CHANGE.ORG HITS OVER 5,000+ SIGNATURES – AAWHA & FOSH DECLARE VICTORY – COLUMBIA AND MAURY COUNTY BOYCOTT HORSE SHOW – LICKERS RETREAT TO SHELBYVILLE – DAILY HERALD NEWSPAPER COVERS THE STORY

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COLUMBIA, TN –  On Saturday,  the “Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show” in Columbia, Tennessee became the “Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show” in Shelbyville, Tennessee.

Daily Herald Editor Mr. James Bennett’s story on the former “Gulf Coast Charity  Horse Show” in Columbia appears below.   Mr. Bennett planned to cover the Horse Show Saturday,  but he never got the chance because the “Big Lick” saw “enough” and folded its tent and retreated to the Champions Arena at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration grounds.

AAWHA (All American Walking Horse Alliance) official Jeannie McGuire hit the nail on the head when she said,  The horse show is being moved to Shelbyville tonight because the “Big Lick” cannot stand the hot light of public scrutiny.”

Backing her up was this video:

And the 5,000+ Change.Org Petition signatures, asked local citizens to speak out and boycott the “Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show” on April 24 – 25.

https://www.change.org/p/erin-jaggers-executive-director-maury-county-convention-and-tourism-bureau-tom-massey-city-manager-of-columbia-tennessee-charlie-norman-mayor-of-maury-county-tennessee-speak-out-against-boycott-the-animal-cruelty-big-lick-tennessee-walking-ho

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FOSH (Friends Of Sound Horses) President Teresa Bippen – Letter To The Editor of   The Tennessean:

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Stop soring of walking horses

I am writing as president of Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) animal welfare organization that has fought to end soring of Tennessee Walking Horses for 15 years.

Soring is the deliberate infliction of pain upon the front legs and hooves of a horse to achieve a high-stepping gait in the show ring.

Soring is animal abuse, illegal and cheating. FOSH does not believe it is in the best interests of the residents of Columbia to provide a venue for the Big Lick Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show on April 24 and 25 at the Maury County Park.

What is the “big lick”? An exaggerated, unnatural high-stepping gait of a Tennessee Walking Horse for the show ring that is achieved through soring, chains on the horse’s ankles and stacks on the bottoms of their hooves. FOSH knows a lot about the big lick and soring. We created www.hpadata.us (nearly 13,000 Horse Protection Act violations) and www.stopsoring.com.

FOSH organized four Sound Horse Conferences (www.soundhorseconference.com) and held the 2014 conference in Brentwood.

At the 2014 conference, several veterinarians spoke out against the big lick and soring, including Tennessee resident John Haffner, DVM, who said “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 a horse has not been sored, they do not learn it.”

In short, would Columbia residents want a dogfight at the local show grounds? Dogfighting is no different than soring.

Both are illegal animal abuse.

Teresa Bippen

President, Friends of Sound Horses

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A Rally Demonstration was held on West End Blvd. in Nashville on Thursday drew attention to the “Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show”.

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THE ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE TAKING IT TO THE STREETS

MR. CLAY HARLIN AND FORMER "BIG LICK" TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE TRAINER MR. CARL BLEDSOE INTERVIEWED BY HOLLY MEYER WITH THE TENNESSEAN NEWSPAPER

MR. CLAY HARLIN AND FORMER “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE TRAINER MR. CARL BLEDSOE INTERVIEWED BY HOLLY MEYER WITH THE TENNESSEAN NEWSPAPER

It was followed by another Rally Protest on Friday at the Maury County Park. where the Horse Show is being held.

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The Columbia and Maury County public got the message, apparently wholeheartedly agreed,  and boycotted the “Gulf Charity Horse Show”.

No one was in the stands on Friday night.  It was raining  slightly off and on, but the public never showed up before it wasn’t  raining.

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Daily Editor Editor Mr.  James Bennett got it right when he said,  ”The industry, crawling on its knees with two black eyes, stands on the precipice of a great comeback or a colossal collapse.”

TWHBEA Executive Committee Member  Mr. David Williams is whistling past the grave yard with his party line comments. His boss Mr. Frank Eichler has hung a “For Sale” sign on Rising Star Ranch where Mr. Williams is employed.

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And Mr. Williams Rising Star Ranch problems intensified when long time customer Mr.Jeff Mitchell had approximately 40+ Tennessee Walking Horse mares in foal to stallions standing at Rising Star Ranch in the latest Animal Cruelty scandal involving Tennessee Walking Horses.

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

Mr. David Williams brother, Mr. Tommy Williams was arrested in Jackson, Mississippi on assault charges for making internet threats and faces a June 18, 2015 arraignment date.

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On Saturday,  March 28, 2015,  ”Gulf Coast Charity Show” Manager Mr. Todd Fisher attempted an assault on AAWHA Media Rep Clant M. Seay at the Mississippi State Charity Horse Show.  On Monday, 31, 2015,   Hinds County, Mississippi Case #15-0783  was opened,  pending the identification of the alleged perpetrator.  Mr. Fisher admitted to being the perpetrator before a Maury County Deputy Sheriff at Maury County Park on Friday, April 24, 2015.    And obviously,  the pictures confirm it.

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It is anticipated that a Hinds County, Mississippi arrest warrant will be executed in the near future for Mr. Fisher’s arrest on Assault charges.

Mr. David Williams’s TWHBEA has lost over 25% of its voting eligible members in the last 18 months,  and it refuses to provide transparency or accountability to its members by not publicly providing current numbers on::

  • Foal Registrations
  • Horse Transfers
  • Monthly membership numbers
  • Cash on Hand

TWHBEA Executive Director Tracy Boyd vamoosed giving short notice in December 2014, and Mr. Walt Chism is now serving as temporary Executive Director for the past four months.

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No horsing around: Tennessee Walking Horse industry cannot afford any more cheating

Saturday night’s events were moved to Shelbyville, home of the National Walking Horse Celebration, this year scheduled for Aug. 26-Sept. 5. The arena at Maury County Park was soaked from rain Friday night and Saturday morning, forcing show manager Todd Fisher to switch Saturday night’s competition to the indoor arena in Shelbyville.

The horses and fans were greeted by a handful of protestors in Columbia. They’ve been upset with treatment of the horses for years, especially since widespread reports of animal abuse surfaced in the media and congressional hearings.

“It had absolutely nothing to do with the protests,” Fisher said of the change of venue. “We have tables sold for people to enjoy the event with food and drinks, and we thought the weather was just too bad to keep it in Columbia on Saturday.”

The protestors were planning to present a petition to Maury County Mayor Charlie Norman and Columbia City Manager Tony Massey, saying they did not want the event in Columbia.

“The horse show is being moved to Shelbyville because the ‘Big Lick’ cannot stand the hot light of public scrutiny,” Walking Horse Alliance official Jeannie McGuire said, noting the Shelbyville arena is on private property.

The money and fame from world championships have never been overwhelming. But like in other sports such as baseball and football, there are cheaters who break the rules. Just as Pete Rose bet on baseball and Alex Rodriguez used performance-enhancing drugs to hit home runs, there have been shady characters through the years.

Tennessee Walking Horse supporters know they need to weed out the rule breakers, the trainers who care more about winning than the horses. Then cannot afford another misstep, in the arena or outside of it.

“We are a competitive entity, and with any competitive entity, people look for an advantage,” Walking Horse breeder David Williams of Shelbyville said. “I hope it never happens again. We are regulated and transparent. We are open to anyone who wants to inspect our horses.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Humane Society have become involved. The USDA requires inspections, and the Humane Society has put the pressure on the industry to come clean, or face sanctions such as suspensions, fines and possibly arrest.

Congress considered two bills in 2014 to outlaw some practices, but both bills died despite much fanfare and posturing.

North Carolina and Mississippi have been two states in the spotlight recently with events related to Tennessee Walking Horses. The North Carolina State Fair banned the “Big Lick” competition, and Mississippi children’s hospital disassociated itself from the group as a charity fundraiser.

Columbia stages a September competition after the National Walking Horse Celebration. It has become a source of pride for hundreds locally.

On the other hand, animals cannot decide their own fate. In the hands of unscrupulous trainers, they can be abused.

Will it stop? If not, the support will wane, and no one will care who’s world champion. The industry will continue, in the meantime, to enjoy benefit of the doubt in its backyard.

The horses are responsible for millions in economic development throughout Tennessee, with more than $38 million pouring into Shelbyville alone.

Walking horses are synonymous with Tennessee, just as thoroughbreds are to Kentucky. It’s a beautiful vision clouded by an ugly reality.

The industry, crawling on its knees with two black eyes, stands on the precipice of a great comeback or a colossal collapse.

“Our horses are better than they’ve ever been,” Williams said. “We’ll make it through this, and our sport will be better than it’s ever been.”

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James Bennett is editor of The Daily Herald. Contact him at jbennett@c-dh.net. Follow him on twitter @jbennettcdh.

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Nephew Eugene says Mr. David Williams is wrong … again.

The USDA APHIS is enforcing the Horse Protection Act differently in 2015 than it did in 2014, but that’s a story for another day.

Radar says Mr. Bennett is exactly right – it’s going to be a colossal collapse.

And he also says “Big Lick Big Lie” sums up Mr. David Williams comment, and virtually everything else that Mr. Williams says on the TWH subject.

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**COLUMBIA/MAURY COUNTY BOYCOTTS GULF COAST CHARITY HORSE SHOW – HORSE SHOW MANAGER MR. TODD FISHER CALLS JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI AFRICAN AMERICAN POLICE OFFICER A “BOY” WHILE DEFENDING “BIG LICK” ANIMAL CRUELTY

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COLUMBIA, TN  -  Responding to the American Public plea to ”BOYCOTT” the Animal Cruelty of the “Big Lick”  Tennessee Walking Horse,  Maury County and Columbia,  Tennessee refused to attend the “Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show”.

Over 4,800 persons from all over America and throughout the World signed this Change.Org Petition:

https://www.change.org/p/erin-jaggers-executive-director-maury-county-convention-and-tourism-bureau-tom-massey-city-manager-of-columbia-tennessee-charlie-norman-mayor-of-maury-county-tennessee-speak-out-against-boycott-the-animal-cruelty-big-lick-tennessee-walking-ho?hc_location=ufier

BIG RIG PULLS IN WITH “BIG LICK” HORSES ON BOARD

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HORSE SHOW MANAGER MR. TODD FISHER INTERFERES WITH PROTESTORS

The ladies rallying to protest the “Big Lick” assembled in the designated area.which was a grassy place where the Horse Trainers trucks entered on the way to the show ring.    They were perfectly correct and knew the law and that they had the right to stand along the road bordering the area where traffic was passing.   The ladies were accompanied by an off duty Maury County Deputy Sheriff retained by the All American Walking Horse Alliance.

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Without any authority,  Gulf County Horse Show Manager Mr. Todd Fisher approached the women  and the Maury County Deputy,  and tried to tell them what they could  do and where they could stand.  Mr. Fisher was apparently totally oblivious to the fact that prior arrangements were made with Maury Park Director Mr. Al Ray,.

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Below is Mr.Todd Fisher being questioned by AAWHA Media Representative.  Prior to this video being made,   Mr. Fisher identified himself as the person who attempted to physically assault Clant M. Seay on March 28, 2015 at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show.  During his comments,  Mr. Fisher used the racial slur ”Boy” in referring to off duty Jackson Police Department Lt. Fred Nelson who provided security for Mr. Seay.   Mr. Fisher twice put his hands on the Jackson PD Officer while attempting to accost Mr. Seay.

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Mr. Todd Fisher is a former Partner of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in putting on the Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show when it was on the the “actual” Gulf Coast, rather than 400 miles inland.

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“The Walking Horse Report recently sat down with Celebration CEO Dr. Doyle Meadows and Gulf Coast Charity Celebration Inc. board member Todd Fisher to discuss details surrounding their partnership for the 14th Annual Gulf Coast Charity Celebration. The 2012 Gulf Coast Charity Celebration will be held April 26-28, 2012 at Frank Brown Park in Panama City Beach, Florida.”

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Nephew Eugene says tomorrow night at Columbia might very well be full of surprises.

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THE “AMERICAN PUBLIC” HITS HOME RUN ON “WEST END” (NASHVILLE) IN CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE “ANIMAL CRUELTY” OF THE “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE

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NASHVILLE,  CENTENNIAL PARK - The horns honked and the drivers waved as the American Public took their case to the people of Tennessee to “BOYCOTT” the Animal Cruelty of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.

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THE ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE TAKING IT TO THE STREETS

And a reporter for The Tennessean newspaper listened to what Mr. Clay Harlin, whose Grandfather Mr. Wirt Harlin took his ten-year son “Bill” with him in 1935 to the founding meeting of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breed registry, had to say in 2015.

Mr. Bill Harlin is now approaching his ninth decade on this earth.

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MR. CLAY HARLIN & MR. CARL BLEDSOE WITH THE TENNESSEAN REPORTER

MR. CLAY HARLIN AND FORMER "BIG LICK" TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE TRAINER MR. CARL BLEDSOE INTERVIEWED BY HOLLY MEYER WITH THE TENNESSEAN NEWSPAPER

MR. CLAY HARLIN AND FORMER “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE TRAINER MR. CARL BLEDSOE INTERVIEWED BY HOLLY MEYER WITH THE TENNESSEAN NEWSPAPER

Mr. Clay Harlin said,  “Bottom line, the “Big Lick” is produced by a response to pain and is a form of animal cruelty in the same vein as dog and cock-fighting.  The scourge of the “Big Lick”  which makes up less than 10% of the Tennessee Walking Horse owners, trainers and horse shows, has cast a dark cloud for 60 years over the 90% who love the Tennessee Walking Horse for its natural ability.

“I hope efforts like this today will bring the public awareness and an end to this form of animal cruelty” he said.

AAWHA Media Rep asked Former “Big Lick” Trainer Carl Bledsoe,  “Carl, they say (Trainer BOYZ)  this day and time that they have cleaned it up, have they cleaned it up?

Mr. Carl Bledsoe said,  “No, you cannot produce that “Lick” (Gait) without a sore horse.  He may be compliant the day of the horse show,  but he’s had to be sored sometime prior to that show to produce that “Lick” (Gait).

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FORMER “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE TRAINER MR. CARL BLEDSOE

AAWHA Media Rep:  “Talk about soring with gojo  and wd 40″.

Mr Carl Bledsoe,  “My favorite was kerosene and crotin oil.  (Regarding inspection)  The horse wouldn’t respond to digital palpation (horse inspection),  but after he took about five steps,   it would affect him and the farther he went the more it got to him.”

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AAWHA Media Rep - “Carl,  talk about the inspection,  talk about how they numb these horses feet to get through inspection.

Mr Carl Bledsoe:  ”Oh they use any number of things,  benzocaine – lidocaine.   I had a pharmacist that lived close to me who made some stuff called xocaine which one of the local tack stores sold for a while, but then they removed it. And what you do is you sore the horse at home and get him to the optimum point of being ready for the horses show.  Then you practice numbing him.  You have to work out the time to where you can get the horse numb so where he’ll go through inspection,  but where you can get him in the inspection arena and wake him up in the inspection so he’ll respond to the chain”.

Nephew Eugene said some folks stood up for “The Horses” today.

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and the people of Tennessee will read about it in the morning.

THE TENNESSEAN REPORTER HOLLY MEYER INTERVIEWING CARL BLEDSOE

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Radar says “You Ain’t Seen Nothing, Yet”.

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**RALLY TO BOYCOTT “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE ANIMAL CRUELTY SET FOR 2:00 P.M., THURSDAY IN NASHVILLE – REPRESENTATIVES FROM ARKANSAS, GEORGIA, MISSISSIPPI AND TENNESSEE URGE BOYCOTT OF ALL “BIG LICK” SHOWS AND BUSINESSES SPONSORING THEM

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NASHVILLE, TN - Representatives from the States of Tennessee,  Arkansas,  Georgia and Mississippi will gather at 2:00 p.m. in downtown Nashville, Tennessee to hear Rally Speakers, and publicly urge Tennesseeans to “BOYCOTT” the Animal Cruelty of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse, and not patronize the businesses which sponsor “Big Lick” classes.
 
A Change.Org Petition with over 4,700+ signatures specifically asks citizens to “BOYCOTT” a “Big Lick”  ’Horse Show’ at Maury County Park in Columbia, Tennessee this weekend.   Last week,   55 starving abused Tennessee Walking Horses were  seized in neighboring Giles County. 
 
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Many emaciated mares were in foal to World Champion Horses standing at Rising Star Ranch in Shelbyville, Tennessee owned by Mr. Frank Eichler and managed by Mr. David Williams.   The owner of the seized horses was Mr. Jeff Mitchell of Pulaski, Tennessee who now faces 55 felony charges for aggravated cruelty to animals. Mr. Mitchell showed at “Big Lick” shows over 90 times in recent years.  He showed at the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration:
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Featured Rally Speakers will make brief remarks, then entertain questions from the media:
  • Carl Bledsoe,  former “Big Lick” Trainer who will tell the Animal Cruelty that what Walking Horse Trainers inflict upon horses to create the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.
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FORMER “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE TRAINER CARL BLEDSOE

  • Clay Harlin,  whose grandfather was one of the Founders of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breed in 1935, and whose family owned the legendary Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, Tennessee,  will address the future of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed without the Animal Cruelty of the “Big Lick”.
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CLAY HARLIN, PASTOR, AND FORMER MANAGER, HARLINSDALE FARM

  • Clant M. Seay,  Spokesperson for the All American Walking Horse Alliance,  will report the recent progress made by the public abandoning the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse in the states of North Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi.
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CLANT M. SEAY, AAWHA SPOKESPERSON

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The AAWHA ( All American Walking Horse Alliance) is an independent grassroots citizens group made up of people who own and love Horses from all over America.   It is a voice for the Tennessee Walking Horse breed that deserves to be reclaimed from the dysfunction of unethical management of the breed and abusive treatment in the show world.  Alliance members are committed to restoring the reputation of the Tennessee Walking Horse which has a heritage in American history.  The AAWHA (All American Walking Horse Alliance) has not and will not have any ties to the Humane Society of the United States.#############

PRELUDE TO PART 2 – “AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE ‘BIG LICK’ TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE RACKET” FEATURING THE “CIRCLE OF ANIMAL CRUELTY”

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THE MIDDLE TENNESSEE “CIRCLE OF ANIMAL CRUELTY” - It’s not a big patch of ground, but it’s where  90% of all the “SORING” of  ”Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses takes place.  The endemic Soring has now permeated the Middle Tennessee culture for five decades where farmers once developed the best saddle horse the world has ever known.

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STROLLING JIM,  1939 WORLD GRAND CHAMPION

STROLLING JIM, 1939 WORLD GRAND CHAMPION

STROLLING JIM, 1939 WORLD GRAND CHAMPION

The Tennessee Walking Horse breed future as America’s Horse was bright until greedy cheating individuals hijacked the Tennessee Walking Horse breed, and ruined it in the name of entertainment, ego gratification, control and greed.

Now the American People have rallied to take the breed back from the Animal Cruelty practitioners of the SORE “Big Lick”.

The final struggle of the “Big Lick’ Tennessee Walking Horse culture is now taking place across these Southern States:

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The Southern Public is fast closing the door on the Animal Cruelty of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse like it did on racial discrimination.   Mississippi now has more African-American elected officials than any state in the union.  Here is a photo from The Overby Center For Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi in which a Panel in 2008 discusses the days of the  ”Integration of the Ole Miss Law School” in the 1960s led by Dean Joshua Morse, a native Mississippian.

 (left to right) Moderator Clant M. Seay,  Michael Horowitz (Yale Law Professor and Sr. Fellow-Hudson Institute);  John Brittain (Chief Counsel, Lawyers Committee For Civil Rights Under Law;                    A. C. Wharton (Mayor of Memphis); John Hailman (U.S. Attorney Chief of Criminal Division) and Reuben Anderson (First African American Ole Miss Law Student and First African American member of the Mississippi Supreme Court)


(left to right) Moderator Clant M. Seay, Michael Horowitz (Yale Law Professor and Sr. Fellow-Hudson Institute); John Brittain (Chief Counsel, Lawyers Committee For Civil Rights Under Law; A. C. Wharton (Mayor of Memphis); John Hailman (U.S. Attorney Chief of Criminal Division) and Reuben Anderson (First African American Ole Miss Law Student and First African American member of the Mississippi Supreme Court)

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Just as native Mississippians led the way to integrate the Ole Miss Law School,   the University of Mississippi,  and the University of Tennessee have led the way to isolate and reject the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.

Ole Miss said,  “We won’t touch your Big Lick ‘blood money” derived from Animal Cruelty”.

UT said, “The day of a ‘Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse being exhibited at the Homecoming football game is over.

Yet, in the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse culture, there is a resistance to change that resembles the Civil Rights struggles of the 1960s.

MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR ROSS R. BARNETT

MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR ROSS R. BARNETT

The issue is Animal Cruelty to a noble breed of horse, the Tennessee Walking Horse.

And it is Animal Cruelty,   nothing more, nothing less.

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The reaction to the public last week of a .29 second video from the Three Year Old Classic Champion at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show on March 28, 2015 may have been a turning point.    The Video went viral  with now almost 49,000 viewers with a reach of about 170,000.

The return of the jury’s verdict was guilty of Animal Cruelty in the First Degree on all charges.

Then one day following the posting of the Viral Video on www.billygoboy.com, on April 14, 2015,  Giles County, Tennessee Sheriff Kyle Helton seized 55 blue blood  starving Tennessee Walking Horses, many of them mares in foal to World Champion stallions.

These horses were owned by Mr. Jeff Mitchell, a pharmacist from Lynnville, Tennessee who now lives at Pulaski, Tennessee.  He faces 55 felony charges of aggravated animal cruelty. (Mr. Mitchell is afforded the presumption of innocence.)

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

Mr. Mitchell bred the mares using stallions at Rising Star Ranch in Shelbyville, Tennessee which is managed by TWHBEA Executive Committee member Mr. David Williams for the proprietor, Mr. Frank Eichler.

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

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

Mr. Mitchell’s horse trainer was serial ‘Big Lick’ TWH abuser Mr. David Landrum.

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Mr. Jeff MItchell’s franchise horse was Gen’s Burning Rage.

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All of this is just the prelude.

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The dots in the ‘Circle Of Animal Cruelty’ will be connected in Part 2 ”An Inside Look At The Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse Racket.’

Stay tuned.

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“VIRAL VIDEO” OF SORE BAD IMAGE “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES AT JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI, AND DISTURBING “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORTS”, RESULT IN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ASKING FOR MEETING WITH U. S. SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE TOM VILSACK

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CULPEPER, VIRGINIA – On April 17, 2015, the American People sent U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack an overnight letter asking for a meeting as soon as possible to provide Secretary Vilsack with important information regarding the USDA APHIS’s failure, so far in 2015,  to strongly enforce the Horse Protection Act.

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Tom Vilsack – U. S. Secretary of Agriculture

Since last Fall over 37,000+ persons have signed Change.Org Petitions against the Animal Cruelty of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.

So far in 2015, the following has taken place:

  • University of Mississippi dissociates from Mississippi Charity Horse Show and refuses to accept donations due to national controversy over the treatment and handling of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses.
  • North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture bans “Big Lick” Horses from the 2015 NC State Fair.
  • Over 70% vote “NO” to The Decatur Daily online poll if”Big Lick” Walking Horse Trainers Show should have been held in Decatur, Alabama, due to previous horse soring violations.
  • Over 4,200+ citizens protest  Animal Cruelty of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse Show in Columbia, Tennessee on Apr. 24-25.

OVERNIGHT LETTER SENT TO HONORABLE TOM VILSACK ON APRIL 17, 2015

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THE 2015 CHRONOLOGY

On March 14, 2015,  a DQP Training Session was held at Harrodsburg, Kentucky  attended by APHIS Deputy Administrator Dr. Chester Gipson who personally assured all persons present that there would be no change in the USDA APHIS enforcement of the Horse Protection Act from 2014 to 2015.

On March 16, 2015,  AAWHA Official Lynn Delzingaro started a Change.Org Petition now signed by over 7,100 persons.   The Petition, supported by AAWHA and FOSH, asked the USDA APHIS to provide “USDA Horse Protection Activity Reports” for the Mississippi Charity Horse Show (Mar. 26-28) and the National Trainers Show (Apr. 2-4) by April 16, 2015.

Petitioning Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and 2 others

STOP THE USDA “SCAR RULE” CHANGE WHICH WILL HURT TENNESSEE WALKING SHOW HORSES – PLEASE STRONGLY ENFORCE THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT AT THE MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW ON MARCH 26 – 28, 2015

On March 26 – 28, 2015,  the Mississippi State Charity Horse Show in Jackson, Mississippi,  took place.  USDA APHIS Deputy Administrator Dr. Chester Gipson was present in charge of the enforcement of the Horse Protection Act.

On April 2-4, 2015, the National Walking Horse Trainers Show was held in Decatur, Alabama.

On April 6, 2015,   AAWHA official Lynn Delzingaro asked U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to provide “transparency and accountability”  and publish a ‘USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORTS” on or before Thursday, April 16, 2015, to let the American People know how many “SORE” Horses the USDA found at the two Horse Shows.

On Friday, April 10, 2015,   USDA APHIS posted the requested “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORTS”.

On April 13, 2015,  the following Videos were put on Facebook. In six days,  the Videos have reached over 210,000 persons and over 63,000 people have viewed them.

Outrage and horror have poured in from all across America and throughout the World.

 FACEBOOK 3 YO VIDEO – OVER 165,000 REACHED – OVER 48,000 VIEWS

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

The Videos show an apparently sore bad image Three Year Old Stallion exhibited by Mr. Justin Harris of Shelbyville, Tennessee,  who has a long rap sheet of Horse Protection Act Violation Citations for “Soring” Tennessee Walking Horses.

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FACE BOOK 3 YO VIDEO – OVER 46,000 REACHED – OVER 14,000 VIEWS

https://www.facebook.com/BillyGoBoy/videos/vb.370842346372201/674172109372555/?type=2&theater

YOU TUBE (SLOW MOTION) VIDEO – OVER 3,500+ VIEWS

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On April 17, 2015,   after reviewing the “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORTS”,  and the Public Outrage over the viral VIDEOs of the Three Year Old Horses that USDA APHIS Administrator Dr. Chester Gipson allowed to enter the Show Ring in Jackson, Mississippi on March 28, 2015,  the AAWHA (All American Walking Horse Alliance) and FOSH (Friends Of Sound Horses) requested a meeting with U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

Mr. Vilsack met with Sore Horse Advocates on March 30, 2013, which was attended by PSHA (Performance Show Horse Association) Chairman Mr. Terry Dotson,  Walking Horse Trainer President Mr. Mickey McCormick and Lobbyist Mr. Jeff Speaks.

This is the first time that representatives of grassroots American citizens have asked to meet with U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack regarding the Animal Cruelty of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.

Representing the American People will be:

JEANNIE MCGUIRE, AAWHA (ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE)

"CORI" AND JEANNIE MONTGOMERY, ORGANIZER, ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE

JEANNIE MCGUIRE, ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE

LYNN DELZINGARO – AAWHA (ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE)

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LYNN DELZINGARO,  ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE

TERESEA BIPPEN, PRESIDENT FOSH (FRIENDS OF SOUND HORSES)

TERESA BIPPEN, FOSH PRESIDENT

TERESA BIPPEN, PRESIDENT FOSH (FRIENDS OF SOUND HORSES)

CLANT M. SEAY,  ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE

CLANT M. SEAY, AAWHA SPOKESPERSON

CLANT M. SEAY, ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE

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

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

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

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Nephew Eugene wonders what the “important information”  is that the American People only feel comfortable personally presenting to the United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Mr. Tom Vilsack?

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PART 1 – “AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE ‘BIG LICK’ TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE RACKET” – FROM ANIMAL CRUELTY IN GILES COUNTY, TENNESSEE TO ANIMAL CRUELTY WITH THE SAVIOUR HORSE “HONORS” – GILES COUNTY, TENNESSEE SHERIFF CRACKS DOWN ON “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE HORSE ABUSE

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(Mr. Jeff Mitchell Is Afforded A Presumption Of Innocence Until Proven Guilty)

PULASKI, TN –   Mr. Jeff Mitchell was nobody you would ever notice,  just a quiet nice  kind of small town guy.   Mr. Jeff Mitchell helped a lot of people when filling prescriptions down at the Fred’s  Pharmacy on 1676 West College Street in Pulaski,  Giles County,  Tennessee.  But then,  there was something else going on.  Mr. Jeff Mitchell was “Addicted” to the Animal Cruelty of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse Racket.

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

And Make no mistake about it,   Mr. Jeff Mitchell was extremely well known in the underworld of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse Scheme.

Jeff Mitchell was a “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse addict.   He showed at the 2014 Celebration, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

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Today, crack journalist Brother Roy Exum of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee,  writes     Part 1 - AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE RACKET” dealing with the Animal Cruelty that Walking Horse Report Editor Jeffrey Howard and Celebration CEO Mike Inman will deny exists.

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WALKING HORSE REPORT EDITOR JEFFREY HOWARD AND CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN

Nephew Eugene says trust him,  IT does exist.

Tomorrow,  you will read the “Rest Of The Story” in Part 2 – AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE ‘BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE RACKET”  here at www.billygoboy.com.

The story will connect a lot of dots with some people you have heard,  and some you have not.   They are all players in the evil Animal Cruelty based “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse Racket.

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

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MR. DAVID LANDRUM, FORMER HORSE TRAINER FOR MR. JEFF MITCHELL

HONORS OWNERS DAN & KEITH MCSWAIN’S CONNECTION TO MR. JEFF MITCHELL

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“HONORS” – THE “SAVIOUR HORSE” – STAKE CLASS WINNER AT JULY 2013 PULASKI, TENNESSEE HORSE SHOW – TURNED DOWN AS SORE AND SCAR RULE VIOLATION AT 2013 CELEBRATION – OWNERS DAN AND KEITH MCSWAIN

"HONORS" MADE IT OFF OF THE TRAILER AT PULASKI, AND RECEIVED POST SHOW SCAR RULE CITATION

“HONORS” MADE IT OFF OF THE TRAILER AT PULASKI, AND RECEIVED POST SHOW SCAR RULE CITATION  - OWNED BY DAN AND KEITH MCSWAIN

So for today here is what Brother Roy Exum (in a marvelous job of reporting) has to say:

http://www.chattanoogan.com/2015/4/20/298567/Roy-Exum-Licker-Gets-55-Counts.aspx

Roy Exum: ‘Licker’ Gets 55 Counts

Monday, April 20, 2015 – by Roy Exum
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In what was described as “a scene from some sick horror movie,” Giles County sheriff’s deputies and animal welfare officers raided the farm of known “Big Licker” Jeffery Alan Mitchell near Pulaski, Tn., last week and confiscated 55 Tennessee Walking Horses, all horribly malnourished and some that were so emaciated they could no longer walk. By Sunday, the horses were receiving medical attention and care at several rescue facilities while Mitchell, who has quite a record of abusing horses in the past, was free on a $55,000 bond after being served with 55 counts of felony horse abuse.

According to Giles County Chief Deputy Tommy Chapman, “The animals were not in good physical health

” Two weanlings were found in a horse trailer without food or water and Jamie Clifton, one of the rescuers, said both young horses were still in critical condition yesterday. He said, “On what we call a Body Condition Scale, with ‘1’ being skin-and-bones and ‘9’ being obese, the entire herd was ‘2’ or less. These animals are in real bad shape.”

“The veterinarians have already euthanized one horse and we have immediate concerns over a couple of others, plus the weanlings,” said Clifton, who is the executive director of Volunteer Equine Advocates in Gallatin. “We’ve taken the animals to different secure locations but it is going to be a long time before they are ‘4’ to ‘5’ on the Body Condition Scale, which is what would be normal for a Tennessee Walker.”

Many of the confiscated horses will have to be shaved, the filth in the animals’ hair now like concrete, and most were standing in a filthy mix of excrement, mud, foul hay, and dirt. There was no food anywhere and it was estimated it had been days, or weeks, since the animals had eaten. “It’s unspeakable what these horses have endured,” said Clifton. “The neglect has really taken a toll on them and we still have a couple that are too sick to transport very far.”

Mitchell, allegedly fired as a pharmacist in Pulaski following his arrest, is known for his connection with the “Big Lick” arm of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry where soring methods are used to force the animals to perform a grotesque and unnatural dance called “The Big Lick.” Mitchell was said to be enamored by the Big Lick and adored the status that came with a blue ribbon, even if it meant soring a helpless horse and much worse.

According to USDA records, Jeffery Mitchell has been ticketed four times for violating the Horse Protection Act while “Mark Mitchell,” of the same address, has violated the federal law seven times. Oddly, Jeffery and Mark were each ticketed on three horses in 2010 and 2011 – Blueberry Dollar, Mo Dollar, and Black Lining. Repeat violators often enter horses under different names, different owners, or different trainers and are rarely caught. The Mitchells’ violations included soring and shoe pads.

Mitchell was named as the breeder of a world champion Tennessee Walker, a horse named Gen’s Burning Rage. It is strongly alleged Gen was in a “rage” after being repeatedly “burned” by soring techniques. It is well-known that Mitchell was apparently so consumed by world champion Walkers he would do anything for another champion. Almost every mare confiscated last Saturday was believed to be pregnant, some in late stages. It hasn’t been determined how much damage was done to the unborn colts.

We know this: In 2009, Mitchell went bankrupt, according to court records, and the VEA’s Jamie Clifton remembers going to the same Mitchell Farm six years ago to rescue animals that had been abused. At the time Mitchell pleaded guilty and there was little punishment. He was ticketed for soring less than a year later but the penalty was virtually nothing. This time, he could well go to jail on any of the 55 counts.

The sadists who encourage the torture are now known as ‘Lickers’ and while Shelbyville spin-masters say the USDA inspections are too severe, the number of horses cited at the National Celebration, held in August, were twice as many on 2014 as in 2013.

Soring is now so prevalent it has made the Tennessee Walking Horse the scourge of the horse industry. Public disdain, now nationwide, is growing for the Shelbyville-based sadists who cling to the archaic 80-year-old training methods that are now outlawed in Tennessee. Horse show attendance is plunging and a growing number of shows are prohibiting “Big Lick” freaks from entering the ring.

Ironically, Mitchell’s farm is less than 20 miles from Columbia, Tn., where a very controversial horse show is scheduled for next weekend. Over 4,300 people have already signed a petition on the Change.org website against the Gulf Coast Charity Celebration horse show, urging people to boycott it and to speak out against animal cruelty.

Mind you, the west Tennessee town is almost 400 miles from the Gulf of Mexico but after a sickened public forced the Florida show out of the state, Maury County officials accepted it before realizing public perception of the walking horse industry has never been as bad.

One reason is Larry Joe Wheelon, who was allegedly soring animals in a blatant fashion over two years ago when 19 horses that allegedly had been badly tortured were confiscated. Wheelon, who was brazenly “ticketed” again in 2014 for attempting to enter a sored horse in a Dandridge show, is expected to finally go to trial in late spring after his lawyers have made a mockery of due process in Blount County. Wheelon and two stable hands face 18 counts of aggravated cruelty to livestock.

Of those charges, 13 are felony charges and five are misdemeanors. Wheelon, a member of the Walking Horse Trainers Association’s ethics committee, also has a colorful history of past Horse Protection Act violations and could become the first trainer to serve a jail sentence for abusing a horse.

Because of Wheelon’s pending charges, it is strongly believed in the ‘sound horse’ community that the National Walking Horse Trainer’s Horse Show was moved away from Tennessee this spring to Decatur, Ala., because horse abuse and soring are not felonies in Alabama. (A ‘sound horse’ is a flat-shod horse that is not sored or abused.

The Humane Society of the United States has pledged $300 to help each horse that was confiscated on Mitchell’s farm this weekend and, while over $16,000 is quite a gift, the VEA’s Clifton said the money “won’t go far with the medical needs and food bills.” Those wishing to donate toward the recovery of the badly-abused horses should send a tax-deductible check to Volunteer Equine Advocates, Post Office Box 112, Gallatin, TN 37066.

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The heroes in the Jeff Mitchell Farm Bust,  if you call six acres a farm, are;                                                      Giles County Sheriff Kyle Helton and Volunteer Equine Advocates of Gallatin, Tennessee:

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GILES COUNTY, TENNESSEE SHERIFF KYLE HELTON

Please help VOLUNTEER EQUINE ADVOCATES with your donation to feed these Horses.

Click here for PayPal donation button:

http://www.veatnhorserescue.com

Or mail a check to:

“VEA”    P. O. Box 112,  Gallatin, TN  37066

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Nephew Eugene says Giles County, Tennessee has made its statement against the Animal Cruelty of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.

And this week,  it’s time for adjoining Maury County, Tennessee to join them and BOYCOTT the Animal Cruelty of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse Animal Cruelty at the Gulf Charity Horse Show at the Maury County Park in Columbia, Tennessee.

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Note:  The Humane Society of the United States contributed $300.00 per horse to defray some of the costs associated with the rescue and cost before the seized horses are relocated to safe new homes.

 

CHATTANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS EDITORIAL – “PETITION BRINGS CAVALRY FOR THE HORSES” – LAUDS COUSIN HAROLD MARVIN WILSON’S CHANGE.ORG PETITION TO SPEAK OUT AND BOYCOTT “BIG LICK” ANIMAL CRUELTY AT COLUMBIA NEXT WEEKEND

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THETA, TN –  Winfield Dunn,  a native Mississippian,  moved to Tennessee and became a great Tennessee Governor.  (Mississippi also sent another native Buford Ellington up to Tennessee to served two terms as Governor in the last century. Then there was Elvis,  but I digress)

Governor Dunn’s 1970 campaign song still resonates out here in the Hills and Hollow around Hilltop Market at Theta in Northern Maury County, Tennessee.

Governor Dunn’s song ends with, “FOR ALL TENNESSEE, IT HAS TO BE DUNN”.

Governor Winfield Dunn had to be smiling when he woke up this morning.

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He saw the CHATTANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS newspaper editorial which weighed in on Cousin Harold Marvin Wilson’s Change.Org Petition:

Petitioning Executive Director, Maury County Convention and Tourism Bureau Erin Jaggers, Executive Director and 2 others

SPEAK OUT AGAINST/BOYCOTT THE “ANIMAL CRUELTY” ‘BIG LICK’ TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE SHOW IN COLUMBIA, TENNESSEE ON APRIL 24-25, 2015

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/opinion/times/story/2015/apr/15/petitibrings-cavalry-horses/298708/

Petition brings cavalry for horses

April 15th, 2015in Opinion TimesRead Time: 2 mins.

Last month the circus came to Chattanooga, and protesters came with it — holding signs decrying cruelty to animals.

We wondered, here on this page, why this didn’t happen all across Tennessee over the cruelty to Tennessee walking horses.

Somehow it seemed a bit incongruous that here — home of Tennessee walking horse soring and the place a Tennessee Walking Horse Hall of Fame trainer Jackie McConnell was prosecuted, pleaded guilty and sentenced — that it became easier to spot protesters for circus animals than to find consistent support for more humane treatment of our state’s own iconic horse breed.

Well, the cavalry has arrived. On paper, at least.

Change.org has a new petition to “Speak out against/boycott the ‘animal cruelty’ big lick Tennessee walking horse show in Columbia, Tenn., on April 24-25, 2015.”

According to the petition, those dates are when the Gulf Coast Charity Celebration will be held some 400 miles inland at Columbia in Maury County. The show used to be in Panama City, Fla., but failed there “due to lack of support.”

The petition was created online Saturday, and by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, 2,719 people had signed it.

Soring is the practice of deliberately injuring a horse’s legs and hooves to force the horse to perform an artificial high-stepping gait highly prized in today’s walking horse show ring. It’s known as the “big lick” and it turns beautiful, athletic walking horses with a natural and somewhat arched gait into horses that lurch around the ring with little resemblance to the smooth, fluid magic of our champion animals from the 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s.

Over recent decades, too many trainers and owners short-cut time-consuming training and opted instead for caustic chemicals, painful shoeing, heavy chains and oversized shoe pads to exaggerate the gait.

So far, the 45-year-old Horse Protection Act hasn’t stopped soring. And other attempts at reform and inspection have been stymied at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Thus, it seems up to us to protect these wonderful horses.

The sign wavers at the circus remind us that there is another way to skin a horse abuser — with our protests and refusal to support their shows. Public opinion does matter: In 2012, after the McConnell case, the University of Tennessee decided to showcase a sound, flat-shod horse in its annual homecoming game’s walking horse demonstration. This year, the University of Mississippi disassociated itself from “big lick” charity shows.

We can make a difference — even if it’s just one animal at a time.

Sign the petition.

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Nephew Eugene says he is not sure whether it was the Circus Elephants or not that got Cousin Harold fired up about the Change.Org Petition.

Radar says “FOR ALL TENNESSEE IT HAS              TO BE DUNN”.

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

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COLUMBIA, TN –  AAWHA issued the following Press Release:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

▪                The horse is stumbling and laboring.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BROTHER ROY EXUM CREDITS AAWHA (ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE) FOR LEADING THE AMERICAN PUBLIC IN THE BATTLE AGAINST ANIMAL CRUELTY OF THE “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE – AAWHA AND FOSH PREPARE RESPONSES TO “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORTS”

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COLUMBIA, TN –   Brother Roy Exum today recognized and anointed the AAWHA (All American Walking Horse Alliance) to lead the charge on behalf of the American People going forward in the battle against the Animal Cruelty represented by the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.

An amazing 1,600 people signed this Petition in the first 24 hours, and another amazing 1,600 people signed the Petition in the second 24 hours.

Petitioning Executive Director, Maury County Convention and Tourism Bureau Erin Jaggers, Executive Director and 2 others

SPEAK OUT AGAINST/BOYCOTT THE “ANIMAL CRUELTY” ‘BIG LICK’ TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE SHOW IN COLUMBIA, TENNESSEE ON APRIL 24-25, 2015

There are now 3,200+ people in 48 Hours speaking out against and urging that Tennesseans boycott a weird “Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show”  which moved to the Maury County Park in  Columbia Tennessee.

Concerned citizens,  affectionately referred to as the “Cat Lady Army”,  designed and paid for a Billboard on the way to the Show Grounds.   They conceal their identities because they not want their family, animals or property harmed.

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

AAWHA partners with FOSH (Friends Of Sound Horses) on many matters.  FOSH has supported AAWHA from its inception with staging the historic “WALK ON WASHINGTON” last June 18, 2014.

In the last 45 days,  the AAWHA (All American Walking Horse Alliance) led by Horsewomen Jeannie McGuire and Lynn Delzingaro, along with FOSH (Friends Of Sound Horses),  has won major victories against the “Animal Cruelty” of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse “Animal Cruelty”  which is situated in four Southern states,  Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee.

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THE LAST 45 DAYS – MISSISSIPPI – NORTH CAROLINA – ALABAMA

 March 6, 2015 - MISSISSIPPI - The UMMC (University of Mississippi Medical Center) Children’s Hospital severed ties with the Mississippi Charity Horse Show in Jackson, Mississippi. It refused to accept “blood money” donations from the “Big Lick” horse show due to the national controversy regarding the care and training of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses.

http://www.msnewsnow.com/story/28565842/controversy-surrounds-ms-charity-horse-show-big-lick
 March 13, 2015 - NORTH CAROLINA - The North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner banned “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses from the 2015 NC State Fair.

http://www.billygoboy.com/2015/03/10/north-carolina-bans-big-lick-from-2015-n-c-state-fair-north-carolina-department-of-agriculture-joins-university-of-mississippi-medical-center-severing-ties-with-big-lick-tennessee-walking-h/

• APRIL 2, 2015 - ALABAMA - Over 70% voted landslide “NO” in The Decatur Daily newspaper online Poll Question: “Should Celebration Arena Have Hosted The Tennessee Walking Horse Trainers Show Given Its Previous Horse Soring Violations?”

http://www.decaturdaily.com/should-celebration-arena-have-hosted-the-tennessee-walking-horse-trainers/poll_e18be182-da45-11e4-a954-abd011f62025.html

AND NOW COLUMBIA, MAURY COUNTY, TENNESSEE

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Here is Brother Roy Exum’s Column:

Roy Exum: Public Joins ‘Big Lick’ Fight

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 – by Roy Exum

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It is over 400 miles from the Gulf of Mexico to Columbia, Tn., so if you are wondering why the “Gulf Coast Charity Celebration” horse show will be held in the Tennessee town April 24-25, it is because the home of the Tennessee Walking Horse is about the last state in the union that will put up with the hideous soring that accompanies the despicable “Big Lick” segment of the walking-horse industry.
“The Gulf Coast Charity Celebration,” which has attracted the most repugnant trainers in the past, had been held in Panama City, Fla., but, because of mounting public disdain and the resulting non-attendance, the Panama City show went belly up. Let’s face it: the “Big Lick” has been exposed as flat-out animal abuse.They call the training method “soring,” where the forelegs of a horse are “cooked” in caustic solutions so the resulting pain will make the animal lift his legs higher.
Some trainers hide nails, screws and other objects in the clumsy pads that are affixed to the horse’s front hooves and by using tight bands and other action devices, scurrilous trainers increase the agony, making the animal dance a grotesque and unnatural gait known as the “Big Lick.” Add an overweight rider hunched over the horse’s front legs (to increase pain,) severe bitting, and built-up pads and – presto – you have what is politely called “a freak.”
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and the Humane Society of the United States have been instrumental in exposing the “Big Lick” but now they have a new partner to counter the menace – the public – and millions are incensed. Not only are people turning their backs on horse shows that allow the dirty Big Lick crowd, shows are beginning to tell the Shelbyville-based cheaters to stay home.
Last month the North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner banned “Big Lick” Walkers from the 2015 NC State Fair but the bigger news came out of Mississippi where the state’s largest children’s hospital notified officials of the Mississippi Charity Horse Show they would not accept any more “blood money” from the scandalous crowd. Last year the show presented $45,000 to the hospital but the hospital cited the “national controversy” of the “Big Lick style” and elected to remove the hospital from the perceived impropriety.
The decision was made after over 3,500 people – from every state in the Union and 58 different foreign countries – petitioned the University of Mississippi medical leaders to disassociate themselves and Batson Children’s Hospital from the ‘Big Lick.’
Dr. Chester Gipson, the deputy administrator over the Animal Care program, was at the Mississippi show and had to see blatant abuse, as evidenced by an alarming video taken by Clant Seay that night. “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Dr. Gipson just sat there!”
Jeannie McGuire, the president of the All American Walking Horse Alliance that promotes the sound horses, was sickened by the video. “There is no doubt in my mind these horse are in terrible pain. Look at the tendons in the legs. It is unforgiveable what was done by somebody to these horses. We have asked the USDA for a Horse Protection Activity Report but so far there has been no response.”
In Alabama there is more disgust. A recent poll in the Decatur Daily newspaper revealed over 70 percent of its readers are against Decatur hosting the Tennessee Walking Horse Trainers Show and now there is a fiery petition on the Change.org website asking people to speak out and boycott the “Gulf Coast Charity Celebration” in Columbia, Tenn.
Almost 1,700 signed the petition within the first 24 hours after it was posted and by noon yesterday the count was over 2,300 on documents that will be delivered to Charlie Norman, the mayor of Maury County, and Tom Massey, the city manager of Columbia.
“As the curtain has been pulled back to the truth of the ‘Big Lick,’ the public has become disillusioned and incited to demand reform. Former corporate sponsors and venues are distancing themselves from the (Big Lick) industry,” said Keith Dane, the vice president of equine protection for the Humane Society of the United States.
“We think the (Batson Children’s Hospital) made the right decision in disassociating from the show,” he told reporters. “The event may bill itself as a ‘grand celebration’ of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed but, in reality, it’s a showcase for those who would abuse animals for personal gain and glory.”
Dane claims the horse shows are using charities “as an attempt to justify cruelty to horses in the name of entertainment. Our belief is that individuals and companies need not funnel their money through an enterprise that rewards cruelty in order to raise funds for a worthy cause. Instead, give money directly to the charity of your choice.”
The Humane Society spokesman said “soring continues unabated in the ‘Big Lick’ segment of the horse industry. “It was outlawed in 1970 but it is rampant,” Dane says, “because enforcement is lacking and the punishment is a type-written letter and a brief suspension.”
Soring has been a felony in Tennessee for two years but, to date, not one arrest has been made in violation of the new state law. “I would have no problem arresting someone suspected of animal abuse,” said Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond in Chattanooga. “It is my duty to uphold the laws of this state and if someone is abusing horses, we want to know about it.”
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At press time,  Brother Roy Exum was not aware that the USDA provided the requested  “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORTS” for the Mississippi Charity Horse Show (Mar. 26-28) and 47th Annual National Trainers Show (Apr. 2-4) on Friday,  April 10, 2015.
AAWHA and FOSH  (Friends of Sound Horses) leaders are deeply troubled by the “REPORTS”.   They confirm that USDA APHIS Deputy Administrator Dr. Chester Gipson unilaterally departed from 2014 “Scar Rule” enforcement protocols, and that Dr. Chester Gipson purposefully deceived persons at a DQP Training Clinic held in Harrodsburg, Kentucky,  on March 14, 2015, with his assurances that 2015 Horse Inspections would be the same as 2014.
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DR. CHESTER GIPSON, DVM – BLOWS HOT AND COLD ON ENFORCING THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT

Then on March 28, 2015,   Dr. Chester Gipson allowed the following UNACCEPTABLE Animal Cruelty to enter the Show Ring in Jackson, Mississippi:

AAWHA and FOSH are preparing responses to these “REPORTS” which will be presented to U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack with hopes that matters can be reasonably and expeditiously resolved.

Brother Roy also didn’t mention that on March 27, 2015,  the House Ethics Committee launched a full scale investigation into Humane Society of the United States officials,  including Mr. Keith Dane,  over allegations of  improper  lobbying of  U. S. Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and the use of his office for their purposes.     Mr. Dane was named in a number of communications which are part of the public Report assembled by the Office of Congressional Ethics preliminary inquiry.    Reliable sources on the Hill report that the full blown Ethics Investigation is more directed toward Mr. Dane’s employer,  HSUS,   and Congressman Ed Whitfield is just the vehicle through which it is being done.  Congressman Whitfield’s wife said the “HSUS is anathema to Republicans”.   Until the Ethics Investigation is resolved, the Humane Society of the United States is under a cloud which limits its effectiveness, especially regarding the Tennessee Walking Horse abuse issue.

AAWHA Spokesperson Clant M. Seay said,  “We appreciate the past contributions made by the Humane Society,  especially the Jackie McConnell undercover video expose, but going forward, we speak for the American People.   We feel that the protection of “The Horses” from the Animal Cruelty of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse is a matter in which the American People need to and will lead the way.  AAWHA represents “The Horses”, and frankly,  it can be much more effective in many venues than Animal Welfare organizations because our members elect the officials who influence those who decide policy.  And importantly,   AAWHA is not burdened by other conflicting interests and priorities which sometimes result in making the the protection of “The Horses” a secondary priority.  The AAWHA (All American Walking Horse Alliance) has not and will not have any ties to the Humane Society of the United States.”

The viral video from the Mississippi Charity Horse Show has now reached over 125,000 people and been viewed by over 35,000 people.  It graphically shows the Animal Cruelty that USDA APHIS Deputy Administrator  Dr. Chester Gipson allowed to enter the Show Ring in Jackson, Mississippi, after 7,000+ people joined AAWHA official Lynn Delzingaro in asking the USDA APHIS to provide “accountability and transparency“.

Petitioning Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and 2 others

STOP THE USDA “SCAR RULE” CHANGE WHICH WILL HURT TENNESSEE WALKING SHOW HORSES – PLEASE STRONGLY ENFORCE THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT AT THE MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW ON MARCH 26 – 28, 2015

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

  • The horse is stumbling and laboring.  
  • It is “rocking back” as each front foot hits the ground risking a blown tendon with each step.
  • It attempts to flip the Chain off its front foot which is a conditioned response to the pain and memory of having its pastern sored with chemicals.  And it possible that a deadening or masking agent was used to allow it to pass inspection, and now it has worn off.
  • It is severely bitted with tremendous leverage exerted with the chain under the jaw and long shanks attached to the bit in the horse’s mouth.
  • The horse appears to be carrying extra lead tacked to the bottom of the Padded Stacked Shoes.
  • The rider is hunched over and spurring the horse while yanking on his mouth trying to get him “in gear”.

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

The USDA MUST enforce the Horse Protection Act to eliminate “SORING”,  not encourage and facilitate it like Dr. Chester Gipson obviously did in Jackson, Mississippi, and Decatur,  Alabama, as documented by the “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORTS”,  after Dr. Gipson pledged to those present on March 14, 2015, to enforce the Horse Protection act in 2015 in the same way it was enforced in 2014,   evidenced by the “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORT” for the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

Nephew Eugene says the “American People” have gotten behind the                 AAWHA (All American Walking Horse Alliance) and FOSH (Friends of Sound Horses),  and the folks at USDA need to listen to what they have to say.
They are not going to allow Dr. Chester Gipson or others to legitimize Animal Cruelty by kowtowing to the “SORE BIG LICK” pressure to be allowed to show “Sore” Horses.
 BGBRADARHEADSHOT

TENNESSEAN CHANGE.ORG PETITION CALLS UPON AMERICA AND THE WORLD TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST/BOYCOTT THE “ANIMAL CRUELTY” ‘BIG LICK’ TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE SHOW IN COLUMBIA, TENNESSEE ON APRIL 24 – 25, 2015

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HAMPSHIRE, TN Mr. Harold Marvin Wilson,  out near Hampshire on Dry Fork Road,  has called upon America and the World to join him in his Change.Org Petition to ask his friends and neighbors in Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee to just walk away from the “Animal Cruelty” of the “SORE BIG LICK” Tennessee Walking Horse.

In the past 30 days,   the Southern States of Mississippi,  North Carolina and Alabama have told the “SORE” “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse Racket to hit the road.

On March 21, 2015,  the Chattanooga Times Free Press editorially spoke out against the Animal Cruelty of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse,  saying “Any Sore Horse Is One Too Many”.

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

Now,  the battle for the Tennessee Walking Horse breed has moved to the          Volunteer State of Tennessee.

CLICK BELOW TO SIGN CHANGE.ORG PETITION

https://www.change.org/p/erin-jaggers-executive-director-maury-county-convention-and-tourism-bureau-tom-massey-city-manager-of-columbia-tennessee-charlie-norman-mayor-of-maury-county-tennessee-speak-out-against-boycott-the-animal-cruelty-big-lick-tennessee-walking-ho

Mr. Wilson wants everyone to “SPEAK OUT AGAINST/BOYCOTT THE “ANIMAL CRUELTY” ‘BIG LICK’ TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE SHOW IN COLUMBIA, TENNESSEE ON APRIL 24 – 25, 2015.”

Petitioning Executive Director, Maury County Convention and Tourism Bureau Erin Jaggers, Executive Director and 2 others

SPEAK OUT AGAINST/BOYCOTT THE “ANIMAL CRUELTY” ‘BIG LICK’ TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE SHOW IN COLUMBIA, TENNESSEE ON APRIL 24-25, 2015

On April 24 – 25, 2015, one of the CRUELEST Horse Shows – the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse is coming to the Maury County Park at Columbia, Tennessee.

The barbaric Show failed in Panama City, Florida due to lack of support. It has now moved to Columbia, Tennessee where it will be called the “Gulf Coast Charity Celebration”,  although it is over 400 miles from the Gulf of Mexico.

“Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses are “SORED” to perform the “Big Lick” – a high stepping gait with large hoof build-ups, severe bitting and overweight hunched over riders on Two Year Old Horses. (See Picture)

“Soring” is the illegal and cruel practice of using chemical and mechanical methods to create pain in a gaited show horse€™s front feet to exaggerate their animated step.

Columbia, Tennessee is a progressive beautiful city of 35,000 people about an hour South of Nashville.  Columbia’s reputation should not be marred by “Animal Cruelty” being displayed at the Maury County Park in the name of family entertainment.

The Southern States of MississippiNorth Carolina and Alabamahave recently risen up against the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse “Animal Cruelty”.

• March 6, 2015 - MISSISSIPPI - The UMMC (University of Mississippi Medical Center) Children’s Hospital severed ties with the Mississippi Charity Horse Show in Jackson, Mississippi. It refused to accept “blood money” donations from the “Big Lick” horse show due to the national controversy regarding the care and training of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses.

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


• March 13, 2015 - NORTH CAROLINA - The North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner banned “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses from the 2015 NC State Fair.

http://www.billygoboy.com/2015/03/10/north-carolina-bans-big-lick-from-2015-n-c-state-fair-north-carolina-department-of-agriculture-joins-university-of-mississippi-medical-center-severing-ties-with-big-lick-tennessee-walking-h/


• APRIL 2, 2015 - ALABAMA - Over 70% voted landslide “NO” in The Decatur Daily newspaper online Poll Question: “Should Celebration Arena Have Hosted The Tennessee Walking Horse Trainers Show Given Its Previous Horse Soring Violations?”

http://www.decaturdaily.com/should-celebration-arena-have-hosted-the-tennessee-walking-horse-trainers/poll_e18be182-da45-11e4-a954-abd011f62025.html

Now, it’s time for TENNESSEE to make its statement.

America and the World are ready to HELP innocent Columbia, Tennessee say “NO MORE ANIMAL CRUELTY = NO MORE “SORE BIG LICK” Tennessee Walking Horse Show.

Please Sign This Petition.

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Radar says Columbia is proud of “Mule Day” – but Maury County needs to tell the “SORE BIG LICK” Tennessee Walking Horse Racket their day has come and gone in the land of the free and the home of the brave and the Volunteer State of Tennessee.

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DR. CHESTER GIPSON ALLOWS ‘SCARRED SORE BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES TO SHOW AT JACKSON AND DECATUR – “THE HORSES” SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES – DR. GIPSON IS A ‘BORN AGAIN’ BIG LICKER

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WASHINGTON, DC  -  Feeling the public pressure from almost 7,000 persons from around the World who signed a Change.Org Petition,  the USDA APHIS on late Friday posted the requested “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORTS” for the Mississippi Charity Horse Show (Mar. 26-28/Jackson, MS) and the 47th Annual National Trainers Show (Apr. 2-4/Decatur, AL) on its website.

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/downloads/hp/show_reports/ms-charity-show-activity-report-2015.pdf

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/downloads/hp/show_reports/47th-walking-horse-trainers-show-activity-report-2015.pdf

The USDA APHIS “REPORTS” confirmed the fears of Sound Horse Advocates that APHIS Administrators Mr. Kevin Shea and Dr. Chester Gipson have slammed on the brakes regarding strict enforcement of the Horse Protection Act.

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

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

KEVIN SHEA - APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

KEVIN SHEA – APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

Following the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration,  USDA APHIS published the following “REPORT”:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/2014/09/pdf/VMO%20Total%20Report%20Celebration.pdf

At the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration:
Of the 1,075 horses inspected,   166 were disqualified – over 15% as being sore.

At the 2015 Mississippi/Alabama Shows”                                                                         Of the 559 Horses inspected, 29 were disqualified – 6% as being sore.

At the 2014 Celebration,   210 Horses checked by the objective science of Thermography (Thermal Imaging) were sent to the USDA Vets for further inspection.

The USDA found 106 Scar Rule Violations at the 2014 Celebration.

The USDA found total of 4 Scar Rule Violations at the 2015 Mississippi and Alabama Horse Shows.  The USDA did NOT use Thermography at Jackson, MS. There were Thermography stats for Decatur, Alabama.

The USDA examined 200 “Big Lick” Horses at Jackson, Mississippi with Thermography, and 55 had “SIGNIFICANT FINDINGS”, but only 2 “Scar Rule” violations.  Thermography detected “SIGNIFICANT FINDINGS” on 27.8% of the Horses checked.

The USDA examined 183 ”Big Lick” Horses at Decatur, Alabama,  with Thermography, and 51 had “Significant Findings”,  but only 2 Scar Rule violations.  Thermography detected “SIGNIFICANT FINDINGS” on 27.5% of the Horses checked.

2014106 Scar Rule Violations of 1,075 Horses inspected.

2015 4 Scar Rule Violations out of 559 Horses inspected.

It is common knowledge that due to Soring Tactics used on all “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses (including multiple chains and caustic chemicals baked in with Saran Wrap)  that scars develop on the skin of the horses’ legs.

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

In 2014,  the objective science of Thermography (Thermal Imaging) was used to detect  these Scars.

In 2014,  if a Horse had scars on both front feet, it was disqualified from showing.

In 2015,  the Horse is allowed to show if the Scars can be “flattened out”.

Flattening out a Scar makes about as much sense as “Back To The Trailer” with no penalties.    Neither is humane treatment or protection for the “Sore Scarred” Horse.

The plain truth is that following a contentious January 20, 2015,  DQP Training Session in Shelbyville, Tennessee,  partially conducted by Dr. Jeff Baker while being harassed,   Dr. Chester Gipson and Dr.Andrea “Andy” Morgan, with the approval of Administrator Mr. Kevin Shea,  changed the “Scar Rule” to allow “Scars” on both front feet if they could be “Flattened Out”.

Then Dr. Chester Gipson,  according to reliable sources present, was less than truthful when questioned at Harrodsburg, Kentucky,   if the USDA was going to enforce the “Scar Rule” in the same manner it did in 2014.

The proof is in the pudding,  and the 2015 “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORTS” convict Dr. Gipson for NOT enforcing the “Scar Rule”.

This is how it went down:

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

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

DR. JEFF BAKER,  ACTING NATIONAL HORSE PROTECTION COORDINATOR

USDA VMO DR. JEFF BAKER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DR. ANDREA MORGAN,  DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR – FIELD OPERATIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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‘When asked about the 2015 “Scar Rule” interpretation at the March 14, 2015,  DQP Training Session in Harrodsburg, Kentucky,  Dr. Chester Gipson said, “Nothing Has Changed”.

Based on the “USDA REPORTS” for the subsequent Mississippi and Alabama Horse Shows,  everything has changed.

Dr. Gipson flat out lied to the people attending the DQP training session at Harrodsburg, Kentucky.

Dr. Chester Gipson’s mumbling mendacity and deliberate obfuscation is exactly why this Change.Org Petition was started on Monday, March 16, 2015.

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

Petitioning Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and 2 others

STOP THE USDA “SCAR RULE” CHANGE WHICH WILL HURT TENNESSEE WALKING SHOW HORSES – PLEASE STRONGLY ENFORCE THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT AT THE MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW ON MARCH 26 – 28, 2015

And exactly why almost 7,000 persons from every state in the union and over 70 foreign countries signed it.

They simply  don’t trust the USDA APHIS under Dr. Gipson’s leadership to get the job done.

Thanks to Dr. Chester Gipson and Mr. Kevin Shea, things have obviously CHANGED to “The Horses” detriment.

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Frankly,  Dr. Chester Gipson needs to resign or retire whichever can occur first.

In 2015, the USDA stopped using the science of Thermography (Thermal Imaging) to identify the cruel “SCARRING” necessary to create and maintain the “SORE BIG LICK”, and then disqualify them.

In 2015,  Dr. Gipson is allowing “SCARRED SORE“Horses to enter the Show Ring.

It’s a crying shame.

U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack needs to step in and stop it right now.

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Here is a video from Jackson, Mississippi showing a “Deep Walking” stumbling “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse:

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And here’s another video with all the prancing dancing dressed up civilized praying patriotic liquored up Big Lickers in Jackson, Mississippi just a whooping and a hollering over nothing but puridée ”Animal Cruelty” from which the UMMC (University of Mississippi Medical Center) hastily decided to remove itself:

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RINGMISTRESS JOY SMITH – MISS. CHARITY HORSE SHOW

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And finally, NOT a free and easy walking,  rather a crampy deep “Bad Image” Horse:

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WINKY GROOVER UP ON “SKY MILES”, RESERVE TRAINERS SHOW BIG STAKE CHAMPION

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It’s high time for U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to call Administrators Mr. Kevin Shea and Dr. Chester Gipson into his office on Monday morning,   and let them do some fancy high stepping “Rug Dancing”.   They need to tell Secretary Vilsack in “Plain English” why they STOPPED enforcing the Horse Protection Act to eliminate “Animal Cruelty” of the “SORE SCARRED BIG LICK” Tennessee Walking Horse.

Then Secretary Tom Vilsack needs to tell them how the “cow eats cabbage”,  and to go do their jobs to “Protect The Horses”, or he will find somebody who can.

Tom Vilsack - U. S. Secretary of Agriculture

Tom Vilsack – U. S. Secretary of Agriculture

Nephew Eugene says “There Ain’t Going To Be No Turning Around”.

Radar says,  “Amen”.

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TENNESSEE COURT OF APPEALS DENIES BEVERLY AND KELLY SHERMAN EFFORT TO OBTAIN POSSESSION OF THEIR TWO SORED ABUSED TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES SEIZED IN RAID OF JACKIE MCCONNELL’S BARN IN FAYETTE COUNTY, TENNESSEE

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JACKSON, TN – The Tennessee Court of Appeals dealt a blow Wednesday to serial “SORE BIG LICK” Tennessee Walking Horse enthusiasts Beverly Sherman,  and daughter Kelly,  in their attempt to prevent the State of Tennessee from gaining ownership of two Tennessee Walking Horses, “Mucho Bueno” and “Paroled In The Night” through a Forfeiture Action by the State of Tennessee.   The horses were “SORED” and abused by the Sherman’s long time Trainer Jackie McConnell according to McConnell’s guilty pleas.

Under Tennessee law,  the owners of the abused animal have to be “innocent owners”,     i. e.,  without knowledge that the two horses were being “SORED” and abused by their long time Trainer Jackie McConnell.

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The case now heads back to Fayette County Circuit Court where the key issue will be,  assuming the Sherman ladies continue this action,  “What Did They Know, And When Did They Know It about Jackie McConnell soring and abusing their two subject Tennessee Walking Horses?

Under Tennessee law,  the owners of the abused animals have to be “innocent owners” in order to get their horses back from the State of Tennessee.

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/horse-trainer-pleads-guilty-animal-abuse/story?id=19638676

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FLOYD SHERMAN FAMILY

BEVERLY SHERMAN

BEVERLY SHERMAN

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

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

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  • March 1, 2012 – The two Sherman horses were seized when Jackie McConnell’s Collierville, Tennessee barn was raided.   The Horses were seized by Fayette County,  Tennessee deputies and a USDA OIG agent under a Search Warrant.  Under Tennessee law,   the two horses were required to be placed in the care of an animal welfare organization which was done.
  • May 16, 2012 – Beverly and Kelly Sherman filed legal papers in Fayette County, Tennessee Circuit Court to regain possession of the two horses.
  • May 22, 2012 – Jackie McConnell pled guilty in Federal Court in Chattanooga, Tennessee to soring TWH, and was sentenced to three years probation and fined $75,000.00. Informed sources say the Shermans provided the funds for McConnell’s legal defense.
"I'LL BE HONEST WITH YOU - WE'LL NEVER GET THERE" - CHATTANOOGA FEDERAL COURTHOUSE STEPS - JACKIE MCCONNELL GUILTY PLEA - MAY 22, 2012

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

  • July 2013 – Jackie McConnell pleads guilty in Fayette County Circuit Court to 22 counts of aggravated cruelty to animals,  is fined $25,000.00,  sentenced to one year house arrest,  and banned from owning or training Tennessee Walking Horses for 20 years. Mr. McConnell was approximately 62 years old at the time.
  • July 10, 2013 – The State of Tennessee filed an Application with Circuit Judge McCraw to forfeit the two horses.   The Judge signed a Forfeiture Warrant and Order placing the two horses in the custody of an animal welfare organization pending final adjudication of the State’s Forfeiture Application.
  • August 9, 2013 – The State filed a Forfeiture Complaint which stated that the Shermans’ were thought to be the owners of the two horses,  and the State reserved the question if the Shermans had “standing”to object to the Forfeiture of the two Horses.  Under Tennessee law,  the owners of the abused animal have to be “innocent owners”,  i. e.,  without knowledge that the two horses were being “SORED” and abused by their long time Trainer Jackie McConnell.

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  • April 8, 2015 – The Tennessee Court of Appeals has now sent the case back down to Fayette County Judge J. Weber McCraw to decide the matter on the merits.
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FAYETTE COUNTY D.A. MIKE DUNAVANT, ASST. MARK DAVIDSON, AND CIRCUIT JUDGE J. WEBER MCCRAW

The State District Attorney General has the right to fully explore the question of what did Beverly and Kelly Sherman know, and when did they know it,  regarding their 30 year relationship with Trainer Jackie McConnell  and his “Soring” and abusing their horses.

The State’s lead counsel will be Assistant District Attorney General Mark Davidson.

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SPECIAL ASSISTANT D.A. – MARK DAVIDSON, WEST TENNESSEE PROSECUTOR

Nephew Eugene says,  based on the 30 year history of Jackie McConnell training the Floyd Sherman family “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses,   that case could prove extremely interesting.   The Shermans have enough money to burn a wet mule, and the State of Tennessee has more than that.

For the record,   Radar objects to the part about “burning the wet mule”.

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HAS THE SORE BIG LICK PUT THE “FIX” IN AT THE USDA??? “SORE BIG LICK” ATTEMPTS 96% COMPLIANCE SPIN JOB – WHERE IS THE “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORT” FOR THE “MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW” (MAR. 24-26) AND “NATIONAL WALKING HORSE TRAINERS SHOW” (APR. 2-4)????

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SHELBYVILLE, TN –  Have APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea and Deputy Administrator Dr. Chester Gipson gotten back in bed with the “SORE BIG LICK”?

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

APHIS ADMINISTRATOR KEVIN SHEA, DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR CHESTER GIPSON, DVM ARE WEARING NIGHT CAPS. IN BED WITH DAVID L. HOWARD AND THE “SORE BIG LICK” CROWD????

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Is the USDA reverting back to the days when the public servants like Kevin Shea and Dr. Chester Gipson,  charged with enforcing the Horse Protection Act,   allowed the “HORSE SORERS” to claim a “Partnership” with the USDA???

Dr. Chester Gipson had absolutely no problem with that in 2012 and 2013 until the American People got upset and demanded that it end.

In 2014,  the USDA provided accountability and transparency with the “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORT”.

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It documented that over 15% of all Horses checked by USDA Vets at the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration were “SORE”.

From an article published today in The Walking Horse Report, it is beginning to look that is exactly what is happening.

According to The Walking Horse Report,  ”The SHOW HIO compliance rate for the two shows combined was 98.5%.  When adding the possible violations from the USDA in these numbers the rate of compliance was 96.6%.

 http://www.walkinghorsereport.com/news.aspx?cid=11590

Nephew Eugene says “Balderdash”.

This past Monday,  April 6, 2015,   over 6,600 + people asked the USDA to provide transparency and accountability,   and provide a “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORT” for the two horse shows, Jackson and Decatur, by next Thursday.   The Petition and 159 pages of “Comments” were delivered to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Commissioner Tom Vilsack.

The requested “REPORT” for the first two major shows of the 2015 Show Season would mirror the one produced by the USDA on Sep. 8, 2014,  nine days following the conclusion of the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

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ARE THESE GUYS PART OF HORSE SORING, INC????

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KEVIN SHEA – APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

CELEBRATION/ S.H.O.W. HIO HEAD DQP MITCHELL BUTLER

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APHIS DEPUTY ADMINSTRATOR DR. CHESTER GIPSON

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

APHIS Administer Mr. Kevin Shea needs to explain how he reconciles getting in bed with the corrupt “SORE BIG LICK”  when the USDA Office of Inspector General told him in 2010 to get rid of the charade of “Self Regulation” and eliminate the corrupt HIOS (Horse Inspector Programs).

If the USDA fails to provide the requested “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORT” for the Mississippi Charity Horse Show and the National Walking Horse Trainers Show,   it will confirm that the USDA tacitly supports and encourages “HORSE SORING”.

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

APHIS ADMINISTRATOR KEVIN SHEA, DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR CHESTER GIPSON, DVM WEARING NIGHT CAPS. IN BED WITH DAVID L. HOWARD’S SORE BIG LICK CROWD.

The American People expect its public servants who work at USDA to enforce the Horse Protection Act to eliminate “SORING” – not to merely regulate, and God forbid,  encourage it.

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FOSH (FRIENDS OF SOUND HORSES) WRITES SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE TOM VILSACK URGING USDA APHIS TO PREPARE AND PUBLISH “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORT FOR THE “MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW” AND THE “NATIONAL WALKING HORSE TRAINERS SHOW” AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

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WASHINGTON, DCFOSH (Friends Of Sound Horses) delivered the following letter by overnight courier to U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

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The AAWHA (All American Walking Horse Alliance) called upon all PAST ACT co-sponsors to urge U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to provide

PLEASE EMAIL SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE TOM VILSACK URGING HIM TO PROVIDE “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORT” BY THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2015, FOR THE “MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW” (Mar. 26-28) JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI; AND THE “NATIONAL WALKING HORSE TRAINERS SHOW” (APR. 2-4) DECATUR, ALABAMA

We are the AAWHA (All American Walking Horse Alliance), a grassroots citizens group,  which put on the historic “Walk On Washington” last June 18, 2014,  in front of the U. S. Capitol in support of the PAST ACT (Prevent All Soring Tactics) to eliminate the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.
 
You advocated for and publicly co-sponsored the PAST ACT.
 
We,  and “The Horses”,  will always be grateful for your support!!!
 


We have now taken the cause to the American People,  and marvelous results have transpired so far in 2015 with more to come. 

 
We now ask you as our chosen elected officials to please Email U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and encourage him to prepare and publish a “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORT”  for the “Mississippi Charity Horse Show” (Mar. 26-28) and “National Walking Horse Trainers  Show” (Apr. 2-4).   
 
This “REPORT”  should be in the same format as the attached “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORT”  that the USDA published on September 8, 2014, which was within 8 days following the conclusion of the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. (See Attached)
 
On April 6, 2015,  we asked Secretary Vilsack to please publish this “REPORT” on or before Thursday,   April 16, 2015. (see attached April 6, 2015 letter).    This is a period of 10 days which is a reasonable period of time in which to do this.  
 
FOSH (Friends Of Sound Horses), a 501(c)(3) non profit corporation against “SORING” also joins AAWHA in requesting the Secretary to this important “REPORT” as soon as possible   (see attached April 5, 2015 letter)
 
Over 6,600+  people,  from every state in the union and over 70+ foreign countries,   have signed our Change.Org Petition below which asks USDA Secretary Tom VilsackUSDA APHIS Administrator Mr. Kevin Shea,  and USDA APHIS Deputy Administrator Dr. Chester Gipson to provide Transparency and Accountability by publishing the requested “REPORT”.   
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In 2015,   AAWHA has taken the lead along with FOSH (Friends of Sound Horses) to ask the American People to speak out against the Animal Cruelty represented by the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse. 
 
So far:
 
  • On March 6, 2015, the UMMC (University of Mississippi Medical Center) Children’s Hospital severed ties with the Mississippi Charity Horse Show in Jackson, Mississippi.  UMMC Batson Children’s Hospital refused to accept “blood money” donations from the “Big Lick” horse show due to the national controversy regarding the care and training of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses.
 
 
  • On March 13, 2015, the North Carolina State Fair banned all “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses from the 2015 N. C. State Fair.
  • On March 25, 2015,   The Decatur Daily (Alabama) newspaper ran an Online Poll with over 70% voting “NO” to the Question:  ”Should Celebration Arena Have Hosted The Tennessee Walking Horse Trainers Show Given Its Previous Horse Soring Violations”.
 
Your Emailing U. S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will make the difference.  
 
Please ask the USDA officials to be transparent and accountable in reporting to the public that they are carrying out their mission to enforce the Horse Protection Act to eliminate “SORING” of Tennessee Walking Horses.
 
“The Horses” are depending on you to help them.
 
 
Thank you very much.
 
ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE
 
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Nephew Eugene says it’s time for the USDA to “Walk The Walk”.

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AAWHA CALLS FOR USDA APHIS TO: Prepare And Publish “USDA Horse Activity Report” for National Trainers Show (Apr. 2 – 4) and Mississippi Charity Horse Show (Mar. 26 – 28) On Or Before Thursday, April 16, 2015

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Here is AAWHA Press Release:

04/06/15
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AAWHA ASKS SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE TOM VILSACK,  APHIS ADMINISTRATORS KEVIN SHEA AND DR. CHESTER GIPSON TO PUBLISH “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORT” FOR THE “NATIONAL TRAINERS SHOW AND MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW ON OR BEFORE APRIL 16, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC  –   The  AAWHA (All American Walking Horse Alliance)  today delivered a Petition containing 6,100+ signatures to U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and APHIS Administrators Kevin Shea and Dr. Chester Gipson and requested the USDA to “Prepare And Publish “USDA Horse Activity Report” for National Trainers Show (Apr. 2 – 4) and Mississippi Charity Horse Show (Mar. 26 – 28) On Or Before Thursday, April 16, 2015

Attached is letter from AAWHA official Jeannie McGuire.    It asks the USDA officials to put the USDA inspection data in the same format that it provided in the “USDA Horse Protection Activity Report” for the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, Aug. 21 – Aug. 30, 2014.

Ms McGuire said,  “We call upon the USDA to demonstrate accountability and transparency to show it is doing its job to eliminate the “SORING” of Tennessee Walking Horses.   The public needs to see what is being done.”

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/2014/09/pdf/VMO%20Total%20Report%20Celebration.pdf

AAWHA official Jeannie McGuire said, “Mr. Vilsack, Mr. Shea and Dr. Gipson,  there should not even be one SORE horse,  much less over 50% showing signs of being abused.  One sore horse is one sore horse too many. ‘The Horses’ are depending on you to protect them.” ############

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Nephew Eugene says it’s time for the USDA to be transparent and accountable.

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THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TAKE CHARGE – THE “BIG LICK” IS SICK – JACKSON AND TRAINERS SHOWS ARE BOTH PUBLIC RELATIONS DISASTERS – TRAINER BOYZ TAKE A FINANCIAL BATH IN DECATUR – JEFFREY AND DAVID L. HOWARD RUB IT IN

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DECATUR, AL -  Things looked dark for “The Horses” when the PAST ACT was fumbled at the end in 2014 by compromised persons entrusted with getting it passed,  then the 5th Circuit decision slapped down the USDA mandatory minimum penalties, and the Licker efforts to weaken “Scar Rule” enforcement seemed to be paying off.

All of these,   coupled with allegations of ethical improprieties committed by individuals employed by an animal welfare organization which allegedly attempted to improperly influence a sitting U. S. Congressman,  put “The Horses” in peril.

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/ed-whitfield-ethics-committee-probe-116453.html

“The House Ethics Committee is launching a full-scale investigation into whether Kentucky Republican Rep. Ed Whitfield improperly aided his wife’s lobbying work for the Humane Society Legislative Fund.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/ed-whitfield-ethics-committee-probe-116453.html#ixzz3WTWukmIp

Then  - “We, The People” … weighed in at Jackson, Mississippi and Decatur, Alabama,   and the sore “Big Lick” suffered huge public relations debacles.

  • Going forward the American People supported,  by the American Horse Council and the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), and others,  need to lead the effort to eliminate the “SORE” “Big Lick” while the scandal-ridden embattled subject animal welfare organization best take a secondary role.

Reporting from Decatur, Alabama,  the “Big Lick” is, indeed,  sick.

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Only 194 “Big Lick” Horses showed over three nights,  some of them more than one time.

That’s only 64 “Big Lick” Horses a night.

An average of only 5 “Big Lick” Horses in a class.

The Trainer BOYZ lost their building in 2014 because they were broke.

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

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

They elected Mr. Billy Young in  December 2014 who ran on restoring their financial stability.   The BOYZ kicked out long time fixture Mr. Benny Johnson who was Mr. David L. Howard’s man on the inside of the Trainer BOYZ.

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

After electing Mr. Young,  the Trainer BOYZ then told Ex-Celebration Chairman David L. Howard, son Jeffrey Howard and Celebration CEO Mike Inman to take their Calsonic Arena and “Shove It”, and headed off to Decatur, Alabama.  They replaced decades serving Show Manager Mr. Benny Johnson with Mr. Billy Morgan.

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WALKING HORSE REPORT EDITOR JEFFREY HOWARD AND CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN

The BOYZ were depending on a HUGE Trainer’s Show to get out of their dismal financial situation.

They struck a “Dry Hole” in Decatur.

They lost their normal date in Mid-March and had to take a show date at Decatur on the weekend right before Easter.

The Trainer BOYZ needed to average at least 10 Horses a class.  They only managed 1/2 of that – less than 5 BL horses per class.

BOYZ Horse Show Manager Mr. Billy Morgan said over 500 Horses were expected   He only got approximately 35% of what he was predicting and hoping.

The Trainer BOYZ think that Jeffrey and David L. Howard shafted them by not “Live Streaming” the Trainer’s Show on REPORTV.

The fur is flying on this, but two things are for sure:

  1. It wasn’t at Calsonic.
  2. It didn’t get Live-Streamed to the Licker masses.

Nephew Eugene said there bad blood between the Trainer Boyz and the Howards.

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By comparison, way down South in Mississippi,   the “Jackson Horse Show” had 222 ”Big Lick” horses exhibited.    .

There were 61 “Big Lick” classes.

The average was less than 4 BL horses per class (3.6).

At Jackson, Mississippi:

  • UMMC Batson Children’s Hospital severed ties with the Miss. Charity Horse Show.
  • UMMC Batson Children’s Hospital refused “Big Lick” Blood Money donations.

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  • Horse Show Manager Robert Taylor owns “SORE” horse, “My Titelist”, and hires 2 Trainers serving Federal Suspensions in face of “SORING” allegations.  The “SORE” horse was to be shown by Rhiannon Barker,  wife of Murfreesboro, Tennessee veterinarian Grey Barker.
SERIAL HORSE ABUSER MR JACK WAY AND HORSE SHOW MANAGER MR. ROBERT TAYLOR

SERIAL HORSE ABUSER MR JACK WAY AND HORSE SHOW MANAGER MR. ROBERT TAYLOR

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RINGMISTRESS JOY SMITH – MISS. CHARITY HORSE SHOW

  • Horse Show Announcer Tommy Williams arrested on “Internet Threat” charges.

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  • “Big Lick” supporter attempts to assault Reporter.  Sheriff opens case to be filed pending identification of the attacker.

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  • Three Jackson television stations cover “Big Lick Controversy”.

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At Decatur,  Alabama:

  • A landslide 67% vote landslide “NO” on Poll Question:  “Should Celebration Arena Have Hosted The Tennessee Walking Horse Trainers Show Given Its Past Horse Soring Violations” in Poll conducted by The Decatur Daily newspaper.
  • WHNT TV Reporter Beth Jett interviews Mr. Billy Morgan who tells WHOPPERS:

*“Over 500 Horses Will Show”258 Total  Actually Showed and 194 were “Big Lick”

* When asked about “SORING”, Mr Morgan said, “At one time there was an issue, but there’s not any more.”  

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Then Mr. Morgan hid the “Big Lick” horse from TV cameras,  and pulled out a Flat Shod TWH “Rise To Fame” ridden by Mr. Patrick Thomas.    The USDA prosecuted Mr. Patrick Thomas for “SORING” in 2013:

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“RISE TO FAME” TRAINED BY MR. PATRICK THOMAS

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The key to Mr. Billy Morgan is that if his lips are moving,  he’s lying.

  • Former “Big Lick” Trainer Mr. Carl Bledsoe stepped up and told the truth to WHNT TV Reporter Beth Jett on the “Big Lick”,  and set Mr. Billy Morgan straight.
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FORMER “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE TRAINER CARL BLEDSOE

“After you sore a horse several times and they have the chain and it hurts they do quite a bit of what they do out of memory.  They cannot achieve that horse to tuck his back end the way it does and step up off the ground and step through that chain without that horse being “SORED” at some point in time.”

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The American People have stepped forward to “PROTECT THE HORSES” and will take the lead from this point forward.

The only question now is will the USDA strongly enforce the Horse Protection Act to eliminate “SORING”,  not just regulate in the name of ‘encouraging agriculture’?

Over 6,188+ persons have now signed the CHANGE.Org Petition asking the USDA to strongly enforce the Horse Protection Act.

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“BIG LICKERS” ANGRILY ACCUSE HERR DAVID L. HOWARD AND SON JEFFREY FOR NOT “LIVE STREAMING” THE TRAINERS SHOW ON REPORTV – DAVID L. HOWARD SLAMS TRAINER BOYZ FOR TAKING SHOW TO DECATUR, ALABAMA

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Shelbyville, TN – Palpable angst is being directed by “Big Lickers” at Ex-Celebration Chairman/Walking Horse Report Publisher David L. Howard and Walking Horse Report Editor Jeffrey Howard for sabotaging the “Live Streaming’ of the Walking Horse Trainers Show in Decatur, Alabama.

The Licker “Addicts” are suffering withdrawal.

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THE “BIG LICK” ADDICTION

They are blaming the Howards (David and Jeffrey)  who are upset that the Trainer BOYZ went off the reservation and moved the National Trainers Show from Shelbyville, Tennessee to Decatur, Alabama.

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TWO GUYS FROM SHELBYVILLE WATCHING THE HORSE SHOW

JEFFREY HOWARD AND DAVID L. HOWARD, BLAMED FOR NOT LIVE STREAMING THE NATIONAL TRAINERS SHOW

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JEFFREY HOWARD, WALKING HORSE REPORTER EDITOR AND PSHA SPOKESPERSON

Here are some Walking Horse Report Message Board gleanings:

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D. Howard

Re:Decatur Daily— most biased paper I have seen lately

Posted on: 4/4/2015 12:04:47 PM   

Be sure the leadership of the Trainers’ Association is aware of this treatment by the paper in Decatur. I guess that’s their appreciation for the trainers supporting their community and bringing people to spend money in their community.

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 Re:ReportTV – Trainer’s Show Posted on: 4/3/2015 6:48:01 AM

 Just the real truth is David Howard is pissed the trainers moved the show to AL. and it not in Shelbyville TN. YOU FEEL ME !!

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D. Howard

Re:ReportTV – Trainer’s Show Posted on: 4/3/2015 12:46:23 PM

Bagley, you are misinformed and out of line to make such baseless allegations. I had nothing to do with the live stream from Decatur and my relationship with the trainers is just fine. Get your facts straight before making allegations. I would have responded sooner to your misinformation but I was in Knoxville burying my sister. I appreciate your timing.

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J. Howard

 Re:ReportTV – Trainer’s Show Posted on: 4/3/2015 7:51:10 AM

 Dean Johnson and I made the decision. Obviously all of us wanted to live stream the show and do the Trainers Show every year. However this year we tested the facility to see if we could get out and we couldn’t and provide a quality viewing experience. We posted that only highlight videos will be available from this show in the calendar of event listing. We have learned our lesson trying to do a live stream when proper bandwidth isn’t available and the experience for the customer is not good.

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Nephew Eugene says it looks like the Deep South states of Mississippi and Alabama are trying hard to run the Animal Cruelty of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse out of their States.

THE SHEER TERROR OF THE “SORE BIG LICK” – TWO YEAR OLD TWH

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THE DECATUR DAILY ASKS: “SHOULD CELEBRATION ARENA HAVE HOSTED THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE TRAINERS SHOW GIVEN ITS PREVIOUS HORSE SORING VIOLATIONS?”

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DECATUR, ALThe Decatur Daily newspaper is family owned.

It truly cares about the image that its community portrays to the rest of the world.

Today,  it published the following POLL question.

http://www.decaturdaily.com/should-celebration-arena-have-hosted-the-tennessee-walking-horse-trainers/poll_e18be182-da45-11e4-a954-abd011f62025.html

“SHOULD CELEBRATION ARENA HAVE HOSTED THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE TRAINERS SHOW GIVEN ITS PREVIOUS HORSE SORING VIOLATIONS?”

Across the South,  communities which have been selected to host “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse Shows are dealing with the “Animal Cruelty” being brought to smear their home town.

On March 5, 2015,   the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) made its decision when the UMMC Batson Children’s Hospital severed ties with the Mississippi Charity Hospital and refused to any longer accept money from the “Animal Cruelty” generated by the exhibition of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses in the name of family entertainment.

Less than a month later,   it’s time for Alabama to make a public statement.

Radar says VOTE and SHARE.

Please ask everyone you know to vote and stand with the Alabamians who no longer want their state to host “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse events.

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FORMER “BIG LICK” TRAINER CARL BLEDSOE TELLS THE TRUTH WHILE SORE HORSE TRAINER BOYZ SPOKESPERSON BILLY MORGAN TELLS LIE AFTER LIE FOR THE “BIG LICK” TO WHNT TV REPORTER BETH JETT

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DECATUR, AL –  Former “Big Lick” Trainer Carl Bledsoe stepped up on behalf of the AAWHA (All American Walking Horse Alliance) and laid it on the line in a television interview with Ms Beth Jett regarding the “SORE” Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse.

FORMER "BIG LICK" TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE TRAINER CARL BLEDSOE

FORMER “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE TRAINER CARL BLEDSOE

http://whnt.com/2015/04/01/priceville-horse-show-to-attract-hundreds-of-horses-trying-to-get-over-pain-of-the-past/

Priceville Horse Show to attract hundreds of horses; trying to get over pain of the past

Mr. Bledsoe was interviewed at the Morgan County, Alabama Show Grounds where the National Trainers Show is being held April 2 – 4.

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CHAIN USED TO INFLICT PAIN

“After you sore a horse several times and they have the chain and it hurts they do quite a bit of what they do out of memory”.

FORMER "BIG LICK" TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE TRAINER CARL BLEDSOE

FORMER “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE TRAINER CARL BLEDSOE

“They cannot achieve that horse to tuck his back end the way it does and step up off the ground and step through that chain without that horse being “SORED” at some point in time.”

The Trainer BOYZ put Mr. Billy Morgan out to lie for the big lick.

"BIG LICK BIG LIE" SPOKESPERSON MR. BILLY MORGAN

“BIG LICK BIG LIE” SPOKESPERSON MR. BILLY MORGAN

When asked about “SORING”,  Mr. Morgan said,  “At one time, there was an issue, but that’s not any more”.

WHOA, Mr. Morgan, here is a Horse Protection Act Violation Citation for “Unilateral Sore”.

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Mr. Morgan told one whopper after another to Reporter Jett,   all the time “Hiding” behind a flat shod horse named “Rise To Fame”.  The horse was trained by Mr. Patrick Thomas. See from USDA-APHIS-ANIMAL CARE HORSE PROTECTION ACT VIOLATIONS.

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It’s the “BIG LICK BIG LIE”.

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Nephew Eugene says you can always depend on them to lie.

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DECATUR, AL  -  Count the State of Alabama as another State where the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse is no longer welcome.

This “Animal Cruelty” mess is being cleaned up by ordinary people, not a self-serving fund raising lobbying outfit out of Washington which is apparently more interested in taking the credit, rather than getting the job done.  This organization is now deeply mired in a Congressional Ethics investigation of a sitting Congressman.   All roads lead straight back to the animal welfare organization with a trail of damning internal documents.  It is certainly not a pretty sight and could spell the end of the distinguished career of Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY).  It certainly dictates that the animal welfare outfit now take a secondary position moving forward regarding protection of “The Horses”.

The Citizens are now leading the Sound Horse Movement, which is the way it should have been done in the first place.

And it is the only way it will ever be successful.

#BANTHEBIGLICK.

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Walking Horse Trainers Show comes to Morgan County

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Posted: Friday, April 3, 2015 12:15 am

Some north Alabama horse owners and advocates are upset that Morgan County Celebration Arena is hosting a walking horse show that in the past has been tainted by violations of the federal Horse Protection Act.

The 47th annual Tennessee Walking Horse Trainers Show, previously held in Shelbyville, Tennessee, started Thursday night at the arena. It is the second time the show has come to Morgan County, the first time being in 1988.

“When I saw the show was going to the arena, I was nauseated,” said Teresa Adams, of Hartselle. “I know that’s a show that always has a lot of soring violations, and it’s coming to my county.”

Soring, prohibited by the Horse Protection Act, is a practice used to cause pain to a horse’s legs or hooves to force the horse to walk with an exaggerated gait.

Show manager Billy Morgan said the event does not have any recent violations, and 98 percent of the horses inspected have been in compliance with the Horse Protection Act.

“We’re regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture,” Morgan said. “They inspect our horses. When they check them, they’re in compliance with the Horse Protection Act. They will not let an unsound horse in the arena. The horses in the ring have been checked.”

According to the USDA horse program inspection report, 39 violations were cited at the event in 2014 and 20 in 2013.

Morgan said the event was moved to Alabama to get more exposure for the association and its horses. He expects between 3,000 and 4,000 attendees and 500 horses during the event, which starts at 6 p.m. today and Saturday.

“We were showcasing (the horses), and Decatur is a good location with a nice facility,” Morgan said.

Adams said she began researching soring after purchasing Jubilee, a 21-year-old black, 1,100-pound Tennessee Walking Horse.

“When I purchased him and researched his pedigree, I wanted to know if Jubie had been sored,” Adams said, as Jubilee sniffed her pocket for a treat. “I entered his registered number and found that he was sored when he was 3.”

Mary Ratliff, of Priceville, and a Pony Club teacher, has been boarding and training horses and teaching for more than 20 years. Ratliff said the breed is a beautiful mover and that practices such as putting stacked shoes on the horses are unnecessary and can hide evidence of mistreatment.

“Take those big shoes off so they can’t hide what they’ve done,” Ratliff said. “There’s all sorts of flat-shod classes in the show. Those classes are fine.”

Morgan said the show will include performance horses, but he said those horses are inspected before the show.

“If it is not a natural gait, the only thing that can make them do that is pain,” Adams said.

Shari White, of Somerville, has owned horses for more than 30 years and has a herd of nine. White said she is not opposed to the flat shod class in the show. White is opposed to the “big lick,” the exaggerated gait showcased with performance horses.

“It is cruel and inhumane how they treat those horses,” White said. “It is a beautiful breed, so let them do what they do naturally. There is no need to enhance it. I think for a horse to perform and be a performance horse, you can’t do it with four-inch blocks under your feet.”

Morgan said the show has young and old horses that will be shown by 5-year-olds and horse enthusiasts up to age 90.

“The performance horses are really something to watch,” Morgan said. “It’s exciting for kids to come out and watch them perform. The walking horse is a breed you ride through the field, show, work cows with them. They have the best nature of any breed. They’re happy and would do anything for you.”

Morgan County Commission Chairman Ray Long said he knew the Walking Horse Trainers Association events have had violations.

“The Walking Horse Trainers Association has made changes, and they’re monitoring it now, that’s my understanding,” Long said. “We don’t want anybody down there either that’s cruel to animals.”

Long said the county will receive sales tax from the event, which will go toward schools.

“It’s not worth any amount of money to promote this type of entertainment at the expense of these horses,” Adams said. “I think we are better than that.”

The county does not own the arena, Long said. It is owned and operated by the State Products Mart of Morgan County, which did not return phone calls. Long said the commission appoints four of the board’s five members.

“It doesn’t worry me because I know because people are concerned that people will be watching, and if they do find cases of abuse, then they won’t be welcomed back in Morgan County,” Long said.

ASSAULT CASE OPENED BY HINDS COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI SHERIFF’S OFFICE AGAINST UNIDENTIFIED ASSAILANT OF AAWHA (ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE) MEDIA REP – $100.00 REWARD OFFERED FOR THE IDENTITY OF THE SUSPECT

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JACKSON, MS – Assault Case #15-0783 was opened Monday by the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department.  Information is now being sought by Sheriff Department Investigator Captain Kimberly Harrison regarding the identity of this individual pictured below.

A $100.00 reward will be paid to the first person who contacts Captain Kimberly Harrison,  Investigations,  and provides positive indentification of the subject individual.   Captain Harrison can be reached at 601-965-8829 or kharrison@co.hinds.ms.us.  All information received will be treated in confidence.

SUSPECT IN HINDS COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI  ASSAULT CASE #15-0783

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During the Saturday night performance of the Mississippi Charity Horse Show, the unidentified assailant pictured here attempted to do bodily harm to the AAWHA (All American Walking Horse Alliance Media Rep).   The unprovoked attack occurred during the Two Year Old Stake/Rider’s Cup class while the Media Rep was taking photographs of the Horses in the class.     SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

The attempted attack by the unidentified attacker was thwarted by an off duty Jackson Police Department Lt. Fred Nelson.  The assailant twice put his hands on the Police Officer Nelson in an attempt to reach the Rep.  Additional charges may be brought against the perpetrator.

During the event, Horse Show Official Mr. James Sills, Jr.,  attempted to incite the crowd:

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Hinds County Deputy Alvin Wells came to the attack scene along with Horse Show Manager Mr. Robert Taylor.    Following the Saturday night incident,  Horse Show Manager Mr. Taylor was asked at the Fordice Equine Center,  in the presence of Hinds County Deputy Alvin Wells and Jackson Police Department Lt. Fred Nelson,  to provide the identity of the person making the attack.   Horse Show Manager Robert Taylor declined to do so.

MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW MANAGER MR. ROBERT TAYLOR

MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW MANAGER MR. ROBERT TAYLOR

On Tuesday morning,  Horse Show Manager Mr. Robert Taylor was contacted by Captain Kimberly Harrison, Investigations, of the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department who again requested Mr. Robert Taylor to cooperate with the investigation and provide the name of the assailant.   Mr. Robert Taylor refused to cooperate with the investigation, and refused to divulge the name of the assailant who appeared to be dressed as an Exhibitor at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show.   As Horse Show Manager, Mr. Taylor has a list of all persons who participated at the Horse Show.

Any person who has information regarding the identity of the assailant attempting the attack,  please contact Captain Kimberly Harrison.

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Immediately prior to the 6:00 p.m. beginning of the Horse Show,  Center Ring Announcer Mr. Tommy Williams was arrested on an Internet Assault/Intimidation Charge based on a Bench Warrant signed by a Jackson Municipal Court Judge finding there was probable cause to believe that a crime had been committed.   (Mr. Williams is afforded the presumption of innocence.)

Mr. Williams didn’t return to the Center Ring announcing duties until 6:50 p.m.

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Nephew Eugene is excited because he learned at the last minute he got a barn job in Decatur this week.

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“30 DAYS IN JACKSON” LEAVES SORE “BIG LICK” GASPING FOR AIR GOING INTO 2015 SHOW SEASON – RISING STAR RANCH “FOR SALE” – USDA ALLOWS SORE HORSES TO SHOW

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JACKSON, MS – The fight against the Animal Cruelty represented by the “SORE BIG LICK” Tennessee Walking Horse racket last week was where  Big Lickers never thought it possible –  Jackson,  Mississippi - the Heart of Dixie.

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JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI – HOME OF THE MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW

The “30 DAYS IN JACKSON”  left the LIckers badly limping.

First, the “Big Lick” lost the cover of the prestigious UMMC Batson Children’s Hospital.

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And frankly,  the Lickers “have protested too much” about UMMC turning down the “Blood Money” donations generated from “SORING” Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses.

UMMC Batson officials knew exactly what they were doing when it said “No More” tainted money from the Lickers.   It is especially interesting how the people who make those decisions in the best interest of the Children acted so immediately and decisively.

The LIckers had pulled the wool over the eyes of UMMC,  but once the UMMC Administrators learned the truth,  they sent the Big Lick crowd packing.

Regarding the UMMC decision,  there was NO outcry from the Jackson/Mississippi Community or the UMMC Community over the Batson Children’s Hospital’s decision.

And anyone who lives in Jackson, Mississippi,  can tell you that Jackson and Mississippi are “fiercely protective and supportive of the Children’s Hospital.”

The reality is the Community was happy that UMMC sent the “SORE Big Lick” crowd out the door.    The effect of accepting money generated from animal cruelty could cause UMMC to lose donations from much larger contributors as well as losing donations from smaller contributors, also.   They realized it and cut the ties in record time.

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In the past “30 Days”,  the Big Lickers decisively lost the Public Opinion War.

WLBT – 3  Anchor/Investigative Reporter Marsha Thompson sunk them in one telecast.  Ms. Thompson is literally the “Gold Standard” in Mississippi television journalism.

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She also happens to be an accomplished equestrienne.

Ms Marsha Thompson had no trouble saying the words “Big Lick”, and she knew  exactly what she was speaking about when she said them.

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

About all the LIckers managed to do in Jackson, Mississippi  was have a “Private Party Group Hug Around”.   They were parading around wearing “Walk Proud” stickers, but that’s about all that they did.

WORKING THE RAIL – STICKING ON STICKERS

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The Public completely deserted them.

There were never over 200 spectators in the first two nights, and no more than 300 on Saturday night.

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And they are not coming back as long as the “SORE” Big Lick is featured.

In the days not that long ago,  the “Jackson Horse Show” would be held in the Mississippi Coliseum each year drawing 2,000 – 3,000 spectators on Friday night,   and 5,000+ on Saturday night.

Those days are gone forever.

Here are the Pictures of the Jackson Horse Show:

SHEER LOOK OF TERROR IN EYES OF YOUNG HORSE W/ OVERWEIGHT RIDER

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STARTING HORSES WHEN THEY ARE WAY TOO YOUNG – TWO YEAR OLDS

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TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE ARE ONLY BREED EXHIBITED IN CHAINS – WHY??  -  WHAT DO THEY NEED THE CHAINS FOR ?????

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Here is a Bullet Point Summary of the “30 DAYS IN JACKSON”.

CHRONOLOGY:

  • A Change.Org Petition started by a Mississippi resident, backed by AAWHA and FOSH,  resulted in the UMMC (University of Mississippi Medical Center) disassocating Batson Children’s Hospital from the Mississippi Charit Horse Show,  and no longer accepting “Blood Money” donations from the activity.

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UMMC won’t accept Charity Horse Show donations

  • The Change.Org Petition focused the attention of America and the World on Jackson, Mississippi, and  the “Sore World Of The “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.
  • Numerous Billboards,  designed and paid for by citizens across America,  appeared on High Street across from the Fordice Equine Center.

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  • WWW.BILLYGOBOY.COM reported that Horse Show Manager Mr. Robert Taylor owned a “SORED” horse, “My Titleist” at the 2011 Celebration.  Mr. Taylor employed two “Big Lick” Trainers, one of which is Mr. Jack Way who has served two years of Federal Suspension facing Horse Soring Charges.  His other Trainer,  Mr. Bradley Davis, has served a one year Federal suspension.
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HORSE SHOW MANAGER MR. ROBERT TAYLOR WITH HIS TRAINER,  SERIAL HORSE ABUSER JACK WAY

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MS. CAROL LACKEY AND HORSE SHOW MANAGER MR. ROBERT TAYLOR

  • All three Jackson, Mississippi stations ran stories on the “Big Lick SORING”.

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Controversy surrounds MS Charity Horse Show – “Big Lick”

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  • Prior to the Saturday night Horse Show,   Horse Show Announcer Mr. Tommy Williams was taken into custody on an Arrest Warrant for Simple Assault/Intimidation charges relating to threats of physical violence he allegedly posted on his Facebook Page on March 14, 2015.   Mr. Williams was taken downtown for booking and processing.  He is afforded the presumption of innocence.
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MISS. CHARITY HORSE SHOW ANNOUNCER MR. TOMMY WILLIAMS ARRESTED ON CHARGES OF ALLEGED SIMPLE ASSAULT/INTIMIDATION FOR MAKING THREATS OF VIOLENCE ON FACEBOOK – MR. TOMMY WILLIAMS IS INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY

  • An “IRATE BIG LICKER” attempted to assault  AAWHA Media Spokesperson at the Saturday Night performance when he was stopped by a Jackson Police Department officer.   Charges will be filed against this individual in the near future.

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  • USDA APHIS Deputy Administrator Dr. Chester Gipson,  on the apparent instruction of U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea, ignored the 5,588+  persons when he personally oversaw and allowed obviously “SORE” Horses shown at Jackson, Mississippi, and has now apparently dramatically changed the “SORING” protocol.  Dr. Gipson dramatically changed the Inspection Protocol from 2014 to 2015.

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RANDOM PHOTOS BY NEPHEW EUGENE

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All in all,  the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking world changed forever during the “30 DAYS IN JACKSON”.

A major University set a precedent by not accepting money from the exhibition of “SORE BIG LICK” Tennessee Walking Horses.

Many other organizations and institutions will follow Ole Miss example.

The Circle of Soring is getting smaller and smaller.

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JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI – HOME OF THE MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW

MR. JEFFREY HOWARD – EDITOR, THE WALKING HORSE REPORT

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Here is Mr. Jeffrey Howard today in “Baghdad Bob” mode,   “It was a very positive start to the show season in many different aspects. Thanks to everyone that had a hand in putting on the show and to the owners and exhibitors that supported it.  It is so important to keep all of the shows but especially those that fall outside of Middle Tennessee.”

Nephew Eugene says mark this down,  ”the Jackson Horse Show” is on the way out if it doesn’t cancel the “Big Lick” classes in 2016.

The “SORE BIG LICK”  never saw “That Train A Coming” in Jackson, Mississippi.WOWTRAINACOMIN01

Lynerd Skynyrd dedicated this song to them.

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Word in Shelbyville is Mr. Frank Eichler’s “Rising Star Ranch” is on the market.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The essence of Mr. Williams internet threats included:

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ELEMENTS OF TOMMY WILLIAMS THREATS – MARCH 14, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Gipson is making all of this possible.

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Does any of this look familiar?

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Friday night had about 90 total entries.

Thursday night had about 87 total entries.

Jackson used to have a slick paper souvenir show program.

It doesn’t any more.

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

The Show Thursday started with this Prayer or Invocation:

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

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

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

Lord,  we confess that’s hard

We need your grace there.

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

Let those who act fecklessly without cause be disgraced.

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

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

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

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

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WALKING HORSE REPORT EDITOR JEFFREY HOWARD AND CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN

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

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

The Jackson Community has obviously deserted the Horse Show.

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

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

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

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

They simply didn’t.

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

So much for transparency.

In general,  Thursday  was a sloppily run horse show.

Many delayed gate calls.

Best described as a “Big Lick” Family reunion.

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

And “The Horses” got their “FIX”.

More in depth to come.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other commenters joined in the dialogue.

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Taylor did not respond to the AAWHA request.

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

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

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

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

 

CONTROVERSY SURROUNDS MS CHARITY HORSE SHOW – “BIG LICK”

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

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MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW MANAGER MR. ROBERT TAYLOR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NATIVE MISSISSIPPIAN MYRLIE EVERS CALLING FOR CHANGE

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

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

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

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

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

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

He will serve as the Announcer.

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OTHER EXAMPLES OF “BIG LICK” THREATS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So have other internet chatroom screenshots made by various individuals.

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

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

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

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

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JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI – HOME OF THE MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW

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

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Here is the Chattanooga Times-Free Press Editorial:

CHATTANOOGA TIMES-FREE PRESS EDITORIAL AGAINST “BIG LICK”  

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

Bring that circus protest to help Tennessee Walkers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But more must be done.

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

But any is too many.”

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“BLOOD MONEY” DONATION TO UNIVERSITY  OF MISSISSIPPI

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

THIS WOULD BE IT

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

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

The clinical language is “unilateral sensitive left foot”.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The ultimate pressing question facing Ole Miss is:

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

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

“These Guys” are looking at them, too.

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

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

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

ARE YOU READY?

#OLEMISSCAMPAIGN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MR. BILLY YOUNG, WALKING HORSE TRAINER BOYZ PRESIDENT

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CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN MR. DAVID L. HOWARD

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THE “DOWN AT THE HEELS” CELEBRATION CALSONIC ARENA

 

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MORGAN COUNTY CELEBRATION ARENA, DECATUR, ALABAMA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bobmedmac argle bargling “Pogo” said,

“We have met the enemy and it is us.”

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

It certainly seems that they have succeeded.

Please stay tuned for further developments.

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

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

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

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

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

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KEVIN SHEA – APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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It is now January 9, 2015.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MICHAEL MCGARTLAND,  APPELLANT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LEE W. MCGARTLAND,  WIFE OF MICHAEL MCGARTLAND

Lee W. McGartland, PSHA  Secretary & Board Member

Lee W. McGartland, PSHA Secretary & Board Member

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

ANDREA MORGAN, DVM - USDA DEPUTY APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

ANDREA MORGAN, DVM – USDA DEPUTY APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

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

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

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

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

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

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WEST GRAND STANDS – 2014 WORLD GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP

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

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CELEBRATION ON THE ROPES

Much much more to come.

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

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

AMERICA WILL BE WATCHING WITH RAPT INTEREST

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THE LICKERS

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THE FLATTERS.

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 THE CELEBRATION SPONSORS MINUS “REGIONS BANK”

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CELEBRATION SPONSORS

Six days until the Celebration.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apparently, they listened.

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

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

AAWHA Spokesperson Clant M. Seay said,  “We now have 70% of the U. S. House of Representatives supporting the PAST ACT. The elimination of the pads and chains which are a means and incentive to sore the horses would allow the Tennessee Walking Horse to regain its rightful place as the world’s greatest show horse that is also a pleasure to ride. The PAST Act will require change,  but it is change that will allow the Tennessee Walking Horse breed to survive and thrive. We proved at “Walk on Washington” with America watching that there will still be beautiful show horses without 15 pound shoes on each foot and chains slapping their pasterns. What there won’t be is an artificially created grotesque caricature of what should be a beautiful, fluid and altogether natural gait.  That was what made the Tennessee Walking Horse famous in the first place and when we get it back, then we will really have something to celebrate.”
The first billboard went up in Shelbyville today.
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THERE AIN’T GOING TO BE NO MORE “DUTCH/S” ONCE THE PAST ACT PASSES
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TWO HORSE SHOWS – WHOA INTERNATIONAL AND WARTRACE – ONE HEADING UP – THE OTHER ONE HEADING DOWN – A SIGN OF THE TIMES – (MORE TO FOLLOW)

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

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WARTRACE HORSE SHOW – AUGUST 2, 2O14

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

And the Celebration followed in 1939.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WHOA HIO DQP INSPECTING HORSES

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

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

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

There was a tense air at Wartrace.

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

It hung over everything.’

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

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

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WARTRACE, TENNESSEE HISTORIC BIG LICK SHOW

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

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

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

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AMATEURS ON AGED STALLIONS – VICTORY PASS

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

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

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

TRAINER WINKY GROOVER COACHING DEBBIE EICHLER

TRAINER WINKY GROOVER COACHING DEBBIE EICHLER

TWO MEMBERS OF TWHBEA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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

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

MR. JERRY HARRIS,  BIG LICK PROPAGANDIST

MR. JERRY HARRIS, BIG LICK PROPAGANDIST

LONG TIME SHOWMAN ED BREEDLOVE AND MR. JERRY HARRIS

LONG TIME SHOWMAN ED BREEDLOVE AND MR. JERRY HARRIS

 THE USDA – IN BLUE SHIRTS

THE USDA COMMAND STATION - DR. BAKER IN CHARGE

THE USDA COMMAND STATION – DR. BAKER IN CHARGE

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

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

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

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

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WHTA BOYZ BUILDING – SHELBYVILLE, TENNESSEE

1,913 WHOA International entries say otherwise.

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

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

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JEFFREY HOWARD, PSHA SPOKESPERSON BEFORE THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL BOARD

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

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

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

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

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

No telling what he will find it he does.

This could get real interesting.

Stay tuned.

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Disclosure shows PSHA letter critical of Whitfield

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD (R-KY) ISSUES PRESS RELEASE

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

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

Those two words can be interpreted several different ways.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
     Thursday,  July 31, 2014
                                             CONTACT:  Marty Irby
                           (202) 225-3115
 

 

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

 

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

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

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

LARRY JOE WHEELON OUTSIDE COURTROOM WITH ASSOCIATE BOBBIE JO KOGER

LARRY JOE WHEELON OUTSIDE COURTROOM WITH ASSOCIATE BOBBIE JO KOGER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHEELON FARRIER BLAKE PRIMM WITH BALL CAP.

WHEELON FARRIER BLAKE PRIMM WITH BALL CAP.

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

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

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

ESTHER BELL, ESQ., KNOXVILLE ATTORNEY

ESTHER BELL, ESQ., KNOXVILLE ATTORNEY

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

CIRCUIT JUDGE TAMMY HARRINGTON

CIRCUIT JUDGE TAMMY HARRINGTON

More to come.

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

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UNPROTECTED HORSES THANKS TO KEVIN SHEA AND CHESTER GIPSON, DVM

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

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

That is not acceptable.

The public does have a right to know.

And will know,  sooner rather than later.

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

KEVIN SHEA - APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

KEVIN SHEA – APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

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

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

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

Then, you stopped!

Why?

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

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

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

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

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

GIN TODDY – 3 HORSE PROTECTION ACTION VIOLATION CITATIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sirs, seriously,  what are you thinking about?

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

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

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

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

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

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

GARY EDWARDS, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER

GARY EDWARDS, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER

JIMMY MCCONNELL, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER

JIMMY MCCONNELL, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER

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

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

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

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

Tom Vilsack - U. S. Secretary of Agriculture

Tom Vilsack – U. S. Secretary of Agriculture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LARRY JOE WHEELON – SENATOR ALEXANDER’S HOMETOWN NEIGHBOR

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

RANDALL STACY GUNTER – EMPLOYEE OF LARRY JOE WHEELON

RANDALL STACY GUNTER, SUSPENDED BY KENTUCKY HIO

RANDALL STACY GUNTER, SUSPENDED BY KENTUCKY HIO

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

CHESTNUT HILL, TN – EAST TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE AUXILIARY SHOW

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BLOUNT COUNTY COURTHOUSE ON LAMAR ALEXANDER PARKWAY

BLOUNT COUNTY COURTHOUSE ON LAMAR ALEXANDER PARKWAY IN MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

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

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

Stopping horse torture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Time is short.

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

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

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

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Nephew Eugene says it’s time.

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

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

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

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

Mickey McCormick trains the sore Big Lick.

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

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

Cat Dye trains sound Tennessee Walking Horses.

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

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

CAT DYE AT THE SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE – BRENTWOOD, TENNESSEE

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

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Listen

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

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

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

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Clant Seay • 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FIRST – THE OFFICIAL COUNT

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

 

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

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

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

REPRESENTATIVE TIM WALZ (D-MN)

REPRESENTATIVE TIM WALZ (D-MN)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nephew Eugene remains concerned.

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

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

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

PUTNAM COUNTY CIRCUIT JUDGE AMY V. HOLLARS

PUTNAM COUNTY CIRCUIT JUDGE AMY V. HOLLARS

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

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

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

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

PAT STOUT,  COOKEVILLE, TN, TWHBEA MEMBER

PAT STOUT, COOKEVILLE, TN, TWHBEA MEMBER

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

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

Walking Horse Report Editor Jeffrey Howard told persons:

“They’ll never count those votes”. 

Jeffrey Howard, Editor - PSHA Spokesperson & Walking Horse Report

Jeffrey Howard, Editor – PSHA Spokesperson & Walking Horse Report

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

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

It failed.

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

TOM KAKASSY -CURRENT TWHBEA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER

TOM KAKASSY -CURRENT TWHBEA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER

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

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

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

LOYD CARR BLACK,  RESIGNED TWHBEA PRESIDENT

LOYD CARR BLACK, RESIGNED TWHBEA PRESIDENT

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

THE "YEAS" HAVE IT IN A LANDSLIDE

THE “YEAS” HAVE IT IN A LANDSLIDE

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

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The Pat Stout Poll matter rolled on through the Fall.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stay tuned.

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

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

FRANK EICHLER, SORE BIG LICK EPISTLE WRITER

FRANK EICHLER, SORE BIG LICK EPISTLE WRITER

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

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

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

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

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

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

STEVE SMITH EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE – 7 HPA CITATION HISTORY

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

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

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

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

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

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NATURAL GAITED TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE - WORLD GRAND CHAMPION MIDNIGHT SUN

NATURAL GAITED TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE – WORLD GRAND CHAMPION MIDNIGHT SUN

The PAST ACT cannot be passed soon enough.

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

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

It will never be the same.

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

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

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

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

PBS "TO THE CONTRARY" HOST BONNIE ERBE'

PBS “TO THE CONTRARY” HOST BONNIE ERBE’

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

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“The Sadistic Treatment of Tennessee Walking Horses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE G. K. BUTTERFIELD

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE G. K. BUTTERFIELD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VIRGINIA TWHBEA DIRECTOR PAM MCKINLEY

VIRGINIA TWHBEA DIRECTOR PAM MCKINLEY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“Hi Ms McKinney,

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

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

Thank you.”

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

SORING DEBATE AMBLES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TERRY DOTON, RESIGNED PSHA CHAIR

TERRY DOTON, RESIGNED PSHA CHAIR

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

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

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

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

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

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VIRGINIA TWHBEA DIRECTOR PAM MCKINLEY

The PAST ACT eliminates these and what results from them:

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THE STACK WHICH CAME OFF OF “DUTCH”

And this:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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TWHBEA MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS WALT CHISM

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

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

Respected sources believe that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Culpeper horses to Walk on Washington to end ‘soring’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  The cause has celebrity support, too.

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

  “Over the years, Elvis and I owned several Tennessee Walking Horses, and I know them to be gentle, graceful creatures. Today, 44 years after the passage of the Federal Horse Protection Act that was intended to end the terrible practice of soring, these horses continue to suffer at the hands abusive trainers. I’m calling on Congress to pass the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act to finally end this torture,” she said, according to humanesociety.org.

  The PAST Act, if approved, would increase penalties and fines for soring, prohibit the use of action devices – such as chains that rub a sore leg – and allow veterinarians to serve as show inspectors versus the current practice of industry self-policing.

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Radar says he can recognize a band wagon when he sees one.

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FROM CALIFORNIA TO THE CRESCENT CITY OF NEW ORLEANS – #291 REPRESENTATIVE CEDRIC RICHMOND (D-LA) COMES ON BOARD TO STOP SORING

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WASHINGTON, DC –  Representative Cedric Richmond (D-LA) is co-sponsoring the PAST ACT (Prevent All Soring Tactics Act).

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Elected to Congress in 2011,  the 40 year old Cedric Richmond previously served 11 years in the Louisiana House of Representatives.

An overwhelming 2/3rds  - 67% – of the U. S. House of Representatives now sponsors the PAST ACT.

 Richmond becomes the 291st Representatives of 435 Congressmen to co-sponsor the measure which equals 67% of the United States House of Representatives.The PAST ACT has strong bipartisan support.  It is endorsed by the American Horse Council and the American Veterinary Medical Association.Momentum is building for a vote on the House Floor.The PAST ACT will remove the pads and chains, eliminate the corrupt HIOs and make horse soring a federal felony.
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Nephew Eugene says those TWHBEA members were right on the money when they voted 63% landslide for passage of the PAST ACT.     Right now the U. S. House is 67% because of hard work by people such as Jane Lutz who have persisted and persisted until it finally happens.
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* For certain purposes, the total number of Congressman could be argued as #292 due to Congressman Bill Young (R-FL) having co-sponsored the PAST ACT prior to his death, and now his successor Congressman David Jolly (R-FL) has also co-sponsored the PAST ACT.

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LEWISBURG, TN – First TWHBEA let Midnight Sun be hauled off,  and now apparently the “Sore Big Lick Grinch” has removed Marty Irby‘s picture from the famed WALL OF PRESIDENTS at TWHBEA’s headquarters in Lewisburg, Tennessee.

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Nephew Eugene says Aunt Minerva strongly suspects Steve Smith and Walt Chism are behind the attempt to revise the history of TWHBEA.

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FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT MARTY IRBY, 2010 – 2012

Executive Director Tracy Boyd,  whose picture IS still on the Wall, is presently studying the situation.  Boyd has no comment at this time (unless he wants to get fired and also have HIS picture removed)

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Tracy Boyd – TWHBEA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Informed sources say that Smith and Chism go into anaphylactic shock every time another  Representative or Senator co-sponsors the PAST ACT,  especially if it’s a Republican.

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PICTURES OF TWHBEA PRESIDENTS IN HEADQUARTERS AT LEWISBURG, TN

Nephew Eugene believes that the same alleged “MALICE” of which Pat Stout’s Attorney Henry D. Fincher, Esq. has accused the Steve Smith and his cohorts of committing may have something to do with Marty Irby’s picture being removed.

Note:  A roll call vote was held this past Saturday in which a number of Directors may have boarded the “Malice Train” when they refused to reinstate Pat Stout’s membership privileges.    Some think the action of a Director with an HPA citation history, Russ Keyser (DE),   abstaining on the vote might have been an intelligent thing to do. CORRECTION: It was previously reported that Dr. Linda Montgomery (AL) abstained on this vote, but that was incorrect.  Dr. Montgomery voted to reinstate the membership privileges of Pat Stout and the two other suspended members.   Regarding a Motion to overturn the action of the Executive Committee to not accept money from the Humane Society of the United States for purchase of an Ad in the Voice Magazine or sponsorship of the upcoming World Versatility Show,  Dr. Montgomery voted NO with those against the Motion.

German Director Denise Bader Keyser cast a key vote at the October 2013 EC meeting against the Directors electronic voting on the Officers of the Association. She  expressed concern that allowing ‘electronic voting might adversely affect attendance at the TWHBEA Christmas banquet’.  It should be noted that Director Bader Keyser did not attend the TWHBEA mid-year meeting in Lewisburg last Saturday.  There was no banquet nor were there any donuts served.

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Webster’s Dictionary defines Malice:

malice |ˈmaləs| noun the intention or desire to do evil; ill will: I bear no malice toward anybody.• Law wrongful intention, esp. as increasing the guilt of certain offenses.

Malice (law), a legal term describing the intent to harm

Some synonyms for Malice are:   spite, malevolence, ill will, vindictiveness, vengefulness, revenge, malignity, evil intentions,animus, enmity, rancor; informal bitchiness, cattiness; literary maleficence

Steve Smith and Walt Chism must truly believe that no one is watching or paying attention to what appears to be the latest “malicious shenanigans” down at TWHBEA.

Nephew Eugene’s friend Marvin from Cornersville knows someone who fished Irby’s picture out of the Dumpster behind the TWHBEA building.  His buddy will hold on to it until the PAST ACT passes, and then he plans to return it to the WALL OF PRESIDENTS, but only after Steve Smith’s sore Big Lick crowd has left the building.

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PAT STOUT’S ATTORNEY SERVES DISCOVERY REQUESTS INCLUDING PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS ON STEVE SMITH’S TWHBEA’S REGISTERED AGENT – STOUT’S ATTORNEY HENRY D. FINCHER, ESQ. HAS DEEP FAMILY TIE TO FOUNDATION OF TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE BREED

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COOKEVILLE, TN – Pat Stout’s attorney,  Henry D. Fincher, Esq.,  has served Discovery Requests on registered agent for service of process Kevin Kennedy of Clarksville, Tennessee,  attorney for U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Campaign Finance Chairman Steve Smith’s TWHBEA.

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

So far,  no word if TWHBEA has insurance coverage which will cover the cost of defending  TWHBEA from the lawsuit filed by Henry D. Fincher, Esq., on behalf of Pat Stout for actions taken by TWHBEA President Steve Smith immediately upon taking office. According to Tom “I’M A PROUD HPA VIOLATOR” Kakassy,  President Smith requested Kakassy and his cohorts to provide a Report as “quickly as possible” after Stout was exonerated of any wrong doing by the previous Executive Committee.

It appears that Smith’s sore Big Lick Executive Committee voted to punish Pat Stout for simply asking TWHBEA members to give their opinions on passage of the PAST ACT. And  Smith’s gang was highly displeased that TWHBEA members overwhelmingly voted 63%  “YES” for passage of the PAST ACT.

TWHBEA has 30 days from May 20, 2014 to provide answers to the questions asked by Pat Stout’s attorney and produce the requested documents.

A Hearing has been noticed for Thursday,  June 26, 2014,   before Circuit Judge Amy V. Lollars on Stout’s Motion For Temporary Injunction.

An interesting side note is Henry D. Fincher’s family has deep roots where the Tennessee Walking Horse breed is concerned.     Mr. Fincher’s  Grandmother,  Margaret Howard “Maggie” Morgan (1900 – 1996) raised the 1949 Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Champion,  Midnight Merry.   Midnight Merry was a mare and her trainer was Steve Hill.   Midnight Merry was foaled on the property where Mr. Fincher’s home is presently located.

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Pursuant to Rules 33 and 34 of the Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure, the Plaintiffs, by and through counsel, hereby propound Interrogatories and Requests for Production of Documents to Defendant Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Association, Inc (hereinafter referred to collectively and individually as “Defendant”).

Written answers or objections for each interrogatory or request for production are to be served upon Plaintiff’s counsel within thirty (30) days after service hereof, or forty-five (45) days after service of the summons and complaint, whichever is later.

All requests for production are to be produced at the office of Henry D. Fincher, Esq., 305 East Spring Street, Cookeville, Tennessee, at 9:00 a.m., on the date which is thirty (30) days after service hereof, unless said date falls on a weekend or holiday, then production shall take place at 9:00 a.m. of the first business day subsequent to said date. The time or place of production may be altered by prior written agreement of counsel.

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS AND DEFINITIONS

A. These Interrogatories and Requests for Production of Documents are continuing in character so as to require you to file timely supplementation of prior responses in accordance with Rules 33 and 34 of the Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure.

B. Unless otherwise indicated, these Interrogatories and Requests for Production of Documents refer to the time, place and circumstances of the occurrences mentioned or complained of in the Complaint in this proceeding.

C. Every Interrogatory or Request for Production of Documents seeking knowledge or information in the possession of Plaintiff are intended to include knowledge or information of Plaintiff’s officers, directors, partners, employees, agents, representatives, and, unless privileged, its attorneys.

D. For each Interrogatory or Request for Production of Documents, or part thereof which is objected to on the ground of undue burden or expense, the objection should state:

(1) The number of files and/or documents needed to be searched;

(2) The location of each file;

(3) The number of hours required to conduct the search; and

(4) The estimated cost of the search in dollars.

E. If an Interrogatory or Request for Production of Documents requests identification of a document which is no longer in your possession, custody or control, the answer should state when the document was most recently in your possession, custody or control, the disposition made of the document, and the identity of the person presently in possession, custody or control of the document. If the document has been destroyed, state the reason for its destruction, the identity of the person who destroyed the document and the identity of the person who directed that the document be destroyed.

F. The terms “person” and “persons” include natural persons, firms, associations, partnerships, corporations and other legal entities.

G. The term “documents” means any original and any copy (whether or not different from the original because of notes made on or attached to such copy or otherwise) all notes, memoranda, cablegrams, telegrams, radiograms, minutes, estimates, bills, invoices, orders, agreements, contracts, books, accounts, records, financial statements, diagrams, drawings, sketches, maps, plans, specifications, blueprints, publications, brochures, promotional literature, catalogs and publicity releases and all other documentary material, whether written, typed, printed, visual or audio recording, photograph, microfilm, data processing record, or magnetic tape or disc, of any nature whatsoever, whether or not in your possession, custody or control.

H. A request to “identify” or for “identification” or “identity” requires the following information to be set forth in the response:

(1) with respect to a natural person, his name and present or last-known home and business address (including street name and number, city or town, state, zip code and telephone number, his present or last-known job title and position, and the dates or his tenure and each job title or position;

(2) with respect to a person other than a natural person, its full name and type of organization, the address of its principal place of business (including street name and number, city or town, state and zip code and telephone number), and the jurisdiction and place of its incorporation or organization; and

(3) with respect to a document, (a) a general description of the type of document (e.g., letter, record, list, memorandum, report); (b) the date and, if applicable, title of the document; (c) identification of the address(s) or recipient(s) of the document; (d) identification of the person(s) who has possession, custody or control over the original document; (e) identification of each person who has possession, custody or control over each copy of the document; and (f) a description of the general nature of the subject matter of the document. Any identification of a document should be made with reasonable particularity.

I. The term “describe” with respect to any oral agreement, statement or communication means to provide a brief description of the oral agreement, statement or communication, including, to the degree possible: Its general nature and content; the date it was made; identification of all persons present at the time it was made; the place(s) where it was made; and identification of the persons making the oral agreement, statement or communication.

J. A communication or document “relating,” “related,” or “which relates” to any given subject means any communication or document that constitutes, contains, embodies, evidences, reflects, identifies, states, refers to, deals with, bears upon, or is in any way pertinent to that subject, including without limitation, documents concerning the preparation of other documents.

K. Wherever used herein, the singular shall be deemed to include the plural, and the plural shall be deemed to include the singular; the masculine shall be deemed to include the feminine, and the feminine shall be deemed to include the masculine; the disjunctive (“or”) shall be deemed to include the conjunctive (“and”), the conjunctive (“and”) shall be deemed to include the disjunctive (“or”); and each of the functional words “each,” “every,” “any,” and “all” shall be deemed to include each of the other functional words.

L. For each claim of privilege for any requested information or documents, provide a privilege log as required by Tenn. R. Civ. P. 26.02(5) that contains at least the following information: the nature and general description of the contents of the information sought such that the requestor may make an informed decision on whether to challenge the claim of privilege; the identity of all persons who had a hand in creating or compiling the information or document; the date the documents were created, revised, updated or destroyed; and state the basis on which the privilege is claimed.

M. For the purposes of these interrogatories, “Defendant,” “you”, and/or “your” includes Defendant and any attorney, accountant, director, officer, employee, agent, and representative of the foregoing.

INTERROGATORIES

1. State the Defendant’s full corporate name, address, EIN and Tax identification number, date of organization, and corporate status; and identify all persons who assisted you in preparing answers to these interrogatories.

ANSWER:

2. State the name, address and telephone number of each person having any knowledge of relevant facts relating to the investigation of the poll and related matters identified in the Plaintiff’s Complaint, and for each person identified, please describe the substance of the knowledge and role of each party.

ANSWER:

3. Does the Defendant expect to call any expert witness, including, but not limited to, an accountant, appraisers, or other expert of any sort, to testify on the Defendant’s behalf at trial in any capacity? If yes, state the name, address and telephone number of each such expert witness.

ANSWER:

4. As to each expert witness identified in the Interrogatory above, state:

(a) The subject matter on which the expert is expected to testify.

(b) The substance of the facts and opinions to which the expert is expected to testify.

(c) A complete summary of all the grounds for each such opinion.

(d) All times the expert has testified in any court action or arbitration.  List the state, the court, case number date of testimony, and the subject matter of the expert’s testimony in that action.

(e) Identify each and every document which your expert has reviewed or relied upon in answering this Interrogatory, reviewing this case, and/or preparing for his deposition or anticipated testimony at trial.

ANSWER:

5. Identify any videotapes, maps, charts, audio tapes, photographs and/or diagrams, or any documentation of any other kind, relevant to any issue in this action of which any of the Defendants are aware.

ANSWER:

6. Identify, and list in chronological order any and all court action(s), criminal charge(s) or citation(s), or any other legal proceeding(s) in which the Defendant has been involved from January 1, 2000, until the present.  Include the style of the case, the name and location of the court, the date the action was filed, the case number, the date the action was resolved, and a brief summary of the nature of the action and the resolution of the case, including any judgment or sentence imposed, including probation or restraining order.

ANSWER:

7. Identify the full name, current address for service of process and current telephone number of each and every witness who has knowledge of any of the facts alleged in the Complaint, Answer, Affirmative Defenses, Counter-claim, or any other pleading or document filed in this case, and provide their name, current mailing address and current telephone number and a brief description of their knowledge and/or anticipated testimony.

ANSWER:

8. Identify the date, location, number of pages or size, author, recipients (if any), person or entity in possession and brief summary of the contents of each and every document of relevance to any issue raised in any pleading, affidavit or any other matter of relevance to any issue in this case.

ANSWER:

9. State the facts upon which you rely for each affirmative defense in your answer.

ANSWER:

10. Identify and provide the full text (by incorporation of a produced document if the same is more convenient) of the TWHBEA Bylaws in effect on the following dates:  September 27, 2013; November 12, 2013; December 4, 2013; January 9, 2014; January 17, 2014; and January 21, 2014, and identify the corporate minutes where said bylaws were allegedly adopted.

ANSWER:

11. Identify and provide the full text of the TWHBEA Code of Conduct standards (by incorporation of a produced document if the same is more convenient) in effect on the following dates:  September 27, 2013; November 12, 2013; December 4, 2013; January 9, 2014; January 17, 2014; and January 21, 2014, and identify the corporate minutes showing where they were (a) adopted and (b) made a condition of membership. 

ANSWER:

12. Identify the minutes or recordings of any TWHBEA proceeding whatsoever, including but not limited to any meeting, assemblage or other gathering of TWHBEA members, directors and or officers of any nature, where the issue of the poll, Mrs. Stout and/or what discipline, if any, should be imposed on her, was mentioned, discussed and/or acted upon by any of those in attendance.

ANSWER:

13. Identify the full name, current address and current telephone number of all veterinarians that have been paid by TWHBEA pursuant to its role as a horse industry organization (HIO) and/or who have provided inspection services for TWHBEA related to the inspection of horses prior to any show or other exhibition, from January 1, 2000, to the present.

ANSWER:

14. Identify all documents related to TWHBEAs actions as an HIO since January 1, 2000, to the present.

ANSWER:

15. Identify the corporate minutes, bylaw provision or other official TWHBEA document or record that (a) created the Bylaws committee that purported to take action against Mrs. Stout and (b) you contend gave the Bylaws committee authority to undertake investigation and disciplinary action in this matter.

ANSWER:

16. Pursuant to Tenn.R.Civ.P. 30.06 please designate the corporate representative of TWHBEA who has authority to bind the corporation with his or her testimony regarding the following matters:

(a) The investigation of the poll and matters related thereto;

ANSWER:

(b) The preparation, adoption and publication of the Executive Committee report dated December 4, 2013;

ANSWER:

(c) The purported delegation of authority to the Bylaws Committee to perform investigation and issue recommendations regarding discipline of TWHBEA members;

ANSWER:

(d) The meeting, deliberation and investigation performed by the Bylaws Committee;

ANSWER:

(e) The preparation and publication of the January 9, 2014, findings regarding Pat Stout;

ANSWER:

(f) The decision to attempt to impose discipline on Pat Stout as detailed in TWHBEA’s January 21, 2014 letter, and the reasons therefor;

ANSWER:

(g) The refusal to restore Mrs. Stout’s membership and retract the false allegations made about her by TWHBEA after being asked to do so in Mr. Fincher’s March 3, 2014, letter;

ANSWER:

17. Identify all documents related to the issues listed in 16(a)-(g) not previously identified by Defendant.

ANSWER:

18. State all reasons TWHBEA refused to restore Mrs. Stout’s membership and retract the false allegations made about her by TWHBEA after being asked to do so in Mr. Fincher’s March 3, 2014, letter.

ANSWER:

19. State all reasons TWHBEA did not give Mrs. Stout a written complaint alleging wrongful actions before it suspended her membership.

ANSWER:

20. State all reasons TWHBEA did not provide Mrs. Stout the opportunity for a hearing before it suspended her membership.

ANSWER:

21. State all reasons TWHBEA did not provide Mrs. Stout the opportunity to meet with a person within TWHBEA with the power to reverse or modify the decision to suspend her membership.

ANSWER:

22. Have any documents that would be responsive to the requests for identification contained in these interrogatories been destroyed, altered, shredded, deleted, or otherwise disposed of in any way? If so, please identify all such documents, including the date, author, recipient and general subject matter of said documents, along with the date of disposal or destruction, and the claimed reason for said disposal or destruction.

ANSWER:

PLAINTIFF’S FIRST REQUEST FOR PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS

Pursuant to Rule 34 of the Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure, Plaintiff hereby requests that the Defendant produce for inspection and copying the documents specified below. Production of these documents shall take place in the manner specified elsewhere in this document. These requests are subject to the same conditions as Plaintiff’s First Set of Interrogatories.

1. Produce each and every document identified in Defendant’s response to Plaintiff’s First Set of Interrogatories.

2. Produce the current edition of the Defendant’s corporate governance documents, including but not limited to, its Charter, Bylaws, and sub-bylaws or other resolutions that govern the conduct of corporation business and affairs.

3. Produce a copy of any statement you may have taken from the Plaintiff.

4. Produce a copy of any statement you may have taken from any witness regarding the matters discussed in the Complaint.

5. Produce all documents reviewed or relied upon any expert in preparation for testimony in this case.

6. Produce any document that you contend refutes, rebuts, or otherwise contradicts Plaintiff’s claim for relief in this case.

7. Please provide true and correct copies of the Defendants’ federal income tax returns filed for the 2005-2014 tax years.

8. Please provide true and correct copies of all corporate minutes of Defendant from January 1, 2000 to the present.

9. Please provide the current list of all TWHBEA officers, directors, employees or other persons holding any official capacity with TWHBEA of any nature, with the person’s name, position and other relevant identifying information.

10. Please provide a full list of TWHBEA’s membership, including but not limited to, each person’s name, current address and telephone number, and other information kept or maintained by TWHBEA regarding its membership.

11. Please provide all documents related to TWHBEA’s involvement as an HIO from January 1, 2000 to present.

12. Please provide copies of any and all documents, photos or other items posted by TWHBEA (or its agent) on its website (or other web-based media site including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or other site) containing the name and/or image of Pat Stout since January 1, 2000 to the present.

13. Please provide copies of any and all documents, photos or other items posted by TWHBEA (or its agent) on its website (or other web-based media site including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or other site) mentioning the poll, Clant Seay or any investigation and/or discipline of any TWHBEA member or affiliate participating in the same.

14. Produce anything else identified in your responses to the Plaintiff’s Interrogatories.

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Nephew Eugene’s friend Randolph,  who went to Vanderbilt University Law School,  thinks TWHBEA has a lot of questions to answer and documents to produce regarding what it did to Pat Stout.

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GARY LANE BRINGS YOU THE ACTUAL FILM OF MERRY GO BOY AND MIDNIGHT SUN IN MOTION – VOTING STARTS AT 8:00 P.M. CENTRAL – GO TO SHELBYVILLENOW AT 8:00 P.M., SUNDAY NIGHT

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WARTRACE, TENNESSEE – Below are two of the best flatshod natural going Tennessee Walking Horses which ever wore hair, that weren’t named Strolling Jim or Merry Wilson who arguably were better moving than either Midnight Sun or Merry Go Boy.

VOTING OPENS AT 8:00 P.M., SUNDAY,  MAY 11, 2014

CLICK ON THIS LINK TO VOTE:

http://www.shelbyvillenow.com/midnight_sun_vs__merry_go_boy

Merry Go Boy and Midnight Sun

Midnight Sun and Merry Go Boy

Both were Champions.

You will have an opportunity to express a preference as to which, in your opinion,  had the “best way of going” based on this video of each brought to you by Gary Lane of Windswept Stables of Brodhead, Kentucky.

http://www.windsweptstables.net

Nephew Eugene has told me how he’s going to vote,  but he’s sworn me to secrecy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

JOHN BENNETT, DVM

JOHN BENNETT, DVM

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

The Walking Horse Report Account:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scott DesJarlais ‘personal shortcomings’ loom large

Rep. Scott DesJarlais is shown. | AP Photo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DESJARLAIS OPPONENT SEEMS TO BE WINNING THE FUND RAISING GOING AWAY

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

Tracy raises 4 times more than DesJarlais

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

By ERIK SCHELZIG ~ The Associated Press

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He came in third behind then-state Sen. Diane Black, the eventual winner of the seat, a