JUDGE ROBERT HEADRICK SENDS RANDALL STACY GUNTER CASE TO GRAND JURY AND BLAKE PRIMM OUT THE DOOR A FREE MAN – TERRY HUGHES PLEADS 5TH AMENDMENT TO 17 QUESTIONS

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MARYVILLE, TN – After hearing testimony yesterday from USDA OIG Agent Julie McMillan,  expert witness USDA Vet Dr. Bart Sutherland and USDA APHIS Evidence Collector Becky Hicks,  General Sessions Judge Robert Headrick ruled today that probable cause exists to believe that Randall Stacy Gunter committed the crime of aggravated cruelty to animals.  The Court that no probable cause was established to prosecute farrier Blake Primm for a class A misdemeanor cruelty to animals relating to Primm’s shoeing a Tennessee Walking Horse “In The Pocket”.

Regarding the charges against Mr. Primm,  the flaw in the prosecution’s case was the Tennessee Walking Horse,  ”In The Pocket”,  did not show pain when tested with a Hoof Tester (calipers used to put pressure on the hoof),  and that the “blue epoxy”,  which was found when the “package” was removed by Mr. Primm,   was put back in place and the package reattached to the horse’s hoof at the direction of USDA OIG Agent Julie McMillan.

Prior to the Judge Headrick’s ruling,   there was drama regarding former Larry Joe Wheelon stable hand Terry Hughes taking the witness stand to testify.   The Judge decided that the State could ask Mr. Hughes questions, and that Mr. Hughes attorney Marcos Garza could invoke Mr. Hughes 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination after each question posed by Assistant District Attorney Matt Dunn.

TERRY HUGHES, FORMER WHEELON STABLE HAND – PLEADS 5TH 17 TIMES

FORMER WHEELON STABLE HAND TERRY HUGHES

FORMER WHEELON STABLE HAND TERRY HUGHES

QUESTIONS ASKED TERRY HUGHES BY ASST. DISTRICT ATTY MATT DUNN

All were objected to by Mr. Hughes attorney Marcos Garza who invoked the 5th Amendment against self-incrimination on behalf of his client to Questions 3 – 19.

  1. Would you please state your name, sir?  Answer: Terry Hughes
  2. Were you employed with Larry Wheelon Stables in 2013?  Answer:  Yes
  3. What were your duties there?  Answer: I was a groom.
  4. Mr. Hughes, other employees of Mr. Wheelon Stables were Stacy Gunter, correct?
  5. And Larry Wheelon Stables did hire Blake Primm to conduct its farrier work?
  6. How long were you employed as a stable hand there,  Mr. Hughes?
  7. Mr. Hughes, did you observe numerous chemicals located within the Larry Wheelon Stables?
  8. Did you observe chains, petroleum products and other items consistent with horse soring at this stables?
  9. Did you observe the Defendant Stacy Gunter apply these chemicals to the pasterns of horses located at the stables?
  10. Did you observe Defendant Mr. Primm engage in a practice called pressure shoeing at horses at Larry Wheelon Stables?
  11. Were you instructed to block the horses located at Larry Wheelon Stables?
  12. Did you attend any meetings involving various trainers where different types of caustic substances and applications were discussed?
  13. Did you observe Mr. Gunter apply these chemicals specifically to a horse known as “In My Pocket”?
  14. Did you observe Mr. Primm engage in the practice of pressure shoeing to the horse known as “Jose’s Happy Feet”?
  15. Did you give statements to agents and other individuals at the scene regarding the involvement of the individuals, Mr. Gunter and Mr. Primm regarding the practice of horse soring?
  16. Did you describe the chemicals in great details there at the stables and their application and uses?
  17. Have you given any statement subsequent to this time to other individuals regarding your involvement in this matter?
  18. Have you reviewed that video in preparation for today?
  19. Where are you currently employed, Mr Hughes?

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The respective Attorneys then made their final arguments before Judge Headick, and Judge Headrick asked the Defendants to stand.

DEFENDANTS RISE TO HEAR JUDGE HEADRICK'S DECISIONS

DEFENDANTS RISE TO HEAR JUDGE HEADRICK’S DECISIONS

 

BLOUNT COUNTY GENERAL SESSIONS JUDGE ROBERT HEADRICK

BLOUNT COUNTY GENERAL SESSIONS JUDGE ROBERT HEADRICK

BLOUNT COUNTY GEN. SESSIONS JUDGE ROBERT HEADRICK RULED:

  • “I’ll start with you Mr. Primm.  The Court does not find the probable cause exists that your matter should be bound for the Grand Jury for further consideration.  This matter is dismissed and costs should be attached to the State.”
  • Mr. Gunter,  it is the Court’s determination at this stage of litigation as to whether there is enough probable cause that your case should be bound to the Grand Jury for further consideration.  All be it tenuous proof,  the Court does find that your case shall go to the Grand Jury for further consideration.”

ONE BOUND OVER TO THE GRAND JURY

RANDALL STACY GUNTER, LARRY JOE WHEELON ASSISTANT TRAINER

RANDALL STACY GUNTER, LARRY JOE WHEELON ASSISTANT TRAINER

 ONE FREE TO GO

BLAKE PRIMM, FARRIER

BLAKE PRIMM, FARRIER

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And so it goes.

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USDA VET DR. BART SUTHERLAND’S RIVETING TESTIMONY AND INSPECTION VIDEO AT APRIL 18, 2013 WHEELON BARN RAID – WILL KEY WITNESS TERRY HUGHES TESTIFY TODAY?

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MARYVILLE, TN –  Key government witnesses,  USDA Vet Dr. Bart Sutherland and USDA APHIS Evidence Collector Becky Hicks testified Monday and described what they found when over 20 horses were inspected at Larry Joe Wheelon Stables on April 18, 2013.

USDA VET DR. MARK SUTHERLAND

USDA VET DR. BART SUTHERLAND

In direct examination, Assistant District Attorney Mark Davidson questioned Dr. Sutherland regarding his education,  veterinary licenses and accreditation, and work experience in dealing with Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses.  Dr. Sutherland testified he had been a vet since 1994, and had received specialized training to detect soring using methods such as digital palpation, radiography and thermography.

Attorney Davidson tendered Dr. Sutherland to General Sessions Judge Robert Headrick as an Expert Witness.  There was no objection from the attorneys representing Defendants, Gunter and Primm, and the Court allowed Dr. Sutherland to testify as an Expert.

Dr. Sutherland described Digital Palpation techniques:

DR. BART SUTHERLAND DEMONSTRATING HOW FLAT THUMB IS USED TO DETECT SORING

DR. BART SUTHERLAND DEMONSTRATING HOW FLAT THUMB IS USED TO DETECT SORING

He said,  ”I use the flat part of my thumb.  You do not bend your thumb.  You push hard enough to get a blanching of the skin of your thumb, but you do not bend the knuckle – and you do not dig into it. If you dig in, you can get a false reaction.  We actually back up a little bit  because we don’t even want to give the hint of doing anything wrong.”

VIDEO OF DR. SUTHERLAND INSPECTING “IN MY POCKET”                            (NOTE: VIDEO IS INSPECTION OF “IN MY POCKET” – NOT JOSE’S HAPPY FEET)

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Dr. Sutherland testifying that “JOSE’S HAPPY FEET” owned by Ken Smith had been pressure shod by defendant farrier Blake Primm.

He said,  “There is no therapeutic reason to carve out this part of the foot and apply anything and put the package back on there.  The hoof sole was pared away and carved out – that is pressure shoeing.”  He made it clear that the location where the sole was pared was crucial to cause painful pressure, and gave examples where it would be therapeutic to trim the sole elsewhere.   Dr Sutherland said, “You don’t want one on fire – you want to have one just a little ways from being “on fire”.  He said “hoof testers were used, but didn’t get a reaction.”  He said that could be because the horse was hurting more somewhere else, and that the paring was not that deep that would result in a reaction.

On cross examination Mr. Primm’s attorney Brian Nichols again made the point that “JOSE’S HAPPY FEET” did not react to the caliper Hoof Testers, and Dr. Sutherland testified, “The location of where the hoof sole was carved out and the placement of epoxy was critical.”  He showed parts of the hoof sole where it would not be

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Preceding Dr. Sutherland’s testimony,  Blount County Assistant D. A. Matt Dunn examined Becky Hicks, USDA APHIS Evidence Collector.

USDA EVIDENCE COLLECTOR BEVERLLY HICKS TESTIFYING

USDA EVIDENCE COLLECTOR BECKY HICKS TESTIFYING

USDA APHIS EVIDENCE COLLECTOR BEVERLY HICKS

USDA APHIS EVIDENCE COLLECTOR BECKY HICKS

NOTES – TESTIMONY OF BECKY HICKS

“Hicks – video – “Barn Walk”  Dr. Sutherland did a walk through

We found large container of Mustard oil  - Various jars of all kinds of mixtures.

All kinds of chains – what we consider logging chains.

Bigger thicker chains - Allowed to have 6 oz chains.

All chains lined up

Medications in tackle boxes.

Some horses laying down – odor of chemicals – gasoline like.  A leather horse sweat smell in normal stable.  A little more chemcial than a regular horses stable should be

A couple of horses captured on video laying down”

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TERRY HUGHES AND DEFENSE ATTORNEY IN COURT ON MONDAY

TERRY HUGHES AND ATTORNEY AT PRELIMINARY HEARING

TERRY HUGHES AND ATTORNEY AT PRELIMINARY HEARING

The Preliminary Hearing resumes today at 1:30 p.m. in Maryville, where it will be learned if a key witness,  former Wheelon stable employee Terry Hughes,  will be given immunity and allowed to testify or if Hughes will invoke his Fifth Amendment rights to avoid self incrimination.

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STAR PROSECUTION WITNESSES TESTIFY AT PRELIMINARY HEARING TO DETERMINE IF RANDALL STACY GUNTER AND BLAKE PRIMM WILL FACE CHARGES OF AGGRAVATED CRUELTY TO ANIMALS – ALL INNOCENT UNTIL FOUND GUILTY BY A JURY

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MARYVILLE, TN – A Preliminary Hearing was held Monday by Blount County General Sessions Court Judge Robert Headrick to determine,  based on eye-witness testimony and evidence presented, if probable cause exists for the Court to find that crimes of aggravated cruelty to animals were possibly committed  by Randall Stacy Gunter and farrier Blake Primm.  If Judge Headrick makes that determination, then the two defendants will be bound over to a grand jury, which may indict the defendants, and if so,  they will face a trial before a jury of their peers.

Defendants Randall Stacy Gunter and Blake Primm are afforded the presumption innocence until found guilty by a jury of their peers.  Similar charges against co-worker Brandon Lunsford were abated by the 33-year-old Lunsford’s death last month in an automobile accident.

BLOUNT COUNTY GENERAL SESSIONS JUDGE ROBERT HEADRICK

BLOUNT COUNTY GENERAL SESSIONS JUDGE ROBERT HEADRICK

RANDALL STACEY GUNTER, EMPLOYEE OF LARRY JOE WHEELON

RANDALL STACY GUNTER, EMPLOYEE OF LARRY JOE WHEELON

BLAKE PRIMM, FARRIER OF "JOSE'S HAPPY FEET"

BLAKE PRIMM, FARRIER OF “JOSE’S HAPPY FEET”

The State of Tennessee was represented by Assistant District Attorney Mark Davidson from West Tennessee, and Assistant District Attorney Matt Dunn who is on the staff of Blount County District Attorney General Mike Flynn.

ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY MARK DAVIDSON

ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY MARK DAVIDSON

ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY MATT DUNN

ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY MATT DUNN

Randall Stacy Gunter is represented by George Waters.

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Blake Primm is represented by Brian Nichols:

ATTORNEY FOR BLAKE PRIMM

BRIAN NICHOLS,  ATTORNEY FOR BLAKE PRIMM

This horse soring case originated when the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse training operation of Larry Joe Wheelon was busted on April 18, 2013.   A Preliminary Hearing was held before Judge Headrick in August 2013,  at which time Mr. Wheelon walked free on a technicality when Assistant District Attorney Ellen Berez lost track of a key government witness, Dr. Bart Sutherland,  who sat in the courtroom for part of the testimony, and consequently was disqualified by Judge Headrick from testifying after objection by Wheelon Defense Counsel Rob White.

ROB WHITE,  DEFENSE ATTORNEY FOR LARRY JOE WHEELON OBSERVING PRELIMINARY HEARING

ROB WHITE, DEFENSE ATTORNEY FOR LARRY JOE WHEELON OBSERVING PRELIMINARY HEARING

Larry Joe Wheelon walked out a free man, and then held court at the 2013 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration:

Larry Joe Wheelon Holding Court At The 2013 Celebration

Larry Joe Wheelon Holding Court At The 2013 Celebration

Then in December 2013,   Larry Joe Wheelon and three Defendants,   Randall Stacy Gunter,   Brandon Lunsford and Blake Primm were indicted by a Blount County Grand Jury on testimony provided by Kelly Bachman,  officer of the Blount County SPCA.

KELLY BACHMAN, OFFICER BLOUNT COUNTY SPCA

KELLY BACHMAN, OFFICER BLOUNT COUNTY SPCA

The four defendants were arrested and pled not guilty.   Gunter and Primm are now back before Judge Headrick on a Preliminary Hearing due to alleged misconduct by Assstant District Attorney Ellen Berez relating to her allegedly agreeing not to go forward on the charges against Gunter, Lunsford and Primm in August 2013, and then the three were indicted in December 2013.  After much wrangling through 2014, it was stipulated by the attorneys that three Defendants were to receive Preliminary Hearings which they were not afforded when they were indicted.

So that is what took place on Monday.

Yet,  even on Monday,  there continued to be confusion with the cases in that the Judge Headrick noted that the Case numbers were inconsistent and he only proceeded with the Preliminary Hearing after the attorneys made stipulations so the cases could move forward.

What then transpired was what would have taken place in August 2013,  if the matter had been smoothly presented by Assistant District Attorney Ellen Berez who attempted it with no second chair.

That was not the case today and two veteran prosecutors Mark Davidson and Matt Dunn were in charge of presenting the matter to Judge Headrick.

The first witness called was USDA OIG (Office of Inspector General) Agent Julie McMillan who was directly examined by Assistant District Attorney Mark Davidson:

USDA OIG AGENT JUDY MCMILLIAN BEING EXAMINED BY ASST. D. A. MARK DAVIDSON

USDA OIG AGENT JULIE MCMILLAN BEING EXAMINED BY ASST. D. A. MARK DAVIDSON

McMillian testified regarding a search warrant she obtained and executed at Larry Joe Wheelon’s Stables on April 18, 2013 with the assistance of the Blount County Sheriff Department.

She gave an account of arriving at the barn where the agents found Terry Hughes asleep in the stables.   Mr. Hughes was surprised and after recovering his composure took the law enforcement officers and USDA APHIS personnel on a tour of the barn showing them and identifying the various horses.  Mr. Hughes was present in court Monday and after he was located and subpoenaed to appear.

TERRY HUGHES, FORMER WHEELON BARN EMPLOYEE,  KEY MISSING WITNESS

TERRY HUGHES, FORMER WHEELON BARN EMPLOYEE, KEY MISSING WITNESS

After the Wheelon barn raid occurred, Mr. Hughes left the employ of Larry Joe Wheelon. Mr. Hughes has not been charged with any crimes.

NOTES ON JUDY MCMILLAN TESTIMONY:

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

Arrived early in the morning between 7 & 8

Search Warrant admitted into evidence.

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

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

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

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

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

What were yall looking for?

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

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

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

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

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

A number of chemicals were hidden behind the office.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Did you see the blue epoxy? Yes

Primm atty object to leading question – sustained.

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

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

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

“Putting rock in shoe” would be good analogy.

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

It’s a lot more complicated than regular shoeing.

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

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

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

Note: Cross Examination by Defense Counsel to follow later.

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Stay tuned for more testimony  which was given Monday which will include USDA Evidence Collector Becky Hicks and USDA Vet Dr. Bart Sutherland – and the final outcome of the Preliminary Hearing on Tuesday.

The Preliminary Hearing started at 1:30 p.m. Monday and continued until about 6:00 p.m.   It ended with a question  hanging as to whether mystery witness Terry Hughes will testify with possible grant of immunity from prosecution or whether Hughes will plead the Fifth Amendment and not give any testimony.  Mr. Hughes was represented by counsel.

Nephew Eugene sure hopes Terry Hughes will testify.

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TWHBEA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TRACY BOYD DECIDES TO STEP OFF THE TWHBEA MERRY GO ROUND AND GETS OUT WHILE THE GETTING IS GOOD – TWHBEA CONTINUES IN DOWNWARD FINANCIAL SPIRAL

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LEWISBURG, TN – TWHBEA Executive Director Tracy Boyd gave his notice this week, and will be out the door at TWHBEA by the end of the year.

TRACY BOYD AT 2014 TWHBEA AWARDS BANQUET HELD IN THE BACK OF TWHBEA

TRACY BOYD AT 2014 TWHBEA AWARDS BANQUET HELD IN THE BACK OF TWHBEA – Photo Credit – The Scoop

Here is Mr. Boyd’s December 10, 2014 resignation letter:

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TWHBEA

Tennessee Walking Horse

 Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association

 the Official Breed Registry 

 

 

 

December 10, 2014

 

Dear Steve, Executive Committee, Members and Staff:


Recently, and quite unexpectedly, I was presented with a tremendous career opportunity; one that has the potential to benefit my family for years to come. With the best interest of my family in mind, and for that reason alone, I am announcing my resignation as executive director of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association, effective December 31, 2014.


I remain humbled that the 2013 Executive Committee entrusted me with this position and it has been the pleasure of my life serving our members and representing the greatest horse on earth – the Tennessee Walking Horse.


I wish to thank all the members of the 2014 Executive Committee for their efforts on behalf of the Association, and particularly you and Walt for your fine leadership. It was a pleasure working with each of you and I appreciate the confidence you showed in me and the support you gave me.


I regret that I will miss the opportunity to serve the newly elected 2015 Executive Committee, but I am confident that under your continued leadership, along with Charles as Senior Vice President, TWHBEA will continue on the road to financial recovery. I have the utmost personal respect for each of you gentlemen and the highest regard for your business acumen. TWHBEA is in good hands.


And to our hard-working and loyal staff, I extend my deepest and sincerest appreciation for your efforts on behalf of TWHBEA, but most of all for your friendship and the kindness you’ve shown me. I am forever grateful to each of you.

God Bless each of you and long-live the Tennessee Walking Horse and TWHBEA.

 


Tracy Boyd

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Tracy Boyd was elected President of TWHBEA in December 2012 as the Marty Irby candidate to represent the interests of the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse crowd.

Then Irby went Sound, and Boyd joined with him in May 2013 in endorsing the PAST ACT to remove the pads and chains from Tennessee Walking Show Horse.

Here is Mr. Boyd’s May 27, 2013 Public Statement:

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5/27/13

A Statement from TWHBEA President Tracy Boyd

This past weekend, I made perhaps the toughest decision of my life. A decision that carries potential ramifications for many of my friends. It carries potential ramifications for immediate family members as well. I, along with six other members of the Executive Committee, voted to support H.R. 1518, better known as the Whitfield Amendment. That was on Saturday morning. Before lunch, our vote was not ratified by the TWHBEA Board of Directors. Presently, TWHBEA has taken no official stance on the proposed legislation.
Let me be clear… I love all facets of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed. I support the performance division. How then, you say, can I support this legislation? As president of TWHBEA, I represent the oldest and largest membership driven organization in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry. TWHBEA, being an international organization, is also the most widely recognized “brand” representing the Tennessee Walking Horse.

I have always said, “The future of the padded show horse is in the hands of two groups… the trainers who train it and the owners who own it.” Unlike the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), for example, who controls all aspects of the Quarter Horse industry, our industry is not set up that way… primarily due to the regulatory issues involving enforcement of the Horse Protection Act (HPA).
TWHBEA has no say over the padded show horse. TWHBEA has no control over the padded show horse. TWHBEA has no authority over the padded show horse. TWHBEA, does however, bear the brunt of the criticism aimed at the padded show horse.  Our membership numbers are directly affected by the controversy. The group with the least input takes the hardest hit. Why? Because as the breed registry and the largest membership driven organization, we are the face of the breed and are perceived as its ultimate authority in the world equine community.

For many years, the padded show horse drove the market and TWHBEA benefited. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, when our industry was breeding 25,000 mares and registering 14,000 foals, it was largely due to the padded market. Breeders were breeding for that $15,000/$20,000 yearling. Horses were selling. New people were coming into the breed. In 1997, TWHBEA hit the 20,000-member mark and in the early 2000s operated under a 5 million dollar budget. We had some 25 or 30 employees. We were the second fastest growing breed in America and the fourth largest breed registry overall.
Today, we have fewer than 10 employees. We’ve gone to a four-day work week and cut our staff’s salaries by 20 percent. We are down to 8,300 members. Breeding production levels are at 1950s numbers. It is clear to me that what our industry is doing is no longer working in today’s world. Times have changed. The world, through technology, gets smaller and smaller every day. We can’t hide any longer. It is clear to me that our past has finally caught up with us and the image currently conveyed by our performance horse is no longer accepted in 2013.

TWHBEA has lost members in droves, and the brutal emails I have received tell me why. It is our reputation. It is soring. It is our image. My responsibility lies with TWHBEA and its 8,300 remaining members who represent all 50 states and many foreign countries.

Sadly, we have no more friends outside our industry. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) no longer supports us. The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) no longer supports us. The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) will not recognize our padded show horse. The American Horse Council, whom we’ve cultivated a close working relationship with for many years, has turned away from us, declining our annual sponsorship this year. The World Equestrian Games refused our sponsorship and returned it to us. The Kentucky After Christmas Sale had no performance horses this year. Last fall, the University of Tennessee featured a flat-shod horse rather than a padded show horse to perform at its annual homecoming football game. All of this breaks my heart.

I believe our modern-day padded show horses are cleaner than they’ve ever been. The problem is that nobody outside our industry believes it. And when you’ve lost the public you have lost it all… and we have clearly lost the public.

For two years our industry has known that Congress would attempt to take our pads and chains unless we provided an acceptable alternative. How did we know that? Chester Gipson, Deputy Administrator for Animal Care at USDA-APHIS, told us so. He told TWHBEA, he told the Trainers’ Association, he told the Celebration and WHOA. Since that announcement the padded horse leadership’s response has been to paint the chains and implement an ambiguous swabbing program. Now the padded leadership is threatening to suspend the licenses of trainers who show under compliant HIOs. Anything beyond that… “Hell No” was the answer. “No compromises!”

I understand that the Performance Show Horse Association (PSHA) may be working on proposed legislation to the Whitfield Amendment. I first heard this in January and have heard it again recently. I hope so. My understanding is that versions of the Whitfield Amendment will continue to be introduced in Congress year after year until something gets passed. It is not going away. So I applaud PSHA if they are working on an alternative. I hope they come up with something soon.

I want the performance division to survive. I believe in the need for the division. I only know that it can’t and won’t survive as it is currently presented. This to me is obvious. The padded show horse’s survival lies at the feet of the trainers who train it and the owners who own it. If I lose some friendships over my vote then so be it. But I hope and pray that the trainers who train padded horses and the owners who own padded horses will find a way to put a horse in the ring that the public can support. Until then, we will remain alienated from the mainstream equine world. It’s as simple as that.
In order for this industry to grow and attract new people, strong, bold, drastic action is needed. A different direction will be required. I just hope our industry will choose the direction rather than have it chosen for us. We all know that the pads and chains alone do not harm the horse, that is no longer the point.

For most of us, our show industry is more about people and families than it is about winning blue ribbons. It’s about the people, the fellowship, the family fun, the friendly competition. Let’s not lose sight of that.

No matter what happens with the Whitfield Amendment, proposed legislation or future versions… the pads and chains do not define this breed.

The Tennessee Walking Horse is the greatest breed in the world. We all agree on that. Just imagine the possibilities that exist for us if we could rid ourselves of this black cloud, this stigma once and for all. Forty-three years is long enough.

I’m sorry to those I’ve offended and hope that one day you will forgive me.”

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Then Mr. Boyd got fired from his job at Baskin-Irby Construction in June 2013.

Then Mr. Boyd was hired as Executive Director of TWHBEA  in June 2013 when TWHBEA Executive Director Ron Thomas took early retirement.

The interim TWHBEA President replacing Tracy Boyd was Loyd “Buster” Black.  By this time Marty Irby had fled Middle Tennessee.  Black provided little or no direction for TWHBEA or Mr. Boyd.

In September 2013,   the Opinion of the TWHBEA members was solicited by TWHBEA Horse Show VP Pat Stout, and controversy flowed from it.

The TWHBEA members voted 63% landslide “YES” to pass the PAST ACT, and the votes were counted and verified by Cook & Co. CPA of Arab, Alabama.

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A witch hunt ensued regarding Pat Stout which resolved in December 2013 when the Executive Committee under which it all took place exonerated Pat Stout from any wrongdoing.

Two days later,  Steve Smith was elected President and the Pat Stout “witch hunt” roared back to life.

Mr. Boyd was retained by the sore Big Lick crowd as Executive Director, although he was chastised for knowing about the Opinion Poll of TWHBEA members being conducted, and providing the TWHBEA membership list to TWHBEA Horse Shows VP Pat Stout.

During Mr. Boyd’s 2014 year as TWHBEA Executive Director,  over 20% of TWHBEA’s members quit the breed association.

And the organization is suffering serious financial strain with the drastic loss of members combined with all time lows for foal registrations, mares being bred and horse transfers.

Nephew Eugene hears Mr. Boyd is going to work for Manna Pro. 

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HSUS CEO MR. WAYNE PACELLE TRIES TO ‘SPLAIN WHY THE PAST ACT IS NOT GOING TO GET A FLOOR VOTE IN THE U. S. SENATE – ‘THE HORSES’ DESERVE TO HAVE SOME QUESTIONS ANSWERED

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WASHINGTON, DC – It’s five minutes to Midnight for the PAST ACT,  and today, on December 10, 2014,  Mr. Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society Of The United States,   issued a Press Release (see below) finally breaking his “Deafening Silence”.

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In his Press Release today,  Mr. Pacelled attempted to blame the PAST ACT not getting a Senate Floor Vote on an “Unidentified Republican” hold.]

That appears to be world-class hooey.

Former U. S. Senator Joe Tydings (D-MD) told the world on June 18 2014,  with Wayne Pacelle standing there at “WALK ON WASHINGTON”,  that the PAST ACT was being blocked by “holds” in  Congress.

It has been known for months that there was a Senate Republican hold on the PAST ACT,  and for it to pass,   Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) would have to be willing to invoke the Cloture Procedure.

The Cloture Procedure takes up time, and the leadership prefers not to have to use it.

In the case of the PAST ACT,   Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) was not going to give PAST ACT a Floor Vote until 60 Senators backed it.  That hurdle was cleared on November 19, 2014,  when Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) co-sponsored.

And that is where Mr. Pacelle was supposed to come in.

Mr. Pacelle knew a year ago, on December 16, 2013, when he wrote:

“If Commerce passes it,  then Reid,  if we give him enough time , can do a cloture vote on it.  This would be our one cloture vote ask of him this Congress.  We’ve got enough ins with him that we just might get it done.”

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Mr. Pacelle knew on November 19, 2014,   that  the Cloture Procedure would be necessary for the PAST ACT to get a Senate Floor Vote.]

So why didn’t Mr. Pacelle go to the wall on behalf of the PAST ACT on NOVEMBER 19, 2014,   instead of merely “Writing A Letter” to House Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) last Friday,  December 5, 2014, asking” for a Floor Vote.=’

It simply doesn’t pass the laugh test.

You don’t get anything done in Washington, DC  by  “Writing A Letter”.

You get something done by using the “INs” you have,  and the powerful Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid accommodating you.

Where the PAST ACT is concerned, it appears that Mr. Pacelle just didn’t get it done with Mr. Reid, and the question is WHY”?

In his Press Release today,  Mr. Pacelle mentions a “HOTLINE” procedure was doing this past Monday,  December 8, 2014.  All the “Hotline” procedure is where Senate Majority Leader Reid checks with the Democrat and Republican Leaders to see if there is opposition to a matter before it can be voted upon.

Majority Leader Reid did this, and guess what,  there is a Republican who opposes it.

EXPLANATION OF ‘HOTLINE’ PROCEDURE

http://www.senate.gov/CRSReports/crs-publish.cfm?pid=%26*2D4Q%5CK3%0A

“The negotiation process may also be facilitated by use of the clearance process [or “hotline”], an informal communication mechanism by which each party’s leadership gauges the preferences of its conference members.”
It has been known for months the Republican Senators Lamar Alexander and Mitch McConnell oppose the PAST ACT, and Cloture Procedure would be necessary to overcome them.
THE CLOTURE PROCEDURE
It takes at least THREE DAYS to do Cloture.
  • 16 Senators must petition for it.
  • The bill must be read.
  • Then it must sit for one day with no action.
  • Then it can be brought up and if Senators speak against it trying to “filibuster” it, then a Cloture (Closure) vote must be called for and it must pass with 60 Senators voting for it, no matter how many Senators are actually present,  i. e.,  say there are only 85 Senators present,  then you must get 60 of them to got to end the debate.
  • THEN the PAST ACT would be voted upon,  and majority vote would pass it.
THE QUESTIONS:
  • Why would Mr Pacelle wait until Friday, December 5, 2014,  to “Write A Letter”asking the Senate and House leadership to bring the PAST ACT to a vote.
  • Why did Mr. Pacelle wait until it was too late for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to do the required Cloture to give the PAST ACT a Floor Vote?
The questions are not going to go away for just one reason.
“The Horses” are not being protected.
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And they darn sure deserve to be.
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HSUS CEO WAYNE PACELLE WED., DECEMBER 10, 2014 PRESS RELEASE 
December 10, 2014

Unidentified Senate Republican Hold Blocks Bill to Protect Horses

Legislation to stop the cruel and illegal practice of “soring” – one of the most broadly supported bills in Congress with 60 Senate cosponsors and 308 House cosponsors – has been blocked by at least one Republican Senator, preventing movement on the legislation until the “hold” is lifted.  The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, S. 1406, was hotlined Monday afternoon in an effort to pass the bill by unanimous consent in the final days of the 113th Congress. The bill was cleared by the Senate Democrats, but the Republican side has at least one objection, thereby blocking the bill from moving forward. The Humane Society of the United States urges any Republican who has a hold on the PAST Act to lift his or her objection and allow the bill to clear the Senate.
Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS, said: “It’s very disturbing that any lawmaker would block a bill to stop the intentional torture of horses solely to win ribbons at horse shows. I don’t think there’s any substantive policy bill in the Congress with this level of broad, bipartisan support, and one or two lawmakers should not be able to thwart the will of so many Americans to crack down on this appalling cruelty.”
The PAST Act has well more than a two-thirds majority in the House, with a majority of Republicans and nearly every Democrat in the House co-sponsoring the legislation. In the Senate, the bill obtained Committee approval in April, and there are now enough cosponsors to overcome a filibuster. It is also endorsed by an unusually broad and diverse coalition.  Earlier, The HSUS wrote to Congressional leaders in both chambers urging them to bring the PAST Act to a vote. The protection of Tennessee walking horses from soring is a top priority of The HSUS and the organization is committed to ending this abusive practice without further delay.”
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December 5, 2014

Congressional Leaders Urged to Act on Legislation to Stop Horse Abuse

In the waning days of the 113th Congress, the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 1518/S. 1406, has continued to gain a level of bipartisan support few federal bills ever acquire, now with 308 House cosponsors and 60 Senate cosponsors. Seventy percent of the House is cosponsoring, including a majority of the majority in both chambers. In the Senate, the bill obtained Committee approval in April, and there are now enough cosponsors to overcome a filibuster. The Humane Society of the United States wrote to the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, R-Ohio, and the Majority Leader of the Senate, Harry Reid, D-Nev., urging them to bring the PAST Act to a vote before Congress adjourns this month.
The PAST Act amends an existing federal law – the Horse Protection Act of 1970 – to better rein in the cruel and illegal practice of “soring,” in which unscrupulous trainers deliberately inflict pain on the hooves and legs of Tennessee walking horses and other related breeds to exaggerate their high-stepping gait and gain unfair competitive advantage at horse shows. This legislation is endorsed by an unusually broad and diverse coalition, including the American Horse Council and 64 other national and state horse groups, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, state veterinary groups in all 50 states, National Sheriffs’ Association, and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. The bills were introduced by Reps. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., and Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., and Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Mark Warner, D-Va., and cosponsored by lawmakers from all ends of the political spectrum, including both veterinarians serving in Congress.
Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS, said: “This rare demonstration of broad, bipartisan political support to halt the torture of walking horses should be sending leaders into a scramble to get the job done before the year is out.  The American people are counting on them to move these bills to stop this extreme and bizarre form of animal abuse, and we stand ready to help them with the task.”’
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THE SILENCE IS DEAFENING – NO WORD FROM CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD’S OFFICE OR MR. WAYNE PACELLE’S EXECUTIVE SUITE – HAS THE “FIX” BEEN PUT IN DOOMING THE PAST ACT?

Posted on December 5, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC –  Three Legislative Days now remain on the U. S. House legislative calendar,  and no word from PAST ACT sponsor Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) or HSUS CEO animal welfare advocate Mr. Wayne Pacelle if the PAST ACT will get a Floor Vote,  either in the U. S. House or the U. S. Senate.
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Sound Horse advocates all over the world did what no one thought was possible.
They delivered to the key persons,  Congressman Whitfield and HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle,  a filibuster-proof 60 U. S. Senators,  and 118 House Republicans, a majority of the majority.
The legislative clock has run out this week, and starting next week,  only THREE legislative days will remain:
Tuesday – Thursday,  December 10 – 12
in the U. S. House , and then church is out.
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Theoretically, the PAST ACT could get a House Floor vote next week, and the Bill could go to the Senate where U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-VA) could use a Cloture Motion to overcome a Senate filibuster and pass it.  This would have to take place the week of December 15 – 19, but NOTHING will happen if Senate Majority Leader Reid doesn’t make it happen.
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Speaking of the PAST ACT,  Mr. Pacelle has said,  “This is our top legislative priority  … We consider horse soring in the same category as cock fighting. What the industry is doing to horses is a form of torture, and just about the entire equine community sees it as that.”
ANIMAL WELFARE ADVOCATE HSUS CEO WAYNE PACELLE
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In December 2013 when the PAST ACT only had 38 Senators endorsing it, Mr. Pacelle said:
“If Commerce passes it, then Reid, if we give him enough time, can do a cloture vote on it. This would be our one cloture ask of him this Congress. We’ve got enough ins with him that we just might get it done.”  Wayne Pacelle
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So far,   Mr. Pacelle has not been able to deliver on his words.
On Thursday,  the U. S. House passed a $585 Billion Defense authorization Bill by          300 – 119 vote.  The Bill will be taken up by the U. S. Senate next week and will be approved before the end of the lame duck session next Thursday,  December 12.
If the PAST ACT was allowed a Floor Vote,  veteran observers believe it would receive more than 330 “YEA” Votes.
So why can’t the PAST ACT get a Floor Vote?
Has the PAST ACT became too hot a potato for Congressman Ed Whitfield to handle?
Has HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle pulled back on going all out for the PAST ACT with U S. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) in the face of revealing documents made public by Office of Congressional Ethics that implicate the HSUS in the inner workings of the early efforts to #PASSTHEPASTACT?
If so,  two possible reasons might be:
  • The shadow of U. S. Senator Mitch McConnell  (R-KY), now poised to become one of the most powerful men in the world as U. S. Senate Majority Leader on January 5, 2015, looms large.  Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield campaigned hard for Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell.   Can Ed Whitfield simply not afford to get cross ways with Mitch McConnell over a mere animal cruelty law with McConnell having been paid in excess of $500,000.00 by sore Big Lick interests since 1988.
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  • The damage resulting from the sore Big Lick inspired Ethics Probe which resulted in inner view into the workings of the HSUS activity regarding the PAST ACT.
Yesterday,  the sore Big Lick oriented The Walking Horse Report  started to mine the gold mine of documents revealed in the ethics inquiry by the OCE  (Office of Congressional Ethics).
Here is a WHR article excerpt:
“The Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) has voted unanimously to recommend the House Committee on Ethics further investigate Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY).  Whitfield’s wife, Connie Harriman-Whitfield is a lobbyist for the Humane Society Legislative Fund, an arm of the Humane Society of the United States.  The ethics inquiry centers around her lobbying of Congressman Whitfield on HSUS bills and using his office to lobby other Members of Congress.”
Upon reviewing the OCE Report,  the U. S. House Ethics Committee on November 10, 2014,  elected to not open a formal Ethics Investigation into alleged possible improprieties by Congressman Ed Whitfield.  In the days ahead, however, it will not stop the sore Big Lick interests from fabricating articles which will take out of context and misrepresent the facts of what actually happened which the House Ethics Committee did not feel rose to the threshold level of justifying a full blown Ethics Investigation.
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  • Is the PAST ACT,   which has drawn such strong and widespread support from all over the world, now looked upon by Washington insiders as a nice little old  “boutique animal cruelty bill” that no one is willing to risk what it will take to get it passed?
One thing is for sure, “The Horses” will not be protected if the PAST ACT does not become law.
Do any of the important people care enough to put it ALL on the line?
At this point,  for whatever reason,  It doesn’t appear so.
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WITH THE PAST ACT BREATHING ITS LAST, THE BIG LICKERS ARE ALREADY MOUNTING EFFORT TO “REBRAND” THE SORE BIG LICK TENNESSEE WALKING SHOW HORSE

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THETA, TN – WWW.BillyGoBoy.Com put the cards on the table 84 days ago with the September 15, 2014,  article below.

It is now December 8,  2014, and the silence from PAST ACT lead operatives Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle, unfortunately, tells the tale.

A political scandal – a political deal – a political ‘fix it’ job – a policy decision – a lack of resolve by those entrusted to see that the PAST ACT received a Floor Vote –  regardless of the reason,  with each passing hour,  it is becoming more and more clear that the PAST ACT is not going to be passed.

CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

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“WALK ON WASHINGTON” – JUNE 18, 2014

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At this point,  Nephew Eugene believes that even Radar would be seriously challenged to get the PAST ACT out of the Swamp created by a combination of “Ethics Gate” detritus,  and well placed sore Big Lick money.

It appears more and more with each passing hour that the American public’s desire to end the practice of animal cruelty known as the sore Big Lick with sweeping federal legislation is not going to happen.

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Meanwhile, down in the heart of the Red Part of the above map,  the Lickers are proceeding with their 2015 plan to save and “rebrand” the sore Big Lick.   Part of the LIcker Plan is to use TWHBEA as the front organization to accomplish this.   Unfortunately for the Sound side,  the TWHBEA By-Law changes were passed due to the inept, late and ineffective opposition by Sound Directors led by Maryland Director and HSUS official Keith Dane.   The By-Laws are now in place and 40% of the United States which presently has a TWHBEA Director will no more.

KEITH DANE,  MARYLAND DIRECTOR AND HSUS OFFICIAL

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KEITH DANE, MARYILAND TWHBEA DIRECTOR AND HSUS OFFICIAL

What is depicted on the following Map did not have to happen, and the fact that it did is going to make things much more difficult in the fight for the Sound Horse.  To Keith Dane’s credit,  he was integrally involved in the HSUS undercover investigation which ultimately resulted in Jackie McConnell pleading guilty to a felony violation of the Horse Protection Act.

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THE 2015 BIG LICK PLAN TO “REBRAND”

Last Friday night,  the Washington, DC  Licker Lobbyist Jeff Speaks met with the Trainer BOYZ at the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall in Bell Buckle, Tennessee

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Mr. Speaks told the Trainer BOYZ, like it or not,  that they going to have to do some things to get away from this image which is killing them:

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He said business as usual is over and things are going to have to cosmetically change.

His words were not well received.

http://www.shelbyvillenow.com/walking_horse_news

Today,  ShelbyvilleNOW presented the Licker blueprint:

“Walking Horse News

Change is in the Air


“A newly elected group of Tennessee  Walking Horse breed officials sit at a crossroads and hold the reins for the entire industry.

When a Washington DC lobbyist articulates  “Please understand, the status quo is no longer an option. The industry must come up with alternatives.”  It must be taken seriously.  The newly appointed leadership now has to take action for the industry to survive another show season.   What will it be?   “Alternatives” is the way Mr. Jeff Speaks, phrased it as he addressed the Walking Horse Trainer’s Association.

A look at the picture above should give us all some ideas about the type of show ring appearance the Tennessee Walking Horse should strive for.  Small changes would be the first “alternative”.

1.  Smaller and well proportioned shoeing
2.  A boot replacing the chain
3.  Well groomed hooves and tails,  go back to the old style tail brace (no straps on the horses back)
4.  Good rider posture in the proper saddle seat position
5.  Overall professional appearance

These small changes will make a big difference if implemented.    But,  this is the first of many other changes that should be made.”

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The Real Culprits

These are not an enemy to the horse.

                        

  Here are the real enemies.

              
Mustard Oil (Caustic)                   Croton Oil (Caustic)

               
Gent-l-kleen Hand Cleaner                        Go Jo Hand Cleaner
(caustic when wrapped)                     (caustic when wrapped)


Dawn Detergent               Joy Dish Washing Liquid
(caustic when wrapped)          (caustic when wrapped)

              
WD-40                            Diesel Fuel
Petroleum Distillant                   (Caustic)
Caustic Chemical
when wrapped

           
Pressure Shoeing                         Pressure Shoeing


Certain types of hoof putty can be
used to pressure shoe when applied
with malicious intent.

The real problem is the use of caustic chemicals and mechanical devices to inflict discomfort and pain to our horses so they will respond to the action device or respond to pain in the hoof with an unusally exaggerated gait.

Our problem is not the pads, wedges, shoes or chains. 

We have technology to detect the real culprits. 

Why do we need a new law to put an end to soring?

That is the real question.”

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The publisher of ShelbyvilleNOW has one thing completely wrong.

The culprits are not the “Fixing” agents displayed above.

The REAL CULPRITS are:

  • The WHTA BOYZ who do the soring.
  • The Big Lick Customer/Addicts who support them.
  • The folks like Walking Horse Report Publisher David L. Howard who profit from it.

One item that has never been fully investigated is what, if any, role that licensed veterinarians may be playing in aiding and assisting Big Lick Trainers in soring and preventing the detection of soring of Tennessee Walking Horses.

So the Big Lick “Way Of Life” will enter 2015 with a respite, while the Sound Horse “Movement” will enter it, while not achieving its ultimate objective,  knowing that it has brought the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse to America’s attention, and in so doing,  it has created crippling financial losses for the Big Lick “Way Of Life”.

Sadly, the PAST ACT appears to be dead.

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THE ‘THETA VIEW’ – THE BIG LICK “WAY OF LIFE” VS THE SOUND HORSE MOVEMENT – SEP. 15, 2014 TO DEC. 15, 2014 – AND THEN IT’S OVER

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‘THETA VIEW’ -”LICKERS VS FLATTERS” -”WAY OF LIFE” VS A “MOVEMENT”

THE CONTESTANTS

In order to fully understand the nature and perspective of the struggle, you must understand that there is a HUGE DIFFERENCE between the Sound Horse Movementand the Big Lick.

1. The Sound Horse effort is a “MOVEMENT”.
2. The “Big Lick: is a “WAY OF LIFE”.

Historically, the Big Lick “Way of Life” is much more united than the Sound Horse movement.

The Sound Horse Movement rarely unites.

Although it proudly did so for the “WALK ON WASHINGTON”.

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STATUS OF THE PAST ACT

The PAST ACT is presently STALLED. There will be NO vote on it – if There is a Vote – until AFTER the NOVEMBER 4 election.

If there is a vote, it will most likely come in the HOUSE after Nov. 4 because there are 305 co-sponsors. The Whitfield ethics inquiry needs to resolve favorably for there to be a vote.  That Ethics allegation was one of the cards that the Lickers had to play, and Gannett Reporter Paul C. Barton caught them playing it.  The PAST ACT is three Republicans short in the HOUSE from satisfying the Hastert Rule.

No meet Hasert Rule, no vote.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will not allow the PAST ACT to be put on the Senate floor until there are 60 or more U. S. Senators on board. Right now, there are only 57. Senators. There is a problem in the Senate because one sponsor Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) is under the thumb of Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who along with Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is effectively BLOCKING the PAST ACT in the U. S. Senate.

Senator Lamar Alexander is controlled by his Campaign Finance Chairman TWHBEA President Steve Smith.

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The other PAST ACT Senate sponsor, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) apparently does not have the clout due to his lack of seniority to “move the pile” with Majority Leader Harry Reid. The key to the PAST ACT getting out of the Senate Committee was Senator John Thune (R-SD).   And even if you have 60 Senators on the bill, it’s going to take some Senate “Heavy Hitters” to weigh in with Reid and get the bill on the floor.

And right now,  those Senate heavy hitters are NOWHERE in sight.

One thing which could help pass the PAST ACT is TWHBEA members dealing Senator Lamar Alexander’s benefactor,  TWHBEA President Steve Smith,  a blow by TWHBEA members voting down the proposed TWHBEA ByLaw changes.

THE TWHBEA PRIMER

TWHBEA has existed for 79 years.  It is the official breed registry.  It is losing money, but it is nowhere close to being insolvent.

It is important to recognize that many of the vital relationships which led to the PAST ACTbeing introduced by Sound Horse supporters developed from associations and friendships originating from TWHBEA interactions.

The Pat Stout Poll served Notice to the United States and the Big Lick that TWHBEA members wanted the PAST ACT passed.  In September 2013,  the members voted 63% to 37% landslide “YES” in favor of the PAST ACT removing the pads and chains.

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The Pat Stout Poll was the impetus for the editorial endorsement of the PAST ACT by the Chattanooga Times Free Press newspaper, and The Tennesseannewspaper’s endorsement of the PAST ACT.

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In response to the Pat Stout Poll, the Big Lick came together to fight for its “WAY OF LIFE”.

The Steve Smith TWHBEA ByLaw changes represent a  Big Lick Power Grab to eliminate almost half of the United States and all the international (except Germany) TWHBEA members from having a Director represent them.

It takes 50% + 1 to defeat the proposed draconian By Laws.

The people tasked with fighting this fight are the Sound Horse TWHBEA Directors and the TWHBEA members who support them.

The Sound Horse Movement needs to support the Sound Horse TWHBEA Directors and TWHBEA members who are fighting against the By Law changes.

And once the By Laws are defeated on October 15, 2014, the Sound Horse Movement needs to unite for the FINAL November push to PASS THE PAST ACT.

Nephew Eugene says everyone up at Hilltop Market understands it, and he hopes you will, too.

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IS THE PAST ACT DEAD? – IS THERE STILL A CHANCE? – IS A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE POSSIBLE? – THIS WEEK WILL TELL THE STORY

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WASHINGTON, DC  -  There are THREE House legislative days left.

U. S. REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

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The PAST ACT appears to be on life support.

Barring a miracle, despite having the public support of over 70% of the U. S. House,       60 U.S. Senators and 118 House Republicans,   it appears more likely,  than not,  that the PAST ACT will die this week without being voted upon in either the U. S. House or the    U. S. Senate.

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Nothing appeared to happen last week to advance the PAST ACT.

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The PAST ACT is Congressman Ed Whitfield’s (R-KY) bill.

Here are the QUESTIONS:

  • Why can’t Congressman Ed Whitfield get House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to give the PAST ACT a Floor Vote?
  • Is Whitfield playing “Rope-A-Dope”, and there is still a chance with some last minute magic and legislative sleight of hand for the PAST ACT to pass?
  • Why doesn’t Congressman Whitfield end this drama like he did on July 31, 2014,  when he issued a public statement and levelled with the American People that Speaker John Boehner simply would not allow a Floor Vote?
  • So many questions,  so little time.

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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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  • Surely someone will step up and level with the American people on the PAST ACT getting a vote or not,  rather than drop the shoe with a Statement late in the week on the way out the door for the Christmas holidays?

AND WHY HASN’T THIS MAN DELIVERED IN GETTING SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID (D-NV) TO GIVE THE PAST ACT A FLOOR VOTE, AND IF NECESSARY, INVOKE CLOTURE?  

Mr. Pacelle said “This is our top legislative priority.”

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Some veteran observers are speculating that harmful disclosures from the Office Of Congressional Ethics inquiry have caused Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle and Company to pull up on an all out push to pass the PAST ACT.

Things are about to become much clearer.

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‘DER SPIEGL’ EDITOR JEFFREY HOWARD DECLARES TWHBEA NOW PROFITABLE BASED ON A “MISSING COMMITTEE REPORT” – EPISODE 3 – THE DOG ATE THE FINANCIAL REPORT

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LEWISBURG, TN –  Mr. Jeffrey Howard, wears many hats in the sore Big Lick Kingdom:

  • PSHA Spokesperson
  • Editor,  The Walking Horse Report a/k/a “Der Spiegl”
  • Propagandist for the Sore Big Lick
HERR JOSEPH GOEBBELS - HERR HITLER'S PROPAGANDIST

HERR JOSEPH GOEBBELS – HERR HITLER’S PROPAGANDIST

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Herr Howard published an article today which included the following statement:,

THE WALKING HORSE REPORT 

“Committee reports were given and will be included in the December 15th issue of Walking Horse Report.  The major highlight from the committee reports was that TWHBEA has shown a profit the last six months.

Yet, Herr Howard prints no Financial Statements nor the alleged “Committee Reports” which back up his article.

It is rather strange how quickly the sore Big Lick grasps at any straw that might resemble “good news”,  yet nonchalantly fails to make public data to support its claim that financially troubled TWHBEA,   after losing over 20% of its members in the last 12 months,  has suddenly and miraculously become profitable.

So absent a Financial Statement prepared by a CPA firm, or the Membership, Foal Registrations and Stallion Breeding Reports,  Mr. Howard’s claim that TWHBEA has “shown a profit the last six months” appears highly suspect.

Some say that this fellow was seen today in the Halls of TWHBEA.

JEFFREY HOWARD AT IT AGAIN.

Since TWHBEA President Steve Smith apparently chose to not provide hard numbers to support The Walking Horse Report’s article,  here are the TWHBEA numbers through AUGUST 2014.

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

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

These numbers tell an entirely different story than what WHR Editor Mr. Jeffrey Howard published today.

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THE OFFICIAL TWHBEA NUMBERS THROUGH AUGUST 2014

1.  MEMBERSHIP

THERE IS 30% LOSS IN MEMBER REVENUE FROM 2012 TO 2014

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$ 276,782.00

TWHBEANUMBERSMEMBERS02

$    327, 340.00

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$  391,130.00

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2.  FOAL REGISTRATIONS

FOAL REGISTRATIONS  (THROUGH 2014)

THERE IS 26.45% LOSS IN FOAL REGISTRATION REVENUE FROM 2012 TO 2014

2013 – 2014

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$84,179.00

2012 – 2013

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$      115,089.00

2011 – 2012

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$         114,459.00

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3.   HORSE TRANSFERS

TRANSFERS (THROUGH 2014)

THERE IS 22.95% LOSS IN TRANSFER REVENUE FROM 2012 TO 2014

2013 – 2014

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$125,308.00

2012 – 2013

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 $    125,056.00

2011 – 2012TWHBEATRANSFERSNUMBERS03

$        162,615.00

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4.   STALLION BREEDING REPORT (THROUGH 2013)

THERE IS 77.50% DECREASE IN MARES BRED FROM 2003 TO 2013

THERE IS 82.72% DECREASE IN MARES BLOOD TYPED FROM 2003 TO 2013

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So It’s somewhat questionable that Mr. Howard will accept at face value a               “Committee Report’ with no supporting Official Reports other than “Assurances” that all of a sudden an organization which is hemorrhaging members and steadily declining revenues has suddenly become profitable.

IS WHR EDITOR JEFFREY HOWARD AT IT AGAIN???

JEFFREY HOWARD AT IT AGAIN.

SORE BIG LICKERS STAGE FLOOR FIGHT OVER VP – PERFORMANCE HORSE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE SLOT – FINANCIAL REPORTS AND MEMBERSHIP NUMBERS WILL TELL THE TALE

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LEWISBURG, TN –  In the second installment of the ‘Perils of Pauline’,  the TWHBEA Directors on Saturday elected the 2014 – 2015 TWHBEA Executive Committee, which featured a head-on floor fight between two sore Big Lick candidate over which one would be VP – Performance Horse (Big Lick Show Horse Kingfish).

EPISODE 2         SORE BIG LICK FLOOR FIGHT OVER “PERFORMANCE VP” SLOT

Everett “Butch” Allen (Texas) was the choice of the Nominating Committee,  but Breeders VP David Williams nominated Ford Gates (Alabama) to fill the slot.

Mr. Gates won over Mr. Allen and will continue as VP – Performance Horse.

Mr. Gates is famous for his Facebook comment,  the gist of which was “Don’t Dare Tell Anybody We Fix horses.”   Knowledgeable people believe that re-elected TWHBEA Performance Horse VP  Mr. Ford Gates’s statement will not help the cause of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breed with the American Horse Council or the United States Equestrian Federation.

FORD GATES, VP PERFORMANCE HORSE (BIG LICK)

FORD GATES, VP PERFORMANCE HORSE (BIG LICK)

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EVERETT “BUTCH” ALLEN

EVERETT "BUTCH" ALLEN, TEXAS DIRECTOR - VOTING AGAINST HIS CONSTITUENTS

EVERETT “BUTCH” ALLEN, TEXAS DIRECTOR – VOTING AGAINST HIS CONSTITUENTSITI

It was Mr. Allen’s curiosity at the 2013 TWHBEA meeting when he questioned the veracity of “The Poll” of TWHBEA members by Pat Stout, VP Horse Shows on the PAST ACT.  Mr. Allen’s doubts led to a detailed break down of “The Poll” results, state by state, by Cook and Co CPA of Arab, Alabama from which the following “Poll Map” was prepared:

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The “Poll Map”  is now part of the PAST ACT Congressional record.    “The Poll” outcome is now mirrored by over 70% of the U. S. House,  and 60 U. S. Senators co-sponsoring the PAST ACT.

Here is the 2014 – 2015 TWHBEA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, and some of the HPA Violation Citation Histories of them and their family members:

President                                                         Steve Smith (TN)

STEVE SMITH/DAVID LANDRUM HORSE PROTECTION ACT VIOLATION CITATION
STEVE SMITH/DAVID LANDRUM HORSE PROTECTION ACT VIOLATION CITATION

Senior Vice President                                      Charles Gleghorn (TN)

Charles Gleghorn Fayetteville Tennessee 37334 Unilateral Sore Not Specified 11/02/02 11/15/02 NHSC
Charles Gleghorn Mr & Mrs Fayetteville Tennessee 37334 Unilateral Sore Not Specified 06/05/08 07/04/08 NHSC
Charles Gleghorn Fayetteville Tennessee 37334 Loose n Busty Other, Define In Next Field Not Specified Entered horse at Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration which tested positive for prohibited substances. 05/18/10 05/18/10 Unknown Yes Bernadette Juarez, Deputy Director, Animal and Welfare Enforcement Branch 09/09/09
Charles Gleghorn Not Listed / Unknown Hard Cashs Magic Mark Foreign Substance Not Specified 06/20/09 Date LOW sent 8/2/2010
Charles Gleghorn Not Listed / Unknown Loose n Busty Foreign Substance Not Specified 09/09/09
Joy Gleghorn Not Listed / Unknown Hard Cashs Magic Mark Foreign Substance Not Specified 06/20/09

Secretary                                                         Loren Sanderson

VP Administrative/Fiscal/Audit                     Nancy Lynn Greene (TN)

VP of Breeders Division                                  David Williams (TN)

(Employer FRANK EICHLER Has HPA Family Citation History)

VP of Enforcement/Bylaws                              Jeff Smith (SC)

Jeff Smith n/a Not Listed / Unknown Spectacular Papa Bilateral Sore Foreign Substance 01/01/98 12/31/98 NHSC
Jeff Smith Greer South Carolina Play Something Country Foreign Substance Not Specified 05/25/12 Decamethylcyclopentalsiloxane, o-aminazotoluene, Octyl methoxycinnamate and, 1,4-bis[(1-methylethyl) TN130067-AC

 

VP of Equine Welfare/Training                        Larry Lowman (TN)

Larry Lowman Shelbyville Tennessee 37160 Unilateral Sore Not Specified 05/17/09 06/15/09 SHOW
Larry Lowman not listed Not Listed / Unknown Queen of Everything Foreign Substance Not Specified 08/27/11 Acetic Acid, Lidocaine, o-aminoazotoluene, Cholesterol, multiple Glycols and 1,4-bis[(1-methylethyl) TN130308-AC 706

VP of Marketing                                              Ashley Wadsworth (MS)

VP of Owners/Exhibitors/Internl                   Bradley Woodruff (IL)

VP of Performance Horse                               Ford Gates (AL)

Everett (Butch) Allen Stafford Texas 77477 Illegal Chains Not Specified 06/01/09 06/14/09 SHOW

VP of Pleasure Horse                                     Margo Urad (TX)

Brandon Urad Kaufman Texas 75142 Rodney Dangerstone Other, Define In Next Field Not Specified Entered horse at Big D Charity Horse Show which was found sore. 06/02/10 06/02/10 Unknown Yes Bernadette Juarez, Deputy Director, Animal and Welfare Enforcement Branch 04/30/09
Brandon Urad Kaufman Texas Other, Define In Next Field Post-Show Violation Low Chain 07/14/13 07/27/13 100 SHOW
Margo Urad Terrell Texas 75009 Dark Spirit Recall Scar Rule Not Specified 05/09/03 05/22/03 NHSC
Stan Urad Terrell Texas 75009 Scar Rule Not Specified 07/08/03 07/21/03 NHSC
Stan Urad Terrell Texas 75009 Unilateral Sore Not Specified 07/22/03 08/04/03 NHSC
Stan Urad Kaufman Texas 75142 Unilateral Sore Not Specified 08/29/05 09/11/05 NHSC
Stan Urad Kaufman Texas 75142 Unilateral Sore Not Specified 10/09/07 11/08/07 NHSC
Stan Uradzionek Terrell Texas Bilateral Sore Not Specified 10/01/01 05/30/02 NHSC
Stan Uradzionek Not Listed / Unknown Sippin Tennessee Gen Foreign Substance Not Specified 04/17/09
Stanley aka Stan Urad Uradzionek Kaufman Texas Galveston Texas Not Specified Not Specified 08/25/11 Docket# 13-0251 Consent Decision & Order 09/12/13 73rd Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration
Stanley Uradzionek Kaufman Texas Galveston, Texas Not Specified Not Specified Sore 08/25/11 Docket# 13-0251 Complaint 05/29/13 73rd Annual Tennessee Walking Horse N

VP of Youth                                                   Ms. Ginger Evans (AL)

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Stay tuned for the next EPISODE 3:     THE NUMBERS.

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THE ‘PERILS OF PAULINE’ HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ON THE TWHBEA ANNUAL MEETING – EPISODE ONE – TO SIGN OR NOT SIGN “THE OATH” – MORE TO COME ON SATURDAY

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FIREWORKS071401NOTE:   The root cause of the year in, year out hullabaloo at the Tennessee Walking Horse Breed Registry known as TWHBEA is one bunch (“The Lickers”) wants to perpetuate the sore Big Lick (euphemistically called the “Performance Horse”), and the other folks (“The Flatters”)  believe that the sore Big Lick is abominable animal cruelty,  refuses to swear allegiance to it, and is trying their damnedest to abolish it.

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LEWISBURG, TN – In what has to be the most ridiculed, embattled and embarrassing show on hooves,   the dysfunctional outfit known as TWHBEA (Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Association)  comes together this weekend for its 2014 Annual Membership and Directors Meeting on 2950 North Ellington Parkway.

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The are two branches of the sore Big Lick faction (“The Lickers),  the moderate Nazis led by Steve Smith, and the radical Nazis led by Denise Rowland.

Ms. Rowland’s beliefs appear to be similar to Cock Fighter B. L. Cozad, Jr. –  essentially, that  horses are livestock,  private property and that humans can make any use of them any way they choose including serving them as “Horse Burgers” or soring them to produce the sore Big Lick.

COCK FIGHTER B.L. COZAD, JR. SPEAKING AT 2O14 CELEBRATION PATRONS

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

So at the Annual Membership meeting on Friday, December 5, 2014,

EPISODE ONE ~ THE OATH

 Ms. Rowland wants it to be mandatory all TWHBEA Directors sign an Oath of Office.

They tried to kick Maryland Director/HSUS official Keith Dane out in 2012 for not supporting the sore Big Lick “Performance Horse”,  but the effort fell short.

Keith Dane,  Director of Equine Protection,  The Humane Society of the United States

Keith Dane, Director of Equine Protection, The Humane Society of the United States

Normally,  the Directors simply take a verbal Oath when they begin their terms as Directors.

Current Executive Committee member, moderate Nazi David Williams,  who works for Frank Eichler (Rising Star Ranch)  whose family members have received HPA violation citations, expressed himself on Dec. 2, 2014:

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

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

“Dear Directors of TWHBEA,

We will soon be gathering at the mothership for our annual TWHBEA meetings. I look forward to seeing each and every one of you and sharing our different ideas on how we can progress our breed into the future.

As it should be all opinions and strategies are welcome and encouraged. We are all a composite of the many different facets of our breed.  We are not all the same; that is what makes our breed so great. We come from many walks of life and our common denominator is the Tennessee Walking Horse.\

There has been some discussion about the oath of office that the new directors will take.

 The TWHBEA Oath is as follows:

 Oath of Office-Approved by the International Board of Directors 5-27-95

As a member in good standing of the TWHBEA Board of Directors, I pledge:

  • TO abide by the bylaws, rules regulations, mission statement, and Code of Conduct standards of TWHBEA.
  • TO deliberate openly, honestly and in good faith in proceedings of the Board of Directors.
  • TO discuss and/or listen to the discussion on issues brought before the board, lend my careful consideration to such issues, and respect and support the decisions reached through the democratic process of majority rule.
  • TO never intentionally bring dishonor or disrespect upon the breed or the TWHBEA.
  • TO keep the best interest of the breed foremost in my tenure as a board member.
  • AND TO represent, to the best of my ability, the members from the state or region in which I have been elected.

Some may request that you sign the oath, which is not called for in the bylaws or code of conduct.   In my opinion whether you sign the oath or not will not make you love a facet of the breed that does not appeal to you.

You all had a desire to serve our breed or you would not have run or been elected a Director of TWHBEA. I appreciate the volunteer effort of everyone to help take our breed back to its stature of the past. We are beginning to grow again and we shouldnt let the closed minds of others to hinder that growth.

 For me, when you put your name on that ballot to be elected and when you walk into that meeting room to discuss and deliberate the future of our great breed your commitment has been confirmed.

I hope we can make our TWHBEA meetings this week about the betterment of our great breed and not a contentious room of disgruntlement that cannot move toward the future.

There is much to be done without wasting our time on minutia.

 Have safe travels to Lewisburg,

 Sincerely,

David W. Williams, Tennessee”

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Newly elected TWHBEA Director Ms Denise Rowland called Mr. Williams out, and expressed her view on Dec. 2 as follows:

THIS LADY WOULD DEEP FRY AN "HSUS" IF SHE COULD GET HER HANDS ON ONE.

THIS LADY WOULD DEEP FRY AN “HSUS” IF SHE COULD GET HER HANDS ON ONE.

Ms. Rowland – “My question is why one would object to signing that oath which has been the same since 1995. Perhaps they are ashamed of their commitment to TWHBEA or perhaps they are ” swearing a false oath” with no intention of following the  bylaws, code of conduct or corporate rules. Perhaps they are some of the ones that refuse to take it, then go and brag about it.

Wonder suddenly why  you David are against affixing your signature, verfying that you will honor your commitment to TWHBEA.

Personally I will be first in line to sign it.  I am proud of my registry and I am honored that my constituents have trusted me to be their representative. You will have my John Hancock on that document boldly and proudly!

Denise

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Mr. Kenny McGowan,  TWHBEA Director from Arkansas supported Ms. Rowland’s view, and proposed putting anyone who would not sign the oath on “the bus”:

David, 
I am also very surprised about your position. I can not and do not and will not put my trust in anyone that supports dropping a 30oz log chain on a desk trying to make the public believe we use that on a horse, that’s is a lie, the people that are associated with any part of that scheme, from top to bottom, are a part of that lie, why would you believe what anyone that supports that says! If Whitfield had to have signed swearing that was the chain we use, he would not have done it!! And it’s not always the direct lie, it sometimes is the lie they caused you to believe! I say sign it and support all the divisions of this breed or roll on and I don’t care who you are , who you think you are, where you come from or how you got here!
If you won’t sign it, your trying to keep an easy out! Put your name on the line or your butt on the bus
Kenny McGowan  Board of Director Arkansas

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Ms. Carrie Benedict from Kentucky had questions:

To All on both sides of this debate,
I have few questions:  What does signing or not signing the oath change for the association?
Is this strictly a demonstration?
Who  and how is this going to be enforced? 
What is the pentaly structure for violations of the oath? Are there verying degrees of violations?
In short I would like to know the logistics for this plan?
Thank you,   Carrie Benedict,  Kentucky

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Then Ms Jessica Hlebak from North Carolina said:

I think what David is getting at is let’s not be hung up on something like the oath, which becomes a debate every December. Let’s look at the bigger picture for our breed, stop bickering amongst ourselves and make a plan to make the TWH the #1 breed in the world. 

Jessica Hlebak

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With all due respect to Ms. Hlebak, who is ironically Pleasure Horse – VP on the Executive Committee, perhaps she should take note of the following:

Since the 2013 Annual Members and Directors Meeting, the following has occurred:

  • Over 1,000 members have quit TWHBEA, a 20%+ loss of members.
  • Over 70% of the U.S.House, 60 U.S. Senators & 118 Republicans co-sponsor the PAST ACT to eliminate the sore Big Lick.
  • California members sued TWHBEA to remove a Director.
  • A former TWHBEA officer sued TWHBEA for damages because the TWHBEA Executive Committee indefinitely suspended her membership privileges.
  • A “WALK ON WASHINGTON” by the All American Walking Horse Alliance featuring Sound Natural Tennessee Walking Horses smack dab in front of the U. S. Capitol in support of pass the PAST ACT (Prevent All Soring Tactics) draws attention from USA Today,  Miami-Herald,  Chicago Tribune,  ABC and PBS and news outlets all across America.
THIS PICTURE SAYS IT ALL - NATURAL TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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

  • A Virginia TWHBEA Director,  Ms. Pam “Finger Lady”  McKinley showed up to attempt to disrupt “WALK ON WASHINGTON”,  and expressed herself as Capitol Police escorted her away:
VIRGINIA TWHBEA DIRECTOR PAM MCKINLEY

VIRGINIA TWHBEA DIRECTOR PAM MCKINLEY

  • TWHBEA countered “WALK ON WASHINGTON” with “WALK ON WEDNESDAY” which featured this:

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  • The sore Big Lick crowd running TWHBEA decides to eliminate 40% of the United States and the World from having a TWHBEA Director by proposing draconian By-Law changes.
THE TWHBEA MAP IF THE STEVE SMITH BY-LAWS PASS

THE TWHBEA MAP IF THE STEVE SMITH BY-LAWS PASS

  • The Flatters led by Maryland Director and HSUS official Keith Dane came up with a bizarre two week late,  “Flatter Flyer”, and then they didn’t have anyone present when the votes were counted.  The “Big Lick Power Grab” passed by 73% to 27%.   Just a year earlier, with a competently run PAST ACT Opinion Poll, the TWHBEA members voted 63% to 37% “YES” to pass the PAST ACT.

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“THE FLATTER FLYER” RECEIVED BY TWHBEA MEMBERS ON SEP. 30, 2014 – TWO WEEKS TOO LATE

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KEITH DANE, TWHBEA DIRECTOR AND NATIONAL EQUINE PROTECTION DIRECTOR, THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES

KEITH DANE, TWHBEA DIRECTOR AND NATIONAL EQUINE PROTECTION DIRECTOR, THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES

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So the Friday session, December 5, 2014,  dealing with the OATH issue was full of fireworks:

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And it only promises to get better, or most likely worse, on Saturday as Steve Smith’s TWHBEA Executive Committee will have to provide Financial Information to the Directors.

Stay tuned for the next Episode.

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PAT STOUT VS TWHBEA LAWSUIT DISMISSED ‘WITH PREJUDICE’ – TWHBEA DIRECTORS RESIGN IN FACE OF SORE BIG LICK TAKEOVER OF BREED REGISTRY – TWHBEA ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET TONIGHT IN LEWISBURG, TENNESSEE

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LEWISBURG, TN – According to Putnam County (Tennessee) Circuit Court records, an Agreed Order entered on November 26, 2014 dismissed with prejudice Pat Stout‘s lawsuit against TWHBEA. (“With prejudice” means the case is over and cannot be refiled)

Settlement details, if any,  were not disclosed in the Agreed Order.

FORMER TWHBEA VP-HORSE SHOWS – PAT STOUT – COOKEVILLE, TENNESSEE

PAT STOUT,  FORMER TWHBEA VP HORSE SHOWS

PAT STOUT, FORMER TWHBEA VP HORSE SHOWS

In May 2014,  Pat Stout sued TWHBEA for damages alleging that TWHBEA improperly indefinitely suspended her membership privileges in January 2014 and defamed her. In December 2013,  Pat Stout was found to have not committed any wrongdoing by the 2012-2013 TWHBEA Executive Committee, but the Steve Smith 2013-2014 TWHBEA Executive Committee,  without following the corporate rules,  indefinitely suspended Stout’s membership privileges.

Punitively suspending Stout’s membership privileges was related to Stout’s polling the TWHBEA members seeking their opinions,  ”YES” or “NO”,  regarding passage of the PAST ACT.   In September 2013, when Pat Stout polled the association’s members on the PAST ACT, she was TWHBEA Officer – VP Horse Shows.  In October 2013, the TWHBEA members overwhelmingly voted 63% “YES” to 37% “NO” for passage of the PAST ACT which would remove the pads and chains and effectively end the sore Big Lick.

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“THE POLL MAP”

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Flowing from “The Poll” were #PASSTHEPASTACT editorial endorsements by two of Tennessee’s largest newspapers,  The Tennessean (Nashville) and The Chattanooga Times Free Press.    And now,  thanks to Sound Horse advocates all over the world,  the PAST ACT has 307 U.S. House Co-Sponsors,  60 U.S. Senators and 118 Republicans satisfying the Hastert Rule, a majority of the majority.

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FLATTERS FAIL IN OPPOSING “BIG LICK POWER GRAB” OF SORE BIG LICKERS

In the wake of the approval of the sore Big Lick By-Law Changes which regrettably were met with feeble inept resistance by the Keith Dane led Flatters,   the following “BIG LICK POWER GRAB” MAP reflects how a large part of the United States will no longer have a TWHBEA director.   The By-Law changes now forecloses the potential growth of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed throughout the United States and around the world.

“BIG LICK POWER GRAB” BLACKING OUT MUCH OF THE UNITED STATES

THE TWHBEA MAP IF THE STEVE SMITH BY-LAWS PASS

THE TWHBEA MAP IF THE STEVE SMITH BY-LAWS PASS

KEITH DANE, MARYLAND TWHBEA DIRECTOR & HSUS OFFICIAL –                               AND THE “TOO LITTLE,  TOO LATE - FLATTER FLYER”

MARYLAND TWHBEA DIRECTOR AND HSUS OFFICIAL KEITH DANE

MARYLAND TWHBEA DIRECTOR AND HSUS OFFICIAL KEITH DANE

THE TWO WEEK LATE –  “TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE – FLATTER FLYER”

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RESIGNATIONS BY TWHBEA DIRECTORS                                                                    OKLAHOMA, MASSACHUSETTS AND THE NETHERLANDS 

TWHBEA DIRECTORS QUIT IN WAKE OF BY-LAW CHANGES

OKLAHOMA DIRECTOR – CRIS WREN VAN HORN RESIGNATION LETTER

“People who commission, support or perform the horrific act of soring are animal abusers. Animal abusers are criminally predatorial individuals and share the same psychology as child molestors regardless of how nice they seem on the outside, how many times they go to church in a week, or how much of a Christian they profess to be.”  Cris Wren Van Horn

CRISVANHORNRESIGNATION

 

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MASSACHUSETTS DIRECTOR – JULIE DILLON RESIGNATION LETTER

“I will never promote or support methods of training that rely upon pain to get unnatural movement from our fine horses.”  Julie Dillon

Subject: Resignation from Julie Dillon To All TWHBEA Directors

It is with the support and encouragement of my constituents that I tender my resignation as TWHBEA Director of Region 3 (ME,VT,NH).
In the future, my time, money and dedication will be spent supporting sound horse organizations exclusively.  My interest is only in going toward positive and fulfilling directions to promote our Tennessee Walking Horses.
The bickering will never ever stop!
TWHBEA Executive and Board Members continue to insist upon the promotion of pads and chains while fully aware of the harm that action devices cause to the horse’s physical, mental and spiritual well being.  This is what all of the conflict and disfavor among our directors is always about.  I will never promote or support methods of training that rely upon pain to get unnatural movement from our fine horses.
That pretty much means take your Oath and shove it!
TWHBEA youth members will grow to understand and realize that the promotion of the Padded Performance horse vilifies and labels them as equine abusers.  Over time, your children will learn that they are completely rejected by their fellow horsemen globally.  What will you say to them when they realize you have initiated them into a way of life that brings them only rejection and a complete lack of respect?
It is especially important for you all to know that for the first time in Equine Affaire history TWHBEA did not have any representation during the 2014 Springfield MA event last November.  This is because my constituents and I are not willing to be a part of representing a breed association with so little concern for the care and humane treatment of the creatures it represents.
It is my final duty to notify you on behalf of my constituents that in New England there is no support whatsoever for the Padded Performance Horse.
Julie Dillon
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NETHERLANDS DIRECTOR – SANDRA VAN DEN HOFF RESIGNATION LETTER

“I can no longer watch this ‘freak show’ (TWHBEA) and no longer want to be part of it in any way.  I will never give up on my horses, but I did lose any hope for TWHBEA and I am pulling the plug”.    Sandra Van Den Hoff

Herewith I am sending in my resignation for my volunteer Director Region I function and end my TWHBEA membership. 

After almost 2 decades being a member I’ve now lost all hope TWHBEA will act to their member’s requests by supporting the sound horse and to make an end to the horrible abuse in the Tennessee Walking Horses scene. During my first term as Director in 2003 I hoped to be able to change things from inside but without much luck. However, being a positive person, I remained my TWHBEA membership, understanding it might take some more time for a Tennessean organization to see and understand what people outside Tennessee and outside the continent see with much disgust. Even though this so called ‘Big Lick’ Performance horse might be a decade’s long tradition, that doesn’t automatically mean it is ok to hurt animals.

For the past years I tried to hold on to Thomas Paine his quote from 1776:

“a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defence of custom. But tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.”


More than once I believed things would change. If not from the inside (TWHBEA) than from the outside. By now the majority is for passing the PAST Act and still TWHBEA, the breeds registry, is not supporting the PAST Act. Is this how you listen to your members? How is it possible that 2 States out of 50 States in total can prevent a bill to pass? I hold you, TWHBEA, responsible for this, as well as Senator Mitch McConnell and Marsha Blackburn.

Still, I was hopeful to be able to change things from the inside. So I offered to run for Director of Region 1 again in 2014. At that time Region I included Europe excl. Germany + many other countries like Australia, New Zealand and more. Somehow Region 1 shrank to Europe excl. Germany only without any notice upfront nor explanation afterwards. With fear I watched this year’s Celebration and noticed the danger for sound horse people that had the strength to speak up. Tennessee no longer feels save when you have a strong voice for the sound horse. Then the change of By Laws, poorly explained to the members who have no clue about the impact of those changes. Again, you, TWHBEA, are responsible. The By Laws passed, another step backwards for the sound horse. 

Meanwhile I have been chosen as Director and when thinking about planning my trip I realized Tennessee, the State with the beautiful flowing hills where I’ve felt so at home for decades, no longer feels the same. It is like entering enemy grounds, I feel ashamed being a member of an organization that doesn’t put any effort in ending the abuse in their own breed but keep supporting the people who harm those beautiful creatures. There was a time when TWHBEA was focusing on Europe as the market to export their horses to. Well, don’t bother anymore because you have ruined the market completely. Most European breeders already quit breeding or switched breeds. Game over! TWHBEA did this to itself. You were lucky you had so many devoted European breeders and natural walking horse enthusiasts who kept the business going several years longer. 

To say I am disappointed in TWHBEA is an understatement. I can no longer watch this ‘freak show’ and no longer want to be part of it in any way. I will never give up on my horses but I did lose any hope for TWHBEA and I am pulling the plug.

Farewell.

Naturally,
Sandra van den Hof
www.pleasuregaits.com 
Walking the way of the horse

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The TWHBEA Annual Awards Banquet is today,  Friday,  December 5, 2014.   This year it is being held at breed association headquarters in Lewisburg, Tennessee due to apparent budget constraints.   In previous plush years,  it was held at upscale hotels in metro Nashville and Murfreesboro.  It is billed as “Come spend an evening with TWHBEA and help recognize a few of the hardest working people in the business. The reception will start at 5:30 CST. Tickets are $30 to $40 per person.”

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A STEVE SMITH DONUT

In October 2013,  the event was so important to Germany’s TWHBEA Director Denise Bader Keyser that when faced with the crucial decision of providing the the TWHBEA Directors with the technology to vote electronically,  Ms. Bader expressed dismay that enabling Directors to vote might adversely affect attendance at the annual TWHBEA Awards banquet.

In May 2013,  Denise Bader Keyser was one of seven TWHBEA Executive Committee members who voted for passage of the PAST ACT.   At that time,  Ms. Bader Keyser was considered to be a “Sound Horse” person.   Since that time,   Ms Bader Keyser’s ardent support of the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse has come to light.

CHAIN HITTING PASTERN ON TWHBEA GERMANY DIRECTOR DENISE BADER KEYSER UP ON SORE BIG LICK “SOUTHERN DOLLAR” – JULY 20, 2013

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GERMANY TWHBEA DIRECTOR DENISE BADER KEYSER UP ON SORE BIG LICK “SOUTHERN DOLLAR” – JULY 20, 2013

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DENISE BADER KEYSER – SOUTHERN DOLLAR – JULY 20, 2013

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Since October 2013,  TWHBEA’s membership numbers have spiraled downward losing over 1,000 members in 12 months,  approximately 20% of the association’s members.

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 Yet,  they continue to assiduously rearrange the deck chairs.

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THE SILENCE IS DEAFENING – NO WORD FROM CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD’S OFFICE OR MR. WAYNE PACELLE’S EXECUTIVE SUITE – HAS THE “FIX” BEEN PUT IN DOOMING THE PAST ACT?

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WASHINGTON, DC –  Three Legislative Days now remain on the U. S. House legislative calendar,  and no word from PAST ACT sponsor Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) or HSUS CEO animal welfare advocate Mr. Wayne Pacelle if the PAST ACT will get a Floor Vote,  either in the U. S. House or the U. S. Senate.

PAST ACT SPONSOR REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD ( R-KY)

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

Sound Horse advocates all over the world did what no one thought was possible.   

They delivered to the key persons,  Congressman Whitfield and HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle,  a filibuster-proof 60 U. S. Senators,  and 118 House Republicans, a majority of the majority.

The legislative clock has run out this week, and starting next week,  only THREE legislative days will remain:

Tuesday – Thursday,  December 10 – 12

in the U. S. House , and then church is out.

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Theoretically, the PAST ACT could get a House Floor vote next week, and the Bill could go to the Senate where U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-VA) could use a Cloture Motion to overcome a Senate filibuster and pass it.  This would have to take place the week of December 15 – 19, but NOTHING will happen if Senate Majority Leader Reid doesn’t make it happen.

U.S.SENATE LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR

U.S.SENATE LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR

Speaking of the PAST ACT,  Mr. Pacelle has said,  “This is our top legislative priority  … We consider horse soring in the same category as cock fighting. What the industry is doing to horses is a form of torture, and just about the entire equine community sees it as that.”

ANIMAL WELFARE ADVOCATE HSUS CEO WAYNE PACELLE

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In December 2013 when the PAST ACT only had 38 Senators endorsing it, Mr. Pacelle said:

“If Commerce passes it, then Reid, if we give him enough time, can do a cloture vote on it. This would be our one cloture ask of him this Congress. We’ve got enough ins with him that we just might get it done.”  Wayne Pacelle

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So far,   Mr. Pacelle has not been able to deliver on his words.

On Thursday,  the U. S. House passed a $585 Billion Defense authorization Bill by          300 – 119 vote.  The Bill will be taken up by the U. S. Senate next week and will be approved before the end of the lame duck session next Thursday,  December 12.

If the PAST ACT was allowed a Floor Vote,  veteran observers believe it would receive more than 330 “YEA” Votes.

So why can’t the PAST ACT get a Floor Vote?

Has the PAST ACT became too hot a potato for Congressman Ed Whitfield to handle?

Has HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle pulled back on going all out for the PAST ACT with U S. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) in the face of revealing documents made public by Office of Congressional Ethics that implicate the HSUS in the inner workings of the early efforts to #PASSTHEPASTACT?

If so,  two possible reasons might be:

  • The shadow of U. S. Senator Mitch McConnell  (R-KY), now poised to become one of the most powerful men in the world as U. S. Senate Majority Leader on January 5, 2015, looms large.  Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield campaigned hard for Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell.   Can Ed Whitfield simply not afford to get cross ways with Mitch McConnell over a mere animal cruelty law with McConnell having been paid in excess of $500,000.00 by sore Big Lick interests since 1988.

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  • The damage resulting from the sore Big Lick inspired Ethics Probe which resulted in inner view into the workings of the HSUS activity regarding the PAST ACT.

Yesterday,  the sore Big Lick oriented The Walking Horse Report  started to mine the gold mine of documents revealed in the ethics inquiry by the OCE  (Office of Congressional Ethics).

http://www.walkinghorsereport.com/news.aspx?cid=11341

Here is a WHR article excerpt:

“The Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) has voted unanimously to recommend the House Committee on Ethics further investigate Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY).  Whitfield’s wife, Connie Harriman-Whitfield is a lobbyist for the Humane Society Legislative Fund, an arm of the Humane Society of the United States.  The ethics inquiry centers around her lobbying of Congressman Whitfield on HSUS bills and using his office to lobby other Members of Congress.”

Upon reviewing the OCE Report,  the U. S. House Ethics Committee on November 10, 2014,  elected to not open a formal Ethics Investigation into alleged possible improprieties by Congressman Ed Whitfield.  In the days ahead, however, it will not stop the sore Big Lick interests from fabricating articles which will take out of context and misrepresent the facts of what actually happened which the House Ethics Committee did not feel rose to the threshold level of justifying a full blown Ethics Investigation.

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  • Is the PAST ACT,   which has drawn such strong and widespread support from all over the world, now looked upon by Washington insiders as a nice little old  “boutique animal cruelty bill” that no one is willing to risk what it will take to get it passed?

One thing is for sure, “The Horses” will not be protected if the PAST ACT does not become law.

Do any of the important people care enough to put it ALL on the line?

At this point,  for whatever reason,  It doesn’t appear so.

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SHELBYVILLENOW – MR. DAVID THOMAS WEIGHS IN WITH “FINAL THOUGHTS” ON CURRENT OUTLOOK FOR THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE BREED

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THETA, TN –   Part 3 of Mr. David Thomas’s ShelbyvilleNOW - “Concerned Voices”  -  series stated Opinions of other persons.  It first appeared that was the final part of the series, but Mr. Thomas’s “Final Thoughts” are set out below.

BGB previously asked:

“Why didn’t you discuss the REAL issues?”:

  • The change needed in the Celebration leadership?
  • The conflicts of interest with exhibitors paying for corporate sponsorships?
  • The problem with the City of Shelbyville and the civic clubs being shown the door?
  • The Celebration suing the USDA?
  • The Celebration trying to control the entire walking horse breed?

In his “Final Thoughts” ,  Mr. Thomas deals with some of these issues.

http://www.shelbyvillenow.com/walking_horse_news

Concerned Voices  -  Final Thoughts
by David Thomas


In this conclusion to the series “Concerned Voices”  I will give you some final thoughts about the current state of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed.

For the past year I have been trying to create a dialog between the different factions that currently exist in the Tennessee Walking Horse breed.  I will refer to it as a breed instead of an industry.  An industry typically has a product to sell to the public,  but it is quite obvious none of the factions are interested in selling this breed to the “public”, so I will refer to this entity as “breed” going forward in this article.  

There are a handful of people that are willing to move forward in a  positive direction in order to save this breed,  but  the opposition comes from a mindset of “we ain’t changin”.   Change is most definitely hard to take when it comes to something that has become a culture and a way of life.  It is unfortunate that some life long “breed” participants would be so stubborn and let their personal wants and desires  further taint this wonderful animal.  IF this breed wants to remain in existence,  there will most definitely have to be some major overhauling done and some leadership put in place that understands what we are facing.   Quite frankly,  greed has destroyed this wonderful animal that we refer to as the Tennessee Walking Horse.

The three articles I composed over the past few weeks were based on the opinions expressed by people within the breed that consider themselves as stakeholders.  Also,  much advice was offered from business consultants and marketing experts as to what needs to be done.   I have received many comments from people that obviously can not or chose not to read the disclaimers in the articles.  It was clearly stated in these articles that the content was derived from outside sources and not my personal opinion.

At this time,  I would like to share with you some thoughts from a long time  World Grand Champion trainer that has retired, but keeps up with current events from within the breed.   I agree with  this gentleman’s opinion 100%.
This particular trainer says that three things have to happen to turn this breed around.
Here they are:

1.  The Breed can no longer be in charge of inspecting the horses.  Get out of the HIO business 100%.   No form of soring can be tolerated.  That goes from a “little fixin” all the way to “pressure shoeing” , and the current  leadership still allows it to continue and in some cases covers it up

2.  New Leadership from top to bottom.  People that believe the Tennessee Walking Horse is worth saving at all costs have to be in leadership.

3.  Change the look of our performance horse.   We must have a neater, smaller foot without a chain hanging on it.   What we have had for the past 40 years is no longer an accepted practice in any equestrian  division.   Something like the Saddlebred and Morgan shoeing is the direction to go.

The trainer that shared these ideas with me stated that “it might be too late” and “we have always been about 15 years behind the real world”.   I hope it’s not too late.  I also hope that some HONEST debate will begin somewhere and begin fast.   I just don’t see it happening.

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Mr. Thomas proposes an alternative shoeing package than that presently used, and suggests that Youth Academy Programs are the proper way to introduce children to proper horsemanship, and cites the American Saddlebred as an example.

http://www.shelbyvillenow.com/walking_horse_news

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A View of the Five Gaited World Grand Champion compared to the TWH World Grand Champion A Picture is worth a thousand words.

Photo of The Daily Lottery
by Shane Shiflet
Photo of I Am Jose’
by Shane Shiflet
Many small things could be done to improve the appearance of the Tennessee Walking Horse
At first glance you ask what’s wrong with this picture?   Look at the little things.  That makes a huge difference in the public’s eye.
1.  Shoe & Pads
2.  General Grooming
3.  Action Device
4.  Posture of Rider
5.  Bit Length
6.  Overall Professional Appearanc

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Many people from all over the United States,  who are not familiar with the Middle Tennessee landscape and the Nazi-like resistance to change by the sore Big Lick diehards,   cannot fully appreciate Mr. Thomas’s attempts to bring these matters out into the open for public discussion.

The Folks up here at Theta, while not always agreeing on every point, applaud Mr. David Thomas  for making this effort

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BOMBSHELL SCANDAL R0CKS SORE BIG LICK WORLD – ShelbyvilleNOW REPORTS 2014 WORLD GRAND CHAMPION “I AM JOSE” – STRIPPED OF WINNING AND FINED FOR VIOLATING BLOOD TEST PROTOCOLS – #PASSTHEPASTACT

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WASHINGTON, DC  -  In a shocking revelation,  ShelbyvilleNOW online publication reported Wednesday that the 2014 Big Lick World Grand Champion “I AM JOSE” has been stripped of $15,000.00 prize money for violating the blood testing protocols established by the Celebration’s Veterinary Advisory Committee.

“I AM JOSE” WITH CASEY WRIGHT UP BEING CHASED BY “TOWEL MAN”

"I AM JOSE" - 2014 WORLD GRAND CHAMPION ACCOMPANIED BY "TOWEL MAN"

“I AM JOSE” – 2014 WORLD GRAND CHAMPION ACCOMPANIED BY “TOWEL MAN”

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The 2014 Celebration,  which suffered a meltdown with one horse collapsing in the line up,    and its Chairman lying to the public about celebrated Budweiser Clydesdale vet Dr. Dallas O. Goble being part of the “VAC”,  now deals with the apparent scandal of its 2014 World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse being caught with a banned substance detected in a blood test.  ”I AM JOSE” was ballyhooed as the first WGC to win the Celebration back to back since 1956.

In order to have any semblance of credibility, the Celebration needs to immediately provide transparency and divulge what banned substance was detected regarding “I AM JOSE”,  and answer the question if constituted a Horse Protection Act Violation.   It should also immediately disclose the names of the 50 reported Horses and their Trainers, Owners and Exhibitors which also apparently were found in violation of the blood testing protocol.

The PAST ACT now has the overwhelming support of the U.S. Congress, yet it perilously hangs in the balance with neither  U. S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) or U. S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) giving it a Floor Vote.

There are only four legislative days left,

Adding to the drama,  neither Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY)  nor Humane Society Official Mr. Wayne Pacelle  have obtained a “YES” or “NO” answer from Speaker Boehner or Majority Leader Reid if the PAST ACT whether the PAST ACT will be given a Floor Vote.

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

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Mr. Pacelle said in December 2013 when the PAST ACT only had 38 Senators endorsing it:

“If Commerce passes it, then Reid, if we give him enough time, can do a cloture vote on it. This would be our one cloture ask of him this Congress. We’ve got enough ins with him that we just might get it done.”  Wayne Pacelle

Now the Bill has 60 Senators publicly supporting the Bill, and the world waits to hear from Wayne Pacelle on the PAST ACT.  Mr. Pacelle said on November 10, 2014,  “This is our top legislative priority,” said Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society. “We consider horse soring in the same category as cock-fighting. What the industry is doing to horses is a form of torture, and just about the entire equine community sees it as that.”

TWO COMMENTS:

  • It’s no wonder that the American People do not have any trust in their elected officials or the legislative process.
  • It’s past time for Congressman Whitfield and Mr. Pacelle to level with the      American People if the PAST ACT is going to get a Floor Vote or not.

HERE IS THE ShelbyvilleNOW STORY

http://www.shelbyvillenow.com/walking_horse_news

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

“VAC Results and Celebration Winnings
December 3,  2014


Sources tell Shelbyville NOW that the Celebration winnings have finally been distributed to winning exhibitors of the 2014 Celebration after a 3 month delay.   The story behind the scenes appears to be a delay of receiving the VAC blood testing results.

The VAC was formed a month before the 2014 Celebration to establish new protocols for enhanced monitoring of the horses being shown at this year’s show.  A complete overview of the program can be found at www.celebrationvac.com.

Sources also tell Shelbyville Now that over 50 violators of the blood testing parameters were stripped of winnings,  including our newly crowned World Grand Champion.    Shelbyville Now has also learned that some training barns had multiple violations.  These violations cost the exhibitor their winnings and then a fine is levied on top of the loss.  This would mean that our newly crowned World Grand Champion who passed USDA inspectors,  was stripped of his winnings ($15,000.00)  and then fined on top of that,  FOR WHAT?  WAS IT AN HPA VIOLATION?

Does this mean that the HPA was violated if you failed a blood test?  NO, NO, NO

If the VAC was not formed to help enforce the HPA and classes are not being retied as a result of the “violations”,  then what was the real purpose of the VAC.

The only thing left to consider is the cash winnings that were lost as well as fines levied on the participants.   It all leads to dollars.

Time to hire some more public relations experts to help with this situation.”

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Nephew Eugene says the message from the latest sore Big Lick scandal at the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is that it’s time to #PASSTHEPASTACT.

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TIME RUNNING OUT ON PAST ACT – HAS ED WHITFIELD TODAY ASKED HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER FOR A FLOOR VOTE? HAS WAYNE PACELLE TODAY ASKED MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID FOR A SENATE FLOOR VOTE? PLEASE CALL AND ASK THEM – MR. WHITFIELD – 202-225-3115 – MR. PACELLE – 301-258-0242

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WASHINGTON, DC –  The American People who have fought so hard to get the PAST ACT a Floor Vote are now in suspense waiting to hear if Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) has gotten an answer today if House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)  are going to allow a Floor Vote for the PAST ACT.

The American People who have fought so hard to get the PAST ACT a Floor Vote are now in suspense waiting to hear if Mr. Wayne Pacelle has gotten an answer today if U. S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)  is going to allow a Floor Vote for the PAST ACT.

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“The Horses” only have 5 legislative days left,  and there is NO WORD if the law to protect them will receive a Floor Vote in the U. S. House or U. S. Senate.

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U. S. REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

U. S. REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

U. S. HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER (R-OH)

SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES JOHN BOEHNER  (R-OH)

SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES JOHN BOEHNER (R-OH)

U. S. HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY (R-CA)

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The American People are also waiting to hear if American Horse Council President James “Jay” Hickey,   HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle or AVMA CEO Ron Dehaven are doing everything possible to get a Senate Floor Vote.  Mr. Pacelle has said the PAST ACT is the Number One legislative priority.

“If Commerce passes it, then Reid, if we give him enough time, can do a cloture vote on it. This would be our one cloture ask of him this Congress. We’ve got enough ins with him that we just might get it done.”  Wayne Pacelle

  • HAS WAYNE PACELLE ASKED HARRY REID TODAY FOR A FLOOR VOTE?

WAYNE PACELLE,  CEO,  THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES

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U. S. SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID (D-NV)

U. S. SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID (D-VA)

U. S. SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID (D-VA)

There are 307 House Co-Sponsors – 60 U. S. Senators – and 118 House Republicans, two more than Hastert Rule requires.

Shouldn’t this level of support for an animal cruelty bill to protect horses which are inhumanely sored and then exhibited in the name of family entertainment merit an up or down vote in the U. S. House and the U. S. Senate?

Could this be part of the problem?

CONTRIBUTIONS TO JOHN BOEHNER FROM SORE BIG LICK SUPPORTERS

 
Terry Dotson (TN)- He is one of the people (PSHA Board member) listed on the letter to the Ethic Committee
6/26/97 – $500 to Hal Rogers for Congress
9/08/00 – $1,000 to Hal Rogers for Congress
10/14/10 – $2,400 to Hal Rogers for Congress
10/02/12 – $1,000 to Hal Rogers for Congress
9/25/13 -  $1,500 to Marsha Blackburn for Congress
6/25/13 – $5,000 to Boehner for Speaker
3/24/11 – $5,000 to National Republican Congressional Committee
10/11/05 – $5,000 to Republican Party of Kentucky 
10/27/10 – $507 to Republican National Committee
1/19/11- $1,275 to Republican National Committee
6/30/13 – $2,400 to Friends of John Boehner
6/30/13 – $2,600 to Friends of John Boehner
3/24/13- $5,000 to National Republican Congressional Committee
7/18/06 – $5,000 to Republican Party of Kentucky
5/24/12 – $5,000 to HAL (Help America’s Leaders) PAC (Hal Rogers) 
12/15/13- $2,000 to HAL PAC
3/24/14- $5,000 to National Republican Congressional Committee
Total for Terry Dotson: $50,182.00
 
From Judith Dotson (TN)- Wife of above Terry Dotson
9/25/13 – $1,500 to Marsha Blackburn for Congress
3/24/11 – $5,000 to National Republican Congressional Committee
Total for Judith Dotson: $6,500.00
 
Irvin Dotson (TN)- Brother of above Terry Dotson
2/21/12 – $1,000 to HAL PAC
Total for Irvin Dotson: $1,000.00
 
David L. Howard (TN)- Chairman of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, his son Jeffrey Howard is on the Ethics letter
6/30/13 – $1,000 to John Boehner for Speaker
9/30/13 – $2,000 to Marsha Blackburn Committee
Total for David L. Howard: $3,000.00
 
Jeffrey Howard (TN)- Son of above David Howard, Editor of the Walking Horse Report, on Ethics letter
6/26/13 – $1,000 to Boehner for Speaker
10/03/12 – $2,500 to Hal Rogers for Congress
9/25/2013 – $1,000 to Marsha Blackburn for Congress
3/24/2014- $1,000 to National Republican Congressional Committee
Total for Jeffrey Howard: $5,500.00
 
James L. Griffith (KY) – Brother-In-Law of above Terry Dotson, and listed on Ethics letter
6/26/13 – $1,000 to Boehner for Speaker
6/30/13 – $1,000 to Friends of John Boehner
9/25/13 – $1,000 to Marsha Blackburn for Congress
Total for James L. Griffith: $3,000.00
 
Karen Inman (TN)- Wife of Mike Inman CEO of the Celebration, listed on Ethics letter
9/25/13 – $1,000 to Marsha Blackburn for Congress
Total for Karen Inman: $1,000.00
 
Nancy Groover (TX)
9/25/13 – $500 to Marsha Blackburn for Congress
Total for Nancy Groover: $500.00
 
Frank Eichler (TN)- Longtime sore big lick spokesperson  lawyer for PSHA who sent the Ethics letter, owns the largest “big lick” breeding farm in the country, Rising Star Ranch
6/26/13 – $1,000 to Boehner for Speaker
9/25/13 – $2,600 to Marsha Blackburn for Congress
9/25/13- $400 to Marsha Blackburn for Congress
9/28/12- $2,500 to HAL PAC
Total for Frank Eichler: $6,500.00
 
Janice Fostek (VA)- Repeat HPA citation violaton and sore horse owner
9/25/13 – $2,400 to Marsha Blackburn for Congress
9/25/13 – $2,600 to Marsha Blackburn Committee 
Total for Janice Fostek: $5,000.00
 
Joe Dietz (IN)- Longtime sore horse owner and owner of 1981 World Grand Champion, The Pusher
9/25/13 – $500 to Marsha Blackburn for Congress
Total for Joe Dietz: $500.00 
Jeff Speaks (KY) – Lobbyist for PSHA
6/25/13 – $2,500 to Boehner for Speaker
6/25/13 – $2,500 to Friends of John Boehner
Total for Jeff Speaks: $5,000.00
 
TWHBEA (Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association) PAC – One of Steve Smith’s PACS
10/26/2000 – $1,000 to Hal Rogers for Congress
9/25/13 – $1,000 to Marsha Blackburn for Congress
Total for TWHBEA PAC: $2,000.00
 
Stephen B. Smith (TN)- TWHBEA President, and Finance Chairman for Lamar Alexander and TN Republican Party 
3/6/12 – $5,000 to TN Political Action Committee
10/2/12- $2,500 to Hal Rogers for Congress
3/11/98- $5,000 to Campaign for a New American Century (tied to TWHBEA PAC)
5/28/99 – $250 to Volunteer PAC (tied to all TN Candidates including Marsha)
9/25/01 – $1,000 to Volunteer PAC
9/19/01 – $5,000 to Volunteer PAC
11/30/01- $1,000 to Volunteer PAC
9/25/13- $1,000 to Marsha Blackburn for Congress 
3/6/12- $5,000 to TN Political Action Committee 
7/22/08- $2,300 to Marsha Blackburn for Congress
10/25/12- $2,500 to Marsha Blackburn for Congress
10/19/11- $2,000 to Marsha Blackburn for Congress
7/25/13- $1,000 to Marsha Blackburn for Congress 
4/2/13- $1,000 to National Republican Congressional Committee
2/24/14- $5,000 to National Republican Congressional Committee 
3/10/08- $4,000 to Rock City PAC (ties to all TN Candidates)
3/31/08- $10,000 to Republican National Committee 
Total for Stephen B. Smith: $53,550.00
 
Reese Smith (TN) – Brother of Steve Smith
4/14/03 – $1,000 to Marsha Blackburn for Congress
5/11/04 – $1,000 to Marsha Blackburn for Congress
7/2/04 – $5,000 to TN Republican Federal Election Acct
9/28/04 – $2,000 to Volunteer PAC
4/6/05- $5,000 to MARSHA PAC
6/24/05- $1,000 to TN Republican Party Federal Election Acct
9/21/05- $5,000 to TN PAC
11/18/05- $2,000 to TN Republican Federal Election Acct
7/21/08- $2,100 to TN PAC
8/18/08- $2,100 to SHOW PAC (Steve Smith is treasuer and this PAC only supports Marsha and one other candidate) 
Total for Reese Smith: $26,200.00
 
Denise Smith (TN)- Wife of Steve Smith
2/6/2014 – $2,600 to Marsha Blackburn Committee
Total for Denise Smith: $2,600.00
 
Stephen B. Smith, Jr.(TN)- Son of Steve Smith
1/5/2014 – $1,000 to Marsha Blackburn Committee
7/25/2013 – $1,000 to Marsha Blackburn Committee
Total for Stephen B. Smith, Jr.: $2,000.00
 
David “Duke” Thorson (OH) – Sore horse owner and listed on Ethics letter
6/26/2013- $1,000 to Boehner for Speaker
6/26/2013- $1,000 to Friends of John Boehner
Total for Duke Thorson: $2,000.00
 
John T. Bobo (TN)- Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Board Member and Former Chairman
1/22/2014 – $1,000 to Marsha Blackburn Committee
6/26/2013 – $1,000 to Boehner for Speaker
Total for John T. Bobo: $2,000.00
 
Randall R. Baskin, Sr. (TN)- HPA Citation Violaton and Owner of 2002 World Grand Champion Out On Parole
7/16/2014 – $500 to Marsha Blackburn Committee
Total for Randall R. Baskin, Sr.: $500.00
 
Robert F. Kilgore (AL) – HPA Citation Violaton and Owner of the 1997 WGC Jackie McConnell (ABC Nightline Expose on soring) rode, also owner of the 2005, 2010, and 2012 World Grand Champions
9/25/2013 – $1,000 to Marsha Blackburn Committee
Total for Robert F. Kilgore: $1,000.00
 
Bruce E. Vaughn (OH)- HPA Violator and former TWHBEA Board Member
9/25/2013 – $500 to Marsha Blackburn Committee
Total for Bruce Vaughn: $500.00
 
James “Buck” Harless (WV)- Now deceased, owner of multiple sore horse champions
9/30/2013 – $1,500 to Boehner for Speaker
Total for late James Harless: $1,500.00
 
Kevin Bruce MacDonald (GA)– Multiple HPA Citation violatons and PSHA BOD Member- listed on Ethics letter
6/26/2013 – $500 to Boehner for Speaker
9/25/2013 – $1,000 to Marsha Blackburn for Congress
4/2/2014 – $1,000 to Hal Rogers for Congress
Total for Bruce MacDonald: $2,500.00
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Jim Cortner (TN)- Sore Big Lick horse owner listed on Ethics letter, Chairman of PSHA
9/25/2013 – $1,500 to Marsha Blackburn Committee
4/2/2014 – $1,000 to Hal Rogers for Congress
2/23/11 – $225 to Republican National Committee
Total for Jim Cortner: $2,725.00
 
Shannon Cotter (TN)- Walking Horse Exhibitor
9/25/2013 – $250 to Marsha Blackburn for Congress
Total for Shannon Cotter: $250.00
 
Owen “Pat” Marsh (TN)- Celebration Board Member
9/25/2013 – $1,000 to Marsha Blackburn for Congress
3/11/08- $500 to Republican National Committee
10/10/08- $500 to Republican National Committee
5/15/08- $200 to Republican National Committee
Total for Pat Marsh: $2,200.00
 
Lee McGartland (TX)– sore big lick supporter listed on Ethics letter/PSHA BOD Member
9/25/2013- $1,000 to Marsha Blackburn for Congress
Total for Lee McGartland: $1,000.00
 
Charles Mosley (KY)- sore big lick supporter
9/25/2013 – $500 to Marsha Blackburn for Congress
Total for Charles Mosely: $500.00
****Other donations made to Boehner for Speaker from TN and KY on the same 6/25/2013 and 6/26/2013 dates the sore horse people made donations to Boehner 
****These are not necessarily horse people but are to be tied to Jeff Speaks/Hal Rogers/Marsha Blackburn*****
Advocat PAC Inc., Brentwood, TN – $15,000
Ward Correll, Somerset, KY – $10,000
L.D. Gorman, Somerset, KY- $10,000
Gary Reece, Annville, KY- $1,000
George Begley, London, KY – $10,000
James Begley, London, KY- $10,000
Robert Brown, Corbin, KY- $10,000
Don Childers, Whitesburg, KY- $5,000
J.C. Egnew, Stearns, KY- $10,000
Terry Forcht, Corbin, KY- $10,000
Bob Hutchison, Staffordsville, KY- $5,000
Leonard Lawson, Lexington, KY – $5,000
Walter May, Pikeville, KY – $5,000
Jack Sykes, Pikeville, KY – $5,000
Michael Whitaker, W. Someset, KY- $5,000
Total for miscellaneous contributions above: $116,000.00
 
GRAND TOTAL OF ALL CONTRIBUTIONS: $306,707.00
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Call Congressman Ed Whitfield202 – 225 – 3115.
Call Mr. Wayne Pacelle –  301 – 258 – 0242.
Nephew Eugene says the American People have done their part, and they and “The Horses” they are trying to protect,  deserve an answer NOW from Mr. Whitfield and Mr. Pacelle IF the PAST ACT is going to get a Floor Vote.
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REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN JEFF FORTENBERRY (R-NE) CO-SPONSORS PAST ACT – 118 REPUBLICANS NOW PLEDGED TO #PASSTHEPASTACT

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WASHINGTON, DC – Conservative Republican Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) from America’s Heartland today co-sponsored the PAST ACT bringing the number of Republican Representatives endorsing the bill to 118.

U. S. REPRESENTATIVE JEFF FORTENBERRY (R-NE)

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE JEFF FORTENBERRY (R-NE)

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE JEFF FORTENBERRY (R-NE)

The HASTERT RULE has now been satisfied + 1.

Congressman Fortenberry took office in 2004.  He holds several important committee assignment, and co-chairs the Congressional Nuclear Security Caucus which he founded.

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

”All We Need Is A Vote”  …. Representative Jan Schakowsy,  (D-IL)  -  June 18, 2014.

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CAN WAYNE PACELLE “PERSUADE” LAME DUCK HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID (D-NV) TO GIVE THE PAST ACT A FLOOR VOTE IN THE U. S. SENATE – TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE

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WASHINGTON, DC – The PAST ACT is riding a remarkable BIPARTISAN wave of support.

Yesterday, Tea Party Republican Congressman Dave Brat (R-VA) cast the deciding co-sponsorship to satisfy the HASTERT RULE in the United States House which clears the way for a Floor Vote with 306 co-sponsors.   Ironically,   Congressman Brat defeated the House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) because Cantor didn’t take time to listen to his constituents, and they in a huge political upset threw Cantor out.

In the Senate,  Lame Duck Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is the key to the PAST ACT getting a floor vote.    A year ago a man from the different end of the political spectrum than the Tea Party said he had the clout to get Majority Leader Reid to do it.

WAYNE PACELLE – DECEMBER 16, 2013 E MAIL

“If Commerce passes it, then Reid, if we give him enough time, can do a cloture vote on it. This would be our one cloture ask of him this Congress. We’ve got enough ins with him that we just might get it done.”

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The All American Walking Horse Alliance doesn’t play politics.

They just want these guys protected from the sore big lick.

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When the All American Walking Horse Alliance staged the historic “Walk On Washington”, it purposefully did not accept any money from:

  • American Horse Council,
  • Humane Society of the United States
  • American Veterinary Medical Association

All three organizations sent representatives to support the “WALK ON WASHINGTON”

JAMES “JAY” HICKEY – PRESIDENT, THE AMERICAN HORSE COUNCIL

AHC PRESIDENT JAY HICKEY AT "WALK ON WASHINGTON", JUNE 18, 2014 - HOLDING JEANNIE MCGUIRE'S HORSE

AHC PRESIDENT JAY HICKEY AT “WALK ON WASHINGTON”, JUNE 18, 2014 – HOLDING JEANNIE MCGUIRE’S HORSE

DR. WHITNEY MILLER,  AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

DR. WHITNEY MILLER, SPOKESPERSON FOR THE AVMA IN WASHINGTON, DC

DR. WHITNEY MILLER, SPOKESPERSON FOR THE AVMA IN WASHINGTON, DC

AND THEN THIS GUY – MR WAYNE PACELLE – LISTENING LIKE EVERYONE ELSE

 ”WALK ON WASHINGTON”

CONGRESS ED WHITFIELD (R-KY) ADDRESSING CROWD AT "WALK ON WASHINGTON"

CONGRESS ED WHITFIELD (R-KY) ADDRESSING CROWD AT “WALK ON WASHINGTON”

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The first and only time Mr. Pacelle went to the Celebration,   Mr. David L. Howard put Mr. Pacelle’s picture on a garbage can, and lied about him:

Wayne Pacelle - CEO, Humane Society of the United States

Wayne Pacelle – CEO, Humane Society of the United States

It’s time for the Tea Party – and Wayne Pacelle – and All-Americans to unite and #PASSTHEPASTACT.

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REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN DAVE BRAT OFFICIALLY CO-SPONSORS THE PAST ACT – #PASSTHEPASTACT NOW OVER THE TOP SATISFYING THE “HASTERT RULE” – “ALL WE NEED IS A VOTE”

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WASHINGTON, DC  - Tea Party Republican U. S. Representative Dave Brat (R-VA)  officially co-sponsored the PAST ACT today.  His action honored his campaign pledge to to the All American Walking Horse Alliance,  and satisfied the Hastert Rule.   A “Majority of the Majority” of the Republican Party House members now backs the PAST ACT.

U. S. Representative Dave Brat (R-VA)

U. S. Representative Dave Brat (R-VA)

Brat’s co-sponsorship clears the way for a House Floor Vote on the PAST ACT animal cruelty legislation which will ban the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse which is now shown wearing chains on its ankles  in 10-15 lb shoes called “packages”.

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

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

The horses are trained sore in order to be able to perform the vaunted Big Lick, then an “inspection” game ensues to get them into the show ring

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

ENTHUSIASTIC VIRGINIAN SUPPORTING DAVE BRAT FOR CONGRESS

ENTHUSIASTIC VIRGINIAN SUPPORTING DAVE BRAT FOR CONGRESS

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

”All We Need Is A Vote”  …. Jan Schakowsy,  (D-IL)  -  June 18, 2014.

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THE PAST ACT’S DESTINY IS NIGH – OUTCOME HANGS IN THE BALANCE – SOUND HORSE ADVOCATES RALLYING FOR VICTORY

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WASHINGTON,  DC  -  The PAST ACT‘s future will be decided in the next six legislative days.

The following persons will be the major players in this drama:

U. S. REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

U. S. REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

U. S. REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

U.S. HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER (R-OH)

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

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

U.S. HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY (R-CA)

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U.S. SENATE MAJORITY LEADER – HARRY REID

U. S. SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID (D-VA)

U. S. SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID (D-VA)

THIS GUY IN THE WHITE SHIRT WEARING SUNGLASSES

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The PAST ACT is set up for a final push to victory through the steadfast efforts of the      All American Walking Horse Alliance and the Sound Horse Advocates who comprise its members.  Their efforts have obtained the crucial last two U. S. Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) coming on board.

U.S. SENATOR CLAIRE MCCASKILL (D-MO)

U.S. SENATOR CLAIRE MCCASKILL (D-MO)

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U. S. SENATOR SHERROD BROWN (D-CA)

And U. S. Representative Dave Brat (R-VA) is expected to “Officially” co-sponsor the PAST ACT today,  after publicly announcing his intention to do so on November 21, 2014.   Brat’s co-sponsorship will provide the 117th Republican vote, and satisfy the “Hastert Rule” that a Bill has to have a “majority of the majority” before it can received a vote on the U. S. House Floor.

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE DAVE BRAT (R-VA) AND JAMIE MCGUIRE, RESIDENT OF CULPEPER, VIRGINIA

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE DAVE BRAT (R-VA) AND JAMIE MCGUIRE, RESIDENT OF CULPEPER, VIRGINIA

THE TIME REMAINING:

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So the stage is now set to see if the PAST ACT,  a bipartisan bill to prevent cruelty to Tennessee Walking Horses  backed by 70% of the U. S. House of Representatives, and 60 U. S. Senators,  will finally be allowed a floor vote in the House and Senate of the  United States Congress.

Fasten your seat belts.

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BRANDON RANDALL LUNSFORD, EMPLOYEE OF LARRY JOE WHEELON, KILLED IN BLOUNT COUNTY, TENNESSEE AUTO ACCIDENT

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MARYVILLE, TNBrandon Randall Lunsford, one of the four defendants in the Larry Joe Wheelon Blount County, Tennessee horse soring case, was killed Saturday,  November 22, 2014 in an automobile accident.  Lunsford worked for several years as a stable hand for Larry Joe Wheelon in his Tennessee Walking Horse training operation.

Lunsford was indicted in December 2013 by a Blount County Grand Jury on aggravated cruelty to animals charges.  ln July 2014,  Blount County Circuit Judge Tammy Harrington granted Lunsford’s Motion For Preliminary Hearing which was set before Blount County General Sessions Judge Robert Headrick for December 15, 2014

INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY

BLOUNT COUNTY DEFENDANTS - (Left to Right - Larry Joe Wheelon, Randall Stacy Gunter, Blake Primm, Brandon Lunsford - Deceased)

BLOUNT COUNTY DEFENDANTS – (Left to Right – Larry Joe Wheelon, Randall Stacy Gunter, Blake Primm, Brandon Lunsford – Deceased)

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http://www.knoxnews.com/news/watchful-eye/one-killed-one-injured-in-blount-pickup-crash_90365739

“One killed, one injured in Blount pickup crash

News Sentinel staff
5:36 PM, Nov 22, 2014
7:08 PM, Nov 22, 2014
Amy Smotherman Burgess

One man is dead and another injured after a truck ran off the road and struck several trees before ejecting both men early Saturday in Blount County, authorities said.

Neither wore a seat belt, officials said.

Passenger Brandon Randell Lunsford, 33, of Maryville, was taken by Rural/Metro ambulance to Blount Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to a Blount County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Driver Ryan Scott Wilson, 20, of Maryville, was airlifted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. His condition wasn’t immediately available.

Authorities said the crash occurred at about 2:45 a.m. on New Blockhouse Road at Warbler Way. Wilson was driving the truck northbound when he lost control of the truck on a right-hand curve, and the vehicle rotated counter-clockwise until it struck several trees on the passenger side of the truck, officials said.

The truck then overturned, skidded across the road and came to rest on the right side of the road, authorities said.

Lunsford was hurled from the vehicle, and Wilson was partially ejected and was pinned under the truck bed, officials said.

Blount County Fire Department crews extricated Wilson and took him to a helicopter landing zone set up at the Chilhowee View Community Club on Wilkinson Pike and Blockhouse Road.”

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OBITUARY – BRANDON RANDALL LUNSFORD

Obituary – Brandon Randall Lunsford

Posted: Thursday, November 27, 2014 12:00 am

“Beloved son and father, Brandon Randall Lunsford, 33, of Weaverville, N.C., was called home Nov. 22, 2014, as a result of a tragic automobile accident. Brandon was born in Asheville, N.C. and resided in Maryville, where he was employed as a professional horse trainer with Wheelon Stables. Many thanks to owners Larry and Linda Wheelon for their years of love and support. In addition to training and showing horses, Brandon loved to fish and hunt ginseng. He was a member of Piney Mountain Baptist Church, Weaverville, N.C. Preceding him in death are his father, Randall Lunsford, of Weaverville, N.C.; grandparents, Eddie Jay Clinton, of Barnardsville, N.C.; Carroll Lunsford, of Weaverville, N.C.; and George and Lala Shipman, of Weaverville, N.C.; special aunt and uncle, Sandra, and Kenneth Lunsford, of Weaverville, N.C. Brandon’s legacy lives on as he is survived by his two young sons, Riley, and Larry “LJ” Lunsford, who reside with Brandon’s mother and stepfather, Vicki, and Willie Ray Shipman, of Weaverville, N.C. Also surviving in the Weaverville area are grandmothers, Rosalee Clinton, and Eva Worley (husband Cleates); stepbrother, Jeff Shipman, (wife Angie); aunts and uncles, Vivian Clinton, Tim Clinton, Mary Ann Shipman, Grace Lunsford (husband Gordon, deceased), Gerald Ball, and Shawn Coates; stepmother, Rose Lunsford and her children Luke and Jennifer Mace; aunt, Carolyn Drake (husband Danny), of Dandridge, Tenn.; a very special first cousin, Amber Ball Sanfilippo (husband Zac), of Asheville, N.C.; stepsister, Jessica Shipman (Dave Bailey) of Winston-Salem, N.C. ; and fiancée, Leann Moore, of Maryville; many nieces, nephews and special friends who loved him dearly. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at Memorial Funeral Home, 610 Washington St., Maryville, with Reverend Larry Crouch officiating; and, again at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, Broyhill Chapel, Mars Hill University, 265 Cascade St., Mars Hill, NC, with Reverend Garry Rogers officiating. The family will receive friends in the respective chapels immediately following each service. As a tribute to his life and love of horses, those wishing to attend the memorial services please feel free to wear boots and blue jeans. Brandon’s family wishes to express their deepest gratitude for the outpouring of sympathy and acts of kindness related to his tragic and early passing. Brandon was a sweet beautiful soul. He lived strong and loved stronger and will not be soon forgotten.”

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ShelbyvlleNOW ARTICLE FAILS TO DEAL WITH “THE SORING” PLAGUING THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE BREED – WHAT CAUSED PUBLISHER MR. DAVID THOMAS TO PULL UP SHORT OF THE FINISH LINE?

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SHELBYVILLE, TN  -  Mr. David Thomas,  Celebration Premier Sponsor and ShelbyvilleNOW publisher,  has published Part 3 of his online article entitled “Concerned Voices” in which he talks about “rebuilding the walking horse as a breed.”

Strangely and inexplicably,  Mr. Thomas does not address the one real issue which is the albatross around the neck of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed:

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It is perplexing why Mr. Thomas refers to “rebuilding of the Walking Horse as a breed.”  

The Walking Horse breed does well when there is no soring, but you can’t have the Big Lick without soring.  In Part 3 of his article,  Mr. Thomas simply tries to ignore the elephant in the room which is, of course,   the soring.

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

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

Mr. Thomas couches Part 3 of his article as the “most prominent and popular comments and suggestions.”

What Mr. Thomas apparently won’t write about is the unpopular subject of “SORING”.   You have to wonder why because it is clear that the American public now knows that you can’t have the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Show Horse without soring.

And they are having no more of it as evidenced by 70% of the U. S. House, 60% of the U.S. Senate and 117 House Republicans, the majority of the majority,  all supporting passage of the PAST ACT.

Veterinarian Dr. John Haffner,  MTSU Horse Science Professor let the cat out of the bag with his November 2013 letter which laid bare the sordid animal abuse which constitutes the training and “making” a Tennessee Walking Show Horse.    Dr. Haffner cared for many of them before he finally “saw the light” and sold his equine vet practice because he could no longer lend himself to what was being done.

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Here is Part 3 of Mr. David Thomas’s article, and BGB comments are in blue.

http://www.shelbyvillenow.com/walking_horse_news

Walking Horse News

Concerned Voices -  Part 3
by David Thomas


WARNING:  Reader discretion is advised!  The content in this article may offend some people and could be considered to be negative in nature.  Don’t read this if you can’t handle the opinion of others!

In Part 3 of our series “Concerned Voices” I will lay out the ideas we have received concerning the rebuilding of the Walking Horse as a breed.  I have received many emails, phone calls and personal visits. I have also  talked with business consultants, public relations specialists, stakeholders, horse owners and long time trainers and exhibitors. In this process I received wide-ranging thoughts and concerns.  But, for the purpose of laying out constructive ideas I will present the most prominent and popular comments and suggestions.

Here are the most popular and agreed upon areas of concern.

1.  UNITY- For the Walking Horse Breed to survive as a legitimate recognized horse breed there has to be an organized structure of unity and leadership.  70% of the respondents feel that the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Assocation is the organization to do this.
Suggestions on how to accomplish this task is wide-ranging.  Most feel that all parties have to agree that this breed is worth saving because of its natural abilities and versatility.

  • Mr. Thomas,  how do you propose to “unify” around a breed registry, TWHBEA,  that is in denial about “Soring”,  has a majority of HPA violators on its current Board, and a new nominated Executive Committee which will practically all have HPA violations.
  • Mr. Thomas,   are you not aware that TWHBEA President Steve Smith and his sore horse crowd succeeded over feeble ineffective opposition by Sound Horse Directors led by Keith Dane to pass a draconian By-Law proposal which conclusively spells the end of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed ever gaining any type of national. acceptance?   The proposal eliminated the following states from having a Director.
THE TWHBEA MAP IF THE STEVE SMITH BY-LAWS PASS

THE TWHBEA MAP IF THE STEVE SMITH BY-LAWS PASS

Here is where in October 2013,   63% of voting TWHBEA members voted for passage of the PAST ACT which would remove the pads and chains to eliminate the sore Big Lick.

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  • Mr. Thomas, how can you propose a sore TWHBEA which is presently bleeding out at the rate of 100 members a month which amounts to 20% of its members in the past 12 months providing any leadership or unity?

2.  ENFORCEMENT OF THE HPA- The majority of respondents feel our current HIO system falls far short in enforcing the HPA and keeping the sore horse out of the show ring.  Most feel that the inspection program cannot be overseen by industry insiders.  The majority feel an independent outside organization should be in charge of inspections and enforcement.  Nearly everyone agrees an organization like the USEF is needed.

  • Mr. Thomas,  what are you talking about “keeping the sore horse out of the show ring?”   Mr. Thomas,  you of all people,  know they are soring the horses.  You asked the bogus “VAC” to test for what they are using to “FIX” the horses, and you never got an answer, did you?  And you haven’t seen any blood test results either, have you?
  • Mr. David Thomas, here is what you 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.”
  • Mr. Thomas,  please share under what conditions, other than what the PAST ACT proposes (removal of pads and chains), do you think the USEF would want to touch the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse “with a 10 foot pole” (Dr Dallas Goble).

3.  REBRANDING OF THE BREED-  Nearly all respondents are embarrassed to tell anyone they own a Tennessee Walking Horse.  The stigma hanging over the breed has expanded across the globe.  The next 3 items will expand on the rebranding of the TWH.

4.  CHANGE IN SHOEING- 80% of those responding, the public relations experts and the business consultants all agree that the performance show package has to be reduced to a more eye appealing presentation.  The most experienced public relations expert said,  “The current visual statement made by the performance horse is offensive to the average horse person, even more so to non-horse people”.

  • Mr. Thomas,  ”eye appealing appearance” was what the Walking Horse Trainer Boyz came up with when they adopted “color coded chain” which was nothing more than “eye appealing appearance”.    Do you seriously think the public isn’t on to what goes on under those pads?  

5. ELIMINATION OF CHAINS-  Most agree that the chain around the ankle has to be changed in order to get our current stigma erased.  Lots of people have suggested that the performance horse move to a light weight bell boot or small ankle ring.

  • Mr. Thomas,   that one is dead on arrival – the small ankle ring will be a lead weighted dog collar.   
  • Mr. Thomas,  why have anything around the horse’s ankle in the first place?  Why do you need an action device?

6. RIDER TRAINING- This was a very popular topic and the talk surrounds the posture of many riders in the show ring. Most all agree that many or our riders present a bad image with their poor posture and total lack of horsemanship when in the saddle.

  • Mr. Thomas,   these young trainers like Justin Harris,  Casey Wright,  and John Allan Callaway could give a darn about their posture.   They are into setting that sunuvabuck down and have him honking hot.  You,  sir,  are wasting your time with that one.

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BUBBA UP ON “PURPLE STRATEGY”

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    “I AM JOSE” – 2014 WORLD GRAND CHAMPION ACCOMPANIED BY “TOWEL MAN”

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JUSTIN HARRIS UP AT CELEBRATION, AUGUST 23, 2014

7. TRANSPARENCY-  One of the public relations experts recommended that all efforts to enforce and regulate the rules HAD to be in a transparent format.  The hiding behind the scenes has to stop in order to gain any credibility back with the general public.

The list could be much longer but I will stop with these 7.

  • Mr. Thomas,  why do you choose to stop at 7,  and then wander off into a “Youth Academy Program”?

In the event you are suffering amnesia,  here is what you wrote in Part 1:

ShelbyvilleNOW” … we will examine the data received from many sources as to why the Celebration is where it is today as well as possible solutions to the problems that exist.   I received a large number of responses concerning the Celebration and I will list the top concerns as well as address some suggestions that were presented.

1. Nearly every response started with the current Celebration Leadership.  Hardly anyone complained about specific individuals, but the general concensus was that leadership change is necessary.
As one respondent put it,  “There needs to be a wholesale change for the Celebration to get back on track”.

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Mr. Thomas, why in Part 3,  did you not go there?

Don’t you agree that your article loses credibility when you didn’t.

Note:  No parent is going to put their child in a barn where the substances of soring are located and practitioners of soring perform what they do.

Even Big Lick Hall of Fame member and 2014 Celebration Judge and current WHTA Trainer Boyz David Landrum realized that when he discontinued his sore Big Lick training operation and opened up a “Riding Academy” outside Franklin, TN  in the barn that Steve Smith has rented him for the past 30 years where many many many horses were stored.

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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

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DAVID LANDRUM STABLES – “VISITORS WELCOME”

BARN OWNER STEVE SMITH & DAVID LANDRUM – TICKETED FOR SORE HORSE

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STEVE SMITH/DAVID LANDRUM HORSE PROTECTION ACT VIOLATION CITATION

 On a personal note-  The Walking Horse Industry is missing out on an area that could propel the Walking Horse breed into the future.  That is a youth academy program.  A few years ago this was attempted but not supported.  If this industry is going to survive there MUST be a program to introduce this great breed to our children.  At this year’s Celebration and most other shows across the area there were hardly any youth participating.  An Academy program works!  Take a long look at the Saddlebred industry.  Nearly every barn has an academy instructor to go along with their program.  Most TWH trainers don’t realize what an opportunity they are missing out on. 

The problems are many and must be addressed immediately.  Show season is over and there should be an expedited plan in place to save this breed.  Unfortunately, only a few are willing to change and honestly discuss our REAL issues.

Those few will lead this breed into the future.  The rest will fade away.
Which one will you be?

Disclaimer:  The comments made in this article are not the opinion of Shelbyville NOW or my personal opinion.
This article is for the purpose of allowing concerned voices to be heard in an organized fashion.”

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So Mr. Thomas, you say, “only a few are willing to change and honestly discuss our REAL issues”, so I am now going to ask you the question you asked the ShelbyvilleNOW readers:

Why didn’t you discuss the REAL issues:

  • The change needed in the Celebration leadership?
  • The conflicts of interest with exhibitors paying for corporate sponsorships?
  • The problem with the City of Shelbyville and the civic clubs being shown the door?
  • The Celebration suing the USDA?
  • The Celebration trying to control the entire walking horse breed.

Mr. Thomas,   you started off good with your 3 part article, but it appears you got the ball inside the five yard line, and then you fumbled it.

Why?

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REPEAT – PART 1, “Concerned Voices” – ShelbyvilleNOW
http://www.billygoboy.com/2014/11/13/shelbyvllenow-article-essentially-calls-for-ouster-of-celebration-chairman-david-l-howard-and-board-members-john-t-bobo-and-pat-marsh-without-specifically-naming-them/

SHELBYVILLE, TN – A piercing analysis of the woes and travails of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in an article by Celebration Premier Sponsor, Mr. David Thomas, proprietor of Winner’s Circle Tack Shop,  appeared yesterday in ShelbyvilleNOW,  a community online publication.

MR. DAVID THOMAS, CELEBRATION PREMIER SPONSOR

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

Mr. Thomas’s article “Concerned Voices”  raised questions about the competency of the Celebration leadership without specifically naming Celebration Chairman David L. Howard, and key board members John T. Bobo and Pat Marsh

By posing a series of questions.  Mr. Thomas laid bare the basic flaws troubling the 76 year old Tennessee tradition which is managed, directed and controlled by the following three gentlemen:

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

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

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

CELEBRATION BOARD MEMBER ATTORNEY JOHN T. BOBO

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

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

CELEBRATION BOARD MEMBER BUSINESSMAN PAT MARSH

PAT MARSH, CELEBRATION BOARD MEMBER/STATE REPRESENTATIVE

PAT MARSH, CELEBRATION BOARD MEMBER/STATE REPRESENTATIVE

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Walking Horse News

Concerned Voices -   Part 1
November 12, 2014   -  by David Thomas


The title of this multi-part article was chosen because of the sources used for compiling the content.   Concerned Voices have been communicating potential solutions to our issues revolving around the decline of the Celebration and the Tennessee Walking Horse breed.

In this edition we will examine the data received from many sources as to why the Celebration is where it is today as well as possible solutions to the problems that exist.
I received a large number of repsonses concerning the Celebration and I will list the top concerns as well as address some suggestions that were presented.

1. Nearly every response started with the current Celebration Leadership.  Hardly anyone complained about specific individuals, but the general concensus was that leadership change is necessary.
As one respondent put it,  “There needs to be a wholesale change for the Celebration to get back on track”.

2. The Celebration does not need to be involved in lawsuits against the USDA.  One respondent stated,  “The minute SHOW was involved in a lawsuit against the USDA, they painted a target on my back if I show horses at one of their shows.”

3. The Celebration needs to concentrate on putting on horse shows rather than try to control the entire Walking Horse breed.  Nearly all responses expressed this concern. The Celebration and its leaders are perceived as “power hungry” as several respondents put it.

4. The Celebration needs to update its facilities with upgrades to the Calsonic arena.  Specifically, several respondents pointed out that most other venues have Air Conditioning and that the Calsonic was very uncomfortable and at sometimes miserable during the day time performances.

5. The Celebration judging system needs to be changed to include new faces and different judges from year to year.
As one respondent expressed, “Its the same ones year after year, and you know who they are going to tie before you go into the ring”

6. The Celebration needs to decrease the number of duplicate classes to prevent the title “World Champion” from being watered down.  This will produce larger classes and give more credence to the title “World Champion”.

7. The Celebration needs to pay out the winnings in a timely fashion.  One respondent said “I’ll never be back!  I have waited 6 weeks for my winnings and I’m tired of the run around.”

8. The Celebration needs to discontinue corporate sponsorships from anyone that is an exhibitor.  Too many conflicts of interest.

9. The Celebration needs to work with the community more to involve more organizations rather than try to run them out.  One civic club member said, “Our involvement is about over.  Greed has taken over”.

10. The Celebration should hire a business consultant and then follow their suggestions.  One comment received was, “To many people that think they are experts and have lost touch with its support base”.

It is obvious that the Celebration now has a public relations nightmare to deal with.  The question is: Will they make positive steps in dealing with the issues at hand?

It is natural for we as human beings to go into defense mode when criticized.  Sometimes we even go into a state of denial.  Those that accept criticism and make changes end up stronger and usually have much success.  Hopefully,  the criticism in this article does not trigger a defense or denial response, but maybe it could lead to self evaluation and we can see changes for the positive.  Isn’t everyone’s goal a Healthy and thriving Community Event…..The Celebration.

send all comments to:  admin@shelbyvillenow.com

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The Celebration is built around the soring of Big Lick horses.  Its inspection program, S.H.O.W. HIO, is being decertified by the USDA for its failure to enforce the Horse Protection Act.

The USDA conclusively proved,  by publishing its 2014 Celebration “Horse Protection Activity Report”, and 2012-2013 data,  that the 95% HPA compliance rate claimed by Celebration officials and TWHBEA President Steve Smith was a lie.

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Also, the Celebration management was exposed lying to the public about the much publicized “VAC”  Veterinary Advisory Committee when one of its members,  Budweiser Clydesdale Vet Dr. Dallas O. Goble was discovered to not even be part of it while  the Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and “VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship were lying to the public that he was.

Dr. Goble said,  ”I wouldn’t touch that with a 10 foot pole”.

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And the Celebration featured Cock Fighter B.L. Cozad, Jr. as its Spokesperson in the Celebration’s Hall of Fame Club:

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

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Mr. Thomas tiptoed around the tulips with “Concerned Voices”,  but the gist of his article essentially suggested throwing David L. Howard’s sore Big Lick crowd out into the street and starting over.

Stay tuned for Part 2.

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WILL “THE HORSES” HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING – CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD AND SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER HOLD THE KEY TO THE LOCK – SORE BIG LICK RELEASES YOUTUBE ATTACKING CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD

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THETA, TN -  In the Year of the Horse,  on the week of Thanksgiving,  “The Horses” do not know if it’s going to be a Happy Thanksgiving or not.   It all depends on Fellow Republicans Congressman Ed Whitfield and Speaker John Boehner.

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All hopes rest on Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY)  getting a floor vote on the PAST ACT  from U. S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).

And frankly,  it’s time for Congressman Ed Whitfield to be frank with all of the Americans who back the PAST ACT.   It’s time for Congressman Whitfield to get a “YEA” or “NAY”  if Speaker Boehner is going to allow Congressman Whitfield, with 70% of the U. S. House, and a “Majority of the Majority”,  to have a Floor Vote on HR 1518.

Fellow Republicans Ed Whitfield and John Boehner are not strangers.

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

JOHN BOEHNER (R-OH), SPEAKER OF THE U. S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

U. S. REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

U. S. REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

John Boehner came to Congress in 1991.

Ed Whitfield arrived in 1995.

The states of Ohio and Kentucky adjoin each other,  and they have many common interests.

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The sore “Big Lick” is desperate, but they are fighting back with all they have.

Today the Lickers released a YouTube, “The Destruction Of The Walking Horse Show Industry”.

The word is the “Fix” might be in on the PAST ACT not getting a Floor Vote.

“The Horses” have been “FIXED” enough for the past 50+ years.

The people who support “The Horses” and have fought for them to be  protected deserve to know if the “FIX” is in on Congressman Whitfield not getting a Floor Vote on his bill.

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Here is what IS known:

  • The Hastert Rule has been “unofficially satisfied”.  With Representative Dave Brat (R-VA) public announcement last Friday to co-sponsor the PAST ACT,   the magic number of 117 Republicans -  the “Majority of the Majority”  -  has unofficially been met.  There is some “red tape” remaining about making Brat’s co-sponsorship becoming official  According to informed sources,  it cannot be made “official” until Monday,   December 1 when Congress comes back into session from the holiday.
  • The first day votes can be taken on Bills is Tuesday, December 2.  Then there are only FIVE days remaining after that.
  • Congressman Whitfield approached Speaker Boehner in late July 2014 wiith 70% of the U.S. House co-sponsoring HR 1518, but was 2 Republicans short on meeting the “Hastert Rule”, and Speaker John Boehner told Ed Whitfield,   “NO”.

Congressman Whitfield then issued the following Press Statement:

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CONGRESS ED WHITFIELD JULY 31, 2014 PUBLIC STATEMENT
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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Since July 31, 2014, the following things have occurred:

  • Nov 4 Elections – Republicans now have solid majorities in both House and Senate.
  • Nov. 10 – The House Ethics Committee announces it will not go forward with a full scale ethics probe of Congressman Ed Whitfield.
  • Nov. 19Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) becomes 60th Senator to co-sponsor the PAST ACT.
  • Nov. 21 – Representative Dave Brat publicly announce pledge to co-sponsor the PAST ACT,  meeting the “Hastert Rule” requirement.

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Here are the SIX days left:

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It’s time for Congressman Ed Whitfield to get this nailed down once and for all with Speaker John Boehner,  and put the cards on the table for all those supporting the PAST ACT, and most of all,  for these guys:

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The bottom line ALL AMERICANS want to know from Congressman Ed Whitfield:

Is Speaker John Boehner’s on July 31, 2014,  “currently refuses” now on November 24, 2014,  “still refuses”?

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CONGRESSMAN DAVE BRAT (R-VA) PUBLICLY ANNOUNCES FRIDAY TO VIRGINIA CONSTITUENTS THAT HE WILL CO-SPONSOR THE PAST ACT – ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE REPRESENTATIVE CONFIRMS IT

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SPOTSYVLVANIA, VIRGINIA –  In a Southern town chock full of American history, newly sworn in Congressman Dave Brat (R-VA) publicly announced he is about to make Tennessee Walking Horse history when he keeps a campaign promise and co-sponsors the PAST ACT (Prevent All Soring Tactics Act).

By doing so,  Congressman Brat will become the 117th Republican member of the U. S. House of Representatives and satisfy the “Hastert Rule”*.

CONGRESSMAN DAVE BRAT (R-VA) AND 17 YEAR OLD JAMIE MCGUIRE

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE DAVE BRAT (R-VA) AND JAMIE MCGUIRE, RESIDENT OF CULPEPER, VIRGINIA

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE DAVE BRAT (R-VA) AND AAWHA MEMBER JAMIE MCGUIRE, RESIDENT OF CULPEPER, VIRGINIA AT BUTTERNUT AND BLUE BISTRO AND BAKERY IN SPOTSYLVANIA, VIRGINIA WHERE CONGRESSMAN BRAT TODAY ANNOUNCED HE WILL CO-SPONSOR THE PAST ACT

On the way home to Richmond today after a “whirlwind first week” in Washington. DC,  Congressman Dave Brat stopped at the Butternut and Blue Bistro and Bakery in Spotsylvania, Virginia to see and thank his constituents.

One of Congressman Brat’s enthusiastic campaign workers,  17 year old Jamie McGuire of Culpeper,Virginia  especially wanted to speak with her new Congressman.

JAMIE MCGUIRE WAITING TO SPEAK TO CONGRESSMAN DAVE BRAT (R-VA)

JAMIE MCGUIRE WAITING TO SPEAK TO CONGRESSMAN DAVE BRAT (R-VA) AND ASK HIM AN IMPORTANT QUESTION.

Jamie McGuire had one question for Congressman Dave Brat:

“ARE YOU GOING TO CO-SPONSOR THE PAST ACT?”

JAMIE MCGUIRE ASKS CONGRESSMAN DAVE BRAT IF HE IS GOING TO CO-SPONSOR THE PAST ACT?

JAMIE MCGUIRE ASKS CONGRESSMAN DAVE BRAT IF HE IS GOING TO CO-SPONSOR THE PAST ACT?

 Congressman Brat turned to the crowd and explained what the PAST ACT is (an amendment to a law to protect Tennessee Walking Horses from soring by removing the pads and chains),  and then he said: 

“I told her  (Jamie) I would do this, and I will keep my promise”.

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE DAVE BRAT (R-VA) AND JAMIE MCGUIRE, RESIDENT OF CULPEPER, VIRGINIA

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE DAVE BRAT (R-VA) AND JAMIE MCGUIRE, RESIDENT OF CULPEPER, VIRGINIA

CONGRESSMAN DAVE BRAT CAMPAIGNING FOR OFFICE – AUGUST 2014

ENTHUSIASTIC VIRGINIAN SUPPORTING DAVE BRAT FOR CONGRESS

ENTHUSIASTIC VIRGINIAN SUPPORTING DAVE BRAT FOR CONGRESS

The people at the Spotsylvania Bistro applauded Congressman Brat,  and then they will soon be joined by the people of the United States of America.

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Jamie McGuire is a senior Honor Student at Orange County High School.  Upon graduation, she is considering attending Sweetbriar College where she plans to study Political Science.    McGuire was part of several AAWHA member lobbying in Washington on behalf of the PAST ACT.  One of the visits was an October meeting with her mother Jeannie and  Lauren Kovacs,  DQP at “WALK ON WASHINGTON”.  They met with the staff of U. S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and the visit led to Senator Brown         becoming the 59th U. S. Senator to co-sponsor the PAST ACT.

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LAUREN KOVACS,  DQP AT “WALK ON WASHINGTON

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LAUREN KOVACS, DQP, “WALK ON WASHINGTON” – Ken Siems Photo

Jamie McGuire started riding at five years old and is pretty comfortable on the back of a horse:

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JAMIE MCGUIRE UP ON RIO

JAMIE MCGUIRE UP ON RIO

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JAMIE MCGUIRE UP ON BENNY (I'M A ROYAL FLASH" EXHIBITED AT "WALK ON WASHINGTON" BY DENISE PARSONS

JAMIE MCGUIRE UP ON BENNY (I’M A ROYAL FLASH” EXHIBITED AT “WALK ON WASHINGTON” BY DENISE PARSONS

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Nephew Eugene believes he hears a Train A Comin’ …

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ShelbyvilleNOW TELLS CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD HOW THE COW EATS CABBAGE – BUT LEAVES OUT “IT’S THE SORING, STUPID” #PASSTHEPASTACT

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – Following the disastrous 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration,  Mr. David Thomas,  owner of ShelbyvilleNOW (online community site) and Celebration Premier Sponsor,  took a hard look at the August 20 – 30 event.

The 2014 CELEBRATION:

  • A COLLAPSED HORSE WITH TRAINER KICKING HIM, 
OWNER/TRAINER JESSE BARNES KICKS TWO YEAR OLD KEMBA WALKER TO GET UP

OWNER/TRAINER JESSE BARNES KICKS TWO YEAR OLD KEMBA WALKER TO GET UP

  • A COLLAPSED “VAC” VETERINARY ADVISORY COMMITTEE,  

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  • A COLLAPSED 95% HPA COMPLIANCE RATE BY THE CELEBRATION’S INSPECTION PROGRAM, S.H.O.W., PRESENTLY BEING DECERTIFIED BY THE USDA (UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE)   

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  • COCK FIGHTER B. L. COZARD, JR. PREACHES AT CELEBRATION HALL OF FAME CLUB A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO SORE HORSES BECAUSE THEY ARE PRIVATE PROPERTY 
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B. L COZAD, JR – COCK FIGHTING SONUVAGUN CELEBRATION HALL OF FAME CLUB

COCK FIGHTING (“HARVESTING”) –  CONSTITUTIONAL

"COCK FIGHTING" - SENATOR ALEXANDER'S TENNESSEE TRADTION

“COCK FIGHTING” – SENATOR ALEXANDER’S TENNESSEE TRADTION

HORSE SORING  - CONSTITUTIONAL

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Here is Celebration Premier Sponsor Mr. David Thomas (Winner’s Circle) assessment.

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The Celebration & the Future of the Tennessee Walking Horse

http://www.shelbyvillenow.com/the_celebration___the_future_of_the

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Autumn has arrived, and another Celebration is behind us.

This year’s show was about as bad as it can get in regards to attendance and the number of entries.

For the past six or seven years, attendance has been in a rapid free fall, and 2014 is no exception. Unfortunately, the numbers seemed to take an extreme nosedive this year. I have not seen a record of attendance to report the official numbers and I’m sure we will never know the “real” count.  I can report, however, what I saw with my own eyes. The Celebration arena never appeared to exceed 50% capacity, and, for the most part, looked like a typical weekend show in Middle Tennessee.

One of the most alarming statistics was generated by the Shelbyville Times Gazette. The poll asked local residents their plans to attend the horse show. An alarming number (71.3%, to be exact) of residents said they would not attend the show at all—not even a single night [1].

That is astonishing.

According to several sources, most civic clubs barely covered the charges and commissions levied by the Celebration. I would also venture to say that maybe a handful actually made a profit.

The city of Shelbyville has seemingly walked away from the Celebration, but why?  Someone needs to wake up!

It’s easy to speculate many things, but I have come to the conclusion that the average citizen of Shelbyville no longer understands the history or significance the Tennessee Walking Horse once had. The mystique of the Celebration is gone.

Who is to blame? It’s easy to cast blame in every direction. I have given it some thought over the past few months. Here are my thoughts:

The Celebration, with all of its history and pageantry, has steadily grown more complacent and taken the city of Shelbyville for granted. The city has also failed to promote this community event the way it should be promoted.  It seems that the wall between the Celebration and the city—which has developed steadily over the years—has come to fruition. This wall is evidence of a severe lack of coordination and organization. So, who is responsible for this disorganization?

At one time, the Celebration was managed and executed by a group of civic clubs with a close coordination with the City. During those years, attendance was at an all-time high. The citizens of Shelbyville had a direct connection with the event, and community support was obvious.

But then some things changed. A new form of management took shape in the late 1980s. The civic clubs were put on the shelf and a self-perpetuating board was established. The management went behind closed doors. Since that time, numerous accusations have been made and investigations have taken place. During the 1990s and 2000s, a shadow of arrogance began to cloud the event. The average resident of Bedford County began to be pushed out. The Celebration developed a country club atmosphere. This may give some explanation as to why more than 70% of Shelbyville said they would not attend the show AT ALL.

Since 2007, the performance Walking Horse has been fighting a losing battle with humane groups and the USDA concerning the soring of the show horses. The USDA stepped up its enforcement of the Horse Protection Act. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is a driving force behind the removal of pads and action devices.  The general public has supported the government’s efforts along with the efforts of the American Horse Council, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Equine Practitioners and every major horse breed organization in the United States. The PAST Act has 65% – 70% of congress ready to make a law to remove pads and action devices.

So, how will the Walking Horse survive? Will there be another Celebration in our future?

The total numbers of individual horses to participate this year was lower than 1,000 for the first time since 1952. The show results indicate that most classes did not have enough horses to hand out all ten ribbons in the class. Things are looking bleak for the future of the show and the breed.

Instead of having honest and open discussions about the realities of the industry’s bad image. The industry seems to have stiffened its neck and said, “Let’s fight the public and the U.S. Government with lawsuits. Let’s thumb our nose at every major horse breed in the world.  Let’s fight the American Horse Council and every other respectable horse group in America.”

The Tennessee Walking Horse is on an island. This breed deserves better. Is there no shame that greed and self-indulgence has obliterated a beautiful creature?  The Tennessee Walking Horse COULD be the most popular horse breed in the world if this stigma was not hanging around it’s neck.  Is it too late for change???    No one is taking the lead to be proactive in promoting the Tennessee Walking Horse breed.  However, the “leadership” is always in defense mode and always seems to shoot itself in the foot when trying to defend itself.

The real issues are never addressed directly.   

This breed needs new leadership and now. The Celebration needs restructuring to get the residents of Shelbyville back involved and all conflicts of interest and politics should be removed. The City needs a renewed sense of urgency to reestablish the Celebration as its premier community event.

The truth is that everyone has dropped the ball.   We need to pick it up before it’s too late.

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Meanwhile Celebration Chairman David L. Howard’s crowd wants to beat up on the AVMA, Humane Society, and American Horse Council,  when perhaps the real Bogeymen,  happens to be Mr. Howard’s gang which,  according to Premier Sponsor Mr.  David Thomas,   has crashed what U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) calls a cherished “Tennessee Tradition”.

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

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

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

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

CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN

CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN

PAT MARSH, CELEBRATION BOARD MEMBER/STATE REPRESENTATIVE

PAT MARSH, CELEBRATION BOARD MEMBER/STATE REPRESENTATIVE

Paraphrasing Slick Willie,

IT’S THE SORING, STUPID!

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U.S. SENATOR CLAIRE MCCASKILL (D-MO) BECOMES #60 U.S. SENATOR NOW MAKING THE PAST ACT “FILIBUSTER PROOF” – PRESSURE MOUNTS FOR MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID (D-MO) TO MOVE PAST ACT TO SENATE FLOOR FOR A VOTE

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WASHINGTON, DC –  U. S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO),  is now co-sponsoring the PAST ACT (Prevent All Soring Tactics Act).    Senator Claire McCaskill rarely, if ever,  co-sponsors a Bill.    Her Missouri constituents were influential in persuading her to make an exception this time,  and to step up and protect the horses from the sore Big Lick.

U.S. SENATOR CLAIRE MCCASKILL (D-MO)

U.S. SENATOR CLAIRE MCCASKILL (D-MO)

Senator McCaskill’s co-sponsorship now makes the PAST ACT filibuster-proof in the Senate,  and it provides Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid with what he needs to bring the matter to the Senate Floor for a vote, and if necessary,  invoke cloture procedure, to allow the Senators to vote on the PAST ACT.

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U. S. SENATE LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR

The All American Walking Horse Alliance and its staunch supporter  FOSH (Friends of Sound Horses) along with Gaitway Horse Association based in St. Louis all played major roles in Senator McCaskill deciding to co-sponsor and endorse the PAST ACT.

All politics is local, and FOSH,  with more members in Missouri than any other state, definitely played a major role in Senator McCaskill’s decision:

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TERESA BIPPEN, FOSH PRESIDENT

TERESA BIPPEN, FOSH PRESIDENT

Here is an excerpt from FOSH President Teresa Bippen’s recent letter to Senator McCaskill:
“Once again, I am respectfully requesting you to cosponsor the PAST Act and urge Senator Reid to allow the PAST Act to come to the floor.  Time is of the essence as we know that Senator McConnell, as Majority leader beginning in 2015, will not allow this bill to be enacted.   ..  We would be so proud to have our    Missouri Senator be the champion that can get  this Bill passed and cut through  the blocking of the PAST Act that is occurring in Washington, D.C.”

 Some of FOSH's accomplishments include:

  • Persuading the the State of Missouri to no longer al Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses at the Missouri State Fair.
  • Urging the USDA to take action to decertify the HAWHA (Heart of America Walking Horse Association), formerly located in Missouri, horse inspection program for violating provisions of the Horse Protection Act.
  • Aide in the movement to ban Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses at State Fairs across America.  A Change.org Petition to cancel Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses at the N.C. State Fair now has 19,275 signatures.

35 U. S. SENATORS NOT YET CO-SPONSORING PAST ACT

John Barrasso ( R-WY)

Roy Blunt ( R-MO)

John Boozman (R-AR)

Richard Burr ( R-NC)

Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)

Dan Coats ( R-IN)

Tom Coburn ( R-OK)

Thad Cochran ( R-MS)

Bob Corker ( R-TN)

John Cornyn ( R-TX)

Ted Cruz ( R-TX)

Michael Enzi ( R-WY)

Deb Fischer ( R-NE)

Jeff Flake ( R-AZ)

Lindsey Graham ( R-SC)

Charles Grassley ( R-IA)

Heidi Heitkamp ( D-ND)

Dean Heller ( R-NV)

John Hoeven (R-ND)

James Inhofe ( R-OK)

Ron Johnson ( R-WI)

Mike Lee ( R-UT)

Joe Manchin ( D-WVA)

John McCain ( R-AZ)

Jerry Moran (R-KS)

Lisa Murkowski ( R-AK

Rob Portman (R-OH)

Harry Reid ( D-NV)

Jim Risch ( R-ID)

Pat Roberts ( R-KS)

Jay Rockefeller ( D-WVA)

Tim Scott (R-SC)

Jeff Sessions ( R-AL

Richard Shelby ( R-AL)

Jon Tester ( D-MT)

Roger Wicker ( R-MS)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid now /has a decision to make.

And these guys are depending on him.

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EIGHT MORE VOTING DAYS BEFORE THE SUN SETS ON #PASSTHEPASTACT – TWO MINUTE WARNING WITH THE BALL IN THE RED ZONE AND IT’S TIME TO WIN THE GAME

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WASHINGTON, DC –  There’s two minutes left on the clock with the PAST ACT at the 10 yard line,  and it’s goal to go.

The seconds are ticking off the clock.

Will the Flatters get the ball in End Zone before time runs out?

Are the Lickers riding a fatally flawed sore Big Lick horse the public has permanently rejected?

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The time is running out in the U. S. House with EIGHT VOTING DAYS left:

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It will take a concerted effort in the final days by All Americans #WALKONWASHINGTON who want to see the end of animal cruelty represented by the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse.

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Nephew Eugene is hearing that the Hastert Rule will be satisfied, most likely, this week.

Then Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY)  and Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) need to have the ultimately important talk if the PAST ACT  (co-sponsored by 70% of the United States  House of Representatives)  will receive the Floor Vote the American People say it deserves.

Stay tuned.

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

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

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

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

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

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

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

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

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

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WEST GRAND STANDS – 2014 WORLD GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP

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

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CELEBRATION ON THE ROPES

Much much more to come.

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

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

AMERICA WILL BE WATCHING WITH RAPT INTEREST

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THE LICKERS

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THE FLATTERS.

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 THE CELEBRATION SPONSORS MINUS “REGIONS BANK”

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CELEBRATION SPONSORS

Six days until the Celebration.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apparently, they listened.

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

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

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

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

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WARTRACE HORSE SHOW – AUGUST 2, 2O14

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

And the Celebration followed in 1939.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WHOA HIO DQP INSPECTING HORSES

WHOA HIO DQP INSPECTING HORSES

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

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

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

There was a tense air at Wartrace.

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

It hung over everything.’

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

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

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WARTRACE, TENNESSEE HISTORIC BIG LICK SHOW

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

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

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

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

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AMATEURS ON AGED STALLIONS – VICTORY PASS

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

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

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

TRAINER WINKY GROOVER COACHING DEBBIE EICHLER

TRAINER WINKY GROOVER COACHING DEBBIE EICHLER

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

 

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

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

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

LARRY JOE WHEELON OUTSIDE COURTROOM WITH ASSOCIATE BOBBIE JO KOGER

LARRY JOE WHEELON OUTSIDE COURTROOM WITH ASSOCIATE BOBBIE JO KOGER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHEELON FARRIER BLAKE PRIMM WITH BALL CAP.

WHEELON FARRIER BLAKE PRIMM WITH BALL CAP.

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

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

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

ESTHER BELL, ESQ., KNOXVILLE ATTORNEY

ESTHER BELL, ESQ., KNOXVILLE ATTORNEY

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

CIRCUIT JUDGE TAMMY HARRINGTON

CIRCUIT JUDGE TAMMY HARRINGTON

More to come.

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

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UNPROTECTED HORSES THANKS TO KEVIN SHEA AND CHESTER GIPSON, DVM

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

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

That is not acceptable.

The public does have a right to know.

And will know,  sooner rather than later.

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

KEVIN SHEA - APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

KEVIN SHEA – APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

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

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

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

Then, you stopped!

Why?

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

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

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

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

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

GIN TODDY – 3 HORSE PROTECTION ACTION VIOLATION CITATIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sirs, seriously,  what are you thinking about?

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

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

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

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

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

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

GARY EDWARDS, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER

GARY EDWARDS, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER

JIMMY MCCONNELL, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER

JIMMY MCCONNELL, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER

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

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

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

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

Tom Vilsack - U. S. Secretary of Agriculture

Tom Vilsack – U. S. Secretary of Agriculture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LARRY JOE WHEELON – SENATOR ALEXANDER’S HOMETOWN NEIGHBOR

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

RANDALL STACY GUNTER – EMPLOYEE OF LARRY JOE WHEELON

RANDALL STACY GUNTER, SUSPENDED BY KENTUCKY HIO

RANDALL STACY GUNTER, SUSPENDED BY KENTUCKY HIO

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

CHESTNUT HILL, TN – EAST TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE AUXILIARY SHOW

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BLOUNT COUNTY COURTHOUSE ON LAMAR ALEXANDER PARKWAY

BLOUNT COUNTY COURTHOUSE ON LAMAR ALEXANDER PARKWAY IN MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

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

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

Stopping horse torture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Time is short.

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

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

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

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Nephew Eugene says it’s time.

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

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

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

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

Mickey McCormick trains the sore Big Lick.

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

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

Cat Dye trains sound Tennessee Walking Horses.

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

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

CAT DYE AT THE SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE – BRENTWOOD, TENNESSEE

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

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Listen

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

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

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

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Clant Seay • 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FIRST – THE OFFICIAL COUNT

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

 

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

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

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

REPRESENTATIVE TIM WALZ (D-MN)

REPRESENTATIVE TIM WALZ (D-MN)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nephew Eugene remains concerned.

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

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

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

PUTNAM COUNTY CIRCUIT JUDGE AMY V. HOLLARS

PUTNAM COUNTY CIRCUIT JUDGE AMY V. HOLLARS

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

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

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

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

PAT STOUT,  COOKEVILLE, TN, TWHBEA MEMBER

PAT STOUT, COOKEVILLE, TN, TWHBEA MEMBER

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

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

Walking Horse Report Editor Jeffrey Howard told persons:

“They’ll never count those votes”. 

Jeffrey Howard, Editor - PSHA Spokesperson & Walking Horse Report

Jeffrey Howard, Editor – PSHA Spokesperson & Walking Horse Report

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

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

It failed.

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

TOM KAKASSY -CURRENT TWHBEA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER

TOM KAKASSY -CURRENT TWHBEA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER

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

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

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

LOYD CARR BLACK,  RESIGNED TWHBEA PRESIDENT

LOYD CARR BLACK, RESIGNED TWHBEA PRESIDENT

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

THE "YEAS" HAVE IT IN A LANDSLIDE

THE “YEAS” HAVE IT IN A LANDSLIDE

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

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The Pat Stout Poll matter rolled on through the Fall.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stay tuned.

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

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

FRANK EICHLER, SORE BIG LICK EPISTLE WRITER

FRANK EICHLER, SORE BIG LICK EPISTLE WRITER

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NATURAL GAITED TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE – WORLD GRAND CHAMPION MIDNIGHT SUN

The PAST ACT cannot be passed soon enough.

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

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

It will never be the same.

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

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

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

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

PBS "TO THE CONTRARY" HOST BONNIE ERBE'

PBS “TO THE CONTRARY” HOST BONNIE ERBE’

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

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“The Sadistic Treatment of Tennessee Walking Horses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE G. K. BUTTERFIELD

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE G. K. BUTTERFIELD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VIRGINIA TWHBEA DIRECTOR PAM MCKINLEY

VIRGINIA TWHBEA DIRECTOR PAM MCKINLEY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“Hi Ms McKinney,

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

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

Thank you.”

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

SORING DEBATE AMBLES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TERRY DOTON, RESIGNED PSHA CHAIR

TERRY DOTON, RESIGNED PSHA CHAIR

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

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

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

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

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

VIRGINIA TWHBEA DIRECTOR PAM MCKINLEY

VIRGINIA TWHBEA DIRECTOR PAM MCKINLEY

The PAST ACT eliminates these and what results from them:

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THE STACK WHICH CAME OFF OF “DUTCH”

And this:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

TWHBEA MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS WALT CHISM

TWHBEA MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS WALT CHISM

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

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

Respected sources believe that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JEANNIE MCGUIRE OF UNIONVILLE, VIRGINIA

JEANNIE MCGUIRE OF UNIONVILLE, VIRGINIA

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Culpeper horses to Walk on Washington to end ‘soring’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  The cause has celebrity support, too.

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

  “Over the years, Elvis and I owned several Tennessee Walking Horses, and I know them to be gentle, graceful creatures. Today, 44 years after the passage of the Federal Horse Protection Act that was intended to end the terrible practice of soring, these horses continue to suffer at the hands abusive trainers. I’m calling on Congress to pass the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act to finally end this torture,” she said, according to humanesociety.org.

  The PAST Act, if approved, would increase penalties and fines for soring, prohibit the use of action devices – such as chains that rub a sore leg – and allow veterinarians to serve as show inspectors versus the current practice of industry self-policing.

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Radar says he can recognize a band wagon when he sees one.

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FROM CALIFORNIA TO THE CRESCENT CITY OF NEW ORLEANS – #291 REPRESENTATIVE CEDRIC RICHMOND (D-LA) COMES ON BOARD TO STOP SORING

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WASHINGTON, DC –  Representative Cedric Richmond (D-LA) is co-sponsoring the PAST ACT (Prevent All Soring Tactics Act).

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REPRESENTATIVE CEDRIC RICHMOND, (D-LA)

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Elected to Congress in 2011,  the 40 year old Cedric Richmond previously served 11 years in the Louisiana House of Representatives.

An overwhelming 2/3rds  - 67% – of the U. S. House of Representatives now sponsors the PAST ACT.

 Richmond becomes the 291st Representatives of 435 Congressmen to co-sponsor the measure which equals 67% of the United States House of Representatives.The PAST ACT has strong bipartisan support.  It is endorsed by the American Horse Council and the American Veterinary Medical Association.Momentum is building for a vote on the House Floor.The PAST ACT will remove the pads and chains, eliminate the corrupt HIOs and make horse soring a federal felony.
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Nephew Eugene says those TWHBEA members were right on the money when they voted 63% landslide for passage of the PAST ACT.     Right now the U. S. House is 67% because of hard work by people such as Jane Lutz who have persisted and persisted until it finally happens.
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* For certain purposes, the total number of Congressman could be argued as #292 due to Congressman Bill Young (R-FL) having co-sponsored the PAST ACT prior to his death, and now his successor Congressman David Jolly (R-FL) has also co-sponsored the PAST ACT.

FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT MARTY IRBY’S PHOTO “MYSTERIOUSLY DISAPPEARS” FROM “WALL OF PRESIDENTS” AT TWHBEA HEADQUARTERS IN LEWISBURG, TENNESSEE

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LEWISBURG, TN – First TWHBEA let Midnight Sun be hauled off,  and now apparently the “Sore Big Lick Grinch” has removed Marty Irby‘s picture from the famed WALL OF PRESIDENTS at TWHBEA’s headquarters in Lewisburg, Tennessee.

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Nephew Eugene says Aunt Minerva strongly suspects Steve Smith and Walt Chism are behind the attempt to revise the history of TWHBEA.

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PICTURES OF TWHBEA PRESIDENTS IN HEADQUARTERS AT LEWISBURG, TN

FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT MARTY IRBY,  2010 - 2012

FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT MARTY IRBY, 2010 – 2012

Executive Director Tracy Boyd,  whose picture IS still on the Wall, is presently studying the situation.  Boyd has no comment at this time (unless he wants to get fired and also have HIS picture removed)

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Tracy Boyd – TWHBEA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Informed sources say that Smith and Chism go into anaphylactic shock every time another  Representative or Senator co-sponsors the PAST ACT,  especially if it’s a Republican.

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PICTURES OF TWHBEA PRESIDENTS IN HEADQUARTERS AT LEWISBURG, TN

Nephew Eugene believes that the same alleged “MALICE” of which Pat Stout’s Attorney Henry D. Fincher, Esq. has accused the Steve Smith and his cohorts of committing may have something to do with Marty Irby’s picture being removed.

Note:  A roll call vote was held this past Saturday in which a number of Directors may have boarded the “Malice Train” when they refused to reinstate Pat Stout’s membership privileges.    Some think the action of a Director with an HPA citation history, Russ Keyser (DE),   abstaining on the vote might have been an intelligent thing to do. CORRECTION: It was previously reported that Dr. Linda Montgomery (AL) abstained on this vote, but that was incorrect.  Dr. Montgomery voted to reinstate the membership privileges of Pat Stout and the two other suspended members.   Regarding a Motion to overturn the action of the Executive Committee to not accept money from the Humane Society of the United States for purchase of an Ad in the Voice Magazine or sponsorship of the upcoming World Versatility Show,  Dr. Montgomery voted NO with those against the Motion.

German Director Denise Bader Keyser cast a key vote at the October 2013 EC meeting against the Directors electronic voting on the Officers of the Association. She  expressed concern that allowing ‘electronic voting might adversely affect attendance at the TWHBEA Christmas banquet’.  It should be noted that Director Bader Keyser did not attend the TWHBEA mid-year meeting in Lewisburg last Saturday.  There was no banquet nor were there any donuts served.

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Webster’s Dictionary defines Malice:

malice |ˈmaləs| noun the intention or desire to do evil; ill will: I bear no malice toward anybody.• Law wrongful intention, esp. as increasing the guilt of certain offenses.

Malice (law), a legal term describing the intent to harm

Some synonyms for Malice are:   spite, malevolence, ill will, vindictiveness, vengefulness, revenge, malignity, evil intentions,animus, enmity, rancor; informal bitchiness, cattiness; literary maleficence

Steve Smith and Walt Chism must truly believe that no one is watching or paying attention to what appears to be the latest “malicious shenanigans” down at TWHBEA.

Nephew Eugene’s friend Marvin from Cornersville knows someone who fished Irby’s picture out of the Dumpster behind the TWHBEA building.  His buddy will hold on to it until the PAST ACT passes, and then he plans to return it to the WALL OF PRESIDENTS, but only after Steve Smith’s sore Big Lick crowd has left the building.

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PAT STOUT’S ATTORNEY SERVES DISCOVERY REQUESTS INCLUDING PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS ON STEVE SMITH’S TWHBEA’S REGISTERED AGENT – STOUT’S ATTORNEY HENRY D. FINCHER, ESQ. HAS DEEP FAMILY TIE TO FOUNDATION OF TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE BREED

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COOKEVILLE, TN – Pat Stout’s attorney,  Henry D. Fincher, Esq.,  has served Discovery Requests on registered agent for service of process Kevin Kennedy of Clarksville, Tennessee,  attorney for U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Campaign Finance Chairman Steve Smith’s TWHBEA.

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

So far,  no word if TWHBEA has insurance coverage which will cover the cost of defending  TWHBEA from the lawsuit filed by Henry D. Fincher, Esq., on behalf of Pat Stout for actions taken by TWHBEA President Steve Smith immediately upon taking office. According to Tom “I’M A PROUD HPA VIOLATOR” Kakassy,  President Smith requested Kakassy and his cohorts to provide a Report as “quickly as possible” after Stout was exonerated of any wrong doing by the previous Executive Committee.

It appears that Smith’s sore Big Lick Executive Committee voted to punish Pat Stout for simply asking TWHBEA members to give their opinions on passage of the PAST ACT. And  Smith’s gang was highly displeased that TWHBEA members overwhelmingly voted 63%  “YES” for passage of the PAST ACT.

TWHBEA has 30 days from May 20, 2014 to provide answers to the questions asked by Pat Stout’s attorney and produce the requested documents.

A Hearing has been noticed for Thursday,  June 26, 2014,   before Circuit Judge Amy V. Lollars on Stout’s Motion For Temporary Injunction.

An interesting side note is Henry D. Fincher’s family has deep roots where the Tennessee Walking Horse breed is concerned.     Mr. Fincher’s  Grandmother,  Margaret Howard “Maggie” Morgan (1900 – 1996) raised the 1949 Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Champion,  Midnight Merry.   Midnight Merry was a mare and her trainer was Steve Hill.   Midnight Merry was foaled on the property where Mr. Fincher’s home is presently located.

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Pursuant to Rules 33 and 34 of the Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure, the Plaintiffs, by and through counsel, hereby propound Interrogatories and Requests for Production of Documents to Defendant Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Association, Inc (hereinafter referred to collectively and individually as “Defendant”).

Written answers or objections for each interrogatory or request for production are to be served upon Plaintiff’s counsel within thirty (30) days after service hereof, or forty-five (45) days after service of the summons and complaint, whichever is later.

All requests for production are to be produced at the office of Henry D. Fincher, Esq., 305 East Spring Street, Cookeville, Tennessee, at 9:00 a.m., on the date which is thirty (30) days after service hereof, unless said date falls on a weekend or holiday, then production shall take place at 9:00 a.m. of the first business day subsequent to said date. The time or place of production may be altered by prior written agreement of counsel.

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS AND DEFINITIONS

A. These Interrogatories and Requests for Production of Documents are continuing in character so as to require you to file timely supplementation of prior responses in accordance with Rules 33 and 34 of the Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure.

B. Unless otherwise indicated, these Interrogatories and Requests for Production of Documents refer to the time, place and circumstances of the occurrences mentioned or complained of in the Complaint in this proceeding.

C. Every Interrogatory or Request for Production of Documents seeking knowledge or information in the possession of Plaintiff are intended to include knowledge or information of Plaintiff’s officers, directors, partners, employees, agents, representatives, and, unless privileged, its attorneys.

D. For each Interrogatory or Request for Production of Documents, or part thereof which is objected to on the ground of undue burden or expense, the objection should state:

(1) The number of files and/or documents needed to be searched;

(2) The location of each file;

(3) The number of hours required to conduct the search; and

(4) The estimated cost of the search in dollars.

E. If an Interrogatory or Request for Production of Documents requests identification of a document which is no longer in your possession, custody or control, the answer should state when the document was most recently in your possession, custody or control, the disposition made of the document, and the identity of the person presently in possession, custody or control of the document. If the document has been destroyed, state the reason for its destruction, the identity of the person who destroyed the document and the identity of the person who directed that the document be destroyed.

F. The terms “person” and “persons” include natural persons, firms, associations, partnerships, corporations and other legal entities.

G. The term “documents” means any original and any copy (whether or not different from the original because of notes made on or attached to such copy or otherwise) all notes, memoranda, cablegrams, telegrams, radiograms, minutes, estimates, bills, invoices, orders, agreements, contracts, books, accounts, records, financial statements, diagrams, drawings, sketches, maps, plans, specifications, blueprints, publications, brochures, promotional literature, catalogs and publicity releases and all other documentary material, whether written, typed, printed, visual or audio recording, photograph, microfilm, data processing record, or magnetic tape or disc, of any nature whatsoever, whether or not in your possession, custody or control.

H. A request to “identify” or for “identification” or “identity” requires the following information to be set forth in the response:

(1) with respect to a natural person, his name and present or last-known home and business address (including street name and number, city or town, state, zip code and telephone number, his present or last-known job title and position, and the dates or his tenure and each job title or position;

(2) with respect to a person other than a natural person, its full name and type of organization, the address of its principal place of business (including street name and number, city or town, state and zip code and telephone number), and the jurisdiction and place of its incorporation or organization; and

(3) with respect to a document, (a) a general description of the type of document (e.g., letter, record, list, memorandum, report); (b) the date and, if applicable, title of the document; (c) identification of the address(s) or recipient(s) of the document; (d) identification of the person(s) who has possession, custody or control over the original document; (e) identification of each person who has possession, custody or control over each copy of the document; and (f) a description of the general nature of the subject matter of the document. Any identification of a document should be made with reasonable particularity.

I. The term “describe” with respect to any oral agreement, statement or communication means to provide a brief description of the oral agreement, statement or communication, including, to the degree possible: Its general nature and content; the date it was made; identification of all persons present at the time it was made; the place(s) where it was made; and identification of the persons making the oral agreement, statement or communication.

J. A communication or document “relating,” “related,” or “which relates” to any given subject means any communication or document that constitutes, contains, embodies, evidences, reflects, identifies, states, refers to, deals with, bears upon, or is in any way pertinent to that subject, including without limitation, documents concerning the preparation of other documents.

K. Wherever used herein, the singular shall be deemed to include the plural, and the plural shall be deemed to include the singular; the masculine shall be deemed to include the feminine, and the feminine shall be deemed to include the masculine; the disjunctive (“or”) shall be deemed to include the conjunctive (“and”), the conjunctive (“and”) shall be deemed to include the disjunctive (“or”); and each of the functional words “each,” “every,” “any,” and “all” shall be deemed to include each of the other functional words.

L. For each claim of privilege for any requested information or documents, provide a privilege log as required by Tenn. R. Civ. P. 26.02(5) that contains at least the following information: the nature and general description of the contents of the information sought such that the requestor may make an informed decision on whether to challenge the claim of privilege; the identity of all persons who had a hand in creating or compiling the information or document; the date the documents were created, revised, updated or destroyed; and state the basis on which the privilege is claimed.

M. For the purposes of these interrogatories, “Defendant,” “you”, and/or “your” includes Defendant and any attorney, accountant, director, officer, employee, agent, and representative of the foregoing.

INTERROGATORIES

1. State the Defendant’s full corporate name, address, EIN and Tax identification number, date of organization, and corporate status; and identify all persons who assisted you in preparing answers to these interrogatories.

ANSWER:

2. State the name, address and telephone number of each person having any knowledge of relevant facts relating to the investigation of the poll and related matters identified in the Plaintiff’s Complaint, and for each person identified, please describe the substance of the knowledge and role of each party.

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3. Does the Defendant expect to call any expert witness, including, but not limited to, an accountant, appraisers, or other expert of any sort, to testify on the Defendant’s behalf at trial in any capacity? If yes, state the name, address and telephone number of each such expert witness.

ANSWER:

4. As to each expert witness identified in the Interrogatory above, state:

(a) The subject matter on which the expert is expected to testify.

(b) The substance of the facts and opinions to which the expert is expected to testify.

(c) A complete summary of all the grounds for each such opinion.

(d) All times the expert has testified in any court action or arbitration.  List the state, the court, case number date of testimony, and the subject matter of the expert’s testimony in that action.

(e) Identify each and every document which your expert has reviewed or relied upon in answering this Interrogatory, reviewing this case, and/or preparing for his deposition or anticipated testimony at trial.

ANSWER:

5. Identify any videotapes, maps, charts, audio tapes, photographs and/or diagrams, or any documentation of any other kind, relevant to any issue in this action of which any of the Defendants are aware.

ANSWER:

6. Identify, and list in chronological order any and all court action(s), criminal charge(s) or citation(s), or any other legal proceeding(s) in which the Defendant has been involved from January 1, 2000, until the present.  Include the style of the case, the name and location of the court, the date the action was filed, the case number, the date the action was resolved, and a brief summary of the nature of the action and the resolution of the case, including any judgment or sentence imposed, including probation or restraining order.

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7. Identify the full name, current address for service of process and current telephone number of each and every witness who has knowledge of any of the facts alleged in the Complaint, Answer, Affirmative Defenses, Counter-claim, or any other pleading or document filed in this case, and provide their name, current mailing address and current telephone number and a brief description of their knowledge and/or anticipated testimony.

ANSWER:

8. Identify the date, location, number of pages or size, author, recipients (if any), person or entity in possession and brief summary of the contents of each and every document of relevance to any issue raised in any pleading, affidavit or any other matter of relevance to any issue in this case.

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9. State the facts upon which you rely for each affirmative defense in your answer.

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10. Identify and provide the full text (by incorporation of a produced document if the same is more convenient) of the TWHBEA Bylaws in effect on the following dates:  September 27, 2013; November 12, 2013; December 4, 2013; January 9, 2014; January 17, 2014; and January 21, 2014, and identify the corporate minutes where said bylaws were allegedly adopted.

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11. Identify and provide the full text of the TWHBEA Code of Conduct standards (by incorporation of a produced document if the same is more convenient) in effect on the following dates:  September 27, 2013; November 12, 2013; December 4, 2013; January 9, 2014; January 17, 2014; and January 21, 2014, and identify the corporate minutes showing where they were (a) adopted and (b) made a condition of membership. 

ANSWER:

12. Identify the minutes or recordings of any TWHBEA proceeding whatsoever, including but not limited to any meeting, assemblage or other gathering of TWHBEA members, directors and or officers of any nature, where the issue of the poll, Mrs. Stout and/or what discipline, if any, should be imposed on her, was mentioned, discussed and/or acted upon by any of those in attendance.

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13. Identify the full name, current address and current telephone number of all veterinarians that have been paid by TWHBEA pursuant to its role as a horse industry organization (HIO) and/or who have provided inspection services for TWHBEA related to the inspection of horses prior to any show or other exhibition, from January 1, 2000, to the present.

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14. Identify all documents related to TWHBEAs actions as an HIO since January 1, 2000, to the present.

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15. Identify the corporate minutes, bylaw provision or other official TWHBEA document or record that (a) created the Bylaws committee that purported to take action against Mrs. Stout and (b) you contend gave the Bylaws committee authority to undertake investigation and disciplinary action in this matter.

ANSWER:

16. Pursuant to Tenn.R.Civ.P. 30.06 please designate the corporate representative of TWHBEA who has authority to bind the corporation with his or her testimony regarding the following matters:

(a) The investigation of the poll and matters related thereto;

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(b) The preparation, adoption and publication of the Executive Committee report dated December 4, 2013;

ANSWER:

(c) The purported delegation of authority to the Bylaws Committee to perform investigation and issue recommendations regarding discipline of TWHBEA members;

ANSWER:

(d) The meeting, deliberation and investigation performed by the Bylaws Committee;

ANSWER:

(e) The preparation and publication of the January 9, 2014, findings regarding Pat Stout;

ANSWER:

(f) The decision to attempt to impose discipline on Pat Stout as detailed in TWHBEA’s January 21, 2014 letter, and the reasons therefor;

ANSWER:

(g) The refusal to restore Mrs. Stout’s membership and retract the false allegations made about her by TWHBEA after being asked to do so in Mr. Fincher’s March 3, 2014, letter;

ANSWER:

17. Identify all documents related to the issues listed in 16(a)-(g) not previously identified by Defendant.

ANSWER:

18. State all reasons TWHBEA refused to restore Mrs. Stout’s membership and retract the false allegations made about her by TWHBEA after being asked to do so in Mr. Fincher’s March 3, 2014, letter.

ANSWER:

19. State all reasons TWHBEA did not give Mrs. Stout a written complaint alleging wrongful actions before it suspended her membership.

ANSWER:

20. State all reasons TWHBEA did not provide Mrs. Stout the opportunity for a hearing before it suspended her membership.

ANSWER:

21. State all reasons TWHBEA did not provide Mrs. Stout the opportunity to meet with a person within TWHBEA with the power to reverse or modify the decision to suspend her membership.

ANSWER:

22. Have any documents that would be responsive to the requests for identification contained in these interrogatories been destroyed, altered, shredded, deleted, or otherwise disposed of in any way? If so, please identify all such documents, including the date, author, recipient and general subject matter of said documents, along with the date of disposal or destruction, and the claimed reason for said disposal or destruction.

ANSWER:

PLAINTIFF’S FIRST REQUEST FOR PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS

Pursuant to Rule 34 of the Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure, Plaintiff hereby requests that the Defendant produce for inspection and copying the documents specified below. Production of these documents shall take place in the manner specified elsewhere in this document. These requests are subject to the same conditions as Plaintiff’s First Set of Interrogatories.

1. Produce each and every document identified in Defendant’s response to Plaintiff’s First Set of Interrogatories.

2. Produce the current edition of the Defendant’s corporate governance documents, including but not limited to, its Charter, Bylaws, and sub-bylaws or other resolutions that govern the conduct of corporation business and affairs.

3. Produce a copy of any statement you may have taken from the Plaintiff.

4. Produce a copy of any statement you may have taken from any witness regarding the matters discussed in the Complaint.

5. Produce all documents reviewed or relied upon any expert in preparation for testimony in this case.

6. Produce any document that you contend refutes, rebuts, or otherwise contradicts Plaintiff’s claim for relief in this case.

7. Please provide true and correct copies of the Defendants’ federal income tax returns filed for the 2005-2014 tax years.

8. Please provide true and correct copies of all corporate minutes of Defendant from January 1, 2000 to the present.

9. Please provide the current list of all TWHBEA officers, directors, employees or other persons holding any official capacity with TWHBEA of any nature, with the person’s name, position and other relevant identifying information.

10. Please provide a full list of TWHBEA’s membership, including but not limited to, each person’s name, current address and telephone number, and other information kept or maintained by TWHBEA regarding its membership.

11. Please provide all documents related to TWHBEA’s involvement as an HIO from January 1, 2000 to present.

12. Please provide copies of any and all documents, photos or other items posted by TWHBEA (or its agent) on its website (or other web-based media site including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or other site) containing the name and/or image of Pat Stout since January 1, 2000 to the present.

13. Please provide copies of any and all documents, photos or other items posted by TWHBEA (or its agent) on its website (or other web-based media site including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or other site) mentioning the poll, Clant Seay or any investigation and/or discipline of any TWHBEA member or affiliate participating in the same.

14. Produce anything else identified in your responses to the Plaintiff’s Interrogatories.

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Nephew Eugene’s friend Randolph,  who went to Vanderbilt University Law School,  thinks TWHBEA has a lot of questions to answer and documents to produce regarding what it did to Pat Stout.

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GARY LANE BRINGS YOU THE ACTUAL FILM OF MERRY GO BOY AND MIDNIGHT SUN IN MOTION – VOTING STARTS AT 8:00 P.M. CENTRAL – GO TO SHELBYVILLENOW AT 8:00 P.M., SUNDAY NIGHT

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WARTRACE, TENNESSEE – Below are two of the best flatshod natural going Tennessee Walking Horses which ever wore hair, that weren’t named Strolling Jim or Merry Wilson who arguably were better moving than either Midnight Sun or Merry Go Boy.

VOTING OPENS AT 8:00 P.M., SUNDAY,  MAY 11, 2014

CLICK ON THIS LINK TO VOTE:

http://www.shelbyvillenow.com/midnight_sun_vs__merry_go_boy

Merry Go Boy and Midnight Sun

Midnight Sun and Merry Go Boy

Both were Champions.

You will have an opportunity to express a preference as to which, in your opinion,  had the “best way of going” based on this video of each brought to you by Gary Lane of Windswept Stables of Brodhead, Kentucky.

http://www.windsweptstables.net

Nephew Eugene has told me how he’s going to vote,  but he’s sworn me to secrecy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

JOHN BENNETT, DVM

JOHN BENNETT, DVM

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

The Walking Horse Report Account:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scott DesJarlais ‘personal shortcomings’ loom large

Rep. Scott DesJarlais is shown. | AP Photo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DESJARLAIS OPPONENT SEEMS TO BE WINNING THE FUND RAISING GOING AWAY

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

Tracy raises 4 times more than DesJarlais

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

By ERIK SCHELZIG ~ The Associated Press

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE EXCLUSIVE CANYON RANCH HEALTH RESORT - TUSCON, ARIZONA

THE EXCLUSIVE CANYON RANCH HEALTH RESORT – TUSCON, ARIZONA

But I digress.

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

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

DAVID L. HOWARD - THE MAN BEHIND THE GREEN CURTAIN

DAVID L. HOWARD – THE MAN BEHIND THE GREEN CURTAIN

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

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

THEHORSES

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

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

Many left en masse to go to the Waffle House.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Normally, there would 10 or more.

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

There was ONE horse in the Championship Stake Class.

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

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

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

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

PERSONS ATTENDING SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE

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

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

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

SHERYL CRAWFORD, SORE BIG LICK SUPPORTER

SHERYL CRAWFORD,  BIG LICK SUPPORTER

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

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

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

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SLOW APPLAUSE FOR THE USDA – GRADE “B” – TWO DOWN AND THE ALL IMPORTANT SATURDAY NIGHT TO GO – PLEASE PROTECT THE HORSES

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – The USDA showed up again on Friday Night. This time it seemed to dig in and finally get down to business.

The Thermography machine was used along with retinal scans,  and they took a coldly professional approach to enforcing the Horse Protection Act and protecting the Horses from the evil doers.

THEHORSES

The USDA VMOs appeared to dictate to the S.H.O.W. DQPs to do their jobs.

It was a no-nonsense atmosphere.

At one point,  the USDA VMOs went out to center ring and observed a class from there.

It caused the Trainer BOYZ at Center Ring to hyperventilate and take a break.

A long one.

The USDA VMOs were pulling out Horses coming out of the Show Ring and requiring the S.H.O.W. DQPs to do their jobs – and re-inspect them.

The S.H.O.W. DQPs appeared to be  writing some Horse Protection Act violations.

DQP COMING OUT INSPECTION

DQPS DOING COMING OUT INSPECTION – REQUIRED BY USDA VMOS

And despite the improved performance by the USDA VMOs in their effort to protect The Horses, it is becoming more and more clear,   that the only way to protect The Horses is passage of the PAST ACT.

There was all kinds of abuse done to the Horses that were exhibited on Friday night.

The sore Big Lick will never be cleaned up.

Time after time, the three Judges tied the Horse that was doing the most.  The ones doing the most were the ones that were “fixed”.  It’s just that simple.

The public is NOT attending the Trainers Show.

The people left supporting the sore Big Lick are a dwindling group of addicts.

There were only three campers in the Lot across from Calsonic Arena.

It used to be packed.

There were vacancy signs all over Shelbyville, Tennessee including at the host motel -Microtel.

The sore Big Lick is dying a public death.

These four men should be totally ashamed of the position they have taken in trying to defend the absolutely indefensible institutionalized criminal practice of soring Tennessee Walking Horses.

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

JOHN T. BOBO - THE CONSIGLIERE - MAN BEHIND "HERR" HOWARD

JOHN T. BOBO – THE CONSIGLIERE – MAN BEHIND “HERR” HOWARD

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

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

TWHBEA MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS WALT CHISM

TWHBEA MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS WALT CHISM

U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) should not lend his name to this putrid mess.

If he does,  he will stain his legacy.

He is sitting on a powder keg of public outrage.

To his credit, you don’t hear the name of U. S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) regarding introducing a BIll To Enable Soring like Representative Blackburn has.

The Carrie Lee Underwood tweet was prologue.

The public disdain for the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse is palpable.

The USDA “may” finally be on an upward path, but it should frankly welcome passage of the PAST ACT.   

When you have to deal with those characters above it cannot be an appealing process.

And it can’t be any  fun,   week after week,  dealing with the clever criminals who sore horses and call it Sport.   And then,  they sanctimoniously publicly pray before they put The Horses on exhibition.

Maybe Friday night was a false harbinger that the USDA is stepping up, and The Horses are going to be protected, and the heck with the objectives of David L. Howard and his sore Big Lick addicts.

But maybe, just maybe, it was not.

The USDA needs to stay the course on Saturday night.

If they do,  they will deserve praise.

But will they?

We’re about to find out.

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TALE OF TWO DIFFERENT NEWSPAPERS: ‘THE TENNESSEAN’ AND ‘THE SHELBYVILLE TIMES-GAZETTE’ – ONLY 58 MILES APART BUT LIVING IN SEPARATE UNIVERSES WHERE INSTITUTIONALIZED HORSE SORING IS CONCERNED. ONE IS AGAINST SORING; THE OTHER ONE DOESN’T CARE AS LONG AS THERE ARE ‘FANCY HIGH STEPPING HORSES’

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SHELBYVILLE, TN –  On August 29, 2013,  the Shelbyville Times – Gazette  Features Editor Sadie Fowler wrote a “Never-Never Land” article about supporting the Celebration.  She recommended “kids zones, pony rides, entertainment, meets and greets” in an area next to where Federal Crimes were being committed by people abusing Horses.  All in the names of “Sport,  Pageantry and Entertainment” according to PSHA Spokesperson Jeffrey Howard.

SADIE FOWLER. SHELBYVILLE TIMES-GAZETTE

SADIE FOWLER. SHELBYVILLE TIMES-GAZETTE

Jeffrey Howard, Editor - PSHA Spokesperson & Walking Horse Report

Jeffrey Howard, Editor – PSHA Spokesperson & Walking Horse Report

On November 3, 2013,  Billy Go Boy belatedly wrote Sadie Fowler back and asked her, “Do you really, I mean really really believe that the answers are “kids zone, pony rides, entertainment, meets and greets”?

Sadie, here’s a thought – why not just have a horse show where there is NO soring?

Not reform Sadie – just NO SORING.

To do so Sadie, the “Big Lick” will have to be left behind.

There’s 50 years of history and proof that you can’t  have the “Big Lick” without soring.

Sadie, please pass along to your Editors who told you to write the “puff piece” editorial that the whole United States of America and the rest of the world is looking right at Shelbyville on this one?  And the “disconnect” you wrote about it regarding the locals and the “Big Lick” Celebration has about said it all.

Sadie, a parting thought – how about suggest to your Editors that they do something uplifting and endorse HR 1518/S.1406, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, and free Shelbyville Bedford County, Tennessee from the “Big Lick” albatross tied around its neck.

Once and for all?

So here we are now – on the verge of Spring – after a long cold winter, and where do we find Sadie Fowler and the STG outlook in Shelbyville? (Note: Over the winter a new on line publication – Shelbyville NOW – has emerged and is publishing facts which have previously been kept from that community by the entrenched powers committed to the culture of institutionalized soring)

This past Sunday,  March 9, 2014,    Ms. Fowler wrote an article in which she interviewed Celebration CEO Mike Inman and Celebration Board member/State Representative Pat Marsh, who had just returned from a trip to Washington to lobby against the PAST ACT and for Representative Blackburn’s alternative legislation.

http://www.t-g.com/story/2058874.html

The Shelbyville Times-Gazette article was entitled:

Blackburn bill would protect Celebration

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Also,  on Sunday,  The Tennessean newspaper wrote an Editorial on the PAST ACT and the Blackburn alternative bill.

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20140309/OPINION01/303090047/Whitfield-s-walking-horse-legislation-would-end-soring-Blackburn-s-would-enable-it

The Tennessean wrote Editorial was entitled:

Rep. Ed Whitfield’s walking horse legislation would end soring;                                    Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s would enable it

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Shelbyville is about 58 miles South of Nashville.

It might as well be 2,058 miles.

So how can there be such disparate views of the same situation?

Seriously,  what’s the answer?

First the Shelbyville-Times Gazette article:

Pat Marsh was quoted:

  • “I think (the Blackburn bill) is a wonderful alternative to the (PAST ACT) Whitfield bill.
  • The (PAST ACT) Whitfield bill will do away with the industry as we know it.
  • The statistics show it would take away 85 percent of horses at the Celebration.
  • It would leave only the flat shod divisions, and shows with only flat shod classes are poorly attended.
  • People come to the show to see the fancy, high-stepping horses, and we need to keep the industry going strong.”
PAT MARSH, CELEBRATION BOARD MEMBER/STATE REPRESENTATIVE

PAT MARSH, CELEBRATION BOARD MEMBER/STATE REPRESENTATIVE

One has to wonder if Mr. Marsh cares at all how “the fancy, high-stepping horses” are created?

Apparently, Mr. Marsh is blissfully unaware or chooses to ignore that 93% of the HPA violations are on the “fancy, high-stepping horses”.  Or perhaps Mr. Marshrefused to look up from his primary focus which is to “keep the industry going strong”.

This is kind of hard to believe since Mr. Marsh has to be aware that the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration  that he is charged with overseeing has lost approximately $1.5 million under his and David L. Howard’s management over the past five years.  And the Celebration is also owed about $600,000.00 for monies advanced to the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO.

In the STG interview,  Celebration CEO Mike Inman did his usual “Baghdad Bob” shtick:  Inman said,  ”Now that the people (in Washington) are starting to really understand the Whitfield and HSUS bill and the difference between the two, we’re starting to see movement from those supporting Whitfield toward the Blackburn bill, and that’s what we saw during our most recent trip to Washington.”   He said, the PAST ACT  ”calls for the elimination of all pads and chains, equipment used to achieve the high-stepping gait of the performance horses that draw excitement to the show.”

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The Tennessean Editorial:

“We used to think that soring — inflicting painful injuries to the legs and hooves of Tennessee Walking Horses to force them to adopt a high gait known as the “Big Lick” — was solely for the purpose of winning ribbons and prize money at horse shows.

After the latest maneuver by the “Big Lick” faction of the show-horse industry, we can see there is a special brand of inhumanity that thrives among us in Tennessee.

By pitting its own alternative legislation, courtesy of Rep. Marsha Blackburn, against the popular “Prevent All Soring Tactics” (PAST) bill, this group demonstrates how determined it is to continue secretly torturing animals. Stronger than a desire for mere show-ring glory, this appears to be about deriving pleasure from causing pain. That it is defenseless animals, and not people, only increases their ability to get away with it.

Blackburn’s bill is, in fact, a Trojan horse — institutionalized abuse disguised as animal protection.

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GUEST COMMENTARY:

One long time Middle Tennessee Big Lick Observer summed it up the Shelbyville situation this way:

“All of this hoopla concerns a discipline that no one wants to watch or pay to see;

  • a way of shoeing a horse that appalls real horse people;
  • a very limited number of horses actually being shown this way;
  • a very small cadre of committed owners with large checkbooks that are willing to pay to play;
  • a diminishing  group of trainers that has been making a living so long doing what they do that they can’t imagine getting real jobs; and
  • a town that wonders what the hell happened to their horse show once the city fathers got out of involvement and let David L. Howard and company take it over.”

While CEO Mike Inman and Board Member Pat Marsh were in Washington trying to get elected officials to change their minds,  approximately ten more Representatives and Senators signed on to co-sponsor the PAST ACT.

And somebody named Carrie started tweeting about it.

And so it goes.
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UNITED STATES SENATOR TIM KAINE (D-VA) BECOMES THE 51ST U. S. SENATOR TO CO-SPONSOR THE PAST ACT – BIPARTISAN WAVE BUILDS AND BUILDS – NOW THE MAJORITY OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE CO-SPONSOR THE PAST ACT

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WASHINGTON, DC –  Formerly Chairman of the Democratic National Committee,  U. S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA),  is now co-sponsoring the PAST ACT(Prevent All Soring Tactics Act).  Kaine is the former Governor of Virginia and Mayor of Richmond, Virginia.

Kaine becomes the 51st United States Senator to co-sponsor the PAST ACT.

Now, a majority of the United States Congress – Senate and House – sponsor the PAST ACT.

268 U.S.  Representatives co-sponsor the PAST ACT – 62%.

51 U. S. Senators co-sponsor the PAST ACT – 51%.

U. S. SENATOR TIM CAIN (D-VA)

U. S. SENATOR TIM KAINE (D-VA)

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More to come.

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REPUBLICAN NEVADA CONGRESSMAN MARK AMODEI (R-NV) BECOMES #268 TO CO-SPONSOR PAST ACT – STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT –CLOSER AND CLOSER TO FLOOR VOTE

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WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Mark Amodei  (R-NV),  is now co-sponsoring the PAST ACT (Prevent All Soring Tactics Act).

REPRESENTATIVE MARK AMODEI (R-NV)

Amodei becomes the 268th  Representative of 435 Congressmen to co-sponsor the measure which is 62% of the United States House of Representatives.

The PAST ACT will remove the pads and chains, eliminate the corrupt HIOs and make horse soring a federal felony.

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DOES THIS MEAN USDA APHIS ADMINISTRATORS KEVIN SHEA AND CHESTER GIPSON, DVM ARE GOING TO ENFORCE THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT TO ELIMINATE SORING RATHER THAN JUST “REGULATING SORING” – NEPHEW EUGENE IS HIGHLY SKEPTICAL

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WASHINGTON, DC – All eyes are on the USDA officials to see if they finally mean business on enforcing the Horse Protection Act.  The word circulating out of Shelbyville is it could be true that the USDA actually intends to enforce the Horse Protection Act.

But most people doubt that they will because the USDA simply has not done so in the past.

And the 139 HPA violations by S.H.O.W. HIO under minimum penalties still have not been uploaded to the USDA HPA database.

Has David L. Howard’s  sore Big Lick  painted itself into a corner.

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Two weeks ago,  they rolled out the BLACKBURN BILL TO ENABLE SORING.

Then David L. Howard’s Celebration/PSHA sore Big Lick bunch built their program around two things:

  • 98.6% compliance with HPA.
  • Objective science based inspections.

The last thing the sore Big Lick bunch counted on was the USDA just simply enforcing the Horse Protection Act.    So this past weekend when the Lickers interpreted the DQP training session in Shelbyville to possibly mean that could actually happen,   all Hell broke loose.

If it’s a wrinkle, it’s a scar, and that means 60 days under minimum penalties.

Next one is six months.

Next one is a year.

Now you know why the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO sued the USDA in Federal Court in Texas to keep the minimum penalties from being enforced.

In typical Trainer BOYZ tradition, they were going to call off the 46th National Trainers Show.

They told David L. Howard,  “You know we can’t live with the USDA enforcing the law.”

The idea of calling off the Trainers Show got the addicted owners some upset.  And in the words of the late Claude Crowley, owner of Pride’s Generator once said, “What are we going to do with them,  plow them?”

After paying training, farriers and vets all winter,  the addicted sore Big Lick Owners told the Trainer BOYZ,  “you better show our horses at the Trainer’s Show this week or we will find someone who will.”

So the Trainer BOYZ,  who only have about 100 dues paying members left and lost their building two weeks ago,   are going to “let the show go on”.

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One might ask how not enforcing the Horse Protection Act became something for which the USDA is known.     In the past the USDA grew comfortable delegating the enforcement of the Federally mandated Horse Protection Act to the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO.   Most say it was due to direct threats by politicians like U. S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY) threatening to interfere with the USDA funding for other programs.

That is the world to which sore Big Lick TWHBEA President Steve Smith is accustomed.  The only problem is its 2014 – not 1997.

The climate has changed and the public is behind the PAST ACT with 50 Senators and 268 Representatives along with an intense public focus by social media demanding that  APHIS Administrators Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson, DVM stop “regulating soring” and instead enforce the HPA to “eliminate soring”.

KEVIN SHEA - APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

KEVIN SHEA – APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

 DR. CHESTER GIPSON, DVM - "HERR" HOWARD'S PARTNER

DR. CHESTER GIPSON, DVM – “HERR” HOWARD’S PARTNER

RACHEL CEZAR, DVM,  HORSE PROTECTION COORDINATOR

RACHEL CEZAR, DVM, HORSE PROTECTION COORDINATOR

We’ll soon see if the USDA means business, or they will continue to ENABLE SORING by not enforcing the Horse Protection Act.

Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson, DVM  need to come through this time.

Radar says he will believe it when he sees it.

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HAS A “PERFECT STORM” DESCENDED UPON SHELBYVILLE TENNESSEE – HAS THE SENATOR LAMAR “ALEXANDER BILL TO ENABLE SORING” BEEN CAUGHT UP IN IT? – WHAT IS DAVID L. HOWARD GOING TO DO NEXT?

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – Sometimes the best laid plans of mice and men will get you into a glue trap.  That “may” be what has happened with sore Big Lick.

And it may even get United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)  in it, too.

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

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

David L. Howard and the TRAINER BOYZ have been clamoring for scientific based inspections.    Now it seems like they are going to get them with thermography – along with the USDA’s alleged statement given in S.H.O.W. HIO DQP training on Saturday that the USDA VMOs are going to check EVERY horse’s feet for scars, and a wrinkle will be considered a scar.   Seeing something is objective, not subjective.  So if there is a wrinkle which is a scar,  then the horse gets turned down and the penalty is 60 days suspension. And this has nothing to do with palpation – it has to do with seeing it.  And the thermography can see things the naked eye can’t.

And there is something interesting.  When you examine and look at the pasterns of the flat shod horses, you don’t see those “wrinkles” which are scars which result over time from these:

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For sure the sore Big Lick crowd got blind sided by The Tennessean editorial appearing Sunday which said:

PAST ACT – STOP SORING

BLACKBURN BILL – ENABLE SORING

Then Miss. Carrie Lee Underwood tweets it to 3,420,000 Followers and all bets are off.

David L. Howard’s sore Big Lick crowd ginned up a letter from the American Farm Bureau to give Senator Alexander some cover when he rolled out his Senate companion bill to the BLACKBURN BILL TO ENABLE SORING.

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Senator Alexander may be rethinking the:

ALEXANDER BILL TO ENABLE SORING

Add to that the 46th National Trainer’s Show was gasping for air with no public support and lack of sponsors.

So is this possible cancellation of the Trainer’s Show and the 2014 Big Lick show season:

  • Big Lick strategy to claim economic damage to Tennessee?
  • Reality of a “Perfect Storm” descending upon Shelbyville?

Like I said, it’s going to be an interesting week.

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DAVID L. HOWARD AND WALKING HORSE TRAINER BOYZ THREATENING TO CANCEL 2014 BIG LICK HORSE SHOW SEASON OVER USDA ENFORCEMENT OF HORSE PROTECTION ACT – TRAINER BOYZ IN UPROAR

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – The USDA DQP training for the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO was held in Shelbyville, Tennessee over the weekend, and the USDA delivered a message that has David L. Howard and the WALKING HORSE TRAINER BOYZ in full melt down.

The 98.6% Horse Protection Act compliance rate folks – the sore Big Lick crowd – are now threatening to cancel the Trainers Show and 2014 Show Season over the USDA doing its job through the use of science based technology to enforce the scar rule.

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

TRAINERS SHOW BOYZ SHOW CHAIRMAN BENNY JOHNSON

TRAINERS SHOW BOYZ SHOW CHAIRMAN BENNY JOHNSON

 

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

The TRAINER BOYZ were told that the USDA VMOs are going to check EVERY horse for scar rule violation, and wrinkles of raised tissue on the horse’s pastern will get you a First Offense under the mandatory minimum penalties.

This will mean a 60 day suspension.   In the past, it meant nothing other than a piece of paper.

SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE DONNA BENEFIELD ISSUES CONFIDENTIAL WARNING

By Donna Benefield

CONFIDENTIAL ALERT: I just received a call from a Big Lick trainer, informing me that the National Trainer’s Association “Secret Meeting,” that was held this morning about 9 A.M., was to discuss whether to have the Trainer’s Show this weekend. I was told, no solution was reached, so it will resume this evening about 5 P.M to vote, on whether to even have a SHOW SEASON. This is to remain CONFIDENTIAL.

When asked why, when only 2% of the industry is soring, I was informed that they do not want to continue until the USDA compromises. (Another attempt at the “Tail wagging the dog.”)I was told that this all is based on this past weeks SHOW DQP Training with the USDA. I was told that SHOW was informed that any wrinkles on the posterior area of the pastern will be considered a violation. (This would confirm exactly what our USDA/DQP training VMO informed us two weeks ago.)They also said that the USDA informed them, they were to enforce the Mandatory Penalties (Imagine that. They aren’t being allowed to pick and choose which regulations they have to enforce! It just isn’t fair. Maybe Steve Smith or Marsha Blackburn can help them.)I was informed that the USDA stated that they would be requesting Letters of Warning on ALL SHOW DQPs that did not enforce the law. (That has been done in the past, and the HIO refused to issue the Letters of Warning. And what happened…..nothing.)Lastly, I was informed that the USDA was going to inspect behind the DQPs on every horse. (So.)(FYI-The Whitfield Amendment has not even passed yet. So what’s the big deal?)There you have it. The latest from the Trainer’s Association office (previously a funeral home) in downtown Shelbyville. Understand, I’m receiving this all second hand from a trainer, so I recommend that you confirm this.And don’t forget this is all to remain CONFIDENTIAL. So don’t tell anyone outside of this breed or the USDA!”

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The WALKING HORSE TRAINER BOYZ are having a “LIVILEHOOD”membership meeting conference call at 5:00 p.m. Monday to decide to have the 46th Annual National Trainers Show and the 2014 Show Season.

Seasoned observers believe that based on past strategy,  when the heat gets on,   the Trainer BOYZ “strike” or “boycott”.

It is not believed that tactic will work this time for two reasons:

  1. The “Racket” is 98.6% compliant so why should it worry about the USDA doing its job.
  2. David L. Howard and the TRAINER BOYZ and the BLACKBURN BILL TO ENABLE SORING have been wanting science based inspections, and it appears that new technology is now available which will make that possible.

And in response to it all,  David L. Howard and the TRAINER BOYZ went to cancel the Trainers Show and Show season?

My, oh my.

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BROTHER ROY EXUM SPOTLIGHTS DAVID L. HOWARD’S “SEEDY INNER-CORE GROUP HEADQUARTERED IN SHELBYVILLE” TRYING TO STOP THE PAST ACT

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CHATTANOOGA, TN – If you are 90 years old you can say anything and people should listen.  W. W. “Bill” Harlin said,  “Tennessee is getting a reputation as a horse abuse state”.

It bothered The Tennessean newspaper, and it bothers Chattanooga columnist Roy Exum, too.

Here is his column:

http://www.chattanoogan.com/2014/3/10/271401/Roy-Exum-The-Best-Money-Can-Buy.aspx

Roy Exum: The Best Money Can Buy

Monday, March 10, 2014 – by Roy Exum
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Roy Exum

A pointed editorial in Sunday’s editions of the Nashville Tennessean left little doubt that two pending bills currently in Congress are quite different. The headline itself told the whole story: “Rep. Ed Whitfield’s walking horse legislation would end soring; Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s would enable it.”

But whether the well-documented column will cause Tenn. Senator Lamar Alexander to reconsider introducing a companion bill to Rep. Blackburn’s disappointing legislation is a hot topic as Washington’s work-week begins tomorrow. On Friday several sources revealed Alexander was planning to make a push in the Senate this week with an alternate bill tailored to Blackburn’s bill in Congress. If so, it would be in marked defiance of the very popular PAST Act (HB 1518/S1406) that has now been endorsed by 47 Senators and 266 members of Congress to finally stop the flagrant and repugnant soring of horses.

The PAST Act, sponsored by congressman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky) and senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), has been endorsed by the leading equine groups in the country, including the huge American Veterinary Medical Association and the renowned American Association of Equine Practitioners. But Blackburn’s bill – a “Trojan Horse” as the Tennessean editors call it – represents “the best that the horse-abuser’s money could buy, in the form of tens of thousands of dollars in contributions to her campaign, in order to continue torturing and maiming horses.”

The editorial called out both Alexander and Tennessee’s other senator, Bob Corker, chiding them for their “silence” in the matter after it has become common knowledge in horse circles that Tennessee is the epicenter for horse abuse in the entire world. Walking Horses in Tennessee and surrounding states have endured a half-century of shameless soring and abuse. Soring is where caustic chemicals and harmful devices such as nails and screws are used to achieve an unnatural, high-kicking gait called the “Big Lick” and America has clearly had enough.

The vast majority of Walking Horse trainers and riders across the nation deplore the shameful practice but a seedy inner-core group headquartered in Shelbyville has lobbied hard in recent months to keep the pads, or stacks, and the shady judging, and the committees that are rife with Horse Protection Act violators from being affected by the PAST Act. They will stop at nothing to see the bill doesn’t pass.

It is no secret Sen. Alexander is obviously aligned with the “Big Lick;” his state campaign chairman is Steve B. Smith, the president of the Breeder’s and Exhibitors Association. Smith, who has been found in violation with the federal Horse Protection Act in the past, and his Big Lick cronies have lobbied Alexander and Coker hard. They have also contributed heavily to Congressional campaigns, most recently throwing a reception for Blackburn last August that netted their alleged (and highly prized) confederate a reported $70,000.

Nine members of Congress, including Chuck Fleischmann of Chattanooga and Scott DesJarlaris of Jasper (who was feted the year before by the Big Lick), are among nine cosponsors of Blackburn’s sleazy bill, which the Tennessean article claims “shows there is a special brand of inhumanity that thrives among us in Tennessee … (and) demonstrates how determined (the Big Lick) is to continue secretly torturing animals.”

“Stronger than a desire for mere show-ring glory,” the column reads, “this appears to be about deriving pleasure from causing pain. That it is defenseless animals, and not people, only increases their ability to get away with it. After decades of violations … the PAST (Prevent All Soring Tactics) bill offers a real chance to strengthen the law.”

The Tennessean article also read, “Soring is very much alive, and the bad actors in the walking horse industry are hardening their position instead of backing away from it, hoping to gut the laws that forbid them to do what they love: torment animals. Their spokesmen like to say that Blackburn’s bill ‘eliminates soring’ while Whitfield’s bill ‘eliminates the horse.’

“We know their abject cruelty is what will eliminate the horse, if we let them.”

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A hearing is scheduled for March 17 — a week from today — in Maryville, Tenn., for Larry Joe Wheelon, age 68, and three other men on 18 counts of aggravated cruelty to livestock and conspiracy to commit aggravated cruelty to animals. Wheelon, a colorful “Big Lick” trainer and judge with a lengthy string of violations, once served as chairman of the Ethics Committee of the trainer’s association.

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INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY

If found guilty, the men could possibly serve jail sentences since animal cruelty is now a felony crime in Tennessee. On the federal level animal abuse is still a misdemeanor, a further reason the PAST Act needs to pass.

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