THETA, TN – One of our friends up here at Theta is Brother Roy Exum of Chattanooga (Lookout Mountain), Tennessee, and Yazoo County, Mississippi.
Roy has been through a lot recently, and for a few weeks, he was away from his typewriter.
Like the famous author and raconteur Willie Morris from Yazoo City, Mississippi, Roy Exum’s roots run deep in the State of Mississippi, home of creative folks like Oprah, Elvis, Jim Henson/ the Muppets, B.B.. Bill Falkner, and Jimmy Weatherly to name a few.
Like Willie who adored “Skip”, Roy recently lost his beloved companion “Scooter”.
A few days ago, Roy wrote a piece remembering his friend.
The month of August turned out to be unkind, with my dog, my favorite aunt and my magnificent mother all dying within three weeks’ time. As I finally begin to push out the three newest dents in my soul, my habit has been to write something akin to a goodbye note to those I have loved. I’m not ready for Aunt Martha and Mother yet – not by a stretch — but I remembered Scooter with great fondness yesterday morning.
For the past 14 years we have welcomed every dawn together, sitting quietly in the darkness to go through our prayers, drink our coffee, read the paper, and begin the day. Not once did he ever miss, a huge fistful of Milk Bones always part of our ritual, and while I have now had dogs for over 60 years, he was far and away the best shadow dog I have ever had.
That’s right – he was constantly by my side. If I got up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, Scooter would sit on the bathmat until we went back to bed. He never let me out of his sight, just like your shadow. It was impossible to play hide-and-seek with him. What’s more, he never complained, pointed out my weakness or my frailties, or was unkind to any of my friends. He met me at the door every afternoon in a way that was not only unfailing but better with each new day.
At the end, Scooter had a bad seizure on a day when mother was real sick and Aunt Martha had quit eating. Usually when I lose a dog it is me who gets sick and quits eating – sometime for days – but I responded to his demise by telling Mom my latest joke and getting Martha the biggest Whitman’s Sampler I could find (both worked!)
But yesterday in the quiet just before first light – and oh it is so quiet now – I remembered the night Brooke and Billy brought home “a new dachshund” from the sidewalk in front of Lupi’s Pizza. Scooter was the worst-looking puppy I’d ever seen, his eyes laden with infection and Parvo tremors. He hardly weighed a pound and early the next day I sent the kids to Doc Keller’s with orders to put the dog down
They were back in no time, joyously saying our great vet thought he might be able to save the puppy and then, after pausing just so, adding in a smaller voice, “He also said to send him $360 as soon as you can.” In the years that followed I spent hundreds more on Scooter – he had impossible mange his whole life – but I would have gladly spent thousands.
When he came into our life Charli Brown (without an “e” because “he” was a “she”) slept on the pillow beside me so Scooter’s place on the bed each night was on the outside on my left thigh. That way I could pet him and he could nuzzle me, which I now realized happened more than I thought. Another thing was that Scooter was a great doctor, a diagnostician.
One time I was feeling bad when I got home and the minute I lay down, Scooter and Charli were almost rabid in forcefully trying to lick my face. It was unreal – I couldn’t push them away. Five hours later I was on my way to the hospital with a new infection in my arm and, had it not happened on two other distinctive occasions, I wouldn’t have believed dogs could predict health calamities either.
The other noticeable trait Scooter had was that he was a talker. He’d bark just to bark, happily wagging his tail, and what was odd was that his joyful talking never got on my nerves. I’d just bark back and, as “dog people” all know, the constant companionship was an undeniable blessing. When I was gone he would dote on mother, who always saved him her last bite of lunch, and who took it pretty hard when I had to tell her he’d be standing by heaven’s gate when she got there.
Not until I get to heaven … and, yes, there is some luck involved … will I know how canine mystics work but Scooter’s ghost is already in touch with a puppy, another special dog, and Scooter is feeling the dog out, making sure, the same way Charli Brown and Skippy did when the tiny puppy came from Lupi’s that night.
I’ll be okay because that’s the kind of dog ol’ Scoot was to Pops. What a great dog.
WASHINGTON, DC – U. S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), is now co-sponsoring the PAST ACT (Prevent All Soring Tactics Act) committing today to an All American Walking Horse Alliance delegation led by AAWHA Organizer Jeannie McGuire from Culpeper, Virginia.
Sherrod Brown is the senior U. S. Senator from Ohio.
U.S. SENATOR SHERROD BROWN (D-OH)
All American Walking Horse Alliance organizer Jeannie McGuire of Culpeper, Virginia, said, ”Our Ohio delegation worked hard on this, and on behalf of all PAST ACT supporters throughout America, we are so happy that Senator Brown has agreed to co-sponsor the PAST ACT“. McGuire was accompanied by her daughter Jamie, Gale Monahan and “Walk On Washington” DQP Lauren Kovacs to the meeting at Senator Brown’s office on Capitol Hill.
WALK ON WASHINGTON – JUNE 18, 2014
Brown becomes the 59th United States Senator to endorse the PAST ACT. The last Senatorial commitment to sponsor the PAST ACT was on August 3, 2014.
35 U. S. SENATORS NOT YET CO-SPONSORING PAST ACT
John Barrasso ( R-WY)
Roy Blunt ( R-MO)
John Boozman (R-AR)
Richard Burr ( R-NC)
Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
Dan Coats ( R-IN)
Tom Coburn ( R-OK)
Thad Cochran ( R-MS)
Bob Corker ( R-TN)
John Cornyn ( R-TX)
Ted Cruz ( R-TX)
Michael Enzi ( R-WY)
Deb Fischer ( R-NE)
Jeff Flake ( R-AZ)
Lindsey Graham ( R-SC)
Charles Grassley ( R-IA)
Heidi Heitkamp ( D-ND)
Dean Heller ( R-NV)
John Hoeven (R-ND)
James Inhofe ( R-OK)
Ron Johnson ( R-WI)
Mike Lee ( R-UT)
Joe Manchin ( D-WVA)
John McCain ( R-AZ)
Claire McCaskill ( D-MO)
Jerry Moran (R-KS)
Lisa Murkowski ( R-AK
Rob Portman (R-OH)
Harry Reid ( D-NV)
Jim Risch ( R-ID)
Pat Roberts ( R-KS)
Jay Rockefeller ( D-WVA)
Tim Scott (R-SC)
Jeff Sessions ( R-AL
Richard Shelby ( R-AL)
Jon Tester ( D-MT)
Roger Wicker ( R-MS)
Senator Brown adds another Democrat voice to whom Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will have to listen.
NASHVILLE, TN – Celebration Chairman David L. Howard continues to hold center stage on The Tennessean online website, Tennessean.com, where for the past week Mr. Howard has done everything but stand on his head and speak in tongues trying to defend the indefensible sore Big Lick and its premier showcase, the Tennessee National Walking Horse Celebration.
CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD
Last Thursday, The Tennessean newspaper published an article, ”SORING REPORTS NEARLY DOUBLE” written by reporter Brian Wilson. The article caused Celebration Chairman Mr. David L. Howard to blow “sky high”.
For seven days now, Mr. Howard has gone on and on and on alternately:
all comers on The Tennessean’s website.
Mr. Howard has accused The Tennessean newspaper of not knowing facts from manure and challenged the newspaper’s “journalism ethics”, and called out its reporters Brian Wilson and Paul C. Barton personally.
All the while, Mr. Howard has resolutely defended the Celebration’s “VAC” Veterinary Advisory Committee even after distinguished vet Dr. Dallas O. Goble told “VAC” he wasn’t going to have anything to do with it.
The fact is that Celebration Chairman David L Howard and “VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship(former sore Horse spokesperson), both traded off the professional credentials and accomplishments of veterinarian Dr. Dallas O. Goble, and his work with the Budwieser Clydesdale herd, as being part of the Celebration’s “VAC” after Dr. Goble disavowed himself from “VAC”, and made it clear that he was NOT part of “VAC”.
AAWHA SPOKESPERSON AND ‘VAC’ SPOKESPERSON COMPARE NOTES
When asked it if he was a member of the “VAC”, Dr. Goble said, “No, I am not a part of it. I wouldn’t touch that with a 10 foot pole.”
Here is an except from today from Mr. Howard who lectures Ms Jane Lutz on Thermography, and accuses Ms Lutz of doing something she did not do, and then Billy Go Boy asked Mr. Howard a few questions:
Jane, thermography has been around for many years and has never been used to detect scars. Thermography is used to detect heat patterns in a horses foot and is failsafe only when used in a protected environment. Just check the USDA site and they will explain the strengths and weaknesses of thermography and how they utilize it in the field. And Jane, I don’t think they are spreading “bull crap” as you call it. There were close to ten veterinarians associated with the VAC, either in a role of devising the program to be utilized or actually carrying out the tests. Jane I am sure you don’t know who all these vets were because even the Celebration didn’t know until this past week. I guess you think all of them were willing to risk their names and reputations covering up unsound horses Celebration. You are welcome to criticize the Celebration and the breed but attacking the quality and ethics of these men and women is uncalled for.
David L. Howard Your son Jeffrey attended the Sound Horse Conference held in Brentwood in March 2014. If you had personally attended you would have seen this presentation which explains the use of Thermography to provide the science based objective inspections that you “say” you want. It’s “USE OF IMAGING TO AID THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT” by Tracy A. Turner, DVM, MS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvTaObtApE4
About “VAC” – You and Spokesperson Tom Blankenship were caught lying about the “VAC”. You touted “VAC” by extolling Dr. Dallas Goble, who worked with the Budweiser Clydesdale herd, as being one of the three vets on the “VAC”. Dr. Goble said he wouldn’t touch “VAC” with a 10 foot pole. After Dr. Goble told “VAC” he was not going to be part of it, you and Mr. Blankenship continued to use Dr. Goble’s name and reputation trying to enhance this “VAC” public relations stunt. Dr. Goble said on August 29, 2014, “I had already called them and told them I wasn’t going to do it.” So Mr. Howard, why did you keep on and on using Dr. Goble’s name – just like you are keeping on and on with these “10″ veterinarian that you now claim were associated with the “VAC”. And since “VAC” is transparent, please list the names of these ”10″ vets who were “associated” with VAC.
How do you reconcile your statement: “Soring … is the reason our show has suffered declines the past five years” with statement that Jeffrey Howard made, ”The Performance Show Horse Association is committed to the elimination of the small minority of people who sore horses for competitive advantage. As the industry has a 98.5% compliance rate, that number is a small minority”
When are you going to release the actual attendance numbers for the 2014 Celebration?
Please stay tuned, there’s no telling what Mr. Howard is going to dig up next.
CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD’S MANURE PILE
“Congress will only be in DC this week so it is crucial that we urge as many people as possible to contact their federal legislators and insist that the PAST Act (H.R. 1518 / S. 1406) be brought to the floor for a vote now for a healthier Tennessee Walking Horse industry. Join me in taking action and urge your representatives to pass the PAST Act.”
Roberts included the ABC Nightline footage of Jackie McConnell
Some Big Licker faithful weighed in on Monty’s decision and right behind them came an Army Of Barking Flatters chewing on the Lickers.
Sore Big Lick supporter Sheryl Crawford attempted to “legitimize” the sore Big Lick to the world in June 2012 with a “TTEC - TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES OF TODAY EQUINE CONFERENCE“ in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Horse gentler Monty Roberts was supposed to be the star attraction.
LICKER SHERYL CRAWFORD
SHERYL CRAWFORD, BIG LICK SUPPORTER -STANDING IN FRONT OF “THE POLL” MAP AT SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE – March 2014
MONTY ROBERTS – HORSE WHISPER GUY
FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2012
9:30 Monty Roberts
- A brief howdy & prelude to the afternoon clinic from the “Man Who Listens to Horses”
9:30 Monty Roberts
4:00 Monty Roberts Training Clinic
6:00 Reception & Buffet – Miller Club
——————————— SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2012
4:00 Miller Coliseum – Monty Roberts Expo & Trade Fair
The Tennessee Walking Horse Industry hosts Monty Roberts Expo
(a public event with invited quest from all horse breed farms and organizations)
Old Monty got wind that it was a Licker Confab, and he gave short notice cancellation on the event.
In doing so, Monty stirred the ire of the LIckers big time in June 2012.
Then he tweaked their noses again yesterday with his PAST ACT endorsement.
One thing Monty is right about, however, is that time is running out on the PAST ACT:
U. S. HOUSE LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR
LEGISLATIVE DAYS REMAINING – U.S. HOUSE – 113TH CONGRESS, 2ND SESSION
SHELBYVILLE, TN – After spending hundreds of thousands of dollars manufacturing and claiming a 94% - 98% HPA compliance rate, the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Chairman David L. Howard appeared to throw the Celebration’s horse inspection program, S. H. O. W. HIO, under the bus yesterday with the following mea culpa:
“Soring … is the reason our show has suffered declines the past five years.”
CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD, THE WALKING HORSE REPORT PUBLISHER
Celebration Chairman David L. Howard posted the following comment on http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/2014/09/10/walking-horse-celebration-violations-double-last-years/15424385/ at 9:08 a.m. on September 15, 2014: ” … The Celebration is totally opposed to soring and it isthe reason our show has suffered declines the past five years.We are now taking matters into our own hands instead of relying onthe government or industry inspectors. We simply want to put on the best horse show possible and leave inspections and regulations to the USDA and others. That has not worked and that is why we are going to put in anindependent inspection program. Unfortunately, we will be limited to our show since we have no control over any other show or facet of the industry.”
For the past three years, David L. Howard’s Celebration has claimed a 94% -98% HPA compliance rate, and according to Mr. Howard’s son Jeffrey Howard, ”The Performance Show Horse Association is committed to the elimination of the small minority of people who sore horses for competitive advantage. As the industry has a 98.5% compliance rate, that number is a small minority.”
WALKING HORSE REPORT EDITOR JEFFREY HOWARD APPEARING BEFORE THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL BOARD – December 3, 2013
PSHA Spokesperson Jeffrey Howard, son of Celebration Chairman David L. Howard said on April 27, 2014 in a Knoxville News-Sentinel Op Ed piece, ”Those of us who work and support the industry fully recognized that the practice was once commonplace. But by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s own standards, the industry is between 96 and 99 percent compliant with inspections to detect soring. What other industry can boast a compliance rate that high? And again, those are USDA numbers, not an artificial report generated by the industry.”
So it appears the Father David and Son Jeffrey have both been out digging in Manure Pile:
TWO GUYS FROM SHELBYVILLE WATCHING THE HORSE SHOW (Left – PSHA Spokesperson Jeffrey Howard and Celebration Chairman David L. Howard)
Celebration Chairman David Howard then says the “We are now taking matters into our own hands instead of relying on the government or industry inspectors.”
Does that mean Chairman Howard is now abandoning the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO against which the USDA filed Complaint to decertify in January 2014 due to the Celebration’s failures to comply with the Horse Protection Act?
Everything came to a head on September 8, 2014, when the USDA released “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORT” which blew the Celebration S.H.O.W. HIO bogus 98% compliance rate sky-high.
PSHA Spokesperson Jeffrey Howard’s Freudian slip, “not an artificial report generated by the industry” is even more convicting of the sore Big Lick than that of his father’s mea culpa.
The jig was up when the USDA FINALLY stopped (intentionally or unintentionally) covering for the sore Big Lick, arguably because 59 U. S. Congressmen and Senators demanded that Secretary of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack require APHIS Administrators Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson, DVM to do their jobs, and come clean with the American taxpayers.
KEVIN SHEA – APHIS ADMINISTRATOR
DR. CHESTER GIPSON, DVM – BLOWS HOT AND COLD ON ENFORCING THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT
In the past, the APHIS Administrators Shea and Gipson “BLENDED IN” its inspection numbers with the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO figures.
This allowed Howard’s sore Big Lick Celebration to falsely claim a 96% – 99% HPA compliance rate.
All that changed in 2014 when 59 United States Congressmen and Senators led by Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) on August 7, 2014 went to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and urgently requested accountability from APHIS.
REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)
This put pressure on APHIS Administrators Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson, DVM. to enforce the HPA, and on September 8, 2014, APHIS issued the vital 2014 “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORT” which exposed the sore Big Lick Celebration’s bogus 96% – 99% Horse Protection Act Compliance claims.
Apparently, Celebration Chairman David L. Howard never thought the USDA would lower the boom because on September 4, 2014, the Celebration released its inspection program, S.H.O.W. HIO results which were reported by www.billgoboy.com below:
Immediately following the release of the USDA numbers on September 8, 2014, the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO Inspection Numberswere removed fromThe Walking Horse Report website, www.walkinghorsereport.com , owned by David L. Howard and also from the Celebration website, http://twhnc.com/content/.
What is still available on The Walking Horse Report website is a wildly differing “Inspection Result Breakdown” dated September 2, 2014, from the Celebration S.H.O.W. HIO Inspection Numbers release on September 4, 2014.
The September 2, 2014, Celebration Inspection result breakdown:
“The 75th Anniversary Celebration concluded on August 31 with 1,893 horses being presented for pre-show inspection. Of those, 30 horses were disqualified from competition prior to showing. One horse received two violations bringing the total number of violations found by SHOW inspectors to 31. The 98.4% compliance with the HPA is a far different story than the one being told by opponents to the show horse industry.
An analysis of the violations shows that 20 of the 31 were either scar, unilateral or bilateral sensitivity. Many of the other violations were either technical or non-HPA violations. The preliminary breakdown is the following:
SHOW Inspectors also inspect every class winner bringing the total number of inspections conducted by SHOW to 2,087.”
Apparently, Celebration Chairman David L. Howard was flummoxed by the USDA release of REAL inspection results from USDA Vets inspections for 2014, compared to the “BLENDED” results released by the USDA in 2012 and 2013.
Those “BLENDED” results allowed David L. Howard’s sore Big Lick to claim a PARTNERSHIP with the USDA, and false HPA compliance numbers. It also allowed the sore Big Lick Champions Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and other propagandists to falsely claim 96% – 98% HPA compliance rates.
THREE PERSONS DIDN’T TOUCH THE 2014 CELEBRATION WITH 10 FOOT POLE
DALLAS O. GOBLE, DVM – NEVER WAS A “VAC” MEMBER
DALLAS O. GOBLE, DVM – RETIRED VET
U.S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN)
U.S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN)
REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN)
REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN)
The American taxpayers are now on the edge of their seats waiting for the USDA to produce “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORTS” for 2012 and 2013.
The American Taxpayers are depending on Congressman Ed Whitfield to get this done for them and “The Horses”who are depending on Congressman Whitfield to protect them.
70% OF UNITED STATES HOUSE CO-SPONSORS THE PAST ACT
NOW ALL EYES ARE ON CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)
Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) spearheaded the urgent request by the 59 Congressmen fpr the USDA to do its job and enforce the HPA to eliminate SORING, and Americans from coast to coast are now looking to Congressman Whitfield to do the same for the 2012 and 2013 Celebrations. The sands in the hour-glass are running on the PAST ACT, and Congressman Whitfield needs a sense of urgency in getting this done.
Nephew Eugene says America awaits the USDA publishing the 2012 and 2013“USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORTS” which, hopefully, will establish that the USDA did its job in enforcing the Horse Protection Act for those respective years.
Nephew Eugene believes Congressman Ed Whitfield is the man to get this done.
Nephew Eugene says that Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and TWHBEA President Steve Smith have good reason to be anxious about the USDA preparing and releasing the reports for 2012 and 2013 Celebrations.
‘THETA VIEW’ -”LICKERS VS FLATTERS” -”WAY OF LIFE” VS A “MOVEMENT”
In order to fully understand the nature and perspective of the struggle, you must understand that there is a HUGE DIFFERENCE between the Sound Horse Movementand the Big Lick.
1. The Sound Horse effort is a “MOVEMENT”.
2. The “Big Lick: is a “WAY OF LIFE”.
Historically, the Big Lick “Way of Life” is much more united than the Sound Horse movement.
The Sound Horse Movement rarely unites.
Although it proudly did so for the “WALK ON WASHINGTON”.
STATUS OF THE PAST ACT
The PAST ACT is presently STALLED. There will be NO vote on it – if There is a Vote – until AFTER the NOVEMBER 4 election.
If there is a vote, it will most likely come in the HOUSE after Nov. 4 because there are 305 co-sponsors. The Whitfield ethics inquiry needs to resolve favorably for there to be a vote. That Ethics allegation was one of the cards that the Lickers had to play, and Gannett Reporter Paul C. Barton caught them playing it. The PAST ACT is three Republicans short in the HOUSE from satisfying the Hastert Rule.
No meet Hasert Rule, no vote.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will not allow the PAST ACT to be put on the Senate floor until there are 60or more U. S. Senators on board. Right now, there are only 57. Senators. There is a problem in the Senate because one sponsor Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) is under the thumb of Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who along with Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is effectively BLOCKING the PAST ACT in the U. S. Senate.
Senator Lamar Alexander is controlled by his Campaign Finance Chairman TWHBEA President Steve Smith.
TWHBEA PRESIDENT STEVE SMITH, U. S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER CAMPAIGN FINANCE CHAIRMAN
U.S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN)
The other PAST ACT Senate sponsor, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) apparently does not have the clout due to his lack of seniority to “move the pile” with Majority Leader Harry Reid. The key to the PAST ACT getting out of the Senate Committee was Senator John Thune (R-SD). And even if you have 60 Senators on the bill, it’s going to take some Senate “Heavy Hitters” to weigh in with Reid and get the bill on the floor.
And right now, those Senate heavy hitters are NOWHERE in sight.
One thing which could help pass the PAST ACTis TWHBEA members dealing Senator Lamar Alexander’s benefactor, TWHBEA President Steve Smith, a blow by TWHBEA members voting down the proposed TWHBEA ByLaw changes.
THE TWHBEA PRIMER
TWHBEA has existed for 79 years. It is the official breed registry. It is losing money, but it is nowhere close to being insolvent.
It is important to recognize that many of the vital relationships which led to the PAST ACT being introduced by Sound Horse supporters developed from associations and friendships originating from TWHBEA interactions.
The Pat Stout Poll served Notice to the United States and the Big Lick that TWHBEA members wanted the PAST ACT passed. In September 2013, the members voted 63% to 37% landslide “YES” in favor of the PAST ACT removing the pads and chains.
The Pat Stout Poll was the impetus for the editorial endorsement of the PAST ACT by the Chattanooga Times Free Press newspaper, and The Tennessean newspaper’s endorsement of the PAST ACT.
In response to the Pat Stout Poll, the Big Lick came together to fight for its “WAY OF LIFE”.
The Steve Smith TWHBEA ByLaw changes represent a Big Lick Power Grab to eliminate almost half of the United States and all the international (except Germany) TWHBEA members from having a Director represent them.
It takes 50% + 1 to defeat the proposed draconian By Laws.
The people tasked with fighting this fight are the Sound Horse TWHBEA Directors and the TWHBEA members who support them.
The Sound Horse Movement needs to support the Sound Horse TWHBEA Directors and TWHBEA members who are fighting against the By Law changes.
And once the By Laws are defeated on October 15, 2014, the Sound Horse Movement needs to unite for the FINAL November push to PASS THE PAST ACT.
Nephew Eugene says everyone up at Hilltop Market understands it, and he hopes you will, too.
THETA, TN – On the same day that WWW.BILLYGOBOY.COM raised the issue of TWHBEA Sound Horse Directors not being provided Financial Statements and membership numbers/foal registrations/transfers data regarding the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Association, the following “Statement of Financial Position” was provided to the Directors by TWHBEA Executive Assistant Diane White with the accompanying email message:
“Dear Board Members, Some have reported that they have not received the minutes and financials from the last board meeting. We have experienced some email difficultly recently so I thought I would go ahead and resend all of the approved minutes from the past months and also the latest approved financials and cash graph. These will be duplicates for most of you, but let me know if you have any difficulty in opening the documents. The August minutes will be reviewed and approved at the upcoming September EC meeting. Upon their approval, I will send these out to you probably sometime the latter part of next week.”
281 (65%) U. S. Representatives are co-sponsoring the PAST ACT. NOW 305
54 (soon to be 55) Senators are co-sponsoring the PAST ACT. NOW 58
63% of the U.S. Congress support passage of the PAST ACT. NOW 70%
63% of TWHBEA members support passage of the PAST ACT.
The Directors have not been provided any financial information regarding the business of the association since March 2014.
TWHBEA has been losing approximately 75 – 100 members a month since September 2013.
In April 2014, the decrease was 225 members a month.
In April 2014, the monthly revenue decreased $23,170.00, 54% from April 2012.
The membership has declined from 6,950 eligible to vote on September 10, 2013 to approximately 6,350 in mid-March 2014.
It is estimated that the eligible to vote TWHBEA members is now 6,125.
Continuing this trend, TWHBEA will lose 2,325 members in 12 months from Dec. 2013 – Nov. 2014.
That will make TWHBEA eligible to vote members at 4,950 in 12 months – a 29% member decrease in 12 months.
NOTE (SEP 10, 2014): TWHBEA MEMBERSHIP IS 5,458 + 250+/- INTERNATIONALS = 5,708 VOTING ELIGIBLE MEMBERS. ON SEP. 10, 2013, THERE WERE 6,950 VOTING ELIGIBLE MEMBERS. TWHBEA HAS LOST 1,242 MEMBERS IN 12 MONTHS. A LOSS OF 104 MEMBERS A MONTH – LOSS OF 18% IN 12 MONTHS.
MEMBERS RENEWINGRENEWAL INCOME
APRIL 2012 762 $5O, 335.00
APRIL 2013 841 48,235.00
APRIL 2014 458 27,165.00 60% LOSS$23,170.00 DECREASE – 54% DECREASE
TWHBEA’s Executive Committee is scheduled to meet from 8:00 A. M. to 11:00 P.M. on Friday, May 23, 2014.
The various Committee meetings will be held the rest of Friday.
The Semi-Annual Meeting of TWHBEA’s Directors will take place at 9:00 A.M. on Saturday, May 24, 2014.
It will be interesting to see what transpires in the Saturday session.
In the past, Steve Smith has been known for his bullying, heavy-handed, arrogant, dictatorial manner in handling the business of TWHBEA.
There has been a noted lack of transparency.
Steve Smith’s Sancho PanzaWalt Chism did a Joe Willie Namath on January 28, 2014when he said the following:
“I’ll do the Joe Namath, we will have more members at the end of the year than at the beginning, we’ll show a surplus of income over expenses and we’ll provide more services , I guarantee it.” Walt Chism
“JOE WILLIE” WALT CHISM
“SANCHO PANZA” WALT CHISM
The TWHBEA August 2014 “Statement Of Financial Affairs” proves that as long as thesoreBig Lick stigma hangs over the Tennessee Walking Horse breed, the future is dim.
The reality of the soring has adversely affected the value and image of the entire Tennessee Walking Horse breed.
In 2014, the Public will no longer accept the soring and it will no longer patronize the Tennessee Walking Horse business until the pads and chains are removed, and the USDA takes over enforcing the Horse Protection Act.
Mares are being not bred, and horses are not being registered or sold.
It will be interesting to see if the Sound Directors can effectively persuade the TWHBEA members to reject Steve Smith’s “DARK SIDE” By-Law Changes.
Pat Stout was successful with “The Poll”which allowed the TWHBEA members an opportunity to vote on the PAST ACT winning 63% to 37%.
If competently managed, Nephew Eugene says there’s no reason the TWHBEA Sound Directors cannot be successful in their efforts to fend off the DARKsoreBig Lick attempt to hijack the official Tennessee Walking Horse Breed registry.
All it takes is 50% + 1 to beat the Licker By-Law Changes.
It’s interesting to note that Walt “Joe Willie Namath” Chism is not running for re-election as TWHBEA Director.
NASHVILLE, TN – The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Chairman David L. Howard attacked The Tennessean newspaper and its reporter Brian Wilson for a September 11, 2014 story appearing on the front page of The Tennessean newspaper with the headline:
“SORING REPORTS NEARLY DOUBLE”
Reporter Brian Wilson’s story -“WALKING HORSE CELEBRATION’S VIOLATIONS DOUBLE LAST YEAR’S” - apparently struck a nerve with Celebration Chairman David L. Howard. In his story, Mr. Wilson provided a straight forward recap and analysis of the 2014 “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORT”.
The USDA report established conclusively that the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO’s 98% Horse Protection Act compliance rate is apparently patently bogus. The USDA vet inspectors found approximately 2 in 10 horses at the 2014 Celebration to be sore.
America is now waiting on the USDA to provide the “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORTS”for 2013 and 2012. The 2012 and 2013 Reports could possibly show pattern, premeditation and intent with regard to the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO inspection program’s alleged 94%+ HPA compliance claims. S.H.O.W. HIO is presently being decertified by the USDA for its failing to properly enforce the Horse Protection Act.
“The Tennessean just made another staff cut, including Paul Barton, and are seriously understaffed on the editorial side. They dumped this “beat” on Brian Wilson and he doesn’t have a clue about the Tennessee Walking Horse. So what does he do, he simply repeats the Humane Society’s talking points without questioning them, as a professional reporter would. Don’t get upset with him, he is merely following orders and hoping to keep a job. He can’t help it if he is more familiar with manure than with facts.The Tennessean is an embarrassment to journalism ethics and ruining people and this breed is considered sport. And they shake their head and wonder why people no longer subscribe….”
Sound Horse advocate Sara Mattice replied to Mr. Howard’s statement:
“Mr. Howard seems to be rather confused about the content of this article, which addresses the number of violations and the statistics released by the USDA in relation to the HPA during this year’s Sorabration. He falls back on the usual blame game this Industry is constantly playing, making the HSUS the target for all their woes. He also seemingly fails to recognize that 98% of the posts here are in praise of The Tennessean for their forthrightness in putting out the truth about his industry. One wonders why, since he obviously dismisses this publication as insignificant, he bothered to write such a lengthy and strong protest addressed to them in regard to their coverage of his industry.”
Then Celebration Chairman Howard went “ONE QUESTION” too far and asked:
“David L. Howard I have been to your Celebration several times, the last being in 2009. In 2006, I attended with a friend who was showing there and who had a very well known juvenile niece who rode padded horses and excelled in Equitation. I went with my friend to a padded barn that week to look at an18 month old colt by Pusher’s Bustin Loose. Colt was already on pads and absolutely terrified of humans. Took 3 men wrestling him in the back of this stall to catch him and bring him out for her and her trainer to inspect. Wonder why? She bought the colt, and months later when I inquired as to how he was doing, she informed me that his hoof had been almost torn off. She had also assured me that her trainer didn’t sore, but guess what? He was later written up at the Southern Championship in Perry, Georgia for soring, not the scar rule. In 2009, I sat at your Celebration in a box seat and listened to the people behind me singing the blues because the USDA had ticketed them for soring and they wouldn’t be able to show the rest of the Celebration. The citation was for soring, not the scar rule. The trainer in the box beside me was bragging to one of his buddies about “how deep he had that sucker going back at the barn, he was walking a hole in the ground!” They either didn’t think I knew or didn’t care that I knew what they were talking about. In 1996, I held an office in the Indiana Walking Horse Association, along side Joe Dietz. Want me to go on? I can go back to the late eighties, if you’d like. I am not, as you and your peers like to believe, another uneducated HSUS follower who has no background in the Tennessee Walking Horse show world. My background is the reason I fight for the sound horse and why I only now trail ride.”
Sound Horse advocate Linda Bassel replied to Mr. Howard’s statement:
David L. Howard this article points out some facts that are clearly not complimentary to the Celebration. Nonetheless, they are facts. To attack the reporter is small minded and petty. Methinks he doth protest too much. The “embarrassment” here is that the Celebration and the big lick segment of the walking horse show world keep putting forth these ridiculous, rosy glow tales of the “compliant” (sored but able to get through inspection) horses that are blatantly untrue.
Nephew Eugene says America awaits the USDA publishing the 2012 and 2013 “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORTS” which, hopefully, will establish that the USDA did its job in enforcing the Horse Protection Act for those respective years.
Nephew Eugene also says that Celebration Chairman David L. Howard has good reason to be anxious about the USDA preparing and releasing those reports.
LEWISBURG, TN – On Monday, September 15, 2014, the BIG LICK POWER GRAB attempt will begin. A By-Laws change will be mailed to the 5,458+/- eligible to vote TWHBEA members with the future of the official Tennessee Walking Horse breed registry in the balance. TWHBEA has lost 1,492 members in the past 12 months – over 22% loss.
TWHBEA members will have a choice:
ACCEPT ALL BY LAW CHANGES.
DO NOT ACCEPT ANY BY LAW CHANGES.
If the TWHBEA members vote to accept ALL By Law changes, the following will result:
THE 63% LANDSLIDE VOTE FOR THE PAST ACT(IN GREEN)
The sore Big Lick gang of Steve Smith, Walt Chism and By Laws VP Tom “I’M A PROUD HPA VIOLATOR” Kakassy are betting that the TWHBEA members will ACCEPT ALL BY-LAW CHANGES.
TOM KAKASSY – TWHBEA BY LAWS VP
If so, the following “BIG LICK POWER GRAB” will be a fait accompli.
The Black States will no longer have a Director. The Red States will have more Directors.
WWW.BILLYGOBOY.COM focused attention this week that, unfortunately and disappointingly, the “Sound Horse” Directors of the Black States have done virtually nothing since the semi-annual May Directors to demand any type of accountability of the sore Big Lick TWHBEA management regarding the TWHBEA membership being provided with currrent Financial Statements or Membership numbers.
It remains to be seen if a timely effective campaign will be mounted to beat back the BIG LICK POWER GRAB from taking place.
For sure, it will take a lot more energy, tenacity and competence than has been shown to date.
And time is of the essence.a
DIRECTORS WHOSE STATES WILL BE ELIMINATED - “BIG LICK POWER GRAB”
ARIZONA - DR. PAM REBAND
ARKANSAS (82) - KENNY MCGOWAN
COLORADO - RICK EVANS
IOWA - RICHARD WORKMAN
IDAHO - DR. EDWIN HUTCHINSON
KANSAS - JULIE A. KELLER
MASSACHUSETTS - DONNA FULZ
MARYLAND – KEITH DANE
MINNESOTA - CYNTHIA ENDRES
MONTANA -RICK WIES
NEW HAMPSHIRE - JULIE DILLON
NEW YORK -LORI NORTHRUP
OKLAHOMA - CHRIS VAN HORN
PENNSYLVANIA - RICK CHOVAN
UTAH - BECCA PENNINGTON
WISCONSIN - MICK SALM
WYOMING - HEATHER BROOK CURNOW
INTERNATIONAL – WILLIAM “BILL” ADAMS, SUYIN OLDENBURG,
Can the BIG LICK POWER GRAB be defeated?
A year ago, “The Poll”, where courageous TWHBEA VP Pat Stout, with the assistance of an anonymous donor, allowed the 6,950 eligible to vote members of TWHBEA members an opportunity to express their opinion, “YES” or “NO” on passage of the PAST ACT. A landslide 63% voted “YES” to pass the PAST ACT. The turnout was an impressive 26% of the TWHBEA membership.
The people in charge of that effort knew the stakes and the TWHBEA members rallied to the cause in expressing their mandate to remove the pads and chains and end the soreBig Lick Tennessee Walking Horse.
“The Poll” turned the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse world on its ear.
It also let Americaand the United States Congress, American Horse Council, United States Equestrian Federation, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners ALL know that the ordinary dues paying members of the official breed registry wanted the pads and chains removed from the Tennessee Walking Horse. They voted “YES” to Pass The Past Act.
Nephew Eugene says it will be interesting to see if the Sound Horse Directors, who are about to be“BLACKED OUT” by the “BIG LICK POWER GRAB”,can defeat Big Lickers Steve Smith, Walt Chism and Tom “I’M A PROUD HPA VIOLATOR” Kakassy in a head to head challenge for survival.
LEWISBURG, TN – Since April, there has been a pall of silence over the “Sound Horse” Directors of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Association.
Has this man put his bluff in on the “Sound Horse” TWHBEA Directors?
TWHBEA PRESIDENT STEVE SMITH, U. S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER CAMPAIGN FINANCE CHAIRMAN
Do the Directors listed below have no fight left in them?
Are these Directors not willing to stand up for “The Horses”?
Why aren’t the TWHBEA Directors listed below loudly demanding:
WHAT ARE THE CURRENT MEMBERSHIP NUMBERS?
WHAT ARE THE CURRENT FINANCIAL STATEMENTS?
HOW MANY MEMBERS A MONTH IS TWHBEA LOSING?
HOW MANY FOALS HAVE BEEN REGISTERED TO DATE IN 2014?
HOW MANY MARES HAVE BEEN BRED?
HOW MUCH MONEY IS ON HAND?
HOW MUCH MONEY HAS BEEN SPENT ON THE PAT STOUT LAW SUIT?
IS INSURANCE PAYING ANY PART OF THE LEGAL FEES AND EXPENSES RELATED TO THE SUIT?
NONE of these questions are presently being asked.
Have the Directors listed below just spit out the bit and quit?
Please ask them – Here are their names, addresses and contact information.
These Directors who have a FIDUCIARY responsibility to the corporation, TWHBEA, as well as to the members of TWHBEA who elected them.
They singularly and jointly seem to have forgotten where they came from and who sent them.
They have seemingly rolled over in doing their jobs as Directors of TWHBEA.
THAT is not acceptable.
These Directors are apparently afraid to make a “Whimper” while tyrannical Steve Smith and Tom “I”M A PROUD HPA VIOLATOR” Kakassy plan to “privatize” TWHBEA with massive By-Law changes.
The By-Law changes which will wipe out 1/2 the present membership and leave it with NO REPRESENTATION will be mailed to the TWHBEA members on Monday, September 15, 2014.
A year ago Pat Stout demonstrated courage and allowed the TWHBEA members to vote on the PAST ACT passage, “YES” OR “NO”. The members roared “YES” by 63% to 37%. Congress is now 70%, U.S. House and 58%, U.S.Senate, for the PAST ACT, House.
So why has the following group of Directors lost their nerve in standing up for “The Horses, TWHBEA – the corporation, and the TWHBEA members who elected them, and trusted them NOT to quit.
It’s time for that to change – and change right now.
COMMENT – CLANT M. SEAY, AAWHA – THE TENNESSEAN – SEP. 11, 2014
The USDA needs to immediately provide a “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORT” for 2012 and 2013 in the same format as that provided for 2014. Following the 2012 and 2013 Celebrations, the USDA allowed the sore Big Lick interests to claim a 94% compliance rate. This was wrong. Instead of providing the “REPORT” which provides a CLEAR picture which shows approximately 2 of every 10 horses were SORE, it allowed the sore Big Lick to claim something it never had – 94% compliance. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack now needs to instruct USDA APHIS Administrators Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson, DVM to IMMEDIATELY provide the REPORTS for 2012 and 2013. The American public NEEDS TO KNOW.
Clant M. Seay, Spokesperson, All American Walking Horse Alliance.
Federal and local inspectors issued nearly twice as many soring violations at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration as in the 2013 show, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released this week.
A group of largely USDA monitors found 219 violations of the Horse Protection Act during the 11-day competition in Shelbyville. Those figures come after years when fewer violations — including last year’s low of 110 — were identified at the championship event.
The jump in violations comes as the Tennessee Walking Horse industry continues to writhe over accusations of widespread soring, which happens when a horse’s legs are hurt intentionally to exaggerate the high gait for which the breed is known. While industry reformers call for a federal law they say would eliminate the major causes of abuse, others say more objective testing would weed out the industry’s worst trainers and owners.
The report said those apparent signs of soring disqualified 166 competitors during the event — 15.4 percent of all of the horses inspected.
The vast majority of the violations and disqualifications developed from horses that had signs of a banned substance on them or through the industry’s scar rule, which prohibits horses with past signs of soring from being shown.
The figures proved that federal officials were willing to enforce Horse Protection Act regulations at a higher rate than others designated to inspect, said Keith Dane, vice president for equine protection for the Humane Society of the United States.
More than 50 percent of the 389 horses inspected at the Celebration by USDA officials showed signs of soring, the federal report said.
“All these years the industry has said they’ve solved the problem, yet soring is still rampant,” Dane said.
Celebration CEO Mike Inman questioned the difference shown from this year’s figures, saying that federal officials enforced the scar rule differently than in years past. He said that using fewer subjective ways to monitor a horse would bring more consistent inspection results.
“We’ve had the same horses and the same inspectors for years,” Inman said. “The only thing that’s changed is the interpretation.”
Officials with the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said no inspection procedures were altered during the Celebration, department spokeswoman Tanya Espinosa said.
Instead, she said, inspectors were using more advanced technology to identify sored horses and penalize their trainers. This year, thermal imaging was used to better recognize abnormal temperatures that can show signs of abuse.
“Soring practices are always evolving and require APHIS to incorporate state of the art technology to capture soring techniques that may not be visible to the naked eye,” Espinosa said in an email.
She did not respond to additional questions about whether the technology used was tied to this year’s rise in violations.
Call for legislation
Because of the technology present, Dane slammed the calls for more objective testing by Celebration officials.
“They ask for science, and when they don’t like the results, they object,” Dane said. He cited the number of violations in repeating his call for Congress to approve the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, which would ban the chains and special pads tied to the most competitive levels of the industry.
Inman supported alternative legislation that he said would strengthen current laws and provide more objective ways to evaluate a horse and eliminate the field’s worst abusers.
“The PAST Act seeks to eliminate soring by eliminating the breed,” Inman said.
Only one of the USDA violations was issued against a flatshod horse, a performance category that doesn’t use padded shoes or other devices. Because multiple violations could be issued to a horse, the number of violations could differ from the number of disqualifications, the report said.
Reach Brian Wilson at 615-726-5970 and on Twitter @brianwilson17.
BAGHDAD BOB: “Listen, this explosion does not frighten us any longer. The cruise missiles do not frighten anyone. We are catching them like fish in a river.
BAGHDAD MIKE INMAN:” … the horses who did show were excellent.”
OWNER/TRAINER JESSE BARNES KICKS TWO YEAR OLD KEMBA WALKER TO GET UP
“I AM JOSE” – 2014 WORLD GRAND CHAMPION ACCOMPANIED BY “TOWEL MAN”
“MR HEISMAN” ONE HORSE DIV. A, STAKE CLASS, AUG. 23, 2014
BAGHDAD BOB:“Today we slaughtered them in the airport. They are out of Saddam International Airport. The force that was in the airport, this force was destroyed.”
BAGHDAD MIKE INMAN: ”Inman squashed a rumor that the grounds were about to be sold to either of two prominent horse owner families. ”That is the annual rumor of the week following the Celebration,” he said.
Honorable Tom Vilsack Secretary of Agriculture Room 200-A 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, DC 20250
Re: Enforcement of the Horse Protection Act
Dear Secretary Vilsack:
In support of my September 9, 2014, letter asking you to please direct APHIS Administrators Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson, DVM to immediately provide “USDA Horse Protection Activity Reports” for 2013 and 2012 in the same form as the 2014 Report, I respectfully provide the following information.
Following the 2013 Celebration, APHIS provided “Results”, but it was not a detailed informative “USDA Horse Protection Activity Report” such as that provided in response to the letter to you from the 59 members of Congress.
At the 2013 Celebration, the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO inspectors “manufactured” a 94% compliance rate. Following the 2013 Celebration, APHIS released “RESULTS” – not a detailed “REPORT” such as 2014, The APHIS “RESULTS” (see below) gave the misimpression that the USDA vet inspectors confirmed the bogus 94% HPA compliance rate. By APHIS not preparing and making available to the public a ”USDA Horse Protection Activity Report” in the same form as 2014, the American public did not receive information it needed to know. Worse, the American public and their elected officials were misinformed of a false 94% compliance HPA compliance because APHIS didn’t prepare the detailed”REPORT”.
Mr. Secretary, for APHIS not to provide the 2012 and 2013 ““USDA Horse Protection Activity Reports” was wrong. By not doing so, APHIS allowed a defiant and combative Celebration S.H.O.W. HIO which sued the USDA in July 2012 and lost in July 2013, to misinform the public about a false 94% HPA compliance rate.
Sir, why does it take 59 members of the United States Congress sending you a letter for APHIS to remember that it works for the American taxpayers, and to provide information that Americans and their elected officials need to know in order to make informed decisions.
In 2013, APHIS apparently pictured itself as being in some type of “Partnership” with the Celebration’s inspection program. I seriously doubt that USDA inspectors are in “Partnership” with Armour Meat Company, nor should the APHIS Administrators picture themselves as being in partnership with the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse business.
Sadly, that is what obviously occurred.
Evidence of this “Partnership” is contained in the APHIS words as follows: ”USDA was in attendance of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, TN from Aug 22-31, 2013. USDA and DQPs inspected 1,952 horses and 110 violations were found – an approximate 6% violation rate.”
Mr. Secretary, you can see here that APHIS chose to lump together the horses it inspected along with those of S.H.O.W. HIO, and therefore, APHIS appeared to sanction the 94% HPA compliance rate claimed by the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse interests.
Mr. Secretary, the wrongs of APHIS not providing the “USDA Horse Protection Activity Reports” for 2013 and 2012 needs to be corrected immediately.
The fate of the PAST ACT is in the balance and the 305 co-sponors of this legislation, 70% of the U. S. House, and 58% of the U. S. Senate need the 2013 and 2012 APHIS Reports. On behalf of the American people who back the elected officials who support the PAST ACT, I respectfully ask you to please direct the appropriate APHIS officials to show you cause, if any, why they should not immediately prepare and release the “USDA Horse Protection Activity Reports” for 2013 and 2012 to the American people on or before Monday, September 15, 2014.
Clant M. Seay, Spokesperson, All American Walking Horse Alliance
SHELBYVILLE, TN – The hallowed “Hall of Fame” Club in the Calsonic Arena during the 76th Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration was the scene of an impassioned speech/rant by Oklahoma self proclaimed cockfighter B. L. Cozad, Jr.
B. L COZAD, JR – CELEBRATION HALL OF FAME CLUB
Cozad gave a rambling anti-government semi-incoherent harangue/rant to Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse fans after which one one felt the need to bathe.
CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN
” … every animal cruelty law, every cock fighting law, every horse soring law, every single law against animal cruelty and animal welfare in America are unconstitutional.
I am a gamecock farmer.
I am a cock fighter.
I have a God-given constitutional and protected right to own, possess and harvest my livestock.
My livestock happen to be gamecocks.
I have the right to harvest my gamecocks.
The method to harvest gamecocks is has been to allow them to fight for 3,000 years.
Now we have government agencies making laws and passing laws based on communism.
Understand, I put together the federal and supreme court rulings to prove that every animal cruelty law, every cock fighting law, every horse soring law, every single law against animal cruelty and animal welfare in America are unconstitutional.
Understand, that any law that is unconstitutional is illegal, and any enforcement of that law is an illegal act by the government.
Animals are property
There is a United States Supreme Court ruling out of Ohio along with ownership of property comes the right to harvest livestock. Shoot beef cattle in the head with a gun. Goats, you hang them up by their back feet and you cut their throats. That’s how they are harvested. Fish, you throw them on a block of ice and allow them to suffocate.
I am a gamecock farmer.
Gamecocks are simply harvested by allowing them to fight.
That’s been their method of harvest for more than 3,000 years.
Referring to law enforcement agencies coming on to his property to enforce laws against cock fighting, Cozad said, “Well, bring a gun. Because when you come to my house we’re going to have a private party.
Now we have government agencies making laws and passing laws based on communism.
We have now lived long enough to see David L. Howard get in bed with the Cock Fighters.
No word yet if there is going to be: “The Cock Fighter Report”.
Henry Tilford and the Celebration Founders are spinning in their graves.
Honorable Tom Vilsack Secretary of Agriculture Room 200-A 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, DC 20250
Re: Enforcement of the Horse Protection Act
Dear Secretary Vilsack:
Thank you for requiring your employees and public servants APHIS Administrators Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson, DVM to provide an accurate and meaningful “Horse Protection Activity Report” for the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. (August 21-30, 2014)
Without your personal interest and intervention backed by Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) letter from the 59 members of the U. S. Congress, the data would not have been provided.
Why, do I say this?
I say it because in the past, APHIS Administrators Shea and Gipson have not provided it.
Why have they not?
That, sir, is a question for you to please take up internally with Mr. Shea and Dr. Gipson.
In the interest of full disclosure and satisfying the need to know by the American taxpayers and their elected officials, I respectfully request you to please direct APHIS Administrators Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson, DVM to please provide “USDA Horse Protection Activity Reports” for the 2012 and 2013 Celebrations categorized in the same manner as the 2014 Report.
The “USDA Horse Protection Activity Reports” provided by APHIS for 2012 and 2013 did not reveal the extent of the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses. In particular, Mr. Shea and Dr. Gipson failed to report to the public the number of horses actually inspected by the USDA vets, and the number of HPA violations found and horses turned down. As a result, it was not possible for the American public nor their elected representatives to properly evaluate or compare the numbers of HPA violations found by the USDA vets with those found by Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO DQPs inspectors.
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration has “claimed” 95%+ HPA compliance rates. This was a bogus claim for 2014, and it most likely will be conclusively proven to be a bogus number once the requested inspection information is made available. The USDA 2014 report shows about 84% compliance – almost 2 horses in 10 are sore.
The AAWHA now urgently requests you to please require APHIS to provide as soon as possible to members of Congress and the American public “USDA Horse Protection Activity Reports” for the 2012 and 2013 Celebrations in the same format and categories as presented for 2014 so people can be fully informed.
Thank you for what you have done to protect “The Horses” in requiring APHIS provide accurate inspection numbers for 2014, and for please honoring this request to do the same for 2012 and 2013 Celebrations.
Clant M. Seay, Spokesperson, All American Walking Horse Alliance
SEPTEMBER 5, 2013
BILLY GO BOY CALLS ON KEVIN SHEA & DR. CHESTER GIPSON WITH USDA TO RELEASE THE NUMBER OF HORSES INSPECTED BY USDA VMOs AT THE 2013 CELEBRATION SO THE PUBLIC WILL KNOW THE TRUTH
Posted on September 5, 2013
Riverdale, MD – At the 2013 Celebration, the SHOW HIO DQPs did not do their jobs in enforcing the Horse Protection Act. SHOW inspected 1,952* Horses and found a ridiculously low 30 HPA violations.
The USDA VMOs found 70 HPA violations.
That ratio alone is proof that SHOW HIO didn’t adequately protect the welfare of the Tennessee Walking Horse.
Here’s more documentation:
FRIDAY NIGHT, AUGUST 30, 2013
On Friday, August 30, 2013, SHOW DQPs found 0 HPA violations of 138 horses inspected.
That is 100% HPA compliance, and it was a lie.
On Friday, August 30, 2013, the USDA VMOs found 11 HPA violations. There were 15 classes, and the VMOs check 2nd and 3rd place horses. That’s 30 horses – so be generous and add another 30 to that number – 60 horses and VMOs found 11 HPA violations – that would be 82% HPA compliance – or about 1 in every 5 horses were sore.
SHOW HIO started spinning the 98.4% range HPA compliance baloney before the Celebration was over. Center ring announcer Bobby Sands proudly told the crowd how “Harvard Like” the 98.4% compliance was after Purple Strategies handed it to him to read.
Overall for the Celebration, the USDA VMOs found 2.33 HPA violations for every 1 HPA violation that SHOW HIO did.
Dr. Chester Gipson, will you please go ahead and tell the public how many horses the VMOs inspected so the public will know. Yours and Kevin Shea’s salaries are paid by the taxpayers, and you owe them the truth in this matter.
Surely, you and your boss Kevin Shea do not want to be looked upon as covering up for SHOW HIO, which by the way, you sent a Notice of Revocation Letter on August 1, 2012.
The simple question is – how many horses did USDA VMOs inspect?
It is not a complicated question.
The USDA has that information, and so far, the USDA has not provided it.
The public has a “right to know” because, as stated, SHOW HIO is “spinning” a false 98.4% HPA compliance rate.
The USDA should provide the information now.
Here is what the USDA released to the public on Sunday, September 1, 2013.
OFFICIAL FINAL USDA NUMBERS
AUG. 22 – AUG. 31*
TOTAL INSPECTED 1,952*
HPA VIOLATIONS 110
HORSES DISQUALIFIED 100
* VMO 70
* DQP 30
The reason that SHOW DQPs didn’t do their jobs writing tickets was due to the effect that the Mandatory “Minimum Penalties” would have on the Trainers, Horses and Owners. SHOW waited until the last minute to adopt the MP on August 19, 2013.
One esteemed colleague has comments and give the USDA the benefit of the doubt:
“For the TWH on September 4, 2013 at 10:29 pm said:
I doubt they’re stonewalling. They have a lot of data to gather, and they usually release the report as a compilation of all of the shows they’ve been to. Plus I’m sure they’re writing warning letters and taking care of suspensions and such.”
My answer to my colleague is, I believe they are stonewalling. Why, because they do have the information and so far, have not provided it.
Here is what they came out with after the 2012 Celebration. In this report, the USDA blended its numbers with in with SHOW and no one could tell who inspected what.
“USDA APHIS “2012 TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION RESULTS”
“Given the interest in the enforcement of the HPA at this year’s Celebration, USDA wanted to post preliminary inspection results now, rather than at the end of the year. This year, USDA and DQPs inspected 1,849 horses and found 166 violations – an approximate 9% violation rate. This rate is slightly lower than the 9.5% violation rate from the 2011 Celebration, during which 2,143 horses were inspected and 203 violations were found.”
For the TWH, it would be a travesty for USDA to do that this time because it would allow SHOW to foist off this wonderful trend of its stringent enforcement of the HPA. That would allow SHOW HIO to say we improved to 95% compliance from 91% in 2012.
Dr. Gipson, you of all people know, that since they sued you over the Mandatory “Minimum Penalties” and since they refused to the last minute to put the MP in its rulebook, that SHOW HIO after finding only 30 HPA violations at the 2013 Celebration is playing games enforcing the HPA.
For the USDA to lump everything together with SHOW HIO in 2013 like it did in 2012 is NOT going to hack it.
Dr. Gipson, are you going to sing “Kumbaya” with the folks who can’t find sore horses or are you going to tell it like it is?
It is vitally important that the USDA provide the public with the actual number of Horses the VMOs inspected It’s either do that or end up partnering with SHO HIO instead and lumping everything together which will SHOW to look like it has a 98.4% HPA compliance rate which is pure garbage.
There is nothing the Celebration/SHOW HIO would like better than to have a trend showing how great things are with its enforcing the HPA when nothing could be further than the truth.
Here is the truth.
SHOW HIO DQPs sat on their hands in enforcing the HPA because of the effect of the Mandatory “Minimum Penalties. The following “SHOW VIOLATIONS AT CELEBRATION” proves it:
SHOW VIOLATIONS AT CELEBRATION
Dr. Gipson, my humble job is to speak truth to power.
I ask you and your superior Kevin Shea to please do that right thing, and if you make us wait a week or a report, rather than provide the solid information necessary for the public to know the truth now, at least please be candid in the report and include the facts which demonstrate that SHOW HIO is not enforcing the Mandatory “Minimum Penalties” by simply not writing HPA violation tickets.
————————– SEPTEMBER 4, 2013
WHY ARE KEVIN SHEA, DR. CHESTER GIPSON AND USDA STONEWALLING ON PROVIDING “THE REAL NUMBER” WHICH WOULD TELL THE STORY ON SORING AT THE 2013 CELEBRATiON – AND THE GAMES BEING PLAYED BY CELEBRATiON/SHOW HIO????
Posted on September 4, 2013
RIVERDALE, MD – The APHIS division of USDA, Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson are sitting on the “real numbers” which would give true insight into whether or not the institutionalized practice of soring is business as usual in Shelbyville, Tennessee.
ARE THESE GUYS WORKING FOR SHOW HIO TRYING TO COVER UP THE SORING?
DR. CHESTER GIPSON, DVM – “HERR” HOWARD’S PARTNER
KEVIN SHEA – SUPPOSED TO BE HEAD OF APHIS
Sadly, it appears to be so.
SHOW HIO announced that it inspected 1,952 Horses and found 30 HPA violations.
The USDA announced that it inspected ???????? Horses and found 70 HPA violations.
Wait, you say ???????????? Horses and they say they don’t know how many?
That is exactly what I am saying.
Here is the best estimate – the USDA inspected the 2nd and 3rd place horse in each class.There were 182 classes x 2 = that accounts for about 350. Add another 100 horses in there to be spot checked and you have 450 horses. The USDA VMOs found 70 horses violating HPA. That means 17% of the horses were sore. Not the 1.5% SHOW HIO claims. Counting the record number of scratches and the small classes, you can take it to the bank – 2 out of every 10 horses were sore.
The USDA knows how many horses its VMOS inspected. They keep detailed notes on each one, but they are playing “Keep Away” with the number.
What is known is that Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson cuddle up with Celebration/SHOW HIO and form a quartet singing “Kumbaya” about working together.
Here’s what “Herr” Howard says: The working relationship between USDA VMO’s and SHOW’s DQP’s has been cooperative, just as it has been all season. Both groups are working diligently to keep sore horses out of the ring.
Here’s what the USDA Chester Gipson says: Working together, USDA and DQPs strive to ensure that only sound and healthy horses participate in shows.
Prior to the Celebration, USDA Officials Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson gave assurances that VMOs would crack down on pressure shoeing.
The USDA did not pull any packages to check for pressure shoeing.
For the Trainer Licker boys using the “blue putty” – that means come on down.
And what was done about the two “false bottoms” that were found?
Sadly, in the history of the HPA, there has never been ONE pressure shoeing case prosecuted by the USDA.
So how many horses did the USDA VMOs inspect at the 2013 Celebration?
In the words of United States Ambassador to the United Nations Adlai Stevenson to the Soviet Ambassador Zorin:
And also in my words to Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson, and yes to U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack:
Tom Vilsack – U. S. Secretary of Agriculture
“I am prepared to wait for my answer until Hell freezes over“.
Secretary Vilsack, thanks to you, Americans didn’t have to wait until September 8, 2014, for the Answer to the 2014 Celebration.
Sir, now it’s time for the Answers to the 2012 and 2013 Celebrations.
Just like the missing “VAC” Vet – just like the bogus “Swabbing Initiative”.
All lies and mendacious contumacious conduct by people who apparently think they are above the law or can simply buy who and what they want.
As www.billygoboy.com extrapolated post Celebration 2013, and post 2014 Trainers Show, the “compliance rate” is more like 80%-85% at best which means that 15 of every 100 horses are SORE.
That information was confirmed today when the USDA FINALLY provided its official numbers from the 2014 Celebration.
It would now be nice if the USDA would go back and provide the 2012 and 2013 REAL numbers in this format, rather than the “BLENDED PARTERNSHIP” numbers which allowed “The Horses” to be hurt for two years when they should not have been.
Shame on Chester Gipson, DVM for playing politics for most of his career, and not caring about “The Horses”.
The 2014 numbers confirm all the “Big Lies”perpetrated by David L. Howard and Company.
CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD
199 USDA “SORES”
20 Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO “SORES
219 Total Violatons/Illegal
2 0F EVERY 10 HORSES WERE SORE.
The USDA numbers prove conclusively to all persons and entities that “Self Regulation” of the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse will NOT work and never has worked to adequately protect “The Horses”.
Senator Alexander, if you have integrity, the USDA numbers provide the wake up call to let you know that “VAC” Vet Chairman Dr. Jerry Johson and “VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship and Steve Smith have all been lying to you.
Please salvage your bruised integrity and change course.
AAWHA SPOKESPERSON AND ‘VAC’ SPOKESPERSON COMPARE NOTES
84.6% “alleged” Compliance – over 15 of every 100 Horses are SORE.
99.40% Disqualifications are on Big Lick horses.
If you set aside the 84 Scar Rule violations found by the USDA, and just compare the number of Bilateral and Unilateral Sore violations found by USDA vets compared with the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO inspectors, you have:
WASHINGTON, DC – The one thing that U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Assistant Secretary – Congressional Liaison Todd Batta, and USDA officials Krysta Hardin, Ed Avalos, Kevin Shea, Chester Gipson, DVM and Rachel Cezar, DVM all have in common – each one is paid by the American taxpayers.
They are public servants and they work for the American taxpayers.
Tom Vilsack – U. S. Secretary of Agriculture
America saw last Saturday what happens when a public servant like Chester Gipson, DVM goes rogue. Gipson ignored the requests made by 59 members of Congress, and the instructions of the U. S. Secretary of Agriculture, when he unilaterally decided not to pull the shoes and inspect the bottoms of the front feet of “I AM JOSE”.
… 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.”
“I AM JOSE” – 2014 WORLD GRAND CHAMPION 0F 3 IN THE CLASS
As said previously, Dr. Gipson either needs to retire, resign, be reassigned or be fired.
DR. CHESTER GIPSON, DVM – BLOWS HOT AND COLD ON ENFORCING THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT
Today, the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. which is presently being decertified by the USDA, released its 2014 Celebration inspection numbers.
Now, it’s the USDA’s turn to release its numbers – NOT the numbers it usually releases where Chester Gipson, DVM blends the USDA numbers in with the S.H.O.W. HIO numbers, and nobody can make any real sense of them.
The USDA needs to release the REAL numbers – the numbers which allow the public to compare and see what the real difference is with “SELF REGULATION” that the discredited and disgraced fraudulent “VAC” Veterinary Advisory Committee and the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO want to foist upon the public, and the objective science based inspections such as thermography used by the USDA Vet inspectors.
If not, people get an idea that the fraudulent 96% compliance is real.
And Representatives and Senators believe the fraudulent 96% is real.
And Federal Appellate Judges believe the fraudulent 96% is real.
Celebration Chairman David L. Howard published that on Thursday, August 21, 2014, the USDA inspected 38 horses and 21 of them were turned down, a whopping 55%.
This time, the USDA needs to release REAL NUMBERS.
The public has a right to know how many Horses that the USDA vets inspected, and how many Horses were turned down as sore, and what the alleged offenses are.
For the USDA not to provide the public with this information would be outrageously unacceptable.
Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and his 304 PAST ACT co-sponsors need to demand that the Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack instruct APHIS Administrators Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson, DVM to immediately publicly release the following numbers:
Total number of horses inspected by USDA Vets.
Total number of horses turned down by USDA Vets.
How many horses turned down were big lick (pads/stacks)”
How many horses turned down were flat shod?
And they need to do it right now.
The USDA numbers needs to be provided for each day:
August 21 August 22 August 23 August 24 August 25 August 26 August 27 August 28 August 29 August 30
For years, Deputy Aphis Administrator Chester Gipson has acquiesced in allowing people like Big Lick PSHA Spokesperson Jeffrey Howard to brag about a “Partnership” with the USDA where it comes to inspecting Tennessee Walking Horses. The words “compliant” (a compliant horse is a sore horse which made it through inspection) and “most inspections of any equine breed” are pompously proclaimed.
The idea of a “Partnership” when the USDA is charged with enforcing the Horse Protection Act to eliminate soring – not regulate it – is repugnant and unacceptable.
Please call Congressman Ed Whitfield - 202-225-3115 and encourage him to call upon the USDA to provide the real numbers.
And email Assistant Agriculture Secretary Todd Batta and request the same.
ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE TODD BATTA, CONGRESSIONAL RELATIONS
JOHN MINOR WISDOM FEDERAL COURTHOUSE – NEW ORLEANS, LA – Three Judges, two from Texas and one from Mississippi, spent about 35 minutes on Wednesday hearing oral arguments in a case which, barring passage of the PAST ACT, will decide the future enforcement of the Horse Protection Act, and possibly the ultimate life or death of the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse.
JOHN MINOR WISDOM FEDERAL COURT HOUSE
Michael McGartland/Contender Farms, LLP, came in loaded for bear with a three lawyer team – trial veterans Karin Cagle and David Broiles of Fort Worth, Texas, and specialist Justin R. Chappa of Dallas, Texas to argue the case before the three judge panel.
Michael McGartland, Contender Farms, LLP
Lee W. McGartland, PSHA Secretary & Board Member, Contender Farms, LLP
The gist of McGartland/Contender appeal is that the USDA’s promulgation of the mandatory minimum penalties to enforce the Horse Protection Act does not provide McGartland/Contender with due process and procedural safeguards contemplated by the HPA. M/C also argues that it is an example of governmental overreaching to achieve a desired result when the present system of self-regulation is sufficient.
The government’s position is the U. S. District Court’s Summary Judgement upholding the USDA’s ”mandatory minimum penalties” federal regulations is correct and should stand, and that the USDA’s promulgation and implementation of the federal regulation is authorized by existing case law and the HPA.
Charged with enforcing the Horse Protection Act, the USDA, after following the required procedures, promulgated a regulation to enforce the HPA which provided for mandatory minimum penalties for soring violations. The penalties provided real teeth to the enforcement of the HPA which had become mired in a miasma where the Horse inspection programs (HIOs) were administering “wrist slap” suspensions, and USDA Office of General Counsel Attorney Frank Martin was issuing worthless 7060 Letters of Warning clearing his docket and only actually prosecuting a few of the cases against people who sore horses.
The mandatory minimum penalties federal regulation went into effect in July 2012, and the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO and Michael McGartland, Contender Farms, LLP, a Mississippi limited partnership, sued the USDA in the Northern District of Texas to stop the USDA’s implementation of the new regulation. The Judge offered a trial, but the Plaintiffs and the USDA agreed for U. S. District Judge Terry Means to rule based on the record submitted which included briefs and documents from the parties and a “Friend of the Court” brief prepared by Washington, DC attorney Russell Gaspar on behalf of sound horse interests. In July 2013, Judge Means granted a Summary Judgment Motion in favor of the USDA upholding the federal regulation, and dismissed the Celebration and McGartland/Contender suit. The Celebration accepted the federal regulation, but McGartland/Contender Farms, LLP appealed. More briefs were submitted, including another “Friend of the Court” brief by Russell Gaspar, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals set the case for oral argument for Wednesday, September 3, 2014.
THE THREE JUDGE PANEL
The three judge panel members are Judge E. Grady Jolly of Jackson, Mississippi presiding, and Judge Edith Jones of Houston, Texas, and Judge David Godbey of Dallas, Texas.
Judge Jones asked 85-90% of the questions of both counsels, Judge Godbey 10-15%, and Judge Jolly didn’t ask any questions.
U. S. Circuit Judge E. Grady Jolly
U. S. CIrcuit Judge Edith Jones
U. S. District Judge David Godbey
It is interesting to note that Judge Edith Jones formerly served as Chief Judge for the entire Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. She was initially appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the bench in 1985. Judge E. Grady Jolly of Jackson, Mississippi has served for 32 years, and was appointed in 1982 by President Ronald Reagan. U. S. Disrict Judge David Godbey was appointed in 2002 by President George W. Bush.
THE PARTIES AND THEIR ATTORNEYS
Attorney Michael McGartland was accompanied by his three attorneys: Karen Kaigle, David Broiles of Fort Worth, Texas, and Justin R. Chappa of Dallas, Texas. Counsel Chappa argued the case before the panel. Interestingly, Chappa previously served as law clerk to U. S. District Judge David Godbey who is hearing the case. Chappa graduated from Stanford Law School in 2010, and he clerked for Judge Catharina Haynes of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and U. S. District Judge David Godbey before entering private practice.
The United States was represented by Honorable Patrick Nemeroff of the Appellate Staff, Civil Division of the U. S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC. Although not present, Honorable Russell Gaspar filed an Amicus Curiae (Friend of the Court) brief on behalf of the American Horse Protection Association, Inc.; Friends of Sound Horses, Inc.; International Walking Horse Association and National Walking Horse association, Inc. Gaspar’s brief provides the necessary background which should allow the three Judge Panel to have a perspective of how things came to the point that the USDA had to promulgate a sweeping regulation to put teeth into the Horse Protection Act which was passed in 1970 and amended in 1976.
THE ARGUMENTS, QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS
The order of argument was Counsel Chappa went first, then U. S. Attorney Nemeroff for the USDA, and then Chappa concluded on behalf of the Plaintiffs/Appellants McGartland/Contender.
Judge Godbey opened Counsel Chappa’s argument by saying, McGartland/Contender “has gone to great lengths to stop this regulation” and challenged Chappa to state the reasons for the judges to do so.
Counsel Chappa argued that the inspections were “subjective” and said at the recent Tennessee Walking Horse “Superbowl (referring to the Celebration) that “43% of the violations” were scar rule violation interpretations, and he questioned the severity of penalties under the new regulation. Chappa complained that under the new regulation that there was “no judicial oversight”, “deprivation of procedural rights” and plaintiffs would “suffer monetary loss”.
In his allotted time, U.S. DOJ Attorney Nemeroff, on behalf of the USDA, attempted to give a background of the HPA passed in 1970, amended in 1976, and explained the HIO concept. He was interrupted several times by Judge Jones with questions and comments which included “criticism of subjective inspections”. Counsel Nemeroff explained that the increase in the severity of the penalties under the new regulation would carry out the intent of the HPA, and he provided examples of the penalties that the new regulation would, i.e., a one year suspension where under the old HIO system the penalties for the same offense would stair step, 60 days, 120 days and finally 1 year.
Judge Jones was critical of the proposed resulting suspensions and appeals overlapping. Counsel Nemeroff countered by saying that the USDA regulation was designed to address the concerns outlined in the Office of Inspector General report.
Judge Jones asked what Sections of the HPA that the USDA relied upon in implementing the mandatory minimum penalties in Section 1823 (c) and Section 1825. Judge Jones observed that if the system had worked from 1976 to 2013 without the new mandatory minimum penalty regulation, why was it needed now? Regarding the Horse Protection Act, Judge Jones observed that it came about originally because “Senators from horsey states wanted to provide for the welfare of the animals, but did not want to ruin the horse business”. Judge Jones questioned if the HPA gave the USDA the authority to go as far as the mandatory minimum penalties regulation in enforcing the HPA. Counsel Nemeroff replied that nowhere did the HPA set a ceiling on what the USDA determined to be the best practices to enforce the Horse Protection Act.
Counsel Chappa then proceeded to argue that if anything was wrong with the present system, it would not have taken 35 years to come up with the mandatory minimum penalties proposed by the USDA in this regulation. Chappa concluded his argument saying that Section 1825 of the HPA provides clear judicial oversight and procedural safeguards, and the USDA, by implementing the mandatory minimum penalty regulations, cannot delegate these procedural safeguards to the HIO.
The oral argument was concluded and the Court recessed.
Rulings normally take from 90 days to six months.
Judge Jones and Judge Jolly have served together for over 30 years on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. It is interesting that Judge Jones asked virtually all the questions while Judge Jolly presided. It is also interesting that a sitting judge from the Northern District of Texas, where this case originated and a Summary Judgment was entered, is on the panel. And it shows how much Appellant Mike McGartland has put into this case for him to select Justin R. Chappa to argue the case in front of panel member U.S. District Judge David Godbey.
Nephew Eugene talked with Randolph from Theta who went to Vanderbilt University Law School. Randolph says you can never tell:
which horse will win the race,
who a woman is going to marry,
what a three judge panel is going to do.
Randolph also says that if the USDA’s position is sustained, the Amicus Curiae (Friend of the Court) brief filed by Russell Gaspar of Cohen Mohr in Washington, DC could play a major role in that outcome. From what happened at the Wednesday Hearing, however, it appeared that the judges either didn’t read the Amicus brief, or more disturbingly, they did read it and then decided to focus their attention elsewhere. And having said that, the appearance could be all wrong.
Coming in, the odds were strongly in favor of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the Summary Judgment granted by U. S. District Judge Terry Means. Then the Fifth Circuit granted McGartland/Contender’s request for oral argument wanting to hear what the attorneys had to say. Then in the argument on Wednesday, there were fundamental questions as to whether or not the actions of the USDA in promulgating the mandatory minimum penalties was a governmental overreach, why the mandatory minimum penalties regulation was 35 years in coming, and if this isn’t perhaps a matter better left to the U.S. Congress to address.
Meantime the PAST ACT‘s window is closing. There will be very few days remaining following the November 4, 2014 election, and possible conclusion of the Ethics probe regarding Congressman Ed Whitfield on November 10, 2014 which was precipitated by a December 2013 letter from Lee McGartland and her fellow PSHA Directors.
The tea leaves favor a possible House action and a floor vote on the PAST ACT, but so far, there is no discernible plan to break the Senator Mitch McConnell/Senator Lamar Alexander ping-pong hold in the United States Senate.
If Senator McConnell is re-elected, and the Republicans take control of the U. S. Senate, the PAST ACT will be dead for the foreseeable future.
SHELBYVILLE, TN – Never in history have 59 U. S. Congressman asked the Secretary of Agriculture before the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration to do just one thing to stop the institutionalized soring of the Tennessee Walking Horse, and here is what the asked Secretary Tom Vilsack to do: … 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.”
And the Secretary of Agriculture agreed to do that one thing. Informed sources say that there is a letter to that effect.
Tom Vilsack – U. S. Secretary of Agriculture
And when the time came for the Deputy Aphis Administrator Chester Gipson, DMV to do that one thing, Chester Gipson:
LOOKED THE OTHER WAY.
KNUCKLED UNDER TO PRESSURE.
DR. CHESTER GIPSON, DVM – BLOWS HOT AND COLD ON ENFORCING HORSE PROTECTION ACT
Chester Gipson, DVM had an opportunity to send a message and establish a deterrentregarding a “suspected” pressure shod horse. Based on the “I AM JOSE’S” bad image exhibitions at Ashveville, NC in 2013, and the Trainers Show in Shelbyville, TN in 2014, there was strong suspicion of possible pressure shoeing. Faced with that and the opportunity, Chester Gipson, DVM contumaciously, negligently and egregiously did not do his duty and protect The Horses by pulling “I AM JOSE” Shoes/Pads/Packages and test the bottom of his front feet for sensitivity.
One reason Gipson may not have done so is Gipson, based on his actions, has never considered it his duty to eliminate soring to protect the horses, rather his actions demonstrate that his role is to regulate horse soring..
Gipson’s history is he also speeds up and slows down regarding HPA enforcement.
And that is exactly what happened in 2014 from March 1, 2014 to May 28, 2014, when Dr. Rachel Cezar enforced the Horse Protection Act to eliminate horse soring.
Then Chester Gipson did his patented “back off” move on or about May 28, 2014 at the Columbia Spring Jubilee Horse Show. \
At this year’s Celebration, Dr. Cezar then left after five days due to threats and concerns for her safety. Dr. Gipson stepped in.and once again did not come through when the chips were on the table.
And part of the equation in Gipson not pulling the shoes is that Gipson’s boss Aphis Administrator Kevin Shea has never had the backing before from Congress to do his job. But Shea had it this time, but he and subordinate Chester Gipson, DVM pitched it over the wall.
KEVIN SHEA – APHIS ADMINISTRATOR
On another note, on a hot sultry August 22, 2014, a Two Year Old Gelding, Kemba Walker, owned and ridden by Jesse Barnes, collapsed in the line up, and young Jesse tried to urge him back up with this foot:
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
IT’S TIME FOR THIS MAN TO GO
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.”
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.
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.
At the 2014 National Trainers Show, Dr. Rachel Cezarwas 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
At the 2014 National Trainers Show, ”I AM JOSE” performed an Exhibition, rather than entering into competition, and he was again terribly bad image.
I AM JOSE – CASEY WRIGHT UP – EXHIBITION AT NATIONAL TRAINERS SHOW
“I AM JOSE” EXHIBITED MARCH 15, 2014
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:
“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.”
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.
GOVERNOR GEORGE C. WALLACE
CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD
Celebration Chairman David L. Howard said:
“ … (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?”
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
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.
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
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.
WASHINGTON – 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.
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.”
“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.”
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:
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.
Dutchwas 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
“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
2O13 – 2014 WORLD GRAND CHAMPION – “I AM JOSE”
“I AM JOSE” – WORLD GRAND CHAMPION – 2013 – 2014
AMERICA’S HORSE – “DUTCH”
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.
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.
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
“I AM JOSE” - CASEY WRIGHT UP
“I AM JOSE” – 2014 World Grand Champion
“I AM JOSE” – 2014 WORLD GRAND CHAMPION 0F 3 IN THE CLASS
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.
“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.
Clant M. Seay, Spokesperson, All American Walking Horse Alliance, AAWHAMEDIAREP@gmail.com.
SHELBYVILLE –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.
Shelbyville’s Charlie Green was named trainer of the year for the third time. He also won in 2007 and 2013.
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
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.
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,
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The “AGONY OF AUGUST” was not kind to the sore Big Lick.
SHELBYVILLE, TN – While Celebration Chairman David L. Howard publicly invited persons to come to the Celebration, observe and take photographs of the inspection areas and the “VAC” Barn 9, and around the grounds, apparently Celebration CEO Mike Inman and the “VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship didn’t get the memo.
Embattled Celebration CEO Mike Inman, who informed sources say is on his way out as CEO, took a dim view when All American Walking Horse Allliance Representative Clant M. Seay took some pictures.
PLEASE LISTEN TO THIS TAPE AND ASK YOURSELF IF THIS IS AMERICA
On Friday night, the Celebration more resembled the former Soviet Union than the United States of America.
“VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship also objected to AAWHA Media Representative Clant M. Seay taking pictures.
The AAWHA Representative stood his ground and took the pictures.
AAWHA REP. CLANT M. SEAY AND “VAC” SPOKESPERSON TOM BLANKENSHIP
AAWHA SPOKESPERSON AND ‘VAC’ SPOKESPERSON COMPARE NOTES
HORSE MAKING HIS WAY TO BARN 9 FOR “VAC” EXAM
“VAC” SPOKESPERSON TOM BLANKENSHIP STANDING GUARD TO ENTRANCE TO BARN 9
‘VAC’ SPOKESPERSON TOM BLANKENSHIP AND A REAL GUARD IN FRONT OF BARN 9 ENTRANCE
THE CELEBRATION INSPECTION AREA
RABID BIG LICKER – ‘I’D LIKE TO CUT YOUR THROAT”
RABID BIG LICKER WAVING ARMS TRYING TO OBSTRUCT PICTURES\
RED SHIRT CELEBRATION SECURITY – “i’D RATHER NOT TELL YOU MY NAME”
CELEBRATION SECURITY – LAW ENFORCEMENT POW WOW
CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN
CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN
CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN HPA VIOLATION CITATION HISTORY
One only has to wonder just how much money the Celebration has lost over the past six years trying to hold on to something that America so strongly opposes.
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. Seaycontacted 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
TRANSCRIPT OF AAWHA CLANT M. SEAY TELEPHONE INTERVIEW OF DALLAS O. GOBLE, DVM
(Note: CMS is Clant M Seay; DG 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
CMS: Dr. Goble
DG: Yes’ suh
CMS: This is Clant. How are you?
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
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?
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 noI 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.
CMS: Good to talk to you, Dr. Goble. Bye, bye.
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
(signed in attached copy) Dr. Phillip Hammock, DVM
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.
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.
SHELBYVILLE, TN – The 76th annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is fast becoming the worst in the history of what U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander euphemistically refers to as a “TENNESSEE TRADITION”.
THE PUBLIC HAS 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
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.
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
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.
CELEBRATION BARN MAP
There are two days remaining at the 2014 Celebration.
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.
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
They simply refused to provide answers to Gannett Washington Bureau Chief Paul C. Barton’s questions.
WASHINGTON – 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.
Group: AAWHA (ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE)
Contact: Clant M. Seay - Media Representative/Spokesperson
Phone: (662) – 380 – 3367AAWHAMEDIAREP@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 threeworld-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.
The “VAC” Veterinary Advisory Committee is in addition to the S.H.O.W. HIO inspection program. -30- ####################################################
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.
JERRY H. JOHNSON, DVM – “VAC” COMMITTEE HEAD VET
CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD, THE WALKING HORSE REPORT PUBLISHER
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?
Clant M. Seay, Spokesperson, All American Walking Horse Alliance.
WASHINGTON – 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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
Nephew Eugene thinks he might, just might, hear that train a comin’.
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
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.
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
MR. HEISMAN – CAVALRY GROUP POSTER – ‘NOT EXACTLY’ USDA APPROVED.
“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.
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 scimitarsof the members of the mighty All American Walking Horse Alliance.
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 Clydesdalesand 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
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.
THETA, TN – A blog post published on www.billygoboy.com on Sunday, August 24, 2014, which related events which occurred at the Tennessee National Walking Horse Celebration on Saturday, August 23, 2014 erroneously identified Mr. Joseph Abernathy as his identical twin brother Mr. James Abernathy.
The article said, ”Close to the end of the Division A Stake Class, Mr.Seay was joined in the box by Mr. Joseph Abernathy.”
The person joining Mr. Seay in the box was Mr. James Abernathy who is the identical twin brother of Mr. Joseph Abernathy.
SHELBYVILLE, TN - The first thing you saw last night at every entrance to the grounds of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration were two parked Tennessee State Trooper cars with blue lights flashing.
Then you saw these:
BEDFORD COUNTY SHERIFF CRUISERS ALL LINED UP AT CELEBRATION IN SHOW OF FORCE
And an armed guard in front of a concession stand:
ARMED SECURITY AT VFW CONCESSION STAND
For an event where the present demographic is predominantly 40 – 75 years of age this is a rather unusual setting when you walk in.
ARMED SECURITY CHECKS CELEBRATION PATRONS
The Celebration in its present big lick form is dying.
The attendance for the first Saturday night of the 76th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration was 25% – 30% of what it was a year ago.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 23, 2014
There “might” have been 4,500 people attending.
In the heyday, the first Saturday night would draw approximately 18,000 – 22,000 people.
WEST GRAND STANDS, STAKE NIGHT, AUG. 23, 2014
It has become clear that the Tennessee public will no longer support the Big Lick and, barring a change of course, the USDA is “finally”going to enforce the law to eliminate soring – not just regulate it.
And with 70% of the U. S. House and 63% of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed registry in favor of the PAST ACT, it’s only a matter of time.
America in 2014 is going to no longer stand for it.
IF the USDA stays the course for the next 7 days, the Celebration will never be the same.
There is no more 96% compliance rate.
It’s been blown to smithereens.
Of the 38 Horses the USDA checked on Thursday night, 21 were turned down as sore. That’s about 55%. The same percentages held for Friday night, and although Saturday night tablulations are not yet complete, it appears to be about the same.
Billy Go Boy said following the 2013 Celebration that the Compliance rate was more like 85%, and when the USDA enforces the Horse Protection Act, it’s a lot less than that.
A major factor in the USDA enforcing the Horse Protection Act at the 2014 Celebration was the letter procured by Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) signed by 59 Congressmen and presented to U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.
One of the most striking things is how old the people are who are still attending the Celebration. Another signal is the Bedford County Schools historically let out the week of the Celebration, and according to reports on the grounds, that didn’t happen this year. The 30 year announcer Bobby Sands has apparently been replaced. The ushers who used to be school teachers, are now more like temp help folks instead of the people who greeted the same people coming back each year.
The horses are coming into the ring “swing walking”. They are “slick”, they are more stepping pace than anything else.
They are not hitting a four beat gait.
Last night, only three horses made it in the 35 Years Old And Younger Trainers class.
In Division A of the Stake Class, only one horse answered the gate call.
In Division B of the Stake Class, six horses came into the ring, but “Saviour” horse “HONORS” did not make it.
The Celebration on its present course is doomed until this man and his son see the light.
CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD
CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD
PSHA SPOKESPERSON JEFFREY HOWARD AND CELEBRATION CHAIR DAVID L . HOWARD
TOXIC ENVIRONMENT PERMEATES ONCE PROUD TRADITION
And there was an unfortunate scenario which played out Saturday night.
The Spokesperson for the All American Walking Horse Alliance, Clant M. Seay, attended the Celebration on Saturday night at the invitation of Mr. David L. Howard who said in The Tennessean newspaper, “Come and see for yourself, that’s all I’m asking. The Celebration grounds are open, any official will show you any thing you want to see and then decide for yourself if the action the Celebration is taking through the VAC is legitimate.”
Prior to Mr. Seay’s attending the Celebration Saturday night, on August 2, 2014, he attended the International Pleasure Show at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and the same night he went to the historic Wartrace Horse Show.
At the Wartrace Horse Show, Mr. Seay took pictures and video footage which were placed on the BGB blog. While there, he received one verbal threat of physical violence.
The following Monday, August 4, a threat was made in the form of a comment on a Billy Go Boy Facebook post regarding “Dutch” an abused scarred Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse, that Celebration CEO Mike Inman disputed as a “publicity stunt, didn’t exist and had no credibility”.
CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN IS BAFFLED WHY THE MEDIA WOULD PAY ANY ATTENTION TO DUTCH. “He suggested Dutch isn’t even a walking horse — that he’s some other breed that the Humane Society put tall shoes on as a publicity stunt. “It could be a fabrication to raise more money and cause more controversy,” Inman said. “There’s no credibility.” MIKE INMAN IS RIGHT ABOUT ONE THING – HE HAS NO CREDIBILITY.
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 soreBig 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 shocking33% from 2012, and a dramatic20% 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:
“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.
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.
THERE AIN’T GOING TO BE NO MORE “DUTCH/S” ONCE THE PAST ACT PASSES
AND “THERE AIN’T GOING TO BE NO TURNING AROUND” UNTIL IT DOES PASS.
THETA, TN – Radar saddled up and went a gallivanting around Middle Tennessee Saturday night surveying the future of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed.
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.
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.
WHOA – HORSES LINED UP FOR INSPECTION
WHOA HIO DQP INSPECTING HORSES
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.
WARTRACE, TENNESSEE HISTORIC BIG LICK SHOW
JR. SAMPLE AND SOME KINFOLK CAME IN FROM KORNFIELD, COUNTY
JANNIE CHAPMAN RAIL BANTER FROM WHTA SENIOR BOYZ BENNY JOHNSON
JANNIE CHAPMAN UP ON “KNOCK EM TED” – “SMILING FOR BENNY JOHNSON”
AMATEUR RIDERS ON AGED STALLIONS – CLASS
AMATEURS ON AGED STALLIONS – VICTORY PASS
AMATEURS ON AGED STALLIONS – POST SHOW INSPECTION
AMATEUR MARES & GELDINGS – DEBBIE EICHLER UP ON “HE’S MY MAIN MAN”
DEBBIE EICHLER, WIFE OF FRANK EICHLER UP ON “HE’S MY MAIN MAN”
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 TOGETHER AT WARTRACE HORSE SHOW.
MR. JERRY HARRIS, BIG LICK PROPAGANDIST
LONG TIME SHOWMAN ED BREEDLOVE AND MR. JERRY HARRIS
THE USDA – IN BLUE SHIRTS
THE USDA COMMAND STATION – DR. BAKER IN CHARGE
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.
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.
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.
JEFFREY HOWARD, PSHA SPOKESPERSON BEFORE THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL BOARD
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.
Disclosure shows PSHA letter critical of Whitfield
Paul C. Barton, Tennessean Washington Bureau6:43 p.m. CDT July 31, 2014
WASHINGTON – A 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.”
THETA, TN – Late this afternoon, Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) issued a somewhat perplexing Press Release.
In it, Whitfield says: “I regret to inform you that Speaker of the House, John Boehner, currently refuses to bring the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act to the floor for a vote.”
Those two words can be interpreted several different ways.
If those two words were not included, one could infer that the PAST ACT is dead in the U. S. House for this session of Congress.
The most logical reason is the publicity resulting from an ethics probe of Congressman Whitfield during an election year became too much for the Republican leadership to tolerate, and Whitfield was “told” the Bill would not get a floor vote.
The PAST ACT in the U. S. House is three Republican members short of meeting the “Hastert Rule”. Whitfield’s Press Release does not address what happens if three more Republican co-sponsors are added.
Another factor regarding Speaker Boehner’s (current) refusal that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) opposes bringing the PAST ACT to the House Floor.
Cantor’s last day as Majority Leader is today, July 31, 2014.
A positive interpretation of “currently refuses” could be that when Cantor’s successor Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) becomes Majority Leader on August 1, and the House comes back to work on September 8, 2014, Speaker Boehner may “no longer refuse” to bring the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act to the floor for a vote.
JOHN BOEHNER, SPEAKER OF THE U. S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 31, 2014
CONTACT: Marty Irby
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.”###
Nephew Eugene says, as with all things, time will tell.
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
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 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
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
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.
UNPROTECTED HORSES THANKS TO KEVIN SHEA AND CHESTER GIPSON, DVM
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 Actwas 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
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!
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.
“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
JACKIE MCCONNELL “SHOCKING” IT TO A BIG LICK 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
GARY EDWARDS, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER
JIMMY MCCONNELL, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER
Gentlemen, why did you meet with the soreBig 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.
“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
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”.
THE LIST OF 843TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE VICTIMS OF SORING AND ABUSE
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) – HOMETOWN, MARYVILLE, TN
LARRY JOE WHEELON – SENATOR ALEXANDER’S HOMETOWN NEIGHBOR
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
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
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
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
LARRY JOE WHEELON – JULY 12, 2014 – HORSE SORING HPA CITATION
Responsible Parties for the Horse Found in Violation
Ticketed at Show
Ticketed by HIO
Jul 15, 2014
Sep 12, 2014
Jul 15, 2014
ETWHA Ladies Auxiliary
Sore – 1 Foot (Unilateral)
ONLY A FEW BAD APPLESNephew Eugene thinks based on the list of843Big 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”.NOTE: 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 – Photo – The Daily Times – Maryville
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.”
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 – 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
CAT DYE AT THE SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE – BRENTWOOD, TENNESSEE
MICKEY MCCORMICK – PRESIDENT, WALKING HORSE TRAINERS ASSOCIATION WITH 24 KNOWN HPA VIOLATIONS
MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT
HERE IS MIKE OSBORNE’S MDOT RADIO STORY WITH INTERVIEW AUDIOS
Opposing views of the PAST Act: Walking Horse Trainers in Their Own Words
By Mike Osborne
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.
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.
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
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%
It’s good to see these matters covered by the press.
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 – DemocratRepresentative Tim Walz (D-MN) is now co-sponsoring thePAST 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)
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 ACTsupporters 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
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
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
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.
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:
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.
At this meeting, Tom “I’M A PROUD HPA VIOLATOR” Kakassy appeared with a
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
The Poll votes were counted on October 16, 2013, by CPA Cook and Co of Arab, Alabama and the PAST ACT received overwhelming approval by the TWHBA membership.
THE “YEAS” HAVE IT IN A LANDSLIDE
Following the Pat Stout Poll results, a full color ad was run in The Tennessean by Citizens Against Soring.
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.
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
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.
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 allcitizens 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, Tennesseecan justify the cruelty to defenseless animals because of economic benefit is likewise reprehensible.
CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD
JOHN T. BOBO – THE CONSIGLIERE – MAN BEHIND DAVID L. HOWARD
That is why the people of all America support passage of the PAST ACT - just like they did 50 years ago when the Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Mr. Williams, perhaps it will be helpful for you and others to please listen to the words of “WE SHALL OVERCOME”