HORSE SHOW ANNOUNCER MR. TOMMY WILLIAMS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY BY JACKSON POLICE DEPARTMENT AND BOOKED ON SIMPLE ASSAULT/INTIMIDATION CHARGES – AAWHA MEDIA REP ACCOSTED DURING TWO YEAR OLD STAKE CLASS – USDA MISERABLY FAILS TO PROTECT “THE HORSES”

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JACKSON, MS –  The Mississippi Charity Horse Show had a delayed start for its 6:00 p.m. Saturday Night performance.  According to reliable sources,  officers from the Jackson Police Department took Horse Show Announcer Mr. Tommy Williams into custody shortly before the start of the Saturday Night event.

Mr. Williams was transported from the Fordice Equine Center on the Mississippi State Fairgrounds to the Jackson Police Department Central Booking where he was processed on a Simple Assault/Intimidation charge.

MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW ANNOUNCER MR. TOMMY WILLIAMS UPON RETURNING FROM JACKSON POLICE DEPARTMENT

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The alleged crime pertaining  to Mr. Williams, and possibly some other persons,  was contained in threatening electronic communications on Mr. Tommy Williams/ Walking Horse Chat Facebook page.  The threats were directed towards AAWHA  (All American Walking Horse Alliance) Media Rep Clant M. Seay.   Mr. Seay preferred charges against Mr. Williams on Thursday,  March 26, 2015, and a Jackson Municipal Judge found there was probable cause to believe a crime had been committed, and signed a Bench Warrant ordering Mr. Williams to be arrested.    Mr. Williams is afforded the presumption of innocence regarding the alleged charges.

WWW.BILLYGOBOY.COM reported:    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.

The Change.Org Petition signed by 5,578 people resulted in the UMMC Batson Children’s Hospital disassociating itself from the Mississippi Charity Horse Show due to the national controversy over the training and treatment of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses.  UMMC will no longer accept “Blood Money” donations from the event which features “Big Lick” TWH due to the animal cruelty necessary to create it.

Other commenters who joined in the dialogue include Ms. Ashley Wadsworth who is a Mississippi TWHBA Director:

MISSISSIPPI TWHBEA DIRECTOR ASHLEY WADSWORTH & FORMER TWHBEA DIRECTOR TOM "I'M A PROUD HPAS

MISSISSIPPI TWHBEA DIRECTOR ASHLEY WADSWORTH & FORMER TWHBEA DIRECTOR TOM “I’M A PROUD HPA VIOLATOR” KAKASSY

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MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR ROSS R. BARNETT – SEPT. 1962

MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR ROSS R. BARNETT

MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR ROSS R. BARNETT

The essence of Mr. Williams internet threats included:

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ELEMENTS OF TOMMY WILLIAMS THREATS – MARCH 14, 2015

  • Threat One – “…  and i see him, he’s a whipped ass
  • Threat Two –  ”if I whip Clant Seay’s ass if I see him at the Jackson Mississippi Charity Horse Show can any of you bond me out of jail?”
  • Threat Three - “If Clant Seay comes to Jackson,  I am stompin’ his ass – Marine Corps ass whippin.”
  • Threat Four – “If I see him, it’s hello … “punch”.   That’s the only way to handle a dirt bag  … stomp that ass”.
  • Threat Five – “Matt … I got $250 … if I see Clant Seay at the show… he is a whipped ass … that’s it.”

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The Saturday Night Horse Show was delayed starting.   Mr.  Ron Carney subbed for Mr. Williams while he was taking care of business downtown.

Mr. Tommy Williams returned to the Fordice Equine Center at 6:50 p.m.   He was ceremoniously delivered to Center Ring by Ring Mistress Ms. Joy Smith in a Horseless Carriage:

MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW RING MISTRESS JOY SMITH

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RING MISTRESS  MS. JOY SMITH AND HORSE SHOW ANNOUNCER MR. TOMMY WILLIAMS

HORSE SHOW ANNOUNCER MR. TOMMY WILLIAMS AND ORGANIST MR. LARRY BRIGHT

HORSE SHOW ANNOUNCER MR. TOMMY WILLIAMS AND ORGANIST MR. LARRY BRIGHT

Upon arriving back  in the announcer’s chair Mr. Williams remarked,  ”I thought i had seen all the buildings in Jackson,  but today i saw a new one."

Later when Mr. Williams joined the show officials  to have his picture taken, he remarked in the direction of Mr. Seay who was attending the Horse Show on the South side,  ”This will be the second time tonight I have had my picture taken”.

Shortly thereafter,  Mr. Seay was taking pictures of the Two Year Old Stake Class

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During this class,  Mr. Seay was accosted by the individual below who threatened to physically assault Mr. Seay.   Lt Fred Nelson of the Jackson Police Department intervened.  The individual put his hands on the officer in an attempt to reach Mr. Seay. Lt. Nelson advised the individual that if he did not immediately cease and desist that he would be placed under arrest and taken to jail.  The individual persisted and a stand off ensued and the horse show momentarily stopped.

IRATE “BIG LICK” EXHIBITOR THREATENING PHYSICAL ASSAULT

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IRATE “BIG LICK” EXHIBITOR

Mississippi Charity Horse Show Manager Mr. Robert Taylor and a Hinds County Deputy Sheriff joined the discussion.

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This fellow was also egging on the “IRATE BIG LICKER” and the lady who was with him:

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To his credit,  Horse Show Manager Mr. Robert Taylor handled the matter competently, as did the Hinds County Deputy Sheriff.   Mr. Seay relocated and continued taking pictures and observing the horse show.

Seay commented,  ”Upon being identified,  the person attempting the assault will be charged with a crime under the applicable statute.  It’s America, and while feelings are high on this matter,  there is no room for such egregious behavior in a civilized society.”

Seay praised Horse Show Manager Mr. Robert Taylor saying,  “Although Mr. Taylor and I have different views regarding the treatment and training of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses,  he recognizes that I should enjoy the same privileges as others who come to the Horse Show and take pictures of the Horses and Exhibitors.  I look forward to the day when the Mississippi Charity Horse Show can put on an event that the UMMC Batson’s Children’s Hospital can fully embrace, and the Jackson community can enthusiastically  support. He said,  ”WHOA (Walking Horse Owners Association) located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee has proven that Flat Shod shows can attract thousand of entries without the soring necessary for the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.

There were approximately 250 – 300 spectators present on Saturday night.

A Center Ring official Mr. James Sills, Jr. came over to the South side and irresponsibly attempted to incite the spectators:

THE IRRESPONSIBLE ANTICS OF CENTER RING OFFICIAL MR. JAMES SILLS,JR.

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The most disappointing news coming out of Jackson was the USDA’s throwing n           “The Horses” under the bus.

Horse Show Announcer Mr. Tommy Williams said the Horse Inspection numbers for the “racket” were 96%.   The USDA Horse Activity Report for the 2014 Celebration showed over15% of all Horses inspected were determined to be “SORE”..

On Saturday night,  Mr. Williams claimed Jackson was a 99% compliant horse show.

If Dr. Chester Gipson and APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea expect to have any credibility concerning Horse Protection going forward, they need to provide a full combined Horse Activity Report on the Mississippi Charity Horse Show and the Walking Horse Trainers Show next week in Decatur, Alabama on or before April 18, 2015.

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 MICKEY MCCORMICK.

APHIS ADMINISTRATOR KEVIN SHEA, DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR CHESTER GIPSON, DVM ARE WEARING NIGHT CAPS. IN BED WITH THE “SORE BIG LICKERS

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JACKSON – FRIDAY NIGHT – USDA GRADE “F” – DR. CHESTER GIPSON THROWS “THE HORSES” UNDER THE BUS ALONG WITH OVER 4,800 SOUND HORSE ADVOCATES WHO SUPPORT THEM

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JACKSON, MSDr. Chester Gipson is letting almost every Horse  entered get through inspection and show at Jackson, Mississippi.    Dr. Gipson apparently doss not care if over 4,800 people from all over the World urged him to strongly enforce the Horse Protection Act.

Dr. Gipson is making all of this possible.

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Does any of this look familiar?

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Friday night had about 90 total entries.

Thursday night had about 87 total entries.

Jackson used to have a slick paper souvenir show program.

It doesn’t any more.

Yet,  Jackson still has lots of “SORE” horses that Dr. Chester Gipson,  without any conscience or apparent accountability,  is allowing to show.

The Show Thursday started with this Prayer or Invocation:

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“Thank you for keeping us safe when we travelled here.

Protect us and our horses as we show and when we leave.

Lord,  you taught us to love our enemies, and to forgive those who sin against us.

Lord,  we confess that’s hard

We need your grace there.

May we pray … Lord I trust in you to not let my enemies lord over me.

Let those who act fecklessly without cause be disgraced.

Help us to display our horses and our view in doing so.

In Jesus name, we pray these things,  Amen.”

Nephew Eugene believes the Lickers might prayerfully seek the Lord Almighty’s guidance on the subject of “SORING” Horses,  and then go  and  “SORE” no more.

Radar says these two gentlemen would not be present at Jackson if the “FIX” wasn’t in with Dr. Chester Gipson.

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WALKING HORSE REPORT EDITOR JEFFREY HOWARD AND CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN

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“PREVIEW” – JACKSON THURSDAY NIGHT – USDA GRADE “D-” – WAY TOO MANY DEEP HORSES – COMMUNITY DESERTS HORSE SHOW – LESS THAN 200 PEOPLE IN STANDS

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JACKSON, MS –  Entries were light, but horses were way too deep.

The Jackson Community has obviously deserted the Horse Show.

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THURSDAY NIGHT AT JACKSON – THE PUBLIC HAS LEFT THE BUILDING.

USDA APHIS Deputy Administrator Dr. Chester Gipson was present overseeing inspection.

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DR. CHESTER GIPSON, DVM – BLOWS HOT AND COLD ON ENFORCING THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT

Apparently, the USDA didn’t hear the over 4,705 people who asked them to strongly enforce the Horse Protection Act.

They simply didn’t.

And local authorities would not allow the media anywhere near the inspection area.

So much for transparency.

In general,  Thursday  was a sloppily run horse show.

Many delayed gate calls.

Best described as a “Big Lick” Family reunion.

The “SORE” Horse addicts got their “FIX”.

And “The Horses” got their “FIX”.

More in depth to come.

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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 – SEPT. 1962

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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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FOLKS ALL ACROSS THE SOUTH ARE SAYING “NO MORE BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE – MISSISSIPPI, NORTH CAROLINA AND NOW CHATTANOOGA TIMES-FREE PRESS WEIGHS IN FOR NO MORE “BIG LICK” HORSE ABUSE

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CHATTANOOGA, TN –  Voices of enlightenment and reason are ringing out all around the South and throughout the United States and the entire World about the animal cruelty  necessary to produce the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse presented in the name of family entertainment.

From Mississippi to North Carolina and now Chattanooga, Tennessee,  people are shining the bright light on the “Big Lick” horse abuse that is now concentrated in the red and blue states on this map.

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JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI – HOME OF THE MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW

A Show Manager in Jackson, Mississippi owned a Tennessee Walking Horse found “SORE” at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.  This same person reportedly invites people to the Jackson Horse Show to  enjoy “Southern Hospitality” with all sorts of free breakfast and evening parties.   Allegedly, the Show Manager offered Financial Incentives for Trainers to bring 10 or more horses with the Trains still getting  the “Incentive Money” even if a Horse is turned down as “SORE” at the inspection.

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Here is the Chattanooga Times-Free Press Editorial:

CHATTANOOGA TIMES-FREE PRESS EDITORIAL AGAINST “BIG LICK”  

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/opinion/times/story/2015/mar/21/bring-circus-protest-help-tennessee-walkers/294478/

Bring that circus protest to help Tennessee Walkers

“The circus came to town, and protesters popped out of the woodwork.They held signs decrying cruelty to animals.They gave interviews saying they are pleased the Barnum & Bailey Circus announced earlier this month that elephants — the animals that symbolize “The Greatest Show on Earth” — will be phased out of Barnum’s three traveling shows by 2018.But why wait until then, asked the protesters from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and other groups.Certainly all animals should have advocates to speak for their humane treatment.Yet it seems a bit incongruous here in Tennessee — home of Tennessee Walking Horse soring — and here in Chattanooga — the place where a Tennessee Walking Horse Hall of Fame trainer, Jackie McConnell, was prosecuted, pleaded guilty and sentenced — that it’s easier to spot protesters for a circus animals than to find consistent support for more humane treatment of Tennessee’s own iconic horse breed.Soring is the practice of deliberately injuring a horse’s legs and hooves to force the horse to perform an artificial high-stepping gait highly prized in today’s walking horse show ring.Beautiful, athletic walking horses have a natural smooth and somewhat arched gait — especially with patient training.But over recent decades, too many trainers short-cut that patient part and instead used caustic chemicals, painful shoeing, heavy chains and oversized shoe pads to exaggerate that natural gait into a “big lick” gait.The result — aside from abused horses — is that today’s walking horses lurch around the ring, bearing little resemblance to the smooth, fluid magic of the champions from the 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s.By the late 1960s, photos of champions began to show some differences in the front hooves of walkers. The hooves grew increasingly oversized, elongated, decked out with weighted hoof caps and the like.

In 1970, Congress passed the Horse Protection Act to end soring.

But it wasn’t enough. In fact, unfathomably, McConnell’s federal prosecution and conviction in 2012 was the first in the country! Even that, however, probably would not have happened had the Humane Society of the United States not spotlighted the pathetic cruelty with the release of undercover video of McConnell and his stable hands soring, beating and shocking horses.

But the walking horse industry doesn’t seem to be changing its ways — at least not without a fight. There’s too much money tied up now in maintaining champion horse lines built on soring and much at stake in Shelbyville, Tenn., where walking horses feed an 11-day tourism event every September — not to mention other horse-related businesses throughout our state.

That’s why proposed legislation to strengthen the Horse Protection Act, the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act — has been languishing for more than two years without a vote despite huge Congressional support. Congress members from Kentucky and Tennessee — both big walking horse states — have held the bill in committees and muddied the water with red herring legislation. The PAST Act would amend the existing federal law to eliminate the Tennessee walking horse industry’s failed system of self regulation, strengthen penalties against soring violators, and ban pads and chains.

Walking horse reform endured another setback last month when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit struck down a U.S. Department of Agriculture regulation requiring private, industry-appointed inspectors to impose mandatory minimum penalties on participants caught soring.

The court’s ruling leaves no question that federal legislation is essential if we are to end a training method so painful that it leaves the horses standing as though all four of their feet are in a bucket — or disinclined to stand at all.

The protests at the circus here this week served as a valuable tool to help circus goers remember that there’s another side to their evening’s entertainment. So, too, did the University of Tennessee’s 2012 decision to showcase a sound, flat-shod horse in its annual homecoming game’s walking horse demonstration. And this year, the University of Mississippi disassociated itself from “big lick” charity shows. A good peaceful protest and strong stand now and then can, and has, made a difference — even if it’s just one animal at a time.

But more must be done.

Certainly not all circus animals are treated poorly, just as not all Tennessee Walking horses are sored.

But any is too many.”

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Nephew Eugene totally agrees –  ”Any Is Too Many”.

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 LIST OF COUNTRIES & PLACES URGING USDA TO PROTECT “THE HORSES”

  1. Belgium
  2. Germany
  3. Canada
  4. United Kingdom
  5. Netherlands
  6. New Zealand
  7. Sweden
  8. Australia
  9. Denmark
  10. Romania
  11.   Poland
  12. Switzerland
  13. Norway
  14. Spain
  15. France
  16. Turkey
  17. Italy
  18. Ireland
  19. South Africa
  20. Austria
  21. Bosnia Herzegovenia
  22. Slovenia
  23. Finland
  24. Cyprus
  25. Algeria
  26. Guernsey
  27. Costa Rica
  28. Hungary
  29. Egypt
  30. Macedonia
  31. Greece
  32. Portugal
  33. Brazil
  34. Honduras
  35. Argentina
  36. Mexico
  37. Japan
  38. India
  39. Philippines
  40. Czech Republic
  41. Luxembourg
  42. Malaysia
  43. Isle of Man
  44. Slovakia
  45. Latvia
  46. Malta
  47. Serbia
  48. Hong Kong
  49. Israel
  50. indonesia
  51. Moldova
  52. Chile
  53. Croatia
  54. Ukraine
  55. Peru
  56. Colombia
  57. Singapore
  58. Venezuela
  59. Bolivia
  60. Trinidad & Tobago
  61. Jordan
  62. Tunisia
  63. Morocco
  64. Kazakhstan
  65. Lebanon
  66. Uruguay
  67. Korea
  68. Thailand
  69. United Arab Emirates
  70. Scotland
  71. Russian Federation
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AAWHA CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE RESIGNATION OF MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW MANAGER MR. ROBERT TAYLOR DUE TO “SORE” HORSE HPA (HORSE PROTECTION ACT) VIOLATION CITATION HISTORY

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Here is Press Release:

JACKSON, MS  –   All American Walking Horse Alliance official Jeannie McGuire today called for the immediate resignation of Mr. Robert Taylor as Mississippi Charity Horse Manager for the predominantly “Big Lick” Horse Show set for the Fordice Equine Center on March 26 – 28,  2015.

Ms McGuire said that Horse Show Manager Mr. Robert Taylor was issued HPA (Horse Protection Act) Violation Citation #29586 on August 25, 2011, at the 73rd annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration regarding a “SORE” Tennessee Walking Horse Mr. Taylor owned named “My Titleist”.  The Horse was disqualified (pre-show) as being “SORE” and not allowed to show at the annual 2011 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration (Walking Horse Super Bowl)  in Shelbyville, Tennessee. (DQP ticket attached)

Ms. McGuire said, “It’s time for the“Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse abuse charade to end. Children should never be exposed it in the name of family entertainment. Charities should never accept contributions from this activity, because the animal abusers seek legitimacy from society by giving “Blood Money” donations to worthy causes.”

AAWHA Spokesperson Clant M. Seay said,  Mississippi Charity Horse Show Manager Mr. Robert Taylor is involved in the sore “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse racket up to his eyeballs”.   Mr. Taylor employed Mr. Brad Davis to ‘train’ “My Titleist”.  According to USDA Suspension records,  Davis served a one year Federal Suspension from exhibiting or showing Tennessee Walking Horses from February 25, 2014 to February 24, 2014.   Mr. Taylor also hired Mr. Jack Way to train his Tennessee Walking Horse.  According to USDA Suspension Records,  Mr. Jack Way served a one year Federal Suspension from exhibiting/showing Tennessee Walking Horses from October 5, 2010 to October 4, 2011.  Mr. Jack Way served another one year Federal suspension from exhibiting/showing TWH from October 5, 2011 to October 4, 2012.” (See Attached)##########

BRAD DAVIS – HPA.US DATA BASE

Brad Davis Shelbyville Tennessee 37160 Scar Rule Equipment Violation 06/20/05 07/03/05 NHSC
Brad Davis Shelbyville Tennessee 37160 Foreign Substance Not Specified 06/20/05 07/03/05 NHSC
Brad Davis Shelbyville Tennessee 37160 Unilateral Sore Not Specified 10/12/08 11/10/08 NHSC
Brad Davis Shelbyville Tennessee Foreign Substance Not Specified 09/06/11 09/19/11 100 SHOW
Brad Davis Shelbyville Tennessee Unilateral Sore Not Specified 09/20/11 10/03/11 100 SHOW
Brad Davis Shelbyville Tennessee Unilateral Sore Bad Image Horse 11/13/11 05/12/12 1000 SHOW
Brad Davis Trainer Shelbyville Tennessee My Titleist Other, Define In Next Field Not Specified ticket 29586,8/25/11 11/13/11 05/12/12 SHOW
Brad Davis Trainer Shelbyville Tennessee Simply Thrilling Other, Define In Next Field Not Specified ticket 29749,9/1/11 11/13/11 05/12/12 SHOW
Brad Davis Not Listed / Unknown Miss Teddie Williams Foreign Substance Not Specified 08/31/10 Date LOW sent 2/1/2012
Brad Davis Shelbyville Tennessee I m P. Diddy Foreign Substance Not Specified 05/26/11 Lidocaine, Isopropyl Palmitate, Octyl methoxycinnamate and Sulfur TN120037-AC 7060 06/20/12 41st Annual Spring Fun Show
Brad Davis not listed Not Listed / Unknown Jose s Steppin Stone Foreign Substance Not Specified 08/27/11 Acetic Acid, Benzocaine, Lidocaine, o-aminoazotoluene, Sulfur, 1,4-bis[(1-methylethyl)amino]-9,10-An TN130419-AC 7060 10/18/13 73rd Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration
Brad Davis not listed Not Listed / Unknown Command s Simply Special Foreign Substance Not Specified 08/27/11 Camphor, Benzocaine, Lidocaine, Isopropyl Palmitate, Octyl methoxycinnamate, Sulfur and Cholesterol TN130420-AC 7060 10/18/13 73rd Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration
Brad Davis not listed Not Listed / Unknown Moody Star Foreign Substance Not Specified 08/27/11 Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane, Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane, Benzocaine, Lidocaine, Octyl methoxycinn TN130421-AC 7060 10/18/13 73rd Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration
Brad Davis not listed Not Listed / Unknown Sweepstakes Pzazz Foreign Substance Not Specified 08/29/11 Camphor, Benzocaine, Lidocaine, o-aminoazotoluene and two glycols TN130422-AC 7060 10/18/13 73rd Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration
Bradley Davis Shelbyville Tennessee Jose s Dr. Pepper Not Specified Not Specified Sore 03/17/11 Docket# 13-034

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DQP TICKET ISSUED TO ROBERT TAYLOR, OWNER OF SORE “MY TITLEIST”

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PART 1 – HORSE SHOW MANAGER MR. ROBERT TAYLOR MIXES “FINE ART” WITH “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE CRUELTY AT MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW – MR. ROBERT TAYLOR NEEDS TO IMMEDIATELY RESIGN AS HORSE SHOW MANAGER DUE TO HIS PRIOR HORSE PROTECTION ACT VIOLATION CITATION HISTORY AND EMPLOYING TRAINERS WHO “SORE” HORSES

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JACKSON, MS –   It’s a long way from being an art auctioneer at a high society Museum Gala,  to owning a “SORE” abused “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse at the 73rd annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, but Mississippi Charity Horse Show Manager Mr. Robert Taylor managed to do both.

Mr. Taylor apparently sees nothing wrong with taking bids on watercolors and also having his “Big Lick” Horse Trainers “SORE” his horses so they can compete for “Blue Ribbons” in the show ring.

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MUSEUM OF ART AUCTION – PATRON AND MR. ROBERT TAYLOR, AUCTIONEER

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MUSEUM GALA ART PATRON AND MR. ROBERT TAYLOR, AUCTIONEER

Art Auction – Meridian, MS

March 1, 2014

 The Meridian Museum of Art hosted a dinner and art auction on March 1. Held at the museum, the event allowed patrons to bid on oil, watercolor, pottery, mixed media and glass works by selected regional artists. Guests also enjoyed listening to live music and sipping on cocktails. Robert Taylor served as auctioneer for the evening. A preview party was held in conjunction with the event at the home of Karen and Sonny Rush on February 20.

SORE “BIG LICK” MISSISSIPPI HORSE SHOW MANAGER MR. ROBERT TAYLOR

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SORE “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE ABUSE

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MR. ROBERT TAYLOR W/ “BIG LICK” SERIAL HORSE ABUSER DAVID LANDRUM

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(Left to Right) Unidentified person, SERIAL “BIG LICK” HORSE ABUSER MR. DAVID LANDRUM, HORSE SHOW MANAGER MR. ROBERT TAYLOR AT MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW

 WWW.BILLYGOBOY.COM has obtained a copy of a HPA (Horse Protection Act Violation Citation) DQP ticket #29586 issued to owner Mr. Robert Taylor and others on August 25, 2011,  at the 73rd annual Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration held in Shelbyville, Tennessee.    The DQP ticket shows  “My Titleist” owners as “Taylor and Barker” and gives Mr. Taylor’s address in Jackson, Mississippi.   Ms. Rhiannon Barker  (wife of Murfreesboro,  Tennessee veterinarian Dr. Grey Barker)  is  listed as “Exhibitor”  

The Trainer is Serial “Big Lick” Horse Sorer Mr. Brad Davis of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.   

The Horse Protection Act Violation Citation  for SORING” was written by two Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO DQPs  (horse inspectors).  My Titleist was entered in Class 25B,  ”Owner Amateur Riders On Two Year Old Walking Stallions” with Ms. Rhiannon Barker listed as the Exhibitor.  The horse was not allowed to show because it was “SORE”.

MR. ROBERT TAYLOR (OWNER) – MS. RHIANNON BARKER (EXHIBITOR) – MR. BRAD DAVIS (TRAINER)  - (HPA) HORSE PROTECTION ACT VIOLATION CITATION  #29585 AT 2011 TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION

CLICK ON LINK BELOW - COPY OF ROBERT TAYLOR HPA VIOLATION CITATION 

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(Note:   Coloration and Highlighting have been made to this duplicate of “DQP” ticket on link above.)

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The address on DQP Ticket #29586 corresponds with the street address on Mr. Robert Taylor’s  Mississippi Auctioneers Association listing:

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GREY BARKER, DVM – BARFIELD ANIMAL HOSPITAL – MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE – HUSBAND OF RHIANNON BARKER 

GREG BARKER, DVM, MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE

GREY BARKER, DVM, MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE

GREY BARKER, DVM (Far Left) - CLINIC STAFF & PATIENTS- BARFIELD ANIMAL HOSPITAL – MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE

DR. GREG BARKER & STAFF AT BARFIELD ANIMAL HOSPITAL - MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE

DR. GREY BARKER & STAFF AT BARFIELD ANIMAL HOSPITAL – MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE

GREY BARKER, DVM AND WIFE,  RHIANNON BARKER,                                        EXHIBITOR OF “MY TITLEIST”

DR. GREG BARKER, AND WIFE RHIANNON BARKER

DR. GREY BARKER, AND WIFE RHIANNON BARKER,  EXHIBITOR OF “MY TITLEIST

MR. BRAD DAVIS, TRAINER OF “MY TITLEIST”

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MR. BRAD DAVIS, UP ON “I’M P-DIDDY”

MR. BRAD DAVIS – HORSE PROTECTION ACT COMPLAINT 

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MR. BRAD DAVIS HORSE PROTECTION ACT VIOLATION CITATION HISTORY )(source – http://www.hpadata.us)

Brad   Davis   Shelbyville Tennessee 37160     Scar Rule Equipment Violation   06/20/05 07/03/05   NHSC                          
  Brad   Davis   Shelbyville Tennessee 37160     Foreign Substance Not Specified   06/20/05 07/03/05   NHSC                          
  Brad   Davis   Shelbyville Tennessee 37160     Unilateral Sore Not Specified   10/12/08 11/10/08   NHSC                          
  Brad   Davis   Shelbyville Tennessee       Foreign Substance Not Specified   09/06/11 09/19/11 100 SHOW                          
  Brad   Davis   Shelbyville Tennessee       Unilateral Sore Not Specified   09/20/11 10/03/11 100 SHOW                          
  Brad   Davis   Shelbyville Tennessee       Unilateral Sore Bad Image Horse   11/13/11 05/12/12 1000 SHOW                          
  Brad   Davis Trainer Shelbyville Tennessee   My Titleist   Other, Define In Next Field Not Specified ticket 29586,8/25/11 11/13/11 05/12/12   SHOW                          
  Brad   Davis Trainer Shelbyville Tennessee   Simply Thrilling   Other, Define In Next Field Not Specified ticket 29749,9/1/11 11/13/11 05/12/12   SHOW                          
  Brad   Davis     Not Listed / Unknown   Miss Teddie Williams   Foreign Substance Not Specified   08/31/10         Date LOW sent 2/1/2012                      
  Brad   Davis   Shelbyville Tennessee   I m P. Diddy   Foreign Substance Not Specified               05/26/11   Lidocaine, Isopropyl Palmitate, Octyl methoxycinnamate and Sulfur TN120037-AC 7060 06/20/12 41st Annual Spring Fun Show        
  Brad   Davis   not listed Not Listed / Unknown   Jose s Steppin Stone   Foreign Substance Not Specified               08/27/11   Acetic Acid, Benzocaine, Lidocaine, o-aminoazotoluene, Sulfur, 1,4-bis[(1-methylethyl)amino]-9,10-An TN130419-AC 7060 10/18/13 73rd Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration        
  Brad   Davis   not listed Not Listed / Unknown   Command s Simply Special   Foreign Substance Not Specified               08/27/11   Camphor, Benzocaine, Lidocaine, Isopropyl Palmitate, Octyl methoxycinnamate, Sulfur and Cholesterol TN130420-AC 7060 10/18/13 73rd Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration        
  Brad   Davis   not listed Not Listed / Unknown   Moody Star   Foreign Substance Not Specified               08/27/11   Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane, Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane, Benzocaine, Lidocaine, Octyl methoxycinn TN130421-AC 7060 10/18/13 73rd Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration        
  Brad   Davis   not listed Not Listed / Unknown   Sweepstakes Pzazz   Foreign Substance Not Specified               08/29/11   Camphor, Benzocaine, Lidocaine, o-aminoazotoluene and two glycols TN130422-AC 7060 10/18/13 73rd Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration        
  Bradley   Davis   Shelbyville Tennessee   Jose s Dr. Pepper   Not Specified Not Specified             Sore 03/17/11    

Mr. Brad Davis was Ordered by USDA Administrative Law Judge to serve one year Federal Suspension in face of “SORING” charges for violating the Horse Protection Act.

CLICK ON LINK BELOW - COPY OF BRAD DAVIS DECISION & ORDER 

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Mr. Robert Taylor’s “Big Lick” Horse Trainer Mr. Brad Davis who trained “My Titleist” served a ONE year USDA Suspension from Horse Training from February 25, 2014 to February 24, 2015, and paid a $2,200.00 fine, all related to charges of “HORSE SORING”.

Mr. Taylor is apparently able to justify his  involvement with “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty to Tennessee Walking Horse evidenced by the “SORED” - “My Titleist” - by his annually presenting a “Blood Money” donation from the Mississippi Charity Horse Show to the UMMC Batson Children’s Hospital.

“THE SCOOP” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE PUBLICATION

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MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW MANAGER MR. ROBERT TAYLOR

MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW MANAGER MR. ROBERT TAYLOR

Mr. Robert Taylor as so proud of the “Blood Money” Donation that he felt compelled to write the following Letter To The Editor which was published in The Scoop Walking Horse newspaper.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

June 15, 2012

I have been president of the Mississippi Charity Horse Show for the past five years. This show has been in existence for eighty-two years and has done much for charities. It is a three-night Tennessee Walking Horse Show held each spring. Our association is all volunteer and no salaries are paid.

In the last three years, we have given the Blair Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson a total of $105,000. Last year, the hospital chose to dedicate an examining room in their new emergency room to our show. The last two years donations have been $35,000 and $50,000 respectively. This was done with the USDA present five of the six nights and our entries were found to be approximately ninety-eight percent compliant. In our economic world today, four percent unemployment is considered full employment so I would say that ninety-eight percent compliant is excellent, especially when you consider it is subjective to one person’s opinion. Based on the number of tickets written at routine traffic roadblocks, I would say that the number of persons driving without license or insurance falls far below ninety percent. I, for one, am very glad that we do not advocate closing our automotive factories because of this non-compliance. As long as there are children, animals, and humans, unfortunately there will be a certain amount of abuse. Why would we want to punish the ninety-eight percent who work hard to do what is right?

The southeast United States is recognized as being one of the most generous groups of people in our country. Over the past five years as president of our show, I can surely say that Tennessee Walking Horse owners rank at the top of the list. There are many shows in our industry who give to charities and organizations who have scholarship funds and camps for the youth.

One can only imagine the good that tax-deductible charities could do for others if they were as diligent with their funds as is the Jackson, Mississippi show. We would like to thank all the trainers, owners, and exhibitors for their generosity and for treating their horses with great care and respect.

Sincerely,

Robert Taylor

Jackson, Mississppi

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Please remember that Mr. Taylor wrote his June 15, 2012 Letter To The Editor of The Scoop Walking Horse newspaper AFTER he received a DQP Ticket for his “SORE” Horse – “My Titleist” – at the 2011 Celebration.

And to fully illustrate Mr. Robert Taylor’s “Comfort Level”  with  SORE “Big Lick” Horse Abuse, Mr. Taylor wrote his “Letter To The Editor” only about two months AFTER “Gen’s Black Magic” was “SORED” at the March 2012 Mississippi Charity Horse Show.

It is noteworthy that the 2012 “SORED”  “Gen’s Black Maverick” was the 2014 Mississippi State Charity Horse Show Champion.

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

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Shame on Mississippi Charity Horse Show Manager Mr. Robert Taylor.

He needs to resign as Horse Show Manager before the sun comes up in the morning.

And no Mississippian needs  ever attend the Mississippi Charity Horse Show as long as it features “Animal Cruelty” by permitting “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses to be exhibited.

“‘BIG LICK’ HORSE ABUSE ISN’T LEGAL”

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AAWHA DELIVERS CLEAR MESSAGE TO USDA WITH OVER 3,500 CHANGE.ORG SIGNATURES/1,000+ COMMENTS – URGING STRONG HPA ENFORCEMENT THIS WEEK AT MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW IN JACKSON

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WASHINGTON, DCAAWHA Official Lynn Delzingaro today delivered the following items today to Mr. Tom Vilsack, U. S. Secretary of Agriculture;  Mr. Kevin Shea,  USDA APHIS Administrator; and Dr. Chester Gipson,  USDA APHIS Deputy Administrator:

  • AAWHA Letter – March 23, 2015
  • List Containing over 3,550 Change.Org Petition Signatures
  • List of Change.Org Petition Comments (89 pages)
  • “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORT” for the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

The AAWHA letter urged USDA officials to strongly enforce the Horse Protection Act at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show in Jackson, Mississippi this week.

The Show is known for “SORING”, and four of the five Show Judges have Horse Protection Act Violation Citation histories.

Last year’s Champion TWH was “SORED” at Mississippi in 2012.  The Trainer riding this Horse was prosecuted last Fall for “SORING”.  The Owner has multiple HPA Violation Citations for “SORE”.

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

The AAWHA letter included the “USDA Horse Protection Activity Report” from the              2014 TWHNC.   It asks the USDA APHIS to prepare a “USDA Horse Protection Activity Report” for the 2015 Mississippi Charity Horse Show so the public will be able to see that the USDA is doing its job to eliminate “SORING”, not merely regulate it.

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“USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORT” FOR THE 2014 CELEBRATIONUSDACEL01

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The Jackson, Mississippi and national news media are closely watching to see what the USDA is going to do.

CLICK LINK BELOW FOR WLBT-TV COVERAGE -the national controversy over the way Tennessee Walking Horses are trained and handled – particularly those that perform in the “Big Lick” style – COMES TO JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI THIS WEEK

http://www.msnewsnow.com/story/28565842/controversy-surrounds-ms-charity-horse-show-big-lick?fb_action_ids=663026100487156&fb_action_types=og.comments 

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Nephew Eugene says it’s time for the USDA to set aside political influence and threats of litigation,  and please listen closely to the over 3,500+ people  from every state and over 70 foreign countries, who in just seven days have sent a clear message to the USDA officials to please strongly enforce the Horse Protection Act to protect “The Horses” from the cruel “SORING”.

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MISSISSIPPI’S LARGEST TELEVISION STATION (WLBT-3) REPORTS “NATIONAL CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING THE ‘BIG LICK” – OVER 5,000 PEOPLE SIGN PETITION TO STOP “BIG LICK” COMPETITION AT MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW

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JACKSON, MSAnchor/Investigative Reporter Marsha Thompson of Mississippi’s largest television station (WLBT CH. 3) reported Thursday on the All American Walking Horse Alliance call for a Boycott of the Mississippi Charity Horse Show.

She said over 5,000 people had signed a Change.Org Petition to stop the competition.

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

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Controversy surrounds MS Charity Horse Show – “Big Lick”

Posted: Mar 19, 2015 4:05 PM CDTUpdated: Mar 19, 2015 9:07 PM CDT

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now)                                                                     Controversy is swirling around an upcoming Tennessee Walking horse show that features ‘Big Lick’ classes. 

A group called the Walking Horse Alliance says this is cruel and abusive.

Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital recently turned down charitable donations from the Mississippi Charity Horse Show. Over 5 thousand people have signed a petition to stop the “Big Lick” competition, according to Oxford attorney Clant Seay.

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Seay sent us numerous USDA documents citing previous abuse at this Jackson horse show.

Blair E. Batson’s Children’s Hospital says the national controversy over the way Tennessee Walking horses are trained and handled, particularly those performing the “Big Lick style”, brought them to the decision.

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Here is the statement from UMMC:

After careful reflection, the administration of Batson Children’s Hospital has asked the organizers of the Mississippi Charity Horse Show to discontinue donating proceeds of the event to the hospital for the benefit of its patients. We are grateful for the generous support of the Charity Horse Show over the last several years. This support has included not only monetary contributions but also opportunities for patients under our care to be involved. Although we are comfortable the Mississippi show complies with all applicable laws for the protection of horses, the national controversy over the way Tennessee Walking Horses are trained and handled – particularly those that perform in the “Big Lick” style – has brought us to this decision. We are not in a position to evaluate the strongly held beliefs and assertions on either side of this issue, so our decision is intended to remove the Children’s Hospital from the controversy.

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Big Lick is a horse picking up it’s hooves higher than it’s natural motion.

The Humane Society says some competitors have been known to illegally ‘sore’ the horses ankles by applying a caustic chemical that burns them. Chains and stacked shoes are then applied. The horses react to the pain and step higher.

Robert Taylor, the show promoter, tells me USDA veterinarians and USDA inspectors will be at the show to catch those who abuse horses.

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Some 300 horses from around the southeast are expected to compete in the show March 26-28th. Taylor, a retired show promoter says this show is legal.

Taylor also says he is disappointed Blair E. Batson has declined donations. He says other deserving charities will receive donations.

Last year Batson received $45, 000.00.

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AAWHA officials Jeannie McGuire and Lynn Delzingaro expressed gratitude for the media covering the Natonal “Big Lick” Controversy which is now centered in Jackson, Mississippi, the heart of the Deep South.

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JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI – HOME OF THE MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW

“We hope that the good people of Mississippi turn their backs on this barbaric animal cruelty which is the training and handling and mistreatment of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses”, said McGuire and Delzingaro.

The AAWHA officials complimented the Horse Lovers and supporters from all over the United States who have designed and funded the Billboards appearing on High Street in Jackson across from the Fordice Equine Center where the Mississippi Charity Horse Show will be held March 26 – 28, 2015.

CONCERNED CITIZENS BILLBOARD CAMPAIGN IN JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI

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 Nephew Eugene says he is mighty proud that Mississippi is ready to let the Tennessee Walking Horse breed reclaim its destiny from those sore “Big Lick” people who hijacked it over 50 years ago.

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Radar says, “Amen”.

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AAWHA OFFICIAL JEANNIE MCGUIRE CALLS FOR BOYCOTT OF MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW DUE TO HORSE SHOW MANAGER ROBERT TAYLOR REFUSAL TO CANCEL 59 BIG LICK CLASSES AND TO BAN THEM IN THE FUTURE

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JACKSON, MS  -  AAWHA Official Jeannie McGuire issued the following Press Release on Thursday,  March 19, 2015.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AAWHA CALLS FOR BOYCOTT AND PROTEST OF MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW NEXT WEEK DUE TO HORSE SHOW MANAGER MR. ROBERT TAYLOR’S REFUSAL TO CANCEL 59 “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE CLASSES AND BAN THEM IN THE FUTURE

 JACKSON, MS  –   All American Walking Horse Alliance official Jeannie McGuire today urged Mississippians to boycott the Mississippi Charity Horse Show next week at the Fordice Equine Center next week.

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Ms McGuire said, “The “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse is no more than institutionalized animal cruelty presented as family entertainment.  What they do in training and showing these horses is horrific abuse. The finished product should never be on display in front of children.”

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“The big lick is a pain-induced gait. You cannot have the big lick without pain,” said Clant Seay, spokesman for the All American Walking Horse Alliance, a national group of professional horsemen and owners of Tennessee Walking Horses.

The eyes of the nation,  and the world,  became focused on the Jackson, Mississippi Charity Horse Show by a Change.Org Petition which has now garnered almost 5,400 signatures.

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It asked the UMMC (University of Mississippi Medical Center) to disassociate from the event which UMMC did citing “the national controversy over the way Tennessee Walking Horses are trained and handled — particularly those that perform in the ‘Big Lick’ style — has brought us to this decision”.

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On June 18, 2014,  the AAWHA held the historic “Walk On Washington” event before the U. S. Capitol in Washington, D. C. Six Sound Flatshod Natural Tennessee Walking Horses were exhibited in favor of bipartisan legislation to remove the pads and chains and eliminate the sore “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.  The event was covered by ABC,  PBS,  USA TODAY, Chicago Tribune, Miami-Herald, L.A. Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, and media outlets.###

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

THE “AMERICAN PUBLIC” VS THE $1,000.00 AN HOUR LAWYERS REPRESENTING THE “SORE” “BIG LICK – WILL THE USDA PROTECT “THE HORSES” OR LET THE LICKERS HURT THEM – WILL THERMOGRAPHY EXPERT DR. TRACY TURNER BE AT THE MISS. CHARITY HORSE SHOW NEXT WEEK???

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THETA, TN –  The “SORE BIG LICK” had it all ready to close out with the USDA,  and then let the good times roll at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show in Jackson, Mississippi next week like it was 1970 all over again.

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This past Monday,  the American People said,  “Not So Fast”.

AAWHA official Lynn Delzingaro started a Change.Org Petition,  and the American People started making their voices heard.  Over 800 people signed the Petition in the first 24 hours,  and with each signature,  an email was sent to:

  • Tom Vilsack,  Secretary of Agriculture
  • Kevin Shea,  USDA-APHIS Administrator
  • Dr. Chester Gipson, USDA-APHIS Deputy Administrator

Sound Horse advocates such as FOSH (Friends of Sound Horses),  and AAWHA (All American Walking Horse Alliance) stepped forward to lend support.

The Change.Org Petition will approach 2,000 signatures on Wednesday.

https://www.change.org/p/tom-vilsack-stop-the-usda-scar-rule-change-which-will-hurt-tennessee-walking-show-horses

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The Change.Org Petition calls upon the USDA to Protect “The Horses by enforcing the “SCAR RULE” in 2015 the same way it was in 2014. And to strongly enforce the Horse Protection Act at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show next week on March 26 – 28, 2015.

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This uproar by the AMERICAN PEOPLE wasn’t the Licker Plan at all.

The Lickers were all set to run a power play, and “The Horses” were in their sights.

But then almost 5,300 people from every state in the union, and 51 foreign countries,  signed the following Change.Org Petition asking the University of Mississippi Medical Center to sever ties with the animal cruelty represented by the “BIG LICK” Tennessee Walking Horses at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show, and for Horse Show Manager Mr. Robert Taylor to cancel the 59 “Big Lick” classes, and ban them in the future.

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Ms. Priscilla Presley went all in by posting the Change.Org Petition on her personal Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/ms.priscilla.presley?fref=ts

On March 5, 2015,  the UMMC (University of Mississippi Medical Center) announced it was severing ties with the Mississippi Charity Horse Show and would not accept their “Blood Money” donations citing,   “the national controversy over the way Tennessee Walking Horses are trained and handled — particularly those that perform in the ‘Big Lick’ style — has brought us to this decision.”

On March 16, 2015,  the AAWHA (All American Walking Horse Alliance) electronically delivered a letter along with a List of 5,196 signatures and a List of 1,740 comments,  to Horse Show Manager Mr. Robert Taylor who was asked to please announce publicly if Mississippi Charity Horse Show was going to cancel the 59 “Big Lick” classes, and ban them in the future.

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THE “SORE BIG LICK” POWER PLAY TO KEEP THE THE USDA FROM ENFORCING THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT

On January 20, 2014,   the “Big Licker”  gang,  led by Congressional Scott Desjarlais (R-TN) staffers,  ambushed acting USDA National Horse Protection Coordinator Dr. Jeff Baker while he was attempting to conduct a DQP (Horse Inspector) training session at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. After harassment, Dr. Baker discontinued the training session.  (Congressman Scott Desjarlais is Ex-Celebration Chairman David L. Howard’s lapdog).

DR. JEFF BAKER,  ACTING NATIONAL HORSE PROTECTION COORDINATOR

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USDA VMO DR. JEFF BAKER – ACTING NATIONAL HORSE PROTECTION COORDINATOR

The questions to Dr. Baker focused on the USDA enforcement of the “SCAR RULE”.

Following their harassment of Dr. Baker,  the Lickers used what appears to be “INSIDE PULL”  at the USDA to get the following “language” added to the DQP Training Slide Show Presentation:

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This “SCAR RULE” addition to the USDA-APHIS Animal Care Horse Protection Program Designate Qualified Person (DQP)  Training supersedes any training manuals or presentations from previous dates.

http://www.walkinghorsereport.com/pdf_0/hpa_training_fy15.pdf

WHAT, IF ANY,  INSIDE PULL DOES THE “BIG LICK” HAVE AT USDA???

Suspicions about a possible “Big Lick” insider at USDA were raised in November 2013, when it appears a “green light” was given for the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO to submit a new HIO application.  That was blown up when news leaked to the media.

Then on September 28, 2014, a noted “Big Lick” supporter posted a June 2009 “friendly” personal Email from Aphis Associate Deputy Administrator Dr. Andrea “Andy” Morgan on a “Big Lick” internet message board:

DR. ANDREA “ANDY MORGAN PERSONAL EMAIL TO “BIG LICK” ADVOCATE

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ANDREA MORGAN, DVM – USDA DEPUTY APHIS ADMINISTRATOR – FIELD OPERATIONS

The October 1, 2014 USDA-APHIS Organizational Chart reflects that Dr. Dr. Andrea “Andy” Morgan is Dr. Jeff Baker’s immediate superior.

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WHY WON’T DR. CHESTER GIPSON “COME CLEAN”

This past weekend, the third and final DQP (Horse Inspector) Training Session was held at Harrodsburg, Kentucky.  The event was attended by Dr. Chester Gipson and Dr. Jeff Baker.   Many attending had questions about the 2015 enforcement of the Horse Protection Act.

Dr. Gipson was asked about 2015 enforcement of the “SCAR RULE”, and  his answer was essentially:   “Nothing has changed”.

An attendee asked Dr. Gipson,  “Why was the additional language regarding “spreading out or flattening raised tissue added to the DQP Enforcement Protocol after the DQP Training Session that took place on January 15, 2015, on the Celebration grounds in  Shelbyville, Tennessee when Dr. Jeff Baker was harassed by the Big Lick faction?

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Dr. Gipson’s answer was essentially:  ”We had to clean it up and make it clear”.

Radar says that Dr. Chester Gipson is a real “Jackass” if he expects anybody to believe that adding the above language “cleaned it up, and made it clear” – other than it appears that Dr. Chester Gipson is in Ex-Celebration Chairman David L. Howard’s hip pocket.    Dr. Chester Gipson has a major credibility problem, and it will all be on the line at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show in Jackson, Mississippi next week on March 26 – 28, 2015.

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DR. CHESTER GIPSON, DVM – BLOWS HOT AND COLD ON ENFORCING THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT – DEPUTY APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

In March 2014,  National Horse Protection Coordinator Dr. Rachel Cezar, supervisor of the USDA Vets,  stepped forward to enforce the Horse Protection Act to eliminate Horse Soring, not just regulate “Soring”.

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DR. RACHEL CEZAR – PRESENTLY ON MATERNITY LEAVE

Dr. Cezar implemented science based objective technology to enforce the Horse Protection Act.

  • “Iris Scanning” (Digital Retina Scanning)

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  • Thermography  (Thermal Imaging)
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USDA CONSULTANT VET DR. TRACY TURNER SHOWING WHERE SCAR WAS THE CAUSED WINKY GROOVER’S HORSE TO BE DISQUALIFIED AS BEING SORE

And for the first time,  Dr. Cezar in 2014 supervised enforcement of the “Scar Rule” so that if there was raised tissue (A Scar)  present,  the Horse was not allowed to show. This blew the “Big Lick” myth of 96% HPA compliance sky high.

THE ‘SCARS” AND THE “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE

“Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses,  ALL OF THEM,  are abusively trained sore.

At the barn,  they wear double log chains, have their minds imprinted with “SORING”,  harsh chemicals are applied to their front feet which cause them to step high with their front legs while putting their weight on their back legs.

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TENNESSEAN CARTOON – ACCOMPANYING THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL URGING PASSAGE OF THE PAST ACT TO ELIMINATE THE “BIG LICK”

All of this causes “SCARS”.

If a Horse has SCARS on both front feet,  it is legally a “SORE” horse.

The “Big Lick” cannot live with enforcement of the “SCAR RULE”.

So now,  though high priced lawyers,  the “Big Lick” wants to play games about anterior – posterior – granulomas – and all that jazz.

Go tell that to “Dutch”, an abused Tennessee Walking Horse, who was rescued on his way to slaughter after years of being sored and abused.

Listen to Kelly Smith tell Dutch’s story at “Walk On Washington”:

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USDA’S CONFLICT – LAW ENFORCEMENT VS AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT

For years the USDA has developed a culture of “encouraging agriculture”,  rather than “enforcing a federal law”,  Horse Protection Act, to prevent cruel treatment of Tennessee Walking Horses.

On February 20, 2015,   high powered Licker Minnesota lawyer Mr. Phillip Kunkel wrote the following letter to the USDA:

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Then on March 9, 2015,  the Kelly Drye Law Firm of Washington, D.C., on behalf of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration,  wrote a threatening letter designed to intimidate U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack:

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KELLEY DRYE & WARREN LLP 

BY FEDERAL EXPRESS

KELLEY DRYE & WARREN LLP 

A LIMITED LIABILITY PARTNERSHIP

WASHINGTON HARBOUR, SUITE 400 3050KSTREET,NW WASHINGTON, D.C. 20007-5108

FACSIMILE (202) 342-8451 www.kelleydrye.com 

JOSEPH D. WILSON DIRECT LINE: (202) 342-8504 EMAIL: jwilson@kelleydrye.com

The Honorable Tom Vilsack
Secretary of Agriculture
United States Department of Agriculture 1400 Independence Ave., S.W. Washington, DC 20250

Re: USDA’s Unlawful Application of The Scar Rule Dear Secretary Vilsack: 

(202) 342-8400

March 9, 2015

I write on behalf of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry and its owners, exhibitors and participants in connection with issues regarding the enforcement of the Horse Protection Act (“HPA”) and the regulations the USDA has promulgated pursuant to the HPA.

Specifically, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (“APHIS”), through its Veterinary Medical Officers (“VMOs”), has been: (1) misapplying the HPA, specifically the scar rule promulgated pursuant to the HPA, and (2) failing to follow an established APHIS scar rule inspection procedure. APHIS has been engaging in one or more of these actions since at least mid-May 2009. Section II of this letter explains these APHIS actions in more detail, and that they constitute violations of the Administrative Procedure Act (“APA”) and a denial of due process.

To remedy these violations of the APA, APHIS should promptly institute the relief set out in Section III of this letter.

I. BACKGROUND A. The HPA

As APHIS has described, “soring” is the practice of “injuring [ ] show horses to improve their performance in the show ring. The pain caused by soring accentuates the gait of show horses.” 43 Fed. Reg. 14778, 14778 (Apr. 26, 1988). In 1970, Congress passed the HPA, which, as amended, is codified at 15 U.S.C. §§ 1821-1831. Generally, the HPA prohibits the showing and sale of sored horses, among other things. Id. § 1824.

Under the HPA, “sore” means that –

(A) an irritating or blistering agent has been applied, internally or externally, by a person to any limb of a horse,

(B) any burn, cut, or laceration has been inflicted by a person on any limb of a horse,

(C) any tack, nail, screw, or chemical agent has been injected by a person into or used by a person on any limb of a horse, or

(D) any other substance or device has been used by a person on any limb of a horse or a person has engaged in a practice involving a horse,

and, as a result of such application, infliction, injection, use, or practice, such horse suffers, or can reasonably be expected to suffer, physical pain or distress, inflammation, or lameness when walking, trotting, or otherwise moving, except that such term does not include such an application, infliction, injection, use, or practice in connection with the therapeutic treatment of a horse by or under the supervision of a person licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the State in which such treatment was given.

Id. § 1821(3).
Violators of the HPA or rules promulgated pursuant to it are subject to civil and criminal

penalties, including imprisonment. Id. § 1825.

The HPA authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture (“Secretary”) to issue rules to carry out the HPA’s provisions. Id. § 1824. The HPA also authorizes the Secretary, or any of the Secretary’s duly designated representatives, to inspect any horse at a horse show or horse sale for compliance with the terms of the HPA and rules issued pursuant to it. See id. § 1823(e). Such representatives include APHIS VMOs. In addition to conducting inspections, VMOs also train “DQPs,” i.e., “designated qualified persons.” DQPs are appointed by the management of, among other things, horse shows; DQPs also have a role in inspecting horses for compliance with the HPA and rules promulgated pursuant to it. See id. § 1823(e).

B. The Scar Rule

In 1979, the Secretary promulgated a rule pursuant to the HPA known as the “scar rule.” 44 Fed. Reg. 25172, 25180 (Apr. 27,1979). As amended, the scar rule provides in pertinent part that:

Horses subject to this rule that do not meet the following scar rule criteria shall be considered to be “sore” and are subject to all prohibitions of section 5 of the Act. The scar rule criteria are as follows:

(a) The anterior and anterior-lateral surfaces of the fore pasterns (extensor surface) must be free of bilateral granulomas,[5] other bilateral pathological evidence of inflammation, and, other bilateral evidence of abuse indicative of soring including, but not limited to, excessive loss of hair.

(b) The posterior surfaces of the pasterns (flexor surface), including the sulcus or “pocket” may show bilateral areas of uniformly thickened epithelial tissue if such areas are free of proliferating granuloma tissue, irritation, moisture, edema, or other evidence of inflammation.

[5] Granuloma is defined as any one of a rather large group of fairly distinctive focal lesions that are formed as a result of inflammatory reactions caused by biological, chemical, or physical agents.

9 C.F.R. § 11.3 (2014). Exhibit A hereto contains several pictures which demonstrate the kinds of scarring that the USDA was facing in the 1970s when it developed and promulgated the scar rule.

1. The intent of the scar rule.

The scar rule clearly was not intended to transform all scars on a horse’s pasterns into a violation of the HPA. For example, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) for the scar rule drives this point home in stating that the rule was meant to –

allow[] for normal changes in the skin that are due to friction. These changes would allow thickening of the epithelial layer of the skin in the pastern area (much like a callous on a workman’s hands) and the moderate loss of hair in the pastern area caused by the friction generated by an action device. 

43 Fed. Reg. 18514, 18519 (Apr. 28, 1978) (emphasis added).

Additionally, the anterior and anterior-lateral surface of a horse’s pasterns clearly were not intended to be treated under the scar rule in the same manner when assessing whether a tissue change constitutes a violation of the scar rule. Put another way, the scar rule was intended to treat a tissue change differently depending on whether its appears on the anterior or anterior- lateral surface of the pastern or whether it appears on the posterior surface of the pastern. Compare 9 C.F.R. § 11.3(a) with id. § 11.3(b). The table on the following page highlights some examples from the text of the scar rule which illustrate this point:

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Must be free from excessive hair loss. § 11.3(a).

Presence of excessive hair loss does not constitute a violation. § 11.3(b).

Must be free of granulomas. § 11.3(a).

Presence of granulomas is not a violation. Rather, the presence of proliferating granuloma tissue1 can result in a violation. § 11.3(b).

Presence of moisture or edema does not constitute a violation. § 11.3(a).

Must be free of moisture and edema. § 11.3(b).

It is also critical to note that the scar rule expressly provides that “uniformly thickened epithelial tissue” does not constitute a violation if such tissue is found on the posterior surface of a horse’s pastern. See id. § 11.3(b). As noted in the block quotation set out above from the scar rule’s NPRM, “uniformly thickened epithelial tissue” is “much like a callous on a workman’s hands.” The scar rule does not contain a similar provision for the anterior and anterior-lateral surfaces of the pasterns. See id. § 11.3(a).

In short, the foregoing references to the text of the scar rule and its NPRM demonstrate a clear, key meaning behind the scar rule, viz.: that the normal friction caused by use of a legal action device will cause tissue changes in the anterior and posterior surfaces of the Tennessee Walking Horse pasterns – and that such tissue changes are not to constitute a violation of the scar rule. 

It is understandable that the USDA would promulgate a scar rule that treats anterior pastern surface tissue changes differently from posterior pastern surface tissue changes. Indeed, the reality of the use of action devices in training Tennessee Walking Horses and veterinarian observation underscore the logic behind treating tissue changes differently depending on whether they are on the anterior or posterior surfaces of the pasterns. On the anterior surfaces of the pasterns, which is where an action device “hits,” there could be more loss of hair than on the posterior surface of the pastern. On the posterior surface of the pastern, given how a horse strides, the action device could be involved in pinching, versus the hitting on the anterior. From discussions with numerous veterinarians, both within the Industry and in other equine-related areas, it is also clear that tissue changes from the use of an action device would differ from the anterior surface of a horse’s pasterns versus the posterior surface of the pasterns. 

1 In various operating plans between 1999 and 2009, APHIS defined “proliferating granuloma tissue” as the “[g]rowth of proud flesh that is usually the result of the body’s unsuccessful attempts to repair tissues that are injured and/or infected[;] [t]he proliferating granuloma can create wart-like growths and/or abnormal thickening where the skin is corrugated, ridged or thrown into clusters of exuberant (proud flesh) growth.” APHIS 1999, 2004-2006, and 2007-2009 op. plans, respectively). “Proud flesh” means “an excessive growth of granulation tissue.” http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/proud%20flesh (emphasis added).

B. APHIS’s Established Inspection Procedure For Determining Whether Or Not Thickened Epithelial Tissue On The Posterior Surface Of The Pasterns Is “Uniformly Thickened” And Thus Not A Violation Of The Scar Rule

For the past several years, APHIS has had in place an established inspection procedure requiring its VMOs and other inspectors to spread the skin of what may appear to be scar on the posterior surface of a horse’s pastern in order to determine whether or not the epithelial layer is uniformly thickened. As discussed above in Section I, a uniformly thickened epithelial layer on the posterior surface of the pasterns does not constitute a violation of the scar rule, while an epithelial layer on that surface that is not uniformly thickened could indicate a violation.

In an October 12, 2012 letter, Kevin Shea, APHIS’s Administrator, confirmed the existence of this inspection procedure – and that it had been in place for some time – by stating:

As the 2009 email you reference mentions – and as Animal Care inspectors have clarified many times – inspectors are instructed to spread the skin on the pastern to determine if what appears to be a scar is uniformly thickened epithelium. See Ex. B hereto (at p. 2).

Similarly, slide 35 of an APHIS training presentation entitled “2013 DQP Training, USDA- APHIS Animal Care, Horse Protection Program” explains that, to avoid violating the scar rule, there must not be “non-uniformly thickened epithelial tissue on the posterior surfaces of the pasterns (flexor surface) which cannot be flattened or smoothed out[.]” Exhibit C hereto (emphasis added). Whether the thickened epithelial tissue “cannot be flattened or smoothed out” necessarily requires one to attempt to manually flatten or smooth out the tissue.

II. APHIS AND ITS VMOs HAVE ACTED, AND ARE ACTING, UNLAWFULLY

It is axiomatic that a government agency is bound to scrupulously follow its own rules. See Service v. Dulles, 354 U.S. 363, 372, 383-89 (1957). See also United States ex rel. Accardi v. Shaughnessy, 347 U.S. 260, 268 (1954). Likewise, any agency must assiduously follow its own practices and procedures. See, e.g., U.S. v. Heffner, 420 F.2d 809, 811-12 (4th Cir. 1969) (agency’s failure to follow procedures and instructions in memo it issued was denial of due process); Fausto v. Gearan, No. Civ. A. 93-1863, 1997 WL 540809, at *11-12 (D.D.C. Aug. 21, 1977) (agency’s failure to follow provisions in its manual violated the APA). An entity that has been prejudiced by an agency’s failure to adhere to its own rules, practices or procedures has the right to assert a claim and obtain review of the agency’s action by a federal court. See., e.g., Mass. Fair Share v. Law Enforcement Assistance Admin., 758 F.2d 708, 711 (D.C. Cir. 1985); Mazaleski v. Treusdell, 562 F.2d 701, 717-19 & n.38 (D.C. Cir. 1977).

As described below, APHIS has failed to follow its own rule, i.e., the scar rule, and failed to follow its own scar rule inspection procedure.

A. APHIS And Its VMOS Have Not Followed, And Are Not Following, The Terms of The Scar Rule

In derogation of the terms of the scar rule, APHIS and its VMOs, when conducting investigations on horses in the Industry, have been improperly applying the “must be free of . . . granulomas” factor from part (a) of the scar rule – which applies only to the anterior and anterior-lateral surfaces of the pasterns – to find violations for tissue changes on the posterior surface of the pasterns. Not only that, but APHIS and its inspectors have also been effectively ignoring the more forgiving factor governing granulation tissue for the posterior surface of the pasterns: that the posterior surface only needs to be free of “proliferating granuloma tissue,” i.e., that the posterior surface be free of proud flesh. By applying a factor that is irrelevant under the scar rule with respect to the posterior pastern surface and additionally ignoring a factor that is relevant under the scar rule regarding the posterior pastern surface, APHIS and its VMOs have been violating the APA. Accord Motor Vehicle Mfctrs. Ass’n v. State Farm, 463 U.S. 29, 43 (1983) (providing that an agency action is arbitrary and capricious, and thus unlawful under the APA, if it is “based on factors that Congress has not intended [the agency] to consider”).

As the Industry has changed, the appearance of “proliferating granuloma” has all but disappeared. Nevertheless, APHIS and its VMOs continue to find “scars” on the posterior surfaces of unscarred pasterns like those appearing in the pictures found in Exhibit D attached hereto. Furthermore, a review of numerous alleged scar violations, as well as some biopsies of horses that were determined by VMOs to be in violation of the scar rule, does not reveal proliferating granuloma. As a matter of fact, the biopsies determined that the tissue had no “significant healing by second intention” which, as APHIS and its VMOs should recognize, would be required for proliferating granuloma to be present.

Finally, and perhaps most damning for APHIS, is the fact that APHIS’s 2015 training presentation for DQPs contains no definition for proliferating granuloma in discussing the scar rule with respect to the posterior surface of the pasterns, and, furthermore, contains a different, more expansive definition of “proliferating granuloma tissue” than APHIS had used in its operating plans mentioned in footnote 1, infra. See Exhibit E hereto (at slide 31). The definition of “proliferating granuloma tissue” in this 2015 training presentation is “lesions formed as a result of inflammatory reactions.” Id. However, that definition does not follow the terms of the scar ruleand is thus problematic under the law – in at least two respects. First, that definition is substantially the same as the definition that the scar rule gives for “granuloma” in the portion of the rule that pertains only to tissue changes on the anterior and anterior-lateral surfaces of the pasterns. Compare 9 C.F.R. § 11.3(a) n.5. Second, the definition in the training presentation effectively reads out the “proliferating” aspect from the term “proliferating granuloma tissue.” 

In similar fashion, it is evident that APHIS has also been improperly applying the “must be free of . . . excessive loss of hair” factor from part (a) of the scar rule to find violations for purported tissue changes on the posterior surface of the pasterns. Under the scar rule, however, that factor applies only to the anterior and anterior-lateralsurfaces of the pasterns. In this 

regard, it is notable that APHIS’s website identifies “excessive hair loss” on pictures of scar violations of theposteriorsurfaces of pasterns. E.g., Ex. F hereto (slides 17-19, 21-23, 29-30, 32, 33 & 34 in “Violations Seen By USDA [VMOs] At Inspected Shows In 2007,” found at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/Animal_Welfare/Hp/Downloads/Scar_Rule_Violations_2007.pdf).

B. APHIS And Its VMOs Are Failing To Apply APHIS’s Own Long- Established Inspection Procedure Pertaining To The Scar Rule

As discussed above in Section I, for the past several years, APHIS has had an established inspection procedure for determining whether or not thickened epithelial tissue on the posterior surface of the pasterns is uniformly thickened and thus not a violation of the scar rule. However, it is clear that APHIS and its inspectors have not applied this established procedure – and, indeed, seem to have been willfully refusing to apply it. Notably in this regard, Dr. Jeff Baker, an APHIS VMO, stated at a scar clinic in Rockwall, Texas in 2009 that APHIS and VMOs will no longer attempt to flatten out thickened epithelial tissue on the posterior surface of the pasterns to assess whether it is uniformly thickened, and thus not a violation of the scar rule. There are several other similar statements made by Dr. Baker and other VMOs more recently. The failure of APHIS and its inspectors to follow its own inspection procedure in this regard constitutes a clear violation of the APA and denial of due process. See, e.g., Heffner, 420 F.2d at 811-12; Fausto 1997 WL 540809 at *11-12.

III. REQUESTED AGENCY ACTION

In light of the failure by APHIS and its VMOs to follow the plain terms of the scar rule and to follow APHIS’s own established inspection procedure, my client and many others in the Industry are entitled to relief. To that end, APHIS should promptly take all of the actions listed below. Specifically, my client requests that APHIS promptly:

  1. withdraw all scar violations issued since May 2009;
  2. command that VMOs and DQPs immediately cease and desist from applying the factors in part (a) to the scar rule when examining the posterior surface of pasterns for compliance with the scar rule;
  3. develop new scar rule training materials and inspection protocols based on accepted principles of veterinary science that address the proper posterior surface tissue changes that the scar rule permits and does not permit, paying special attention to allowed uniformly thickened epithelial including callouses, wrinkles and other tissue changes associated with the natural friction of the action device, as well as the natural movement of the Tennessee Walking Horse, and those tissue changes that are not allowed (specifically proliferating granuloma);
  1. begin using those new scar rule training materials and protocols to train VMOs only after those materials and protocols have been reviewed and approved by the USDA, Industry leaders and independent veterinarians;
  2. require VMOs and DQPs to adhere to the requirements and procedures of the new training materials and inspection protocols or face dismissal; and, finally,
  3. refrain from establishing any different or additional inspection protocols regarding posterior scars until the above-noted new scar rule training materials and inspection protocols have been put in place.
  4. You may contact me should you have any questions or wish to discuss these matters. Sincerely,

/s/ Joseph D. Wilson

Joseph D. Wilson

Counsel To The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Association

Enclosures (6 exhibits)

cc: Kevin Shea, Administrator, APHIS

Phyllis K. Fong, Inspector General, USDA

 

Jeffrey Prieto,
Acting General Counsel, USDA

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DOES TOM VILSACK HAVE THE “CAJONES” TO STAND UP FOR “THE HORSES”

The eight page Licker Letter threatens litigation IF the U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and APHIS Administrator  Kevin Shea do not “CAVE IN” to the demands of the people who “SORE” horses.

U.S. SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE TOM VILSACK

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Tom Vilsack – U. S. Secretary of Agriculture

USDA-APHIS ADMINISTRATOR KEVIN SHEA

KEVIN SHEA - APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

KEVIN SHEA – APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

The American People need to know if these two men have the backbone to stand up to powerful interests and enforce a Federal Law, to eliminate Horse Soring – not just regulate it.

The intent of the Horse Protection Act was to protect “The Horses” from being hurt.

The intent of the Law was not to allow people who enjoy being cruel to the noble Tennessee Walking Horse so they can enjoy a rich man’s hobby,  or help someone like Ex-Celebration Chairman David L. Howard, owner of The Walking Horse Report,  become even more filthy rich off of the sore Tennessee Walking Horse racket that they call an “industry”.

"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

Nephew Eugene says you can be sure the “FIX” is in if Dr. Tracy Turner, USDA Consultant and self-described “Bulldog”,  is not in Jackson, Mississippi next week operating the Thermography Machine to detect the “SCARS” which Mississippi Charity Horse Show Manager Mr. Robert Taylor’s sore “Big Lick” friends have inflicted upon “The Horses”.

The “Charity” needs to start with “The Horses” – not with the People who “SORE” them.

Everyone needs to please sign the Change.Org Petitions.

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AAWHA ASKS MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW MANAGER MR. ROBERT TAYLOR TO PUBLICLY ANNOUNCE HIS DECISION BY 5:00 P.M. WEDNESDAY IF THE 59 “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE CLASSES WILL BE CANCELLED, AND BANNED IN THE FUTURE

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JACKSON, MS –  AAWHA Co-Founder Lynn Delzingaro this morning electronically delivered the following documents to Mississippi Charity Horse Show Manager Mr. Robert Taylor:

  • AAWHA letter,
  • List containing 5,196 Change.org Petition signatures,
  • List of 1,725 Change.org Petition comments.

The AAWHA letter asked Mr. Taylor to publicly announce his decision by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2015,  whether or not Mr. Taylor is going to CANCEL the 59 “Big Lick” classes at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show,  and ban them in the future.

Mr. Taylor has known about the Change.Org Petition since February 27, 2015.

On March 5, 2015,   the UMMC (University of Mississippi Medical Center) disassociated the Batson Children’s Hospital from the Mississippi Charity Horse Show,  and said it would no longer accept a charitable donation from the event.   The hospital cited “the national controversy over the way Tennessee Walking Horses are trained and handled — particularly those that perform in the ‘Big Lick’ style — has brought us to this decision.”

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There are 5,196 people from every state in the union, and 51 countries around the world waiting to see what Mr. Taylor is going to do.

These Billboard panels are being displayed across from the Mississippi State Fairgrounds:

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These guys say, “Enough is enough.”

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BROTHER ROY EXUM LAMBASTS “DESPICABLE PEOPLE” REPRESENTING THE “MORTALLY WOUNDED” SORE “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE FOR CREATING A SCANDALOUS FACEBOOK PAGE

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THETA, TN –  Brother Roy Exum today ripped the covers off a desperate attempt by sore “Big Lick” supporters,  led by Mr. Frank Eichler’s Farm Manager,  to save a “Way Of Life” based on animal cruelty that is fast sinking under a wave of public opinion.

Key players in the repulsive invasion of the privacy of Ms. Kristi Pena, mother of seven year old Christopher who is being treated at Batson Children’s Hospital, were Mr. Robert Taylor (Miss. Charity Horse Show Manager),  Mr. Jeffrey Howard,  Editor, The Walking Horse Report; and Mr. David Williams, Manager of Mr. Frank Eichler’s Rising Star Ranch.

This is apparently how it went down.   Mississippi Charity Horse Show Manager Mr. Robert Taylor, without the knowledge of or obtaining the consent of Ms. Pena,  provided a social media comment made by Ms Pena to Walking Horse Report Editor Mr. Jeffrey Howard.

Without the knowledge of or obtaining the consent of Ms Pena,  Mr. Howard questionably labeled Ms. Pena’s comment as a “Statement”,  and then published it in The Walking Horse Report.

Mr. Frank Eichler’s employee Mr. David Williams started a campaign including apparently creating a Facebook page attacking FOSH (Friends of Sound Horses).  Without the knowledge of or obtaining the consent of Ms Pena,   Mr. Williams posted her “comment”on the FOSH ATTACK Facebook page.  Then Mr. Williams posted an offensive unfactual comment regarding FOSH on the Batson Children’s Hospital Facebook page.

Upon learning that her “comment” had been posted on the FOSH Attack Facebook page,  Ms Pena protested, and the “comment” was removed.

Batson Children’s Hospital removed Mr. Williams untrue comment.

So far,  the FOSH ATTACK Facebook Page championed by Mr. Eichler’s employee Mr. David Williams has attracted a grand total of 179 likes.

This is what has driven the maniacal behavior of the Big Lick people.

Recent Developments:

  • March 4 UMMC (University of Mississippi Medical Center) publicly severed ties with the “Big Lick” Mississippi Charity Horse Show citing the citing “the national controversy over the way Tennessee Walking Horses are trained and handled — particularly those that perform in the ‘Big Lick’ style” as the reason for its decision.
  • March 10 – North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture banned the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses from the North Carolina State Fairgrounds.

The American Public is firmly set against the cruel abuse of the Tennessee Walking “Big Lick” Show Horse.

At the same time, sore Horse Advocates such Mr. Frank Eichler, and his employee Mr. David Williams; and Mr. Jeffrey Howard,  along with Mississippi Charity Horse Show Manager Mr. Robert Taylor,  are fanatically supporting it.

And there apparently isn’t any action beneath them in their frantic losing efforts to try and save the unsaveable sore “Big Lick”.

With each thing they do,  they just dig their hole deeper and deeper.

When Mississippi’s largest newspaper,  The Clarion-Ledger,  published the following story

UMMC won’t accept Charity Horse Show donations

it received over 4,300+ Facebook shares and 214 Comments.

In a city and state where the Batson Children’s Hospital is revered, the public response was overwhelmingly in favor of UMMC’s action to cut ties with the Mississippi Charity Horse Show as long as the event featured “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses.

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On March 9 –  WHR Editor Mr. Jeffrey Howard published Mr. David Williams “Letter To The Editor” entitled:    ”FOSH HATES CHILDREN”

On March 11 - Mr. Frank Eichler employee Mr. David Williams posted the following in the Comments Section on the Clarion-Ledger newspaper UMMC Article:

“Friends Of Sound Horses (FOSH) hates Children!Children Fighting Cancer
Children Fighting Heart Defects
Children Fighting Rare Diseases
Children Fighting For Their Lives!
FOSH HATES CHILDREN !”

On March 12 – WHR Editor Mr. Jeffrey Howard,  without the knowledge or consent of Ms. Kristi Pena,  published a private social media comment made by Ms. Pena.  It was apparently sent to Mr. Howard by Mr. Robert Taylor, Mississippi Charity Horse Show.   Mr. Howard deceptively labeled Ms. Pena’s private social media comment as a “Statement”. At the bottom of it, Mr. Howard,  again without Ms Pena’s knowledge,  inserts the words: “Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) Hates Children!”  Mr. Howard,  who has never worked for a real newspaper,  would be summarily fired if he did that at a reputable publication. His sister,  Christy, would not have done it.

On March 12,  a Facebook Page:

“Friends Of Sound Horses – FOSH Hates Children” was apparently created by or at the direction of Mr. Eichler’s employee Mr. David Williams.  On its cover Mr. Williams folks have shockingly featured the faces of sick children being treated in hospitals.  This is an apparent violation of federal HIPPA law.

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The actions of the named co-conspirators typify the fanaticism of those defending the sore “Big Lick” gang are capable in their blindly defending “SORING HORSES”.

Once presented with the facts on February 27 and March 4, 2015,  the Children’s Hospital, which has the mission of taking care of sick children,   didn’t bat an eye in severing ties with the “SORING” prevalent at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show.

Interestingly,  four of the five Judges hired by Horse Show Manager Mr. Robert Taylor for the 2015 MCHS have Horse Protection Act Violation Citations.
The “Big Lick” is a powerful addiction:
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The apparent underhanded actions of Mr. Frank Eichler’s employee Mr. David Williams;  Walking Horse Report Editor Mr. Jeffrey Howard and Horse Show ManagerMr. Robert Taylor can all be simply described as:

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Nephew Eugene says an addiction will lead people to do really bad things. 

 

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Roy Exum: The Latest Facebook Lie

Saturday, March 14, 2015 – by Roy Exum
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Mr. Mark Twain is believed to have once said, “A lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots on,” but, in honesty, the great Samuel Clements – who famously wrote using Mark Twain as his pen name — never had to deal with the shallow men who make sport out of abusing Tennessee Walking Horses.

In a revelation that produced an audible gasp from me on Friday, I was directed to a Facebook page that proclaims an ever-growing horse advocacy group “hates children.” No, what Friends of Sound Horses “hates” are the twisted psychopaths who encourage and continue to defile one of the most noble horse breeds the world has ever known.

The Facebook page, showing four very sick kids, proclaims “Friends Of Sound Horses – FOSH — Hates Children” when, in fact, I had a noted pediatrician tell me just the opposite.

“Anyone who will purposely hurt an animal will harm a child. They are psychopaths,” he claimed and I believe that to be true.

Not long ago officials at the Batson Hospital for Children, which is in Jackson, Miss., and functions as a teaching hospital under the auspices of the University of Mississippi Medical College, requested those at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show please cease donating any money to the renowned children’s hospital. There is more than ample proof of horse abuse to Tennessee Walking Horses and the raw truth is Batson Hospital for Children wants no part of “dirty money.”

The Jackson show, which is held at the end of March, has been regarded as one of the “cruelest” arenas for horses that are purposely “sored” with caustic chemicals, action devices and heavy pads that hide irritants. The idea is to make the horses dance a devil’s dance that is both unnatural and nauseating to pure horsemen around the world.

The practice is clearly outlawed by the federal Horse Protection Act but at the 2014 National “Sore-abration” in Shelbyville, well over half of the horse randomly selected for testing were found “positive” by U.S. Dept. of Agriculture inspectors. That is why officials at the North Carolina State Fair have just announced there will be no Tennessee Walking Horse performance classes this year because that is the only way they can control the near-brazen cheating that has defiled the breed.

“Walking Horse exhibitors are welcome to show in non-trotting classes,” a North Carolina Dept. of Agriculture spokesperson said, noting that flat-shod horses would be welcomed.

Unbelievably, the Shelbyville-centered “Big Lick” is determined to resist change, and is unable to grasp the fact the sadistic methods are “killing the golden goose,” as witnessed by a medical center that has been given over a quarter-million dollars in recent years but now fears the money is too tainted by corruption and cheating to accept any longer.

Just as unbelievable is the Facebook Page that shows the faces of children under the hospital’s care who are now being used as innocent pawns to bolster the claim people who favor sound horses “hate children.” Are you kidding me? It’s the biggest joke in Facebook history and speaks reams to what depths despicable people will do to embrace their sadistic and nauseating form of blood sport.

The Facebook pages had 145 likes by mid-afternoon on Friday while more than 5,000 have voiced support for the hospital’s decision to disassociate itself from the horse show until it can be assured those who abuse animals are no longer part of it.

Keith Dane, who is vice president of Equine Services for the Humane Society of the United States, applauded the hospital decision, saying, “I hope this starts a trend among other charities who begin to realize that their good deeds are being funded in part with dirty money made at the expense of abused horses.”

A spokesperson for FOSH expressed deep remorse over the underhanded Facebook page. “This is not about targeting children. It is about letting charities know that money that they are receiving may be coming from tainted sources where illegal activity is part and parcel of the training process of these show horses.

“If they knew the source of this money, I don’t believe that charities would take money from associations involved in selling drugs, would they? Charities wouldn’t take money from groups involved in dog fighting or cock fighting, would they?

“Charities should not fund what is intended to be a public benefit by accepting money from groups whose fund raising activities are known to have a shady underbelly of inhumane treatment of the very animals whose backs the funds are raised upon,” one statement read.

Marc Rolph, associate director of public affairs for the University of Mississippi Medical Center said, “We are grateful for the generous support of the Charity Horse Show over the last several years. This support has included not only monetary contributions, but also opportunities for patients under our care to be involved.

“Although we are comfortable the Mississippi show complies with all applicable laws for the protection of horses, the national controversy over the way Tennessee Walking Horses are trained and handled — particularly those that perform in the ‘Big Lick’ style — has brought us to this decision,” he explained. “We are not in a position to evaluate the strongly held beliefs and assertions on either side of this issue, so our decision is intended to remove the Children’s Hospital from the controversy.”

It is a “given” the medical center knows nothing – yet — about the scurrilous Facebook page that shows patients’ photos and alleges those who want humane treatment for horses now hate children but the mere existence of such a page on Facebook proves beyond doubt one of the best things that ever happened to the Batson Hospital for Children was to shed itself of “The Big Lick.”

Oh, that the rest of us would be as fortunate.

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CHARLOTTE OBSERVER – MICHELLE DISNEY CHANGE.ORG PETITION PROTEST WINS THE DAY – N.C. STATE FAIR BANS “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES

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NC State Fair cancels Tennessee Walking Horse show after protest

Leaders respond quickly to fight of painful ‘big lick’ tactics

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Chad Baucom takes Walk Time Charlie on a “big lick” stroll around the arena at the 2012 World Grand Championship in Shelbyville, Tenn. The pair won the title. ALYSON WRIGHT AP FILE PHOTORALEIGH 

RALEIGH – After more than 30 years, the N.C. State Fair will no longer offer the show featuring performances by the high-stepping Tennessee Walking Horse.

The decision comes in the wake of a protest at the fair during the October show and a petition with 19,700 signatures demanding the State Fair ban the performance category for the breed. Protesters claimed that the training methods to prepare a horse for this type of show are cruel and inhumane.

The protest, the petition and many emails calling for its cancellation were all factors in the state Department of Agriculture’s decision to ban the performance category, said Chief Deputy Commissioner N. David Smith. But he added, “It was a culmination of many factors including a lack of horses that participated, and the added cost of those particular shows when we had to bring in vets to certify the horses.”

Tennessee Walking Horses will still be welcome at the fair’s non-trotting, open-horse shows, but the breed is known for its unique high, quick-step gait. During performance category shows, the horses trot around the ring raising their feet as high as possible, a gait nicknamed the “big lick” that has drawn criticism.

“The big lick is a pain-induced gait. You cannot have a big lick without pain,” said Clant Seay, spokesman for the All American Walking Horse Alliance, a national group of professional horsemen and owners of Tennessee Walking Horses.

The high step is achieved by stacking the horse’s shoe, making it heavier to exaggerate the steps. Advocates to end big lick shows allege some trainers use what are called soring techniques to sensitize the hooves and ankles to pain, resulting in more dramatic steps.

They also claim that some trainers use chemicals such as diesel fuel and kerosene to create blisters on the horse’s ankles and attached chains to the stacked shoes designed to irritate the sores. They say some trainers will even stick sharp nails or tacks into the sensitive area of the hoof to increase pain.

These allegations led to increased inspections of the horses before and after shows by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But Seay said this does not stop soring; it only causes trainers to abuse their horses further so that they will not react to pain during inspections.

“These horses are trained sore at the barn, and then they are brought to shows and manipulated to pass inspection,” he said. “Often the trainers use pain-masking numbing agents so the soring is difficult to detect.”

Petition prompts action

Jeannie McGuire, founder of the All American Walking Horse Alliance, said she has rehabilitated retired big lick show horses with not only physical scars but also mental damage similar to post-traumatic stress disorder.

“We are very pleased that the big lick horse and the abuse that goes with that has been taken out of the view of families and children that attend the North Carolina State Fair,” she said.

The Change.org petition and protest to end the big lick event at the State Fair was spearheaded by Raleigh resident Michelle Disney, who was unaware the fair held the big lick event until last fall. But she never expected the petition to get more than 1,000 signatures.

“I was surprised how it took off,” Disney said. “I really want to thank the fair and Department of Agriculture for their great response. They already reviewed their policies and did the right thing and made the right decision.”

With victory in North Carolina, these advocates are taking their cause to Washington, D.C.

Keith Dane, vice president of equine protection for the Humane Society of the United States, said North Carolina was the last state fair in the nation to hold the big lick performance category. But there are many other Tennessee Walking Horse competitions across that U.S. that are federally regulated.

A bill in Congress to ban abusive tactics had strong, bipartisan support in 2013 but was not voted on, Dane said. He expects it to be reintroduced in both houses this spring.

The bill would strengthen enforcement of the federal Horse Protection Act of 1970, by eliminating in-house industry inspectors and putting the USDA in charge of oversight. It aims to end the use of stacked horse shoes, chains and other devices attached to the shoe. And the bill would heighten the penalty to a felony for violators of the Horse Protection Act, according to Dane.

“There is no question that this will pass as soon as it goes to a vote,” Dane said.

In 2012, the Humane Society conducted an undercover investigation into a major big lick training barn in Tennessee and released the video to ABC news, which brought a lot of negative publicity to the industry. The organization caught trainers on film soring the horses’ hooves and beating them with rods.

The president of the Walking Horse Trainers Association, Bill Young in Shelbyville, Tenn., acknowledges that there has been horse abuse in the big lick industry in the past.

“There is no question that in the industry, many years ago, there was horrific abuse to our horses. I cannot tell you in all honesty that that never happens anymore,” Young said in an interview Friday.

“Whatever sport you are in, some people are not going to follow the rules. We try to weed those people out, but there are people that are going to cheat,” he said.

Young said there is a lifetime suspension penalty for those caught pressure shoeing – inserting sharp objects into the sensitive part of the horse’s hoof.

Young denied the claim that soring techniques are essential to training. A horse with a big lick gait is achieved through a combination of selective breeding and weighted horse shoes, he said. The shoe weighs between 3 and 5 pounds and is 2 inches thick, and a band on the top of the hoof is used to hold it in place. Young said the shoes do not harm the horse.

“I think the longevity of our horses that are showing today would prove that there is no damage done to the horse,” he said. “Some show until they are 20 years of age.”

Young said negative public opinion is probably the main cause of the decision to end big lick at the N.C. State Fair, and added that the industry has not done enough to discredit some of the allegations.

The Walking Horse Trainers Association is in favor of federal legislation. Young said they hope to work with Tennessee representatives to introduce something that would bring scientific objectivity to horse show inspections, including blood testing of the horses.

“Hopefully that day is coming,” he said. “Our compliance rate in 2013 to the Federal Horse Protection Act was 98.6 percent. That figure has been much lower in the past.”

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HORSE.COM (PAT RAIA) CONFIRMS THAT N.C. STATE FAIR BANS “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES FROM N.C. STATE FAIRGROUNDS

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THETA, TN – Nephew Eugene suspects the North Carolina press may go into depth with the North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture about running the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse off the N.C. State Fairgrounds.

Meanwhile back in the bunker at TWHBEA Headquarters in Lewisburg, Mr. Smith and Mr. Chism are hunkered down hoping that North Carolina and Mississippi would just go away.

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Which, of course, they aren’t.

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North Carolina State Fair Drops Walking Horse Classes

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDACS) has confirmed that a Tennessee Walking Horse breed show will not be on the roster at the North Carolina State Fair this fall.

Last year, some Tennessee Walking Horse advocates launched a Change.org online petition asking the North Carolina State Fair and the state’s agriculture commissioner to cancel Tennessee Walking Horse performance classes at that state’s annual state fair on grounds that some of the exhibited horses could wear performance packages and might have been sored to produce a exaggerated, high-steeping gait.

On March 11, Heather Overton, NCDACS spokeswoman, said that after a review of participation and revenue from the 2014 event, the North Carolina State Fair administration decided to eliminate the Tennessee Walking Horse breed show at the 2015 event.

“Walking Horse exhibitors are welcome to show in nontrotting classes that will be part of the open show, as well as nontrotting classes in the State Fair Youth Day Show,” Overton said. “The open show allows breeds without dedicated shows to exhibit at the fair.”

Overton said that, so far, reaction to the change in the horse show event had been slight.

“We received one phone call from a member of the North Carolina State Fair Walking Horse advisory committee,” she said.

Walter Chism, acting executive director of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association (TWHBEA), declined comment pending further review of the decision: “We have not had an opportunity to review the actions of the North Carolina Fair Board and, until then, TWHBEA is uncomfortable making a comment.”

Teresa Bippen, president of the Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH), applauded the decision.

“FOSH is thankful the North Carolina State Fair recognized the abuse of ‘Big Lick’ horses by eliminating their classes from the state fair,” Bippen said. “We also appreciate the state fair continuing to provide its venue for sound … flat shod horses.”

The 2015 North Carolina State Fair Open Horse Show is slated to take place Oct. 16-18 in Raleigh. The State Fair Youth Day Show is slated for Oct. 17-18.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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NORTH CAROLINA BANS “BIG LICK” FROM 2015 N.C. STATE FAIR – NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE JOINS UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI MEDICAL CENTER SEVERING TIES WITH “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE

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Raleigh, NC  -   The State of North Carolina today joined the University of Mississippi Medical Center in severing ties with the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.

All American Walking Horse Alliance Media Representative Clant M. Seay today confirmed with North Carolina Deputy Agriculture Commissioner N. David Smith,  that the 2015 N.C. State Fair Horse Show will not have any “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse classes.

Mr. N. David Smith said, “We welcome sound natural flat shod horses at the 2015 N.C. State Fair Horse Show.   Padded “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses will not be allowed.” 

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Sound Horse Advocate Michelle Disney brought the attention of America and the world on the animal cruelty associated with the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse with her Change.Org Petition to CANCEL the Tennessee Walking Horse/Spotted Saddle Horse Show at the annual N.C. State Fair Horse Show.  Ms. Disney’s action was supported by AAWHA North Carolina members who joined with Michelle Disney in spearheading the effort appealing to the North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture in charge of the State Fairgrounds.

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AAWHA official Jeannie McGuire praised the State of North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture for banning the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse from the N.C. State Fairgrounds.   She said,  “The “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse is nothing more than institutionalized animal cruelty presented as family entertainment, and this is wrong.   It should never be on display in front of children, much less enabled by the State of North Carolina.  The AAWHA members from North Carolina and all over America have joined over 5,500 persons who have signed the Petition to:  ‘Cancel Tennessee Walking Horse Performance Classes at the NC State Fair”,  she said.

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SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE MICHELLE DISNEY URGES FAIR PATRON TO BOYCOTT BIG LICK CLASSES AT N.C; STATE FAIR

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WRAL TV – CHANNEL 5 REPORTER AT N.C. STATE FAIRGROUNDS

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Public opinion is now weighing in on the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse in the Southern United States,  where according to TWHBEA Executive Director Walt Chism,  the activity is presently confined. (See Red and Blue States)

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The focus now turns to Jackson, Mississippi where the Mississippi State Charity Horse Show starts on March 26, and features 59 “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse classes.

FOSH (Friends of Sound Horses) and the All American Walking Horse Alliance are calling upon Horse Show Manager Robert Taylor to cancel the 59 “Big Lick” classes, and ban them in the future.

Mr. Taylor has hired five Judges, and four of them have received Horse Protection Act Violation Citations.   The 2014 Mississippi Charity Horse Show Stake Champion “Gen’s Black Maverick” was sored in 2012 at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show.

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Horse lovers from all over the United States have contributed to and designed Billboards which are now running on High Street across from the Fordice Equine Center.

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Almost 5,000 persons have signed a Change.Org Petition to ban the 59 “Big Lick” Classes at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show.

Yesterday,  Ms. Priscilla Presley joined the #MISSISSIPPICAMPAIGN to #BANTHEBIGLICK.

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Last Wednesday,  the UMCC (University of Mississippi Medical Center)  announced its disassociation from the Mississippi Charity Horse Show,  and said it would no longer accept charitable donations from the event citing “the national controversy over the way Tennessee Walking Horses are trained and handled — particularly those that perform in the ‘Big Lick’ style” as the reason for its decision.

Nephew Eugene says the public has had it with “Big Lick” “HORSE SORING”,  and things are about to get sho’ nuff interesting in Mississippi.

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PRISCILLA PRESLEY JOINS THE #MISSISSIPPICAMPAIGN TO #BANTHEBIGLICK – PRAISES OLE MISS FOR TAKING HUGE STEP TO SEND A MESSAGE TO “BIG LICK HORSE SORERS”

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HOLLYWOOD, CA  -  Ms. Priscilla Presley today stepped up and joined the #MISSISSIPPICAMPAIGN calling for Mississippi Charity Horse Show Manager Mr. Robert Taylor to ban the 59  sore “Big Lick” classes set for March 26 – 28, 2015 at the Fordice Equine Center on the Mississippi State Fairgrounds in Jackson, Mississippi.

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PRISCILLA PRESLEY – SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE APPEARING IN TUPELO, MISSISSIPPI IN 2014

Ms. Presley praised the  UMMC (University of Mississippi Medical Center) for taking a huge step by severing ties with the Mississippi Charity Horse Show which features 59 “Big Lick” Classes.  The UMMC cited  “the national controversy over the way Tennessee Walking Horses are trained and handled — particularly those that perform in the ‘Big Lick’ style”.

The 2014 Mississippi Charity Stake Champion,  ”Gen’s Black Magic” was SORED at the 2012 Mississippi Charity Show.

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2014 “BIG LICK” STAKE CHAMPION – GEN’S BLACK MAVERICK WITH BROCK TILLMAN UP – SORED AT 2012 MISS CHARITY HORSE SHOW

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Ms. Presley posted the following Appeal on her personal Facebook page:

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All American Walking Horse Alliance official Jeannie McGuire and FOSH (Friends Of Sound Horses) President Teresa Bippen praised Ms. Presley for supporting the #MISSISSIPPICAMPAIGN to #BANTHEBIGLICK.

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AAWHA OFFICIAL JEANNIE MCGUIRE

AAWHA OFFICIAL JEANNIE MCGUIRE

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TERESA BIPPEN, FOSH PRESIDENT

Change.Org Petition originator Clant M. Seay of Oxford, Mississippi said “I am gratified that Ms. Presley whose heartfelt passion on this issue is well known has come forward to join the #MISSISSIPPICAMPAIGN.      I am also extremely proud of my alma mater Ole Miss for taking the lead on distancing itself from the SORING associated with the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.  The University of Mississippi has led the way, and others will now follow.”

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CLANT M. SEAY – UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI (OLE MISS) (C) copyright www.billygoboy.com

Seay authored “The Sore World Of The Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse” which appeared in Natural Horse Magazine in May 2014.

http://stopsoring.com/docs/The%20Sore%20World%20of%20the%20Big%20Lick%20TWH.pdf

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This morning,  four digital billboard panels went up on High Street in Jackson, Mississippi in sight of the Fordice Equine Center where the Mississippi Charity Horse Show will take place on March 26-28, 2015:

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The Billboards were designed and paid for by an anonymous citizens group of horse lovers from across the United States who joined together to express their opposition to the endemic SORING associated with the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.   FOSH President Teresa Bippen and AAWHA Official Jeannie McGuire praised the Billboards.

The #MISSISSIPPICAMPAIGN appears to be a fast-moving train.

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JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI – HOME OF THE MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW

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Nephew Eugene says Elvis is up in Heaven tonight with his Mamma Gladys looking down and mighty proud of Priscilla who is fighting to #BANTHEBIGLICK in his home state of Mississippi.

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ELVIS PRESLEY UP ON BEAR AT GRACELAND

SON OF MISSISSIPPI ELVIS AARON PRESLEY SINGING “AMERICAN TRIOLOGY”

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CLARION-LEDGER NEWSPAPER “UMMC CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL STORY” GOES VIRAL – BIG LICKER ADDICTS MELT DOWN AND DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL DIDN’T WANT ANY PART OF THE “BIG LICK” HORSE SORING

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JACKSON, MS –  A short article in last Thursday’s  Clarion-Ledger,   Mississippi’s largest newspaper,  has gone viral sparking over 3,872+ Facebook Shares and 190 Comments from all over the United States.

The story said UMMC (University of Mississippi Medical Center) will not accept donations from the Mississippi Charity Horse Show due to “the national controversy over the way Tennessee Walking Horses are trained and handled — particularly those that perform in the ‘Big Lick’ style — has brought us to this decision”

Approximately 95% of the commenters support and approve the University of Mississippi’s decision to disassociate itself with the animal cruelty on display at the Mississippi State Charity Horse Show which features 59 classes of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses.

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2015/03/05/ummc-accept-charity-horse-show-donations/24466347/

UMMC won’t accept Charity Horse Show donations

The University’s decision should have been a “wake up” call for the sore Big Lick crowd, but instead their reaction has largely been visceral, uncivil, unpleasant and delusional.

The University’s decision threatens the core of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse existence.  It is a game changer because,  after the “Big Lick” was able to “FIX” some key elected officials and stymie the PAST ACT,   and a 5th Circuit Court of Appeals panel  issued an opinion saying the USDA had overreached in prescribing the mandated “minimum” penalties for HPA violations,  the Lickers thought they were “home free’ to return to the “Good Ole Days” of Horse Soring, and “Let ‘Em Walk On”.

Then a Change.Org Petition started on February 26, 2015,  which gave the American Public a chance to have a say.

And boy,  did they –  over 4,000+ signatures in six days urging Ole Miss to disassociate, and Cancel the 59 Big Lick classes set for March 26 – 28, 2015 on the Mississippi State Fairgrounds at the Fordice Equine Center.

Along with Americans from every State in the Union, many of whom owned Tennessee Walking Horses,  people from 51 foreign countries also joined in.

AAWHA and FOSH (Friends of Sound Horses) representatives met with UMMC officials.   The University of Mississippi Medical Center was told the truth about the “Big Lick”, and then it said “No Mas” to the Lickers.

FOSH President Teresa Bippen helped make the case with University officials said, “Trainers who bring ten or more horses get $500 a head EVEN if the horse is turned down for being sore and (2) The organization, SHOW, that is inspecting the show significantly reduced penalties for anyone bringing a sore horse. How’s that for enforcement? For those that lament the loss of $$ to the hospital, “Remember, there is no wrong way to do a right thing.”

All American Walking Horse Alliance Official Jeannie McGuire, “We applaud the University of Mississippi Medical Center for no longer linking its exceptional image as a place of healing with that of the Mississippi Charity Horse Show which showcases the ‘Big Lick’ Tennessee Walking Horse.”

So why won’t the “Big Lickers” accept the verdict of the American people, and the University of Mississippi Medical Center Children’s Hospital?

The answer:

The “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse culture is an “ADDICTION”, and the Lickers are “ADDICTS”.

An addict will twist facts until they suit them.

“To an outsider the behavior of an addict is completely irrational. … . Even when the addiction is pulling the individual towards an early grave, or causing problems for loved ones, they persist with it. Those who have never been dependent on an addictive substance will see this behavior as highly irrational. They do not have the addict’s ability to rationalize the irrational in order to explain away their own self-destruction. This individual is not willfully doing something to cause harm to themselves or other people. As far as they are concerned what they are doing is right … “

The “Big Lick” Addict believes what the wrong they are doing is right, or try to justify it.  Part of the “Big Lick” equation to rationalize the animal cruelty associated with the “Big Lick” is to say  ”look how much money we give to charity.

One enraged Licker wrote to Info@billygoboy.com and said:

“Pretty damn common to take money from sick children.  I know your family must be proud.”

Reply:

Dear Sir:

Apparently,  the University of Mississippi decided that its core values
conflicted with accepting money from "Horse Soring"  which is considered
by the public to be on the same level as "Cock Fighting" or "Dog
Fighting".

Ole Miss knows that its Children's Hospital patrons like the Manning
Family do not look kindly on embracing the "Big Lick".

They apparently made the decision that "Horse Soring" is "pretty common",
and they want no part of it.

The Jackson show would be well advised to eliminate the "Big Lick" classes
and go with completely  sound natural flat shod TWH like WHOA has.

Based on the comments to the Clarion-Ledger story,  it appears everyone
"got" what Ole Miss did and why,   except for the people who sore horses.

Why is that?

Perhaps Ole Miss decision to refuse to accept the "dirty money" will be a
wake up call for TWHBEA.

When is TWHBEA going to provide transparency and provide current financial
numbers along with.

*   Membership Monthly
*   Memberships (Total)
*   Foal Registrations
*   Horse Transfers
*   Stallion Breeding Reports

BGB

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BIG LICK ADDICTION ON DISPLAY AT 2014 WARTRACE HORSE SHOW

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Ms. Eichler’s husband is Mr. Frank Eichler who is the PSHA (Performance Show Horse Association) attorney.

Mr Eichler is credited with the S.H.O.W HIO rule of “UNACCEPTABLE” which allows the DQP who sees a sore horse that will not pass inspection to be allowed to return to the trailer without a ticket being written.

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

Mr. Eichler owns Rising Star Ranch which is presently the largest TWH breeding operation.

Mr. Frank Eichler and Ms Debbie Eichler  both have been issued Horse Protection Act Violation Citations.

The Rising Star Ranch Manager is Mr. David Williams who is on the TWHBEA Executive Committee – VP Breeders.

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

Because he is a “Big Lick” addict,  Mr. Williams is having trouble wrapping his mind around the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s decision.

Respectully to Mr. Williams, paraphrasing the 1992 Bill Clinton campaign mantra:

“IT’S THE SORING, STUPID”.

The American Public is not going to put up with it.

And the UMMC ( University of Mississippi Medical Center) officials don’t want anything to do with it, and the University only makes decisions with one thing in mind:

“Do What’s Best For The Children”

And they did.

They knew that the Manning Family which gives Millions of dollars,  and other substantial donors, would cast a dim view toward Blair Batson Hospital being associated with the “Big Lick”.  They knew it would adversely affect charitable donations to the Children’s Hospital much larger than the “Blood Money” the Mississippi Charity Horse Show was providing.

So UMMC expeditiously made its decision, and pulled the plug on the “Big Lick” Mississippi Charity Horse Show:

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So now the focus switches to the #MISSISSIPPICAMPAIGN and #BANTHEBIGLICK asking Mississippi Charity Horse Show Manager Mr. Robert Taylor to CANCEL the 59 “BIG LICK” classes at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show, and ban them in the future.

Nephew Eugene hears when the sun comes up on Monday,  March 9, 2015, that folks in Jackson driving past the Fordice Equine Center on High Street might just see some something on a digital billboard that looks a little like this.

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The next three weeks in Mississippi should be quite interesting.

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BROTHER ROY EXUM: “KEEP YOUR BIG LICK MONEY” – CHANGE.ORG PETITIONER: “THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI (OLE MISS) SHOWED ITS CORE VALUES WERE MORE IMPORTANT THAN MONEY”

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THETA, TNBrother Roy Exum,  whose Daddy hailed from Vaughn,  Mississippi,  last Saturday signed the CHANGE.ORG Petition #OLEMISSCAMPAIGN  asking Ole Miss to “disassociate” the University of Mississippi Medical Center from the Mississippi Charity Horse Show.   The Petition further asked Horse Show Manager Mr. Robert Taylor to cancel the 59 “Big Lick” classes scheduled for the March 25 – 28, 2015 event, and ban them in the future.

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https://www.change.org/p/mississippi-charity-horse-show-manager-mr-robert-taylor-cancel-big-lick-tennessee-walking-horse-classes-at-the-mississippi-charity-horse-show-disassociate-the-university-of-mississippi-childrens-hospital-with-institutionalized-animal-cruelty-represen

Last Wednesday,  Batson Children’s CEO Mr. Guy Giesecke stepped up for “The Horses” and said the UMMC Batson Children’s Hospital was “disassociating” from the Mississippi Charity Horse Show.  It would not accept “Blood Money” donations from the Horse Show generated from the animal cruelty necessary to create the  ”Big Lick’.

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Yesterday,  award winning investigative journalist Clarion-Ledger reporter Jerry Mitchell reported:

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2015/03/05/ummc-accept-charity-horse-show-donations/24466347/

UMMC won’t accept Charity Horse Show donations

So far,  Mr Mitchell’s article has garnered 2,236 FaceBook shares and 136 comments, the overwhelming majority of which support the action of the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

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Today,  Roy Exum of Chattanooga.com weighed in with this article:

 http://www.chattanoogan.com/2015/3/7/295477/Roy-Exum-Keep-Your-Big-Lick-Money.aspx

Roy Exum: Keep Your ‘Big Lick’ Money

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ROY EXUM, COLUMNIST – CHATTANOOGAN.COM –TENNESSEE SPORTSWRITERS ASSOCIATION HALL OF FAME

Saturday, March 7, 2015 – by Roy Exum
“The University of Mississippi Medical Center, located in the state capital of Jackson, is a huge complex with over 9,000 employees and a budget of $1.6 billion (with a “b”). Among its greatest treasures is the Batson Hospital for Children and the Eli Manning Treatment Center. That is where a $150 million expansion has just been announced. So why do you reckon the hospital administration just requested that the Mississippi Charity Horse Show, which has given Batson Children’s over $250,000 in recent years, please not donate any more money?
The reason is that by the time you read this there will be over 5,000 signatures from horse lovers from over 50 different countries on an online petition (Change.org) asking Robert Taylor, the president of the horse show, to cancel the “Big Lick” classes at this year’s event in late March. You see, it is because of the abusive “Big Lick” and its repugnant reputation that those at Children’s Hospital want no part of the “dirty money” associated with it.

In a terse news release, Taylor wrote, “Unfortunately an animal activist group has harassed our past children’s charity to the extent they will not accept our donation this year,” which is untrue. No, what the man should have said would fit better had he admitted it: “Because there is irrefutable proof that torture and animal abuse continues unabated in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry, the Jackson Horse Show has decided to foster and encourage this contemptuous practice rather than continue to help the children of Mississippi.”

The “Big Lick,” a grotesque dance that occurs when a scurrilous trainer and/or owner “sores” a show horse, is headquartered in Shelbyville. Numerous “Big Lick” trainers apply caustic substances and/or painful irritants that cause a horse to lift its painful forelegs in an unnatural reaction. Horse abuse in Tennessee is now a felony, yet soring continues at an all-time pace.

It was in Shelbyville last August where a staggering 52 percent of horses randomly selected for testing at the National Celebration were found to be positive for illegal foreign substances by U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors. Unbelievably, there were twice as many violations than were found the year before and – get this — some other trainers refused to show in fear of getting caught.

One who was found in violation was Billy Young, who more recently was elected as president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Trainer’s Association. (Young also violated the HPA in 2013). As Wayne Pacelle, the head of the Humane Society of the United States, would later write, “It was a celebration alright” of cheaters, scofflaws and horse abusers.

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(Left to Right) “I’M AK-47, KELLY SHERMAN, BILLY YOUNG, BEVERLY SHERMAN

At the same time last fall, an urgent attempt to strengthen the federal Horse Protection Act had 308 members of the House and 60 Senators signed on as co-sponsors, but some crafty ‘slicks’ in Washington, some thought to be from Tennessee, made sure the legislation was stalled and it never came to a vote. Senator Lamar Alexander and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Franklin) offered alternative bills, this after both have accepted campaign donations from Big Lick supporters. (Alexander’s state finance chairman is known “Big Licker” Steven B. Smith, who has been cited for USDA violations in the past.)

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So while it appears the state’s senators and members of Congress have turned a blind eye as the Big Lickers seem intent on “business as usual,” the Big Lick portion of the Walking Horse industry is slowly dying. Other horse shows are considering eliminating all “Big Lick” horses, instead limiting classes to only flat-shod Walkers, and public perception of the Shelbyville “performance horse” is at an all-time low.

Teresa Bippen, the president of a noted anti-soring group, “Friends of Sound Horses,” praised the medical center’s stand against horse abuse.We realize this was a difficult decision for the University in light of the stated charitable purpose of the show proceeds; however, FOSH feels that University officials realized there was no win for them staying involved with a ‘Big Lick’ horse show.  FOSH is proud of the swift and thorough decision making process undertaken by the University.”

Bippen said she felt soring is a major animal abuse issue. “It has been illegal for over 45 years under the federal Horse Protection Act, yet the practice is still widespread in some show rings.  With a strong voice from compassionate horse lovers gaining momentum, international outrage over the barbaric practice continues to grow, and we know America is already fed up.”

All-America Walking Horse Alliance spokesperson Jeannie McGuire was also pleased by the Medical Center’s decision. “We applaud the University of Mississippi Medical Center for no longer linking its exceptional image as a place of healing with that of the Mississippi Charity Horse Show, which showcases the ‘Big Lick’ Tennessee Walking Horse.”

Taylor said he still believes his horse show will be a success. “We have been contacted by two other well-deserving children’s charities that said they would be honored to be associated with the horse show,” his release read.

Of course, neither of the “well deserving” children’s charities were identified by Taylor, but dirty money is hard to wash off hands that take it.   The University of Mississippi Medical Center knows better, and besides that, is well known that germs come with trash.”

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The author of the Change.Org Petition/All American Walking Horse Alliance Spokesperson Clant M. Seay of Oxford, Mississippi said, “Mississippi, America and the World have been awakened and inspired by the University of Mississippi putting animal welfare above “Blood Money” donations generated from the exhibition of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses.”

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DARK SPIRIT’S SINBAD, YEARLING CHAMPION, MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW (1986) 

“Seay said,  “Mr. Robert Taylor could not be more wrong in describing a grassroots citizens effort comprised of Americans who loved their Horses enough to stage “WALK ON WASHINGTON” and ride them in front of the United States Capitol last June as an “animal activists group”.

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If Mr. Taylor is so proud of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse and wants the world to see it so badly, perhaps he should obtain the permits and take six “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses up to Washington and ride them in front of the Capitol with those built up pads/stacks weighing 10-15 lb each with Chains on their feet and give the world an up close view of “BIG LICK BIG LIE.”

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Seay praised his alma mater Ole Miss for joining the University of Tennessee in banning the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.   He quoted William Faulkner saying,  “The past is prologue” in urging the elimination of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse,  and letting the Tennessee Walking Horse breed return to its roots, and have its rightful chance to become America’s horse.   He said, “This was the breed’s destiny until a culture of soring hijacked the Tennessee Walking Horse breed starting in the mid-1950s.”    

He referenced Auburn Veterinary College Dean Tom Vaughan who said,

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Seay said,  ”The people who are addicted to the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse believe that because they donate money generated by the “pain induced” (“Big Lick”)  to a wonderful institution such as the University of Mississippi Medical Center Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital,  that it makes things acceptable in the eyes of society.  As seen by the actions of the University of Mississippi this week, it does not.”

To those persons who are supporters of the “‘Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse, Seay quoted the words of his friend MTSU Professor and Veterinarian Dr. John Haffner:

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DR. JOHN HAFFNER   –   “I want to stress that the people involved in the walking horse business are no better or worse than people in any other walk of life. We all suffer effects of a depraved nature. The people who have these horses love them and take care of them many times to the extreme in expense and “good” care. They spend small and large fortunes on their horses. They provide the best of care, and they are truly remorseful when the horse is injured or dies. They spend money they know they will never recoup when the horse gets sick or needs surgery. They just don’t see anything wrong with the way the big lick is achieved, or they don’t think their trainer really sores their horse. I think they are blind to what they are doing and until they have a personal epiphany of what lies at the bottom of the big lick, they will be unable to see it. That is what happened to me, and it appears that it happens to others in the business from time to time.”

Seay said,  “Change is not easy.  I grew up in Mississippi during the Civil Rights struggle.  There are many parallels to this societal change to those of the 1960s.  

One was about the oppression of a race,  this one is about cruelty to an animal.  

Segregation was a “Way Of Life” and so is the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.  

Change is often painful, but it must come, and it will.”  

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“The people who must change now are the “Big Lick” supporters because what they do is no longer accepted by society,”  Seay said, “Gathering almost 5,000 signatures in one week from every state in the Union and 51 Foreign Countries should tell them that.”

“The brave action of the University of Mississippi this week showed the rest of the United States that, once it was made aware of the problem, Ole Miss immediately decided to ‘get on the right side of history’ where this issue of animal cruelty and the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse is concerned.  

“I will never be more proud of the University of Mississippi than I was this week when it showed that its core values were more important than money.

“I have also been disappointed by the actions of some people on the “Big Lick” side of the issue who have been influenced by the ‘darker angels’ of their nature. They are better people than that.   To behave in such a manner only lowers the people doing it.  Hopefully, in time,  they will see the light,  as W. W. Harlin, Jr.,  Clay Harlin,  Dr. John Haffner,  Marty Irby and I have,” said Seay.

“This cause is bigger than any one person, and it will prevail because it is right over something that is very wrong.

There are a lot of things that are going to happen in Mississippi during the next three weeks.”

“And there ain’t going to be no turning around.”

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THE CLARION-LEDGER NEWSPAPER HEADLINE – “UMMC WON’T ACCEPT CHARITY HORSE SHOW DONATIONS” SAYS IT ALL – NOW CANCEL AND BAN THE “BIG LICK” CLASSES AT THE MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW

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JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI –  Mississippi’s largest newspaper, The Clarion-Ledger,  reported this morning that UMCC (University of Mississippi Medical Center) refused to accept the “Blood Money” donations  from the Mississippi Charity Horse Show generated from animal abuse “SORING” associated with the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.

All American Walking Horse Alliance Official Jeannie McGuire said in a statement, “We applaud the University of Mississippi Medical Center for no longer linking its exceptional image as a place of healing with that of the Mississippi Charity Horse Show which showcases the ‘Big Lick’ Tennessee Walking Horse.”

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“CORI” AND JEANNIE MCGUIRE, ORGANIZER, ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE

After the attention of the United States and the World was focused on the animal cruelty associated with the Mississippi Charity Horse Show with a Change.Org Petition drawing over 4,000+ signatures in six days, the decision was made on March 4, 2015 by the University of Mississippi Medical Center officials to disassociate from the Mississippi Charity Horse Show.

The Mississippi Charity Horse Show set for March 26-28, 2015 at the Fordice Equine Center will feature 59 “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse Classes, over 55% of the Horses participating.

All American Walking Horse Alliance official Jeannie McGuire said, “We are happy with Ole Miss decision to disassociate the Children’s Hospital from this cruel abuse of God’s noble creature the horse.  We own and love our horses, and we renew our request for Mississippi  Charity Horse Show Manager Mr. Robert Taylor to CANCEL the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses classes at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show.”

“There is no place for the institutionalized animal cruelty of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.  The “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse is the only breed in the world shown with chains”,  said McGuire,  ”The American Horse Council which represents other horse breeds, and the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) urging to eliminate the sore Big Lick says it all”.

Representatives from the citizens groups FOSH (Friends of Sound Horss) and AAWHA made the case with University officials,  both in Oxford and at the Medical Center in Jackson, in meetings on Feb. 27, and March 3,   that the practice of “soring” to get the horses to perform in the “Big Lick” style constitutes animal cruelty.

And the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) agreed.

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

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

Informed observes believe that the attention of the World is now squarely focused on Jackson, Mississippi as Ground Zero in the Battle to eliminate the sore “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.

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The decision of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) to side with persons who want to “Protect The Horses” and abolish the “SORING” by eliminating the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse is a huge first step.

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UMMC won’t accept Charity Horse Show donations

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The administration of Batson Children’s Hospital has asked the organizers of the Mississippi Charity Horse Show to discontinue donating proceeds from the event.

“We are grateful for the generous support of the Charity Horse Show over the last several years,” said Marc Rolph, associate director of public affairs for the University of Mississippi Medical Center. “This support has included not only monetary contributions, but also opportunities for patients under our care to be involved.

“Although we are comfortable the Mississippi show complies with all applicable laws for the protection of horses, the national controversy over the way Tennessee Walking Horses are trained and handled — particularly those that perform in the ‘Big Lick’ style — has brought us to this decision. We are not in a position to evaluate the strongly held beliefs and assertions on either side of this issue, so our decision is intended to remove the Children’s Hospital from the controversy. “

The decision came after some had complained the practice of “soring” to get the horses to perform in the “Big Lick” style constituted animal cruelty. According to the Humane Society, the process of soring involves applying blistering agents like mustard oil, diesel fuel and kerosene to a horse’s limbs to force the horse to perform an artificial, exaggerated gait. According to the website for Horse Fund, as a sore horse tries to escape the pain in his front feet and lower legs, he snatches them up quickly, which gives the tremendous lift in the front, known as the “big lick.”

The Mississippi Charity Horse Show, set for March 26-28 at the state fairgrounds, features a “Big Lick” Performance Tennessee Walking Horse event.

All American Walking Horse Alliance Official Jeannie McGuire said in a statement, “We applaud the University of Mississippi Medical Center for no longer linking its exceptional image as a place of healing with that of the Mississippi Charity Horse Show which showcases the ‘Big Lick’ Tennessee Walking Horse.”

The alliance is pushing for legislation to end the practice.

Robert Taylor, President Mississippi Charity Horse Show, expressed disappointment in the decision, saying the event has donated about $250,000 to the hospital in recent years.

Supporters of the event say no animal cruelty is involved and that inspectors examine each horse before competing to ensure they are healthy and being treated properly.

Contact Jerry Mitchell at jmitchell@jackson.gannett.com or (601) 961-7064. Follow @jmitchellnews on Twitter

 

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:

  • DELUSION
  • DENIAL 
  • ADDICTION

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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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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

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

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

Mr. Howard,  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,  ”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” –  all of it.

So stop playing dumb.

Sore Tennessee Walking Horses have made you a rich man.

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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. 

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

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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,  CEO of the Blair Batson Children’s Hospital on Friday, February 27, 2015.   The Change.Org Petition started on Thursday, February 26, 2015. In 48 hours,  the Petition had 1,150 signatures.  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,  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.

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Not Scar Rule.

Not Foreign Substance.

But “ONE FOOT” SORE.  

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

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

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD’S GUEST MR. 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,  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,  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,  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.   The Manning Family gives Millions of Dollars to Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital, and they raise Millions more.

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

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

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

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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.

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“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”),   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,  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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GOD BLESS THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI (OLE MISS) FOR SAYING “NO” TO TAINTED “BLOOD MONEY” FROM MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW – NOW THE FOCUS MOVES TO CANCELING THE “BIG LICK” CLASSES AT THIS YEAR’S MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW

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JACKSON, MS – In six short days since being made aware that the contributions from the Mississippi Charity Horse Show were tainted “Blood Money” generated from the exhibition of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses,   University of Mississippi  Medical Center officials  today acted decisively to officially “Disassociate” the University’s Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital from the Mississippi Charity Horse Show.

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FORDICE EQUINE CENTER – MISSISSIPPI STATE FAIRGROUNDS

Prior to being advised of the facts surrounding the sore “Big Lick”,  the University of Mississippi was unaware of the underlying animal cruelty stigma related to “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses.   The University of Mississippi has nothing to do with putting on the Mississippi Charity Horse Show, rather it was merely a charity recipient.    Donations have been made for the past 10 years,  ranging from $25,000.00 – $50,000.00 a year.

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Once being made aware of the issue, the University of Mississippi acted promptly and decisively.  In doing so,  it joined the University of Tennessee which banned the “Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse from the Homecoming Football game at Neyland Stadium in 2012.

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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

Representatives of the All American Walking Horse Alliance and FOSH (Friends of Sound Horses) presented the facts to the University officials last Friday,  February 27, 2015.   They were backed up by  3,900+ signatures and comments supporting a Change.Org Petition which included people from every state in the union,  and 51 countries all over the world.

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FOSH ANTI-SORING VICE PRESIDENT LORI NORTHRUP

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LORI NORTHRUP, SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE ORGANIZER, TWHBEA DIRECTOR, NEW YORK

“We are extremely proud of the action taken by Ole Miss to send a clear message that  an institution of higher learning accepting funds generated from activities involving animal cruelty is not acceptable in 2015,  said Clant M. Seay, Change.Org Petitioner and AAWHA Media Representative.

Seay credited the key role of Ms. Teresa Bippen,  President of FOSH (Friends of Sound Horses), who provided invaluable documentation to university officials regarding the soring problem endemic with the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses, and a letter provided by the All American Walking Horse Alliance Advisory Committee as being vital in influencing the university decision makers.

CHANGE.ORG PETITION – CANCEL “BIG LICK” CLASSES

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AAWHA  COMMENDS THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI’S DECISION TO NO LONGER ACCEPT “BLOOD MONEY” DONATIONS FROM THE MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW GAINED FROM THE EXHIBITION OF  “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES ,  AND TO “DISASSOCIATE” ITS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL FROM THE “MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW” WHICH FEATURES SORE “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES 

JACKSON, MS  –   All American Walking Horse Alliance Official Jeannie McGuire today praised the University of Mississippi and UMMC Medical Center officials for their decision to “disassociate” the university’s  Children’s Hospital from the animal abuse associated with the “Big Lick” Performance Tennessee Walking Horse which will be featured at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show on March 26 – 28,  2015.

Ole Miss conclusion was influenced by an online Change.Org Petition started last Thursday.   It gathered over 3,900 signatures in six days from every state in the union and 51 foreign countries.  It was addressed to:

  • Mr. Robert Taylor,  Manager, Mississippi Charity Horse Show
  • Dr. Dan Jones,  Chancellor,  University of Mississippi
  • Dr. LouAnn Woodward,  Dean, University of Miss. Medical Center

The Petition called upon Misissippi Charity Horse Show Manager Robert Taylor to:

CANCEL “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE CLASSES AT THE MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW;

The Petition called upon Chancellor Jones and Dean Woodard to:

DISASSOCIATE THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI CHILDRENS HOSPITAL WITH INSTITUTIONALIZED ANIMAL CRUELTY REPRESENTED BY EXHIBITION OF “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES AT THE MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW.

The Petition in part stated,  “The people of Mississippi – America – and the World firmly believe in 2015 that the intentional abuse of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse is CRUEL and UNACCEPTABLE.  It should not be on display at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds.  And a great American public university such as the University of Mississippi  (Ole Miss) should not stain its image by being associated with the exhibition of sore “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses in the name of family entertainment, or accept “Blood Money” charitable donations derived from such activity.”

It asked “Dr. Dan Jones, Chancellor of University of Mississippi, and   Dr. LouAnn Heath Woodward, Dean of UMC (University Medical Center), to DISASSOCIATE the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) from the institutionalized animal abuse of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses, and to not accept “Blood Money” donations gained from the exhibition of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses.”

It called upon Horse Show Manager, “Horse Show Manager Mr. Robert Taylor to CANCEL the 59 “BIG LICK” Tennessee Walking Horse classes at the 2015 Mississippi Charity Horse Show, and to BAN them in the future.”

Ole Miss now joins the University of Tennessee  in taking a public stand against animal abuse represented by the sore “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.

UT banned the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse from being exhibited at Neyland Stadium at the annual Homecoming football game in 2012.   This ended a many decades tradition of having the newly crowned World Grand Champion on display before 100,000 fans.     The new tradition  is to exhibit a natural sound flat shod Tennessee Walking Horse with a youth rider who has won 4-H competitions.

The Jackson Show which is set for March 26 – 28 will feature 59 of 106 classes as “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses.

“Soring is the illegal and cruel practice of using chemical and mechanical methods of to create pain in a gaited horses’s front fee to exaagerate their animated step most prevalent in Tennessee Walking Show Horses.”   “The Sore World Of The Big Lick Tenessee Walking Horse”.

Ms. McGuire cited a 2014 statement on “Soring”  by former “Big Lick” veterinarian and MTSU Horse Science Faculty Professor, Dr. John Haffner,  “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.” Dr. Haffner is Vice President of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of Equine Practitioners.

AAWHA Official Jeannie McGuire said,  “We applaud the University of Mississippi Medical Center for no longer linking its exceptional image as a place of healing with that of the Mississippi Charity Horse Show which showcases the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.”

 In her March 2, 2015,  letter to Ole Miss Chancellor Dr. Dan Jones,  Medical School Dean LouAnn Woodward, and Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital CEO Mr. Guy Giesecke,  AAWHA official McGuire said:

“We respectfully request you to please “disassociate” the University of Mississippi from the Mississippi Charity Horse Show if it features “Big Lick” TWH.   The money gained from the institutionalized abuse of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses are “Blood Money” donations.  A great American public university such as Ole Miss sets the wrong example by being the willling recipient of such “tainted funds”.

Ms McGuire charged:  “Soring” of Tennessee Walking Horses is rampant at the annual Mississippi Charity Horse Show held at the Fordice Equine Center on the State Fairgrounds in Jackson.”

Supporting her claim, Ms McGuire produced  a prior Horse Protection Act Violation Citation issued to the 2014 Mississippi Charity Horse Show Stake Class Champion “Gen’s Black Maverick”.  A Horse Organization Inspector charged the horse with being “Sore” at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show in 2012.

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

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She also provided a Complaint charging William Brock Tillman, the 2014 trainer and rider of “Gen’s Black Maverick”,  for “Soring” a horse at the 2013 Mississippi Charity Horse Show.  She also provided numerous Horse Protection Act Violation Citations against Ms. Elaine Rosbury,  owner of “Gen’s Black Maverick” at other horse shows.

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Ms McGuire urged Mississippians to  “please do not attend or support the Mississippi Charity Horse Show to protest how these “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses are treated.  “It’s time for the pain of these horses to end”.

She said,  “The sore Big Lick horses are trained at barns with multiple pairs of chains,  then trained by more pain to not react to inspections to detect soring.

She said, “One Big Lick trainer was caught using a medieval like figure 8 barbed wire harness to place over a horse’s head and ears to teach him not to move when his feet were touched in a mock inspection.  And Jackie McConnell was shown on ABC Nightline “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse expose’ beating and shocking a horse to train him not to react to being inspected.  They call it ‘stewarding’.

The American Horse Council which represents many horse breeds and the American Veterinary Medical Association (82,500 members)  strongly urge the end of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse by removing the 10-15 lb stacked shoes on each front foot and the chains in which the horses are shown.

This past June 18, 2014,  the AAWHA held the historic “Walk On Washington” event before the U. S. Capitol in Washington, D. C.   Six Sound Flatshod Natural Tennessee Walking Horses were exhibited in favor of bipartisan legislation to remove the pads and chains and eliminate the sore “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.  The event was covered by ABC,  PBS,  USA TODAY, Chicago Tribune, Miami-Herald, L.A. Times, The Tennessean, Philadelphia Inquirer,  and media all over the country.  The proposed law was publicly  supported by over 308 Representatives (70%), a majority of the House Republicans,  and 60 U. S. Senators.  The amendment to the Horse Protection Act would have eliminated the “Big Lick” by removing the pads and chains, making horse soring a federal felony.

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COUNTRIES ASKING OLE MISS TO PLEASE “DISASSOCIATE” FROM THE SORE “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE ABUSE AT MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW SET FOR MARCH 26-27, 2015

1. Canada
2. United Kingdom
3. Australia
4. Belgium
5. Norway
6. Finland
7. Denmark
8. Portugal
9. France
10. Germany
11. Switzerland
12. Netherlands
13. New Zealand
14. United Arab Emirates
15. Poland
16. Greece
17. Slovenia
18. Croatia
19. Sweden
20. Italy
21. Austria
22. Brazil
23. Mexico
24. Singapore
25. Ireland
26. Luxembourg
27. Trinidad and Tobago
28. Bolivia
29. Malaysia
30. India
31. Phillipines
32. South Africa
33. Hungary
34. Albania
35. Costa Rica
36. Thailand
37. Japan
38. Argentina
39. Czech Republic
40. Ukraine
41. Russian Federation
42. Serbia
43. Sweden
44. Romania
45. Chile
46. Malta
47. Namibia
48. Falkland Islands
49. Turkey
50. Sri Lanka
51. Slovakia
52. Ecuador
53. Iceland
54. Puerto Rico
55. Scotland
56. Tenerife – Canary Islands
57. Wales

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Nephew Eugene says Ole Miss people are good folks.

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TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION CORRUPT “BACK TO THE TRAILER” RULE ENCOURAGES “HORSE SORING” – CLEARLY EVIDENCES LICKERS HAVE NO INTENT TO STOP “SORING” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES

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SHELBYVILLE, TN –  “SORING” is alive and well at the Tennessee National Walking Horse Celebration where its S.H.O.W. HIO inspection program encourages “Soring” with an “UNACCEPTABLE – BACK TO THE TRAILER” rule which makes a mockery of Horse Protection Act enforcement.

Meanwhile the TWH “Big Lick”  Addicts are mainlining anticipating the upcoming show season.  It amplifies the definition of the word “DELUSIONAL” to perceive how twisted people can become in pursuit of the sore “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse “Addiction”.

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THE "BIG LICK" ADDICTION

THE “BIG LICK” ADDICTION

A couple of weeks ago, the Big Licker Addicts were giving each other “High Fives” over a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruling which set aside the USDA regulation mandating HIOs (Horse Industry Organizations),  such as the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO to impose minimum penalties for “Soring” Tennessee Walking Horses on HPA violators.

The Court essentially ruled that the USDA action was intrusive governmental overreach, and threw the regulation out.

So now the Lickers “hope” to return to the Good Ole Days of Soring and having Big Lick Shows.

The hopes were dealt a splash of cold water when the Gallatin Lions Club Horse Show in Gallatin, Tennessee announced yesterday there would not be a 59th Annual Gallatin Horse Show.   For decades, it was a “Big Lick” Fixture held under a covered Grandstand with an all weather track.  In recent years, Big Licker TV live streamed the horse show, and it was a mainstay of Walking Horse Trainers BOYZ Rider’s Cup competition.

And then battle lines were drawn in the State of Mississippi six days ago where a double barrel Change.Org Petition  -  #OLEMISSCAMPAIGN –  caught fire with over 4,000+ persons from all over America and 51 countries have petitioned  the University of Mississippi asking it to Disassociate its children’s hospital from the “Big Lick” animal abuse at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show,  and asking the “Big Lick” Show Manager Robert Taylor to Cancel the 59 “Big Lick” classes set for March 26 – 28, 2015, and ban them in the future.

Although the University has taken “dissociation” request under advisement,  the ADDICTED sore Big Lickers just want to keep on soring.

They propose to do this under the guise of  ”Self Regulation”.  The American Horse Council and the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) say that is nothing more than the putting the foxes in charge of  protecting the hen-house.

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SORE BIG LICK PROTECTING THE HEN HOUSE

Here’s the proof this week from a “Big Lick” Internet Message Board:

SORE HIM, TAKE HIM TO INSPECTION – IF HE IS PRONOUNCED “UNACCEPTABLE”, TAKE HIM BACK TO THE TRAILER AND THERE IS NO RECORD OF ANY SORING WHICH IS ALWAYS NECESSARY FOR THE “BIG LICK”

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Here are the Celebration’s  S.H.O.W. HIO Penalties:

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What in the world does “UNACCEPTABLE” mean?

“UNACCEPTABLE” means a Trainer BOYZ can lead a Horse named “Bad Boy” up to be inspected:

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“Bad Boy” is some “SORE”,  and the Good Ole Boyz DQP Inspectors see the Horse is “SORE” –  but instead of writing a Horse Protection Act Violation Citation which would go on “Bad Boy’s” and the Trainer and Owner’s HPA record,    the DQP Inspector tells the Trainer BOYZ that “Bad Boy” is “UNACCEPTABLE”.

And then the Trainer Boyz takes “Bad Boy” goes back to the Horse Trailer.

So there is NO record of any HPA Violation.

No punishment for “Soring”.

Then S.H.O.W. HIO sends a bill to the Trainer for $100.00  who gives it to “Bad Boy’s” Owner who pays it.

The Trainer is happy,  the owner is happy,  the Big Lick Racket is happy because there is no record of Soring to make all the players in the Racket look bad.

The only unhappy one is “Bad Boy” who is “Sore”

Yep,  its one heckuva corrupt racket.

The Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO makes money.

The Trainer BOYZ gets to “Sore” “Bad Boy” in hopes of getting a Blue Ribbon.

Does the sore “Big Lick” Crowd at the Celebration really expect anyone to take the discredited fraudulent “VAC” Veterinary Advisory Committee seriously?

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It’s also really hard to take the sore “Big Lick” crowd seriously when they lead a Tennessee Walking Horse up to be inspected,  find it to be Sore, and then send the Horse back to the horse trailer with no penalty.

It’s all just more lipstick on the sore “Big Lick” Pig.

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

While “Bad Boy” stands in his stall Sore in a “Bucket Stance”.

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And the “Soring”  goes on and on and on.

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It’s time to end the “Big Lick Big Lie”.

Maybe it will take place soon in the State of Mississippi.

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JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI – HOME OF THE MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW

If that happens, in the words of Mortimer Snerd,

“Who’da thunk it?”

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THE UNITED STATES, AND THE WORLD, ASKS OLE MISS TO PLEASE STOP BEING ASSOCIATED WITH HORSE SORING REPRESENTED BY THE “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE AT THE MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW

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OXFORD, MS – In just five short days,  close to 3,500 people from every State in the Union, and from 51 countries around the World,  are appealing to the                      University of Mississippi to separate itself from the Mississippi Charity Horse Show which gives “Tainted Money” to the University’s Blair E. Batson Childrens Hospital.

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The corrupt “Big Lick” (based on animal cruelty)  is callously trying to use the prestige of the University of Mississippi,  and its wonderful Childrens Hospital,  to enhance and legitimize what can only be described as institutionalized animal abuse.

2014 MISSISSIPPI “BIG LICK” CHAMPION “GEN’S BLACK MAVERICK”

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

“GEN’S BLACK MAVERICK” FOUND SORE AT MISS. CHARITY HORSE SHOW

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LETTER CHANCELLOR, DEAN MEDICAL SCHOOL,  CHILDRENS HOSPITAL CEO

Dear University Officials,

As a long time horse lover, former equestrian competitor, and current member of the academic community, I was distressed to discover that the University of Mississippi Children’s Hospital is associated with the Mississippi Charity Horse Show, which features “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse Classes.  Tennessee Walking Horses are gentle creatures who are mistreated, including deliberate soring of their legs, to achieve the unnatural gait they are forced to demonstrate for the “Big Lick” classes.  This horrifying practice has no place in horse showing and certainly not in charity events.  Please disassociate the hospital from venues that continue to promote this cruelty.

Sincerely,

 Faculty Member – North Carolina University

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Sumrall. Mississippi

I’m signing because I live in Mississippi, I own 6 horses, and I believe soring horses is clearly animal abuse and it disgusts me. 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee

am from AL and have lived most of my life in TN. My son went to law school in MS. These states have an image problem that is exacerbated by being known within the horse world as the “abuse capital” of the nation.

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Flowood, Mississippi

im signing this because I’ve seen it first hand at barn in newbern, al. It’s sickening and I wish I would’ve done something to help the horses.

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Purvis, Mississippi

I cannot tolerate any form of animal cruelty. It is especially reprehensible when it is done for profit. I’m sure there are many people that pay to see these shows that have no idea how the horses are treated.

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Oxford, Mississippi

Horses should not be mistreated! This is painful and barbaric.

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Oxford, Mississippi

This amounts to horse cruelty.

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Coffeville, Mississippi

It’s cruel and abusive and needs to be stopped now . 

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Brandon, Mississippi

This video sickened me. I cannot believe this technique is used in these beautiful animals. I think we need to use these techniques on the men that are using it…maybe that might would sway them to stop doing it!!!

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Dear Chancellor Jones:

I am writing to respectfully request that you ban “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses from your charity horse show.  I don’t know if you are a “horse person” so I don’t know if you realize what is done to make these horses perform their unnatural gait.  They look showy for sure, but behind that showiness is a horse in pain, because causing pain is the only way they can get the horses to gait the way that they do.   I have owned horses for over 50 years and am an owner of a Tennessee Walking Horse.   I showed horses for many years and have to say I was shocked when I accompanied a friend to a Walking Horse show and saw the scars on many horses legs and saw that they had to have inspectors on site to make sure the horses were sound enough to go into the show ring.  I had never heard of such a thing — no other breed has to be inspected before they go into the show ring.

So far the Government has failed to protect these horses.  Many of us feel the only way to stamp out these cruel practices is to deny the Big Lick people an arena to present their horses.  Instead, why not have flat-shod Tennessee Walker classes.  The Big Lick has to go!

Thank you for your consideration.

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Clinton, Louisiana

I have waited more than half a century to for Tennessee Walking Horse owners to see the light and “Ban the Big Lick.”

As an educational institution the University of Mississippi really should not support or condone animal abuse by accepting donations raized by shows that include “Big Lick” classes.

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Hill City, Minnesota

A nation shall be judged by the manner in which they treat animals… Mahatma Ghandi. That sums it up well. To look the other way makes one just as guilty as the perpetrator – in this case – the sore horse trainer, rider and owner. Please do NOT allow the Big Lick Performance Tennessee Walking horses to show. Ban them and uphold the honorable traditions of Ol’ Miss.

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Cherry Valley, Massachusets

Dr. Dan Jones, Chancellor of University of Mississippi, and Dr. LouAnn Heath Woodward, Dean of UMC (University Medical Center), I urge you to DISASSOCIATE the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) from the institutionalized animal abuse of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses, and to not accept “Blood Money” donations gained from the exhibition of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses.

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Oxnard, California

I think the right thing to do is cancel Tennessee Walking Horse classes at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show. Walking Horses endure soring which is very painful to them & is totally unnecessary.

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Hill City, Missouri 

Ole Miss needs to disassociate itself from this animal abuse.

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To: Mr. Robert Taylor, Horse Show Manager

Adrian, Michigan

I am so disappointed that this will be allowed to happen, not only in Mississippi but any where else. How s this not animal abuse and or cruelty, when you are using painful chemicals and mechanical methods to make these horses step so high. It is absolute cruelty, not only are these practices used but it is publically known that these horses have this done to them while cross tied and then whipped at their ankles until the desired step is reached. Anyone and everyone who participates, owns, breeds or even attends these so called shows should be ashamed of your selves. And to call this a charity show at the expense of the pain these horses endure is just sickening!!! Oh we are going to fight as we are pissed and we the horses voices will fight until this is no longer allowed to be practiced. It is sick and just plain cruel. Mr. Taylor, I urge you to have compassion for these horses and cancel the 59 big Lick TWH classes at the Mississippi charity horse show and ban them in the future. Ban them altogether, this is wrong!!!. 

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Hillsboro, Oregon

As an owner of 6 beautiful natural walking horses I know them to be gentle big hearted animals. Big lick abuse of these gracious creatures is a national disgrace and Ole Miss should have no part in it 

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Champaign, Illinois

To have a health organization like University of Mississippi Childrens Hospital benefit from a horse show that promotes classes that require inhumane training creates a dissonance in ethics of the University. Disassociating the University of Mississippi from the Mississippi Charity Horse Show would reveal ethical harmony.

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Stillwater, Oklahoma

am appalled that a Mississippi charity would support the cruelty associated with horse soring. Please cancel this event.

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Marshall, NC

I would like to express my outrage at the abuse of one of my favorite horse breeds; the Tennessee Walking Horse. These poor animals have their feet treated with caustic agents, then wrapped in plastic to really damage their legs. They then are fitted with heavy painful chains to hit their painful front legs. Why? So people can see the grotesque front painful feet react by reaching high in the air to avoid the painful chains. This is the Big Lick ! They then are blinded with blinders so they can’t see in front and therefore step even higher. They then scoot their hind legs very far forward in order to get the weight off their front feet.This is called the Big Lick! A horse cares a huge amount of its body weight on its front legs, so think about it.This is plain and simple horrible torture. There is denial by the trainers, fans, riders, and wealthy owners. They even lie and say they “love” this horse. Their is big dirty money behind this industry. The horse shown naturally would revive the industry, but, the Lickers are stuck in the past, refuse to stop the abuse. Are arrogant in their abuse. I do not think such a prestigious University would want to be associated with such horrendous abuse. Please do not participate in this atrocity. 

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Wentworth, New Hampshire

The big lick is twisted and wrong. No university or hospital should have a thing to do with institutionalized animal abuse. 

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Fortson,  Georgia

Please cancel “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse Classes at The Mississippi Charity Horse Show! These horses are being abused! Research the process used on these horses to make them walk as “Big Lick” and you’ll see it’s cruel and abusive treatment! This practice is extremely painful! Do it to humans and see how they feel about the process! Please disassociate the University of Mississippi Children’s Hospital with institutionalized animal cruelty represented by exhibition of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses! 

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Fullerton, California

Dear Mr. Giesecke,

It is unfathomable that the word charity is even associated with this barbaric practice. This is supposed to be the 21st century, not medieval times. How this practice is still allowed is beyond me and those that practice it can in all good conscience consider it justifiable, is abominable! Please for the welfare of all animals concerned take a good look at what you are promoting and call for the inhumane treatment of these animals to cease. Charitable funds can be gotten by other means than the at the expense of those who suffer.

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Atlanta, Georgia

Please don’t allow “Soring” horses to exaggerate their unnatural high stepping “Big Lick” gate. All animals deserve protection from cruel and abusive behavior. Please cancel the 59 “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse classes at the 2015 Mississippi Charity Horse Show, and BAN them in the future.

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Germantown, Maryland

Because this is sickening and wrong, I will not be attending this Charity horse show when I am visiting Mississippi. Shame on a Childrens hospital being associated with grotesque cruelty for human enjoyment. 

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POLAND

To nie jest jeździectwo, nie sport, to jest bestialstwo!!!! STOP!!!!!!!

TRANSLATION:

This is not riding, not a sport , it's bestiality !!!! STOP !!!!!!!

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Fairbanks, Alaska

The abuse needs to stop! The chains, the stacks, the cruel chemical burns need to stop! The show still can go on without the crippled horses and let the graceful, natural-gaited TWH walk on for your children’s hospital! 

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Trappe, Maryland

Horses only get the “big lick” one way – and that is through inhumane, horrible treatment that makes it too painful for them to walk normally. How could any charity, especially a children’s hospital want to encourage the abuse of the beautiful creatures??? 

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Williams, Oregon

As a lifelong horsewoman I know there is no excuse for the cruel practices of traditional TWH trainers. No one (especially a hospital charity) should support destroying horses’ wellbeing for show and sport. 

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Maryville, Tennessee

Don’t let animal abuse be linked to Children’s Hospital. Please cancel the abused and tortured Big Lick classes.

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Germany

Das ist reine Tierquälerei. Einfach traurig.

Translation:

This is pure cruelty to animals. just sad

Tennessee

“I showed padded big lick tennessee walking horses for 10 years.  after learning of the horrible abuse they go thru, I got out and bought natural flatshod tennessee walking horses which is what the founding fathers of this breed meant for it too be.  Trainers that train for the “ big lick “ use mustard oil, a type of acid mixed with gasoline, then apply chains to the horse’s sensitive ankles to achieve this gait.  This gait causes the horses great pain, and it is an artificial man made gait.

I was behind the scenes.  To get the horses thru the inspection process they use numbing agents, inject lidocaine into pasterns, police them by beating them if they flinch when their ankles are touched while sore, they put a bladder device between the pad and foot to induce pain.  also, a device has been applied to the upper gum a wire to inflict so much pain that it distracts them from the pain on their ankles.  also, I learned that in the flatshod divisions so people to get a higher lift in the front legs, apply a form of pressure shoeing by cutting their feet close to the quick while shoeing and applying a device for the frog to stand on to induce soring.  It is a horrible painful world for  these animals.

 I won world championships on one of my horses flatshod.  but it got to the point I could not bear to be at a show with the big lick horses being shown.   I have attended your show in the past and my flatshod horses won first there.  Many shows have already begun the process of cutting out the big lick horses.  I hope your organization will follow thru and stop it too.  I know it may cut down on your entries, but in the long run it will promote the natural tennessee walking horse.”

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To Ole Miss Leaders:

“I have a wonderful  beautiful naturally gaited horse. He has a fine willing character and is a pleasure to ride.

There is absolutely no reason for human beings to torture fine animals in order to distort the natural gait of a horse, horse show or no horse show. The people who sore, chain, or stack a poor horse’s hooves in order to win a “show” should go to jail for cruelty.

And a fine educational institution such as yours should not endorse such character flaws as are displayed by the individuals who are in any way involved in such activities and “shows.”

Please, please disassociate your university from the cruelty involved in “Big Lick” shows.

Shows for naturally gaited horses have proven to be successful and will grow to even more success as communities and institutions such as yours reject the needless cruelty to these wonderful amazing horses.

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Dean Woodward,

I am writing to ask you to disassociate the medical school of the University of Mississippi and withdraw any support for the Tennessee “Big Lick” Walking Horse Show as part of the Mississippi Charity Horse Show.  It is widely known that these horses endure torture at the hands of their trainers and/or owners to produce the “big lick” walk that is not a normal characteristic of Tennessee Walking Horses.  Their hooves are “sored”‘ with caustic and painful chemicals and devices to produce the “big lick”.  The All American Walking Horse Alliance as well as several veterinarian organizations are calling for an end to this competition.  The judges are often complicit in keeping the sored horses in competition.  In fact, The Heart of America Walking Horse Association that frequently did inspections of Tennessee Walking Horses prior to “Big Lick” competitions is being decertified as a qualified inspector for this reason. So please don’t think the competition is adequately “policed” to protect the abused horses.  I hope that you do not want your medical school to be part of an event that supports intentional and deliberate animal abuse purely for entertainment.”

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CHANCELLOR DAN JONES,

Please “DISASSOCIATE” the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) Children’s Hospital from the institutionalized animal abuse of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses. Please do not accept “Blood Money” donations gained from the exhibition of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses. A great American public university like “Ole Miss’ should not stain its image by being associated with the exhibition of sore “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses in the name of family entertainment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxVlxT_x-f0

Thank you.

Tennessee

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“Ole Miss Values”

Please disassociate yourself from the Mississippi Charity Horse Shoe as long as it allows even one BigLick Tennessee Walking Horse to participate.

Thank you,

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In the Spirit and immortal words of the late Ole Miss Rebel Roy Lee “Chucky” Mullins,  “It’s Time” for Ole Miss to set an example for the rest of the country, and no longer associate with the animal cruelty it takes to manufacture the sore “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.

There is another way:

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2013 – CAROLINE EMERY UP ON AMAZING GRACE  - TAKING THE PLACE OF “BIG LICK” WORLD GRAND CHAMPION “I AM JOSE”  -  Photo Credit Joy Kimbrough | The Daily Times

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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

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MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW – “BRING ‘EM – SORE THEM – GET THE MONEY ANYWAY”- WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON IN JACKSON?

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THETA, TN – On an Internet Message Board the following appeared:

MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW – WHERE TWH GO TO BE SORED

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And somebody is supposed to take that sore “Big Lick” Racket seriously when they give “lip service” about showing “Sound” horses?

Nephew Eugene says balderdash.

Radar says he is going to kick the Heck out of them.

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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.

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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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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?

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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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ELAINE ROSBURY UP ON POPCORN SUTTON AT TUNIC DELTA CLASS OPERATED BY THE 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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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?

#OLEMISSCAMPAIGN

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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

BILLY YOUNG,  PRESIDENT OF THE WHTA BOYZ

BILLY YOUNG, PRESIDENT OF THE WHTA BOYZ

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN MR. DAVID L. HOWARD

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CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

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

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

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

TEXAS TRIAL LAWYER ON WRONG END OF JUDGE MEANS "SLAM DUNK"

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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RUSSELL J. GASPAR, PARTNER COHEN MOHR, WASHINGTON, DC

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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

Lee W. McGartland, PSHA  Secretary & Board Member

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.

ANDREA MORGAN, DVM - USDA DEPUTY APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

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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THERE AIN’T GOING TO BE NO MORE “DUTCH/S” ONCE THE PAST ACT PASSES
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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

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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

JANNIE CHAPMAN RAIL BANTER FROM WHTA SENIOR BOYZ BENNY JOHNSON

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

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

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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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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.

 

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

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.

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

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.

http://www.t-g.com/story/2102322.html

GIN TODDY – 3 HORSE PROTECTION ACTION VIOLATION CITATIONS

"GIN TODDY", 3 HPA VIOLATION CITATIONS, HERBERT DERICKSON UP

“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)
ONLY A FEW BAD APPLES

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

(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.

NATURAL GAITED TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE - WORLD GRAND CHAMPION MIDNIGHT SUN

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)

PBS "TO THE CONTRARY" HOST BONNIE ERBE'

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).

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE G. K. BUTTERFIELD

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE G. K. BUTTERFIELD

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

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1ST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINARep. G.K.Butterfield:

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

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

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:

SORING DEBATE AMBLES

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:

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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.

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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.

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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

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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’

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

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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).

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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