BEFORE BEING FIRED, REASSIGNED OR ASKED TO RESIGN BY SECRETARY VILSACK, CHESTER GIPSON, DVM OWES AN EXPLANATION TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHY “I AM JOSE’S'” SHOES WERE NOT PULLED TO CHECK FOR PRESSURE SHOEING – BIG LICK THUGS INCITED BY SORE LEADERS RESULTS IN NUMEROUS THREATS OF PHYSICAL VIOLENCE

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WASHINGTON,   DC - U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack needs to call Chester Gipson,  DVM into  his office on Tuesday morning and fire him or reassign him.

Tom Vilsack - U. S. Secretary of Agriculture

Tom Vilsack – U. S. Secretary of Agriculture

IT’S TIME FOR THIS MAN TO GO

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

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

Dr. Gipson never needs to be in charge of inspecting another horse show.

Here is an excerpt of a letter dated August 21, 2014,  from 59 members of Congress to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack

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

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Informed sources say that Secretary Vilsack’s replyto the members of Congress  made clear and assured them that Stacks/Packages/Shoes would be pulled at the 2014 Celebration.

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Thanks to Dr. Chester Gipson, that did not happen.  

As he has done so many times in his USDA career,  Dr. Chester Gipson appeared to “play both sides”.

August 30, 2014 needs to be the last time Dr. Gipson ever has the opportunity to do that.

He was weighed in the balance following the World Grand Championship Stake Class on Saturday night,  August 30, 2014.

And Dr. Gipson was found sorely wanting

“I AM JOSE” has been suspect for a long time.

After winning the 2013 World Grand Championship,  ”I AM JOSE” was exhibited at the Asheville, NC show where the whooping and hollering resembled a Klan rally.The deeper (more elevated) the horse is,  the more the Yahoos yell.

The Celebration’s S.H.O.W. Inspectors at Asheville, NC,  allowed “I AM JOSE” to exhibit and the horse was terribly bad image.  The USDA inspectors were not at the Asheville, North Carolina show.

 

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At the 2014 National Trainers Show,  Dr. Rachel Cezar was in charge of the USDA inspection teams and did a marvelous job.

Many horses were turned down in order to eliminate soring, not just regulate it.

DR. RACHEL CEZAR

DR. RACHEL CEZAR

At the 2014 National Trainers Show,  ”I AM JOSE”  performed an Exhibition,  rather than entering into competition, and he was again terribly bad image.

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

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"I AM JOSE" EXHIBITED MARCH 15, 2014

“I AM JOSE” EXHIBITED MARCH 15, 2014

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At the 2014 Celebration,  Dr. Rachel Cezar was in charge of the USDA Inspectors from Thursday, Aug. 21 through Monday, Aug 25.

Under Dr. Cezar, the USDA was enforcing the Horse Protection Act utilizing a number of inspection techniques including thermography which is objective and science based.  It is state of the art for discovering scars which radial x-rays cannot do.

Of the horses the USDA inspected the first three days, over 55% of them were turned down.  This demolished the Tennessee Walking Horse Racket claims of 98% compliance.

Dr. Cezar was allegedly threatened and one Facebook poster posted,  ”Shank Rachel Cezar and let her see how if feels…”

Here is a “song” posted on another website sponsored by a sore Big Licker:

http://forums.walkinghorsechat.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=33112

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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During the Celebration,  Celebration Chairman David L. Howard  posted on a an internet  message board in what appeared to be an attempt to encourage and incite people to violence, much like the racist Governors of the South during the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s.

 NEVER!

GOVERNOR GEORGE C. WALLACE

GOVERNOR GEORGE C. WALLACE

NEVER!

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

NEVER!

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Celebration Chairman David L. Howard said:

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“ … (AAWHA Rep) viciously attacks the Veterinary Advisory Committee in response to an article in the Nashville Tennessean, that was factual for a change. You can comment on the article and Seay’s trash as I did a few minutes ago. Please read these article and the comments and respond civilly and factually”

AAWHA Rep responded:      Mr. Howard, how can you use the words “viciously” and “trash” in private, then urge your followers to write civilly and factually in public where their actions can be seen.

Isn’t this another example of the “Big Lick Big Lie” mentality.

Has it ever ocurred to you that when YOU, as Chairman of the Celebration, use this language you may incite persons to take the law into their own hands and perhaps resort to violence because someone happens to disagree with them?”

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Shortly before the Celebration began,  Walking Horse President Mickey McCormick’s Assistant Trainer Casey Brooks Mutter was questioned by the FBI for a Facebook threat he made on August 4, 2014..

THREAT MADE BY CASEY BROOKS MUTTER TO BILLY GO BOY

THREAT MADE BY CASEY BROOKS MUTTER TO BILLY GO BOY

Then other threats of physical violence were made during the Celebration including “cut your throat” and “kick your ass”,  and persons were noticed aiding and encouraging the persons making the threats.

Further investigations are expected.

In the meantime, it’s time for Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to take care of business with Deputy Aphis Administrator Dr. Chester Gipson.

Dr. Chester Gipson irrevocably lost his credibility when he didn’t pull the shoes on ‘I Am Jose” and check foe pressure shoeing.

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THE TENNESSEAN ARTICLE QUESTIONS “DIRECT SUPERVISION” CLAIMED BY CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD AND “VAC” OFFICIALS TOM BLANKENSHIP AND DR. JERRY JOHNSON (SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER “INDEPENDENT” EQUINE ADVISOR)

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NASHVILLE, TN –   In a world where something spoken for pure certainty one week, and a week later,  the speaker pretends it was never said,  is the norm in the Tennessee Walking Hose Racket.   The sore Big Lickers are getting extremely nervous with the continued investigative reporting by The Tennessean Reporter Paul C. Barton into the shenanigans of Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and his “High Paid Independent” operatives Tom Blankenship and Dr. Jerry Johnson.

Chairman David L. Howard said neither Tom Blankenship or Dr. Jerry Johnson had any substantial ties to the Walking Horse business, and then come to find out that both Blankenship and Johnson were Steve Smith lackies back in 2006 to put the “FIX” in for the sore Big Liick, and trash the “Scar Rule” and redefine “SORING” to suit the LIckers.

Howard also said Tom Blankenship and Dr. Jerry Johnson were “Independent”.

Hogwash and balderdash!

Spokesperson Tom Blankenship said “VAC” vets were independent because of a Contract, then it all came to light that the most credentialed of the panel, Dr. Dallas O. Goble, long time caretaker of the Budweiser Clydesdales:

  • Didn’t sign any Contract.
  • Wasn’t part of the “VAC”.
  • Hasn’t set foot in Shelbyville in over 20 years.
  • Was never paid a dime, and Blankenship said they were paid a “SIGNIFICANT” sum of money.

ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE COMMENT:

The lies of Celebration Chairman David L. Howard, “VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship and “VAC” Chairman Jerry Johnson are coming home to haunt the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.The three “World Class” vets that David Howard said would be on the Celebration premises did not appear to be there at all. For sure Dr. Dallas O. Goble was not even part of the group – and after two days of crisis management with Howard about the lies being exposed, it appears that Tom Blankenship and Dr. Jerry Johnson made an URGENT trip to Knoxville carrying with them a letter designed to “spin” away the frauds that had been perpetrated.The “VAC” spin letter blew up in their faces when AAWHA Media Representative called and interviewed Dr. Goble and got the true story, and then made the audio and transcript of the interview available on www.billygoboy.com
VAC_Chart_#6The article headline:
AAWHA INTERVIEW WITH DR. DALLAS O. GOBLE BLOWS CELEBRATION/”VAC” PR FIRM “SPIN JOB” SKY HIGH – LISTEN TO DR. GOBLE EXPOSE THE BLATANT LIES AND CHICANERY OF THE SORE BIG LICK (Posted on August 30, 2014)The Celebration’s vaunted “VAC” Veterinary Advisory Committee lost all credibility when the lies perpetrated by Celebration Chairman David L. Howard, “VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship and “VAC” Chairman Dr. Jerry Johnson were made public.
Sincerely,  Clant M. Seay, Media Representative, All American Walking Horse Alliance.
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DR. DALLAS O. GOBLE STATEMENT – AUGUST 29, 2014

Claims on walking horse panel’s website draw fire

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The website of the new Veterinary Advisory Committee associated with the walking horse celebration in Shelbyville promised the committee would provide “direct supervision” of lower-level staff who assist in testing horses for signs of soring.

RELATED: I Am Jose repeats as Tennessee Walking Horse champion

Critics now question how that squares with the statements by a committee spokesman that the committee’s “world class” vets didn’t have to be on the grounds of the Shelbyville event to do their jobs.

The Tennessee National Walking Horse Celebration ended Saturday.

RELATED:Humane Society says article casts doubt on vet’s fairness in Walking Horse issue

In comments last week, VAC spokesman Tom Blankenship repeatedly said the high-profile vets didn’t have to attend the show to carry out their function of helping protect horses from soring.

The comments came as controversy arose over what, if any, part veterinarian Dallas Goble of Knoxville was playing on the new body.

“You cannot provide ‘direct supervision’ from your couch at home. You must be on-site,” Teresa Bippen of St. Louis-based Friends of Sound Horses said Monday.

RELATED: Horse study once blasted by industry now trumpeted

And Donna Benefield, vice president of the International Walking Horse Association, said: “They bragged about these vets’ reputations. What difference does it make what their reputations are if it isn’t these vets that are present doing the tests and (providing) direct supervision?”

Blankenship and other walking horse industry officials did not respond Monday to phone calls and emails requesting comments.

Last week, Blankenship and Celebration officials insisted Goble was playing a role on the committee, even though in interviews the veterinarian said he decided weeks ago to not be a member of the VAC and was remaining at his home in Knoxville instead of going to Shelbyville.

Celebration officials established the committee and paid for it to reassure the public it was taking seriously allegations of soring.

In his interviews with The Tennessean, Goble said his only conversation with the committee had been a phone call with lead vet Jerry H. Johnson several weeks before the Celebration began. Goble said he told Johnson he didn’t want to participate because he would have had trouble getting malpractice insurance. He had been retired 11 years.

On its website, under “Frequently Asked Questions,” the VAC describes how it employs monitors, farriers (specialists in hoof care) and other personnel to implement its “protocols and recommendations.”

And then it adds: “These personnel shall perform their responsibilities under the direct supervision and auspices of the VAC.”

Keith Dane, who represents the Humane Society of the United States on equine issues, called the discrepancy another sign Celebration officials don’t deal honestly with the public.

“Direct supervision certainly suggests to me that the supervisors would be on site,” he said in a statement Monday.

“But these people twist and massage their words to leave the impression they desire, without actually living up to the letter of what their words say. They have mastered that tactic, and it’s the only way they have managed to keep on deceiving the public all these years.”

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

IF SCARRED ABUSED “DUTCH” IS NOT A TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE, THEN NEITHER IS WORLD GRAND CHAMPION “I AM JOSE” – WONDER WHO SOME OF THE COMMON RELATIVES ARE – $1,000 REWARD OFFERED BY WWW.BILLYGOBOY.COM

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – Celebration Chairman David L. Howard’s erstwhile front man, Celebration CEO Mike Inman,  drew a national and international firestorm of protest in August when, in response to a USA TODAY article telling the story of “Dutch”, a wonderfully kind abused scarred Tennessee Walking Horse,  Mike Inman blithely inferred:

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/2014/08/03/tennessee-walking-horse-dutch-saved-slaughter/13557647/

  • Dutch didn’t exist,
  • Dutch was a”publicity stunt”.
  • Dutch had “no credibility”.
  • Dutch was not a Tennessee Walking Horse

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The fact is Dutch was rescued from going to slaughter in June 2013 by an individual with funds provided by The Humane Society of the United States.

Dutch was a former Big Lick show horse who is now approximately 15 years old. Dutch was first discovered wearing stack packages on his front feet in a slaughter pen at a livestock auction.

For anyone who doesn’t think “Dutch” is a Tennessee Walking Horse,  please take a look at “DUTCH” next to his cousin,  or perhaps even blood brother, the 2014 World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse,  “I AM JOSE”.

AMERICA’S TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE “DUTCH” AND KELLY SMITH

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“DUTCH” AND KELLY SMITH – OMEGA HORSE RESCUE – JUNE 18, 2014

TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE “I AM JOSE” AND CASEY WRIGHT

"I AM JOSE" AND CASEY WRIGHT, 2013-2014 WORLD GRAND CHAMPION

“I AM JOSE” AND CASEY WRIGHT, 2013-2014 WORLD GRAND CHAMPION

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“I AM JOSE” – WORLD GRAND CHAMPION – 2013 – 2014

AMERICA’S HORSE – “DUTCH”

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If there was any shred of integrity left at Steve Smith’s (Senator Alexander’s $3 Million man) TWHBEA,  it  would make all of its facilities, resources, records, access to records, testing and related data to determine “WHO” “Dutch” the abused scarred Tennessee Walking Horse sold to slaughter on Big Lick stacks/pads actually is.

And no, unfortunately,  TWHBEA under its current management cannot be trusted to do any of this,  but perhaps a four person ombudsman committee consisting of TWHBEA Directors Pam Reband, Rick Wies, Dave Thomas and David Williams should be given the “keys to the car” for  the single purpose of bringing this matter to resolution, if it can be done.

For right now,  ”Dutch” is loved by thousands of people all across America and throughout the world.

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WWW.BILLYGOBOY.COM has offered a $1,000.00 reward to learn the true identity of Dutch.

Kelly Smith tells “The Story Of Dutch’s Road To Recovery”.

As Aunt Matilda says,  “They sure do favor”.

That tends to happen when you share  a lot of the same kin folks.

http://www.allbreedpedigree.com/i+am+jose

"I AM JOSE" KIN FOLKS

“I AM JOSE” KIN FOLKS

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THE TRAGEDY OF “I AM JOSE” – JOSE MOST LIKELY COULD HAVE MADE IT HONEST – TRAINER CASEY WRIGHT SAID THERE WAS MORE “PRESSURE” THIS YEAR

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SHELBYVILLE,  TN – “I AM JOSE” won by default in a mighty three horse class in what might be, could be,  ought to be the last Big Lick World Grand Championship at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration before the Tennessee Walking Horse goes back to his plantation roots as Auburn Vet Dean Emeritus Tom Vaughan suggested it should.

Otherwise,  it may return to its roots – the plantation walking horse, which may not be a bad thing.   Tom Vaughan, Dean Emeritus Auburn Vet College

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“I AM JOSE”  -  CASEY WRIGHT UP

"I AM JOSE" - 2014 World Grand Champion

“I AM JOSE” – 2014 World Grand Champion

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“I AM JOSE” – 2014 WORLD GRAND CHAMPION 0F 3 IN THE CLASS

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Here is an article in The Tennessean along with Comments including a prefatory one by Clant M. Seay, Spokesperson for the All American Walking Horse Alliance.

COMMENTS:

“I Am Jose” has a championship Tennessee Walking Horse pedigree – Midnight Sun/Merry Go Boy – Midnight Mack K – Pride’s Generator – Sun’s Delight. All Horses that had natural ability. These are Horses that were and could have been champions without the Pads and Chains associated with soring.

“I Am Jose’s” Trainer Casey Wright has received 9 Horse Protection Act Violation Citations in the last nine years including unilateral sore, scar rule and foreign substance. Two of these horses have the name “Jose” in their pedigree. In the last eight years, 843 Tennessee Walking Horses have received HPA violation citations for being sore Sixty of these horses have the name “Jose” in their pedigrees.

America is firmly lined up against the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse because they endure pain to be trained to perform the Big Lick. MTSU Equine Professor John Haffner says ALL of them do, and he is irrefutably correct. A native Tennessean, Dr. Haffner grew up a fan of the Big Lick horse, and then saw “The Light”.

The Big Lick horse is presently unmarketable, and the State of Tennessee is earning the reputation for being the World Center of Horse Abuse.

At the 2014 Celebration, the USDA Vet inspectors were turned over 50% of all the Big Lick Horses they checked as being SORE.

The Celebration’s Premier Sponsor Mr. Dave Thomas of Winner’s Circle says horses are being sored in 2014, and pointed out that Go Jo, WD-40, Dawn and Gentlkleen are being used to do it.

There were only 3 Horses were left to show in the World Grand Championship class last night of which”I Am Jose’” was declared the winner. Of the five Judges, ALL of them had Horse Protection Act Violation Citations for soring.. Over half of the other championship contenders didn’t show because they were found to be SORE.

It’s time to pass the PAST ACT to remove the Pads and Chains so “I Am Jose’ offspring will not have to suffer like all the other Jose Jose offspring which have been sored to produce the sore Big Lick.

And to clean up Tennessee’s horse abuse image, and to free the Tennessee Walking Horse breed from the pads and chains which are an incentive to sore the horses.

Sincerely,
Clant M. Seay, Spokesperson, All American Walking Horse Alliance, AAWHAMEDIAREP@gmail.com.

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http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2014/08/31/jose-wins-nd-straight-walking-horse-celebration-championship/14909101/

I Am Jose wins 2nd straight Walking Horse Celebration championship

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Debbie Woods calls I Am Jose her “history maker.”

I Am Jose became the first repeat champion in 58 years at the 76th Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration on Saturday night.

In 2013, I Am Jose became the first 4-year-old horse to win the big stake since 1966, when Shaker’s Shocker won the world grand championship.

“Well, everything about that horse is special from the first time that I looked at him,” said Woods, I Am Jose’s co-owner from Lexington. “Last year, of course, he made history being the first 4-year-old and this year he made history repeating back-to-back. I was just a baby (the last time a horse repeated.)”

Go Boy’s Shadow won consecutive titles in 1955-56, with Shelbyville’s Winston Wiser in the saddle.

Reagan’s Casey Wright rode I Am Jose, a 5-year-old black stallion, to a unanimous decision.

“It’s unbelievable,” Wright said. “There aren’t many horses that can do that. He’s one of a kind.”

There were only three entries in the big stake. Ten years ago, it was typical to have more than 10 entries.

Inspections to check for soring by the U.S Department of Agriculture have been strict. There were 16 entries in last weekend’s two preliminary classes, but only six horses made it to the show ring

“I think they all got turned down last weekend,” Wright said. “(Inspections) are as strict as it can be. We thought (I Am Jose) was fine — that’s why we took him up there. We ain’t got nothing to hide.”

Gen’s Black Maverick took second and Mr. Heisman was third.

Five hours of steady rain softened the oval dirt track, but I Am Jose didn’t have any problems with his footing.

“It was a little bit (slick), but not too bad,” Wright said. “It was pretty firm footing up under it.”

Woods calls the stallion “a mudder.” Rain kept many spectators away as dozens of bleacher rows were empty. Many of the die-hards who came wore rain ponchos.

Mud splattered the riders’ pants legs as 1.58 inches of rain fell in Shelbyville, according to the National Weather Service. One longtime Celebration employee said it was the rainiest day at the show since the remnants of Hurricane Katrina passed through in 2005.

Wright said it was harder to win this year than last year.

“There was a little more pressure this year,” Wright said. “It felt like every eye in that place was on me. I was a little tense, probably.”

The trainer from West Tennessee marvels at I Am Jose’s consistency.

“He’s just natural,” Wright said. “You can put him up for a month and get him out, and he’s still good. He’s just a great horse.”

Most big stake winners don’t defend their title so they can put their horses into breeding, which can make a lot of money for the owners.

“We bred him last fall after I won and then we took him back,” Wright said. “He stayed at the breeding barn from March until the end of June, and we started working him the first of July. (Saturday) was the only time he’s been shown this year.”

It seems unlikely that I Am Jose will go for a three-peat – a feat accomplished by only one horse: The Talk of the Town from 1951-53.

“I think we aren’t going to test our lucky anymore,” said Wright, who turns 33 on Monday.

But Billy Woods, the horses’ co-owner and Debbie’s husband, isn’t ruling it out.

“We never say no,” Billy said.

Reach Chip Cirillo at 615 664-2194 or on Twitter @ChipCirillo.

Green honored

Shelbyville’s Charlie Green was named trainer of the year for the third time. He also won in 2007 and 2013.

Repeat Celebration champions

1940-41 — Haynes Peacock

1945-46 — Midnight Sun

1947-48 — Merry Go Boy

1951-53 — The Talk of the Town

1955-56 — Go Boy’s Shadow

2013-14 — I Am Jose

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COMMENTS TO THE TENNESSEAN ARTICLE

  • Billygoboy

    POSTED ON WWW.BILLYGOBOY.COM ”I Am Jose” has a championship Tennessee Walking Horse pedigree – Midnight Sun/Merry Go Boy – Midnight Mack K – Pride’s Generator – Sun’s Delight. All Horses that had natural ability. These are Horses that were and could have been champions without the Pads and Chains associated with soring.”I Am Jose’s” Trainer Casey Wright has received 9 Horse Protection Act Violation Citations in the last nine years including unilateral sore, scar rule and foreign substance. Two of these horses have the name “Jose” in their pedigree. In the last eight years, 843 Tennessee Walking Horses have received HPA violation citations for being sore Sixty of these horses have the name “Jose” in their pedigrees.America is firmly lined up against the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse  See More
    • Rolfe Mullins · ETSU

      You keep saying these horses were sore, they were turned down on the scar rule, does not mean a horse was sore.
    • Lisa Rogero · Jasper, Georgia

      That’s how they get the scars, from being burned. You can’t create the big lick gait without soring the horse.
    • Lesly Evans Johnson

      Mr. Mullins, please explain the training routines that produce the big lick.
  • Billygoboy

    Here are the HORSE PROTECTION ACT Violation Citation records* of Casey Wright and his brother Michael Wright -Michael Wright Jose’s Pretty Penny 8/25/2012 Foreign Substance.
    Casey Wright Jose’s Bambino 8/24/2012 Foreign Substance.
    Casey Wright Jose’s Double Down 8/27/2012 Foreign Substance.
    Casey Wright Jazz Under the Light 7/26/2012 Sore.
    Casey Wright I’m Deuce 8/26/2012 Sore.
    Michael Wright Padron 5/26/2011 Foreign Substance.
    Casey Wright It’s Electric 8/30/2009 Foreign Substance.
    Michael Wright A Strong Need for Cash 8/27/2012 Foreign Substance.
    Casey Wright Major Frivolous 8/27/2010 Scar Rule.
    Michael Wright I’m A Proud American 3/15/2013 Sore.*USDA – APHIS ANIMAL CARE HORSE PROTECTION ACT VIOLATIONS.”I Am Jose” is trained by Casey Wright.
    • Jeannie Webb ·  Top Commenter

      He’s not trained Billy..he’s intimidated, sored, whipped, tail ligaments cut, stacked up, chained but he is NOT TRAINED.
    • Lesly Evans Johnson

      It is a crime that such a natural isn’t allowed to actually be natural.
    • Charlene B. Campbell

      My last pay check was $9500 working 12 hours a week online. My sisters friend has been averaging 15k for months now and she works about 20 hours a week. I can’t believe how easy it was once I tried it out. This is what I do,
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  • Sharon Loomis Corr ·  Top Commenter

    Mr Cirillo, thanks for writing multiple articles on this today.. Did you think any of us might change our minds since this morning? The Celebration is clearly a disaster for middle TN. Not only has the attendance been spiraling downward for the last 10 years, but there is no justification of claims of multi millions being poured into the economy. The Celebration has been losing money for years. The UT reports on the equine impact for the entire state have included all equines from ponies and mules to all breeds of horses including the draft breeds.. The big lick segment is a very small percentage of those reports yet it stains the reputation of a beautiful state.. Its time to get back to the REAL tradition of the Walking horse.. the horse without the big stacks and chains.
  • Jeannie Webb ·  Top Commenter

    “History maker”? that is laughable…THREE HORSES? he sure looks happy in that photo with his head jerked up for the camera doesn’t he…
    • Margaret Raimo Gordon ·  Top Commenter

      Only 3 horses go around a ring…1 is called champion, 1 is called reserve, and 1 is called third. How about only 3 horses passed inspection the other 20-30 in this class were found to be sore and then there was there was 1st ,2nd and LAST It’s called the Sorebration
    • Sandra van den Hof · · Hechtel, Limburg, Belgium

      What a joke this whole Celebration is. Training a horse for barely 2 months and you can become a World Grand Champion with only 2 more contenders to beat. Hilarious!But at the same time it is sickening to see those horses suffer and even 3 horses are 3 too many.Pass the PAST Act!
  • Robin Peterson ·  Top Commenter

    I’d like to say, I can’t believe Charlie Green made trainer of the year again, the man has 32 HPA violations! I believe the industry is capable of anything at this point. The owners of “I am Jose,” Billy and Deborah Woods have HPA violations, 12 between the 2 of them.
  • Jeannie McGuire · Works at All American Walking Horse Alliance

    Mr. Cirillo
    There is a contingency among walking horse owners that the “Industry” belongs to a select few and those few are the only people who know how to train prize winning horses.
    The word “industry” is just a catch phrase the Performance Horse Trainers and Owners have attached to a segment of the breed, patting their backs and claiming they are responsible for a prosperous economic impact.
    It’s been the downfall of the breed in general. Those who label themselves “industry” have divided the breed and weakened its potential.
    The Celebration’s decline has nothing to do with the economy, the rain, or the inspections.
    It has to do with the fact that in the past few decades a new emergence of training methods and show preparation has changed the horse world. True professional Horsemen know that there is no longer a need to use force and manipulation to get results. The world is looking at the Big Lick horse with his manufactured gait as a joke.
    Even “industry insiders” have turned their back on the Celebration and pulled their funding and support.
    Inspections would not have to be “stricter” if the “industry” did not try to perpetuate this extreme gait that undoubtedly has to be altered with gimmicks and tricks.
    So for the rest of the people out there, who seriously doubt the credibility of the whole breed, winning twice just makes things look twice as bad.
  • Cindy Marx-Sanders

    Tennessee was the second state to pass animal cruelty laws back in the 1890s…TN was second after New York…how sad that Tennessee has fallen so terribly far from being a national leader in protecting animals to holding a yearly “celebration” that trumpets and rewards the cruelty of the Big Lick.
    Shame on Tennessee.
    And shame on those riders/trainers/owners who support and practice the cruelty of Big Lick.
  • Jeannie Webb ·  Top Commenter

    Bet they didn’t pull his shoes did they?
  • Cynthia Lansing ·  Top Commenter · Butler University

    Debbie Woods calls “I Am Jose” her history maker? He certainly is–of the Cruelest Horse Show in the World in the Horse Abuse Capital of the World, Tennessee.
  • Jeannie Webb ·  Top Commenter

    This says alot..THREE HORSES and there was “pressure”..I bet there was pressure..just not on this pseudo-trainer..”There was a little more pressure this year,” Wright said.
  • Kristi Quaintance ·  Top Commenter

    The Celebration is over and I can only hope the Lickers had a good time because we need to get to work this week and get those few remaining Legislators to see the light. Pretty much evident that they can drop the “economic impact” statement because I wonder if a few thousand dollars came in to Shelbyville much less the 40M they tout. And also evident is their claim that they are cleaning their industry up themselves when only 3 horses can make it into the ring. We have a lot to work with and work is what will get done.
  • Bernice Reed ·  Top Commenter

    The World Grand Champion beat two other horses for the title. The big lick faction of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed has become the laughing stock of the world.
  • Billygoboy

    Mr. Mullin, by definition, a scarred horse is a sore horse and cannot show. The purpose of the “Scar Rule” was to ensure that if Tennessee Walking Horses were trained with chains and chemicals, and that scars were left, the horses, owner and trainer would be prohibited from entering the show ring. The “Scar Rule” was intended to be a deterrent and stop the “production of the sore Big Lick gait.” In 2006 “VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship and “VAC” Chairman Dr. Jerry Johnson, at the urging of Steve Smith, Senator Lamar Alexander’s 2014 Campaign Finance Chairman, went to Washington, DC armed with approximately $600,000.00+ of funds to attempt to have a LAW passed which would amend the Horse Protection Act and revise the “Scar Rule” so it would be no longer be a deterrent.to soring horses. and to redefine soring. The measure failed when The Tennessean newspaper reported on what the sore Big Lick Crowd was attempting to do. It is a sad commentary that Steve Smith, Tom Blankenship and Dr. Jerry Johnson are back at it again. At least Dr. Dallas O. Goble decided early on to “not touch the ‘VAC’ with a 10 foot pole.
  • MrsHamilton Barrow Willis · ·  Top Commenter

    Guess the writer of this article didn’t like my original post because it is gone now. Once again: The Big Lick is an Artifical Lick, is a Sore Lick, is a like that cannot be produced UNLESS a horse is all tricked out with stacks of pads and chains–and a little “jusice” for insurance. This is MY opinion and that of equine vets who know what they are talking aout.

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The “AGONY OF AUGUST” was not kind to the sore Big Lick.

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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.

CELEBRATION ON THE ROPES

CELEBRATION ON THE ROPES

Much much more to come.

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AAWHA INTERVIEW WITH DR. DALLAS O. GOBLE BLOWS CELEBRATION/”VAC” PR FIRM “SPIN JOB” SKY HIGH – LISTEN TO DR. GOBLE EXPOSE THE BLATANT LIES AND CHICANERY OF THE SORE BIG LICK

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SHELBYVILLE, TN –  Responding to a Press Statement released by Nashville Public Relations firm DVL on Friday, August 29, 2014, on behalf of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration and its “so-called” independent “VAC” Veterinary Advisory Council,   AAWHA Media Representative Clant M. Seay contacted Dr. Dallas O. Goble Friday afternoon to get to the bottom on things.

On Tuesday,  August 26, 2014,  Dr. Dallas O. Goble told Clant M. Seay:

  • I am not a member of “VAC”.  I wouldn’t touch that with a ten foot pole.
  • The only thing my name is on is my driver’s license.
  • I never signed any Contract with the Celebration
  • I never received any payment or retainer with the Celebration.
  • The last time I set foot on the Celebration grounds was 20 – 25 years ago.
  • The last time I worked with the Clydesdale herd was three years ago.
  • I am leaving to go do missionary work in Guatemala.

As a result of Dr. Goble’s candor,  the credibility of Celebration Chairman David L. Howard, “VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship and “VAC” Chairman Dr. Jerry Johnson was severely impaired because they were claiming Dr. Goble was part of the “VAC” and trading on Dr. Goble’s  reputation of taking care of the Clydesdale horses.

According to what Dr. Goble told AAWHA Media Representative Clant M. Seay on Friday, “VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship apparently “manufactured a “VAC” meeting by having “VAC” members drive to Knoxville, Tennessee to get Dr. Gobles to sign a false self-serving letter on the guise of saying Dr. Goble was not part of “VAC”.    Here is Dr. Goble’s version  ”I got a call yesterday from, oh, I don’t know his name but he’s one of the people on that committee, the director (“VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship)of it or whatever, and he said we’d like for you to sign a paper that says that you are not a member of that committee.”

Dr. Goble said,  ”I met with those three people this morning (Friday, Aug. 29) or two people, they drove over to Knoxville to see me, and I signed a thing that said I was no longer a member or anything associated with their committee.”

AAWHA Media Represenative Clant M. Seay recorded the conversation with Dr. Goble.

DR. DALLAS O. GOBLE’S WORDS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES – (PLEASE LISTEN AND YOU DECIDE IF PAUL C. BARTON TOLD THE TRUTH IN HIS STORY, OR THAT A DESPERATE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE CELEBRATION AND ITS FLAWED “VAC” VETERINARY ADVISORY COMMITTEE IS HOPELESSLY DAMAGED)

 AUG. 29 – TELEPHONE CONVERSATION WITH DR. DALLAS O. GOBLE

 

DALLAS O. GOBLE, DVM - RETIRED VET

DALLAS O. GOBLE, DVM – RETIRED VET

TRANSCRIPT OF AAWHA CLANT M. SEAY TELEPHONE INTERVIEW OF DALLAS O. GOBLE, DVM

(Note: CMS is Clant M SeayDG is Dr. Dallas Goble)

Dr. Goble was reached at his home in Strawberry Plains, Tennessee by Clant M. Seay at approximately 3: 20 PM CDST,  on Friday,  August 29, 2014

 

Ringing and pick up

 

DG: Hello.

 

CMS: Dr. Goble

 

DG: Yes’ suh

 

CMS: This is Clant. How are you?

 

Pause

DG: How am I?

 

CMS: Yes, Sir.

 

DG: Just chuggin along

 

CMS: Dr. Goble, a lot has happened since you and I first started talking about all of this stuff

 

Long Pause

 

You think…I thought you were going to Guatemala

 

DG: I thought I was too but that got cancelled.

 

CMS: I hope I haven’t messed everything up for you.

 

DG: Well, I don’t know that anybody messed anything up but I planned on doing what I was doing and it got cancelled and so its just one thing after another.

 

CMS: Yes suh.  Well, Dr. Goble you never met me and I’ve never met you but I know you’re a straight -up fella and I certainly didn’t want to say anything that shouldn’t have been said, right.  I think you talked to Dr. Blackwell about the thing   you weren’t part of what they doing down there, at the VAC. So, I hope I haven’t, didn’t say anything, I thought you told me that you weren’t part of the VAC.   Long Pause

 

DG: What? Part of the What?

 

CMS: That veterinary advisory committee down in Shelbyville at The Celebration.

 

DG: Oh, I was originally, back in July and (pause) we discussed, I and Jerry Johnson, discussed, what we were going to do… it didn’t have anything to do with The Celebration, it simply was   the fact that there was going to be a lot of horses there and we could do the project that we wanted to consider.

 

CMS: Yes.  Suh. When I asked you did they paid you anything. You told me that they didn’t.

 

DG: Did what?

 

CMS: I asked you if they were paying you anything or if you signed a contract and you said they did not. 

 

DG: No, I didn’t, I don’t get any pay and, ah, I haven’t signed a contract with them, just word of mouth.

 

CMS: Yeah, that’s exactly what you told me and you also said that well you hadn’t been down there in about 20-25 years either.

 

DG: No, I haven’t it’s been a long, long time.

 

CMS: Yeah, well, I just hate your name got in all this stuff and I started it off.  But I was just trying to figure out, I know I, what we talked about, and I didn’t want to have anything wrong in what I was reporting upon.

 

DG: Well, You know I, I, don’t, I don’t really understand what’s going on. The, the original committee, you know, was going to look at just some things    independent of any inspection service or anything   because they had a large number of horses available in one spot, you know, and so they were going to do some evaluation of those horses. It didn’t have anything to do with The Celebration really other than the fact that it was going on at that time.

 

CMS: Yes, suh. Did they, y’all all have any protocols or anything that you all agreed to or did you all just talk about maybe doing some protocols?

 

DG: No, We had some for radiographs and ultrasounds and that type of thing as far as what Jerry and I talked about, I never saw anything in writing.  But him and I just discussed it on the phone.

 

CMS: Did you ever meet with any of those folks down there?  Did you ever go down there for anything?

 

DG: No

 

CMS: Okay. Well, I reckon… when are you going to be able to go to Guatemala?

 

DG: Well, we were going to go down there and do missionary work. The last time down there we built a house for a man and wife and three kids. The house was a 12×12 structure of plywood had a front door and a window in it and a roof on it and that was a significant move up from living in a cardboard (unintelligible) hooked onto sticks and an awning type of thing    over the top for rain protection.  

 

CMS: Yes, Suh. Just let me ask you something please.  This Mr. Blankenship did you ever talk to him at all or just Dr. Johnson?

 

DG: With who?

 

CMS: Mr. Tom Blankenship with The Celebration. He’s the spokesperson for this VAC deal.

 

DG: No, I never talked to him … I talked to Jerry

 

CMS: Yes, suh

 

DG: and with all the foo-foo (sic) that’s going on, I met with those three people this morning or two people, they drove over to Knoxville to see me, and I signed a thing that said I was no longer a member or anything associated with their committee.

 

CMS: Did you read close what was on that paper?

 

DG: Yes Sir

 

CMS: OK. Well it made it sound like you were sort of in it from the beginning and it looks like to me like that all there was, was just a brief conversation that you and Dr. Johnson had about you maybe being on it and you thought about it and said you weren’t going to do it.  

 

DG: Yeah, that’s essentially what it was. I talked to Jerry Johnson originally and that was the only person I have ever spoke to. There was no, nothing you know written we discussed evaluations and this type of thing but we really weren’t doing anything you know. 

 

CMS: Did you have any conversations with him other than the one?

 

DG: Did I what?

 

CMS: Did you have any other conversations with him past the first time when he called you and wanted to know you if you were interested in maybe doing it?

 

DG: No, I told him when I called him back, I don’t know it’s been two or three weeks ago now, due to other factors that came up, I told him that I was not going to be participating in any of the program and so he said OK.

 

CMS: Well, I just appreciate you taking the time to go through it with me.  Like I say we started off with this thing and I know you told me that your name wasn’t on anything but your driver’s license.  

 

DG:  Yeah, yeah

 

CMS: So, we’ll just see what happens. Now, Mr. Barton with that newspaper he called you two or three times on this deal, right?

 

DG: Oh, he called me at least three or maybe four, he, he is a jerk.

 

CMS:  Yes, sir (laughing) well you know sometimes these newspaper people come across that way. I’m sorry it didn’t   He just kept wanting to ask the questions right?

 

DG:   Yes, the same ones.  And you know the answer was the same

 

CMS:  (laughing).  What was the question and what was the answer?

 

DG: Why I’m not sure but he kept saying are you associated with them or helping them out and I said no I am no longer a member of that group. And then he called me back again and then he called me back again and, you know, it was the same, same song and so I got a call yesterday from, oh, I don’t know his name buone of the people on that committee, the director of it or whatever, and he said we’d like for you to sign a paper that says that you are not a member of that committee and so, I said, well, OK and so that’s what I did.  

 

CMS: Yes suh. I understand that part. Lemme see, today is what Friday and you were going to leave yesterday to go to Guatemala?

 

DG:  Well, we planned on it but I don’t know what happened but the church cancelled the program.

 

CMS: Right, This thing they got you to sign –you might ought to look at it again because I’m afraid the newspaper people are still going to be maybe asking you a question or two because they said that you had been a member of the VAC since it began since its inception. 

 

DG: Well, if you talk July when it was but you know what I still don’t understand the entire whirlwind about something that has nothing to do really with The Celebration.

 

CMS: Well, I think the problem is that The Celebration was using the VAC to try to give some respectability to the horse soring problem they have down there.

 

DG: We simply wanted to measure some things to see if we picked up things that nobody else did.

 

CMS: Yes, suh, Well, OKAY. Well, I don’t know where it’s going to end up. I just really wanted to let you know what they got you to sign was a lot more than that you were no longer a part of it.  What they got you to sign was a whole bunch more stuff. Basically, here’s one thing they said that you said that on no occasion did you deny being a part of the VAC.  And, when you and I talked you said you weren’t part of the VAC, so

 

DG: Well, I wasn’t, I wasn’t then.

 

CMS: Yes, suh so, yes suh

 

DG: I had already called them and told them I wasn’t going to do it. When you called me I had already told them that.

 

CMS:  Right, and that’s what you told me. We talked about two or three days ago when all this started. Today’s Friday, I reckon we talked about Tuesday or Wednesday and you just said you weren’t part of it.

 

DG: I wasn’t and I’m still not.

 

CMS: And I don’t think you’re going to be either (laughing) from what you’re telling me.  Well, Dr. Goble thank you for taking the time to talk to me a little bit. It’s interesting; you just never can tell what’s going to happen.  But, I feel comfortable if I have to call you back on anything I can do it.  That’s all I can say. I hope to meet you one day. I’m up in Maryville quite a bit. There’s a court matter going on I check on periodically. You don’t live far from there do you?

 

DG: I live in Strawberry Plains.

 

CMS:  Yes, suh. How far is that from Maryville?

 

DG: Probably from Maryville I’d say about 30 miles

 

CMS: How long are you going to be in Guatemala?

 

DG: Well, I’m not going now because they cancelled the trip


CMS: Oh my goodness I didn’t realize that?

 

DG: Yes, that was what I was telling you. They cancelled that trip because of something going on, I don’t know what it was but we got word from them that we were cancelled.

 

CMS:  Well, thank you for taking the time, I appreciate. My name’s Clant. If I need to get back I’ll holler at you.  Good to talk to you, sir.

 

DG: Okay

 

CMS: Good to talk to you, Dr. Goble. Bye, bye.

 

DG: Bye

 

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Veterinary Advisory Committee Joint Statement

August 29, 2014

The Veterinary Advisory Committee (VAC) to the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration met earlier today, with its full membership present.

Drs. Jerry H. Johnson, Dallas O. Goble, and Phillip Hammock met to begin evaluating the current protocols they put in place at the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. They discussed what further steps might be taken to ensure the welfare of the breed and address a series of misleading and harmful comments levied at them, both individually and as a committee.

Dr. Goble has been a member of the VAC since its inception. He has been an active part of the committee in creating the protocols and introducing objective scientific tests, which includes digital x-ray and blood testing.

Furthermore, Dr. Goble states that on no occasion did he deny being a part of the VAC or absent from the process in the creation of the inspection protocols.

Dr. Gobles was in contact with this member of the media only once, contrary to the article he published on this subject. Dr. Gobles spoke truthfully, and throughout the week this particular member of the media has chosen to ignore repeated confirmations that Dr. Gobles was and is on the VAC.

The public is reminded that it was never a requirement or expectation that all the committee members would be on site to carry out the VAC recommendations.

In the past week, the VAC has received honest and fair coverage from multiple media outlets. Their stories have included critical remarks from others, but they were objective. We are deeply saddened that this one media outlet has chosen to take every opportunity to twist our words in order to create a sensational headline that is blatantly dishonest.

The VAC created the inspection protocols and the implementation is being supervised on-site by VAC chair Dr. Jerry H. Johnson. Leading show veterinarian Dr. John O’Brien is administering inspections and is joined by Drs. Bruce Howard and Margaret Mitchell (blood testing team) and Dr. Jennifer Miller (digital x-rays).

The VAC would also like to remind the public that its testing protocols are in addition to USDA inspections and, as has been stated from the beginning, VAC findings will be made public as soon as laboratory evaluations of blood samples are complete.

The VAC is completely committed to enhance the welfare of all equine and have dedicated their professional careers to this effort. Combined, the three-member VAC has over 125 years of experience as licensed veterinarians. They are extremely disappointed that the extraordinary welfare efforts have been overshadowed by untruths, inaccuracies and false information.

Further, Dr. Goble regrets that for personal reasons, he will not be able to participate in the evaluation of the results or continue to participate as a member of the VAC.

(signed in attached copy)                               (signed in attached copy)
Dr. Jerry H Johnson, DVM, Chairman                      Dr. Dallas O. Goble, DVM

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Dr. Phillip Hammock, DVM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stay tuned.

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

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

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THE PUBLIC HAS RESOUNDINGLY SAID,   “NO”

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

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

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

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

DALLAS O. GOBLE, DVM - RETIRED VET

DALLAS O. GOBLE, DVM – RETIRED VET

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

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

It’s impossible to make this stuff up.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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There are two days remaining at the 2014 Celebration. 

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

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

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

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

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

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

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Celebration’s oversight faces new questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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SORE BIG LICK SCHEME EXPOSED FOR THE WORLD TO SEE

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08/27/2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In reponse to AAWHA questions, Dr. Goble said:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SAT.  NIGHT – 76TH ANNUAL TENNESSEE WALKING  HORSE CELEBRATION

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TIME TO SHOW – CHEERING HIM IN

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

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

Donna Benefield and Chain Cart With Paraphenalia

DONNA BENEFIELD,  AT  CHAIN CART IN THE INSPECTION AREA

Larry Joe Wheelon & Some Friends Enjoying Div. B,  Stake Class, Aug. 23, 2014

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

THIS HURTS ....

OUCH  -   THIS HURTS

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

DAVID "BEEZLE" WILLIAMS, VP BREEDERS - TWHBEA,  RISING STAR RANCH MANAGER

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

VETERAN TRAINER ALLAN CALLAWAY, UNIDENTIFIED MALE.

VETERAN TRAINER ALLAN CALLAWAY, UNIDENTIFIED MALE.

TWO GUYS FROM SHELBYVILLE WATCHING THE HORSE SHOW

TWO GUYS FROM SHELBYVILLE WATCHING THE HORSE SHOW

And so it goes.

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

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

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

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

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

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ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE WEIGHS IN

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

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

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

RELATED:Anti-soring vote inevitable, lawmaker says

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RELATED:Vet advisory council steps up scrutiny of walking horses

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

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

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

RELATED:Banned substances on horses undercut compliance claims

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

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

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

They are totally absent.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

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

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

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

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

Please stay tuned.

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

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

"I'LL BE HONEST WITH YOU - WE'LL NEVER GET THERE" - CHATTANOOGA FEDERAL COURTHOUSE STEPS - JACKIE MCCONNELL GUILTY PLEA - MAY 22, 2012

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

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

DAVID L. HOWARD - THE MOTHER OF ALL BOTTLE ROCKETS

DAVID L. HOWARD – THE MOTHER OF ALL BOTTLE ROCKETS

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

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

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ALL AMERICANS LEADING THE CHARGE TO VICTORY

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

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  • Clant Seay

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tom Vilsack - U. S. Secretary of Agriculture

Tom Vilsack – U. S. Secretary of Agriculture

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

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THURSDAY, AUGUST 21, 2014

 

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

     Ben Garmisa (Cohen): 202-225-3265

 

Congress Urges Strengthened Enforcement

of the Horse Protection Act

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TOM BLANKENSHIP – “VAC” SPOKESPERSON

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

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

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

Mr. Shubert said:

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

DONALD SHUBERT, HORSE PROTECTION ACT VIOLATON CITATION

DONALD SHUBERT, HORSE PROTECTION ACT VIOLATOR

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

PARTIAL HORSE PROTECTION ACT CITATIONS OF DONALD SHUBERT

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

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

BIG LICK EXHIBITOR “VAC” SPOKESPERSON TOM BLANKENSHIP

"VAC" SPOKESPERSON, BIG LICKER TOM BLANKENSHIP

“VAC” SPOKESPERSON, BIG LICKER TOM BLANKENSHIP

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

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

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

Blankenship also said the “VAC” was conducting:

  • Blood Tests
  • Digital X-Rays

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

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

  • Gojo
  • Dawn
  • WD40 
  • Gentlkleen

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

TOM BLANKENSHIP UP ON "BRING BACK THE GOLD" - 1994 NATIONAL TRAINERS SHOW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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BUBBA UP ON “PURPLE STRATEGY”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BUBBA UP ON “PURPLE STRATEGY”

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

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

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

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

  • Justin Harris
  • John Alan Callaway
  • Casey Wright

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

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BUBBA UP ON “PURPLE STRATEGY”

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

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

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

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

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

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

 THE MOORE COUNTY (TN) NEWS

PSHA CHAIRMAN OUTRAGED BY BY ALLEGATIONS FROM KENTUCKY CONGRESSMAN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AMERICA WILL BE WATCHING WITH RAPT INTEREST

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THE LICKERS

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THE FLATTERS.

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 THE CELEBRATION SPONSORS MINUS “REGIONS BANK”

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CELEBRATION SPONSORS

Six days until the Celebration.

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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.

http://www.billygoboy.com/2014/07/26/all-american-walking-horse-alliance-calls-on-all-americans-and-all-flat-shod-tennessee-walking-horse-owners-to-boycott-the-2014-tennessee-walking-horse-national-celebration-show-at-whoa-internationa/

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

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

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

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

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WARTRACE HORSE SHOW – AUGUST 2, 2O14

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

And the Celebration followed in 1939.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WHOA – HORSES LINED UP FOR INSPECTION

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WHOA HIO DQP INSPECTING HORSES

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

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

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

There was a tense air at Wartrace.

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

It hung over everything.’

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

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

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WARTRACE, TENNESSEE HISTORIC BIG LICK SHOW

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

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

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

AMATEUR RIDERS ON AGED STALLIONS – CLASS

AMATEURS ON AGED STALLIONS – VICTORY PASS

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

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

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

TRAINER WINKY GROOVER COACHING DEBBIE EICHLER

TRAINER WINKY GROOVER COACHING DEBBIE EICHLER

TWO MEMBERS OF TWHBEA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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

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

MR. JERRY HARRIS,  BIG LICK PROPAGANDIST

MR. JERRY HARRIS, BIG LICK PROPAGANDIST

LONG TIME SHOWMAN ED BREEDLOVE AND MR. JERRY HARRIS

LONG TIME SHOWMAN ED BREEDLOVE AND MR. JERRY HARRIS

 THE USDA – IN BLUE SHIRTS

THE USDA COMMAND STATION - DR. BAKER IN CHARGE

THE USDA COMMAND STATION – DR. BAKER IN CHARGE

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

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

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

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

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WHTA BOYZ BUILDING – SHELBYVILLE, TENNESSEE

1,913 WHOA International entries say otherwise.

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

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

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JEFFREY HOWARD, PSHA SPOKESPERSON BEFORE THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL BOARD

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

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

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

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

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

No telling what he will find it he does.

This could get real interesting.

Stay tuned.

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Disclosure shows PSHA letter critical of Whitfield

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD (R-KY) ISSUES PRESS RELEASE

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

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

Those two words can be interpreted several different ways.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
     Thursday,  July 31, 2014
                                             CONTACT:  Marty Irby
                           (202) 225-3115
 

 

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

 

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

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

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

LARRY JOE WHEELON OUTSIDE COURTROOM WITH ASSOCIATE BOBBIE JO KOGER

LARRY JOE WHEELON OUTSIDE COURTROOM WITH ASSOCIATE BOBBIE JO KOGER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHEELON FARRIER BLAKE PRIMM WITH BALL CAP.

WHEELON FARRIER BLAKE PRIMM WITH BALL CAP.

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

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

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

ESTHER BELL, ESQ., KNOXVILLE ATTORNEY

ESTHER BELL, ESQ., KNOXVILLE ATTORNEY

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

CIRCUIT JUDGE TAMMY HARRINGTON

CIRCUIT JUDGE TAMMY HARRINGTON

More to come.

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

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UNPROTECTED HORSES THANKS TO KEVIN SHEA AND CHESTER GIPSON, DVM

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

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

That is not acceptable.

The public does have a right to know.

And will know,  sooner rather than later.

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

KEVIN SHEA - APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

KEVIN SHEA – APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

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

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

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

Then, you stopped!

Why?

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

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

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

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

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

GIN TODDY – 3 HORSE PROTECTION ACTION VIOLATION CITATIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sirs, seriously,  what are you thinking about?

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

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

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

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

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

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

GARY EDWARDS, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER

GARY EDWARDS, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER

JIMMY MCCONNELL, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER

JIMMY MCCONNELL, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER

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

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

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

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

Tom Vilsack - U. S. Secretary of Agriculture

Tom Vilsack – U. S. Secretary of Agriculture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LARRY JOE WHEELON – SENATOR ALEXANDER’S HOMETOWN NEIGHBOR

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

RANDALL STACY GUNTER – EMPLOYEE OF LARRY JOE WHEELON

RANDALL STACY GUNTER, SUSPENDED BY KENTUCKY HIO

RANDALL STACY GUNTER, SUSPENDED BY KENTUCKY HIO

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

CHESTNUT HILL, TN – EAST TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE AUXILIARY SHOW

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BLOUNT COUNTY COURTHOUSE ON LAMAR ALEXANDER PARKWAY

BLOUNT COUNTY COURTHOUSE ON LAMAR ALEXANDER PARKWAY IN MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Responsible Parties for the Horse Found in Violation
First Last Horse Relation City State Start Date End Date Fine Ticket Status Ticketed at Show Ticketed by HIO Violation
Sharon Lambdin OWNER HEISKELL TN Jul 15, 2014 Sep 12, 2014
Amount:
Paid:
SUSPENSION ACTIVE
Jul 15, 2014
ETWHA Ladies Auxiliary KY-HIO Sore – 1 Foot (Unilateral)
ONLY A FEW BAD APPLES

ONLY A FEW BAD APPLESNephew Eugene thinks based on the list of 843 Big Lick Horses found sore from 2007 – 2013 that there’s more than just a “few bad apples” doing it.And anything involving cruelty to animals, including the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is NOT a “Sport”.BGBHEADSHOT01NOTE:   At 10:00 a.m. this Wednesday,  July 23, 2014,   Blount County Circuit Judge Tammy Harrington will preside over a Hearing in the State of Tennessee vs Larry Joe Wheelon,  Randall Stacy Gunter,  Blake Primm and Brandon Lunsford.   All are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY – Photo – The Daily Times – Maryville 

 

 

 

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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(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

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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

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

And at 1:00 p.m.,  Thursday, June 26, 2014,  in Putnam County Circuit Court in Cookeville,  Steve Smith’s TWHBEA (Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Association) will come before the bar of justice.

Pat Stout’s attorney has asked Circuit Judge Amy Hollars to grant a Motion For A Temporary Injunction in Pat Stout vs. TWHBEA and John Does, I-X.  If Judge Hollars grants the Motion For Temporary Injunction against TWHBEA,  then Pat Stout’s TWHBEA membership privileges will be restored until her $1 Million lawsuit is either tried or settled.

Pat Stout is represented by the capable Henry Fincher, Esq. of Cookeville.

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.

 

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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