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

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

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

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

Fellow Republicans Ed Whitfield and John Boehner are not strangers.

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

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

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

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

John Boehner came to Congress in 1991.

Ed Whitfield arrived in 1995.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Here is what IS known:

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

Congressman Whitfield then issued the following Press Statement:

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CONGRESS ED WHITFIELD JULY 31, 2014 PUBLIC STATEMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-01), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, issued the following statement today regarding the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 1518:

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

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Since July 31, 2014, the following things have occurred:

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

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Here are the SIX days left:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jamie McGuire had one question for Congressman Dave Brat:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONGRESSMAN DAVE BRAT CAMPAIGNING FOR OFFICE – AUGUST 2014

ENTHUSIASTIC VIRGINIAN SUPPORTING DAVE BRAT FOR CONGRESS

ENTHUSIASTIC VIRGINIAN SUPPORTING DAVE BRAT FOR CONGRESS

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

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

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LAUREN KOVACS,  DQP AT “WALK ON WASHINGTON

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

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JAMIE MCGUIRE UP ON RIO

JAMIE MCGUIRE UP ON RIO

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

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

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Nephew Eugene believes he hears a Train A Comin’ …

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

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

The 2014 CELEBRATION:

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

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

  • A COLLAPSED “VAC” VETERINARY ADVISORY COMMITTEE,  

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

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

COCK FIGHTING (“HARVESTING”) –  CONSTITUTIONAL

"COCK FIGHTING" - SENATOR ALEXANDER'S TENNESSEE TRADTION

“COCK FIGHTING” – SENATOR ALEXANDER’S TENNESSEE TRADTION

HORSE SORING  - CONSTITUTIONAL

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

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The Celebration & the Future of the Tennessee Walking Horse

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Autumn has arrived, and another Celebration is behind us.

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

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

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

That is astonishing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The real issues are never addressed directly.   

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

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

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

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

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

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

CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN

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PAT MARSH, CELEBRATION BOARD MEMBER/STATE REPRESENTATIVE

PAT MARSH, CELEBRATION BOARD MEMBER/STATE REPRESENTATIVE

Paraphrasing Slick Willie,

IT’S THE SORING, STUPID!

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

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

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

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

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

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U. S. SENATE LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR

U. S. SENATE LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR

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

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

FOSH PRESIDENT TERESA BIPPEN TESTIFYING BEFORE CONGRESS

TERESA BIPPEN, FOSH PRESIDENT

TERESA BIPPEN, FOSH PRESIDENT

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

 Some of FOSH's accomplishments include:

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

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

John Barrasso ( R-WY)

Roy Blunt ( R-MO)

John Boozman (R-AR)

Richard Burr ( R-NC)

Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)

Dan Coats ( R-IN)

Tom Coburn ( R-OK)

Thad Cochran ( R-MS)

Bob Corker ( R-TN)

John Cornyn ( R-TX)

Ted Cruz ( R-TX)

Michael Enzi ( R-WY)

Deb Fischer ( R-NE)

Jeff Flake ( R-AZ)

Lindsey Graham ( R-SC)

Charles Grassley ( R-IA)

Heidi Heitkamp ( D-ND)

Dean Heller ( R-NV)

John Hoeven (R-ND)

James Inhofe ( R-OK)

Ron Johnson ( R-WI)

Mike Lee ( R-UT)

Joe Manchin ( D-WVA)

John McCain ( R-AZ)

Jerry Moran (R-KS)

Lisa Murkowski ( R-AK

Rob Portman (R-OH)

Harry Reid ( D-NV)

Jim Risch ( R-ID)

Pat Roberts ( R-KS)

Jay Rockefeller ( D-WVA)

Tim Scott (R-SC)

Jeff Sessions ( R-AL

Richard Shelby ( R-AL)

Jon Tester ( D-MT)

Roger Wicker ( R-MS)

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

And these guys are depending on him.

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

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

The seconds are ticking off the clock.

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

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

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

NOVEMBER 19
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DECEMBER 10
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It will take a concerted effort in the final days by All Americans #WALKONWASHINGTON who want to see the end of animal cruelty represented by the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse.

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

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

Stay tuned.

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BILLY GO BOY PROPHECY – SEPTEMBER 7, 2012

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THETA, TN  - In light of the November 13, 2014 article in ShelbyvilleNOW, “Concerned Voices – Part One”  which asked questions regarding the future of the Tennessee Walking Horse,  it appeared timely to print the prophetic observations of Billy Go Boy following the 2012 Celebration.

Since September 2012:

  • In July 2013,   U. S. District Judge upheld the USDA’s mandatory “Minimum Penalties”regulation adopted by the USDA to enforce the Horse Protection Act.
U. S. District Judge Terry R. Means

U. S. District Judge Terry R. Means

  • The 2014 Celebration attendance numbers were so bad that the Celebration will not even release the attendance numbers.   And have not yet paid the class winners.  Rumors are abounding that the Celebration is broke.

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  • The American Horse Council and AVMA supports the PAST ACT.

  • In the Shelbyville Times Gazette Poll, 70% of the Shelbyville residents said they were not planning on attending the 2014 Celebration.

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

  • Still there is the defiance which parallels the Civil Rights movement of resistance to change which permeates the Big LICK psyche.   The demagogues are David L. Howard,  Steve Smith and Company.

FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT LOYD “BUSTER” BLACK APPLAUDING SORE BIG LICK “MR. HEISMAN” TO STRAINS OF “DIXIE” 

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

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

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BILLY GO BOY PROPHECY – SEPTEMBER 7, 2012

“Is it the economy and unrest in the business, or is it that the general public has said they are no longer going to support or patronize a sport where there is actual or perceived horse abuse?

I am afraid it is the latter.

The ones doing what you call “positive” are simply protecting their financial interests and huge egos – especially Herr and that crowd. Also, some are simply addicted to the pursuit and don’t want to give it up. It’s the hobby thing they have done all their life and they don’t know anything else to do.

Too much has happened for the big lick to be viable going forward.

You have national and state vet groups going after the pads and chains.

You have elected officials who do not want to be anywhere near a padded big lick horse.

Now, the horse IS still viable.

Tomias reported on it this summer when he covered the international event, and the number of horses showing and the participation. Those horses are selling and will sell. And the owners will advertise.

But it appears that the big lick for all practical purposes is dead.

Look at boarded up Wiser Farm and Waterfall Farm, the shuttered Sand Creek sale, the falling down C.A.Bobo Sellabration Sale – the very few colts being registered – the mares that are not being bred and the gene pool which has been dispersed.

The interesting thing is how the town of Shelbyville has pretty much walked off from the Celebration. The locals are no longer into it. Used to that town would about stop when the Celebration was going on. Now, it’s ho-hum and life as usual. This time, there were no trailers advertising contenders, no ball caps, t-shirts buttons advertising contenders – just none of the buzz around town that used to be the Celebration. Also, there was no demand for rooms – the chamber of commerce used to do a brisk business listing the locals homes to be rented – no more.

Unless the trainers are shown how to produce a horse to show that is natural and no longer has pads and chains in showing, the public is NEVER going to come back.

The trick is going to be to switch folks over to a viable horse before things get too far gone where it is going to be much more difficult to salvage.

The lawsuit is not going to be decided until December at the earliest.

I guess folks are going to hang on until then before making up their minds what to do.”

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The sore Big Lick is in a downward spiral.

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ShelbyvlleNOW ARTICLE ESSENTIALLY CALLS FOR OUSTER OF CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD AND BOARD MEMBERS JOHN T. BOBO AND PAT MARSH WITHOUT SPECIFICALLY NAMING THEM

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

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

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

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

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

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

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

CELEBRATION BOARD MEMBER ATTORNEY JOHN T. BOBO

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

CELEBRATION BOARD MEMBER BUSINESSMAN PAT MARSH

PAT MARSH, CELEBRATION BOARD MEMBER/STATE REPRESENTATIVE

PAT MARSH, CELEBRATION BOARD MEMBER/STATE REPRESENTATIVE

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stay tuned for Part 2.

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FROM THE GREAT STATE OF KANSAS, U.S. REPRESENTATIVE TIM HUELSKAMP (R-KS) BECOMES 305TH CONGRESSMAN TO CO-SPONSOR THE PAST ACT – 306 COUNTING CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

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WASHINGTON, DC – Republican Representative Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) is now co-sponsoring the PAST ACT (Prevent All Soring Tactics Act).

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U. S REPRESENTATIVE TIM HUELSKAMP (R-KS)

Huelskamp becomes the 305th Representative to co-sponsor the proposed legislation. With Representative Ed  Whitfield (R-KY),  the number is 306.

Congressman Huelskamp becomes the 116th Republican (including Congressman Whitfield) to sponsor/co-sponsor the PAST ACT leaving just one more Republican Congressmen necessary to reach the 117 required to satisfy the Hastert Rule.

The 46 year old Huelskamp is a Tea Party Republican who took office in January 2011.

With the addition of Huelskamp, the entire Kansas U. S. House delegation now co-sponsors the PAST ACT.

The continuing effect of the June 18, 2014  “WALK ON WASHINGTON” rally by the        All American Walking Horse Alliance which brought the plight of the abused Tennessee Walking Horse to the steps of the U. S. Capitol was a key factor in Huelskamp coming on board to co-sponsor the bill.

REMAINING DAYS ON HOUSE CALENDAR

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LEGISLATIVE DAYS REMAINING – U.S. HOUSE – 113TH CONGRESS, 2ND SESSION

Nephew Eugene is hearing that possibly three more Republican House members may co-sponsor the PAST ACT.

There are 15 days left on the House Calendar in the lame duck session of Congress.

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THE HECK WITH HSUS – THE PAST ACT IS A PEOPLES BILL TO STOP SORING HORSES – BIG LICK PROPAGANDA TO BLAME BOGEYMAN HSUS RINGS HOLLOW – AMERICAN PEOPLE DRIVING THE TRAIN

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Theta, TN –  The impetus to Pass The PAST ACT has come from an energized grassroots effort by All American citizens from coast to coast.   The AVMA, HSUS and American Horse Council are all along for the ride.

The people are driving the train.

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The only thing the sore Big Lick has to try and stop the PAST ACT is to yap about the Bogeyman HSUS.   Celebration Chairman David L. Howard has been doing this now for the past two years in an effort to cover up his utter failure in managing the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

CELEBRATION HEADING TO A FOUR DAY HORSE SHOW

Empty Stands @ Celebration 2012

Empty Stands @ Celebration 2012

The American People and NOBODY ELSE have brought the PAST ACT to the brink of becoming law.  Making it into law will free thousands of horses from the institutionalized soring of the Big Lick perpetuated in the name of family entertainment.

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The PAST ACT is no part of a HSUS bill.

It’s an All American People Bill to end this:

"BUCKET STANCE" PHOTO - EXHIBIT #3 INTRODUCED AT WHEELON PRELIMINARY HEARING ON AUG. 13, 2013

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

Granted that Celebration Chairman David L. Howard was stupid enough in 2012 to put HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle’s picture on a garbage can:

Wayne Pacelle - CEO, Humane Society of the United States

Wayne Pacelle – CEO, Humane Society of the United States

And understand that Wayne Pacelle is an interesting dude, but Mr. Pacelle doesn’t have the swag to get Tennesseans to empty the stands at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.   He also doesn’t have the stroke to get Americans to go grassroots in front of the U. S Capitol to propel the PAST ACT to victory.

FAR LEFT - MIKAL SPOONER AND DAUGHTER, AERIAL SPOONER, FROM HOFFMAN, RICHMOND COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

“WALK ON WASHINGTON” – NATURAL GAITED TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES                                         JUNE 18, 2014

Mr. Howard simply can’t get it through his head,  ”It’s The Soring, Stupid”.

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Case in point,  the HSUS sucks up to the USDA most of the time due to all the issues it deals with besides horse soring.  HSUS was timid in playing hard ball and demanding the USDA provide the statistics necessary to expose the sore Big Lick.

The All American Walking Horse Alliance was not timid.

It aggressively spearheaded a call which led to the USDA doing its job.

The American People bombarded the USDA in August demanding that it enforce the Horse Protection Act and stop participating in a cover up of the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses leading to false claims of 95% HPA Compliance rate.

By the support of the American people,  59 Congressmen wrote the USDA Secretary of Agriculture demanding that the USDA to provide the 2014 Celebration “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORT”, and  the 2012 and 2013 Reports.

Due to this public pressure,  the USDA provided the data which previously had not been made available.

The USDA Reports completely destroyed Mr. Howard’s lies of a 95%+ HPA compliance rate:

2014 CELEBRATION – USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORT

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 2014 CELEBRATION “VAC” CREDIBILITY DESTROYED 

A representative from the All American Walking Horse Alliance destroyed the credibility of the Celebration’s  vaunted “VAC” Veterinary Advisory Committee by exposing that Budweiser Clydesdale vet Dr. Dallas O. Goble was no part of “VAC” while Mr. Howard was lying saying he was.

AAWHA SPOKESPERSON AND 'VAC' SPOKESPERSON COMPARE NOTES ON AUG. 29, 2014

AAWHA SPOKESPERSON AND ‘VAC’ SPOKESPERSON COMPARE NOTES ON AUG. 29, 2014

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The following graphic was prepared by AAWHA organizer Jeannie McGuire.

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The “BIG LICK BIG LIE” capturing the essence of the sore Big Lick was drawn by AAWHA member Gena Welch Booher,  another American against soring.

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Citizens raised the money to put up billboards against soring in Shelbyville, Tennessee during the 2014 Celebration.

The Big Lick animal cruelty in the name of family entertainment is what America has rebelled against.

The citizens reaching out to their representatives has resulted in diverse persons such as Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA),  Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL),  Representative Michele Bachmann (R-WI) and Representative Ted Yoho (R-FL)  co-sponsoring the PAST ACT.

HISTORIC “WALK ON WASHINGTON” TAKES PAST ACT TO ANOTHER LEVEL

The “WALK ON WASHINGTON” was planned, staged and carried out in a grassroots effort by American citizens. Organizations such as the American Veterinary Medical Association,  HSUS and American Horse Council showed up in support of the event. HSUS was specifically excluded from having any role in the planning of the event. It was going to provide “Dutch” at the event, but HSUS backed out on that at the last minute.

"DUTCH' AND KELLY SMITH,  THE LADY WHO HELPED HIM RECOVER FROM THE PAIN AND ABUSES OF SORING

“DUTCH’ AND KELLY SMITH, THE LADY WHO HELPED HIM RECOVER FROM THE PAIN AND ABUSES OF SORING

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The American people, and nobody else,  pulled off “WALK ON WASHINGTON”.

And it took the PAST ACT effort to an entirely different level.

The momentum and media attention generated by the historic “WALK ON WASHINGTON” led to the disintegration of the 76th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

And absolutely NONE of it had anything to do with HSUS.

It has taken determined Americans like these:

ARMY OF "CAT LADIES" LEADING THE CHARGE TO VICTORY

ARMY OF “CAT LADIES” LEADING THE CHARGE TO VICTORY

SIXTH GENERATION NORTH CAROLINA EQUESTRIAN FAMILY - AERIAL AND MIKAL SPOONER

SIXTH GENERATION NORTH CAROLINA EQUESTRIAN FAMILY – AERIAL AND MIKAL SPOONER

FATHER OF HORSE PROTECTION ACT FORMER U. S. SENATOR JOSEPH TYDINGS AND AMERICAN HORSE COUNCIL PRESIDENT JAMES J. "JAY" HICKEY AT "WALK ON WASHINGTON"

FATHER OF HORSE PROTECTION ACT FORMER U. S. SENATOR JOSEPH TYDINGS AND AMERICAN HORSE COUNCIL PRESIDENT JAMES J. “JAY” HICKEY AT “WALK ON WASHINGTON”

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

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

Lynn Delzingaro,  Schwenksville, Pennsylvania

Lynn Delzingaro, Schwenksville, Pennsylvania

JEANNIE MCGUIRE OF UNIONVILLE, VIRGINIA

JEANNIE MCGUIRE OF UNIONVILLE, VIRGINIA

MIAMI-HERALD REPORTER SEAN COCKERHAM, "WOW" LADIES - NEW YORK SAYS "PASS THE PAST ACT"

MIAMI-HERALD REPORTER SEAN COCKERHAM, “WOW” LADIES – NEW YORK SAYS “PASS THE PAST ACT”

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

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

CITIZENS VICTORY IN NORTH CAROLINA – N.C. STATE FAIR

Following the Celebration, a lone North Carolinian Michelle Disney called for Cancellation of Big Lick classes at the N.C. State Fair, and over 19,000 people signed her Petition.

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SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE SPEAKS WITH REPORTER FOR WRAL TV – CHANNEL 5 IN RALEIGH, NC

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An AAWHA representative received assurances from the North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner that the issue of Big Lick horses would be reviewed prior to the 2015 N.C. State Fair.   And there were few Big Lick horses appearing in the 20 classes at the N.C. State Fair.

The HSUS had no part of the N.C. State Fair protest which took down the sore Big Lick.

The HSUS supports a lot of animal welfare legislation.  Its support of the PAST ACT is welcome, yet it is important to note that none of the other legislation HSUS supports, i.e. Horse Slaughter, has anywhere near the support that the PAST ACT does.

The reason the PAST ACT is poised for victory is the support provided by the American People.  It is amusing that the sore Big Lick supporters would be so gullible to believe the “High Popalorem” that Celebration Chairman David L. Howard has been providing to the Lickers blaming an animal welfare outfit like HSUS for all its ills and public disapproval.

And the American People,   if their representatives are given a Vote,  will pass the PAST ACT to end the sore Big Lick.

To not allow the PAST ACT a vote will prove that the system is totally broken and controlled by people who can buy politicians.

And that is not what America is supposed to be.

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ANALYSIS – WHITFIELD ETHICS ISSUE EFFECTIVELY OVER – SORE BIG LICK FAILS IN EFFORT TO HAVE FULL SCALE ETHICS INVESTIGATION OF CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD – FULL SPEED AHEAD ON PAST ACT

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THETA, TN – The Ethics Inquiry against Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) effectively ended today,  November 10, 2014.

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

Some news outlets reporting on the matter have confused the issue.

Politico got the lead (gives the reader the main idea of the story) right.

An AP Associated Press) reporter got it wrong.

The correct lead is as of November 10, 2014, there is not going an Ethics Investigation into Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY).   The deadline for the House Ethics Committee to decide to go forward with an Investigation was November 10, 2014, and it decided not to go forward.

The Press Release from the House Ethics Committee said there may have been some questionable contact between Whitfield’s wife who is a registered lobbyist and the Congressman’s staff members,  but the House Committee will not conduct an ethics investigation into Congressman Ed Whitfield. Politico reported that the House Committee decision today effectively concludes the matter.

The timeline of the alleged Whitfield Ethics Matter:

  • Sore Big Lick PSHA Spokesperson Jeffrey Howard and Celebration Chairman David L. Howard‘s CEO Mike Inman along with PSHA Directors wrote a letter dated December 27, 2013 to the House Ethics Committee.   The letter should have been sent to the OCE (Office of Congressional Ethics)  The House Ethics Committee referred the Licker letter to OCE.
  • The OCE investigated the various allegations  of ethical wrongdoing regarding Congressman Whitfield to determine IF an Ethics Investigation should be initiated by the House Ethics Committee.
  • OCE provided the House Ethics Committee with its Report.
  • November 10, 2014, was the deadline by which the House Committee would decide whether or not to open a full-scale investigation into possible ethics violations by  Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky).
  • On November 10, 2014,   Politico reported that the House Ethics Committee decided NOT to open a full-scale ethics investigation regarding Congressman Ed Whitfield.  Politico further reported that based on ‘past episodes’ the matter is most likely concluded.

It is no longer an impediment to the passage of the PAST ACT.

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POLITICO

Ethics Panel Extends Probes of Rush, Whitfield

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http://www.politico.com/story/2014/11/ethics-probe-ed-whitfield-bobby-rush-112754.html

“The House Ethics Committee has declined to open a full-scale investigation into whether Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) improperly aided his wife’s lobbying work even though congressional investigators found that Whitifield’s office helped set up “as many as 100 meetings” for his wife’s organization.”  … “The announcement on the Whitfield and Rush cases were made on Monday by Reps. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) and Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.), the chairman and ranking member on Ethics.  Technically, Conaway and Sanchez will continue to review both matters on their own authority, and the Ethics Committee could vote to take action in either case at future date. But there is little likelihood of that happening, at least based on past episodes.”

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Statement of the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Ethics Regarding Representative Ed Whitfield

NOV 10, 2014
Pursuant to Committee Rule 7(g), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee
on Ethics (Committee) determined on November  10, 2014, to release the following statement:
On June 10, 2014, the Committee on Ethics received a  referral from the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) regarding Representative Ed Whitfield. Pursuant to House Rule XI, clause 3(b)(8)(A) and Committee Rule 17A, the Chairman and Ranking Member jointly  decided on July 25, 2014, to extend the Committee’s review of the matter. In order to gather additional information necessary to complete its review, the Committee will review the matter pursuant to Committee Rule  18(a).  The Committee notes that the mere fact of conducting further review of a referral, and any mandatory disclosure of such fu1iher review, does not itself indicate that any violation has occmTed, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee.
In order to comply with Committee Rule 7 regarding confidentiality, out of fairness to all
respondents, and to assure the integrity of its work, the Committee will refrain from making
further public statements on this matter pending completion of its initial review.
Pursuant to Committee Rule 17A, the Committee hereby publishes OCE’s Report and Findings relating to allegations against Representative  Whitfield and Representative  Whitfield’s submission to the Committee.

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An AP reporter Matthew Daly misreported the lead (gives the reader the main idea of the story) in his article.

Ethics Panel Extends Probes of Rush, Whitfield

The House Ethics Committee said Monday it is extending separate ethics investigations into actions by two veteran congressmen who were re-elected last week, Democrat Bobby Rush of Illinois and Republican Ed Whitfield of Kentucky.Below are source

 

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THE TENNESSEAN ARTICLE – JULY 28, 2014

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2014/07/28/ethics-complaint-derail-soring-bill/13297325/

Ethics complaint could derail soring bill

“The ethics complaint arises as Whitfield has been talking to House Republican leaders about getting a floor vote for the PAST Act, which would beef up federal inspections of horse shows and outlaw various “action devices” used in soring.

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.” Whitfield’s bill has 305 House co-sponsors — 70 percent of the chamber — as well as the endorsement of former Tennessee Republican Gov. Winfield Dunn. An identical Senate version has 57 co-sponsors, three short of the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster.

But the Kentucky lawmaker acknowledged the ethics complaint could poison the bill’s chances of getting a vote.

“I think there is a possibility it will derail the PAST Act,” he said.

Whitfield said he’s sure that was the point of the complaint, as opponents watched it continuing to gain momentum.

He said the complaint originated with numerous individuals, many from Tennessee, who are involved in the walking horse industry and oppose the bill.

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

“These individuals have a cumulative total of 53 violations of a federal law called the Horse Protection Act, and a number of those have occurred this year following the filing of the complaint,” Whitfield said.

The Horse Protection Act of 1970 was the original anti-soring law.

Several of those Whitfield listed hold prominent positions in associations fighting the PAST Act. Inman, for instance, is CEO of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

Inman at first denied involvement in filing the complaint. Later he said, “I did sign a draft of a possible complaint. I don’t know if it’s been filed.”

Whitfield also blamed Jeff Speaks, lobbyist for the Performance Show Horse Association.

The Kentucky lawmaker said “this group of people have resorted to these types of tactics because they cannot win their argument based on evidence.”

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

HERE IS THE LETTER:

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So what’s wrong with this?

From what is readable,  absolutely nothing.

Every American has a right to send such a letter.

But this week,  things became rather strange.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PSHA BOARD OF DIRECTORS – JULY 29, 2014

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PSHA BOARD MEMBERS – HORSE PROTECTION ACT VIOLATION CITATIONS

PSHA Board Member
HPA Violations (www.hpadata.us)
Letters of Warning
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Jim Cortner
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Terry Dotson and daughter, Leslie
2
4
Bruce MacDonald and wife, Robin
6
1
James Griffith and wife, Delores
3
 
Mike Inman and wife, Karen
3
3
Mike McGartland and wife, Lee
2
 
Joe Buddy Stasney
3
 
Duke Thorson, wife  Rhonda and daughter, Allison
 
3
Jamie Hankins
3
 
Mickey McCormick
14
5
 
 
 
Total
37
17
 

So questions are begged,

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

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

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

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

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

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

And why would they in the first place?

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So November 10, 2014, has come and gone.

There is not going to be an Ethics Investigation of Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY).

And now the PAST ACT needs to be passed.

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CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD CLEARED OF ANY ETHICS CHARGES – THE WAY IS NOW CLEAR FOR CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD TO TAKE THE PAST ACT TO ROLL ON TO VICTORY

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WASHINGTON, DC  -  Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) was cleared today of any ethics charges by the U. S. House Ethics Committee.  There will be no formal ethics investigation into Congressman Whitfield.    This action now opens the way for the PAST ACT to get a vote on the floor of the U. S. House of Representatives.   It presently has 70% of the U. S. House co-sponsoring with overwhelming bipartisan support. Below is where the matter was left on July 31, 2014 with Congressman Whitfield’s words.

House Energy and Commerce Committee's Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection Subcommittee Chairman Bobby Rush listens to ranking member Rep. Ed Whitfield. | Getty

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Scrutiny into  Congressman Whitfield’s activities resulted from a sore Big Lick plot led by Jeffrey Howard and David L. Howard of Shelbyville, Tennessee in trying to derail passage of the PAST ACT.   Gannett Washington Bureau Chief Paul C. Barton nailed the sore Big Lick crowd for writing a letter in December 2013 trying to instigate an ethics investigation into the dealings of Congressman Ed Whitfield.  The House Committee looked into the matters for the past months and concluded that it did not meet the threshold requirements for an ethics investigation.

The sore Big Lick effort has now failed.

Now the people of the United States are about to see if a legitimate bipartisan effort to eliminate animal cruelty will able to be passed by a Congress that the American people do not believe can agree on anything.

“The Horses” are now depending on leadership by Congressman Ed Whitfield and  an outpouring of support by concerned citizens from all across the country to pass the PAST ACT.

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http://www.politico.com/story/2014/11/ethics-probe-ed-whitfield-bobby-rush-112754.html

House Energy and Commerce Committee's Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection Subcommittee Chairman Bobby Rush listens to ranking member Rep. Ed Whitfield. | Getty

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Ethics ends probes of Ed Whitfield, Bobby Rush

The House Ethics Committee has declined to open a full-scale investigation into whether Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) improperly aided his wife’s lobbying work even though congressional investigators found that Whitifield’s office helped set up “as many as 100 meetings” for his wife’s organization.

The Office of Congressional Ethics, the non-partisan ethics watchdog, also found that Whitfield “conducted joint meetings” with his wife “to promote [the Humane Society Legislative Fund’s] legislative priorities.” Connie Harriman-Whitfield has been a paid lobbyist for HSLF since 2011. The OCE Board voted unanimously in May to ask the Ethics Committee to create a special subcommittee to look into the allegations against Whitfield, who was first elected to the House in 1994.

 According to OCE’s report, “Whitfield cooperated with the Review, but could not be interviewed for medical reasons.” Harriman-Whitfield did talk to OCE investigators, however.

Both Whitfield and his wife have adamantly denied any wrongdoing in dealing with Harriman-Whitfield’s lobbying activities.

Yet, in what looks like it may have been a partisan trade-off, the Ethics Committee will also not launch a formal probe into whether Democratic Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.). OCE looked into allegations that Rush’s state and federal campaign committees may have improperly received free office space, a potential violation of ethics rules.

There were also questions over whether Rush’s federal campaign committee had made donations to his church after the organization hired Rush’s son as a janitor. OCE found that did not occur.

OCE voted to ask the Ethics Committee to fully investigate the office space issue, according to OCE’s report on the case.

The announcement on the Whitfield and Rush cases were made on Monday by Reps. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) and Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.), the chairman and ranking member on Ethics.

Technically, Conaway and Sanchez will continue to review both matters on their own authority, and the Ethics Committee could vote to take action in either case at future date. But there is little likelihood of that happening, at least based on past episodes.

POLITICO reported in Dec. 2013 that Whitfield was openly lobbying members and staffers on legislation his wife is registered to lobby on for the Humane Society Legislative Fund, an arm of the Humane Society of the United States

Yet even after this article appeared, Harriman-Whitfield continued to press her husband’s office for help setting up meetings, OCE found.

(Also on POLITICO: Pension crisis looms)

“For example, as recently as April 24, 2014, the week the OCE’s investigative period for this review ended, [a Whitfield] Aide told the OCE that he continued to have weekly contacts with Representative Whitfield’s Wife” on legislation HSLF was pushing regarding the treatment of show horses, a big issue for the organization.

According to OCE’s 26-page report, Harriman-Whifield was registered to lobby on at least a dozen bills her husband sponsored or co-sponsored since Jan. 2011, when she began working for HSLF.

OCE said that Harriman-Whitfield’s interactions with Whitfield’s office “were related to drafting language for bills, scheduling meetings to discuss legislation with congressional offices, and directing Representative Whitfield to support or oppose legislation.” She dealt with Whitfield’s chief of staff, scheduler, and other aides.

“In conclusion, Representative Whitfield’s congressional staff acknowledged that they had contacts with Representative Whitfield’s Wife concerning legislation that she lobbied from 2011 to 2014,’ OCE said. “She also confirmed that she contacted the staff. Representative Whitfield and his staff knew of the potential ethics issues related to the contacts and received informal advice from the Committee on Ethics that Representative Whitfield’s Wife could not lobby the staff. Nevertheless, Representative Whitfield’s staff continued to have contacts with Representative Whitfield’s wife related to her lobbying activities for HSLF.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/11/ethics-probe-ed-whitfield-bobby-rush-112754.html#ixzz3IiAsFqqx

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

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JOHN BOEHNER, SPEAKER OF THE U. S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
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There should be some interesting days ahead.
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PUBLIC STARVES SORE BIG LICK BEAST BY BOYCOTTING CELEBRATION-SPONSORED “TUNICA FALL CLASSIC HORSE SHOW” – “BIG LICK BIG LIE” ALIVE AND WELL AT GOLD STRIKE CASINO

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TUNICA, MS –  The Tunica “Big Lick Big Lick” Fall Classic Horse Show limped to the finish line this past weekend to cap off a disastrous 2014 Big Lick Show Season.

The lack of public support at Tunica mirrored the dismal attendance at the 2014 Celebration:

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Another 2014  “Tunica Connection” is the tie between Big Lick Trainer Mac Benham and Tunica Sponsor Elaine Rosbury.   Rosary’s former Trainer melted  down at the Dallas-Forth Worth Airport a couple of weeks ago violently attacking a fellow passenger.    Benham’s violent assault was similar to that of Hall of Fame Trainer Jackie McConnell beating a Big Lick horse in 2012.

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JACKIE MCCONNELL, ABC NIGHTLINE

The YouTube video of Mac Benham’s attack now has almost 5,000,000 hits.

ELAINE ROSBURY – BLUE RIBBON ON “POPCORN SUTTON” 3 YO AMATEUR

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FORMER ROSBURY EMPLOYEE – BIG LICK TRAINER MAC BENHAM

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The “Maplecrest Farm – Keith and Elaine Rosbury” is a “Presenting Sponsor” at The Celebration.

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CELEBRATION SPONSORS

The “Tunica Fall Classic Horse Show” is underwritten by the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration which rescued it from being cancelled a couple of years ago.   (The Celebration also bailed out the Panama City Horse Show,  but the burden proved too much and the Celebration gave it up.  The financially distressed Walking Horse Trainers Association then picked up the Panama City Show and uses it as a Trainer Boyz family vacation for the past two years with the Big Lick addicted customers picking up the tab.)

Celebration CEO Mike Inman is also the Show Manager at Tunica.

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CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN

Mr. Inman has a Horse Protection Act Violation Citation history.

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CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN HPA VIOLATION CITATION HISTORY

There were only two Horses in the Stake Class at Tunica.

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BROTHER ROY EXUM LAMBASTES TENNESSEE CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION SUPPORT OF HORSE SORING – CELEBRATION STILL HASN’T RELEASED 2014 ATTENDANCE FIGURES

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CHATTANOOGA, TN – Brother Roy Exum up on Lookout Mountain weighs in on the Tennessee election returns, and the current state of the Tennessee Walking Horse.

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Roy Exum: What About The Horses?

Thursday, November 06, 2014 – by Roy Exum
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As the midterm elections were being held across America on Tuesday, I wondered about the horses. It has been proven that the hideous soring of Tennessee Walkers continues in unabated fashion but absolutely nothing changed this week in the very state where it is the worst in the world. Every incumbent in Tennessee has just been reelected to Congress and now the disgraceful phalanx our so-called “representatives” will return to Washington.

Think about this: There are now 58 of 100 United States senators who are co-sponsors of the “Prevent All Soring Practices Act” that is currently log-jammed in Washington. In Congress, there are 304 of 435 members of Congress who are co-sponsoring a similar bill that would definitely strengthen the Horse Protection Act. While you would think “the majority rules,” the better belief is that neither bill now has much of a chance because Tennessee’s elected officials are actively blocking it.

To understand that, you need to know that only one person in Tennessee’s entire delegation to Washington supports the anti-soring legislation – Steve Cohen, a Democrat from Memphis. All the others have sided with Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn and Senator Lamar Alexander in a disgusting, watered-down legislation that benefits the disreputable “Big Lick” segment of the horse industry and casts a sadistic pall over the entire state.

Lamar Alexander’s state campaign chairman is Steven B. Smith, a known violator of the Horse Protection Act who heads the Breeders and Exhibitors Association for the “Big Lick.” Smith, also a prominent activist in state Republican circles, has allegedly used his influence and checkbook to coddle the state’s politicians who claim they work for “all the people” in Washington when, in fact, the great majority of Tennesseans are nauseated with the “Big Lick” and its shady followers.

The salvation, if it can be called that, is that soring and documented abuse is eating away at the walking horse industry like the most insidious cancer. The World “Celebration” in Shelbyville is now a money-losing joke, plagued by small crowds, no-show exhibitors and a scathing public perception. Walking horse owners are fleeing the “Big Lick” to the flat-shod movement and the number of horse shows that won’t allow horses with padded front hooves is growing.

Farms are for sale in “walking horse country” and trainers, who claim they can’t produce the grotesque unnatural gait without resorting to soring, are going out of business. At a time when the public is clamoring for Washington to produce jobs, lawmakers from Tennessee seem oblivious there is even a problem in what was once the state’s most-treasured industry. While it is abundantly clear that those who would defile an animal have no qualms about doing exactly the same to the breed, you can rest assured that jobs will continue to dry up in the once-teeming horse industry.

Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, who famously once wrote the Secretary of the Dept. of Agriculture a letter threatening to withhold funding unless the department refrained from upholding the Horse Protection Act, was not only reelected in Kentucky on Tuesday but in January is destined to become Senate Majority Leader. Talk about a fox guarding the hen house!

McConnell, a longtime “friend” of the “Big Lick,” is one of four senators who are co-sponsoring Alexander’s alternate bill to the PAST Act (this opposed to 58) but as the Senate Majority Leader it is believed he will use his clout to quash any new legislation against soring. As the Horse Protection Act now stands, a violation usually means little more than a form letter from the USDA and it is said, if you can imagine the poisons used to sore the majestic animals, a greater number of Walkers die from “colic” than any other horse breed in the world.

In the State of Tennessee, horse abuse is now a felony – punishable by a prison term – but not one sheriff in the state has issued a summons at a horse show since the new law came into being 16 months ago. Oh, there is ample proof, produced by trained inspectors and licensed veterinarians, but no arrests, much to the chagrin of advocates all over the globe. Horsemen in foreign countries don’t understand torturing horses, much less for some cheap ribbon. Really.

So think about this: The PAST Act has been endorsed by virtually every animal health and equine group in the United States but is opposed 100-percent by the Republican representatives from Tennessee. Yes, that is absolutely outrageous but – mind you — every one of them was just reelected.

How did our horses fair at the polls?

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The people of Tennessee are doing their part in “starving” the sore Big Lick by no longer attending the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse Shows.

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RING FULL OF HORSES TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE CELEBRATION 1976

And there are persistent rumors of unrest in Shelbyville about the general state of affairs surrounding how things got into this distressed situation in the first place.

Interestingly,  the it is now 68 days since the oonclusion of the 76th Annual Tennessee National Walking Horse Celebration ended,  and the Celebration has not yet announced the 2014 Attendance Figures:

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CELEBRATION ATTENDANCE 2004 – 2013

Nephew Eugene wonders what could possibly be taking them so long?

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AAWHA GOES BACK TO WASHINGTON TO LOBBY FOR PAST ACT – SOUND HORSE WORLD DEPENDS ON CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD TO GET A HOUSE VOTE – TIME IS RUNNING OUT

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WASHINGTON, DC – The day after the day after,  an All American Walking Horse Alliance delegation led by AAWHA organizer Jeannie McGuire of Unionville, Virginia was back on Capitol Hill lobbying for passage of the PAST ACT.

The Hastert Rule (a majority of the majority of the Republican House members) will have to be satisfied before Speaker Boehner will consider giving the PAST ACT a floor vote. The PAST ACT is a couple of Republican co-sponsors short of meeting the Hastert Rule requirements.

Even if the Hastert Rule is satisfied, there remains the question if Speaker Boehner will allow a floor vote.  The PAST ACT is presently being blocked by House and Energy Subcommittee Vice Chair Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).  Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) who replaced Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) was amenable to removing the Bill from the Committee for a House Floor vote, but apparently McCarthy was overruled by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).

Also affecting the PAST ACT getting a House floor vote is Congressman Ed Whitfield has faced a preliminary ethics probe due to a Complaint instigated last December by the sore Big Lick group led by The Walking Horse Report Editor/PSHA Spokesperson Jeffrey Howard, Celebration CEO Mike Inman and PSHA Directors.   The House Ethics Committee looking into the matter is expected to decide by next Monday, November 10, 2014, if there will be a full blown Ethics Investigation surrounding Whitfield regarding a West Virginia real estate transaction.

AAWHA DELEGATION – NOVEMBER 6, 2014

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ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE PRESSES THE MATTER. (Left to Right – Lila Corey, Lauren Kovacs, Debbie Nuding, Jeannie McGuire & Gale Monahan)

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 MARKING THE DOOR OF SORE BIG LICK REP. MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN)

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Meanwhile,  the Sound Horse World is looking to PAST ACT Sponsor              Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) to close the deal on the passage of the PAST ACT.

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REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

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LEGISLATIVE DAYS REMAINING – U.S. HOUSE – 113TH CONGRESS, 2ND SESSION

And so it goes as the time grows shorter and shorter with each passing day.

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WHAT, IF ANYTHING, DID CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD GET FOR PUTTING SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL IN POSITION TO BE THE NEXT U. S. SENATE MAJORITY LEADER

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WASHINGTON, DC-  Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) played a pivotal role in helping re-elect and put Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in position to become the next Majority Leader of the United States Senate.

The Question:   What, if anything, did Congressman Whitfield get on behalf of the PAST ACT to lend himself to that effort?

  • A commitment by Republican Speaker John Boehner to give the PAST ACT a vote?
  • A commitment from McConnell to lift his hold on a vote in the Senate?
  • A commitment from McConnell to not sabotage the PAST ACT in the Senate by tampering with the Republican Senators already co-sponsoring the bill?

CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD STUMPING HARD FOR SENATOR MCCONNELL 

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CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD STUMPING HARD FOR THE PAST ACT

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

HOW ED WHITFIELD PUT MITCH MCCONNELL OVER THE TOP

Senator Mitch McConnell was vulnerable in Whitfield’s 1st District of Kentucky.  The 1st District has a majority of Democrat registered voters.   There are 31 counties in the 1st District. The State of Kentucky has 120 counties (Only Texas and Georgia have more).   Ed Whitfield is the gold standard in the 1st District.  In 1995,  Ed Whitfield became the first Republican Congressman to be elected from the 1st District in 172 years. When Ed Whitfield gets on the bus and rides with you,  it means something.

In 2011, Allison Grimes was elected Kentucky Secretary of State carrying the State of Kentucky against a Republican opponent with 61% of the votes.

Senator Mitch McConnell trounced Secretary of State Allison Grimes yesterday by      56.2% to 40.7%.

In the 1st District of Kentucky,  Ed Whitfield beat Democrat opponent, 73% to 27%.

With the essential help of Ed Whitfield yesterday,  Senator McConnell clobbered Allison Grimes in the 1st District of Kentucky. (see details below)

So, how does all of this affect the PAST ACT?

Stay tuned in the days ahead.

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THE HISTORY OF ED WHITFIELD/MITCH MCCONNELL – LICKERS VS FLATTERS AND THE PATH OF THE PAST ACT,  AWAITING VICTORY OR DEFEAT

In 2012 and 2013,  Congressman Ed Whitfield sponsored the PAST ACT in the U. S. House.  The first year it didn’t go anywhere.   But it got traction in 2013, and in 2014,  the Bill to remove the pads and chains,  through the hard work of grassroots volunteers such as the All American Walking Horse Alliance,  now has 70% of the  U. S.. House members and 59 U. S. Senators co-sponsoring it.

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Mitch McConnell opposes the PAST ACT in the U. S. Senate along with Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN).   They have co-sponsored an alternative Bill keeping the sore Big Lickers in power.

The two Senate Sponsors are Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Mark Warner (D-VA).  

Senator Ayotte is done.

She is not about to further cross Majority Leader-elect Senator McConnell-elect on this bill.   Nephew Eugene wonders, even if Harry Reid called the matter for a floor vote, would the Republican Senators presently co-sponsoring the PAST ACT stay hitched in the face of a disapproving Senate Majority Leader-elect Senator McConnell.

Senator Warner appears to have won yesterday by the skin of his teeth,  49.16% to 48.39%.    Before the Nov. 4 election,  Warner appeared to be a lukewarm advocate for the PAST ACT.     The Past Act still does not have the requisite 60 Senators co-sponsoring the Bill to make it filibuster-proof.  Observers wonder if Warner has the gravitas or fire in his belly to inveigh Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring the Bill to the Senate Floor.

Also, Harry Reid was royal pilloried by the media yesterday for presiding over the Republican Senate takeover.   No one has any idea what Reid is up to from this point.  Some observers think that the personal enmity between Senator Reid and Senator McConnell may be an impetus for Reid giving the PAST ACT a vote.  Others think the taciturn Reid hasn’t been much pumpkin all along in furthering the passage of the PAST ACT and nothing will change on that front.

THE LICKERS PAYING SENATOR MCCONNELL OVER $700,000.00 –  26 YEARS

Mitch McConnell began serving in the U. S. Senate in January 1985.

In Spring 1988,   the lights were turned off at the National Walking Horse Trainers Show in Decatur, Alabama when U. S. District Judge Oliver Gasch (Washington, DC)  issued an injunction halting the show.  The injunction emanated from a lawsuit brought to remove the pads and chains from the Tennessee Walking Show Horse. The Flatter attorney was a young Russell Gaspar.  He has continued to capably represent Sound interests for the past 26 years, including an Amicus brief filed in the recent McGartland vs USDA case heard in September 2014 by a three judge panel before the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

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

The Sunday morning in 1988 following the lights being turned out,  the Lickers gatherered in the Decatur show arena. The late Reese L. Smith, Jr.,  father of TWHBEA President Steve Smith, “preached” to the Lickers that they would have to organize to fight to preved the “Big Lick Way Of Life”.      Mr. Smith led a Licker effort to raise funds and the Lickers have now been going at it for nigh over 27 years.

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REESE L. SMITH, JR.

Reese Smith’s Lickers contacted a young U. S. Senator from Kentucky named Mitch McConnell to help them keep the pads and chain and continue the soring necessary for the sore Big Lick.   From 1988 to 2014,  the Lickers have paid Mitch McConnell over $700,000.00 to watch after their interests, and above all else,   maintain the pads and chains which enable the sore Big Lick way of life.

Senator McConnell has effectively done what he was paid to do.

Last month TWHBEA President Steve Smith, the son of the late Reese L. Smith, Jr.,  turned out the lights on TWHBEA when the ineptly led Flatters fumbled and bumbled in opposing the draconian By-Laws proposal.  The outcome may have been different if the Flatters had mounted an effective timed campaign in opposition, but sadly, they did not.

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THE TWHBEA MAP IF THE STEVE SMITH BY-LAWS PASS

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

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MARYLAND TWHBEA DIRECTOR AND HSUS OFFICIAL KEITH DANE

THE  “BIG COAL”  FACTOR

One other factor,   Kentucky is a state driven by BIG COAL.

When Big Coal says jump,  Ed Whitfield and Mitch McConnell say “How High”?

Ed Whitfield’s 1st District of Kentucky is part of the Western Coalfields which are strip mined,  rather than cave mined in Eastern Kentucky.  Historically, most of Kentucky’s coal production has come from Kentucky’s Western Fields.

Since taking office in 1995,  Representative Whitfield has risen to be Chairman of  the powerful House Energy and Power Subcommittee under the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Big Coal needed Mitch McConnell to be the next U. S. Senate Majority Leader.

And thanks in large part to Ed Whitfield supporting him ,   Mitch McConnell soon will be.

So whether or not the PAST ACT has been sacrificed on the altar of Big Coal will soon be seen.    Below is a House Calendar which shows 15 legislative days remaining,  but informed observers related that  those days could be reduced to only four to five,  rather than 15 set out here.

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LEGISLATIVE DAYS REMAINING – U.S. HOUSE – 113TH CONGRESS, 2ND SESSION

MCCONNELL/GRIMES RESULTS – 1ST DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY

Adair 68.4% 28.2%
Allen 67.2% 28.6%
Ballard 62.6% 34.1%
Caldwell 61.4% 34.7%
Carlisle 62.7% 35.1%
Casey 73.4% 23.3%
Christian 61.0% 36.1%
Clinton 76.5% 20.3%
Crittenden 67.9% 28.3%
Cumberland 69.7% 26.1%
Fulton 55.7% 41.2%
Graves 63.8% 33.2%
Henderson 51.0% 46.4%
Hickman 60.0% 36.7%
Hopkins 65.2% 31.9%
Livingston 60.9% 35.7%
Logan 61.6% 35.3%
Lyon 57.6% 37.2%
Marshall 59.3% 37.4%
Marion 55.3% 42.3%
McCracken 63.0% 34.6%
McLean 58.5% 38.5%
Metcalfe 56.9% 38.4%
Monroe 74.2% 21.8%
Muhlenberg 53.6% 43.8%
Russell 70.9% 25.0%
Simpson 57.3% 39.5%
Todd 64.1% 31.9%
Trigg 63.2% 33.5%
Union 61.8% 35.6%
Webster 63.4% 33.6%

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COAL PRODUCTION FROM COUNTIES IN ED WHITFIELD’S 1ST DISTRICT 

1st District -Millions of tons of coal extracted- Millions of tons of coal remaining

Henderson County     76.12          6,700.53
Hopkins County          781.80         7251.20
McLean County            19.73           3536.95
Muhlenberg County      749.83        3224.18

A COUPLE OF “GOOD OLE BOYS” RIDING A BUS ACROSS KENTUCKY – POLITICS MAKES FOR STRANGE BEDFELLOWS – PAST ACT HANGS IN THE BALANCE NEXT WEEK

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Muhlenberg County, Kentucky  - PAST ACT antagonists, but locked arms Republican Campaigners,  Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY) stumped together for the past 10 days across Congressman Ed Whitfield’s First District of Kentucky.  The two politicians were accompanied by country pop performer    Lee Greenwood who sang “God Bless The USA” at each stop.

THE FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY

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Muhlenberg County was built on the coal industry.

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CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD AND SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL

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Melvin L. Greenwood and U. S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

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MITCH AND ED.

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ED AND MITCH.

THE PAST ACT END GAME SCENARIO

Congressman Ed Whitfield currently has 305 U. S. Representatives co-sponsoring the PAST ACT in the U. S. House, but House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)  so far refuses to give Whitfield a vote on his Bill.   There is a faint hope that Boehner might relent after the November 4 election, but there are few legislative days left on the House Calendar.

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LEGISLATIVE DAYS REMAINING – U.S. HOUSE – 113TH CONGRESS, 2ND SESSION

And the other guy on the bus from Kentucky is blocking the PAST ACT in the U. S. Senate along with Cock Fighter B. L. Cozad, Jr.’s favorite Senator from Tennessee,  the Honorable Lamar Alexander (R-TN).  Cozad practices bloody “Cock Fighting” to the death which is one of two “Tennessee Traditions” which U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)  adores.

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“COCK FIGHTING” – SENATOR ALEXANDER’S TENNESSEE TRADTION

The other interest of 74 year old Alexander is the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse.

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

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

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

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There is little time left, and absolutely no margin for error (such as the fumbling related to the TWHBEA By-Law proposal)  if the PAST ACT is to become law.

The odds for its passage appear to be long.

Stay tuned.

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THE VIOLENT WORLD OF THE SORE BIG LICK TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE BROUGHT TO LIFE IN THE DALLAS-FORT WORTH AIRPORT

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THETA, TN –   October 23, 2014 was not the best day in Mac Benham‘s young life.

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DALLAS/FORT WORTH AIRPORT POLICE

In the wake of Mr. Benham’s unprovoked attack upon an individual in the Dallas-Fort Worth airport,  the world’s eyes focused on the fact that 27 year old Mr.  Benham grew up in the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse World.

Mac Benham is the son of California-based Big Lick Trainer Scott Benham who trained 1982 Two Year Old World Grand Champion,  Pride’s Final Edition.   Final Edition was crowned World Grand Champion in 1985.  Mr. Benham’s mother’s family owned and showed Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses for decades.

Mr. Benham’s violent assault triggered flashbacks of the 2012 pictures of Jackie McConnell violently beating Tennessee Walking Horses and shocking them with cattle prods.  And there was the picture of the young man kicking a horse after it collapsed at the 2014 Celebration at the end of an extremely hot early evening class.

TRAINER MAC BENHAM ASSAULTING MAN IN DALLAS-FORT WORTH AIRPORT

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TRAINER JACKIE MCCONNELL BEATING TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE

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JACKIE MCCONNELL, ABC NIGHTLINE

BIG LICK TRAINER KICKS COLLAPSED TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE

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

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

The video capturing Benham’s attack now has over 4,500,000 hits, and Benham’s relationship to the training of sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses has been established.

And in many ways the photos of Benham attacking the man is not dissimilar to the actions of Hall of Fame Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse Trainer Jackie McConnell in his brutal treatment of Tennessee Walking Horses aired on ABC Nightline in 2012:

JACKIE MCCONNELL, ABC NIGHTLINE

JACKIE MCCONNELL, ABC NIGHTLINE

The news media has also reported Benham’s history of animal abuse:

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“Furthermore, “He has also been in trouble with the US Department of Agriculture at least twice for violations of the Horse Protection Act for allegedly mistreating Tennessee Walking horses he was supposed to be training. He was charged for ‘soring’ a horse named Major General’s Ritz in the 43rd Annual National Walking Horse Show held March 18, 2011 in Shelbyville, and again for doing the same to a horse named ‘Willie Twilight’ on Aug. 31, 2012, at the 74th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, also in Shelbyville.”

“Soring,” according to the USDA is “a cruel and abusive practice used to accentuate a horse’s gait. It is accomplished by irritating or blistering a horse’s forelegs with chemical irritants (such as mustard oil) or mechanical devices” to make the horses adopt a Tennessee Walking Horse’s distinctive high-stepping gait.

Normally, the walk is developed through years of careful training, but Benham hoped to pass the horses off by torturing them until they were unable to step normally. He was fined and disqualified from showing horses for six months.”

Mac Benham’s Horse Protection Act Violation Citations Record:

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The last three weeks have not been kind to the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse:

  • N.C. STATE FAIR UPROAR – About 19,000 signatures were collected protesting and calling for cancellation of Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses at the N. C. State Fair.  After media and public attention, the Agriculture Commissioner assured critics the continuation of Big Lick classes will be reviewed before the 2015 N.C. State Fair.
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SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE SPEAKS WITH REPORTER FOR WRAL TV – CHANNEL 5 IN RALEIGH, NC

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  • CELEBRATION BIG LICK SPOKESPERSON COCK FIGHTER B.L.COZAD,JR. says Walking Horse Trainers have a constitutional right to sore Tennessee Walking Horses (private property) if the animal cruelty helps them support their families.

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

  • TRAINER MAC BENHAM LOSES IT –  YOUTUBE AT DALLAS – FORT WORTH AIRPORT WITH OVER 4,500,000 YOUTUBE HITS
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MAC BENHAM, DALLAS – FORT WORTH AIRPORT

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Nephew Eugene wonders “What’s Next?

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BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER MAC BENHAM ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT IN DALLAS/FORT WORTH AIRPORT – OVER 4,300,000 YOUTUBE HITS ON RUCKUS VIDEO

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DALLAS-FORT WORTH AIRPORT – On or about October 23, 2014, Big Lick Trainer Mac Benham of Shelbyville, Tennessee was captured on YouTube attacking a man, and then Benham was taken down by persons at the scene and subsequently arrested.

Benham was employed as a Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse trainer by Maple Crest Farm of Bell Buckle, Tennessee owned by Keith and Elaine Rosbury. The Rosburys were Presenting Sponsors at the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

MAC BENHAM, DALLAS - FORT WORTH AIRPORT

MAC BENHAM, DALLAS – FORT WORTH AIRPORT

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SHELBYVILLE TIMES GAZETTE

Local man charged in airport rampage

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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A Shelbyville man faces charges after a brawl at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport last Thursday.

McCleish Christmas “Mac” Benham, 27, is charged with public intoxication and simple assault.

Benham allegedly kicked a man in the groin and hit him in the head with his fist before three to five passengers subdued him, according to a Dallas police report. He continued to struggle with officers while being arrested, an airport police officer said in his report.

According to a DFW Airport police officer, Benham argued with an American Airlines gate agent over flight arrangements, telling her he’d consumed “100 drinks.”

Benham allegedly made a verbal slur toward a man who told him to calm down because police were on the way, then struck him twice, also threatening another man standing nearby, officer Derrick Niblett’s report said.

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FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT MARTY IRBY ASKS FOR PRORATED REFUND OF TWHBEA LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP AFTER FLATTERS FUMBLE AND LOSE THE VOTE ON TWHBEA BY-LAW CHANGES

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LEWISBURG, TN – Former two term TWHBEA President Marty Irby asked TWHBEA for a pro rata refund of his $1,000.00 Lifetime Membership in an October 28, 2014,  letter addressed to TWHBEA Executive Director Tracy Boyd.

Irby charged TWHBEA with not supporting the welfare of Tennessee Walking Horse breed.

MARTY IRBY,  PRESS SECRETARY FOR REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

MARTY IRBY, PRESS SECRETARY FOR REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

Irby was a life-long sore Big Licker, before he became a born-again Flatter in summer 2013.

While advocating the Big Lick way of life, Marty Irby ironically engineered the successful Big Lick resistance to a Sound takeover of TWHBEA in December 2012.   He backed Tracy Boyd over the late Stephen Brown for TWHBEA President, and Boyd won.

Then in early 2013, Irby saw the light and became a Flatter.    He diligently worked to persuade the 2012-2013 TWHBEA Executive Committee to endorse passage the PAST ACT.  In May 2013,   seven members of the TWHBEA Executive Committee endorsed the PAST ACT.

The “YES” votes included;

Joyce Moyer – 8
Carolina Hoffman – 14
Rick Wies – 11
Denise Bader Keyser – 5
Dr. Linda Montgomery – Not Pictured
Pat Stout – 7
Tracy Boyd – 1

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In September 2013, TWHBEA VP Pat Stout polled the TWHBEA membership on the “PAST ACT” and 63% voted “YES” and 37% voted “NO”.

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Then the Executive Committee coalition for the PAST ACT fell apart in Fall 2013 with:

Dr. Linda Montgomery – Alabama
Denise Bader Keyser – Germany

switching over and voting with the Sore Big Lickers on several crucial issues.

Montgomery and Bader-Keyser cast solid Big Lick votes opposing Electronic Voting which would have allowed Directors to vote by use of technology.

Dr. Montgomery was particularly damaging to the Sound Horse cause when she suddenly opted out of serving on the TWHBEA Nominating Committee because she wanted to run for an Executive Committee slot.  This caused a realignment leading to a Big Lick takeover.  Then Montgomery was elected to the 2013-2014 Executive Committee only to see the Big Lickers turn on her and ignore and isolate her.   Montgomery ended up resigning from the Executive Committee, but only after first heavily damaging the interests of the Sound Horse.

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DENISE BADER KEYSER – FLATTER IN DEUTSCHLAND AND BIG LICKER IN U.S.

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OUCH!!!!!  – FRAULEIN BADER -  ES IST NICHT GUHT.  THIS IS NOT SOUND AND NATURAL AT ALL.

DENISE BADER KEYSER - SOUTHERN DOLLAR - JULY 20, 2013

DENISE BADER KEYSER – SOUTHERN DOLLAR – JULY 20, 2013

The sore Big Lick Steve Smith/Walt Chism crowd took over in December 2013, and Tom “I’M A PROUD HPA VIOLATOR” Kakassy engineered draconian By-Law changes. Kakassy presented them in May 2014 to the Flatters who were represented at the meeting by Keith Dane, Maryland, and Dr. Pam Reband, Arizona.

The By-Laws Ballots were mailed to the TWHBEA members on September 15, 2014.  ‘

The sore Big Lick Power Grab was met with flaccid and inept opposition by the Flatter Directors led by Keith Dane Maryland TWHBEA Director/HSUS official.  Dane has attended and spoken on behalf of the Flatter group at TWHBEA meetings for the past two years.

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

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

The Flatter Directors also bumbled by choosing to have no one present to observe the By-Laws vote count.  As a direct result,  the Licker hired accounting firm, Winnett & Associates of Shelbyville, Tennessee,  questionably disclosed the By-Law election results to the Big Lickers who then leaked them to The Walking Horse Report on Friday, October 17, 2014.

The official By-Law election results were not released until October 22, 2014,  a week after the ballots were received.   The By-Law results conclusively show prove that the Flatters failed in informing and motivating TWHBEA members to vote Against the draconian By-Law changes.

The Licker’s By-Law amendment passed by 73% to 27% with a 27% turnout.

A year earlier with the effective Pat Stout TWHBEA Poll on the PAST ACT, there was a 26% turnout in which the Flatters prevailed 63% to 37%.

The By-Law election results apparently precipitated Marty Irby’s October 28, 2014 letter to TWHBEA requesting a refund.

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FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT MARTY IRBY LETTER REQUESTING PRO-RATA REFUND OF $1,000.00 LIFETIME TWHBEA MEMBERSHIP

“From:   Marty Irby

Date: October 28, 2014 12:57:45 AM CDT

To: Tracy Boyd <tboyd@twhbea.com
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Cc: “wchism@twhbea.com” <wchism@twhbea.com>, Steve Smith <ssmith@haurysmith.com>, “awadsworth@twhbea.com” <awadsworth@twhbea.com>, “clantis@twhbea.com” <clantis@twhbea.com>, Rob Cornelius <rtcbwc@yahoo.com>

Subject: Refund

Dear Tracy:

I am writing to request a refund of my lifetime membership at TWHBEA. I purchased the membership in either November or December of 2010 for $1,000.00 and have utilized it for four years. If I had just paid the regular membership ($60.00 x 4 years = $240.00), I would have paid such, and therefore would expect the prorated refund to be $760.00.

I request this refund because in my opinion it has become very clear that TWHBEA’s leadership does not support the sound horse, and does not support the welfare of the breed. TWHBEA’s leadership does not appear to have any desire to promote and protect the horse and follow its mission.

With the passage of the recent bylaw changes I believe TWHBEA will become nothing more than a “big lick” regional country club, which may perhaps fulfill the leadership’s desire. A sad day, but alas it is what it is, and something I no longer want to be a part of.

TWHBEA seems to have nothing to offer to its members. The removal of the free registration/transfer, and the anemic latest 42 page Voice solidify this reality. Furthermore, I must mention that TWHBEA has not fulfilled the obligation of calling a meeting of the Past Presidents in 2014 as the 2012 motion and establishment of the Past Presidents Committee provide for.

Please remit payment of the refund to my address on record with TWHBEA. My funds will be better utilized with sound horse organizations that truly care about the future of the Walking Horse.

Ciao,

Marty Irby
Past President 2011-2012
Past Vice President of Marketing 2007 & 2010″

Note:  Irby presently serves as Director of Communications for Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY).

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FORMER LICKER, THEN FLATTER, NOW LICKER TRACY BOYD STATEMENT

TWHBEA Executive Director Tracy Boyd

TWHBEA Executive Director Tracy Boyd

“May 27, 2013
A Statement from TWHBEA President Tracy Boyd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nephew Eugene says it appears that the Lickers have forgiven Tracy Boyd.

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CELEBRATION’S COCKFIGHTER B. L. COZAD, JR. WANTS TO HAVE A WORD WITH BILLY GO BOY – “UNDERSTAND THAT EVERY ANIMAL CRUELTY/ANIMAL WELFARE LAW IN AMERICA IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND A VOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS”

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – Why would the embattled sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration ask renowned Cock Fighter B. L. Cozad, Jr. to appear and speak anarchy at the 76th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration”

Mr. Cozad didn’t just pop up out of the ground to speak at the Celebration’s Hall of Fame Club to rapt Licker listeners.  He was issued a special invitation, and had to travel the 813 miles to Shelbyville, Tennessee to spread his venom and anarchistic views.

COCKFIGHTER B.L. COZAD, JR. SPEAKING TO THE LICKERS BEFORE PORTRAIT OF WGC DARK SPIRIT’S REBEL AT THE CELEBRATION HALL OF FAME CLUB AT 76TH ANNUAL TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE CELEBRATION

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

Mr. Cozad being invited to speak at the Celebration was by these fellows:

CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN

CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN

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

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

Mr. Cozad reached out to www.billygoboy.com over the weekend.

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Wonder when Senator Alexander is going to invite Mr. Cozad over to have dinner?

Nephew Eugene says there is a storm brewing among the citizenry of Shelbyville, Tennessee over the shame and disgrace that Celebration officials David L. Howard and Mike Inman have brought to what U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) refers to as a “Tennessee  Tradition and Treasure.”

More on this in days to come.

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P.S.
Mr. Cozad is apparently so misinformed that he isn’t aware that Adolf Hitler invaded Russia and attempted to destroy communism and about 30 million lives were lost in the process.

TWHBEA BY-LAW ELECTION – WAS THERE ‘HANKY PANKY’ BY STEVE SMITH’S INNER CIRCLE LEAKING THE BY-LAW ELECTION OUTCOME??? – MEMBERSHIP LOSSES ESCALATE – FLATTERS FAILED TO GET THE SOUND VOTE OUT

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LEWISBURG, TN –  According to an October 21, 2014,  email from TWHBEA Sr. VP Walter Chism to Montana Director Rick Wies,  it appears that certain members of Steve Smith’s inner circle had “privileged” access to the TWHBEA election returns after 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 15, 2014.  

The TWHBEA By-Law election outcome was leaked to The Walking Horse Report owned by Celebration Chairman David L. Howard.  It was published last Friday, October 17, 2014.

MONTANA TWHBEA DIRECTOR RICK WIES

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RICK WIES AND MARY HART

TWHBEA PRESIDENT STEVE SMITH

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

The TWHBEA ballot deadline was 5:00 p.m. on  Wednesday, October 15, 2014, and TWHBEA did not announce the results until a week later on October 22, 2014.

RICK WIES EXPOSES TWHBEA ‘HANKY PANKY’ WITH ELECTION RESULTS

Montana Director Rick Wies discovered the Steve Smith and Company shenanigans when he wrote a letter to TWHBEA President Steve Smith.  Mr. Smith,  who has been the center of controversy due to his prior relationships with Celebration “VAC” officials Spokesperson Tom Blankenship and Chairman Dr. Jerry Johnson, apparently asked TWHBEA Sr. VP Walter Chism to respond to Mr. Wies’s letter.  (Note: The “VAC” was discredited when Mr. Howard and Blankenship lied about Dr. Dallas Goble (Budweiser Clydesdale vet) being a member of it when he was not.)

TWHBEA SR. VP WALTER CHISM

TWHBEA SR VP WALT CHISM

TWHBEA SR VP WALT CHISM

EMAIL FROM MONTANA DIR. RICK WIES TO TWHBEA PREZ STEVE SMITH

Sent: Mon, Oct 20, 2014 10:40 pm 

Subject: Questions for President Smith

TWHBEA President Smith and IBOD,

Mr. Smith,

I have two questions.

First, where are the election results?  We are
now, as of tomorrow morning, going on day six. 

What is really bothersome is my second Question and that is why and how did certain 
privileged individuals know of the By-Law voting results on Friday 
morning?  It would certainly be appropriate that the TWHBEA IBOD and
the Association Members would be first on the list to receive such
information and that TWHBEA would provide this type of information
through a press release prior to passing the results along to Country
Club individuals.  I strongly recommend that this breach be
investigated and action taken to remove from office and/or fire as
necessary the parties responsible.

Rick Wies
TWHBEA Director”

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REPLY BY SR. VP WALTER CHISM ON BEHALF OF PREZ STEVE SMITH

“Sent: Tue, Oct 21, 2014 07:12 AM
Subject: Re: Questions for President Smith

As of this moment, I have not received the official results from the accounting firm and as soon as we do, we’ll notify the IBOD and post on the TWHBEA web site. After the voting deadline, several members of the EC were privileged to preliminary and unofficial results on some portions of the election results. I suppose if you want to know who leaked the information, assuming it is accurate, ask the persons releasing the information. Since I don’t give a hoot and you do, you should be the person to call. The only thing I care about is the fairness of the election and the accuracy of the results. That leads us back to the first point, the results will be released when the accounting firm provides us with an official letter of the results.

Thank you for your inquiry.
Walt”

ARIZONA DIRECTOR DR. PAM REBAND EMAIL ON WIES/CHISM EXCHANGE

“Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:42:00 -0400
From: mizdoc@aol.com

     To have members of the EC receive preliminary unofficial reports leaves TWHBEA open to accusations of malfeasance and is a practice that must be stopped.  The accounting firm must not only BE completely above board, it must APPEAR above board.   NO one at TWHBEA should know those results until the official letter arrives.  NO one at TWHBEA should have ANY contact with the firm WHATSOEVER !  Comon, Walt, you and Steve know better!

pamela AZ”

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FLATTER DIRECTORS ELECTED NOT TO HAVE REPS PRESENT AT VOTE COUNT

Ironically,  it was Dr. Reband, who replied when asked by www.billygoboy.com on October 6  (along with the rest of the Flatter Directors) the following question:

“What, if any,  arrangements have been to have persons present when the votes are tabulated on the TWHBEA By-Laws Proposal and the Directors election?

While the other Directors, including Keith Dane (who appeared with Dr. Reband at the May Semi-Annual TWHBEA meeting),  remained silent,  Dr. Reband answered on October 7:

“The ballots are being sent to and counted by a reputable accounting firm.  I believe that makes the count fair.  It is my understanding that they are counted as one large group at the end.”

Again,  while the other Flatter Directors remained silent,  Dr. Reband answered the following question:

“Do you plan to be present or retain someone to be present to represent the your interests and the interests of the members who elected you, and the members of the Association,  when the proposed TWHBEA By-Law changes ballots are tabulated?”

OCT. 7 – ANSWER BY ARIZONA DIRECTOR DR. PAM REBAND:

 ”Yes, I am aware of my right to request this.  No, I do not intend to do so as I do not believe it to be necessary.”

 OCT. 7 – QUESTION TO THE REST OF THE FLATTER DIRECTORS:

“Dr. Reband,  Thank you for making it clear that you do not believe it is necessary to have anyone present to observe the tabulation of the By-Laws ballots.

My question to the rest of you is,  based on all that has occurred from December 7, 2013 to the present, do you,  individually and on behalf of the members who elected you,  concur with Dr. Reband’s position that you do not feel it is necessary or would be in the best interest of the Association to have observers present when the By-Law ballots are tabulated?”

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None of the rest of the Flatter Directors responded, and the Flatters did not have any representatives present to observe and monitor the TWHBEA By-Law Ballot count.

That was a huge mistake.

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INTERESTING NUMBERS

As depicted by “The Map:  the Red States are the center of the SORING and the resistance to the PAST ACT.

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TWHBEA MEMBERSHIP DECREASES – SEP 2013 to SEP 2014

Tennessee - Lost 239 members – 17% Decrease
Kentucky - Lost 85 members – 16% Decrease
Mississippi – Lost 32 members – 12% Decrease
Alabama – Lost 70 members – 16% Decrease

Total Lost – 426 Members In Sore Big Lick States

OTHER NOTABLE MEMBERSHIP DECREASES – SEP. 2013 to SEP 2014

Texas – Lost 72 members – 22% Decrease
Virginia – Lost 49 members – 25% Decrease
North Carolina – Lost 58 members – 19% Decrease

Total Lost – 179 members

TWHBEA has lost 1,137 members in 12 months.

A year ago,  many sore Big Lickers questioned the mandate of the Pat Stout Poll in favor of the PAST ACT when 26.20% of the eligible membership participated.

The TWHBEA By-Law change turnout was 27.35% of the eligible voters..

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  VOTES                        VOTES             MEMBERS                           MEMBERS
STOUT POLL            BY-LAW            STOUT -2013                BY-LAW 2014
 
AL            109                    98                        439                                369    16% Down
AR            15                   36
CA            78                   83
CO            12                  16
FL            38                    38
GA            65                   51                        232                             203    13% Down
ID            21                    13
IL             72                    37
IN            35                     38
IA            11                     10
KS            7                       9
KY         148                    135                     688                            603      12% Down
LA            27                     15
MD            15                     20
MN            20                       8
MS            74                         68                        269                               237   12% Down            
MO            57                     48                        
MT            18                      11
NY            12                        3
NC            61                      93                        313                          255   19% Down
OH            60                      62
OK             20                     11
OR            35                      23
PA            32                       28
SC             43                      24                        140                         117    16% Down
TN            303                    435                   1461                          1222   17% Down
TX            63                        60                     327                           255     22% Down
UT            11                         9
VA            57                        50 236 177 25% Down
WA            43                       18                    128                           103     20% Down
WV            31                       26                    126                          108      14% Down
WI            25                        17
WY            8                          4

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Midnight Sun is glad he left the “DYSFUNCTIONAL TWILIGHT ZONE” of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Association.

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NATURAL GAITED TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE – WORLD GRAND CHAMPION MIDNIGHT SUN

Nephew Eugene says Steve Smith blew $2,069.27 when Winnett CPA firm used first class stamps to send out the TWHBEA ballots, rather than utilize a business mail permit for the return ballots.  There went the Do-Nut savings.

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IMPOTENT FLATTER CAMPAIGN EFFORT ALLOWS TWHBEA TO GO SORE – DRACONIAN BY-LAW AMENDMENT APPROVED – VOTER TURNOUT MIRRORS PAT STOUT POLL

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LEWISBURG, TN  -  After a stumbling inept effort, the Flatters suffered a crushing defeat on the TWHBEA By-Law amendment changes by a vote of 1,165 “FOR” and 425 “AGAINST”  according to an October 20, 2014 letter from Gwinnett CPA firm released today.

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As forecast by www.billygoboy.com on September 12, 2014,  the By-Law amendment effectively eliminates 40% of the Directors representing in the Black States.

And it puts the sore Big Lick even more on an island in the stream of the equine world, and the public perception of the animal cruelty associated with the breed.

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

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Last week,  North Carolina rejected the sore Big Lick, and there are now 16,599 signatures on the Change.Org Petition to Cancel Big Lick classes.

The public opinion of the United States of America is reflected in 305 U. S. Representatives and 59 U. S. Senators co-sponsoring the PAST ACT which will end the sore Big Lick.

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THE TWHBEA MAP IF THE STEVE SMITH BY-LAWS PASS

THE TWHBEA MAP IF THE STEVE SMITH BY-LAWS PASS

THE 2014 TWHBEA BY-LAW VOTE NUMBERS TELL THE STORY

TWHBEA went all the way sore because the Flatters led by Keith Dane, Maryland Director and HSUS official,  did not mount an effective campaig necessary to defeat the proposed By-Law change.

To be successful in politics, you have to be able to do two things:

  • Get your people out to vote.
  • Be there when the votes are counted.

Sadly, the Flatters did neither.

KEITH DANE – FLATTER LEADER – MARYLAND TWHBEA DIRECTOR

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MARYLAND TWHBEA DIRECTOR AND HSUS OFFICIAL KEITH DANE

And the Flatters have no one to blame for the crushing defeat,  but themselves.

DIRECTORS WHOSE STATES WILL BE ELIMINATED - “BIG LICK POWER GRAB”

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ARIZONA  -  DR. PAM REBAND
ARKANSAS   (82) - KENNY MCGOWAN
COLORADO - RICK EVANS
CONNECTICUT
WASHINGTON, DC
IOWA - RICHARD WORKMAN
IDAHO DR. EDWIN HUTCHINSON
KANSAS - JULIE A. KELLER
MASSACHUSETTS - DONNA FULZ
MARYLAND  –   KEITH DANE
MAINE
MINNESOTA - CYNTHIA ENDRES
MONTANA -  RICK WIES
NORTH DAKOTA
NEBRASKA
NEW HAMPSHIRE - JULIE DILLON
NEW JERSEY
NEW MEXICO
NEW YORK -  LORI NORTHRUP
OKLAHOMA - CHRIS VAN HORN
PENNSYLVANIA -  RICK CHOVAN
RHODE ISLAND
SOUTH DAKOTA 
UTAH - BECCA PENNINGTON
VERMONT
WISCONSIN - MICK SALM
WYOMING  - HEATHER BROOK CURNOW
INTERNATIONAL  –  WILLIAM “BILL” ADAMS,  SUYIN OLDENBURG, 

The Pat Stout Poll success provided the road map to success.

The resources and expertise were there for the Flatters to win the By-Law election, but the Flatters did not avail themselves of any of them.

The Flatters did not:

  • Target their voters.
  • Get their people out to vote.
  • Get a “Flatter Flyer” out on time.
  • Create an effective “Flatter Flyer” (no graphic and no slogan)
  • Mount a phone tree and email campaign in the States where the Sound votes were located.

The reason for the Flatters biting the dust was not an outflow of Sound persons leaving TWHBEA.

It was nothing but incompetence,  lack of organization ability or know how in getting the job done to win the election.

The eligible to vote membership in 2013 was 6,950, and in 2014 (according to Gwinnett), it was 5,813.

That’s a 1,137 member reduction, 16%, but that left 5,813 eligible to vote.

The remaining 5,813  voter number was more than enough prospective voters to provide a defeat for the draconian By-Law proposal IF Keith Dane and Company had organized an effective campaign, which sadly was not done.

STOUT POLL    26% TOTAL VOTES 1,819
BY-LAW POLL  31% TOTAL VOTES  1,795

There were only 20 votes difference in the turnout on the PAST ACT POLL and the TWHBEA By-Law initiative election.

20136,950 TWHBEA Membership Eligible To Vote
20145,813 TWHBEA Membership Eligible To Vote

STOUT POLL 1,132 “YES”  -  663 “NO”1,795 TOTAL VOTES

BY-LAW VOTE 1,165 “FOR” - 465 “AGAINST”  1,590 TOTAL VOTES

STOUT POLL     63% TO 37%
BY-LAW VOTE   73% TO 27%

The turnout, 26% vs 31%, was very similar.

PAT STOUT POLL BREAKDOWN BY STATE

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TWHBEA BY-LAW AMENDMENT BREAKDOWN BY STATE

Excerpt from Oct. 20 – Gwinnett CPA letter

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 NEW TWHBEA DIRECTORS

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MISCELLANEOUS OBSERVATIONS:

  • Big Lick supporter Licker Denise Rowland is NOW a TWHBEA Director.  Ms. Rowland religiously attends every Executive Committee meeting, and is fervent in her Big Lick beliefs. She also supports Horse Slaughter, and the consumption of horse meat as human fare.
  • Flatter Keith Dane was re-elected to another term as Maryland Director, but when his term expires,  his home State of Maryland will no longer have a TWHBEA Director due to the By-Law amendment being approved.
  • Flatter Jan Sousa was elected as Montana Director.
  • Licker Charles Gleghorn, former TWHBEA President, was elected a TWHBEA Director.
  • Lickers Ty Irby and Larry Lowman were elected TWHBEA Directors.
  • Steve Smith side kick Sr. VP Licker Walter Chism did not run for election as TWBHEA Director.
  • Russell Keyser who works for sore Big Lick Trainer Charlie Green in Shelbyville, Tennessee ran for TWHBEA Director from Germany.
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WALKING HORSE TRAINER BOYZ TRAILER FIRE ON WAY TO ASHEVILLE, NC

  • Nathan Jackson finished last in the Tennessee Director election getting 61 votes,  3%, out of 1,792 Tennessee votes cast.

Nephew Eugene says the Flatters “Coulda Woulda Shoulda” won the By-Law vote, but if you can’t get your people out to vote, and you are not there when the votes are counted, you really can’t expect to make much showing. 

And they didn’t, and that  is exactly why the Flatters lost the TWHBEA By-Law amendment.

Radar feels like the “The Horses” got let down by the people who were supposed to be looking after them.

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And that’s the way it is.

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ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE COMMENTS IN RALEIGH “NEWS & OBSERVER” NEWSPAPER DEVASTATE SORE BIG LICK

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SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE SPEAKS WITH REPORTER FOR WRAL TV – CHANNEL 5 IN RALEIGH, NC

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    Compliments to the N. & O. coverage of this issue. AAWHA Organizer Jeannie McGuire complimented the N.&O newspaper saying, “We are pleased to see the mainstream media reporting on the institutionalized animal cruelty presented as family entertainment. What they do in training and showing these horses is wrong. It should never be on display in front of children, much less enabled by the State of North Carolina”. “The PAST ACT cannot be passed soon enough”, said McGuire as she called on Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) to co-sponsor the amendment to the Horse Protection Act which will eliminate the pads and chains necessary for the Big Lick, make horse soring a felony, and take inspection duties away from organizations which have failed to protect the horses.

    AWHA Media Representative Clant M. Seay said, “The sore crowd has been in charge long enough at the N.C. State Fair. It’s time for that to change”. Seay said “Eight of the 10 members of the Horse Show Advisory Committee have HPA Violation Citations including John Callicutt, the owner of 2012 World Grand Champion “Walk Time Charlie”, and his trainer Chad Baucom. The same goes for Judge Mack Dekle officiating the N.C. State Fair, and the HAWHA (Heart of America Walking Horse Association) inspecting the N.C. Horse Show is presently being decertified by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) for violating the Horse Protection Act.”

    Seay called for the North Carolina Horse Council “to stop looking the other way and get behind running that bunch of HPA Violation Citation folks off the North Carolina State Fairgrounds”. Seay said, “For the Manager of the N.C. State Fair Horse Show not to know that the HAWA – Horse Inspection program it hired to ‘protect’ the horses is being charged with violating the Horse Protection Act is an unacceptable failure in performing the required due diligence to ensure that the horses are protected.”

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  • Lori Horvath ·  Top Commenter

    Thank you Kara Bettis! I’m hoping that some day soon you’ll be able to follow up with an article informing us that the lick will no longer be allowed at the North Carolina State Fair. Many other venues have banned the lick, or have left the so called “performance” classes off the agenda. I live for the day we never see another stack or chain on the TWH!
  • Charlotte Miller

    Saying that “only some trainers sore to cheat” is like saying “only some people eat”. Many veterinarians, ex-Big Lick trainers, grooms, owners, etc have come forth stating that it is NOT POSSIBLE to produce the Big Lick unless there is a learned response to pain. Period. I’m so glad that NC is raising awareness and trying to get this barbaric practice discontinued. Animal abuse and blood sport are not things that children should be witnessing.

    Also – this is not an ANIMAL RIGHTS issue. This is an ANIMAL WELFARE issue. Big difference, but the Pro Big Lick crowd doesn’t want anyone to know that. The PAST Act is a welfare amendment to a welfare bill, and it needs to be written into the law. #passthePASTAct

  • Janet Murtha ·  Top Commenter · Works at Retired

    The “big lick” of the so-called performance class cannot be achieved without injury and soring of the horses’ legs and hooves, according to veterinary medical associations nation-wide. Those who would inflict pain on their animals to win a ribbon are ego driven and very misguided. Pass the PAST Act!
  • Robin Peterson ·  Top Commenter

    Thank you Kara Bettis, great article. I wish the North Carolina Fair would follow other shows example by banning the “Big Lick”. The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), have banned the big lick at their shows and supports HR1518, PAST Act.
  • Linda Hinson · Spartanburg, South Carolina

    Get rid of everything. Stacking should also be banned. There’s nothing natural about this gait.
  • Sandra Duke Missildine ·  Top Commenter

    There is no way to achieve the big lick that is not horribly painful to the horse. Period.
  • Patty Wagner Beaty · Owner at Four Beat Farms

    Thank you Kara. I am pleading that the sored Big Lick horse be banned from the arena. Please replace it with a humane/sound horse show for spectators to enjoy where the horse is no longer the victim for peoples enjoyment. We must take a stand to put an end to this sadistic torture.
  • Louise Semancik · Monkton, Maryland

    Thank you Kara Bettis for your excellent coverage of this issue. The Big Lick Tennessee Walking horse is an embarrassment to the breed and should never be promoted by the NC State Fair. My family and I will never attend an event that promotes the abuse of horses and, right now, that is exactly what the Fair is doing. I hope they consider a sound, flat shod show in the future.
  • Bernita Broome · Brevard Community College, Cocoa, FL

    The “Big Lick” needs to be outlawed everywhere and the tail dock? Don’t know for sure but they break the tail then put it in a device that bends it when it heals so it stands taller when they do the “Big Lick”
  • Teresa Bippen ·  Top Commenter · Saint Louis University School of Business

    I add my thanks to the comments on this article. Great coverage and journalism because the abuse of animals at the NC state fair is spotlighted. State fair officials can back paddle all they want about precautions but it will not fly. Wake up NC State Fair and allow your venue to become a family destination by shutting down the big lick at your show.
  • Wolfgang Planz ·  Top Commenter · Greensboro, North Carolina

    thank you for raising awareness ! I dont understand the fun in this ; making a majestic animals perform unnatural movements by inducing pain ??
  • Kate Dougherty ·  Top Commenter

    Kudos to the NO and Ms Bettis for covering this issue. There is over-whelming support of the anti cruelty PAST ACT in DC, but a tiny group of republican congressional members are blocking the act from being moved into law.

    NC deserves better from their State Far organizers than being aligned with known animal abusers.

  • Cynthia Lansing ·  Top Commenter · Butler University

    Thank you so much, Kara Bettis, for shedding much needed light on the burning and pressure shoeing of Tennessee Walking Horses. I had no idea before your story broke that North Carolina’s State Fair even allowed Big Lick TWH. The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) banned them years ago due to the horrifying practices done to these wonderful horses. Thank you for interviewing and reporting Sue Gray’s statement that the NC Horse Council “abhors soring.” I find that laughable as well as hypocritical; USDA Horse Protection Act violations have been recorded for the NC State Fair for the last several years alone. Here is a sample:  http://www.aphis.usda.gov/foia/foia_requests/2011/Animal%20Care%20(AC)/11-290%20-%20List%20of%20Individuals%20Violating%20The%20Horse%20Protection%20Act/11-290%20Records.pdf
  • Ellen Garshgo Mc Connell ·  Top Commenter · Newark State, Kean University now

    END the LICK!!! NOW!!! These walking horses are being brutalized. This needs to stop immediately!!! Yeah, BLM , all all the rest to prevent this, where are U???
  • Lamargo L. Petersen ·  Top Commenter · Vancouver, British Columbia

    I would love to see a well trained NATURAL Tenn. Walking Horse, being raised in the presence of a true horseman who gave me a licking for running the pony to sweat and not giving rest at least every 1/2 mile. Hurt a horse in his eyes was worth a hanging. “Sore” horse training is about as stupid as an elephant standing on its head.
  • Djofraleigh Anderson ·  Top Commenter

    N&O – why use a picture of a western horse and saddle and that poor trainer when talking about Walking Horses?
  • Jerry W. Harris ·  Top Commenter · Works at NewsLeader On Charter Channel 6 – Coffee County, TN

    People against the Tennessee Walking Horse and it’s high stepping have come up with every reason under the sun to trash the way it goes but none have shown proof of wide spread abuse. They point to those the industry has caught and the USDA along with the h$u$ jumped on the wagon to go after. The h$u$ says pull the shoes and x-ray the horses but the USDA wouldn’t do the pulling of the shoes so the industry brought in outside veterinarians to do it and found nothing but still self righteous self centered people like the goat boy and people from h$u$ still point a finger at us and make more false posts. Facts are facts and the Tennessee Walking Horse Industry takes better care of their horses than any other breed and that is no crime it’s just a fact some people can’t accept.
    • Linda Goodwin

      Well if it isn’t my old “friend” Jerry Harris from What A Horse.com! Remember me, one of the many folks that you had locked out of your website because we didn’t hold the same zeal that you do regarding the abused TWH? Jerry, pal, you replied regarding the TWH show at the NC State Fair (30 miles down the road from my home), and I can tell you without a doubt that this show is one of the most shameful Walking Horse shows in all the region! Yes, I have first-hand knowlege of this show so don’t even think about calling me one of the many names you’ve called me and many of the other anti-lickers over the years! I’ve been attending this show for many years, and each year the same abusers (quite of few of whom, I might add, are sitting on the board of the show) are right there with their poor old sored/padded/chained horses! One  See More
    • Charlotte Miller

      If you’re referring to the VAC, that laughingstock lost it’s credit the day that it was discovered that Dr. Goble had refused to have any part of that dog and pony show from the git-go. Not only that, but the ‘testing’ that the VAC did had nothing to do with detecting soring. X-rays? Maybe. Blood tests? How does that do anything to detect surface soring on the hooves and legs? It doesn’t. PLUS, they only ‘tested’ horses after they’d come out of the ring, and had already passed USDA inspection going in AND coming out. Sorry, but that whole thing was nothing more than a PR stunt.

      As those of us who are against the widespread abuse in Big Lick land have said over and over, NOBODY IS AGAINST THE BREED. WE LOVE THE BREED AND WE HATE WHAT THE BIG LICK CROWD DOES TO THE FEW HORSES THAT ARE BIG LICK HORSES. Get that through your heads, please.

    • Jeannie McGuire ·  Top Commenter · Works at All American Walking Horse Alliance

      Mr. Harris, I see that you comment frequently. Your remarks are always the same. Regurgitating this H$U$ conspiracy theory and questioning the credibility of anyone and everyone that opposes the “Big Lick” horse.
      What is your credibility and experience in horsemanship?
      You have produced videos and speak to the issue yet this rhetoric is defensive, argumentative and illogical. Many of the people who comment on these articles eat steak, hunt deer and even cut down trees and still think the “soring” of the walking horse is unacceptable, no, actually ludicrous!
      Many of these people have ridden, shown and trained performance horses. Many potential walking horse owners have witnessed first-hand the cross tie- cruelties during visits to barns only to discover this is commonplace. There are also many people who have had some experie See More
    • Billygoboy

      Hi Mr. Harris, welcome to North Carolina. If you want proof of wide spread abuse, here it is:
      http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/2014/09/pdf/VMO%20Total%20Report%20Celebration.pdf
      Sir, were youooking in the mirror when the words “self righteous and self centered” came to mind?
    • Linda Pierson Bassel ·  Top Commenter · Owner at Bassel Medical Transcription

      Well well well, here jumps up Mr. Harris with his tired old paranoid conspiracy theories and disjointed garbled nonsense. The “independent” inspections at the Celebration you tout were a joke, through and through. The USDA inspection numbers show more than 50% of the horses inspected had signs of soring. Then let’s talk about the hundreds who turned tail, loaded trailers and skeedaddled when it became evident the USDA was there to enforce the law. Now, why do you suppose so many were not willing to take their horses through inspection? Mr. Harris, you do the sound horse supporters a great service every time you post. It is clear that you have no credibility and simply regurgitate the same old tired big lick talking points. BIG LICK = BIG LIE
    • Cynthia Lansing ·  Top Commenter · Butler University

      Mr. Harris says, “…none have shown proof of widespread abuse.” The over 13,000 Horse Protection Act violations listed on the free public database www.hpadata.usappear quite widespread, as in epidemic. Mr. Harris said, “…the industry brought in outside veterinarians to do it [pull stacks from the horses' feet] and found nothing.” Could that be because the “outside veterinarians” pulled a grand total of TEN horses’ shoes and only after the USDA had already inspected and passed those very horses?
    • Michelle Zinitz ·  Top Commenter · School Of Life

      Go sit down. The only prevaricating is coming from the Big Lick.
    • Erika Widener · Augusta State University

      Mr. Harris your info is not correct research and try again with the truth.
    • Erika Widener · Augusta State University

      Linda Goodwin Well said!
  • Randy Janssen ·  Top Commenter · St. Mary’s University

    People cheat in every sporting event including high school football. Some of this cheating can cause injuries and even death to the people and animals involved in the sport. That does not mean the sport should be abolished. The solution is for the sport to take care of its own problems. That is what the TWH is doing.
    The PAST Act, is not only not necessary, it will result in greater dangers to people. The USDA is pulling inspectors from poultry production because of budgetary problems. Making them responsible for inspecting horses will just put more pressure on the USDA to reduce inspections on other more important aspects of that organization’s agenda. The animal rights fanatics that support things like the PAST Act, are obsessed with one small aspect of society. They need to take a broader view of the problems we face. Both state and federal governments has only so much money to spend, they need to spend it wisely.
    • Billygoboy

      Mr. Janssen, if you are referring to the sore Big Lick as a Sport, it is no more a Sport than Cock Fighting. In fact, you might find it interesting to know that famous Cock Fighter, B.L. Cozad, Jr., actually spoke to Big Lick folks in the Hall of Fame Club at the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. Mr. Cozad said, “…Every Animal Cruelty Law, Every Cock Fighting Law, Every Horse Soring Law, Every Single Law Against Animal Cruelty And Animal Welfare In American Are Unconstitutional”… B. L. Cozad, Jr. As to it being a Sport, here is what The Tennessean sport columnist David Climer had to say, “For years, many of those involved in the Tennessee walking horse industry have yearned for its competitions to be taken seriously as a legitimate sport.
      Blood sport, yes.
      Legitimate sport, no.”
      http://archive.tennessean.com/article/20120521/COLUMNIST0202/305210012/David-Climer-Tennessee-walking-horse-treatment-abuse-not-sport
      Mr. Janssen, the PAST ACT would eliminate the cruelty and abuse that people like B.L. Cozad, Jr. described as “Sport”. If you want to continue this discussion, there a number of people who can give you the actual numbers of what it will cost to protect “The Horses”.
    • Jeannie McGuire ·  Top Commenter · Works at All American Walking Horse Alliance

      According to the Congressional Budget office report May 9, 2014
      Under current law, inspectors from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are sent to some large horse shows, but the private managers of each event where such horses compete usually hire their own inspectors to detect soring and other violations of the HPA.
      S. 1406 would require USDA to license, train, assign, and oversee private inspectors qualified to independently detect and diagnose a horse that has been subjected to soring and to inspect horses at horse shows, exhibitions, sales, or auctions, for purposes of enforcing HPA regulations. Those independent inspectors would not be USDA employees and would continue to be paid by the private managers of each event.
      ENACTING S. 1406 WOULD NOT AFFECT DIRECT SPENDING. The bill could increase revenues from penalties; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. However, CBO estimates that any additional revenues from those penalties would probably be negligible. S. 1406 contains no intergovernmental mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA).
      The bill would impose a private-sector mandate, as defined in UMRA, on some owners of horses by expanding the prohibition on soring horses. The cost of the mandate would be the net income forgone because of that expansion. Based on information from USDA reports and industry sources, CBO estimates that the cost of the mandate would fall below the annual threshold established in UMRA.
    • Jeff Snavely ·  Top Commenter

      Randy, your so-called sport is the reason the problem exists in the first place. If money is your concern, it could easily be resolved with individual fines large enough to pay inspectors for a year or more.

      Worried about your food quality? Well, that’s another issue entirely. The food corporations spend enough money buying politicians to make sure that this is never going to happen anyway. Certainly not when people like yourself keep casting votes for the “pro business” candidate.

    • Linda Pierson Bassel ·  Top Commenter · Owner at Bassel Medical Transcription

      Randy Jensen, the big lick division of TWH showing (tiny tiny tiny – less than 1% of walking horses shown) is responsible for 94% of horse protection act violations. To say that they are “taking care of the problem” is laughable. They are not, and they do not intend to ever eradicate soring, just hide it and cover it up. It must end. Getting rid of this small division will immediately result in less abuse of the walking horses and is the only solution. More than 40 years after the Horse Protection Act became law, soring is rampant. More than 50% of horses shown at the most recent Celebration showed signs of soring. It is time to pass the PAST Act and finally start to protect these gracious beautiful gentle horses.
    • Lesly Evans Johnson

      Bringing a halt to the big lick does not abolish the Walker and did you just say the fox is the best one to clean the henhouse?
    • Cynthia Lansing ·  Top Commenter · Butler University

      Mr. Janssen, if this equine equivalent of dog fighting had taken care of its “problem,” the torture of innocent animals, there wouldn’t be a problem. Instead, soring has continued unabated in various forms since the mid 1950s. There is nothing “sporting” about showing horses in pain and fear, victims of blood lust, insatiable greed and the unbound ferocity of hideous cruelty.
  • Randy Janssen ·  Top Commenter · St. Mary’s University

    To all those who think that the USDA can pay for this added work inspecting TWH without having to reduce other more important functions, please list all of the governmental functions that pay for themselves without using tax dollars.
    • Lesly Evans Johnson

      The CDC Foundation. Multiple veterans 501s that take up where the VA leaves off. Same for private organizations helping the education system. There are many, many examples. Some might say congress is rampant with private fund support…
    • Randy Janssen ·  Top Commenter · St. Mary’s University

      I said what government not private function. 501 corporations are private.
    • Lesly Evans Johnson

      You asked for examples of governmental functions that pay for themselves without using tax dollars. That only leaves support/assistance by the private sector, including 501s. I was giving you a few examples of governmental functions that are supported in a big way by non-tax dollars. You implied that all governmental functions are only driven by tax dollars. That isn’t so. Many functions are also supported by private funds, not just tax dollars.
    • Cynthia Lansing ·  Top Commenter · Butler University

      Mr. Janssen, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has already reviewed this legislation and released its finding: the bill will have no effect on direct spending. http://www.cbo.gov/publication/45339
    • Marcella Covault ·  Top Commenter · Lawton, Oklahoma

      Cynthia Lansing I don’t know how anyone can believe that any government bureaucracy is unbiased and truthful. Underestimates of cost and impact have been shown and ignored many times over the past decade, in particular. Our national debt increases, and bureaucracies have to justify themselves by “finding” legislation pressured by do-gooders for passage (or threats of lawsuits) will have no effect on direct spending—what hooey. When has a government agency EVER lived within its budget and not overshot estimated expenses? Try NEVER in these times when the behemoth federal government keeps expanding its control over citizens for whom it is supposed to work. We keep burdening our grandchildren with more debt and allowing the Big Brother government to wrap its tentacles around every aspect of our lives.
    • Billygoboy

      Marcella Covault Ms Covault, how citizenry a treats their animals speaks volumes as to their values. If the PAST ACT results in the elimination of the present cruelty to Tennessee Walking Horses represented by the sore Big Lick, the money will be well spent. And the grandchildren will grow up in a world where animals who don’t have a choice will no longer be harmed. It’s an investment worth making.
  • Todd Money · ·  Top Commenter · Owner at Photographer

    I was once a County Leader for The Humane Society of North Carolina. I found their Views and Ideas to be radical leftist, similar to that of PETA. This very topic hit home with me, in my 47 yrs I have worked at and with many Stables that trained walking horses. Not One time have I ever seen anything cruel or abusive to any Horse at any time. This very Topic prompted my resignation I find so many people commenting on Issues that they have no clue about. They read an Article,or their best friend told them and they jump on a misguided ban wagon.
    • Billygoboy

      Mr. Money, who are some of the Trainers and stables at which you worked during the last 47 years? Did the horses wear stacked chains? Did you see Horses “Fixed”? Do you consider “Fixing” or soring cruel or abusive? The All American Walking Horse Alliance is a grassroots movement of Americans who want the sore Big Lick to end. When you have Senator Marco Rubio and Senator Diane Feinstein both on the PAST ACT, that “radical leftist” talk goes out the window. Cruelty to animals in the name of family entertainment is no longer acceptable in 2014 America.
  • Susan Slater ·  Top Commenter

    It is an evil , cruel,cartoon of horses used, abused for ego and for money, as “animal entertainment ” to the ignorant.
  • Djofraleigh Anderson ·  Top Commenter

    Rodeos are next.
    • Billygoboy

      Do they invite Cock Fighters like B. L. Cozard, Jr. to come speak at Rodeos. They did at the 76th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. For real.
    • Michelle Zinitz ·  Top Commenter · School Of Life

      Well, sunshine, some of the activities at rodeo should be banned.

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

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

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

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

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

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

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

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

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

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WEST GRAND STANDS – 2014 WORLD GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP

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

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CELEBRATION ON THE ROPES

Much much more to come.

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

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

AMERICA WILL BE WATCHING WITH RAPT INTEREST

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THE LICKERS

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THE FLATTERS.

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 THE CELEBRATION SPONSORS MINUS “REGIONS BANK”

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CELEBRATION SPONSORS

Six days until the Celebration.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apparently, they listened.

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

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

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

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

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WARTRACE HORSE SHOW – AUGUST 2, 2O14

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

And the Celebration followed in 1939.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WHOA – HORSES LINED UP FOR INSPECTION

WHOA HIO DQP INSPECTING HORSES

WHOA HIO DQP INSPECTING HORSES

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

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

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

There was a tense air at Wartrace.

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

It hung over everything.’

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

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

WARTRACE, TENNESSEE HISTORIC BIG LICK SHOW

WARTRACE, TENNESSEE HISTORIC BIG LICK SHOW

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

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

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

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

AMATEUR RIDERS ON AGED STALLIONS – CLASS

AMATEURS ON AGED STALLIONS – VICTORY PASS

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

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

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

TRAINER WINKY GROOVER COACHING DEBBIE EICHLER

TRAINER WINKY GROOVER COACHING DEBBIE EICHLER

TWO MEMBERS OF TWHBEA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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

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

MR. JERRY HARRIS,  BIG LICK PROPAGANDIST

MR. JERRY HARRIS, BIG LICK PROPAGANDIST

LONG TIME SHOWMAN ED BREEDLOVE AND MR. JERRY HARRIS

LONG TIME SHOWMAN ED BREEDLOVE AND MR. JERRY HARRIS

 THE USDA – IN BLUE SHIRTS

THE USDA COMMAND STATION - DR. BAKER IN CHARGE

THE USDA COMMAND STATION – DR. BAKER IN CHARGE

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

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

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

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

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

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WHTA BOYZ BUILDING – SHELBYVILLE, TENNESSEE

1,913 WHOA International entries say otherwise.

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

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

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JEFFREY HOWARD, PSHA SPOKESPERSON BEFORE THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL BOARD

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

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

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

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

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

No telling what he will find it he does.

This could get real interesting.

Stay tuned.

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Disclosure shows PSHA letter critical of Whitfield

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD (R-KY) ISSUES PRESS RELEASE

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

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

Those two words can be interpreted several different ways.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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LARRY JOE WHEELON OUTSIDE COURTROOM WITH ASSOCIATE BOBBIE JO KOGER

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

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

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.

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

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

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

WHEELON FARRIER BLAKE PRIMM WITH BALL CAP.

WHEELON FARRIER BLAKE PRIMM WITH BALL CAP.

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

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

ESTHER BELL, ESQ., KNOXVILLE ATTORNEY

ESTHER BELL, ESQ., KNOXVILLE ATTORNEY

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

CIRCUIT JUDGE TAMMY HARRINGTON

CIRCUIT JUDGE TAMMY HARRINGTON

More to come.

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

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UNPROTECTED HORSES THANKS TO KEVIN SHEA AND CHESTER GIPSON, DVM

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

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

That is not acceptable.

The public does have a right to know.

And will know,  sooner rather than later.

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

KEVIN SHEA - APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

KEVIN SHEA – APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

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

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

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

Then, you stopped!

Why?

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

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

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

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

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

GIN TODDY – 3 HORSE PROTECTION ACTION VIOLATION CITATIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sirs, seriously,  what are you thinking about?

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

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

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

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

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

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

GARY EDWARDS, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER

GARY EDWARDS, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER

JIMMY MCCONNELL, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER

JIMMY MCCONNELL, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER

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

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

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

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

Tom Vilsack - U. S. Secretary of Agriculture

Tom Vilsack – U. S. Secretary of Agriculture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LARRY JOE WHEELON – SENATOR ALEXANDER’S HOMETOWN NEIGHBOR

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

RANDALL STACY GUNTER – EMPLOYEE OF LARRY JOE WHEELON

RANDALL STACY GUNTER, SUSPENDED BY KENTUCKY HIO

RANDALL STACY GUNTER, SUSPENDED BY KENTUCKY HIO

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

CHESTNUT HILL, TN – EAST TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE AUXILIARY SHOW

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BLOUNT COUNTY COURTHOUSE ON LAMAR ALEXANDER PARKWAY

BLOUNT COUNTY COURTHOUSE ON LAMAR ALEXANDER PARKWAY IN MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

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

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

Stopping horse torture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Time is short.

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

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

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

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Nephew Eugene says it’s time.

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

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

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

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

Mickey McCormick trains the sore Big Lick.

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

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

Cat Dye trains sound Tennessee Walking Horses.

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

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

CAT DYE AT THE SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE – BRENTWOOD, TENNESSEE

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

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Listen

http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wmot/audio/2014/07/PAST-ACT_DYE.mp3

Mickey McCormick is the current president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Trainers Association. His stables are located just south of Shelbyville, Tennessee. McCormick is vehemently opposed to the passage of the PAST Act, asserting that it will destroy the Walking Horse industry. Here is Mickey McCormick in his own words.

EDITOR’S NOTE: WMOT understands that the training of Tennessee Walking Horse is debated with great passion by horse lovers on both sides of the issue. We would ask that anyone commenting on this story do so respectfully. Please discuss the issues involved without making personal references.

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Clant Seay • 

As spokesperson for the All American Walking Horse Alliance which recently staged the campaign rally before the U.S. Capitol to urge passage of the PAST ACT, I believe that people need to realize when Mr. McCormick claims a 96% compliance rate, that is one which has been manufactured by the Celebration’s horse inspection program S.H.O.W. HIO which is presently being decertified by the United States Department of Agriculture for violating the Horse Protection Act. Also, Mr. McCormick and the Walking Horse Trainers (BIG LICK) leadership have consistently violated the Horse Protection Act – One of these with HPA violations is WHTA 2nd VP Mr. David Landrum who was announced this week as a Judge of the 76th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. Mr. Landrum has rented a barn for over 25 years from Mr. Steve Smith, TWHBEA President, who is also U.S.Senator Lamar Alexander’s Campaign Finance Chairman:
WALKING HORSE TRAINERS LEADERSHIP HPA CITATION VIOLATION RECORDS
At least 117 known citations for violations of the Horse Protection Act have been issued to members of the 2014 Walking Horse Trainers Association board of directors, by either the USDA or Horse Industry Organization inspectors.
W.H.T.A. Board HPA Citation Tallies
Mickey McCormick: 24 known citations
David Landrum: 6 known citations
Bill Cantrell: 10 known citations
Edgar Abernathy: 9 known citations
Jeff Green: 28 known citations
Link Webb: 39 known citations
Ross Campbell: 1 known citation

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NOTE:  Mr. Osborne is correct that Tennessee Walking Horses do have a significant economic impact in Middle Tennessee, however, Mr. Osborne needs to recognize that the flat shod sound Tennessee Walking Horse will easily fill the vacuum once the sore Big Lick is abolished by the PAST ACT.   Here are the facts about the “actual” number of sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses:

COLD HARD FACTS ON SORE BIG LICK TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE RACKET:

  • Passage of the PAST ACT would only affect 8/10th of 1% of all living Tennessee Walking Horses.
  • The other 99.20% of the Tennessee Walking Horses will be fine,  and actually, the 8/10th of 1% will be too because they will no long be institutionally sored to created the sore Big Lick.
  • According to a 2012 USDA survey there are approximately 200,000 living TWH.
  • There are only 85 dues paying members of the Walking Horse Trainers Association.
  • There were only 569 Big Lick Horses at the 2013 Celebration
  • Assume each Trainer has an average of 10 horses in training.
  • Assume 850 total Big Lick Horses.
  • Then give it the benefit of the by doubling it  1,700 Big Lick TWH.
  • 1% of 200,000 = 2,000
  • 1,700 = 8/10th of 1%

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It’s good to see these matters covered by the press.

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ONE MO’ DEMO – FROM THE LAND OF LAKE WOEBEGONE – REPRESENTATIVE TIM WALZ (D-MN) CO-SPONSORS PAST ACT – NOW 301 ELIGIBLE TO VOTE CO-SPONSORS – 9 DAYS LEFT IN JULY

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FIRST – THE OFFICIAL COUNT

HOUSE SPONSOR AND CO-SPONSORS OF PAST AC
 1 Ed Whitfield – Sponsor
300  Co-Sponsors – (includes deceased Bill Young    (FL & 2 non-voting from U.S. Territories)
1  Ron Kind
1  Al Green
1  Tim Walz
304 Total  (includes 3 not eligible to vote – 1 deceased and 2 u.s. territories)
 
301 Eligible To Vote – 69%

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Democrat Representative Tim Walz (D-MN) is now co-sponsoring the PAST ACT (Prevent All Soring Tactics Act).

He becomes the 301st United States Representative to say no more pads and chains to create the sore Big Lick.

Now 69% of the U. S. House of Representatives support #PASSTHEPASTACT.

REPRESENTATIVE TIM WALZ (D-MN)

REPRESENTATIVE TIM WALZ (D-MN)

Walz served as an enlisted man in the U. S. Army as Sergeant Major, and taught public school for 20 years.   He has the highest ratings from many educational interest groups.  Walz is open minded and forward looking on social issues.

PAST ACT supporters are 4 Republicans short of meeting the HASTERT RULE in the House,  and seem to be stalled in the Senate on bringing the matter to a vote.

There are only 9 (NINE) legislative days left in the U. S. House.

Then the House is gone from August 1 until returning to work on September 8, 2014.

LEGISLATIVE DAYS REMAINING - U.S. HOUSE - 113TH CONGRESS, 2ND SESSION

LEGISLATIVE DAYS REMAINING – U.S. HOUSE – 113TH CONGRESS, 2ND SESSION

Nephew Eugene remains concerned.

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PUTNAM COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE AMY HOLLARS SAYS “GAME ON” – SETS NOVEMBER 12, 2014 TRIAL DATE IN PAT STOUT $1 MILLION DOLLAR LAWSUIT AGAINST TWHBEA AND JOHN DOE DEFENDANTS FOR ALLEGED ACTS OF WRONGDOING

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COOKEVILLE, TN –  On Tuesday, July 15, 2014,   Putnam County Circuit Judge Amy Hollars set the Pat Stout vs TWHBEA, and John Does I-X,  for trial on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.    The Court denied Stout’s request for Temporary Injunction. In doing so, the Judge said because Mrs. Stout can receive money damages for her financial losses, she is not suffering the "irreparable harm" required by the rules to issue an injunction.

Judge Hollars stated that while the balancing of the harm strongly favored Mrs. Stout - i.e., that TWHBEA suffers nothing from reinstating Mrs. Stout's membership - but the Court also stated that the absence of irreparable harm meant the Court could not properly issue the injunction.

PUTNAM COUNTY CIRCUIT JUDGE AMY V. HOLLARS

PUTNAM COUNTY CIRCUIT JUDGE AMY V. HOLLARS

Henry D. Fincher, Esq., Cookeville, Tennessee Attorney

Henry D. Fincher, Esq., Cookeville, Tennessee Attorney

The Putnam County, Tennessee Jury will be empaneled in 119 days on November 12, 2014 to hear Pat Stout’s $1 Million suit for damages against Steve Smith’s TWHBEA for alleged wrongs that TWHBEA committed against Pat Stout.

Nephew Eugene asked Randolph from Theta who went to Vanderbilt University Law School what all of this means.    Randolph said that the Court setting an expedited trial date sent a definite message to TWHBEA that justice for Mrs. Stout will not be long in coming.

PAT STOUT,  COOKEVILLE, TN, TWHBEA MEMBER

PAT STOUT, COOKEVILLE, TN, TWHBEA MEMBER

TWHBEA’s alleged wrongdoings against Pat Stout flowed from Pat Stout conducting an Opinion Poll in September/October 2013 asking TWHBEA members to vote “YES” or “NO” on the PAST ACT.   On September 19, 2013,   Pat Stout - VP Horse Shows of TWHBEA sent a postcard mailer to 6,950 voting eligible members of TWHBEA soliciting their opinion,  "YES" or "NO" regarding passage of the PAST ACT before Congress.  An impressive 26% of the TWHBEA membership responded,  and they voted landslide 63% "YES" in favor of passage of the PAST ACT.

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When the sore Big Lick interests learned on September 23, 2013 when the postcard mailers arrived that the rank and file members of TWHBEA were being allowed to vote on the issue,  a state of hysteria ensued.

Walking Horse Report Editor Jeffrey Howard told persons:

“They’ll never count those votes”. 

Jeffrey Howard, Editor - PSHA Spokesperson & Walking Horse Report

Jeffrey Howard, Editor – PSHA Spokesperson & Walking Horse Report

A TWHBEA Executive Committee Meeting was set for September 27, 2013.  Prior to the meeting, TWHBEA President Loyd Carr Black, who had been unavailable in the days preceding,  on September 26, 2013,  signed his name to a letter that he admittedly did not write.  The letter was email blasted to all of the TWHBEA members. In the letter,  President Black smeared Pat Stout and demeaned her polling initiative.  During the week of September 27, 2013,  President Black refused to allow Pat Stout to explain the Poll on TWHBEA’s website or Facebook page.

The September 27, 2013 TWHBEA Executive Committee meeting lasted 8 hours.  It was a lynch mob scene.   Black presided over the meeting by telephone.   An attempt was made to excommunicate Pat Stout from TWHBEA.

It failed.

At this meeting,  Tom “I’M A PROUD HPA VIOLATOR” Kakassy appeared with a

TOM KAKASSY -CURRENT TWHBEA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER

TOM KAKASSY -CURRENT TWHBEA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER

Complaint against Stout and distributed it to the EC members, but Kakassy did not file it in accordance with TWHBEA rules and procedures.   Then President Loyd Carr Black, a sworn Georgia small claims court judge,  denied Stout her rights under TWHBEA’s rules and procedures, and went along with the sore Big Lick interests and sent the Pat Stout Poll matter for “investigation” to a biased conflicted Enforcement Committee meeting on which Tom Kakassy was sitting.

Ironically at the September 27, 2014 meeting, the TWHBEA Executive Committee recognized the validity of Pat Stout’s Poll when it voted to allow Pat Stout to explain the Polling Initiative to the TWHBEA membership on the TWHBEA Facebook and Website which Pat Stout did.

Black then resigned as TWHBEA President shortly before the Poll votes were counted.   Black was never seen again until he surfaced in Washington, DC at an American Horse Council meeting representing Georgia.  The American Horse Council has endorsed the PAST ACT.

LOYD CARR BLACK,  RESIGNED TWHBEA PRESIDENT

LOYD CARR BLACK, RESIGNED TWHBEA PRESIDENT

The Poll votes were counted on October 16, 2013, by CPA Cook and Co of Arab, Alabama and the PAST ACT received overwhelming approval by the TWHBA membership.

THE "YEAS" HAVE IT IN A LANDSLIDE

THE “YEAS” HAVE IT IN A LANDSLIDE

Following the Pat Stout Poll results,  a full color ad was run in The Tennessean by Citizens Against Soring.

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The Pat Stout Poll matter rolled on through the Fall.

Finally,  the TWHBEA Executive Committee met on December 5, 2012,   and exonerated Pat Stout of all allegations that she did anything wrong.

Steve Smith took office on December 7, 2013, and with a new Executive Committee in place ordered that prior to the new Enforcement Committee being seated and approved in January 2013,  that an Enforcement subcommittee be formed under Tom Kakassy and ‘report back as quickly as possible” on its recommendation what should be done on the Pat Stout matter.

The Poll Map, based on a state by state breakdown prepared by Cook and Co. CPA of the Poll Results was published on December 25, 2013.

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In early January,  Kakassy’s kangaroo court Subcommittee, on which sore Big Licker Sheryl Crawford sat,  came back with a recommendation that Pat Stout should be indefinitely suspended from her membership privileges at TWHBEA. The recommendation report questioned Mrs. Stout’s integrity, and according to the allegation’s in Stout’s lawsuit, maliciously defamed her.    Steve Smith’s Executive Committee unanimously approved Kakassy’s Subcomittee recommendation.

SHERYL CRAWFORD,  BIG LICK SUPPORTER -STANDING IN FRONT OF "THE POLL" MAP AT SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE

SHERYL CRAWFORD, BIG LICK SUPPORTER -STANDING IN FRONT OF “THE POLL” MAP AT SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE

Represented by Harvard educated and Tennessee State Legislator Henry Fincher of Cookeville, Tennessee, Pat Stout filed her $1 Million dollar suit for damages against TWHBEA in Putnam County Circuit Court on May 20, 2014.

Discovery is about to proceed in the lawsuit and it should be interesting.

There is a strong possibility that some of those John Doe defendants, including possibly Tom “I”M A PROUD HPA VIOLATOR”,   will soon have their real names inserted as co-defendants in the litigation.

Stay tuned.

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SORE BIG LICK SPOKESPERSON, MR. RISING STAR RANCH OF SHELBYVILLE, TENNESSEE, WANTS TO HAVE HIS SAY – AND THE ‘THETA SYNDICATE” REPLIES

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SHELBVILLE, TN – Rising Star Ranch is owned by Mr. Frank Eichler, self-proclaimed attorney for The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration,  PSHA,  WHTA and all sore Big Lickers everywhere.

FRANK EICHLER, SORE BIG LICK EPISTLE WRITER

FRANK EICHLER, SORE BIG LICK EPISTLE WRITER

Mr. Eichler’s Farm Manager,  Mr. David Williams, is a member of Steve Smith’s sore Big Lick TWHBEA Executive Committee.

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

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

Steve Smith’s sore Big Lick gang is laden with several members who have HPA Violation Citation histories.

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President Steve Smith – (HPA CITATION HISTORY)
Sr. VP Walt Chism
Secretary Loren Anderson
Admin/Fiscal Christy Lantis
Marketing Ashley Wadsworth
Performance Ford Gates  (HPA CITATION HISTORY)
VP Pleasure Jessica Hieback
VP O/E Int’l Denise Bader – (Husband – HPA CITATION HISTORY)
VP Breeders David Williams –  (Employer – HPA Family Citation History)
VP Youth Sherry White - (HPA FAMILY HPA CITATION HISTORY)
VP Bylaws/Enf Tom “I’M A PROUD HPA VIOLATOR” Kakassy – HPA CITATION HISTORY

Rising Star Ranch has posted the following Opinion Piece on https://www.facebook.com/BillyGoBoy.

RISING STAR RANCH - “PAST Act Co-Sponsor Facts (pay close attention) The top 10 states having the most cosponsors for the PAST ACT : California 45 New York 27 Florida 22 Texas 19 Pennsylvania 18 Illinois 16 New Jersey 11 Ohio 11 Massachusetts 10 Michigan 9 They make up 63% of the Co-Sponsors and represent the states where only 20% of the members of TWHBEA reside. The States having 1 or zero Co -Sponsors for the PAST ACT are: Alabama 1 Alaska 1 Arizona 1 Delaware 1 Idaho 1 Kentucky 1 Louisiana 1 Montana 1 South Dakota 1 Tennessee 1 Vermont 1 West Virginia 1 Mississippi 0 Nebraska 0 North Dakota 0 Oklahoma 0 Utah 0 Wyoming 0 They make up 4% of the Co-Sponsors and represent the states where 49% of the members of TWHBEA reside. Also of note the original Sponsors Rep. Whitfield and Rep. Cohen are the only House members from their respective states (KY and TN) that have their names attached to this bill.”

Theta Syndicate Reply -   Mr. Rising Star Ranch,  unless you propose seceding from the union which was attempted 153 years ago and cost about 550,000 American lives, you must remember that all citizens of the states of the United States are represented in the United States Congress.

And hurting helpless horses in the name of “Tradition” or “Blood Sport” for family entertainment so people like Celebration Chairman David L. Howard can make a fortune off the advertising sales is abhorrent. Or a community like Shelbyville, Tennessee can justify the cruelty to defenseless animals because of economic benefit is likewise reprehensible.

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

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

That is why the people of all America support passage of the PAST ACT - just like they did 50 years ago when the Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Mr. Williams, perhaps it will be helpful for you and others to please listen to the words of “WE SHALL OVERCOME”.   You, sir, are faced with a national movement that is going to see this through.  Senator Joe Tydings and all who believe in this cause are going to stay with it until the Tennessee Walking Horse is allowed to return to its natural roots, and the soring practices and stigma are no more.

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(LEFT) SENATOR JOE TYDINGS – 1969
(RIGHT) SENATOR JOY TYDINGS – 2014
NOTHING HAS CHANGED IN 44 YEARS – THE BIG LICK TIME IS UP.

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

The laws affecting all of the citizens of the America are made by Congress and signed by the President.

Presently 69% of the members of the U. S. House endorse the PAST ACT.

Presently, 57% of the members of the U. S. Senate endorse the Past ACT.

Just like the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, It does not matter where the members of TWHBEA reside concerning enacting the PAST ACT, which will address the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses which has gone on for the last 46+ years.  What does matter is the Horse Protection Act is a Federal law,  and the PAST ACT will amend it to eliminate the pads and chains, the failed corrupt self-regulation and make horse soring a federal felony.

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(LEFT) SENATOR JOE TYDINGS – 1969
(RIGHT) SENATOR JOY TYDINGS – 2014
NOTHING HAS CHANGED IN 44 YEARS – THE BIG LICK TIME IS UP.

And it is part of the Congressional Record of the PAST ACT (HR 1518),   that a Poll of the TWHBEA members was conducted in September/October 2013 of the 6,950 eligible to vote members.

The TWHBEA members voted landslide 63% “YES” in favor of passing the PAST ACT.

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In April 2014,  it appeared that TWHBEA has 5,350 ”eligible to vote” members which is a 23% loss of membership in less than 12 months.

All of this has occurred on the sore Big Lick Steve Smith/Walt Chism/David Williams watch.

It truly makes you wonder what’s next for the once proud, now disgraced,  Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association.

It leaves no question why sound natural Midnight Sun took his leave of the place.

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NATURAL GAITED TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE – WORLD GRAND CHAMPION MIDNIGHT SUN

The PAST ACT cannot be passed soon enough.

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“WALK ON WASHINGTON” LEADS TO NATIONAL SCRUTINY OF SORE BIG LICK – FIRST USA TODAY, AND NOW PBS BONNIE ERBE’ NAILS DAVID L. HOWARD/STEVE SMITH SORE BIG LICKERS IN SCATHING U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT ARTICLE*

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THETA, TN –  The “WALK ON WASHINGTON” changed things forever.

It will never be the same.

Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and his gang,  along with the Steve Smith/Walt Chism TWHBA  ”FINGER”  Regime isn’t matching up real well these days with the onslaught of national press coverage which has flowed from the historic “WALK ON WASHINGTON” rally to PASS THE PAST ACT.

America gathered in front of the U. S. Capitol and resoundingly said,

“NO MORE”  … to the “BIG LICK” Soring of Tennessee Walking Horses in Shelbyville, Tennessee.

The latest sledgehammer blow to the SORE Big Lick championed by Celebration Chairman David L. Howard, and TWHBEA duo – Steve Smith and Walk Chism – is a U. S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT article* by nationally known PBS talk show journalist,  the acclaimed Bonnie Erbe’. (Yesterday was the Anniversary of the Article first published on July 9, 2008)

PBS "TO THE CONTRARY" HOST BONNIE ERBE'

PBS “TO THE CONTRARY” HOST BONNIE ERBE’

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/erbe/2008/07/09/the-sadistic-treatment-of-tennessee-walking-horses

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“The Sadistic Treatment of Tennessee Walking Horses

The long-neglected, inhuman treatment of these noble animals must be brought to an end.

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Courtesy of Michael Vick, most Americans have now been exposed to the sordid underground world of dogfighting. Coverage of cockfighting and state or county bans against the horrendous practice in most venues have made us aware of the sadistic treatment some sorry humans inflict on those poor birds. The deaths of Eight Belles and Barbaro highlighted dangers humans impose on thoroughbred racehorses, which, one can hope, will lead to a more humanely regulated sport. But few of us are aware of the incredible cruelty visited on Tennessee Walking Horses by a small but powerful group of owners and trainers located predominantly in a few southern states.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported this week that the vast majority of exhibitors who convened at an Owingsville horse show grounds scattered like buckshot when officials arrived to inspect the animals for signs of cruelty and cite the trainers and owners for federal violations.

One of the largest walking horse shows in Kentucky virtually ground to a halt last week when U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors arrived, escorted by Kentucky State Police. “They’re here to inspect horses and the folks that were here to show decided not to show. That’s their prerogative,” said Earl Rogers Jr., manager of the Owingsville Lions Club Horse Show and the president of the Kentucky Walking Horse Association.

Rogers said that USDA inspectors arrived Thursday for the last two days of the four-day show, in which 500 to 550 horses are typically shown. After the inspectors arrived, only 40 were shown. Hundreds of entrants turned their horse vans around and left.

Why did they scatter rather than face inspection? Because the training practices used to force the horses to raise their front legs up high and assume a completely unnatural and painful posture are so barbarous that they violate federal law and carry serious penalties for perpetrators. Yet such practices are widely used by a small but powerful cadre of sick humans.

The most widely used technique, according to the Humane Society of the United States, is “soring” in which, according to an explanation provided to me by the group, “a variety of cruel methods are used to inflict pain on horses. They include painting caustic chemicals on the horses’ pasterns (ankles), such as diesel fuel, kerosene, or mustard oil and then riding the horse with chains around its ankles. Mechanical means like pressure shoeing involve either hiding a foreign object (such as a screw or bolt) under a leather pad against the horse’s front soles, or cutting a horse’s hoof wall and sole so short that it starts to bleed. In either case, each time the horse steps or puts weight on that hoof, it causes pain.” (The pain, in turn, forces the horse to lift up its front legs unnaturally high.)

Keith Dane, the Humane Society’s director of equine protection, described several other techniques to me. Some owners pile layers of pads under the horses’ hooves, held on by a metal strap that goes over the hoof and is attached with nails pounded into the hoof wall. This technique is tantamount to a young woman wearing dangerously high heels 24/7, with a metal strap across her foot to hold the contraption in place. Horses have been known to collapse in the show ring from the combination of ridiculous imbalance and intense pain.

Why, you might ask, is this allowed to go on? It is, as noted above, against federal law to show a horse thusly trained. But Congress allots only a half-million dollars each year to the Agriculture Department to enforce the law. Federal agents possess only enough resources to “bust” a small number of shows each year. The discipline is so thoroughly reviled by the rest of the horse world, it was bounced out of the United States Equestrian Federation decades ago. The practice has been publicized for decades, forcing Walking Horse devotees to operate in a shadow world of their own.

Let me restate clearly that not all Walking Horse trainers or owners engage in these cruel techniques. Keith Dane judges exhibitors on a circuit of Walking Horse shows that engage in none of these outlandish practices. But it’s time for conscientious Americans to let Congress know we want it to spend the comparatively small amount of money it would take to drive these cruel operators into oblivion.

To stand idly by is to hand victory to the cruel and inhumane.”

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Last year the Celebration had 569 Big Lick horses show up.

Nephew Eugene wonders what the “Over/Under” is on reaching that number again this year.

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FROM THE TARHEEL STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA, U.S. REPRESENTATIVE G. K. BUTTERFIELD (D-NC) BECOMES 298TH CONGRESSMAN TO CO-SPONSOR THE PAST ACT

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WASHINGTON, DC – Democrat Representative G. K. Butterfield (D-NC) is now co-sponsoring the PAST ACT (Prevent All Soring Tactics Act).

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U.S. REPRESENTATIVE G. K. BUTTERFIELD

Butterfield becomes the 298th Representative to back the proposed legislation.

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Representative Butterfield is a former NC Judge before being elected to Congress in 2004.  He is of mixed race ancestry and is a member of the Black Caucus.  He serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  He is one of eight Chief Deputy Democratic Whips.

Now 69% of the U. S. House of Representatives co-sponsors the PAST ACT.

The PAST ACT has strong bipartisan support and is endorsed by the American Horse Council and the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association).

Dr. Whitney Miller, DVM explains why AVMA backs the PAST ACT,  and wants nothing to do with the Blackburn/Alexander-McConnell Alternatives.

Nephew Eugene thinks,  as Rep. Schakowsky (D-IL) predicted,  there will be 300 members of the U. S. House co-sponsoring the PAST ACT.

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VIRGINIA TWHBEA DIRECTOR, PAM “FINGER LADY” MCKINNEY BLATANTLY MISREPRESENTS PAST ACT – FALSELY CLAIMS THAT ALL TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES WILL HAVE TO SHOW BAREFOOT

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CULPEPER, VA – The Virginia TWHBEA Director Pam “Finger Lady” McKinney made a scene trying to disrupt the “WALK ON WASHINGTON” Rally on June 18, 2014.

 ”I am a concerned horse owner,” said McKinney. “This is me representing the horses I love.”  from Star Exponent Article published July 8, 2014.

VIRGINIA TWHBEA DIRECTOR PAM MCKINLEY

VIRGINIA TWHBEA DIRECTOR PAM MCKINLEY

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TWHBEA DIRECTOR PAM MCKINNEY, Photo by Star-Exponent, Culpeper, Virginia

TWHBEA DIRECTOR SHARON RICE,  Photo by Star-Exponent, Culpeper, Virginia

TWHBEA DIRECTOR SHARON RICE, Photo by Star-Exponent, Culpeper, Virginia

Ms. Pam McKinney was invited by www.billygoboy.com  to explain her reasons in this forum for being opposed to the PAST ACT, and attempting to disrupt the “WALK ON WASHINGTON” rally by using profanity and obscene gestures.

On June 22, 2014,   the following invitation was extended to Ms. McKinney:

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“Hi Ms McKinney,

I have learned from multiple sources that you were at the center of a controversy at the “Walk On Washington” Rally before the U. S. Capitol last Wednesday on June 18, 2014.  The purpose of the Rally was to urge Congress to pass the “PAST ACT” and it appears you are on record opposing it.    The independent sources say that in your interaction with the WOW rally volunteers that you used profanity and dropped the “F bomb” repeatedly, and that Capitol Police were called to request that you leave the “permitted premises” at which the WOW event was being held.  It also appears that you are a TWHBEA Director from Virginia. Below is the story written based on the accounts of witnesses.

In the interest of fairness, I would be glad to receive from you a narrative statement saying anything you might wish about the incident or what led you,  according to eye-witness sources,  to use profanity and display an obscene gesture. You are also welcome to explain why you are opposed to the PAST ACT, and what you were trying to do at the permitted Rally site.

Thank you.”

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Ms. McKinney never responded, however, she did give an interview with the Culpeper Star Exponent Reporter Alllison Brophy Champion, and the following story was published today:

SORING DEBATE AMBLES

http://www.dailyprogress.com/starexponent/news/local_news/soring-debate-ambles/article_5fa74cc8-067f-11e4-a022-0017a43b2370.html

Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 12:15 am | Updated: 5:17 am, Tue Jul 8, 2014.

By Allison Brophy Championabrophy@starexponent.com (540) 825-0771 ext. 101

BRANDY STATION – A pair of local equestrian enthusiasts and Tennessee Walking Horse owners are the other side of a hot button debate in passionately opposing a federal bill they claim would harm the industry.

Brandy Station resident Pam McKinney and Bealeton resident Sharon Rice are adamantly against the so-called PAST (Prevent All Soring Tactic) Act because they say it would impose unnecessary fines and regulations on activities they say are already highly regulated.

Another local horse enthusiast, Jeannie McGuire of Orange County, recently attended an event in Washington, D.C. in support of the PAST Act and when McKinney saw coverage in the Star-Exponent of the rally she strongly wanted to share her side of the issue.

“I am a concerned horse owner,” said McKinney. “This is me representing the horses I love.”

She and fellow equestrian Rice both strongly object to soring horses, an abusive practice already prohibited by the Horse Protection Act of 1970. In soring, chemicals and other devices are used on a walking horses’s legs and hooves to create an artificially high step.

The PAST Act would eliminate any and all competitive action devices, even those that do not cause pain, McKinney said, including horse shoes. It would also increase funding for federal inspections at horse shows, and eliminate self regulation.

If the PAST Act passes, McKinney said, horses participating in competitions would have to walk barefoot.

She and Rice are supporting alternate legislation, House Resolution 4098, being sponsored by U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee. Both legislative measures remain in committee.

Blackburn spokesman Mike Reynard recently told The Tennessean , “We want to save a Tennessee industry that has a 97 percent compliance rate and protect these animals from the bad actors who make up the 3 percent on noncompliance,” according to a July 3 article.

Reynard said supporters of the PAST Act are focused on eliminating the walking horse industry altogether.

McKinney agreed, saying certain organizations are specifically targeting the breed.

“You can see how much we love our horses and how much we care about them,” she said.

McKinney has been riding Tennessee Walking Horses since she her 20s when her father got one.

“This is the horse I want to ride,” she said, remembering when she first got on one.

The breed is particularly gentle and easy-going, McKinney said. During a recent visit to her horse farm, her affection for her horses shone through – McKinney liberally gave and received kisses from her animals, and she’s even trained one of them to smile.

Rice, active in the walking horse industry for more than 30 years, said soring is no longer rampant and that the industry has been largely compliant, and subject to regular inspections at all competitions.

“Pads and chains don’t hurt the horse – it’s the people,” she said.

Rice felt proponents of the PAST Act are blowing the issue out of proportion. The owner of eight Tennessee Walking Horses said she would continue to oppose over-regulation of the breed.

“There is space for everybody in here,” Rice said, noting different owners show their horses differently, “as long as there is no abuse.”

McKinney attended the recent rally in D.C. in support of the PAST Act she is against. Her fierce opposition was visibly and verbally made known.

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Kentucky, is a key sponsor of the PAST Act, also supported by U.S. Senator Mark Warner, D-Virginia. In announcing the bill in 2012, Whitfield said those in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry have for too long turned a blind eye to abusive trainers.

“This amendment does not cost the federal government any additional money and is essential in helping to put an end to the practice of soring Tennessee Walking Horses by abusive trainers,” he said in a statement.

According to the Performance Show Horse Association, based in Tennessee, the industry is 96 percent compliant when it comes to preventing soring. The organization said the Tennessee Walking Horse is the most inspected breed in the U.S., and that new regulations proposed as part of the PAST Act would seriously jeopardize the industry.

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Strangely enough,   Ms McKinney’s behaviour resembles that of Ex PSHA Chairman Terry Dotson about “kissing horses” –    ”During a recent visit to her horse farm, her affection for her horses shone through – McKinney liberally gave and received kisses from her animals, and she’s even trained one of them to smile.”

In a June 2, 2013,  The Tennessean article,  PSHA Chairman Terry Dotson the reporter wrote:   “But it’s clear the Performance Show Horse Association chairman loves his prized animals. He drives his farm in a covered Polaris four-wheeler, hopping out to collect kisses from horses.   On the mouth.”   Then Dotson went on to say he “would leave the Tennessee Walking Horse business if the PAST ACT passed”.

TERRY DOTON, RESIGNED PSHA CHAIR

TERRY DOTON, RESIGNED PSHA CHAIR

In today’s Star Exponent article,  Ms McKinney said:

“If the PAST Act passes, McKinney said, horses participating in competitions would have to walk barefoot.”

TWHBEA Director Pam McKinney  apparently attempted to mislead Reporter Allison Brophy Champion, and she should know better.  Here is September 23, 2013 letter from Representatives Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Steve Cohen (D-TN) addressing this issue:

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Congressman Whitfield clearly says for the record:   “There are many Tennessee Walking Horses currently being shown in several divisions with shoes that would be allowed under the PAST ACT.”

Yet,  the not so kissy face Ms. McKinney does not want the truth to be known:

VIRGINIA TWHBEA DIRECTOR PAM MCKINLEY

VIRGINIA TWHBEA DIRECTOR PAM MCKINLEY

The PAST ACT eliminates these and what results from them:

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THE STACK WHICH CAME OFF OF “DUTCH”

And this:

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Here  Dr. Whitney Miller, DVM,  AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) Congressional Spokesperson speaks directly to the issue of why the Pads and Chains (also known as Stacks, often weighing 10-15 lbs per foot)  must be banned, and why the AVMA favors passage of the PAST ACT.

Also, Mr. James J. Hickey,  American Horse Council President,  speaks in favor of the PAST ACT.

Something tells me the American Walking Horse Alliance may have a comment on the misrepresentations made by Virginia TWHBEA Director, Pam “Finger Lady” McKinney.

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REGIONS BANK PULLS CELEBRATION CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP – REPUDIATES SORE BIG LICK – STEVE SMITH/WALT CHISM TWHBEA FACES JUSTICE IN PUTNAM COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT AT 1:00 P.M. TODAY

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THETA, TN – In yet another jaw-dropping development,   Regions Bank has pulled its corporate sponsorship of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

Regions is one of the top bank holding companies in the United States.  It operates in 16 states, has $118 billion in assets and is the largest corporation in the State of Alabama.

Regions has apparently decided it no longer wants to nor can it afford to be associated with the “Animal Cruelty” represented by the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse championed by the Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and TWHBEA President Steve Smith.

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

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

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

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

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

Henry D. Fincher, Esq., Cookeville, Tennessee Attorney

Henry D. Fincher, Esq., Cookeville, Tennessee Attorney

At the May 2014 semi-annual TWHBEA meeting, the question was asked of President Steve Smith by several TWHBEA directors:

Does TWHBEA have liability insurance which will pay for defending TWHBEA against Pat Stout’s claim for damages due to Steve Smith’s Executive Committee’s alleged acts of malice perpetrated against Pat Stout?

The sore Big Lick irrationally blames Pat Stout for polling the TWHBEA members to obtain their opinion regarding passage of the PAST ACT. No one has ever had the courage to file a written Complaint against Stout alleging any wrongdoing.

An overwhelming 63% of the TWHBEA members voted “YES” to passing the PAST ACT.  Things have been the same since 6,950 post card ballots arrived in the mail boxes of TWHBEA members, and there was not a thing that Steve Smith or David L. Howard could do about it.

 

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

TWHBEA MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS WALT CHISM

TWHBEA MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS WALT CHISM

Neither President Steve Smith or Sr. VP Walt Chism has provided a clear on the record answer to the question.

It is interesting to note that the attorney defending TWHBEA  is Jacob Mathis, Esq. who is employed by attorney Kevin Kennedy of Clarksville, Tennessee.   Neither Mathis nor Kennedy are known for insurance defense work,  which is a specialized area of law.  Insurance companies normally hire practitioners who do this kind of work on a regular basis.

Respected sources believe that:

  • TWHBEA’s insurance does not cover the alleged acts of malice that Steve Smith and his crowd may have carried out against Pat Stout.    And the insurance company may have informed Smith and company that it would defend the lawsuit,  but TWHBEA would have to pay them.
  • TWHBEA is using Kennedy’s Law Firm to hold down costs, and plans on settling tomorrow on terms favorable to them.

Please stay tuned for the latest on developments in Cookeville, Tennessee

And then there is the sound of a train a comin’.

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“WALK ON WASHINGTON” RALLY READY TO ROLL AT 1:00 P.M., WEDNESDAY BEFORE THE U. S. CAPITOL – HORSES TO DEMONSTRATE TO REMOVE THE PADS AND CHAINS AND END THE PAIN OF SORING – AND PASS THE PAST ACT

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WASHINGTON, DC –  A nationwide grassroots rally –“WALK ON WASHINGTON” – will be held on the West side of the U. S. Capitol in front of the U. S. Capitol Reflecting Pool on 3rd Street NW on Union Square at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18, 2014.   Americans from all parts of the United States will gather and urge Congress to pass the PAST ACT (Prevent All Soring Tactics Act) to end soring of Tennessee Walking Horses.

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Soring is the illegal and cruel practice of using chemical and mechanical methods to create pain in a horse’s front feet to exaggerate the step in Tennessee Walking Show Horses. It is widely practiced in the red states on the Map below.

The keynote speaker at the Rally will be former U.S. Senator Joseph Tydings (D-MD), author of the original Horse Protection Act passed in 1970.  He said,  “the PAST ACT has over 67% of the U. S. House of Representatives supporting it. There are 56 U. S. Senators supporting it. The people of the United States are crying out for Congress to pass this law to stop the pain of the horses”

Tydings said,  “The only answer to end the soring is to remove the pads and chains which has continued now for over 60 years.  What is being done to the horses is ‘brutal’ and ‘has no place in a civilized society.”

Senator Tydings has called upon the citizens of the United States to make themselves heard for passing the PAST ACT.

Other confirmed feature speakers include PAST ACT  Sponsors Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY),   Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) and co-sponsor Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL).

FORMER U. S. SENATOR JOSEPH TYDINGS (D-MD) - FATHER OF HORSE PROTECTION ACT

FORMER U. S. SENATOR JOSEPH TYDINGS (D-MD) – FATHER OF HORSE PROTECTION ACT

U. S. Senator Joe Tydings (D-MD) - LIFE MAGAZINE OCTOBER 1969

U. S. Senator Joe Tydings (D-MD) – LIFE MAGAZINE OCTOBER 1969

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FORMER U.S. SENATOR JOSEPH TYDINGS (D-MD), AUTHOR OF HORSE PROTECTION ACT

The campaign rally will feature a parade of six Sound natural Tennessee Walking Horses  ridden without pads and chains.   Organizers of the All American Walking Horse Alliance were informed late Tuesday that the Humane Society of the United States decided not to bring a rescued and badly scarred Tennessee Walking Horse named “Dutch” to the “Walk On Washington” rally in front of the U. S. Capitol. All questions regarding Dutch should be directed to the  HSUS at 301-258-1491 or to stwining@humanesociety.org.

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The PAST ACT (HR 1518) presently has 292 co-sponsors in the U. S. House of  Representatives,  67% of the 435 members.  The PAST ACT (S. 1406) has 56 U. S. Senators endorsing it.

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Now an extraordinarily impressive over 65% of the entire United States Congress (House and Senate) endorses the PAST ACT.

S. 1406 was unanimously reported out of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on April 9, 2014.

The event’s organizer is the All American Walking Horse Alliance – a group of concerned citizens against soring of Tennessee Walking Horses who support the PAST ACT.

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www.walkinghorsealliance.com

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TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES FROM HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER REPRESENTATIVE ERIC CANTOR’S VIRGINIA DISTRICT DEMONSTRATE BEFORE U.S. CAPITOL TO BE FREE OF PAIN – STAR EXPONENT OF CULPEPER, VIRGINIA FEATURE STORY

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Culpeper Virginia horses to Walk on Washington to end ‘soring’

U.S. HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER REPRESENTATIVE ERIC CANTOR (R-VA)

U.S. HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER REPRESENTATIVE ERIC CANTOR (R-VA)

JEANNIE MCGUIRE OF UNIONVILLE, VIRGINIA

JEANNIE MCGUIRE OF UNIONVILLE, VIRGINIA

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Culpeper horses to Walk on Washington to end ‘soring’

Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 12:15 am | Updated: 1:19 pm, Tue Jun 17, 2014.

Four Culpeper County horses will “Walk on Washington” Wednesday as part of an awareness event aimed at ending an inhumane practice known as “soring.”

  Orange County activist and 20-year horse trainer Jeannie McGuire is helping to organize the grassroots rally taking place at 1 p.m. in front of the U.S. Capitol Reflecting Pool in Union Square through the All American Walking Horse Alliance. Soring is an illegal and cruel practice that uses chemical and mechanical methods to create pain in a horse’s front feet to exaggerate the step in Tennessee Walking Horses, she said.

  For the past seven months, McGuire has visited Rep. Eric Cantor’s Washington, D.C. office as a lobbyist on a mission to pass the PAST (Prevent All Soring Tactics) Act.

  “There is an industry within this breed where the hierarchy of the breeders association continue to practice soring where they blister the horses’ leg or add implements to their shoeing to get this super high stepping action that wins ribbons in shows,” she said. “It has been mostly contained to Tennessee and Kentucky, but it’s also in Virginia.”

  U.S. Senator Mark Warner, D-Virginia, is an original sponsor of the PAST Act, which he introduced last year with U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire.

  “Whether riding, racing, hunting or training,  horses have been part of Virginia’s culture for 400 years,” Warner said in a release at the time. “However, owners and breeders from across the commonwealth agree that the deliberate act of inflicting pain on horses has no place in modern equestrian competition.”

  Wednesday’s rally opposing soring will feature a parade of six Tennessee Walking Horses ridden without pads and chains including Cori, stabled at Walking H Farms in Culpeper; Flame, stabled at Liberty Hall Farm in Brandy Station; and Howie and Rio, also of Liberty Hall Farm.

  According to McGuire, the Horse Protection Act passed 44 years ago imposes penalties for those who employ soring, but it’s not being properly enforced.

  The PAST Act, sponsored by Rep. Eric Whitield, R-Kentucky, would prohibit all soring tactics, banning the use of chains and pads for achieving the show gait. Whitfield is expected to speak at the rally along with former U.S. Senator Joseph Tydings, D-Maryland, author of the Horse Protection Act passed in 1970.

  “What is being done to these horses in 2014 is brutal and has no place in civilized society,” 86-year-old Tydings said in a statement. “The only answer to end the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses is to remove the pads and chains.”

  Other expected speakers will include PAST Act co-sponsor Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee and Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois.

  McGuire said though she never got a response from Cantor on the issue of soring, she hoped he would also attend the rally. She said she has been working her heart out to raise awareness.

  “Being a Virginian and loving history as much as I do, I am aware this breed of horse was instrumental in the building of this country just as much as the other main American breeds,” McGuire said. “This breed of horse is so kind and docile and gentle – that’s one of the reasons this practice of soring can take place. Many of the other horse breeds would not tolerate it. I’ve seen what Tennessee Walking Horses can do for children, wounded warriors, handicapped riders, and I feel that they deserve it, for us to speak up for them.”

  According to the All American Walking Horse Association, the PAST Act has broad bipartisan support in Congress. Opposing Whitfield’s legislation are Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, and Rep. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. Both reportedly support other legislation addressing soring.

  Mississippi attorney Clant Seay raised Tennessee Walking Horses for about 25 years, and will be present at Wednesday’s march in D.C. as event coordinator for the Walk on Washington.

  “I represented Pat Stout who polled the members of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed registry which voted 63 percent in favor of the PAST Act,” said Seay. “The reason I became involved was to attempt to save the breed from the stigma of soring which forecloses any hope for future growth and public acceptance of what is potentially America’s horse. It’s time to pass the PAST Act.”

  The cause has celebrity support, too.

  Priscilla Presley, wife of the late Elvis Presley, wants to end soring.

  “Over the years, Elvis and I owned several Tennessee Walking Horses, and I know them to be gentle, graceful creatures. Today, 44 years after the passage of the Federal Horse Protection Act that was intended to end the terrible practice of soring, these horses continue to suffer at the hands abusive trainers. I’m calling on Congress to pass the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act to finally end this torture,” she said, according to humanesociety.org.

  The PAST Act, if approved, would increase penalties and fines for soring, prohibit the use of action devices – such as chains that rub a sore leg – and allow veterinarians to serve as show inspectors versus the current practice of industry self-policing.

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Radar says he can recognize a band wagon when he sees one.

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FROM CALIFORNIA TO THE CRESCENT CITY OF NEW ORLEANS – #291 REPRESENTATIVE CEDRIC RICHMOND (D-LA) COMES ON BOARD TO STOP SORING

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WASHINGTON, DC –  Representative Cedric Richmond (D-LA) is co-sponsoring the PAST ACT (Prevent All Soring Tactics Act).

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REPRESENTATIVE CEDRIC RICHMOND, (D-LA)

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Elected to Congress in 2011,  the 40 year old Cedric Richmond previously served 11 years in the Louisiana House of Representatives.

An overwhelming 2/3rds  - 67% – of the U. S. House of Representatives now sponsors the PAST ACT.

 Richmond becomes the 291st Representatives of 435 Congressmen to co-sponsor the measure which equals 67% of the United States House of Representatives.The PAST ACT has strong bipartisan support.  It is endorsed by the American Horse Council and the American Veterinary Medical Association.Momentum is building for a vote on the House Floor.The PAST ACT will remove the pads and chains, eliminate the corrupt HIOs and make horse soring a federal felony.
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Nephew Eugene says those TWHBEA members were right on the money when they voted 63% landslide for passage of the PAST ACT.     Right now the U. S. House is 67% because of hard work by people such as Jane Lutz who have persisted and persisted until it finally happens.
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* For certain purposes, the total number of Congressman could be argued as #292 due to Congressman Bill Young (R-FL) having co-sponsored the PAST ACT prior to his death, and now his successor Congressman David Jolly (R-FL) has also co-sponsored the PAST ACT.

FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT MARTY IRBY’S PHOTO “MYSTERIOUSLY DISAPPEARS” FROM “WALL OF PRESIDENTS” AT TWHBEA HEADQUARTERS IN LEWISBURG, TENNESSEE

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LEWISBURG, TN – First TWHBEA let Midnight Sun be hauled off,  and now apparently the “Sore Big Lick Grinch” has removed Marty Irby‘s picture from the famed WALL OF PRESIDENTS at TWHBEA’s headquarters in Lewisburg, Tennessee.

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Nephew Eugene says Aunt Minerva strongly suspects Steve Smith and Walt Chism are behind the attempt to revise the history of TWHBEA.

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PICTURES OF TWHBEA PRESIDENTS IN HEADQUARTERS AT LEWISBURG, TN

FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT MARTY IRBY,  2010 - 2012

FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT MARTY IRBY, 2010 – 2012

Executive Director Tracy Boyd,  whose picture IS still on the Wall, is presently studying the situation.  Boyd has no comment at this time (unless he wants to get fired and also have HIS picture removed)

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Tracy Boyd – TWHBEA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Informed sources say that Smith and Chism go into anaphylactic shock every time another  Representative or Senator co-sponsors the PAST ACT,  especially if it’s a Republican.

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PICTURES OF TWHBEA PRESIDENTS IN HEADQUARTERS AT LEWISBURG, TN

Nephew Eugene believes that the same alleged “MALICE” of which Pat Stout’s Attorney Henry D. Fincher, Esq. has accused the Steve Smith and his cohorts of committing may have something to do with Marty Irby’s picture being removed.

Note:  A roll call vote was held this past Saturday in which a number of Directors may have boarded the “Malice Train” when they refused to reinstate Pat Stout’s membership privileges.    Some think the action of a Director with an HPA citation history, Russ Keyser (DE),   abstaining on the vote might have been an intelligent thing to do. CORRECTION: It was previously reported that Dr. Linda Montgomery (AL) abstained on this vote, but that was incorrect.  Dr. Montgomery voted to reinstate the membership privileges of Pat Stout and the two other suspended members.   Regarding a Motion to overturn the action of the Executive Committee to not accept money from the Humane Society of the United States for purchase of an Ad in the Voice Magazine or sponsorship of the upcoming World Versatility Show,  Dr. Montgomery voted NO with those against the Motion.

German Director Denise Bader Keyser cast a key vote at the October 2013 EC meeting against the Directors electronic voting on the Officers of the Association. She  expressed concern that allowing ‘electronic voting might adversely affect attendance at the TWHBEA Christmas banquet’.  It should be noted that Director Bader Keyser did not attend the TWHBEA mid-year meeting in Lewisburg last Saturday.  There was no banquet nor were there any donuts served.

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Webster’s Dictionary defines Malice:

malice |ˈmaləs| noun the intention or desire to do evil; ill will: I bear no malice toward anybody.• Law wrongful intention, esp. as increasing the guilt of certain offenses.

Malice (law), a legal term describing the intent to harm

Some synonyms for Malice are:   spite, malevolence, ill will, vindictiveness, vengefulness, revenge, malignity, evil intentions,animus, enmity, rancor; informal bitchiness, cattiness; literary maleficence

Steve Smith and Walt Chism must truly believe that no one is watching or paying attention to what appears to be the latest “malicious shenanigans” down at TWHBEA.

Nephew Eugene’s friend Marvin from Cornersville knows someone who fished Irby’s picture out of the Dumpster behind the TWHBEA building.  His buddy will hold on to it until the PAST ACT passes, and then he plans to return it to the WALL OF PRESIDENTS, but only after Steve Smith’s sore Big Lick crowd has left the building.

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PAT STOUT’S ATTORNEY SERVES DISCOVERY REQUESTS INCLUDING PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS ON STEVE SMITH’S TWHBEA’S REGISTERED AGENT – STOUT’S ATTORNEY HENRY D. FINCHER, ESQ. HAS DEEP FAMILY TIE TO FOUNDATION OF TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE BREED

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COOKEVILLE, TN – Pat Stout’s attorney,  Henry D. Fincher, Esq.,  has served Discovery Requests on registered agent for service of process Kevin Kennedy of Clarksville, Tennessee,  attorney for U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Campaign Finance Chairman Steve Smith’s TWHBEA.

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Henry D. Fincher, Esq., Cookeville, Tennessee Attorney

So far,  no word if TWHBEA has insurance coverage which will cover the cost of defending  TWHBEA from the lawsuit filed by Henry D. Fincher, Esq., on behalf of Pat Stout for actions taken by TWHBEA President Steve Smith immediately upon taking office. According to Tom “I’M A PROUD HPA VIOLATOR” Kakassy,  President Smith requested Kakassy and his cohorts to provide a Report as “quickly as possible” after Stout was exonerated of any wrong doing by the previous Executive Committee.

It appears that Smith’s sore Big Lick Executive Committee voted to punish Pat Stout for simply asking TWHBEA members to give their opinions on passage of the PAST ACT. And  Smith’s gang was highly displeased that TWHBEA members overwhelmingly voted 63%  “YES” for passage of the PAST ACT.

TWHBEA has 30 days from May 20, 2014 to provide answers to the questions asked by Pat Stout’s attorney and produce the requested documents.

A Hearing has been noticed for Thursday,  June 26, 2014,   before Circuit Judge Amy V. Lollars on Stout’s Motion For Temporary Injunction.

An interesting side note is Henry D. Fincher’s family has deep roots where the Tennessee Walking Horse breed is concerned.     Mr. Fincher’s  Grandmother,  Margaret Howard “Maggie” Morgan (1900 – 1996) raised the 1949 Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Champion,  Midnight Merry.   Midnight Merry was a mare and her trainer was Steve Hill.   Midnight Merry was foaled on the property where Mr. Fincher’s home is presently located.

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Pursuant to Rules 33 and 34 of the Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure, the Plaintiffs, by and through counsel, hereby propound Interrogatories and Requests for Production of Documents to Defendant Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Association, Inc (hereinafter referred to collectively and individually as “Defendant”).

Written answers or objections for each interrogatory or request for production are to be served upon Plaintiff’s counsel within thirty (30) days after service hereof, or forty-five (45) days after service of the summons and complaint, whichever is later.

All requests for production are to be produced at the office of Henry D. Fincher, Esq., 305 East Spring Street, Cookeville, Tennessee, at 9:00 a.m., on the date which is thirty (30) days after service hereof, unless said date falls on a weekend or holiday, then production shall take place at 9:00 a.m. of the first business day subsequent to said date. The time or place of production may be altered by prior written agreement of counsel.

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS AND DEFINITIONS

A. These Interrogatories and Requests for Production of Documents are continuing in character so as to require you to file timely supplementation of prior responses in accordance with Rules 33 and 34 of the Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure.

B. Unless otherwise indicated, these Interrogatories and Requests for Production of Documents refer to the time, place and circumstances of the occurrences mentioned or complained of in the Complaint in this proceeding.

C. Every Interrogatory or Request for Production of Documents seeking knowledge or information in the possession of Plaintiff are intended to include knowledge or information of Plaintiff’s officers, directors, partners, employees, agents, representatives, and, unless privileged, its attorneys.

D. For each Interrogatory or Request for Production of Documents, or part thereof which is objected to on the ground of undue burden or expense, the objection should state:

(1) The number of files and/or documents needed to be searched;

(2) The location of each file;

(3) The number of hours required to conduct the search; and

(4) The estimated cost of the search in dollars.

E. If an Interrogatory or Request for Production of Documents requests identification of a document which is no longer in your possession, custody or control, the answer should state when the document was most recently in your possession, custody or control, the disposition made of the document, and the identity of the person presently in possession, custody or control of the document. If the document has been destroyed, state the reason for its destruction, the identity of the person who destroyed the document and the identity of the person who directed that the document be destroyed.

F. The terms “person” and “persons” include natural persons, firms, associations, partnerships, corporations and other legal entities.

G. The term “documents” means any original and any copy (whether or not different from the original because of notes made on or attached to such copy or otherwise) all notes, memoranda, cablegrams, telegrams, radiograms, minutes, estimates, bills, invoices, orders, agreements, contracts, books, accounts, records, financial statements, diagrams, drawings, sketches, maps, plans, specifications, blueprints, publications, brochures, promotional literature, catalogs and publicity releases and all other documentary material, whether written, typed, printed, visual or audio recording, photograph, microfilm, data processing record, or magnetic tape or disc, of any nature whatsoever, whether or not in your possession, custody or control.

H. A request to “identify” or for “identification” or “identity” requires the following information to be set forth in the response:

(1) with respect to a natural person, his name and present or last-known home and business address (including street name and number, city or town, state, zip code and telephone number, his present or last-known job title and position, and the dates or his tenure and each job title or position;

(2) with respect to a person other than a natural person, its full name and type of organization, the address of its principal place of business (including street name and number, city or town, state and zip code and telephone number), and the jurisdiction and place of its incorporation or organization; and

(3) with respect to a document, (a) a general description of the type of document (e.g., letter, record, list, memorandum, report); (b) the date and, if applicable, title of the document; (c) identification of the address(s) or recipient(s) of the document; (d) identification of the person(s) who has possession, custody or control over the original document; (e) identification of each person who has possession, custody or control over each copy of the document; and (f) a description of the general nature of the subject matter of the document. Any identification of a document should be made with reasonable particularity.

I. The term “describe” with respect to any oral agreement, statement or communication means to provide a brief description of the oral agreement, statement or communication, including, to the degree possible: Its general nature and content; the date it was made; identification of all persons present at the time it was made; the place(s) where it was made; and identification of the persons making the oral agreement, statement or communication.

J. A communication or document “relating,” “related,” or “which relates” to any given subject means any communication or document that constitutes, contains, embodies, evidences, reflects, identifies, states, refers to, deals with, bears upon, or is in any way pertinent to that subject, including without limitation, documents concerning the preparation of other documents.

K. Wherever used herein, the singular shall be deemed to include the plural, and the plural shall be deemed to include the singular; the masculine shall be deemed to include the feminine, and the feminine shall be deemed to include the masculine; the disjunctive (“or”) shall be deemed to include the conjunctive (“and”), the conjunctive (“and”) shall be deemed to include the disjunctive (“or”); and each of the functional words “each,” “every,” “any,” and “all” shall be deemed to include each of the other functional words.

L. For each claim of privilege for any requested information or documents, provide a privilege log as required by Tenn. R. Civ. P. 26.02(5) that contains at least the following information: the nature and general description of the contents of the information sought such that the requestor may make an informed decision on whether to challenge the claim of privilege; the identity of all persons who had a hand in creating or compiling the information or document; the date the documents were created, revised, updated or destroyed; and state the basis on which the privilege is claimed.

M. For the purposes of these interrogatories, “Defendant,” “you”, and/or “your” includes Defendant and any attorney, accountant, director, officer, employee, agent, and representative of the foregoing.

INTERROGATORIES

1. State the Defendant’s full corporate name, address, EIN and Tax identification number, date of organization, and corporate status; and identify all persons who assisted you in preparing answers to these interrogatories.

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2. State the name, address and telephone number of each person having any knowledge of relevant facts relating to the investigation of the poll and related matters identified in the Plaintiff’s Complaint, and for each person identified, please describe the substance of the knowledge and role of each party.

ANSWER:

3. Does the Defendant expect to call any expert witness, including, but not limited to, an accountant, appraisers, or other expert of any sort, to testify on the Defendant’s behalf at trial in any capacity? If yes, state the name, address and telephone number of each such expert witness.

ANSWER:

4. As to each expert witness identified in the Interrogatory above, state:

(a) The subject matter on which the expert is expected to testify.

(b) The substance of the facts and opinions to which the expert is expected to testify.

(c) A complete summary of all the grounds for each such opinion.

(d) All times the expert has testified in any court action or arbitration.  List the state, the court, case number date of testimony, and the subject matter of the expert’s testimony in that action.

(e) Identify each and every document which your expert has reviewed or relied upon in answering this Interrogatory, reviewing this case, and/or preparing for his deposition or anticipated testimony at trial.

ANSWER:

5. Identify any videotapes, maps, charts, audio tapes, photographs and/or diagrams, or any documentation of any other kind, relevant to any issue in this action of which any of the Defendants are aware.

ANSWER:

6. Identify, and list in chronological order any and all court action(s), criminal charge(s) or citation(s), or any other legal proceeding(s) in which the Defendant has been involved from January 1, 2000, until the present.  Include the style of the case, the name and location of the court, the date the action was filed, the case number, the date the action was resolved, and a brief summary of the nature of the action and the resolution of the case, including any judgment or sentence imposed, including probation or restraining order.

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7. Identify the full name, current address for service of process and current telephone number of each and every witness who has knowledge of any of the facts alleged in the Complaint, Answer, Affirmative Defenses, Counter-claim, or any other pleading or document filed in this case, and provide their name, current mailing address and current telephone number and a brief description of their knowledge and/or anticipated testimony.

ANSWER:

8. Identify the date, location, number of pages or size, author, recipients (if any), person or entity in possession and brief summary of the contents of each and every document of relevance to any issue raised in any pleading, affidavit or any other matter of relevance to any issue in this case.

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9. State the facts upon which you rely for each affirmative defense in your answer.

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10. Identify and provide the full text (by incorporation of a produced document if the same is more convenient) of the TWHBEA Bylaws in effect on the following dates:  September 27, 2013; November 12, 2013; December 4, 2013; January 9, 2014; January 17, 2014; and January 21, 2014, and identify the corporate minutes where said bylaws were allegedly adopted.

ANSWER:

11. Identify and provide the full text of the TWHBEA Code of Conduct standards (by incorporation of a produced document if the same is more convenient) in effect on the following dates:  September 27, 2013; November 12, 2013; December 4, 2013; January 9, 2014; January 17, 2014; and January 21, 2014, and identify the corporate minutes showing where they were (a) adopted and (b) made a condition of membership. 

ANSWER:

12. Identify the minutes or recordings of any TWHBEA proceeding whatsoever, including but not limited to any meeting, assemblage or other gathering of TWHBEA members, directors and or officers of any nature, where the issue of the poll, Mrs. Stout and/or what discipline, if any, should be imposed on her, was mentioned, discussed and/or acted upon by any of those in attendance.

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13. Identify the full name, current address and current telephone number of all veterinarians that have been paid by TWHBEA pursuant to its role as a horse industry organization (HIO) and/or who have provided inspection services for TWHBEA related to the inspection of horses prior to any show or other exhibition, from January 1, 2000, to the present.

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14. Identify all documents related to TWHBEAs actions as an HIO since January 1, 2000, to the present.

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15. Identify the corporate minutes, bylaw provision or other official TWHBEA document or record that (a) created the Bylaws committee that purported to take action against Mrs. Stout and (b) you contend gave the Bylaws committee authority to undertake investigation and disciplinary action in this matter.

ANSWER:

16. Pursuant to Tenn.R.Civ.P. 30.06 please designate the corporate representative of TWHBEA who has authority to bind the corporation with his or her testimony regarding the following matters:

(a) The investigation of the poll and matters related thereto;

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(b) The preparation, adoption and publication of the Executive Committee report dated December 4, 2013;

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(c) The purported delegation of authority to the Bylaws Committee to perform investigation and issue recommendations regarding discipline of TWHBEA members;

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(d) The meeting, deliberation and investigation performed by the Bylaws Committee;

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(e) The preparation and publication of the January 9, 2014, findings regarding Pat Stout;

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(f) The decision to attempt to impose discipline on Pat Stout as detailed in TWHBEA’s January 21, 2014 letter, and the reasons therefor;

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(g) The refusal to restore Mrs. Stout’s membership and retract the false allegations made about her by TWHBEA after being asked to do so in Mr. Fincher’s March 3, 2014, letter;

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17. Identify all documents related to the issues listed in 16(a)-(g) not previously identified by Defendant.

ANSWER:

18. State all reasons TWHBEA refused to restore Mrs. Stout’s membership and retract the false allegations made about her by TWHBEA after being asked to do so in Mr. Fincher’s March 3, 2014, letter.

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19. State all reasons TWHBEA did not give Mrs. Stout a written complaint alleging wrongful actions before it suspended her membership.

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20. State all reasons TWHBEA did not provide Mrs. Stout the opportunity for a hearing before it suspended her membership.

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21. State all reasons TWHBEA did not provide Mrs. Stout the opportunity to meet with a person within TWHBEA with the power to reverse or modify the decision to suspend her membership.

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22. Have any documents that would be responsive to the requests for identification contained in these interrogatories been destroyed, altered, shredded, deleted, or otherwise disposed of in any way? If so, please identify all such documents, including the date, author, recipient and general subject matter of said documents, along with the date of disposal or destruction, and the claimed reason for said disposal or destruction.

ANSWER:

PLAINTIFF’S FIRST REQUEST FOR PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS

Pursuant to Rule 34 of the Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure, Plaintiff hereby requests that the Defendant produce for inspection and copying the documents specified below. Production of these documents shall take place in the manner specified elsewhere in this document. These requests are subject to the same conditions as Plaintiff’s First Set of Interrogatories.

1. Produce each and every document identified in Defendant’s response to Plaintiff’s First Set of Interrogatories.

2. Produce the current edition of the Defendant’s corporate governance documents, including but not limited to, its Charter, Bylaws, and sub-bylaws or other resolutions that govern the conduct of corporation business and affairs.

3. Produce a copy of any statement you may have taken from the Plaintiff.

4. Produce a copy of any statement you may have taken from any witness regarding the matters discus