SHELBYVILLE GOINGS ONS – EMBATTLED CONTROVERSIAL CONGRESSMAN SCOTT DESJARLAIS (R-TN) COMES TO TOWN AND GETS QUICK COURSE IN EQUINE DIGITAL INSPECTION PROCEDURE

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SHELBYVILLE, TN –  The air may be a little different in Shelbyville,  Bedford County, Tennessee.  It seems things which might be considered a little unusual in other places, hardly raise an eyebrow in Shelbyville.

One of the latest “eyebrow raisers” was  a highly publicized appearance in Shelbyville on Tuesday by the controversial Congressman Scott Dejarlais (R-TN).   The Iowa native, South Dakota educated, Tennessee U. S. Representative was invited by sore Big Lick Horse Trainer Herbert Derickson’s wife, Jill to do something different.  The Congressman and his wife, and the Dericksons, all went to local vet Dr. John Bennett’s clinic to check on a Derickson customer Horse being “quarantined” there.

While at the vet clinic, Dr. Bennett gave Dr. Dejarlais a quick veterinary course on inspecting horses.   Then Medical Dr. Congressman Scott Dejarlais digitally palpated the Derickson customer horse which was turned down Saturday night for violating the scar rule at the “Kick Off Classic”.

John Bennett DVM testified on behalf of Larry Joe Wheelon in the August 2013 Blount County, Tennessee criminal proceedings in Maryville, the hometown of U. S. Senator Lamar #OUTOFTOUCHALEXANDER.     The Preliminary Hearing was dismissed on a technicality when a key prosecution witness was not allowed to testify.  Wheelon is innocent until proven guilty.HORSE VET JOHN BENNETT  HORSE VET JOHN BENNETT

Dr. Bennett also testified against the PAST ACT  before Congress in November 2013

JOHN BENNETT, DVM

JOHN BENNETT, DVM

The Middle Tennessee town of Shelbyville has now turned into the “Epicenter of Horse Abuse” in U. S. Senator Lamar #OUTOFTOUCHALEXANDER (R-TN) home state of Tennessee.   Alexander is attempting to pay back sore Big Lick supporter Campaign Finance Chairman Steve Smith by trying to stop the PAST ACT which would clean up the institutionalized soring of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed. #PASSTHEPASTACT

The Walking Horse Report Account:

http://www.walkinghorsereport.com/news.aspx?cid=10803

“Congressman Scott DesJarlais Visits Shelbyville
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
 
Today, Dr. Scott DesJarlais, Republican Congressman from the Fourth District, Tennessee, and cosponsor of Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn’s bill, H.R. 4098 (which directly opposes the PAST Act, H.R. 1518), visited Dr. John Bennett’s Clinic in Shelbyville, Tenn. Dr. DesJarlais wanted to see firsthand the subjective inspection practices to which Tennessee Walking Horses are subjected at every show.Dr. DesJarlais had been invited by Jill Derickson to come and see a three-year-old horse, Master Class, owned by customers of 4 The Glory Farm, Mr. and Mrs. Tim Brooks. This horse has been shown a total of 21 times in his career, passing inspection by the USDA on four occasions (two going in the ring and two coming out) at the recent National Trainers’ Show. The horse has never received a violation of any kind until the Kick Off Classic this past Saturday night. The USDA wrote a post-show scar rule ticket on him as he exited the ring.
Herbert and Jill Derickson welcome Scott and Amy DesJarlais.

Immediately, trainer Herbert Derickson had the horse inspected by Dr. Jim Baum who pronounced him to be without a scar. The Dericksons then took the horse to Dr. Bennett’s clinic where he has been in quarantine since the show. Various other veterinarians including Dr. Steve Mullins came and inspected the horse and pronounced him clean. Dr. Mullins even stated, “I have never seen a horse this clean be turned down.”Dr. DesJarlais first watched Dr. Bennett go through the inspection procedure on the horse and then he was given the opportunity to actually inspect the horse’s feet himself.
Dr. John Bennett walks Congressman DesJarlais through an inspection of Master Class.

After watching carefully while Dr. Bennett performed the inspection and then performing the inspection himself, Dr. DesJarlais was given the opportunity to look at x-rays, ultrasounds, videos and photographs that have been made of Master Class since his arrival at the clinic. He also had the opportunity to discuss the horse’s history with Herbert Derickson, and the history of the inspection process as it has evolved through the years since the HPA came into existence.He listened to concerns voiced by Derickson, Bennett, and Mike Inman, Celebration CEO. He told the group that he felt if other legislators were given the opportunity to come and view the inspection process and actually lay hands on the horse in the manner the inspectors do they would have a clearer understanding of how subjective the inspection process is.Dr. DesJarlais expressed his desire to help our industry in this troubling time.”

Congressman Desjarlais was involved in rumors of scandal leading up to re-election by 56% of the votes in 2012.  Shortly after his re-election, the extent of the scandal involving sex with patients and abortion became fully known.   As a result of his alleged misconduct involved patients, Dejarlais was fined the large sum of $500.00 by the Tennessee Medical Association authorities.   Political challengers immediately came forward, and now Dejarlais will face the voters in 2014 along with U. S. Senator Lamar #OUTOFTOUCHALEXANDER

Desjarlais and Alexander are bed fellows in backing Bills To Enable Soring,  rather the the PAST ACT which would eliminate soring.

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http://www.politico.com/story/2013/03/desjarlaiss-personal-shortcomings-cloud-future-88449.html

Scott DesJarlais ‘personal shortcomings’ loom large

Rep. Scott DesJarlais is shown. | AP Photo

DesJarlais’s problems surround his 2001 divorce proceedings. | AP Photo

By ALEX ISENSTADT | 3/6/13 4:41 AM EST Updated: 3/6/13 1:48 PM EST

Embattled Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais escaped the 2012 election standing, but his luck may have run out.

The second-term congressman is confronting a gang of prospective Republican primary challengers eager to exploit a series of embarrassing and damaging headlines surrounding his personal life that have put his political career on the precipice.

DesJarlais’s problems surround his 2001 divorce proceedings, details of which were made public during the final weeks of the last election. According to transcripts from the post-separation trial, the congressman, a former physician and hospital chief of staff, carried on sexual relationships with several patients, coworkers and a drug company official. DesJarlais also allegedly prescribed drugs to one of the patients he had an affair with and provided her with lavish gifts, including an expensive watch and plane tickets.

Among the other explosive revelations in the documents: that DesJarlais, who swept into office in the tea party wave of 2010 and billed himself as a social conservative, supported his ex-wife’s decision to have two abortions prior to their marriage. He also apparently asked one of the patients he had an affair with to get an abortion.

Had it not been for the conservative nature of DesJarlais’s central Tennessee district, which stretches from Murfreesboro to just outside Chattanooga, it’s quite possible he would’ve been booted from office last year. With the primary already behind him by the time the divorce records surfaced, DesJarlais dispatched his Democratic opponent, who waged a late effort to exploit the incendiary headlines, by nearly 12 percentage points.

A Republican primary, however, promises to be a different story.

DesJarlais “is in a lot of trouble. I do not expect that he’ll get reelected,” said Gregory Gleaves, who as a former Tennessee Republican Party executive director helped DesJarlais win election in 2010. “I believe he has done irreversible damage, and I expect him to be defeated in August 2014.”

Jim Tracy, a state senator, has launched a campaign, and two other Tennessee Republicans, state Reps. Joe Carr and Kevin Brooks, have been mentioned as possible DesJarlais opponents.

Tracy has made little secret that he plans to brand DesJarlais, who has since remarried and has three children, as morally tainted. The home page of Tracy’s website prominently displays a photo of him with his family, and he recently introduced controversial legislation that would require women to receive an ultrasound before receiving an abortion.

In Tennessee political circles, the bill is widely seen as a veiled effort by Tracy to present himself as a staunch abortion opponent while reminding voters of DesJarlais’s history of supporting abortions in his personal life.

“I’m running for Congress because this country is broke, not only financially but also morally,” Tracy said in an interview. “People in this country are looking for leadership.”

For now, DesJarlais aides insist he’s not looking ahead to the looming primary battle.

“Right now Congressman DesJarlais is focused on the important issues being debated in the 113th Congress rather than running for the 114th,” said Robert Jameson, a DesJarlais spokesman. “There will be a time for campaigning, and the congressman looks forward to running on his solidly conservative record of cutting spending, reducing government and repealing the president’s takeover of our nation’s health care system.

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DESJARLAIS OPPONENT SEEMS TO BE WINNING THE FUND RAISING GOING AWAY

http://www.t-g.com/story/1959766.html

Tracy raises 4 times more than DesJarlais

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

By ERIK SCHELZIG ~ The Associated Press

NASHVILLE — State Sen. Jim Tracy has raised more than four times as much as the embattled congressional incumbent he is challenging in the Republican primary next year.

According to campaign disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission on Monday, Tracy raised more than $436,485 in the first quarter, compared with U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais’ net of $104,532.

DesJarlais, a Jasper physician, won a second term in November despite revelations that he once urged a patient with whom he was having an affair to get an abortion.

Transcripts released after the election revealed that DesJarlais made a mutual decision with his first wife to have two abortions.

“Jim Tracy’s robust fundraising totals coupled with his strong grassroots organization put him in the best position to defeat the scandal ridden incumbent in the 2014 primary,” Tracy’s finance chairman Shane Reeves said in a release this week.

Meanwhile, state Rep. Joe Carr of Murfreesboro said he had raised about $205,479 for his exploratory committee to join the GOP race for the 4th District seat.

Tracy had $404,000 remaining in cash on hand, compared to $87,427 for DesJarlais.

DesJarlais reported raising $101,694 from individuals, but just $11,781 from political action committees, which are usually generous to incumbents expected to win re-election. His quarterly campaign spending of $35,442 includes $9,000 in refunds to PACs.

Tracy raised $412,000 from individuals, and $24,500 from PACs. He spent $32,483 during the period.

DesJarlais in the court proceedings acknowledged having sex with at least two patients and he said he prescribed painkillers for at least one of them.

He urged one of those patients to get an abortion during a phone conversation he recorded. The congressman denied during the campaign that he had recorded the call, but in his 2001 testimony he acknowledged that he did. DesJarlais said he was only trying to get her to admit she wasn’t pregnant.

Tracy, a Shelbyville insurance agent and former college basketball referee, previously ran for Congress in 2010 before his county was moved from the 6th District as part of the redistricting process.

He came in third behind then-state Sen. Diane Black, the eventual winner of the seat, and Murfreesboro businesswoman Lou Ann Zelenik in a GOP primary contest separated by just 566 votes.

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Shelbyville, Tennessee is being tortured by the death throes of the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse.   

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THE NATIONAL SHERIFF’S ASSOCIATION ENDORSES THE PAST ACT – CALLS FOR HORSES TO BE PROTECTED FROM ABUSE – AMERICA’S EYES FOCUS ON SHELBYVILLE, TENNESSEE SHERIFF RANDALL BOYCE TO ENFORCE TENNESSEE LAWS AGAINST ANIMAL CRUELTY

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WASHINGTON,  DC –  In letters to Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)  the 3,000 member National Sheriff’s Association endorsed the PAST ACT today.  The Virginia based Executive Director called on Law Enforement, especially in rural areas, to become more invested in enforcing animal cruelty laws.

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Bedford County, Tennessee Sheriff Randall Boyce is at the epicenter for Horse Abuse in the United States. His telephone number is (931) 684-4566.

BEDFORD COUNTY SHERIFF RANDALL BOYCE

BEDFORD COUNTY SHERIFF RANDALL BOYCE

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At last year’s Celebration, Boyce’s office had a presence at the Celebration where the cruelty to animals was being checked for by S.H.O.W. HIO inspectors and the Veterinary Medical Officers with the USDA.  These cruisers are located at the path going into the Inspection Area.    Despite numerous instances of Horses being found sore and abused in violation of the Horse Protection Act,  Sheriff Boyce did nothing to enforce the Tennessee Animal Cruelty statutes.

No cases were brought.

Why?

Please call him and ask him.  His telephone number is (931) 684-4566.

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U. S. SENATOR LAMAR #OUTOFTOUCHALEXANDER NEEDS TO LISTEN TO KIM WALKER FROM WARTRACE #PASSTHEPASTACT

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THETA, TN - Sore Big Lick supporter Steve Smith of Brentwood, Tennessee has one vote,  and Kim Walker of Wartrace, Tennessee has one vote.

U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) represents both of these Tennesseans.

When Steve “UR” Smith needs to talk to Alexander, he can get him on the telephone in 60 seconds or less.  Smith is in charge of raising $3 million for Alexander’s campaign.

When Kim Walker needs to get word to Senator Alexander, she must write a Letter to the Editor of The Tennessean, and hope it gets published so the Senator might have a chance to see it.

Kim Walker wrote a letter, and The Tennessean newspaper published it last week.

http://www.tennessean.com/story/opinion/readers/2014/04/18/tennesseans-support-law-end-soring-walking-horses/7884499/

Tennesseans support law to end soring of walking horses

“I live in Wartrace, Tenn., the heart of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry, and we moved here for the love of the walking horse.

We had a couple of padded horses, as well as a spotted saddle horse with a trainer known for soring, until we had an epiphany and decided what we were paying into wasn’t worth it — for us or for the walking horse.

There is no way a padded horse or heavy-shod horse can perform the Big Lick or an exaggerated gait without the use of chemicals and chains or, in the case of heavy-shod horses, pressure shoeing. As a previous owner, I know the truth, though those in the industry are trying to preserve the soring status quo.

I have reached out to Sens. Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander and Reps. Diane Black and Scott DesJarlais to express my support of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, HR 1518/S 1406. It disheartens me that they have not yet cosponsored this important anti-crime, anti-cruelty, anti-corruption legislation.

In large part, these legislators’ constituents are firmly opposed to inhumane training, and want to see the PAST Act passed.

Why won’t they stand up for their constituents, and for the voiceless horses subjected to soring in Tennessee?

Kim Walker
Wartrace 37183″

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Radar, Nephew Eugene and I took a vote, and it was unanimous.

We all believe that each and every one one of us needs to TWEET and RETWEET this post so U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) knows exactly how his Wartrace, Tennessee constituent/horse owner Kim Walker feels about this important issue.

Kim wants Senator Alexander to know that the majority of Tennesseans want the PAST ACT passed, and she asks Senator Alexander to stand up for the “voiceless horses subjected to soring in Tennessee”.

Out here at Theta, we think Senator Alexander needs to “Get Back In Touch” with Tennesseans and listen to Kim Walker, and tell Steve Smith’s sore Big Lick crowd “No”.

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WHY ARE STEVE SMITH, WALT CHISM AND THE HPA VIOLATORS ON THE TWHBEA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE TRYING SO HARD TO HIDE TWHBEA’S SORE “BIG LICK” IMAGE FROM THE PUBLIC?

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LEWISBURG, TN –  Why don’t TWHBEA Officials Steve Smith and Walt Chism,  and their gang of majority Horse Protection Act Citation History Executive Committee members,  want the rest of the United States to see the sore Big Lick  they defend and want to perpetuate?

It is interesting to see Equestrian Cat Dye ride this keg shod natural gaited  Tennessee Walking Horse with rubber bell boot.  Please note its similarity to the “New”  TWHBEA merchandise which tries to hide the cancerous sore Big Lick from the public.

See anything similar?

CAT DYE UP ON AMAZIN' GRACE - KEG SHOD WITH RUBBER BELL BOOT -DEMONSTRATING HOW TO ACHIEVE A NATURAL WALK WITH NATURAL SEAT AND HORSEMANSHIP
CAT DYE UP ON AMAZIN’ GRACE – KEG SHOD WITH RUBBER BELL BOOT -DEMONSTRATING HOW TO ACHIEVE A NATURAL WALK WITH NATURAL SEAT AND HORSEMANSHIP

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CAT DYE UP ON AMAZIN' GRACE - KEG SHOD WITH RUBBER BELL BOOT -DEMONSTRATING HOW TO ACHIEVE A NATURAL WALK WITH NATURAL SEAT AND HORSEMANSHIP
CAT DYE UP ON AMAZIN’ GRACE – KEG SHOD WITH RUBBER BELL BOOT -DEMONSTRATING HOW TO ACHIEVE A NATURAL WALK WITH NATURAL SEAT AND HORSEMANSHIP

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CAT DYE UP ON AMAZIN' GRACE - KEG SHOD WITH RUBBER BELL BOOT -DEMONSTRATING HOW TO ACHIEVE A NATURAL WALK WITH NATURAL SEAT AND HORSEMANSHIP
CAT DYE UP ON AMAZIN’ GRACE – KEG SHOD WITH RUBBER BELL BOOT -DEMONSTRATING HOW TO ACHIEVE A NATURAL WALK WITH NATURAL SEAT AND HORSEMANSHIP

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Seriously, who do David L. Howard and Steve Smith think they are fooling?

Other than Representative Marsha “Face Of Animal Abuse In Tennessee” Blackburn, and U. S. Senator Lamar “I Am Old And Out Of Touch” Alexander.

Follow the money on both of these public servants.

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 Trng/EquineWelfare Linda Montgomery – (HPA CITATION HISTORY)
VP Breeders David Williams – (Employer Has 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

Here is the SYMBOL of the sore Big Lick.

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Please notice the “elevation”.   It’s where the sore Big Lick horse is “set down” by soring.  He sets up like this because his front feet are sore,   and there is a 12-15 lb built up stack/shoe on each front foot. He has a chain hitting his “sensitized” front feet along with the jolting concussion of the weighted “stack/package/shoe” hitting the surface with each step.

Sound painful?

It is.

The Horse is throwing his front feet because he is “scared” when that chain hits the sore skin on his front feet,  that it is going to hurt him.  And it does.   Or he’s already hurting from the pressure against the sensitive bottom of his feet which will also cause him to fling his front feet.

STEVE SMITH UP ON MISS WALKING MIRACLE, MULTI WORLD GRAND CHAMPION MARE

STEVE SMITH UP ON MISS WALKING MIRACLE, MULTI WORLD GRAND CHAMPION MARE

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When TWHBEA goes on the road to EXPOs around the country, and parents bring their children to see Horses,  TWHBEA hides the sore Big Lick from public view.    Executive Director Tracy Boyd has changed the TWHBEA merchandise,  T shirts and Sweat Shirts,  from showing the elevated sore Big Lick to a completely different level non-sore natural look like Cat Dye trains.

To show you how the sore Big Lick image is admired, look no further than 2013 World Grand Champion, “I AM JOSE”  here doing the “Way High” bad image just a month ago at the Trainers Show at the Celebration’s Calsonic Arena. This sore Big Lick crowd, what few of them were there,  loved it.   Put those photos up at the Equine Affaire in Columbus, Ohio and see what kind of reaction the public has.   Or take this video along for people to see:

2013 WORLD GRAND CHAMPION “I AM JOSE” EXHIBITION – ASHEVILLE, NC

I AM JOSE - CASEY WRIGHT UP - EXHIBITION AT NATIONAL TRAINERS SHOW

I AM JOSE – CASEY WRIGHT UP – EXHIBITION AT NATIONAL TRAINERS SHOW

2013 WORLD GRAND CHAMPION - "I AM JOSE" - CASEY WRIGHT UP

2013 WORLD GRAND CHAMPION – “I AM JOSE” – CASEY WRIGHT UP

EQUINE EXPOS WHERE TWHBEA HAS BOOTHS

February 14-16 Equifest, Park City, Kansas-www.equifestofks.com

February 27-March 2 12th Annual Pennsylvania Horse World Expo, Harrisburg, PA-www.horseworldexpo.com

March 1-2 Alabama Horse Fair, Montgomery, AL-http://alabamahorsecouncil.org/wp/?page_id=44

March 7-9 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo, Denver, Colorado-www.RockyMountainHorseExpo.com

April 10-13 Equine Affair, Columbus, OH-www.equineaffaire.com

Here is the TWHBEA booth at Equine Affaire.  The sore Big Lick is hidden oh so well, and even then, there is a youth/child rider up on the one partially obscured picture.

http://www.twhbea.com/News/11EquineAffaireWrapup.php

TWHBEA BOOTH – “EQUINE AFFAIRE” – COLUMBUS, OHIO

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TWHBEA EXHIBIT – EQUINE AFFAIRE – COLUMBUS, OHIO

The publisher of Shelbyville NOW, the esteemed David Thomas,  was in attendance at “Equine Affaires”.  Here is what he wrote:

http://shelbyvillenow.com/walking_horse_news1

“The Equine Affaire in Columbus, OH  was held April 10-13 and was in attendance by over 100,000 horse enthusiasts.   I had the opportunity to witness this event first hand and can tell you that the crowd had a huge Walking Horse presence.  Of the 100,000 people in attendance I would estimate that 1/3 were Walking Horse or Gaited Horse owners.   These facts are very significant since the Equine Affaire is one of the largest Equestrian events in the United States.

The good news is,  the Tennessee Walking Horse isn’t going anywhere.

The question is,  will we as the Walking Horse Capital of the World,  embrace this enthusiasm and open the door to the entire breed.”

At the moment,  we are on an island.   Its time to change that!

David Thomas
Shelbyville Now

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The island Mr. Thomas refers to is depicted by this Map.

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These two guys are leading the Tennessee Walking Horse breed over a cliff.

TWO GRUMPY OLD MEN - STEVE SMITH AND WALT CHISM

TWO GRUMPY OLD MEN – STEVE SMITH AND WALT CHISM

NATURAL GAITED TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE - WORLD GRAND CHAMPION MIDNIGHT SUN

NATURAL GAITED TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE – WORLD GRAND CHAMPION MIDNIGHT SUN

Midnight Sun is glad he’s not around for their foolishness.  Tracy Boyd probably wishes  he wasn’t, either. He sure isn’t going to take those sore Big Lick T shirts to “Equine Affaire”.

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THE PLIGHT OF THE WALKING HORSE TRAINER BOYZ – TO HAUL OR NOT TO HAUL DOWN TO PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA WHERE THE USDA WAITS WITH SCIENCE BASED OBJECTIVE INSPECTIONS “TO PROTECT THE HORSES” – LET’S EMAIL AND SUPPORT THE USDA

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SHELBYVILLE, TN –  This is the Week of the “PANAMA CITY WALKING HORSE TRAINER BOYZ EXTRAVAGANZA FAMILY VACATION” Horse Show:

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The Walking Horse Trainer BOYZ would spit out the bit if they could – but they can’t.

They would call off the WHOLE sore Big Lick Show Season right now. but they have been warned by the Celebration Chairman David L. Howard/PSHA Crowd,  if you do that, we’ll pull the plug on the Blackburn/Alexander Bills.

So, what do the Trainer BOYZ do?

Usually the Master Manipulators,  the Trainer BOYZ find themselves as the “Manipulatees”,  who are squarely between the proverbial rock and the hard place.

Here’s how things got there.

In 2014,   the USDA up and decided to end the “Partnership Patticake” that David L. Howard’s S. H. O. W. HIO was propagandizing.

The people’s servant, the USDA,  with a little friendly encouragement from the Radar and the Theta contingent,  started enforcing the Horse Protection Act with gusto to eliminate soring – not just regulate it.

This mightily confused the Trainer BOYZ and threw their world into disarray because all the Trainer BOYZ have ever wanted to know is just one thing.

“What Is The Speed Limit?”

“How Sore Can A Horse Be And Still Be ‘Compliant’”?

“Compliant”  is “Be Able To Do The Big Lick And Still Pass Inspection”.

And the definition of a “Compliant” Horse is a sore Horse that can pass inspection.

So here we are on the Eve of the “WALKING HORSE TRAINERS BOYZ EXTRAVAGANZA” a/k/a   “WALKING HORSE TRAINERS BOYZ FAMILY VACATION ON THE PANAMA CITY BEACH” set to start this Thursday,  April 24 – and go through Saturday, April 26.

And things are in a grand and glorious uproar.

To haul or not to haul,  that is the question.

The Trainer BOYZ world changed at the National Trainers Show when on March 14, 2014,  the USDA showed up with the “Science Based Objective Inspections”  that the Trainer BOYZ and Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said they so badly wanted.

Of course anyone who knows anything about Trainer World, is they do NOT want “Science Based Objective Zero Tolerance Inspections”.  That would not allow them to do what they do,  all in the name of pageantry and spectacle, of course,  that WHR Editor Jeffrey Howard likes to “yimmer yammer” about so much.

DR.TRACY TURNER-THE FACE OF “SCIENCE BASED OBJECTIVE INSPECTIONS:

What they do want is to know  -  What is the Speed Limit?

Here are the 2014 EVENTS so far:

February 28, 2014 “CELEBRATION’S SPRING FLING”USDA PRESENT

USDA shows up and Colt Preview participants load up and haul off.  Here is one young 21 month old colt sticking and reaching, just a smokin’.

21 MONTH OLD COLT OWNED BY PSHA CHAIRMAN JIM CORTNER AT COLT PREVIEW AT CALSONIC ON FEB. 28, 2014

21 MONTH OLD COLT OWNED BY PSHA CHAIRMAN JIM CORTNER AT COLT PREVIEW AT CALSONIC ON FEB. 28, 2014

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MARCH14/16, 2014 “46th ANNUAL NATIONAL TRAINERS SHOW” USDA PRESENT

The USDA shows up and  enforces Horse Protection Act to eliminate soring.
Only 255 Horses show vs 520 Horses in 2013.
Only 31 Big Lick Horses show on Saturday Stake Night.
“I Am Jose” exhibited “Bad Image”.

NIGHT ONE - TRAINERS SHOW - MARCH 13, 2014

NIGHT ONE – TRAINERS SHOW – MARCH 13, 2014

450 MAX - THIS WAS AT THE START

450 MAX – THIS WAS AT THE START

DQP COMING OUT INSPECTION

DQP COMING OUT INSPECTION

"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 – ALL SQUAT DOWN AND HOCK WRINGING CRAMPED UP -

MARCH 27 – 29, 2014 “JACKSON MISSISSIPPI HORSE SHOW”USDA PRESENT

USDA shows up and Trainer BOYZ run for the hills. The Mississippi public wanted nothing whatsoever to do with the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking horse. Here is a photo from the Saturday night crowd photo. One to two horses in a class was the norm. More Judges than Horses.

THE PUBLIC IS HAVING NONE OF THE SORE BIG LICK

THE PUBLIC IS HAVING NONE OF THE SORE BIG LICK

The USDA VMO inspections were thorough, fair, professional, objective and science based. It becomes more and more obvious with each horse show that the sore Big Lick Trainer BOYZ cannot stand the scrutiny of trained veterinarians who view their jobs as enforcing the Horse Protection Act to eliminate soring – rather than just “regulate” it.

APRIL 5, 2014 MOREHEAD STATE UNIVERSITY (KENTUCKY)    USDA PRESENT

There were 47 classes and 31 horses showed at the Morehead State University Spring Open Horse Show. “What do they need the pads and chains for?
When Lexington Leader-Herald reporter Janet Patton called for Senator Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul to ask them: Neither McConnell nor Paul would comment on why their bill would allow performance gait trainers to continue to use pads and chains on horses, which the American Horse Council said is “an integral part of soring.”

The American people need to strongly support the United States Department of Agriculture in its enforcement of the Horse Protection Act to eliminate horse soring … not just regulate it.

April 12, 2014 “BEDFORD COUNTY WALKING FOR CANCER”NO USDA -
113 Horses – 30 Classes
-16 Non Big Lick
  97 Big Lick Horses – Avg. 4 a class
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APRIL 19, 2014 “CELEBRATION’S KICK OFF CLASSIC”USDA PRESENT
 85 Horses
-24 Non-Big Lick
 61 Big Lick – Avg. 2 a class

INSPECTION AREA - "THE DAVID L. HOWARD PORTAPOTTY KICKOFF CLASSIC" HORSE SHOW

INSPECTION AREA – “THE DAVID L. HOWARD PORTAPOTTY KICKOFF CLASSIC” HORSE SHOW

In days past,  Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and sore Big Lick TWHBEA President Steve Smith would get on the telephone and get “bought and paid for” politicians like Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to call and threaten the U. S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and his agency’s funding over its enforcement of the Horse Protection Act.

This time,  the People of the United States are NOT going to let that dark room evil tactic of Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and sore Big Lick Steve Smith work.

 We are going to have the back of the USDA as along as it protects “The Horses”.

The Theta Covenant:     We will take on and take down  any one   any time   any place   who dares to attempt to interfere with The United States Department of Agriculture protecting  The Horses”.

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PLEASE EMAIL THESE OFFICIALS AND THANK THEM AND  URGE THEM TO PLEASE GO FOWARD WITH THIS MISSION TO PROTECT THE HORSES.

Tom Vilsack –        agsec@usda.gov
Krysta Harden -    krysta.harden@usda.gov
Ed Avalos –            ed.avalos@osec.usda.gov
Kevin Shea  -        kevin.a.shea@usda.gov
Chester Gipson, DVM    chester.a.gipson@aphis.usda.gov

Note: Nephew Eugene noticed that the Columbia Spring Jubilee, May 30,31 voted to donate the proceeds from its 2014 Show to the Performance Show Horse Association (PSHA) which is paying $17,000,00 a month to sustain the sore Big Lick.

Left to Right - Phil Osborne, Jeffrey Howard, Jeff Speaks

Left to Right – Phil Osborne, Jeffrey Howard, Jeff Speaks

The Chattanooga Times Free Press called on Tennesseans to BOYCOTT Tennessee Walking Horse Shows until the Horses are “Protected”.

That is an idea that, in all likelihood, will come of age at the 63rd Annual Columbia Spring Jubilee Horse Show.

Stay tuned.

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MARCH 2014 TWHBEA NUMBERS REFLECT CONTINUING DOWNWARD SPIRAL – MEMBERSHIP NUMBERS PLUMMETING – CASH RESERVES DOWN 33% FROM 2012 – TWHBEA TEETERING ON EDGE OF ABYSS – WITH ONLY SORING TO BLAME

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LEWISBURG, TN – it’s 9:00 A.M. on a Friday morning,  one day before the Ides of March.  Several people enter a building at 2950 North Ellington Parkway.  Each person takes a seat at a long table.  There are no donuts on the table.  The wealthy President has  eliminated donuts for the Officers while the employees have taken approximately a 20% pay cut.

The group is congenial and seems to be glad to see each other.   Ironically, the majority of the people attending the meeting have been cited for breaking a federal law called the Horse Protection Act.  This includes the President, Steve Smith,  along with the Show Horse Vice-President, Ford Gates.  Gates actually said on Facebook, that ‘we never need to admit that we “fix” a horse.  One of the persons present, Tom Kakassy,  Chairman of By-Laws and Enforcement Committee,  has brazenly said, “I Am A Proud HPA Violator”

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TOM KAKASSY -DAVID L. HOWARD OPERATIVE – ENFORCMENT COMMITTEE, PERFORMANCE COMMITTEE, BY-LAWS COMMITTEE

The building where this meeting is taking place is the headquarters of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association. It was founded by MIddle Tennessee farmers in 1935.

The persons at the table are the breed registry’s Executive Committee.

At one time the statue of legendary natural gaited Tennessee Walking Horse           Midnight Sun stood in front of the building.  Midnight Sun was hauled off over a year ago because the breed association could no longer afford to keep him there.

It should be noted that Midnight Sun did not do the “Big Lick”, and he was not sored.

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NATURAL GAITED TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE – WORLD GRAND CHAMPION MIDNIGHT SUN –  BEFORE BEING HAULED AWAY FROM TWHBEA HEADQUARTERS

It is fair to say an intense controversy has swirled around TWHBEA and the Tennessee Walking Horse breed for more than a year now.

Simply put,  the overall problem is soring, and the immediate problem is that the group of people seated at the table stubbornly supports the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking show horse.   They give lip service that they are against soring, but it rings hollow based on their actions, past and present.

They hold to a demented belief that the rest of the United States will stand by and allow them to continue a 45 year period of institutionalized soring and cruelty to Tennessee Walking Horses.  The soring activities which have criminal penalties associated with them are done in the erstwhile name of “Sport” and family entertainment.  Prayers are offered before the events take place, and the Flag of the United States is ceremoniously displayed.

There is a proposed law now before Congress called the PAST ACT , Prevent All Soring Tactics Act,  which would essentially eliminate soring by removing the pads and chains which facilitate it.

Over 60% of the United States Congress supports the proposed law.

The United States Senate Commerce Committee approved the PAST ACT two weeks ago.

The law is endorsed by the country’s leading veterinary groups, the AVMA and the AAEP,   along with noted equine organizations, The American Horse Council and United States Equestrian Federation., and other equine breeds such as The American Saddlebred Association and American Quarter Horse Association.

Even the Tennessee Walking Horse Breed Association’s own membership voted 63% landslide for passage of the PAST ACT to remove the pads and chains and eliminate soring of Tennessee Walking Horses as evidenced by “The Map”.

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Yet, the group at the table cannot perceive how they and the Tennessee Walking Horse breed are presently viewed by the outside world. Actually, one of the people, Tracy Boyd, can perceive it because he made a public statement a year ago explaining his position.

Boyd was widely quoted as saying he endorsed the PAST ACT as written, and gave cogent reasons supporting his position.   Boyd is no longer a policy maker,  rather he is an aparatchik of the sore Big Lick crowd at the conference table. A lot of people wonder what he is even doing there since his personal views appeared to differ with the present policy.

Middle Tennessee’s two leading newspapers, The Tennessean and the Chattanooga Free Press,  have editorially endorsed passage of the new law, the PAST ACT which would remove the pads and chains.

Here are the people in the meeting.

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 Trng/EquineWelfare Linda Montgomery – (HPA CITATION HISTORY)
VP Breeders David Williams – (Employer Has 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

A balding middle aged man accompanied by a senior citizen seem to be in charge of the meeting.

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

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

TWHBEA MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS WALT CHISM

TWHBEA MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS WALT CHISM

The younger man takes a seat at the head of the table and,  with a self perceived arrogance,  calls the meeting to order precisely at 9:01 A.M.

The TWHBEA Executive Director Tracy Boyd presents the most recent Financial Reports which indicate the fiscal health of the organization:

TWHBEA MARCH 2014 MEMBERSHIP NUMBERS

6,359* Eligible To Vote Members7,460 Total Members (Incl. Youth/Promo Non-Voting)

*In September 2013,   6,950* Eligible To Vote Members number was VERIFIED with 8,153 Total Members (Incl. Youth/Promo Non-Voting.

There has been a 8.50% decrease (591 members) in Eligible To Vote Members in 7 months, or a projected 14.50% (1,008 members) Annual Decrease In Members for 12 months, from September 2013 through August 2014.

Many TWHBEA Members are waiting to see IF the PAST ACT becomes law before making their decision to leave the breed registry.

If the PAST ACT does NOT become law, the TWHBEA members exodus could be  20% (1,390)  OR  30% (2085),  or higher, within the next 5 months.

That would put the TWHBEA Members at 5,560 to 4,865 by September 2014.

TWHBEA President Steve Smith and Sr. VP Walt Chism appear to be riding on the back of a famished Bengal Tiger that is just waiting for them to get off so it can eat them.

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There will a point when TWHBEA will soon no longer be a financially viable proposition if things continue on their present course.

MEMBERSHIPS

MEMBERS RENEWING                         RENEWAL INCOME
MARCH 2012          897                               $49,300.00
MARCH 2013          713                                 37,725.00
MARCH 2014          632                                 33,985.00
                             30% LOSS                     $15,315.00 DECREASE – 31% DECREASE

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FIRST TIME FOAL REGISTRATIONS*

                                  INCOME                      REGISTRATIONS
MARCH 2012        $19,070.00                         719    (169-FREE)*
MARCH 2013            8,618.00                         218    (50 FREE)*
MARCH 2014           12,080.00                        211    (43 FREE)*
                                37% LOSS                   31% LOSS

TRANSFERS*

                                  INCOME                           TRANSFERS
MARCH 2012        $22,670.00                         548   (132-FREE)*
MARCH 2013          13,272.00                         504    (140 FREE)*
MARCH 2014           17,710.00                        484    (  57 FREE)*
                                   22% LOSS                12% LOSS

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BREEDING REPORT

 MARES BRED     FOALS REGISTERED

2008       9,869                          -
2011       8,341                          -
2012       7,600                      3,915
2013       5,920                      4,154

COMPARISON 2008 VS 2013      60% LOSS

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CASH TRACKING

TWHBEA HAS 33% LESS CASH ($180,000.00) FROM MARCH 2012 TO MARCH 2014

TWHBEA CASH MAP – APRIL VOICE MAGAZINE – THIS CHART IN THE MAGAZINE DOES SHOW CASH ON HAND FOR MARCH 2012 – THE ONE PROVIDED TO THE DIRECTORS DOES NOT

CASH ON HAND:
MARCH 2012 – $553,000.00
MARCH 2014   -373,000.00
$180,000.00  LESS CASH ON HAND

CASH DOWN 33% IN TWO YEARS

$373,000.00  TOTAL CASH ON HAND – MARCH 2014
- 42,358.00 FUTURITY RESERVE
$330,642.00 ACTUAL CASH ON HAND – MARCH 2014

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TWHBEA CASH MAP – DISTRIBUTED TO DIRECTORS – DOES NOT SHOW THE BALANCE ON HAND FOR MARCH 2012

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All of this data continues to prove that as long as the sore Big Lick stigma hangs over the Tennessee Walking Horse breed, the future is dim.  The reality of the soring has adversely affected the value and image of the entire Tennessee Walking Horse breed.

In 2014,   the Public will no longer accept the soring and it will no longer patronize the Tennessee Walking Horse business until the pads and chains are removed, and the USDA takes over enforcing the Horse Protection Act.

Mares are being not bred,  and horses are not being registered or sold.

Breeding horses is a pipeline business,  and the pipeline is nearly empty.

It will take time to fill it back up, but as long as the Breed Registry is being guided by people on Steve Smith’s Executive Committee with HPA Citation Violation records,  the outlook and future is bleak.

Nephew Eugene loves to read.  He spends a lot of time at the library.  So far he has not been able to find a book on:

“The Best Way To Get Off The Back Of A Hungry Bengal Tiger And Survive”.

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CAT DYE, PROPRIETOR OF BLACK ANVIL EQUESTRIAN, IS A HIT AT SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE – “THE FUTURE IS IN OUR CHILDREN. WE FOCUS ON A TRUST WITH OUR HORSE. WHEN WE USE PAIN TO INFLUENCE OUR HORSE, THAT TRUST IS BROKEN”

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THETA, TN – Undoubtedly,  one of the remarkable hits of the Sound Horse Conference was 25 year old Cat Dye of Winchester, Tennessee, who said, “I believe the children are the answer to the soring problem.    The future is in our children.   The only way to really get rid of it is raise a generation of children to grow up to be adults who find it unacceptable.”

Cat Dye grew up in Middle Tennessee.

Rather than reading Harry Potter like other children,  she immersed herself in the Voice Magazine.   Her first horse was a Tennessee Walking Horse she received at the age of eight.  Dye spent time around the show circuit in Middle Tennessee learning what was done to win,  and then she decided to do jumping competitions.

Dye realized that the Tennessee Walking Horse could jump as well as other breeds.

She worked her way through college at Virginia Intermount in Bristol, Virginia, earning a Bachelors degree in Equine Science,  then she came home to operate her own equestrian business.  It is centered around both Tennessee Walking Horses and Hunter Jumpers, utilizing primarily rescue horses.  Dye teaches children how to develop a bond and confidence with horses based on trust, not pain.

Her stable, Black Anvil Equestrian,  is located in Winchester, Tennessee on Tims Ford Lake below the Western side of the Cumberland Plateau.

Cat Dye is a remarkable young woman who is making a difference in the lives of young people and living her dream at the same time.

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Dye was directly engaging and spoke from the heart from her personal experience in working with children.  She outlined a future in which soring is no more because a generation of children was raised to view it as unacceptable.

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CAT DYE JUMPING AT THE SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE  WITH HER BLACK ANVIL EQUESTRIAN STUDENTS AT RISING GLORY FARM AT LEWISBURG, TENNESSEE – MARCH 30, 2014

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CAT DYE UP ON AMAZIN’ GRACE – KEG SHOD WITH RUBBER BELL BOOT -DEMONSTRATING HOW TO ACHIEVE A NATURAL WALK WITH NATURAL SEAT AND HORSEMANSHIP

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Cat Dye trained the following horses which appeared at the University of Tennessee Homecoming football games in 2012 and 2013:

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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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CAROLINE EMERY UP ON AMAZIN’ GRACE, TRAINED BY CAT DYE, WINCHESTER, TENNESSEE Photo by Joy Kimbrough | The Daily Times

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Caroline Emery, her 12 year old brother, Cale Emery, "Amazing Grace" and Trainer Cat Dye,  all from Winchester, Franklin County, Tennessee

Caroline Emery, with her Mom Paula,  her 12 year old brother, Cale Emery, “Amazing Grace” and Trainer Cat Dye, all from Winchester, Franklin County, Tennessee

 

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CAROLINE EMERY, AMAZING GRACE, UT HOMECOMING 2013

This is the future of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed to which U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), former President of the University of Tennessee,  is ineffably oblivious.  

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USDA – GRADE “A” – “THE CELEBRATION’S KICKOFF CLASSIC” A/K/A “THE DAVID L. HOWARD INVITATIONAL PORTAPOTTY CLASSIC HORSE SHOW” – THE SERVANT OF THE PEOPLE, THE USDA DID ITS JOB TO PROTECT “THE HORSES” – DR. TRACY TURNER ‘CORRECTS’ STATEMENT BY BIG LICK SUPPORTER SHERYL CRAWFORD AT SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE

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THE CELEBRATION GROUNDS - The well-heeled sore Big Lick addicts pulled up in their Cadillac Escalades,  Mercedes-Benz and Lexus ready to show their Big Lick Horses at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration’s “Champions Arena” at the “Celebration’s Kickoff Classic”.

No one is quite sure why the Celebration Chairman David L. Howard chose the name “Kickoff Classic” because the National Trainers Show which  traditionally “Kicks Off” the Big Lick show season occurred a month ago.   It was an abysmal failure when the USDA showed up and enforced the Horse Protection Act for three consecutive days.

Celebration Chairman Howard was off vacationing the week of the Trainer’s Show disaster at the luxurious Canyon Ranch Spa Resort in Arizona. Perhaps, he figured he would take a second bite of the apple trying to “Kick Off” the Big Lick show season upon which his Walking Horse Report ad revenue depends.

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THE EXCLUSIVE CANYON RANCH HEALTH RESORT – TUSCON, ARIZONA

But I digress.

The Trainer BOYZ drove numerous 18 Wheeler Big Rigs on to the historic Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration grounds with 8 to 10 horses aboard each one.  The Trainer BOYZ intended to have an old timey sore Big Lick horse show.    Many of the horses had been taken off the Trailers,  put into barn stalls and were being prepared to show.

The Trainer BOYZ had apparently been told by the Man Behind The Green Curtain -

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DAVID L. HOWARD – THE MAN BEHIND THE GREEN CURTAIN

“The coast is clear – If you’ve got ‘em,  bring ‘em, and show ‘em.”

The only problem was the stalwart USDA,  realizing the importance of its mission and sacred mandate to protect “The Horses”,   showed up on the appointed day at the appointed hour at the Celebration,  and stopped the Lickers from showing sore horses.

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The USDA enforced the Horse Protection Act to eliminate the criminal act of soring.

The sore Big Lick Trainer BOYZ folded up like an accordion.

Many left en masse to go to the Waffle House.

The ones who stayed took only a “few” horses up to be inspected.

Instead of having 8 -12 horses in a class,  most classes had one or two.  A few classes had three entries.

Rarely did any class have four entries unless they were flat shod.

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INSPECTION AREA – “THE DAVID L. HOWARD INVITATIONAL PORTAPOTTY KICKOFF CLASSIC” HORSE SHOW –  THE SHOT CLOCK IS RUNNING BUT NO HORSES ARE IN THE CHUTE.

The “Kick Off Classic” Horse Show staggered along laboriously for 6 endless hours.

There were only TWO horses in the Three Year Old Stallion class which was a Rider’s Cup Class.

Normally, there would 10 or more.

There were just THREE horses in the Two Year Old Stallion class which was also a Rider’s Cup Class.

There was ONE horse in the Championship Stake Class.

The credit goes to the dedicated USDA VMOs who are supervised by Dr. Rachel Cezar, USDA National Horse Protection Coordinator.

Dr. Cezar was featured at the Sound Horse Conference held in Brentwood, Tennessee on March 29, 2014,  along with the acclaimed Dr. Tracy Turner who consults with the USDA.

Here is Dr. Tracy Turner,  Thermography Expert and member of Committee authoring the American Association of Equine Practitioners “White Paper”.

The annual national Sound Horse Conference was attended by over 100 persons including some noted persons who have knowledge of the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse.  Seated at this table (Left to Right Circularly) are Dee Dee Miller, former Secretary of TWHBEA and current President of WHOA;  Tommy Hall, Executive Director of WHOA;  David Pruett, former President of TWHBEA , lifetime WHOA member and SHC Sponsor;  Kim Bennett,  WHTA member; David B. Williams, Rising Star Ranch Manager and VP Breeders – TWHBEA; and The Walking Horse Report Editor Jeffrey Howard.

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SOME PERSONS WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE SORE BIG LICK ATTENDING SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE  - MARCH 29, 2014

Some people think it was a “sign of progress” for people with knowledge of the Big Lick to attend this enlightening day long seminar.

A noted sore Big Lick Supporter Sheryl Crawford was at the Sound Horse Conference. 

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SHERYL CRAWFORD,  BIG LICK SUPPORTER

Ms Crawford made a rambling Statement and said she was supporting the Representative Marsha Blackburn Bill because “It mimics the American Equine Practitioners White Paper”.  

Dr. Tracy Turner immediately rebutted Ms Crawford saying that he was fortunate to be part of the AAEP ad hoc Committee that wrote the “AAEP White Paper”, and commented,   “Ms Crawford, with all due respect,  any resemblance between the Blackburn Bill and the AAEP “White Paper” is purely coincidental.  There is none of the intent in there … that Blackburn Bill …it is not a reflection of the AAEP White Paper,  except for a few key words”.

There will be more features of what happened at the Sound Horse Conference in the days ahead.

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“THE CELEBRATION’S KICK OFF CLASSIC” HORSE SHOW A/K/A “THE DAVID L. HOWARD INVITATIONAL PORTAPOTTY CLASSIC” CREATED OUT OF THIN AIR TO GENERATE WALKING HORSE REPORT AD SALES AND KEEP THE SORE BIG LICK ADDICTS ADDICTED

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – It must be nice to know when you are Celebration Chairman/Walking Horse Report owner David L. Howard,  that you have the luxury of creating a Big Lick Horse Show out of “thin air” to boost ad sales after a couple of disastrous weeks of money-losing newspapers,  and The Celebration can provide the venue.

Is this subsidization of private enterprise?

Or conflict of interest?

Or just business as usual?

“The Celebration’s Kickoff Classic” Horse Show  a/k/a  “THE DAVID L. HOWARD INVITATIONAL PORTAPOTTY CLASSIC” was conceived about three weeks ago.

It is being held tonight at the Celebration’s “Champions Arena”.

It serves three purposes:

  • The Addict Customers Get To Show.
  • The Trainer BOYZ get to keep the Addict Customers addicted..
  • David L. Howard makes money off of the BOYZ and their Customer Addicts.
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“THE DAVID L. HOWARD PORTAPOTTY CLASSIC” HORSE SHOW

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CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN/WALKING HORSE REPORT PUBLISHER DAVID L. HOWARD

Apparently, Walking Horse Report Publisher Howard’s impetus was the March 31 WHR only had 24 pages  and the April 14 WHR only had, 32 pages.    Howard took a financial bath following two of the larger sore Big Lick Horse Shows,  the National Trainers Show, March 14-16,  and the Jackson, Mississippi Horse Show, March 24-26,  being failures.   The USDA showed up at The Trainers Show, and only 255 horses were shown compared to 520 in 2013,  a 51% reduction. Only 31 Big Lick horses were shown on Saturday night with the USDA properly enforcing the Horse Protection Act.

Celebration Chairman Howard was looking at another disaster at next week’s Panama City Walking Horse Extravaganza a/k/a the Trainer BOYZ Family Vacation Horse Show (paid for by the Addict Customers).

Publisher Howard,  who spent the week of the Trainers Show out at Canyon Ranch Spa Resort in Arizona, realized he had to do something, and do it quick.

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THE EXCLUSIVE CANYON RANCH HEALTH RESORT – TUSCON, ARIZONA

Chairman Howard gambled that the USDA would most likely not attend the April 19 “Kick Off Classic” because it would concentrate its limited resources on the Panama City multi-night show the next week, April 24-26.  He also figured that the Trainer BOYZ would show close to home with virtually no hauling bill, and nothing much to lose with their customers addicts if the USDA showed up to protect “The Horses”, and they had to flee the grounds as usual, rather than have the horses properly inspected.

Howard was wrong on his gamble about the USDA. They made the Show, and based on this on the ground photo,  there are very few entries going through inspection,  compared to last weekend’s Bedford County Cancer Benefit show.

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INSPECTION AREA – “THE DAVID L. HOWARD PORTAPOTTY KICKOFF CLASSIC”

David L. Howard also realized that with local Tennessee communities fast abandoning the Saturday night Horse Shows because the public will no longer support the animal cruelty related to the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse,  that he must find some way to feed his Cash Cow Cha Ching, and keep the Trainer Boyz sore Big Lick Customer Addicts addicted.

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“CHA CHING” – MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

No other Horse Show could sustain itself with only two or three horses in a class like “The David L. Howard Portapotty Classic”,  but all Chairman/Publisher Howard is interested is that First/Second Place ad sale, with the Celebration picking up the hosting tab, and Howard’s Walking Horse Report makes money.

Pretty neat deal, huh?

Nephew Eugene believes you can look for more sore Big Lick “incubator” Horse Shows like the “Portapotty Classic”  concept to continue with David L. Howard selling ads and The Celebration picking up the tab.

It is disappointing that,  rather than David L. Howard embracing the change that is coming,  he stubbornly insists on trying to artificially sustain the sore Big Lick Addiction while lining his pockets.

Is there no one in Shelbyville who can see or care what David L. Howard is doing?

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p.s.

Sister Laura LuLu got a first place ribbon. Do you want to make a bet if there is an ad bought?

 

SHHHHHH – PLEASE DON’T TELL ANYONE – THESE TWHBEA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MINUTES FOR MARCH 14, 2014 ARE TOP SECRET AND CANNOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE TWHBEA MEMBERS 63% OF WHO FAVOR PASSAGE OF THE PAST ACT

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LEWISBURG, TNSteve Smith‘s sore Big Lick crowd continues rearranging the deck chairs and forgoing donuts while the rest of the Equine World wonders who could possibly be in charge of ruining the noble Tennessee Walking Horse breed by championing the ongoing practice of institutionalized soring in the name of family entertainment.

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The word from the worker bees at 2950 North Ellington Parkway is that it’s miserable working there. No one wants to answer the phones due to all the complaint calls. The atmosphere is tense and heavy. They need to keep their jobs,  but they are very upset at how the two grumpy old men are operating.

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TWO GRUMPY OLD MEN – STEVE SMITH AND WALT CHISM

One of the more recent amusing vignettes to come from the TWHBEA board room was a Steve Smith self reflection on how he is perceived as being arrogant.  No one disagreed with him.

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TWHBEA PRESIDENT STEVE SMITH

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 Trng/EquineWelfare Linda Montgomery – (HPA CITATION HISTORY)
VP Breeders David Williams –  (Employer Has 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

 FOR EYES ONLY – CONFIDENTIAL

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Nephew Eugene has a friend from out at Hampshire who works at TWHBEA.

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STEVE SMITH & WALT CHISM FAIL TO PROVIDE TWHBEA DIRECTORS WITH BREED ASSOCIATION FINANCIAL REPORTS AS CONDITION OF THE BREED REGISTRY DETERIORATES – UNREST GROWS WITH SPECULATION ABOUT PLUMMETING MEMBERSHIP NUMBERS AND MARES NOT BEING BRED OR FOALS BEING REGISTERED AND NO HORSE SALES

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LEWISBURG, TN – The Steve Smith/Walt Smith Administration has not provided the Directors of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders & Exhibitors any normal Financial Reports since January 2014.

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

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

TWHBEA MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS WALT CHISM

TWHBEA MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS WALT CHISM

Unrest is growing in the Directors ranks due to the lack of transparency by Smith and Chism regarding the finances of the Association.

The person apparently overseeing the Association’s finances is VP Fiscal Affairs Christy Lantis.

According to the pitifully thin April edition of the Voice Magazine, the Smith & Chism regime has cash on hand of $373,000.00 down 33% or  $180,000.00 from the $553,000.00 what TWHBEA had on hand in March 2012.

Since taking office,  the furtive Smith & Chism have maintained a veil of secrecy around the TWHBEA Board Room.  They have apparently spent most of their time plotting how to sustain the sore Big Lick while the Tennessee Walking Horse breed has been outcast from the equine world and the once proud breed association spirals downward.

The Steve Smith approach has been to forgo donuts and alter TWHBEA merchandise to try and hide the sore Big Lick image from the public.

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So far,  Smith, Chism & Company have succeeded in incurring the ire of the American Veterinary Medical Association,  The American Equine Practitioners Association,  The United Equestrian Federation and The American Horse Council.

All of these powerful organizations are now lined up against the sore Big Lick Smith & Chism regime in a big way.   They have staying power and long memories.

Last September,  TWHBEA had 6,950 members eligible to vote.

Informed observers believe that since September 2013,  TWHBEA is losing an average of 75-100 members a month, and that TWHBEA ranks are now down to approximately 6,350 members and continuing to fall each week.

Early reports confirm that mares are being not bred,  and horses are not being registered or sold.

While running for TWHBEA President,  Steve Smith‘s words were:

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So far,  Steve “UR” Smith has smugly succeeded in presiding over a sinking ship, and not much else.  He’s learning it’s 2014, not 1997.

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Smith and his pro sore Big Lick Executive Committed have acted against the WILL of TWHBEA members who voted landslide 63% for passage of the PAST ACT last October.

In an effort to prop up the sore Big Lick,  Steve Smith, Walt Smith and the majority Horse of the Protection Act Citation folks on the Executive Committee support the Alexander/Blackburn BILLS TO ENABLE SORING.   

The overwhelming majority of the TWHBEA members support the PAST ACT.

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THE LAST FINANCIAL NUMBERS PROVIDED BY SMITH & CHISM

MEMBERSHIPS

MEMBERS RENEWING                         RENEWAL INCOME
JANUARY 2012          929                                $49,950.00
JANUARY 2013          722                                 40,415.00
JANUARY 2014          621                                 36,390.00
                             33% LOSS                        $13,560.00 DECREASE

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FIRST TIME FOAL REGISTRATIONS

                                  INCOME                      REGISTRATIONS
JANUARY 2012        $17,245.00                         340    (90-FREE)*
JANUARY 2013          10,100.00                         192    (64 FREE)*
JANUARY 2014            9,538.00                          201   (55 FREE)*
                                   45% LOSS                        

*SMITH/CHISM ELIMINATE PERK OF ONE FREE FOAL REGISTRATIONFIRST TIME FOAL REGISTRATIONS
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TRANSFERS

                                  INCOME                           TRANSFERS
JANUARY 2012        $17,190.00                         548   (132-FREE)*
JANUARY 2013          12,690.00                         413    (107 FREE)*
JANUARY 2014           11,322.00                        411    (111 FREE)*
                                   34% LOSS

*SMITH/CHISM ELIMINATE PERK OF ONE FREE FOAL REGISTRATION

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BREEDING REPORT

 MARES BRED     FOALS REGISTERED
2008       9,869                          -
2011       8,341                          -
2012       7,600                      3,915
2013       5,920                      4,154

COMPARISON 2008 VS 2013      60% LOSS

STALLION BREEDING REPORT

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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 Trng/EquineWelfare Linda Montgomery – (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 Kakassy – HPA CITATION HISTORY

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Stay tuned on this one.

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NATIVE TENNESSEAN DR. JOHN HAFFNER, VETERINARIAN AND MTSU HORSE SCIENCE PROFESSOR, FEATURED IN JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE “FORMER WALKING HORSE INDUSTRY LEADERS CALLING FOR OTHERS TO JOIN THEIR OPPOSITION TO SORING”

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WASHINGTON, DC – Since www.billygoboy.com  first introduced Tennessee native and veterinarian Dr. John C. Haffner to the cybersphere world in December 2014, the ripples from Dr. Haffner’s compelling revelations regarding the institutionalized criminal culture of soring Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses based in Middle Tennessee have continued to spread outward.

The latest is a Journal Of The American Veterinary Medical Association article featuring Dr. Haffner which was published on April 2, 2014.  The AVMA Is the nation’s largest veterinary association, 83,000 members, and it supports the PAST ACT, and opposes Senator Alexander/Representative Blackburn BILLS TO ENABLE SORING.

https://www.avma.org/News/JAVMANews/Pages/140415f.aspx#.U07GdLqJnk8.email

JOHN HAFFNER, DVM

JOHN HAFFNER, DVM

On March 28, 2014,  Dr. Haffner captivated the national annual Sound Horse Conference, with his address, “Why Soring Is Necessary For A Winning Gait.”  Haffner was frank and made reference to Biblical scripture in how he came to his epiphany regarding the sore Big Lick. 

His presentation was made public on www.billygoboy.com. The blog post had over 3,500 Facebook views and over 260 Facebook Shares on www.billygoboy.com alone.  Through the power of social media, many thousands of people learned of Dr. Haffner’s revealing disclosures regarding the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses.

https://www.avma.org/News/JAVMANews/Pages/140415f.aspx#.U07GdLqJnk8.email

THE AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE

A horse industry’s change of heart

Former walking horse industry leaders calling for others to join their opposition to soring

By Malinda Larkin

Posted April 2, 2014

Even decades later, Dr. John C. Haffner can vividly recall standing in a training barn when a person walked by carrying a can that contained a mixture of mustard oil and kerosene. The stench made him recoil. The mixture was being used on a Tennessee Walking Horse to make its skin sensitive, so that when chains or other action devices were subsequently placed around the tender skin, the horse would develop a high step, or “big lick,” in response to the pain.

That particular day was not uncommon during his time with the walking horse industry.

​This gait, known as the “big lick,” has been sought in the performance horse show ring for decades. Some owners and trainers take shortcuts to achieve it.

Since age 15, Dr. Haffner (TEN ’82) had worked with these horses in a number of roles. After receiving his DVM degree, Dr. Haffner worked for a year with his mentor, the renowned Dr. DeWitt Owen, a former American Association of Equine Practitioners president, before starting his own practice in Spring Hill, Tenn.

“I saw what went on at the shows on the weekend and what happened in the barns during the week. I was one of them, so there was no need to hide anything from me. I saw the soring. I saw the treatments to remove calluses. I saw the efforts to get horses ‘fixed’ just right to get them past inspection and into the show ring. I saw the pain. I did not only see these things, I helped do them. Gradually I became aware of the inherent wrongness of the training required to achieve the big lick. I say gradually became aware, but that is not accurate. I think I always knew it was wrong, but because of many factors, I lied to myself. Factors such as: horse shows are fun, the big lick is exciting, I was making a lot of money working with the horses, I liked the people, it couldn’t be all that bad because so many people that loved their horses were doing it kept me willingly blinded to the harm that was being done in the name of showing horses,” according to a letter Dr. Haffner wrote this past November to Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky. The Tennessee veterinarian has since left the industry.

Competing legislation

Dr. Haffner wrote his letter in support of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act (H.R. 1518/S. 1406). The bill, introduced by Reps. Whitfield and Steve Cohen of Tennessee, strengthens the Horse Protec­tion Act and bans the use of action devices such as chains and pads, improves enforcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and strengthens penalties on trainers and owners who violate the law. Current enforcement of the HPA is by horse industry organizations, with limited oversight and enforcement by the USDA.

As of mid-March, the legislation had 47 senators and 267 representatives as co-sponsors. Further, every state VMA, 52 horse organizations, and 77 veterinary and animal health organizations have endorsed it. And the AVMA and AAEP have been strongly lobbying for it to pass. The bill would appear to be a slam-dunk, but soring is still quite entrenched in the walking horse community and, by extension, the state of Tennessee.

Evidence of that fact was made apparent Feb. 26 when Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee introduced the Horse Protection Amendments Act (H.R. 4098). It would do the following:

  • Preserve the action devices and performance packages that mark the Tennessee Walking Horse’s performance division.
  • Create a single horse industry organization to enforce the Horse Protection Act across the Tennessee Walking Horse, Racking Horse, and Spotted Saddle Horse industries. Appointments to the group would fall to the agriculture commissioners in Tennessee and Kentucky, with input from the horse industry.
  • Call for an end to physical inspections and, instead, rely on methods such as blood tests, swabbing for chemicals used to sore horses, and radiography to detect soring. The governing board of the horse industry organization charged with overseeing the shows would develop the testing protocol.

Blackburn’s bill had nine co-sponsors on its first day; six were from Tennessee.

The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association supports Blackburn’s bill. So do the Walking Horse Trainers Association, Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, and Performance Show Horse Association, which has also endorsed SHOW, a horse industry organization, to enforce the Horse Protection Act. The USDA recently filed a complaint to terminate the certification of SHOW to enforce the act because of its failure to institute mandatory penalties under HPA regulations.

(NOTE: MS. LARKIN IS APPARENTLY UNAWARE THAT 63% OF THE MEMBERS OF THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE BREEDERS & EXHIBITORS ASSOCIATION VOTED LANDSLIDE FOR THE PAST ACT PASSAGE.   6,950 ELIGIBLE MEMBERS WERE SENT BALLOTS AND 26% OF THE MEMBERSHIP VOTED.  THE 63% NUMBER IS CLOSE TO THE 60% OF THE U. S. CONGRESS THAT HAS ENDORSED THE PAST ACT.   THE MAP SHOWS THE EPICENTER OF THE SORING CULTURE IS BASED IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE.)

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Those four organizations argue that the rival PAST Act eliminates over 85 percent of all show classes but does not eliminate the underlying problem of soring. According to a summary of the opposition posted on the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration website, these organizations claim that the legislation eliminates any deterrent impact on people who sore by turning over enforcement to the USDA Office of Inspector General and the Department of Justice, which, they say, have historically prosecuted only a fraction of violations and taken an average three to five years to investigate and prosecute.

The Performance Show Horse Asso­ci­ation also declares that the PAST Act will impact more than 20,000 jobs, given the population of Shelbyville Tenn., which hosts the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration; have a $3.2 billion impact on the region’s economy, based on its calculations of combined revenue from horse shows in the Southeast for a year; and affect $1.3 billion worth of horses (a source was not cited for this figure).

Further, Shelbyville’s mayor and city council have written to members of Congress expressing concerns about the PAST Act’s potential impact on the Tennessee Walking Horse industry, according to a Feb. 14 article in the Shelbyville Times-Gazette.

The council wrote in its letter that it finds the actions of “the few who resort to the practice of soring or other abusive practices reprehensible. However, it is not necessary to enact complex new federal legislation.” They say consistent enforcement of the HPA should continue and a study should be created on the potential economic impact on locations where shows are held.

The industry will only change with a change of heart by the people who know what it takes to produce the big lick or an overpowering external enforcement that will forbid the big lick.”

-Dr. John C. Haffner, professor,
Middle Tennessee State University
Horse Science Center

Growing dissent

At the same time, it appears that more prominent names in the industry have been changing their positions. They’re now saying those who support the big lick are not keeping the breed alive but killing it, and that it’s not just a few bad actors who sore.

These individuals include walking horse trainer Carl Bledsoe and, perhaps the most notable of all, Bill Harlin of the famed Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, Tenn. He told Nashville’s daily newspaper, The Tennessean, in a Jan. 29 article that soring is wrong and efforts to stop the abuse aren’t working.

“Tennessee is getting a reputation as being a horse abuse state. Pads and chains are killing the industry. And I don’t know how long we can wait for proper enforcement before the industry dies,” he told the paper.

Harlin cited figures showing that the number of registered Tennessee Walking Horse foals has dropped from a high of 15,526 in 2000 to just 3,358 in 2010. During that period, the number of individual breeders fell from 9,306 to only 1,870.

In addition, The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, the biggest show for this community, has seen declining attendance numbers, from 162,176 in 2004 to 95,400 in 2013. It lost Pepsi, one of its major sponsors, in 2012 after an ABC News investigation revealed evidence of widespread animal soring tied to the event.

William T. “Marty” Irby is another industry leader turned advocate for change. Four years ago, at age 31, he was the youngest person to be elected president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association. Irby said the industry’s inability to self-regulate over the past 43 years has brought the breed to this crossroad. Over the past 10 years, membership in the association has declined from more than 20,000 to fewer than 8,300.

His aha moment was seeing the ABC broadcast and the public’s response to it. Irby has since become a congressional aide to Rep. Whitfield to help with passage of the PAST Act.

There’s also Eric Gray, a certified farrier at Blackthorn Farms & Farrier Service in Cumming, Ga. Like the others, he became disenchanted with the walking horse industry and its denial of problems, and in 2006, he relocated his business from Tennessee to Georgia. His family has raised walking horses for his entire life, but with all the bad publicity, Gray says he can sell a walking horse without papers as a pleasure horse for almost as much as a horse with a pedigree.

He says getting rid of pads, chains, and weighted shoes is the only way to get rid of soring but that doing so will require a greater level of horsemanship with the breed.

“There’s no thought of developing the horse, period. It’s about seeing how high we can get them to step,” he said. “Trainers would have to give up their program and the whole training regimen and start over.”

Gray says the industry is plagued with a “more is more mentality” that relies on shortcuts and artificial aids to accomplish the desired big lick.

Gray said books on walking horse training from the ‘40s and ‘50s refer to riding the horses on muddy river banks, akin to strength training for horses used for fox hunting, or riding around the farm on soft and hard ground. Also back then, the typical trainer was responsible for only a few horses. Gray recalls most of the training barns he worked in had a ratio of 25 to 35 horses per trainer.

“Trying to get that many horses ridden even a few days a week—even with a groom—means you’re limited to 15 to 20 minutes of riding four days a week. I don’t care whether you’re working a horse to be a trail horse or an elite show animal, you can’t accomplish what you want in that amount of time without taking shortcuts,” he said.

No more denial

Dr. Haffner practiced the same medicine most equine veterinarians do, from prepurchase examinations to minor field surgery to deworming and vaccinations. He also went to the shows and served as horse show veterinarian for local events. As with most equine veterinarians, the trainers, grooms, owners, and folks who hung around the barns became his friends.

“The people I was around cared for the horses and wanted to be sure they were well taken care of. It was somewhat of a dissonant situation to see horses being provided the best of care on the one hand and standing with their sore feet drawn up under them on the other hand,” Dr. Haffner wrote in his letter to Rep. Whitfield. “The pain was not evident on a constant basis. A large percent of the time, the horses appeared comfortable and in no distress. But for too much of the time they showed obvious signs of pain and physical evidence of trauma to the feet. We overlooked the pain and dwelt on the time when these stoic horses appeared normal.”

Dr. Haffner left the industry in the early ’90s after his testimony in a trial acquitted a trainer accused of soring.

​Dr. John C. Haffner says once flat-shod walking horses become the norm, the breed will have a broader appeal for people who want a good-natured horse that provides a smooth, pleasurable ride and individuals who have rejected the breed because of soring will once again embrace it.

“I saw more open blatant soring in the months following the trial than I had ever seen in my life,” Dr. Haffner wrote. “After that season, my blinders were removed and I could no longer be a part of helping to promote and benefit from a practice that I knew was wrong.”

He sold his practice, not knowing where he would end up. Dr. Haffner is now a professor at the Middle Tennessee State University Horse Science Center.

He says he has no axe to grind with any of these people; they were raised in this environment, and change is difficult, but necessary.

“The industry will only change with a change of heart by the people who know what it takes to produce the big lick or an overpowering external enforcement that will forbid the big lick,” Dr. Haffner wrote.

Dr. John C. Haffner says once flat-shod walking horses become the norm, the breed will have a broader appeal for people who want a good-natured horse that provides a smooth, pleasurable ride and individuals who have rejected the breed because of soring will once again embrace it.

The AVMA and AAEP support the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act (H.R. 1518/S. 1406) and oppose the Horse Protection Amendments Act (H.R. 4098).

For more information, click here and here.

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THE TENNESSEAN newspaper, which unfortunately did not have a Reporter at the Sound Horse Conference,  should consider extending an invitation to native Tennessean Dr. John Haffner to appear before its Editorial Board to provide information the public needs to know.

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WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF YOU HELD A PUBLICLY ADVERTISED SPRING BARN PARTY/COLT PREVIEW AND DIDN’T HAVE A HORSE INDUSTRY ORGANIZATION THERE TO INSPECT THE HORSES?

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KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE – One of the annual highlights of the sore Big Lick in EAST TENNESSEE is every April, the Big Licker Faithful get together for the EAST TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE TRAINERS ASSOCIATION Barn Party/Colt Preview.  Former PSHA Chairman Terry Dotson, who got two turned down sore at the 2013 Celebration, facility has hosted several of the affairs, and WHATTAJAYROE and PSHA Spokesperson Jeffrey Howard have done programs on the event.  Here are some of the 2011 festivities.

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2011 – EAST TENNESSEE TRAINERS ASSOCIATION BARN PARTY AT EX PSHA CHAIR TERRY DOTSON’S

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And they did it again a couple of Saturdays ago on April 5, 2014 at Barron Stables in Kingsport, Tennessee with it being hosted by the East Tennessee Walking Horse Association and the East Tennessee Trainers Association.

Here is The Walking Horse Report coverage of the event:

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http://www.walkinghorsereport.com/news.aspx?cid=10757

According to reports,  there was a large crowd, several colts and horses exhibited, a silent auction, a live auction,  lunch and a band.

The only problem is it appears that the EAST TENNESSEE folks putting on the affair “may” have forgotten to affiliate the event with a Horse Industry Organization in order to comply with the Horse Protection Act, and protect “The Horses”.

It seems the USDA HORSE PROTECTION PROGRAM SHOW REPORT keeps up with such events, and the EAST TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE BOYZ and the ETWHA event for April 5, 2014 is not listed:

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The Celebration had its February 28, 2014 “Spring Fling Colt Preview” with S.H.O.W. HIO, and the April 4, 2014 “PPWHANC Spring Fling” was with WHOA HIO.

Inquiring minds want to know,  did the EAST TENNESSEE BOYZ up in “Larry Wheelon/Terry Dotson” country “forget” to take care of this important piece of “bidness”?

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CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD TILTS AT WINDMILLS, HUFFS, BLOWS & FIDDLES WHILE THE SORE BIG LICK IS GOING UP IN SMOKE – AND IT BECOMES MORE OBVIOUS WITH EACH PASSING DAY WHO THE REAL PROBLEM IS

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – Celebration Chairman David L. Howard‘s sore horse gang desperately needs a “Bogey Man” to attack to distract the public’s attention for the Big Lick shortcomings and its exposed cruelty to animals.

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

Times are not good in Lickerville.

The United States Senate Commerce Committee has unanimously approved the PAST ACT.  

It is now a live bullet.

Over 60% of the United States Congress – 269 Representatives and 51 Senators want the pads and chains removed from the Tennessee Walking Horses.

The April 11, 2014 edition of The Walking Horse Report is 32 pages.

Two weeks ago it was 24 pages.

No mares are being bred in the Spring of 2014.

All because of the David L. Howard’s upper crust PSHA gang and their sharecroppers,  the Walking Horse Trainer BOYZ,  refuse to give up the soring.

According to a 2012 USDA commissioned survey,  the majority of the money made in the Walking Horse Show business,  a whopping 44%,  goes for Advertising.  The Advertising beneficiary is David L. Howard.   It’s an institutionalized pyramidal scheme where the money flows up from the Big Lick horses and the customers pay for everything – trainers, vets, farriers, barn help,  and the lions share is for ADVERTISING.

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

Howard’s answer to all this is to try and make Humane animal welfare groups scapegoats.

Howard would never attempt to confront native Tennesseans Dr. John Haffner, Horse Science Faculty at MTSU, or Clay Harlin whose family owns the famed Harlinsdale Farm.

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CLAY HARLIN, PASTOR, AND FORMER MANAGER, HARLINSDALE FARM

CLAY HARLIN, PASTOR, AND FORMER MANAGER, HARLINSDALE FARM

We cleaned up most of the corruption in TWHBEA except for the one that plagued the industry

  • Soring was off-limits and was not going away

It was becoming apparent and frustrating that no one wanted to end the practice of soring

The majority of its leaders were trying to keep soring contained and appear respectable

  • It was obvious that the industry was never going to grow past it
  • I was disillusioned that no one could see the potential for growth based on a sound industry

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Then at the National Trainers Show in Shelbyville two weeks ago, the USDA  inspection figures show that the “compliance rate” was again nowhere near 98.6% that the sore Big Lick crowd tries to claim

Again, it was about 85% which means about 2 of 10 horses inspected were sore.

Here’s how it went down:

The 2014 Trainers Show had 255 horses inspected.

The 2013 Trainers Show had 520 horses inspected.

TOTAL NUMBER 0F 2014 TRAINERS SHOW DISQUALIFICATIONS
10  S.H.O.W. HIO Disqualifications – 96% Compliance Rate
27 USDA Disqualifications
37 Total HPA Disqualifications –  85.5% Compliance Rate

255 Horses Inspected with 37 Disqualifications = 14.5% NOT “COMPLIANT”

“Compliance” = 85.50%,  NOT 98.6%.

Then things get more interesting:

227 Horses Shown (Made It Into The Show Ring) Over Three Nights:
93 THURSDAY
88 FRIDAY
46 SATURDAY (31 BIG LICK ON SATURDAY NIGHT)
227 TOTAL Horses Shown
-42 Flat shod, Halter, Lead line, Model
185 Big Lick Horses Shown

Hypothetically,  there were 37 disqualifications on 255 total horses inspected, then USDA data shows that based on its 2013 Inspections,   81%* of the Horses disqualified from showing were wearing pads and action devices. Applying that percentage to the Trainers Show,   that would be 30 of the 37 violations at the Trainers Show were on Big Lick horses (padded and chains) and resulted in their being disqualified.

*  http://veterinarynews.dvm360.com/dvm/Veterinary+news/DeHaven-takes-on-walking-horse-industry-over-sorin/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/831272

This would result in a 88.25% compliance rate – far, far from 98.6.

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CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD’S VIEWPOINT

The Walking Horse Report editorial excerpts today reflect that Mr. Howard, rather than confronting and dealing with the problem,   would rather tilt at a windmill:

THE SORE BIG LICK TILTING AT THE HUMANE SOCIETY WINDMILL

THE SORE BIG LICK TILTING AT THE HUMANE SOCIETY WINDMILL

http://www.walkinghorsereport.com/news.aspx?cid=10785

“As far as the Tennessee Walking Horse Industry is concerned it has become a pariah because the HSUS has spent millions of dollars misrepresenting the Industry to the media, (WHAT DID THE JACKIE MCCONNELL ABC NIGHTLINE VIDEO MISREPRESENT)  Congress and others and the Industry lacks the financial ability to get the truth out to these same people. There have been abuses – admitted. But to state that all Tennessee Walking Horses are sored is a total misrepresentation. (DR. HAFFNER SAYS YOU CAN’T HAVE THE BIG LICK WITHOUT SORE)  To claim that the “big lick” can only be achieved by soring is a total misrepresentation. To claim that the pad and action device causes soring is a total misrepresentation. To claim that there is “rampant” abuse within the horse Industry is a total misrepresentation. (1.5 OF EVERY 10 HORSES AT TRAINERS SHOW  IS SORE,  PROBABLY MORE – HONORS TURNED DOWN – I AM JOSE BAD IMAGE)

"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

The facts are that somewhere between 96.7% and 99% of all Tennessee Walking horses are not sored, are not cruelly treated and are in compliance with the law. Those facts come from the USDA’s own findings and from FOSH, an Industry group that has the most complete database of alleged HPA violations on record. The fact is that pads and action devices do not cause soring as factually proven by the USDA through the 7 year Auburn study. (AUBURN STUDY – NOT PEER REVIEWED AND OVER 30 YEARS OLD – AUTHOR WILL NOT APPEAR WITH BIG LICK PEOPLE)  The fact is that the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) or on record agreeing that the pads and action devices do not cause soring. (AVMA AND AAEP SUPPORT PAST ACT TO REMOVE PADS AND CHAINS BECAUSE WALKING HORSE RACKET REFUSES TO SELF REGULATE OVER 40 YEARS)

And they have convinced certain politicians and others that an amendment is needed. They were able to get the amendment out of the Senate because they told them “it’s not controversial” – another HSUS misrepresentation. (THE PEOPLE AND VETERINARY GROUPS ARE BEHIND THE PAST ACT IS WHY IT WAS PASSED BY THE SENATE COMMITTEE)  And of course they have used the money unsuspecting citizens gave them for abused animals to pay lobbyists like Constance Harrimam–Whitfield (you guessed it Congressman Whitfield’s wife who is a paid lobbyist/employee of the HSUS ), the AVMA, Jay Hickey at the American Horse Council and others (currently numbering some 17 lobbyists and more than $1 million to date, which shows why this is so crucial to their real anti-agriculture agenda) (SINCE WHEN DID THE AVMA, AAEP, AMERICAN HORSE COUNCIL PRESIDENT JAY HICKEY BECOME AGAINST AGRICULTURE) to use their lobbying efforts and influence to push this amendment and therefore advance their anti-agriculture agenda. And then they have the audacity to attack those elected representatives that see through their misrepresentation and misstatements (TENNESSEE’S TWO MAJOR NEWSPAPERS, THE TENNESSEAN AND CHATTANOOGA FREE PRESS CRITICIZED SENATOR ALEXANDER AND REPRESENTATIVE BLACKBURN FOR INTRODUCING BILLS TO LEAVE THE PADS AND CHAINS AND TO ENABLE SORING THROUGH FAILED SELF REGULATION)  who propose a law that would give oversight of the Industry to an Independent Board using objective science based technology to eliminate the few remaining issues within the Industry. But it doesn’t give the HSUS their Federal Animal Cruelty Law for any practice that causes a horse distress. And it doesn’t advance their agenda and strategic goal of “the abolition of all animal agriculture.” according to J.P. Goodwin, Director of Animal Cruelty Policy for HSUS.

Personally we thank the elected representatives that are standing up for the farmer, agriculture and all horse owners, breeders and trainers. We only wish that other politicians would take the time to read and understand their proposed amendment and not buy in to the misrepresentations the HSUS keeps repeating.” (THE PAST ACT IS NOT COMPLICATED.  THE SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES READ IT.  SO DID THE MEMBERS OF TWHBEA WHO VOTED 63% LANDSLIDE FOR PASSAGE OF THE PAST ACT WHICH WILL:  1. REMOVE PADS AND CHAINS.    2.  ELIMINATE THE CORRUPT HIO SYSTEM  3. MAKE HORSE SORING A FEDERAL FELONY WITH SEVERE PUNISHMENTS)

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Mr. Howard apparently doesn’t realize some things:

  • The Public has rejected the sore Big Lick.
  • The Public is the reason that over 60% of Congress supports the removal of pads and chains.
  • The Public is the reason the Walking Horse Report only has 32 pages.
  • The Public is the reason no mares are being bred.

Mr. Howard, “Tilting At Windmills” is NOT going to get the job done.

You have personally run this thing into the ground.  And you have lost just about all support from within the sore Big Lick crowd.  So far,  none of what you have supported has worked,  from the USDA Law Suit,  to the bogus Swabbing Initiative,  to your trying to keep people from showing before other HIOs or not being able to show at the Celebration, to S.H.O.W. HIO,  to TWSHO, to Purple Strategies to PSHA to now.

THE SORE BIG LICK TILTING AT THE HUMANE SOCIETY WINDMILL

THE SORE BIG LICK TILTING AT THE HUMANE SOCIETY WINDMILL

Neither is putting rude and crude WHATTAJAYROE out front to yahoo rant and rave.

WHATTAJAYROE, LIVE AND IN PERSON

WHATTAJAYROE, LIVE AND IN PERSON

Or putting Humane officials pictures on trash cans.

Wayne Pacelle - CEO, Humane Society of the United States

Wayne Pacelle – CEO, Humane Society of the United States

Mr. Howard,  if you want to see the real Bogeyman,  please take a look in the mirror the next time you shave.  Can you please suggest something that will take care of the problem you see?

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DEFLECT AND DODGE, BOB AND WEAVE, SHUCK AND JIVE – WHATTAJAYROE DOES THE SORE “BIG LICK SHUFFLE” WHICH FEATURES DEAD HORSES, THE RACE CARD AND POINTING FINGERS AT OTHERS

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KORNFIELD COUNTY,  TN –  All slicked up, and with a “Big Lick” bottle of snake oil to sell,  WHATTAJAYROE outdoes himself in his latest YouTube.    In it,  WJR (ryhmes with WHR)  attempts to blame everything and everybody for the public’s unhappiness and rejection of the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse … except, of course,  the actual perpetrators themselves.

The Perps include the Walking Horse Trainer BOYZ who do the soring,  the customers who are addicted to showing sore “Big Lick”, and David L. Howard’s gang which profits from it.

WHATTAJAYROE, LIVE AND IN PERSON

WHATTAJAYROE, LIVE AND IN PERSON

WHATTAJAYROE seems to be pimping for 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)  BILL TO ENABLE SORING.

REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN)

REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN)

WHATTAJAYROE’S  misconfused Yimmer Yammering includes:

  • The Horse Protection Act was passed to protect the Tennessee Walking Horse.
  • The Horse Protection Act has not been used against other Breeds even though some of the abuse has caused death.

It appears that WHATTAJAYROE slipped a Freudian slip in there with his words  “To Protect” and then “Used Against”.

Regarding the Horse Protection Act,  how can you “protect” on the one hand,   and “use against” on the other?

The only conclusion that can be drawn is WHATTAJAYROE thinks the Horse Protection Act is being used against Tennessee Walking Horses because it is being enforced to stop soring.

Following that piece of Big Licker logic brings one to the next question.

Just who is WHATTAJAYROE appealing to with this “Blood and Death” YouTube?

The only logical answer is WJR Is trying to fire up the sore Big Licker base and arm them with “Talking Points” for them to use when they meet with their Congressmen and Senators in the next few days.

This WJR creation, “Lies And Deception” got all of 1,397 views.

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A Change.Org Petition opposing the PAST ACT,  started five months ago with the most recent post being three months ago,  got 1,378 views.

So that’s your “Big Licker” base,  plus or minus,  19 people.

Hardly 20,000 men and women employed in the “Big Lick” Racket,  or any astronomical absurd $3.2 Billion economic impact that PSHA propagandists Jeffrey Howard and Phil Osborne lie about, either.

WHATTAJAYROE entirely keeps it classy by displaying pictures of “Dead Horses on New York Race Tracks”, and then compares their deaths to USDA inspections of Tennessee Walking Horses and sending out warning letters.

Then out doing himself,  WJR  plays the race card and shows pictures of President Obama, and USDA officials Chester Gipson, DVM and Rachel Cezar, DVM  while accusing the President of the United States of having USDA to “use the Horse Protection Act to attack the Tennessee Walking Horse breed”.

WJR then attacks noted Kentucky Horseman Ned Bonnie for his endorsing the PAST ACT, and criticizes Mr. Bonnie for not mentioning the number of horse deaths in the Kentucky based racing industry.

NED BONNIE, ESQ.

NED BONNIE, ESQ.

WJR  attacks other horse breeds and the Kentucky based racing industry saying they donate thousands of dollars to humane groups to influence them not to investigate them.

WJR conveniently left out when Celebration officials David L. Howard and Mike Inman put a Humane organization CEO on trash cans located in the Celebration inspection areas,  it can tend to motivate that person to focus on and direct resources to expose what you are doing wrong.

Wayne Pacelle - CEO, Humane Society of the United States

Wayne Pacelle – CEO, Humane Society of the United States

 WHATTAJAYROE concludes by asking everyone to support the Blackburn Bill which would give Objective inspections rather than Subjective Inspections.

You’ll most likely need to take a bath after watching WJR’s latest production.

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SISTER LAURA LULU ‘SEES THE LIGHT’ AT THE “POPE CAFE’S PRAYER MEETING” – BEEZLE PASSES OUT – SISTERS SIRELLE AND WALLINDA PLOT KIDNAPPING – INTERESTING DAYS ARE AHEAD

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POPE’S CAFE – In an exciting sight to behold Sister Laura LuLu came down to the front of the assembled “Lickers” at Pope’s Cafe and spake the gospel:

Her words washed over the parishioners, as Sister LuLu testified from her heart that she had first started showing when she was a child of 7 years and was now a senior senior citizen approaching her 80th summer.

LuLu confessed that what she was going to say to “The Lickers” at Pope’s,  she could not put on Facebook because her non-Big Lick addicted friends (all 4 of them)  would not understand what she was saying.

She said her Facebook people are always calling on Prayers for this and that,  so she wanted to make a “Prayer Request”.

Laura LuLu asked her fellow Pope’s “Big Lick Addicts” to please pray for “their” Trainer BOYZ to haul “their” Tennessee Walking Horses to the show “like they are supposed to be taken there” so everyone can keep on showing.

LuLu said soring was an habitual addiction, and it’s almost impossible to be cured.   She said based on her 73 years of show ring experience,   the horses were  “looking better” than they ever had.

LuLu testified that the great padded and chained horses like “I Am Jose” and “Walk Time Charlie” would ‘kick butt’ if they took the shoes off and showed them “Flat”.   She warned ”The Flatters” that they better watch out what they were wishing for and they better pray that day never came.

You must understand that Sister Laura LuLu,  with her value system and lifetime addiction, that showing horses is an extremely large thing.  And so to be threatened to have your butt kicked (soundly defeated) in show ring competition (for Laura LuLu) is about as bad as it gets.

Then Sister LuLu draw audible gasps when she told “The Lickers” that she was sick and tired of being sick and tired of everyone saying that “the USDA was picking on the “Big Lickers”.

LuLu said the only people the “The Lickers” have to blame are “The Lickers” themselves.

Then she got off into talking about getting the few “bad apple” Trainers to do things the right way.    The only thing that poor addicted Sister LuLu refuses to recognize or simply cannot see is that the entire barrel of apples is bad,  namely these Trainer BOYZ:

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 TRAINER BOYZ OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS  ”APPLES” WHTA BOYZ BOARD

 SUMMARY OF THE WALKING HORSE TRAINER BOYZ:
  • 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

Sister LuLu seems to have a blind spot as to how deeply that the evil sore Big Lick Addiction is ingrained in the afflicted.

Barring the parting of the Red Sea,  there is simply no hope that things will ever change without removing the Pads and Chains which is exactly what the PAST ACT will do.

Sister LuLu inveighed the “Lickers” to “Come Together” or talking to Senators and Representatives would be a “waste of money”.

“One thing I can tell you is you got to be free - Come together right now over me” – John

Sister LuLu closed with a stern intonation,  again obviously still in the clutches of her lifetime addiction,  that she said it was self-defeating for everyone to load up their horses and go home when the USDA was present at a horse show.

She rhetorically asked:   What message did they expect that to send?

It should be noted that Sisters Sirelle and Wallinda were upset with what Sister Laura LuLu had to say.   They were contemplating intervention or kidnapping.

Waitress Lorena says she has never seen anything quite like what Sister LuLu laid down.

Beezle passed out about half way through what Laura LuLu’s message and had to be revived.  He was afraid to share the news with Boab because he was pretty fragile these days, and knew the effect of what Sister Laura LuLu would have on him.

Someone suggested sending a “Benevolence Committee” to do out reach with the missing David L. Howard and son Jeffrey, but no one has any idea where they have gone.  Some said the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia,  and others said “Off Shore”.  One person said the family’s Cash Cow,  ”Cha Ching”,  seems to be losing weight.

Over in Lewisburg,   Steve “UR” Smith is looking to blame TWHBEA VP Fiscal Affairs Christy Lantis for the terrible TWHBEA financial numbers that will have to be made public by the May TWHBEA Directors Meeting.   Normally, the numbers are made available to the Association’s Directors every month,  but the last time anyone has seen any numbers was January 2014 – and they were dire.

No one knows for sure, but things are expected to become more and more grim as the donut rationing does not seem to be helping the Association’s bottom line.  And no one appears to be breeding any mares in Spring 2014.

Nephew Eugene is not sure where Sister Laura LuLu got the inspiration for the “Come Together” appeal, however,  one of Eugene’s Celebration barn help friends,  Jesus,  showed Eugene the attached “Notice” which is the 24th call for a TRAINER BOYZ LIVILEHOOD MEETING in the last 12 months..

This one is styled “COME TOGETHER” and “WE HAVE TO ACT AS ONE”.  

Nephew Eugene says that sounds like ”TRAINER BOYZ” talk for BOYCOTTING.

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It is not clear whether or not  Sister Laura LuLu will be invited by the TRAINER BOYZ to provide the Prayer to open the meeting. They are as steadfast in their praying as they are in their “fixing”.

Nephew Eugene says he wishes they would just leave the religion out of it and stop soring horses.  And he would like to  see if “I Am Jose” could kick some butt in a “Flatter” class.

I AM JOSE - CASEY WRIGHT UP - EXHIBITION AT NATIONAL TRAINERS SHOW

I AM JOSE – CASEY WRIGHT UP – EXHIBITION AT NATIONAL TRAINERS SHOW

"THE FUTURE"

“NATURAL GOING FLAT SHOD HORSE – THE FUTURE OF TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE”

Nephew Eugene says it’s even money the Trainer BOYZ will vote to boycott the 2014 Show Season.   Eugene is sweating his Celebration barn help job for sure.

The 20,000 Trainer BOYZ (and women)  ain’t seen no part of that $3.2 Billion those $17,000.00 a month folks, Phil Osborne and Jeff Speaks,  like to talk about.  Speaks and Osborne were  hired by David L. Howard and son Jeffrey to replace Purple Strategies and PSHA Executive Director Kathleen Spears from Lexington, Kentucky.

Left to Right - Phil Osborne, Jeffrey Howard, Jeff Speaks

Left to Right – Phil Osborne, Jeffrey Howard, Jeff Speaks

There’s going to be some interesting days ahead:

  • Washington, DC
  • Panama City, Florida (Reptile Gardens & Trainer BOYZ Vacation)
  • Champions Arena –  Celebration grounds
  • Lewisburg, TN – TWHBEA Headquarters
  • Inspection Areas All Across America
  • USDA Enforcement of the Horse Protection Act
  • Trainer BOYZ headquarters
  • DABORA, Inc.
  • Theta/National/International news coverage - sore “Big Lick” death throes.

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RADAR MENTORS BROTHER ROY EXUM IN OUTLOOK FOR PAST ACT PASSAGE – BILLY GO BOY NEEDS TO INTRODUCE BROTHER ROY TO SOME MEMBERS OF THE ‘FACE OF THE PAST ACT” CLUB

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CHATTANOOGA, TN – Brother Roy Exum reports on the sore Big Lick efforts to fight the PAST ACT.

Radar thinks, “that if nothing don’t change”,   the PAST ACT is going to pass.

U. S. Senator John Thune (R-SD) is the man.

So is Harry Reid (D-NV).

There’s just too too many determined folks who are now saying “I Am The Face Of The PAST ACT”.

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http://www.chattanoogan.com/2014/4/12/274105/Roy-Exum-Horse-Bill-Is-Threatened.aspx

Roy Exum: Horse Bill Is Threatened

Saturday, April 12, 2014 – by Roy Exum
Roy Exum
Roy Exum
Promising legislation aimed at curbing sadistic horse abuse in Tennessee passed from the Senate’s Committee of Commerce, Science and Transportation in a rousing way this week when a voice vote on Wednesday was all that was needed to propel the PAST Act to the Senate floor. Half of the nation’s senators – 50 in all – have endorsed the bill (S1406), along with 268 member of Congress (HB1518) but insiders are still whispering the effort is doomed.
The PAST Act, an acronym for Prevent All Soring Tactics, appears wildly popular but a cancerous faction in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry, called the Big Lick, appears to have somehow metastasized into the hallowed corridors of Washington.
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As a result, Tennessee Republicans in the Senate and in Congress are desperately trying to derail the badly-needed reforms.

Never mind that the PAST Act is being supported by every animal health organization in America and an infuriated public nationwide, Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander and Rep. Marcia Blackburn are bucking the effort every way possible. Both have introduced alternate legislation in the Congress and the Senate and not without reason.
Alexander’s state campaign chairman is Stephen B. Smith, a noted Big Lick authority who heads the breed’s registry. Blackburn was feted at this year’s National Celebration where $70,000 was allegedly raised for her campaign. Blackburn has also enticed the Tennessee Republication delegation in Congress to support her bill. Chattanooga’s Chuck Fleischmann and Jasper’s Scott DesJarlais – both up for re-election — are among her 11 co-sponsors.
The shameful effort is so obvious a Friday editorial in the largest newspaper in the state called the misguided duo to task on Friday after both politicians have been roundly castigated by horse groups and organizations in the last month. An opinion article in the Nashville Tennessean yesterday read, in part: “The Blackburn and Alexander bills, clinging to a sad past, perversely proclaim that they are preserving the Tennessee Walking Horse breed.
“The Whitfield-Ayotte bills, supported also by major veterinary organizations, represent the future, where brutality toward animals is not tolerated for any reason. We believe the great majority of Tennesseans support that future, and Rep. Blackburn and Sen. Alexander should accept it as the will of the people and drop their opposition to the PAST act,” said the story.
There is also the belief Alexander and Blackburn are working behind the scenes to destroy the bill Robin Colwell, a staffer in South Carolina Senator Tim Scott’s office, emailed a constituent that it was “my understanding that there is almost no chance the bill will never get to the Senate floor.” Ky. Senator Mitch McConnell, the house minority leader, endorsed Alexander’s alternative bill and has, in fact, had a sordid history with the Big Lick for years.
Regardless of the damage Alexander and the Tennessee Republicans in Congress might do, there was a blog in this week’s Walking Horse Report “message board” that gives the industry the most hope. It was written by L. Brandon, believed to be Laura Brandon, the wife of famed trainer Wallace Brandon. Both Wallace and Laura have been ticketed for violating the federal Horse Protection Act numerous times, especially around 1997 when he was named as the “Trainer of the Year” by the group’s Trainer’s Association.
According to records kept by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Wallace has at least 12 violations and Laura has four. So how does one explain this entry on the “message boards” Thursday night requesting prayer for the trainers?
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Praying for our trainers (Posted 4/10/2014 10:36:23 pm)
“I didn’t want to say this on Facebook cause my non horsey friends would see it. But while all you people that pray so much on Facebook, I wish you would pray enough for our trainers to take the horses up to the show like they are supposed to be taken so we can keep on showing. I have been here a long time and I can tell you that they are looking a lot better like they are supposed to than they did before. It was a habit that we got into and it has been hard to break.
“I am of the opinion that the great built up horses will be just as great on flat shoes so all the flat shod people better be praying that it don’t happen. The breeding is so refined now that our horses will do what we want them to do naturally.
“Just wanted to say my piece. I am so tired of everyone saying that the USDA is picking on us. We did it to ourselves and ourselves have got to do what we can to get the rotten apples to come around to the right way of doing things.
“In other words I think ‘I Am Jose’ would still win the big stake on flats and no chains. He is just an awesome horse. Likewise with ‘Charlie.’
“Now I have that off my chest. You can talk to all the Senators you want but if we don’t all come together it is a waste of time and money. We are spinning our wheels when everyone loads up and goes home when the USDA is there. What does that relay?”
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Let me tell you what it relays, Laura. You need to know the world is fed up with cheaters who abuse animals to win a filmy ribbon. It means USDA inspectors will be everywhere they can be to spot damaged animals. When they do, good people in the crowd will call the sheriff and have people who sore and abuse animals put in jail. It is a felony in Tennessee and, if you ever come to Chattanooga, the sheriff here is eager to uphold the law.
Lamar Alexander and Marsha Blackburn may somehow pull a ruse in Washington, defying over half the Senate and Congress alike, but there will be no letting up in the public’s quest against the Big Lick. Larry Joe Whellon’s trial in Maryville has been pushed back to May but every trainer in the country will know about it.
I promise you the fight will wage on and I can also promise that when the pads are outlawed, the pressure shoes are banned and the soring stops, the best horses will indeed win because all the pain and depravity of 50 years will at long last be gone.
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Nephew Eugene has a report on the “Prayer Meeting At Pope’s” coming up soon.
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BILLY GO BOY CHALLENGES PSHA CHAIRMAN JIM CORTNER – PSHA SPOKESPERSONS JEFFREY HOWARD – CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD – U. S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN) – REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN) OR ANY LIVING BEING TO PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION FOR PSHA “HIGH PAPPYLOREM”

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THETA, TN –   Billy Go Boy respectfully challenges sore Big Lick PSHA Chairman Jim Cortner of Winchester, Tennessee to back up his statement which appeared on   http://www.thehorse.com/articles/33708/anti-soring-bill-advances-to-full-senate  following the Senate Commerce Committee’s unanimous approval of the PAST ACT.  It also appeared in the Shelbyville Times-Gazette  - http://www.t-g.com/story/2069584.html

PSHA CHAIRMAN JIM CORTNER AND WHTA BOYZ  PRESIDENT MICKEY MCCORMICK AT NOV 13, 2013 CONGRESSIONAL HEARING

PSHA CHAIRMAN JIM CORTNER AND WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT MICKEY MCCORMICK AT NOV 13, 2013 CONGRESSIONAL HEARING

Cortner said he “was disappointed that the Senate committee passed a bill that had the potential to hurt rural communities and the jobs.    This bill, passed with no discussion or debate, will have a devastating impact on so many communities across the country and I think it is telling that the only Senators supporting this legislation are ones who aren’t affected, who won’t have to look constituents in the eye and tell them they voted to destroy their livelihoods,” Cortner said. “Our industry is working hard to institute real reforms, and to eliminate those who would abuse our horses and give our industry a bad name.”

He also claimed “20,000 men and women who make up the Tennessee Walking Horse Industry (RACKET).

Jim,  I think you need to ask your PSHA Board members about who is abusing “our horses that needs to be eliminated.  Based on this information provided by FOSH President Teresa Bippen, I think that based on your collective HPA citation histories, you might have some idea who the Abusers are.

 
PSHA Board Member
HPA Violations (www.hpadata.us)
Letters of Warning
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Jim Cortner
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1
Terry Dotson and daughter, Leslie
2
4
Bruce MacDonald and wife, Robin
6
1
James Griffith and wife, Delores
3
 
Mike Inman and wife, Karen
3
3
Mike McGartland and wife, Lee
2
 
Joe Buddy Stasney
3
 
Duke Thorson, wife  Rhonda and daughter, Allison
 
3
Jamie Hankins
3
 
Mickey McCormick
14
5
 
 
 
Total
37
17
 

Jim,  what communities across the country are you talking about?    The sore Big Lick racket is now concentrated in Tennessee, Kentucky,  Mississippi and Alabama.

The rest of the country and 100% of the world is lined up against the sore Big Lick.

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JIM,  HERE ARE THE COLD HARD FACTS:

  • 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 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%

Jim,  soring Horses is a criminal offense.

Jim, you are a sore BIg Lick addict.

Even one sored horse is one too many.

Just because you eliminate the basic tools, the pads and chains, which are essential to  criminal enterprise – so what?

Horse trainers can still train Horses.

They’ll just have to learn to do it without soring them to create the evil Big Lick.

Jim,     50 years ago,  it took the rest of the United States to pass a Law to tell the South it had to give basic constitutional rights to all of its Citizens.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

There are  just so many similarities with the Civil Rights struggle,  and this paramount humane treatment of horses issue.

Change Gonna Come,  Jim,  Yes It Is.

This MAP tells you everything you need to know Jim, it’s all right here.

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Tennessee is the epicenter of “Horse Abuse”.

It is so sad that U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander, 74 years old in 2014, and wants to be a U. S. Senator until he is 80, is staining his remarkable legacy by his  poorly informed and ill advised doing the bidding of his sore Big Lick Campaign Chairman Steve “UR” Smith.

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

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

STEVE SMITH/DAVID LANDRUM HORSE PROTECTION ACT VIOLATION CITATION

STEVE SMITH/DAVID LANDRUM HORSE PROTECTION ACT VIOLATION CITATION

Jim, you and Senator Alexander are on the wrong side of this issue.

The sore Big Lick cannot and will not stand.

  • The PAST ACT isn’t going to hurt any rural communities.
  • In fact,   rural communities will thrive as a result of the PAST ACT.

Jim,  pssst, don’t look now but the past two Tennessee Walking Horses exhibited at the University of Tennessee Homecoming have come from your neck of the woods.  They are from YOUR home Franklin County,  Tennessee (Next time you better tell PR Man Phil Osborne of Lexington, Kentucky,  where you live before he starts writing these words for you to say)

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

CAROLINE EMERY, AMAZING GRACE, UT HOMECOMING 2013

CAROLINE EMERY, AMAZING GRACE, UT HOMECOMING 2013

Jim,  if you were going to “eliminate those who would abuse our horses and give our industry a bad name.”,   you would have to eliminate all of these guys, WHTA BOYZ.  The records don’t lie  The vast majority of the BOYZ abuse the Tennessee Walking Horses and give the Big Lick “Racket” (not an industry) a bad name,   Again, you need to help PR Man Phil Osborne study his lesson before he starts writing this “misinformation” for you to say.

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WHTA BOYZ BOARD

 SUMMARY OF THE WALKING HORSE TRAINER BOYZ:

  • At least 117 known citations for violations of the Horse Protection Act have been issued to members of the 2014 Walking Horse Trainers Association board of directors, by either the USDA or Horse Industry Organization inspectors.
    • W.H.T.A. Board HPA Citation Tallies
      • Mickey McCormick: 24 known citations
      • David Landrum: 6 known citations
      • Bill Cantrell: 10 known citations
      • Edgar Abernathy: 9 known citations
      • Jeff Green: 28 known citations
      • Link Webb: 39 known citations
      • Ross Campbell: 1 known citation
    • Of these citations, only 40 resulted in the violators being suspended from the show circuit.  25 of these suspensions were for a mere two weeks, and there were only five one-year suspensions and five eight-month suspensions.
  • In 2013, USDA tested 314 samples for illegal foreign substances from 17 horse shows.
    • 195 of the samples, or 62 percent, were found positive for illegal foreign substances including soring, masking, and numbing agents.
    • Of the samples testing positive for illegal substances, 92 percent were found positive for soring agents, 54 percent were found positive for masking agents, and 16 percent were found positive for numbing agents
PSHA CHAIRMAN JIM CORTNER AND WHTA BOYZ  PRESIDENT MICKEY MCCORMICK AT NOV 13, 2013 CONGRESSIONAL HEARING

PSHA CHAIRMAN JIM CORTNER AND WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT MICKEY MCCORMICK AT NOV 13, 2013 CONGRESSIONAL HEARING

Jim,  the sore Big Lick’s  time is up.

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THE TENNESSEAN NEWSPAPER EDITORIAL SAYS THE GREAT MAJORITY OF TENNESSEANS SUPPORT TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE FUTURE WITHOUT THE PADS AND CHAINS – URGE SENATOR ALEXANDER/REPRESENTATIVE BLACKBURN TO STOP OPPOSING THE PAST ACT

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NASHVILLE, TNThe Tennessean newspaper today followed the Chattanooga Free Press editorially saying it’s time for a new day without the pads and chains for the Tennessee Walking Horse.  It said the PAST ACT would change the corrupt sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse racket which Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) are trying to preserve.

U. S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN) AT MULE DAY, APRIL 6, 2014

U. S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN) AT MULE DAY, APRIL 6, 2014

The Tennessean has one thing wrong when it says the Alexander/Blackburn bills have have the support of the largest horse industry organizations.

That’s simply not true.  If The Tennessean reporters were covering the day to day of the Tennessee Walking Horse story more closely, it and the public would know that.

The largest member driven Tennessee Walking Horse breed organization is the breed registry – TWHBEA.

Last October, the TWHBEA members voted 63% landslide in favor of passage of the PAST ACT.   Since then,  Lamar Alexander’s Campaign Finance Chairman Steve Smith and his fellow sore Big Lick crowd hijacked the breed registry and have tried to misrepresent the will of the members of TWHBEA ever since.  But TWHBEA is in turmoil under the leadership of sore Steve Smith and Walt Chism and the business is heading toward bankruptcy.

“The Map” tells you the will of the TWHBEA members:

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So does this picture.

Someone needs to send it to Senator Lamar Alexander and tell him this is the future of the Tennessee Walking Horse tradition that is a Tennessee treasure,  not his Campaign Finance Chairman Steve Smith’s sore Big Lick.

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CAROLINE EMERY, AMAZING GRACE, UT HOMECOMING 2013

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It’s time for the PAST ACT to pass.

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http://www.tennessean.com/story/opinion/2014/04/11/walking-horse-industry-regulate/7566659/

Walking horse industry won’t regulate itself

11:12 p.m. CDT April 10, 2014

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It’s seldom that a bill in Congress boasts a substantial majority of members as co-sponsors and still is in a precarious position. But that is the case with the only real attempt before Congress to protect Tennessee Walking Horses from soring and other abuse.

The bill in question is Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST), introduced by U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky. The companion legislation in the Senate was introduced by Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. On Wednesday, the bill was approved by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and it has 50 Senate co-sponsors. Whitfield’s bill has 268 House co-sponsors.

However, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee have introduced their own measures to head off the PAST bill, and their bills have the strong support of the largest horse industry organizations.

PAST would enable true enforcement of the Horse Protection Act of 1970, with an independent horse inspection process before and during walking horse competitions. It would further ban the use of chains, pads and other devices on the horses’ legs and hooves to produce the “Big Lick” gait the industry prizes. These devices also often help abusers hide traces of caustic chemicals used to “train” the horses through excruciating pain.

Blackburn’s and Alexander’s bills allow the devices and both largely leave enforcement to the industry, which counts among its leaders numerous individuals with multiple citations for soring offenses stretching back years. Alexander’s bill differs slightly, with provisions for suspensions for soring.

Often, industries can be trusted to enforce rules as a matter of self-interest; not so in the show-horse world. For decades, exhibitors and trainers have repeatedly broken the rules and have received only a slap on the wrist. The blows to the horses are far more injurious.

The Blackburn and Alexander bills, clinging to a sad past, perversely proclaim that they are preserving the Tennessee Walking Horse breed. The Whitfield-Ayotte bills, supported also by major veterinary organizations, represent the future, where brutality toward animals is not tolerated for any reason.

We believe the great majority of Tennesseans support that future, and Rep. Blackburn and Sen. Alexander should accept it as the will of the people and drop their opposition to the PAST act.

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TIDBITS AND FALLOUT FROM ROOM 253 , PAST ACT “MARK UP” BEFORE SENATE COMMERCE COMMITTEE – APRIL 9, 2014

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ROOM 253, RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING,  WASHINGTON, DC – The sore Big Lickers were blitzkrieged yesterday in a rarely seen bipartisan display of conscientious public servants taking care of an animal cruelty issue that has been allowed  to fester for far too long.

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  • U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) approached Senate Commerce Committee Vice Chairman Senator John Thune (R-SD) to try and get Thune to postpone the PAST ACT “Mark Up” for the third time.   Thune said “No Dice”.
  • Senator Lamar Alexander has now entered the 2014 “BAGHDAD BOB” COMPETITION commenting on the PAST ACT approval by the Senate Commerce Committee:

“This is only a procedural step on one proposal,” Alexander said of the Ayotte bill. He said his and Blackburn’s bills “would do a better job of stopping the contemptible practice of soring, while preserving the century-old Tennessee Walking Horse tradition.”

Next thing you know,  Senator Alexander will want this Tennessee “Walking Horse Tradition” again exhibited at the 2014 University of Tennessee Homecoming Football game:

"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

2013 WORLD GRAND CHAMPION - "I AM JOSE" - CASEY WRIGHT UP

2013 WORLD GRAND CHAMPION – “I AM JOSE” – CASEY WRIGHT UP

SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (IN DISGUISE)

SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (IN DISGUISE)

  • No Lickers or Trainer BOYZ were at “Mark Up” Hearing – the only one sighted was Public Relations flack Phil Osborne,  Lexington,  Kentucky.
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Left to Right – Phil Osborne, Jeffrey Howard, Jeff Speaks

  • A missing person report has been filed on PSHA Spokesperson/Walking Horse Report Editor Jeffrey Howard.   Howard became ill last week and had to be hospitalized when the video of Donna Benefield waving a “green ladies tennis” shoe in front of The Tennessean Editorial Board and impugning Mr. Howard’s reputation for telling the truth.  Howard has now disappeared from the local hospital and no one can find  him.
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DONNA BENEFIELD AND THE GREEN LADIES TENNIS SHOE

  • David L. Howard is alleged to be over in Augusta about to “Yuk Yuk” it up with some buddies at The Masters golf tournament, and his phone is off the hook with the Trainer BOYZ calling 24/7.  Other reliable sources say he is back out at Canyon Ranch Spa Resort where he spent the week of the National Trainers Show. More on this as things develop.
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THE EXCLUSIVE CANYON RANCH HEALTH RESORT – TUSCON, ARIZONA

  • The Lickers at Pope’s were finger pointing at each other this morning.  Wallinda said she sent out over 1,000 “Act Now” requests, and posted things on the Licker Gazette  Report and was “highly upset” that only about 1/3 of the people even bothered to open the emails.   One lady  Sherelle said this PAST ACT was now a live bullet and could be acted upon at anytime.  Beezle couldn’t make it this morning. He was called up to Brentwood to visit a sick “UR” Smith who has a severe migraine headache.  WhattaJayroe was saying if everyone did as much as he did then everything would be fine.
  • Down in Lewisburg,  TWHBEA Executive Director Tracy Boyd is desperately trying to cover up all traces of the sore Big Lick which Walt Chism and Steve Smith so strongly support.   The TWHBEA apparel line has been redesigned to try and hide the sore Big Lick that Texas TWHBEA Director Everett “Butch” Allen does not want left behind.  Boyd has tried to explain to Smith and Chism that the sore Big Lick is toxic and can no longer be marketed.

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  • ShelbyvilleNOW publisher Dave Thomas has been taken prisoner.  Nothing much from the ShelbyvilleNOW outlet in the last few days.
  • The Shelbyville Times-Gazette dared report the PAST ACT being approved by the Senate Commerce Committee:

http://www.t-g.com/story/2068953.html

PAST Act bill moves through committee

Thursday, April 10, 2014

By JASON REYNOLDS ~ jreynolds@t-g.com

The PAST Act passed through a U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday.

The Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved the bill with no discussion. The PAST Act, or Prevent All Soring Tactics Act of 2013, was “marked up” and moved out of the committee as a package with other bills. No additional votes have been scheduled yet.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., said at the end of the meeting that the act “will help more effectively enforce the law that is already in place that prohibits the cruel practice of soring horses.” The act is in response to the inspector general’s report citing deficiencies in enforcement to the Horse Protection Act, she said.

The PAST Act, S. 1406/H.R. 1518, calls for amendments to the Horse Protection Act by banning performance devices and ending industry enforcement, among other issues.

Mike Inman, CEO of The Celebration, said, “We have to see what the next thing is. It’s evidently bundled in with another bill.”

Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Sen. Lamar Alexander have introduced competing legislation that the horse industry supports. Inman said that legislation is still in committee.”

  • The Tennessean news coverage improved yesterday after the newspaper previously dropped the ball by not covering the annual national Sound Horse Conference held in Brentwood, Tennessee on March 29.  The newspaper instead chose to send its Religion Editor out to cover a meeting on incoming Islamic electro magnetic rockets aimed at Tennessee Republican lawmakers.

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2014/04/09/gop-sponsored-horse-soring-bill-advances-senate/7527889/

The Tennessean

GOP-sponsored horse soring bill advances in Senate

The above headline was telling, and it is the most likely reason that “UR” Smith in Brentwood has the migraine. It is noteworthy that two potential Republican Presidential candidates,  John Thune (R-SD) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) are co-sponsors of the PAST ACT.

And so far,   Senator Bob Corker (R-TN),  who also has higher political aspirations,  is keeping his distance from 74 year old Senator Lamar “Out Of Touch” Alexander who does not seem to realize that one of the Traditions of the Tennessee Walking Horse is its sore Big Lick.

Here is the story in its entirety:

The Tennessean

GOP-sponsored horse soring bill advances in Senate

Paul C. Barton, Tennessean Washington Bureau;8:55 p.m. CDT April 9, 2014

(Unlike other less than thorough coverage of the Tennessee Walking Horse Story,  this Tennessean article has links to other stories and seems to be more than a “lick and a promise” approach to putting the news before its readers. – BGB)

GOP-sponsored horse soring bill advances in Senate

WASHINGTON – A Senate panel Wednesday passed Republican-sponsored legislation to strengthen protections against the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses.

More: TN Walking Horse happenings include board resignation, soring paper

By voice vote, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation passed an amended form of legislation offered by Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. The new version made the Senate bill identical to the Prevent All Soring Tactics bill offered by Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., in the House, which many in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry bitterly oppose.

Soring, widely seen as a cruel practice, involves the use of caustic chemicals, chains and special pads and other devices on a horse’s legs and hooves to produce a higher step.

The Whitfield and Ayotte bills propose to strengthen the Horse Protection Act of 1970. They would eliminate self-policing by the industry and ban the various devices designed to rub on a horse’s leg or irritate its hoof to cause the higher step.

More: Whitfield’s walking horse legislation would end soring; Blackburn’s would enable it

Ayotte’s bill passed without debate, as Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., told members the issue had been “thoroughly worked out.” Numerous animal rights and veterinary groups back it.

“Horse soring is a disgrace, but growing momentum for the PAST Act means that reform is within reach,” said Keith Dane, who handles equine protection issues for the Humane Society of the United States.

Whitfield, in a statement, said he would work for passage in the House to “help save this industry from the abuse that has plagued it for more than half a century.”

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, the Brentwood Republican who is vice chairwoman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, opposes Whitfield’s bill and has introduced her own legislation. Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander has also offered a bill, one similar to but not identical to Blackburn’s.

“This is only a procedural step on one proposal,” Alexander said of the Ayotte bill. He said his and Blackburn’s bills “would do a better job of stopping the contemptible practice of soring, while preserving the century-old Tennessee Walking Horse tradition.”

More: Sen. Alexander introduces walking horse bill

Animal rights and veterinary groups say the bills offered by Blackburn and Alexander are not tough enough on the industry. But the two Republicans say their bills would eliminate soring without devastating the industry.

Many in the industry particularly fear the prohibition of special pads, chains and other “action devices” in the Whitfield-Ayotte bills.

Ayotte’s bill has 50 co-sponsors, half of the Senate, while Whitfield’s has 268 in the House, more than half the chamber. Meanwhile, Blackburn’s bill has just 11 co-sponsors and Alexander’s just three.

Among the Tennessee delegation, Republican Reps. Scott DesJarlais of Jasper, Diane Black of Gallatin, John Duncan of Knoxville and Phil Roe of Johnson City are behind Blackburn’s bill. Only Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, co-sponsored Whitfield’s legislation.

Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Nashville, said this: “If the Walking Horse industry is smart, it will clean itself up so that there are no more scandals. If not, there will be tougher legislation.”

Another who has yet to declare on the issue, Republican Sen. Bob Corker, said he looks forward to reviewing both major bills.

“I don’t want to see any animals mistreated and support efforts to deter horse abuse,” said the Tennessee Republican.

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

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NEPHEW EUGENE VISITS POPE’S IN SHELBYVILLE AND FINDS THE LICKERS ARE ALL DOWN IN THE DUMPS – BEEZLE TRIES TO EXPLAIN TO BROTHER BOAB, BUT DOESN’T GET VERY FAR

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SHELBYVILLE, TN –  Nephew Eugene happened into Pope’s Cafe late this afternoon.

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They have the best home made pies this side of the Mississippi River, and Eugene loves him some fresh chocolate pie.

The place was really quiet.

Wallinda with her tinted hair was down at one end of the place, and even she was quiet, and Wallinda is never quiet.

Eugene listened to their low level hushed tones, and after a while concluded that something bad had happened up in Washington, DC that had them all upset.

One said he had done exactly what the Queen of Memphis,  Latiffa,  who specializes in Tweets and Retweets said to do, but this time what Latiffa suggested didn’t work.  Apparently,  Latiffa is good on Thunderclaps, but not so good on Senate Committe  Mark-Up strategy.

Lorena who has waited tables for years in Pope’s said she was waiting for one of the Howard boys to come in and explain things to her.  She said they never did tip worth a darn, but they would usually talk a lot of talk and act like they knew what they were saying was right even if they didn’t.

Lorena said she heard that Celebration Chairman David L. Howard had gone back out to Canyon Ranch to get away from all the Trainer BOYZ telephone calls.

THE EXCLUSIVE CANYON RANCH HEALTH RESORT - TUSCON, ARIZONA

THE EXCLUSIVE CANYON RANCH HEALTH RESORT – TUSCON, ARIZONA

Then a blustery guy named Beezle came through the door, and he looked like he had lost his best friend.

Another lady named LuLu who has shown sore Big Lick horses since she was 17 and now she’s about 85 said,

“Does this mean we are finished or do we still have a chance?”

Another person said what happened was the Washington Senators just combined everything together, and all of sudden he heard a bunch of “YAYS” and no one voted against it.  Another one wanted to know if Lamar Alexander had come to the Floor to try and trump the PAST ACT.

Beezle tried to explain the PAST ACT had 51 Senators,  Democrats and Republicans,  all for it, and Alexander didn’t have anybody but himself and Mitch McConnell who was bought and paid for and Rand Paul who is a lost ball in the high weeds, and some guy from Georgia who was anybody’s dog that Priscilla Presley wanted to hunt.

Wallinda reported in that the PopVox vote was improving and now the PAST ACT was only ahead by  56% to 44%.     \

The Shelbyville NOW Poll done a week ago had the PAST ACT beating the Blackburn Bill by 78% to 23%.

Beezle was questioned at length about what his brother Boab had to say on what happened in Washington today.

Boab:  ”Hardly any debate or anything was heard in the committee meeting today for the mark up for the PAST Act. My understanding of mark up is members of the committee can add too or take some away from the law before it is considered by another body.    My question is, does this return back to a quorum of the committee for a full vote, or return to the Senate floor for a reassignment. The path of these bills is often confusing. I did read where Committee Chairman Rockafeller changed something. I will get a copy and see.”

Beezle tried to explain to Brother Boab that when a Bill is approved and passed by a Senate Committee that it can then be taken up on the Floor or attached to another Bill and be passed by the Senate.

Beezle told Boab that the Lickers were on extremely thin ice.

Boab still didn’t understand what Beezle was telling him which is about the way things usually go when they talk.

Beeze got a call from Brentwood from somebody named “UR” Smith.

“UR” said he couldn’t explain things, and he sure was worried that his senior citizen side kick from Triune had gotten him off into something that was a whole lot different than what he thought it would be.

Nephew Eugene asked Beezle if he believe “The Map” might actually be a Predictor of how things were going to go on the PAST ACT becoming Law, and Beezle just started unintelligibly mumbling to himself.

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Nephew Eugene is worried about Beezle’s present state of mind.

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WHO WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE REPRESENTING YOU – U. S. SENATOR KELLY AYOTTE (R-NH) OR REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN)???

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THETA, TN – One person is a United States Senator, formerly Attorney General of a State, a rising star,   and headed up with an unlimited future.

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The other person is United States Representative,  a hide bound ideologue – the ends justifies the means kind of individual.  Veteran observers say she has risen way above her “Peter Principle” level.

REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN)

REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN)

Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) is 46 years old, and the youngest of 20 women serving in the United States Senate. She is the only Republican in her State’s Congressional delegation.  Attending Pennsylvania State University, she graduated with a degree in Political Science, and attended Law School at Villanova University.

Kelly Ayotte is the real deal.

She appears to be Cabinet level or U. S. Supreme Court material, or could serve in the Executive Branch of government,  maybe as Vice President or President one day.

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Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)  is 62 years old, super ambitious, blatantly manipulative, and often given to petty and  shrill expressions of displeasure when things do not go her way.    She is gratingly ideological in her outlook and actions.

REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN)

REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN)

The voters of Tennessee  have the opportunity to bring Marsha Blackburn home when she stands for re-election in November 2014.   Her opponent Dan Cramer has labeled Blackburn as the “Tennessee Face Of Animal Abuse”, and the term is sticking.

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE DAN CRAMER

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE DAN CRAMER

Senator Kelly Ayotte has sponsored a Bill to end cruel treatment of Horses.

Representative Marsha Blackburn has sponsored a Bill to enable the continuation of the  institutionalized cruel soring of Horses.

It seems that the only two things that these protagonists have in common are their gender and party affiliation.

With the help of a lot of people,  Senator Ayotte successfully garnered Senate Commerce Committee approval today of a major piece of legislation.

Not too bad when you realize she did not become a U. S. Senator until January 2011.

The ultimate outcome of this important issue,  as well as the career paths of these two women,  will be interesting to watch in the days, weeks, months and years ahead.

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PAST ACT (PREVENT ALL SORING TACTICS ACT) UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED BY SENATE COMMERCE COMMITTEE – HISTORIC STEP TOWARD ENDING THE SORING OF TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES – BANNING OF PADS AND CHAINS GETS HUGE BOOST

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WASHINGTON, DC –  Throughout the land,   ”The Horses” are rejoicing today.

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On a beautiful Spring day,  Wednesday,  April 9, 2014,  the beginning of the end came for  the sore Big Lick crowd of Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and Lamar Alexander Campaign Chairman Steve Smith, when the United States Senate Commerce Committee unanimously approved the PAST ACT.

It took place at approximately 2:50 P.M. EDST in Room 253 of the Russell Senate Office Building before a jam-packed room with thousands of persons watching via webcast.

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In as slick a piece of parliamentary maneuvering as you will most likely never see or actually realize was happening,  the PAST ACT, S. 1406,   zoomed right through the Senate Commerce Committee in plain sight.

Many eye-witness observers didn’t realize the feat had been accomplished.

But it was accomplished.

No Amendments – No Comments – No Nothing.

The PAST ACT passed – Voice Vote.

Unanimous.

Quick as a hiccup – Just like that.

The Committee Chairman Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and ranking Republican John Thune (R-SD) operated like Ferrante and Teicher at the keyboards.

Working hand in glove,  the PAST ACT sailed through with obvious strong bi-partisan support.

Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) said at the beginning,  “We’ll take up Senator Ayotte’s Bill,  the PAST ACT, which cracks down on the cruel practice of intentionally soring Tennessee Walking Horses”. 

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SENATE COMMERCE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN JAY ROCKEFELLER(D-WV)

Vice Chairman John Thune (R-SD),  a PAST ACT co-sponsor,  did the honors with many observers not realizing it was being done.

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SENATE COMMERCE COMMITTEE VICE CHAIRMAN JOHN THUNE (R-SD) CO-SPONSOR OF THE PAST ACT

The PAST ACT was not called up by its Agenda number 3,  rather it was included in a bundle of other matters,  and it was approved and passed out of committee by unanimous voice vote.

Senator John Thune (R-SD)  handled it adroitly.

The day  that Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY)  and his Aide Marty Irby persuaded Senator John Thune to agree to co-sponsor the PAST ACT may have historically been where the battle to eliminate soring  by removing the pads and chains from Tennessee Walking Horses was won.

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

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Following its passage,   the PAST ACT Senate Sponsor Kelly Ayotte (R-NH),  who obviously had the support and respect of her Senate Committee colleagues,  expressed her appreciation to them by saying she was “very glad”  that the Committee approved the PAST ACT”.

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SENATOR KELLY AYOTTE (R-NH) WITH SENATOR MARCO RUBIO (R-FL) LOOKING ON WITH APPROVAL

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SENATOR KELLY AYOTTE (R-NH) WITH SENATOR MARCO RUBIO (R-FL) PAST ACT CO-SPONSOR NEXT TO HER

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT),  a PAST ACT co-sponsor,  expressed his satisfaction that the Senate Committee had acted to “ban the pads and chains which has led the heinous and cruel treatment of Tennessee Walking Horses.”

SENATOR RICHARD BLUMENTHAL (D-CT)

SENATOR RICHARD BLUMENTHAL (D-CT)

It is noteworthy to consider that on the Senate Commerce Committee sit two likely Republican candidates for President of the United States:

  • Senator John Thune (R-SD)
  • Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)

Both are co-sponsoring the PAST ACT.

Another rising U. S. President possibility,  U. S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) wants no part of the foolishness that Senator Alexander has put forth on behalf of Campaign Finance Chairman Steve Smith’s sore Big Lick gang with his Trojan Horse Bill To Enable Soring.

That should tell the sore Big Lick supporters like David L. Howard, Steve Smith, Walt Chism, John T. Bobo and Pat Marsh everything they need to know where the United States of America is on this animal cruelty issue.

The TWHBEA members told these gentlemen the same thing last October by a landslide 63% vote.

The sore Big Lick crowd should have listened to the breed registry members from all across the United States and the World.

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A huge hurdle for making the PAST ACT the Law of the Land was taken in full stride today.

Now the stage is set for the PAST ACT‘s passage by the United States Senate, and then on to the U.S. House of Representatives where 62% of the members are already co-sponsoring it.  The Bill has the support of 97 House Republicans.

House Speaker John Boehner(R-OH)  knows better than anybody that the Republicans do not need to stand in the way of a much needed law which will prevent the cruelty to the beautiful Tennessee Walking Horses that the sore Big Lick crowd of Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and Lamar Alexander Campaign Finance Chairman Steve Smith so strongly support.

Nephew Eugene hasn’t been this happy since the hogs ate his little brother.

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NEPHEW EUGENE IS GUARDEDLY OPTIMISTIC HEADING INTO THE CRUCIAL WEDNESDAY SENATE HEARING ON THE “MARK UP” OF THE PAST ACT (PREVENT ALL SORING TACTICS ACT)

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WASHINGTON,  DC -  The S. 1406,   Prevent All Soring Tactics, (PAST ACT)  will be considered for “Mark Up” at 2:30 P.M. on Wednesday by the United State Senate Commerce Committee.

Nephew Eugene says 12 of the 23 Committee members  are sponsors/co-sponsors of the PAST ACT,  one of whom is Senator John Thune (R-SD), the ranking Republican on the Committee.

Another key factor is the Bill is sponsored by Senate Commerce Committee member,  Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).

Eugene says,  like so many things in life,   a lot depends on who shows up for work tomorrow.    So it is ultimately important which Senators are sitting in the chairs when Chairman Rockefeller calls up Item #3 on the Agenda -

S. 1406, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act (PAST Act)

Nephew Eugene says there’s no such thing as a sure thing, but he believes things look better for “The Flatters” on Wednesday than they do for “The Lickers”.

Most importantly,  Nephew Eugene says, is how things look for “The Horses”.

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The PAST ACT is sponsored by Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and it is co-sponsored by  50 U. S. Senators, the distribution of which was clairvoyantly predicted by the Opinion Poll Map of TWHBEA members conducted in October 2013, and tabulated by Cook & Co. of Arab, Alabama.

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Agenda:

  1. S. 429, the Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education and Promotion Act of 2013
  2. S. 1014, Youth Sports Concussion Act
  3. S. 1406, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act (PAST Act) 
  4. S. 1275, the REFI Pacific Act
  5. S. 1379, the Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act of 2013
  6. S. 1468, Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013

The hearing will be webcast live via the Senate Commerce Committee website. (Refresh the Commerce Committee homepage 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to automatically begin streaming the webcast.)

The PAST ACT has 51 announced Sponsor/Co-Sponsors in the U. S. Senate including 8 Republicans.  It is sponsored by

The PAST ACT was previously set for Senate “Mark Up” on March 5 and then reset for March 12.    Informed sources report that Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)  asked Committee Chairman Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-VA)  to postpone the March 12, 2014,  ”Mark Up” session until Alexander had time to introduce a Senate Companion Bill to Representative Blackburn’s HR 4098  which was labeled by The Tennessean as a “BILL TO ENABLE SORING”.

Alexander introduced his measure last week, and Kentucky Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Rand Paul (R-KY) jointly sponsored the Bill with him.  Interestingly,  Senator Johnny Izakson (R-GA)  is a co-sponsor on both the PAST ACT and the Alexander Bill.

Long time sore Big Lick ally Mitch McConnell is the Senate Minority Leader,  but Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)  determines the Agenda in the Senate.

If the PAST ACT is “Marked Up” tomorrow and voted out of Committee,  Nephew Eugene says there will be a fast moving train in the block.*

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*You youngsters will have to talk to an old timer to get him to explain that expression.

 

ACT NOW – PLEASE PROTECT “THE HORSES” FROM THE SORE BIG LICK HORDES – PLEASE CALL YOUR SENATOR – PHONE, FAX, E-MAIL OR TWEET – URGE APPROVAL BY SENATE COMMERCE COMMITTEE OF THE PAST ACT

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WASHINGTON, DC – Please ask Your Senator ON THE COMMITTEE to VOTE TO APPROVE THE PAST ACT, and PASS IT OUT OF COMMITTEE TO THE SENATE FLOOR FOR A VOTE:

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WHAT TO SAY…..

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Tell where you live ……

Why you are calling…You are calling about the MARK UP hearing of the PAST ACT,           S 1406 on April 9, 2014 before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

REASONS YOU ARE SUPPORTING THE PAST ACT:

  • BANS HEAVY PADS AND CHAINS USED FOR SORING
  • ELIMINATES FAILED SELF REGULATION –  60 YEARS OF SORING.
  • MAKES SORING HORSES A FEDERAL FELONY WITH PRISON TIME FOR VIOLATORS.
  • PUTS THE USDA IN CHARGE OF INSPECTION AND ENFORCING HORSE PROTECTION ACT.
  • MAKES HORSE SHOW MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING FOR INSPECTORS
  • WILL NOT COST THE GOVERNMENT A DIME
  • PAST ACT HAS THE SUPPORT OF THE AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION,  THE AMERICAN EQUINE PRACTITIONERS ASSOCIATION, THE AMERICAN HORSE COUNCIL, THE UNITED STATES EQUESTRIAN FEDERATION, EVERY VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION OF EVERY STATE,  AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION,   AMERICAN SADDLEBRED ASSOCATION.

PLEASE SEND THIS MAP SHOWING THE MEMBERS OF THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE BREEDERS & EXHIBITORS ASSOCIATION  VOTED 63% LANDSLIDE FOR PASSAGE OF THE PAST ACT:

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It all hangs in the balance at 2:30 P.M. EDST on Wednesday,  April 8, 2014.

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TENNESSEE “FACE OF THE PAST ACT” DONNA BENEFIELD APPEARS ON FRANKLIN, TENNESSEE RADIO SHOW SPEAKING ON “THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE SORING TRADITION” SUPPORTED BY U.S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN)/REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN)

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FRANKLIN, TN –  PAST ACT supporter Donna Benefield and Congressional Candidate Dan Cramer appeared this morning on Home Town radio program on WAKM broadcasting live from the Columbia State Community College campus in Franklin, Tennessee.

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DONNA BENEFIELD, “TENNESSEE FACE OF THE PAST ACT”

A resident of Sumner County,  Benefield provided her Walking Horse credentials,  and  criticized Senator Lamar Alexander and Marsha Blackburn for introducing “Trojan Horse” legislation that was “bought and paid for” by monied interests profiting from the sore Big Lick.  She said “It will protect the perpetrators of animal abuse”.

Having recently appeared on behalf of the PAST ACT with former U. S. Senator Joseph Tydings (D-MD)  before The Tennessean Editorial Board,  Benefield said, “Today’s society is not going to support this type of activity, and the sore side of the Walking Horse business is melting to the ground right now.”  She said the Tennessee Walking Horse breed is excluded from the equine community by other horse breeds that did not want the stigma of abuse associated with the Tennessee Walking Horse.

Benefield said one of the main differences in the PAST ACT and the Alexander/Blackburn bills that enable horse soring is the PAST ACT would remove the built up pads and chains which are the “trademarks” of horse soring.

Benefield explained that,  according to a recent USDA study,  a large part of the money spent on Big Lick horses was “advertising” and that the Chairman of the Celebration David L. Howard,  who owns The Walking Horse Report,   benefits greatly from the sore Big Lick.   The interviewer had a copy of the newspaper and noted chains on practically every horses’s feet.

Benefield noted that Senator Alexander said he “wanted to preserve the Tennessee Walking Horse tradition in Tennessee”.

She said,  ”The Tennessee Walking Horse tradition in Tennessee has been Soring“.

When asked of 10 horses being inspected, how many were abused, she said “it depends on which inspection program you use”.   She said the inspection program owned by the Celebration in Shelbyville was being decertified by the USDA “due to corruption inside that program”.

Benefield provided a “stack” which are pads and a shoe placed on the horse’s front foot.  The interviewer seemed “shocked” at the device, especially its weight, and asked,  ”What is this device that looks like a big wedge?”  Benefield said due to the “stack”,   the “hoof appears grotesque”,  and it causes the horse “to move strangely”.

The interviewer recalled going to Walking Horse shows as a child and asking his parents about the chains on the horses’s front feet.    He was told that “the chain makes them walk taller – they are trying to step out of it – it creates a bigger lick – not really hurting the horse.”

Benefield explained about the scars which result from horses being trained with chains.  She said they are detected during inspection procedures due to advanced technology.

She explained that the PAST ACT was being supported by the veterinary groups,  the AVMA, AAEP, United States Equestrian Foundation and the American Horse Council, and other horse breeds.

Benefield detailed the “political influence peddling” that started in 1988, and that Steve Smith of Brentwood had contributed to Senator Mitch McConnell, Senator Lamar Alexander and Representative Marsha Blackburn over the years.  When asked, Benefield said she was neither conservative or liberal, rather she voted for the person, not the party.

Democrat Congressional candidate Dan Cramer who accompanied Benefield said Representative Blackburn supported “torturing animals for profit”.   He described the Blackburn bill as a “bought and paid for piece of legislation”.

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE DAN CRAMER

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE DAN CRAMER

A U. S. Army veteran,   Cramer said the difference between him and Representative Blackburn is he would accept campaign contributions, but he would not lend himself to doing what Representative Blackburn did which was to sponsor a Bill To Enable Horse Soring for an alleged $70,000.00 campaign contribution.

The interviewer said he expected Senator Alexander to be interviewed on the program in the future,  and that he wouldn’t be surprised to get a telephone call from Steve Smith on this.

He thanked Congressional candidate Dan Cramer for bringing Donna Benefield to the program who he described as “a very interesting lady – on a crusade – bringing powerful evidence – and being the voice of the non-soring community”.

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“THE LICKERS” AND “THE FLATTERS” HAPPENINGS – APRIL 2014 – THE UPS AND DOWNS AND ROUNDABOUTS

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THETA, TN  -  There’s a lot of activity up at Hilltop Market keeping up with all the “Going Ons” in the World of “The Lickers and The Flatters”.

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The Lickers are not doing particularly well these days:

  • Sore Big Lick Steve Smith has VP Fiscal Affairs Christy Lantis sitting on and playing “Keep Away” with those wonderful TWHBEA Financial and Membership Numbers.  The last time the Directors of the Breed Registry got any numbers on the “Train Wreck” Steve Smith, Walt Chism and Christy Lantis are presiding over was January 2014.   They were not pretty at all.  The next ones could be worse.
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TWO GRUMPY OLD MEN – STEVE SMITH AND WALT CHISM

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  • A version of Tracy Boyd is employed at TWHBEA and his name was recently tacked on to some “Gobbeldy Gook” thing about something,  but it sure didn’t resemble anything with which the “Real” Tracy Boyd would be associated.
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Tracy Boyd

  • Alabama Director and Executive Committee member Linda “Two Footer” Montgomery, DVM,  has left the building at 2950 North Ellington Parkway.  She reportedly recently resigned.  Apparently, from the Licker point of view,  Montgomery came to resemble the “Aunt Living In The Attic” and the Lickers,  rather than endure her,  simply shut her out of Executive Sessions by disconnecting her from the telephone calls in which she was participating.  Montgomery,  VP Trainer and Equine Welfare,  spoke way too much truth at the December 2013 Meeting when she essentially said

“The two positions are diametrically opposed to each other”.

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LINDA MONTGOMERY,DVM

  • U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) threw the  Walking Horse Trainer BOYZ under the bus when he cut the BOYZ out of having anything to do with having input on the members of the “Independent” Board which was going to oversee the ONE HIO.   Roy Exum described Tennessee’s senior Senator as an “unlearned rube” last week, but Exum did not describe Alexander as a totally “unlearned rube”.
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U. S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN)

  • If the Walking Horse Trainers “PANAMA CITY HORSE SHOW” was a publicly traded stock,  it would surely be riding a numbers of Highs and Lows.  The latest is a “Low”.  It could better be described as the “TRAINERS ESCAPE FROM REALITY SHOW”. From day to day and week to week, it’s on and off, and right now with the USDA led by a resurgent APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea,  it’s looking seriously doubtful the BOYZ can get the Addict Customers to pony up to pay for the BOYZ Florida family vacation.

Reptile farms and sun visors will only go so far.

APHIS ADMINISTRATOR KEVIN SHEA

APHIS ADMINISTRATOR KEVIN SHEA

  • The Judges for the Panama City Show were announced as:   David Landrum,  man living in Two Worlds – sore Big Lick guy in “Trainer World” as BOYZ VP,  and Law Enforcement Academy guy in Franklin, TN;  Sonny Holt, who has seen and done it all,  multiple times;   Ronnie Spears,  a guy who has the first and last nickel he has ever made. The local heat and scrutiny apparently got to Landrum who is no longer listed as one of the “Panama City” Judges.

Some say Dean Byard “might” be available.

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DAVID LANDRUM

  • Celebration Chairman David L. Howard who vacationed at Canyon Ranch Spa Resort during the Trainers Show,  then returned and “internet chattered” maniacally for a week upon his return, has now disappeared from public view going totally silent.
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CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

THE EXCLUSIVE CANYON RANCH HEALTH RESORT - TUSCON, ARIZONA

THE EXCLUSIVE CANYON RANCH HEALTH RESORT – TUSCON, ARIZONA

  • “The Tennessee Face of the PAST ACT” Donna Benefield of Gallatin,  Tennessee,  who appeared last Friday before The Tennessean Editorial Board with former U. S. Senator Joseph Tydings (D-MD),  will be on Franklin, Tennessee WAKM  radio station in the morning at 8:00 A.M., Tuesday, April 8 http://wakmworldwide.com/pages/listen-live.php    with Democrat Congressional Candidate Dan Cramer, opponent of  “The Tennessee Face of Animal Abuse” Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).
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DONNA BENEFIELD, “TENNESSEE FACE OF THE PAST ACT”

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REP. MARSHA BLACKBURN, “TENNESSEE FACE OF ANIMAL ABUSE”

The “Flatters”  are all tuned in to watch the “Mark Up” of the PAST ACT before the Senate Commerce Committee set for 1:30 P.M. on Wednesday,  April 9, 2014.

  • A lot of folks think that Senators Lamar Alexander and Mitch McConnell have now paid their debts to the Lickers,  and do not have much fire left in the belly to  continue carrying the water for the Horse Soring folks in the Land of Lickerville.  Alexander for sure wonders what he ever got off into for sore Big Lick Steve Smith.
  • “The Map” continues to the bright sparkling North Star of all that has happened,  and all that is to happen:

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  • WHOA is running and gunning,  enjoying prosperity with the growth of the Sound Horse movement, and benefitting from taking the forward-looking steps to be positioned for the future.
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“THE FUTURE”

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CAROLINE EMERY, AMAZING GRACE, UT HOMECOMING 2013

Nephew Eugene says it won’t be much longer and the bream will be spawning.

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GOD BLESS THE US(D)A – ONLY 31 HORSES IN 47 CLASSES EXHIBITED AT MOREHEAD, KENTUCKY SPRING OPEN HORSE SHOW

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MOREHEAD, KY – There were 47 classes and 31 horses showed at the Morehead State University Spring Open Horse Show.

Why, oh Why,  would a state University host a Horse Show when the soring of Horses is a criminal activity?????

And it doesn’t look like the Walking Horse Trainer BOYZ are adjusting real well to the USDA enforcing the Horse Protection Act, either.

Someone,  an American or a The Tennessean reporter or somebody,  needs to ask U. S. Senator Lamar “Out Of Touch” Alexander:

“What do they need the pads and chains for?”

When Lexington Leader-Herald reporter Janet Patton called for Senator Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul to ask them:   Neither McConnell nor Paul would comment on why their bill would allow performance gait trainers to continue to use pads and chains on horses, which the American Horse Council said is “an integral part of soring.”

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Class Entry Fee Premium

NOTE: THE $100.00$300/$500 IS THE PRIZE MONEY,  NOT AN INSPECTION FEE

 

1. Open Breed Pleasure Driving $20.00 $100.00

2. Open Park Pleasure Walking Horse $20.00 + inspection fee $100.00   2

3. Ladies Amateur Walking Horse $20.00 + inspection fee $100.00         4

4. Open English Pleasure (Walk Trot Canter) $20.00 $100.00

5. Open Walking Horse Yearling $20.00 + inspection fee $100.00           2

6. Spotted Saddle Horse Four and Under Trail Pleasure $20.00 + inspection fee $100.00

7. WHTA Riders’ Cup Open Two year old Walking Horse $30.00 + inspection fee $100.00

8. Juvenile Walk Trot $20.00 $100.00

9. Youth Walking Horse (11 and under) $20.00 + inspection fee $100.00  1

10. Trail Pleasure Horse $20.00 + inspection fee $100.00                            5

11. ASB 10 and under Walk Trot $20.00 $100.00

12. Park Performance Walking Horse $20.00 + inspection fee $100.00       1

13. Amateur owned and trained Walking Horse $20.00 + inspection fee $100.00

14. ASB Park $20.00 $100.00

15. Youth Trail Pleasure Horse $20.00 + inspection fee $100.00                 1

16. Lead Line Free ribbons

17. Juvenile ASB Show Pleasure $20.00 $100.00

18. WHTA Riders’ Cup 15.2 and Under Walking Horse $30.00 + inspection fee $100.00

19. Ladies Western Pleasure (Walk Trot Canter) $20.00 $100.00

20. Youth Country Pleasure Horse $20.00 + inspection fee $100.00           3

21. WHTA Riders’ Cup Three Year Old Walking Horse $30.00 + inspection fee $100.00

22. ASB Amateur Five Gaited $20.00 $100.00

23. Novice Amateur Walking Horse $20.00 + inspection fee $100.00

24. WHTA Riders’ Cup Walking Horse Specialty $20.00 + inspection fee $100.00

25. ASB Show Pleasure $20.00 $100.00

26. Amateur Four Year Old Walking Horse $20.00 + inspection fee $100.00

27. Michael Padula Stick Horse Class (6 and under) Free ribbons

28. Youth Walking Horse (12 – 17) $20.00 + inspection fee $100.00

29. ASB Youth Country Pleasure $20.00 $100.00

30. Amateur Three Year Old Walking Horse $20.00 + inspection fee $100.00

31. Road Pony Under Saddle $20.00 $100.00

32. Amateur Country Pleasure Horse $20.00 + inspection fee $100.00         4

33. Amateur Walking Horse Specialty $20.00 + inspection fee $100.00

34. ASB Country Pleasure $20.00 $100.00

35. Open Walking Pony $20.00 + inspection fee $100.00                           1

36. Open Western Pleasure (Walk/Jog/Lope) $20.00 $100.00

37. Spotted Saddle Horse Trail Pleasure $20.00 + inspection fee $100.00

38. ASB Open Three Gaited $20.00 $100.00

39. Lite Shod Plantation Specialty Walking Horse $20.00 + inspection fee $100.00    3

40. Open Road Horse Under Saddle $20.00 $100.00

41. Amateur Park Performance Walking Horse $20.00 + inspection fee $100.00         2

42. Open Shod Spotted Saddle Horse $20.00 + inspection fee $100.00

43. ASB Park Pleasure $20.00 $100.00

44. Show Pleasure Walking Horse $20.00 + inspection fee $100.00                             1

45. Walking Horse Equitation 17 and under (Canter) Class $20.00 + inspection fee $100.00   1

46. ASB Five Gaited Championship $40.00 $300.00

47. WHTA Claude Brown Walking Horse Championship (Canter) $65.00 + inspection fee $500.00

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The American people need to strongly support the United States Department of Agriculture in its enforcement of the Horse Protection Act to eliminate horse soring … not just regulate it.

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PAST ACT “HIGH NOON DRAW DOWN” COMES AT 2:30 P.M. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, AS SENATE COMMERCE COMMITTEE PUTS “MARK UP” OF THE PAST ACT ON THE AGENDA

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WASHINGTON,  DC –  The S. 1406,  Prevent All Soring Tactics, (PAST ACT) is again on the Agenda of the Executive Session of the U . S. Senate Commerce Committee set for “Mark Up” at 2:30 p.m,  on Wednesday,  April 9, 2014 in Room 253 of the Russell Senate Office Building.

SENATECOMMERCECOMMITTEEAgenda:

  1. S. 429, the Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education and Promotion Act of 2013
  2. S. 1014, Youth Sports Concussion Act
  3. S. 1406, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act (PAST Act) 
  4. S. 1275, the REFI Pacific Act
  5. S. 1379, the Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act of 2013
  6. S. 1468, Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013

The hearing will be webcast live via the Senate Commerce Committee website. (Refresh the Commerce Committee homepage 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to automatically begin streaming the webcast.)

The PAST ACT has 51 announced Sponsor/Co-Sponsors in the U. S. Senate including 8 Republicans.  It is sponsored by Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and co-sponsored by Mark Warner (D-VA).  

The ranking Republican member of the Senate Commerce Committee, Senator John Thune (R-SD) is a co-sponsor of the PAST ACT.

The bill has strong bi-partisan support in the U. S. Senate.

“The Map” is reflective of how things are lining up.

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Interestingly,  no Republican Senators from Alabama or Mississippi have yet co-sponsored Alexander’s measure, and so far,   neither has Tennessee Senator Bob Corker (R-TN).

The PAST ACT was previously set for Senate “Mark Up” on March 5 and then reset for March 12.    Informed sources report that Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)  asked Committee Chairman Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-VA)  to postpone the March 12, 2014,  ”Mark Up” session until Alexander had time to introduce a Senate Companion Bill to Representative Blackburn’s HR 4098  which was labeled by The Tennessean as a “BILL TO ENABLE SORING”.

Alexander introduced his measure last week, and Kentucky Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Rand Paul (R-KY) to jointly sponsored the Bill with him.  Interestingly,  Senator Johnny Izakson (R-GA)  is a co-sponsor on both the PAST ACT and the Alexander Bill. 

Long time sore Big Lick ally Mitch McConnell is the Senate Minority Leader,  but Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)  determines the Agenda in the Senate.   

If the PAST ACT is “Marked Up” and is voted out of Committee,  Nephew Eugene says this could get real interesting.

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TELEVISION AD URGES TENNESSEANS TO SUPPORT THE PAST ACT TO REMOVE THE PADS AND CHAINS AND END TENNESSEE’S REPUTATION AS A “HORSE ABUSE” STATE – THE TV COMMERCIAL SLAMS SENATOR ALEXANDER/REPRESENTATIVE BLACKBURN VERSIONS AS “SHAM LAW”

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NASHVILLE, TN –  Tennesseans stepped forward last week to support the PAST ACT.

Now there is a hard-hitting television commercial playing in Tennessee urging Tennesseans to call Congress at 202-224-3121,  and reject the “SHAM LAW” proposed by U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander and Representative Marsha Blackburn, and to pass the PAST ACT to remove the pads and chains and to stop soring.

There is public disbelief and outrage across the Volunteer State for U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)  taking the sore Big Lick side and introducing a BILL TO ENABLE SORING.

There is also silent,  but strong,  appreciation for U. S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) for not going along with Alexander’s folly.    The apparent difference in the two Senators is Bob Corker is his own man and Lamar Alexander is doing the bidding of his Campaign Finance Chairman Steve Smith who once predicted that if Lamar Alexander became President of the United States,  that Steve Smith,  who has a Horse Protection Act violation citation on his resume,   would be Alexander’s ”Secretary of Agriculture”.  ”The Horses” cringe at that possibility.

U. S. SENATOR BOB CORKER (R-TN)

U. S. SENATOR BOB CORKER (R-TN)

Chattanooga columnist Roy Exum describes the Tennessee’s distinguished Senior Senator Lamar Alexander as coming “across as a liar, an unlearned rube and an evil accomplice in his stealthy presentation that he alleges “will end soring in Tennessee.”

The Tennessean and Chattanooga Times Free Press newspapers have editorially endorsed the PAST ACT to remove the pads and chains.  The Times Free Press called Senator Alexander “at best as naive or attempting to slow support for a new day for the Tennessee Walking Horse,” and urged a boycott of sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse shows such as the Celebration.

Disappointingly,  Alexander did the bidding of his Campaign Finance Chairman Steve Smith who is the sore Big Lick President of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed registry whose members by 63% landslide vote favor passage of the PAST ACT.  Smith was noticed for violating the Horse Protection Act along with many of his fellow TWHBEA Executive Committee members, and for 25 years has rented a barn to serial Horse Protection Violator David Landrum of Franklin, Tennessee.

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Tennesseans stepped forward last week to support the PAST ACT.

First,  there was the appearance of Gallatin, Tennessee resident Donna Benefield accompanied by the former U. S. Senator Joseph Tydings (D-MD) before the Editorial Board of The Tennessean newspaper.

DONNA BENEFIELD, U. S. SENATOR JOE TYDINGS (D-MD), EDITORIAL DIRECTOR TED RAYBURN,  REPORTER HEIDI HALL

DONNA BENEFIELD, U. S. SENATOR JOE TYDINGS (D-MD), EDITORIAL DIRECTOR TED RAYBURN, REPORTER HEIDI HALL

Then at the Sound Horse Conference the next day in Brentwood, Tennessee,  Dr. John Haffner, DVM of Murfreesboro,  Clay Harlin of Brentwood and Cat Dye of Winchester all spoke out for the PAST ACT.

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JOHN HAFFNER, DVM

CLAY HARLIN, PASTOR, AND FORMER MANAGER, HARLINSDALE FARM

CLAY HARLIN, PASTOR, AND FORMER MANAGER, HARLINSDALE FARM

CAT DYE, BLACK ANVIL EQUESTRIAN, WINCHESTER, TENNESSEE

CAT DYE, BLACK ANVIL EQUESTRIAN, WINCHESTER, TENNESSEE

The AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association),  AAEP (American Equine Practitioners), and the American Horse Council have all criticized the Blackburn/Alexander alternatives, and favor the PAST ACT.   Joining with these groups and the Tennesseans who have spoken out for the PAST ACT is The Humane Society Of The United States which obtained the under cover video of Jackie McConnell’s horse abuse and is now underwriting the television ad airing in Tennessee. At the 2012 Celebration,     Walking Horse Report owner David L. Howard approved Celebration CEO putting the pictures of the Humane Society CEO Wayne Pacelle and Equine Protection Director Keith Dane on garbage cans in inspection areas.

That was a big mistake.

Wayne Pacelle - CEO, Humane Society of the United States

Wayne Pacelle – CEO, Humane Society of the United States

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Radar says Lamar Alexander has done split his britches for sore Big Lick Steve Smith.

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WHY DID THE TENNESSEAN NEWSPAPER BLOW IT BY NOT COVERING THE SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE IN BRENTWOOD, TENNESSEE? – DID JACKIE MCCONNELL MEAN WHAT HE SAID WHEN HE APOLOGIZED TO “ALL THE HORSES HE HAD TRAINED” ON THE VIDEO PLAYED AT THE “SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE”?

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COLLIERVILLE, TN – It’s easy to demonize Jackie McConnell.  About 500,000 people all over the world saw him on an ABC Nightline video doing cruel, inhumane and illegal things to Tennessee Walking Horses.    McConnell went through the legal system, and he pled guilty twice, first in federal court, then in state court.

Part of his federal sentencing was to make a public statement about soring.

Here is the part of his statement where he apologizes.

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The statement was released publicly for the first time at the “Sound Horse Conference” last weekend in Brentwood, Tennessee.

For some inexplicable reason,  The Tennessean newspaper did not send a news reporter/s or photographer to cover the annual national Sound Horse Conference, nor did the newspaper make the public aware it was being held despite being advised a week ahead of time of the event.

That is not acceptable.

The reporter who usually covers Tennessee Walking Horses is the newspaper’s Religion Editor.  Instead of attending the historic Sound Horse Conference last Saturday which was located 11 minutes from the newspaper office,  the Religion Editor instead attended and covered a meeting of Republican Tennessee legislators in Nashville last Saturday who are concerned about  ISLAM.  Apparently, the “Islamophobic” Tennessee Republican legislators are afraid of Islam attacking America.  A speaker pontificated on “far out” issues like cyber economic attacks from space upon which The Tennessean scribe reported.  The last time Nephew Eugene looked, the United States was in charge of the national defense – not a few self appointed “Islamophobic” Tennessee Republican legislators.

The question has to be asked:

Why has The Tennessean Religion Editor,  who is a good person, a nice person and a good writer, but not terribly interested in this particular subject matter,   been assigned to this ongoing hot button story which primarily features:

  • Crime
  • Politics
  • Economic

It must be noted that there are some moralistic issues associated with the Tennessee Walking Horse story, but that is not its primary emphasis.

And by any measure,  the Tennessee Walking Horse story trumps Tennessee “Islamophobia” stories in the State of Tennessee ten times out of ten.

Here is what The Tennessean readers missed out on because it did not cover the Sound Horse Conference.   Some of the attendees and participants were:

  •  USDA National Horse Protection Coordinator Dr. Rachel Cezar - she is directly in charge of supervising the USDA vets who enforce the Horse Protection Act at the Celebration and other horse shows.
  • Dr. Tracy Turner who does all the USDA thermography exams at the horse shows.
  • Tennesseans Clay Harlin whose family owns Harlinsdale Farm,
  • Dr. John Haffner,  veterinarian on Horse Science Faculty at MTSU,
  • Donna Benefield who testified before Congress on the PAST ACT.
  • Keith Dane, The Humane Society of the United States Director of Equine Protection
  • Teresa Bippen, President of FOSH (Friends Of Sounds Horses)
  • Carl Bledsoe,  Reformed Big Lick Walking Horse Trainer
  • Michael Blackwell, DVM
  • Neal Valk, DVM
  • Marty Irby,  Aide to Congressman Ed Whitfield, and former President of TWHBEA who also testified before Congress on the PAST ACT
Senator Joseph Tydings, Father of the Horse Protection Act

Bill Harlin, 90 year old legendary Walking Horse figure who publicly endorsed the PAST ACT in The Tennessean.

Other noted personages, including some Big Lickers, in attendance were:
  • Walking Horse Report Editor Jeffrey Howard,
  • TWHBEA Executive Committee member David Williams, VP Breeders
  • Robert Beech, Tack proprietor, son of Walking Horse legend, the late S. W. Beech
  • Dave Thomas,  Publisher of ShelbyvilleNOW
  • Gary Lane,  Master Gaited Horse Clinician.
  • Big Lick activist Sheryl Crawford
  • WHOA President,  Dee Dee Miller
  • Former TWHBEA President David Pruett.
  • Kim Bennett,  Walking Horse Trainer

All of these people were available at the same place at the same time located 11 minutes from the newspaper, yet the newspaper did not send a reporter/s or photographer there to cover any part of it.

This cannot continue if The Tennessean is going to do what Tennessee’s flagship newspaper is supposed to do,  and that is cover the news important to Tennesseans, and inform the public.

There is no bigger continuing story in Tennessee than the Tennessee Walking Horse story with over 60% of the United States Congress co-sponsoring the PAST ACT. Tennessee has gained the reputation,  according to W. W. “Bill” Harlin as a “horse abuse state”.  Mr. Harlin is for banning the pads and chains, and returning the Tennessee Walking Horse to its roots.  Harlin was present when the breed registry was formed in Lewisburg, Tennessee in 1935.

All of the United States is pitted against the Celebration’s David L. Howard’s sore Big Lick crowd in Tennessee trying to perpetuate the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse.

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Pulitizer Prizes are won by coverage of such stories.

Here are the elements of the Tennessee Walking Horse story:

  • crime
  • politics
  • economic
  • community
  • alleged “sport”
  • international

And The Tennessean’s approach to the  multiple story opportunities presented by the Sound Horse Conference was to send its Religion Editor, who is assigned to the Tennessee Walking Horse story,  to go cover “ISLAM” at the same time that the Sound Horse Conference was taking place?

There needs to be some soul searching by the current  The Tennessean management regarding the coverage of this story in which The Nashville Tennessean played such a pivotal role in 1969-1970 when the Horse Protection Act was passed.

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There are no obvious Religious elements that make the Tennessee Walking Horse issue a “Religion” story other than perhaps what Senator Tydings referred to as the “bestial” treatment of the defenseless Tennessee Walking Horses by Trainer BOYZ and their customers who pay them.   These include people with money like PSHA Chairman Jim Cortner and Terry Dotson who are addicted to  the sore Big Lick,  and by Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and PSHA Spokesperson Jeffrey Howard, both who own The Walking Horse Report,  and have grown rich from the sale of Ads for horses like the “bad image” 2013 World Grand Champion, “I Am Jose” being exhibited in Asheville, North Carolina:

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2013 WORLD GRAND CHAMPION – “I AM JOSE” – CASEY WRIGHT UP

To The Tennessean‘s credit, its editorial content has been excellent, yet informing the public through coverage of the news relating to the issue has been spotty at best.  It was woefully lacking regarding the Sound Horse Conference.    The newspaper did invite former U. S. Senator Joseph Tydings and Tennessee resident and Congressional witness Donna Benefield to appear before it last Friday.  Yesterday, an informative story was written by Reporter Heidi Hall featuring Senator Alexander’s introduction of alternative legislation coupled with video of the Supporters of the PAST ACT – this was good journalism.

Yet,  ”Marvin From Cornersville” and Harold believe that The Tennessean readers need to have both sides of the story told in much more depth than is presently being presented in order that they may be adequately informed.

The presentations by the Sound Horse Conference will soon be on YouTube.   Since The Tennessean newspaper whiffed on the Sound Horse Conference coverage,  perhaps it will  have its reporters watch those videos so they can make the public aware of the important things that were said and who said them.  And so its reporters will be fully informed so they can do the best job possible,  rather than just hitting a few high points.

Or maybe, just maybe,   The Tennessean management will assign a Crime/Political reporter to provide in depth coverage for its readers and help out the Religion Editor who has had to carry the load so far on what is not a religion story in the first place.

A motivated knowledgeable reporter could probe the people making the assertions.

But I have wandered and digressed.

JACKIE MCCONNELL – HALL OF FAME TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE TRAINER

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So the question is:

Was Jackie McConnell sincere in what he was saying or was he just “trying to get by” in doing something that the Federal Judge mandated?

Most people probably doubt that Jackie was sincere when he apologized “to all the horses he trained”.

Yet,  very few people who read this have ever met Jackie McConnell to make an informed judgement.

Nephew Eugene knows someone who does know Jackie, and who has known him for over 30 years.

This person believes that Jackie McConnell in the video is chastened and sincere.

Does it remedy what the things he did to make a living – of course not.

But redemption has to start somewhere.

Nephew Eugene thinks redemption is a good thing.    Even for The Tennessean management IF it puts more resources into covering the Tennessee Walking Horse story.

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VIDEO OF FORMER U.S. SENATOR JOSEPH TYDINGS AND SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE DONNA BENEFIELD APPEARING BEFORE THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL BOARD SUPPORTING PASSAGE OF THE PAST ACT

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NASHVILLE, TNSupporters of the Congressman Ed Whitfield’s, PAST ACT, Prevent All Soring Tactics appeared before The Tennessean Editorial Board on Friday, March 29, 2014 to make the case for passage of the legislation which would remove the pads and chains to eliminate the institutionalized culture of criminal animal abuse in the name of family entertainment.

http://archive.tennessean.com/videonetwork/3427230584001

The group included former U. S. Senator Joseph Tydings (D-MD),  VP International Walking Horse Association and Gallatin, Tennessee resident Donna Benefield and Attorney Clant M. Seay.

Here is the video of the Session.

http://archive.tennessean.com/videonetwork/3427230584001

And some Photos (The Tennessean):

Author of the original Horse Protection Act,  Senator Tydings brought materials from 1969 – 1970.  He reminisced about the days when The Tennessean newspaper was covering the story,  and it was instrumental in informing the public which resulted in the Horse Protection Act becoming law.

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Donna Benefield brought assorted Soring paraphernalia used by the Walking Horse Traine BOYZ, and she explained how it was used.  Editorial Director Ted Rayburn is holding a 10 lb stack.  Benefield said she has seen some stacks weighing as much as 15 lb.01STACKEDITORIALBOARD

Benefield provided documentation that there were not “just a few bad apples” soring horses as PSHA Spokesperson Jeffrey Howard,  son of Celebration Chairman would have the public believe.  Benefield is holding a thick sheaf of papers containing a alphabetical listing, single spaced,   of all the Horse Protection Act violations for the last 30+ years.07VIOLATORSEDITORIALBOARD

Benefield accused PSHA Spokesperson/Walking Horse Report Editor Jeffrey Howard in his Dec. 3, 2013 appearance before The Tennessean Editorial Board of making gross misrepresentations to The Tennessean and to the general public of Tennessee.

THE LIST INCLUDED:

  • Jeffrey Howard –  The Celebration’s S.H.O.W. inspection program has a “good working relationship with the USDA”.   Benefield said,  ”The USDA does not have a good working relationship with the Celebration.   The USDA has filed charges against the Celebration’s horse inspection program and taken legal steps to decertify it.”
  • Jeffrey Howard – Only a few Walking Horse Trainers were soring horses.   Benefield provided documentation that of the top 20 Trainers,  100% had violations for soring horses and breaking the federal law.
  • Jeffrey Howard – The padded “stack” was the equivalent of a woman’s tennis show.   Benefield produced a green ladies tennis shoe and asked the journalists to compare it to the “stack” and draw their own conclusions.

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WALKING HORSE REPORT EDITOR JEFFREY HOWARD PRESENTING SERIAL HPA VIOLATOR CHARLIE GREEN WITH $15,000.00+ CHECK FOR WINNING WALKING HORSE TRAINERS BOYZ RIDERS CUP COMPETITION

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JEFFREY HOWARD AND CHARLIE GREEN – ONLY 22 HPA VIOLATIONS

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Benefield is holding a “scurf comb” used to remove dead skin from soring scars after salicylic acid is applied to the horses feet and allowed to “cook” off the scars, then “combed” clean. 09SCRUFFCOMBEDITORIALBOARD

Benefield is holding a nut, bolt and plate device used to apply pressure to the bottom of the horse’s foot in order to make it undetectably sore and allow it to do what Celebration Board member Pat Marsh refers to as “Fancy High Stepping Horses”.

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Donna Benefield said,  in the face of increased science to detect soring which included Thermography and Radiography  and Swabbing along with digital palpations,  that the Sore side had now gone to the bottom of the horses’ feet to sore them and produce the “Fancy High Stepping” gait.

She urged the USDA to pull the shoes and prosecute “pressure shoeing” cases.

Donna Benefield also said that Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has become “The Face Of Animal Abuse For The State of Tennessee.”

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One day,   Nephew Eugene hopes to see what an Editorial Board does.
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CHATTANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS SLAMS U. S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER AS EITHER “NAIVE” OR ATTEMPTING TO SLOW SUPPORT FOR A “NEW DAY” FOR THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE

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CHATTANOOGA, TN – The respected Chattanooga Times Free Press  today editorially chowed down on U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) for looking the other way for many years while the abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses was rampant, and now jumping in the last minute with what is at best a “naive” approach to the soring problem. At worst,  Senator Alexander is  doing the bidding of his sore Big Lick Campaign Finance Chairman Steve Smith.    Smith has a previous Horse Protection Act violation history and has rented a barn for over 25 years to serial sore Big Lick Horse Abuser David Landrum of Franklin, Tennessee.

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

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

Steve Smith and David L. Howard want to save the “pads and chains” which are part and parcel of the sore Big Lick culture according to veterinarian Dr. John Haffner of the MTSU Horse Science Faculty.

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STEVE SMITH – DAVID LANDRUM HORSE PROTECTION ACT CITATION

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STEVE SMITH/DAVID LANDRUM HORSE PROTECTION ACT VIOLATION CITATION

STEVE SMITH UP ON MISS WALKING MIRACLE, MULTI WORLD GRAND CHAMPION MARE

STEVE SMITH UP ON MISS WALKING MIRACLE, MULTI WORLD GRAND CHAMPION MARE

 

CHATTANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS CRITICIZES SENATOR ALEXANDER

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2014/apr/02/walk-on-by-alexanders-horse-protection-bill-is-not/

 Walk on by: Lamar Alexander’s horse protection bill is not enough

 U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander should know better.
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U. S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN) – IS HE NAIVE OR OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE 2014 REALITY OR LISTEN TO THE WRONG PEOPLE OR WAS UNDULY INFLUENCED BY HIS CAMPAIGN FINANCE CHAIRMAN STEVE SMITH?

“The Tennessee Republican, after years of silence while abuses in Tennessee’s walking horse industry continued, has introduced his own horse protection bill as bridge legislation between a proposal that horse show people think is too tough and a third bill written basically to protect the industry from regulation.

Unfortunately, the best one can say about Alexander’s well-intentioned bill is that it is naive.

The toughest bill, the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act (PAST), would stiffen penalties for soring, the practice of using chemicals and objects to make horses lift their feet higher to avoid pain. The PAST Act would also require federal inspection (rather than industry inspectors) at walking horse shows, and ban the use of action devices such as pads and chains. The PAST Act is backed by veterinary groups, the Humane Society of the United States and celebrities such as Priscilla Presley and Alyssa Milano.

The industry favorite is a bill introduced in February by U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. Her bill would create a single horse inspection board (without trainers, owners and show organizers) that would require blood tests, chemical swabs or other “scientific” tests to see if horses are being sored. The bill allows the Walking Horse Trainers’ Association to help select the board.

Note: This is the same association whose 2014 seven-member board of directors boasts at least 112 citations for soring and related offenses. One of those board members has 38 known citations for violation of the Horse Protection Act, according to the Humane Society of the United States.

Blackburn’s bill is a thinly disguised repeat of what hasn’t been working to stop the abuse for decades.

And Alexander’s bill would do the same thing as Blackburn’s, but add veterinary oversight. He says the board should have to contract with a qualified equine veterinarian to advise on soring testing methods and certify results. And the board members should have term limits.

Here’s why Alexander’s added layer also won’t work: This has already been tried, and the abuses continue to occur. Walking horses and walking horse owners and trainers employ and pay a lot of veterinarians, right? In fact, the president of SHOW, the largest horse industry group that in recent years has handled the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tenn., also is a licensed member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Association of Equine Practitioners. In other words, a vet.

For years, the fox has watched the hen house in the Tennessee walking horse industry. The boards went by different names but they were all horse industry groups, called HIOs, for short. They were inspector groups that were trained, certified and overseen by U.S. Department of Agriculture veterinarians.

The USDA is charged with enforcing the 40-year-old Horse Protection Act. The trouble is, the USDA could only get to a handful of the horse shows. That’s where the HIOs came in — they, in theory, were supposed to be an arm of the USDA.

But the HIOs mostly turned a blind eye to problems, and at show after show where the USDA did provide oversight, horses that had been passed by lay inspectors were found to be sored by USDA vets.

As for pads and chains? They don’t just help hide the abusethey amplify it. The pads (think marathon running in high heels) are new to walking horses in recent decades.

The original Tennessee walkers of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s didn’t wear pads.

This is an industry that needs to find its way back home.

The pads and the abuse are turning people away in droves. Attendance at the shows is way down. On Feb. 21, the Shelbyville Times-Gazette ran a story quoting Mike Inman, CEO of the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration, saying that the cost of most seats at the 2014 11-day show that begins in August has been cut to less than half the customary price. Boxes with six seats that normally cost $575 will run $200 this year. And better boxes that normally cost $625 will be discounted to $500.

The move — along with allowing alcohol to be sold and consumed anywhere in the stadium, last year and this year — is aimed toward “providing a great value for families and groups but also to draw more people,” the newspaper paraphrased Inman as saying.

The toughest legislation — the PAST Act — has enough cosigners to ensure its passage. All Blackburn and Alexander are doing is serving to slow support for a new day and the cleaner, kinder display of a beautiful Tennessee icon.

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Senator Alexander will reap the crop he has planted.

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BROTHER ROY EXUM BLASTS U. S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN) WITH BOTH BARRELS FOR TRYING TO “HIJACK” THE PAST ACT AND STOP THE NATIONAL EFFORT TO ELIMINATE SORING BY DOING THE BIDDING OF SORE BIG LICK CAMPAIGN FINANCE CHAIRMAN STEVE SMITH

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CHATTANOOGA, TN – Brother Roy Exum laid down on U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) for attempting to derail the  PAST ACT which is supported by 269 U. S. Representatives and 51 U. S. Senators.

Roy didn’t pull any punches when he said,  “Alexander came across as a liar, an unlearned rube and an evil accomplice in his stealthy presentation that he alleges “will end soring in Tennessee.”

Here is Brother Roy:

http://www.chattanoogan.com/2014/4/3/273351/Roy-Exum-Alexanders-Atrocious-Ploy.aspx

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ROY EXUM – ALEXANDER’S ATROCIOUS PLOY - April 3, 2014

‘Lamar Alexander, in a carefully-calculated ploy to derail bills moving through Congress and the Senate that would limit horse abuse, is now being roundly ridiculed by horse lovers and justly maligned by scores of others who decry backroom politics. Alexander has penned an alternative bill to the ongoing PAST Act that is nothing more than a deliberate ruse to keep the scurrilous “Big Lick” faction in the unforgivable business of torturing horses.

Alexander’s nauseating hypocrisy comes after 260 members of Congress have already endorsed House Bill 1518 and a full 50 senators have signed on Senate Bill 1406. And it comes as little surprise since Steven B. Smith, Alexander’s state campaign chairman, is president of the Big Lick’s Breed Registry and has a proven history of personally violating the federal Horse Protection Act in the past.

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STEVE SMITH/DAVID LANDRUM HORSE PROTECTION ACT VIOLATION CITATION

Alexander’s blatant disregard for the fact the pending PAST Act has the endorsement of such groups as the American Horse Council, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the Humane Society of the United States and over a hundred other organizations may be unparalleled. But, again, it was expected after Tennessee’s seven Republican members of Congress endorsed a similar bill in Congress that “will enable soring rather than stop it.”

The seedy bill in Congress was authored by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who was feted by the Big Lick last August in a way that allegedly generated $70,000 to her campaign coffers. Chattanooga’s Chuck Fleischmann and Jasper’s Scott DesJarlais are among the 10 members of Congress who have endorsed the alternate bill, this after a clear majority of Congress signed HB 1518, which was sponsored by Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky.

Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell – a noted Big Lick advocate who once threatened the USDA over inspections – and Kentucky’s Rand Paul joined Alexander in signing the alternate bill, which was immediately castigated by those who have been campaigning for the soring and torture of Walkers to finally stop. Many say the unnatural, unsightly gait prized by the Lickers cannot be done without soring and, while horse abuse in Tennessee is now a felony, it continues among trainers and owners alike.

Alexander intimated that the PAST Act will eliminate horse shows but he’s terribly mistaken. What it will do is eliminate the dreaded pads, chains and action devices where crooked trainers hide bolts, nails and anything else in order to cheat. Clean horse shows are now in vogue and are attracting riders, especially with the Big Lick understandably ostracized by a sickened public. Alexander has to know that!

Further, every state veterinary association in America has called for the stacks, or pads, the chains and the pressure shoes to be banned forever, but Alexander’s solution would leave them in place and the senator, obviously turning against the wishes of a great majority of his constituents, cannot explain their worth. As one notable horseman noted, “If God had meant for Walkers to have stacks they’d have been born with them. It’s atrocious.”

Alexander also drew a baseball parallel, saying punish the player but not the sport, when in fact the Big Lick boards of governance are riddled today with past violators of the federal act and known cheaters. To the contrary, the great majority of Walking Horse owners are clamoring for the Big Lick to be reined in, but Shelbyville, tightly managed by a cancerous crowd that covets a blue ribbon over a horse’s well-being, remains the epicenter of horse abuse in the world.

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Alexander called the Walking Horse one of the state’s “most treasured traditions” when, in fact, video footage of the convicted Jackie McConnell abusing a horse with a club incited rage around the world that has yet to quell. With horse abuse continuing – there is now an ongoing trial in Alexander’s hometown of Maryville – Alexander came across as a liar, an unlearned rube and an evil accomplice in his stealthy presentation that he alleges “will end soring in Tennessee.”

Alexander fully knows there is no way Walking Horses will be ever be removed from Tennessee but he also realizes that if the cheaters give way to the “sound horse” (a clean animal), the tawdry machine that has allowed the sadistic brutality may well run out of money for campaigns like Blackburn’s, DesJarlais’ or even his own. Try to understand the logic behind his unprecedented bill in any other way.

No, the Tennessee Walking Horse has survived over a century and there are thousands of horses outside the Big Lick whose owners treat them like royalty. But because there is a very sick culture that is spawned in now-struggling Shelbyville, the once-noble breed has been badly smeared and horribly maligned. With this week’s Senate bill, Lamar Alexander will now be remembered as a man who tried to hijack a concerted national effort to stop soring with the well-received HB1518 and S1406 already in motion.

It is expected that Alexander and the contemptuous Blackburn will use their alternate legislation to conjure up whatever roadblocks are necessary to stop a dedicated attempt to effort that would protect a horse that falls into the hands of an unscrupulous trainer or owner. That would hurt our nation, our society and those who recognize what horses have meant to our nation.

Remember Lamar Alexander at the polls this August and vote like you would if you knew a horse’s life was a stake. What this man has just done is absolutely awful and we must not ever forget it.

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Lamar Alexander’s mailing address is 455 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510. Do NOT send money.

royexum@aol.com

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Radar believes Brother Roy told Senator Alexander what he really thought.

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CLAY HARLIN’S MOVING “BREAK EVERY CHAIN: A FRESH START” MESSAGE TO SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE ATTENDEES; HARLIN URGES THE ASSEMBLED TO “TURN ON THE LIGHT” TO END THE DARKNESS OF THE SORING OF THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE BREED

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BRENTWOOD, TN  - In a captivating uplifting message delivered last Saturday to the assembled persons attending the Sound Horse Conference,  Brentwood Pastor Clay Harlin gave a compelling narrative of his speaking out in 1998 against soring Tennessee Walking Horses, and everything that followed.

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CLAY HARLIN, PASTOR, AND FORMER MANAGER, HARLINSDALE FARM

The backdrop was in 1998,  TWHBEA Director, and former Executive Committee member Clay Harlin was at home reading his Bible,  the book of Esther 4: 12-14 which admonished Esther that “to remain silent at this time would result in ruin”.  The Walking Horse Trainers had just decided to boycott their National Trainers Show.  The telephone rang and it was a reporter from The Tennessean newspaper who asked Clay Harlin to comment on the situation.  Harlin was tired of the lies surrounding the abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses.  He was forthright and spoke out against the soring of the Tennessee Walking Horses.  The retribution from the “industry” was immediate and severe.  It strained Harlin’s family ties, and resulted in him,  at the age of 47,  leaving the Tennessee Walking Horse business to which he had devoted his professional entire life.

Here is his message:

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“Break Every Chain: A Fresh Start

Thank David Pruett and Lori Northrop for inviting me to be here today

  • It is indeed an honor to be with you

You are to congratulated for your courage and persistence in the on-going effort to stop soring

You are the ones who have done the heavy lifting

  • who have carried the water, and broken up the ground
  • Who have endure the personal abuse by those who are afraid of the truth

Most importantly, because of your efforts there is a new and sound market for the TWH,

  • beyond the narrow confines of pads and chains
  • That market has grown to encompass nationally and internationally 90% of the industry

So from the bottom of my heart I say thank you for making a difference

  • There is now light at the end of a long dark tunnel and a new era in this great breed has begun!

I have been asked to share my journey since publicly taking a stand against the practice of soaring

 I am just one of many who have spoken in the past openly about the problem soaring

  • We could spend hours recalling names of those who said “enough is enough” to the immoral training techniques of the TWH industry.
  • Those who got marginalized, defamed, slandered for their stand
  • Who are now out of the industry
  • The walking horse industry is littered with names of its casualties

The beginning of the end for me began Easter Sunday, 4/12/1998, the day before my 45th birthday

  • Let me give you a brief back drop to that day
  • (Set stage: Trainers boycott, call from Jay Hamburg/reporter/reading Esther)

On 4/12/98 The Nashville Tennessean quoted me saying the following:

 “Horseman: It’s Gut Check Time”

  • We are at a crossroads. Somebody’s got to do something and do it now or this is going to get out of hand. And we are going to lose everything that we’ve built on.
  • Everybody is caught in a maddening cycle. The trainer has to eat. He doesn’t want to lose his customer. He has to win a show.
  • Somewhere we’ve got to stop and reevaluate all at the same time.
  • Everybody is in denial.
  • It’s just like: don’t tell me the truth; I like the lie;  I’d rather live the lie
  • And if I tell them the truth, they’re going to hate me. But I just decided, my father decided, all my family decided—enough is enough
  • We’ve got a choice of self-regulation. Either we’re going to do it, or we’re going to have it done for us. The USDA is not playing around
  • (I went on to say that the industry’s trouble had hurt the industry’s reputation for decades)
  • Concluding with: I’m not out to hurt anybody. These are good people in a lot of ways. And good families. They have gotten stuck in a way of doing things.
  • And sometimes maybe a little waking up helps us all.
  • We sort of brought this on ourselves

Speaking to the newspaper is a decision I do not regret

  • But it has been journey that I was not totally prepared for
  • Nor do I want anyone’s sympathy for my trials
  • I am free to speak the truth about soaring
  • I am a happy man, and God has richly blessed my days

If someone had told me this time last year that I would be speaking to this convention of horse people

  • I would have asked them what they had been smoking
  • That was a chapter in my life that had been written, closed, and  sealed away in the lock box of the recesses of my mind,
  • Since 2000 I had not even the slightest fantasy of ever entering into this arena again
  • What I once loved had become a dark and painful memory

I grew up in the walking horse industry

  • It was in my DNA, in my blood, and was at one time the overriding passion of my life
  • I am the third generation of Harlins in the walking horse industry
  • My grandfather, and hero, in 1935 was there in Lewisburg for the formation of TWHBEA
  • I grew up under the tutelage of great horsemen:
    • My grandfather Wirt Harlin, Harlin Hayes, and my father Bill Harlin.

I had the privilege of seeing the great sires of the breed up close and personal:

  • Midnight Sun, Sun’s Delight, Spirit of Midnight, Midnight Mack K, Pride of Midnight, Prides Gold Coin
  • Many of the great brood mares were there on our farm. A get that dates back to 1935

Faye and my children will all testify that I gave my life, blood, sweat, and tears to the horse industry

  • When I walked away from it in 2000, it literally took everything from me financially, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Like so many who grew up in this industry, especially in Tenn., you grew accustomed to the abuses

  • Exposure to most anything in life breeds a tolerance or indifference to it

Soring was just part of the industry, and like the rest, I spoke the industry propaganda

  • Turned a blind eye when needed to stay in the good graces of the industry

Truthfully, when anyone remains silent while knowing an abuse is happening they are complicit

  • That’s true with anything in life—Cowardice and apathy are not virtues
  • I am a Pastor, and by law I have to report abuse if it comes to my attention

If you want to stop soring then apply that rule to this industry

  • Any Farrier, veterinarian, and owner who knowingly/willfully commits, perpetrates, mask over, and shows an abused TWH should be prosecuted along with the trainer

Let me be very clear –I don’t come today in an air of self-righteousness

  • Even though I never trained horses under saddle I have done my share of abuse in other ways

The decision to finally come to the realization of the truth about the issue of soring was a process

  • For me that process is seen through the lens which I view life, or my world view.
  • In an event like this you may think it out of place but I testify to it because it is my story

Since 1973 I have been a follower of the risen Lord, Jesus Christ

  • I don’t believe truth is abstract or an evolving concept
  • Truth has an origin, it is a person, and He is someone you come to know.
  • When you follow Him He will lead you into all truth, that truth is liberating
  • My world view, or the lens through which I filter life is through His Word

The reason for my decision to be honest about soring and abuse of this great breed

  • Is directly related to my love for God and no other reason
  • Realizing for some of you the reasons may be different

That being said maybe it will help you in understanding the rest of my story

I served on TWHBEA board of directors for many years and in various roles

  • All but the remaining few years as an executive committee member
  • Primarily on the executive committee and over the breeders division
  • I also served on the Walking Horse Commission

We had implemented many new standards to bring integrity to the breed registry

  • The membership nearly doubled in response to sound policies that were put in place
  • 10,000 members to 21,000 during that time

Also as a board we were working on judging standards and licensing of judges

  • Even come out with a video determining degrees of lameness so a judge could excuse them
  • That is when the heavy hands of the redneck mafia began to surface

We cleaned up most of the corruption in TWHBEA except for the one that plagued the industry

  • Soring was off-limits and was not going away

It was becoming apparent and frustrating that no one wanted to end the practice of soring

The majority of its leaders were trying to keep soring contained and appear respectable

  • It was obvious that the industry was never going to grow past it
  • I was disillusioned that no one could see the potential for growth based on a sound industry

It was during this time in April of 1998 that I had had enough of the lies

  • The newspaper contacted me and I felt it was time to lead on this issue

The backlash for my decision was far more than I could have ever calculated would happen

  • Overnight I went from the top to the bottom, from friend to foe
  • I was on the outside looking in

Harlinsdale went from the top of the breeding industry, to a by-word, wt the threat of boycotts

  • We lost many of our world champions because of my statements in the newspaper
  • The phone stop ringing for business that year

In time other horses replaced those we lost, but the damage was done.

I continued on with the farm for about 1 ½ years before I finally got out completely

  • I was broken, bitter, and disillusioned with the TWH industry
  • The practice of abuse just got worse and bolder

I saw no hope as long as it was in the grip of TWHBEA and the Trainers Assoc.

  • I knew that unless the Federal Govt. stepped in we were incapable of self-regulation
  • Nor was anyone serious about stopping the abuse, the trainers held it hostage

Public perception would eventually turn on this great breed because of the abuse

  • And it has. There is too much convenient technology to keep it hidden anymore
  • The practice of abuse is necessary for the big lick performance
  • I am grateful for the undercover work that has brought it to light

So I started life over at 46, nearly 47 years old.

  • My family had a small interest in an industrial laundry service in Tullahoma
  • The plant during this same time had caught fire and burned to the ground
  • The plant was rebuilt and but they were feeling the debt
  • Morale was low among the employees and business was falling off as a result

I was hired to go and try to resurrect the business for the rest of its owners

  • I went from the frying pan into the fire
  • My daily round trip was 114 miles though the heart of WH country
  • I had to drive past the barns of those I had grown to hate
  • My life was full of bitterness and anger for what they had done to the industry

That is where the healing began to take place

  • God and I got to know each other very well during long  drives to and from work

God cleaned me out of all my bitterness

  • He showed me how to forgive and love my enemies, which is a daily process

I also saw the industry from the outside for the first time

  • just how small the padded industry really was
  • What the general public actually thought about the abuses with the pads and chains
  • I was glad to be out of the padded insanity

By March of 2005 we were able to resurrect the business in Tullahoma and sold it to Unifirst

  • I would be out of a job once again
  • But God opened a door for me to serve in another one of my passions
  • I was hired to be on staff where we attended church, New Hope Community Church
  • There I teach, preach, organize adult education, and lead people in mission trips local and abroad
  • It has been an exciting adventure taking me all over the world: Haiti, Honduras, Romania, Ukraine, and India
  • I also currently have a radio show “From the Heart” on WROL AM 950 out of Boston 5 days a week.
  • Never a dull moment when you follow the Lord

That brings me up to last summer to when I met Marty Irby

Almost every Thursday I meet my son’s father in law for coffee. We pray for our families

  • One of those mornings last summer he dropped a newspaper article in front of me
  • He said Déjà vu. It was about Marty Irby, past pres. of TWHBEA who was opposing soring

I didn’t even read it…just scanned it, folded it up and gave it back to him

  • I said “I know what he is getting ready to go through”.
  • That was it, and I moved on to other topics.

A few days later, I was taking a Friday off and cutting my grass and Marty came to my mind

  • That is a time when I do a lot of thinking and talking to God
  • I knew from other times like this it was more than a passing thought but a preparation.
  • So I began to pray for Marty, knowing what he would be facing

I finished, went inside to get ready for a motorcycle ride.

  • I was about to walk out the door when my phone rang.
  • I debated whether to answer it but I did. It was Marty Irby
  • He said he had been trying to locate me and found me on the internet
  • I told Marty that I was expecting his call—the Lord had just been preparing me for it

He came to hear me preach that Sunday and I have been a spiritual advisor to him since that time

  • We have become great friends and he is like a son to me
  • God used my journey to help guide Marty in his

I have been able to help Marty by encouraging him when the personal attacks come

  • That seems to be the padded groups only defense is to slander your character
  • I helped him learn not to retaliate and to pray for his enemies
  • Also to stay objective and stick to the main goal

Marty told me about the Congressman Ed Whitfield and the Past Act.

At first I was reluctant to say anything publicly because of the past and my position at Church

  • But if Marty was going to put his neck on the line then I would to
  • I wrote to Congressman Whitfield in support of the Past ACT

Also I had about a 1 hour meeting with Congressman Blackburn with no positive results

  • She is very either naive or has been persuaded to look the other way.
  • Either way she and the rest of the Tenn. Delegation, except for Sen. Cohen, are determined to keep Tenn. know for animal abuse state

To Marty, and Keith Dane, and Congressman Whitfield I say thank you for all that you are doing

  • We are in the home stretch because of you

Let me conclude with some suggestions as one from the outside looking in

  • It is time to starve the beast and let it die! I am speaking of TWHBEA
  • To grant them the divorce and give them the house and all the furnishings
  • To stop financially supporting the padded horse industry, its abuses, and negative image

Under the current tired leadership TWHBEA will eventually die, so let them go their own way

  • Anything built on a lie will eventually crumble under the weight of that lie
  • That is true with any area of life

The public has already begun to become aware and it will only continue

  • You can go to the bank that they will not stop abusing padded horses
  • They cannot do the big lick without pain, the soring will continue

It is time to start a new breed registry with a fresh, clean, positive direction

  • The sound product is working and growing outside of this area of the padded industry
  • Build on it—Have your own breed conventions in different cities, venues, and media markets
  • Crown your own champions
  • Create new criteria for this talented horses to display their potential and worth

There are some big obstacles in the way, it is not pads and chains, and it is each of you

  • It is time to unify among light shod groups
  • Blend all the factions into one unified effort and charter
  • It is time to focus on the big picture of the breed—You collectively make up at least 90%

Keep your objectivity, stay focused on facts, and rise above the personal attacks

Don’t remain in a defense posture rather go on offense

  • Move forward by giving the buying public a clear choice
  •  Which can only be done by having a new breed registry and image
  • An image you don’t have to apologize for or cover up

Focus on the truth, and what is positive in this great breed

  • As a good friend and author, Dr. Neil Anderson says,

“We are not called to stamp out the darkness, but to turn on the light”

  • So turn on the lights, when you do the darkness scatters

Thank You again for your kindness and for this invitation to speak to you today

May God richly bless you

Clay Harlin”

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At the conclusion of his message,  Harlin received a standing ovation from the persons in the room.

Clay Harlin’s father, 90 year old W. W. “Bill” Harlin, Jr.,   was in attendance at the Sound Horse Conference in support of his son, and what he had to say.

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CHATTANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS CALLS ON TENNESSEANS TO BOYCOTT THE CELEBRATION AND ALL TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE SHOWS UNTIL THE HORSES ARE PROTECTED-

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CHATTANOOGA, TN –  The Chattanooga newspaper weighed in and urged the public to boycott the Celebration and all sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse shows.  The newspaper urges the public to do so until The Horses are protected from Celebration Chairman David L. Howard’s sore Big Lick PSHA crowd which worships at the altar of an institutionalized culture of criminal activity which features exhibiting sored horses in the name of family entertainment.

THE CHATTANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS EDITORIAL

published Sunday, March 30th, 2014

All the pretty horses: New horse abuse charged, but no new protections

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How many times do we have to read stories about cruelty to show horses before we protest loudly enough to make it stop?

And clearly making it stop means a combination of two things: regulation that is both complete and enforced. If that’s not in the cards, then we simply have to boycott the shows and the races.

Tennessee walking horses are the sore spot — literally — in our part of the country. And 40 years after abuses in the walking-horse industry led Congress to pass the Horse Protection Act, Tennessee is still turning out scores of horses that have caustic chemicals smeared on their legs or sharp objects jammed beneath artificially built-up hooves or have their hooves cut to the quick — all to make them step higher and farther to please a show judge.

The ridiculous thing is that these measures have gone to such an extreme that what 50 years ago looked like a beautiful stride now looks clumsy and painful. That’s because it is clumsy and painful. The horses almost look lame because their steps are so exaggerated.

But in 40 years, the Horse Protection Act wasn’t enforced in a way to bring a court prosecution until 2012. That’s when — in Chattanooga — hall-of-fame trainer Jackie McConnell pleaded guilty to abusing horses after an undercover Humane Society worker secretly filmed his crimes.

Last week, similar accusations of cruelty were leveled in New York and Kentucky against thoroughbred racehorse trainer Steve Asmussen, the nation’s second-winningest horse trainer, and his assistant Scott Blasi.

The investigations were prompted after complaints and evidence of suspected violations, gathered in an undercover investigation, were provided by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to the New York State Gaming Commission and the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

The New York Times reported last week that PETA filed 10 complaints with state and federal authorities accusing Asmussen and Blasi of administering drugs to their horses for non-therapeutic purposes and of having a jockey use an electrical device to shock the horses into running faster. The investigator compiled a detailed report using a hidden camera to record video that showed widespread mistreatment of horses.

The abuse shouldn’t come as a shock. These newest allegations have emerged as horse racing continues to wrestle publicly with a drug culture that its officials concede has badly damaged the sport. A New York Times investigation in 2012 showed how a pervasive drug culture, encouraged by trainers and aided by veterinarians, put horses and riders at risk. The Times found that 24 horses died each week at American tracks, a rate greater than in countries where drug use was severely restricted.

Congress has held hearings and proposed legislation that would create stricter rules and give the United States Anti-Doping Agency authority to enforce them.

Sound familiar? It should. Congress has been stalling for two years on a proposal to toughen the Horse Protection Act as it applies to Tennessee walking horses.

Times Free Press reporters stood in front of the Joel W. Solomon Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse here in 2012 to hear former U.S. Sen. Joseph Tydings, R-Md., the author of the Horse Protection Act which criminalized soring more than 40 years ago, call for passage in Congress of Horse Protection Act Amendments to strengthen the law.

   (Check out Min. 1:44)

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

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

Those amendments are still pending, with big money from the $1.4 billion walking horse industry stalling them.

Come on, Congress. How hard do you have to look to see that more needs to be done?

Instead, they defund USDA, they float phony agriculture protection bills like the Tennessee General Assembly did in the aftermath of McConnell’s charges. The Tennessee lawmakers sought to make it virtually impossible for animal advocates or investigators to use surveillance to show abuse.

Don’t reform the industry, prosecute the reformers. That was the message.

Come on Tennesseans, Americans: Lean on your congressmen. Fill their email boxes. Stuff their voice mails. Make their aides crazy with your calls.

No amount of money should require these beautiful animals to be maimed — even slaughtered — like this.

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Radar commends the Chattanooga Times Free Press for urging the public to boycott and protest the Tennessee Walking Horse shows until The Horses are protected.

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LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER REPORTER JANET PATTON PROVIDES INCISIVE ACCOUNT OF UNFOLDING TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE STORY

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LEXINGTON, KY –  Lexington Herald – Leader Reporter Janet Patton’s article covering the introduction of Alexander, McConnell & Paul BILL TO ENABLE SORING is a good piece of journalism.

WHO IS JANET PATTON?

http://www.kentucky.com/2014/04/01/3173812/mcconnell-paul-introduce-bill.html?sp=/99/164/329/

McConnell, Paul introduce bill to protect gait associated with soring of walking horses

BY JANET PATTON

U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell, R-Louisville, and Rand Paul, R-Bowling Green, joined U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., on Tuesday to introduce legislation that they said would “preserve the century-old tradition of the Tennessee walking horse while ending the contemptible practice of the illegal soring of horses.”

The bill drew criticism from Kentucky U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Hopkinsville, who has introduced competing legislation that has widespread congressional support.

In a statement released earlier in the day, Whitfield said that

  • “any legislation that does not ban stacks and chains;
  • does not eliminate the failed self-policing inspection system;
  • does not increase criminal penalties to provide a truly effective deterrent; and
  • does not strengthen the USDA’s ability to enforce the Horse Protection Act,

will not work.”

The legislation touted by McConnell and Paul is a companion to a bill introduced in the House by U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and designed to counter bills filed by Whitfield and U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., that already have the support of 268 members of the House, including U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, and at least 50 members of the Senate.

Whitfield’s bill would ban heavy front shoe pads and chains often associated with the illegal practices of “soring,” which involves intentionally inflicting pain on a horse’s front feet to encourage an exaggerated performance gait known as the “Big Lick.”

In a news release, Alexander said that the goal of his bill is to “find a way to preserve the Tennessee walking horse tradition and stop the cruelty to horses.”

But the Humane Society, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Horse Council and dozens of other groups have backed Whitfield’s bill, calling for banning the pads and chains as the only way to do that. Trainers put chains around a horse’s sored ankles so that as the horse walks, the chains slide up and down, irritating areas already made painful by soring; heavy stacks of pads are used in place of horseshoes in order to accentuate the horse’s gait, the Humane Society’s website says.

Tennessee veterinarian Dr. John Haffner, who once helped hide the effects of soring so Tennessee walkers could pass vet inspections, now states unequivocally:

To get horses to do the Big Lick gait, they must be sored at some point.”

“People say it’s just a few, but it’s just not,” Haffner said. “All the horses have been sored that are doing the Big Lick. It’s a true statement. … The Blackburn bill continues to allow the industry to self-police. They’ve had 43 years to self-police. If anybody’s been given leniency and time to come around, it’s the walking-horse industry.”

Alexander, in his news release, said the bill protects “one of Tennessee’s most treasured traditions.”

Neither McConnell nor Paul would comment on why their bill would allow performance gait trainers to continue to use pads and chains on horses, which the American Horse Council said is “an integral part of soring.”

Soring also often involves using harsh chemicals on the front legs, which are then wrapped in plastic to intensify the pain before chains are worn.

According to the USDA, which enforces the Horse Protection Act passed in 1970 to outlaw soring, the majority of violations occur on padded horses.

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, have signed on as co-sponsors of Blackburn’s bill, which also allows continued use of pads and chains.

Rogers’ office did not respond to requests for comment on why he supports Blackburn over his fellow Kentucky Republican, but Barr’s office sent this statement last week:

“My support for Congresswoman Blackburn’s legislation serves the same purpose as other legislation introduced in both the House and Senate: to eliminate the bad actors within the industry, ensure safe training of the horses and protect horses from abuse.”

Except that it doesn’t serve the same purpose, according to American Horse Council.

The Blackburn bill, upon which the McConnell-Paul-Alexander bill is based, “would not effectively address the continued problem of soring in the Tennessee walking horse, racking horse or spotted saddle horse industries,” the American Horse Council said on Friday.

More than 50 other horse organizations, 20 animal protection groups, 35 well-known horse industry professionals, and more than 76 veterinarian groups and individuals also have endorsed Whitfield’s bill, which is known as the PAST Act, for Prevent All Soring Tactics.

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2014/04/01/3173812/mcconnell-paul-introduce-bill.html?sp=/99/164/329/#storylink=cpy
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Janet Patton is covering the story.
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U.S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN) PROVIDES THE LIPSTICK ON REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN’S “PIG OF A BILL” TO ENABLE HORSE SORING AND NOW SENATOR ALEXANDER HAS CREATED HIS OWN PIG OF A BILL TO ENABLE SORING

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WASHINGTON, DC – Sadly,  U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN),  while cloaking himself in the mantle of being against the soring of Tennessee Walking Horse,  took Representative Marsha Blackburn’s (R-TN) pig of a  BILL TO ENABLE SORING,   put a little lipstick on, and here  is Alexander’s “roll out” Press Statement regarding the porcine creation he now owns.

And Senator, you are going to find out that the sore Big Lick horse racket is NOT America’s National Pastime, and that your enabling people who control and profit from the institutionalized criminal practice of horse soring is not a wise choice.

You would have never done this if you still harbored ambitions to be the President of this great country because you see Senator, the American people are solidly against it.

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With baseball, those players you mentioned made choices to inject substances.

In the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse world, The Horse doesn’t get a vote.

The Horse is a helpless victim.

Senator, do you not understand that you can’t have the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse without SORE.

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And this Bill To Enable Soring which you have sponsored allows the Horse to continue to be hurt by those who profit from a “racket” they like to call an “industry”.

It’s one sorry “Racket” is all it is.

And it will never be cleaned up until the pads and chains are removed.

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Jim Jeffries, (202) 224-8816

Brian Reisinger(202) 224-8848

Senators Alexander, McConnell, Paul Introduce Legislation to Preserve Tennessee Walking Horse Tradition, Stop “Contemptible Practice” of Illegal Soring

 

Legislation builds upon proposal by Congressman Blackburn that has support of 11 other congressmen and American Farm Bureau 

 

“In baseball, if a player illegally uses steroids, you punish the player – you don’t shut down America’s national pastime. With Tennessee Walking Horse shows, when trainers, owners or riders illegally sore a horse, we should punish and stop them – not shut down one of Tennessee’s most treasured traditions.” – Lamar Alexander

  

WASHINGTON, April 1 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate today that Alexander said would “preserve the century-old tradition of the Tennessee Walking Horse while ending the contemptible practice of the illegal soring of horses.”

The senators’ legislation modifies a proposal authored and introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and a group that includes Tennessee’s six other Republican congressmen. Blackburn’s legislation also has the support of the American Farm Bureau, which includes both the Tennessee and Kentucky farm bureaus. The Tennessee Farm Bureau said in a letter to Alexander that the legislation would “allow the vast majority of horse owners, trainers and breeders and those who play by the rules to confidently participate in the horse shows.”

A competing bill, advocated by the Humane Society of the United States, has also been introduced in the Senate and House and would ban many industry-standard training and show devices, and has been described by the Performance Show Horse Association as legislation that would “do little more than create another layer of bureaucracy at the USDA while denying horse enthusiasts the opportunity” to participate in competitions that are the basis of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry.

 

Alexander said: “In baseball, if a player illegally uses steroids, you punish the player – you don’t shut down America’s national pastime. With Tennessee Walking Horse shows, when trainers, owners or riders illegally sore a horse, we should find a more effective way to punish and stop them – not shut down one of Tennessee’s most treasured traditions. The problem with the Humane Society bill is that it destroys a Tennessee tradition known around the world. Our goal is to find a way to preserve the Tennessee Walking Horse tradition and stop the cruelty to horses.”

Alexander continued, “When I first went to Japan in 1979 to recruit Nissan, the Tennessee Walking Horse was one of the things the Japanese knew best about our state.  In fact, the emperor had his own Walking Horse because it has an enjoyable gait that makes riding a more pleasurable experience. And when the first major supplier of Nissan – Calsonic – came to Shelbyville, the company’s gift to Tennessee was Calsonic Arena, where the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is held.”

 

In 2013 the Tennessee Walking Horse tradition included more than 360 affiliated shows, and it features more than 220,000 registered horses nationwide, including more than 55,000 in Tennessee, according to the Tennessee Walking Horse Association.

Blackburn’s legislation is supported by U.S. Reps. Diane Black, Scott DesJarlais, John J. Duncan, Jr., Stephen Fincher, Chuck Fleischmann and Phil Roe, all of Tennessee, as well as Rogers and U.S. Rep. Andy Barr of Kentucky, U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), U.S. Rep. Candace Miller (R-Mich.) and U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, (D-W.Va.).

Her legislation would take three primary steps to preserve the Tennessee Walking Horse tradition while ending the illegal practice of soring. It would:

  • Create consistent oversight – The legislation would consolidate numerous “horse industry organizations” that currently handle inspections into one body overseeing inspections, governed by a board. The board would be composed of appointees by the states of Tennessee and Kentucky, as well as experts in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry.
  • Require objective testing – The legislation would require the use of objective, scientific testing to determine whether trainers, riders or owners are currently using soring techniques – as opposed to humane training practices that do not harm the horses, but accentuate their natural gait.
  • Protect against conflicts of interest – The legislation would ensure the integrity of horse inspectors by instructing the horse industry organization to establish requirements to prevent conflicts of interest with trainers, breeders and owners involved in showing the Tennessee Walking Horse.

Alexander’s legislation makes three additional modifications to Blackburn’s proposal. In addition to taking the steps Blackburn recommends, Alexander’s legislation would:

  • Require input from veterinarians – The legislation would require the new consolidated horse industry organization to identify and contract with equine veterinary experts to advise the horse industry organization on testing methods and procedures, as well as certification of test results.
  • Add suspensions from horse shows – The legislation would create a suspension period for horses that are found to be sore. Owners whose horses are found to be sore will be required to have their horses on a 30-day suspension for the first offense, with additional offenses requiring 90 days.
  • Require term limits for board members – The legislation would create four-year term limits for board members of the horse industry organization that would oversee inspections.

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Despite attempts by knowledgeable reasonable people to educate Tennessee’s senior U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander on the 2014 state of the corrupt and contemptible sore Big Lick, Alexander has ill-advisedly chosen to plunge ahead with a tweaked up BILL TO ENABLE SORING.

Senator Alexander has gone to the pottery barn,  knocked over a vase, and it’s broken, and now he will own it.
U. S. Senator Bob Corker has this one right, and Senator Alexander has it woefully wrong.
Alexander is apparently living back in the 1980s when he was Governor, there were 30,000 fans in the stands on Stake Night, and he would go to Shelbyville to crown the World Grand Champion.
Senator Alexander, you are about to see just how much times have changed since those days in which you are apparently living.
Paraphrasing words associated with another of Tennessee’s treasured traditions “The public has left the building” on the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse.  It’s a shame you listened to your Campaign Chairman Steve Smith on this one.
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This AIN’T baseball, Senator.  It’s about hurting animals and all of these Walking Horse Trainers BOYZ are doing it, and it’s not just a few bad apples either.
WHTA BOYZ BOARD

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You wouldn’t see Priscilla Presley a few weeks ago because you didn’t want to hear the fact that one of Tennessee’s great traditions has run ashore on the reef of institutionalized soring.
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PRISCILLA PRESLEY

Your  Campaign Finance Chairman Steve Smith knows all about because he has participated in it (see below) one of Tennessee’s most treasured traditions:
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STEVE SMITH/DAVID LANDRUM HORSE PROTECTION ACT VIOLATION CITATION

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And which Celebration Chairman David L. Howard champions because the Ad Sales feed his Walking Horse Report Cash Cow.
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It’s America, Senator, and you can certainly do what you want,  but you have pitched this one over the wall.  I think you are definitely going to be hearing from the people in Tennessee and all over the country about this ill-advised choice of yours.
We expected so much more from you.
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THE SORE BIG LICK PLAYS ITS LAST CARD AS U. S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN) INTRODUCES ALTERNATIVE SENATE BILL TO THE PAST ACT

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WASHINGTON, DC – U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) will not win any Profile In Courage Awards in 2014.

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

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

Alexander has introduced an alternative to the PAST ACT which mirrors that of Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN),  except for two  primary differences:

  • Alexander’s Bill cuts out the Walking Horse Trainer BOYZ
  • Alexander’s Bill provides for some stiff penalties.

With the introduction of this bill,  Lamar Alexander has now paid in full his political debt to Campaign Finance Chairman sore Big Licker Steve Smith.

Tennessee does, however,  have a U. S. Senator who is his own man, unlike Lamar Alexander.  His name is Bob Corker (R-TN),  and barring an unexpected change,  he is not going to co-sponsor Alexander’s Bill.

U. S. SENATOR BOB CORKER (R-TN)

U. S. SENATOR BOB CORKER (R-TN)

Look for Kentucky Senator Rand Paul to co-sponsor Alexander’s Bill.

Representative Ed Whitfield (R-TN) commented,  ”While I have great respect for Senator Alexander,  any Bill which does not:

  • Eliminate the stacks and chains
  • Strengthen the ability of the USDA to enforce the Horse Protection Act

is not the right approach.”

Whitfield said, “The PAST ACT is not going to cost the taxpayers a dime.”

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

Alexander’s Bill will not have the support of:

  • AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Associaton,
  • AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners,
  • American Horse Council,
  • Veterinary Medical Associations of all 50 states
  • American Quarter Horse Association
  • American Saddlebred Association

Essentially,  Alexander’s Bill is designed to stall the PAST ACT and allow the sore Big Lick to complete one more Show Season.

Lamar Alexander will win his reelection campaign vs a tea party opponent, but sponsoring a Bill To Enable Soring will forever stain his considerable legacy.

And that is a crying shame.

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SAY IT AIN’T SO LAMAR – NEPHEW EUGENE IS GETTING SOME RUMBLINGS – CARRIE LEE COULD BE GETTING READY

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THETA, TN  - Nephew Eugene got a call from Sylvester this afternoon.  He met Sylvester while he was traipsing around the Nation’s Capitol.   Sylvester kind of knows what’s going on up there.   He told Nephew Eugene he would keep an eye on things.

THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL

THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL

From what Sylvester told Nephew Eugene,  it  appears that Tennessee’senior U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)  may have gotten in bed with Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)  on her miscreantly flawed BIll To Enable Soring doing the bidding of Alexander Campaign Finance Chairman Steve Smith who is presently holding TWHBEA hostage for the sore Big Lickers.

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

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

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

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

Nephew Eugene says if this happens, it means a lot of people are going to change their opinions of Senator Lamar Alexander.

More to come.

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CALLING JIMMY NORRIS – CALLING JIMMY NORRIS – CALLING JIMMY NORRIS – JIMMY, WE HARDLY KNEW YE – TOP TEN REASONS JIMMY NORRIS DIDN’T MAKE IT

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THETA, TN – As most folks know by now,  Big Lick Trainer Jimmy Norris was a “No Show” at the Sound Horse Conference this past Saturday in Brentwood, Tennessee.

Mr. Norris was on the program panel discussing  ”Current Soring Tactics”.    His billing  was:   “He has a special interest in ensuring the Walking Horse industry not only survives, but regains some of its former prestige by leveling the playing field. Based in San Martin, California, Jimmy is determined to bring together the industry and continue to be an advocate for the horse.” 

LAST SIGHTING OF JIMMY NORRIS

LAST SIGHTING OF JIMMY NORRIS

TOP TEN REASONS JIMMY NORRIS DIDN’T MAKE IT TO THE SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE

10.    His plane disappeared.
9. The radiator on his truck boiled over while going through the desert in winter.
8. He thought it was this coming Saturday.
7. Jimmy just “thought” he saw the light.
6. He got re-employed.
5. Stage fright overcame him.
4. Someone made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.
3. He chickened out.
2. Jimmy got tied up with a color coded six ounce show chain.
1. Cat ladies put the ‘skeer in him.

Jimmy, we hardly knew ye.

“You haven’t an arm, you haven’t a leg,
Hurroo Hurroo
You haven’t an arm, you haven’t a leg,
Hurroo Hurroo
You hadn’t an arm, you hadn’t a leg
You’re a armless, boneless, chickenless egg
You’ll have to be put with the bowl to beg
Jimmy we hardly knew ya”

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USDA – GRADE “A” – JACKSON MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW – THE “BIG KAHUNA” AWAITS AT THE WALKING HORSE TRAINERS BOYZ EXTRAVAGANZA IN PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA ON APRIL 24 – 26

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JACKSON, MS –  The USDA passed its second major test  of the 2014 sore Big Lick show season with flying colors and received an “A” grade.    Its inspectors again rose to the occasion and attempted to protect The Horses from the Big Lick Trainer BOYZ who historically have engaged in the institutionalized criminal enterprise of soring.

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The soring is essential to creating and sustaining the sore Big Lick.  It is all cloaked under the guise of family entertainment, which PSHA spokesperson and The Walking Horse Report Editor Jeffrey Howard deceitfully refers to as “sport”.

THE LADIES TENNIS SHOE

THE LADIES TENNIS SHOE

Former TWHBEA President Tracy Boyd,  now being held gagged and captive at TWHBEA building by Steve Smith and Walt Chism,  in another lifetime said, “When you’ve lost the public, you’ve lost it all.  And we have clearly lost the public”

Never has this been more clear than at the three day Jackson Horse Show this past weekend.  Apparently,  the Mississippi public wants nothing whatsoever to do with the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking horse. Here is a photo from the Saturday night crowd photo.  One to two horses in a class was the norm. More Judges than Horses.

THE PUBLIC IS HAVING NONE OF THE SORE BIG LICK

THE PUBLIC IS HAVING NONE OF THE SORE BIG LICK

The USDA VMO inspections were thorough, fair, professional, objective and science based.  It becomes more and more obvious with each horse show that  the sore Big Lick Trainer BOYZ cannot stand the scrutiny of trained veterinarians who view their jobs as enforcing the Horse Protection Act to eliminate soring – rather than just “regulate” it.

Credit must be given to the courageous USDA VMOs who, so far,  are doing it fairly and impartially, and the results speaks for themselves.

Nephew Eugene said the horses were checked coming out of the ring and re-swabbed by the USDA VMOs.  He also reports that USDA inspectors went through Dale Watts and other Trainers BOYZ garbage searching for evidence of soring.  At Jackson, the horses are kept on the show grounds,  unlike the Celebration,  where they keep are hid out off premises in Bedford County, Tennessee then trucked in on the night of the show and then trucked back out after it’s over.

Nephew Eugene has talked to Marvin from Cornersville, and Harold about going down to Wal-Mart to get new suitcases so they can go see the WALKING HORSE TRAINER BOYZ EXTRAVAGANZA at Panama City, Florida in late April.   TWHBEA President and Senator Alexander’s Campaign Finance Chairman Steve Smith’s former sore Horse Trainer David Landrum of Franklin will be one of the three Judges.     Landrum has been in trouble with the USDA off and on for years.  Here is a sore ticket issued one night on a horse Mr. Landrum was training for TWHBEA President Steve Smith.

STEVE SMITH/DAVID LANDRUM HORSE PROTECTION ACT VIOLATION CITATION

STEVE SMITH/DAVID LANDRUM HORSE PROTECTION ACT VIOLATION CITATION

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DAVID LANDRUM, 2ND VP WALKING HORSE TRAINER BOYZ, HORSE PROTECTION ACT VIOLATOR

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Sound Horse advocate Donna Benefield had a lot to say about David Landrum and Steve Smith last Friday before The Tennessean Editorial Board.  Landrum is Steve Smith’s former Big Lick horse trainer and current long time barn renter.  The barn is now used for a Riding Academy,  but Landrum is still a top Vice President of the Walking Horse Trainer BOYZ.

Appearing with former U. S. Senator Joseph Tydings,   Benefield produced a Horse Protection Violation ticket on which Landrum was the Trainer of a horse to be exhibited by Steve Smith at the famous Belfast, Tennessee Lions Club Saturday night horse show. Landrum later served a two year Federal suspension for horse soring about the same time Smith was TWHBEA President the first time.

DONNA BENEFIELD, U. S. SENATOR JOE TYDINGS (D-MD), EDITORIAL DIRECTOR TED RAYBURN,  REPORTER HEIDI HALL

DONNA BENEFIELD, U. S. SENATOR JOE TYDINGS (D-MD), EDITORIAL DIRECTOR TED RAYBURN, REPORTER HEIDI HALL

It will be interesting to see the video of the Senator Tydings and Donna Benefield interview when the newspaper makes it public.

By the way,  can any of you recommend some good places to eat  in Panama City where Nephew Eugene, Marvin from Cornersville, and Harold can get some good fried shrimp and seafood gumbo?   They are all hoping to fit in the truck and tie their suitcases down so they won’t fly out if they get to head down to the Gulf Coast to see the Panama City show.

NEPHEW EUGENE'S RIDE

NEPHEW EUGENE’S RIDE

They can’t wait to see if the USDA,  in its biggest assignment of the 2014,  continues to get the job done to  protect The Horses from the  wily Walking Horse Trainer BOYZ.

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JACKIE MCCONNELL’S MEA CULPA FOR CRUELTY TO HORSES – APOLOGIZES FOR THE EMBARRASSMENT TO HIS FAMILY AND HARM DONE TO THE HORSES

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COLLIERVILLE, TN – In an interview conducted by U.S.D.A. Office of Inspector General Agent Julie McMillian, former horse trainer Jackie McConnell answered the agent’s  questions which was required by his federal court sentencing agreement.  In the video,   McConnell apologized to his family and the horses for his actions.

JACKIE MCCONNELL HAS HIM SMOKING

JACKIE MCCONNELL HAS HIM SMOKING

JACKIE MCCONNELL HAS HIM SMOKING.

JACKIE MCCONNELL HAS HIM SMOKING.

McConnell was given 3 years probation and a $75,000.00 fine and three years  for violation of the Horse Protection Act by Judge Mattice in September 2012, and one year house arrest and $25,000.00 fine by Tennessee Circuit Judge Weber McGraw in June 2013 for aggravated cruelty to animals.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ad_XkvQMU0

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JOHN HAFFNER, DVM EXPLAINS WHY SORING IS NECESSARY FOR A WINNING GAIT AT SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE

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BRENTWOOD, TN – The Saturday Sound Conference included John Haffner, DVM.  explaining why soring is necessary for a winning gait.  Haffner was frank and made reference to scripture in how he came to his epiphany regarding the sore Big Lick.

JOHN HAFFNER, DVM

JOHN HAFFNER, DVM

Soring: A Necessity for the Winning Gait

Isaiah 1:15-20

Your hands are full of blood!

16 Wash and make yourselves clean.
Take your evil deeds out of my sight;
stop doing wrong.
17 Learn to do right; seek justice.
Defend the oppressed.[a]
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
plead the case of the widow.

18 “Come now, let us reason together,”
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient,
you will eat the good things of the land;
20 but if you resist and rebel,
you will be devoured by the sword.”
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

 ”It was these Bible verses that were illuminated to me like a newspaper in an old black and white movie early one August morning. It was as if God was speaking directly to my heart saying it was time to get out of a business built on the suffering of horses. This was the culmination of about 2 years of struggle for me. It began at the Columbia Spring Jubilee where I was the show veterinarian. A trainer that I did work for me asked me to inspect a mare that had been turned down by the USDA inspector. When I did, I could find no problem with her. I repeated the exam with the horse show videographer recording the exam.

The breeder’s association agreed to defend the case and they hired a lawyer from Dallas, Texas who had taken cases to the U.S. Supreme court because they figured they would lose in lower court and they were willing to take it all the way. The night before the trial at the Federal Court house in Nashville, I attended a meeting that the defense team had in a hotel room. I asked the attorney what he thought I was going to say if they asked me if soring was routine. To his credit, he said I must tell the truth. Then he asked “Is it?” I assured him that it is. It seemed that he was the only one in the room who didn’t know. Some of the others in the room became angry, and I got the impression the attorney was a little unsure about having me testify, but he really had no choice. At the trial I was very nervous, but as the questioning began, that question never came up. It apparently never comes up. And until I wrote my letter to Representative Whitfield, it seems that it has always been overlooked. In my opinion it is the critical question. It is the question that reveals the farce that inspection is. It is all a game. The trainers pretend they don’t sore the horses, the DQP’s pretend that some horses haven’t been sored, the USDA lets everybody pretend that there are only a few bad actors that sore, and horse show life goes on its merry way. But I digress.

When the decision was rendered, the judge wrote that he ruled for the defendant based substantially on my testimony. As I recall, that was in February. It was just in time for everybody to get ready for the show season. And did they ever get ready. I saw more open oil of mustard and blatant soring that spring than I had ever seen in my life. It just sat out in the open in the cross ties. The oil was so pungent in the cross ties that it made my eyes water. The USDA had been put in their place, and I had helped do it. So we were free at last to show like we wanted. That entire spring and summer I was troubled greatly about what I had done. I told the truth, but not the whole truth. I wasn’t asked, and I did not volunteer the information.

So that August morning when God told me that my hands were covered in blood and I had to stop doing wrong and learn to do right, I believed Him. Two weeks later, I had sold my part of the practice and was out of it. That fall I was called to meet a friend in the business and he wanted to know if I would run the DQP program. I told him I wasn’t interested in getting the government off their backs if they were not serious about ending soring. The thing I could never work out was how to let some horses in and keep others out. If they were doing the big lick, they had been sored. It was and is that simple. Some of the horses can make it though inspection and some cannot. Many can make it sometimes and not other times. Unfortunately for the trainers’ sakes, they can’t always tell when. The horse might check fine at the barn and then flinch for the inspector.

Pain is a complex sensation. Individuals respond differently to the same stimulus. For example: some people like to eat hot spicy food, and others cannot tolerate it. Or something that is painful at one time may not be noticed at another if there is a distraction. The degree of pain resulting from a particular stimulus will vary depending on many uncontrollable factors. Pain is an immense subject of research and is difficult to elucidate even when working with humans who can tell the investigator when and where and how bad it hurts. So to try to determine scientifically what hurts or doesn’t hurt a horse with mathematical certainty is not a promising endeavor. And I submit it is not necessary or reasonable to expect the exact painfulness of any training technique to be determined by any repeatable quantitative means. But it is reasonable to assume that oil of mustard on the skin or excess pressure on the sole hurts.

I hear people talk about the perception problem the industry has. I contend that the problem is not the perception. The problem is the reality.

The reality is that soring is the foundation upon which the big lick is built”.

QUESTIONS? 

Is soring necessary for the big lick?

If not, why is it still a problem 43 years after it was made a federal offense?

Why do essentially all the trainers active during those years have a record of violations?

Why did pressure shoeing become a common practice after pastern inspection began?

Why were the terms fixed and deep substituted for soring and the degree of soring?

Why do horses have to be trained to stand still while their pasterns are palpated?
Why do so many swabs test positive for forbidden substances?

Why when going from barn to barn did I see that all the horses in training for the big lick were sored?

Why would inspections at horse shows still be necessary?

Why hasn’t the industry ended it?

Why hasn’t a line of sound big lick horses that dominate the breeding and yearling sales been developed through selective breeding?

Why would industry insiders forfeit their friends, their livelihoods and sometimes their personal safety to expose something that is not a problem?

Why has no one stepped up to publicly refute the letter I wrote that stated soring is necessary?

Why is it not just a bad memory from a long time ago?

Scientific evidence has been called for to detect soring. There are many types of evidence and means of proving something. In the case of soring, the problem is not evidence. There is the evidence a history of over 60 years of soring. The problem is the willingness to acknowledge what is obvious. The problem is to risk the loss of money. The problem is to have to admit we have been doing something wrong and we do not want to be exposed. We don’t need to discover some scientific fact that has been hidden for many years. We only need to admit what is obvious and repent of our wrong doing.

Can it be scientifically proven that a horse cannot do the big lick without soring; probably not without breaking the law? Two groups of horses would have to be trained identically except one group would have to be sored and the other would not. That poses legal and ethical problems that would be difficult to overcome. It is also unnecessary. Who would it need to be proven to anyway? The trainers know soring is necessary. The grooms know soring is necessary. The farriers know soring is necessary. Anybody that works in and around the barns and is willing to open their eyes knows soring is necessary. Anyone who has been in the business for any reasonable amount of time knows that it’s necessary. There are a few people that I have found that it does need to be proven to. That is many of my friends in the AAEP and some of the folks at USDA. Most of them are unfamiliar with Walking Horses and the training required to achieve the big lick. Some of them think that perhaps the really good horses do not need soring and that it is only the unscrupulous trainers that do it.

The suggestion that a horse that has been trained to do the big lick can be turned out over the winter and put back on pads in the spring and do the big lick without soring fails to take into account an important fact. And that fact is that this is only possible with horses that at one point in their training were sored. They learned the gait because of the pain induced by the chain hitting on the pastern or the pressure shoe pressing on the sole. Those horses remember the pain and they will do the big lick without a recent episode of soring. It is safe to say that a horse that has never been sored will not do the big lick if someone puts a built up shoe and a chain on him and starts riding. He will walk in an odd manner with an exaggerated gait, but he will not immediately start stroking. And he certainly would not win a class at the Celebration.

According to a popular radio host, when you want to eliminate debt, you begin with the smallest and work your way through them taking on the next bigger debt until they are all gone. That is how I see the problem of soring. It may not be the biggest problem, but it is a problem; a real and serious problem. Maybe more so because of the effect it has on the people who do it and approve of it than the damage done to the horses. To intentionally inflict pain on an animal for any sort of gratification, dulls the conscience and can lead to many other problems. It appears that showing sore horses may become a thing of the past. However, considering the previous 43 years, I would submit that it is not a foregone conclusion. But whether soring goes or not if this country is to survive, we still have other more serious problems that threaten the very existence of our nation that must be resolved.

Soring is only one of many problems. The laws haven’t stopped it. The bad publicity hasn’t stopped it. A change of hearts is what is needed to stop it.  Ultimately, all of our problems will only be resolved if we return to God and He relents from His judgment on us and our nation.”

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IS THE SORE BIG LICK ON THE WAY TO THE BOTTOM – THERE’S A FUNERAL OF A HORSE SHOW GOING ON IN JACKSON – WALKING HORSE REPORT DOWN TO 24 PAGES – INTERNET SITE GOES MISSING – AND TWHBEA IS ON LIFE SUPPORT READY TO FLAT LINE

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THETA, TN – As the sore Big Lick show season is unfolding like a frost bitten daffodil,  it appears to be iceberg gashed and listing to starboard.

THE CHRONOLOGY

  • APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea files Complaint to decertify David L. Howard’s Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO on January 9, 2014.
  • Delta Equine Select Sale at Tunica, Mississippi falls flat on its face.  Sale proprietor is sore Big Lick Trainer BOYZ VP David Landrum.  Less than 100 entries were sold.  Prices abysmal.

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  • “SPRING FLING” Colt Preview/Sale at Calsonic Arena turns out to
  • “SPRING FLING” Colt Preview/Sale at Calsonic Arena turns out to be “SPRING FLOP”. USDA shows up and colts to be previewed scatter. One “bad Image” appearing 21 month old colt by the Titelist which was owned by PSHA Chairman Jim Cortner was exhibited by Eric Yokley.

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21 MONTH OLD COLT OWNED BY PSHA CHAIRMAN JIM CORTNER AT COLT PREVIEW AT CALSONIC ON FEB. 28, 2014

21 MONTH OLD COLT OWNED BY PSHA CHAIRMAN JIM CORTNER AT COLT PREVIEW AT CALSONIC ON FEB. 28, 2014

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  • USDA shows up at 46th annual National Trainers Show determined to enforce the Horse Protection Act. Horses shown drop from 520 to 255. There is 85% compliance rate – not 90 anything. 2013 WGC “I AM JOSE” exhibited “bad image”.
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“I AM JOSE” – 2013 WORLD GRAND CHAMPION EXHIBITED AT 2014 NATIONAL TRAINERS SHOW

  • Meanwhile Celebration Chairman takes off for a week at Canyon Ranch Health Spa in Arizona.
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THE EXCLUSIVE CANYON RANCH HEALTH RESORT – TUSCON, ARIZONA

  • Mississippi Charity Horse Show is an unfolding disaster, and still the “Addicted” clamor to have their sore Big Lick fix.
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THE “BIG LICK” ADDICTION

It’s truly all about the next “hit” for a person addicted to the sore Big Lick.

  • Formerly popular Big Lick internet message board site takes a leave of absence.
  • David L. Howard’s The Walking Horse Report March 31, 2014 issue is down to 24 pages, with several key ad slots going unsold. For some strange reason, Editor Jeffrey Howard chose to list all the U. S. elected officials who are co-sponsoring the PAST ACT, and keeps on tilting at the Humane Society windmill when the sore Big Lick’s real problem is the strong support of the PAST ACT by the American Horse Council, and veterinary groups AVMA and AAEP. Howard’s tilting sort of reminds one of Mussolini attacking Ethiopia.
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THE SORE BIG LICK TILTING AT THE HUMANE SOCIETY WINDMILL

  • Grumpy old men Steve Smith and Walt Chism are doing marvelous job of handling the downward financial spiral of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Association.
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TWO GRUMPY OLD MEN – STEVE SMITH AND WALT CHISM

  • Sound Horse Advocate Donna Benefield has become the TENNESSEE Face of the PAST ACT. The Lickers are going to see a lot of her on television and in the media in the days to come.
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DONNA BENEFIELD, U. S. SENATOR JOE TYDINGS (D-MD), EDITORIAL DIRECTOR TED RAYBURN, REPORTER HEIDI HALL

  • Over 60% of the United States Congress co-sponsoring the PAST ACT.

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  • THE S0UND HORSE CONFERENCE has set up shop in Brentwood, Tennessee this weekend. And you can expect a lot to come out of it.

And it’s not even April, yet.
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LIKE A TREE PLANTED BESIDE THE WATER, THE AMERICAN HORSE COUNCIL RENEWS SUPPORT FOR THE PAST ACT AND DISMISSES BLACKBURN ALTERNATIVE PROPOSAL

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WASHINGTON, DC – American Horse Council renewed its support of the PAST ACT and turned thumbs down on the Blackburn Bill To Enable Soring and listed the reasons why.

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AMERICAN HORSE COUNCIL CEO JAY HICKEY ‘SCHOOLING’ REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN)

http://www.horsecouncil.org/blackburn-introduces-another-soring-bill

Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has introduced the Horse Protection Amendments Act of 2013 (H.R.4098), a bill to amend the Horse Protection Act (HPA).

The HPA was enacted in 1970 and prohibits the showing, sale, or transport of a horse that has been sored. Soring is an abusive practice used by some horse trainers in the Tennessee Walking Horse, Spotted Saddle Horse, and Racking Horse industry to intentionally cause pain in a horse’s forelegs and produce an accentuated show gait for competition.

The AHC opposes the Blackburn bill because it does not address many of the shortfalls of the current HPA enforcement program. The AHC continues to support the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act (PAST Act) (H.R. 1518) that would strengthen the HPA and prevent the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses, Spotted Saddle Horses, and Racking Horses.

The Blackburn bill would establish a single new Horse Industry Organization (HIO) that would be responsible for licensing and providing inspectors to horse shows, auctions and exhibitions. Currently, there are multiple U.S. Department Agriculture (USDA) certified HIOs that are responsible for licensing Designated Qualified Persons (DQPs). DQPs are persons familiar with horses who may be appointed and delegated authority by the management of a horse show or sale to inspect horses and detect those that are sored. By hiring DQPs, show and sale managers may insulate themselves from liability should a sored horse show or be sold at their event.  Under the Blackburn bill, the management of horse shows, auctions and exhibitions would establish a formal relationship with the new HIO to insulate themselves from liability and hire or obtain inspectors.

The new HIO would be governed by a board consisting of two individuals appointed by the Commissioner of Agriculture of Tennessee and two individuals appointed by the Commissioner of Agriculture of Kentucky.  These four board members would in turn appoint two representatives from the walking horse industry in consultation with the Walking Horse Trainers Association.  These six board members would then appoint three additional board members for a total of nine.

The bill would require the new HIO to issue policies requiring any person licensed with the HIO or an immediate member of such person’s family to be free from conflicts of interest or any association with the industry.

Ninety (90) days after establishment of the new HIO the certification of all existing HIOs would be revoked.

The Blackburn bill has 9 co-sponsors: Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), John Duncan (R-TN), Scott DesJarlais (R-TN), Hal Rogers (R-KY), Diane Black (R-TN), Stephen Lee Fincher (R-TN), Andy Barr (R-KY), Nick Rahall (D-WV), and  David Roe (R-TN).

The AHC believes the Blackburn bill would not effectively address the continued problem of soring in the Tennessee Walking Horse, Racking Horse, or Spotted Saddle Horse industries for the following reasons:

1.         Unlike the PAST Act, which prohibits action devices, chains, weighted shoes, and pads on the three named breeds, the Blackburn bill does not address action devices, weighted shoes, pads, wedges, hoof bands or other devices that are constructed to artificially alter the gait of Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking Horses, or Spotted Saddle Horses. Such devices are an integral part of soring and facilitate the practice in the “big lick” or performance horse segments of the walking horse industry, usually in conjunction with chemical irritants or substances.

The American Association Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and the American Veterinarian  Medical Association (AVMA)  have both called for a ban on the use of action devices and pads or performance packages on Walking Horses because of the role such devices play in the soring process.

2.         The bill does not increase fines and penalties for soring, which are currently inadequate and fail to discourage or prevent repeat offenders from continuing to sore horses.

3.         The bill does not prohibit the actual soring of horses and leaves in place only the current prohibition on the showing, transport and sale of sore horses.

4.         Despite the failure of the current HIO system, the bill would establish by statute the single new HIO of nine individuals that largely retains the current walking horse industry self-policing structure.  It would also require the dissolution of all existing HIOs some of which currently prohibit action devices and pads at their shows.

For these reasons, the AHC opposes the Blackburn bill and maintains its support of the PAST Act.

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The American Horse Council made itself clear.
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FORMER U. S. SENATOR JOSEPH TYDINGS (D-MD) AND SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE TAKE NASHVILLE BY STORM – MEET WITH TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL BOARD / INTERVIEW WITH NBC CHANNEL 4 – WSMV TELEVISION

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NASHVILLE, TN – Gallatin resident Donna Benefield became the face and spokesperson for the PAST ACT today in the State of Tennessee.  Accompanied by U. S. Senator Joe Tydings (D-MD),   Donna Benefield appeared today before The Tennessean Editorial Board.  The Board interviewed Benefield and Tydings for over an hour.  Following the newspaper session,  Senator Tydings and  Donna Benefield appeared at a television press conference held at the Parthenon in Centennial Park which was covered by Nashville’s NBC Channel 4 television station.

DONNA BENEFIELD, U. S. SENATOR JOE TYDINGS (D-MD), EDITORIAL DIRECTOR TED RAYBURN,  REPORTER HEIDI HALL

DONNA BENEFIELD, U. S. SENATOR JOE TYDINGS (D-MD), EDITORIAL DIRECTOR TED RAYBURN, REPORTER HEIDI HALL

Senator Tydings recalled his history of sponsoring the Horse Protection Act passed in 1970.  He brought with him and gave to the newspaper his documentation of the work he did to get the law passed, and gave credit to persons assisting including several prominent Tennesseans.

Tydings said the PAST ACT has over 60% of the U. S. Congress supporting it.  He said the only answer to end the soring would be to remove the pads and chains which has continued now for over 60 years.   He described what is being done to the horses as “brutal” and “has no place in a civilized society”.  He called upon the citizens of Tennessee to make themselves heard supporting the PAST ACT.

SENATOR JOE TYDINGS (D-MD) AND THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL DIRECTOR TED RAYBURN

SENATOR JOE TYDINGS (D-MD) AND THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL DIRECTOR TED RAYBURN

Benefield laid the blame on the institutionalized culture of soring which has been built up around a criminal enterprise.   While working as a Consultant for the Celebration in 2010, she witnessed a veterinarian do a nerve block on a horse to allow it to get through inspection.  She reported the incident to APHIS Deputy Administrator Chester Gipson, DVM.    She brought with her a built up package (pads,wedges and shoe)  also called a “stack” used on the  Big Lick horses,  along with other soring tools and techniques. She demonstrated and explained for the Editorial Board.

Benefield called out PSHA Spokesperson Jeffrey Howard for being less than honest in his appearance before The Tennessean Editorial Board regarding a statement Howard made that the weight of the “stack” would comparable to that of a ladies tennis shoe.   Benefield produced a ladies tennis shoe and a stack so the journalists could examine them.

THE LADIES TENNIS SHOE

THE LADIES TENNIS SHOE

Benefield provided a picture of PSHA Spokesperson Jeffrey Howard presenting a $15,856. 00 check to Trainer Charlie Green who had 22 HPA citations for winning the Rider’s Cup.   Green was 2013 Trainer of the Year.  Benefield provided statistics showing how many HPA violations that the top Trainers had accumulated.

JEFFREY HOWARD AND CHARLIE GREEN

JEFFREY HOWARD AND CHARLIE GREEN

She also called out the PSHA Board members and the Walking Horse Trainers Board for being loaded with people who had received Horse Protection Act citation violations.   She showed a picture of the 2013 World Grand Champion “I Am Jose”  from the recent National Trainers Show exhibition which she described as “bad image sore”.

I AM JOSE - CASEY WRIGHT UP - EXHIBITION AT NATIONAL TRAINERS SHOW

I AM JOSE – CASEY WRIGHT UP – EXHIBITION AT NATIONAL TRAINERS SHOW

She also produced a photo of a 21 month old colt by The Titelist exhibited at a colt preview at the Celebration’s Calsonic Arena which was owned by PSHA Chairman Jim Cortner.  Benefield was critical of the image of the colt, and questioned the welfare of the horse that was subjected to such training practices at such a young age.

21 MONTH OLD COLT OWNED BY PSHA CHAIRMAN JIM CORTNER AT COLT PREVIEW AT CALSONIC ON FEB. 28, 2014

21 MONTH OLD COLT OWNED BY PSHA CHAIRMAN JIM CORTNER AT COLT PREVIEW AT CALSONIC ON FEB. 28, 2014

To further show how the soring culture has taken over at the Tennessee Walking Horse breed registry,  she produced an HPA violation given to TWHBEA President Steve Smith whose Trainer was David Landrum.   She detailed Landrum’s soring history.  Smith presently serves as U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander’s Campaign Finance Chairman.  Alexander has not yet publicly taken a position on the PAST ACT.

Benefield challenged the Big Lick supporters claims of a 98% compliance rate as simply not true.   She also said the Big Lick statements about $3.2 billion in economic damage and 20,000 unemployed were absurd and had no basis in fact.   She said that the Big Lick horse was less than 2/10th of 1% of all living Tennessee Walking Horses based on a 2012 USDA commissioned survey.  She provided photos and statistics that the Tennessee Walking Horse breed would be fine if the Big Lick was eliminated.  She said the Big Lick is keeping the breed from reaching its potential.

Tydings and Benefield were critical of the Blackburn alternative as being a Bill To Enable Soring.   They said it would be a continuation of the culture of soring which has existed for over 60 years.

Benefield and Tydings were interviewed by NBC Channel 4 Reporter at the Parthenon at Centennial Park.  Both called on Tennesseans to support passage of the PAST ACT to protect the horses and to stop Tennessee being labeled as a “horse abuse state”.

DONNA BENEFIELD AND U.S. SENATOR JOE TYDINGS (D-MD)

DONNA BENEFIELD AND U.S. SENATOR JOE TYDINGS (D-MD)

NBC - CHANNEL 4 - WSMV TELEVISION REPORTER

NBC – CHANNEL 4 – WSMV TELEVISION REPORTER

The Tennessean newspaper’s coverage of the sore Big Lick was instrumental in the passage of the Horse Protection Act in 1970.

It looks like it may again have that opportunity.

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KENTUCKY EQUINE HEAVY WEIGHT NED BONNIE STRONGLY SUPPORTS PASSAGE OF THE PAST ACT

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LOUISVILLE, KY – In Kentucky,  when Ned Bonnie speaks,  everyone listens.

Ned Bonnie has endorsed the PAST ACT sponsored by Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY_

NED BONNIE, ESQ.

NED BONNIE, ESQ.

http://www.courier-journal.com/story/opinion/2014/03/27/protect-tennessee-walking-horses/6974719/

In Kentucky, horses are part of our heritage. Champion thoroughbreds and show horses are born and raised in our state, and many more serve as faithful companions. As Kentuckians, we hold horses in very high esteem. In that spirit, Kentucky U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield has written and introduced the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 1518/S. 1406, which is an important bill to protect horses from abuse. I urge the entire Kentucky congressional delegation to join Rep. Whitfield by co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation to end the abuse of the majestic Tennessee Walking Horse.

There has been a half-century of documented abuse in a segment of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry. In order to force horses to perform the high-stepping gait called the “big lick,” trainers subject the animals to consistent, immense pain with a practice known as soring. Devotees of the big lick have shown an unrelenting willingness to break the law that forbids soring for no other reason than to win a blue ribbon. These are people who use inhumane training practices — including chemical abuse — to achieve unnatural and exaggerated gaits intended to thrill crowds. These people have turned one of America’s great pleasure horses into a national tragedy. These counterfeit horsemen do not love horses, but only love what can be wrung out of them.

As a horseman and an attorney, I prosecuted a soring case for the United States Equestrian Federation in the 1970s. I have seen what soring really is. Representatives of the Walking Horse industry withdrew from USEF membership rather than confront the problem.

I once hoped that the industry could be persuaded to reform itself. I am a Kentucky horse racing commissioner and serve on the Commission’s Rules Committee. In 2009, a decision was made to allow points for the Kentucky Breeders’ Incentive Fund to be given only at Walking Horse shows inspected by reputable programs. My hope was that stringent inspections would ensure fair competition; that people would have an incentive to stop soring and to start showing clean horses in order to be eligible for large cash prizes. It was only partially successful. Instead, “big lick” trainers simply bypassed the opportunity to win cash and avoided the shows with stringent inspections.

I have decided that meaningful change is not going to come from within the industry. Real change must come from without and the PAST Act is the pathway to that real change.

Political pressure from the Walking Horse industry has resulted in underfunding the Horse Protection Act of 1970 and has contributed to the failure of its objective.

The PAST Act, which amends the federal Horse Protection Act, is cosponsored by a majority of members (255 to date), representing most of the states in the Union and all political persuasions. The number of PAST co-sponsors shows a unanimity seldom seen in Congress these days and that sends a message. Congressman Whitfield is to be applauded for his leadership in making the case that abusive and illegal training practices of the big lick Walking Horse industry, as well as in portions of the Racking Horse and Spotted Saddle Horse breeds, must be stopped.

Stacked shoes, chains, chemicals, masking agents used to thwart inspections, meaningless penalties, and corrupt industry self- policing must all disappear if the Walking Horse breed is to be saved from the people who have ridden it almost to destruction. The PAST Act is the right tool to reform what the American Association of Equine Practitioners calls a “culture of abuse” and the majority of Americans call an outrage.

2014 is the Year of the Horse in the Chinese lunar calendar. With help from Congress, it can be the year when Walking Horses walk free of pain, and the stigma of soring is finally removed from the breed. It’s past time to pass the PAST Act. I’m proud to say that on this issue a Kentucky legislator is leading the way; his peers in the Commonwealth and around the country should follow his lead.

Edward S. Bonnie is a Kentucky horse racing commissioner and retired member of the Frost Brown Todd law firm.

SLOW APPLAUSE FOR THE USDA – GRADE “B” – TWO DOWN AND THE ALL IMPORTANT SATURDAY NIGHT TO GO – PLEASE PROTECT THE HORSES

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – The USDA showed up again on Friday Night. This time it seemed to dig in and finally get down to business.

The Thermography machine was used along with retinal scans,  and they took a coldly professional approach to enforcing the Horse Protection Act and protecting the Horses from the evil doers.

THEHORSES

The USDA VMOs appeared to dictate to the S.H.O.W. DQPs to do their jobs.

It was a no-nonsense atmosphere.

At one point,  the USDA VMOs went out to center ring and observed a class from there.

It caused the Trainer BOYZ at Center Ring to hyperventilate and take a break.

A long one.

The USDA VMOs were pulling out Horses coming out of the Show Ring and requiring the S.H.O.W. DQPs to do their jobs – and re-inspect them.

The S.H.O.W. DQPs appeared to be  writing some Horse Protection Act violations.

DQP COMING OUT INSPECTION

DQPS DOING COMING OUT INSPECTION – REQUIRED BY USDA VMOS

And despite the improved performance by the USDA VMOs in their effort to protect The Horses, it is becoming more and more clear,   that the only way to protect The Horses is passage of the PAST ACT.

There was all kinds of abuse done to the Horses that were exhibited on Friday night.

The sore Big Lick will never be cleaned up.

Time after time, the three Judges tied the Horse that was doing the most.  The ones doing the most were the ones that were “fixed”.  It’s just that simple.

The public is NOT attending the Trainers Show.

The people left supporting the sore Big Lick are a dwindling group of addicts.

There were only three campers in the Lot across from Calsonic Arena.

It used to be packed.

There were vacancy signs all over Shelbyville, Tennessee including at the host motel -Microtel.

The sore Big Lick is dying a public death.

These four men should be totally ashamed of the position they have taken in trying to defend the absolutely indefensible institutionalized criminal practice of soring Tennessee Walking Horses.

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

JOHN T. BOBO - THE CONSIGLIERE - MAN BEHIND "HERR" HOWARD

JOHN T. BOBO – THE CONSIGLIERE – MAN BEHIND “HERR” HOWARD

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

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

TWHBEA MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS WALT CHISM

TWHBEA MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS WALT CHISM

U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) should not lend his name to this putrid mess.

If he does,  he will stain his legacy.

He is sitting on a powder keg of public outrage.

To his credit, you don’t hear the name of U. S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) regarding introducing a BIll To Enable Soring like Representative Blackburn has.

The Carrie Lee Underwood tweet was prologue.

The public disdain for the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse is palpable.

The USDA “may” finally be on an upward path, but it should frankly welcome passage of the PAST ACT.   

When you have to deal with those characters above it cannot be an appealing process.

And it can’t be any  fun,   week after week,  dealing with the clever criminals who sore horses and call it Sport.   And then,  they sanctimoniously publicly pray before they put The Horses on exhibition.

Maybe Friday night was a false harbinger that the USDA is stepping up, and The Horses are going to be protected, and the heck with the objectives of David L. Howard and his sore Big Lick addicts.

But maybe, just maybe, it was not.

The USDA needs to stay the course on Saturday night.

If they do,  they will deserve praise.

But will they?

We’re about to find out.

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TALE OF TWO DIFFERENT NEWSPAPERS: ‘THE TENNESSEAN’ AND ‘THE SHELBYVILLE TIMES-GAZETTE’ – ONLY 58 MILES APART BUT LIVING IN SEPARATE UNIVERSES WHERE INSTITUTIONALIZED HORSE SORING IS CONCERNED. ONE IS AGAINST SORING; THE OTHER ONE DOESN’T CARE AS LONG AS THERE ARE ‘FANCY HIGH STEPPING HORSES’

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SHELBYVILLE, TN –  On August 29, 2013,  the Shelbyville Times – Gazette  Features Editor Sadie Fowler wrote a “Never-Never Land” article about supporting the Celebration.  She recommended “kids zones, pony rides, entertainment, meets and greets” in an area next to where Federal Crimes were being committed by people abusing Horses.  All in the names of “Sport,  Pageantry and Entertainment” according to PSHA Spokesperson Jeffrey Howard.

SADIE FOWLER. SHELBYVILLE TIMES-GAZETTE

SADIE FOWLER. SHELBYVILLE TIMES-GAZETTE

Jeffrey Howard, Editor - PSHA Spokesperson & Walking Horse Report

Jeffrey Howard, Editor – PSHA Spokesperson & Walking Horse Report

On November 3, 2013,  Billy Go Boy belatedly wrote Sadie Fowler back and asked her, “Do you really, I mean really really believe that the answers are “kids zone, pony rides, entertainment, meets and greets”?

Sadie, here’s a thought – why not just have a horse show where there is NO soring?

Not reform Sadie – just NO SORING.

To do so Sadie, the “Big Lick” will have to be left behind.

There’s 50 years of history and proof that you can’t  have the “Big Lick” without soring.

Sadie, please pass along to your Editors who told you to write the “puff piece” editorial that the whole United States of America and the rest of the world is looking right at Shelbyville on this one?  And the “disconnect” you wrote about it regarding the locals and the “Big Lick” Celebration has about said it all.

Sadie, a parting thought – how about suggest to your Editors that they do something uplifting and endorse HR 1518/S.1406, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, and free Shelbyville Bedford County, Tennessee from the “Big Lick” albatross tied around its neck.

Once and for all?

So here we are now – on the verge of Spring – after a long cold winter, and where do we find Sadie Fowler and the STG outlook in Shelbyville? (Note: Over the winter a new on line publication – Shelbyville NOW – has emerged and is publishing facts which have previously been kept from that community by the entrenched powers committed to the culture of institutionalized soring)

This past Sunday,  March 9, 2014,    Ms. Fowler wrote an article in which she interviewed Celebration CEO Mike Inman and Celebration Board member/State Representative Pat Marsh, who had just returned from a trip to Washington to lobby against the PAST ACT and for Representative Blackburn’s alternative legislation.

http://www.t-g.com/story/2058874.html

The Shelbyville Times-Gazette article was entitled:

Blackburn bill would protect Celebration

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Also,  on Sunday,  The Tennessean newspaper wrote an Editorial on the PAST ACT and the Blackburn alternative bill.

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20140309/OPINION01/303090047/Whitfield-s-walking-horse-legislation-would-end-soring-Blackburn-s-would-enable-it

The Tennessean wrote Editorial was entitled:

Rep. Ed Whitfield’s walking horse legislation would end soring;                                    Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s would enable it

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Shelbyville is about 58 miles South of Nashville.

It might as well be 2,058 miles.

So how can there be such disparate views of the same situation?

Seriously,  what’s the answer?

First the Shelbyville-Times Gazette article:

Pat Marsh was quoted:

  • “I think (the Blackburn bill) is a wonderful alternative to the (PAST ACT) Whitfield bill.
  • The (PAST ACT) Whitfield bill will do away with the industry as we know it.
  • The statistics show it would take away 85 percent of horses at the Celebration.
  • It would leave only the flat shod divisions, and shows with only flat shod classes are poorly attended.
  • People come to the show to see the fancy, high-stepping horses, and we need to keep the industry going strong.”
PAT MARSH, CELEBRATION BOARD MEMBER/STATE REPRESENTATIVE

PAT MARSH, CELEBRATION BOARD MEMBER/STATE REPRESENTATIVE

One has to wonder if Mr. Marsh cares at all how “the fancy, high-stepping horses” are created?

Apparently, Mr. Marsh is blissfully unaware or chooses to ignore that 93% of the HPA violations are on the “fancy, high-stepping horses”.  Or perhaps Mr. Marshrefused to look up from his primary focus which is to “keep the industry going strong”.

This is kind of hard to believe since Mr. Marsh has to be aware that the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration  that he is charged with overseeing has lost approximately $1.5 million under his and David L. Howard’s management over the past five years.  And the Celebration is also owed about $600,000.00 for monies advanced to the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO.

In the STG interview,  Celebration CEO Mike Inman did his usual “Baghdad Bob” shtick:  Inman said,  ”Now that the people (in Washington) are starting to really understand the Whitfield and HSUS bill and the difference between the two, we’re starting to see movement from those supporting Whitfield toward the Blackburn bill, and that’s what we saw during our most recent trip to Washington.”   He said, the PAST ACT  ”calls for the elimination of all pads and chains, equipment used to achieve the high-stepping gait of the performance horses that draw excitement to the show.”

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The Tennessean Editorial:

“We used to think that soring — inflicting painful injuries to the legs and hooves of Tennessee Walking Horses to force them to adopt a high gait known as the “Big Lick” — was solely for the purpose of winning ribbons and prize money at horse shows.

After the latest maneuver by the “Big Lick” faction of the show-horse industry, we can see there is a special brand of inhumanity that thrives among us in Tennessee.

By pitting its own alternative legislation, courtesy of Rep. Marsha Blackburn, against the popular “Prevent All Soring Tactics” (PAST) bill, this group demonstrates how determined it is to continue secretly torturing animals. Stronger than a desire for mere show-ring glory, this appears to be about deriving pleasure from causing pain. That it is defenseless animals, and not people, only increases their ability to get away with it.

Blackburn’s bill is, in fact, a Trojan horse — institutionalized abuse disguised as animal protection.

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GUEST COMMENTARY:

One long time Middle Tennessee Big Lick Observer summed it up the Shelbyville situation this way:

“All of this hoopla concerns a discipline that no one wants to watch or pay to see;

  • a way of shoeing a horse that appalls real horse people;
  • a very limited number of horses actually being shown this way;
  • a very small cadre of committed owners with large checkbooks that are willing to pay to play;
  • a diminishing  group of trainers that has been making a living so long doing what they do that they can’t imagine getting real jobs; and
  • a town that wonders what the hell happened to their horse show once the city fathers got out of involvement and let David L. Howard and company take it over.”

While CEO Mike Inman and Board Member Pat Marsh were in Washington trying to get elected officials to change their minds,  approximately ten more Representatives and Senators signed on to co-sponsor the PAST ACT.

And somebody named Carrie started tweeting about it.

And so it goes.
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UNITED STATES SENATOR TIM KAINE (D-VA) BECOMES THE 51ST U. S. SENATOR TO CO-SPONSOR THE PAST ACT – BIPARTISAN WAVE BUILDS AND BUILDS – NOW THE MAJORITY OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE CO-SPONSOR THE PAST ACT

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WASHINGTON, DC –  Formerly Chairman of the Democratic National Committee,  U. S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA),  is now co-sponsoring the PAST ACT(Prevent All Soring Tactics Act).  Kaine is the former Governor of Virginia and Mayor of Richmond, Virginia.

Kaine becomes the 51st United States Senator to co-sponsor the PAST ACT.

Now, a majority of the United States Congress – Senate and House – sponsor the PAST ACT.

268 U.S.  Representatives co-sponsor the PAST ACT – 62%.

51 U. S. Senators co-sponsor the PAST ACT – 51%.

U. S. SENATOR TIM CAIN (D-VA)

U. S. SENATOR TIM KAINE (D-VA)

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REPUBLICAN NEVADA CONGRESSMAN MARK AMODEI (R-NV) BECOMES #268 TO CO-SPONSOR PAST ACT – STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT –CLOSER AND CLOSER TO FLOOR VOTE

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WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Mark Amodei  (R-NV),  is now co-sponsoring the PAST ACT (Prevent All Soring Tactics Act).

REPRESENTATIVE MARK AMODEI (R-NV)

Amodei becomes the 268th  Representative of 435 Congressmen to co-sponsor the measure which is 62% of the United States House of Representatives.

The PAST ACT will remove the pads and chains, eliminate the corrupt HIOs and make horse soring a federal felony.

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DOES THIS MEAN USDA APHIS ADMINISTRATORS KEVIN SHEA AND CHESTER GIPSON, DVM ARE GOING TO ENFORCE THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT TO ELIMINATE SORING RATHER THAN JUST “REGULATING SORING” – NEPHEW EUGENE IS HIGHLY SKEPTICAL

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WASHINGTON, DC – All eyes are on the USDA officials to see if they finally mean business on enforcing the Horse Protection Act.  The word circulating out of Shelbyville is it could be true that the USDA actually intends to enforce the Horse Protection Act.

But most people doubt that they will because the USDA simply has not done so in the past.

And the 139 HPA violations by S.H.O.W. HIO under minimum penalties still have not been uploaded to the USDA HPA database.

Has David L. Howard’s  sore Big Lick  painted itself into a corner.

SORE BIG LICK

Two weeks ago,  they rolled out the BLACKBURN BILL TO ENABLE SORING.

Then David L. Howard’s Celebration/PSHA sore Big Lick bunch built their program around two things:

  • 98.6% compliance with HPA.
  • Objective science based inspections.

The last thing the sore Big Lick bunch counted on was the USDA just simply enforcing the Horse Protection Act.    So this past weekend when the Lickers interpreted the DQP training session in Shelbyville to possibly mean that could actually happen,   all Hell broke loose.

If it’s a wrinkle, it’s a scar, and that means 60 days under minimum penalties.

Next one is six months.

Next one is a year.

Now you know why the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO sued the USDA in Federal Court in Texas to keep the minimum penalties from being enforced.

In typical Trainer BOYZ tradition, they were going to call off the 46th National Trainers Show.

They told David L. Howard,  “You know we can’t live with the USDA enforcing the law.”

The idea of calling off the Trainers Show got the addicted owners some upset.  And in the words of the late Claude Crowley, owner of Pride’s Generator once said, “What are we going to do with them,  plow them?”

After paying training, farriers and vets all winter,  the addicted sore Big Lick Owners told the Trainer BOYZ,  “you better show our horses at the Trainer’s Show this week or we will find someone who will.”

So the Trainer BOYZ,  who only have about 100 dues paying members left and lost their building two weeks ago,   are going to “let the show go on”.

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One might ask how not enforcing the Horse Protection Act became something for which the USDA is known.     In the past the USDA grew comfortable delegating the enforcement of the Federally mandated Horse Protection Act to the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO.   Most say it was due to direct threats by politicians like U. S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY) threatening to interfere with the USDA funding for other programs.

That is the world to which sore Big Lick TWHBEA President Steve Smith is accustomed.  The only problem is its 2014 – not 1997.

The climate has changed and the public is behind the PAST ACT with 50 Senators and 268 Representatives along with an intense public focus by social media demanding that  APHIS Administrators Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson, DVM stop “regulating soring” and instead enforce the HPA to “eliminate soring”.

KEVIN SHEA - APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

KEVIN SHEA – APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

 DR. CHESTER GIPSON, DVM - "HERR" HOWARD'S PARTNER

DR. CHESTER GIPSON, DVM – “HERR” HOWARD’S PARTNER

RACHEL CEZAR, DVM,  HORSE PROTECTION COORDINATOR

RACHEL CEZAR, DVM, HORSE PROTECTION COORDINATOR

We’ll soon see if the USDA means business, or they will continue to ENABLE SORING by not enforcing the Horse Protection Act.

Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson, DVM  need to come through this time.

Radar says he will believe it when he sees it.

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HAS A “PERFECT STORM” DESCENDED UPON SHELBYVILLE TENNESSEE – HAS THE SENATOR LAMAR “ALEXANDER BILL TO ENABLE SORING” BEEN CAUGHT UP IN IT? – WHAT IS DAVID L. HOWARD GOING TO DO NEXT?

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – Sometimes the best laid plans of mice and men will get you into a glue trap.  That “may” be what has happened with sore Big Lick.

And it may even get United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)  in it, too.

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

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

David L. Howard and the TRAINER BOYZ have been clamoring for scientific based inspections.    Now it seems like they are going to get them with thermography – along with the USDA’s alleged statement given in S.H.O.W. HIO DQP training on Saturday that the USDA VMOs are going to check EVERY horse’s feet for scars, and a wrinkle will be considered a scar.   Seeing something is objective, not subjective.  So if there is a wrinkle which is a scar,  then the horse gets turned down and the penalty is 60 days suspension. And this has nothing to do with palpation – it has to do with seeing it.  And the thermography can see things the naked eye can’t.

And there is something interesting.  When you examine and look at the pasterns of the flat shod horses, you don’t see those “wrinkles” which are scars which result over time from these:

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For sure the sore Big Lick crowd got blind sided by The Tennessean editorial appearing Sunday which said:

PAST ACT – STOP SORING

BLACKBURN BILL – ENABLE SORING

Then Miss. Carrie Lee Underwood tweets it to 3,420,000 Followers and all bets are off.

David L. Howard’s sore Big Lick crowd ginned up a letter from the American Farm Bureau to give Senator Alexander some cover when he rolled out his Senate companion bill to the BLACKBURN BILL TO ENABLE SORING.

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Senator Alexander may be rethinking the:

ALEXANDER BILL TO ENABLE SORING

Add to that the 46th National Trainer’s Show was gasping for air with no public support and lack of sponsors.

So is this possible cancellation of the Trainer’s Show and the 2014 Big Lick show season:

  • Big Lick strategy to claim economic damage to Tennessee?
  • Reality of a “Perfect Storm” descending upon Shelbyville?

Like I said, it’s going to be an interesting week.

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DAVID L. HOWARD AND WALKING HORSE TRAINER BOYZ THREATENING TO CANCEL 2014 BIG LICK HORSE SHOW SEASON OVER USDA ENFORCEMENT OF HORSE PROTECTION ACT – TRAINER BOYZ IN UPROAR

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – The USDA DQP training for the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO was held in Shelbyville, Tennessee over the weekend, and the USDA delivered a message that has David L. Howard and the WALKING HORSE TRAINER BOYZ in full melt down.

The 98.6% Horse Protection Act compliance rate folks – the sore Big Lick crowd – are now threatening to cancel the Trainers Show and 2014 Show Season over the USDA doing its job through the use of science based technology to enforce the scar rule.

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

TRAINERS SHOW BOYZ SHOW CHAIRMAN BENNY JOHNSON

TRAINERS SHOW BOYZ SHOW CHAIRMAN BENNY JOHNSON

 

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

The TRAINER BOYZ were told that the USDA VMOs are going to check EVERY horse for scar rule violation, and wrinkles of raised tissue on the horse’s pastern will get you a First Offense under the mandatory minimum penalties.

This will mean a 60 day suspension.   In the past, it meant nothing other than a piece of paper.

SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE DONNA BENEFIELD ISSUES CONFIDENTIAL WARNING

By Donna Benefield

CONFIDENTIAL ALERT: I just received a call from a Big Lick trainer, informing me that the National Trainer’s Association “Secret Meeting,” that was held this morning about 9 A.M., was to discuss whether to have the Trainer’s Show this weekend. I was told, no solution was reached, so it will resume this evening about 5 P.M to vote, on whether to even have a SHOW SEASON. This is to remain CONFIDENTIAL.

When asked why, when only 2% of the industry is soring, I was informed that they do not want to continue until the USDA compromises. (Another attempt at the “Tail wagging the dog.”)I was told that this all is based on this past weeks SHOW DQP Training with the USDA. I was told that SHOW was informed that any wrinkles on the posterior area of the pastern will be considered a violation. (This would confirm exactly what our USDA/DQP training VMO informed us two weeks ago.)They also said that the USDA informed them, they were to enforce the Mandatory Penalties (Imagine that. They aren’t being allowed to pick and choose which regulations they have to enforce! It just isn’t fair. Maybe Steve Smith or Marsha Blackburn can help them.)I was informed that the USDA stated that they would be requesting Letters of Warning on ALL SHOW DQPs that did not enforce the law. (That has been done in the past, and the HIO refused to issue the Letters of Warning. And what happened…..nothing.)Lastly, I was informed that the USDA was going to inspect behind the DQPs on every horse. (So.)(FYI-The Whitfield Amendment has not even passed yet. So what’s the big deal?)There you have it. The latest from the Trainer’s Association office (previously a funeral home) in downtown Shelbyville. Understand, I’m receiving this all second hand from a trainer, so I recommend that you confirm this.And don’t forget this is all to remain CONFIDENTIAL. So don’t tell anyone outside of this breed or the USDA!”

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The WALKING HORSE TRAINER BOYZ are having a “LIVILEHOOD”membership meeting conference call at 5:00 p.m. Monday to decide to have the 46th Annual National Trainers Show and the 2014 Show Season.

Seasoned observers believe that based on past strategy,  when the heat gets on,   the Trainer BOYZ “strike” or “boycott”.

It is not believed that tactic will work this time for two reasons:

  1. The “Racket” is 98.6% compliant so why should it worry about the USDA doing its job.
  2. David L. Howard and the TRAINER BOYZ and the BLACKBURN BILL TO ENABLE SORING have been wanting science based inspections, and it appears that new technology is now available which will make that possible.

And in response to it all,  David L. Howard and the TRAINER BOYZ went to cancel the Trainers Show and Show season?

My, oh my.

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BROTHER ROY EXUM SPOTLIGHTS DAVID L. HOWARD’S “SEEDY INNER-CORE GROUP HEADQUARTERED IN SHELBYVILLE” TRYING TO STOP THE PAST ACT

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CHATTANOOGA, TN – If you are 90 years old you can say anything and people should listen.  W. W. “Bill” Harlin said,  “Tennessee is getting a reputation as a horse abuse state”.

It bothered The Tennessean newspaper, and it bothers Chattanooga columnist Roy Exum, too.

Here is his column:

http://www.chattanoogan.com/2014/3/10/271401/Roy-Exum-The-Best-Money-Can-Buy.aspx

Roy Exum: The Best Money Can Buy

Monday, March 10, 2014 – by Roy Exum
Roy Exum
Roy Exum

A pointed editorial in Sunday’s editions of the Nashville Tennessean left little doubt that two pending bills currently in Congress are quite different. The headline itself told the whole story: “Rep. Ed Whitfield’s walking horse legislation would end soring; Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s would enable it.”

But whether the well-documented column will cause Tenn. Senator Lamar Alexander to reconsider introducing a companion bill to Rep. Blackburn’s disappointing legislation is a hot topic as Washington’s work-week begins tomorrow. On Friday several sources revealed Alexander was planning to make a push in the Senate this week with an alternate bill tailored to Blackburn’s bill in Congress. If so, it would be in marked defiance of the very popular PAST Act (HB 1518/S1406) that has now been endorsed by 47 Senators and 266 members of Congress to finally stop the flagrant and repugnant soring of horses.

The PAST Act, sponsored by congressman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky) and senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), has been endorsed by the leading equine groups in the country, including the huge American Veterinary Medical Association and the renowned American Association of Equine Practitioners. But Blackburn’s bill – a “Trojan Horse” as the Tennessean editors call it – represents “the best that the horse-abuser’s money could buy, in the form of tens of thousands of dollars in contributions to her campaign, in order to continue torturing and maiming horses.”

The editorial called out both Alexander and Tennessee’s other senator, Bob Corker, chiding them for their “silence” in the matter after it has become common knowledge in horse circles that Tennessee is the epicenter for horse abuse in the entire world. Walking Horses in Tennessee and surrounding states have endured a half-century of shameless soring and abuse. Soring is where caustic chemicals and harmful devices such as nails and screws are used to achieve an unnatural, high-kicking gait called the “Big Lick” and America has clearly had enough.

The vast majority of Walking Horse trainers and riders across the nation deplore the shameful practice but a seedy inner-core group headquartered in Shelbyville has lobbied hard in recent months to keep the pads, or stacks, and the shady judging, and the committees that are rife with Horse Protection Act violators from being affected by the PAST Act. They will stop at nothing to see the bill doesn’t pass.

It is no secret Sen. Alexander is obviously aligned with the “Big Lick;” his state campaign chairman is Steve B. Smith, the president of the Breeder’s and Exhibitors Association. Smith, who has been found in violation with the federal Horse Protection Act in the past, and his Big Lick cronies have lobbied Alexander and Coker hard. They have also contributed heavily to Congressional campaigns, most recently throwing a reception for Blackburn last August that netted their alleged (and highly prized) confederate a reported $70,000.

Nine members of Congress, including Chuck Fleischmann of Chattanooga and Scott DesJarlaris of Jasper (who was feted the year before by the Big Lick), are among nine cosponsors of Blackburn’s sleazy bill, which the Tennessean article claims “shows there is a special brand of inhumanity that thrives among us in Tennessee … (and) demonstrates how determined (the Big Lick) is to continue secretly torturing animals.”

“Stronger than a desire for mere show-ring glory,” the column reads, “this appears to be about deriving pleasure from causing pain. That it is defenseless animals, and not people, only increases their ability to get away with it. After decades of violations … the PAST (Prevent All Soring Tactics) bill offers a real chance to strengthen the law.”

The Tennessean article also read, “Soring is very much alive, and the bad actors in the walking horse industry are hardening their position instead of backing away from it, hoping to gut the laws that forbid them to do what they love: torment animals. Their spokesmen like to say that Blackburn’s bill ‘eliminates soring’ while Whitfield’s bill ‘eliminates the horse.’

“We know their abject cruelty is what will eliminate the horse, if we let them.”

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A hearing is scheduled for March 17 — a week from today — in Maryville, Tenn., for Larry Joe Wheelon, age 68, and three other men on 18 counts of aggravated cruelty to livestock and conspiracy to commit aggravated cruelty to animals. Wheelon, a colorful “Big Lick” trainer and judge with a lengthy string of violations, once served as chairman of the Ethics Committee of the trainer’s association.

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INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY

If found guilty, the men could possibly serve jail sentences since animal cruelty is now a felony crime in Tennessee. On the federal level animal abuse is still a misdemeanor, a further reason the PAST Act needs to pass.

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MISS CARRIE LEE UNDERWOOD HAS “RETWEETED” THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL TO 3,420,000 FOLLOWERS OPPOSING REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA “$70,000.00″ BLACKBURN’S “BILL TO ENABLE SORING” – ALL BETS ARE OFF – COULD THE SORE BIG LICKERS BE ABOUT TO GET “BLOWN AWAY”?

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MUSIC CITY, USA – It all started with a Tweet by Carrie Underwood, and the eyes of the Nation were drawn to Tennessee over the “AG GAG” controversy.   A redneck State Senator with the backing of the Tennessee Farm Bureau decided to run over the First Amendment to the U. S. Constitution with an unconstitutional law to prevent undercover investigation of commercial farms where abuses were taking place.   The public revolted and the Governor had to back down and veto the Bill.

Now we have a redneck acting Steve Smith,  Senator Lamar Alexander’s Campaign Finance Chairman trying to call in a chit which will end up embarrassing U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) if he introduces a companion bill in the U. S. Senate to the Blackburn Bill To Enable Soring.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD LOVES ANIMALS

CARRIE UNDERWOOD LOVES ANIMALS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJgoHgpsb9I

This morning Carrie Lee Underwood retweeted The Tennessean Editorial to 3,420,000 Twitter Followers making it clear where she stands on the PAST ACT, and the fact that the BLACKBURN BILL TO ENABLE SORING will further the reputation of the Volunteer State of Tennessee as a Horse Abuse State.

PAST ACT   –  STOP SORING

BLACKBURN – ENABLE SORING

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Things are getting interesting.

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FOSH PRESIDENT TERESA BIPPEN AND SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE DONNA BENEFIELD SPEAK OUT SUPPORTING THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL ACCUSING MARSHA BLACKBURN BILL OF ENABLING HORSE ABUSE

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NASHVILLE, TN – Two of the seven “invited witnesses” who appeared before Congress on November 13, 2013 testifying in favor of the PAST ACT,  weighed in on The Tennessean Editorial appearing in this Sunday’s newspaper.

CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON PAST ACT (PREVENT ALL SORING TACTICS)

(Left to Right - Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Julius Johnson;  TWHBEA President Marty Irby;  John Bennett, DVM;  Donna Benefield; Teresa Bippen and American Horse Council President Jay Hickey)

(Left to Right – Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Julius Johnson; former TWHBEA President Marty Irby; W. Ron Dehaven, DVM, CEO of AVMA;  John Bennett, DVM; Sound Horse Advocate Donna Benefield; FOSH President Teresa Bippen and American Horse Council President Jay Hickey)

FRIENDS OF SOUND HORSES PRESIDENT TERESA BIPPEN

TERESA BIPPEN, SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE

TERESA BIPPEN, SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE

TERESA BIPPEN – PRESIDENT OF FOSH

“Blackburn’s bill absolutely worsens conditions for the Tennessee Walking Horse as if they could get any worse. She wants TN and KY to be in charge of inspections (the two state’s with the very highest HPA violation rates) with input from the Walking Horse Trainers Association whose board members collectively hold over 115 violations. She wants science, well, science in the hands of a dishonest organization gets us nowhere. The largest inspection organization, SHOW, swabbed every horse at the 2012 Celebration and found 2 swabs positive for prohibited foreign substances. Guess what happened when the USDA swabbed the same show? In a random sample of 190 horses, 145 tested positive–which means that 76% were in violation of federal law. It is worse than that, the Repeat Violators Report is 265+ pages long, single space. It is at www.hpadata.us There is only one solution: Republican Congressman Whitfield’s PAST Act.”

SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE – DONNA BENEFIELD

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DONNA BENEFIELD – SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE

DONNA BENEFIELD – SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE

“This Blackburn bill is designed to maintain control by the violators, and to keep the situation status quo. Blackburn was (recently) paid $70,000 by the Walking Horse Trainer’s Association.

One does not have to be a mental giant to understand how the political game is played.

Who is in support of the Whitfield Bill (the PAST Act)?    Currently, every veterinary association in all 50 states, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Horse Council in D.C., the American Saddlebred Assoc., the United States Equestrian Federation, the Quarter Horse Assoc., to name a few.

As of today we have 50 members of the Senate that support the Whitfield Bill, along with 268 Congressmen. When I was in Washington recently, meeting with Republican Senators and Congressmen, regarding the Whitfield bill, the PAST Act, they asked in amazement, “Who would oppose Whitfield’s Bill?”

I informed them, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, who was paid $70,000 by the Trainer’s Assoc. who are the un-indicted felons who are soring the horses.  And possibly  Senator Lamar Alexander, whose Financial Chairman, Steve Smith,  has his own Horse Protection Act citation  record regarding a sored horse he was listed as exhibiting.

Recently, I was told that Senator Alexander was too smart to get involved in what was referred to as political suicide, by supporting the Blackburn Bill. Unfortunately, with Tennessee now being labeled in the press as the “Animal Abuse Capitol of the United States”, I guess we will have to wait and see what Senator Alexander decides to do.”

It appears that this issue is about to be front and center in Tennessee.

And it’s about darn time.

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THE TENNESSEAN NEWSPAPER OP/ED SLAMS REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN) BILL – DESCRIBES IT AS “INSTITUTIONALIZED ANIMAL ABUSE DISGUISED AS ANIMAL PROTECTION”

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NASHVILLE, TN – In finally breaking its editorial silence since November 20, 2013  when it upbraided the Tennessee Congressional delegation for not supporting the PAST ACT,  The Tennessean newspaper today published the following Opinion/Editorial piece and cartoon in its Sunday which criticized Representative Marsha Blackburn’s (R-TN) alternative to PAST ACT.

REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN)

REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN)

Interestingly,  the article sets the stage for U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) anticipated introduction this week of a companion bill which mirrors the Blackburn alternative HR 4098 in the U.S. Senate.  The response to the Blackburn measure has been underwhelming.  Seven Republican Tennessee Representatives co-sponsored it along with two Representatives from Kentucky and one from West Virginia.   Senator Alexander’s anticipated entrance was set up by a Tennessee Farm Bureau endorsement of  Blackburn’s alternative this week.

 It also appears that Senator Alexander’s influence has caused the March 12, 2013 “Markup” of S. 1406 by the Senate Committee to be postponed indefinitely due to the PAST ACT now being contested in the United States Senate.

It will be interesting to see what Tennessee’s other U. S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) chooses to do on the matter. He can either stay on the sideline or join Alexander and Blackburn.   Bob Corker touts that he is his “own man”.   Senator Alexander’s Campaign Finance Chairman is Steve Smith who is President of TWHBEA.  Smith has an HPA Citation history.  Smith would like to reach a compromise of 1/2 size of the present “package” on the hooves with a leather dog collar action device.

TWHBEA PRESIDENT AND U. S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER CAMPAIGN FINANCE CHAIRMAN STEVE SMITH HPA CITATION

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Informed sources believe that Lamar Alexander “hoped” to not get involved, but the sore Big Lick sees the pads and chains slipping away from them as the momentum for the PAST ACT grows in Congress with 50 U. S. Senators and 268 U. S. Representatives co-sponsoring the measure, and Campaign Finance Chairman Steve Smith has called in the years of financial support he has provided to Senator Alexander.

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20140309/OPINION01/303090047/Whitfield-s-walking-horse-legislation-would-end-soring-Blackburn-s-would-enable-it

Rep. Ed Whitfield’s walking horse legislation would end soring; Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s would enable it

Mar. 9, 2014

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TENNESSEAN CARTOON – Drew White / The Tennessean

“We used to think that soring — inflicting painful injuries to the legs and hooves of Tennessee Walking Horses to force them to adopt a high gait known as the “Big Lick” — was solely for the purpose of winning ribbons and prize money at horse shows.

After the latest maneuver by the “Big Lick” faction of the show-horse industry, we can see there is a special brand of inhumanity that thrives among us in Tennessee.

By pitting its own alternative legislation, courtesy of Rep. Marsha Blackburn, against the popular “Prevent All Soring Tactics” (PAST) bill, this group demonstrates how determined it is to continue secretly torturing animals. Stronger than a desire for mere show-ring glory, this appears to be about deriving pleasure from causing pain. That it is defenseless animals, and not people, only increases their ability to get away with it.

After decades of violations of the nation’s Horse Protection Act, PAST offers a real chance to strengthen the law. The bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., would toughen inspection standards at horse shows and ban the use of chains and pads that are worn on the horses’ legs and hooves, both to perpetuate pain for the horse when its hoof hits the ground and to hide scarring and other evidence of soring. As we know from the notorious Jackie McConnell case (captured on video) and others over the years, abusive trainers will apply caustic substances to horses’ legs, drive sharp objects into their hooves and beat the horses on a regular basis.

Blackburn’s bill is, in fact, a Trojan horse — institutionalized abuse disguised as animal protection.

It would set up a single horse industry organization (HIO), whose board would be chosen by the current trainers association that is populated with repeat violators of the Horse Protection Act. Those HIOs that currently prohibit soring at their shows would be left out.

Blackburn’s bill also ignores the use of pads and chains; it authorizes state agricultural commissioners in Tennessee and Kentucky, who have historically ignored horse abuse, to hire show inspectors; and it removes the federal requirement that HIO meetings be open to the public.

In short, Blackburn’s legislation was the best that horse-abusers’ money could buy, in the form of tens of thousands of dollars in contributions to her campaign, in order to continue torturing and maiming horses.

Whitfield’s bill, endorsed by the nation’s leading veterinary organizations and animal-protection groups, has 267 sponsors in the House, 47 co-sponsors in the Senate — and still we are far from complacent about its prospects. We saw gun background-check legislation that had overwhelming support wither and die, even with a Senate majority voting for it.

What will U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and Sen. Bob Corker have to say about Whitfield’s and Blackburn’s legislation? So far — silence.

Soring is very much alive, and the bad actors in the walking horse industry are hardening their position instead of backing away from it, hoping to gut the laws that forbid them to do what they love: torment animals.

Their spokesmen like to say that Blackburn’s bill “eliminates soring,” while Whitfield’s bill “eliminates the horse.” We know their abject cruelty is what will eliminate the horse, if we let them.”

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The 29 comments to the op/ed piece are interesting.

Here is the November 20, 2013 The Tennessean editorial which followed an AD run by “Concerned Citizens Against Soring” which appeared in the November 10, 2013 Sunday edition of The Tennessean newspaper.

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What will be most interesting to see if Senator Alexander introduces his companion Bill to the Blackburn alternative measure, will set it set off a firestorm of debate in Tennessee similar to that of the “AG GAG” maelstrom last year.  In that situation, the public rose up against the Tennessee Farm Bureau’s attempts to pass a Tennessee law to prevent undercover investigations of commercial farming abuse of animals. .  The effort was led by celebrities, including Carrie Underwood and Priscilla Presley. Also,  newspapers from all over Tennessee condemned the proposed legislation for violating the First Amendment.  Governor Haslam vetoed the AG GAG bill.

The Tennessee Walking Horse soring abuse is also an animal cruelty issue.  This battle will pit the public and the plight of the sored Tennessee Walking Horse against the monied interests which have Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and apparently U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander beholding to them.

If Senator Alexander gets into this fray and introduces a companion bill which mirrors Representative Blackburn’s alternative Bill,  he is going to find himself on the wrong side of the issue.

It will be interesting to see if Tennesseans let Lamar Alexander know that..

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WHY DOES TWHBEA LEAVE THE SORE BIG LICK TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE MERCHANDISE BEHIND WHEN IT GOES ON THE ROAD TO MARKET THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE BREED

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LEWISBURG, TNEverett “Butch” Allen,  TWHBEA Director from Texas,  is fond of saying “No horse left behind”,   while insisting that TWHBEA members joyfully embrace the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse.

EVERETT "BUTCH" ALLEN, TEXAS DIRECTOR - VOTING AGAINST HIS CONSTITUENTS

EVERETT “BUTCH” ALLEN, TEXAS TWHBEA DIRECTOR

The fact is when TWHBEA goes on the road to market the Tennessee Walking Horse, it leaves behind the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse paraphernalia and goods because the public wants no part of them.

The Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse is an unmarketable product.

Instead, TWHBEA  puts forward these items out for the public like it did in Alabama last weekend.

ALABAMA HORSE FAIR - TWHBEA EXHIBITION

ALABAMA HORSE FAIR – TWHBEA EXHIBITION

Everett “Butch” Allen

Sorry my first e-mail may have gone through incomplete. I am saying that most of us on the TWHBEA board support all TWHs. From bare-foot to padded horses. No Horse Left Behind. I mean how many ways does one have to say or do to make people understand that all TWHs are equally important to most of the TWHBEA members TWHBEA officals. The folks within TWHBEA that wants to support just one horse the bare foot / keg shod are the ones promoting division and trying to eliminate the show horse that use pads, action devices, and bands. Which would eliminate about 85 to 90% of the show horse population. In essence destroying the Walking Horse industry. Yes flat shod horses are fun to show and watch but so are pedded horses. I, as do most TWHBEA memebers go to showes to see both flat shod and padded horse. Those that agree with letting people chose the type of shoe to use on their horse, those that agree with supporting all TWHs and those want to help the TWH industry grow are the kind of people that we need in TWHBEA.

At the  December 2013, TWHBEA Annual Directors meeting,  Mr. Allen wanted more information about The Poll of TWHBA members which voted 63% “YES” for passage of the PAST ACT.

The following Map of The Poll was prepared to give Mr. Allen and his TWHBEA Directors an overview of how the members felt on the issue:

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It is interesting to note the verdict of The Map which reflects that 63% of TWHBEA members favor passage of the PAST ACT.  It is now validated with 62% of the United States House of Representatives co-sponsoring the PAST ACT.

Regarding “No Horse Left Behind”,  it might be educational for Mr. Allen to tag along on the next TWHBEA road trip, and man one of the TWHBEA booths and try to hawk the “Big Lick” gear and see how it goes.

Upon returning, he should send his fellow directors an email and let them know first hand how it went.

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IS THE SORE “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE “RACKET” A SICK CORRUPT ENTERPRISE CONTROLLED BY GREEDY EGO DRIVEN CONTROL ORIENTED STUBBORN OLD WHITE MALES IN DENIAL WHOSE SORE BIG LICK AGENDA IS AIDED AND ABETTED BY USDA APHIS ADMINISTRATOR KEVIN SHEA???

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MIDDLE TENNESSEE – While the Big Lickers are merrily cavorting at TWHBEA  (King Steve Smith and Chief Justice Walt Chism) and The Celebration (John T. Bobo and David L. Howard),  the eyes of the world are watching.

JOHN T. BOBO - THE CONSIGLIERE - MAN BEHIND "HERR" HOWARD

JOHN T. BOBO – THE CONSIGLIERE – MAN BEHIND “HERR” HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

THWBEA PRESIDENT AND POLITICIAN SCHMOOZER

THWBEA PRESIDENT AND POLITICIAN SCHMOOZER

TWHBEA CHIEF JUSTICE WALT CHISM

TWHBEA CHIEF JUSTICE WALT CHISM

The Map reflects the entire country and world of TWHBEA members is lined up against the sore Big Lick in being in favor of passage of Prevent All Soring Tactics Act.

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1.      The latest news is 43 U. S. Senators now co-sponsor the PAST Act.

2.      The most popular Canadian television program – “Heartland”,  similar to “The Waltons”,  will feature an episode this  Sunday night about a Tennessee Walking Horse being rescued from persons abusing it.  The story –  Heartland on CBC - is about “when Ty brings a maltreated Tennessee Walker to Heartland, Amy goes undercover in order to bring its abusers to justice. Catch it Sunday night at 7pm on CBC! — with Amber Marshall and Graham Wardle.

The Middle Tennessee created sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse is now internationally toxic.

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The Leaders of the sore Big Lick “racket” in 2014, apparently don’t get that the image of the Tennessee Walking Horse is “ABUSE”.

Current TWHBA Executive Director Tracy Boyd,  as TWHBEA President,  realized it and verbalized it in a public statement on May 27, 2013.  But now ED Boyd is now threatened with being fired by King Steve and Chief Justice Walt if he dare speaks the truth.

Many people wonder if Tracy Boyd shouldn’t resign his position in protest, or somehow he has reconciled his position as President of TWHBEA with that of being employed as an operative to do the bidding of the persons in charge even if he personally disagrees with it.

The Champions of the sore Big Lick and the ones who continue to support the institutionalized soring culture are these men.

King Steve Smith, TWHBEA President
Chief Justice Walt Chism, TWHBEA Sr. Vice President
John T. Bobo, Celebration Board member
David L. Howard, Celebration Chair and WHR Publisher

The question is begged:

Why do these four man continue to champion the sore Big Lick?

Possible answers are:

  • Profit
  • Greed
  • Control
  • Stubborn
  • Ego
  • Old White Males In Denial
  • All of the above.

It is abundantly clear that these guys can no longer sell “All Disciplines” and “No Horse Left Behind” when they include the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse.

Again, the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse is toxic.

Toxic with the public.

That image will never begin to be reversed until the PAST act passes.

Back to the present.

3.      TWHBEA has been sued out in California by dues paying members of TWHBEA  because King Steve Smith and Chief Justice Walt Chism erroneously thought they could bully the California folks who pay dues to TWHBEA.   Smith’s and Chism’s oppressive actions were all done trying to protect the sore Big Lick horse.  The California folks would have settled for a 50 cent stamp they would have paid for themselves, but instead King Steve and Chief Justice Walt got TWHBEA sued for their allegedly violating a federal law.  All after Chief Justice blabbed all over “Internet Chat” Court about legal positions, legislative interpretation and legal conclusions (his own).

4.   In the red-hot festering center of Middle Tennessee (depicted by The Map) where the Sore Big Lick is concentrated,   one learns today from  Celebration Chairman David L. Howard’s – The Walking Horse Report –  that The Celebration, Inc. is going to partner with a local livestock sale company,  Ripwood Livestock Auction Services, LLC in a reprehensible exhibition of immature Two Year Old  horses ON THE CELEBRATION GROUNDS under saddle before they are fully developed physically.

http://www.walkinghorsereport.com/news.aspx?cid=10529

The event, February 28 – March 2  - ‘SPRING FLING 2014 COLT PREVIEW AND SPRING SELECTION SALE will feature padded chained Two Year Old Tennessee Walking Horses under saddle at the Celebration’s CALSONIC ARENA.

Rah Rah Shelbyville economy – Are you listening Kevin Shea,  APHIS Adminstrator,  ersatz Shelbyville Tourism Director.

https://www.facebook.com/HonorsDishonered?ref=ts&fref=ts

TWO YEAR OLD TWH UNDER SADDLE

TWO YEAR OLD TWH UNDER SADDLE

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TWO YEAR OLD TWH

Sale owner Andy Rippy says the objective is to create “new excitement in our industry compared to sales in the past.”

FEATURING BIG LICK "TWO  YEAR OLDS" UNDER SADDLE, PADDED  & CHAINED

FEATURING BIG LICK “TWO YEAR OLDS” UNDER SADDLE, PADDED & CHAINED

It is strongly rumored that USDA APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea will be on hand to monitor how the Shelbyville tourism based on the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse is progressing.

Big Lickers John T. Bobo and David L. Howard show callous disregard as to what the rest of the equine world thinks about the Tennessee Walking Horse with this “FLING” spectacle.   The equine word has cast out the Tennessee Walking Horse breed as an “untouchable”.

Now we have The Celebration Boyz,  Bobo and Howard,  touting an event where TWH ,many of which are not even close to being 24 months old,  are going to be put on stacks,   with long shank bits, and exhibited in chains in a shocking barbaric ‘SPRING FLING 2014 COLT PREVIEW AND SPRING SELECTION SALE.

It all defies the imagination.

Sale owner Andy Rippy said     “Our goal is to create some different types of previews and sales to help our customers and try to create some new excitement in our industry compared to sales in the past.”

Rah Rah “new excitement”. 

And then there’s this public official Kevin Shea, APHIS Administrator, who has been entrusted with enforcing the Horse Protection Act.

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KEVIN SHEA – APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

What in the world is wrong with this man, a trusted public official, who says he is   more worried about Celebration “gate receipts” then he is in vigorously enforcing the Horse Protection Act?

It’s a Celebration tradition to name streets on the Celebration grounds after key figures in the breed history.

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CELEBRATION THOROUGHFARES

It is now speculated that “Kevin Shea Way”  on the Celebration grounds will be named in honor of the USDA official APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea to recognize his apparently being more concerned about the “gate count/receipt” at the Celebration, than carrying out his duties to enforce the Horse Protection Act.

The kaleidoscope continues to turn.

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IT’S TIME FOR THE USDA TO DECERTIFY THE CELEBRATION’S SORE BIG LICK “SHOW HIO” AND CUT OFF THE BIG LICKER OXYGEN – 259 CONGRESSMEN AND 41 U.S. SENATORS CO-SPONSOR – PREVENT ALL SORING TACTICS ACT – THE TIME IS NOW

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THETA, TN – It’s high time for the United States Department of Agriculture to stop playing “patti cake man” with the soring Big Lick crowd led by Celebration Chair David L. Howard and his consigliere John T. Bobo, Shelbyville, Tennessee attorney and Celebration Board member.  Bobo is the local power behind David L. Howard.

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JOHN T. BOBO – THE CONSIGLIERE – MAN BEHIND “HERR” HOWARD

There are 259 Congressmen and 41 U. S. Senators co-sponsoring the HR 1518/S 1406, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act.

The USDA was sued by the Celebration SHOW HIO,  David L. Howard and John T. Bobo, over the Mandatory Penalties which were to stop soring.

Secretary Tom Vilsack needs to give marching orders to Krysta Harden,  Ed Avalos, Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson, DVM to get on with it.

There has never been a more opportune time.

The Big Lick needs to be taken down once and for all.

Sound Horse Nation needs to rise up in outrage over two things:

1.     SHOW HIO not being decertified.

2.     PSHA or any other Middle Tennessee based Big Lick acronym being certified as a HIO.

Informed sources report that Sound Horse representatives met with Kevin Shea  in July 2013 and discussed at length with Shea the USDA’s enforcement of the Horse Protection Act under his supervision.

In these meetings Kevin Shea allegedly asked Sound Horse reps:

“What do I tell David Howard when he tells me our cracking down on soring will affect the gate count at the Celebration?

Sound Horse reps asked Shea:

“Was Congress concerned about the gate count at the Celebration when it charged the USDA with enforcing the Horse Protection Act to stop the criminal activity of soring Tennessee Walking horses for public entertainment?”

Sound Horse reps asked Shea “Are you the United States Department of Agriculture or the Shelbyville, Tennessee Department of Agriculture”?

Kevin Shea asked the question:   What about the economy of Shelbyville, Tennessee.

Sound Horse:     “Does the health of the Shelbyville economy depend on your looking the other way and not enforcing the law against a criminal enterprise such as soring Tennessee Walking Horses”?

In recent years,  the Bedford County and Shelbyville, Tennessee economy has diversified. It now has the Calsonic, and become a distribution center for Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods and Amazon.

Informed sources say that Kevin Shea is one of about 60 persons presently on Celebration Chairman David L. Howard’s personal e-mail distribution list.

Kevin Shea reports to this man – Edward Avalos.

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EDWARD AVALOS, UNDER SECRETARY – MARKETING

Here is the USDA Chain of Command:

Secretary of Agriculture

Tom Vilsack , Secretary of Agriculture 

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Tom Vilsack – U. S. Secretary of Agriculture

Krysta Harden, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture

Working alongside Secretary Tom Vilsack, Krysta Harden oversees the day-to-day operation of USDA’s many programs and spearheads the $149 billion USDA budget process.

KRYSTA HARDEN, DEPUTY SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE

KRYSTA HARDEN, DEPUTY SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE

Marketing and Regulatory Programs

Ed Avalos,   Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs 

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Kevin Shea,   Administrator for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

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KEVIN SHEA – APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

Chester Gipson, DVM   Deputy Administrator – Animal Care,  APHIS

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DR. CHESTER GIPSON, DVM – “HERR” HOWARD’S PARTNER

The USDA has provided SHOW HIO with  notice last August that it was being decertified.

What Has Been Done About This????

The USDA was supposed to provide SHOW HIO with a “show cause” Hearing as to why it should not be decertified.

That has not been done.

Why not???

Sound Horse Nation needs to ask these USDA officials this week why this has not been done:

Please send them emails and when you get a response,  please post it here.

Tom Vilsack –        agsec@usda.gov
Krysta Harden -    krysta.harden@usda.gov
Ed Avalos –            ed.avalos@osec.usda.gov
Kevin Shea  -        kevin.a.shea@usda.gov
Chester Gipson, DVM    chester.a.gipson@aphis.usda.gov

Mr. Vilsack and Ms. Harden,  ”There will never be a better time to stop the soring”.

The American people are with you on this.

The horses are depending on you to please get it done.

 

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ARIZONA TWHBEA DIRECTOR PAM REBAND, M.D., FORMER BIG LICKER SAYS 98% COMPLIANCE IS “FICTION” – AND DETAILS “SORING TACTICS” PERPETRATED BY THE LICKERS

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THETA, TN –  Another person has  stepped forward to say “the best hope” for the Tennessee Walking Horse,  is the passage of the PAST Act.    Former TWHEA Executive Committee member, and present TWHBEA Director from Arizona, Pam Reband, M.D. lays it on the line in a heartfelt letter to Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY).

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Director Reband tells Congressman Whitfield that the PAST Act is “good for the Tennessee Walking Horse,  for the country and just the right thing to do.”

She debunks the “Racket’s” claim of 98% compliance as “fiction” and details soring and its perpetrators.

People from all walks of life just keep on coming to light the path to the new day in which the Tennessee Walking Horse is no longer in the clutches of the evil doers.

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KING STEVE SMITH/SIR WALT CHISM ADMINISTRATION TAKES HUGE TWHBEA MEMBERSHIP HIT – 400 MEMBER DECLINE IN ONE WEEK – MEMBERS APPARENTLY TERRIBLY UNHAPPY WITH SMITH AND CHISM

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LEWISBURG, TN – Nephew Eugene loves Mexican food, and since there isn’t any in Theta,   Eugene took off to Lewisburg with Leroy and Wydele and their wives to go eat at La Fuente’s up on the hill.   While they were there,  Eugene heard a fellow talking about something his wife heard at the beauty shop.

The fellow said his wife heard from Lorene who fixes Lucille’s friend’s hair that her Aunt Martha was real upset because she heard that Tennessee Walking Horse business over on Ellington Parkway had really had a bad week financially.

The news is that TWHBEA lost 400 members in the past week, Jan. 6 to Jan 10, 2014.   On Monday, the membership was slightly over 8,000, and by Friday, the membership had dropped to about 7,600.

Aunt Martha said her best friend Mabel was terribly upset because this was the lowest membership in the last 8 years. Mabel says she can’t remember it being this low.

TWHBEA MEMBERSHIP TOTALS – 2006 – 2013

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TWHBEA MEMBERSHIP TOTALS – 2006 – 2013

Aunt Martha and Mabel were talking about why this happened.  Mabel said apparently two fellows who had recently taken the breed association over and thought they had all the answers.  The President was some rich guy from up at Brentwood, and the one helping him was a senior fellow who had been active at the breed association 20 years ago.

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THWBEA PRESIDENT AND POLITICIAN SCHMOOZER

Aunt Martha said the President Steve Smith filled out a form when he ran for office:

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TWHBEA PRESIDENT STEVE SMITH

SIR  WALT CHISM -TWHBEA SR. VICE PRESIDENT - IN CHARGE OF DAY TO DAY OPERATIONS

SIR WALT CHISM -TWHBEA SR. VICE PRESIDENT – IN CHARGE OF DAY TO DAY OPERATIONS

Nephew Eugene asked Aunt Martha what she thought the problem was.

Martha said she had lived in Lewisburg all her life and the biggest problem she knew of was the people were tired of the Tennessee Walking Horses being sored.   They had stopped going to the horse shows.  She said they weren’t going to go back until there was no more soring.  She also said there as some new law in Congress which would stop soring and send people to prison who did it.

Martha said her best friend Mabel agreed with the soring part of it, but Mabel says she thinks the reason is the two older men,  Steve Smith and Walt Chism,  think they know more than anybody else, and they are not paying attention to the members of the breed association.  She said the two men got into an argument with the whole State of California and they are trying to make those poor people ride a bus over 4,000 miles to come to Lewisburg, Tennessee to vote when a 50 cent stamp would take care of sending in a secret written ballot which they always used to decide who will be a Director.  She said both sides have lawyers now and it looks like a Judge may have to take things over real soon.

Mabel also said that the members of the organization voted back in October in a landslide 63% in favor of the new law to stop the soring.  She said the new law would take the pads and chains off the horses and let them be shown sound. Mable says this Steve Smith and Walt Chism are against the law, and this has the majority of the members of the association real upset.   She said there was one Director from Texas at the annual meeting at December who wanted to know more about the 63% Poll results,  so a Map of the United States was prepared which showed how the country voted.

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Mabel said she thinks  that President Steve Smith and Sr. Vice President Walt Chism came in on a “high horse” and they were trying to do things the majority of the members of TWHBEA were not in favor of so the members decided they would show Smith/Chism and not renew their memberships until the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act passed Congress.

Nephew said his group enjoyed the fajitas and chicken chimichangas along with sangria, and he sure did learn a lot while he was in Lewisburg.

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FRESH IN – THE WALKING HORSE TRAINERS ASSOCIATION BOYZ “OFFICIAL POLE” RESULTS OF TWHBEA PRESIDENT MARTY IRBY BARN VISITATIONS AND SIGHTINGS

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – Trainer President Mickey McCormick announces the early results of the Trainer’s Boyz “OFFICIAL POLE” to determine all THE PLACES  that former TWHBEA  President Marty Irby has been sighted at Trainer Boyz barns.

President McCormick sent out a scientific “Questioner” seeking information from Licensed Members.  It is not sure if that group included only actual Licensed Trainers or also included the employees known as  “ticket takers” who do various jobs at the barn, but do not actually train horses.   They do lead horses up to inspection so they can take the HPA violation tickets,  rather than the Trainer.

Here are the early “OFFICIAL POLE”  Results that McCormick released earlier today to the Theta Syndicate.

The WHTA “Questioner” asked if Marty Irby was sighted “on the premises” “inside the barn”  ”outside your barn” “in or near the cross ties”.

TRAINERS “POLE” RESULTS

  1. Inside Barn 42
  2. Outside Barn 39
  3. Lurking Around Cross Ties 14
  4. Hallway Of The Barn 12
  5. Tackroom – 7

These results will be periodically updated.

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AN EXPATRIAT’S VIEW – NATIVE CHATTANOOGAN BRINGS EUROPEAN DRESSAGE EQUESTRIANS TO SEE THE BIG LICK TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE – THEY ARE ‘SHOCKED’ WITH WHAT THEY SEE

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CHATTANOOGA, TN – It was interesting to listen to what U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) told The Tennessean Editorial Board on Dec. 8, 2013, min 8:00 – 11:00, when he was questioned about the Tennessee Walking Horse and the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act presently before Congress.

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Senator Alexander recalled in the interview when he recruited Nissan to Tennessee in 1981 he was surprised to learn that the Emperor had Tennessee Walking Horses.    Alexander recounted how the state is known for the Tennessee Walking Horse along with Elvis and The Celebration.

Senator Alexander needs to know that in 2014 many things have changed including the “image” of the Tennessee Walking Horse and how its soring and abuse associated with the pads and chains reflects on the State of Tennessee.

No one can explain that better than a native Tennessean.

Clay Harlin and John C. Haffner, both native Tennesseans,  have publicly called for passage of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act.

Now a Tennessee expatriate, Melissa Hefferlin from Chattanooga who now lives in Olvera, Cadiz, Spain tells her story:

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JACKIE MCCONNELL HAS HIM SMOKING

Hefferlin has joined a list of persons, many of them native Tennesseans, who have spoken out – former breed officials, owners, veterinarians, farriers and expatriates – all in favor of eliminating the pads and chains from the Tennessee Walking Horse so there can be a new day.

Joy Kimbrough | The Daily Times

Joy Kimbrough | The Daily Times

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THE WALKING HORSE TRAINER BOYZ PRESIDENT MICKEY MCCORMICK WANTS TO MESS UP MARTY IRBY’S HAIR WITH BIZARRE “QUESTIONER” (QUESTIONNAIRE)

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THETA,TN – About the time you think things can’t get any stranger, then they do.

The Walking Horse Trainer Boyz, at the behest of their President Mickey McCormick, or Lord knows who else, have gotten off into the “gumshoe” business. The Trainer Boyz have had years and years to reform or come up with an approach to transition from soring to sound Tennessee Walking Horses.

But they haven’t.

Their best effort in 2012 was  ”Camouflaged Chains,” or euphemistically called “Color Coded” chains.   It was as about effective as the heralded non-transparent “swabbing initiative” which cost about $300,000.00.   Neither swayed the mass of the American people to look more favorably upon the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse.  The public is now solidly behind the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act.

The Trainer Boyz are not happy that former TWHBEA President Marty Irby spilled the beans on horse soring to the public and the U. S. Congress on Nov. 13, 2013.  Irby went on the record with his sworn testimony laying bare the endemic soring which is necessary at Big Lick barns to get the horses to do the sore Big Lick.   So the Trainer Boyz took umbrage  and are most likely being used by persons who think they can stop the momentum behind the effort for the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act to become law – so they now focus on soothsayer Marty Irby – when they should be concerned about stopping horse soring.

{By the way, there appears to be a “spellcheck outage” in Middle Tennessee – first the lawyer forbidding “Poleing” the membership when it appears he meant to say “Poll” the membership,  and then the Trainer Boyz saying “inquiry” when they most likely meant “inquiring” and “Questioner” in place of “Questionnaire” – but I digress.}

The Trainer Boyz want all their members to tell them if the suspicious character below,  Martin Irby, visited their barns, and if so,  was he “inside“, “outside” or “in and near the cross ties”.    One can only wonder what the specific interest could be about the cross ties or what exactly goes on or down in the cross ties, but it’s their “Questioner” so I guess they know what they are doing.   It’s also interesting to note that Mickey wants to know if Irby “IN ANY WAY” visited the barn.   That part of the “Questioner” leaves a lot to the imagination as to how many different ways you can visit a horse training barn.

Nephew Eugene theorizes its most likely a Marsha Blackburn “brain storm” similar to

REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN)

REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN)

her idea when during another Congressional Hearing on the Racing Industry, Blackburn inquired of a witness if Marty Irby or other people might be receiving money from The Humane Society Of The United States.  Her question had nothing to do with the subject matter of the Hearing.

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FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT MARTY IRBY

FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT MARTY IRBY

Marty Irby Testimony:

“For nearly a year beginning in the summer of 2012 I went to many of the top training barns within our industry in search of padded horses who had not been sored. I covered the majority, and could not find a single horse that had not had this abuse upon them at some point in their life. Most were being sored at the time of my analysis. Many of the trainers told me firsthand how they were soring horses. Over time I have observed the use of mustard oil, croton oil, diesel fuel, kerosene, WD-40, or Gojo (hand cleaner) to sore horses at the majority of all training facilities in this industry.”

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MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA TRAINER BOYZ PRESIDENT

WHTA BOYZ ‘QUESTIONER” (QUESTIONNAIRE) 

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TRAINER BOYZ INVESTIGATION

The WHTA “Questioner” just seems to be just more rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

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THE BIG LICK RACKET

And so it goes.

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OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT STEVE SMITH AND SR. VICE PRESIDENT WALT CHISM

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Hey Guys,

You two may be the dual Kings on North Ellington Parkway in Lewisburg, but have you ever given any thought to how much damage you are doing to the Tennessee Walking Horse breed?

Sure, you can throw your weight around and take these positions, but what is the net effect of what you are doing?

How you are dealing with the California members is about to go “National”.

Thanks to the soring trainers like Jackie McConnell, along with WHTA Officers David Landrum and Larry Joe Wheelon, who are not just a couple of bad apples, the Tennessee Walking Horse breed is synonymous with abuse.

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JACKIE MCCONNELL, HALL OF FAME TRAINER

DAVID LANDRUM, WHTA OFFICER

DAVID LANDRUM, WHTA OFFICER

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Now it’s about to be synonymous with tyrannical oppressive leadership – that would be you two guys.

The Big Lick is broke.

You can’t fix it.

Paradigm change is at hand.

Both of you are successful in business – look at this Map.

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You have no place to go with the Tennessee Walking Horse.

Possible growth of the Tennessee Walking Horse which includes the sore Big Lick is boxed out by the rest of the country.

There is NO future growth potential with the soring stigma.

The number is now 256 Representatives in the House and 42 in the Senate.

Republicans are swimming to the boat co-sponsoring the measure.

And every shovel full you take such as the “high-handed” letter oppressing the California TWHBEA members resonates throughout the national and international equine community.

You guys are not going to be able to do what you would like to do.

It’s gone too far.

There is NO ONE VOICE.

The train has left the station on that.   And you are now standing on the tracks in its way.

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THE TRAIN HAS DONE LEFT THE STATION

This Map tells you where the VOICES are:

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You and David L. Howard need to realize that.

You have no choice but to change,  like no pads and chains change, or you can just complete the job of burying the Tennessee Walking Horse breed.

Those appear to be your choices.

The best thing  you could do for the Tennessee Walking Horse is to declare victory, and negotiate things – without the pads and chains –  and be for passage of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, and then rebrand the Tennessee Walking Horse without the soring stigma which has just about killed it.

Get it where you can grow your product – so your grandchildren will be proud of what you did.

That way, you might, just might, have a chance to come out of this as leaders playing a role in the Tennessee Walking Horse turning a historic corner in its history,   rather than being two old guys who got it wrong.

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“BIG LICKERS” KING STEVE SMITH AND SIR WALT CHISM DECLARE WAR ON CALIFORNIA TWHBEA MEMBERS

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LEWISBURG, TN – TWHBEA officials President Steve Smith and Sr. VP Walt Chism continue their heavy handed oppression of the California TWHBEA members in their efforts to vote on the removal of Director Christy Lantis.

Here is a January 9, 2014 letter from TWHBEA attorney Jacob Mathis:

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The letter apparently reflects Smith and Chism’s fear that the California members will poll themselves to show America how strong the support is for the removal of Director Christy Lantis. To do so would further highlight the dictatorial and arbitrary actions by Smith and Chism to limit the participation of the California members in an attempt to “protect” sore Big Lick champion Christy Lantis.

Big Lick supporters Steve Smith and Walt Chism  are apparently  having difficulty coming to grips with the fact that they are presiding over a  “PRO SOUND” breed association.

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California voted 79%  for passage of HR 1518/S 1406, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act.

The rest of the United States overwhelmingly supports its passage, 63% to 37%.

Presently, there are 252 Representatives and 42 Senators co-sponsoring the legislation.

The King Steve and Sir Walt insensitive decision is expected to draw an immediate reaction from the California Directors who are attempting to exercise their rights under Tennessee state law and the TWHBEA By-Laws.

Stay tuned.

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A FARRIER’S TALE BY ERIC GRAY – ANOTHER COMPELLING CONFESSIONAL – REGARDING THE SORE BIG LICK – GRAPHICALLY EXPLAINS THE ‘NUTS AND BOLTS’ OF PRESSURE SHOEING

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FARRIER ERIC GRAY

(Note:   The condition of Big Lick walking horses is now a national story with the likes of Priscilla Presley is on record saying that the big lick must come to an end.  The main focus has been on soring and on the padded shoes and chains used to “manufacture” the Big Lick for the “Industry” a/k/a  ”The Racket”.    One of the soring tactics is now pressure shoeing.)

 By:  Eric Gray, Farrier

As a farrier with years of experience working around the walking horse industry I first talked publically about pressure shoeing in 2010. I did a presentation at a Sound Horse Conference and   I told the attendees that 15 years ago finding a pressure-shod horse was easier than it is today. That’s because digital thermography units and fluoroscopes were routinely used in both pre and post show inspections and the methods used to pressure shoe horses were less sophisticated.

First a little history: when you pulled shoes back in the mid 90s, back before the machines, it wasn’t uncommon to find a half of a halter ring sitting behind the white line and in front of the frog of a horse that had been trimmed with a shaved down, flat sole.  I’ve personally found all sorts of things on big lick horses between the top of the nail pad and the bottom of the hoof, things like strings of quarters glued together, heel springs with bouncy balls melted on to the area of the frog, nail pads that were ground down at the edges but domed at the center and hammer shims of metal including steel.  Flat shod horses weren’t immune to the problem, either. Tall beads of weld around the inside toe area of the surface of the foot caused painful sole pressure and there were other tricks as well.

When the fluoroscope came into use there was change, but it wasn’t a  decrease in pressure shoeing as you might expect, but an increase in new ways to beat the machine and then the machines themselves went into disuse.  I find myself in agreement with a letter by former industry veterinarian Dr. John C. Haffner who wrote, “The fact is the big lick can only be accomplished by soring. When one soring technique becomes detectable, another one is developed. The big lick is a learned response to pain and if horses have not been sored, they do not learn it. “

Today’s pressure shoeing has developed in sophistication and is very hard to distinguish from improper trimming or improper use of what should be therapeutic hoof packings. Farriers involved in these practices make a real effort to hide their true intentions in case anyone gets a chance to look too closely and their handiwork and ask embarrassing questions. A complicit farrier can leave the foot of the performance horse at about 4 inches long and then pare the sole down until it is quite soft and gives easily to thumb pressure in the toe area. (Think of it as bending back your thumbnail) Then that same farrier knowingly will fill the hoof with an impression material such as EDSS firm and allow it to remain domed in the desired area. After allowing the “cushion” to set up and harden he then applies the nail pad to the hoof.  The horse is now pressure shod.

Although at shows inspectors do have the right to ask that shoes be pulled from horses that they suspect are pressure shod, once the clinches are tightened and the horse has been ridden for a few minutes that packing material changes shape sufficiently to look legitimate to vets and farriers who don’t know the rest of the story.  Even when an inspector does recognize the problem how does he prove that this hardened dome at the toe was intentional pressure shoeing rather than an honest mistake?

Trying to put a big lick look on a flat shod horse has meant the development of pressure shoeing methods that are even harder to detect.  As an example, thin steel plates can be cut to fit across the top of the shoe, just long enough to sit inside the hoof wall below the sole so that they can be easily removed before shoe time. The plate is   drilled and tapped in the center and a bolt, between 3/8s and 5/8s inches in length is inserted and cut to length. After welding a nut to the bolt so that it can easily be tightened with a wrench   the bolt is then placed back into the horse’s hoof. Bolts are left in place for a few hours up to a few days. In the worst cases nerves in the hoof begin to die off as a result of mechanical laminitis caused by pressure from the bolts.  The pain is horrendous, the action prize winning.

I have seen horses left standing in crossties overnight, days before a show to keep them from lying down and escaping the pressure in their feet.

How bad is it?

I once arrived at a barn in the early morning to find a horse dead, still hanging from the crossties. The autopsy revealed stress colic due to unexplainable circumstances.

I’ve seen horses where the bolts have detached and become lodged in the digital cushion. I worked on a horse that had abscessed so severely after being bolted that the entire sole had detached. The trainer, who also did his own farrier work and didn’t want to miss a horse show, built a fake sole out of Equilox and replaced the shoe over it. 

I know this because the owner took the horse away from the trainer after a subpar performance at the show and brought the horse to me two weeks later.  The false sole was still in place. The horse, however, had made it through a show inspection with no one the wiser.  By the time I saw the horse the digital cushion was so infected that almost half of it had been eaten away and the coffin bone itself was exposed.

To show you how tough this incredible breed was and how willingly it allowed itself to be victimized, three months after this horror in its feet, the owner was back exercising the horse, even though there were holes in the toes of its feet the sizes of a half dollar. On the day I was scheduled to go back to work on the horse again, I got a call from the owner who told me that he had returned his horse to the same training barn where the problem was intentionally caused.

I had to get over my anger before I understood that many of the people involved in this cruelty don’t think that there is anything wrong with doing such things to horses.  One of the cruelest trainers I ever met could preach well enough to hold a revival and was truly compassionate when it came to helping his fellow men; it was just that the spot in his heart where compassion should have resided for God’s creatures had a hole in it. 

I asked him once when I saw him at his barn, putting a set of bolts in a horse’s feet getting ready to go to a weekend horse show, how he could do this and still give witness on a Sunday. His answer remains with me to this day, the horse, he explained, was    a beast of burden and that the horse’s God-given talent was probably to be supper for a family, not be a show horse.  Being a show horse with all that entailed was what this animal had to endure to earn his keep. This trainer honestly believed that whatever he did to the horse to give pleasure to a client and to make a living was all right.

After much soul searching and a thorough examination of my own ethics I decided there wasn’t anything I could do but leave the walking horse show world and I did.  Like doctors, farriers have an obligation to do no harm to their patients, the horses. But what about the people who can’t see a way out or don’t see why they need to stop doing what they have been doing to show walking horses for generations?

The question is how do you get people to change practices that put clothes on their children and food on their tables when this is all they know how to do and the people that they associate with them think that being hurt in “training” is part of being a beast of burden?

I don’t have an answer to that but I do know that is why legislation like the PAST (Prevent All Soring Tactics) Act must be passed.  After 8 years in the industry I learned that you couldn’t save people from themselves when they truly believe that   the infliction of   intentional cruelty is part of the job of being a horse.  You can, however, save horses from the people who believe this way by removing the tools of their trade from their hands, and off the horses, and by removing the legitimacy of this type of training from the show ring. 

Eric Gray,
Blackthorn Farms, L.L.C.
Cumming, Georgia