THE TENNESSEAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES – “VET SAYS HE TURNED DOWN INSPECTION JOB” – CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD ATTACKS THE TENNESSEAN NEWSPAPER AND REPORTER PAUL C. BARTON

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NASHVILLE, TN – The Friday,  August 29, 2014 edition of The Tennessean newspaper featured the growing controversy and scandal surrounding the 76th annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebtration.

Celebration officials represented to the public that a distinguished “World Class” vet Dr. Dallas O. Goble was a member of a “VAC” Veterinary Advisory Committee – when he was not.

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The uproar is growing in Big Lick ranks and Celebration Chairman David L. Howard posted this on an internet message board:

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I caution everyone to be careful in putting any confidence in the reporting in the Tennessean, particularly by this reporter. He is based in Washington, declined an open invitation to come to the show and see what was being done first hand, has been caught misrepresenting the facts so flagrantly that a representative from the Tennessean called our office to apologize, although they didn’t do so publicly. He has continually made false allegations and despite contacting his superiors, nothing has changed. The Celebration will be issuing a statement shortly and the VAC has told the Celebration they will respond to his false allegations later today. Remember, the Celebration has given the VAC complete independence in who was appointed to the committee, their recommendations, the personnel they sent to the show to do the testing. The Celebration has honored every one of their decisions and will continue to do so. The goal is to institute broad-based, objective, scientifically accepted testing standards and demonstrate to the public the condition of the horses showing at this show, for better or worse. The Celebration will take this information and build on it in their attempt to rid the show of any mistreatment of horses competing here. This year’s effort is not the end of this effort, it is the beginning of the end of any mistreatment of horses at the Celebration.

Chairman Howard has promised the Lickers a statement will be issued today.

It is amusing to say the Celebration has “been in touch with” – Howard is obviously trying to lay the blame off on the folks he paid the $250,000.00 when this ‘VAC” and Blankenship/Johnson Fiasco was fathered by nobody other than David L. Howard and Steve Smith,  Campaign Finance Chairman for Lamar Alexander.

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The Celebration is aware of and concerned about the allegations regarding the Veterinary Advisory Committee printed in the Nashville Tennessean. They have been in contact with Tom Blankenship and the VAC and have been assured that a statement will be forthcoming today correcting the allegations.

The Celebration’s “credibility” is ultimately at stake, and if you can’t believe David L. Howard and Company on this one,  then neither the public nor elected officials or anybody can believe them on anything.

Stay tuned.

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CELEBRATION OFFICIALS LYING ABOUT “VAC” VETERINARY ADVISORY COMMITTEE CASTS PALL OVER THURSDAY NIGHT CELEBRATION CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITION – THE PUBLIC IS SAYING, THANKS, BUT NO THANKS

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – The 76th annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is fast becoming the worst in the history of what U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander euphemistically refers to as a “TENNESSEE TRADITION”.

THE PUBLIC HAS SAID "NO"

THE PUBLIC HAS RESOUNDINGLY SAID,   “NO”

Public attendance is down more than an estimated 60% from 2013,  and the USDA has turned down a disturbing 50% of the Horses its Vets are inspecting for not being in compliance with the Horse Protection Act.

The issue overshadowing the entire 11 day Celebration is a growing controversy which has resulted from Celebration Officials Board Chairman David L. Howard, “VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship and “VAC” Chairman Jerry H. Johnson, DVM perpetrating a fraud by lying to the public and horse show patrons that distinguished veterinarian Dr. Dallas O. Goble was one of three “World Class” Vets on the “VAC” Veterinary Advisory Committee.  Dr. Goble took care of the Budweiser Clydesdales for many years, and “VAC” officials touted this fact every chance they got trying to enhance the gravitas and integrity of the “VAC” Veterinary Advisory Committee.

So it registered high on the seismic scale this past week when Dr. Goble made it crystal clear that he was not involved at any time as a member of “VAC”.

“THE ONLY THING MY NAME IS ON IS MY DRIVER’S LICENSE” said Dr. Dallas O. Goble when questioned last week in his disavowing any connection with the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration “VAC” Veterinary Advisory Committee.

DALLAS O. GOBLE, DVM - RETIRED VET

DALLAS O. GOBLE, DVM – RETIRED VET

U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) has now become engulfed in the growing scandal due to Alexander’s Campaign Finance Chair Steve Smith‘s  previous Tennessee Walking Horse related associations with “VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship and “VAC” Chairman Jerry H. Johnson, DVM.   In 2006,  Smith helped in paying Blankenship and Johnson thousands of dollars as key partisans in an effort to  amend the Horse Protection Act to redefine “soring” and render the “scar rule” meaningless.

It’s ironic that in 2006, the name of the group advising the National Horse Show Protection Society in trying to enact the amendments to solidify the sore Big Lick which was  - what else –  the “VETERINARY ADVISORY COMMITTEE”.

It’s impossible to make this stuff up.

The 2014 Celebration is facing a decertification Complaint which was filed by the USDA in January 2014, and public unrest about horse soring,  It came up with what else – another “VETERINARY ADVISORY COMMITTEE”.    The Celebration’s  ”VAC” scheme is an attempt to restore some degree of respectability to a tarnished image related to the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse.

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The 2006 Steve Smith led effort failed when The Tennessean newspaper became aware of the scheme and exposed the plot.  At that time,  Smith was trading off a campaign contributor/personal friendship with U. S. Senator Bill Frist (R-TN).

In 2014,   Steve Smith again attempted to throw money at the sore Big Lick problem by enlisting the help of U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander to stop the PAST ACT.    Despite claiming to be “Independent”.   It has now become apparent that  Dr. Jerry Johnson consulted with Senator Lamar Alexander in Fall 2013,  and advised Senator Alexander on the PAST ACT.   Dr. Johnson apparently misinformed Senator Alexander  on the issue which has caused Senator Alexander to be “out of touch” with the Tennessee Tradition of Horse Soring.

Speaking of the PAST ACT,  here is what Senator Alexander told The Tennessean Editorial Board on December 8, 2013,

“I am told by veterinarians and people who show horses that it would decimate the tradition of the Tennessee Walking Horse.”

It’s appearing more and more that these two gentlemen are the ones who gave Senator Alexander “poor advice and misinformation” regarding the PAST ACT:

"VAC" SPOKESPERSON TOM BLANKENSHIP, AND "VAC" CHAIRMAN JERRY H. JOHNSON, DVM   STG Photo - Jason Reynolds

“VAC” SPOKESPERSON TOM BLANKENSHIP, AND “VAC” CHAIRMAN JERRY H. JOHNSON, DVM STG Photo – Jason Reynolds

The Celebration has claimed that the “VAC” was independent, said the amount being paid  is a “significant amount”, but the Celebration won’t come clean with the public and disclose how much the “VAC” is actually costing.

Another controversial matter is when horses finish showing in the Celebration ring, then they have to leave the show ring and walk down to Barn 9 to be examined by “VAC” personnel.  At the Celebration, the inspection area is directly connected to the Show Ring.   When a Horse finishes a Celebration class,  the horse is still in the Calsonic building for post show inspection.   For the “VAC” inspection,   the horse leaves the Calsonic Area and walks to Barn 9.  It is so easy for Trainer Boyz to “switch” horses during the “walk” from the Show Ring to Barn 9.

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There are two days remaining at the 2014 Celebration. 

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GANNETT WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF PAUL C. BARTON’S STORY BLOWS THE WHISTLE ON “VAC” VETERINARY ADVISORY COMMITTEE – EITHER SPOKESPERSON TOM BLANKENSHIP OR DR. DALLAS O. GOBLE IS LYING, AND IT ISN’T DR. GOBLE

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WASHINGTON, DC – Gannett Reporter Paul C. Barton has today exposed the mendacity of “VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship,  “VAC” Chairman Dr. Jerry Johnson and Celebration Board Chairman David L. Howard in an article today first appearing in the Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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Barton’s article is expected to be published later today in The Tennessean and other Gannett publications.

When reporter Paul C. Barton asked the questions Wednesday so the public would know the truth about “VAC”,  the  ”VAC” officials took their phones off the hook, and went into hiding.

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

They simply refused to provide answers to Gannett Washington Bureau Chief Paul C. Barton’s questions.

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Celebration’s oversight faces new questions

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For weeks, officials of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration have proclaimed three independent and “world class” veterinarians would be overseeing inspections to guard against horse soring at this year’s show, which runs through Saturday night in Shelbyville.

What they didn’t disclose is one of the veterinarians never agreed to the deal and is at home in Knoxville this week — enjoying his retirement — rather than checking out horses as part of the Celebration’s new Veterinary Advisory Council.

Critics called the misrepresentation a sign the VAC’s real purpose has more to do with politics than protecting horses as the political battle over the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act in Congress continues. VAC officials Wednesday declined to respond to questions.

Celebration officials announced the creation of the VAC in late July to reassure the public it was going all out to protect horses from soring. The council is charged with carrying out X-rays and blood tests on horses to detect evidence of the practice.

In an interview Wednesday, veterinarian Dallas O. Goble of Knoxville said he was offered a spot on the council and thought about accepting but then decided against it for “professional reasons.” In particular, he said, it would have been hard to arrange malpractice insurance after being retired 11 years.

Goble said he notified Jerry H. Johnson, another veterinarian on the council, about his decision “a couple or three weeks ago.” He said he talked to no others related to the council or the Celebration.

But in a stream of press releases and interviews over the past month, including an interview Tuesday with the Gannett Washington Bureau, VAC spokesman Tom Blankenship continued to say the council has three members — Goble; Johnson, from Lexington, Ky.; and Phillip D. Hammock of Louisville, Ky.

In responding late Wednesday to Goble’s comments, Blankenship said the Knoxville veterinarian was involved in developing protocols for identifying soring shortly after the advisory council was formed in late July. He said it was not necessary for the three men to be present at the Celebration, although Johnson has been there. Blood samples and X-rays can be gathered by others, he said.

“They do not have to oversee objective testing,” Blankenship said.

But Goble, when contacted for a second time Wednesday, still said he had not been involved in anyway and that he knew nothing about establishing testing protocols. “I am not involved. I haven’t been involved from the start,” he said.

Teresa Bippen, representing Friends of Sound Horses, a pro-PAST ACT group, said Goble’s absence from the group shows it’s more about politics more than horses.

“The VAC was not established to protect the horse but to provide cover for big lick trainers, owners and the Celebration as they block the PAST Act,” Bippen said.

The PAST Act, bitterly opposed by many in the walking horse industry, would significantly enhance the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ability to police soring.

The news about Goble comes as the ability of the VAC to impartially oversee horse inspections and guard against soring — the infliction of pain on a horse’s lower legs and hooves to produce the higher “Big Lick” gait — was already under fire.

The Humane Society of the United States this week released an article of Johnson’s, the Lexington veterinarian, published in 1992 that described the 1970 Horse Protection Act as hugely successful in eliminating soring.

Humane Society officials, who support the PAST Act, said it was a sign Johnson shares the perspective of Big Lick horse owners that soring is a minor problem and that the 1970 law needs only tinkering, not an overhaul. Blankenship, on Tuesday, disputed the Humane Society’s contention, saying Johnson’s reputation was “beyond reproach.”

Meanwhile, Mike Inman, chief executive officer of the Celebration, said in an interview that attendance at the event was off and that controversy over the PAST Act and soring “has contributed some.”

Rainy weather in recent days has also held down crowd sizes, he said.

Inman added, “I don’t have the percentages yet.”

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

 

AAWHA BLOWS LID OFF OF “VAC’ VETERINARY ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION – DR. DALLAS O. GOBLE IS NOT A MEMBER OF THE CELEBRATION’S “VAC” VETERINARY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

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SORE BIG LICK SCHEME EXPOSED FOR THE WORLD TO SEE

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 Group:   AAWHA (ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE)
Contact:   Clant M. Seay - Media Representative/Spokesperson
Phone:   (662) – 380 – 3367     AAWHAMEDIAREP@gmail.com

DR. DALLAS O. GOBLE IS NOT A MEMBER OF THE CELEBRATION’S “VAC” VETERINARY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

NASHVILLE, TN  –   The All American Walking Horse Alliance discovered Tuesday that Dallas O. Goble, DVM, is not a member of the  “VAC”  Veterinary Advisory Committee of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

It appears that Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and his “VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship  have perpetrated a fraud upon the public by claiming that  Dr. Dallas O. Goble, DVM, is a part of the “VAC”  Veterinary Advisory Committee – a so-called independent inspection program paid for by The Celebration  that has been widely publicized by the organizers.   When reached at his home on Tuesday,    Dr. Goble said he knew  absolutely nothing about  the Celebration using his name and reputation until he was contacted about it by a friend.

When  asked it if he was a member of the “VAC”,  he said:

“No, I am not a part of it.   I wouldn’t touch that with a 10 foot pole.”

When Dr. Goble was told that Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and  “VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship were using his name and his reputation to bolster the credentials of the VAC  by stressing his participation on  the committee”,  Dr. Goble said, “The only thing my name is on is my driver’s license.”

Dr. Goble explained that he had originally been approached by Dr. Jerry H. Johnson about possibly being on the “VAC”,  and said he would do it, but as he had been retired for 11 years and he didn’t have the necessary malpractice insurance,  he declined the invitation.

In reponse to AAWHA questions, Dr. Goble said:

  • I never signed any Contract with the Celebration
  • I never received any payment or retainer with the Celebration.
  • The last time I set foot on the Celebration grounds was 20 – 25 years ago.
  • The last time I worked with the Clydesdale herd was three years ago.
  • I am leaving Wednesday to go do missionary work in Guatemala.

Since the original announcement in mid-July 2014 that the Celebration was going to hire an “independent” group of vets, and that Dr. Goble was a key member due to his care for the Budwieser Clydesdales,   Celebration Chairman David L.  Howard and  “VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship have repeatedly used Dr. Goble’s name apparently knowing full well that Dr. Goble is not a member of the “VAC” Veterinary Advisory Committee.

On July 22, 2014,  “VAC” Chairman Dr. Jerry H. Johnson told the press, “The panel consists of Drs. Jerry H. Johnson, D.V.M, Dallas O. Goble, D.V.M, and Phillip D. Hammock, D.V.M. As chairman I speak for the entire committee and we are pleased to provide TWHNC with independent veterinary advice,” said Johnson. “Our primary mission is to protect the horse and set a gold standard which hopefully will be embraced and utilized by the industry for the future.”

On July 25, 2014,  Celebration Chairman Howard said on The Walking Horse Report internet message board,  ““These three nationally acclaimed totally independent vets were retained at the suggestion of the few Senators and Congressmen that are keeping this law from being passed. Dr. Jerry Johnson has worked with Senator Lamar Alexander prior to being retained. One of the other vets is responsible for the Budweiser Clydesdales and I can assure you they know what they are doing and have no intention of doing anything except to get rid of any unsound horses.”

“The Celebration retained these three vets after meeting with and talking to other leadings vets in the country; the senators and congressmen that are fighting for the breed’s survival; lobbyists dealing every day with this legislation, other breed representatives and several highly respected public relations firms,” said Celebration Chairman David L. Howard.

On August 20, 2014,  “VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship, said,”The [Veterinary Advisory Committee] does not work for Celebration.  They are totally, by contract, independent.”Blankenship said the Celebration spent a “significant” amount of money to secure the contract with VAC, which he said is comprised of three world-class” veterinarians.  (WSMV TV Allana Autler interview)

As recently as August 22, 2014, in a comment on The Tennessean article by Brian Wilson,   Celebration Board Chairman David L. Howard said,  “None of these vets have had a deep and long tie to the industry and if you will merely Google their names you will see their credentials are top notch and their integrity is without question. … By the way, one of the vets on the VAC is responsible for the care of the Budweiser Clydesdales and another is the official vet for the most prestigious sales of thoroughbreds. You can rest assured they are not going to compromise their principles or damage their reputation by doing anything improper.”

On August, 22, 2014,  Mr. Howard extended an invitation to The Tennessean reporter Brian Wilson,  “Mr. Wilson, you are more than welcome to come to the Celebration and see first hand what the Celebration is doing to eliminate any soring. Members of the Veterinary Advisory Committee will be more than happy to meet with you and answer any questions that you have as well as observe their protocol for examining horses.”

The horse inspection program owned by the Celebration known as  S.H.O.W. HIO, is presently being decertifed by the USDA in legal proceedings due to it allegedly not properly enforcing the Horse Protection Act.

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SIGHTS AND SCENES OF SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION – AUGUST 23, 2014

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SAT.  NIGHT – 76TH ANNUAL TENNESSEE WALKING  HORSE CELEBRATION

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TIME TO SHOW – CHEERING HIM IN

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DRU MCCORMICK, WIFE OF MICKEY MCCORMICK NOT HAPPY THAT CLANT M. SEAY IS TAKING PICTURES OF INSPECTION AREA

(Left to Right) DONNA BENEFIELD, UNIDENTIFIED MANE MOTION ASSISTANT, DRU MCCORMICK, WIFE OF WHTA PREZ MICKEY MCCORMICK, FRIEND OF EUGENE)

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DONNA BENEFIELD,  AT  CHAIN CART IN THE INSPECTION AREA

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LARRY JOE WHEELON & FRIENDS BEFORE DIV. B, STAKE CLASS, AUG. 23, 2014

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OUCH  -   THIS HURTS

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UNIDENTIED MALE,  CAMOU MAN, KIM BUTLER UP ON LINDSAY LOHAN, JOHN ALLAN CALLAWAY.

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DAVID “BEEZLE” WILLIAMS, VP BREEDERS – TWHBEA, RISING STAR RANCH MANAGER

VETERAN TRAINER ALLAN CALLAWAY, UNIDENTIFIED MALE.

VETERAN TRAINER ALLAN CALLAWAY, UNIDENTIFIED MALE.

TWO GUYS FROM SHELBYVILLE WATCHING THE HORSE SHOW

TWO GUYS FROM SHELBYVILLE WATCHING THE HORSE SHOW

And so it goes.

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CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD’S “VAC” VETERINARY ADVISORY COMMITTEE TAKES ANOHER CREDIBILITY HIT – JERRY JOHNSON, DVM CARRIES SUBSTANTIAL SORE BIG LICK BAGGAGE

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WASHINGTON, DC  -  The Tennessean Washington Bureau Chief Paul C. Barton’s article raises an issue regarding the fairness and impartiality of long time Tennessee Walking Horse operative “VAC” Head Vet Dr. Jerry Johnson.

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JERRY H. JOHNSON, DVM – “VAC” COMMITTEE HEAD VET

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD, THE WALKING HORSE REPORT PUBLISHER

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD, THE WALKING HORSE REPORT PUBLISHER

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ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE WEIGHS IN

Clant Seay commented on an article.
According to Celebration Chairman David L. Howard, the “VAC” is independent and has no long term ties to the Celebration, yet every time another layer of the onion is peeled, more and more apparent deceit and obfuscation becomes visible.
Mr. Howard, please answer the questions you WERE going to answer, but so far, have not answered:
* How much is the “VAC” being paid?
* How much is Mr. Blankenship being paid?
* When will you make public the contract which Mr.Blankenship says will ensure that the “VAC” will be independent.
* How do you justify your opposition to the PAST ACT with the fact that the Saddlebred Horse Association endorses the PAST ACT, and you own the Saddlebred Horse Report and your daughter Christy Howard Parsons is the Editor?
* Why does your daughter Christy Howard Parsons on November 30, 2013 say “Because soring is a major problem, and you continue to deny that soring is a major problem?
* How do you explain the public not attending the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration?
Sincerely,
Clant M. Seay, Spokesperson, All American Walking Horse Alliance.
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Humane Society: Article casts doubt on vet’s fairness in Walking Horse issue

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Proponents of legislation to increase federal oversight of the walking horse industry called into question Tuesday the impartiality of an appointee to a new industry-created organization overseeing inspections at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville.

The Humane Society of the United States released a copy of a scholarly article that veterinarian Jerry H. Johnson of Lexington, Ky., wrote more than two decades ago that described the 1970 Horse Protection Act, the original federal law to stop horse soring, as hugely successful.

RELATED:Anti-soring vote inevitable, lawmaker says

The Humane Society says the article echoes industry arguments that soring isn’t a major problem.

Johnson is one of the three appointees to the new Veterinary Advisory Council, which the Celebration created to reassure the public it was doing everything possible to discourage soring during the 11-day event that ends Saturday night.

Tom Blankenship, spokesman for the VAC, confirmed that the Celebration is paying Johnson and the other two veterinarians — Dallas O. Goble and Phillip D. Hammock — to serve on the council.

During the Celebration, Blankenship said, 100 horses have had their lower leg and hooves X-rayed and “there have been no foreign objects detected.”

VIDEO:Humane Society releases graphic and disturbing video of soring at TN Walking Horse barn

He also said blood tests to detect chemical agents used to mask soring have been performed on about 250 horses, but the results won’t be known until sometime next month. The blood has been sent to a lab used by the Kentucky Racing Commissionin Lexington.

Blankenship said third party groups would not be allowed to view the X-rays.

Widely seen as cruel, soring involves using caustic chemicals, foreign objects and special pads and chains on a walking horse’s lower front legs and hooves to make them recoil in pain when they touch ground. That results in a higher-stepping gait known as the “Big Lick.”

RELATED:Vet advisory council steps up scrutiny of walking horses

In his article, Johnson wrote, “In conclusion, the Horse Protection Act has been very effective in all but eliminating soring in the Tennessee Walking Horse as evidenced by few to no cases cited for more than 12 years.”

The period involved was 1976-1988, and the article was published in 1992 in the Proceedings of the 38th Annual Convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

Statistics on compliance with the 1970 law have become central to debate over the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act now before Congress.

RELATED:Banned substances on horses undercut compliance claims

Keith Dane, head of equine issues for the Humane Society and a PAST Act supporter, said Johnson’s article reflects the still-pervading industry view that the 1970 law needs only tinkering at most, not the overhaul called for by the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act now before Congress.

“By spreading this misinformation to his colleagues at AAEP, he helped to prop up the façade that soring was no longer a problem and the Horse Protection Act was a success, and thus helped to condemn generations of Tennessee Walking Horses to decades of further abuse,” Dane said.

“His involvement again today could have the same continued effect.”

Although the U.S. Department of Agriculture publishes compliance-rate statistics — usually showing at least 97 percent conformity — the numbers come from the industry’s self-regulatory bodies, not federal officials.

Lacking funds in the 1970s to police all horse shows itself, USDA, with the approval of Congress, allowed the industry to set up “horse industry organizations” around the country to carry out the job — with the industry paying its own inspectors.

While USDA’s own inspectors make unannounced appearances at some shows, they can only appear at about 10 percent of events because of budget limitations. The PAST would vastly increase the number of federal inspectors.

Regardless, Blankenship said Johnson’s qualifications were “beyond reproach” and that the article was nothing more than a review of then-available statistics. He said Johnson was not toeing the industry’s views.

“The contents of the article do not support that assertion,” Blankenship said.

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Nephew Eugene thinks he might, just might,  hear that train a comin’.

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FIVE DOWN AND FIVE TO GO …. THINGS TRENDING DOWN, WAY DOWN FOR THE 76TH TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION – SERIOUS SMOKE COMING OUT OF “VAC”

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – What if they gave a Celebration and nobody came?

That is looking more and more like the story line for the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

The Celebration Arena on Sunday and Monday nights was like a tomb.  The Walking Horse Report is now “afraid” to show pictures of how few people were there.

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

While the Celebration entries are down 33% from two years ago,  the 2014 Celebration attendance,  if the current trend holds,  could be down as much as a shocking 65-70% from 2013.

The people in Shelbyville are having no part of the event.

They are totally absent.

In 2012,  the Celebration gave away “free money” and free tickets.  Neither worked.  All the motels presently have vacancy signs on them.   Except for a few rows of vehicles, the parking lots for persons attending the Celebration are just plain empty.

There is no buzz for the World Grand Champion Stake Class this Saturday night.

Last Saturday night,  Mr. Heisman was the only entry in Division A, and by completing the class,  won.    “Gen’s Black ‘WHO’ topped five “No Name” horses to win Division B.

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RESIGNED TWHBEA PRESIDENT LOYD "BUSTER" BLACK APPLAUDING MR. HEISMAN IN ONE HORSE CLASS

RESIGNED TWHBEA PRESIDENT LOYD “BUSTER” BLACK APPLAUDING PREVIOUSLY SORED BIG LICK MR. HEISMAN STAKE CLASS, DIVISION “A”

If you had your choice, Mr. Heisman would not be the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Poster Horse because he,  along with his Trainer Brandye Mills and Owner Randall Baskin and Celebration CEO Mike Inman,  all have a record of collecting Horse Protection Act Violation Citations.

APHIS HPA VIOLATION HISTORY - "MR. HEISMAN" - RANDALL BASKIN - BRANDYE MILLS - CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN

APHIS HPA VIOLATION HISTORY – “MR. HEISMAN” – RANDALL BASKIN – BRANDYE MILLS – CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN

MR. HEISMAN – CAVALRY GROUP POSTER – ‘NOT EXACTLY’ USDA APPROVED.

"MR. HEISMAN" WITH BRANDYE MILLS UP, AND OWNED BY RANDALL AND SADIE BASKIN

“MR. HEISMAN” WITH BRANDYE MILLS UP, AND OWNED BY RANDALL AND SADIE BASKIN

PROUD TRAINER BRANDYE MILLS WITH  MR. HEISMAN WITH OWNERS RANDALL AND SADIE BASKIN, AT 2011 DELTA FALL CLASSIC AND CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN JUST A PEEKING.

PROUD TRAINER BRANDYE MILLS WITH MR. HEISMAN WITH OWNERS RANDALL AND SADIE BASKIN, AT 2011 DELTA FALL CLASSIC AND CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN JUST A PEEKING.

RANDALL BASKIN,  OWNER OF MR. HEISMAN, 15.2 & UNDER CONTENDER

RANDALL BASKIN, OWNER OF MR. HEISMAN, 15.2 & UNDER CONTENDER

DAVID L. HOWARD “VAC” COMMITTEE  -  SERIOUS SMOKE AND LIKELY FIRE

  • Celebration Chairman David L. Howard’s vaunted “VAC” is looking more and more suspect.
  • Reports are out that Dr. Rachel Cezar has returned to Washington.
  • There are some strange sightings going on in the Inspection Area.
  • Celebration Chairman David L. Howard is mounting a “One Man Band” approach to dueling with supporters of the All American Walking Horse Alliance in comments on The Tennessean articles. So far Mr. Howard is outnumbered about 40 – 1, and his once mighty sword is fast turning into a shard when facing the flashing scimitars of the members of the mighty All American Walking Horse Alliance.

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CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD’S COMMENT IN THE TENNESSEAN DEFENDING THE $250,000.00 CELEBRATION “VAC” COMMITTEE

“The committee is independent and Mr. Blankenship is not conducting any testing. He is merely the public spokesperson for the committee. Plus he has not been involved with horses for a considerable length of time and is highly respected by his fellow attorneys for his candor and integrity. None of these vets have had a deep and long tie to the industry and if you will merely Google their names you will see their credentials are top notch and their integrity is without question. The VAC and the Celebration have made it plain from day one that when the results are returned from the lab, they will be made public. The Celebration does not and cannot dictate to the industry but they can put in place steps that will help to totally eliminate violations of the HJPA at their show. By the way, one of the vets on the VAC is responsible for the care of the Budweiser Clydesdales and another is the official vet for the most prestigious sales of thoroughbreds. You can rest assured they are not going to compromise their principles or damage their reputation by doing anything improper.”

If Mr. Howard continues, he is going to overtake Celebration CEO Mike Inman for the lead for the Annual BGB “Baghdad Bob” Award.

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

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BAGHDAD DABORA

On August 22, 2014,   Clant M. Seay questioned the following sentence in The Tennessean Reporter’s article entitled  - Celebration begins with new evaluations for soring -

“Veterinarians with no ties to the walking horse industry will inspect horses after they compete in their respective categories, according to the recommendations approved by Celebration officials”.

That is what Mr. Howard “hoped” would be presented to the public when his crowd wove a web of deceit around the vaunted “VAC” Veterinary Advisory Committee to try and buck up the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO which the USDA has sued to decertify for its failure to enforce provisions of the Horse Protection Act.

A lot has come out on the “VAC” so far,  and a lot more appears to be about to come out.

Please stay tuned.

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RETRACTION AND CORRECTION – AUGUST 24, 2014 ARTICLE “CELEBRATION MELTS DOWN ON SATURDAY NIGHT – FBI INTERVIEWS CASEY BROOKS MUTTER, ASSISTANT TRAINER FOR MICKEY MCCORMICK, PRESIDENT OF THE WALKING HORSE TRAINERS ASSOCIATION”

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THETA, TN – A blog post published on www.billygoboy.com on Sunday, August 24, 2014, which related events which occurred at the Tennessee National Walking Horse Celebration on Saturday,  August 23, 2014 erroneously identified Mr. Joseph Abernathy as his identical twin brother Mr. James Abernathy.

The article said,  ”Close to the end of the Division A Stake Class,  Mr.Seay was joined in the box by Mr. Joseph Abernathy.”

The person joining Mr. Seay in the box was Mr. James Abernathy who is the identical twin brother of Mr. Joseph Abernathy.

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CELEBRATION MELTS DOWN ON SATURDAY NIGHT – FBI INTERVIEWS CASEY BROOKS MUTTER, ASSISTANT TRAINER FOR MICKEY MCCORMICK, PRESIDENT OF THE WALKING HORSE TRAINERS ASSOCIATION

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SHELBYVILLE, TN - The first thing you saw last night at every entrance to the grounds of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration were two parked Tennessee State Trooper cars with blue lights flashing.

Then you saw these:

BEDFORD COUNTY SHERIFF CRUISERS ALL LINED UP AT CELEBRATION IN SHOW OF FORCE

BEDFORD COUNTY SHERIFF CRUISERS ALL LINED UP AT CELEBRATION IN SHOW OF FORCE

And an armed guard in front of a concession stand:
ARMED SECURITY AT VFW CONCESSION STAND

ARMED SECURITY AT VFW CONCESSION STAND

For an event where the present demographic is predominantly 40 – 75 years of age this is a rather unusual setting when you walk in.

ARMED SECURITY CHECKS CELEBRATION PATRONS

ARMED SECURITY CHECKS CELEBRATION PATRONS

The Celebration in its present big lick form is dying.

The attendance for the first  Saturday night of the 76th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration was 25% – 30% of what it was a year ago.

SATURDAY,  AUGUST 23, 2014

SATURDAY, AUGUST 23, 2014

There “might” have been 4,500 people attending.

In the heyday,  the first Saturday night would draw approximately 18,000 – 22,000 people.

WEST GRAND STANDS, STAKE NIGHT, AUG. 23, 2014

WEST GRAND STANDS, STAKE NIGHT, AUG. 23, 2014

It has become clear that the Tennessee public will no longer support the Big Lick and, barring a change of course, the USDA is “finally” going to enforce the law to eliminate soring – not just regulate it.

And with 70% of the U. S. House and 63% of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed registry in favor of the PAST ACT,  it’s only a matter of time.

America in 2014 is going to no longer stand for it.

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IF the USDA stays the course for the next 7 days,   the Celebration will never be the same.

There is no more 96% compliance rate.

It’s been blown to smithereens.

Of the 38 Horses the USDA checked on Thursday night,  21 were turned down as sore.  That’s about 55%.  The same percentages held for Friday night, and although Saturday night tablulations are not yet complete,  it appears to be about the same.

Billy Go Boy said following the 2013 Celebration that the Compliance rate was more like 85%,  and when the USDA enforces the Horse Protection Act,  it’s a lot less than that.

A major factor in the USDA enforcing the Horse Protection Act at the 2014 Celebration was the letter procured by Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) signed by 59 Congressmen and presented to U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

One of the most striking things is how old the people are who are still attending the Celebration.  Another signal is the Bedford County Schools historically let out the week of the Celebration, and according to reports on the grounds,  that didn’t happen this year.  The 30 year announcer Bobby Sands has apparently been replaced.   The ushers who used to be school teachers,  are now more like temp help folks instead of the people who greeted the same people coming back each year.

The horses are coming into the ring “swing walking”.  They are “slick”,  they are more stepping pace than anything else.

They are not hitting  a four beat gait.

Last night,  only three horses made it in the 35 Years Old And Younger Trainers class.

In Division A of the Stake Class, only one horse answered the gate call.

In Division B of the Stake Class,   six horses came into the ring, but “Saviour” horse “HONORS” did not make it.

The Celebration on its present course is doomed until this man and his son see the light.

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

PSHA SPOKESPERSON JEFFREY HOWARD AND CELEBRATION CHAIR DAVID L . HOWARD

PSHA SPOKESPERSON JEFFREY HOWARD AND CELEBRATION CHAIR DAVID L . HOWARD

TOXIC ENVIRONMENT PERMEATES ONCE PROUD TRADITION

And there was an unfortunate scenario which played out Saturday night.

The Spokesperson for the All American Walking Horse Alliance,  Clant M. Seay,  attended the Celebration on Saturday night at the invitation of Mr. David L. Howard who said in The Tennessean newspaper,  “Come and see for yourself, that’s all I’m asking. The Celebration grounds are open, any official will show you any thing you want to see and then decide for yourself if the action the Celebration is taking through the VAC is legitimate.

Prior to Mr. Seay’s attending the Celebration Saturday night,   on August 2, 2014,   he  attended the International Pleasure Show at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and the same night he went to the historic Wartrace Horse Show.

At the Wartrace Horse Show, Mr. Seay took pictures and video footage which were placed on the BGB blog.  While there, he received one verbal threat of physical violence.

The following Monday, August 4,  a threat was made in the form of a comment on a Billy Go Boy Facebook post  regarding “Dutch” an abused scarred Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse,  that Celebration CEO Mike Inman disputed as a “publicity stunt, didn’t exist and had no credibility”.

THE FACEBOOK POST BY BILLY GO BOY

CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN IS BAFFLED WHY THE MEDIA WOULD PAY ANY ATTENTION TO DUTCH. “He suggested Dutch isn’t even a walking horse — that he’s some other breed that the Humane Society put tall shoes on as a publicity stunt. “It could be a fabrication to raise more money and cause more controversy,” Inman said. “There’s no credibility.” MIKE INMAN IS RIGHT ABOUT ONE THING – HE HAS NO CREDIBILITY.

CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN IS BAFFLED WHY THE MEDIA WOULD PAY ANY ATTENTION TO DUTCH.  "He suggested Dutch isn't even a walking horse — that he's some other breed that the Humane Society put tall shoes on as a publicity stunt. "It could be a a fabrication to raise more money and cause more controversy," Inman said. "There's no credibility."  MIKE INMAN IS RIGHT ABOUT ONE THING  -  HE HAS NO CREDIBILITY.
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At  6:09 p.m. on Monday, August 4, 2014,   Casey Brooks Mutter,  Assistant Trainer for Mickey McCormick, posted the following threat of physical violence to Billy Go Boy who many people believe,  and Celebration Chairman David L. Howard has published is Clant M. Seay.

THREAT MADE BY CASEY BROOKS MUTTER TO BILLY GO BOY

THREAT MADE BY CASEY BROOKS MUTTER TO BILLY GO BOY

Mr. Mickey McCormick is President of the Walking Horse Trainers Association,  Over the past 18 months he has been to Washington, DC numerous times and lobbied against the passage of the PAST ACT.

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

Here is Mickey McCormick Saturday night putting one of his amateurs in the show ring:

WHTA PRESIDENT MICKEY MCCORMICK PUTTING AN AMATEUR IN THE RING ON AUG. 23
WHTA PRESIDENT MICKEY MCCORMICK (WHITE SHIRT) PUTTING AN AMATEUR IN THE RING ON AUG. 23
DRU MCCORMICK, WIFE OF MICKEY MCCORMICK NOT HAPPY THAT CLANT M. SEAY IS TAKING PICTURES OF INSPECTION AREA
DRU MCCORMICK, WIFE OF MICKEY MCCORMICK, NOT HAPPY THAT PEOPLE ARE TAKING PICTURES OF INSPECTION AREA

Following the alleged threat,   Mr. Seay contacted the United States Department of Justice for the Eastern District of Tennessee,  and subsequently met with the attorneys who prosecuted the Jackie McConnell HPA violation case which was featured on ABC Nightline, and the Barney Davis case and made them aware of Mr. Mutter’s action.

The Assistant U.S. Attorneys turned the matter over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

An FBI  agent  interviewed Casey Brooks Mutter on Thursday, August 21, 2014, and the investigation is reportedly ongoing.

On Saturday at the Celebration,  Mr. Seay took photos and circulated around the Celebration grounds as Mr. Howard had invited him and others to do.

In order to get a better view of the Division A of the Stake Class,  for that class only, he sat in an empty box on the rail on the East side and took pictures of the horses and riders.   The Celebration crowd was visibly perturbed when out of the eight horses entered,  only one answered the gate call.

The crowd become hostile and defiantly rose to their feet with the playing of “DIXIE” to cheer and applaud the one horse which was not found to be sore.

MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR ROSS BARNETT

MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR ROSS BARNETT

VIDEO OF BRANDYE MILLS VICTORY PASS

BRANDYE MILLS UP ON MR HEISMAN OWNED BY RANDALL BASKIN

WORLD CHAMPION MR. HEISMAN WITH BRANDYE MILLS UP
WORLD CHAMPION MR. HEISMAN WITH BRANDYE MILLS UP

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RESIGNED TWHBEA PRESIDENT LOYD "BUSTER" BLACK APPLAUDING MR. HEISMAN IN ONE HORSE CLASS

RESIGNED TWHBEA PRESIDENT LOYD “BUSTER” BLACK APPLAUDING MR. HEISMAN IN THE ONE HORSE STAKE CLASS

Close to the end of the Division B Stake Class,  Mr.Seay was joined in the box by Mr. Joseph Abernathy.  Abernathy was one of the Defendants in the United States of America vs. Jackie McConnell, Jeff Dockery, John Mays and Joseph R. Abernathy.  Mr. Abernathy was charged with conspired to violate the federal Horse Protection Act by intentionally transporting or delivering horses, and showing, exhibiting, or entering horses in a show or exhibition while knowing and having reasonable cause to believe that the horses had been intentionally “sored,” and falsifying entry forms and other related paperwork, in violation of Title 15, United States Code, Sections 1824(1 ), I824(2)(B), and 1825(2)(8).

JOSEPH ABERNATHY – PLED GUILTY TO ONE COUNT OF VIOLATING THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT IN JACKIE MCCONNELL CASE

JOSEPH ABERNATHY PLED GUILTY TO VIOLATING HORSE PROTECTION ACT

After pleading guilty to conspiring to violate the Horse Protection Act,  Mr. Abernathy was sentenced to a year probation and to write an educational article about horse soring.

Shortly after Mr. Abernathy arrived,  Celebration security arrived and asked Mr. Seay if he was the box holder.  He said he was not, and offered to leave the box.   Mr. Seay immediately cooperated with the Celebration security and he left the box.

At the time he was doing so, McConnell case Defendant Joseph Abernathy announced to all persons within earshot at the top of his lungs that Clant M. Seay was Billy Go Boy.

The crowd, upset that only one horse, Mr. Heisman, had passed inspection in Division A of the Stake Class and was able to show,  then focused its ire on Mr. Seay.  The crowd reacted viscerally  as the six horses in Division B of the Stake class entered the ring,  and Mr. Seay was leaving the rail side box.  Several persons followed Mr. Seay, who had security with him, and demanded that he leave the Celebration premises.

Mr.Seay stood his ground and said he was an American and why should he leave?   Some of crowd on the East side was watching the B Division of the Stake Class and some were watching persons haranguing Mr. Seay after they followed him..

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The raw emotions which erupted from normally good citizens who have been misinformed by their leaders then was suddenly reduced to the lowest common denominator of a possible mob.  Due to the volatility of the situation, after Mr. Seay finished videoing the horses entering the ring, and he left the Celebration arena.

Here is the VIDEO FOOTAGE OF DIVISION B (BEGINNING)  OF THE STAKE CLASS  - DISCUSSION ABOUT FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS:

There are many parallels with the paradigm changes taking place with regard to the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse which society now rejects and the civil rights movement of the 1960s.  In the 1960s,  Southern Governors like Ross Barnett of Mississippi and George Wallace of Alabama inflamed tensions by demagoguery much in the way Celebration Chairman David L. Howard is doing at the present time, and acts of violence were committed.

NEVER!!!

GOVERNOR GEORGE C. WALLACE

ALABAMA GOVERNOR GEORGE C. WALLACE

NEVER!!!

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

NEVER!!!

MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR ROSS BARNETT

MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR ROSS R, BARNETT

Mr. David L. Howard would be better served to lead the way for constructive change regarding the future of the Tennessee Walking Horse,  rather than incite people to think they can violate the norms of society and threaten other people simply because they disagree with them.

Here’s hoping Mr. Howard sees the light.

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THANKS TO CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD AND THE AAWHA, THE CELEBRATION IS CARRYING 59 U. S. CONGRESSMEN ON ITS BACK – LOOK FOR THE USDA TO CRACK THE WHIP ON SATURDAY NIGHT – NEPHEW EUGENE SAYS THERE’LL BE SOME STACKS/PACKAGES PULLED – RAH RAH USDA

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – The noose is tightening up on the Sore Big Lick, and Celebration Chairman David L. Howard is facing fire from the front and the rear.

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD, THE WALKING HORSE REPORT PUBLISHER

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD, THE WALKING HORSE REPORT PUBLISHER

A Big Licker guy named Bobby DeVito from Joisey has chewed on Mr. Howard’s ear saying his friend Davido flubbed the dub by not taking advantage of two opportunities to have AAEP vets come to the Celebration and monitor inspections.  And now the AAEP is for the PAST ACT,  so he blames Davido for not taking care of business.

Bobby D. said he is glad he didn’t choose to show this year.

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BOBBY DEVITO

Informed sources say that Bobby Devito put $200,000.00 down on THIS guy in 2006 to get the definition of “Soring” redefined and to eliminate the present “Scar Rule”.

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SORE BIG LICK ADVOCATE AND “VAC” SPOKESPERSON TOM BLANKENSHIP

After attacking the All American Walking Horse Alliance earlier in the day,   Celebration Chairman David L. Howard then attacked Bobby D.’s alma mater of Princeton inferred that Bobby had spent too much time in the Blue Ribbon Circle Club.

Bobby D. says “If this was up to me,  I would close the show down”.

And so it goes at the close of Day Two.

Saturday night beckons.

HERE IS TENNESSEAN WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF PAUL C. BARTON STORY

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2014/08/22/lawmakers-call-stricter-celebration-oversight/14464991/

Lawmakers call for stricter Celebration oversight

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Nearly five-dozen members of Congress have written Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack urging stricter enforcement of horse-protection laws — including regulations against foreign substances — at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration under way in Shelbyville.

The 59 House members, mainly Democrats, called for USDA to “undertake a substantial and active on-the-ground role to ensure strict enforcement of the Horse Protection Act.”

Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., released the letter, sent earlier this month, as he continues to fight for adoption of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, which would significantly boost USDA’s ability to enforce the 1970 law while also outlawing special pads, chains and other “action devices” associated with the practice.

The Celebration started Wednesday and runs through Aug. 30.

Widely seen as cruel, soring involves the intentional infliction of pain on a horse’s lower front legs and hooves so that they recoil in agony when they touch the ground and achieve the higher-stepping “Big Lick” gait.

The lawmakers urged the department not to rely on industry-hired inspectors but to have its own personnel “aggressively inspect” horses in each class, both before and after shows.

The Celebration’s “open collaboration” with groups that oppose the PAST Act, the letter says, indicates the show itself “is not committed to ending soring practices.”

The letter added, “In our view, soring will continue unabated unless the changes contemplated by the PAST ACT are implemented.”

In a statement accompanying the letter, Whitfield said 67 percent of horses tested at the 2013 Celebration — as well as 76 percent of those tested the year before — showed evidence of foreign substances used to mask soring.

Mike Inman, chief executive officer of the celebration, said in a statement that attacking the integrity of the inspectors was an attack on USDA itself, since industry-employed inspectors — known as “designated qualified persons (DQPs)” — receive their training from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, a division of the federal agency.

“These people are trained, tested, and certified annually — regardless of how many years they have been doing the job — by the USDA. If the USDA did not feel they were competent, they wouldn’t hold these positions,” Inman said.

The Celebration official also cited the industry’s establishment this year of a Veterinary Advisory Council to conduct blood tests and X-rays as evidence of its commitment to end soring.

PAST Act supporters and other critics respond that DQPs, despite USDA training, are hired and paid for by the industry itself, leading to an inherent conflict of interest and a reluctance to issue Horse Protection Act violations.

They argue that the new Veterinary Advisory Council, whose members are also industry-paid, suffers from the same conflict of interest.

Meanwhile, the Humane Society of the United States is urging the USDA to prohibit owners suspended for soring allegations from transferring ownership of walking horses to others so the animals can continue to compete.

The group said it had uncovered instances where ownership of as many as 10 horses had been transferred to another person so they could continue to compete.

 

TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD LOSES HIS COOL AND ATTACKS THE ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE – THE CELEBRATION’S “VAC” VETERINARY ADVISORY COMMITTEE COMES UNDER HEAVY FIRE AND IT ALONG WITH SPOKESPERSON TOM BLANKENSHIP FACE SERIOUS QUESTIONS

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – When you touch a worm with a hot nail,  it wriggles.

"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

When touched with a few pertinent questions about the Celebration’s $250,000.00 public relations gimmick called “VAC” (Veterinary Advisory Committee),     Celebration Chairman David L. Howard did a lot more than wriggle.  He went ballistic and took off like the Mother of all bottle rockets in a rant and tirade against the All American Walking Horse Alliance:

DAVID L. HOWARD - THE MOTHER OF ALL BOTTLE ROCKETS

DAVID L. HOWARD – THE MOTHER OF ALL BOTTLE ROCKETS

Mr. Howard’s crowd invented the “VAC” to take the public’s attention off the fact that the Celebration’s Horse Inspection program,  S.H.O.W. HIO,  is presently being decertified by the USDA for failing to properly enforce the Horse Protection Act.  Another purpose was to provide U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander a “dog and pony” show based on “VAC” data to shore up Alexander’s  forlorn “Self Regulation” alternative to the PAST ACT.

Here is an account of Mr. Howard’s mud slinging virulent attack on the All American Walking Horse Alliance, and the class responses of the members of the All American Walking Horse Alliance,  and those who support its cause overseas.

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ALL AMERICANS LEADING THE CHARGE TO VICTORY

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/2014/08/21/celebration-begins-new-evaluations-soring/14421499/

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  • Clant Seay

    Mr. Wilson, the All American Walking Horse Alliance, organizers of the historic “Walk On Washington” on June 18, 2014, respectfully take exception to that part of your story where you say, “Veterinarians with no ties to the walking horse industry will inspect horses after they compete in their respective categories.” Mr. Wilson, the head Vet Dr. Jerry H. Johnson has been associated with the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration since 1972 according to his CV. He states that he “Officiated” at the Celebration for several years in the 1970s whatever “Officiated” means. He needs to explain what he did at that time. The “VAC” Spokesperson Mr. Tom Blankenship is a sore Big Lick aficionado of approximately 25 years. The “VAC” is costing the Celebration about $250,000.00 and it is not clear how much of that, if any, that Mr. Blankenshp is being paid. In 2006, Mr. Tom Blankenship was entrusted to lead a $600,000.00+ campaign to eliminate the “Scar Rule” and redefine “Soring” at the behest of the sore Big Lick interests. Mr. Blankenship enlisted Dr. Jerry H. Johnson in that effort. Mr. Blankenship has now resurfaced as the Spokesperson for a three person Celebration “VAC” Veterinary Advisory Committee. Sir, your readers have the right to know the truth – and it is definitely not true that “VAC” Head Vet Dr. Jerry H. Johnson nor “VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship have no ties to the Tennessee Walking Horse business. To the contrary, these two gentlemen appear to be highly paid to do the bidding of the “Big Lick Big Lie” stained Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration chaired by David L. Howard of Shelbyville. Mr. Wilson, I respectfully suggest you owe it to your readers to please get the other side of this story, and question Dr. Johnson on what he “officiated” over at the Celebration during the 1970s? And please ask Mr. Blankenship to please come clean on how all those moving parts fit together on the “VAC” PR gimmick to try and make the public believe that the Tennessee Walking Horse is being adequately protected which it is not. It is a fact that the Celebration’s owned S.H.O. W. HIO is presently being decertified by the USDA for violating the Horse Protection Act. “ Sincerely, Clant M. Seay, Spokesperson, All American Working Horse Alliance.
    • David L. Howard · University of Tennessee (Memphis)

      Mr. Wilson, instead of listening to personal attacks on nationally recognized and honored veterinarians by a less than reputable source like Mr. Seay, we invite you to come to the Celebration and visit with them personally.
    • Margaret Raimo Gordon ·  Top Commenter

      David L. Howard Just so sad that people with a history of HPA Violations and abuse, from Vets, to PSHA wealthy NJ bankers, are helping you keep this abuse going. What you really don’t realize, is that there are many people across America that support The PAST Act and are actively supporting it’s passage. The Big Lick IS the Big Lie.
    • Laura Ousley · ·  Top Commenter

      David L. Howard That horse in the picture is sore – anyone who knows horses can see it.
  • David L. Howard · University of Tennessee (Memphis)

    Mr. Wilson, you are more than welcome to come to the Celebration and see first hand what the Celebration is doing to eliminate any soring. Members of the Veterinary Advisory Committee will be more than happy to meet with you and answer any questions that you have as well as observe their protocol for examining horses. I find it deplorable that a less than credible source and a disgraced attorney would attack nationally recognized veterinarians who are helping this horse show in their continuing efforts to eliminate soring. At the Celebration you will have free and unencumbered access to the show grounds and the horses on it. You will be allowed to observe the inspections by the SHOW Horse Industry Organization as well as interview Mitchell Butler, who heads up the program. If they will grant permission, you will be allowed to observe the USDA inspections and talk to both Dr. Chester Gipson and Dr. Rachel Cezar, the two USDA officials charged with enforcing the Horse Protection Act. In all fairness, I would ask you apply the same level of scrutiny to the author of these personal attacks, Clant Seay, including his past history in the walking horse business, his professional legal difficulties and the formation of his All American Horse Alliance. I urge you to come to the Celebration and we will assist you in getting any of your questions or concerns answered.
    • Billygoboy

      Mr. Howard, you are presiding over a sinking ship of the sore Big Lick. According to your post in the Walking Horse Report which you own, you said that last night the USDA turned down 21 of the 38 horses the USDA Vets inspected. That’s 55% of the TWH that were found to be “in violation of the Horse Protection Act”. You are Chairman of the Celebration. The inspection program the Celebration owns is S.H.O.W. HIO and it is presently being decertified by the USDA in legal proceedings for violations of the Horse Protection Act for failure to properly enforce the law to protect the horses. The “VAC” Spokesperson is Mr. Blankenship who has a long and vivid history of defending the sore Horse interests and working to revise existing laws and regulations resulting in less stringent enforcement of the Horse Protection Act to protect the horses. Mr. Howard, please tell the public how much the Celebration is paying the so called “Independent” “VAC” Committee? How much is Mr. Blankenship being paid? Please explain what Head “VAC” vet Dr. Jerry H. Johnson did in the 1970s when his CV said he “Officiated” at the Celebration. And what his role was in 2006 when he worked hand in glove providing Vet credentials to Mr. Blankenship in THEIR efforts to change the meaning of the word “Sore” in the HPA and eliminate the Scar Rule so it would be ineffective. Now the public also needs to know what you posted privately this afternoon on your WHR Message Board:
      “Clant Seay viciously attacks the Veterinary Advisory Committee in response to an article in the Nashville Tennessean, that was factual for a change. You can comment on the article and Seay’s trash as I did a few minutes ago. Please read these article and the comments and respond civilly and factually”
      Mr. Howard, how can you use the words “viciously” and “trash” in private, then urge your followers to write civilly and factually in public where their actions can be seen. Isn’t this another example of the “Big Lick Big Lie” mentality. Has it ever ocurred to you that when YOU, as Chairman of the Celebration, use this language you may incite persons to take the law into their own hands and perhaps resort to violence because someone happens to disagree with them. Sincerely, Clant M. Seay, Mississippi Bar #6695, Member in good standing since 1972. And I am proud to be the servant of the wonderful people thoughout the United States who support the All American Walking Horse Alliance.
    • Margaret Raimo Gordon ·  Top Commenter

      There are many people that are very grateful for the information Clant Seay provides to the American public. What you fail to understand Mr Howard is that the American public objects to soring, chains, stacks and the Celebration which supports the Big Lick. It’s over, mr howard, Take your money and support horses that are NOT Big Lick. The Big Lick is a Big Lie. Didn’t you see the billboard? Not large enough?
    • Karen Barker · ·  Top Commenter

      Mr. Howard, how do you think those horses are lifting their hooves so high? Do you think they are being trained with carrots? Seriously, all one has to do is watch those horses to know that abuse is involved. You can continue to deny it but it won’t change what is obvious to the rest of us, veterinarian credibility aside. If you are serious about cleaning up the show and ridding it of soring, you will show naturally gaited horses. Good luck to you.
  • Billygoboy

    I invite you please take a look at the following commentary on The Tennessean’s article on the Celebration’s “VAC” Committee and the controversy surrounding it. This matter is so serious that today the Celebration Chairman David L. Howard attacked by name Clant M. Seay, Spokesperson for the grassroots effort All American Walking Horse Alliance, because he dared ask fact based questions about Celebration’s “VAC” Veterinary Advisory Committee.
    • Billygoboy

      Could the Celebration Chairman David L. Howard, through his use of inflammatory language and personal attacks on the Walking Horse Report Message Board, directed toward those who disagree with him incite others to commit acts of violence?
    • Kaye Jones · Albany Business College, Fulton, Montgomery Community College

      It’s just another attempt to keep on with the Big Lick and try to make everyone think it’s okay. I find it so amazing that they are so “blinded by the light”
    • Billygoboy

      Isn’t it all summed up by the words ‘Big Lick Big Lie?
  • Sharon Loomis Corr ·  Top Commenter

    Thank you for writing this column Mr Wilson. It allows the light to shine on a horrific problem that has plagued the Walking Horse industry for over 50 years. This creation of a 3 member VAC seems to be nothing more than a smoke screen to make people think something is being done to end this problem.. However, the testing they are doing comes after the horse has performed.. It doesn’t explain WHAT the tests are for or what happens if a horse fails these tests. Who gets the results and when and what will be done with them. I fail to see how this expensive effort is protecting the horse at all. It’
    s merely an effort to protect the industry and maintain the status quo.. The horses and the citizens of Tennessee deserve much better than is being offered by this so-called “independent” committee.
  • Diana M Morehead ·  Top Commenter

    This ‘VAC’ was formed to provide cover to dirty politicians in Washington, paid for with campaign contributions, in dollars earned by torturing this kind and gentle breed. The good people of Tennessee deserve better representation than that and the horses deserve the protection of the PAST Act.
  • Evelyn Perreault · University of Southern Mississippi

    It’s easy to see it’s just another smoke and mirrors tactic that is similar to the failed swabbing initiative. Where are the published findings on that? Time for the past act to end this charade.
  • Cynthia Lansing ·  Top Commenter · Butler University

    The phrase “Veterinarians with no ties to the industry” is factually incorrect. Dr. Jerry Johnson, along with defender of horse abusers Tom Blankenship, traveled to Washington, DC in 2006 to strong arm the USDA into eviscerating the Scar Rule. This influence peddling by Dr. Johnson hardly qualifies as “no ties to the industry.”
  • Laura Ousley · ·  Top Commenter

    I’ve been following the ongoing saga of the arrests and dirty politics concerning the big lick victims – the defenseless Tennessee Walking horses that are forced to walk with that extremely unnatural way. Part of the most convincing testimony has come from the American Veterinary Association, who has stated that the only way to make a Tennessee Walking horse perform the big lick is to inflict devastatingly, constant pain. This is fact and has been proven time and time again by horse experts. Anyone who claims that these horses are not subjected to abuse is being paid to do so, either directly or indirectly.
  • Janice Nodine · · Landrum High School

    If the twh horse has that high unnatural gait is sore. No natural horse will walk that ezy
  • Jeannie McGuire · Works at All American Walking Horse Alliance

    What equestrians do inherently know, regardless of their area of interest in the equine performance world, is that no horse preforms in the exaggerated manner Nick Named “THE BIG LICK” unless the horse has been subjected to unethical and inhumane methods. Many such horsemen and women comprise the All American Walking Horse Alliance. Experienced Equine Professionals of all types, Veterinarians, Certified Instructors and Trainers, Horse Show Managers and Equine Therapists all agree the Tennessee Walking Horse industry has been remiss in taking proper action for decades and that the only “sound” solution is passing the PAST act.
    Sadly the Tennessee Walking “BIG LICK” Horse has been banned from every major Equine Sporting event in the WORLD beginning with numerous American Shows such as, Los Angeles County Fair, Devon Horse Show, (Pennsylvania) Equine Affair (Ohio) and Horse World Expo (Maryland), Illinois State Fair, Hoosier Horse Fair (Indiana), The Big D Charity Show In Texas, Cavalcade of Horses in California, The World Equestrian Games (Held in Kentucky) and Many, Many more too numerous to mention including the National Horse Show in Washington D.C.. This summarizes the purpose of the All American Walking Horse Alliance and their support of the historic Walk On Washington on the Capitol lawn, June 18th, 2014. The AAWHA is a United Front indeed!
    • Jim White · Owensboro Community College

      If these comments were being made in the 60′s & 70′s, most of you would be correct. The breed HAS been mistreated in the past. But I’ve watched the training techniques change and the way the horses are bred change over the past few years. Yes, you can get a horse to use it’s front end like that without being sore. If you knew anything about it, getting them to use their front legs is only part of what a TWH does. If you were close to the industry and had ever started one of these colts, they are bred to have loose, high front ends. A trainer cannot take a quarter horse and sore him enough to make him travel like a walking horse. Neither can they take a Lipizzaner Stallion and make him do the same. The gait is breed specific–just like most horses. Yes, they used to be sore, but the old guard is either dead or retired. The new breed of trainer is much more talented and knows to survive they must bring sound horses to inspection. Before you condemn this beautiful horse, watch an inspection process and what they put them through. Better yet, go to a horse barn and watch the horses up close.
    • Cynthia Lansing ·  Top Commenter · Butler University

      Mr. White, with all due respect, that is an old tired song & dance from a person in KY, which has the second highest rate of Horse Protection Violations next to Tennessee. These 12,000+ violations can be found on the free public database www.hpadata.us.
    • Diana M Morehead ·  Top Commenter

      Mr White, with all due respect (as I think you really believe what you just said), the USDA inspected 38 horses last evening and found 21 to be sored. SHOW officials found 4 horses sored out of nearly 300 (over 400 by alternate count) they inspected. Soring is rampant, on-going and pervasive within the TWH ‘show’ industry. Many ‘trainers’ excel in developing new methods of soring and at avoiding detection….but it’s a game, played out at events like the celebration. Some folks ‘win’ and some folks lose but the horses lose all day, every day. It’s time to call ‘game over’.
    • Cynthia Lansing ·  Top Commenter · Butler University

      Mr. White, regarding the “new breed of trainer,” here are their 1,722 violations from 2013 alone: https://acissearch.aphis.usda.gov/acis_request/faces/DataRequest.jspx?output_type=1&request_type=801&sd=01-01-2013&ed=12-31-2013&request_id=ALL
    • Diana M Morehead ·  Top Commenter

      Sadly Cynthia, that number only represents the number of violations recorded, mostly by ‘industry’ hired DQPs. SHOW disqualified only 4 out of 300+ during the same time frame at this year’s celebration while USDA personnel disqualified 21 out of 38 random inspections. Just imagine how many sored horses weren’t ticketed by this corrupt industry…
    • Jim White · Owensboro Community College

      I don’t train or show horses anymore Ms. Lansing and I hold no office, nor do I have any financial interest in the TWH breed. I am a fan. I have nothing to gain by telling the truth other than to try and defend the slander of this breed. 12,000 violations? I’m sorry I just don’t believe that. I went to the site and when I saw it was a FOSH site, I didn’t bother to go any further. How many violations have there been in the past 3 years? I won’t argue things were bad in the past, but you cannot hold that against an entire industry who has a 98% compliance rate now. Do you go to horse shows or horse barns? Have you seen any of what you oppose first hand? I have stayed very close to this industry and I have seen they are now showing sound horses. Whomever it is that’s telling so many of you the opposite is perpet See More
    • Diana M Morehead ·  Top Commenter

      Here’s some hard truth for you Mr White….the FOSH database is built on records supplied by the USDA. FOSH is widely respected throughout the equine world. The ‘compliance rate’ you quote is based on all TWH entered into competition, even at shows that do not allow stacked/chained horses to compete. Flatshod, sound horses are responsible for the high rate of compliance, not stacked/chained horses. In fact, 94% of all violations in 2013 were written on stacked/chained horses while the majority of violations are recorded at the (less than) 10% of events that USDA personnel attend. These numbers are readily available to anyone who wants a clear picture of the reality our breed is facing.
    • Jim White · Owensboro Community College

      Diana M Morehead Ma’am, I do believe what I said. With the statistics you just posted, it’s obvious the USDA believes soring is rampant. SHOW officials do not. Several times in the past, I know the SHOW DQP’s have been tougher on the horses than the USDA has been. And if I”m not mistaken, one particular VMO is turning down a high percentage of who he inspects. Do you have any idea why most of these horses are being cited? I believe I’ve read it was because of the scar rule. Do you know how they check for sensitivity? They squeeze the horse’s ankles. How hard? That depends on the inspector. Back in the 80′s I saw a USDA inspector pull out his ink pen to poke around on a horses foot. If I want to turn a horse down, I can EASILY do it. I can keep looking at their feet until I find a pimple and turn him down for scar rule, or I can squeeze until he flinches. I’ve seen inspectors bear down with their thumbs until their thumbnails turn white and then roll that thumb where just the tip is pushing. Lets be honest about this. The inspection process is flawed. There are scientific processes in place the horses are passing. But the sensitivity and scar rules tests are what they’re getting them on. Both tests totally flawed and totally subjective. Again, I can make a broodmare out of the field flinch. Just being honest here.
    • Diana M Morehead ·  Top Commenter

      The scar rule serves a valuable purpose….It has been challenged in court and upheld.
    • Jeannie McGuire · Works at All American Walking Horse Alliance

      Mr. White, also with all due respect, your comments appear to be based on the assumption people who support the passage of the PAST act are either in their 50s or 60s and recall the status of the industry 4 or five decades ago, or they are from other breed organizations and disciplines where they have no frame of reference. Nothing could be further from the truth. Countless people who have become involved in the recent movement have firsthand experience with the TWH Breed currently. They have observed young performance horse prospects being started, seen horses being trained and witnessed inspections at shows such as the Trainers show just this past spring. Your comments also question the motivation of people who support this legislation and suggest they are doing so from a perspective of “Animal Welfare Advocacy”. Again this is not solely the case. The aptitude and athleticism this breed possesses should predicate that the Tennessee Walking Horse could enjoy the same level of international success economically as the other popular American breeds. Alas this cannot happen because of the negative stigma surrounding the “Notorious Big Lick” which has successfully divided its own industry and decapitated its own future. Thousands of people have grown up with, shown, developed and trained Tennessee Walking Horses, this breed does not belong to just the select group of individuals who are invested at the “performance” level.
    • Cynthia Lansing ·  Top Commenter · Butler University

      Jim White, I think that is a fair question for you to ask how many violations have been reported in the last three years. I posted the DQPs reported violations for 2013. Here are 2,632 violations for 2012 as reported by DQPs: https://acissearch.aphis.usda.gov/acis_request/faces/DataRequest.jspx?output_type=1&request_type=801&sd=01-01-2012&ed=12-31-2012&request_id=ALL
    • Cynthia Lansing ·  Top Commenter · Butler University

      Mr. White, here are the 3,430 violations of the Horse Protection Act as reported by DQPs for 2011: https://acissearch.aphis.usda.gov/acis_request/faces/DataRequest.jspx?output_type=1&request_type=801&sd=01-01-2011&ed=12-31-2011&request_id=ALL
    • Billygoboy

      Jim White Mr. White, according to Celebration Chairman David L. Howard on his WHR Message Board, he reports with his “first hand knowledge” that on Thursday night, August 21, 2014, that the USDA inspected 38 horses and turned down 21 of them. Sir, that’s a 55% “compliance rate”. Now what were you saying about 98% compliance rate and what went on the 50s and 60s?
  • Cynthia Lansing ·  Top Commenter · Butler University

    Mr. Howard, why is it that the United States Equestrian Federation does not permit stacks & chains on any horse under their penumbra and in fact does not even recognize the Tennessee Walking Horse as a separate breed?
  • Diana M Morehead ·  Top Commenter

    The celebration is a carnival of cheats….the big lick is the game of cheats… judges who cheat reward those who cheat the best……’industry’ inspections are pay-back scams and ‘compliance’ has become a word used to fool politicians. Who believes the smoke and mirrors being hawked by the carney? Meanwhile, 55% of horses inspected by USDA personnel are disqualified as sored….in this game of cheats, the horses lose, every time.
  • Elizabeth L. Jones · ·  Top Commenter · Composition Instructor at University of Illinois at Springfield

    Mr. Howard, that would be the All American WALKING Horse Alliance, not the All American Horse Alliance, and it does not belong to a single individual.

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Nephew Eugene says the All American Walking Horse Alliance is stronger than 20 acres of newly mown garlic.

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ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE SPOKESPERSON CLANT M. SEAY QUESTIONS THE ACCURACY OF PART OF THE TENNESSEAN ARTICLE ON THE CELEBRATION’S “VAC” VETERINARY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

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SHELBYVILLE, TN –  All American Walking Horse Alliance Spokesperson Clant M. Seay questioned the accuracy of a portion of an article appearing in The Tennessean newspaper on August 21, 2014 regarding the Celebration’s “VAC” Veterinary Advisory Committee.

FORMER SENATOR JOSEPH TYDINGS (D-MD) AND CLANT M. SEAY, SPOKESPERSON, ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE AT HISTORIC WALK ON WASHINGTON

FORMER SENATOR JOSEPH TYDINGS (D-MD) AND CLANT M. SEAY, SPOKESPERSON, ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE AT HISTORIC WALK ON WASHINGTON

ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE SPOKESPERSON COMMENT:

Mr. Wilson, the All American Walking Horse Alliance, organizers of the historic “Walk On Washington” on June 18, 2014, respectfully take exception to that part of your story where you say, “Veterinarians with no ties to the walking horse industry will inspect horses after they compete in their respective categories.” Mr. Wilson, the head Vet Dr. Jerry H. Johnson has been associated with the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration since 1972 according to his CV. He states that he “Officiated” at the
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JERRY H. JOHNSON, DVM – TOM BLANKENSHIP’S GO TO VET

Celebration for several years in the 1970s whatever “Officiated” means. He needs to explain what he did at that time. The “VAC” Spokesperson Mr. Tom Blankenship is a sore Big Lick aficionado of approximately 25 years. The “VAC” is costing the Celebration about $250,000.00 and it is not clear how much of that, if any, that Mr. Blankenshp is being paid. In 2006, Mr. Tom Blankenship was entrusted to lead a $600,000.00+ campaign to eliminate the “Scar Rule” and redefine “Soring” at the behest of the sore Big Lick interests. Mr. Blankenship enlisted Dr. Jerry H. Johnson in that effort. Mr. Blankenship has now resurfaced as the Spokesperson for a three person Celebration “VAC” Veterinary Advisory Committee. Sir, your readers have the right to know the truth – and it is definitely not true that “VAC” Head Vet Dr. Jerry H. Johnson nor “VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship
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have no ties to the Tennessee Walking Horse business. To the contrary, these two gentlemen appear to be highly paid to do the bidding of the “Big Lick Big Lie” stained Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration chaired by David L. Howard of Shelbyville. Mr. Wilson, I respectfully suggest you owe it to your readers to please get the other side of this story, and question Dr. Johnson on what he “officiated” over at the Celebration during the 1970s? And please ask Mr. Blankenship to please come clean on how all those moving parts fit together on the “VAC” PR gimmick to try and make the public believe that the Tennessee Walking Horse is being adequately protected which it is not. It is a fact that the Celebration’s owned S.H.O. W. HIO is presently being decertified by the USDA for violating the Horse Protection Act. “
Sincerely, Clant M. Seay, Spokesperson, All American Working Horse Alliance.
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THE TENNESSEAN ARTICLE BY BRIAN WILSON
http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/2014/08/21/celebration-begins-new-evaluations-soring/14421499/

“Celebration begins with new evaluations for soring

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As the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration opens its first night session on Thursday night, select horses taking part in the competition will be examined for signs of soring and abuse by a newly formed inspection committee.

The third-party Veterinary Advisory Committee began inspecting show horses when the Celebration opened on Wednesday in Shelbyville and will continue doing so until the event concludes on Aug. 30.

The committee’s veterinarians will evaluate horses based on the recommendations the committee gave Celebration officials before the competition started. The annual event has been plagued by accusations that the competing horses were victims of soring, or injuring their legs on purpose to make them step higher and longer.

Veterinarians with no ties to the walking horse industry will inspect horses after they compete in their respective categories, according to the recommendations approved by Celebration officials.

Those evaluations will now include blood testing and digital X-rays.

Show horses also will have to pass federal and local inspections already in place at previous events.

Those competing in a championship class are required to stay at Celebration grounds 48 hours before their event.”

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It’s always good to get both sides of the story.

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59 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS CALL ON U. S. SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE TOM VILSACK TO “CRACK DOWN” ON THE SORE BIG LICK 2014 TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION

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WASHINGTON, DC – In a period when Congress has a hard time deciding what day it is,   59 members of Congress sent a letter to U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack asking the USDA to take off the gloves and get serious about enforcing the Horse Protection Act to eliminate horse soring and abuse.

Tom Vilsack - U. S. Secretary of Agriculture

Tom Vilsack – U. S. Secretary of Agriculture

Leading the charge were Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY)  and 58 other PAST ACT supporters.

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THURSDAY, AUGUST 21, 2014

 

Contact: Marty Irby (Whitfield): 202-225-3115

     Ben Garmisa (Cohen): 202-225-3265

 

Congress Urges Strengthened Enforcement

of the Horse Protection Act

 

59 Members of Congress Send Letter to Secretary of Agriculture Advocating for Stringent Inspections at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration

WASHINGTON, DC – On August 7, 2014, 59 Members of the United States House of Representatives led by Representatives Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) and Ed Whitfield (R-KY-01), the lead sponsors of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act (PAST), H.R. 1518, sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack.  The letter encourages the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to “undertake a substantial and active on-the-ground role to ensure enforcement of the Horse Protection Act (HPA) at this year’s Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration” that began yesterday in Shelbyville.

USDA records indicate that in 2012, 76 percent of the entries at The Celebration tested positive for illegal foreign substances and in 2013, 67 percent tested positive for the same. Many of these substances include masking agents utilized to hide the soring so the entries trick inspectors and are still able to compete while violating the HPA. The results of these tests are unfortunately issued weeks and sometimes months after the competition has ended.

 The Tennessee pro-soring groups, have repeatedly displayed a complete disregard for horse protection, and have clearly emphasized the need for the PAST Act and stronger enforcement of the HPA. The decline in entry numbers of 33 percent from 2012 and major decline in attendance clearly shows that society will no longer tolerate this culture of abuse.

“We urge the Department to aggressively inspect horses in each class, both pre-show and post-show, each night of the Celebration – not merely monitor the performance of DQPs,” said the Members in the letter to Vilsack.  “We expect that the Department’s inspection protocol will include the use of thermography and pastern swabs to identify foreign substances, and that these tools will be part of the enforcement process, not just for information gathering.  In addition, because of the increasing incidence of pressure shoeing in recent years, we ask that the Department make good on past threats to remove shoes and pad packages as part of its inspection.  This should be done on a random basis, as well as for any horse whose appearance, gait and behavior suggests that it may have been pressure-shod, especially in aged stallion classes and for the World Grand Championship.”

In ongoing recent discussions with the USDA, Secretary Vilsack has committed to using every advanced procedure and tool available which will include thermography, pastern swabs, digital imaging, shoe removal to detect pressure shoeing, and other techniques and technologies.

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It’s time to lay it down on the sore Big Lick.

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DAY ONE – CELEBRATION PRESENTS SORE HORSE TRAINER DONALD SHUBERT, AND OLD SORE HORSE WARRIOR TOM BLANKENSHIP, “VAC” COMMITTEE SPOKESPERSON, TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION

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SHELBYVILLE, TN  -  The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration on Thursday trotted out old Sore Horse Warrior Tom Blankenship,  Indiana attorney,  to try and “spin” this “VAC” Veterinary Advisory Committee to Nashville Channel 4 TV reporter Alanna Autler..

TOM BLANKENSHIP – “VAC” SPOKESPERSON

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Mr. Blankenship, and the three Vets who are lending their names to this Celebration Public Relations Gimmick to attempt to prop up the “Big Lick Big Lie are being paid $250,000.00 according to Celebration Chairman David L. Howard in internet communications.

After Mr. Blankeship,  the Celebration presented Walking Horse Trainer Mr. Donald Shubert to speak on behalf of “Self Regulation” alternatives to the PAST ACT.

Please note that the whole purpose of this $250,000.00 Independent Veterinary Advisory Committee charade is designed to give U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) something to “try” and persuade elected officials to continue with the failed “Self Regulation” of the past 45 years.

Mr. Shubert said:

“We’ve got a bad reputation and some people are bad, but not everybody’s bad,”

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DONALD SHUBERT, HORSE PROTECTION ACT VIOLATOR

Mr. Shubert did not tell Reporter Ms Autler HOW bad he is when it comes to soring Tennessee Walking Horses.

PARTIAL HORSE PROTECTION ACT CITATIONS OF DONALD SHUBERT

Horse or Person on Suspension First Name Middle Initial Last Name Title City State Zip Code Horse Name Horse Registry Type of Finding Second Finding Detail Other Type of Finding Suspension Start Date Suspension End Date Fine Amount HIO USDA Present? Notes Incident Date Date of Official Document Foreign Substances Found Case Number Type Date of Order Show Name Violation Second Violation Type Third Violation Third Violation Type
Donald Shubert Savannah Tennessee Bilateral Sore Not Specified 09/21/10 09/20/11 1000 SHOW
Donald Shubert Trainer Savannah Tennessee The Super Specialist Not Specified Not Specified tckt 29104, 8-25-10 09/21/10 09/20/11 SHOW
Donald Shubert Trainer Savannah Tennessee The Super Specialist Other, Define In Next Field Not Specified ticket 29104,8/25/10 09/21/10 01/23/12

The American Horse Council and the American Veterinary Medical Associations, both of which support the PAST ACT,  say the alternative bills by Senator Alexander and Representative Blackburn would be like the “Fox Guarding The Hen House”.

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"VAC" SPOKESPERSON, BIG LICKER TOM BLANKENSHIP

“VAC” SPOKESPERSON, BIG LICKER TOM BLANKENSHIP

Old Sore Horse Warrior Tom Blankenship, a septuagenarian,  is the ultimate fox in the hen house.   Mr. Blankenship is the former attorney for the Walking Horse Trainers Association. In 2006,  he was in charge of another $600,000.00+ effort to get a law passed which would have gutted the “Scar Rule” and watered down the definition of “Soring”.

With a straight face on Thursday, Tom Blankenship told Reporter Autler that the “VAC” is:

  • Objective
  • Independent  (Because a Contract “Said So”)
  • And then lays out there “VAC”  is getting paid a “significant amount of money” by THE CELEBRATION (Neither Blankenship nor Celebration CEO Mike Inman would tell Reporter Autler that the amount the “VAC” Committee is getting paid is the obscene sum of $250,000.00.)
  • “VAC” does not work for the Celebration

Blankenship also said the “VAC” was conducting:

  • Blood Tests
  • Digital X-Rays

The Trainer Boyz know how to beat those Digital X Rays coming and going all day long,

And “VAC” apparently is NOT specifically testing for any of the substances that Celebration Premier Sponsor Mr. David Thomas of Winner’s Circle  said last week which are being used to SORE horses in 2014:

  • Gojo
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  • WD40 
  • Gentlkleen

“VAC” COMMITTEE SPOKESPERSON TOM BLANKENSHIP UP ON “BRING BACK THE GOLD” IN 1994 (Mr. Blankenship certainly struck “Gold” when he got this “VAC” Spokesperson gig working for the Celebration)

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

And the WHTA BOYZ Donald Shubert, wearing a “BAD ASS FANS” ball cap,  comes in with his testimony that “Not Everyone’s Bad” and then Mr. Shubert has an atrocious record of SORING Tennessee Walking Horses.

This whole deal is like a scene from “Oh Brother,  Where Art Thou”,  except the “Soggy Bottom Boys” were a whole lot more likeable than Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and his “Sore Big Lick Gang”.

The 76th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration has officially begun.

Note:  The TWHBEA Futurity was over by 9:30 p.m. last night.                                                            A Poll conducted by the Shelbyville Times-Gazette asked the question:                         “How many nights do you plan to attend the Celebration to attend or work?”         So far,  70% of 302 Voters chose “NOT AT ALL”.

http://www.t-g.com/scripts/poll/vote.php

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http://www.wsmv.com/story/26331773/changes-coming-to-tennessee-walking-horse-national-celebration

“A Tennessee tradition will see new changes this year prompted by allegations of abuse.

Hundreds of horses will compete in the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville this month. In recent years, the competition has become mired in controversy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cracked down on illegal practices it said are used to give horses a higher gait.

For the first time, a veterinary advisory council will be inspecting the horses.

“The [Veterinary Advisory Council] does not work for Celebration,” said Tom Blankenship, a spokesperson for the VAC. “They are totally, by contract, independent.”

Blankenship said Celebration spent a “significant” amount of money to secure the contract with VAC, which he said is comprised of three “world-class” veterinarians. CEO Mike Inman would not disclose how much Celebration will pay the experts.

The council, led by Dr. Jerry Johnson, will inspect the first place winners and two other horses in every category.

Before entering private practice, Johnson taught equine surgery at five universities over the course of 16 years. Johnson has also been previously involved with the Celebration. In the 1970s, Johnson officiated the Celebration on five different occasions, according to his personal website.

As of Wednesday, the council had looked at 16 horses. The inspection consists of an X-ray and blood testing.

“The blood testing is totally objective and will be conclusive and the tests will determine whether there are substances in the horses systems,” Blankenship said.

Inman said the VAC will use objective methods of testing. Some have accused the USDA of relying on subjective inspection methods. In the past several years, controversy has brewed over star horses disqualified by federal inspectors.

Don Shubert trains six horses. He said he has no problem with the way federal regulators run inspections, but he admitted another organization could help bring credibility back to the competition.

“We’ve got a bad reputation and some people are bad, but not everybody’s bad,” Shubert said.

Detractors, such as the All American Walking Horse Alliance, have raised questions about the council’s objectivity, calling the committee “nothing more than a PR strategy.”

The Celebration maintains the VAC committee will work independently of the organization and will release test results to the public as quickly as possible.

Several attempts to reach representatives with the USDA were unsuccessful Wednesday afternoon.

Mounting controversy have taken a toll on the Celebration. Earlier this year, Regions bank pulled its corporate sponsorship. Inman said entries dropped by 12 percent from last year.”

 

AAWHA LABELS CELEBRATION’S “VAC” VETERINARY ADVISORY COMMITTEE AS A PUBLIC RELATIONS TOOL FOR “BIG LICK BIG LIE”

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Group:   AAWHA (ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE)
Contact:   Clant M. Seay - Media Representative/Spokesperson
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ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE LABELS CELEBRATION’S “VAC” VETERINARY ADVISORY COMMITTEE AS A PUBLIC RELATIONS TOOL FOR “BIG LICK BIG LIE”
 
 SHELBYVILLE, TN  –   ”The Celebration’s VAC committee led by Tom Blankenship is nothing than a PR strategy trying to give some respectability to the “BIG LICK BIG LIE”.  What you are seeing today is a replay of what happened in 2006.    That year Tom Blankenship and two of the same vets now associated with VAC worked with Tennessee Senator Bill Frist to change the definition of SORE and to eliminate the “Scar Rule”.  Tom Blankenship led that effort and was backed by the Walking Horse Trainers who regularly sore horses in violation of the Horse Protection Act.   The Big Lick Walking Horse supporters spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in 2006, and are doing the same thing this PR tool.  They will do anything to maintain the status quo of continuing the Big Lick Big Lie.”
 
NOTE:  Attached is a picture of Tom Blankenship riding “Bring Back The Gold” in 1994,   and “BIG LICK BIG LIE”  which you have permission to use. A Map of U.S. showing support for PAST ACT.
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TOM BLANKENSHIP UP ON “BRING BACK THE GOLD” – 1994 NATIONAL TRAINERS SHOW

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BUBBA UP ON “PURPLE STRATEGY”

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THE PAST ACT HANGS IN THE BALANCE – CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD SPENDS $250,000.00 “TRYING” TO BUY CREDIBILITY WITH SO CALLED “VAC” VETERINARY ADVISORY COMMITTEE – SMITH’S MAN BLANKENSHIP SADDLES UP AGAIN

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – Celebration Chairman David L. Howard was faced with a dilemma.

  • An unmarketable product in the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse,
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BUBBA UP ON “PURPLE STRATEGY”

  • Shelbyville’s largest banking institution,  Regions Bank,  abruptly withdrew its corporate sponsorship,

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  • 70% of the U. S. House of Representatives endorses the PAST ACT to remove the pads and chains to stop the soring and abuse of the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses.   The American people want the sore Big Lick to end forever.

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So sore Big Lick Champions David L. Howard and Steve Smith (Senator Alexander Campaign Finance Chair and Rep Blackburn benefactor) came up with a PLAN.

THE POLITICS

  • Blackburn/Alexander introduced Bills in February/April 2014 which feature “Self Regulation”.  ”Self Regulation” has failed for the past 45 years.   Their Bills propose allegedly INDEPENDENT COMMITTEES/BOARDs which essentially hire some veterinarians, and then propose allegedly objective science based Inspections.
  • Block the PAST ACT in the U. S. Senate.   In addition to having Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) putting “ping pong” holds on S. 1406,  on June 5, 2014,  a meeting was held in Shelbyville, Tennessee with Celebration Chairman David L. Howard, John T. Bobo and other key players and Gallatin,Tennessee Democrat activist attorney Charles Bone who represented TWHBA in the NWHA law suit which TWHBEA lost.  From 1976 through 2000, Charles Bone was active in every campaign for former Vice President Al Gore and worked extensively with the Gore for President efforts.  Former VP Al Gore is close to U. S. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) who holds the fate of the PAST ACT in his hands. There is a possibility that inside influence with Senate Majority Leader Reid has been utilized by the Lickers to encourage Reid to not put the PAST ACT on the Senate calendar.
  • Block the PAST ACT in the U. S. House.   Representative Marsha Blackburn was supposed to be the cork in the bottle in the U. S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee, but then House Majority Leader Eric Cantor suffered a shocking defeat in June, then Cantor resigned as Majority Leader on July 31, 2014. He resigned as  a member of the U. S. House of Representatives on August 18, 2014. Flatters were optimistic that new House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was going to have a favorable outlook toward the PAST ACT.   Then in late July, the sore Big Lick PSHA with Celebration CEO Mike Inman and its Spokesperson Jeffrey Howard were fingered in trying to instigate an ethics investigation into PAST ACT Sponsor Congressman Ed Whitfield.  Then on July 31, 2014,   U.S. House Speaker John Boehner decided to put everything on hold until following the November 4 election.   Congressman Whitfield will know on November 10 if the Ethics matter has resolved with no further action or if it will go forward.

THE DAVID L. HOWARD – STEVE SMITH PLAN FOR CELEBRATION 2014

In order for the sore Big Lick to have a chance to survive the push by the American people who are demanding CHANGE and elimination of the pads and chains to stop the soring and abuse of the Tennessee Walking Horse,   Chairman David L. Howard and his Shelbyville patron John T. Bobo KNOW that this Celebration must get by the next 10 days without a major scandal which would sink the sore Big Lick for good.

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Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and Steve Smith, (TWHBEA President  and Senator Lamar Alexander Campaign Finance Chairman ) support the Representative Blackburn/Senator Alexander alternative Bills which feature “Self Regulation” which has failed for the past 45 years.   The latest ploy is to come up with “VAC”, a so called INDEPENDENT Veterinary Advisory Committee, and which will provide oversight to protect the horses and implement sound objective science based inspections.

THE SORE BIG LICK “SELF REGULATION” FOX GUARDING THE HENHOUSE

                           - THE WILY TOM BLANKENSHIP - 

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Chairman Howard allegedly spent $250,000.00 to buy credibility and respectability for a fatally flawed Celebration venue which showcases a defenseless animal trained inhumanely as “sport”.  The two major newspapers of the area,  The Tennessean and the Chattanooga Times Free Press newspapers have editorialized for passage of the PAST ACT.  The Times Free Press has advocated a Boycott of the Celebration.

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

After Chairman David L. Howard hired Five Celebration Judges – all of which have Horse Protection Act Violation Citations on their resumes – for a total of about $100,000.00, then Howard dreamed up the “VAC” – a Veterinary Advisory Committee a/k/a  ”Lipstick On A Pig” to try and fool Congress into not passing the PAST ACT.

"VAC" - LIPSTICK ON THE CELEBRATION PIG OF HORSE SORING

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

Chairman Howard allegedly spent $250,000.00 on Blankenship and the Veterinary Advisory Committee.

SO HERE ARE THE “VAC” PLAYERS – FIRST, THE BIG LICK SPOKESPERSON

  • Tom Blankenship – Indiana attorney – former Big Lick Exhibitor and attorney hired in 2006 to get a Bill approved in the U.S. Senate which would redefine the “Scar Rule” so as to render it impotent, and then redefine “Soring”.  Blankenship was paid a lot of money for that gig, and he’s also getting paid a lot of money for this 2014 assignment.
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“VAC” SPOKESPERSON, BIG LICKER TOM BLANKENSHIP

TOM BLANKENSHIP – 1994 BIG LICK EXHIBITOR

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

TOM BLANKENSHIP TAKING A DEEP SEAT

TOM BLANKENSHIP TAKING A DEEP SEAT

TOM BLANKENSHIP  2014 SPOKESPERSON  ”VAC” VET. ADVISORY COMMITTEE

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– WILY LICKER TOM BLANKENSHIP -

Mr. Blankenship was the central piece of a 2006 plot by Steve Smith to get an amendment through Congress with the assistance of his personal friend,  U. S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN).

An informed source says that Steve Smith called money man William B. Johnson and asked him to meet with Tom Blankenship.  The meeting was arranged at the Shelbyville Country Club.

Tom Blankenship brought with him to the meeting Dr. Jerry H. Johnson, DVM.  The purpose of the meeting was to raise money to establish The National Horse Protection Society.   Allegedly,  William B. Johnson gave $200,000.00 to fund the NHPS and allegedly that donation was matched by Robert Medina of Skillman, NJ.  Then Steve Smith allegedly put in a substantial amount of money from the Show Horse Support Fund which was the successor to Friends Of The Show Horse.  The total amount of the money for the venture amounted to $600,00.00 to $750,000.00.

Tom Blankenship was the attorney for NHPS.  Its goal was to get an amendment to the Horse Protection Act which would get rid of the “Scar Rule”  and redefine “Soring”.   Steve Smith’s friend Senator Bill Frist introduced the proposed Law, and Tom Blankenship who also represented the Walking Horse Trainer BOYZ endorsed it.

The bottom line is that Tom Blankenship, exhibitor of Big Lick horses,  has a long track record of working against strictly enforcing the rules against horse soring.   The grandiose plans of Steve Smith’s National Horse Protection Society blew up when a copy was leaked to The Tennessean reporters and then made public.

FLASH FORWARD TO 2013

Steve Smith once again brings Licker attorney Tom Blakenship on board who once again brings Jerry H.Johnson, DVM on board.  It recently came to light that U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) has been listening all along to Steve Smith’s men Tom Blankenship and Dr. Jerry H. Johnson on that “Soring Problem”.  This explains how and why Senator Alexander is so “Out Of Touch”.   One thing Senator Alexander is not out of touch with is the amount of money provided to him for his 2014 re-election campaign.  In essence,    Senator Alexander was paid $3 Million in campaign funds by Steve Smith and one of the things Smith expected for the money was for Alexander to block the PAST ACT – which he has done.

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

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

U. S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN)  STATEMENT ON DEC. 8, 2013,  BEFORE THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL BOARD

In his December 8, 2013 meeting with the Tennessean Editorial Board,  Alexander said, “I have examined the bill that Congressman Whitfield has   I know he’s sincere about it. I am told by veternarians and people who show horses that it would decimate the tradition of the Tennessee Walking Horse.   It has unneccessary provisions in it.  I have been to the Celebration a number of times. I am not an expert on veterinary medicine – but I know of the inspections that they have there.  Almost all of them  are 96 to 98 % successful.   It comes down to the industry itself to do a better job of self regulation.   Having veterinarians do the inspections.  It comes down to the industry itself doing a better job of self regulating finding a way to more resources  into hiring independent vets whenever possible to do the examinations.”

The veterinarian filling up Senator Alexander’s ear was none other than Steve Smith’s Guy Tom Blankenship’s Guy –  DR. JERRY H. JOHNSON

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JERRY H. JOHNSON, DVM – TOM BLANKENSHIP’S GO TO VET

When it came time for this assignment,  Blankenship hired Dr. Jerry Johnson again.

The way it all fits together is Tom Blankenship is Steve Smith’s buddy, and Dr. Jerry Johnson is who Blankenship used to “carry the water” in 2006 in the ill fated effort to gut the “Scar Rule” and redefine scoring.

Then making the “LIPSTICK ON THE PIG” look good and INDEPENDENT,  Dr. Jerry H. Johnson had to go get TWO more Vets.

He got 75+/- year old Dallas Goble, DVM who has retired and left Tennessee and gone to live in Texas.   Goble was out to pasture and will now be paid a nice sum of money to lend his name to the Celebration “VAC”.

DALLAS GOBLE, DVM - RETIRED VET

DALLAS O. GOBLE, DVM – RETIRED VET

Then Johnson was able to get Blount County, Tennessee (Home of Larry Joe Wheelon) vet Dr. Phillip D.Hammock.  The 48 year old Hammock is a surgeon and a race horse vet.  His specialty is not treating the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses.

PHILLIP HAMMOCK, DVM

PHILLIP HAMMOCK, DVM

So, having the “VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship in place, and the political operative vet,  Dr. Jerry H. Johnson on board,  and two other vets who are lending their names to the venture,  what exactly is the “VAC” Committee supposed to require that will make a difference in preventing the Soring of Tennessee Walking Horses.

The big proposals are:

  • BLOOD TESTS – The vets are approaching the Celebration as if it were an Jumper event at Kentucky Horse Park or a Thoroughbred race at Churchill Downs.

Last week,  Celebration Premier Sponsor Winners Circle owner Mr. David Thomas of Shelbyville, Tennessee asked pertinent questions IF the “VAC” was going to blood test or swab for the substances used to sore horses in 2014.

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DAVID THOMAS, WINNERS CIRCLE – CELEBRATION PREMIER SPONSOR – PUBLISHER – SHELBYVILLE NOW

Mr. David Thomas has lived in Shelbyville virtually his entire adult life. He owns one of the region’s leading tack stores, Winner’s Circle, and although he values it, Mr. Thomas does not depend solely on the Tennessee Walking Horse trade to survive.

Mr. Thomas’s business, Winner’s Circle,  is a Select Sponsor – that’s as big as you can get.

Mr. Thomas knows the Trainer BOYZ are soring Tennessee Walking Horses in 2014.    He knows what they are using to sore the horses.

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On a message board,  Mr. Thompson asked a simple question:

“I’m asking a simple question. Very simple.
Will the VAC be considering Gojo, Dawn, wd40 , or Gentlkleen as substances they consider as prohibited. To break it down so everyone can understand. Would these substances be considered as in the same category as oil of mustard, croton oil, diesel fuel and other known caustic chemicals?

This is a yes or no question.”

The question has not yet been answered.

  •  DIGITAL X RAYS

The Trainer BOYZ know how to beat the Digital X Ray.

  • Take hoof trimmings – dry them in the sun until they are very hard – then put them with a little silicone, not much, between the pad and frog and you have skillfully pressure shod the horse and it’s not detectable on digital x ray.
  • Take the finely ground limestone particles which make up the Celebration ring surface and the inspection area and mix them with pine tar and okum and put them against the sensitive parts of the horse’s foot and pad.   Again,  they can’t be dectected by digital x ray.
  • One more way is to have a farrier to bevel the hoof wall just so to put pressure on sensitive trimmed down areas.  Again, not detectable on digital x rays.

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It’s going to be an interesting 11 days.

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ONE DAY TO GO – LICKERS FLOCKING IN FOR THE “LAST HURRAH” – BIG LICK COMES OUT SWINGING – COURT JESTER WHATTAJAYROE HARRIS PRODUCES OUTRAGEOUS YOUTUBE ATTACKING USDA’S ENFORCEMENT OF THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT

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SHELBYVILLE, TN –  The “Last Hurrah” of the sore Big Lick begins on Wednesday,  August 20, 2014.  It runs for 10 days and night with the Big Lick classes beginning in earnest on Thursday night.

The Lickers are flowing in  from all points of the compass to witness what may be the LAST STAND of the sore “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse addicts.

The mood is neither pleasant nor collegial.

“Bubba” campers are appearing in front yards along with expensive Motor Homes,  and even an old Music City tour bus.  They are all tethered to their power supplies and being provisioned for the duration.

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THE TENNESSEAN NEWSPAPER EDITORIAL

Today,  The Tennessean newspaper weighed in and slammed the Celebration for the “67% of (Tennessee Walking) Horses tested positive for masking agents”.  Two years ago,  the Celebration, with the help of Purple Strategies,  tried to foist off a much ballyhooed :swabbing initiative” led by PSHA attorney Frank Eichler, Rising Star Ranch of Shelbyville.

FRANK EICHLER, PSHA, WHTA, CELEBRATION ATTORNEY;  OWNER OF RISING STAR RANCH

FRANK EICHLER, PSHA, WHTA, CELEBRATION ATTORNEY; OWNER OF RISING STAR RANCH

The swabbing initiative was a non-transparent attempt to mislead the public into believing that all horses shown at the Celebration were tested after swab samples were taken.  This was simply a bald faced lie.

In actuality,  the results from the horses actually tested (only two in each class) was filtered through a Trainer Boyz committee which instead of punishing the offending Trainers, instead gave them verbal warnings on the telephone. .  The Celebration and Mr. Eichler’s “Swabbing Initiative” become nothing more than an extraordinarily expensive farce.

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Walking Horse Celebration faces tough scrutiny

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The 76th Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration opens Wednesday in Shelbyville, and the entire equine industry, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Congress will be watching. If past competitions are any indication, that scrutiny is a good thing.

With as many as 2,000 horses competing over 11 days, USDA inspectors will be put to the test as they try to determine whether horses have been subjected to abuse by soring in order to achieve a prized, high-stepping gait.

As in any sport where the stakes are high, owners or managers will sometimes seek to gain an unfair advantage with the use of performance-enhancing substances. Walking Horse competitions differ from other sports in that the percentage of competitors — owners and trainers — who cheat is so very high, and that the “athletes” are animals who have no say over what is being done to them.

For the past 44 years, since the Horse Protection Act passed into law, federal inspectors and ethical owners in the Walking Horse community have fought to uncover instances of soring to horses’ hooves and legs, but as detection has grown more thorough and sophisticated, so have abusers’ methods of hiding it.

The pain-inflicting substances have more recognizable names — mustard oil, kerosene — while the substances used to cover up scars or temporarily numb the animal’s pain — anthraquinone, lidocaine — are more exotic. There are no legitimate excuses for either the soring or the masking agents to be present on a show horse. Yet, at last year’s Celebration, 67 percent of horses tested positive for masking agents.

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The latest Licker response came in the form of a Big Lick “Hit Piece” YouTube choreographed by Big Lick Court Jester, Mr. WHATTAJAYROE Jerry Harris.

SORE BIG LICK COURT JESTER MR. WHATTAJAYROE JERRY HARRIS

SORE BIG LICK COURT JESTER MR. WHATTAJAYROE JERRY HARRIS

HOMER STOKES AND HIS MIDGET

HOMER STOKES AND HIS MIDGET

Harris outrageously rhetorically asks regarding USDA Equine Coordinator Dr. Rachel Cezar “Why would she do something that is so unethical and dishonest” in accusing Dr. Cezar of allegedly instructing USDA Vets like Dr. Jeff Baker to find “Scars” which are not there.

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DR. RACHEL CEZAR

Then Harris cries in his beer and cries crocodile tears and laments about the plight of the Trainer BOYZ.

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WHTA BOYZ BUILDING – SHELBYVILLE, TENNESSEE

 HALL OF FAME TRAINER HOWARD HAMILTON HPA VIOLATION CIT. HISTORY

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WHATTAJAYROE again asks if the alleged inconsistency in  the USDA’s inspection of horses has affected the ability of trainers such as Howard Hamilton pictured below to support his family

HOWARD HAMILTON (ON RIGHT)

HOWARD HAMILTON (ON RIGHT)

2006 HALL OF FAME TRAINER HOWARD HAMILTON

2006 HALL OF FAME TRAINER HOWARD HAMILTON

Then Mr. Harris wails and twangs some more about the “Saviour” horse “Honors” being turned down at the 2013 Celebration due to scar rule violation AND being sore in one foot and borderline sore in the other.

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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

LET ‘EM WALK ON

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BUBBA UP ON “PURPLE STRATEGY”

Nephew Eugene says the sore Big Lick is nothing but a “Racket” based on institutionalized horse soring.

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THE SORE BIG LICK – “NO LIE CAN LIVE FOREVER” – “BIG LICK BIG LIE” – #PASSTHEPASTACT

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THETA, TN – Speaking truth to power is not without risk.

But the Horses are worth it,  and the risk is worth taking.

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Change does not come easily.

Recently,  threats have been made and Federal authorities have been notified.   People of interest are being questioned.

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BUBBA UP ON “PURPLE STRATEGY”

The crucible is warm,  and will become warmer.

If you would like to provide support and enable what is being done, it will be appreciated.

Keep the faith.

Sincerely,

Billy Go Boy

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2014 CELEBRATION THEME SONG CONTEST – LATEST ENTRY – “THE BALLAD OF ARENA CALSONIC – ODE TO HONORS” – OTHER THEME SONG ENTRIES EXPECTED

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – From the lady who brought the world sore Big Lick redneck Bubba up on “Purple Strategy” – here is the latest entry in the 2014 Celebration Theme Song Contest:

“THE BALLAD OF ARENA CALSONIC – ODE TO HONORS”

“HONORS” – THE “SAVIOUR HORSE” AT RED CARPET SHOW – JULY 29, 2014

"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

“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

CROWD REACTION TO “HONORS” BEING TURNED DOWN – 2013 CELEBRATION

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"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

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Informed sources say that Gary Edwards of Carl Edwards & Son attended a meeting in Washington, DC in mid-June 2014 with Deputy Aphis Administrator Chester Gipson, DVM.

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

Nephew Eugene got a call last night from Juan who told him at the last minute Manuel had to go back home, and he offered Nephew Eugene to take Manuel’s place to work at hte Celebration.   Nephew Eugene is some excited and he is packing his suitcase and getting ready to head to Shelbyville.

Harold was telling Nephew Eugene is hearing that for the first time in the history of the Celebration that  this Saturday night at the Celebration might bring about some interesting developments

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FOUR DAYS OUT – PRE- CELEBRATION 2014 ATMOSPHERE IS ‘TENSE’ AND ‘BIZARRE’ … CELEBRATION THEME SONG CONTEST UNDERWAY

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SHELBYVILLE, TN –   With four days to go,   the atmosphere surrounding  the 2014 Celebration is both tense and bizarre.    While the Celebration entries are down 33% from two years ago,  the security for the Celebration is up 2,000+%.

The Celebration gates, camper areas and parking lots all have 24 hour a day uniformed security.  So far, there are no guard dog patrols.   It’s more like “Checkpoint Charlie” in cold war Berlin than the United States of America.  (For younger readers,  ”Checkpoint Charlie” was the cold war Berlin gateway to Communism in post WWII divided Germany]

CHECKPOINT “DAVID”

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CHECKPOINT “CHARLIE”

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Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and his community patron John T. Bobo have created a “lock down” tense atmosphere to defend the sore Big Lick where  last year Shelbyville Times Gazette writer Sadie Fowler’s  call for “Children Play Zones” seems even more whimsical than it was when she first wrote it.

Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and Board member John T. Bobo have brought “shame” to a decent Middle Tennessee community because of their insistence on keeping the “SORING ALBATROSS” around the neck of Henry Davis’s Tennessee National Walking Horse Celebration.  Howard and Bobo hijacked the Celebration from the community of Shelbyville, and maintain power through a “stacked” 50 member Celebration Association, but that is a story for another day.

It appears that the impetuses for what Howard and Bobo team do are their:

  • massive egos
  • manic desire for control
  • overwhelming greed

Under the Howard/Bobo leadership, the Celebration has lost approximately $2 Million over the last five years.   Shelbyville, Tennessee is looked upon as the “Horse Abuse” Capitol of the World.  Meanwhile,   America overwhelmingly wants the PAST ACT passed which will eliminate the pads and chains which are used to create the sore Big Lick.   Yet,  David L. Howard and John T. Bobo attempt to continue “business as usual”.

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD, THE WALKING HORSE REPORT PUBLISHER

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD, THE WALKING HORSE REPORT PUBLISHER

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

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

The bizarre part is this year the Celebration has created a “strange” color scheme of floral pink and aqua flags on the Celebration grounds which seems more in keeping with a Caribbean port town festival than an American Horse Show in the “Heartland” – one which U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)  likes to describe as a “Tennessee Tradition”.

BIG LICKER BRIGADE BATTLE FLAG

BIG LICKER BRIGADE BATTLE FLAG

BUBBA UP ON "PURPLE STRATEGY"

BUBBA UP ON “PURPLE STRATEGY”

The once prospering Celebration Trade Fair, which flourished on the Calsonic Arena concourse is now a shadow of its former self.   The Trade Fair now consists of a rag tag assortment of left over Flea Market vendors.  In 2014,  it will be stuck under a few tents in a “Back Alley” location while the Calsonic Arena will be open for the Trainer BOYZ to work Big Lick horses in the morning before the public.

All of which leads us to the 2014 Celebration Theme Song Contest.

In addition to Buffalo Springfield, “STOP CHILDREN WHAT’S THAT SOUND”?

A new nominee is:

  • HAS ANYBODY SEEN MY GAL?

Some say that a dark horse entry “Ode To Honors” may be soon forthcoming.

‘HONORS” – THE ‘SAVIOUR HORSE’ – 2014 STAKE WINNER AT PULASKI

"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

“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

Please stay tuned.

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FOUR DAYS TO GO – FORTRESS CELEBRATION LOOKS LIKE “SOUND OF MUSIC” WITH THE NAZIS WAITING ON THE VON TRAPP FAMILY TO FINISH SINGING SO THEY CAN BE CARRIED AWAY

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SHELBYVILLE, TNCelebration Chairman David L. Howard has posted uniformed guards on every entrance to the Fortress Celebration providing round the clock protection from who or what it is not exactly sure.

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There does not appear to be any news of an invading horde making its way toward Shelbyville hell-bent on terrorizing the 76th annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

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The Order Of the day seems to be “GET THEM IN AND KEEP THEM IN”.

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Rumor is that the 2014 Celebration Theme Song is going to be:

GENA WELCH BOOHER – ARTIST WHO CREATED “PURPLE STRATEGY”

There’s somethin happenin’ here
What it is ain’t exactly clear
There’s a man with a gun over there…
Tellin’ me.. I got to be ware

There’s battle lines bein’ drawn
Lickers FIGHT but the FLATTERS keep on
Cat Ladies speakin’ their minds
About Legs breakin’ higher and them draggin bee-hinds

Paranoia strikes deep
Into your barn it will creep
It starts when you’re always afraid
Little scar, just a flinch they’ll send your horse on a-way

Stop, Children what’s that sound..
That’s them chains lickin all around…

What a day for the heat
A thousand protesters out in the heat
Singin’ songs, with signs in their hands
Fancy clothes for the show – and it’s a SOUND HORSE They demand..

Singin STOP children stop that sound
Everybody stop the sore horse, take it on down
Singin STOP children stop that sound
Everybody look.. they’re goin’ down..

MRS. HAMILTON BARROW WILLIS

There’s a woman with a gavel over there, 
saying you all just better beware,

I think it’s time we stop
Lickers, is that horse sound?
Everybody look – what’s going down?

There’s battle lines being drawn
Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong
Fed up people speaking’ their minds
Getting so much resistance from behind

It’s time you stop
Hey, is THAT horse sound?
Everybody look – what’s going down?

Is it a field day for the Lickers?
Or are they going to soil their knickers?
Soring horses and carrying chains
Mostly making plenty false claims

It’s time you stop
Hey, is THAT horse sound?
Everybody look – what’s going down?

Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you’re always scared
Step out of line, the men come and take your mare

You better stop
Hey, is that horse sound?
Everybody look – what’s going down?

But other possible themes are also being considered,  so please feel free to suggest before the final selection is made.

Some of the old timers think this just may be the last of the sore Big Lick Celebrations.

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GANNETT WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF PAUL C. BARTON HOMES IN ON TRAINER BOYZ USING BANNED SUBSTANCES TO INFLATE SORE BIG LICK’S BOGUS HPA COMPLIANCE NUMBERS – JEFFREY HOWARD CLAMS UP AND WON’T ANSWER QUESTIONS – CELEBRATION SPONSOR DAVID THOMAS RIPS THE COVER OFF OF PSHA JEFFREY HOWARD’S CLAIMS

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WASHINGTON, DC – Gannett Washington Bureau reporter Paul C. Barton continues to delve into the world of the sore Big Lick much to the apparent discomfort of PSHA Spokesperson Jeffrey Howard who repeatedly refused to answer Barton’s questions about “masking and numbing agents”.

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WALKING HORSE REPORT EDITOR JEFFREY HOWARD APPEARING BEFORE THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL BOARD

According to Barton, Jeffrey Howard claimed that the presently being decertified Celebration owned S.H.O.W. HIO inspection program has adopted new standards for protecting horses that “far surpass the requirements set down by the U.S. government.”

Jeffrey Howard has become a dapper Fibber McGee.

JEFFREY HOWARD AT IT AGAIN.

JEFFREY HOWARD AT IT AGAIN.

First, the Celebration isn’t using Thermography to turn down and prosecute Scar Rule violations.

Why?

Because when properly used, Thermography will detect scars which result from creating and maintaining the sore Big Lick.

A scarred horse is a sore horse.

And then there is the newly established “VAC”  Veterinary Advisory Committee which is the lipstick on the pig of the Celebration’s presentation of institutionalized soring as family entertainment.

LIPSTICK ON THE CELEBRATION PIG OF HORSE SORING

LIPSTICK ON THE CELEBRATION PIG OF HORSE SORING

Celebration Chairman David L. Howard‘s “VAC” is led by Tom Blankenship, a longtime Big Licker.   In 2006, Tom Blankenship, while directed by Steve Smith,  and the assistance of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN),  failed in an amendment to the Horse Protection Act to redefine soring and render the “scar rule” impotent.

But that’s another story for another day.

BIG LICKER – TOM BLANKENSHIP –  ”VAC” SPOKESPERSON

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

A Celebration sponsor David Thomas asks questions that Tom Blankenship, Jeffrey and David Howard simply cannot or refuse to answer.

SOOTHSAYER DAVID THOMAS –  WINNER’S CIRCLE/ SHELBYVILLE NOW

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DAVID THOMAS, PUBLISHER – SHELBYVILLE NOW

David Thomas,  whose company, Winner’s Circle, is a Celebration sponsor recently called shenanigans on Jeffrey Howard and  “VAC”  when on a message board he expressed a wish that “soring be addressed directly”.

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http://www.walkinghorsereport.com/boards.aspx?thread=6289&page=4

David Thomas said,  ”I think it would be common sense to try to stop the soring by including the 5 or 6 items that are being used today to “fix” the horse if we truly want to end soring. The opposing forces that want to end the performance horse know the popular products that will sore and they know what is being used. To stick our heads in the sand and act like it isn’t prominent in the industry is not very smart. 

I find it disturbing that most people in the industry get real nervous when I mention “GoJo”, “Dawn”, “Gentl-Kleen”, or WD 40.

Those 4 alone would eliminate 95% of it. No one wants to address this issue. The ingredients in these 4 are petroleum products or detergents. The swabbing would easily detect these products just as easily as it would detect Mustard oil or Croton oil.

If this small list is not on the prohibited substance list, then soring is not really being addressed.”

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THEN JEFFREY HOWARD’S SISTER CHRISTY BLEW THE WHISTLE ON HIM

While continuing to try and justify the sore Big Lick world, Jeffrey Howard was tripped up by his sister Christy Howard Parsons.   Ms Parsons is the former The Walking Horse Reporter Editor, and is now Editor of The Saddle Horse Report.  While joining a Petition supporting the Big Lick,  Christy Howard Parsons,  let the cat out of the bag when she commented as follows:

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CHRISTY HOWARD PARSONS, 2014

CHRISTY HOWARD PARSONS AND JEFFREY HOWARD

CHRISTY HOWARD PARSONS AND JEFFREY HOWARD

At the same time,  brother Jeffrey Howard was saying,  The Performance Show Horse Association is committed to the elimination of the small minority of people who sore horses for competitive advantage. As the industry has a 98.5% compliance rate, that number is a small minority.

So we apparently have two different views:

  • Christy – “Soring is a major problem”
  • Jeffrey – “The small minority of people who sore horses.

And that is exactly what Gannett Washington Bureau reporter Paul C. Barton focused upon and reported on in today’s article.

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http://www.wbir.com/story/news/politics/2014/08/15/banned-substances-on-sored-horses-undercut-compliance-claims-some-say/14137693/

Banned substances on sored horses undercut compliance claims, some say

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WASHINGTON — Putting mustard oil, kerosene, diesel fuel and other blistering agents on Tennessee Walking Horses has long been part of the cruelty of soring — the infliction of pain on the animals’ front legs and hooves so that touching the ground causes them to recoil in agony and achieve a higher-stepping gait.

But Department of Agriculture documents show the horses frequently face a second set of chemicals as well — those used to mask scars and numb a horse’s pain to fool inspectors.

And walking horses at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tenn. — which starts Aug. 20 — test positive for masking and numbing agents more often than not, leaving critics to doubt the industry’s claim that at least 97 of every 100 horses are free of soring and their owners and trainers in compliance with the Horse Protection Act of 1970.

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has a long list of banned “foreign substances” its inspectors test for at events like the Celebration. They are banned because they can be used to hide evidence of soring.

The list includes many substances associated with industrial processes, such as making dyes and pesticides, bleaching wood pulp and making paper and packaging.

Some, such as o-Aminoazotoluene or anthraquinone, are animal carcinogens.

Still another, sulfur, is sometimes mixed with motor oil to make a paste that is rubbed on a horse’s damaged areas to cover up soring.

And pain-blocking chemicals like lidocaine are applied in amounts calculated to keep a horse quiet during inspections but wear off in time for the pain to return in the show ring when the horse needs to demonstrate the exaggerated “Big Lick” gait, the American Veterinary Medical Association contends.

USDA records show 67 percent of horses examined at the Celebration in 2013 tested positive for substances that could mask soring. Figures for other years include 76 percent in 2012, 98 percent in 2011 and 86 percent in 2010.

“Has there ever been any sporting event with that rate of cheating?” said Teresa Bippen of Friends of Sound Horses, a St. Louis-based organization.

The masking and numbing agents wouldn’t be needed if soring were as limited as Big Lick owners and trainers contend, say supporters of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act. The proposed bill in Congress would amend the 1970 Horse Protection Act and significantly bolster USDA’s ability to police the practice.

“The percentage of prohibited foreign substances found at Tennessee Walking Horse shows in recent years speaks volumes regarding the high degree of soring that still occurs within the Big Lick segment of this breed,” said Keith Dane, a specialist on equine issues for the Humane Society of the United States.

Dane and other PAST Act supporters see the prevalence of substances used to hide soring as rigging the Horse Protection Act compliance statistics cited by bill opponents.

Jeffrey Howard, spokesman for the Shelbyville-based Performance Show Horse Association, one of the major groups representing the industry’s Big Lick faction, declined to answer questions about the results for banned substances, saying they were based on “fundamentally flawed” information coming from “other parties,” a reference to groups like the Humane Society and the USDA itself.

But John Bennett, a Shelbyville veterinarian representing PSHA, attacked the banned-substance figures in a November 2013 appearance before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, saying they were “unscientific, wholly misleading and provide no support” for the position of PAST Act supporters. In a horse-show environment, he said, it’s unrealistic to think a horse’s lower leg — called the “pastern” — and hooves could avoid trace amounts of various substances.

He and other bill opponents argue the legislation goes too far and would decimate the industry.

“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 non-compliance,” said Mike Reynard, a spokesman for Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Brentwood, one of the most prominent PAST Act opponents. Blackburn’s office issues the comment repeatedly when asked about her opposition.

But questions about compliance rates remain central to the debate over the bill, which is stalled on Capitol Hill despite having overwhelming numbers of co-sponsors in both the House and Senate.

In a 2012, when finalizing minimum penalties for violations of the 1970 law, USDA officials said in the Federal Register that they had received public comments describing the 97 percent to 98 percent compliance claims as “meaningless.” USDA officials themselves said the rates were “not in and of themselves” proof of effective industry self-policing.

While declining to discuss such criticisms, Howard, the PSHA spokesman, said the industry has adopted new standards for protecting horses that “far surpass the requirements set down by the U.S. government.”

PAST Act supporters, meanwhile, say the banned substances are far from the only factor skewing the 97-percent figure.

First, the say, the rate only considers violations found by industry-hired inspectors, not those USDA veterinarians spot when they perform unannounced inspections.

Because USDA can only afford to send its own veterinarians to a fraction of the nearly 500 horse shows held annually, Congress amended the Horse Protection Act in 1976 to allow “horse industry organizations” to provide inspectors.

When USDA veterinarians do show up, they both make their own inspections and monitor the work of industry-hired inspectors. And between 2007 and 2012, USDA figures show, 61.2 percent of Horse Protection Act violations were issued at the roughly 10 percent of shows federal officials were able to attend and look over their shoulders.

Further, a 2010 USDA inspector general’s report described the industry-run system as rife with conflicts of interest, another factor suppressing violation totals.

The industry-paid inspectors, it said, “understand that they will not please their employers by excluding horses from the show due to violations of the Horse Protection Act.” It added “they have a direct conflict of interest with enforcing the law and regulations.”

Also, the violations total is divided by the number of “entries” in nationwide shows. The distinction is important because owners often withdraw entries rather than risk an inspection that could reveal soring, PAST ACT supporters say.

Dane, of the Humane Society, says a more accurate measure would be to take the number of violations issued by both industry and USDA inspectors and divide by the number of Big Lick horses — not other breeds — actually inspected, not just entered. That would result in a far smaller denominator and a higher violations rate, he said.

Even with other breeds factored in, USDA figures for 2013 show 94 percent of all Horse Protection Act violations were at Big Lick events.

Said W. Ron DeHaven of the American Veterinary Medical Association at the 2013 congressional hearing: “As many like to say, this system is set up much like a fox watching a hen house — not a good way to ensure the good welfare of these beautiful horses.”

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SORE BIG LICK “PURPLE STRATEGY” WITH “HUNCHED OVER” REDNECK BUBBA GOES VIRAL – PSHA CHAIRMAN JIM CORTNER ATTACKS CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD

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SHELBYVILLE, TN –  The unerringly accurate depiction of a sore “set down Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse named “Purple Strategy” with fictitional redneck Bubba all hunched over has gone viral.  Bubba is taking a “deep seat” and pulling back on a long shanked bit.   Purple Strategy is doing the Big Lick with a slung chain and straining mightily with bowed down tendons.  This image has come  to perfectly personify  the 2014 Big Lick Tennessee Walking Show Horse.

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BUBBA UP ON “PURPLE STRATEGY”

This is the ‘Image” that the Lickers want to “Self Regulate” with the Blackburn/Alexander Bills to “Enable Horse Soring”.

You only have to look no further than the 2013 World Grand Champion, I Am Jose to see a resemblance to “Purple Strategy”.

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

This is the “Big Lick”   which is “prized” by the Lickers.

It’s what the Big Lick Judges, including Steve Smith’s former Trainer David Landrum (Celebration Judge), will look for and, most likely, tie in the show ring next week.

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

It is how Celebration Chairman David L. Howard makes his fortune by selling ads to “Purple Strategy” aficionados.

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CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD, THE WALKING HORSE REPORT PUBLISHER

The “Purple Strategy” Image simply horrifies the rest of the equine world which is why the American Horse Council and the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) strongly support the PAST ACT which will remove the pads and chains.

“Purple Strategy” has evoked quite an immediate response from the Lickers.

http://www.walkinghorsereport.com/boards.aspx?thread=6308

One message board poster says, “I know there’s a lot more important things we is(sp) a breed need to address but may I suggest that we encourage all of our trainers and amateur riders to sit up straight is this has been a comment I’ve heard often from friends that love our horse from different breeds.”

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3 YEAR OLD MARES – RIDERS CUP – JUSTIN HARRIS UP ON PHENOM OWNED BY BRUCE MCDONALD, PSHA BOARD MEMBER

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BUBBA UP ON “PURPLE STRATEGY”

"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

Celebration Chairman David L. Howard concurs saying,  “Truer words have never been spoken”.

Another Licker message board poster says that it “looks terrible” and the “Bubba” BOYZ  “make us look like a bunch of rednecks”.  She describes the BOYZ as “horse ‘ear whispers’ by the way they are shoulder hunched up to the head of the horse”.

Some of the World Grand Champion Bubba “Redneck Image Hunchers” the WHR poster describes  include  Trainers:

  • Justin Harris
  • John Alan Callaway
  • Casey Wright

Another “Hunched Over” rider is  Amateur Robert Cortner,  son of PSHA Chairman Jim Cortner:

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BUBBA UP ON “PURPLE STRATEGY”

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PSHA Chairman Jim Cortner is deeply invested in the sore Big Lick.

Here is Mr. Cortner with WHTA BOYZ President Mickey McCormick at the Nov. 2013 Congressional Hearing on the PAST ACT:

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

PSHA Chair Jim Cortner was recently fingered along with PSHA Spokesperson Jeffrey Howard and the rest of these folks in a The Tennessean newspaper article by reporter Paul C. Barton by trying to smear and initiate an ethics investigation into Congressman Ed Whitfield.

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2014/07/31/whitfield-releases-letter-revealing-horse-groups-wrath/13437699/

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Chairman Cortner was so aggrieved that he lambasted Congressman Whitfield in the Lynchburg, Tennessee newspaper last week:

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PSHA CHAIRMAN OUTRAGED BY BY ALLEGATIONS FROM KENTUCKY CONGRESSMAN

Jim Cortner, Chairman of the Performance Show Horse Association (PSHA),  expressed his outrage at a statement last week by Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield who stated Conner and other members of the PSHA Board filed the Complaint that has triggered an investigation of Whitfield by the House Ethics Committee.

 “Neither I nor the members of this Board signed or filed a formal Complaint with the House Ethics Committee regarding Mr. Whitfield.   That a sitting member of Congress would issue such a statement is reprehensible and I am my fellow board members demand a retraction of the statement immediately,” said Cortner of Winchester.

Press reports last week and over the weekend indicated that the House Ethics Committee has initiated a formal investigation of Whitfield.  According to the Rules of the House of Representatives, an ethics complaint, once received,  is reviewed by an independent organization that determines whether or not a complaint contains valid or sufficient information to warrant a formal investigation.

Upon a recommendation of that review, the House Ethics Committee decides to move forward with a formal investigation or simply not act on a received complaint.

“It is apparent from the press reports I’ve read that the House Ethics Committee has determined sufficient information and evidence  was provided to them and that a full investigation of Mr. Whitfield should occur,” added Cortner.   “This was in the press and announced by the Committee.  Although I have been concerned for some time by Congressman Whitfield’s conflicted of interest ,  I was not aware of the House Ethics Committee Investigation until reports recently surfaced in the media.

 “The Congressman’s efforts to impugn my character and the character of our board members,  through his false statement is not unacceptable.  Our board members and I will discuss this further to determine what course of legal action we might consider if this false statement is not retracted immediately.”

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Congressman Ed Whitfield’s press spokesman says there is not going to be any retraction.

Nephew Eugene is still hoping that barn help job comes through, but so far,  no luck.

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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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BLOUNT COUNTY, MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE ALONG WITH BEDFORD COUNTY, SHELBYVILLE, TENNESSEE VOTERS CLEARLY REJECT FAVORITE SON U.S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN) IN SENATORIAL RACE

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MARYVILLE, TN –  U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) lost Blount County, Maryville, Tennessee where he grew up and the Lamar Alexander Parkway is named for him:

Joe Carr  7,131 (47.1%) and Lamar Alexander 6,708 (44.3%).

As reported here earlier,  Alexander lost Bedford County, where the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is located:

Joe Carr 2,819 (49.4%) to Lamar Alexander 2,577 (45.2%).

The rumor is the 74 year old Alexander will not serve out his full term,  rather he will resign early and allow the Republican Governor Bill Haslam to appoint his successor.

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

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

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

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

This will give the newly appointed U. S. Senator an opportunity to establish him/herself before having to stand for election before the Tennessee electorate.

Alexander’s Campaign Finance Chairman Steve Smith who is fighting hard to preserve the sore Big Licker Tennessee Walking Horse will then attempt to anoint Alexander’s successor using his control of the purse strings to do so.

So far,  Smith has demonstrated that he has a leash on the entire Tennessee Republican Congressional delegation,  except for U. S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) who is his own man.

Nephew Eugene thinks the folks in Bedford County and Blount County got it about right.

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CHATTANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS NEWSPAPER JOINS THE ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE AND CALLS FOR A BOYCOTT OF THE 2014 TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION

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CHATTANOOGA, TN –  The Chattanooga Times Free Press, one of Tennessee’s major daily newspapers,   on Sunday called for Boycott of the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration urging a “citizen pocketbook vote.”

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“BUCKET STANCE” PHOTO – EXHIBIT #3 INTRODUCED AT WHEELON PRELIMINARY HEARING ON AUG. 13, 2013

The Times Free Press urged Tennesseans to “Boycott the Celebration and every other walking horse show or exhibition or sale in the region”.  It said,  “horses will continue to be sored as long as the fox guards the stable and prosecutions are made periodically every 40 years or so.”

AAWHA leader Jeannie McGuire who organized “Walk On Washington“,  and AAWHA spokesperson Clant M. Seay,  called for the Boycott of the Celebration on July 25, 2014.  McGuire urged riders, owners and trainers who are bringing their horses to The Walking Horse Owners Association (WHOA)  International Show (July 27 – Aug 2) to make their feelings known about the continued exhibition of big lick horses with stacked pads and chains by skipping The Celebration this year. The Celebration announced last week that entries were down 33% from 2012,  a difference of 887 horses.

Spokesperson Seay said,  ”We proved at “Walk On Washington”,  with all 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.”

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2014/aug/10/tennessee-walking-horses-still-sore-spot-literally/?opiniontimes

Tennessee walking horses still a sore spot — literally

Make yourself heard

Sen. Lamar Alexander — 423-752-5337 or 202-224-4944

Rep. Marsha Blackburn — 615-591-5161 or 202-225-2811

It’s almost Celebration time in Tennessee. Again.

The 76th annual 11-day Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville is scheduled to begin in 10 days.

Organizers bill the series of shows as “the premier event” for the Tennessee Walking Horse. It is where the breed’s “World Grand Champion” and another 20 “World Champions” in various contest categories are named, claiming more than $650,000 in prizes and awards and far more in stud fees and foal sales. There’s also a barn decorating contest, a trade fair and a dog show.

It all sounds fun. But it’s not. Especially not for the so-called “performance” horses — the ones with big padded hooves and the “big lick” gait that in the past four or five decades has been artificially exaggerated from a once gorgeous natural high-step to what now looks like a tortured lunge.

The exaggeration comes from soring — an illegal training practice that uses caustic chemicals, chains, or pressure shoeing under tall hoof pads. The combinations of those affronts make the horses’ legs and hooves so sore that the animals stretch to unusual lengths to keep their legs in the air as long as possible because it hurts when they strike the ground.

Michael Blackwell, former dean of veterinary medicine at the University of Tennessee, recently likened the “excruciating” pain to biting something solid with an abscessed tooth.

Soring has been illegal under federal law for more than 40 years, but the law is weak and the enforcement — in other words funding — is even weaker. The result is that the walking horse industry largely polices itself, and problems go unresolved. Only in the past two years has anyone been federally convicted of the abuse, and that happened only after secret videos were made by the Humane Society of the United States and turned over to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Proposed legislation, the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, would toughen the law and bring back Tennessee’s real walking horses by banning the pads, chains and soring practices that have corrupted this beautiful breed. The bill, known as the PAST Act, also would end the industry self-policing. The bill was introduced by U.S. Reps. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky and Steve Cohen of Tennessee, and it is co-sponsored by 305 other representatives and 57 senators.

Those numbers might make the bill’s passage seem like a slam-dunk, but that’s not the reality. Instead the legislation is being held hostage in committees under the power of other lawmakers from Tennessee and Kentucky — the two states where the walking horse industry is king.

Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander has said he wants to save the $3.2 billion walking horse industry, so he offered up a softer bill that really would just add a layer to the industry policing itself. Alexander’s bill is co-sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and McConnell is said to be blocking the tougher PAST Act in the Senate where it is three sponsors short of the number needed to overcome a filibuster.

Meanwhile in the House of Representatives, Tennessee’s Rep. Marsha Blackburn, with her own version of Alexander’s bill, is blocking the PAST Act in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where she is vice chairman. Her bill has 12 co-sponsors, including Republican Reps. Chuck Fleischmann and Scott DesJarlais. Alexander’s has four. Both have said they want to involve veterinarians and “scientific” testing to detect soring. That is horse hockey.

Science has already been used at the Celebration in Shelbyville in recent years. There the lay inspectors — hired by the Celebration, trained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and overseen by veterinarians — administered swab tests and had them analyzed for chemicals. Soring was still prevalent, and even the “science” testing results from the lay inspectors differed from results obtained by USDA inspectors. Currently, USDA inspectors can police only about 10 percent of shows.

Frankly, no matter how many layers of vets and scientific tests are added, horses will continue to be sored as long as the fox guards the stable and prosecutions are made periodically every 40 years or so.

Perhaps a more effective tool might simply be a citizen pocketbook vote. Boycott the Celebration and every other walking horse show or exhibition or sale in the region.

The industry already is reeling financially after several years of falling sales and show receipts after national news audiences in 2012 were horrified by surveillance video of abuse in the stable of walking horse hall-of-famer Jackie McConnell. Seats prices have been cut and alcohol was sold to the arena audience last year to encourage attendance at the “family” event.

If Sen. Alexander and Rep. Blackburn can’t wean themselves from this industry’s influence and do what’s right, perhaps the horse trainers and owners must come to understand that their profits suffer from the public’s horror and disdain.

It is past time to return these beautiful horses to their oh-so-pleasing natural high-step.

It is past time for the PAST Act.

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The whole world’s watching.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apparently, they listened.

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

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

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

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

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WARTRACE HORSE SHOW – AUGUST 2, 2O14

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

And the Celebration followed in 1939.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WHOA – HORSES LINED UP FOR INSPECTION

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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

JANNIE CHAPMAN RAIL BANTER FROM WHTA SENIOR BOYZ BENNY JOHNSON

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

AMATEUR RIDERS ON AGED STALLIONS – CLASS

AMATEURS ON AGED STALLIONS – VICTORY PASS

AMATEURS ON AGED STALLIONS – POST SHOW INSPECTION

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

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

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

TRAINER WINKY GROOVER COACHING DEBBIE EICHLER

TRAINER WINKY GROOVER COACHING DEBBIE EICHLER

TWO MEMBERS OF TWHBEA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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

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

MR. JERRY HARRIS,  BIG LICK PROPAGANDIST

MR. JERRY HARRIS, BIG LICK PROPAGANDIST

LONG TIME SHOWMAN ED BREEDLOVE AND MR. JERRY HARRIS

LONG TIME SHOWMAN ED BREEDLOVE AND MR. JERRY HARRIS

 THE USDA – IN BLUE SHIRTS

THE USDA COMMAND STATION - DR. BAKER IN CHARGE

THE USDA COMMAND STATION – DR. BAKER IN CHARGE

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

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

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

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

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

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WHTA BOYZ BUILDING – SHELBYVILLE, TENNESSEE

1,913 WHOA International entries say otherwise.

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

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

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JEFFREY HOWARD, PSHA SPOKESPERSON BEFORE THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL BOARD

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

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

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

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

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

No telling what he will find it he does.

This could get real interesting.

Stay tuned.

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Disclosure shows PSHA letter critical of Whitfield

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD (R-KY) ISSUES PRESS RELEASE

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

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

Those two words can be interpreted several different ways.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
     Thursday,  July 31, 2014
                                             CONTACT:  Marty Irby
                           (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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JEFFREY HOWARD PRINTS THE “MUD SLINGING” PSHA LETTER TO THE CONGRESSIONAL ETHICS COMMITTEE – TRIES TO FOCUS ON ANYTHING BUT “THE SORING” AND “THE ADDICTION” AND THE HARM BEING DONE TO THE HORSES

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – The plot thickens.

PSHA Spokesperson/WHR Editor Jeffrey Howard has printed the following letter in the Walking Horse Report:

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Jeffrey Howard, Editor – PSHA Spokesperson & Walking Horse Report Editor

http://www.walkinghorsereport.com/news.aspx?cid=11091

Interestingly, it has a date of December 23, 2013 while the letter provided by Congressman  Whitfield has a date of December 27, 2013.

http://www.walkinghorsereport.com/pdf_0/PSHA_Dec2013_LetterofInquiry.pdf

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Then Editor Jeffrey Howard plays a game of semantics saying an investigation on Congressman Whitfield was requested, but the letter was not a “formal complaint”.

Then Howard slings mud at the sore Big Lick nemesis former TWHBEA President Marty Irby who is now Congressman Ed Whitfield’s Press Secretary.

Then Jeffrey Howard enters the perpetual Big Lick denial zone and tries to make a big deal of the chain Congressman Whitfield displayed at the November 13, 2013 Congressional Hearing weighing more than 6 ounces.

Jeffrey Howard has been to thousands of sore Big Lick training barns,  and unless he has been blind,  he has seen log chains on horses feet, along with multiple stacked chains.

The Trainer BOYZ can’t keep the Horse set down “FIXED” all the time, but they can use additional weight to keep him “Hitting” so he won’t get out of the gait in which he will show.

The following drawing from The Tennessean editorial endorsing is illustrative.

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

Informed sources say one of Jeffrey Howard biggest concerns about Reporter Paul C. Barton’s article was how upset it was going to make the High Roller sore Big Lick PSHA Directors  for them to be named publicly in trying to manipulate an ethics investigation of Congress Ed Whitfield.

The PSHA folks listed are the creme de la creme of the sore Big Lick folks, and they are the heavy hitter advertisers upon which the Howard family publishing empire depends.

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Pastor Clay Harlin hit the nail on the head at the Sound Horse Conference in Brentwood, Tennessee when he related how the sore Big Lick addicts, when threatened,  would use personal attacks,  and try to destroy people who question the sore Big Lick.

This time it is NOT going to work.

“The Horses” ARE going to be protected.

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More to come.

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GANNETT WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF PAUL C. BARTON HOMES IN ON TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE STORY AND SORE BIG LICK CREDIBILITY – CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD (R-KY) CALLS PSHA’S JEFFREY HOWARD AND RAISES HIM

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SHELBYVILLE, TN - David and Jeffrey Howard‘s sore Big Licker PSHA gang plotted

WALKING HORSE REPORT EDITOR JEFFREY HOWARD APPEARING BEFORE THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL BOARD
WALKING HORSE REPORT EDITOR JEFFREY HOWARD APPEARING BEFORE THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL BOARD
CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD
CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD
CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN
CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN

and schemed last year to come up with something on Congressman Ed Whitfield to try and stop the momentum of the PAST ACT juggernaut which would remove the pads and chains and stop what happened to “Dutch”,  a horse rescued on the way to a kill sale.  It would also affect the Howard Empire’s lucrative bottom line.

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SKIN SLOUGHING OFF ON FRONT OF PASTERNS – DUTCH
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TENNESSEAN CARTOON – ACCOMPANYING THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL URGING PASSAGE OF THE PAST ACT

On December 27, 2013,    PSHA Spokesperson/Walking Horse Report Editor Jeffrey Howard,  son of Celebration Chairman David L. Howard,  along with Celebration CEO Mike Inman, and the members of the PSHA Board of Directors which have 53 Horse Protection Act Violations among themselves,  sent a letter to the U. S. House Ethics Committee Chairman asking that Congressman Ed Whitfield be investigated.

HERE IS THE LETTER:

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So what’s wrong with this?

From what is readable,  absolutely nothing.

Every American has a right to send such a letter.

But this week,  things became rather strange.

Gannett Washington Bureau Chief Paul C. Barton wrote a story on Monday,  July 28, 2014, stating Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) said  “the complaint originated with numerous individuals, many from Tennessee, who are involved in the walking horse industry and oppose the bill.”

Reporter Barton wrote,  ”In a statement, the Kentucky lawmaker listed them as Jim Cortner, Jamie Hankins, Mike Inman, Doyle Meadows, Duke Thorson, Terry Dotson, Gayle Holcomb, Bruce MacDonald, Mickey McCormick, James Linton Griffith, Jeffrey Howard, Lee Wall McGartland and Buddy Stasney.

Jeffrey Howard is PSHA Spokesperson/PSHA Board member and Editor,  The Walking Horse Report, and the son of Celebration Chairman David L. Howard who has become a multi-millionaire with his horse publishing business centered around Tennessee Walking Horses.

Mike Inman is CEO of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration which runs August 20 – 30, 2014.

On Monday, July 28, 2014,  Mike Inman at first denied to Reporter Barton his involvement in filing the complaint.  Barton persisted with the question and later Mike Inman admitted, “I did sign a draft of a possible complaint. I don’t know if it’s been filed.”

Gannett Washington Bureau Chief Paul Barton then wrote a story on Tuesday,  July 29, 2014, reporting that Jeffrey Howard, sent out emails Monday night denying the involvement of the group and accusing Whitfield’s office of “lies.” He also denied that the individuals cited by Whitfield were on the board of the Performance Show Horse Association.

When asked about the redacted letter, Howard denied it was an ethics complaint. He said the Performance Show Horse Association was going to issue a statement refuting Whitfield. But as of late Tuesday afternoon, no statement had been issued to the Tennessean Washington Bureau.”

Here are the PSHA Directors effective July 29, 2014,  which includes the names and photos of Walking Horse Editor/PSHA Board member Jeffrey Howard, and Celebration CEO Mike Inman.

PSHA BOARD OF DIRECTORS – JULY 29, 2014

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PSHA BOARD MEMBERS – HORSE PROTECTION ACT VIOLATION CITATIONS

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

So questions are begged,

  • Why Isn’t Jeffrey Howard manning up and admitting that he and his Pop’s sore Big Lick PSHA gang,  including hired hand Mike Inman,  put their names on the December 27, 2013  letter complaining about Congressman Ed Whitfield and asking the Committee to investigate?
  • Why doesn’t Jeffrey Howard print the December 27, 2013 PSHA letter in The Walking Horse Report?
  • Does Jeffrey Howard not realize that this letter to a Congressional Committee requesting an Ethics Investigation is news?

Doesn’t this picture tell you everything you need to know?

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

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

  • Why is Jeffrey Howard afraid to admit to Reporter Barton that he put his name on the December 27, 2013 letter to the House Ethics Chairman complaining about Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and asking that he be investigated for possible ethical violations?

Nephew Eugene says when officials like Mike Inman and Jeffrey Howard try to “shuck and jive” a seasoned reporter like Paul C. Barton that they have seriously erred.

And why would they in the first place?

Nephew Eugene believes there could very well be an investigation,  not by Congress, to get to the bottom of the PSHA cesspool where lying,  deception and misrepresentation is apparently a way of life.

One article commenter aptly summed things up by saying:

“Horse Abusers Filed A Complaint Against A Congressman Trying To Stop Horse Abusers From Abusing More Horses.”

And that just about says it all.

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Here is the Paul C. Barton article appearing in The Tennessean on July 29, 2014.

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2014/07/29/whitfield-documents-psha-link-ethics-complaint/13340023/?fb_action_ids=544002019056232&fb_action_types=og.comments&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582

Rep. Whitfield documents show horse group’s link to ethics complaint

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Rep. Ed Whitfield released a redacted document Tuesday showing how thecomplaint filed against him with the House Ethics Committee appeared to involve major players in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry, despite denials from some of them.

But at least one of those individuals continued to deny his involvement.

Whitfield, R-Ky., is the lead sponsor of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, which would strengthen federal protections for walking horses against soring, the abuse of the animals’ lower legs and hooves in order to make them step higher in competitions. Often it involves the use of caustic chemicals and special chains on their legs or special pads applied to the hooves.

On Monday, Whitfield held a conference call with reporters, disclosing that an ethics complaint had been filed against him focused on allegations that his wife, Connie Harriman Whitfield, improperly lobbied him on the legislation.

Denies wife lobbied him

Whitfield denied that his wife had lobbied him on the issue, saying his interest in curtailing soring predated her involvement with the Humane Society of the United States, one of the most prominent interest groups backing the PAST Act. Connie Whitfield is a “policy adviser” with the group.

In a statement, Whitfield listed numerous individuals associated with the Performance Show Horse Association that he said brought the complaint to poison the atmosphere for the act, which had been rapidly gaining political momentum. The bill is co-sponsored by 305 members of the House and 57 in the Senate.

On Tuesday, the Kentucky lawmaker released a redacted copy of what he said was a complaint sent to the Ethics Committee on Dec. 27, 2013. The wording of the letter was blacked out to comply with House rules, Whitfield’s office said.

But the heading is visible, listing the names of the letter’s addressees — Rep. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, chairman of the ethics committee, and Rep. Linda Sanchez of California, the committee’s ranking Democrat.

The printed names of the 13 individuals he listed Monday appear on the bottom of the document he released Tuesday — along with the words “sincerely yours and Members of the Board of the Performance Show Horse Association.” At the top is the PSHA logo and letterhead.

Accuses Whitfield of ‘lies’

One of those whom Whitfield cited, Jeffrey Howard, sent out emails Monday night denying the involvement of the group and accusing Whitfield’s office of “lies.” He also denied that the individuals cited by Whitfield were on the board of the Performance Show Horse Association.

When asked about the redacted letter, Howard denied it was an ethics complaint. He said the Performance Show Horse Association was going to issue a statement refuting Whitfield. But as of late Tuesday afternoon, no statement had been issued to the Tennessean Washington Bureau.

Sticks by statement

In response to Howard saying it was not a complaint, Whitfield’s office stuck by its statements and said the words “request the committee to investigate” were part of the redacted paragraphs.

Whitfield’s office also sent out pictures from the horse group’s website showing the individuals he listed were on its board of directors. Two people listed on the letter, Gayle Holcomb and Buddy Stasney, do not appear on the group’s website.

Follow Paul C. Barton on Twitter @PaulCBarton.

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“OOPS, I DID IT AGAIN” – SAVIOUR HORSE “HONORS’ NAILED LAST NIGHT FOR SCAR RULE VIOLATION AT PULASKI, TENNESSEE RED CARPET HORSE SHOW OF THE SOUTH

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PULASKI, TN – At the Red Carpet Show Of The South last night,  ”Saviour” horse “HONORS” was ticketed by a USDA VMO coming out (post show) for a SCAR RULE violation after winning the Stake Class in a two-horse class.

This time “HONORS” made it off of the trailer, but he didn’t make it out of Giles County, Tennessee without receiving a Horse Protection Act turn down which will most likely knock “HONORS” out of competing at the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration which begins on August 20, 2014.

"HONORS'" NEVER MADE IT OFF THE TRAILER

“HONORS’” NEVER MADE IT OFF THE TRAILER

“Honors” being turned down was a repeat of the 2013 Celebration when “Honors” was disqualified PRIOR to showing due to a SCAR RULE violation – except this time, “Honors” was found to be sore coming OUT of the show ring.

PLEASE LISTEN TO THE CROWD’S REACTION from last year’s Celebration after learning Honors didn’t come into the ring for the Stake Class.

Just like last year,  the Celebration’s S.H.O.W HIO DQP inspectors working at Pulaski AGAIN found nothing wrong with Honors in the pre-show inspection.

Informed sources say that since the 2013 Celebration,   laser surgery procedures have been performed on the horse’s front feet to remove scars.   Informed sources also say that Trainer Gary Edwards,  brother of Larry Edwards,   met with APHIS Deputy Administrator Chester Gipson, DVM in Washington the week following the historic “WALK ON WASHINGTON” on June 18, 2014.

“Honors” is trained by Larry Edwards of Carl Edwards & Sons of Dawson, Georgia.

Honor’s soring history started when he was a young horse.

“HONORS” – the horse being billed as the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking “Horse Of The Century” was apparently sored when he was two years old.

Honors was entered in Class 29A at the 2010 Celebration. The DQP detected “SCRUFFING”(sp – SCURF) which is a reaction to skin being highly irritated (SORE) and it flakes off. The correct spelling of the word is “scurf”. It is used to describe the skin residue. Prior to taking a horse through inspection, trainers use a fine toothed metal comb to meticulously remove all ‘scurf’ so none is present when the horse is inspected by the dqp. In this instance ‘scurf’ was detected, and the ticket was written, and “Honors” was not allowed to show – just like he was not allowed to show last night.

Here is an example of “SCURF” on “Dutch” – the Horse rescued by the Humane Society from going to slaughter – and what “SCURF” looks like:

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SKIN SLOUGHING OFF ON FRONT OF PASTERNS – DUTCH

ATTACHED IS THE SHOW HIO TICKET #2914

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The ticket is dated August 26, 2010 and signed by DQP Tony Edwards. It shows Kelly Weaver as the Exhibitor and Joe Fleming as the Trainer.

Honors was being billed by “Big Lick’ aficionados as the Tennessee Walking Horse “Secretariat”. He was natural and free going, but alas and alack, he was apparently doing what appeared to be “Poetry In Motion” with enhanced techniques which are considered soring under the Horse Protection Act.

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The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is 24 days away and so far:

  • The former Ethics Chairman of the Walking Horse Trainers Association Larry Joe Wheelon of Maryville, Tennessee (same Hometown as Senator Lamar Alexander) pleads guilty to soring a Tennessee Walking Horse – ONE FOOT SORE – at the East Tennessee Walking Horse Trainers Auxiliary show in Chestnut Hill, Tennessee on July 12, 2014.
LARRY JOE WHEELON OUTSIDE COURTROOM WITH ASSOCIATE BOBBIE JO KOGER

LARRY JOE WHEELON OUTSIDE COURTROOM WITH ASSOCIATE BOBBIE JO KOGER

  •  Walking Horse Trainers Association 2nd VP David Landrum,  who served a two year Federal Suspension for soring horses and is Steve Smith, Senator Alexander Campaign Finance Chairman, long time former sore Big Lick Trainer, leads a Panel of FIVE Celebration Judges,  all of whom have Horse Protection Act Soring histories.
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

  • “Saviour Horse” “Honors” gets turned down on SCAR RULE – again.
"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

  • Celebration Chairman David L. Howard springs a surprise in the form of an apparently rigged and totally NON – INDEPENDENT “VAC” Vet Advisory Committee on the Trainer BOYZ and the General Public about 10 days before the August 5, 2014,  Celebration entry deadline.
CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

It’s been said before, but sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up.

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THE TENNESSEAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR WINFIELD DUNN ENDORSING THE PAST ACT – REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN “NO COMMENT” ON LOSING CO-SPONSOR

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NASHVILLE, TN – Continuing the trend of BIPARTISAN support for the PAST ACT,   venerated former Republican Tennessee Governor Winfield Dunn and Democratic Whip Representative Stenny Hoyer (D-MD)  committed to supporting the PAST ACT,

When contacted by Gannett Washington Bureau Chief Paul C. Barton about having one of her 12 co-sponsors withdraw his support for her alternative bill,   Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) had “no comment”.

TENNESSEE GOVERNOR WINFIELD DUNN, 1974 IN GRUNDY COUNTY, TENNESSEE

TENNESSEE GOVERNOR WINFIELD DUNN, 1974 IN GRUNDY COUNTY, TENNESSEE

U. S. REPRESENTATIVE STENNY HOYER (D-MD)

U. S. REPRESENTATIVE STENNY HOYER (D-MD)

REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN)

REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN)

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2014/07/25/hoyer-dunn-lend-support-horse-soring-bill/13193233/

Hoyer, Dunn lend support to horse-soring bill

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The second-ranking Democrat in the House and a former Tennessee governor are the latest to endorse legislation protecting Tennessee Walking Horses from soring, the office of Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky said Friday.

Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the House minority whip, became the 305th to sign on as a co-sponsor of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act. Whitfield, a Republican, is the lead sponsor.

That means 70 percent of the House is now behind the bill, although it is stuck in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Brentwood, is vice chair. Blackburn opposes the bill.

Meanwhile, Whitfield’s office said former Gov. Winfield Dunn has said he will publicly endorse it as well.

Dunn, who served from 1971-1975, was Tennessee’s first Republican governor in more than half a century.

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.”

While the House bill remains trapped in committee, an identical Senate version has cleared committee but has yet to get a floor vote. It has 57 sponsors, three short of the number needed to overcome a filibuster.

Horse organizations are developing strategies to ramp up grass-roots pressure on Congress during the August recess, said Whitfield spokesman Marty Irby.

Those groups include the All American Walking Horse Alliance (AAWHA), World Walking Horse Association (WWHA), Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) and National Walking Horse Association (NWHA).

“The amount of support for this legislation is astounding,” Irby said.

Whitfield said earlier this week he is considering a discharge petition to force it out of Blackburn’s committee and onto the House floor for a vote.

Blackburn and Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander favor alternative legislation that would require “scientific” testing to detect soring. But critics say their bills are worded in a way that would protect the status quo.

Blackburn’s bill has only 12 co-sponsors, most of whom are the other Republican House members in the Tennessee delegation. Alexander’s bill has only four.

Blackburn’s office did not return requests for comment Friday.

Reach Paul C. Barton at pbarton@gannett.com and on Twitter @PaulCBarto

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Nephew Eugene says that former Tennessee Governor Winfield Dunn, at the age of 87,  appears to be more in touch with Tennessee and what’s right than present U. S.  Senator Lamar Alexander who has his hand out to Steve Smith.

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ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE CALLS ON ALL AMERICANS AND ALL FLAT SHOD TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE OWNERS TO BOYCOTT THE 2014 TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION – SHOW AT WHOA INTERNATIONAL (JULY 27 – AUGUST 2) THEN SKIP THE CELEBRATION IN PROTEST OF ITS OPPOSITION TO THE PAST ACT

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AAWHA  – CALLS FOR FLAT SHOD OWNERS TO BOYCOTT THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION IN SHOW OF SUPPORT FOR PAST ACT 

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.
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A trainer of Tennessee Walking Horses, McGuire urged riders, owners and trainers who are bringing their horses to The Walking Horse Owners Association (WHOA)  International Show that begins July 27 at the Miller Coliseum in Murfreesboro, TN,   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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“WOW” FOUNDER JEANNIE MCGUIRE AND HORSE PROTECTION ACT FATHER FORMER SENATOR JOSEPH TYDINGS (D-MD) SPEAK TO USA TODAY AND THE CHICAGO HERALD TRIBUNE

McGuire also said the flat shod horses should not participate because the Celebration uses the flat shod entries to create a bogus 96% Horse Protection Act compliance rate. She said, according to the USDA,  that 94% of all the HPA violations occur on the padded and chained Big Lick horses.

“I believe that WHOA is making positive steps towards ending abusive training in walking horses and should be supported in its efforts, “ said McGuire, “ while the organizers and supporters of The Celebration continue to oppose at every juncture the passage of the PAST Act  ( Prevent All Soring Tactics Act). This Act would eliminate stacks and chains on walking horses and would provide meaningful penalties for people  who continue to sore horses during training in order to  provide big lick entertainment.  Flat shod entries bring a lot of money to The Celebration. By refusing to stay over and show in Shelbyville in  August,  a statement can be made by sound horse supporters that will be felt . ” 

Soring is both an illegal and a cruel practice that uses chemical and mechanical means to create pain in a horse’s pastern areas and feet to exaggerate the step in some Tennessee Walking Show Horses. The resulting exaggeration of the gaits bears no resemblance to the natural going gaits of the walking horse envisioned by the breeds founders.  Action devices and heavy, stacked shoes are used to enhance the gaits and often to obscure other soring practices.

Although a smaller chain action device is used in the show ring as part of the  package to accentuate the gaits, McGuire asserts that at the training barns multiple pairs of chains of varying weights are used in the training process, with the weights far exceeding what is allowed in the show ring. Further, she says, that horses are trained through punishment not to react to inspections used to detect soring. “This is a process called stewarding, “ said McGuire.

McGuire said in discussing her call for the boycott, “ It’s time for the pain of these horses to end.  Horse shows should not feature horses that have suffered and are suffering  in order to provide a thrill for an  audience that does not understand how these gaits are obtained.”

Native Tennessean Dr. John Haffner,  Veterinarian and MTSU Horse Science Faculty member,  has 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 horses have not been sored, they do not learn it.” Dr. Haffner is Vice President of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of Equine Practitioners.
With 305 members of the House of Representatives signed on as co-sponsors of the PAST Act along with 57 members of the Senate, McGuire says that actions like a boycott of The Celebration send the message to Washington, D.C., that this bill needs a vote this session.

In  response to industry claims that the PAST Act would destroy the walking horse industry, Clant M. Seay, spokesperson for the Alliance, 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.” -30-

The All American Walking Horse Alliance is a group of concerned citizens against soring of Tennessee Walking Horses who support the PAST ACT. -30-

To speak with a representative/spokesperson of the AAWHA, please call or email Clant M. Seay:
Mobile:            662-380-3367
Email:            AAWHAMEDIAREP@gmail.com
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The following YouTubes tell the story of “Walk On Washington” and the persons and organizations which urge passage of the PAST ACT to stop the soring and abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses,  once and for all.

AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW-XzyfJoMI

AMERICAN HORSE COUNCIL PRESIDENT JAMES J. HICKEY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vik88tr7Q8I

SENATOR JOE TYDINGS – FATHER OF HORSE PROTECTION ACT

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nI4inyg3EaM

WALK ON WASHINGTON – HORSES & REP. JAN SCHAKOWSKY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjFY5zYWmaY

“THE STORY OF “DUTCH’S ROAD TO RECOVERY”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WQcjdaFKYY

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HARD FACTS ON SORE BIG LICK TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES:
▪                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 Tennessee Walking Horses.
▪        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% / BIG LICK OUT OF 200,000 LIVING TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES
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POLL OF TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE BREED REGISTRY MEMBERS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE – OCT. 15, 2013 – RESULTS AND PERCENTAGES TABULATED BY COOK & CO. CPA, ARAB, ALABAMA
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CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD USES NEW “VET COMMITTEE” TO AMBUSH THE WALKING HORSE TRAINER BOYZ – ‘HERR HOWARD’ BORROWS STEVE SMITH’S MAN TOM BLANKENSHIP TO BE ‘STRAW BOSS’ OVER “VAC” VETERINARY ADVISORY COMMITTEE – POPE’S CAFÉ ALL ABUZZ WITH THE NEWS OF MORE ‘LIPSTICK ON A PIG’

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – Nephew Eugene could hear the “ruckus” coming out of Pope’s Cafe from out on the sidewalk this morning.   The whole gang was in there, and a new fellow named Bobby DeVito from Jersey had arrived.

Bobby is 3rd cousin twice removed to Tommy DeVito who stars in Jersey Boys.

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TOMMY DEVITO, 3RD COUSIN OF BOBBY DEVITO, TWICE REMOVED

Seems like the Celebration Chairman David L. Howard has hired a Nashville public relations firms,  DVL,  to “spin” the goings ons at the 2014 Celebration.

And Chairman Howard has borrowed Indiana attorney Big Licker Tom Blankenship from the Steve Smith/Walt Chism cabal to be the “Straw Boss”over the 2014 Celebration.

Tom Blankenship is Steve Smith/Walt Chism’s man from way back and was involved in all sorts of sore Big Lick shenanigans.   Tom is thick with Vet Dr. Jerry Johnson who has apparently been whispering in one of U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander’s ears apparently “misinforming” the Senator about key issues on Horse Soring.  Lamar Alexander’s Campaign Finance Chairman Steve Smith has been whispering in the other ear.

Senator Alexander’s hometown of Maryville, Tennessee was the scene this week of a legal matter involving a “TENNESSEE TRADTION OF HORSE SORING” that for some reason (Steve Smith’s $$$$ Campaign money) Alexander decided to champion in the U. S. Senate.

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LARRY JOE WHEELON OUTSIDE COURTROOM WITH ASSOCIATE BOBBIE JO KOGER

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

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

Tennessee’s enlightened, and not “Bought And Paid For” U. S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) has NOT sponsored the Lamar Alexander/Mitch McConnell bill to enable horse soring.

So it’s “Bye Bye” to the famous Purple Couch of Purple Strategies of Washington and Chicago, and it’s “Hello” to Ken Whitehead of DVL.   A Nashville news reporter describes as the the DVL Public Relations firm as  “influential”.    Nephew Eugene kind of wonders why an objective news reporter,  who is not supposed to be influenced by “spin doctors” in reporting the news,  would describe a public relations firm as “influential”.   

As of right now,  no one has yet learned what color couch the DVL firm has.

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DVL executive Ken Whitehouse is a ”Crisis Management” guru.

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KEN WHITEHOUSE, DVL PR FIRM “CRISIS MANAGEMENT” EXPERT

Ken Whitehead’s job is to apply “lipstick” to David L. Howard’s 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

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LIPSTICK ON THE CELEBRATION PIG OF HORSE SORING

The first thing Mr. Whitehead has done is announce the existence of “VAC” (yes another acronym to join TWSHO, PSHA,  FAST, TWHGRO,  ETC.)

“VAC” stands for Veterinary Advisory Committee.  The Gauleiter of “VAC” is Indiana attorney Tom Blankenship who isn’t a Vet, but is going to use them as a “FRONT” for all sorts of creative things that Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and TWHBEA President Steve Smith would like to accomplish.

“VAC” is made up of some Vets who don’t know a whole lot about  sore Tennessee Walking Horses, but the pay is good, and one of them is Dr. Jerry Johnson who has a rather interesting prior history and involvement in a high level extraordinarily expensive “POWER PLAY”  to render impotent the USDA”SCAR RULE” regulation to stop soring.  The “SCAR RULE” is used by the USDA to disqualify Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses from showing when they have scars on both front feet. The scars result from abusive training practices such as attaching/stacking multiple pairs of chains to the horse’s foot and applying caustic chemicals to sore the horse. Then have the chains wham the sore areas.

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

Indiana lawyer,  Tom Blankenship,  will speak for “VAC” and have complete say so over it. And, of course,  Celebration Chairman David L. Howard will have complete say over everything and everybody …. as usual.

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CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

Once upon a time,  Mr. Blankenship was paid by TWHBEA President Steve Smith‘s gang

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

to assist in easing through the U. S. Senate an amendment to the Horse Protection Act which would “neuter” the “SCAR RULE”.   The plan was for Smith’s personal friend, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN),  to put in a “FIX” and change the definition of the “SCAR RULE” where it could no longer be used to catch persons who were creating lesions on horses feet which left scars.

This all occurred in 2006,  and the scheme almost succeeded.   The general public didn’t realize that Steve Smith – Tom Blankenship bunch was trying to pull off.  The devilish scheme was thwarted at the last minute when The Tennessean newspaper reporter Brad Shrade, who later went on to win a Putlizer Prize,  obtained a copy of the  ”Smith/Blankenship” Amendment to the Horse Protection Act.    Senate Majority Leader Frist as a reward to his loyal supporter Steve Smith was going to  ”attach” the HPA amendment on some other piece of legislation, and no one would learn about it until it was a “fait accompli”.

Steve Smith and Tom Blankenship raised several hundred thousand dollars to “buy and pay for whoever or whatever was needed”.  Some say that Bobby DeVito put up a couple of hundred thousand himself to fund this exercise in American democracy.  William B. Johnson put up a couple of hundred thousand.  And Steve Smith had the Friends Of Show Horses throw in another couple of hundred thousand.

All total, about $700,000.00+/- was raised.

To this day, no one knows to who or for what or where all the money was spent.

You can figure Tom Blankenship was handsomely compensated along with “VAC” Committee lead Vet Dr. Jerry Johnson.

But I digress.  The details of this tawdy Steve Smith/Tom Blankenship affair are a story for another day.

Suffice it to say in 2014,  the ineffably pompous and arrogant Steve Smith has “loaned” Indiana attorney Tom Blankenship (a former Big Lick exhibitor)  to the even more ineffably pompous and arrogant Celebration Chairman David L. Howard.                                                              

One thing for Blankenship is to be the mouthpiece by which David Howard can tell the WALKING HORSE TRIANER BOYZ what they are going to have to do.

On June 5, 2014,  David Howard had a Press Conference set up in Shelbyville to announce that Horses were going to be required to be stabled on the Celebration grounds for the 2014 horse show.  The Trainer BOYZ revolted on that one,  saying not No,  but
“Heck No”.

The Press Conference was abruptly cancelled.

So now,  attorney Tom Blankenship has the newly anointed “VAC” announce:

  • Horses must be stabled on the grounds of the TWHNC for 48 hours before championships,
  • Registration papers, as well as a current (within 30 days) health certificate and negative Coggins test for each horse to gain admittance into the show grounds,
  • Digital x-rays and blood draws on-site conducted and supervised by VAC appointed licensed equine veterinarian specialists.
  • Dr. John L. O’Brien, DVM, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, has been appointed Show Veterinarian by the VAC.
HERE’S THE PECKING ORDER – CHAIN OF COMMAND – 2014 CELEBRATION
  1. CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD - STEVE SMITH (LAMAR ALEXANDER $$ MAN)
  2. TOM BLANKENSHIP – STRAW BOSS
  3. “VAC” VET –  DR. JERRY JOHNSON (KEY OPERATIVE IN THE 2006 STEVE SMITH PLOT TO “SNEAK” IN A “SECRET” AMENDMENT TO THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT (1970) TO REWRITE AND RENDER IMPOTENT THE “SCAR RULE” REGULATION. THE OTHER TWO VETS WHICH ARE PART OF “VAC” ARE JUST WINDOW DRESSING.
  4. SHOW VETERINARIAN - Dr. John L. O’Brien, DVM
  5. CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN
  6. S.H.O.W. HIO DQP COORDINATOR MITCHELL BUTLER ( THE CELEBRATION OWNED S.H.O.W. HIO (HORSE INSPECTION PROGRAM) IS PRESENTLY BEING DECERTIFED BY THE USDA FOR REPEATED VIOLATIONS OF THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT.

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THE SESSION AT POPE’S CAFE
Herr Howardo announces “VAC”.
Bobby DeVito (who owns a nice cushy farm in Bedford County where his Trainer JimmyMedMac trains each Celebration complains that with all the “VAC” rules and regulations, there’s no need for DQP or the USDA.  If blood testing, xraying etc indicate a sound horse but the DQP turns that horse down, will show management allow the horse to show? Will that DQP ticket be torn up? And, if not, will SHOW still require $1,000 to appeal? And what happens if the DQP and the USDA pass the horse, but the VAC calls the horse out, will the horse be able to show?
Mmackey chimed in saying the Lickers don’t need the USDA or HSUS to put them out of business –  and loudly complains,  WE HAVE ALL THE RULES AND REGULATIOINS WE NEED.    Who thinks adding these additional requirements will alleviate any of the current rules? Has the USDA said they will drop ONE requirement with this additional testing? We did swabbing and the USDA immediately said it was invalid. At a show this spring horses were eye scanned, thermography, palpitatied going and coming. One trainers horse went through horrid inspections…he finally asked why they were doing this over and over nothing was wrong with the horse. Dr. Bakers response was “The eye scan said this horse had a scar rule violation last year” Trainer said “what the heck does that have to do with now? Owners and trainers alike are fed up…I suspect the Celebration again will only be a shadow of what it was in the past.
Bobby DeVito said,  ”This business is no longer fun.”
Wallinda piped up and said,  ”you missed it……. the panel is implenting the objective testing in the blackburn bill…….what we want to replace the subjective tests with…..since right now legally they cannot be a stand alone test there has to be some way to verify effectiveness…… now should it be necessary to go to court those objective tests might just come in plum handy..”
Bobby DeVito:   Then why the requirement for registration papers, 48 hour pre show on the grounds to name just two. There’s more, of course, that has nothing to do with testing for soring. How about no tail numbing? And what is that crap about requiring your own vet to FIRST get their vet’s approval before teating any horse. No Wallinda,  this not about implementing objective testing. I know that’s the party line. Blood testing, xrays etc – sure – no problem, but this goes way beyond.   It’s a poorly conceive “plan”. It would have been far better to announce the implementation of objective testing, outline the various tests and what they can and can not prove, describe the limits and the factors being used to determine “soreness”, indicate when and how they would be done and whether they will be done for all, or just random horses, or just winners.. I doubt if there would be many objections then.  If registration papers are required, I assume someone must be intending to inspect them. That could mean huge long lines of horse trailers at the gate as Tom Blackenship or his assigns checks each horse and paper. But then maybe the lines will not be so long.
Wallinda:   actually in many states you need registration papers and coggins along with health papers accompanying the horse… and yes the registration papers should be required after all they are owner amatuer classes and the papers verify ownership according to the registry…. USEF has always required a copy of the registration papers at time of entry…..   Proper registration should be required at all shows…The blood test criteria will be released shortly from what I understand… the format will based on the same format USEF meds books…… it is a banned and controlled substance test….
Shirelle:  I have a very different viewpoint and applaud the Celebration for going the extra mile and taking these measures with an incredibly respected independent vet panel. I am so tired of our show, associations, leadership and the Celebration being labeled as a “sore horse person, show or organization” because we support all twh disciplines including those that may wear pads or action devices. This enhancement not only additionally supports the welfare of our horses, but also gives the media solid facts to refute the lies and misrepresentations that are being routinely disbursed to Members of Congress and media outlets.  Our world championship show is the most scrutinized show and offers the most publicity opportunities to relay our message to the public. What a great tool this is to back up what is already in place and will help validate what WE already know – the TWH has the most stringent inspections of all breeds and we stand behind horse protection unequivocally.
Bobby DeVito:   So implement the objective testing and have these three vets observe the subjective testing and then, heave them examine a few of the turndowns. Leave the rest of the items that have absolutely nothing to do with a “sore” horse.I was disappointed several years ago when the Celebration gathered a group of vets. They only observed and never examined some of the rejects. Had they done that perhaps they would have been persuaded on the lack of “soring” in the breed. But, slas, they only watched.
Herr Howardo:   Bobby,  there is a place to get your questions answered and I urge you to view it before commenting further.
Thank you for your comments… but the people charged with enforcing the rules aren’t putting us out of business, it is the violators of the rules. Those violator’s are getting all the help they need from the USDA, HSUS, the media and the United States Congress. We are one piece of legislation from being truly out of business and equipment. These three nationally acclaimed totally independent vets were retained at the suggestion of the few Senators and Congressmen that are keeping this law from being passed. Dr. Jerry Johnson has worked with Senator Lamar Alexander prior to being retained. One of the other vets is responsible for the Budweiser Clydesdales and I can assure you they know what they are doing and have no intention of doing anything except to get rid of any unsound horses.
Bobby there is no party line and for you to allege that is unfair to many people who have spent countless hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to “make it fun” again for you. It is wrong to say that this is simply designed to test for soring. Many of these same provisions are in existence for other breeds and help to further professionalize the industry. It is about objective testing and much more. These vets are eminently qualified to come up with a plan that will be believed and accepted by the public since nothing the industry has done has gained that acceptance, including some of your ideas. This plan has the support of veterinarians across the country, the senators and congressmen that are trying to save our industry, the TWHBEA and the Celebration. No, all of their suggestions are not about soring but there are many more issues the industry needs to address besides soring. It can be fun again if we will support the people doing the work instead of criticizing everything that is done.
Bobby, it is not accurate to say that The Celebration gathered a group of vets. That was done by another organization and was not under the auspices of the Celebration. Also, your observation about what that group of vets did is inaccurate. I provided lodging for one of them and you can rest assured they did more than watch.
Josco Morrison:Someone should have at least ran this by the trainers and/or owners before announcing it to the world. I hope I’m wrong, but I hear many top trainers don’t plan to show under such conditions. That might look worse than anything we have done so far. Also, I have never heard of our vets being implicated in any wrong doing. The press release seems to imply just that. I would be very upset if I were the local vets. While I don’t know how this will turn out, I hope it works because we are running out of chances to make a turn for the better.————————————–Nephew Eugene says he doesn’t believe Bobby DeVito likes the idea at all of Steve Smith/Walt Chism man Tom Blankenship being in charge of the Celebration that Bobby has supported for the last 30 years.Radar says Ken Whitehead from the “influential” DVL Public Relations firm is going to earn whatever he is getting paid.Harold says he plans to be in Destin from August 19 until August 31.

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HOUSE DEMOCRATIC LEADER – REPRESENTATIVE STENNY HOYER (D-MD) CO-SPONSORS PAST ACT – NOW 305 REPRESENTATIVES BACK “PAST ACT”

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WASHINGTON, DC – Democrat Representative Stenny Hoyer (D-MD) is now co-sponsoring the PAST ACT (Prevent All Soring Tactics Act).

He becomes the 305th United States Representative to say no more pads and chains to create the sore Big Lick.

Now 70% of the U. S. House of Representatives support #PASSTHEPASTACT.

U. S. REPRESENTATIVE STENNY HOYER (D-MD)

U. S. REPRESENTATIVE STENNY HOYER (D-MD)

Hoyer is the number two man in the House Democratic leadership.

There are only 4 (FOUR) legislative days left in July for 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

70% of the U.S. House is impressive –  ”All We Need Is A Vote”  …. Jan Schakowsy,  (D-IL)

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BLOUNT COUNTY JUDGE TAMMY HARRINGTON HEARS WHEELON’S MOTION TO DISMISS – LARRY JOE WHEELON AND ATTORNEY ROB WHITE AVOID MEDIA FOLLOWING CONCLUSION OF HEARING – JUDGE TO RULE ON AUGUST 8, 2014

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MARYVILLE,  TN –  Blount County Circuit Judge Tammy Harrington this afternoon heard a Motion to Dismiss All Charges against Larry Joe Wheelon made by his defense attorney Rob White.   White stated that Wheelon was arrested in April 2013 on 19 counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, and the Preliminary Hearing last August 2013 dealt with only one of the counts.  White said the present case resulting from the December 2013 indictment of Wheelon should be dismissed, and Wheelon should be afforded Preliminary Hearing on the other 18 counts relating to his April 2013 arrest. White also argued that his Motion should be granted due to the alleged “bad faith” by Ellen Berez,  former Blount County D. A. who handled the August 2013 Preliminary Hearing associated with Wheelon’s April 2013 arrest on aggravated cruelty to Tennessee Walking Horses which resulted in Wheelon’s rights having been violated.

BLOUNT COUNTY CIRCUIT JUDGE TAMMY HARRINGTON

BLOUNT COUNTY CIRCUIT JUDGE TAMMY HARRINGTON

LARRY JOE WHEELON AND DEFENSE ATTORNEY ROB WHITE

LARRY JOE WHEELON AND DEFENSE ATTORNEY ROB WHITE

White argued that present case resulting from the December 2013 indictment of Larry Joe Wheelon on 18 counts should be sent back to General Sessions Court so Larry Joe Wheelon could get a Preliminary Hearing on the other 18 of 19 counts relating to his April 2013 arrest which were never heard because Asst. D. A. Ellen Berez did not go forward with the cases.

ASST. D.A. KENLYN FOSTER ARGUING MOTION

ASST. D.A. KENLYN FOSTER ARGUING MOTION

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

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

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THE DAILY TIMES REPORTER IVA BUTLER INTERVIEWING ASST. D.A. KENLYN FOSTER

According to Attorney White,  Asst. D. A. Ellen Berez told White she was going to Noll Pross (discontinue the legal proceedings) against Larry Joe Wheelon at the end of the second day of the three day Preliminary Hearing before General Sessions Judge Robert Headrick.  General Sessions Court is “Small Claims Court” and does not conduct felony trials, but may do Preliminary Cause Hearings in which the State has to prove that it met basic “probable cause”  legal requirements when a person’s property is searched, seized and arrested.  In Wheelon’s instance, he was arrested in April 2013 as a result of an Affidavit and Search Warrant obtained by Office of Inspector General Agent Julie McMillian.

AUGUST 13, 14 and 15, 2013 – LARRY JOE WHEELON PRELIMINARY HEARING

On Day One,  testimony was provided and Attorney Rob White questioned if the State had proved “probable cause” existed for the search of Larry Wheelon’s barn and his subsequent arrest.  On Day Two,  General Sessions Judge Robert Headrick concluded that the State had proved “probable cause” did exist.  More testimony was then taken on Day Two.  Attorney Rob White alleged that USDA Office of Inspector General Agent Julie McMillian had obstructed justice by tampering with a witness. A recording of a telephone message by Agent McMillian was played.  Asst. District Attorney Berez took the matter under consideration, and debated if the case would continue or she would Noll Pross (discontinue the legal proceedings).    White in his Motion today alleged that District Attorney Berez told him that the Wheelon Preliminary Hearing would not go forward, and consequently,  White then released all of the witnesses he had subpoenaed to testify in the case.  Asst. District Attorney Ellen Berez considered things overnight,  and concluded the next morning,  Day Three – August 15, 2013, that Agent Julie McMillian had done nothing improper regarding  her investigation of Wheelon’s training operation,   the search of Wheelon’s training barn, and the subsequent seizure of the “sore” horses, and Wheelon’s arrest on aggravated cruelty charges.   Berez continued with the case on Day Three and she lost track of a key witness who entered the courtroom after General Sessions Court Judge had excluded all expert witnesses who were to testify that day.  Wheelon’s attorney White objected, and Judge Headrick dismissed the case against Wheelon.

Asst. D. A. Ellen Berez was then replaced by Asst. District Attorney Kenlyn Foster.   Larry Joe Wheelon and three other Defendants were then indicted in December 2013 by a Blount County Grand Jury on 18 counts of conspiracy and aggravated cruelty to animals.

In his Motion To Dismiss today,  Rob White argued that a Tennessee case,   “Golden”,  controlled in this matter, and his client had been prejudiced by the State’s handling the Preliminary Hearing, and that the present case in which the Grand Jury indicted Wheelon on 18 counts should be sent back for Preliminary Hearing on all of the counts of animal cruelty first alleged (18),  except the one on which the case was dismissed.

Assistant District Attorney Kenlyn Foster,  who had sitting second chair supporting her the veteran West  Tennessee prosecutor Mark Davidson,  argued that there was “essentially no prejudice to Mr. Wheelon” and that White’s Motion should be denied. She said White at the time made no objection to the Amendment of the Affidavit which provided that only one of the April 2013 counts would be subject to the Preliminary Hearing.  Once the case was dismissed,  then the subsequent indictments stood on their own.  She said that when Asst D.A Berez decided to go forward with the case on Day 3,  that Rob White could have recalled all of his witnesses.   White chose not to do that, and got a Hearing on the one count, the April 2013 arrest and the charge relating to it was dismissed on a technicality.

Circuit Judge Tammy Harrington noted that during the day a number of pending matters had been resolved by agreement of the various lawyers representing the Defendants.  She said that  the Court would take matters under advisement and review all exhibits filed in the case, before ruling on Larry Joe Wheelon’s Motion To Dismiss on August 8, 2014.

Following the conclusion of the Motion Hearing,  Larry Joe Wheelon,  defense attorney “fled” the courthouse purposely avoiding questions from the assembled media.  In the past,  Attorney White has been readily available to the press.

CHANNEL 6, KNOXVILLE ABC AFFILIATE,  WATE

CHANNEL 6, KNOXVILLE ABC AFFILIATE, WATE & COURT OBSERVERS

Informed sources say neither Wheelon nor White wanted to answer questions regarding Wheelon receiving a Horse Protection Violation Notice for soring a Tennessee Walking Horse on July 12, 2014 at the East Tennessee Trainers Auxiliary Horse Show.

(LEFT) BACK ROW - BOBBIE JO KOGER; (RIGHT) ATTORNEY ROB WHITE INVESTIGATOR KENNY MYERS AND DEFENDANT LARRY JOE WHEELON

(LEFT) BACK ROW – BOBBIE JO KOGER; (RIGHT) ATTORNEY ROB WHITE INVESTIGATOR KENNY MYERS AND DEFENDANT LARRY JOE WHEELON

LARRY JOE WHEELON OUTSIDE COURTROOM WITH ASSOCIATE BOBBIE JO KOGER

LARRY JOE WHEELON OUTSIDE COURTROOM WITH ASSOCIATE BOBBIE JO KOGER

Summary of the matters relating to the three other defendants to follow later.

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

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

LARRY JOE WHEELON OUTSIDE COURTROOM WITH ASSOCIATE BOBBIE JO KOGER

LARRY JOE WHEELON OUTSIDE COURTROOM WITH ASSOCIATE BOBBIE JO KOGER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHEELON FARRIER BLAKE PRIMM WITH BALL CAP.

WHEELON FARRIER BLAKE PRIMM WITH BALL CAP.

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

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

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

ESTHER BELL, ESQ., KNOXVILLE ATTORNEY

ESTHER BELL, ESQ., KNOXVILLE ATTORNEY

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

CIRCUIT JUDGE TAMMY HARRINGTON

CIRCUIT JUDGE TAMMY HARRINGTON

More to come.

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

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UNPROTECTED HORSES THANKS TO KEVIN SHEA AND CHESTER GIPSON, DVM

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

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

That is not acceptable.

The public does have a right to know.

And will know,  sooner rather than later.

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

KEVIN SHEA - APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

KEVIN SHEA – APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

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

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

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

Then, you stopped!

Why?

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

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

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

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

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

GIN TODDY – 3 HORSE PROTECTION ACTION VIOLATION CITATIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sirs, seriously,  what are you thinking about?

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

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

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

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

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

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

GARY EDWARDS, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER

GARY EDWARDS, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER

JIMMY MCCONNELL, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER

JIMMY MCCONNELL, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER

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

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

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

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

Tom Vilsack - U. S. Secretary of Agriculture

Tom Vilsack – U. S. Secretary of Agriculture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LARRY JOE WHEELON – SENATOR ALEXANDER’S HOMETOWN NEIGHBOR

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

RANDALL STACY GUNTER – EMPLOYEE OF LARRY JOE WHEELON

RANDALL STACY GUNTER, SUSPENDED BY KENTUCKY HIO

RANDALL STACY GUNTER, SUSPENDED BY KENTUCKY HIO

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

CHESTNUT HILL, TN – EAST TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE AUXILIARY SHOW

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BLOUNT COUNTY COURTHOUSE ON LAMAR ALEXANDER PARKWAY

BLOUNT COUNTY COURTHOUSE ON LAMAR ALEXANDER PARKWAY IN MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Responsible Parties for the Horse Found in Violation
First Last Horse Relation City State Start Date End Date Fine Ticket Status Ticketed at Show Ticketed by HIO Violation
Sharon Lambdin OWNER HEISKELL TN Jul 15, 2014 Sep 12, 2014
Amount:
Paid:
SUSPENSION ACTIVE
Jul 15, 2014
ETWHA Ladies Auxiliary KY-HIO Sore – 1 Foot (Unilateral)
ONLY A FEW BAD APPLES

ONLY A FEW BAD APPLESNephew Eugene thinks based on the list of 843 Big Lick Horses found sore from 2007 – 2013 that there’s more than just a “few bad apples” doing it.And anything involving cruelty to animals, including the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is NOT a “Sport”.BGBHEADSHOT01NOTE:   At 10:00 a.m. this Wednesday,  July 23, 2014,   Blount County Circuit Judge Tammy Harrington will preside over a Hearing in the State of Tennessee vs Larry Joe Wheelon,  Randall Stacy Gunter,  Blake Primm and Brandon Lunsford.   All are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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LOUISVILLE COURIER-JOURNAL NEWSPAPER EDITORIAL URGES CONGRESS TO PASS THE PAST ACT – BLASTS “BOUGHT AND PAID FOR” U.S. SENATORS MITCH MCCONNELL AND RAND PAUL; TENNESSEE OFFICIALS LAMAR ALEXANDER AND MARSHA BLACKBURN

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

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

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

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

Stopping horse torture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Time is short.

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

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

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

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Nephew Eugene says it’s time.

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

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

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

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

Mickey McCormick trains the sore Big Lick.

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

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

Cat Dye trains sound Tennessee Walking Horses.

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

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

CAT DYE AT THE SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE – BRENTWOOD, TENNESSEE

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

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Listen

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

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

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

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Clant Seay • 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FIRST – THE OFFICIAL COUNT

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

 

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

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

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

REPRESENTATIVE TIM WALZ (D-MN)

REPRESENTATIVE TIM WALZ (D-MN)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nephew Eugene remains concerned.

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

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

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

PUTNAM COUNTY CIRCUIT JUDGE AMY V. HOLLARS

PUTNAM COUNTY CIRCUIT JUDGE AMY V. HOLLARS

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

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

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

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

PAT STOUT,  COOKEVILLE, TN, TWHBEA MEMBER

PAT STOUT, COOKEVILLE, TN, TWHBEA MEMBER

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

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

Walking Horse Report Editor Jeffrey Howard told persons:

“They’ll never count those votes”. 

Jeffrey Howard, Editor - PSHA Spokesperson & Walking Horse Report

Jeffrey Howard, Editor – PSHA Spokesperson & Walking Horse Report

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

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

It failed.

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

TOM KAKASSY -CURRENT TWHBEA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER

TOM KAKASSY -CURRENT TWHBEA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER

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

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

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

LOYD CARR BLACK,  RESIGNED TWHBEA PRESIDENT

LOYD CARR BLACK, RESIGNED TWHBEA PRESIDENT

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

THE "YEAS" HAVE IT IN A LANDSLIDE

THE “YEAS” HAVE IT IN A LANDSLIDE

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

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The Pat Stout Poll matter rolled on through the Fall.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stay tuned.

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

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

FRANK EICHLER, SORE BIG LICK EPISTLE WRITER

FRANK EICHLER, SORE BIG LICK EPISTLE WRITER

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

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

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

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

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

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

STEVE SMITH EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE – 7 HPA CITATION HISTORY

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

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

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

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

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

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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