Horses.
  • The other 99.20% of the Tennessee Walking Horses will be fine,  and actually, the 8/10th of 1% will be too because they will no long be institutionally sored to created the sore Big Lick.
  • According to a 2012 USDA survey there are approximately 200,000 living TWH.
  • There are only 85 dues paying members of the Walking Horse Trainers Association.
  • There were only 569 Big Lick Horses at the 2013 Celebration
  • Assume each Trainer has an average of 10 horses in training.
  • Assume 850 total Big Lick Horses.
  • Then give it the benefit of the by doubling it  1,700 Big Lick TWH.
  • 1% of 200,000 = 2,000
  • 1,700 = 8/10th of 1%

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It’s good to see these matters covered by the press.

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ONE MO’ DEMO – FROM THE LAND OF LAKE WOEBEGONE – REPRESENTATIVE TIM WALZ (D-MN) CO-SPONSORS PAST ACT – NOW 301 ELIGIBLE TO VOTE CO-SPONSORS – 9 DAYS LEFT IN JULY

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FIRST – THE OFFICIAL COUNT

HOUSE SPONSOR AND CO-SPONSORS OF PAST AC
 1 Ed Whitfield – Sponsor
300  Co-Sponsors – (includes deceased Bill Young    (FL & 2 non-voting from U.S. Territories)
1  Ron Kind
1  Al Green
1  Tim Walz
304 Total  (includes 3 not eligible to vote – 1 deceased and 2 u.s. territories)
 
301 Eligible To Vote – 69%

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Democrat Representative Tim Walz (D-MN) is now co-sponsoring the PAST ACT (Prevent All Soring Tactics Act).

He becomes the 301st United States Representative to say no more pads and chains to create the sore Big Lick.

Now 69% of the U. S. House of Representatives support #PASSTHEPASTACT.

REPRESENTATIVE TIM WALZ (D-MN)

REPRESENTATIVE TIM WALZ (D-MN)

Walz served as an enlisted man in the U. S. Army as Sergeant Major, and taught public school for 20 years.   He has the highest ratings from many educational interest groups.  Walz is open minded and forward looking on social issues.

PAST ACT supporters are 4 Republicans short of meeting the HASTERT RULE in the House,  and seem to be stalled in the Senate on bringing the matter to a vote.

There are only 9 (NINE) legislative days left in the U. S. House.

Then the House is gone from August 1 until returning to work on September 8, 2014.

LEGISLATIVE DAYS REMAINING - U.S. HOUSE - 113TH CONGRESS, 2ND SESSION

LEGISLATIVE DAYS REMAINING – U.S. HOUSE – 113TH CONGRESS, 2ND SESSION

Nephew Eugene remains concerned.

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PUTNAM COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE AMY HOLLARS SAYS “GAME ON” – SETS NOVEMBER 12, 2014 TRIAL DATE IN PAT STOUT $1 MILLION DOLLAR LAWSUIT AGAINST TWHBEA AND JOHN DOE DEFENDANTS FOR ALLEGED ACTS OF WRONGDOING

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COOKEVILLE, TN –  On Tuesday, July 15, 2014,   Putnam County Circuit Judge Amy Hollars set the Pat Stout vs TWHBEA, and John Does I-X,  for trial on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.    The Court denied Stout’s request for Temporary Injunction. In doing so, the Judge said because Mrs. Stout can receive money damages for her financial losses, she is not suffering the "irreparable harm" required by the rules to issue an injunction.

Judge Hollars stated that while the balancing of the harm strongly favored Mrs. Stout - i.e., that TWHBEA suffers nothing from reinstating Mrs. Stout's membership - but the Court also stated that the absence of irreparable harm meant the Court could not properly issue the injunction.

PUTNAM COUNTY CIRCUIT JUDGE AMY V. HOLLARS

PUTNAM COUNTY CIRCUIT JUDGE AMY V. HOLLARS

Henry D. Fincher, Esq., Cookeville, Tennessee Attorney

Henry D. Fincher, Esq., Cookeville, Tennessee Attorney

The Putnam County, Tennessee Jury will be empaneled in 119 days on November 12, 2014 to hear Pat Stout’s $1 Million suit for damages against Steve Smith’s TWHBEA for alleged wrongs that TWHBEA committed against Pat Stout.

Nephew Eugene asked Randolph from Theta who went to Vanderbilt University Law School what all of this means.    Randolph said that the Court setting an expedited trial date sent a definite message to TWHBEA that justice for Mrs. Stout will not be long in coming.

PAT STOUT,  COOKEVILLE, TN, TWHBEA MEMBER

PAT STOUT, COOKEVILLE, TN, TWHBEA MEMBER

TWHBEA’s alleged wrongdoings against Pat Stout flowed from Pat Stout conducting an Opinion Poll in September/October 2013 asking TWHBEA members to vote “YES” or “NO” on the PAST ACT.   On September 19, 2013,   Pat Stout - VP Horse Shows of TWHBEA sent a postcard mailer to 6,950 voting eligible members of TWHBEA soliciting their opinion,  "YES" or "NO" regarding passage of the PAST ACT before Congress.  An impressive 26% of the TWHBEA membership responded,  and they voted landslide 63% "YES" in favor of passage of the PAST ACT.

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When the sore Big Lick interests learned on September 23, 2013 when the postcard mailers arrived that the rank and file members of TWHBEA were being allowed to vote on the issue,  a state of hysteria ensued.

Walking Horse Report Editor Jeffrey Howard told persons:

“They’ll never count those votes”. 

Jeffrey Howard, Editor - PSHA Spokesperson & Walking Horse Report

Jeffrey Howard, Editor – PSHA Spokesperson & Walking Horse Report

A TWHBEA Executive Committee Meeting was set for September 27, 2013.  Prior to the meeting, TWHBEA President Loyd Carr Black, who had been unavailable in the days preceding,  on September 26, 2013,  signed his name to a letter that he admittedly did not write.  The letter was email blasted to all of the TWHBEA members. In the letter,  President Black smeared Pat Stout and demeaned her polling initiative.  During the week of September 27, 2013,  President Black refused to allow Pat Stout to explain the Poll on TWHBEA’s website or Facebook page.

The September 27, 2013 TWHBEA Executive Committee meeting lasted 8 hours.  It was a lynch mob scene.   Black presided over the meeting by telephone.   An attempt was made to excommunicate Pat Stout from TWHBEA.

It failed.

At this meeting,  Tom “I’M A PROUD HPA VIOLATOR” Kakassy appeared with a

TOM KAKASSY -CURRENT TWHBEA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER

TOM KAKASSY -CURRENT TWHBEA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER

Complaint against Stout and distributed it to the EC members, but Kakassy did not file it in accordance with TWHBEA rules and procedures.   Then President Loyd Carr Black, a sworn Georgia small claims court judge,  denied Stout her rights under TWHBEA’s rules and procedures, and went along with the sore Big Lick interests and sent the Pat Stout Poll matter for “investigation” to a biased conflicted Enforcement Committee meeting on which Tom Kakassy was sitting.

Ironically at the September 27, 2014 meeting, the TWHBEA Executive Committee recognized the validity of Pat Stout’s Poll when it voted to allow Pat Stout to explain the Polling Initiative to the TWHBEA membership on the TWHBEA Facebook and Website which Pat Stout did.

Black then resigned as TWHBEA President shortly before the Poll votes were counted.   Black was never seen again until he surfaced in Washington, DC at an American Horse Council meeting representing Georgia.  The American Horse Council has endorsed the PAST ACT.

LOYD CARR BLACK,  RESIGNED TWHBEA PRESIDENT

LOYD CARR BLACK, RESIGNED TWHBEA PRESIDENT

The Poll votes were counted on October 16, 2013, by CPA Cook and Co of Arab, Alabama and the PAST ACT received overwhelming approval by the TWHBA membership.

THE "YEAS" HAVE IT IN A LANDSLIDE

THE “YEAS” HAVE IT IN A LANDSLIDE

Following the Pat Stout Poll results,  a full color ad was run in The Tennessean by Citizens Against Soring.

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The Pat Stout Poll matter rolled on through the Fall.

Finally,  the TWHBEA Executive Committee met on December 5, 2012,   and exonerated Pat Stout of all allegations that she did anything wrong.

Steve Smith took office on December 7, 2013, and with a new Executive Committee in place ordered that prior to the new Enforcement Committee being seated and approved in January 2013,  that an Enforcement subcommittee be formed under Tom Kakassy and ‘report back as quickly as possible” on its recommendation what should be done on the Pat Stout matter.

The Poll Map, based on a state by state breakdown prepared by Cook and Co. CPA of the Poll Results was published on December 25, 2013.

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In early January,  Kakassy’s kangaroo court Subcommittee, on which sore Big Licker Sheryl Crawford sat,  came back with a recommendation that Pat Stout should be indefinitely suspended from her membership privileges at TWHBEA. The recommendation report questioned Mrs. Stout’s integrity, and according to the allegation’s in Stout’s lawsuit, maliciously defamed her.    Steve Smith’s Executive Committee unanimously approved Kakassy’s Subcomittee recommendation.

SHERYL CRAWFORD,  BIG LICK SUPPORTER -STANDING IN FRONT OF "THE POLL" MAP AT SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE

SHERYL CRAWFORD, BIG LICK SUPPORTER -STANDING IN FRONT OF “THE POLL” MAP AT SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE

Represented by Harvard educated and Tennessee State Legislator Henry Fincher of Cookeville, Tennessee, Pat Stout filed her $1 Million dollar suit for damages against TWHBEA in Putnam County Circuit Court on May 20, 2014.

Discovery is about to proceed in the lawsuit and it should be interesting.

There is a strong possibility that some of those John Doe defendants, including possibly Tom “I”M A PROUD HPA VIOLATOR”,   will soon have their real names inserted as co-defendants in the litigation.

Stay tuned.

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SORE BIG LICK SPOKESPERSON, MR. RISING STAR RANCH OF SHELBYVILLE, TENNESSEE, WANTS TO HAVE HIS SAY – AND THE ‘THETA SYNDICATE” REPLIES

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SHELBVILLE, TN – Rising Star Ranch is owned by Mr. Frank Eichler, self-proclaimed attorney for The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration,  PSHA,  WHTA and all sore Big Lickers everywhere.

FRANK EICHLER, SORE BIG LICK EPISTLE WRITER

FRANK EICHLER, SORE BIG LICK EPISTLE WRITER

Mr. Eichler’s Farm Manager,  Mr. David Williams, is a member of Steve Smith’s sore Big Lick TWHBEA Executive Committee.

DAVID WILLIAMS, RISING STAR MANAGER, VP - BREEDERS, TWHBEA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

DAVID WILLIAMS, RISING STAR MANAGER, VP – BREEDERS, TWHBEA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

TWHBEA PRESIDENT STEVE SMITH,  U. S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER CAMPAIGN FINANCE CHAIRMAN

TWHBEA PRESIDENT STEVE SMITH, U. S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER CAMPAIGN FINANCE CHAIRMAN

Steve Smith’s sore Big Lick gang is laden with several members who have HPA Violation Citation histories.

STEVE SMITH EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE – 7 HPA CITATION HISTORY

President Steve Smith – (HPA CITATION HISTORY)
Sr. VP Walt Chism
Secretary Loren Anderson
Admin/Fiscal Christy Lantis
Marketing Ashley Wadsworth
Performance Ford Gates  (HPA CITATION HISTORY)
VP Pleasure Jessica Hieback
VP O/E Int’l Denise Bader – (Husband – HPA CITATION HISTORY)
VP Breeders David Williams –  (Employer – HPA Family Citation History)
VP Youth Sherry White – (HPA FAMILY HPA CITATION HISTORY)
VP Bylaws/Enf Tom “I’M A PROUD HPA VIOLATOR” Kakassy – HPA CITATION HISTORY

Rising Star Ranch has posted the following Opinion Piece on https://www.facebook.com/BillyGoBoy.

RISING STAR RANCH - “PAST Act Co-Sponsor Facts (pay close attention) The top 10 states having the most cosponsors for the PAST ACT : California 45 New York 27 Florida 22 Texas 19 Pennsylvania 18 Illinois 16 New Jersey 11 Ohio 11 Massachusetts 10 Michigan 9 They make up 63% of the Co-Sponsors and represent the states where only 20% of the members of TWHBEA reside. The States having 1 or zero Co -Sponsors for the PAST ACT are: Alabama 1 Alaska 1 Arizona 1 Delaware 1 Idaho 1 Kentucky 1 Louisiana 1 Montana 1 South Dakota 1 Tennessee 1 Vermont 1 West Virginia 1 Mississippi 0 Nebraska 0 North Dakota 0 Oklahoma 0 Utah 0 Wyoming 0 They make up 4% of the Co-Sponsors and represent the states where 49% of the members of TWHBEA reside. Also of note the original Sponsors Rep. Whitfield and Rep. Cohen are the only House members from their respective states (KY and TN) that have their names attached to this bill.”

Theta Syndicate Reply –   Mr. Rising Star Ranch,  unless you propose seceding from the union which was attempted 153 years ago and cost about 550,000 American lives, you must remember that all citizens of the states of the United States are represented in the United States Congress.

And hurting helpless horses in the name of “Tradition” or “Blood Sport” for family entertainment so people like Celebration Chairman David L. Howard can make a fortune off the advertising sales is abhorrent. Or a community like Shelbyville, Tennessee can justify the cruelty to defenseless animals because of economic benefit is likewise reprehensible.

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

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JOHN T. BOBO – THE CONSIGLIERE – MAN BEHIND DAVID L. HOWARD

That is why the people of all America support passage of the PAST ACT – just like they did 50 years ago when the Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Mr. Williams, perhaps it will be helpful for you and others to please listen to the words of “WE SHALL OVERCOME”.   You, sir, are faced with a national movement that is going to see this through.  Senator Joe Tydings and all who believe in this cause are going to stay with it until the Tennessee Walking Horse is allowed to return to its natural roots, and the soring practices and stigma are no more.

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(LEFT) SENATOR JOE TYDINGS – 1969
(RIGHT) SENATOR JOY TYDINGS – 2014
NOTHING HAS CHANGED IN 44 YEARS – THE BIG LICK TIME IS UP.

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THIS PICTURE SAYS IT ALL – NATURAL TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

The laws affecting all of the citizens of the America are made by Congress and signed by the President.

Presently 69% of the members of the U. S. House endorse the PAST ACT.

Presently, 57% of the members of the U. S. Senate endorse the Past ACT.

Just like the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, It does not matter where the members of TWHBEA reside concerning enacting the PAST ACT, which will address the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses which has gone on for the last 46+ years.  What does matter is the Horse Protection Act is a Federal law,  and the PAST ACT will amend it to eliminate the pads and chains, the failed corrupt self-regulation and make horse soring a federal felony.

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(LEFT) SENATOR JOE TYDINGS – 1969
(RIGHT) SENATOR JOY TYDINGS – 2014
NOTHING HAS CHANGED IN 44 YEARS – THE BIG LICK TIME IS UP.

And it is part of the Congressional Record of the PAST ACT (HR 1518),   that a Poll of the TWHBEA members was conducted in September/October 2013 of the 6,950 eligible to vote members.

The TWHBEA members voted landslide 63% “YES” in favor of passing the PAST ACT.

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In April 2014,  it appeared that TWHBEA has 5,350 ”eligible to vote” members which is a 23% loss of membership in less than 12 months.

All of this has occurred on the sore Big Lick Steve Smith/Walt Chism/David Williams watch.

It truly makes you wonder what’s next for the once proud, now disgraced,  Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association.

It leaves no question why sound natural Midnight Sun took his leave of the place.

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NATURAL GAITED TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE – WORLD GRAND CHAMPION MIDNIGHT SUN

The PAST ACT cannot be passed soon enough.

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“WALK ON WASHINGTON” LEADS TO NATIONAL SCRUTINY OF SORE BIG LICK – FIRST USA TODAY, AND NOW PBS BONNIE ERBE’ NAILS DAVID L. HOWARD/STEVE SMITH SORE BIG LICKERS IN SCATHING U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT ARTICLE*

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THETA, TN –  The “WALK ON WASHINGTON” changed things forever.

It will never be the same.

Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and his gang,  along with the Steve Smith/Walt Chism TWHBA  “FINGER”  Regime isn’t matching up real well these days with the onslaught of national press coverage which has flowed from the historic “WALK ON WASHINGTON” rally to PASS THE PAST ACT.

America gathered in front of the U. S. Capitol and resoundingly said,

“NO MORE”  … to the “BIG LICK” Soring of Tennessee Walking Horses in Shelbyville, Tennessee.

The latest sledgehammer blow to the SORE Big Lick championed by Celebration Chairman David L. Howard, and TWHBEA duo – Steve Smith and Walk Chism – is a U. S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT article* by nationally known PBS talk show journalist,  the acclaimed Bonnie Erbe’. (Yesterday was the Anniversary of the Article first published on July 9, 2008)

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PBS “TO THE CONTRARY” HOST BONNIE ERBE’

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/erbe/2008/07/09/the-sadistic-treatment-of-tennessee-walking-horses

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“The Sadistic Treatment of Tennessee Walking Horses

The long-neglected, inhuman treatment of these noble animals must be brought to an end.

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Courtesy of Michael Vick, most Americans have now been exposed to the sordid underground world of dogfighting. Coverage of cockfighting and state or county bans against the horrendous practice in most venues have made us aware of the sadistic treatment some sorry humans inflict on those poor birds. The deaths of Eight Belles and Barbaro highlighted dangers humans impose on thoroughbred racehorses, which, one can hope, will lead to a more humanely regulated sport. But few of us are aware of the incredible cruelty visited on Tennessee Walking Horses by a small but powerful group of owners and trainers located predominantly in a few southern states.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported this week that the vast majority of exhibitors who convened at an Owingsville horse show grounds scattered like buckshot when officials arrived to inspect the animals for signs of cruelty and cite the trainers and owners for federal violations.

One of the largest walking horse shows in Kentucky virtually ground to a halt last week when U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors arrived, escorted by Kentucky State Police. “They’re here to inspect horses and the folks that were here to show decided not to show. That’s their prerogative,” said Earl Rogers Jr., manager of the Owingsville Lions Club Horse Show and the president of the Kentucky Walking Horse Association.

Rogers said that USDA inspectors arrived Thursday for the last two days of the four-day show, in which 500 to 550 horses are typically shown. After the inspectors arrived, only 40 were shown. Hundreds of entrants turned their horse vans around and left.

Why did they scatter rather than face inspection? Because the training practices used to force the horses to raise their front legs up high and assume a completely unnatural and painful posture are so barbarous that they violate federal law and carry serious penalties for perpetrators. Yet such practices are widely used by a small but powerful cadre of sick humans.

The most widely used technique, according to the Humane Society of the United States, is “soring” in which, according to an explanation provided to me by the group, “a variety of cruel methods are used to inflict pain on horses. They include painting caustic chemicals on the horses’ pasterns (ankles), such as diesel fuel, kerosene, or mustard oil and then riding the horse with chains around its ankles. Mechanical means like pressure shoeing involve either hiding a foreign object (such as a screw or bolt) under a leather pad against the horse’s front soles, or cutting a horse’s hoof wall and sole so short that it starts to bleed. In either case, each time the horse steps or puts weight on that hoof, it causes pain.” (The pain, in turn, forces the horse to lift up its front legs unnaturally high.)

Keith Dane, the Humane Society’s director of equine protection, described several other techniques to me. Some owners pile layers of pads under the horses’ hooves, held on by a metal strap that goes over the hoof and is attached with nails pounded into the hoof wall. This technique is tantamount to a young woman wearing dangerously high heels 24/7, with a metal strap across her foot to hold the contraption in place. Horses have been known to collapse in the show ring from the combination of ridiculous imbalance and intense pain.

Why, you might ask, is this allowed to go on? It is, as noted above, against federal law to show a horse thusly trained. But Congress allots only a half-million dollars each year to the Agriculture Department to enforce the law. Federal agents possess only enough resources to “bust” a small number of shows each year. The discipline is so thoroughly reviled by the rest of the horse world, it was bounced out of the United States Equestrian Federation decades ago. The practice has been publicized for decades, forcing Walking Horse devotees to operate in a shadow world of their own.

Let me restate clearly that not all Walking Horse trainers or owners engage in these cruel techniques. Keith Dane judges exhibitors on a circuit of Walking Horse shows that engage in none of these outlandish practices. But it’s time for conscientious Americans to let Congress know we want it to spend the comparatively small amount of money it would take to drive these cruel operators into oblivion.

To stand idly by is to hand victory to the cruel and inhumane.”

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Last year the Celebration had 569 Big Lick horses show up.

Nephew Eugene wonders what the “Over/Under” is on reaching that number again this year.

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FROM THE TARHEEL STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA, U.S. REPRESENTATIVE G. K. BUTTERFIELD (D-NC) BECOMES 298TH CONGRESSMAN TO CO-SPONSOR THE PAST ACT

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WASHINGTON, DC – Democrat Representative G. K. Butterfield (D-NC) is now co-sponsoring the PAST ACT (Prevent All Soring Tactics Act).

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U.S. REPRESENTATIVE G. K. BUTTERFIELD

Butterfield becomes the 298th Representative to back the proposed legislation.

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Representative Butterfield is a former NC Judge before being elected to Congress in 2004.  He is of mixed race ancestry and is a member of the Black Caucus.  He serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  He is one of eight Chief Deputy Democratic Whips.

Now 69% of the U. S. House of Representatives co-sponsors the PAST ACT.

The PAST ACT has strong bipartisan support and is endorsed by the American Horse Council and the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association).

Dr. Whitney Miller, DVM explains why AVMA backs the PAST ACT,  and wants nothing to do with the Blackburn/Alexander-McConnell Alternatives.

Nephew Eugene thinks,  as Rep. Schakowsky (D-IL) predicted,  there will be 300 members of the U. S. House co-sponsoring the PAST ACT.

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VIRGINIA TWHBEA DIRECTOR, PAM “FINGER LADY” MCKINNEY BLATANTLY MISREPRESENTS PAST ACT – FALSELY CLAIMS THAT ALL TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES WILL HAVE TO SHOW BAREFOOT

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CULPEPER, VA – The Virginia TWHBEA Director Pam “Finger Lady” McKinney made a scene trying to disrupt the “WALK ON WASHINGTON” Rally on June 18, 2014.

 “I am a concerned horse owner,” said McKinney. “This is me representing the horses I love.”  from Star Exponent Article published July 8, 2014.

VIRGINIA TWHBEA DIRECTOR PAM MCKINLEY

VIRGINIA TWHBEA DIRECTOR PAM MCKINLEY

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TWHBEA DIRECTOR PAM MCKINNEY, Photo by Star-Exponent, Culpeper, Virginia

TWHBEA DIRECTOR SHARON RICE,  Photo by Star-Exponent, Culpeper, Virginia

TWHBEA DIRECTOR SHARON RICE, Photo by Star-Exponent, Culpeper, Virginia

Ms. Pam McKinney was invited by www.billygoboy.com  to explain her reasons in this forum for being opposed to the PAST ACT, and attempting to disrupt the “WALK ON WASHINGTON” rally by using profanity and obscene gestures.

On June 22, 2014,   the following invitation was extended to Ms. McKinney:

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“Hi Ms McKinney,

I have learned from multiple sources that you were at the center of a controversy at the “Walk On Washington” Rally before the U. S. Capitol last Wednesday on June 18, 2014.  The purpose of the Rally was to urge Congress to pass the “PAST ACT” and it appears you are on record opposing it.    The independent sources say that in your interaction with the WOW rally volunteers that you used profanity and dropped the “F bomb” repeatedly, and that Capitol Police were called to request that you leave the “permitted premises” at which the WOW event was being held.  It also appears that you are a TWHBEA Director from Virginia. Below is the story written based on the accounts of witnesses.

In the interest of fairness, I would be glad to receive from you a narrative statement saying anything you might wish about the incident or what led you,  according to eye-witness sources,  to use profanity and display an obscene gesture. You are also welcome to explain why you are opposed to the PAST ACT, and what you were trying to do at the permitted Rally site.

Thank you.”

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Ms. McKinney never responded, however, she did give an interview with the Culpeper Star Exponent Reporter Alllison Brophy Champion, and the following story was published today:

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http://www.dailyprogress.com/starexponent/news/local_news/soring-debate-ambles/article_5fa74cc8-067f-11e4-a022-0017a43b2370.html

Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 12:15 am | Updated: 5:17 am, Tue Jul 8, 2014.

By Allison Brophy Championabrophy@starexponent.com (540) 825-0771 ext. 101

BRANDY STATION – A pair of local equestrian enthusiasts and Tennessee Walking Horse owners are the other side of a hot button debate in passionately opposing a federal bill they claim would harm the industry.

Brandy Station resident Pam McKinney and Bealeton resident Sharon Rice are adamantly against the so-called PAST (Prevent All Soring Tactic) Act because they say it would impose unnecessary fines and regulations on activities they say are already highly regulated.

Another local horse enthusiast, Jeannie McGuire of Orange County, recently attended an event in Washington, D.C. in support of the PAST Act and when McKinney saw coverage in the Star-Exponent of the rally she strongly wanted to share her side of the issue.

“I am a concerned horse owner,” said McKinney. “This is me representing the horses I love.”

She and fellow equestrian Rice both strongly object to soring horses, an abusive practice already prohibited by the Horse Protection Act of 1970. In soring, chemicals and other devices are used on a walking horses’s legs and hooves to create an artificially high step.

The PAST Act would eliminate any and all competitive action devices, even those that do not cause pain, McKinney said, including horse shoes. It would also increase funding for federal inspections at horse shows, and eliminate self regulation.

If the PAST Act passes, McKinney said, horses participating in competitions would have to walk barefoot.

She and Rice are supporting alternate legislation, House Resolution 4098, being sponsored by U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee. Both legislative measures remain in committee.

Blackburn spokesman Mike Reynard recently told The Tennessean , “We want to save a Tennessee industry that has a 97 percent compliance rate and protect these animals from the bad actors who make up the 3 percent on noncompliance,” according to a July 3 article.

Reynard said supporters of the PAST Act are focused on eliminating the walking horse industry altogether.

McKinney agreed, saying certain organizations are specifically targeting the breed.

“You can see how much we love our horses and how much we care about them,” she said.

McKinney has been riding Tennessee Walking Horses since she her 20s when her father got one.

“This is the horse I want to ride,” she said, remembering when she first got on one.

The breed is particularly gentle and easy-going, McKinney said. During a recent visit to her horse farm, her affection for her horses shone through – McKinney liberally gave and received kisses from her animals, and she’s even trained one of them to smile.

Rice, active in the walking horse industry for more than 30 years, said soring is no longer rampant and that the industry has been largely compliant, and subject to regular inspections at all competitions.

“Pads and chains don’t hurt the horse – it’s the people,” she said.

Rice felt proponents of the PAST Act are blowing the issue out of proportion. The owner of eight Tennessee Walking Horses said she would continue to oppose over-regulation of the breed.

“There is space for everybody in here,” Rice said, noting different owners show their horses differently, “as long as there is no abuse.”

McKinney attended the recent rally in D.C. in support of the PAST Act she is against. Her fierce opposition was visibly and verbally made known.

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Kentucky, is a key sponsor of the PAST Act, also supported by U.S. Senator Mark Warner, D-Virginia. In announcing the bill in 2012, Whitfield said those in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry have for too long turned a blind eye to abusive trainers.

“This amendment does not cost the federal government any additional money and is essential in helping to put an end to the practice of soring Tennessee Walking Horses by abusive trainers,” he said in a statement.

According to the Performance Show Horse Association, based in Tennessee, the industry is 96 percent compliant when it comes to preventing soring. The organization said the Tennessee Walking Horse is the most inspected breed in the U.S., and that new regulations proposed as part of the PAST Act would seriously jeopardize the industry.

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Strangely enough,   Ms McKinney’s behaviour resembles that of Ex PSHA Chairman Terry Dotson about “kissing horses” –    “During a recent visit to her horse farm, her affection for her horses shone through – McKinney liberally gave and received kisses from her animals, and she’s even trained one of them to smile.”

In a June 2, 2013,  The Tennessean article,  PSHA Chairman Terry Dotson the reporter wrote:   “But it’s clear the Performance Show Horse Association chairman loves his prized animals. He drives his farm in a covered Polaris four-wheeler, hopping out to collect kisses from horses.   On the mouth.”   Then Dotson went on to say he “would leave the Tennessee Walking Horse business if the PAST ACT passed”.

TERRY DOTON, RESIGNED PSHA CHAIR

TERRY DOTON, RESIGNED PSHA CHAIR

In today’s Star Exponent article,  Ms McKinney said:

“If the PAST Act passes, McKinney said, horses participating in competitions would have to walk barefoot.”

TWHBEA Director Pam McKinney  apparently attempted to mislead Reporter Allison Brophy Champion, and she should know better.  Here is September 23, 2013 letter from Representatives Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Steve Cohen (D-TN) addressing this issue:

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Congressman Whitfield clearly says for the record:   “There are many Tennessee Walking Horses currently being shown in several divisions with shoes that would be allowed under the PAST ACT.”

Yet,  the not so kissy face Ms. McKinney does not want the truth to be known:

VIRGINIA TWHBEA DIRECTOR PAM MCKINLEY

VIRGINIA TWHBEA DIRECTOR PAM MCKINLEY

The PAST ACT eliminates these and what results from them:

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THE STACK WHICH CAME OFF OF “DUTCH”

And this:

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Here  Dr. Whitney Miller, DVM,  AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) Congressional Spokesperson speaks directly to the issue of why the Pads and Chains (also known as Stacks, often weighing 10-15 lbs per foot)  must be banned, and why the AVMA favors passage of the PAST ACT.

Also, Mr. James J. Hickey,  American Horse Council President,  speaks in favor of the PAST ACT.

Something tells me the American Walking Horse Alliance may have a comment on the misrepresentations made by Virginia TWHBEA Director, Pam “Finger Lady” McKinney.

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REGIONS BANK PULLS CELEBRATION CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP – REPUDIATES SORE BIG LICK – STEVE SMITH/WALT CHISM TWHBEA FACES JUSTICE IN PUTNAM COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT AT 1:00 P.M. TODAY

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THETA, TN – In yet another jaw-dropping development,   Regions Bank has pulled its corporate sponsorship of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

Regions is one of the top bank holding companies in the United States.  It operates in 16 states, has $118 billion in assets and is the largest corporation in the State of Alabama.

Regions has apparently decided it no longer wants to nor can it afford to be associated with the “Animal Cruelty” represented by the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse championed by the Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and TWHBEA President Steve Smith.

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

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JOHN T. BOBO – THE CONSIGLIERE – MAN BEHIND DAVID L. HOWARD

And at 1:00 p.m.,  Thursday, June 26, 2014,  in Putnam County Circuit Court in Cookeville,  Steve Smith’s TWHBEA (Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Association) will come before the bar of justice.

Pat Stout’s attorney has asked Circuit Judge Amy Hollars to grant a Motion For A Temporary Injunction in Pat Stout vs. TWHBEA and John Does, I-X.  If Judge Hollars grants the Motion For Temporary Injunction against TWHBEA,  then Pat Stout’s TWHBEA membership privileges will be restored until her $1 Million lawsuit is either tried or settled.

Pat Stout is represented by the capable Henry Fincher, Esq. of Cookeville.

Henry D. Fincher, Esq., Cookeville, Tennessee Attorney

Henry D. Fincher, Esq., Cookeville, Tennessee Attorney

At the May 2014 semi-annual TWHBEA meeting, the question was asked of President Steve Smith by several TWHBEA directors:

Does TWHBEA have liability insurance which will pay for defending TWHBEA against Pat Stout’s claim for damages due to Steve Smith’s Executive Committee’s alleged acts of malice perpetrated against Pat Stout?

The sore Big Lick irrationally blames Pat Stout for polling the TWHBEA members to obtain their opinion regarding passage of the PAST ACT. No one has ever had the courage to file a written Complaint against Stout alleging any wrongdoing.

An overwhelming 63% of the TWHBEA members voted “YES” to passing the PAST ACT.  Things have been the same since 6,950 post card ballots arrived in the mail boxes of TWHBEA members, and there was not a thing that Steve Smith or David L. Howard could do about it.

 

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TWHBEA PRESIDENT STEVE SMITH, U. S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER CAMPAIGN FINANCE CHAIRMAN

TWHBEA MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS WALT CHISM

TWHBEA MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS WALT CHISM

Neither President Steve Smith or Sr. VP Walt Chism has provided a clear on the record answer to the question.

It is interesting to note that the attorney defending TWHBEA  is Jacob Mathis, Esq. who is employed by attorney Kevin Kennedy of Clarksville, Tennessee.   Neither Mathis nor Kennedy are known for insurance defense work,  which is a specialized area of law.  Insurance companies normally hire practitioners who do this kind of work on a regular basis.

Respected sources believe that:

  • TWHBEA’s insurance does not cover the alleged acts of malice that Steve Smith and his crowd may have carried out against Pat Stout.    And the insurance company may have informed Smith and company that it would defend the lawsuit,  but TWHBEA would have to pay them.
  • TWHBEA is using Kennedy’s Law Firm to hold down costs, and plans on settling tomorrow on terms favorable to them.

Please stay tuned for the latest on developments in Cookeville, Tennessee

And then there is the sound of a train a comin’.

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“WALK ON WASHINGTON” RALLY READY TO ROLL AT 1:00 P.M., WEDNESDAY BEFORE THE U. S. CAPITOL – HORSES TO DEMONSTRATE TO REMOVE THE PADS AND CHAINS AND END THE PAIN OF SORING – AND PASS THE PAST ACT

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WASHINGTON, DC –  A nationwide grassroots rally –“WALK ON WASHINGTON” – will be held on the West side of the U. S. Capitol in front of the U. S. Capitol Reflecting Pool on 3rd Street NW on Union Square at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18, 2014.   Americans from all parts of the United States will gather and urge Congress to pass the PAST ACT (Prevent All Soring Tactics Act) to end soring of Tennessee Walking Horses.

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Soring is the illegal and cruel practice of using chemical and mechanical methods to create pain in a horse’s front feet to exaggerate the step in Tennessee Walking Show Horses. It is widely practiced in the red states on the Map below.

The keynote speaker at the Rally will be former U.S. Senator Joseph Tydings (D-MD), author of the original Horse Protection Act passed in 1970.  He said,  “the PAST ACT has over 67% of the U. S. House of Representatives supporting it. There are 56 U. S. Senators supporting it. The people of the United States are crying out for Congress to pass this law to stop the pain of the horses”

Tydings said,  “The only answer to end the soring is to remove the pads and chains which has continued now for over 60 years.  What is being done to the horses is ‘brutal’ and ‘has no place in a civilized society.”

Senator Tydings has called upon the citizens of the United States to make themselves heard for passing the PAST ACT.

Other confirmed feature speakers include PAST ACT  Sponsors Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY),   Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) and co-sponsor Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL).

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FORMER U. S. SENATOR JOSEPH TYDINGS (D-MD) – FATHER OF HORSE PROTECTION ACT

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U. S. Senator Joe Tydings (D-MD) – LIFE MAGAZINE OCTOBER 1969

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FORMER U.S. SENATOR JOSEPH TYDINGS (D-MD), AUTHOR OF HORSE PROTECTION ACT

The campaign rally will feature a parade of six Sound natural Tennessee Walking Horses  ridden without pads and chains.   Organizers of the All American Walking Horse Alliance were informed late Tuesday that the Humane Society of the United States decided not to bring a rescued and badly scarred Tennessee Walking Horse named “Dutch” to the “Walk On Washington” rally in front of the U. S. Capitol. All questions regarding Dutch should be directed to the  HSUS at 301-258-1491 or to stwining@humanesociety.org.

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The PAST ACT (HR 1518) presently has 292 co-sponsors in the U. S. House of  Representatives,  67% of the 435 members.  The PAST ACT (S. 1406) has 56 U. S. Senators endorsing it.

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Now an extraordinarily impressive over 65% of the entire United States Congress (House and Senate) endorses the PAST ACT.

S. 1406 was unanimously reported out of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on April 9, 2014.

The event’s organizer is the All American Walking Horse Alliance – a group of concerned citizens against soring of Tennessee Walking Horses who support the PAST ACT.

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TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES FROM HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER REPRESENTATIVE ERIC CANTOR’S VIRGINIA DISTRICT DEMONSTRATE BEFORE U.S. CAPITOL TO BE FREE OF PAIN – STAR EXPONENT OF CULPEPER, VIRGINIA FEATURE STORY

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Culpeper Virginia horses to Walk on Washington to end ‘soring’

U.S. HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER REPRESENTATIVE ERIC CANTOR (R-VA)

U.S. HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER REPRESENTATIVE ERIC CANTOR (R-VA)

JEANNIE MCGUIRE OF UNIONVILLE, VIRGINIA

JEANNIE MCGUIRE OF UNIONVILLE, VIRGINIA

http://www.dailyprogress.com/starexponent/news/local_news/culpeper-horses-to-walk-on-washington-to-end-soring/article_edec2ebe-f5fd-11e3-b14d-001a4bcf6878.html

Culpeper horses to Walk on Washington to end ‘soring’

Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 12:15 am | Updated: 1:19 pm, Tue Jun 17, 2014.

Four Culpeper County horses will “Walk on Washington” Wednesday as part of an awareness event aimed at ending an inhumane practice known as “soring.”

  Orange County activist and 20-year horse trainer Jeannie McGuire is helping to organize the grassroots rally taking place at 1 p.m. in front of the U.S. Capitol Reflecting Pool in Union Square through the All American Walking Horse Alliance. Soring is an illegal and cruel practice that uses chemical and mechanical methods to create pain in a horse’s front feet to exaggerate the step in Tennessee Walking Horses, she said.

  For the past seven months, McGuire has visited Rep. Eric Cantor’s Washington, D.C. office as a lobbyist on a mission to pass the PAST (Prevent All Soring Tactics) Act.

  “There is an industry within this breed where the hierarchy of the breeders association continue to practice soring where they blister the horses’ leg or add implements to their shoeing to get this super high stepping action that wins ribbons in shows,” she said. “It has been mostly contained to Tennessee and Kentucky, but it’s also in Virginia.”

  U.S. Senator Mark Warner, D-Virginia, is an original sponsor of the PAST Act, which he introduced last year with U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire.

  “Whether riding, racing, hunting or training,  horses have been part of Virginia’s culture for 400 years,” Warner said in a release at the time. “However, owners and breeders from across the commonwealth agree that the deliberate act of inflicting pain on horses has no place in modern equestrian competition.”

  Wednesday’s rally opposing soring will feature a parade of six Tennessee Walking Horses ridden without pads and chains including Cori, stabled at Walking H Farms in Culpeper; Flame, stabled at Liberty Hall Farm in Brandy Station; and Howie and Rio, also of Liberty Hall Farm.

  According to McGuire, the Horse Protection Act passed 44 years ago imposes penalties for those who employ soring, but it’s not being properly enforced.

  The PAST Act, sponsored by Rep. Eric Whitield, R-Kentucky, would prohibit all soring tactics, banning the use of chains and pads for achieving the show gait. Whitfield is expected to speak at the rally along with former U.S. Senator Joseph Tydings, D-Maryland, author of the Horse Protection Act passed in 1970.

  “What is being done to these horses in 2014 is brutal and has no place in civilized society,” 86-year-old Tydings said in a statement. “The only answer to end the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses is to remove the pads and chains.”

  Other expected speakers will include PAST Act co-sponsor Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee and Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois.

  McGuire said though she never got a response from Cantor on the issue of soring, she hoped he would also attend the rally. She said she has been working her heart out to raise awareness.

  “Being a Virginian and loving history as much as I do, I am aware this breed of horse was instrumental in the building of this country just as much as the other main American breeds,” McGuire said. “This breed of horse is so kind and docile and gentle – that’s one of the reasons this practice of soring can take place. Many of the other horse breeds would not tolerate it. I’ve seen what Tennessee Walking Horses can do for children, wounded warriors, handicapped riders, and I feel that they deserve it, for us to speak up for them.”

  According to the All American Walking Horse Association, the PAST Act has broad bipartisan support in Congress. Opposing Whitfield’s legislation are Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, and Rep. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. Both reportedly support other legislation addressing soring.

  Mississippi attorney Clant Seay raised Tennessee Walking Horses for about 25 years, and will be present at Wednesday’s march in D.C. as event coordinator for the Walk on Washington.

  “I represented Pat Stout who polled the members of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed registry which voted 63 percent in favor of the PAST Act,” said Seay. “The reason I became involved was to attempt to save the breed from the stigma of soring which forecloses any hope for future growth and public acceptance of what is potentially America’s horse. It’s time to pass the PAST Act.”

  The cause has celebrity support, too.

  Priscilla Presley, wife of the late Elvis Presley, wants to end soring.

  “Over the years, Elvis and I owned several Tennessee Walking Horses, and I know them to be gentle, graceful creatures. Today, 44 years after the passage of the Federal Horse Protection Act that was intended to end the terrible practice of soring, these horses continue to suffer at the hands abusive trainers. I’m calling on Congress to pass the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act to finally end this torture,” she said, according to humanesociety.org.

  The PAST Act, if approved, would increase penalties and fines for soring, prohibit the use of action devices – such as chains that rub a sore leg – and allow veterinarians to serve as show inspectors versus the current practice of industry self-policing.

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Radar says he can recognize a band wagon when he sees one.

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FROM CALIFORNIA TO THE CRESCENT CITY OF NEW ORLEANS – #291 REPRESENTATIVE CEDRIC RICHMOND (D-LA) COMES ON BOARD TO STOP SORING

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WASHINGTON, DC –  Representative Cedric Richmond (D-LA) is co-sponsoring the PAST ACT (Prevent All Soring Tactics Act).

REPRESENTATIVE CEDRIC RICHMOND,  (D-LA)

REPRESENTATIVE CEDRIC RICHMOND, (D-LA)

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2ND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA

Elected to Congress in 2011,  the 40 year old Cedric Richmond previously served 11 years in the Louisiana House of Representatives.

An overwhelming 2/3rds  - 67% – of the U. S. House of Representatives now sponsors the PAST ACT.

 Richmond becomes the 291st Representatives of 435 Congressmen to co-sponsor the measure which equals 67% of the United States House of Representatives.The PAST ACT has strong bipartisan support.  It is endorsed by the American Horse Council and the American Veterinary Medical Association.Momentum is building for a vote on the House Floor.The PAST ACT will remove the pads and chains, eliminate the corrupt HIOs and make horse soring a federal felony.
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Nephew Eugene says those TWHBEA members were right on the money when they voted 63% landslide for passage of the PAST ACT.     Right now the U. S. House is 67% because of hard work by people such as Jane Lutz who have persisted and persisted until it finally happens.
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* For certain purposes, the total number of Congressman could be argued as #292 due to Congressman Bill Young (R-FL) having co-sponsored the PAST ACT prior to his death, and now his successor Congressman David Jolly (R-FL) has also co-sponsored the PAST ACT.

FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT MARTY IRBY’S PHOTO “MYSTERIOUSLY DISAPPEARS” FROM “WALL OF PRESIDENTS” AT TWHBEA HEADQUARTERS IN LEWISBURG, TENNESSEE

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STEVE SMITH & WALT CHISM'S FAVORITE UNCLE

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LEWISBURG, TN – First TWHBEA let Midnight Sun be hauled off,  and now apparently the “Sore Big Lick Grinch” has removed Marty Irby‘s picture from the famed WALL OF PRESIDENTS at TWHBEA’s headquarters in Lewisburg, Tennessee.

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Nephew Eugene says Aunt Minerva strongly suspects Steve Smith and Walt Chism are behind the attempt to revise the history of TWHBEA.

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PICTURES OF TWHBEA PRESIDENTS IN HEADQUARTERS AT LEWISBURG, TN

FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT MARTY IRBY,  2010 - 2012

FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT MARTY IRBY, 2010 – 2012

Executive Director Tracy Boyd,  whose picture IS still on the Wall, is presently studying the situation.  Boyd has no comment at this time (unless he wants to get fired and also have HIS picture removed)

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Tracy Boyd – TWHBEA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Informed sources say that Smith and Chism go into anaphylactic shock every time another  Representative or Senator co-sponsors the PAST ACT,  especially if it’s a Republican.

PICTURES OF TWHBEA PRESIDENTS IN HEADQUARTERS AT LEWISBURG, TN

PICTURES OF TWHBEA PRESIDENTS IN HEADQUARTERS AT LEWISBURG, TN

Nephew Eugene believes that the same alleged “MALICE” of which Pat Stout’s Attorney Henry D. Fincher, Esq. has accused the Steve Smith and his cohorts of committing may have something to do with Marty Irby’s picture being removed.

Note:  A roll call vote was held this past Saturday in which a number of Directors may have boarded the “Malice Train” when they refused to reinstate Pat Stout’s membership privileges.    Some think the action of a Director with an HPA citation history, Russ Keyser (DE),   abstaining on the vote might have been an intelligent thing to do. CORRECTION: It was previously reported that Dr. Linda Montgomery (AL) abstained on this vote, but that was incorrect.  Dr. Montgomery voted to reinstate the membership privileges of Pat Stout and the two other suspended members.   Regarding a Motion to overturn the action of the Executive Committee to not accept money from the Humane Society of the United States for purchase of an Ad in the Voice Magazine or sponsorship of the upcoming World Versatility Show,  Dr. Montgomery voted NO with those against the Motion.

German Director Denise Bader Keyser cast a key vote at the October 2013 EC meeting against the Directors electronic voting on the Officers of the Association. She  expressed concern that allowing ‘electronic voting might adversely affect attendance at the TWHBEA Christmas banquet’.  It should be noted that Director Bader Keyser did not attend the TWHBEA mid-year meeting in Lewisburg last Saturday.  There was no banquet nor were there any donuts served.

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Webster’s Dictionary defines Malice:

malice |ˈmaləs| noun the intention or desire to do evil; ill will: I bear no malice toward anybody.• Law wrongful intention, esp. as increasing the guilt of certain offenses.

Malice (law), a legal term describing the intent to harm

Some synonyms for Malice are:   spite, malevolence, ill will, vindictiveness, vengefulness, revenge, malignity, evil intentions,animus, enmity, rancor; informal bitchiness, cattiness; literary maleficence

Steve Smith and Walt Chism must truly believe that no one is watching or paying attention to what appears to be the latest “malicious shenanigans” down at TWHBEA.

Nephew Eugene’s friend Marvin from Cornersville knows someone who fished Irby’s picture out of the Dumpster behind the TWHBEA building.  His buddy will hold on to it until the PAST ACT passes, and then he plans to return it to the WALL OF PRESIDENTS, but only after Steve Smith’s sore Big Lick crowd has left the building.

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PAT STOUT’S ATTORNEY SERVES DISCOVERY REQUESTS INCLUDING PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS ON STEVE SMITH’S TWHBEA’S REGISTERED AGENT – STOUT’S ATTORNEY HENRY D. FINCHER, ESQ. HAS DEEP FAMILY TIE TO FOUNDATION OF TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE BREED

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COOKEVILLE, TN – Pat Stout’s attorney,  Henry D. Fincher, Esq.,  has served Discovery Requests on registered agent for service of process Kevin Kennedy of Clarksville, Tennessee,  attorney for U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Campaign Finance Chairman Steve Smith’s TWHBEA.

Henry D. Fincher, Esq., Cookeville, Tennessee Attorney

Henry D. Fincher, Esq., Cookeville, Tennessee Attorney

So far,  no word if TWHBEA has insurance coverage which will cover the cost of defending  TWHBEA from the lawsuit filed by Henry D. Fincher, Esq., on behalf of Pat Stout for actions taken by TWHBEA President Steve Smith immediately upon taking office. According to Tom “I’M A PROUD HPA VIOLATOR” Kakassy,  President Smith requested Kakassy and his cohorts to provide a Report as “quickly as possible” after Stout was exonerated of any wrong doing by the previous Executive Committee.

It appears that Smith’s sore Big Lick Executive Committee voted to punish Pat Stout for simply asking TWHBEA members to give their opinions on passage of the PAST ACT. And  Smith’s gang was highly displeased that TWHBEA members overwhelmingly voted 63%  “YES” for passage of the PAST ACT.

TWHBEA has 30 days from May 20, 2014 to provide answers to the questions asked by Pat Stout’s attorney and produce the requested documents.

A Hearing has been noticed for Thursday,  June 26, 2014,   before Circuit Judge Amy V. Lollars on Stout’s Motion For Temporary Injunction.

An interesting side note is Henry D. Fincher’s family has deep roots where the Tennessee Walking Horse breed is concerned.     Mr. Fincher’s  Grandmother,  Margaret Howard “Maggie” Morgan (1900 – 1996) raised the 1949 Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Champion,  Midnight Merry.   Midnight Merry was a mare and her trainer was Steve Hill.   Midnight Merry was foaled on the property where Mr. Fincher’s home is presently located.

http://www.walkerswest.com/Champs/MidnightMerry.htm

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Pursuant to Rules 33 and 34 of the Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure, the Plaintiffs, by and through counsel, hereby propound Interrogatories and Requests for Production of Documents to Defendant Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Association, Inc (hereinafter referred to collectively and individually as “Defendant”).

Written answers or objections for each interrogatory or request for production are to be served upon Plaintiff’s counsel within thirty (30) days after service hereof, or forty-five (45) days after service of the summons and complaint, whichever is later.

All requests for production are to be produced at the office of Henry D. Fincher, Esq., 305 East Spring Street, Cookeville, Tennessee, at 9:00 a.m., on the date which is thirty (30) days after service hereof, unless said date falls on a weekend or holiday, then production shall take place at 9:00 a.m. of the first business day subsequent to said date. The time or place of production may be altered by prior written agreement of counsel.

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS AND DEFINITIONS

A. These Interrogatories and Requests for Production of Documents are continuing in character so as to require you to file timely supplementation of prior responses in accordance with Rules 33 and 34 of the Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure.

B. Unless otherwise indicated, these Interrogatories and Requests for Production of Documents refer to the time, place and circumstances of the occurrences mentioned or complained of in the Complaint in this proceeding.

C. Every Interrogatory or Request for Production of Documents seeking knowledge or information in the possession of Plaintiff are intended to include knowledge or information of Plaintiff’s officers, directors, partners, employees, agents, representatives, and, unless privileged, its attorneys.

D. For each Interrogatory or Request for Production of Documents, or part thereof which is objected to on the ground of undue burden or expense, the objection should state:

(1) The number of files and/or documents needed to be searched;

(2) The location of each file;

(3) The number of hours required to conduct the search; and

(4) The estimated cost of the search in dollars.

E. If an Interrogatory or Request for Production of Documents requests identification of a document which is no longer in your possession, custody or control, the answer should state when the document was most recently in your possession, custody or control, the disposition made of the document, and the identity of the person presently in possession, custody or control of the document. If the document has been destroyed, state the reason for its destruction, the identity of the person who destroyed the document and the identity of the person who directed that the document be destroyed.

F. The terms “person” and “persons” include natural persons, firms, associations, partnerships, corporations and other legal entities.

G. The term “documents” means any original and any copy (whether or not different from the original because of notes made on or attached to such copy or otherwise) all notes, memoranda, cablegrams, telegrams, radiograms, minutes, estimates, bills, invoices, orders, agreements, contracts, books, accounts, records, financial statements, diagrams, drawings, sketches, maps, plans, specifications, blueprints, publications, brochures, promotional literature, catalogs and publicity releases and all other documentary material, whether written, typed, printed, visual or audio recording, photograph, microfilm, data processing record, or magnetic tape or disc, of any nature whatsoever, whether or not in your possession, custody or control.

H. A request to “identify” or for “identification” or “identity” requires the following information to be set forth in the response:

(1) with respect to a natural person, his name and present or last-known home and business address (including street name and number, city or town, state, zip code and telephone number, his present or last-known job title and position, and the dates or his tenure and each job title or position;

(2) with respect to a person other than a natural person, its full name and type of organization, the address of its principal place of business (including street name and number, city or town, state and zip code and telephone number), and the jurisdiction and place of its incorporation or organization; and

(3) with respect to a document, (a) a general description of the type of document (e.g., letter, record, list, memorandum, report); (b) the date and, if applicable, title of the document; (c) identification of the address(s) or recipient(s) of the document; (d) identification of the person(s) who has possession, custody or control over the original document; (e) identification of each person who has possession, custody or control over each copy of the document; and (f) a description of the general nature of the subject matter of the document. Any identification of a document should be made with reasonable particularity.

I. The term “describe” with respect to any oral agreement, statement or communication means to provide a brief description of the oral agreement, statement or communication, including, to the degree possible: Its general nature and content; the date it was made; identification of all persons present at the time it was made; the place(s) where it was made; and identification of the persons making the oral agreement, statement or communication.

J. A communication or document “relating,” “related,” or “which relates” to any given subject means any communication or document that constitutes, contains, embodies, evidences, reflects, identifies, states, refers to, deals with, bears upon, or is in any way pertinent to that subject, including without limitation, documents concerning the preparation of other documents.

K. Wherever used herein, the singular shall be deemed to include the plural, and the plural shall be deemed to include the singular; the masculine shall be deemed to include the feminine, and the feminine shall be deemed to include the masculine; the disjunctive (“or”) shall be deemed to include the conjunctive (“and”), the conjunctive (“and”) shall be deemed to include the disjunctive (“or”); and each of the functional words “each,” “every,” “any,” and “all” shall be deemed to include each of the other functional words.

L. For each claim of privilege for any requested information or documents, provide a privilege log as required by Tenn. R. Civ. P. 26.02(5) that contains at least the following information: the nature and general description of the contents of the information sought such that the requestor may make an informed decision on whether to challenge the claim of privilege; the identity of all persons who had a hand in creating or compiling the information or document; the date the documents were created, revised, updated or destroyed; and state the basis on which the privilege is claimed.

M. For the purposes of these interrogatories, “Defendant,” “you”, and/or “your” includes Defendant and any attorney, accountant, director, officer, employee, agent, and representative of the foregoing.

INTERROGATORIES

1. State the Defendant’s full corporate name, address, EIN and Tax identification number, date of organization, and corporate status; and identify all persons who assisted you in preparing answers to these interrogatories.

ANSWER:

2. State the name, address and telephone number of each person having any knowledge of relevant facts relating to the investigation of the poll and related matters identified in the Plaintiff’s Complaint, and for each person identified, please describe the substance of the knowledge and role of each party.

ANSWER:

3. Does the Defendant expect to call any expert witness, including, but not limited to, an accountant, appraisers, or other expert of any sort, to testify on the Defendant’s behalf at trial in any capacity? If yes, state the name, address and telephone number of each such expert witness.

ANSWER:

4. As to each expert witness identified in the Interrogatory above, state:

(a) The subject matter on which the expert is expected to testify.

(b) The substance of the facts and opinions to which the expert is expected to testify.

(c) A complete summary of all the grounds for each such opinion.

(d) All times the expert has testified in any court action or arbitration.  List the state, the court, case number date of testimony, and the subject matter of the expert’s testimony in that action.

(e) Identify each and every document which your expert has reviewed or relied upon in answering this Interrogatory, reviewing this case, and/or preparing for his deposition or anticipated testimony at trial.

ANSWER:

5. Identify any videotapes, maps, charts, audio tapes, photographs and/or diagrams, or any documentation of any other kind, relevant to any issue in this action of which any of the Defendants are aware.

ANSWER:

6. Identify, and list in chronological order any and all court action(s), criminal charge(s) or citation(s), or any other legal proceeding(s) in which the Defendant has been involved from January 1, 2000, until the present.  Include the style of the case, the name and location of the court, the date the action was filed, the case number, the date the action was resolved, and a brief summary of the nature of the action and the resolution of the case, including any judgment or sentence imposed, including probation or restraining order.

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7. Identify the full name, current address for service of process and current telephone number of each and every witness who has knowledge of any of the facts alleged in the Complaint, Answer, Affirmative Defenses, Counter-claim, or any other pleading or document filed in this case, and provide their name, current mailing address and current telephone number and a brief description of their knowledge and/or anticipated testimony.

ANSWER:

8. Identify the date, location, number of pages or size, author, recipients (if any), person or entity in possession and brief summary of the contents of each and every document of relevance to any issue raised in any pleading, affidavit or any other matter of relevance to any issue in this case.

ANSWER:

9. State the facts upon which you rely for each affirmative defense in your answer.

ANSWER:

10. Identify and provide the full text (by incorporation of a produced document if the same is more convenient) of the TWHBEA Bylaws in effect on the following dates:  September 27, 2013; November 12, 2013; December 4, 2013; January 9, 2014; January 17, 2014; and January 21, 2014, and identify the corporate minutes where said bylaws were allegedly adopted.

ANSWER:

11. Identify and provide the full text of the TWHBEA Code of Conduct standards (by incorporation of a produced document if the same is more convenient) in effect on the following dates:  September 27, 2013; November 12, 2013; December 4, 2013; January 9, 2014; January 17, 2014; and January 21, 2014, and identify the corporate minutes showing where they were (a) adopted and (b) made a condition of membership. 

ANSWER:

12. Identify the minutes or recordings of any TWHBEA proceeding whatsoever, including but not limited to any meeting, assemblage or other gathering of TWHBEA members, directors and or officers of any nature, where the issue of the poll, Mrs. Stout and/or what discipline, if any, should be imposed on her, was mentioned, discussed and/or acted upon by any of those in attendance.

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13. Identify the full name, current address and current telephone number of all veterinarians that have been paid by TWHBEA pursuant to its role as a horse industry organization (HIO) and/or who have provided inspection services for TWHBEA related to the inspection of horses prior to any show or other exhibition, from January 1, 2000, to the present.

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14. Identify all documents related to TWHBEAs actions as an HIO since January 1, 2000, to the present.

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15. Identify the corporate minutes, bylaw provision or other official TWHBEA document or record that (a) created the Bylaws committee that purported to take action against Mrs. Stout and (b) you contend gave the Bylaws committee authority to undertake investigation and disciplinary action in this matter.

ANSWER:

16. Pursuant to Tenn.R.Civ.P. 30.06 please designate the corporate representative of TWHBEA who has authority to bind the corporation with his or her testimony regarding the following matters:

(a) The investigation of the poll and matters related thereto;

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(b) The preparation, adoption and publication of the Executive Committee report dated December 4, 2013;

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(c) The purported delegation of authority to the Bylaws Committee to perform investigation and issue recommendations regarding discipline of TWHBEA members;

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(d) The meeting, deliberation and investigation performed by the Bylaws Committee;

ANSWER:

(e) The preparation and publication of the January 9, 2014, findings regarding Pat Stout;

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(f) The decision to attempt to impose discipline on Pat Stout as detailed in TWHBEA’s January 21, 2014 letter, and the reasons therefor;

ANSWER:

(g) The refusal to restore Mrs. Stout’s membership and retract the false allegations made about her by TWHBEA after being asked to do so in Mr. Fincher’s March 3, 2014, letter;

ANSWER:

17. Identify all documents related to the issues listed in 16(a)-(g) not previously identified by Defendant.

ANSWER:

18. State all reasons TWHBEA refused to restore Mrs. Stout’s membership and retract the false allegations made about her by TWHBEA after being asked to do so in Mr. Fincher’s March 3, 2014, letter.

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19. State all reasons TWHBEA did not give Mrs. Stout a written complaint alleging wrongful actions before it suspended her membership.

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20. State all reasons TWHBEA did not provide Mrs. Stout the opportunity for a hearing before it suspended her membership.

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21. State all reasons TWHBEA did not provide Mrs. Stout the opportunity to meet with a person within TWHBEA with the power to reverse or modify the decision to suspend her membership.

ANSWER:

22. Have any documents that would be responsive to the requests for identification contained in these interrogatories been destroyed, altered, shredded, deleted, or otherwise disposed of in any way? If so, please identify all such documents, including the date, author, recipient and general subject matter of said documents, along with the date of disposal or destruction, and the claimed reason for said disposal or destruction.

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PLAINTIFF’S FIRST REQUEST FOR PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS

Pursuant to Rule 34 of the Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure, Plaintiff hereby requests that the Defendant produce for inspection and copying the documents specified below. Production of these documents shall take place in the manner specified elsewhere in this document. These requests are subject to the same conditions as Plaintiff’s First Set of Interrogatories.

1. Produce each and every document identified in Defendant’s response to Plaintiff’s First Set of Interrogatories.

2. Produce the current edition of the Defendant’s corporate governance documents, including but not limited to, its Charter, Bylaws, and sub-bylaws or other resolutions that govern the conduct of corporation business and affairs.

3. Produce a copy of any statement you may have taken from the Plaintiff.

4. Produce a copy of any statement you may have taken from any witness regarding the matters discussed in the Complaint.

5. Produce all documents reviewed or relied upon any expert in preparation for testimony in this case.

6. Produce any document that you contend refutes, rebuts, or otherwise contradicts Plaintiff’s claim for relief in this case.

7. Please provide true and correct copies of the Defendants’ federal income tax returns filed for the 2005-2014 tax years.

8. Please provide true and correct copies of all corporate minutes of Defendant from January 1, 2000 to the present.

9. Please provide the current list of all TWHBEA officers, directors, employees or other persons holding any official capacity with TWHBEA of any nature, with the person’s name, position and other relevant identifying information.

10. Please provide a full list of TWHBEA’s membership, including but not limited to, each person’s name, current address and telephone number, and other information kept or maintained by TWHBEA regarding its membership.

11. Please provide all documents related to TWHBEA’s involvement as an HIO from January 1, 2000 to present.

12. Please provide copies of any and all documents, photos or other items posted by TWHBEA (or its agent) on its website (or other web-based media site including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or other site) containing the name and/or image of Pat Stout since January 1, 2000 to the present.

13. Please provide copies of any and all documents, photos or other items posted by TWHBEA (or its agent) on its website (or other web-based media site including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or other site) mentioning the poll, Clant Seay or any investigation and/or discipline of any TWHBEA member or affiliate participating in the same.

14. Produce anything else identified in your responses to the Plaintiff’s Interrogatories.

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Nephew Eugene’s friend Randolph,  who went to Vanderbilt University Law School,  thinks TWHBEA has a lot of questions to answer and documents to produce regarding what it did to Pat Stout.

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GARY LANE BRINGS YOU THE ACTUAL FILM OF MERRY GO BOY AND MIDNIGHT SUN IN MOTION – VOTING STARTS AT 8:00 P.M. CENTRAL – GO TO SHELBYVILLENOW AT 8:00 P.M., SUNDAY NIGHT

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WARTRACE, TENNESSEE – Below are two of the best flatshod natural going Tennessee Walking Horses which ever wore hair, that weren’t named Strolling Jim or Merry Wilson who arguably were better moving than either Midnight Sun or Merry Go Boy.

VOTING OPENS AT 8:00 P.M., SUNDAY,  MAY 11, 2014

CLICK ON THIS LINK TO VOTE:

http://www.shelbyvillenow.com/midnight_sun_vs__merry_go_boy

Merry Go Boy and Midnight Sun

Midnight Sun and Merry Go Boy

Both were Champions.

You will have an opportunity to express a preference as to which, in your opinion,  had the “best way of going” based on this video of each brought to you by Gary Lane of Windswept Stables of Brodhead, Kentucky.

http://www.windsweptstables.net

Nephew Eugene has told me how he’s going to vote,  but he’s sworn me to secrecy.

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SHELBYVILLE GOINGS ONS – EMBATTLED CONTROVERSIAL CONGRESSMAN SCOTT DESJARLAIS (R-TN) COMES TO TOWN AND GETS QUICK COURSE IN EQUINE DIGITAL INSPECTION PROCEDURE

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SHELBYVILLE, TN –  The air may be a little different in Shelbyville,  Bedford County, Tennessee.  It seems things which might be considered a little unusual in other places, hardly raise an eyebrow in Shelbyville.

One of the latest “eyebrow raisers” was  a highly publicized appearance in Shelbyville on Tuesday by the controversial Congressman Scott Dejarlais (R-TN).   The Iowa native, South Dakota educated, Tennessee U. S. Representative was invited by sore Big Lick Horse Trainer Herbert Derickson’s wife, Jill to do something different.  The Congressman and his wife, and the Dericksons, all went to local vet Dr. John Bennett’s clinic to check on a Derickson customer Horse being “quarantined” there.

While at the vet clinic, Dr. Bennett gave Dr. Dejarlais a quick veterinary course on inspecting horses.   Then Medical Dr. Congressman Scott Dejarlais digitally palpated the Derickson customer horse which was turned down Saturday night for violating the scar rule at the “Kick Off Classic”.

John Bennett DVM testified on behalf of Larry Joe Wheelon in the August 2013 Blount County, Tennessee criminal proceedings in Maryville, the hometown of U. S. Senator Lamar #OUTOFTOUCHALEXANDER.     The Preliminary Hearing was dismissed on a technicality when a key prosecution witness was not allowed to testify.  Wheelon is innocent until proven guilty.HORSE VET JOHN BENNETT  HORSE VET JOHN BENNETT

Dr. Bennett also testified against the PAST ACT  before Congress in November 2013

JOHN BENNETT, DVM

JOHN BENNETT, DVM

The Middle Tennessee town of Shelbyville has now turned into the “Epicenter of Horse Abuse” in U. S. Senator Lamar #OUTOFTOUCHALEXANDER (R-TN) home state of Tennessee.   Alexander is attempting to pay back sore Big Lick supporter Campaign Finance Chairman Steve Smith by trying to stop the PAST ACT which would clean up the institutionalized soring of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed. #PASSTHEPASTACT

The Walking Horse Report Account:

http://www.walkinghorsereport.com/news.aspx?cid=10803

“Congressman Scott DesJarlais Visits Shelbyville
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
 
Today, Dr. Scott DesJarlais, Republican Congressman from the Fourth District, Tennessee, and cosponsor of Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn’s bill, H.R. 4098 (which directly opposes the PAST Act, H.R. 1518), visited Dr. John Bennett’s Clinic in Shelbyville, Tenn. Dr. DesJarlais wanted to see firsthand the subjective inspection practices to which Tennessee Walking Horses are subjected at every show.Dr. DesJarlais had been invited by Jill Derickson to come and see a three-year-old horse, Master Class, owned by customers of 4 The Glory Farm, Mr. and Mrs. Tim Brooks. This horse has been shown a total of 21 times in his career, passing inspection by the USDA on four occasions (two going in the ring and two coming out) at the recent National Trainers’ Show. The horse has never received a violation of any kind until the Kick Off Classic this past Saturday night. The USDA wrote a post-show scar rule ticket on him as he exited the ring.
Herbert and Jill Derickson welcome Scott and Amy DesJarlais.

Immediately, trainer Herbert Derickson had the horse inspected by Dr. Jim Baum who pronounced him to be without a scar. The Dericksons then took the horse to Dr. Bennett’s clinic where he has been in quarantine since the show. Various other veterinarians including Dr. Steve Mullins came and inspected the horse and pronounced him clean. Dr. Mullins even stated, “I have never seen a horse this clean be turned down.”Dr. DesJarlais first watched Dr. Bennett go through the inspection procedure on the horse and then he was given the opportunity to actually inspect the horse’s feet himself.
Dr. John Bennett walks Congressman DesJarlais through an inspection of Master Class.

After watching carefully while Dr. Bennett performed the inspection and then performing the inspection himself, Dr. DesJarlais was given the opportunity to look at x-rays, ultrasounds, videos and photographs that have been made of Master Class since his arrival at the clinic. He also had the opportunity to discuss the horse’s history with Herbert Derickson, and the history of the inspection process as it has evolved through the years since the HPA came into existence.He listened to concerns voiced by Derickson, Bennett, and Mike Inman, Celebration CEO. He told the group that he felt if other legislators were given the opportunity to come and view the inspection process and actually lay hands on the horse in the manner the inspectors do they would have a clearer understanding of how subjective the inspection process is.Dr. DesJarlais expressed his desire to help our industry in this troubling time.”

Congressman Desjarlais was involved in rumors of scandal leading up to re-election by 56% of the votes in 2012.  Shortly after his re-election, the extent of the scandal involving sex with patients and abortion became fully known.   As a result of his alleged misconduct involved patients, Dejarlais was fined the large sum of $500.00 by the Tennessee Medical Association authorities.   Political challengers immediately came forward, and now Dejarlais will face the voters in 2014 along with U. S. Senator Lamar #OUTOFTOUCHALEXANDER

Desjarlais and Alexander are bed fellows in backing Bills To Enable Soring,  rather the the PAST ACT which would eliminate soring.

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http://www.politico.com/story/2013/03/desjarlaiss-personal-shortcomings-cloud-future-88449.html

Scott DesJarlais ‘personal shortcomings’ loom large

Rep. Scott DesJarlais is shown. | AP Photo

DesJarlais’s problems surround his 2001 divorce proceedings. | AP Photo

By ALEX ISENSTADT | 3/6/13 4:41 AM EST Updated: 3/6/13 1:48 PM EST

Embattled Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais escaped the 2012 election standing, but his luck may have run out.

The second-term congressman is confronting a gang of prospective Republican primary challengers eager to exploit a series of embarrassing and damaging headlines surrounding his personal life that have put his political career on the precipice.

DesJarlais’s problems surround his 2001 divorce proceedings, details of which were made public during the final weeks of the last election. According to transcripts from the post-separation trial, the congressman, a former physician and hospital chief of staff, carried on sexual relationships with several patients, coworkers and a drug company official. DesJarlais also allegedly prescribed drugs to one of the patients he had an affair with and provided her with lavish gifts, including an expensive watch and plane tickets.

Among the other explosive revelations in the documents: that DesJarlais, who swept into office in the tea party wave of 2010 and billed himself as a social conservative, supported his ex-wife’s decision to have two abortions prior to their marriage. He also apparently asked one of the patients he had an affair with to get an abortion.

Had it not been for the conservative nature of DesJarlais’s central Tennessee district, which stretches from Murfreesboro to just outside Chattanooga, it’s quite possible he would’ve been booted from office last year. With the primary already behind him by the time the divorce records surfaced, DesJarlais dispatched his Democratic opponent, who waged a late effort to exploit the incendiary headlines, by nearly 12 percentage points.

A Republican primary, however, promises to be a different story.

DesJarlais “is in a lot of trouble. I do not expect that he’ll get reelected,” said Gregory Gleaves, who as a former Tennessee Republican Party executive director helped DesJarlais win election in 2010. “I believe he has done irreversible damage, and I expect him to be defeated in August 2014.”

Jim Tracy, a state senator, has launched a campaign, and two other Tennessee Republicans, state Reps. Joe Carr and Kevin Brooks, have been mentioned as possible DesJarlais opponents.

Tracy has made little secret that he plans to brand DesJarlais, who has since remarried and has three children, as morally tainted. The home page of Tracy’s website prominently displays a photo of him with his family, and he recently introduced controversial legislation that would require women to receive an ultrasound before receiving an abortion.

In Tennessee political circles, the bill is widely seen as a veiled effort by Tracy to present himself as a staunch abortion opponent while reminding voters of DesJarlais’s history of supporting abortions in his personal life.

“I’m running for Congress because this country is broke, not only financially but also morally,” Tracy said in an interview. “People in this country are looking for leadership.”

For now, DesJarlais aides insist he’s not looking ahead to the looming primary battle.

“Right now Congressman DesJarlais is focused on the important issues being debated in the 113th Congress rather than running for the 114th,” said Robert Jameson, a DesJarlais spokesman. “There will be a time for campaigning, and the congressman looks forward to running on his solidly conservative record of cutting spending, reducing government and repealing the president’s takeover of our nation’s health care system.

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DESJARLAIS OPPONENT SEEMS TO BE WINNING THE FUND RAISING GOING AWAY

http://www.t-g.com/story/1959766.html

Tracy raises 4 times more than DesJarlais

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

By ERIK SCHELZIG ~ The Associated Press

NASHVILLE — State Sen. Jim Tracy has raised more than four times as much as the embattled congressional incumbent he is challenging in the Republican primary next year.

According to campaign disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission on Monday, Tracy raised more than $436,485 in the first quarter, compared with U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais’ net of $104,532.

DesJarlais, a Jasper physician, won a second term in November despite revelations that he once urged a patient with whom he was having an affair to get an abortion.

Transcripts released after the election revealed that DesJarlais made a mutual decision with his first wife to have two abortions.

“Jim Tracy’s robust fundraising totals coupled with his strong grassroots organization put him in the best position to defeat the scandal ridden incumbent in the 2014 primary,” Tracy’s finance chairman Shane Reeves said in a release this week.

Meanwhile, state Rep. Joe Carr of Murfreesboro said he had raised about $205,479 for his exploratory committee to join the GOP race for the 4th District seat.

Tracy had $404,000 remaining in cash on hand, compared to $87,427 for DesJarlais.

DesJarlais reported raising $101,694 from individuals, but just $11,781 from political action committees, which are usually generous to incumbents expected to win re-election. His quarterly campaign spending of $35,442 includes $9,000 in refunds to PACs.

Tracy raised $412,000 from individuals, and $24,500 from PACs. He spent $32,483 during the period.

DesJarlais in the court proceedings acknowledged having sex with at least two patients and he said he prescribed painkillers for at least one of them.

He urged one of those patients to get an abortion during a phone conversation he recorded. The congressman denied during the campaign that he had recorded the call, but in his 2001 testimony he acknowledged that he did. DesJarlais said he was only trying to get her to admit she wasn’t pregnant.

Tracy, a Shelbyville insurance agent and former college basketball referee, previously ran for Congress in 2010 before his county was moved from the 6th District as part of the redistricting process.

He came in third behind then-state Sen. Diane Black, the eventual winner of the seat, and Murfreesboro businesswoman Lou Ann Zelenik in a GOP primary contest separated by just 566 votes.

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Shelbyville, Tennessee is being tortured by the death throes of the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse.   

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USDA – GRADE “A” – “THE CELEBRATION’S KICKOFF CLASSIC” A/K/A “THE DAVID L. HOWARD INVITATIONAL PORTAPOTTY CLASSIC HORSE SHOW” – THE SERVANT OF THE PEOPLE, THE USDA DID ITS JOB TO PROTECT “THE HORSES” – DR. TRACY TURNER ‘CORRECTS’ STATEMENT BY BIG LICK SUPPORTER SHERYL CRAWFORD AT SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE

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THE CELEBRATION GROUNDS – The well-heeled sore Big Lick addicts pulled up in their Cadillac Escalades,  Mercedes-Benz and Lexus ready to show their Big Lick Horses at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration’s “Champions Arena” at the “Celebration’s Kickoff Classic”.

No one is quite sure why the Celebration Chairman David L. Howard chose the name “Kickoff Classic” because the National Trainers Show which  traditionally “Kicks Off” the Big Lick show season occurred a month ago.   It was an abysmal failure when the USDA showed up and enforced the Horse Protection Act for three consecutive days.

Celebration Chairman Howard was off vacationing the week of the Trainer’s Show disaster at the luxurious Canyon Ranch Spa Resort in Arizona. Perhaps, he figured he would take a second bite of the apple trying to “Kick Off” the Big Lick show season upon which his Walking Horse Report ad revenue depends.

THE EXCLUSIVE CANYON RANCH HEALTH RESORT - TUSCON, ARIZONA

THE EXCLUSIVE CANYON RANCH HEALTH RESORT – TUSCON, ARIZONA

But I digress.

The Trainer BOYZ drove numerous 18 Wheeler Big Rigs on to the historic Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration grounds with 8 to 10 horses aboard each one.  The Trainer BOYZ intended to have an old timey sore Big Lick horse show.    Many of the horses had been taken off the Trailers,  put into barn stalls and were being prepared to show.

The Trainer BOYZ had apparently been told by the Man Behind The Green Curtain –

DAVID L. HOWARD - THE MAN BEHIND THE GREEN CURTAIN

DAVID L. HOWARD – THE MAN BEHIND THE GREEN CURTAIN

“The coast is clear – If you’ve got ’em,  bring ’em, and show ’em.”

The only problem was the stalwart USDA,  realizing the importance of its mission and sacred mandate to protect “The Horses”,   showed up on the appointed day at the appointed hour at the Celebration,  and stopped the Lickers from showing sore horses.

THEHORSES

The USDA enforced the Horse Protection Act to eliminate the criminal act of soring.

The sore Big Lick Trainer BOYZ folded up like an accordion.

Many left en masse to go to the Waffle House.

The ones who stayed took only a “few” horses up to be inspected.

Instead of having 8 -12 horses in a class,  most classes had one or two.  A few classes had three entries.

Rarely did any class have four entries unless they were flat shod.

INSPECTION AREA - "THE DAVID L. HOWARD PORTAPOTTY KICKOFF CLASSIC" HORSE SHOW

INSPECTION AREA – “THE DAVID L. HOWARD INVITATIONAL PORTAPOTTY KICKOFF CLASSIC” HORSE SHOW –  THE SHOT CLOCK IS RUNNING BUT NO HORSES ARE IN THE CHUTE.

The “Kick Off Classic” Horse Show staggered along laboriously for 6 endless hours.

There were only TWO horses in the Three Year Old Stallion class which was a Rider’s Cup Class.

Normally, there would 10 or more.

There were just THREE horses in the Two Year Old Stallion class which was also a Rider’s Cup Class.

There was ONE horse in the Championship Stake Class.

The credit goes to the dedicated USDA VMOs who are supervised by Dr. Rachel Cezar, USDA National Horse Protection Coordinator.

Dr. Cezar was featured at the Sound Horse Conference held in Brentwood, Tennessee on March 29, 2014,  along with the acclaimed Dr. Tracy Turner who consults with the USDA.

Here is Dr. Tracy Turner,  Thermography Expert and member of Committee authoring the American Association of Equine Practitioners “White Paper”.

The annual national Sound Horse Conference was attended by over 100 persons including some noted persons who have knowledge of the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse.  Seated at this table (Left to Right Circularly) are Dee Dee Miller, former Secretary of TWHBEA and current President of WHOA;  Tommy Hall, Executive Director of WHOA;  David Pruett, former President of TWHBEA , lifetime WHOA member and SHC Sponsor;  Kim Bennett,  WHTA member; David B. Williams, Rising Star Ranch Manager and VP Breeders – TWHBEA; and The Walking Horse Report Editor Jeffrey Howard.

PERSONS ATTENDING SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE

SOME PERSONS WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE SORE BIG LICK ATTENDING SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE  – MARCH 29, 2014

Some people think it was a “sign of progress” for people with knowledge of the Big Lick to attend this enlightening day long seminar.

A noted sore Big Lick Supporter Sheryl Crawford was at the Sound Horse Conference. 

SHERYL CRAWFORD, SORE BIG LICK SUPPORTER

SHERYL CRAWFORD,  BIG LICK SUPPORTER

Ms Crawford made a rambling Statement and said she was supporting the Representative Marsha Blackburn Bill because “It mimics the American Equine Practitioners White Paper”.  

Dr. Tracy Turner immediately rebutted Ms Crawford saying that he was fortunate to be part of the AAEP ad hoc Committee that wrote the “AAEP White Paper”, and commented,   “Ms Crawford, with all due respect,  any resemblance between the Blackburn Bill and the AAEP “White Paper” is purely coincidental.  There is none of the intent in there … that Blackburn Bill …it is not a reflection of the AAEP White Paper,  except for a few key words”.

There will be more features of what happened at the Sound Horse Conference in the days ahead.

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SLOW APPLAUSE FOR THE USDA – GRADE “B” – TWO DOWN AND THE ALL IMPORTANT SATURDAY NIGHT TO GO – PLEASE PROTECT THE HORSES

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – The USDA showed up again on Friday Night. This time it seemed to dig in and finally get down to business.

The Thermography machine was used along with retinal scans,  and they took a coldly professional approach to enforcing the Horse Protection Act and protecting the Horses from the evil doers.

THEHORSES

The USDA VMOs appeared to dictate to the S.H.O.W. DQPs to do their jobs.

It was a no-nonsense atmosphere.

At one point,  the USDA VMOs went out to center ring and observed a class from there.

It caused the Trainer BOYZ at Center Ring to hyperventilate and take a break.

A long one.

The USDA VMOs were pulling out Horses coming out of the Show Ring and requiring the S.H.O.W. DQPs to do their jobs – and re-inspect them.

The S.H.O.W. DQPs appeared to be  writing some Horse Protection Act violations.

DQP COMING OUT INSPECTION

DQPS DOING COMING OUT INSPECTION – REQUIRED BY USDA VMOS

And despite the improved performance by the USDA VMOs in their effort to protect The Horses, it is becoming more and more clear,   that the only way to protect The Horses is passage of the PAST ACT.

There was all kinds of abuse done to the Horses that were exhibited on Friday night.

The sore Big Lick will never be cleaned up.

Time after time, the three Judges tied the Horse that was doing the most.  The ones doing the most were the ones that were “fixed”.  It’s just that simple.

The public is NOT attending the Trainers Show.

The people left supporting the sore Big Lick are a dwindling group of addicts.

There were only three campers in the Lot across from Calsonic Arena.

It used to be packed.

There were vacancy signs all over Shelbyville, Tennessee including at the host motel -Microtel.

The sore Big Lick is dying a public death.

These four men should be totally ashamed of the position they have taken in trying to defend the absolutely indefensible institutionalized criminal practice of soring Tennessee Walking Horses.

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

JOHN T. BOBO - THE CONSIGLIERE - MAN BEHIND "HERR" HOWARD

JOHN T. BOBO – THE CONSIGLIERE – MAN BEHIND “HERR” HOWARD

TWHBEA PRESIDENT STEVE SMITH,  U. S. SENATOR CAMPAIGN FINANCE CHAIRMAN

TWHBEA PRESIDENT STEVE SMITH, U. S. SENATOR CAMPAIGN FINANCE CHAIRMAN

TWHBEA MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS WALT CHISM

TWHBEA MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS WALT CHISM

U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) should not lend his name to this putrid mess.

If he does,  he will stain his legacy.

He is sitting on a powder keg of public outrage.

To his credit, you don’t hear the name of U. S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) regarding introducing a BIll To Enable Soring like Representative Blackburn has.

The Carrie Lee Underwood tweet was prologue.

The public disdain for the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse is palpable.

The USDA “may” finally be on an upward path, but it should frankly welcome passage of the PAST ACT.   

When you have to deal with those characters above it cannot be an appealing process.

And it can’t be any  fun,   week after week,  dealing with the clever criminals who sore horses and call it Sport.   And then,  they sanctimoniously publicly pray before they put The Horses on exhibition.

Maybe Friday night was a false harbinger that the USDA is stepping up, and The Horses are going to be protected, and the heck with the objectives of David L. Howard and his sore Big Lick addicts.

But maybe, just maybe, it was not.

The USDA needs to stay the course on Saturday night.

If they do,  they will deserve praise.

But will they?

We’re about to find out.

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TALE OF TWO DIFFERENT NEWSPAPERS: ‘THE TENNESSEAN’ AND ‘THE SHELBYVILLE TIMES-GAZETTE’ – ONLY 58 MILES APART BUT LIVING IN SEPARATE UNIVERSES WHERE INSTITUTIONALIZED HORSE SORING IS CONCERNED. ONE IS AGAINST SORING; THE OTHER ONE DOESN’T CARE AS LONG AS THERE ARE ‘FANCY HIGH STEPPING HORSES’

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SHELBYVILLE, TN –  On August 29, 2013,  the Shelbyville Times – Gazette  Features Editor Sadie Fowler wrote a “Never-Never Land” article about supporting the Celebration.  She recommended “kids zones, pony rides, entertainment, meets and greets” in an area next to where Federal Crimes were being committed by people abusing Horses.  All in the names of “Sport,  Pageantry and Entertainment” according to PSHA Spokesperson Jeffrey Howard.

SADIE FOWLER. SHELBYVILLE TIMES-GAZETTE

SADIE FOWLER. SHELBYVILLE TIMES-GAZETTE

Jeffrey Howard, Editor - PSHA Spokesperson & Walking Horse Report

Jeffrey Howard, Editor – PSHA Spokesperson & Walking Horse Report

On November 3, 2013,  Billy Go Boy belatedly wrote Sadie Fowler back and asked her, “Do you really, I mean really really believe that the answers are “kids zone, pony rides, entertainment, meets and greets”?

Sadie, here’s a thought – why not just have a horse show where there is NO soring?

Not reform Sadie – just NO SORING.

To do so Sadie, the “Big Lick” will have to be left behind.

There’s 50 years of history and proof that you can’t  have the “Big Lick” without soring.

Sadie, please pass along to your Editors who told you to write the “puff piece” editorial that the whole United States of America and the rest of the world is looking right at Shelbyville on this one?  And the “disconnect” you wrote about it regarding the locals and the “Big Lick” Celebration has about said it all.

Sadie, a parting thought – how about suggest to your Editors that they do something uplifting and endorse HR 1518/S.1406, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, and free Shelbyville Bedford County, Tennessee from the “Big Lick” albatross tied around its neck.

Once and for all?

So here we are now – on the verge of Spring – after a long cold winter, and where do we find Sadie Fowler and the STG outlook in Shelbyville? (Note: Over the winter a new on line publication – Shelbyville NOW – has emerged and is publishing facts which have previously been kept from that community by the entrenched powers committed to the culture of institutionalized soring)

This past Sunday,  March 9, 2014,    Ms. Fowler wrote an article in which she interviewed Celebration CEO Mike Inman and Celebration Board member/State Representative Pat Marsh, who had just returned from a trip to Washington to lobby against the PAST ACT and for Representative Blackburn’s alternative legislation.

http://www.t-g.com/story/2058874.html

The Shelbyville Times-Gazette article was entitled:

Blackburn bill would protect Celebration

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Also,  on Sunday,  The Tennessean newspaper wrote an Editorial on the PAST ACT and the Blackburn alternative bill.

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20140309/OPINION01/303090047/Whitfield-s-walking-horse-legislation-would-end-soring-Blackburn-s-would-enable-it

The Tennessean wrote Editorial was entitled:

Rep. Ed Whitfield’s walking horse legislation would end soring;                                    Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s would enable it

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Shelbyville is about 58 miles South of Nashville.

It might as well be 2,058 miles.

So how can there be such disparate views of the same situation?

Seriously,  what’s the answer?

First the Shelbyville-Times Gazette article:

Pat Marsh was quoted:

  • “I think (the Blackburn bill) is a wonderful alternative to the (PAST ACT) Whitfield bill.
  • The (PAST ACT) Whitfield bill will do away with the industry as we know it.
  • The statistics show it would take away 85 percent of horses at the Celebration.
  • It would leave only the flat shod divisions, and shows with only flat shod classes are poorly attended.
  • People come to the show to see the fancy, high-stepping horses, and we need to keep the industry going strong.”
PAT MARSH, CELEBRATION BOARD MEMBER/STATE REPRESENTATIVE

PAT MARSH, CELEBRATION BOARD MEMBER/STATE REPRESENTATIVE

One has to wonder if Mr. Marsh cares at all how “the fancy, high-stepping horses” are created?

Apparently, Mr. Marsh is blissfully unaware or chooses to ignore that 93% of the HPA violations are on the “fancy, high-stepping horses”.  Or perhaps Mr. Marshrefused to look up from his primary focus which is to “keep the industry going strong”.

This is kind of hard to believe since Mr. Marsh has to be aware that the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration  that he is charged with overseeing has lost approximately $1.5 million under his and David L. Howard’s management over the past five years.  And the Celebration is also owed about $600,000.00 for monies advanced to the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO.

In the STG interview,  Celebration CEO Mike Inman did his usual “Baghdad Bob” shtick:  Inman said,  “Now that the people (in Washington) are starting to really understand the Whitfield and HSUS bill and the difference between the two, we’re starting to see movement from those supporting Whitfield toward the Blackburn bill, and that’s what we saw during our most recent trip to Washington.”   He said, the PAST ACT  “calls for the elimination of all pads and chains, equipment used to achieve the high-stepping gait of the performance horses that draw excitement to the show.”

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The Tennessean Editorial:

“We used to think that soring — inflicting painful injuries to the legs and hooves of Tennessee Walking Horses to force them to adopt a high gait known as the “Big Lick” — was solely for the purpose of winning ribbons and prize money at horse shows.

After the latest maneuver by the “Big Lick” faction of the show-horse industry, we can see there is a special brand of inhumanity that thrives among us in Tennessee.

By pitting its own alternative legislation, courtesy of Rep. Marsha Blackburn, against the popular “Prevent All Soring Tactics” (PAST) bill, this group demonstrates how determined it is to continue secretly torturing animals. Stronger than a desire for mere show-ring glory, this appears to be about deriving pleasure from causing pain. That it is defenseless animals, and not people, only increases their ability to get away with it.

Blackburn’s bill is, in fact, a Trojan horse — institutionalized abuse disguised as animal protection.

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GUEST COMMENTARY:

One long time Middle Tennessee Big Lick Observer summed it up the Shelbyville situation this way:

“All of this hoopla concerns a discipline that no one wants to watch or pay to see;

  • a way of shoeing a horse that appalls real horse people;
  • a very limited number of horses actually being shown this way;
  • a very small cadre of committed owners with large checkbooks that are willing to pay to play;
  • a diminishing  group of trainers that has been making a living so long doing what they do that they can’t imagine getting real jobs; and
  • a town that wonders what the hell happened to their horse show once the city fathers got out of involvement and let David L. Howard and company take it over.”

While CEO Mike Inman and Board Member Pat Marsh were in Washington trying to get elected officials to change their minds,  approximately ten more Representatives and Senators signed on to co-sponsor the PAST ACT.

And somebody named Carrie started tweeting about it.

And so it goes.
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UNITED STATES SENATOR TIM KAINE (D-VA) BECOMES THE 51ST U. S. SENATOR TO CO-SPONSOR THE PAST ACT – BIPARTISAN WAVE BUILDS AND BUILDS – NOW THE MAJORITY OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE CO-SPONSOR THE PAST ACT

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WASHINGTON, DC –  Formerly Chairman of the Democratic National Committee,  U. S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA),  is now co-sponsoring the PAST ACT(Prevent All Soring Tactics Act).  Kaine is the former Governor of Virginia and Mayor of Richmond, Virginia.

Kaine becomes the 51st United States Senator to co-sponsor the PAST ACT.

Now, a majority of the United States Congress – Senate and House – sponsor the PAST ACT.

268 U.S.  Representatives co-sponsor the PAST ACT – 62%.

51 U. S. Senators co-sponsor the PAST ACT – 51%.

U. S. SENATOR TIM CAIN (D-VA)

U. S. SENATOR TIM KAINE (D-VA)

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More to come.

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REPUBLICAN NEVADA CONGRESSMAN MARK AMODEI (R-NV) BECOMES #268 TO CO-SPONSOR PAST ACT – STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT –CLOSER AND CLOSER TO FLOOR VOTE

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WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Mark Amodei  (R-NV),  is now co-sponsoring the PAST ACT (Prevent All Soring Tactics Act).

REPRESENTATIVE MARK AMODEI (R-NV)

Amodei becomes the 268th  Representative of 435 Congressmen to co-sponsor the measure which is 62% of the United States House of Representatives.

The PAST ACT will remove the pads and chains, eliminate the corrupt HIOs and make horse soring a federal felony.

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DOES THIS MEAN USDA APHIS ADMINISTRATORS KEVIN SHEA AND CHESTER GIPSON, DVM ARE GOING TO ENFORCE THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT TO ELIMINATE SORING RATHER THAN JUST “REGULATING SORING” – NEPHEW EUGENE IS HIGHLY SKEPTICAL

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WASHINGTON, DC – All eyes are on the USDA officials to see if they finally mean business on enforcing the Horse Protection Act.  The word circulating out of Shelbyville is it could be true that the USDA actually intends to enforce the Horse Protection Act.

But most people doubt that they will because the USDA simply has not done so in the past.

And the 139 HPA violations by S.H.O.W. HIO under minimum penalties still have not been uploaded to the USDA HPA database.

Has David L. Howard’s  sore Big Lick  painted itself into a corner.

SORE BIG LICK

Two weeks ago,  they rolled out the BLACKBURN BILL TO ENABLE SORING.

Then David L. Howard’s Celebration/PSHA sore Big Lick bunch built their program around two things:

  • 98.6% compliance with HPA.
  • Objective science based inspections.

The last thing the sore Big Lick bunch counted on was the USDA just simply enforcing the Horse Protection Act.    So this past weekend when the Lickers interpreted the DQP training session in Shelbyville to possibly mean that could actually happen,   all Hell broke loose.

If it’s a wrinkle, it’s a scar, and that means 60 days under minimum penalties.

Next one is six months.

Next one is a year.

Now you know why the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO sued the USDA in Federal Court in Texas to keep the minimum penalties from being enforced.

In typical Trainer BOYZ tradition, they were going to call off the 46th National Trainers Show.

They told David L. Howard,  “You know we can’t live with the USDA enforcing the law.”

The idea of calling off the Trainers Show got the addicted owners some upset.  And in the words of the late Claude Crowley, owner of Pride’s Generator once said, “What are we going to do with them,  plow them?”

After paying training, farriers and vets all winter,  the addicted sore Big Lick Owners told the Trainer BOYZ,  “you better show our horses at the Trainer’s Show this week or we will find someone who will.”

So the Trainer BOYZ,  who only have about 100 dues paying members left and lost their building two weeks ago,   are going to “let the show go on”.

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One might ask how not enforcing the Horse Protection Act became something for which the USDA is known.     In the past the USDA grew comfortable delegating the enforcement of the Federally mandated Horse Protection Act to the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO.   Most say it was due to direct threats by politicians like U. S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY) threatening to interfere with the USDA funding for other programs.

That is the world to which sore Big Lick TWHBEA President Steve Smith is accustomed.  The only problem is its 2014 – not 1997.

The climate has changed and the public is behind the PAST ACT with 50 Senators and 268 Representatives along with an intense public focus by social media demanding that  APHIS Administrators Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson, DVM stop “regulating soring” and instead enforce the HPA to “eliminate soring”.

KEVIN SHEA - APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

KEVIN SHEA – APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

 DR. CHESTER GIPSON, DVM - "HERR" HOWARD'S PARTNER

DR. CHESTER GIPSON, DVM – “HERR” HOWARD’S PARTNER

RACHEL CEZAR, DVM,  HORSE PROTECTION COORDINATOR

RACHEL CEZAR, DVM, HORSE PROTECTION COORDINATOR

We’ll soon see if the USDA means business, or they will continue to ENABLE SORING by not enforcing the Horse Protection Act.

Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson, DVM  need to come through this time.

Radar says he will believe it when he sees it.

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HAS A “PERFECT STORM” DESCENDED UPON SHELBYVILLE TENNESSEE – HAS THE SENATOR LAMAR “ALEXANDER BILL TO ENABLE SORING” BEEN CAUGHT UP IN IT? – WHAT IS DAVID L. HOWARD GOING TO DO NEXT?

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – Sometimes the best laid plans of mice and men will get you into a glue trap.  That “may” be what has happened with sore Big Lick.

And it may even get United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)  in it, too.

U. S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN)

U. S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN)

David L. Howard and the TRAINER BOYZ have been clamoring for scientific based inspections.    Now it seems like they are going to get them with thermography – along with the USDA’s alleged statement given in S.H.O.W. HIO DQP training on Saturday that the USDA VMOs are going to check EVERY horse’s feet for scars, and a wrinkle will be considered a scar.   Seeing something is objective, not subjective.  So if there is a wrinkle which is a scar,  then the horse gets turned down and the penalty is 60 days suspension. And this has nothing to do with palpation – it has to do with seeing it.  And the thermography can see things the naked eye can’t.

And there is something interesting.  When you examine and look at the pasterns of the flat shod horses, you don’t see those “wrinkles” which are scars which result over time from these:

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For sure the sore Big Lick crowd got blind sided by The Tennessean editorial appearing Sunday which said:

PAST ACT – STOP SORING

BLACKBURN BILL – ENABLE SORING

Then Miss. Carrie Lee Underwood tweets it to 3,420,000 Followers and all bets are off.

David L. Howard’s sore Big Lick crowd ginned up a letter from the American Farm Bureau to give Senator Alexander some cover when he rolled out his Senate companion bill to the BLACKBURN BILL TO ENABLE SORING.

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Senator Alexander may be rethinking the:

ALEXANDER BILL TO ENABLE SORING

Add to that the 46th National Trainer’s Show was gasping for air with no public support and lack of sponsors.

So is this possible cancellation of the Trainer’s Show and the 2014 Big Lick show season:

  • Big Lick strategy to claim economic damage to Tennessee?
  • Reality of a “Perfect Storm” descending upon Shelbyville?

Like I said, it’s going to be an interesting week.

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DAVID L. HOWARD AND WALKING HORSE TRAINER BOYZ THREATENING TO CANCEL 2014 BIG LICK HORSE SHOW SEASON OVER USDA ENFORCEMENT OF HORSE PROTECTION ACT – TRAINER BOYZ IN UPROAR

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – The USDA DQP training for the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO was held in Shelbyville, Tennessee over the weekend, and the USDA delivered a message that has David L. Howard and the WALKING HORSE TRAINER BOYZ in full melt down.

The 98.6% Horse Protection Act compliance rate folks – the sore Big Lick crowd – are now threatening to cancel the Trainers Show and 2014 Show Season over the USDA doing its job through the use of science based technology to enforce the scar rule.

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

TRAINERS SHOW BOYZ SHOW CHAIRMAN BENNY JOHNSON

TRAINERS SHOW BOYZ SHOW CHAIRMAN BENNY JOHNSON

 

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

The TRAINER BOYZ were told that the USDA VMOs are going to check EVERY horse for scar rule violation, and wrinkles of raised tissue on the horse’s pastern will get you a First Offense under the mandatory minimum penalties.

This will mean a 60 day suspension.   In the past, it meant nothing other than a piece of paper.

SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE DONNA BENEFIELD ISSUES CONFIDENTIAL WARNING

By Donna Benefield

CONFIDENTIAL ALERT: I just received a call from a Big Lick trainer, informing me that the National Trainer’s Association “Secret Meeting,” that was held this morning about 9 A.M., was to discuss whether to have the Trainer’s Show this weekend. I was told, no solution was reached, so it will resume this evening about 5 P.M to vote, on whether to even have a SHOW SEASON. This is to remain CONFIDENTIAL.

When asked why, when only 2% of the industry is soring, I was informed that they do not want to continue until the USDA compromises. (Another attempt at the “Tail wagging the dog.”)I was told that this all is based on this past weeks SHOW DQP Training with the USDA. I was told that SHOW was informed that any wrinkles on the posterior area of the pastern will be considered a violation. (This would confirm exactly what our USDA/DQP training VMO informed us two weeks ago.)They also said that the USDA informed them, they were to enforce the Mandatory Penalties (Imagine that. They aren’t being allowed to pick and choose which regulations they have to enforce! It just isn’t fair. Maybe Steve Smith or Marsha Blackburn can help them.)I was informed that the USDA stated that they would be requesting Letters of Warning on ALL SHOW DQPs that did not enforce the law. (That has been done in the past, and the HIO refused to issue the Letters of Warning. And what happened…..nothing.)Lastly, I was informed that the USDA was going to inspect behind the DQPs on every horse. (So.)(FYI-The Whitfield Amendment has not even passed yet. So what’s the big deal?)There you have it. The latest from the Trainer’s Association office (previously a funeral home) in downtown Shelbyville. Understand, I’m receiving this all second hand from a trainer, so I recommend that you confirm this.And don’t forget this is all to remain CONFIDENTIAL. So don’t tell anyone outside of this breed or the USDA!”

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The WALKING HORSE TRAINER BOYZ are having a “LIVILEHOOD”membership meeting conference call at 5:00 p.m. Monday to decide to have the 46th Annual National Trainers Show and the 2014 Show Season.

Seasoned observers believe that based on past strategy,  when the heat gets on,   the Trainer BOYZ “strike” or “boycott”.

It is not believed that tactic will work this time for two reasons:

  1. The “Racket” is 98.6% compliant so why should it worry about the USDA doing its job.
  2. David L. Howard and the TRAINER BOYZ and the BLACKBURN BILL TO ENABLE SORING have been wanting science based inspections, and it appears that new technology is now available which will make that possible.

And in response to it all,  David L. Howard and the TRAINER BOYZ went to cancel the Trainers Show and Show season?

My, oh my.

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BROTHER ROY EXUM SPOTLIGHTS DAVID L. HOWARD’S “SEEDY INNER-CORE GROUP HEADQUARTERED IN SHELBYVILLE” TRYING TO STOP THE PAST ACT

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CHATTANOOGA, TN – If you are 90 years old you can say anything and people should listen.  W. W. “Bill” Harlin said,  “Tennessee is getting a reputation as a horse abuse state”.

It bothered The Tennessean newspaper, and it bothers Chattanooga columnist Roy Exum, too.

Here is his column:

http://www.chattanoogan.com/2014/3/10/271401/Roy-Exum-The-Best-Money-Can-Buy.aspx

Roy Exum: The Best Money Can Buy

Monday, March 10, 2014 – by Roy Exum
Roy Exum
Roy Exum

A pointed editorial in Sunday’s editions of the Nashville Tennessean left little doubt that two pending bills currently in Congress are quite different. The headline itself told the whole story: “Rep. Ed Whitfield’s walking horse legislation would end soring; Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s would enable it.”

But whether the well-documented column will cause Tenn. Senator Lamar Alexander to reconsider introducing a companion bill to Rep. Blackburn’s disappointing legislation is a hot topic as Washington’s work-week begins tomorrow. On Friday several sources revealed Alexander was planning to make a push in the Senate this week with an alternate bill tailored to Blackburn’s bill in Congress. If so, it would be in marked defiance of the very popular PAST Act (HB 1518/S1406) that has now been endorsed by 47 Senators and 266 members of Congress to finally stop the flagrant and repugnant soring of horses.

The PAST Act, sponsored by congressman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky) and senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), has been endorsed by the leading equine groups in the country, including the huge American Veterinary Medical Association and the renowned American Association of Equine Practitioners. But Blackburn’s bill – a “Trojan Horse” as the Tennessean editors call it – represents “the best that the horse-abuser’s money could buy, in the form of tens of thousands of dollars in contributions to her campaign, in order to continue torturing and maiming horses.”

The editorial called out both Alexander and Tennessee’s other senator, Bob Corker, chiding them for their “silence” in the matter after it has become common knowledge in horse circles that Tennessee is the epicenter for horse abuse in the entire world. Walking Horses in Tennessee and surrounding states have endured a half-century of shameless soring and abuse. Soring is where caustic chemicals and harmful devices such as nails and screws are used to achieve an unnatural, high-kicking gait called the “Big Lick” and America has clearly had enough.

The vast majority of Walking Horse trainers and riders across the nation deplore the shameful practice but a seedy inner-core group headquartered in Shelbyville has lobbied hard in recent months to keep the pads, or stacks, and the shady judging, and the committees that are rife with Horse Protection Act violators from being affected by the PAST Act. They will stop at nothing to see the bill doesn’t pass.

It is no secret Sen. Alexander is obviously aligned with the “Big Lick;” his state campaign chairman is Steve B. Smith, the president of the Breeder’s and Exhibitors Association. Smith, who has been found in violation with the federal Horse Protection Act in the past, and his Big Lick cronies have lobbied Alexander and Coker hard. They have also contributed heavily to Congressional campaigns, most recently throwing a reception for Blackburn last August that netted their alleged (and highly prized) confederate a reported $70,000.

Nine members of Congress, including Chuck Fleischmann of Chattanooga and Scott DesJarlaris of Jasper (who was feted the year before by the Big Lick), are among nine cosponsors of Blackburn’s sleazy bill, which the Tennessean article claims “shows there is a special brand of inhumanity that thrives among us in Tennessee … (and) demonstrates how determined (the Big Lick) is to continue secretly torturing animals.”

“Stronger than a desire for mere show-ring glory,” the column reads, “this appears to be about deriving pleasure from causing pain. That it is defenseless animals, and not people, only increases their ability to get away with it. After decades of violations … the PAST (Prevent All Soring Tactics) bill offers a real chance to strengthen the law.”

The Tennessean article also read, “Soring is very much alive, and the bad actors in the walking horse industry are hardening their position instead of backing away from it, hoping to gut the laws that forbid them to do what they love: torment animals. Their spokesmen like to say that Blackburn’s bill ‘eliminates soring’ while Whitfield’s bill ‘eliminates the horse.’

“We know their abject cruelty is what will eliminate the horse, if we let them.”

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A hearing is scheduled for March 17 — a week from today — in Maryville, Tenn., for Larry Joe Wheelon, age 68, and three other men on 18 counts of aggravated cruelty to livestock and conspiracy to commit aggravated cruelty to animals. Wheelon, a colorful “Big Lick” trainer and judge with a lengthy string of violations, once served as chairman of the Ethics Committee of the trainer’s association.

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INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY

If found guilty, the men could possibly serve jail sentences since animal cruelty is now a felony crime in Tennessee. On the federal level animal abuse is still a misdemeanor, a further reason the PAST Act needs to pass.

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MISS CARRIE LEE UNDERWOOD HAS “RETWEETED” THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL TO 3,420,000 FOLLOWERS OPPOSING REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA “$70,000.00″ BLACKBURN’S “BILL TO ENABLE SORING” – ALL BETS ARE OFF – COULD THE SORE BIG LICKERS BE ABOUT TO GET “BLOWN AWAY”?

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MUSIC CITY, USA – It all started with a Tweet by Carrie Underwood, and the eyes of the Nation were drawn to Tennessee over the “AG GAG” controversy.   A redneck State Senator with the backing of the Tennessee Farm Bureau decided to run over the First Amendment to the U. S. Constitution with an unconstitutional law to prevent undercover investigation of commercial farms where abuses were taking place.   The public revolted and the Governor had to back down and veto the Bill.

Now we have a redneck acting Steve Smith,  Senator Lamar Alexander’s Campaign Finance Chairman trying to call in a chit which will end up embarrassing U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) if he introduces a companion bill in the U. S. Senate to the Blackburn Bill To Enable Soring.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD LOVES ANIMALS

CARRIE UNDERWOOD LOVES ANIMALS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJgoHgpsb9I

This morning Carrie Lee Underwood retweeted The Tennessean Editorial to 3,420,000 Twitter Followers making it clear where she stands on the PAST ACT, and the fact that the BLACKBURN BILL TO ENABLE SORING will further the reputation of the Volunteer State of Tennessee as a Horse Abuse State.

PAST ACT   –  STOP SORING

BLACKBURN – ENABLE SORING

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Things are getting interesting.

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FOSH PRESIDENT TERESA BIPPEN AND SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE DONNA BENEFIELD SPEAK OUT SUPPORTING THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL ACCUSING MARSHA BLACKBURN BILL OF ENABLING HORSE ABUSE

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NASHVILLE, TN – Two of the seven “invited witnesses” who appeared before Congress on November 13, 2013 testifying in favor of the PAST ACT,  weighed in on The Tennessean Editorial appearing in this Sunday’s newspaper.

CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON PAST ACT (PREVENT ALL SORING TACTICS)

(Left to Right - Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Julius Johnson;  TWHBEA President Marty Irby;  John Bennett, DVM;  Donna Benefield; Teresa Bippen and American Horse Council President Jay Hickey)

(Left to Right – Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Julius Johnson; former TWHBEA President Marty Irby; W. Ron Dehaven, DVM, CEO of AVMA;  John Bennett, DVM; Sound Horse Advocate Donna Benefield; FOSH President Teresa Bippen and American Horse Council President Jay Hickey)

FRIENDS OF SOUND HORSES PRESIDENT TERESA BIPPEN

TERESA BIPPEN, SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE

TERESA BIPPEN, SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE

TERESA BIPPEN – PRESIDENT OF FOSH

“Blackburn’s bill absolutely worsens conditions for the Tennessee Walking Horse as if they could get any worse. She wants TN and KY to be in charge of inspections (the two state’s with the very highest HPA violation rates) with input from the Walking Horse Trainers Association whose board members collectively hold over 115 violations. She wants science, well, science in the hands of a dishonest organization gets us nowhere. The largest inspection organization, SHOW, swabbed every horse at the 2012 Celebration and found 2 swabs positive for prohibited foreign substances. Guess what happened when the USDA swabbed the same show? In a random sample of 190 horses, 145 tested positive–which means that 76% were in violation of federal law. It is worse than that, the Repeat Violators Report is 265+ pages long, single space. It is at www.hpadata.us There is only one solution: Republican Congressman Whitfield’s PAST Act.”

SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE – DONNA BENEFIELD

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DONNA BENEFIELD – SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE

DONNA BENEFIELD – SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE

“This Blackburn bill is designed to maintain control by the violators, and to keep the situation status quo. Blackburn was (recently) paid $70,000 by the Walking Horse Trainer’s Association.

One does not have to be a mental giant to understand how the political game is played.

Who is in support of the Whitfield Bill (the PAST Act)?    Currently, every veterinary association in all 50 states, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Horse Council in D.C., the American Saddlebred Assoc., the United States Equestrian Federation, the Quarter Horse Assoc., to name a few.

As of today we have 50 members of the Senate that support the Whitfield Bill, along with 268 Congressmen. When I was in Washington recently, meeting with Republican Senators and Congressmen, regarding the Whitfield bill, the PAST Act, they asked in amazement, “Who would oppose Whitfield’s Bill?”

I informed them, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, who was paid $70,000 by the Trainer’s Assoc. who are the un-indicted felons who are soring the horses.  And possibly  Senator Lamar Alexander, whose Financial Chairman, Steve Smith,  has his own Horse Protection Act citation  record regarding a sored horse he was listed as exhibiting.

Recently, I was told that Senator Alexander was too smart to get involved in what was referred to as political suicide, by supporting the Blackburn Bill. Unfortunately, with Tennessee now being labeled in the press as the “Animal Abuse Capitol of the United States”, I guess we will have to wait and see what Senator Alexander decides to do.”

It appears that this issue is about to be front and center in Tennessee.

And it’s about darn time.

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THE TENNESSEAN NEWSPAPER OP/ED SLAMS REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN) BILL – DESCRIBES IT AS “INSTITUTIONALIZED ANIMAL ABUSE DISGUISED AS ANIMAL PROTECTION”

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NASHVILLE, TN – In finally breaking its editorial silence since November 20, 2013  when it upbraided the Tennessee Congressional delegation for not supporting the PAST ACT,  The Tennessean newspaper today published the following Opinion/Editorial piece and cartoon in its Sunday which criticized Representative Marsha Blackburn’s (R-TN) alternative to PAST ACT.

REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN)

REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN)

Interestingly,  the article sets the stage for U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) anticipated introduction this week of a companion bill which mirrors the Blackburn alternative HR 4098 in the U.S. Senate.  The response to the Blackburn measure has been underwhelming.  Seven Republican Tennessee Representatives co-sponsored it along with two Representatives from Kentucky and one from West Virginia.   Senator Alexander’s anticipated entrance was set up by a Tennessee Farm Bureau endorsement of  Blackburn’s alternative this week.

 It also appears that Senator Alexander’s influence has caused the March 12, 2013 “Markup” of S. 1406 by the Senate Committee to be postponed indefinitely due to the PAST ACT now being contested in the United States Senate.

It will be interesting to see what Tennessee’s other U. S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) chooses to do on the matter. He can either stay on the sideline or join Alexander and Blackburn.   Bob Corker touts that he is his “own man”.   Senator Alexander’s Campaign Finance Chairman is Steve Smith who is President of TWHBEA.  Smith has an HPA Citation history.  Smith would like to reach a compromise of 1/2 size of the present “package” on the hooves with a leather dog collar action device.

TWHBEA PRESIDENT AND U. S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER CAMPAIGN FINANCE CHAIRMAN STEVE SMITH HPA CITATION

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Informed sources believe that Lamar Alexander “hoped” to not get involved, but the sore Big Lick sees the pads and chains slipping away from them as the momentum for the PAST ACT grows in Congress with 50 U. S. Senators and 268 U. S. Representatives co-sponsoring the measure, and Campaign Finance Chairman Steve Smith has called in the years of financial support he has provided to Senator Alexander.

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20140309/OPINION01/303090047/Whitfield-s-walking-horse-legislation-would-end-soring-Blackburn-s-would-enable-it

Rep. Ed Whitfield’s walking horse legislation would end soring; Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s would enable it

Mar. 9, 2014

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TENNESSEAN CARTOON – Drew White / The Tennessean

“We used to think that soring — inflicting painful injuries to the legs and hooves of Tennessee Walking Horses to force them to adopt a high gait known as the “Big Lick” — was solely for the purpose of winning ribbons and prize money at horse shows.

After the latest maneuver by the “Big Lick” faction of the show-horse industry, we can see there is a special brand of inhumanity that thrives among us in Tennessee.

By pitting its own alternative legislation, courtesy of Rep. Marsha Blackburn, against the popular “Prevent All Soring Tactics” (PAST) bill, this group demonstrates how determined it is to continue secretly torturing animals. Stronger than a desire for mere show-ring glory, this appears to be about deriving pleasure from causing pain. That it is defenseless animals, and not people, only increases their ability to get away with it.

After decades of violations of the nation’s Horse Protection Act, PAST offers a real chance to strengthen the law. The bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., would toughen inspection standards at horse shows and ban the use of chains and pads that are worn on the horses’ legs and hooves, both to perpetuate pain for the horse when its hoof hits the ground and to hide scarring and other evidence of soring. As we know from the notorious Jackie McConnell case (captured on video) and others over the years, abusive trainers will apply caustic substances to horses’ legs, drive sharp objects into their hooves and beat the horses on a regular basis.

Blackburn’s bill is, in fact, a Trojan horse — institutionalized abuse disguised as animal protection.

It would set up a single horse industry organization (HIO), whose board would be chosen by the current trainers association that is populated with repeat violators of the Horse Protection Act. Those HIOs that currently prohibit soring at their shows would be left out.

Blackburn’s bill also ignores the use of pads and chains; it authorizes state agricultural commissioners in Tennessee and Kentucky, who have historically ignored horse abuse, to hire show inspectors; and it removes the federal requirement that HIO meetings be open to the public.

In short, Blackburn’s legislation was the best that horse-abusers’ money could buy, in the form of tens of thousands of dollars in contributions to her campaign, in order to continue torturing and maiming horses.

Whitfield’s bill, endorsed by the nation’s leading veterinary organizations and animal-protection groups, has 267 sponsors in the House, 47 co-sponsors in the Senate — and still we are far from complacent about its prospects. We saw gun background-check legislation that had overwhelming support wither and die, even with a Senate majority voting for it.

What will U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and Sen. Bob Corker have to say about Whitfield’s and Blackburn’s legislation? So far — silence.

Soring is very much alive, and the bad actors in the walking horse industry are hardening their position instead of backing away from it, hoping to gut the laws that forbid them to do what they love: torment animals.

Their spokesmen like to say that Blackburn’s bill “eliminates soring,” while Whitfield’s bill “eliminates the horse.” We know their abject cruelty is what will eliminate the horse, if we let them.”

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The 29 comments to the op/ed piece are interesting.

Here is the November 20, 2013 The Tennessean editorial which followed an AD run by “Concerned Citizens Against Soring” which appeared in the November 10, 2013 Sunday edition of The Tennessean newspaper.

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What will be most interesting to see if Senator Alexander introduces his companion Bill to the Blackburn alternative measure, will set it set off a firestorm of debate in Tennessee similar to that of the “AG GAG” maelstrom last year.  In that situation, the public rose up against the Tennessee Farm Bureau’s attempts to pass a Tennessee law to prevent undercover investigations of commercial farming abuse of animals. .  The effort was led by celebrities, including Carrie Underwood and Priscilla Presley. Also,  newspapers from all over Tennessee condemned the proposed legislation for violating the First Amendment.  Governor Haslam vetoed the AG GAG bill.

The Tennessee Walking Horse soring abuse is also an animal cruelty issue.  This battle will pit the public and the plight of the sored Tennessee Walking Horse against the monied interests which have Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and apparently U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander beholding to them.

If Senator Alexander gets into this fray and introduces a companion bill which mirrors Representative Blackburn’s alternative Bill,  he is going to find himself on the wrong side of the issue.

It will be interesting to see if Tennesseans let Lamar Alexander know that..

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WHY DOES TWHBEA LEAVE THE SORE BIG LICK TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE MERCHANDISE BEHIND WHEN IT GOES ON THE ROAD TO MARKET THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE BREED

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LEWISBURG, TNEverett “Butch” Allen,  TWHBEA Director from Texas,  is fond of saying “No horse left behind”,   while insisting that TWHBEA members joyfully embrace the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse.

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EVERETT “BUTCH” ALLEN, TEXAS TWHBEA DIRECTOR

The fact is when TWHBEA goes on the road to market the Tennessee Walking Horse, it leaves behind the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse paraphernalia and goods because the public wants no part of them.

The Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse is an unmarketable product.

Instead, TWHBEA  puts forward these items out for the public like it did in Alabama last weekend.

ALABAMA HORSE FAIR - TWHBEA EXHIBITION

ALABAMA HORSE FAIR – TWHBEA EXHIBITION

Everett “Butch” Allen

Sorry my first e-mail may have gone through incomplete. I am saying that most of us on the TWHBEA board support all TWHs. From bare-foot to padded horses. No Horse Left Behind. I mean how many ways does one have to say or do to make people understand that all TWHs are equally important to most of the TWHBEA members TWHBEA officals. The folks within TWHBEA that wants to support just one horse the bare foot / keg shod are the ones promoting division and trying to eliminate the show horse that use pads, action devices, and bands. Which would eliminate about 85 to 90% of the show horse population. In essence destroying the Walking Horse industry. Yes flat shod horses are fun to show and watch but so are pedded horses. I, as do most TWHBEA memebers go to showes to see both flat shod and padded horse. Those that agree with letting people chose the type of shoe to use on their horse, those that agree with supporting all TWHs and those want to help the TWH industry grow are the kind of people that we need in TWHBEA.

At the  December 2013, TWHBEA Annual Directors meeting,  Mr. Allen wanted more information about The Poll of TWHBA members which voted 63% “YES” for passage of the PAST ACT.

The following Map of The Poll was prepared to give Mr. Allen and his TWHBEA Directors an overview of how the members felt on the issue:

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It is interesting to note the verdict of The Map which reflects that 63% of TWHBEA members favor passage of the PAST ACT.  It is now validated with 62% of the United States House of Representatives co-sponsoring the PAST ACT.

Regarding “No Horse Left Behind”,  it might be educational for Mr. Allen to tag along on the next TWHBEA road trip, and man one of the TWHBEA booths and try to hawk the “Big Lick” gear and see how it goes.

Upon returning, he should send his fellow directors an email and let them know first hand how it went.

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IS THE SORE “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE “RACKET” A SICK CORRUPT ENTERPRISE CONTROLLED BY GREEDY EGO DRIVEN CONTROL ORIENTED STUBBORN OLD WHITE MALES IN DENIAL WHOSE SORE BIG LICK AGENDA IS AIDED AND ABETTED BY USDA APHIS ADMINISTRATOR KEVIN SHEA???

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MIDDLE TENNESSEE – While the Big Lickers are merrily cavorting at TWHBEA  (King Steve Smith and Chief Justice Walt Chism) and The Celebration (John T. Bobo and David L. Howard),  the eyes of the world are watching.

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JOHN T. BOBO – THE CONSIGLIERE – MAN BEHIND “HERR” HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

THWBEA PRESIDENT AND POLITICIAN SCHMOOZER

THWBEA PRESIDENT AND POLITICIAN SCHMOOZER

TWHBEA CHIEF JUSTICE WALT CHISM

TWHBEA CHIEF JUSTICE WALT CHISM

The Map reflects the entire country and world of TWHBEA members is lined up against the sore Big Lick in being in favor of passage of Prevent All Soring Tactics Act.

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1.      The latest news is 43 U. S. Senators now co-sponsor the PAST Act.

2.      The most popular Canadian television program – “Heartland”,  similar to “The Waltons”,  will feature an episode this  Sunday night about a Tennessee Walking Horse being rescued from persons abusing it.  The story –  Heartland on CBC – is about “when Ty brings a maltreated Tennessee Walker to Heartland, Amy goes undercover in order to bring its abusers to justice. Catch it Sunday night at 7pm on CBC! — with Amber Marshall and Graham Wardle.

The Middle Tennessee created sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse is now internationally toxic.

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The Leaders of the sore Big Lick “racket” in 2014, apparently don’t get that the image of the Tennessee Walking Horse is “ABUSE”.

Current TWHBA Executive Director Tracy Boyd,  as TWHBEA President,  realized it and verbalized it in a public statement on May 27, 2013.  But now ED Boyd is now threatened with being fired by King Steve and Chief Justice Walt if he dare speaks the truth.

Many people wonder if Tracy Boyd shouldn’t resign his position in protest, or somehow he has reconciled his position as President of TWHBEA with that of being employed as an operative to do the bidding of the persons in charge even if he personally disagrees with it.

The Champions of the sore Big Lick and the ones who continue to support the institutionalized soring culture are these men.

King Steve Smith, TWHBEA President
Chief Justice Walt Chism, TWHBEA Sr. Vice President
John T. Bobo, Celebration Board member
David L. Howard, Celebration Chair and WHR Publisher

The question is begged:

Why do these four man continue to champion the sore Big Lick?

Possible answers are:

  • Profit
  • Greed
  • Control
  • Stubborn
  • Ego
  • Old White Males In Denial
  • All of the above.

It is abundantly clear that these guys can no longer sell “All Disciplines” and “No Horse Left Behind” when they include the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse.

Again, the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse is toxic.

Toxic with the public.

That image will never begin to be reversed until the PAST act passes.

Back to the present.

3.      TWHBEA has been sued out in California by dues paying members of TWHBEA  because King Steve Smith and Chief Justice Walt Chism erroneously thought they could bully the California folks who pay dues to TWHBEA.   Smith’s and Chism’s oppressive actions were all done trying to protect the sore Big Lick horse.  The California folks would have settled for a 50 cent stamp they would have paid for themselves, but instead King Steve and Chief Justice Walt got TWHBEA sued for their allegedly violating a federal law.  All after Chief Justice blabbed all over “Internet Chat” Court about legal positions, legislative interpretation and legal conclusions (his own).

4.   In the red-hot festering center of Middle Tennessee (depicted by The Map) where the Sore Big Lick is concentrated,   one learns today from  Celebration Chairman David L. Howard’s – The Walking Horse Report –  that The Celebration, Inc. is going to partner with a local livestock sale company,  Ripwood Livestock Auction Services, LLC in a reprehensible exhibition of immature Two Year Old  horses ON THE CELEBRATION GROUNDS under saddle before they are fully developed physically.

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The event, February 28 – March 2  - ‘SPRING FLING 2014 COLT PREVIEW AND SPRING SELECTION SALE will feature padded chained Two Year Old Tennessee Walking Horses under saddle at the Celebration’s CALSONIC ARENA.

Rah Rah Shelbyville economy – Are you listening Kevin Shea,  APHIS Adminstrator,  ersatz Shelbyville Tourism Director.

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TWO YEAR OLD TWH

Sale owner Andy Rippy says the objective is to create “new excitement in our industry compared to sales in the past.”

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FEATURING BIG LICK “TWO YEAR OLDS” UNDER SADDLE, PADDED & CHAINED

It is strongly rumored that USDA APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea will be on hand to monitor how the Shelbyville tourism based on the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse is progressing.

Big Lickers John T. Bobo and David L. Howard show callous disregard as to what the rest of the equine world thinks about the Tennessee Walking Horse with this “FLING” spectacle.   The equine word has cast out the Tennessee Walking Horse breed as an “untouchable”.

Now we have The Celebration Boyz,  Bobo and Howard,  touting an event where TWH ,many of which are not even close to being 24 months old,  are going to be put on stacks,   with long shank bits, and exhibited in chains in a shocking barbaric ‘SPRING FLING 2014 COLT PREVIEW AND SPRING SELECTION SALE.

It all defies the imagination.

Sale owner Andy Rippy said     “Our goal is to create some different types of previews and sales to help our customers and try to create some new excitement in our industry compared to sales in the past.”

Rah Rah “new excitement”. 

And then there’s this public official Kevin Shea, APHIS Administrator, who has been entrusted with enforcing the Horse Protection Act.

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KEVIN SHEA – APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

What in the world is wrong with this man, a trusted public official, who says he is   more worried about Celebration “gate receipts” then he is in vigorously enforcing the Horse Protection Act?

It’s a Celebration tradition to name streets on the Celebration grounds after key figures in the breed history.

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CELEBRATION THOROUGHFARES

It is now speculated that “Kevin Shea Way”  on the Celebration grounds will be named in honor of the USDA official APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea to recognize his apparently being more concerned about the “gate count/receipt” at the Celebration, than carrying out his duties to enforce the Horse Protection Act.

The kaleidoscope continues to turn.

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IT’S TIME FOR THE USDA TO DECERTIFY THE CELEBRATION’S SORE BIG LICK “SHOW HIO” AND CUT OFF THE BIG LICKER OXYGEN – 259 CONGRESSMEN AND 41 U.S. SENATORS CO-SPONSOR – PREVENT ALL SORING TACTICS ACT – THE TIME IS NOW

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THETA, TN – It’s high time for the United States Department of Agriculture to stop playing “patti cake man” with the soring Big Lick crowd led by Celebration Chair David L. Howard and his consigliere John T. Bobo, Shelbyville, Tennessee attorney and Celebration Board member.  Bobo is the local power behind David L. Howard.

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JOHN T. BOBO – THE CONSIGLIERE – MAN BEHIND “HERR” HOWARD

There are 259 Congressmen and 41 U. S. Senators co-sponsoring the HR 1518/S 1406, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act.

The USDA was sued by the Celebration SHOW HIO,  David L. Howard and John T. Bobo, over the Mandatory Penalties which were to stop soring.

Secretary Tom Vilsack needs to give marching orders to Krysta Harden,  Ed Avalos, Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson, DVM to get on with it.

There has never been a more opportune time.

The Big Lick needs to be taken down once and for all.

Sound Horse Nation needs to rise up in outrage over two things:

1.     SHOW HIO not being decertified.

2.     PSHA or any other Middle Tennessee based Big Lick acronym being certified as a HIO.

Informed sources report that Sound Horse representatives met with Kevin Shea  in July 2013 and discussed at length with Shea the USDA’s enforcement of the Horse Protection Act under his supervision.

In these meetings Kevin Shea allegedly asked Sound Horse reps:

“What do I tell David Howard when he tells me our cracking down on soring will affect the gate count at the Celebration?

Sound Horse reps asked Shea:

“Was Congress concerned about the gate count at the Celebration when it charged the USDA with enforcing the Horse Protection Act to stop the criminal activity of soring Tennessee Walking horses for public entertainment?”

Sound Horse reps asked Shea “Are you the United States Department of Agriculture or the Shelbyville, Tennessee Department of Agriculture”?

Kevin Shea asked the question:   What about the economy of Shelbyville, Tennessee.

Sound Horse:     “Does the health of the Shelbyville economy depend on your looking the other way and not enforcing the law against a criminal enterprise such as soring Tennessee Walking Horses”?

In recent years,  the Bedford County and Shelbyville, Tennessee economy has diversified. It now has the Calsonic, and become a distribution center for Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods and Amazon.

Informed sources say that Kevin Shea is one of about 60 persons presently on Celebration Chairman David L. Howard’s personal e-mail distribution list.

Kevin Shea reports to this man – Edward Avalos.

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EDWARD AVALOS, UNDER SECRETARY – MARKETING

Here is the USDA Chain of Command:

Secretary of Agriculture

Tom Vilsack , Secretary of Agriculture 

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Tom Vilsack – U. S. Secretary of Agriculture

Krysta Harden, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture

Working alongside Secretary Tom Vilsack, Krysta Harden oversees the day-to-day operation of USDA’s many programs and spearheads the $149 billion USDA budget process.

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KRYSTA HARDEN, DEPUTY SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE

Marketing and Regulatory Programs

Ed Avalos,   Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs 

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Kevin Shea,   Administrator for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

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KEVIN SHEA – APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

Chester Gipson, DVM   Deputy Administrator – Animal Care,  APHIS

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DR. CHESTER GIPSON, DVM – “HERR” HOWARD’S PARTNER

The USDA has provided SHOW HIO with  notice last August that it was being decertified.

What Has Been Done About This????

The USDA was supposed to provide SHOW HIO with a “show cause” Hearing as to why it should not be decertified.

That has not been done.

Why not???

Sound Horse Nation needs to ask these USDA officials this week why this has not been done:

Please send them emails and when you get a response,  please post it here.

Tom Vilsack –        agsec@usda.gov
Krysta Harden    krysta.harden@usda.gov
Ed Avalos –            ed.avalos@osec.usda.gov
Kevin Shea  –        kevin.a.shea@usda.gov
Chester Gipson, DVM    chester.a.gipson@aphis.usda.gov

Mr. Vilsack and Ms. Harden,  “There will never be a better time to stop the soring”.

The American people are with you on this.

The horses are depending on you to please get it done.

 

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ARIZONA TWHBEA DIRECTOR PAM REBAND, M.D., FORMER BIG LICKER SAYS 98% COMPLIANCE IS “FICTION” – AND DETAILS “SORING TACTICS” PERPETRATED BY THE LICKERS

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THETA, TN –  Another person has  stepped forward to say “the best hope” for the Tennessee Walking Horse,  is the passage of the PAST Act.    Former TWHEA Executive Committee member, and present TWHBEA Director from Arizona, Pam Reband, M.D. lays it on the line in a heartfelt letter to Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY).

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Director Reband tells Congressman Whitfield that the PAST Act is “good for the Tennessee Walking Horse,  for the country and just the right thing to do.”

She debunks the “Racket’s” claim of 98% compliance as “fiction” and details soring and its perpetrators.

People from all walks of life just keep on coming to light the path to the new day in which the Tennessee Walking Horse is no longer in the clutches of the evil doers.

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KING STEVE SMITH/SIR WALT CHISM ADMINISTRATION TAKES HUGE TWHBEA MEMBERSHIP HIT – 400 MEMBER DECLINE IN ONE WEEK – MEMBERS APPARENTLY TERRIBLY UNHAPPY WITH SMITH AND CHISM

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LEWISBURG, TN – Nephew Eugene loves Mexican food, and since there isn’t any in Theta,   Eugene took off to Lewisburg with Leroy and Wydele and their wives to go eat at La Fuente’s up on the hill.   While they were there,  Eugene heard a fellow talking about something his wife heard at the beauty shop.

The fellow said his wife heard from Lorene who fixes Lucille’s friend’s hair that her Aunt Martha was real upset because she heard that Tennessee Walking Horse business over on Ellington Parkway had really had a bad week financially.

The news is that TWHBEA lost 400 members in the past week, Jan. 6 to Jan 10, 2014.   On Monday, the membership was slightly over 8,000, and by Friday, the membership had dropped to about 7,600.

Aunt Martha said her best friend Mabel was terribly upset because this was the lowest membership in the last 8 years. Mabel says she can’t remember it being this low.

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TWHBEA MEMBERSHIP TOTALS – 2006 – 2013

Aunt Martha and Mabel were talking about why this happened.  Mabel said apparently two fellows who had recently taken the breed association over and thought they had all the answers.  The President was some rich guy from up at Brentwood, and the one helping him was a senior fellow who had been active at the breed association 20 years ago.

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THWBEA PRESIDENT AND POLITICIAN SCHMOOZER

Aunt Martha said the President Steve Smith filled out a form when he ran for office:

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TWHBEA PRESIDENT STEVE SMITH

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SIR WALT CHISM -TWHBEA SR. VICE PRESIDENT – IN CHARGE OF DAY TO DAY OPERATIONS

Nephew Eugene asked Aunt Martha what she thought the problem was.

Martha said she had lived in Lewisburg all her life and the biggest problem she knew of was the people were tired of the Tennessee Walking Horses being sored.   They had stopped going to the horse shows.  She said they weren’t going to go back until there was no more soring.  She also said there as some new law in Congress which would stop soring and send people to prison who did it.

Martha said her best friend Mabel agreed with the soring part of it, but Mabel says she thinks the reason is the two older men,  Steve Smith and Walt Chism,  think they know more than anybody else, and they are not paying attention to the members of the breed association.  She said the two men got into an argument with the whole State of California and they are trying to make those poor people ride a bus over 4,000 miles to come to Lewisburg, Tennessee to vote when a 50 cent stamp would take care of sending in a secret written ballot which they always used to decide who will be a Director.  She said both sides have lawyers now and it looks like a Judge may have to take things over real soon.

Mabel also said that the members of the organization voted back in October in a landslide 63% in favor of the new law to stop the soring.  She said the new law would take the pads and chains off the horses and let them be shown sound. Mable says this Steve Smith and Walt Chism are against the law, and this has the majority of the members of the association real upset.   She said there was one Director from Texas at the annual meeting at December who wanted to know more about the 63% Poll results,  so a Map of the United States was prepared which showed how the country voted.

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Mabel said she thinks  that President Steve Smith and Sr. Vice President Walt Chism came in on a “high horse” and they were trying to do things the majority of the members of TWHBEA were not in favor of so the members decided they would show Smith/Chism and not renew their memberships until the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act passed Congress.

Nephew said his group enjoyed the fajitas and chicken chimichangas along with sangria, and he sure did learn a lot while he was in Lewisburg.

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FRESH IN – THE WALKING HORSE TRAINERS ASSOCIATION BOYZ “OFFICIAL POLE” RESULTS OF TWHBEA PRESIDENT MARTY IRBY BARN VISITATIONS AND SIGHTINGS

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – Trainer President Mickey McCormick announces the early results of the Trainer’s Boyz “OFFICIAL POLE” to determine all THE PLACES  that former TWHBEA  President Marty Irby has been sighted at Trainer Boyz barns.

President McCormick sent out a scientific “Questioner” seeking information from Licensed Members.  It is not sure if that group included only actual Licensed Trainers or also included the employees known as  “ticket takers” who do various jobs at the barn, but do not actually train horses.   They do lead horses up to inspection so they can take the HPA violation tickets,  rather than the Trainer.

Here are the early “OFFICIAL POLE”  Results that McCormick released earlier today to the Theta Syndicate.

The WHTA “Questioner” asked if Marty Irby was sighted “on the premises” “inside the barn”  “outside your barn” “in or near the cross ties”.

TRAINERS “POLE” RESULTS

  1. Inside Barn 42
  2. Outside Barn 39
  3. Lurking Around Cross Ties 14
  4. Hallway Of The Barn 12
  5. Tackroom – 7

These results will be periodically updated.

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AN EXPATRIAT’S VIEW – NATIVE CHATTANOOGAN BRINGS EUROPEAN DRESSAGE EQUESTRIANS TO SEE THE BIG LICK TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE – THEY ARE ‘SHOCKED’ WITH WHAT THEY SEE

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CHATTANOOGA, TN – It was interesting to listen to what U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) told The Tennessean Editorial Board on Dec. 8, 2013, min 8:00 – 11:00, when he was questioned about the Tennessee Walking Horse and the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act presently before Congress.

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Senator Alexander recalled in the interview when he recruited Nissan to Tennessee in 1981 he was surprised to learn that the Emperor had Tennessee Walking Horses.    Alexander recounted how the state is known for the Tennessee Walking Horse along with Elvis and The Celebration.

Senator Alexander needs to know that in 2014 many things have changed including the “image” of the Tennessee Walking Horse and how its soring and abuse associated with the pads and chains reflects on the State of Tennessee.

No one can explain that better than a native Tennessean.

Clay Harlin and John C. Haffner, both native Tennesseans,  have publicly called for passage of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act.

Now a Tennessee expatriate, Melissa Hefferlin from Chattanooga who now lives in Olvera, Cadiz, Spain tells her story:

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JACKIE MCCONNELL HAS HIM SMOKING

Hefferlin has joined a list of persons, many of them native Tennesseans, who have spoken out – former breed officials, owners, veterinarians, farriers and expatriates – all in favor of eliminating the pads and chains from the Tennessee Walking Horse so there can be a new day.

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Joy Kimbrough | The Daily Times

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THE WALKING HORSE TRAINER BOYZ PRESIDENT MICKEY MCCORMICK WANTS TO MESS UP MARTY IRBY’S HAIR WITH BIZARRE “QUESTIONER” (QUESTIONNAIRE)

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THETA,TN – About the time you think things can’t get any stranger, then they do.

The Walking Horse Trainer Boyz, at the behest of their President Mickey McCormick, or Lord knows who else, have gotten off into the “gumshoe” business. The Trainer Boyz have had years and years to reform or come up with an approach to transition from soring to sound Tennessee Walking Horses.

But they haven’t.

Their best effort in 2012 was  “Camouflaged Chains,” or euphemistically called “Color Coded” chains.   It was as about effective as the heralded non-transparent “swabbing initiative” which cost about $300,000.00.   Neither swayed the mass of the American people to look more favorably upon the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse.  The public is now solidly behind the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act.

The Trainer Boyz are not happy that former TWHBEA President Marty Irby spilled the beans on horse soring to the public and the U. S. Congress on Nov. 13, 2013.  Irby went on the record with his sworn testimony laying bare the endemic soring which is necessary at Big Lick barns to get the horses to do the sore Big Lick.   So the Trainer Boyz took umbrage  and are most likely being used by persons who think they can stop the momentum behind the effort for the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act to become law – so they now focus on soothsayer Marty Irby – when they should be concerned about stopping horse soring.

{By the way, there appears to be a “spellcheck outage” in Middle Tennessee – first the lawyer forbidding “Poleing” the membership when it appears he meant to say “Poll” the membership,  and then the Trainer Boyz saying “inquiry” when they most likely meant “inquiring” and “Questioner” in place of “Questionnaire” – but I digress.}

The Trainer Boyz want all their members to tell them if the suspicious character below,  Martin Irby, visited their barns, and if so,  was he “inside“, “outside” or “in and near the cross ties”.    One can only wonder what the specific interest could be about the cross ties or what exactly goes on or down in the cross ties, but it’s their “Questioner” so I guess they know what they are doing.   It’s also interesting to note that Mickey wants to know if Irby “IN ANY WAY” visited the barn.   That part of the “Questioner” leaves a lot to the imagination as to how many different ways you can visit a horse training barn.

Nephew Eugene theorizes its most likely a Marsha Blackburn “brain storm” similar to

REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN)

REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN)

her idea when during another Congressional Hearing on the Racing Industry, Blackburn inquired of a witness if Marty Irby or other people might be receiving money from The Humane Society Of The United States.  Her question had nothing to do with the subject matter of the Hearing.

FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT MARTY IRBY TESTIFYING BEFORE CONGRESS

FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT MARTY IRBY

FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT MARTY IRBY

Marty Irby Testimony:

“For nearly a year beginning in the summer of 2012 I went to many of the top training barns within our industry in search of padded horses who had not been sored. I covered the majority, and could not find a single horse that had not had this abuse upon them at some point in their life. Most were being sored at the time of my analysis. Many of the trainers told me firsthand how they were soring horses. Over time I have observed the use of mustard oil, croton oil, diesel fuel, kerosene, WD-40, or Gojo (hand cleaner) to sore horses at the majority of all training facilities in this industry.”

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MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA TRAINER BOYZ PRESIDENT

WHTA BOYZ ‘QUESTIONER” (QUESTIONNAIRE) 

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The WHTA “Questioner” just seems to be just more rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

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THE BIG LICK RACKET

And so it goes.

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OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT STEVE SMITH AND SR. VICE PRESIDENT WALT CHISM

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Hey Guys,

You two may be the dual Kings on North Ellington Parkway in Lewisburg, but have you ever given any thought to how much damage you are doing to the Tennessee Walking Horse breed?

Sure, you can throw your weight around and take these positions, but what is the net effect of what you are doing?

How you are dealing with the California members is about to go “National”.

Thanks to the soring trainers like Jackie McConnell, along with WHTA Officers David Landrum and Larry Joe Wheelon, who are not just a couple of bad apples, the Tennessee Walking Horse breed is synonymous with abuse.

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JACKIE MCCONNELL, HALL OF FAME TRAINER

DAVID LANDRUM, WHTA OFFICER

DAVID LANDRUM, WHTA OFFICER

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Now it’s about to be synonymous with tyrannical oppressive leadership – that would be you two guys.

The Big Lick is broke.

You can’t fix it.

Paradigm change is at hand.

Both of you are successful in business – look at this Map.

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You have no place to go with the Tennessee Walking Horse.

Possible growth of the Tennessee Walking Horse which includes the sore Big Lick is boxed out by the rest of the country.

There is NO future growth potential with the soring stigma.

The number is now 256 Representatives in the House and 42 in the Senate.

Republicans are swimming to the boat co-sponsoring the measure.

And every shovel full you take such as the “high-handed” letter oppressing the California TWHBEA members resonates throughout the national and international equine community.

You guys are not going to be able to do what you would like to do.

It’s gone too far.

There is NO ONE VOICE.

The train has left the station on that.   And you are now standing on the tracks in its way.

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THE TRAIN HAS DONE LEFT THE STATION

This Map tells you where the VOICES are:

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You and David L. Howard need to realize that.

You have no choice but to change,  like no pads and chains change, or you can just complete the job of burying the Tennessee Walking Horse breed.

Those appear to be your choices.

The best thing  you could do for the Tennessee Walking Horse is to declare victory, and negotiate things – without the pads and chains –  and be for passage of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, and then rebrand the Tennessee Walking Horse without the soring stigma which has just about killed it.

Get it where you can grow your product – so your grandchildren will be proud of what you did.

That way, you might, just might, have a chance to come out of this as leaders playing a role in the Tennessee Walking Horse turning a historic corner in its history,   rather than being two old guys who got it wrong.

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“BIG LICKERS” KING STEVE SMITH AND SIR WALT CHISM DECLARE WAR ON CALIFORNIA TWHBEA MEMBERS

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LEWISBURG, TN – TWHBEA officials President Steve Smith and Sr. VP Walt Chism continue their heavy handed oppression of the California TWHBEA members in their efforts to vote on the removal of Director Christy Lantis.

Here is a January 9, 2014 letter from TWHBEA attorney Jacob Mathis:

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The letter apparently reflects Smith and Chism’s fear that the California members will poll themselves to show America how strong the support is for the removal of Director Christy Lantis. To do so would further highlight the dictatorial and arbitrary actions by Smith and Chism to limit the participation of the California members in an attempt to “protect” sore Big Lick champion Christy Lantis.

Big Lick supporters Steve Smith and Walt Chism  are apparently  having difficulty coming to grips with the fact that they are presiding over a  “PRO SOUND” breed association.

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California voted 79%  for passage of HR 1518/S 1406, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act.

The rest of the United States overwhelmingly supports its passage, 63% to 37%.

Presently, there are 252 Representatives and 42 Senators co-sponsoring the legislation.

The King Steve and Sir Walt insensitive decision is expected to draw an immediate reaction from the California Directors who are attempting to exercise their rights under Tennessee state law and the TWHBEA By-Laws.

Stay tuned.

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A FARRIER’S TALE BY ERIC GRAY – ANOTHER COMPELLING CONFESSIONAL – REGARDING THE SORE BIG LICK – GRAPHICALLY EXPLAINS THE ‘NUTS AND BOLTS’ OF PRESSURE SHOEING

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A FARRIER’S TALE – ANOTHER COMPELLING MEA CULPA

FARRIER ERIC GRAY

FARRIER ERIC GRAY

(Note:   The condition of Big Lick walking horses is now a national story with the likes of Priscilla Presley is on record saying that the big lick must come to an end.  The main focus has been on soring and on the padded shoes and chains used to “manufacture” the Big Lick for the “Industry” a/k/a  “The Racket”.    One of the soring tactics is now pressure shoeing.)

 By:  Eric Gray, Farrier

As a farrier with years of experience working around the walking horse industry I first talked publically about pressure shoeing in 2010. I did a presentation at a Sound Horse Conference and   I told the attendees that 15 years ago finding a pressure-shod horse was easier than it is today. That’s because digital thermography units and fluoroscopes were routinely used in both pre and post show inspections and the methods used to pressure shoe horses were less sophisticated.

First a little history: when you pulled shoes back in the mid 90s, back before the machines, it wasn’t uncommon to find a half of a halter ring sitting behind the white line and in front of the frog of a horse that had been trimmed with a shaved down, flat sole.  I’ve personally found all sorts of things on big lick horses between the top of the nail pad and the bottom of the hoof, things like strings of quarters glued together, heel springs with bouncy balls melted on to the area of the frog, nail pads that were ground down at the edges but domed at the center and hammer shims of metal including steel.  Flat shod horses weren’t immune to the problem, either. Tall beads of weld around the inside toe area of the surface of the foot caused painful sole pressure and there were other tricks as well.

When the fluoroscope came into use there was change, but it wasn’t a  decrease in pressure shoeing as you might expect, but an increase in new ways to beat the machine and then the machines themselves went into disuse.  I find myself in agreement with a letter by former industry veterinarian Dr. John C. Haffner who wrote, “The fact is the big lick can only be accomplished by soring. When one soring technique becomes detectable, another one is developed. The big lick is a learned response to pain and if horses have not been sored, they do not learn it. “

Today’s pressure shoeing has developed in sophistication and is very hard to distinguish from improper trimming or improper use of what should be therapeutic hoof packings. Farriers involved in these practices make a real effort to hide their true intentions in case anyone gets a chance to look too closely and their handiwork and ask embarrassing questions. A complicit farrier can leave the foot of the performance horse at about 4 inches long and then pare the sole down until it is quite soft and gives easily to thumb pressure in the toe area. (Think of it as bending back your thumbnail) Then that same farrier knowingly will fill the hoof with an impression material such as EDSS firm and allow it to remain domed in the desired area. After allowing the “cushion” to set up and harden he then applies the nail pad to the hoof.  The horse is now pressure shod.

Although at shows inspectors do have the right to ask that shoes be pulled from horses that they suspect are pressure shod, once the clinches are tightened and the horse has been ridden for a few minutes that packing material changes shape sufficiently to look legitimate to vets and farriers who don’t know the rest of the story.  Even when an inspector does recognize the problem how does he prove that this hardened dome at the toe was intentional pressure shoeing rather than an honest mistake?

Trying to put a big lick look on a flat shod horse has meant the development of pressure shoeing methods that are even harder to detect.  As an example, thin steel plates can be cut to fit across the top of the shoe, just long enough to sit inside the hoof wall below the sole so that they can be easily removed before shoe time. The plate is   drilled and tapped in the center and a bolt, between 3/8s and 5/8s inches in length is inserted and cut to length. After welding a nut to the bolt so that it can easily be tightened with a wrench   the bolt is then placed back into the horse’s hoof. Bolts are left in place for a few hours up to a few days. In the worst cases nerves in the hoof begin to die off as a result of mechanical laminitis caused by pressure from the bolts.  The pain is horrendous, the action prize winning.

I have seen horses left standing in crossties overnight, days before a show to keep them from lying down and escaping the pressure in their feet.

How bad is it?

I once arrived at a barn in the early morning to find a horse dead, still hanging from the crossties. The autopsy revealed stress colic due to unexplainable circumstances.

I’ve seen horses where the bolts have detached and become lodged in the digital cushion. I worked on a horse that had abscessed so severely after being bolted that the entire sole had detached. The trainer, who also did his own farrier work and didn’t want to miss a horse show, built a fake sole out of Equilox and replaced the shoe over it. 

I know this because the owner took the horse away from the trainer after a subpar performance at the show and brought the horse to me two weeks later.  The false sole was still in place. The horse, however, had made it through a show inspection with no one the wiser.  By the time I saw the horse the digital cushion was so infected that almost half of it had been eaten away and the coffin bone itself was exposed.

To show you how tough this incredible breed was and how willingly it allowed itself to be victimized, three months after this horror in its feet, the owner was back exercising the horse, even though there were holes in the toes of its feet the sizes of a half dollar. On the day I was scheduled to go back to work on the horse again, I got a call from the owner who told me that he had returned his horse to the same training barn where the problem was intentionally caused.

I had to get over my anger before I understood that many of the people involved in this cruelty don’t think that there is anything wrong with doing such things to horses.  One of the cruelest trainers I ever met could preach well enough to hold a revival and was truly compassionate when it came to helping his fellow men; it was just that the spot in his heart where compassion should have resided for God’s creatures had a hole in it. 

I asked him once when I saw him at his barn, putting a set of bolts in a horse’s feet getting ready to go to a weekend horse show, how he could do this and still give witness on a Sunday. His answer remains with me to this day, the horse, he explained, was    a beast of burden and that the horse’s God-given talent was probably to be supper for a family, not be a show horse.  Being a show horse with all that entailed was what this animal had to endure to earn his keep. This trainer honestly believed that whatever he did to the horse to give pleasure to a client and to make a living was all right.

After much soul searching and a thorough examination of my own ethics I decided there wasn’t anything I could do but leave the walking horse show world and I did.  Like doctors, farriers have an obligation to do no harm to their patients, the horses. But what about the people who can’t see a way out or don’t see why they need to stop doing what they have been doing to show walking horses for generations?

The question is how do you get people to change practices that put clothes on their children and food on their tables when this is all they know how to do and the people that they associate with them think that being hurt in “training” is part of being a beast of burden?

I don’t have an answer to that but I do know that is why legislation like the PAST (Prevent All Soring Tactics) Act must be passed.  After 8 years in the industry I learned that you couldn’t save people from themselves when they truly believe that   the infliction of   intentional cruelty is part of the job of being a horse.  You can, however, save horses from the people who believe this way by removing the tools of their trade from their hands, and off the horses, and by removing the legitimacy of this type of training from the show ring. 

Eric Gray,
Blackthorn Farms, L.L.C.
Cumming, Georgia

GUEST COLUMNIST “HAROLD” – A CITIZEN APPEALS TO U.S. SENATORS LAMAR ALEXANDER AND BOB CORKER AND ASKS – “IS THIS WHAT YOU WANT”?

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How to Distinguish Between a Walking Horse and a Tennessee Walking Horse – Tennessee Senators Alexander and Corker Are Giving us a Lesson

There are good people all across the United States and even around the world that own Tennessee Walking Horses. These folks have significant investments of time and money and ongoing expenses related to their horses, which they love. Today they find themselves facing one of the most curious and serious problems ever encountered.

The evil “Big Lick” stigma.

The “Big Lick” gait of the Tennessee Walking Horse which has been labeled as a “bastardized gait” by horsemen all over the world is when a horse raises its front feet extremely high with each painful step and reaches forward to extremes with its hind feet in order to shift its body weight and weight of the rider to the un-sore hind feet.

U. S. SENATOR BOB CORKER (R-TN)

U. S. SENATOR BOB CORKER (R-TN)

The Big Lick is a result of a process known as “soring the horse”. The big lie that has been perpetrated for years is that a horse can be trained to walk this way. The truth has finally been revealed to the world that it is not a result of training, but of soring.

This stigma has become so well known to the world that owners of Tennessee Walking Horses are met with disdain, disgust and looks of revile. The owners of sound horses constantly have to explain these truths to the public.

In 2014 a boiling point has been reached and sound horse advocates that love the Tennessee Walking Horse breed are now faced with a decision that has only a few alternative options.

U. S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN)

U. S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN)

The Tennessee Walking Horse must rid itself of this stigma by stamping out the practice of soring and the Big Lick. If the legislation known as the PAST Act which is before Congress and the Senate right now is not passed and soon, then this option will fall from the table and it will be years, perhaps too many for the breed to survive.

Another option is to walk away from the Tennessee Walking Horse, but the good people care and love the horse too much to let it die.

The third alternative may be to re-label the sound horses to simply Walking Horses and leave the Big Lick stigma with Tennessee Walking Horses.

This question is for Tennessee Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker.

Is this what you want?

By not supporting the PAST Act you may be creating a future where only crippled, abused Big Lick horses bear the name of your beloved state “Tennessee” in their title.

I used the term curious earlier with this stigma known as the Big Lick. It is curious because the Big Lick crowd says there are only a few bad apples that sore horses.

They are partially correct, because it appears that the bad apples are all of the people involved with the Big Lick, which they refer to as the Performance Horse and by their own admission they represent five percent of the total Tennessee Walking Horses.

The Big Lick crowd tries to minimize this horror by spouting statistics that only a small percentage of horses are treated this way when the reality is that the entire five percent are one hundred percent of the problem.

Senators Alexander and Corker, please tell me that you are not going to rely on bogus statistics to not take a stand and do what is right.   If the PAST Act fails and in the future the only Walking Horses that are referred to as Tennessee Walking Horses are these tortured creatures that perform the Big Lick, well I for one will make every effort to ensure that you two get full credit for your (in)actions that will forever tie Tennessee to the Big Lick.

Do you want this legacy?

To torture a horse in order to make it walk that way in front of a crowd for a blue ribbon and call it performing is sick. The very sad result if the PAST Act fails will be that the future of an entire breed will be forever changed.

I fear that Tennessee, the home, the birth place where it (soring) was invented, the last stronghold of the few bad apples, that spill over into Alabama, Kentucky and Mississippi, will be the last stand of this incomprehensible practice. It will eventually die and when it does there will no longer be a Tennessee Walking Horse, only a Walking Horse.

Is this what you want,  Senators Alexander and Corker?

Sincerely,

Harold,  Guest Columnist

TWHBEA DIRECTOR KEITH DANE LIGHTS UP THE WALKING HORSE TRAINER ASSOCIATION BOYZ

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 WASHINGTON, DC –  Maryland TWHBEA Director Keith Dane lowered the boom on the Walking Horse Trainer Boyz

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Soring Violations Abound Among Walking Horse Industry Leaders, Competitors

The Humane Society of the United States releases analysis of Walking Horse Trainers Association board rap sheet and 2013 USDA foreign substance results

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (Jan. 8, 2014)—Following the announcement of the new board of directors of the Walking Horse Trainers Association, The Humane Society of the United States released research into the board members’ past violations of the federal Horse Protection Act. The act outlaws “soring,” the abusive methods used to force Tennessee walking show horses and other related breeds to perform an unnatural high-stepping gait for competitions. A review of records of Horse Protection Act violations turned up 116 total citations for soring and related offenses for the seven-person board.  One board member had only one violation; one has been cited for violating the act 39 times. The majority of these citations never led to meaningful penalties.

KEITH DANE, TWHBEA DIRECTOR AND NATIONAL EQUINE PROTECTION DIRECTOR, THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES

KEITH DANE, TWHBEA DIRECTOR AND NATIONAL EQUINE PROTECTION DIRECTOR, THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES

 Keith Dane, vice president of equine protection for The HSUS, said: “It’s stunning that with the eyes of the world upon them, trainers among the ‘Big Lick’ crowd continue to put perpetrators of soring into leadership positions. Their vision for the breed’s future seems to be the status quo of abuse and corruption that has plagued it for decades. We envision a sound and thriving future for these horses, but that will require Congress to act.”

 The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released results from its 2013 testing of show horses’ legs for illegal substances used to sore horses or hide the evidence of soring. More than half of the limited number of samples USDA was able to test were found positive in violation of the Horse Protection Act, a result that confirms the ongoing pattern of noncompliance within this faction of the industry. Of the 314 samples taken by the USDA at 17 shows, 195 were positive for illegal foreign substances, including soring, masking and numbing agents.  The USDA regularly issues letters of warning based on these violations, which indicate that evidence exists that horses were exposed to prohibited substances, but that the case was never prosecuted by USDA.  Five of the seven Walking Horse Trainers Association board members have also received warning letters.

THUSDA only inspects for soring violations at a small percentage of horse shows, while industry-run organizations have for decades been allowed to self-regulate – thus furthering a widespread industry tolerance for soring. The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 1518/S. 1406, is advancing through Congress to amend the Horse Protection Act to end the failed self-policing scheme. The legislation would also ban the devices associated with soring, and strengthen penalties for violators.

 The Walking Horse Trainers Association licenses walking horse trainers, names the “Trainer of the Year,” and names the winners of the industry’sRiders Cup award (the 2012 winner of which has a history of 47 citations for soring and related issues). Until his arrest in April on felony animal cruelty charges stemming from suspicions of soring, walking horse trainer Larry Wheelon was an active director of the group, sitting on its ethics board. Wheelon, two of his employees and a farrier were indicted last month by a Tennessee grand jury on 15 felony counts of aggravated cruelty to livestock and conspiracy.

 Summary of findings:

  • At least 117 known citations for violations of the Horse Protection Act have been issued to members of the 2014 Walking Horse Trainers Association board of directors, by either the USDA or Horse Industry Organization inspectors.
    • W.H.T.A. Board HPA Citation Tallies
      • Mickey McCormick: 24 known citations
      • David Landrum: 6 known citations
      • Bill Cantrell: 10 known citations
      • Edgar Abernathy: 9 known citations
      • Jeff Green: 28 known citations
      • Link Webb: 39 known citations
      • Ross Campbell: 1 known citation
    • Of these citations, only 40 resulted in the violator being suspended from the show circuit.  25 of these suspensions were for a mere two weeks, and there were only five one-year suspensions and five eight-month suspensions.
  • In 2013, USDA tested 314 samples for illegal foreign substances from 17 horse shows.
    • 195 of the samples, or 62 percent, were found positive for illegal foreign substances including soring, masking, and numbing agents.
    • Of the samples testing positive for illegal substances, 92 percent were found positive for soring agents, 54 percent were found positive for masking agents, and 16 percent were found positive for numbing agents.
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NEPHEW EUGENE SAYS: KING STEVE SMITH AND SIR WALT CHISM HAVE “ROCKY” FIRST 30 DAYS – AND THEY HAVEN’T EVEN GOTTEN TO THE WHITE WATER YET – THEY NEED TO LOOK AT “THE MAP” TO SEE THAT TWHBEA IS A PRO SOUND ORGANIZATION

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LEWISBURG, TN – The reign of King Steve Smith and Sir Walt Chism has been under way for one month. Their coronation took place on December 7, 2013,  and it  perhaps fittingly,  occurred on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

The two confirmed sore Big Lickers took office after a Monday night massacre of the TWHBEA nominating committee in which two members resigned in protest.

Heckuva way to start out a regime.

The dynamic duo,  referred by some as the Neanderthalithic Porcines, affectionately referred to as the “Warty Old Male Chauvinist Pigs”,  have been doing some low level rooting around rearranging the deck chairs on the Titantic.

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KING STEVE SMITH THE FIRST AND SIR WALT CHISM, THE SENIOR

King Steve and Sir Walt ascendeth apparently blissfully ignorant that TWHBEA is now a majority Pro Sound organization.

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They are being bombarded with letters and emails from “unhappy” TWHBEA members and Directors.

Their idea of public relations with the Peon members and Directors is  say “Go away Peons, we’ll handle this”.    “thanks for ur note”

One is the VP – Fiscal Affairs Christy Lantis has over 25% of her California constituents petitioning for her removal as Director,and a meeting to remove her has been set.

Smith and Chism have made an oppressive policy decision that in order to protect the sore Big Lick,  that they are not going to allow secret written ballots to be counted by a CPA,  and they are going to require the California members to travel to Lewisburg in order to be able to vote on Lantis removal.

Sir Walt Chism spent a bizarre week after Christmas doing his best “Judge Judy” imitation in “Internetchat Court” before the covers were ripped off exposing a weird  bunch of his quasi-legal pontifications which basically said,    “our way or the highway approach – like it or lump it” – all wrapped up in the guise of Chism holding the power and making pronouncements.

King Steve then weighed in with a “Lordly” abrupt, semi-rude dismissive response,  in which the King told his subjects to “just go way and let the King handle matters”.  “thanks for ur letter”.  its somewhat hard to picture a $3 million dollar Senatorial Campaign Finance Chair as President of an 8,000 member association responding to members erudite and detailed letters in such a fashion.

“I inherited this matter when you elected me President twenty days ago”. “It troubles me that … we are wasting precious resources squabbling among ourselves.”   … so saith King Steve The First.

What King Steve apparently doesn’t realize is THIS is what he inherited:

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Nephew Eugene hears the California folks are considering a number of possibilities:

  1. Busing in from California.
  2. Filing suit against TWHBEA to put at issue the oppressive acts against TWHBEA members taken by King Smith and Sir Walt to set a precedent. Apparently King Steve and Sir Walt are concerned that the following NOT Sound directors, among others,  could be next up for removal:
  • Denise Bader Keyser – who shows sore “Big Lick” horses in the United States and whose constituents voted 100% Sound members.   Bader Keyser is a Christy Lantis disciple.
  • Everett “Butch” Allen – Texas – whose TWHBEA members voted 78%  for passage of the PAST Act.  Allen inspired the Poll Map so King Steve and Sir Walt could understand why the members are not going to accept the “all disciplines” junk if all disciplines means trying to legitimize soring horses.
  • Debbie Hennemann – Missouri – whose TWHBEA members voted 63% for passage of the PAST Act.  Hennemann beat Caroline Hoffman by one vote, and since her election,  has demonstrated being apparently unaware of TWHBEA Directors are elected by secret written ballot rather than members having to come to Lewisburg.

Meanwhile, Congress is back in Session, and HR 1518, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act,  is going to most likely pass the House late this month.

SHOW HIO is defunct, and it’s 64 days until the Trainer’s Show.

Nephew Eugene is hearing that Greg Cook, CPA has severed ties with TWHBEA, and King Smith and Sir Walt are trying to hire a CPA.

All this in only 30 days wrapped around Christmas.

It makes you wonder what the next full 30 days will bring.

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KING STEVE – PSSSSSST – YOU ARE THE PRESIDENT OF A MAJORITY “SOUND” ORGANIZATION – YOU ARE CATCHING IT FROM ALL POINTS OF THE COMPASS – “THANKS FOR UR NOTE” – IS NOT GOING TO GET IT

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King Steve,

Some of the peasants in your Kingdom are becoming rather restless.

Here is a letter:

From: (Former TWHBEA Member)

Sent: Saturday, January 04, 2014 3:22 PM
To: Steve Smith

Subject: TWHBEA’s membership and registration

Mr. Smith,

 I would like to share some thoughts with yourself and the Executive Committee.

 Back in early fall, I heard news that the Executive Committee had voted to support HR1518, of course I then heard that the vote was quickly overthrown.  But I felt at the time that perhaps TWHBEA was starting to understand that the Padded Performance Horse was going to go the way of many out-of-date horse training practices for a more natural show horse.  In support of those who were fighting to make that happen, I sent in a membership for the first time in years, I did so while sending a letter that I would only remain a member as long as I was seeing positive strides in the direction of allowing our horses to be the amazing show horses they are in a natural gait.

 A few weeks later I was very excited to hear about Pat Stout’s poll to TWHBEA members and looked forward to being able to voice my opinion to an organization I was hoping to give my full support to.  But to my dismay, I then learned that Pat Stout was being criticized by board members of TWHBEA  and being threatened with legal action.  To add insult to injury, I am then told by the past president via a letter, that the poll was not sanctioned by TWHBEA and to disregard that poll.  I sent my poll response in anyway, and was thrilled to hear that 63% of those returning the poll agreed with my opinion.  But the  final blow, was when I was told that it made no difference to TWHBEA what their members wanted, in effect, TWHBEA planned on following their own agenda and would not recognize the poll results.

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 At that time, I asked for and received my membership money back.

 I keep hearing about how the loss of the padded horse is going to impact the economy of the walking horse industry.  Well, let me tell you how TWHBEA and other similar groups’ decisions to back the Big Lick faction has already DIRECTLY caused financial loss to those organizations:

 1.  I will not show my horses with any HIO that inspects padded horses, nor will I attend an event where padded horses are represented.  I spent over $20,000 showing my horse, buying tack, attending clinics, etc. in the past two years.

 2.  I will not send money to any registry  or business that supports the Big Lick industry or sells product or services specifically for that industry, not a dime.

 3.  I currently own four TWHBEA registered horses, one was just purchased in November – I am not transferring that new horse into my own name as long as TWHBEA publically opposes bill HR1518.  It was bad enough when you were trying to act neutral, but now you have chosen a side, and it’s the wrong one.  TWHBEA loses that registration money and any future registrations on any new horses that I buy.  I will encourage anyone who purchases a horse from me to do the same.

 3.  I recently purchased a lifetime membership with FOSH $600, and a Founder’s Club membership with World Walking Horse Association $1000, I also purchase an annual membership with NWHA and two local flat-shod walking horse clubs for a total of about $150 each year. (money TWHBEA will not be getting).    Total membership fees for 2013 $1750.

 4.  All four of my registered Tennessee Walking Horses are listed with the NWHA at a cost of $30 each.

 5.  I am currently registering all four of my Tennessee Walking Horses with WWHA – cost $30 each.  I will also be applying for hardship papers for my other two unregistered horses as soon as that is available, another $60.

 Sirs, let’s do the math – in just two seasons, I will have spent almost $22,000 on walking horse specific activities and memberships – NONE of which has been given to any organization that directly or indirectly supports the Padded/Performance show horse.  I am only one person, if you add up all of the members that TWHBEA has lost because of it’s support of the Padded/Performance show horse, THERE Sir IS your current financial losses!

 Instead of trying to manage PR, protect the heavily muscled few insiders of the TWH industry, you really need to look at the bigger picture.  There is a world outside of Tennessee and outside of the Padded Tennessee Walker, and that world is closing in around you.  There may still be time for TWHBEA to pull out of this tailspin that they are in, but current actions (like hiring PR firms, spouting non-sense compliance numbers and bringing in lobbyists to put a rosey spin on things) is only going to cause the demise of TWHBEA and further damage the Tennessee Walking Horse Industry.

 Mr. Smith – I have one wish for the Tennessee Walking Horse, and it is that one day I can tell people that I proudly ride and show a Tennessee Walking Horse, because frankly, I cannot do that today.  EVERY time I speak with someone about this great breed that I have learned to love, I MUST clarify everything I say with the fact that I am a “Sound, Flat-Shod Tennessee Walking Horse Owner” and then have to justify that not everyone in the TWH industry is representative of the evil that they see, the evil that is inherent to the image of the Tennessee Walking Horse today because of the Padded Show Horse.

 There may still be time, Sir, to save TWHBEA, but what you and the current executive committee are doing is not the way to do it.  All you have to do is look at the math, look at the dollars currently lost to your organization and other TWH groups who are clinging to an antiquated way of showing and training horses.  Those of us who refuse to sore our horses spend money too – and we are the many, not the few.

 Thank you for your consideration.

(Former) TWHBEA Member

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From: Steve Smith
Sent: Tuesday, January 07, 2014 10:06 AM
To: (Former) TWHBEA Member

Subject: RE: TWHBEA’s membership and registration

 thanks for ur note

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The (Former) TWHBEA member found King Steve’s reply as:

“dismissive and unprofessional, especially coming from the head of a large organization.  But it just solidifies my impression of current TWHBEA practices and the Performance Show group”.

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Another  subject wrote King Steve on the California Director Removal Issue:

Steve Smith Reply:

“thanks for your note twbea is following our legal advise to the letter its a shame to spend this much time and money when the director in question is up for reelection this year”.

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PRISCILLA PRESLEY CALLS FOR PASSAGE OF HR 1518/S 1406 AND CALLS OUT STEVE SMITH, SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER’S $3 MILLION DOLLAR MAN

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TUPELO, MISSISSIPPIElvis Aaron Presley was a son of Mississippi.

He loved his Mother, the State of Mississippi, the United States of America, his wife Priscilla, and Tennessee Walking Horses.

Elvis’s widow Priscilla has now come forward and spoken from her heart as to how she and Elvis felt about their horses.

Priscilla Presley has called upon the United States Congress to pass HR 1518/S1406, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act.

“Over the years, Elvis and I owned several Tennessee walking horses, and I know them to be gentle, graceful creatures. Today, 43 years after the passage of the federal Horse Protection Act that was intended to end the terrible practice of “soring”, the cruelty these horses suffer at the hands of abusive trainers is gut-wrenching, and it needs to be stopped for good. I’m calling on Congress to pass the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (H.R.1518/S.1406). This critical legislation stiffens penalties, eliminates industry self-regulation, bans the chains, stacks and other devices that are part and parcel of the soring process and makes other reforms needed to finally end this torture.”

A civilized society cannot condone the torture of horses for the enjoyment of a small group of people in Tennessee, or anywhere else for that matter. Passing and enforcing new laws will save the Tennessee Walking Horse from years of future abuse. A House hearing on the bill was held on November 13th, and what is needed now is prompt action on the House floor and the support of more senators.

NOW is the time to take action and contact your federal legislators and ask them to cosponsor the PAST Act (H.R. 1518/S. 1406). Below is a link that will easily guide you to your local federal legislator and how you can best connect with them.”

http://action.humanesociety.org/site/PageServer?pagename=electedOfficials_federal

Priscilla Presley has called out Lamar Alexander’s $3 million dollar man Big Lick   Dictator Steve Smith who tried cram down tactics at the TWHBEA meeting

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TWHBEA PRESIDENT STEVE SMITH AND SR. VICE PRESIDENT WALT CHISM

and the sore horse Big Lick crowd symbolized by Smith’s horse trainer, David Landrum, of Franklin, Tennessee
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and Celebration Chair David L. Howard, The Walking Horse Report publisher

"I'LL BE HONEST WITH YOU - WE'LL NEVER GET THERE" - CHATTANOOGA FEDERAL COURTHOUSE STEPS - JACKIE MCCONNELL GUILTY PLEA - MAY 22, 2012

“I’LL BE HONEST WITH YOU – WE’LL NEVER GET THERE” – CHATTANOOGA FEDERAL COURTHOUSE STEPS – JACKIE MCCONNELL GUILTY PLEA – MAY 22, 2012

The tidal wave across America is going to clean out the sore Big Lick, once and for all.

As Sound Horse advocate Donna Benefield said, “Their time is up”.

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COMMENTARY BY BILLY GO BOY … WHAT WILL U. S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN) DO?

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MARYVILLE, TN – It’s a lovely community located about 20 miles from Neyland Stadium at The University of Tennessee along the Cumberland River, and sits at the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountain National Parkway. People go to church there, raise their families, and have the best of a small town and metro living all rolled into one.

Maryville is also home to both Larry Joe Wheelon and U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander
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LARRY JOE WHEELON -CHARGED WITH FELONY HORSE ABUSE – MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE

 

U.S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER

U.S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER

Presently before Senator Alexander in Congress is a Bill, S. 1406, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, amending the Horse Protection Act which will stop what Larry Joe Wheelon and his three accomplices are accused of doing.

The bill has both national and international interest and scrutiny.

It is a bill to stop aggravated animal cruelty.

The Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse exists on institutionalized cruelty to horses. You cannot have the Big Lick without hurting a horse. The followers of the Big Lick are in denial, addicted to or seduced by the culture and socialization that goes on around it. They are now desperately trying to foist off to the world that the “Big Lick” Walking Horse exhibition such as the annual Celebration in Shelbyville, Tennessee is a “Sport”.   An activity cannot be termed a “Sport” when its foundation is the institutionalized soring of horses in order to achieve the Big Lick

So all of this would be simple enough for Senator Lamar Alexander to take a principled stand and become a Co-Sponsor of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act,

except for one minor detail;

Senator Alexander’s Campaign Finance Chair is the newly elected TWHBEA President Stephen B. Smith who is raising $3 million dollars for Alexander’s 2014 re-election effort.

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BIG MONEY MAN – TENNESSEE POLITICAL INSIDER – TWHBEA PRESIDENT

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TWHBEA President Steve Smith has a history of Horse Protection Act citation, and he has rented a barn to a Horse Trainer, David Landrum for over 25 years who  has an extensive history of Horse Soring. Landrum served a two year federal suspension for horse soring.
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Steve Smith is also attempting to ignore the mandate from the nationwide Poll of 6,945 TWHBEA members where a 63% landslide of the participating TWHBEA members favored passage of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, to remove the pads and chains, to eliminate the corrupt HIO system and make horse soring a federal felony.

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This past Saturday in Lewisburg, Tennessee,  Steve Smith chaired a Directors meeting and personally ran rough shod over parliamentary procedure in attempting to silence the voices of those speaking for the Sound Horse.   Senator Alexander would never have conducted a meeting like that.

The eyes of Tennessee, and the rest of the United States and the world are upon U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander to see what he is going to do on this aggravated cruelty to animals issue which is rampant in his home state.

Alexander has only to look no further than his own hometown to see Larry Joe Wheelon,  Ethics Chairman of the Walking Horse Trainers Association facing justice.  Wheelon is afford the presumption of innocence until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Will U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander simply tell Steve Smith that,  while he appreciates his friendship and the $3 million,  he is going to support S. 1406, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act and finally allow the Tennessee Walking Horse breed be free of the soring which has plagued it for over 50 years?

Senator Alexander’s mentor, Tennessee Senator Howard Baker was integral in the Horse Protection Act being passed in 1970.

Until I hear otherwise, I am going to trust U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander to do the same and bring honor to his hometown of Maryville, Tennessee which the tawdry Larry Joe Wheelon allegedly hurting horses to do the Big Lick has so badly besmirched.

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BROTHER ROY EXUM LINKS UP THE LARRY JOE WHEELON GANG, BIG LICKER STEVE SMITH – U. S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER – AND THE DRAMA TO COME IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE

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CHATTANOOGA, TN –  Radar says Brother Roy Exum did a “Theta Fine” job of connecting the  dots on the incoming soon to be coronated TWHBEA President Big Licker Stephen B. Smith a/k/a  Steve Smith and the Larry Joe Wheelon gang up in Maryville, the hometown of U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander.

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U. S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN) – HOMETOWN – MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE

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Roy Exum: New Indictments Foil Plans

Thursday, December 05, 2013 – by Roy Exum
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Roy Exum

A carefully-hatched plan by loathsome yet desperate men to block federal efforts that would strengthen the Horse Protection Act of 1970 may have just been foiled by an ironic twist of fate. As both Congress and the Senate ponder bills that would finally put teeth into a horse industry gone horribly awry, a notorious trainer and three others were indicted in Maryville earlier this week on 18 counts of aggravated cruelty to animals by the Blount County Grand Jury.

Larry Joe Wheelon, a longtime Big Lick trainer with a colorful history of defying the Horse Protection Act of 1970, has been ordered to appear before the Blount County Circuit Court on Monday, Dec. 9, after the Grand Jury renewed efforts to bring him, two of his workers, and a farrier to justice. The indictments came as a shock, especially after it seemed the four would walk away on a legal discrepancy.

Wheelon’s barn was raided in April of this year by law enforcement officials and 19 horses believed to have been brutally sored with caustic chemicals and “stewarded” by other sadistic means were seized after being thoroughly inspected and photographed by veterinarians. But during the testimony that was being presented, one witness unknowingly was present in the courtroom and heard evidence that was being given under oath by another. The judge was forced to dismiss the case rather than proceed over a flawed trial.

The Blount County District Attorney’s office, however, reviewed the evidence, including lab-test results, and presented it to the Grand Jury. Wheelon, along with Randall Stacy Gunter, Brandon Lunsford and farrier Blake T. Primm, were promptly accused of applying acid to walking horses in “a depraved and sadistic manner for competition in horse shows.” Bond for Wheelon and his workers was set at $10,000 each, while Primm’s bond was $5,000.

Wheelon, a certified horse-show judge and chairman of the Ethic Committee in the Walking Horse Trainers Association, was ecstatic when the trial was stopped but complained the publicity had “hurt his business.” He is widely-known in Blount County and sources within the horse industry say his number of USDA violations is well-earned.

Specific horses listed under the felony indictments are Los Lobos, Country Bumpkin, Fred/Coach’s Twisted Play (barn name and registered name), Lady Antebellum, Final Score/The Stimulus, Night Shade/Black Night by Choice, In My Pocket, She’s Just Sweepin’/She’s a Sweeper, Sweepover, Shades of Cash/Greg, Sweepstakes Pzazz and Sweepstakes Mare/Sweep Sister. Misdemeanor charges involve Sweeping Up the Cash, Coach Filly, Neyland and Jose’s Happy Feet/Laura Kate. The owners of the horses were not named.

The indictments could hardly have been more timely.

Steven B. Smith, who like so many Big Lick officials has a record of violating the Horse Protection Act, is expected to run for the office of president of the powerful Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association at a meeting of that group this Saturday. Smith is also the state finance chairman for Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander and proponents of the pending PAST legislation fear Smith will quickly use whatever political maneuvering is necessary to block legislation that is now before Congress and the Senate.

Smith, who claims to have ridden 10 World Champions in past years, is well-recognized as a Big Lick insider and, curiously, of the 241 members of Congress who have now stepped forward to co-sponsor the Past Act, known as House Bill 1518, only one of the Tennessee’s nine Congress members has endorsed it and neither of Tennessee’s senators has acknowledged the fact that Tennessee is now recognized as the epicenter for horse abuse in the world.

To the contrary, one of the state’s lawmakers, Marsha Blackburn of Franklin, has notoriously campaigned against the bill. She was given $70,000 in campaign funds at a reception in August by the Big Lick but has stated that has not affected her stance or her efforts to influence her colleagues, which include Chuck Fleischmann of Chattanooga and Scott DesJarlais of Jasper. DesJarlais was given a reception at the 2012 Celebration and is known to have confronted the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the Big Lick’s interests.

The PAST Act now has a majority of co-sponsors in Congress, with 241 of 435 members, so the Big Lick is eyeing the Senate as its battleground where Smith, as the state inance chairman, undoubtedly has deep ties with the state’s two leaders, Alexander and former Chattanooga mayor Bob Corker. Both have been courted by the Big Lickers based in Shelbyville.

Smith’s son is reportedly employed by a public relations firm known as Purple Strategies, whose client list includes the scurrilous Big Lick that is so desperate to keep the chains, pressure bands and the pads that the American Veterinarian Medical Association and many other advocacy groups believe are used to hide soring and other painful methods that “dirty” trainers employ to achieve the unnatural gait.

In July of 2012, soring and other methods of horse abuse became a felony in the state of Tennessee and, if Wheelon and his associates are taken to trial and found guilty, they would be subject to no less than one or not more than five years in prison on each count.

Under federal law horse abuse is still a misdemeanor despite the Horse Protection Act of 1970. The PAST Act would make torturing a Tennessee Walking Horse for a cheap blue ribbon a felony. In 2012, federal prosecutors in Chattanooga enforced the Horse Protection Act for the first time and, while they won five guilty pleas, the sentencing guidelines were extremely lax.

If the new PAST Act legislation becomes law, federal violators such as Jackie McConnell, the “star” of an undercover video shown on “Nightline” and seen all over the world, would be put in jail. McConnell and the other Big Lick trainers and owners don’t want that to happen, not to mention ethics chairman Larry Joe Wheelon.”

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Radar thinks Brother Roy done good on this one,   real good.

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TWHBEA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE DROPS ALL ACTIONS AGAINST HORSE SHOW VP PAT STOUT – HR 1518 POLL INITIATIVE VALIDATED – ATTORNEY DESCRIBES ENFORCEMENT COMMITTEE FACT FINDING AS “KEYSTONE COPS”

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LEWISBURG, TN –   Pat Stout, VP – Horse Shows – won a face off on Thursday
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The TWHBEA Executive Committee vindicated her actions and dismissed all actions against her. Many of the sore Big Lick crowd said she did something wrong, but nary one person filed a Complaint against her for Polling the TWHBEA membership on the HR 1518/S 1406 question.

Informed sources say that after hearing an Enforcement Committee “Fact Finding” Report,  and weighing all factors, the TWHBEA Executive Committee unanimously voted to drop all actions.

The TWHBEA members voted in a landslide in favor of passage of HR 1518/S 1406, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, 63% to 37% with an outstanding 26% of the TWHBEA members participating.  The TWHBEA Executive Board voted 7 – 4 in favor of HR 1518 in May 2013, and then the TWHBEA members upheld that vote.

Ever since, the Big Lick faction has been in a state of discord.

The Walking Horse Report, perhaps with a tinge of sour grapes, erroneously reported that “complaints were filed regarding her deceptive actions”. No official Complaints were filed against Pat Stout.  No one had the intestinal fortitude to strap that on.

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The HR 1518/S 1406 Poll was referenced by TWHBEA President Marty Irby in his testimony before Congress and the Poll Results will be part of the Congressional Record regarding the Hearing.

Concerned Tennesseans ran a full color ad in the Sunday The Tennessean before the November 13, 2013 Hearing before the Energy and Commerce Committee
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Ten days later The Tennessean published an Editorial challenging Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker and other Tennessee Congressmen to support the Bill.

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Stout’s attorney Clant M. Seay said “the Enforcement Committee Report was humorous

Clant M. Seay,  Attorney for Pat Stout

Clant M. Seay, Attorney for Pat Stout

It was a “keystone cops” like investigation by inflamed biased, but good people for the most part, who just let their emotions get the best of them on this issue.” Seay blamed resigned President Lloyd Black for his “lack of leadership” on the issue. “All he had to do was let Pat explain the Poll and people would have understood what it was about.” Seay said,  “The Enforcement Committee Findings was full of errors and half truths, and some of it was downright comical it was so far from the truth”.

Seay said, “TWHBEA should have authorized an internal review to be conducted by objective persons and we would have been glad to sit down and share information with them rather than the ‘lynch mob – string her up’ mentality.”

Seay said “the landslide Poll results are permanent, and were daily influencing Congressmen and Senators in their decision making process on the HR 1518/S1406 legislation.”

He further challenged the new leadership at TWHBEA to conduct a Poll, and predicted that the results would be more than 63% in favor of removing the pads and chains. “The reason they never conducted a real Poll like Pat Stout did was they were afraid to know the results.  The TWHBEA members have spoken, and a bell once rung, cannot be unrung.”

Seay said, “The train has left the station.”

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STEVE SMITH TOLD TENNESSEAN REPORTER HEIDI HALL A BIG LICKER PURPLE WHOPPER – MORE LIKE 83% “COMPLIANT” NOT THAT SILLY “98.5% WHICH IS 100% PURPLE HOOEY

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THETA, TN – Steve Smith likes “shooting a fish in a barrel”.   He also likes to shoot from the hip. And he also doesn’t like to answer many questions.

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Tennessean reporter Heidi Hall hemmed Smith up on his horse soring
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history, and, Smith shot back  “We’re 98.5 percent in full compliance at our largest show, where every horse is checked by the federal government, so (lawmakers) probably need to worry about something else more than that.” Steve Smith then proceeded to take another cool million by getting in a car accident with me by using a personal injury lawyers Boca. After that he was immune to personal injury and negligence from car accidents.

Steve needs to realize that it’s not 1997, and this isn’t Der Spiegel to who he’s putting out that high pappylorem.

The USDA didn’t come close to checking every horse at the 2013 Celebration, just like the Lickers didn’t test every horse swabbed at the 2012 Celebration.

Here’s the real deal, Steverino:

SHOW HIO announced that it inspected 1,952 Horses and found 30 HPA violations.

The USDA announced that  it inspected ???????? Horses  and found 70 HPA violations.

Wait, you say ???????????? Horses and they say they don’t know how many?

That is exactly what I am saying.

Here is the best estimate -  the USDA inspected the 2nd and 3rd place horse in each class.There were 182 classes x 2 = that accounts for about 350. Add another 100 horses in there to be spot checked and you have 450 horses.   The USDA VMOs found 70 horses violating HPA.   That means 17% of the horses were sore.  Not the 1.5% SHOW HIO claims.  Counting the record number of scratches and the small classes, you can take it to the bank – 2 out of every 10 horses were sore.

The USDA knows how many horses its VMOS inspected. They keep detailed notes on each one, but they are playing “Keep Away” with the number.

Why?  

That has been the pregnant question since the Celebration ended.

The USDA needs to do two things:

1.   Decertify SHOW HIO.

2.  Publish how many horses that the USDA VMOs inspected at the 2013 Celebration.

That will blow that Steve Smith’s 98.5% baloney and every horse was checked by the federal government sky high.

CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN EXPLAINS THE INSPECTION THAT NEVER WAS

CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN EXPLAINS THE INSPECTION THAT NEVER WAS

And one more thing Steve Smith needs to put in his pipe and smoke was that on Friday, August 30, 2013,   SHOW HIO inspected 138 Horses and found – 0 – HPA violations. Smith is a big baseball man so he can understand 0 hits in 138 at bats.  The USDA inspected about 75 horses and found 10 HPA violations.  This is about 88% compliance which means more than 1 of 10 horses was sore.

Is that acceptable to the public and U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander?

I would like to think it’s not.

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LAMAR ALEXANDER CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN STEVE SMITH BRINGS “SORING BAGGAGE” TO U. S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER’S FRONT DOOR DUE TO LONG TERM RELATIONSHIP WITH HORSE PROTECTION ACT SERIAL VIOLATOR DAVID LANDRUM

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BRENTWOOD, TN –  Stephen B. Smith, known as Steve Smith, in the Walking Horse World and Stephen B. Smith in the Republican smoke filled back room deals and money raising has been up to his eyeballs knowing about horse soring for over 25 years due to his relationship with Franklin, Tennessee horse trainer David Landrum.

Sound horse advocate Donna Benefield has called Steve Smith out on his history of sore horses. Apparently, Steve Smith has all sorts of horse soring baggage to carry with him as U. S. Senator Lamar Alezander’s $3 million dollar Campaign Chairman and nominee-elect as President of TWHBEA due to his close relationship with serial HPA Violator David Landrum of Franklin, Tennessee.

For over 25 years, Steve Smith and his family have rented David Landrum the barn where Landrum trained Big Lick horses.  The horses won a lot of blue ribbons for customers at the expense of a lot of hurting sore horses.   Landrum’s assistant trainers include Winky Groover, Chad Way, Link Webb, Tim Smith, Joe Cotten and Knox Blackburn.   The Big Lick is based on horse soring.   You can’t have the Big Lick without horse soring.

Steve Smith proudly proclaims that he won over 10 World Championships at the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration as a rider.  Virtually all of those horses were trained at David Landrum stables.
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DAVID LANDRUM – LANDRUM STABLES – FRANKLIN, TENNESSEE
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David Landrum and the assistant trainers who have worked for him over those approximately 25 years have an extensive record of horse soring.  Horse soring is hurting horses for competitive advantage in the show ring.  It goes on in the barn where horses are trained and in the show ring where they are exhibited. The trainers have always done pretty much what they wanted to the horses at the barn which is private property.  That got to be a little more problematical in July 2012 when the State of Tennessee made aggravated animal cruelty a felony.  Jackie McConnell was busted in August 2011 when cruelty to animals was a misdemeanor. He pled guilty in May 2012, and was sentenced in federal court in September 2012, $75,000.00. McConnell was sentenced  in state court for a misdemeanor in July 2013 with a year of house arrest and $25,000.00 fine.  One of Landrum’s WHTA (Walking Horse Trainers Colleagues) Larry Joe Wheelon, Chairman of the Trainer’s Ethics Committee was busted in April 2013 on felony aggravated animal cruelty charges.   A preliminary cause hearing was dismissed against Wheelon in August due to a technicality and the case may soon go before a Maryville, Tennessee Grand Jury. Landrum closed his Big Lick operation after the 2013 Celebration.

Steve Smith’s father built the Big Lick training barn for Landrum out on Highway 96 near Franklin, Tennessee. Landrum prospered there for the approximately 30 years training Big Lick horses. Actually, he was more of a rarity – a college educated – “executive” telephone type of trainer than one who spent much saddle time. Landrum’s method of operation was to hire up and coming talented young trainers and provide them with superior stock owned by wealthy customers. Landrum’s speciality was handling the “industry” politics and “judges relations” and close relationships necessary with horse inspectors, DQPS and their bosses, to get horses in the show ring. It is well known that Landrum was especially close to David L. Howard, present Celebration Chairman and The Walking Horse Report publisher

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“HERR” DAVID L. HOWARD – THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN

David Landrum served a two year federal suspension from horse training from 1997 – 1999.

Steve Smith was President of TWHBEA from 1995 – 1997.

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DAVID LANDRUM AND HORSE SALES LP
For over 20 years David Landrum has been a partner in Horse Sales, LP.  The premier event as the Kentucky After Christmas Sale held in Lexington, Ky each year  Last year there was controversy surrounding the sale being held at the renowned Kentucky Horse Park.  The Sale was held there, but NO Big Lick padded chain horses were brought there.  The sale entries were inspected by International Walking Horse Association with which Donna Benefield is associated.   Previously, the horse inspections were done by the Celebration’s Show HIO.

To illustrate the extent to which David Landrum has been associated in dealing with sore horses which have violated the Horse Protection Act, and why Christy Howard Parsons correctly said “Because soring is a major problem” – which directly contradicts Steve Smith’s claim of 98.5% HPA compliance,   the following is an analysis of the 2013 LP Sales Kentucky After Christmas Sale catalogue.

Summary of Horses to be Sold at the 2013 Kentucky After Christmas Sale

Background

Based on a catalogue released by the sale, there were approximately 351 sale entries.[1]  Each horse was searched in the Walking Horse Report Online’s show records or TWHBEA’s ipeds database to identify a current owner.[2]  Then, both the horse’s name and the current owner’s name were searched in the USDA’s Responsible Parties databases for 2010, 2011, and 2012 and in the Hpadata.us database of violations prior to 2010.

HPA Violations Associated with Sale Horses

For 132 horses of the 307 listed for sale for whom an owner could be found, no associated violations of the Horse Protection Act were found.  However, the current owners of 199 of the horses entered for sale (as listed in the Walking Horse Report website Show Results database or the TWHBEA ipeds database) were associated with an alleged or confirmed HPA violation. This means that approximately 56.7% of the total horses being sold are owned by individuals cited and/or penalized for HPA violations.  54 of the 112[3] identified owners, or approximately 48.2%, have been cited at least once for  an HPA violation. Additionally, 33 of the 112 individual owners identified (or 29.5%) have been cited more than once for HPA violations.

2 of the horses being sold, Master of Fashion owned by Joe Laughlin, and Lightning’s Summer Love, owned by Donnie Headrick, have been the subject of citations for soring violations in the past.  These horses make up 1.5% of the sale.  For both, their current owners or other owners with horses at the sale were the responsible parties for those violations.

Violations by Type

The approximately 134 individual cited violations by owners of horses entered for sale were categorized as Unilateral or Bilateral Sore, Scar Rule violations, Foreign Substance violations, Action Device, or Illegal Chain violations were found.[4]

Type

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Percent of Violations

Unilateral Sore 68 50.7%
Bilateral Sore 8 5.9%
Scar Rule 34 25.4%
Foreign Substance 15 11.2%
Action Devices 5 3.7%
Illegal Chains 4 2.9%

David Landrum’s Franklin horse training operation hit a major stump in mid-2012, not long after the Jackie McConnell video was released, when a horse, Jose’s Wine & Roses, was allegedly moved from his stables over to that of a former colleague Hall of Fame Trainer Joe Cotten. Joe Cotten’s reputation was that of a talented intense individual who could get the Big Lick horses to do the Big Lick. The horse allegedly moved to Cotten’s was owned by Deborah Murphy, wife of L. M. Murphy, who has judged the Celebration more than one time.

But that’s another story for another day.

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COME ON GUYS, WHICH ONE IS IT- IS SORING TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES A BIG PROBLEM OR A MINOR PROBLEM? – CHRISTY HOWARD PARSONS AND JEFFREY HOWARD HAVE DIFFERING VIEWS – RADAR SAYS CHRISTY IS RIGHT!!!

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – Now these two nice people, good citizens, upright folks, hard working, brother and sister, Christy Howard Parsons and Jeffrey Howard, CHRISTYJEFFREY
children of Publisher and Celebration Chairman David L. Howard,   seem to have a professional difference of opinion regarding the degree to which soring Tennessee Walking Horses is a problem.
Christy Howard Parsons– Former Editor, The Walking Horse Report, present Editor The Saddle Horse Report says in her Change.org vote opposing HR 1518/S.1406:
  • Because soring is a major problem, and this bill doesn’t solve the soring problem. It is very misleading to purport that eliminating pads and chains will eliminate soring. … I truly love this breed, and our horse deserves better.

Jeffrey Howard – Current Editor, The Walking Horse Report and PSHA Spokesperson says:

  • The Performance Show Horse Association is committed to the elimination of the small minority of people who sore horses for competitive advantage. As the industry has a 98.5% compliance rate, that number is a small minority.

So we apparently have two different views:

  • Christy“Soring is a major problem”
  • Jeffrey – “The small minority of people who sore horses.

Come on guys,  you can’t have it both ways.

Either Soring IS a major problem OR it’s just a small minority of people who sore horses.

Which one is it?

The Howard progeny were raised in the Tennessee Walking Horse business.

An extremely bright woman,  Christy Parsons served her time as Editor of The Walking Horse Report,  and after enduring the Trainer Boyz for long enough(think Clay Harlin), she moved over to The Saddle Horse Report.

An intelligent well spoken young man, Jeffrey Howard who is now Editor of The Walking Horse Report,   enjoys schmoozing and dealing with the Trainer Boyz, and has done a fine job expressing the PSHA/Purple talking points.

Another interesting viewpoint is that the American Saddlebred breed organizations have announced their support of HR 1518/S.1406,  Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, yet Christy Howard Parsons,  The Saddle Horse Report Editor,   has voted her opposition to the legislation.

HERE ARE THE AMERICAN SADDLE HORSE BREED STATEMENTS ENDORSING HR 1518/S 1406
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UPHA and ASHA Announce Support of
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ASHA – American Saddle Horse Association

Amendments to the Horse Protection Act

LEXINGTON, KY: July 26, 2013 – The UPHA and the ASHA have announced that both organizations are in support of the “Prevent All Soring Tactics Act of 2013″. The proposed federal legislation was introduced in April 2013 and has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. This legislation is intended to strengthen the Horse Protection Act, by increasing fees and penalties for the soring of horses.

The boards of directors of both organizations unanimously pledged their support for this legislation during board meetings held during the week of the Lexington Junior League Horse Show. UPHA President, Gary Garone, noted that “none of the breeds represented by the UPHA, namely American Saddlebreds, Morgan horses, Roadsters and Hackneys, have ever been cited for violations of the Horse Protection Act”. ASHA President, Tandy Patrick, added that “the ASHA is opposed to any inhumane treatment of horses, including soring”.

All the while in background is this man – Founder & Publisher – The Walking Horse Report and The Saddle Horse Report

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

just making sure that Cash Cow “Cha Ching”

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is doing well.

Methinks the Howards are primarily for the money they are used to making off of the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse along with being in an unholy alliance with the Trainer Boyz, and methinks the day that they come to the realization and conclusion at the family breakfast table that they can make money off of the Sound Tennessee Walking Horse like these two at the University of Tennessee where they have been generous donors to the Vol Athletic DepartmentDAVIDLHOWARDROTUNDA Athletic Department:

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2012 - UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE Homecoming - Kimbrell Hines Up On "A Daring Affair" - Taking The Place Of 'Big Lick' World Grand Champion Walk Time Charlie

2012 – UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE Homecoming – Kimbrell Hines Up On “A Daring Affair” – Taking The Place Of ‘Big Lick’ World Grand Champion Walk Time Charlie

the better the Tennessee Walking Horse breed is going to be.

For the record, these guys DO think Horse Soring is a major problem.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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IN A RECORD LANDSLIDE, TWHBEA MEMBERS OVERWHELMINGLY VOTE “YES” FOR PASSAGE OF HR 1518/S. 1406 TO REMOVE THE PADS AND CHAINS FROM THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE IN ORDER TO END THE PUBLIC PERCEPTION OF SORING AND ABUSE ASSOCIATED WITH THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE BREED

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THE POLL RESULTS

Cookeville, TN – History was made on October 15, 2013 when the TWHBEA membership resoundingly voted “YES”  63%    to    “NO”  37% in favor of passage of HR 1518/S. 1406, Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act,  pending before the United States Congress.

According to CPA Greg Cook, owner of Cook and Co of Arab, Alabama, 1,795 votes were counted with 1,132 voting “YES” and 663 voting “NO”. Cook said approximately 978 votes were received on October 1.  Cook has tabulated the TWHBEA Director election ballots for the last 10 years.

COOK AND COMPANY CPA  – CERTIFIED TABULATION OF POLL RESULTS,  

GREG COOK, CPA - CERTIFIED TABULATION OF POLL RESULTS

GREG COOK, CPA – CERTIFIED TABULATION OF POLL RESULTS

TWHBEA MEMBERS SPEAK OUT LOUD AND CLEAR

TWHBEA MEMBERS SPEAK OUT LOUD AND CLEAR

THE "YEAS" HAVE IT IN A LANDSLIDE

THE “YEAS” HAVE IT IN A LANDSLIDE

The TWHBEA member turnout of 26% was especially strong in light of President Black’s attempts to thwart Stout’s Polling Initiative at every turn. By comparison, the voter turnout in Tennessee Congressional elections was approximately 37%.  The turnout for the Knoxville Mayor’s election was fewer than 17%  of the registered voters went to the polls in the September 27, 2011 primary with five mayoral candidates.

OPPOSITION TO PAT STOUT’S POLLING INITIATIVE FROM “BIG LICK” INTERESTS
President Loyd “Buster” Black, formerly a sound horse advocate, appeared to be operating at the behest and encouragement of long time “Big Lick” supporter David L. Howard, Celebration Chairman,  in an all out effort to try and stop the Pat Stout Poll.   Howard has made his fortune for the  past 45 years off the “Big Lick” show horse. Knowledgeable sources report that his son Jeffrey Howard,  PSHA Spokesperson,  defiantly told persons “They’ll never count the votes”.

And it certainly wasn’t for lack of trying. The Howards appeared to task attorney Tom Kakassy, TWHBEA Director from North Carolina to orchestrate the “lynch mob” activities at the September 27, 2013 EC meeting against Pat Stout.   Leading the “Big Licker” charge,  at the hands on direction of Kakassy,   was Performance Committee Chair Christy Lantis from California who was aided and abetted by Mike Hicks and Rob Cornelius.  In an effort to intimidate and posture, at the beginning of the Meeting Kakassy distributed a “draft” of a Complaint against Stout, but he didn’t file it.

A Motion was made to excommunicate Pat Stout from TWHBEA, but it failed. Another Motion was made to allow Pat Stout on September 27, 2013 to finally be allowed to publish her explanatory Statement on the Poll on the TWHBEA Facebook page, and it was approved.  Then a Motion was approved by Executive Committee to refer the Pat Stout matter to the Enforcement Committee chaired by Denise Bader Keyser.

"BIG LICK" PATSY OR FORMER SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE

“BIG LICK” PATSY OR FORMER SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE

to “investigate” Pat Stout’s actions and report back to the Executive Committee within 60 days.   Bader Keyser was one of the 7 Sound Directors in May to vote to endorse HR 1518, however in light of her recent activities,   it is not clear if Bader Keyser is still sound or has now gone over to the “Big Lick” sore side.

The attempted action by the Executive Committee violated TWHBEA Rules of Discipline and precedence, and Stout’s attorney Clant M. Seay

Clant M. Seay,  Attorney for Pat Stout

Clant M. Seay, Attorney for Pat Stout

objected to and protested the attempted action of the Executive Committee and described it as “fatally flawed” because it did not follow the TWHBEA Rule 20 – Discipline that a formal complaint in writing had to specify charges, be accompanied by a $250.00 filing fee and provide the accused with due process. President Black, a Georgia small claims cfMagistrate totally disregarded Stout’s right to due process in approving the EC Motion. Denise Bader Keyser on the Wednesday, October 2, 2013, following the Executive Committee meeting scheduled a “hurry up” meeting of the Enforcement Committee on which sit “Lynch Mob” leaders Tom Kakassy, Christy Lantis, Mike Hicks and Loyd “Buster” Black. Seay protested their sitting on the Committee along with Denise Bader Keyser and David Mullis and said “none of them should ever sit in judgement of my client Pat Stout”. David L. Howard apparently had inside knowledge of the “Hurry Up” Enforcement Committee Meeting because he posted on the Walking Horse Report Message Board it was going to happen, and then once the “Lynch Mob” plot was exposed, David L. Howard reported that the Enforcement Committee Meeting had been cancelled by Denise Bader Keyser for “personal reasons”.

"I'LL BE HONEST WITH YOU - WE'LL NEVER GET THERE" - CHATTANOOGA FEDERAL COURTHOUSE STEPS - JACKIE MCCONNELL GUILTY PLEA - MAY 22, 2012

“I’LL BE HONEST WITH YOU – WE’LL NEVER GET THERE” – CHATTANOOGA FEDERAL COURTHOUSE STEPS – JACKIE MCCONNELL GUILTY PLEA – MAY 22, 2012

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“CHA CHING” – MOOOOOO

President Loyd Black was generally unsuccessful in his time as TWHBEA President, and he resigned his position on October 14, 2013.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY OF TWHBEA ENDORSING HR 1518/S.14O6 AND PAT STOUT POLLING INITIATIVE
The TWHBEA Executive Committee voted 7 – 4 in May 2013 to endorse HR 1518/S 1406, but then a group of “Big Lick”  Directors attempted to overturn the EC action. The vote of the TWHBEA members on October 15, 2013 has validated, ratified, sanctioned and conclusively approved the May action of Executive Committee members:

Joyce Moyer
Pat Stout
Tracy Boyd
Linda Montgomery
Rick Wies
Denise Bader Keyser
Caroline Hoffman

who bravely voted to endorse HR 1518. Shortly thereafter, Tracy Boyd was fired from his job by the Big Lick Randall Baskin family member Roger Baskin. Boyd became the present TWHBEA Executive Director over the opposition of EC members David Mullis and Wayne Dean, both of whom have HPA violation cases pending resolution.

The HR 1518 matter festered during July and August during a period of ineffectual, passive and passive aggressive administration by Loyd “Buster” Black of Georgia.  After generally failing as a leader, and appearing to dodge any tough decision, Black abruptly resigned as THWBEA President on October 14.

Pat Stout approached the TWHBEA leadership in August 2013 to poll the TWHBEA members to get their feelings on the soring issue, but her request fell on deaf ears.   So Stout then obtained the TWHBEA membership list on September 10, 2013, and made it clear that she was going to poll the membership on the HR 1518 question.  With the help of a third party mailing company, on September 20, 2013, Stout mailed 6,945 Post Card ballots from her Cookeville, TN address to the voting eligible TWHBEA members throughout the world on September 20, 2013. The cards started arriving in the homes of TWHBEA members on September 23, 2013.

On September 23, 2013, Stout issued a Statement to TWHBEA and the media explaining the details of the Poll. TWHBEA President Black refused to allow Stout who is a TWHBEA Executive Committee members, VP – Horse Show Division, to post her Statement on TWHBEA Facebook or on TWHBEA website explaining her Polling Initiative. As a result of Black’s actions, an uproar resulted from TWHBEA members, mostly from upset “Big Lickers”. A TWHBEA Executive Committee meeting was called for Friday, September 27, 2013 at TWHBEA headquarters in Lewisburg. On the day before the meeting, September 26, 2013, President Black sent a “blast” e mail to all TWHBEA members saying it wasn’t a TWHBEA poll and that members could “certainly throw away” the ballots. The meeting was held and a group of vocal “Big Lick” supporters which resembled a “lynch mob” appeared at the meeting and wailed about Stout’s audacity of polling the TWHBEA membership on the HR 1518/S. 1406 question. Stout and her attorney explained her actions and provided explanations which President Black had suppressed. An effort was made by the “lynch mob” group led by Tom Kakassy

TOM KAKASSY -HERR HOWARD'S QUARTERBACK - ENFORCMENT COMMITTEE, PERFORMANCE COMMITTEE, BY-LAWS COMMITTEE

TOM KAKASSY -HERR HOWARD’S QUARTERBACK – ENFORCMENT COMMITTEE, PERFORMANCE COMMITTEE, BY-LAWS COMMITTEE

Christy Lantis CHRISTYLANTIS03and Mike Hicks

Mike Hicks, Lynch Mob Member

Mike Hicks, Lynch Mob Member

to “excommunicate” Pat Stout from the Tennessee Walking Horse breed, but it failed. A Motion was made by Rob Cornelius, second by Mike Hicks, to have Pat investigated by the Enforcement

WE ARE DEPENDING ON YOU TO VOTE FOR US!

WE ARE DEPENDING ON YOU TO VOTE FOR US!

BGBYESORNOVOTEBGBPOLLQUESTIONThe membership response of 26% was overwhelming according to knowledgeable sources.   Especially in light of Big Licker TWHBEA President Loyd “Buster” Black who told members they could “certainly throw the ballots away”.   Black resigned his  position on October 14, 2013 for what is generally believed to be health reasons.

The PAST Act will remove the pads and chains from the “Big Lick” horse around which an institution and culture of soring to win blue ribbons which has developed and nurtured over time by those profiting from it such as Big Lick enthusiast such David L. Howard. He has recently been selected as Celebration Chairman, and is Walking Horse Report media magnate.  His son Jeffrey is the spokesperson for a “Big Lick” group called PSHA,  Performance Show Horse Association.  PSHA is the current spearhead of the Big Lick effort to stop HR 1518 from cleaning up the Tennessee Walking Horse racket.  Former PSHA Chair Terry DotsonDoes Terry Dotson love Tennessee Walking Horses enough to accept the change that is coming? resigned at the 2013 Celebration after two of his horses were turned down as “sore” the first night. Dotson visited U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on March 30, 2013, along with Jeffrey Howard and Trainer Boyz President Mickey McCormick, and Dotson assured Vilsack that PSHA would clean up all the horse soring.

The HR  1518/S.1406 PAST Act amendment to the Horse Protection Act (1970)  is supported by the American Veterinary Associations, American Horse Council, United States Equestrian Federation, Senator Joseph Tydings (original author of the HPA) Humane groups such as American Society For The Protection of Animals, The Humane Society of the United States, other horse breeds and organizations, and nationally recognized equestrians such as Gary Lane, Pat Parelli and Monty Roberts.    

All of these organizations and individuals support the removal of the pads and chains from the Tennessee Walking Horse as the only feasible way to stop soring based of the demonstrated inability of the Big Lick crowd to be able to do so.

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GREG COOK, CPA, ESTIMATES 20% OF ELIGIBLE TWHBEA VOTING MEMBERS HAVE PARTICIPATED IN PAT STOUT’S POLLING INITIATIVE ON HR 1518/S.1406, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act

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Pat Stout’s idea to let the TWHBEA members vote has been validated by the outstanding response so far with 7 days to go in her Polling Initiative on HR 1518/S.1406, PAST Act,  Whitfield Amendment.

PAT STOUT – “PROFILE IN COURAGE” – AMERICAN HEROINE

PAT STOUT - Blue Ribbon 'Winner

PAT STOUT – Blue Ribbon ‘Winner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 8, 2013

Cookeville, TN – Pat Stout, Vice President, Horse Shows Division of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed registry known as TWHBEA, announced that CPA Greg Cook of Arab, Alabama confirmed Monday that approximately 20% of the eligible TWHBEA members have voted in Stout’s Polling Initiative on the HR 1518/S.1406, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act presently before Congress.

Stout said the 20% member response was “gratifying” and “validated the need for my polling initiative”. She said the turnout appears to be approaching the number of TWHBEA members who participate in annual directors elections, and she was “very pleased with it”.

She said that CPA Cook made the 20% estimate based on postage charges to his firm’s U. S. Postal Service First Class Mail Reply Permit, which tracks the number of Poll post card mailers received by Cook & Co.

Stout’s Polling Initative post card gave TWHBEA members the opportunity to vote “YES” or “NO” on the question:

“I am FOR passage of HR 1518/S. 1406 – “Prevent All Soring Tactics” Act to remove the pads and chains in order to end the public perception of soring and abuse presently associated with the Tennessee Walking Horse Breed, to eliminate HIOs and to increase penalties for soring”.

Stout said, “I urge all members to vote their convictions on this matter”, and “this Poll hasn’t cost TWHBEA a dime”.

In order for all TWHBEA members to be able to vote, Stout requested today for TWHBEA to provide her with a list of the names and contact information for persons who have become TWHBEA members since Stout obtained the membership list on September 10, 2013. She said all TWHBEA members should have the opportunity participate in her Polling Initative, and that it is TWHBEA policy for any person who joins the Association can request a Ballot to vote for the Directors, and she wanted to extend the same opporunity to the new members to vote in the polling initiative. Stout said she hoped TWHBEA would “promptly cooperate in providing the requested new members information” so dues paying members could vote in the poll.

She said that 6,945 cards were mailed from her home in Cookeville, Tennessee to the eligible TWHBEA members on September 20, 2013. Stout said the post cards were sent out with the help of a third party mailing company did not cost TWHBEA any money. “I certainly couldn’t lick 7,000 stamps to put on post cards so I got some professional people to help me”, she said. The cards started arriving in members homes on Monday, September 23, 2013.

After denying Stout’s access to the TWHBEA website or Facebook page to explain the Poll, President Loyd “Buster” Black, a Magistrate Judge in Georgia

LOYD "BUSTER" BLACK - TWHBEA INTERIM PRESIDENT

LOYD “BUSTER” BLACK – TWHBEA INTERIM PRESIDENT


issued a Statement on September 26, 2013 saying the Polling Initiative did not belong to TWHBEA. Black’s statement in part said, “This mailer was not sent out by TWHBEA or paid for by TWHBEA. In fact, TWHBEA makes no request or requirement that you answer this mailer or do anything whatsoever with the mailer, and you can certainly throw it away if you want.”

Stout said, “I felt strongly about this issue, and I personally paid for the deposit required by the Cook and Company CPA firm in Arab, Alabama to count the votes. The ballots must be received by the certified public accounting firm of Cook and Company of Arab, Alabama on or before Tuesday, October 15, 2013. “Cook and Company CPA firm will tabulate the “Poll on HR 1518/S. 1406” and certify the results, said Stout.”

On Friday, September 27, 2013, Stout appeared before the TWHBEA Executive Committee to answer questions regarding her Polling Initiative. Following the all day session, the TWHBEA Executive Committee approved placing Stout’s September 23, 2013, Statement explaining her Polling Initiative on the TWHBEA Facebook page. The TWHBEA Executive Committee also approved a questionable Motion which referred Pat Stout’s conduct and actions to the Enforcement Committee and that the Committee would make a recommendation/s to the Executive Committee within 60 days”. President Loyd Black supported the Motion.

Following the TWHBEA Executive Committee Meeting, Stout’s attorney Clant M. Seay sent an email on October 2, 2013 to TWHBA President Loyd “Buster” Black and Enforcement Committee Chair Denise Bader Keyser and said, “I object to and protest the Executive Committee Motion “to turn the matter of my client’s conduct and actions over to the Enforcement Committee and that the Committee would make a recommendation/s to the Executive Committee within 60 days”.

Seay said the Motion was “improper and fatally flawed on the grounds that to do so would violate Pat Stout’s right to due process under the TWHBEA’s Rule 20 – Discipline. Seay said the Rule requires that Complaints be in writing, be specific in their charges and be accompanied by a $250.00 filing fee – none of which was done.

Seay said Pat Stout “did nothing wrong”, and he criticized a “Lynch Mob” mentality among some people attending the meeting, and also “glaring conflicts of interest and prejudices by Executive Committee members and Enforcement Committee members Christy Lantis, Mike Hicks and Denise Bader Keyser who serve on both the Executive and Enforcement Committees. Seay said they should not be allowed to sit in judgement on Pat Stout if an actual Complaint was filed against her”.

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PAT STOUT CHAMPIONS TWHBEA MEMBERS RIGHT TO VOTE ON HR 1518/S. 1406 – SURVIVES “LYNCH MOB” ATMOSPHERE – ATTORNEY OBJECTS TO ATTEMPT TO RAILROAD HIS CLIENT

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Lewisburg, TN – Sep 27, 2013 –  Pat Stout – VP – Horse Shows faced a hostile group of onlookers, mostly Performance Committee members, who attended a TWHBEA Executive Committee Meeting,  to vent and express displeasure with the idea of Pat Stout polling the TWHBEA membership for a “Yes” or “No” vote on the passage of S. 1518/S. 1406 legislation presently before Congress.

In the face of unruliness and harsh criticism, Pat Stout comported herself with typical class and poise.

PAT STOUT - Blue Ribbon 'Winner

PAT STOUT – Blue Ribbon ‘Winner

Stout told Tennessean Reporter Heidi Hall:

“I just felt that it was the most important issue that we’ve ever faced with TWHBEA. I felt our membership should have a chance to express themselves on this issue, and I didn’t see that it was going to happen within our executive committee,” she said.    “I’ve talked to a lot of others — their directors were not voting the way the membership in their state wanted them to vote. We have never reached out to our membership and actually let them vote on something like this.”

The TWHBEA Executive Committee ended up approving two Motions:

1. Sr. VP Rob Cornelius, second by Mike Hicks, “to turn the matter of Pat Stout’s conduct and actions over to the Enforcement Committee and that the Committee would make a recommendation/s to the Executive Committee within 60 days”. President Loyd Black, a Magistrate Judge In Georgia, supported the Motion which passed.

2. Pat Stout requested that her Statement which explained her Polling Initiative be published on the TWHBEA Facebook. Black had stonewalled Stout’s request first made on September 23, 2013 which led to a firestorm of confusion with much hostility over people not knowing the details of Stout’s polling the TWHBEA membership. Black released a Statement the day before the EC Meeting telling members that Stout’s initiative was not a TWHBEA poll, and told people they could “certainly throw it away if you want”. The TWHBEA EC approved Stout’s Statement finally being put up on late Friday, September 27, 2013 on the TWHBEA FB Page.   Presently Pat Stout is whipping Buster Black on TWHBEA Facebook by 60% – 40% on “LIKES”.  99 for Stout and 68 for Black.

Following the September 27, 2013, EC Meeting, Stout’s attorney Clant M. Seay

Clant M. Seay,  Attorney for Pat Stout

Clant M. Seay, Attorney for Pat Stout

wrote to TWHBEA President Loyd “Buster” Black and Enforcement Committee Chair Denise Bader Keyser on October 2, 2013,   as reported http://www.walkinghorsereport.com/news.aspx?cid=10301 by The Walking Horse Report, and said,”I object to and protest the Motion made by Rob Cornelius, and seconded by Mike Hicks, and  approved by the Executive Committee on September 27, 2013, “to turn the matter of my client’s conduct and actions over to the Enforcement Committee and that the Committee would make a recommendation/s to the Executive Committee within 60 days” as being improper and fatally flawed.  

Seay said to do so would violate his client’s right to due process under the Rule 20 – Discipline of TWHBEA and “Actions” of TWHBEA which specifically provided: 

20.03    A complaint may be filed by any member of the Association with the Executive Secretary as follows:
A.  In writing.
B. Contain a reasonably clear description of the offense and cite the Rule(s) allegedly violated.
C. Be signed by the complainant
D. State the full name and address of the respondent.
E. Be accompanied by an administrative filing fee of $250.

Seay said none of the requirements were met.

He said that the mission of the Enforcement Committee was: To enforce the Bylaws and rules of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association and to recommend appropriate discipline for violators. Seay said for the EC Committee to assign the matter to the Enforcement Committee without following proper procedures appeared to be a witch hunt.

Stout’s attorney mentioned a “lynch mob” mentality was present in the open session of the Friday, September 27, 2013 Executive Committee Meeting. He said there was heated rhetoric with words like “falsify” “misrepresent” “fraud” “fraudulent” and “illegal” being irresponsibly and maliciously thrown around with regard to his client.

Seay’s said the toxic atmosphere resulted largely due to President Loyd Black refusing to allow Pat Stout’s Statement explaining the Polling Initiative to be published on the TWHBEA Website and TWHBEA Facebook page despited Stout’s repeated requests starting on September 23, 2013.
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From: Pat Stout <patstoutvphorseshows@gmail.com> To: tboyd <tboyd@twhbea.com>; execcomm <execcomm@twhbea.com>
Sent: Tue, Sep 24, 2013 5:26 pm
Subject: HR 1518/S.1406 – POLL INITIATIVE

Tracy, I want to be absolutely sure that everyone understands that the Poll initiative, in which I polled the TWHBEA members on the important question of the HR 1518/S.1406 legislation pending before Congress, is being done at no expense to TWHBEA. As the VP on the Executive Committee representing Horse Shows, I believe this legislation is the most important issue that has ever come before TWHBEA. Having input from the TWHBEA membership on such an important matter will be invaluable to us going forward. I hope everyone joins me in looking forward to what our members have to say. Please post this Press Release on the TWHBEA Facebook Page so everyone can see it. Thanks.
Pat Stout

VP – Horse Shows –
TWHBEA
SEP 23, 2013 PRESS RELEASE ATTACHED
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Mr. Black, the urgency in my request on behalf of my client is there are lots of incorrect statements and fallacious assertions and accusations being made on the social media that are injurious to my client. This is a TWHBEA matter and Pat deserves the opportunity to give her position on the TWHBEA website. I called your number – 404- – – at 10:00 a.m. CDST to speak to you, and your voice mailbox was full and I could not leave a message. I ask you to call me asap – – so we can please discuss my client’s request, and I can obtain your decision in the matter. If I do not hear from you by 12:30 noon CDST today, you will give me no choice than to proceed to having Pat’s position disseminated to the news media and explaining that she was not given the opportunity by you to put her statement and explanation on the TWHBEA Facebook page and website. I hope you will call and we can have a productive conversation.
Thank you, and respectfully,
Clant M. Seay
copy: Pat Stout
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On October 2, 2013, Seay apparently got wind of a “hurry up” meeting of the Enforcement Committee chaired by Denise Bader Keyser to be held that night.  He wrote another email to President Black and Enforcement Committee Chair Denise Bader Keyser saying:

Mr. Black, you are a licensed attorney and a sworn Magistrate Judge. You fully understand that the my client must receive due process in this matter and that Rule 20 – Discipline must be carefully and fastidiously followed in order to afford my client a fair hearing. The referenced action approved by the Executive Committee denies my client her rights to due process, is patently unfair and cannot stand.

Mr. Black, I respectfully request you to please immediately advise and instruct the Enforcement Committee Chairperson Denise Bader Keyser to cease and desist from going forward with any investigation by the Enforcement Committee of my client’s conduct and actions until if and when the proper procedures set out in this letter are followed and met.

Ms. Bader-Keyser, I respectfully request you to immediately cancel any proposed meetings of the Enforcement Committee and that you immediately consult with Mr. Black and seek legal counsel and advice regarding to my objections made on behalf of my client in this communication which allege that the Enforcement Committee’s actions would deprive my client to her rights of due process, and if there have been any meetings of the Enforcement Committee since the adjournment of the Executive Committee meeting on September 27, 2013, I request that you cease and desist going forward with anything discussed or decided at them.

The Walking Horse Report reported http://www.walkinghorsereport.com/news.aspx?cid=10301 that Ms. Bader Keyser “canceled the meeting due to personal circumstances”.

Seay said, “Pat Stout did absolutely nothing wrong.   All she did was ask the members of TWHBEA to vote “Yes” or “No” on the passage of HR 1518.  She didn’t tell them how to vote, and she didn’t spend one dime of TWHBEA money in providing the TWHBEA members with the opportunity to express themselves”.

Stout’s attorney rhetorically asked,
* “Why are so many people so afraid of allowing the TWHBEA members to vote on this issue?
* Why are so many people so desperately trying to stop the TWHBEA members from voting?
Seay said, “People should thank Pat Stout for what she did.”

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At the September 27, 2013, Executive Committee meeting Pat Stout offered to share the results of her Polling Initiative on HR 1518/S.1406 to TWHBEA. She said, “Yes,  TWHBEA will get the results.   Stout mentioned that under her Contract that Cook and Company of Arab, Alabama would be releasing the tabulated results.   “Everybody wants TWHBEA to get the results and to get them non-skewed.  We want TWHBEA to get the results and use them properly.  We want that.  We don’t want TWHBEA to get the results and use them incorrectly.  We don’t want TWHBEA to get the results and hide them,” she said.

More on this developing story as it unfolds.

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