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

RICK WIES AND MARY HART

RICK WIES AND MARY HART

TWHBEA PRESIDENT STEVE SMITH

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

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.

NATURAL GAITED TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE - WORLD GRAND CHAMPION MIDNIGHT SUN

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.

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

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

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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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PUBLISHED BY WWW.BILLYGOBOY.COM ON SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

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

MARYLAND TWHBEA DIRECTOR AND HSUS OFFICIAL KEITH DANE

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

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.

AAWHA DECLARES VICTORY IN NORTH CAROLINA – NOW OVER 15,000 SIGNATURES ON N.C. PETITION – ‘BIG LICK’ HORSES ON THE WAY OUT – PAST ACT HAS MOMENTUM FOR VICTORY GOING INTO THE HOME STRETCH

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RALEIGH, NC –  The All American Walking Horse Alliance congratulates and commends Sound Horse Advocate Michelle Disney’s courageous Change.org Petition To Cancel The (Big Lick) Performance Tennessee Walking Horses at the N.C. State Fair.

The number of Petition signatures is now over 15,000.

The AAWHA’s plea for the North Carolina Protest and Boycott supporting Ms. Disney’s Petition has resulted in a resounding success for All Americans who want to see the end of the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse.

THE RALEIGH -  NEWS & OBSERVER - NEWSPAPER

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The AAWHA call for the North Carolina protest and boycott resulted in an outstanding victory for all Americans who want to see the elimination of sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse.

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The stage is now set for the passage of the PAST ACT when Congress returns to work after the November 4, 2014 election.

The attention of America and around the world is now focused on ending the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse once and for all so North Carolina protests will no longer be necessary.

And children will not have to ask their parents why people are hurting the horses.

In 14 days on November 4, 2014,    Americans go to the Polls will decide if the Democrats will retain the majority in the U. S. Senate.

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Following the election,  the 113th Congress will become lame duck.

North Carolina,  a Southern State, has shown that its citizens reject the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Show Horse. The number of persons associated with the N.C. State Fair Horse Show who have Horse Protection Act Violation Citations is embarrassing to the State of North Carolina.  The Agriculture Commissioner has promised a review before the 2015 N.C. State Fair.

The majority of the N.C. U.S. Representatives now co-sponsor the PAST ACT,  along with       U. S. Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC).

U.S. SENATOR KAY HAGAN (D-NC)

U.S. SENATOR KAY HAGAN (D-NC)

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) was considering co-sponsoring before the outcry over the soring at the N. C. State Fair.  It will be interesting to see what he decides after the outpouring against the sore Big Lick at the N. C. State Fair.

U. S. SENATOR RICHARD BURR (R-NC)

U. S. SENATOR RICHARD BURR (R-NC)

Nephew Eugene says that after the overwhelming protest in North Carolina that the momentum is there to carry the PAST ACT to victory.

Radar says Amen.

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AAWHA URGED BOYCOTT OF N.C. STATE FAIR COVERED BY WRAL TV – CHANNEL 5 IN RALEIGH; SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE MICHELLE DISNEY PETITION NOW APPROACHES 10,000 SIGNATURES

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RALEIGH, NC – Sound Horse Advocate Michelle Disney took the fight to the sore Big Lick at the N.C. State fair by handing out literature to fair patrons and urging them to boycott the Big Lick (Performance) Classes.  The All American Walking Horse Alliance supported Disney’s Petition and called for a boycott of the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse classes at the N.C. State Fair.

Ms Disney’s Petition – “CANCEL TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE PERFORMANCE CLASSES AT THE N.C. STATE FAIR” – has now reached almost 10,000 signatures.  The present count is 9,873 supporters.

RALEIGH SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE MICHELLE DISNEY

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

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

WRAL TV – CHANNEL FIVE REPORTER CANDACE SWEAT

WRAL TV - CHANNEL 5 REPORTER AT N.C. STATE FAIRGROUNDS

WRAL TV – CHANNEL 5 REPORTER AT N.C. STATE FAIRGROUNDS

SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE MICHELLE DISNEY URGES SHOW BOYCOTT

SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE MICHELLE DISNEY URGES FAIR PATRON TO BOYCOTT BIG LICK CLASSES AT N.C; STATE FAIR

SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE MICHELLE DISNEY URGES FAIR PATRON TO BOYCOTT BIG LICK CLASSES AT N.C; STATE FAIR

On the ground sources report that the USDA showed up at the N.C. State Fair and utilized objective science based technology including Iris Scans and Thermography to inspect the horses. According to the source,  many Big Lick horse trainers did not attempt to show,  and a number of them left the Fairgrounds.

WRAL TV – CHANNEL 5 COVERAGE

http://www.wral.com/groups-protest-soaring-at-nc-state-fair/14093707/

 FAIR SPOKESPERSON DOESN’T KNOW ABOUT THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT

N.C.STATE FAIR SPOKESPERSON BRIAN LONG

N.C.STATE FAIR SPOKESPERSON BRIAN LONG

WRAL.COM AT THE STATE FAIR
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Groups protest soring at NC State Fair

Posted 10:35 p.m. yesterday
Updated 11:20 p.m. yesterday

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Protestors want to eliminate soring from NC State Fair

 — One of the most popular events at the NC State Fair came under scrutiny Saturday after one group expressed concerns for the welfare of the animals in the Tennessee Walking Horse Show.

Michelle Disney is part of a group that believes a form of painful abuse called soring is happening among the Tennessee walking horses.

“We are trying to cancel a cruel horse show that is going on and we are asking people to send an email and make a phone call to the fair manager,” she said.

Soring, a form of abuse that damages a horse’s hoof and causes the animal to walk in a more exaggerated way, is a serious allegation, but one Disney believes to be true.

“They will put heavy stacks on the horse’s foot and these sacks often hide sharp metal objects,” she said.

The Horse Protection Act was passed in the 1970′s to prevent soaring and other forms of abuse.

Brian Long, spokesperson for the state fair, said he is unaware of the law and that procedures are in place for the animal’s protection.

“The horses are inspected before the show and if evidence of soaring is found, then those horses are not allowed to compete,” he said.

Long said two horses were already disqualified this year and officials do not hesitate to disqualify horses if necessary.

“We are confident that we will catch any issues that may show up here at the show,” Long said.

According to Long, USDA inspectors attend the show unannounced as an unbiased third party.

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When a State Fair doesn’t know what the Horse Protection Act is,  and it hires an inspection program presently being decertified by the USDA for violating the Horse Protection Act, and the show Judge has an HPA violation citation,   it’s high time for the State of North Carolina to stop shilling for the animal cruelty represented by the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses.  

The N.C. Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler should follow the lead of Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Oregon and not allow them to come back in 2015.

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UNOFFICIAL REPORTS – TWHBEA BY-LAW PROPOSAL PASSES – “KEITH DANESTERS NO SHOW” – BREED REGISTRY IN DOWNWARD SPIRAL – “LEWISBURG ACCORDS” AT HAND

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LEWISBURG, TN –  It is being reported that Steve Smith’s sore Big Lick By-Laws Amendment proposal has passed by a large margin.  Meanwhile in Raleigh, North Carolina the Agriculture Commissioner is under siege for allowing sore Big Lick horses at the N.C.State Fair.  Bowing to public pressure,  the Commissioner has publicly stated that the policy of allowing “Big Lick” horses at the N.C. State Fair will be reviewed before the 2015 fair.

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

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

It is now mid-afternoon Friday,  October 17, 2014, and TWHBEA has still not posted the By-Law and Director election results.    The deadline for ballots being received by Gwinnett CPA firm in Shelbyville, Tennessee was 5:00 p.m.,  Wednesday, October 15, 2014. The lack of transparency by Steve Smith has become a hallmark.   It is believed Smith will hold a TWHBEA Executive Committee meeting on Saturday,  and there will be a Big Lick spin job regarding the By-Laws outcome.

Sadly,  the Keith Dane led Flatters apparently didn’t care enough about the By-Laws election to even have representatives present when the ballots were counted.

MARYLAND TWHBEA DIRECTOR AND HSUS OFFICIAL KEITH DANE

MARYLAND TWHBEA DIRECTOR AND HSUS OFFICIAL KEITH DANE

Mr. Dane led a haphazard fumbling approach to opposing the Licker initiative.  A “Flatter Flyer” (sans graphic or slogan)  was received by TWHBEA members after the effective window had closed when the majority of the Ballots had already been received at the Gwinnett CPA firm in Shelbyville.  It was a case of ineptly attempting to lock the barn door long after the horse was gone.   And now it appears that Keith Dane and about 15 more Sound Directors will no longer have a voice at TWHBEA,  and the interests of the members from their states will no longer be represented.

Passage of the By-Laws Amendment prepared by Chairman Tom “I”M A PROUD HPA VIOLATOR” Kakassy) will essentially destroy the 79 year old Tennessee Walking Horse breed registry.   The recently obtained financial/membership/registration/ transfer numbers are grim.

Ironically,  Steve Smith ran on the following campaign pledge:

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NOW THIS HAS OCCURRED: TWHBEA_Map_6FINAL(c) copy

A year ago, the TWHBEA membership clearly expressed its will in the Pat Stout Poll by voting landslide 63% “YES” to 37% “NO” to pass the PAST ACT which would end the sore Big Lick obstructing the future of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed.  The vote was validated by a 26% turnout and Cook and Company CPA tabulated the ballots.

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Rather than listen to the TWHBEA membership,  the Steve Smith/Walt Chism sore crowd took office on December 7, 2013, and set about trying to restore a sore Big Lick product which society has irrevocably rejected.    Since that time, TWHBEA has been sued by its members,  dismally failed by all measurable statistics,   and has attempted to further mire a noble breed in the pig slop that Smith and Chism have created.

STEVE SMITH EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE – 7 HPA CITATION HISTORY

President Steve Smith – (HPA CITATION HISTORY)
Sr. VP Walt Chism
Secretary Loren Anderson
Admin/Fiscal Christy Lantis
Marketing Ashley Wadsworth
Performance Ford Gates  (HPA CITATION HISTORY)
VP Pleasure Jessica Hieback
VP O/E Int’l Denise Bader – (Husband – HPA CITATION HISTORY)
VP Trng/EquineWelfare Linda Montgomery – (HPA CITATION HISTORY)
VP Breeders David Williams –  (Employer Has 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

HERE ARE THE LAST FINANCIAL NUMBERS PROVIDED BY STEVE SMITH

MEMBERSHIPS

MEMBERS RENEWING                         RENEWAL INCOME
JANUARY 2012          929                                $49,950.00
JANUARY 2013          722                                 40,415.00
JANUARY 2014          621                                 36,390.00
                             33% LOSS                        $13,560.00 DECREASE

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FIRST TIME FOAL REGISTRATIONS

 INCOME                      REGISTRATIONS
JANUARY 2012        $17,245.00                         340    (90-FREE)*
JANUARY 2013          10,100.00                         192    (64 FREE)*
JANUARY 2014            9,538.00                          201   (55 FREE)*
                                   45% LOSS                        

*SMITH/CHISM ELIMINATE PERK OF ONE FREE FOAL REGISTRATIONFIRST TIME FOAL REGISTRATIONS
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TRANSFERS

 INCOME                           TRANSFERS
JANUARY 2012        $17,190.00                         548   (132-FREE)*
JANUARY 2013          12,690.00                         413    (107 FREE)*
JANUARY 2014           11,322.00                        411    (111 FREE)*
                                   34% LOSS

*SMITH/CHISM ELIMINATE PERK OF ONE FREE FOAL REGISTRATION

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BREEDING REPORT

 MARES BRED     FOALS REGISTERED
2008       9,869                          -
2011       8,341                          -
2012       7,600                      3,915
2013       5,920                      4,154

COMPARISON 2008 VS 2013      60% LOSS

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Nephew Eugene says the time of the “Lewisburg Accords” is nigh.

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RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA NEWSPAPER REPORTS PROTESTS OF HORSE SORING ABUSE AT N.C. STATE FAIR – OVER 5,800 PERSONS HAVE SIGNED PETITION TO CANCEL BIG LICK (PERFORMANCE) CLASSES AT N.C. STATE FAIR

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RALEIGH, NC  –  The sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse came under further fire late Thursday, when The News & Observer newspaper in Raleigh reported that the                  All American Walking Horse Alliance called for a boycott and cancellation of the 20 Big Lick (Performance) classes at the N.C. State Fair this Friday and Saturday nights.

North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler received a Petition with over 5,700 signatures calling for cancellation of the Big Lick (Performance Classes).  The signatures were gathered in three weeks by Sound Horse Advocate Michelle Disney of Raleigh who started the Change.org Petition.  The Chief Deputy Agriculture Commissioner N. David Smith told AAWHA that before 2015,  ”the issue would be reviewed” which is a change in policy from one of “neutrality” in the past.   Presently, the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses are banned at venues throughout the United States including state fairs in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Florida.   The ban also includes the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky,  and the Germantown Charity Horse Show in Memphis Tennessee.

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-TN) 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.

"WOW" FOUNDER JEANNIE MCGUIRE AND HORSE PROTECTION ACT FATHER FORMER SENATOR JOSEPH TYDINGS (D-MD) SPEAK TO USA TODAY AND THE CHICAGO HERALD TRIBUNE

“WOW” FOUNDER JEANNIE MCGUIRE AND HORSE PROTECTION ACT FATHER FORMER SENATOR JOSEPH TYDINGS (D-MD) SPEAK TO USA TODAY AND THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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

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

AAWHA 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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Groups protest Tennessee Walking Horse shows at NC State Fair

kbettis@newsobserver.comOctober 16, 2014 Updated 8 minutes ago

 — State Fair officials have assured people that they’ll be safe at this year’s fair, but some animal advocates believe that some show horses are still in harm’s way.

For 30 years, people have crowded the stands at the fair to see the proud yet dainty march of the Tennessee Walking Horse, a breed of gaited show horse known for its high, quick steps.

In the ring, the horses are split into two main categories, “flatshod” and “performance.” The latter group uses heavy “stacked” shoes in the ring that exaggerate their front steps.

Advocates claim that these horses suffer during the events, nicknamed “The Big Lick,” in part due to an illegal practice called “soring.”

They say some trainers use chemicals such as diesel fuel and mustard oil to cause blisters on a horse’s ankles and that chains attached to the shoes rub against the sores to scare the horse into more dramatic prancing. To produce an even higher gait, they say, trainers might stick nails or tacks between the horses’ hooves to increase the pain.

National and local horse advocates, including the All-American Walking Horse Alliance and the Humane Society of the United States, are calling for cancellation of the performances, and in some cases, even a boycott of the State Fair during show days.

Michelle Disney of Raleigh started a Change.org petition addressed to state Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler and fair manager Wesley Wyatt that has received more than 5,700 signatures.

“A good alternative would be to replace the performance class with a show where humanely trained Tennessee Walking Horses display their natural gait,” Disney said.

Competing horses are checked for soring by hired inspectors, and those found with any marks are disqualified.

The State Fair hired the Heart of America Walking Horse Association to do the inspections, but according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the association is currently being decertified as a qualified inspector.

Sheri Bridges, who is managing the Walking Horse show this year, said she was unaware of the decertification process. She said she checked with the USDA website and with the association to ensure compliance.

The performance class makes up about a third of the Walking Horse events, which will take place Friday and Saturday evenings in the Hunt Horse Complex starting at 6 p.m.

The State Fair says that the 66 horses entered this year will be thoroughly inspected before the competition. Often, the USDA makes unannounced inspections of its own during the fair. Class winners are inspected again.

Wyatt, the fair manager, responded to Disney’s petition with an email that affirmed the fair’s compliance with USDA guidelines.

Sue Gray, executive director for the N.C. Horse Council, says the council “abhors soring” but supports the fair’s decision to keep the event, since it is following guidelines and monitoring the show well.

Six other states have banned “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses at their fairs. State Agriculture Chief Deputy Commissioner N. David Smith told an advocacy group Monday that North Carolina “will review the matter of Performance Tennessee Walking Horses appearing at the 2015 State Fair.”

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THE LICKER “STEVE SMITHERS” VS THE FLATTER “KEITH DANESTERS” ON THE EVE OF THE HISTORIC TWHBEA BY-LAWS VOTE – WILL THE FLATTERS BE PRESENT FOR THE VOTE COUNT?

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LEWISBURG, TN – A year ago,  folks in the Tennessee Walking Horse World were on the edge of their seats waiting to see if the TWHBEA members would cast a decisive vote in the Pat Stout Poll in favor of approving the PAST ACT.

On October 15, 2013, a landslide 63%  of the eligible TWHBEA members voted “YES” to pass the PAST ACT,  with 37% voting “NO”.  The turnout was 26% of the TWHBEA membership.   TWHBEA VP Pat Stout gave the members an opportunity to be heard, and they responded.

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A year later,  the Tennessee Walking Horse world awaits the outcome tomorrow of a historic vote on the sore Big Licker By-Law Proposal which will eliminate 40% of the States which presently have directors.  Approval of the By-Law change will reduce TWHBEA to a regional registry with the power vested in the Sore Big Lick states of Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi and Alabama.

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HERE ARE THE OPPONENTS IN THE TWHBEA BY-LAWS FIGHT

LICKER LEADER STEVE SMITH:

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

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

FLATTER LEADER KEITH DANE:

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MARYLAND TWHBEA DIRECTOR AND HSUS OFFICIAL KEITH DANE

 Since taking over the TWHBEA in December 2013,  the Big Licker Steve Smith’s regime:

  • Went on record opposing the PAST ACT,
  • Suspended Pat Stout’s membership privileges,
  • Put together a By-Laws proposal to change the composition of TWHBEA,
  • Provided sketchy and late financial information regarding the Association.

The By-Laws measure would eliminate Directors for about 20 states, including the Maryland Directorship held by HSUS official Keith Dane.  Dane was originally elected with 2 votes.   This aroused the ire of the Lickers who then tried to kick Dane out in 2012 because he wouldn’t swear fealty to the sore Big Lick.

After being vocal early in 2014, the Dane led Flatters went strangely silent.  They stopped demanding to be informed of the business of the Association and be provided with vital records and information such as membership records and revenue/outgo figures.

Maryland Director Keith Dane and Arizona Director Dr. Pamela Reband attended the Semi-Annual May TWHBEA meeting.   At this meeting, the proposed TWHBEA By-Law changes were presented by By-Laws Chairman Tom “I”M A PROUD HPA VIOLATOR” Kakassy.  Dane and Reband questioned some of the Big Lick actions at the meeting, but following the May meeting, the rope went limp.

The Flatter apathy continued during the Summer of 2014, and then following the Celebration,  on September 15, 2014,   the Licker By-Laws Proposal was mailed to the TWHBEA members.   Strangely,  the Dane led group had nothing ready to counter the Licker proposal.

Finally, on September 30, 2014,  a “Flatter Flyer” opposing the By-Laws change was delivered to the TWHBEA members.

Seasoned observers say, most likely, that was too late to be effective.

The Pat Stout Poll results show that the 76% of the votes were cast during an 11 day period from the time the Ballots were mailed.

The “window” for the By-Law Proposal closed on September 30, 2014.

The Dane group “Flatter Flyer” didn’t make arrive at the TWHBEA members mailboxes until September 30, 2014.

Additionally, the “Flatter Flyer” had no campaign slogan or graphic around which the TWHBEA members could rally.

IF the draconian TWHBEA By-Law proposal passes, it appears that the Flatter delay in mounting an effective campaign, and preparing and delivering the  “Flatter Flyer” could well determine the outcome of the election.

The only Flatter hope appears to be that when the members were polled in 2013,  the members voted for the PAST ACT by 63% to 37%.  This was with 26% membership turnout.   Normally, the TWHBEA election turnout ranges from 22% – 32%.  Since 2013, the eligible voting members has dropped by 6,950 to approximately 5,650.

It is possible that the TWHBEA members are much more educated now regarding the issues facing the Association,  and the future of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed,  than they were prior to the Pat Stout Poll and the ensuing Campaign to PASS THE PAST ACT.

Will this be enough to overcome the late fumbling and bumbling by the Flatter group?

People will soon know.

It is paramount that the Flatters get a fair and accurate count of the ballots.

The Licker controlled Steve Smith TWHBEA hired the Gwinnett CPA firm in Shelbyville, Tennessee to count the votes.  For the past 10 years, the votes were counted by Cook & Co. CPA of Arab, Alabama.

BGB asked the Sound Directors if they planned to be present or be represented at the  By-Law vote count:

OCT. 6 –  QUESTION TO FLATTER DIRECTORS:

“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?

Additionally, please advise:

  • What arrangements have been made to ensure that the vote count is fair?
  • Who will be present when the Ballots are tabulated?
  • Will the Ballots be tabulated only after close of business on October 15, 2014, or are the Ballots tabulated as they arrive each day?”

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

“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.”

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OCT. 7 – FOLLOW-UP QUESTION TO DR REBAND AND FLATTER DIRECTORS

Are you aware that in the past the method by which interested Directors have been present to observe the tabulation of ballots regarding proposed By-Law changes and Directors elections is that a request was made to the TWHBEA Executive Director to allow a director to be present for observing the entire process including, but not limited to:

    • The opening of the envelopes addressed to the cpa firm containing the ballots.
    • The verification of members membership numbers on the returned envelopes on the list of members eligible to vote.
    • An inspection of the list containing the members eligible to vote.
    • Confirming that the member’s membership number on the returned envelope is eligible to vote.
    • A count verifying that the number of envelopes with membership numbers on them matches the number of ballots to be counted.
    • The actual tabulation of the ballots contained in the envelopes.\The sealing of the envelopes returned to the cpa firm along with the counted ballots and the membership list which was used to determine the eligibility of the voters, and who will retain custody of the sealed documents/records.

Based on the enmity that exists between the Sound Directors and the current Executive Committee,  which has unanimously recommended the proposed By-Law changes which would eliminate about 40% of the States currently having Directors from being represented (see attached graphic), and the gravitas regarding the proposed By-Law changes,  do you think that it is prudent for:

    1. Sound Directors not to be present to observe the above set out steps regarding the tabulation of the By-Laws ballots?
    2. Have any such requests been made of the President, Executive Committee or Executive Director for you to be present at the tabulation of the proposed TWHBEA By-Law changes ballots to represent the members of the Association who elected you to be their Director?

Based on all of the above, 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?

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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.”

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 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

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So the stage is set, and it looks like the Steve Smith hired accounting firm with NO Sound Horse Directors present will ultimately decide the future of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Association.

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Nephew Eugene says you always have somebody there watching when the votes are counted.

Stay tuned.

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AAWHA OBTAINS COMMITTMENT FROM N.C. STATE FAIR “TO REVIEW” ALLOWING BIG LICK (PERFORMANCE HORSES) TO SHOW AT 2015 N. C. STATE FAIR

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

AAWHA  – CALLS FOR NORTH CAROLINIANS TO BOYCOTT THE N.C. STATE FAIR HORSE SHOW THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS TO PROTEST THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA ALLOWING BIG LICK (PADS & CHAINS) TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES TO BE SHOWN ON THE NORTH CAROLINA STATE FAIRGROUNDS

RALEIGH, NC  –   Jeannie McGuire, organizer of the historic “Walk On Washington” event,  which brought natural sound flatshod Tennessee Walking Horses before the U. S. Capitol in June 2014 in support of passage of the PAST Act, is now calling on North Carolinians to boycott the Friday and Saturday night Tennessee Walking Horse Shows at the NC State Fair.

Virginia native McGuire said,  “The Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse is nothing more than institutionalized animal cruelty presented as family entertainment, and this is wrong.   It should never be on display in front of children, much less enabled by the State of North Carolina”.

“The AAWHA members from North Carolina and all over America have joined over 5,500 persons who have signed the Petition to:  Cancel Tennessee Walking Horse Performance Classes at the NC State Fair”,  she said.

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The Change.Org Petition,  addressed to N.C. State Fair Manager Wesley Wyatt was initiated by Sound Horse Advocate Michelle Disney of Raleigh, NC, on September 25, 2014.  The Petition,  along with the signatures of approximately 2,500 North Carolinians,  was delivered on Monday to the State Department of Agriculture.

AAWHA Spokesperson Clant M. Seay spoke to NC Agriculture Chief Deputy Commissioner N. David Smith Monday who said, “We will review the matter of (Big Lick) Performance Tennessee Walking Horses appearing at the 2015 N.C. State Fair.”  Smith has previously taken the position that the State of North Carolina would remain neutral on this subject so long as the N.C. Horse Show complied with hiring an Horse Inspection program approved by the USDA.   Mr. Smith indicated a possible change in policy, and reiterated that the question of allowing (Big Lick) Performance Horses will “be revisited before the 2015 Fair”.

AAWHA representatives McGuire and Seay said the Big Lick (Performance) classes should be cancelled for the 2014 N.C. State Fair for the following reasons:

  • The Horse Inspection program, “HAWHA” (Heart Of America Walking Horse Association),  hired by the N.C. State Fair Horse Show is presently being decertified by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture)  for not complying with the provisions of the Horse Protection Act.  The Complaint was filed in Washington, D.C. on March 5, 2014.
  • The N.C. Fair Walking Horse Show Judge, Mack Dekle of Shelbyville, Tennessee, has a Horse Protection Act Violation Citation for soring a horse in violation of the Horse Protection Act.
  • The N.C. Fair Walking Horse/Spotted Saddle Horse Show Advisory Committee has 11 members, and 9 of the 11 have received Horse Protection Act Violation Citations for violating the Horse Protect Act.  Collectively, the 9 persons have accumulated 37 Horse Protection Act Violations among them. One of the members is John Callicutt of Seagrove, NC who was the owner of “Walk Time Charlie”, the 2012 Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Champion trained by Chad Baucom.  Mr. Baucom along with family members, Eddie and Jeannette,  have all been charged with soring horses under the terms of the Horse Protection Act.  Eddie and Jeannette Baucom are presently serving multi-year suspensions from showing.
  • The State Fairs of Missouri, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Oregon no longer allow Big Lick (Performance) Tennessee Walking Horses to be shown due to the soring and animal cruelty associated with producing the animated gait of the horses. Other prominent venues barring Big Lick horses are the Kentucky Horse Park and the Germantown Charity Horse Show (Memphis, Tennessee).

AAWHA Spokesperson Clant M. Seay said, “The NC State Fair, a division of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, has no business providing a venue where Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses are exhibited.” Seay said,  “These horses are trained sore at the barn, and then they are brought to shows and manipulated to pass inspection.  Often, the trainers use pain masking numbing agents so the soring is difficult to detect”. 

Seay said,  “One sore horse is one sore horse too many”.

He cited the “USDA Horse Protection Activity Report” at the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration where over 51% of the Big Lick, a/k/a Performance Horses inspected by the USDA inspectors were found to be sore in violation of the Horse Protection Act of 1970”. http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/2014/09/pdf/VMO%20Total%20Report%20Celebration.pdf

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AAWHA Organizer Jeannie McGuire,  who has lobbied in Washington, D.C. on behalf of the PAST ACT (Prevent All Soring Tactics Act) which would remove the pads and chains,  make horse soring a felony and eliminate the corrupt Horse Inspection programs,  said North Carolina’s honest and ethical horsemen and women are taking a stand against soring, and they have succeeded in gaining support from Senator Kay Hagan, and more than half of their representatives on a national level  to pass the PAST ACT”.

U. S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) has not yet committed to co-sponsor the PAST ACT.

Along with U. S. Senator Kay Hagan (NC-D), the PAST ACT is co-sponsored by seven of eleven presently serving North Carolina U. S. Congressmen including:

▪                G. K. Butterfield – 1st District – Democrat

▪                Renee Elmers – 2nd District – Republican

▪                Walter Jones, Jr. – 3rd District – Republican

▪                David Price – 4th District – Democrat

▪                Howard Coble – 6th District – Democrat

▪                Mike McIntyre – 7th District – Democrat

▪                Mark Meadows – 11th District – Republican

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BACKGROUND:

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

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

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

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

Native Tennessean Dr. John Haffner,  Veterinarian and MTSU Horse Science Faculty member,  has said,  “The fact is the big lick can only be accomplished by soring. When one soring technique becomes detectable, another one is developed. The big lick is a learned response to pain and if horses have not been sored, they do not learn it.” Dr. Haffner is Vice President of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of Equine Practitioners.

With 305 members of the House of Representatives signed on as co-sponsors of the PAST Act along with 59 members of the Senate, McGuire says that actions like a boycott of the Big Lick (Performance) Tennessee Walking Horses would send a message to Washington, D.C., that this bill needs a vote this session.

To speak with a representative/spokesperson of the AAWHA, please call or email

Clant M. Seay:   Mobile:  662-380-3367     Email:    AAWHAMEDIAREP@gmail.com

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The following YouTubes tell the story of “Walk On Washington” and the persons and organizations which urge passage of the PAST ACT to stop the soring and abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses,  once and for all.

AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

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

AMERICAN HORSE COUNCIL PRESIDENT JAMES J. HICKEY

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

SENATOR JOE TYDINGS – FATHER OF HORSE PROTECTION ACT

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

WALK ON WASHINGTON – HORSES & REP. JAN SCHAKOWSKY

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

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

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

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HARD FACTS ON SORE BIG LICK TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES:

▪      Passage of the PAST ACT would only affect 8/10th of 1% of all living Tennessee Walking Horses.

▪      The other 99.20% of the Tennessee Walking Horses will be fine,  and actually, the 8/10th of 1% will be too because they will no long be institutionally sored to created the sore Big Lick.

▪        According to a 2012 USDA survey there are approximately 200,000 living Tennessee Walking Horses.

▪        There are only 85 dues paying members of the Walking Horse Trainers Association.

▪        There were only 569 Big Lick Horses at the 2013 Celebration

▪         Assume each Trainer has an average of 10 horses in training.

▪         Assume 850 total Big Lick Horses.

▪         Then give it the benefit of the by doubling it  1,700 Big Lick TWH.

▪         1% of 200,000 = 2,000

 1,700 = 8/10th of 1% ARE BIG LICK OUT OF 200,000 LIVING TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES

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POLL OF TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE REGISTRY MEMBERS – OCT. 15, 2013

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UT HOMECOMING VICTORY FOR THE “VOLS” AND THE SOUND NATURAL TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE – “TENNESSEE TRADITION” OF SOUND NATURAL HPA VIOLATION CITATION FREE HOMECOMING WALKING HORSE CELEBRATES ITS THIRD YEAR

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HISTORIC NEYLAND STADIUM – HOMECOMING 2014 – OCTOBER 11, 2014

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TENNESSEE’S FABLED FOOTBALL TRADITION

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THEY TAKE THE HOMECOMING GAME SERIOUSLY ON THE HILL

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THE ROCKY TOP BOYS – CIRCA 1967 (47 YEARS AGO)

THE VOLS GET READY TO TAKE ON CHATTANOOGA

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 ”ROSE” AND BROOKE DALY WITH ADMIRING FANS

"ROSE" AND BROOKE FANS WANT PICTURES BEFORE NEYLAND EXHIBITION

“ROSE” AND BROOKE FANS WANT PICTURES BEFORE NEYLAND EXHIBITION

SHOW TIME” AWAITS “ROSE” AND BROOKE OF CHAPEL HILL, TENNESSEE

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ALMOST TIME TO GO

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"ROSE" AND BROOKE DALY, AND THE TEAM SUPPORTING THEM.

“ROSE” AND BROOKE DALY, AND THE TEAM SUPPORTING THEM.

VIDEO – “ROSE” AND BROOKE COMING DOWN THE SIDELINE

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VOLS HAVE GAME IN HAND OVER CHATTANOOGA MOCS 38 – 10 BEFORE FACING THE TOP RANKED OLE MISS REBELS IN OXFORD – OCT. 18, 2014

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THE 2014 HOMECOMING CROWD HAS LEFT

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NEXT VOL HOME GAME – ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE – RETURN OF LANE KIFFIN

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Nephew Eugene says that The University of Tennessee has a sacred trust of being sure that never again shall a Tennessee Walking Horse, its Exhibitor, Owner or Trainer, who has ever received a Horse Protection Act Violation Citation,  shall be exhibited at Neyland Stadium so long as the Cumberland River flows past it.

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THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE CONTINUES PROUD “TENNESSEE TRADITION” OF NATURAL SOUND FLAT SHOD HORSE AT TENNESSEE HOMECOMING FOOTBALL GAME FOR THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR

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ON THE HILL AT ROCKY TOP, NEYLAND STADIUM, KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE:

For the third consecutive year,  the University of Tennessee featured a Sound Natural Flatshod Spotted Saddle Horse, “ROSE”,  with Brooke Daly up from Chapel Hill,  Tennessee at the annual Homecoming football game.

The University chose “ROSE” over two-time Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration World Grand Champion “I AM JOSE”  whose Trainer is Casey Wright.  Wright,  2013 Walking Horse Trainer Of The Year,  has  multiple Horse Protection Act Violation Citations regarding Tennessee Walking Horses.

TWHNC WORLD GRAND CHAMPION  - “I AM JOSE” – TRAINER CASEY WRIGHT HORSE PROTECTION ACT CITATION RECORD

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Brooke Daly trains “ROSE” who is a Tennessee 4-H Champion.   The Beford County 4-H Extension Agent who oversees the Horse in 4-H competition is Jeffrey Hester.

Neither “ROSE”  nor Brooke Daly has any HPA citations.

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RATHER THAN THIS:

"I AM JOSE" - 2014 World Grand Champion

“I AM JOSE” – 2014 World Grand Champion

NO NO NO

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OR THIS: 

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

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BROOKE DALY UP ON “ROSE” AT 2014 UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE HOMECOMING

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GETTING READY TO GO

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2012 HOMECOMING – “A DARING AFFAIR” WITH KIMBRELL HINES, UP

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

2013 HOMECOMING – “AMAZING GRACE” WITH CAROLINE EMERY UP

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2014 HOMECOMING – “ROSE” – BROOKE DALY UP – GOING & COMING

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Spedial thanks to Chris Fuller, University of Tennessee Senior Associate Athletic Director – External Operations- and his capable Staff including Jimmy Stanton, Mary- Carter Kniffen and Jim Delaney for providing access, hospitality and opportunity to showcase the future of the “sound” Tennessee Walking Horse in the 21st century,  free of pads and chains and the stigma of soring associated with the “Big Lick”.

Nephew Eugene says they know how to do things right at UT.

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MID-SOUTH HORSE REVIEW ARTICLE, “TWH CELEBRATION ‘VAC’”, EXPOSES THE DECEIT SURROUNDING THE CELEBRATION’S DISCREDITED “VAC”, VETERINARY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

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THETA, TN –  The October Mid-South Horse Review featured an in-depth article by Nancy Brannon, PhD, entitled:   “TWH CELEBRATION VAC”.   It detailed the “Humpty Dumpty” like fall of the Celebration’s ”VAC”,  Veterinary Advisory Committee.

The “VAC” was the brain child of Celebration Chairman David L. Howard (with an “Assist” from TWHBEA President Steve Smith).  It was a desperate attempt to give the Celebration’s inspection procedures some measure of respectability.  ”VAC”‘s credibility was destroyed when Celebration and “VAC” officials made deceitful representations regarding the “VAC”.

The background for “VAC” is the USDA filed a decertification Complaint against the Celebration’s S. H. O. W. HIO inspection program in January 2014 on grounds it was not properly enforcing the Horse Protection Act.   Informed observers  now believe that the decertification proceedings against the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO will be suspended until the U. S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals rules on the appeal taken in the Contender Farms, LLP and Michael McGartland vs. The United States Department of Agriculture,  No. 13-11152.  A three Judge panel heard oral arguments in the case on September 3, 2014, and  the Court could possibly issue its decision before Christmas, but it’s more likely that the ruling will come after the first of the year.

Word is now spreading outward from Tennessee throughout the equine world that the “VAC” was nothing more than an expensive, publicity stunt apparently designed for political and public relations purposes.

“HUMPTY DUMPTY” – CELEBRATION’S “VAC”

"THE 'VAC' HUMPTY DUMPTY FALLING OFF THE WALL

“THE ‘VAC’ HUMPTY DUMPTY FALLING OFF THE WALL

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

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

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

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 TWH CELEBRATION VAC

By Nancy Brannon, Ph.D.

 

Prior to the 76th annual Tennessee walking Horse National Celebration (TWHNC), August 20-30, 2014 in Shelbyville, Tennessee, the TWHNC announced in press releases August 12 & 14, 2014 that it had made “landmark changes concerning the rules for the safety and well-being” of the horses competing at the show. “The TWHNC conducts the Celebration, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars supporting shows, and at the same time enables charities to raise money through concessions and creates millions of dollars of economic impact to the local community…”according to the press release.

 

Veterinarian Advisory Committee (VAC) was assembled to advise the TWHNC. “The purpose of the VAC is consistent and responsive to comments made and legislation introduced by Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (r-Tennessee).” The Celebration would follow the recommendations of the VAC; and the VAC would be totally independent and separate from the TWHNC. requirements for the veterinarians were: (1) “be world class veterinarians with extensive experience…and commitment to enhance the welfare of all horses; (2) be non-conflicted; (3) be unbiased; (4) make recommendations to enhance the welfare of the TWH to be implemented during the 2014 Celebration in a professional and objective standard,”according to the press release.

 

Two major recommendations by the VAC were (1) blood testing for a list of prohibited drugs and substances. (2) Digital x-rays. The TWHNC stipulated that the VAC would “not in any way participate or comment on the inspection or processes utilized by the USDA or the Hio…”Jerry H. Johnson, DVM would serve as the VAC chair- man; other committee members were to be Dallas O. Goble, D.v.M, and Phillip D. Hammock, DVM John L. o’Brien, DVM, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, was appointed show veterinarian by the VAC, according to the press release.

 

TWHNC launched a website with information on this initiative:

 

www.celebrationVAC.com

 

Four VAC recommendations for the show were:

 

•Horses must be stabled on the grounds of the TWHNC for 48 hours before championships

•Horses must have a current (within 30 days) Health Certificate and negative Coggins test to gain admittance to the show grounds

•Digital x-rays and blood draws on-site conducted and supervised by licensed equine veterinarian specialists.

 

The Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture already requires a negative Coggins test and a Health Certificate: “Tennessee animal health regulations require annual [Coggins] testing of all horses that change ownership or are commingled with horses of multiple ownership. Horses, mules or other equidae transported into or through the state of Tennessee shall be accompanied by an official Health Certificate or equine interstate event Permit (equine passport).” section 0080-02- 10-.03 covers the negative Coggins test requirements for horse shows.

 

After receiving the press releases, i attempted to contact the veterinarians on the VAC, first e-mailing Dr. Hammock at Countryside veterinary services. Dr. Hammock did not reply to the email, but instead, i received a reply on August 14, 2014 from Tom Blankenship, who introduced himself as the official spokesperson for the VAC. Mr. Blankenship is not a veterinarian, but is a lawyer with Blankenship and Haas Law Firm in Indianapolis, Indiana. Follow up e-mails to Blankenship asked for a specific list of drugs and substances the blood tests would screen for and who would be collecting the blood samples.

 

On 8/27/14 the All American Walking Horse Alliance (AAWHA) released an advisory “that Dallas O. Goble, DVM is not a member of the veterinary Advisory Committee of the Tennessee walking Horse National Celebration. Dr. Goble explained that he had originally been approached by Dr. Jerry H. Johnson about possibly being on the VAC, but as he had been retired for 11 years and he didn’t have the necessary malpractice insurance, he declined the invitation.

 

“In response to AAWHA questions, Dr. Goble said: i never signed any contract with the Celebration. i never received any payment or retainer with the Celebration. The last time i set foot on the Celebration grounds was 20 – 25 years ago. The last time i worked with the Clydesdale herd was three years ago.”

 

On August 28, 2014 The Tennessean published an article by Paul C. Barton about Goble: “For weeks, officials of the Tennessee walking Horse National Celebration have pro- claimed that three independent and ‘world class’ veterinarians would be overseeing inspections to guard against horse soring at this year’s show…what they didn’t disclose is that one of the veterinarians never agreed to the deal and is at home in Knoxville this week — enjoying his retirement — rather than checking out horses as part of the Celebration’s new veterinary Advisory Council (VAC).

“Critics call the misrepresentation a sign that the VAC’s real purpose has more to do with politics than protecting horses, as the political battle over the Prevent All soring Tactics Act in Congress continues.”

 

i reached Dr. Dallas o. Goble at Strawberry Plains, TN by phone August 29, 2014, but he said he was “not interested in talking” with me and hung up.

 

i finally reached Dr. Phil Hammock by phone on August 29, 2014 at Countryside veterinary Clinic, Louisville, TN. He said the veterinarians were “asked by the Celebration to provide recommendations on how to improve the show. Some of our recommendations were immediately followed, like a negative Coggins test and Health Certificate” requirements.

 

He said the VAC developed a drug testing procedure. After the data is collected, he said the veterinarians will review the data and make recommendations for future improvements. Hammock emphasized, “in no way are we there in a political means. we’re not there to interfere with USDA inspections. we are opposed to soring. we’ll be looking at the horses after they’ve been in the show ring and passed the USDA inspections.”

 

i asked about which drugs the labs will be screening the blood tests for. “There is a list of drugs published, based on the Kentucky racing Commission’s list, modified slightly. The blood samples will be sent to a certified lab and all the testing will be done at once, like any group of race horses would be tested. we are trying to gain information on what is being used and what is being potentially abused,” Hammock said. A list of drugs was posted on the Celebration website: 

 

www.celebrationVAC.com/prohibited-substances.htm

 

The press releases gave the impression that the  VAC members would be at the Celebration checking horses, but that was not the case. In a phone conversation on September 10, 2014 Tom Blankenship explained “the confusion created by the media and social media about how the VAC would work.” He said that the purpose of the VAC was to make and enact recommendations “to enhance the welfare of the horses showing at the Celebration.” He said that the VAC would not be on the grounds of the Celebration, but that Dr. Johnson was present the entire show, with Dr. John O’Brien oversee- ing the collection of data. He said veterinarians Bruce Howard, DVM was on the show grounds, alternating throughout the 11 days with Margaret Mitchell, DVM. He said, “Both specialize in drawing, handling, and shipping blood samples. All precautions were taken to preserve the chain of custody” of the samples.

 

Blankenship further explained: “Blood tests were taken on two horses from every performance class: the winner and a randomly selected competitor. Blood was drawn from 407 horses” after coming out of the show ring. He made it clear that the VAC was not involved in the pre-show inspections nor with any horse that failed to pass inspection. “This is a totally separate effort to get objective results, in addition to any state, federal requirements.”

Digital x-rays were performed “on 131 horses,” Blankenship said. 

 

“The winners and random placed horses were selected. in world Championship classes, the winner and second place horses were tested.” But digital x-rays were not taken every day. He said, “About ten world Grand Championship horses had their shoes removed and their hooves inspected.”

 

Blankenship said that “a report on what was found and observed at the show will be issued” by the VAC to the Celebration, most likely to David Howard, Chairman of the Board of Directors and/or Michael Inman, Ceo. Blankenship said he couldn’t divulge the number of substances the lab would be testing for and they’re not publicizing how the blood samples will be analyzed. “But all the prohibited substances [on the website] are subject to blood testing.” He said LGC Labs of Lexington, Ky will process the samples, and it would take about 21 days to get the results, he said.

 

According to information from the UT College of veterinary Medicine, blood samples generally take a few days to a week to 10 days for screening results.

 

Analysis. The sampling techniques used for collecting this data will not give a representative sample of all the horses at the Celebration. Choosing only horses coming out of the show ring for the sample, and testing only after their performances, means that any horses who might have shown evidence of Horse Protection Act (HPA) violations (use of prohibited substances and/or pressure shoeing) would have already been eliminated from the sample by USDA inspections. The horses in this sample had to pass USDA inspection to compete in the show ring.

 

So it comes as no surprise that the initial report issued by the VAC, via Rob Hoskins, on September 24, 2014 “found no violations of improper shoeing or the use of foreign objects…” Hoskins’ report said: “The VAC performed 131 digital x-rays that were reviewed by at least three veterinarians, including chairman of the VAC Dr. Jerry H. Johnson and horse show veterinarian Dr. John o’Brien.

“During the championship weekend of the show, all first and second place finishers had digital x-rays performed after their performance. in addition, shoes were removed and horses examined in various divisions over the course of the championship weekend. This included the world Grand Champion i Am Jose, as well as the two-year-old, three-year- old, and four-year-old world Grand Champions.

 

“in addition to the digital x-rays, blood was drawn on 407 horses and 230 samples are being tested and will be made public when the VAC receives laboratory findings.” As of September 28, 2014, no report on the results of the blood screenings had been issued.

 

The USDA readily shared their daily show inspection data with the Mid-South Horse Review. USDA data show important points: 

 

(1) a high number of entries scratched prior to inspection;

 

(2) a difference in the number of violations found by USDA and DqP inspectors; 

 

(3) at least 22.5% to 27% of the horses inspected at the Celebration had HPA violations.

 

USDA data show there were 469 horses scratched prior to inspection, ranging from a high of 78 on wednesday, August 27 to a low of 14 on Thursday, August 28. 

 

The question raised is wHy these horses were scratched prior to inspection.

 

John i. Carney of the Shelbyville Times-Gazette, Shelbyville, TN reported August 23, 2014 on the high number of scratches at the show (56 on this date): “only one horse, Mr. Heisman, showed in the ‘A’ division of walking stallions 5 years and over during saturday night’s performance of the Tennessee walking Horse National Celebration. Gen’s Black Maverick won the ‘B’ division from among five entries.

 

“The stallion class, split into two divisions, is the traditional preliminary to the world Grand Championship which will take place on Aug. 30. There were eight horses listed in the program for the ‘A’ division…But only one entered the ring.”

 

USDA and DqP inspectors examined 974 horses from August 23-29, 2014 at the Celebration. There were 205 horses with Horse Protection Act (HPA) violations and 136 horses disqualified. 

 

USDA data show HPA violations ranged from a high of 27% to a low of 13%, with the median frequency 22.5-27%. The percentage of horses disqualified ranged from 10.5% to 21.6%.

 

None of the horses with HPA violations, nor disqualified horses, were included in the sample tested by the VAC, as they never made it to the show ring.

 

Full USDA daily reports, resources, and more information are on our website:     www.midsouthhorsereview.com

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The ruse attempted by the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration with the “VAC” met the same fate as “Humpty Dumpty”:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
All the King’s horses
and all the King’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

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“BIG LICK BIG LIE” AT ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA THIS PAST WEEKEND – PROTEST NOW BUILDING OVER “N.C. STATE FAIR” FEATURING BIG LICK TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE CLASSES ON OCTOBER 17 & 18 IN THE “YEAR OF THE HORSE”

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ASHEVILLE, NC  - This past weekend the “Big Lick Big Lie” sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Show Horses were on display at the “North Carolina Championship” held at the West Carolina Agricultural Center near Asheville, North Carolina.  According to MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University) Horse Science Faculty member Dr. John Haffner: JOHNHAFFNERQUOTE

Interestingly, the public rejected the Big Lick in Asheville as reflected by this picture.  Attendance appeared to be off substantially from the 2013 Asheville show when an overflow crowd was in attendance.

"NORTH CAROLINA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP" NEAR ASHEVILLE, NC

“NORTH CAROLINA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP” NEAR ASHEVILLE, NC

“BIG LICK BIG LIE” ON DISPLAY AT NORTH CAROLINA CHAMPIONSHIP

WALKING HORSE TRAINER BOYZ JUSTIN HARRIS UP ON "KING'S CODE BLUE"

WALKING HORSE TRAINER BOYZ JUSTIN HARRIS UP ON “KING’S CODE BLUE”

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WALKING HORSE TRAINER BOYZ DANNY HUGHES UP ON "SWING BATTER BATTER SWING"

WALKING HORSE TRAINER BOYZ DANNY HUGHES UP ON “SWING BATTER BATTER SWING”

As a side note, on the way to Asheville,  serial Horse Protection Act Violator and Walking Horse Trainer Boyz 2014 Trainer of the Year,  Charlie Green’s  horse trailer caught on fire on the interstate near Knoxville,  and the incident made the news on Knoxville television stations.

WALKING HORSE TRAINER BOYZ TRAILER FIRE ON WAY TO ASHEVILLE, NC

CANDY GREEN, WIFE OF BIG LICK CHARLIE GREEN, AND CHARLIE GREEN EMPLOYEE,  RUSSELL KEYSER, BADER – KEYSER TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES – WEMDING, GERMANY, LEADING HORSE AT FIRE SCENE.

TRAINER OF THE YEAR CHARLIE GREEN – 22 HPA VIOLATION CIT. RECORD

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CHARLIE GREEN WORKING A BIG LICK HOSS IN BLINDERS AT THE BARN

Here is Charlie Green, 2013 WALKING HORSE TRAINERS ASSOCIATION TRAINER OF THE YEAR,  HORSE PROTECTION ACT VIOLATION CITATION RECORD:

Charlie Green Shelbyville TN The Snow Pusher Not Specified 10/19/2001 01/16/2002 NHSC
Charlie Green Shelbyville TN The Snow Pusher Not Specified 08/20/2001 10/18/2001 NHSC
Charlie Green Shelbyville TN The Snow Pusher Not Specified 01/17/2002 03/17/2002 NHSC
Charlie Green Wartrace TN Unilateral Sore 06/19/2007 07/02/2007 NHSC
Charlie Green Shelbyville TN Bilateral Sore 07/21/2002 03/20/2003 NHSC
Charlie Green Trainer Shelbyville TN Boure Not Specified tckt 29135, 8/26/10 11/29/2010 01/01/2099 SHOW
Charlie Green Shelbyville TN The Dangerous Commander Other, Define In Next Field Tkt 29335, 11/12/10 02/04/2011 02/17/2011 SHOW
Charlie Green Shelbyville TN 37160 Other, Define In Next Field Open Lesion One ft 10/01/2009 10/12/2099 50 SHOW
Charlie Green Trainer Shelbyville TN Jazz Mans Babalu Not Specified tckt 29035, 10/23/10 11/29/2010 12/12/2010 SHOW
Charlie Green Trainer Shelbyville TN Jazz Mans Babalu Not Specified tckt 29035, 10-23-10 11/29/2010 12/12/2010 SHOW
Charlie Green King of the Jungle & José’s Flamingo Dance Foreign Substance 08/31/2010 00/00/0000
Charlie Green C Me Push Foreign Substance 05/27/2011 00/00/0000 Date LOW sent 4/19/2012
Charlie Green King of the Jungle Foreign Substance 08/23/2008 00/00/0000
Charlie Green King of the Jungle & José’s Flamingo Dance Foreign Substance 08/30/2010 00/00/0000
Charlie Green Shelbyville TN Unilateral Sore 02/04/2011 02/17/2011 100 SHOW
Charlie Green Shelbyville TN Unilateral Sore 12/13/2011 12/26/2011 100 SHOW
Charlie Green Shelbyville TN Unilateral Sore 01/21/2011 02/03/2011 100 SHOW
Charlie Green Panama City FL C Me Push Other, Define In Next Field Tkt 29132, 8/26/10 01/21/2011 02/03/2011 SHOW
Charlie Green Shelbyville TN Not Specified 09/18/2002 05/17/2003 USDA Yes
Charlie Green Shelbyville TN 37160 Unilateral Sore 11/22/2004 12/05/2004 NHSC
Charlie Green Shelbyville TN 37160 Scar Rule 2nd Finding 06/02/2005 06/15/2005 NHSC
Charlie Green Shelbyville TN 37160 Scar Rule Foreign Substance 04/11/2005 04/24/2005 NHSC
Charlie Green Shelbyville TN 37160 Bilateral Sore Foreign Substance 04/22/2002 12/21/2002 NHSC All HIO HPA: $600 fine
Charlie Green Shelbyville TN I m Spiderman Scar Rule 10/31/2005 11/13/2005 KWHA
Charlie Green Shelbyville TN Not Specified 09/18/2002 05/17/2003 USDA
Charlie Green Shelbyville TN 37160 Unilateral Sore 09/18/2006 10/01/2006 NHSC

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Meanwhile, Nephew Eugene is hearing that a major controversy is brewing in  North Carolina over the State of North Carolina sanctioning the exhibition of Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse classes at the “N.C. State Fair” in Raleigh, North Carolina set for Friday, Saturday,  October 17 – 18, 2014.

A Change.Org Petition urging “CANCEL TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE PERFORMANCE CLASSES AT THE NC STATE FAIR” now has 2,016 signatures. It is addressed to Wesley Wyatt, Manager of the NC State Fair.

https://www.change.org/p/wesley-wyatt-cancel-tennessee-walking-horse-performance-classes-at-the-nc-state-fair

Mr. Wyatt works under the supervision of the North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler, a tobacco farmer,  who upon being inaugurated,  drove his tractor from the NC State Fairgrounds to his office in Raleigh.

All American Walking Horse Alliance organizer Jeannie McGuire of Unionville, Virginia,  said, “We are concerned about the situation in North Carolina, and we are gathering information regarding it.  We will soon have a complete statement on the matter. We are proud that two of the horses and exhibitors at the historic “Walk On Washington”were from the State of North Carolina”.

"WOW" FOUNDER JEANNIE MCGUIRE AND HORSE PROTECTION ACT FATHER FORMER SENATOR JOSEPH TYDINGS (D-MD) SPEAK TO USA TODAY AND THE CHICAGO HERALD TRIBUNE

“WOW” FOUNDER JEANNIE MCGUIRE AND HORSE PROTECTION ACT FATHER FORMER SENATOR JOSEPH TYDINGS (D-MD) SPEAK TO USA TODAY AND THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE

TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES AT “WALK ON WASHINGTON” JUNE 18, 2014

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

FAR LEFT – MIKAL SPOONER AND DAUGHTER, AERIAL SPOONER, FROM HOFFMAN, RICHMOND COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA AT “WALK ON WASHINGTON” – JUNE 18, 2014

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

MIKAL SPOONER, HOFFMAN, NORTH CAROLINA IN FOREGROUND.   THIS PICTURE SAYS IT ALL – NATURAL TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – JUNE 18, 2014

SIXTH GENERATION NORTH CAROLINA EQUESTRIAN FAMILY - AERIAL AND MIKAL SPOONER

SIXTH GENERATION NORTH CAROLINA EQUESTRIAN FAMILY – AERIAL AND MIKAL SPOONER FROM HOFFMAN, RICHMOND COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA AT HISTORIC “WALK ON WASHINGTON” ON JUNE 18, 2014

All American Walking Horse Alliance Media Representative Clant M. Seay said, “We are proud that the State of Kentucky does not allow the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse (pads and chains) at its famous Kentucky Horse Park.”  Seay praised the  USEF (United States Equestrian Federation), for no longer allowing Tennessee Walking Horses to be exhibited in stacks/pads and chains at its sanctioned events. The USEF is the National Governing Body For Equestrian Sport, which selects the U. S. Olympic Equestrian team,  Seay cited a USEF sanctioned event, the prestigious Germantown (Tennessee) Charity Horse Show,  as an example where in 2013 the show officials banned the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses from showing for the first time in its 65-year history.  Seay said,  ”One sore horse is one sore horse too many”.   

CURRENT STATE OF THE SORE BIG LICK TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE

The sore Big Lick is on the ropes after having a Horrific Celebration:

  • Celebration attendance down by 70%
WEST GRAND STANDS, STAKE NIGHT, AUG. 23, 2014

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

  • AUGUST 29, 2014 THE TENNESSEAN ”VET SAYS HE TURNED DOWN INSPECTION JOB”.  The 76 Annual Celebration suffered a scandal when the Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and “VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship were caught lying that the most important member of “VAC”,   former Budweiser Clydesdale vet Dr. Dallas O. Goble, was not even part of it.

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And the All American Walking Horse Alliance representative discussed matters with “VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship at the Celebration on August, 29, 2014:

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

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

  • FOLLOW THE MONEY FROM STEVE SMITH TO U. S.  SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN);  CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD  TO “VAC” OFFICIALS TOM BLANKENSHIP AND DR. JERRY JOHNSON

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  • Image of 2 Year Old collapsing in Line-up, then being kicked by trainer.
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

  • Celebration Chairman David L. Howard welcomes Cock Fighter B. L. Cozad, Jr. to speak as honored guest to Celebration patrons in the Celebration’s Hall of Fame Club preaching that “Horse Soring Is A Victimless Crime”:
B. L COZAD, JR - COCK FIGHTING SONUVAGUN  CELEBRATION HALL OF FAME CLUB

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

  •  THE TENNESSEAN“SORING REPORTS NEARLY DOUBLE”
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Since the Celebration, the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) on October 1, 2014,  provided the 2012 and 2013 “USDA CELEBRATION INSPECTION RESULTS” which destroyed the 96% – 98% Horse Protection Act compliance lies by Celebration Chairman David L. Howard, TWHBEA President Steve Smith,  PSHA Spokesperson Jeffrey Howard, and repeated by elected officials:  U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).

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Now America will focus on the N. C. State Fair to see how the State of North Carolina can host and sanction a Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse Show at its State Fair where sored and abused Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses will be offered for exhibition with stacks/pads and chains.

North Carolina is a state where U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC),  and 7 of 11 U. S. Representatives all co-sponsor the PAST ACT.   There are presently 305 U.S. Representatives (70%) and 59 U. S. Senators co-sponsoring the PAST ACT.   

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The North Carolina U. S.  Representative PAST ACT supporters include:

  • G. K. Butterfield – 1st District – Democrat
  • Renee Elmers – 2nd District – Republican
  • Walter Jones, Jr. – 3rd District – Republican
  • David Price – 4th District – Democrat
  • Howard Coble – 6th District – Democrat
  • Mike McIntyre – 7th District – Democrat
  • Mark Meadows – 11th District – Republican

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 N.C. STATE FAIR TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE SHOW – OCT. 17 & 18

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Nephew Eugene says stay tuned on this one.  

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BROTHER ROY EXUM KNOCKS U.S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN) OUT THE TREE – “…(Lamar Alexander) when he is viewed at his worst, his best comes in at second place” ~ Roy Exum, (Roots deep in Vaughn, Yazoo County, Mississippi)

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CHATTANOOGA, TN  - Brother Roy Exum cut loose with both barrels Friday on U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)  over Senator Alexander’s claims to  The Tennessean Editorial Board following the 2013 Celebration when Alexander said,   “I am not an expert on veterinary medicine – but I know of the inspections that they have there. Almost all of them are 96% to 98% successful.”

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

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

Roy busted both caps on the fact that at the 2014 Celebration, the USDA Vets found 51% of the Horses they inspected to be SORE.

Senator Alexander put his personal reputation and credibility on the line with the journalists based on what TWHBEA President Steve Smith – Celebration Chairman David L. Howard hired hand Dr. Jerry Johnson apparently told him which was wrong based on information finally made available by the USDA last Thursday.

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At the 2014 Celebration, USDA Vets, under the capable direction of Dr. Rachel Cezar,

DR. RACHEL CEZAR

DR. RACHEL CEZAR

 found 51% of all entries they inspected to be sore per the above document prepared from Reports released by Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) this week.   It was actually worse, much worse, the first five days Dr. Cezar was in charge:

  • Thursday – 75%
  • Friday – 77%
  • Saturday – 64%
  • Sunday – 59%
  • Monday – 47%

That is an average of 64.40%

After Dr. Cezar was threatened with bodily harm, Dr. Chester Gipson took over the next five days:

  • Tuesday – 42%
  • Wednesday – 39%
  • Thursday – 39%
  • Friday – 48%
  • Saturday -28%

That is an average of 39.20%.

And Dr. Gipson did NOT pull the shoes on “I AM JOSE”

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The USDA findings of 51% sore of the entries inspected (above) were enabled in part by science based objective inspections by using Thermography which detected scar rule violations because the horses are trained with stacked chains on pads with soring chemical applied to their pasterns (feet) and the skin is abraded and damaged.

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

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

THERMOGRAPHY – USE OF IMAGING TO AID THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT BY DR. TRACEY TURNER 

Brother Roy Exum only has one thing wrong in his article.

The PAST ACT,  S. 1406,  is not tied up in Senate Committee.  It was reported OUT of Senate Commerce Committee, and it is on the Senate Calendar with 59 U. S. Senators sponsoring/co-sponsoring it.

ONE OF TWO THINGS NEEDS TO HAPPEN:

  • Majority Leader Harry Reid,  after one (preferably two or more) Senators co-sponsors the  bill makes it filibuster proof, then calls for a floor vote, and if a filibuster is attempted, Reid calls for a cloture vote to stop the filibuster, and if the bill passes the Senate (The Votes Are There To Do It), then it goes to the House where it is voted upon,  or
  • The Hastert Bill requirement is met,  a majority of the majority (Republicans) co-sponsor it (it’s about 3 Representatives short at present) then Speaker John Boehner allows the bill to be brought to the House Floor and voted upon,  and if it passes, and the bill goes to the Senate,  where Harry Reid puts in on the Senate floor for a vote, and it passes.

Then the bill goes to the President who signs the PAST ACT into law, and “The Horses” rejoice.

THEHORSES

Nephew Eugene knows how to do this, but he is not sure that some of the folks entrusted with bringing this ship into port know how to do it.   Nephew Eugene is positive that we have the right man in Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) to fight the fight on the House side.

More to follow on this.

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Roy Exum: 51 Percent Of Horses Sore

Friday, October 03, 2014 – by Roy Exum

Senator Lamar Alexander, a 74-year-old Republican who is currently running for re-election, has shamefully and famously tried to derail the PAST Act, which is much-needed legislation in the Senate and the House that would help curb the rampant soring of Tennessee Walking Horses. Last December Alexander told the Editorial Board of the Nashville Tennessean, “I am not an expert on veterinary medicine, but I know of the inspections they have (at the National Celebration in Shelbyville.) Almost all of them are 96 percent to 98 percent successful.”

Columnist Roy Exum

Columnist Roy Exum

Anyone who knows, sees, or plans to vote for the senator should make him aware that he has horribly “misspoken.” It has just been learned the U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors examined 389 horses at the 2014 show in August and found 199 to be in violation of rules outlined in the Horse Protection Act. In short, that’s 51 percent that the government agency found – as the senator might say – was “unsuccessful.”

Further, according to Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY), in 2012 the USDA found 154 horses in violation after 719 were inspected (21 percent) and in 2013 found 77 of 702 horses in violation (11 percent).

The 2014 numbers are staggering – more horses were in violation than were tested by the USDA! The PAST Act, which calls for a much-greater presence of government inspectors and outlaws the padded hooves, pressure shoes and other hideous devices to make the horses dance a grotesque and unnatural dance, is long overdue. A number of trainers say the Big Lick can’t be produced without torturing a Walker.

As sad as Alexander’s stand for those who continue to abuse horses might be, it has been revealed the number of horses entered in the horse show has dwindled by 50 percent in the last two years. Let’s go ahead and admit it: the despicable “Big Lick” faction of the horse industry is dying and, when it does, the huge donations to charmers like Alexander, Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Jasper) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Franklin) will dry up faster than a falling leaf.

It is widely known that Alexander’s State Finance Chairman is Steven B. Smith, who heads the “Breeder’s and Exhibitor’s Association for the increasing unpopular “Big Lick” crowd. Steven B. has personally been cited for violating the Horse Protection Act but … he has also raised hundreds of thousands to elect the Big Lick’s Republican “operatives.”

Allow me to explain: Right now in Congress there are 304 cosponsors of the PAST (“Prevent All Soring Tactics”) Act — 190 Democrats and 114 Republicans. But eight of nine Republican members of Congress from Tennessee aren’t among them. No, Chuck Fleischmann, Scott DesJarlais, Jimmy Duncan, Steven Fincher, and Phil Roe are instead among 11 cosponsors of a badly watered-down alternative bill that would better benefit the Big Lickers.

Alexander sponsored a similar “saliva” bill in the Senate, so called because it is as lukewarm as spit. Out of 100 U.S. Senators, there are today a majority of 58 who are cosponsors of the PAST Act (called S. 1406) but neither of Tennessee’s Republican senators is among them. Alexander is the alternate bill’s sponsor and – to date – there are only three cosponsors.

I do not believe any living person can condone scientific evidence that over half the horses tested at this year’s National Sore-abration were held from competition and their owners, riders and/or trainers were ticketed. As the Horse Protection Act now stands, all that happens is these people are sent a citation which they dutifully ignore. I am told more horses would have been caught but, without the PAST Act, the USDA cannot get the funding to do things right.

The most damning fact? In the state of Tennessee, horse abuse is now a felony, punishable with one to five years in jail. Of the 199 horses withheld from competition due to obvious signs of soring, not one arrest was made, not one civil summons was given, and all the miscreants simply went their way, trying to devise a new way not to get caught.

Lamar Alexander had a deep and rich history as a notable Tennessean, I’ll give him that, but when he is viewed at his worst, his best comes in at second place. I am told there is legally a way Alexander and his “Big Lick” buddy in Kentucky, Senator Mitch McConnell, can successful tie up the PAST Act in committee forever. Forget that a majority of Senators and members of Congress are co-sponsoring it.

The only good news is that the Big Lick is dying, all because of its self-inflicted wounds.

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WHY DID IT TAKE 391 DAYS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO GET THE “REAL” USDA INSPECTION RESULTS FROM THE 2013 TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION???

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THETA, TN – It took over a year for THE American people to obtain the records that their taxpayers dollars paid for the USDA personnel to gather.

Why?

Seriously, why?

Here is the SEPTEMBER 5, 2013 request to APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea.

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BILLY GO BOY CALLS ON KEVIN SHEA & DR. CHESTER GIPSON WITH USDA TO RELEASE THE NUMBER OF HORSES INSPECTED BY USDA VMOs AT THE 2013 CELEBRATION SO THE PUBLIC WILL KNOW THE TRUTH

Riverdale, MD – At the 2013 Celebration, the SHOW HIO DQPs  did not do their jobs in enforcing the Horse Protection Act.  SHOW inspected 1,952* Horses and found a ridiculously low 30 HPA violations.

The USDA VMOs found 70 HPA violations.

That ratio alone is proof that SHOW HIO didn’t adequately protect the welfare of the Tennessee Walking Horse.

Here’s more documentation:

FRIDAY NIGHT, AUGUST 30, 2013
On Friday, August 30, 2013, SHOW DQPs found 0 HPA violations of 138 horses inspected.

That is 100% HPA compliance, and it was a lie.

On Friday, August 30, 2013, the USDA VMOs found 11 HPA violations.  There were 15 classes, and the VMOs check 2nd and 3rd place horses.   That’s 30 horses – so be generous and add another 30 to that number – 60 horses and VMOs found 11 HPA violations – that would be 82% HPA compliance – or about 1 in every 5 horses were sore.

SHOW HIO started spinning the 98.4% range HPA compliance baloney before the Celebration was over.   Center ring announcer Bobby Sands proudly told the crowd how “Harvard Like” the 98.4% compliance was after Purple Strategies handed it to him to read.

Overall for the Celebration,  the USDA VMOs found 2.33 HPA violations for every 1 HPA violation that SHOW HIO did.

Dr. Chester Gipson,   will you please go ahead and tell the public how many horses the VMOs inspected so the public will know.  Yours and Kevin Shea’s salaries are paid by the taxpayers, and you owe them the truth in this matter.

Surely, you and your boss Kevin Shea do not want to be looked upon as covering up for SHOW HIO, which by the way,  you sent a Notice of Revocation Letter on August 1, 2012.
USDA NOTICE OF REVOCATION TO SHOW HIO - AUGUST 1, 2012

The simple question is – how many horses did USDA VMOs inspect?

It is not a complicated question.

The USDA has that information, and so far, the USDA has not provided it.

The public has a “right to know” because, as stated,  SHOW HIO is “spinning” a false 98.4% HPA compliance rate.

The USDA  should provide the information now.

Here is what the USDA released to the public on Sunday, September 1, 2013.

OFFICIAL FINAL USDA NUMBERS
AUG. 22 – AUG. 31*
TOTAL INSPECTED 1,952* 
SCRATCHES 672
HPA VIOLATIONS 110
HORSES DISQUALIFIED 100
VMO 70
DQP 30

The reason that SHOW DQPs didn’t do their jobs writing tickets was due to the effect that the Mandatory “Minimum Penalties” would have on the Trainers, Horses and Owners.  SHOW waited until the last minute to adopt the MP on August 19, 2013.

One esteemed colleague has comments and give the USDA the benefit of the doubt:

“For the TWH on September 4, 2013 at 10:29 pm said:
I doubt they’re stonewalling. They have a lot of data to gather, and they usually release the report as a compilation of all of the shows they’ve been to. Plus I’m sure they’re writing warning letters and taking care of suspensions and such.”

My answer to my colleague is,  I believe they are stonewalling.  Why, because they dohave the information and so far, have not provided it.

Here is what they came out with after the 2012 Celebration.  In this report, the USDA  blended its numbers with in with SHOW and no one could tell who inspected what.

http://nvap.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/hp/hp_tn_celebration_results.shtml

“USDA APHIS “2012 TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION RESULTS”

“Given the interest in the enforcement of the HPA at this year’s Celebration, USDA wanted to post preliminary inspection results now, rather than at the end of the year. This year, USDA and DQPs inspected 1,849 horses and found 166 violations – an approximate 9% violation rate. This rate is slightly lower than the 9.5% violation rate from the 2011Celebration, during which 2,143 horses were inspected and 203 violations were found.”

For the TWH, it would be a travesty for USDA to do that this time because it would allow SHOW to foist off this wonderful trend of its stringent enforcement of the HPA.  That would allow SHOW HIO to say we improved to 95% compliance from 91% in 2012.

Dr. Gipson,   you of all people know,  that since they sued you over the Mandatory “Minimum Penalties” and since they refused to the last minute to put the MP in its rulebook, that SHOW HIO after finding only 30 HPA violations at the 2013 Celebration  is playing games enforcing the HPA.

For the USDA to lump everything together with SHOW HIO in 2013 like it did in 2012 is NOT going to hack it.

Dr. Gipson, are you going to sing “Kumbaya” with the folks who can’t find sore horses or are you going to tell it like it is?

It is vitally important that the USDA provide the public with the actual number of Horses the VMOs inspected  It’s either do that or end up partnering with SHO HIO instead andlumping everything together which will SHOW to look like it has a 98.4% HPA compliance rate which is pure garbage.

Look at these numbers

2013 100 Violations –  1,952 Inspected
2012 166 Violations –  2,293 Inspected
2011 203 Violations  - 2,143 Inspected
2010 255 Violations –  2,574 Inspected
2009 197 Violations –  2,618 Inspected

There is nothing the Celebration/SHOW HIO would like better than to have a trend showing how great things are with its enforcing the HPA when nothing could be further than the truth.

Here is the truth.

SHOW HIO DQPs sat on their hands in enforcing the HPA because of the effect of the Mandatory “Minimum Penalties. The following “SHOW VIOLATIONS AT CELEBRATION” proves it:

SHOW VIOLATIONS AT CELEBRATION

SHOW VIOLATIONS AT CELEBRATION

Dr. Gipson, my humble job is to speak truth to power.

ask you and your superior Kevin Shea to please do that right thing, and if you make us wait a week or a report, rather than provide the solid information necessary for the public to know the truth now, at least please be candid in the report and include the facts which demonstrate that SHOW HIO is not enforcing the Mandatory “Minimum Penalties” by simply not writing HPA violation tickets.

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The Good Book says “Joy Cometh In The Morning” Psalm 30,  but 391 days is a long time to wait for “Joy” when there was no good reason for the American people or their elected officials to have had to wait in the first place.

KEVIN SHEA - APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

KEVIN SHEA – APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

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

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

Somebody has got some ‘splaining to do’ as we say up here at Theta.

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U. S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER TREED BY OLD SMOKEY ON 96% – 98% BIG LICK HPA COMPLIANCE RATE – CELEBRATION “VAC” CHAIRMAN DR. JERRY JOHNSON IS ANYBODY’S DOG WHO WANTS TO HUNT HIM

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

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

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

OLE BLUE - TREEING U. S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN)

OLE SMOKEY – TREEING U. S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN)

The USDA documentation provided to Congressman Ed Whitfeld (R-KY) on October 1, 2014,  totally upended the premise of Senator Alexander’s S. 2193 Horse Protection Act Amendment, legislation to “Preserve the Tennessee Walking Horse Tradition”.
Senator Alexander needs to come to grips with the fact that there is no 96% – 98% HPA Compliance nor is the sore Big Lick a “Tennessee Walking Horse Tradition” worth saving.
SUMMARY:
2014 –  51% of Horses Inspected by USDA Vets found in violation of the HPA.
2013 – 15.3% of Horses Inspected by USDA Vets found in violation of the HPA.
2012 –  21.4% of Horse inspected by USDA found in violation of the HPA.
The 2012, 2013 and 2014 USDA HPA Inspection Reports  conclusively prove that only the PAST ACT can stop the abuse of the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse,  euphemistically called the “Performance Horse”. 
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U.S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN)
  • “I am told by veterinarians and people who show horses that it would decimate the tradition of the Tennessee Walking Horse”,  said U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander before The Tennessean Editorial Board on December 8, 2013.

It was revealed during the 2014 Celebration that Senator Alexander’s veterinary advisor was “VAC” Chairman Dr. Jerry Johnson.  ”VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship and “VAC” Chairman Dr. Jerry Johnson worked for Steve Smith in 2006 in an attempt to change the HPA to render the “Scar Rule” meaningless and redefine “Soring”. TWHBEA President Steve Smith is Alexander’s 2014 Campaign Finance Chair.   Celebration Chairman David L. Howard then tried to make people believe that “VAC” was independent with no ties to the sore Big Lick, but nothing could have been further from the truth.

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That lie was exposed when AAWHA Spokesperson Clant M. Seay interviewed Dr. Dallas O. Goble who confirmed that the Budweiser Clydesdale vet was not even part of the Celebration’s “VAC”, Veterinary Advisory Committee.  Further investigation revealed that when Blankenship and Dr. Johnson worked for Steve Smith in 2006 on behalf of the sore Big Lick, and there was a Committee headed up by Dr. Johnson, and it was called,  you guessed it,  the “VAC”,  Veterinary Advisory Committee.

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

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

U.S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN)
  • “I have been to the Celebration a number of times” said U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander before The Tennessean Editorial Board on December 8, 2013.

Senator Alexander was Governor of Tennessee from 1979 – 1987.    Things have changed a lot in the last 27 years.  The Celebration Senator Alexander fondly remembers no longer exists.  Priscilla Presley has now withdrawn the Elvis Graceland Challenge Trophy which was first given in 1983 while Alexander was Governor.  And now there are more like 6,000 people present on Stake Night, rather than the 30,000 Alexander remembers.

But give U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)  credit for one thing,  he wasn’t going to get caught anywhere near Shelbyville, Tennessee during the 76th annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration,  August 20 – August 30, 2014.

There were also some things in the newspaper in 2014,  that weren’t there in 1986 which would have been Alexander’s last Celebration as Tennessee Governor,  People who know Senator Alexander truly wonder how he let Steve Smith get him off into this sore Horse quagmire, the evidence of which has now been conclusively confirmed by the USDA on October 1, 2014.  Three years of documentation is too much to overcome.

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No Senator Alexander,  there never were any 96% to 98% HPA compliance rates.

Isn’t it about time you came down out of that tree?

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USDA PROVIDES “SMOKING GUN” NUMBERS FROM 2013 AND 2012 CELEBRATIONS – THERE NEVER WAS ANY 94%-98% COMPLIANCE – THANKS TO CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD & COMPANY FOR BRINGING HOME THE BACON

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 WASHINGTON, DC –  The long suspected “Smoking Gun which blows to smithereens the sore “Big Lick Big Lie” myth of a 94% – 98% HPA compliance rate by the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration was produced today.    Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) obtained and distributed the USDA Inspection Data for the 2013 and 2012 Celebrations to the American public.

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

The PAST ACT needs to pass on the first day the U. S. House comes back to work in November.

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WWW.BILLYGOBOY.COM first requested that the data be produced following the 2013 Celebration, but the request was stonewalled by Aphis Administrator Kevin Shea.   The information was then requested under the Freedom of Information Act, but it was not produced for a year.    It took 59 U. S. Congressmen to get the data which is not how America is supposed to work.

HPA_Celebration_Stats_2012-2014

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SUMMARY:

2014 –  51% of Horses Inspected by USDA Vets found in violation of the HPA.
201315.3% of Horses Inspected by USDA Vets found in violation of the HPA.
2012 –  21.4% of Horse inspected by USDA found in violation of the HPA.

Not only was there never any 94%+ compliance rate, but according to Congressman Ed Whitfield Communications Director Marty Irby, ” … in 2012 a total of 2667 horses were inspected overall, in 2013 a total of 1750 horses were inspected overall, and (in 2014) a total of 1075 horses were inspected overall. Since all entries must be inspected this appears to be a direct reflection of the decline in entries at the show, and certainly reflects how the rampant abuse continues to turn people away from the breed.”  

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

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

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WWW.BILLYGOBOY.COM INTERPRETATION OF USDA NUMBERS

CELEBRATION20122013INSPECTIONS

The American public now conclusively knows that there never was any 94% – 98% HPA Compliance rate manufactured and claimed  by the sore Big Lick at the 2012 and 2013 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebrations.

It was all a lie fabricated by the sore Big Lick,  then parroted by its “bought and paid for” advocates:   U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Mitch McConnell (R-KY),  U. S. Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Hal Rogers (R-KY).   And it was shamelessly presented over and over and over again to the mainstream media by PSHA Spokesperson Jeffrey Howard and Lobbyist Jeff Speaks,  former Representative Hal Rogers aide.

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

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

Senator Lamar Alexander has often said he wants to save one of Tennessee’s great traditions.   Now,  Senator Alexander can clearly see what he was trying to save is nothing more than institutionalized animal abuse in the name of family entertainment.  The impetus are ego, greed and control.

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

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

Sadly, in the twilight of his career,  Senator Alexander was misdirected by Steve Smith’s former operatives and Celebration Chair David L. Howard’s current operatives:  “VAC” Chairman Dr. Jerry Johnson and“VAC” Spokesperson Attorney Tom Blankenship.  The Celebration’s “VAC” was discredited by the All American Walking Horse Alliance Media Representative Clant M. Seay who interviewed Dr. Dallas O. Goble who confirmed that he wasn’t part of the “VAC” saying “I wouldn’t touch it with a 10 foot pole”.

DALLAS O. GOBLE, DVM - RETIRED VET

DALLAS O. GOBLE, DVM – RETIRED VET – “The Only Thing My Name Is On Is My Driver’s License”.

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

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

AAWHA REP. VISITS W/ “VAC” SPOKESPERSON TOM BLANKENSHIP @ BARN 9

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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HERE IS ANOTHER SMOKING GUN:

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INTERNAL INVESTIGATION NEEDS TO BE DONE AT USDA APHIS

Sadly,  It appears that something was badly wrong at APHIS for the vital 2012 and 2013 Celebration Inspection information to be suppressed while the people presiding over the Celebration’s institutionalized horse abuse could perpetuate the 94% – 98% lie about HPA compliance lie.   The man answerable first to THE American people and secondly to the Secretary of Agriculture is APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea.

KEVIN SHEA - APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

KEVIN SHEA – APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

In order that the American people may have full confidence in USDA APHIS going forward,   an internal investigation needs to be conducted to determine who was responsible for allowing the sore Big Lick to claim a “Partnership” where the enforcement of a Federal Law to protect animals is concerned.

To the hard working USDA inspectors such as Dr. Jeff Baker and Company under the direction of the able Dr. Rachel Cezar who were on the ground at the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Celebrations, the American people owe these men and women a round of applause for a job well done.

They proved beyond all doubt, if allowed, that they will work to protect “The Horses”.

THEHORSES

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“FLATTER FLYER” BY-LAWS MAILER FINALLY ARRIVES ON SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 – 12 DAYS LATE – WILL THE KEITH DANE LED FLATTERS TARDINESS COST THE BY-LAWS ELECTION?

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THETA, TN –  The “Flatter Flyer” arrived 12 days late on Tuesday in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.   Based on the BGB Network, none of the Flyers have not yet arrived in the Western states, i.e. Montana, Colorado or the West Coast,  California and Oregon.

IS IT NOW:

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Based on past TWHBEA elections,  it appears that a fumbling disorganized inept effort by the Keith Dane led Flatters may very well have sealed the fate on the chances of the Sound TWHBEA members defeating the draconian Steve Smith/Tom “I’M A PROUD HPA VIOLATOR” TWHBEA By-Law changes.

KEITH DANE, MARYLAND DIRECTOR AND HSUS OFFICIAL

MARYLAND TWHBEA DIRECTOR AND HSUS OFFICIAL KEITH DANE

MARYLAND TWHBEA DIRECTOR AND HSUS OFFICIAL KEITH DANE

In order to provide the best chance to rally Sound members to “Vote Against”,  the “Flatter Flyer” needed to arrive on or before September 18, 2014.

The Flatter Flyer which arrived on September 30, 2014 said:  ”You will soon receive a ballot asking you to vote on proposed changes to our Association By-Laws.”  This was approximately 12 days after the TWHBEA members had already received their Ballots.

The By-Laws Amendment was mailed from Shelbyville, Tennessee to TWHBEA members on September 15, 2014, and it was received by the members between September 18 – 21, 2014. (The proposed By-Law changes wipe out 40% of the present TWHBEA Directors and leave many states with no Director.)

The 11th day bell appears to have tolled Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014,  on the Keith Dane led Flatters.   A look at the 2013 Pat Stout Poll on the PAST ACT shows that over 76% of the votes were cast within 11 days after the members received the Post Card Ballots.

Using the Pat Stout Poll as an example,  6,600 Pat Stout Poll Postcards arrived throughout the United States on Mon.-Wed., September 23 – 25, 2013.  The Post Cards,  which were marked by the TWHBEA members,  started arriving at the Cook & Co., CPA office on Thurs., Sep. 26, 2014.   No Post Card Ballots were tabulated by Cook & Co., CPA until following the close of business on October 15, 2013.

The results were,  1,795 ballots cast (26% of eligible membership) with 1,132 votes “YES” and 663 votes “NO”,   63% to 37% for passage of the PAST ACT.

PAT STOUT POLL – VOTES DAY BY DAY (11 DAY PERIOD – SEP. 26 – OCT 4, 2013)   BALLOTS MAILED ON SEP. 23, 2013

  • Thurs., Sep.26, 2013  179
  • Fri., Sep. 27, 2013      302
  • Sat., Sep. 28, 2013     300
  • Sun, Sep. 29, 2013       -
  • Mon., Sep. 30, 2013    335
  • Tues, Oct. 1, 2013         41
  • Wed. Oct. 2, 2013         62
  • Thurs, Oct. 3, 2013       50
  • Fri., Oct. 4, 2014           50
  • Sat. Oct. 5, 2014           50

1,369  Votes (76.2%) of 1,795 Total Votes Cast  (1,132 “YES” 63% – 663 “NO” 37%

TWHBEA BY-LAWS – VOTES DAY BY DAY (11 DAY PERIOD – SEP. 18 – SEP. 30                   BALLOTS MAILED ON SEP. 15, 2014

  • Fri., Sep. 19, 2014
  • Sat., Sep. 20, 2014
  • Sun. Sep. 21, 2014
  • Mon., Sep. 22, 2014
  • Tues, Sep. 23, 2014
  • Wed. Sep. 24, 2014
  • Thurs, Sep. 25, 2014
  • Fri., Sep. 26, 2014
  • Sat., Sep. 27, 2014
  • Sun., Sep. 28, 2014
  • Mon. Sep. 29, 2014
  • Tues. Sep. 30, 2014

The mastermind behind the Flyer chose to have it ‘anonymously’ sent from Nashville, Tennessee.  That move didn’t pass the laugh test.   Apparently, all it accomplished was it put the “Flatter Flyer” in the hands of the sore Big Lick in time for Keith Dane‘s sworn adversaries,  TWHBEA President Steve Smith and By-Laws Chairman Tom “I’M A PROUD HPA VIOLATOR”  Kakassy,  to prepare and send an Email BLAST from TWHBEA to all its members on Saturday,  September 27, 2014,  to vote “FOR” the By-Law change BEFORE the Flatter Flyer even arrived.

THE FLATTER FLYER

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The Flatter Flyer contained NO GRAPHIC and NO SLOGAN that the Flatter TWHBEA members could rally around IF it had arrived on time – September 18, 2014.  It appeared to be amateur hour by committee.

THE FLATTER GANG WHO CAN’T SHOOT STRAIGHT

THE GANG WHO CAN'T SHOOT STRAIGHT

THE GANG WHO CAN’T SHOOT STRAIGHT

QUESTIONS THE KEITH DANE LED FLATTERS NEED TO ANSWER:

  • What arrangements have been made to ensure that the vote count is fair?
  • Who will be present when the Ballots are tabulated?
  • Will the Ballots be tabulated only after close of business on October 15, 2014, or are the Ballots tabulated as they arrive each day?

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HERE’S WHAT’S AT STAKE – THE DRACONIAN TWHBEA BY-LAW CHANGES

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STEVE SMITH/TOM “I’M A PROUD HPA VIOLATOR” KAKASSY PROPAGANDA (It is amusing that the Lickers invoke the name of sore Big Lick antagonist Fran Cole’s in the “Commentary”, but reflective of the sore Big Lick deceit)

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The Mailer Envelope from Gwinnett in Shelbyvlle did NOT identify the contents of the envelope.  With no identification,  It could easily have been misidentified as an audit request from a bank,  medical office or perhaps even a clever junk mail.

Here is an example of what was put on the front of the envelopes when Cook and Co. of Arab, Alabama handled TWHBEA By-Law change votes for approximately 10 years.

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For TWHBEA members eligible to vote,  Gwinnett purchased approximately 5,650 first class postage stamps at 49 cents each for cost of $2,769.00.  If there is a 30% turnout, then that means $1,938.00 was wasted.

$1,938.00 will buy 71/2 months worth of donuts.  President Steve Smith had a “donut austerity plan” to show solidarity with the beleaguered  employees over reduced wages, but apparently the austerity went out the window when Smith and Company blew $2,000.00 on wasted postage stamps.

A STEVE SMITH DONUT
A STEVE SMITH DONUT

When Cook and Co. was handling the Directors Elections,  the return envelope to the accounting firm had a “Business Permit” and postage would be charged ONLY if the ballot was mailed back.  Since there usually was a 22% – 30% turnout, that was a considerable savings.    Also,  even more importantly,  the U. S. Postal Service provided the accounting firm with a daily computerized record of Ballots returned,  in essence an independent third party check on the number of ballots.   There is no third party check with the Gwinnett firm’s handling the TWHBA By-Laws election.

The 2014 By-Law ballot does not have any membership number it to identify it, and the only way to keep up with the number of ballots received is to keep a count of the envelopes in which they are mailed back to TWHBEA.    The return envelope has a membership number and the State from which it is mailed.

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Up here at the Theta Hilltop Market,  Marvin from Cornersville says,  due to the Keith Dane led Flatters not being on the ball and bungling the Flatter Flyer to a fare thee well, that the smart money has the By-Laws election going:

  • 57% FOR the By-Law Changes
  • 43% AGAINST the By-Law Changes

Yet, a noted long-time TWHBEA expert predicts:

  • 59% AGAINST the By-Law Changes
  • 41% FOR the By-Law Changes

Nephew Eugene thinks if the Flatter Flyer had been on time with a good graphic and slogan,  that the TWHBEA By-Laws proposal would most likely NOT pass.  If it does not pass,  despite the incompetent Flatter Flyer efforts so far, it will be because of the education campaign that was started last September when about 6,950 Post Cards showed up in mailboxes through America and the World asking people to help “The Horses”.  (A strong International vote AGAINST the By-Laws would also help.)

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It’s a crying shame that quality campaign wasn’t run this time.

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Please stay tuned for further analysis in the days to come.

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LICKER STEVE SMITH VS FLATTER KEITH DANE – BIG LICKERS DO EMAIL BLAST TO TWHBEA MEMBERS IN RESPONSE TO FLATTER MAILER TO TWHBEA MEMBERS AGAINST BY-LAW CHANGES

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THETA, TN –  Licker leader Steve Smith and Flatter leader Keith Dane have squared off in a battle for the future of TWHBEA.

Smith leads the LIckers and Dane leads the Flatters.

In response to a late arriving Flatter Mailer urging TWHBEA members to “VOTE AGAINST” the By-Law Amendment,   TWHBEA President Steve Smith did an email blast (see below) today to the TWHBEA Members urging members to “VOTE FOR” the oppressive and regressive By-Law Changes.  Also By-Laws Chairman Tom “I’M A PROUD HPA VIOLATOR” Kakassy email blasted a response to the late arriving Flatter Mailer to “VOTE AGAINST”  apparently received today by TWHBEA members.

Nephew Eugene says IF the Flatter Mailer is arriving this late – September 27 –  then there are concerns  the hay is already in the barn on the By-Laws vote. To be effective, the Flatter Mailer needed to arrive no later than September 18, and earlier than that would have been better.  

One can only wonder why the Flatters were so late in sending the Flatter Mailer to the TWHBEA members.

Stay tuned for analysis and update of the battle between Licker leader Steve Smith and Flatter leader,  Keith Dane,  representing the Sound Horse Directors.

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STEVE SMITH, LICKER – LEADER OF THE SORE BIG LICKERS

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

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

 KEITH DANE, FLATTER,  LEADER OF THE FLATTER SOUND HORSE DIRECTORS

HUMANE OFFICIAL KEITH DANE

KEITH DANE, MARYLAND DIRECTOR AND HSUS OFFICIAL

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STEVE SMITH EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE – 7 HPA CITATION HISTORY

President Steve Smith – (HPA CITATION HISTORY)    TENNESSEE
Sr. VP Walt Chism – TENNESSEE
Secretary Loren Anderson
Admin/Fiscal Christy Lantis – CALIFORNIA/NORTH CAROLINA
Marketing Ashley Wadsworth – MISSISSIPPI
Performance Ford Gates (HPA CITATION HISTORY)      ALABAMA
VP Pleasure Jessica Hieback  SOUTH CAROLINA
VP O/E Int’l Denise Bader – (Husband – HPA CITATION HISTORY)     GERMANY
VP Trng/EquineWelfare Linda Montgomery – (HPA CITATION HISTORY)
VP Breeders David Williams – (Emp. Has HPA Family Citation History)   TENNESSEE
VP Youth Sherry White - (HPA FAMILY HPA CITATION HISTORY)   MICHIGAN
VP Bylaws/Enf Tom ‘I’M A PROUD HPA VIOLATOR” Kakassy –  NORTH CAROLINA

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LICKER STEVE SMITH’S SEP. 27 BLAST EMAIL TO TWHBEA MEMBERS

From: TWHBEA <dwhite@twhbea.com>
Date: September 27, 2014, 1:59:37 PM EDT
To: Bubba Gump
Subject: A letter from our President
Reply-To: dwhite@twhbea.com

TWHBEA
Tennessee Walking Horse 

 Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association
 the Official Breed Registry 
Dear TWHBEA Members,
Included with this year’s TWHBEA election ballot are several bylaw changes. These recommended changes are the work of the bylaws committee over the last several years. The final product is a result of many hours of work and open discussion on the part of many. Your 10-member executive committee, which represents six different states and one foreign country, has voted unanimously to recommend their approval.Please vote yes on the proposed TWHBEA bylaw changes.Thanks for your consideration

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Sincerely,

Steve Smith, TWHBEA President
 

 
About TWHBEA
The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ AssociationSM (TWHBEASM ), headquartered in Lewisburg, Tenn., is the oldest and most prestigious organization devoted to the promotion and protection of the breed. Founded in 1935, the breed registry was established to record the pedigrees of the Tennessee Walking Horse. Its goal is to maintain the purity of the breed, to promote greater awareness of the Tennessee Walking Horse and its qualities, to encourage expansion of the breed and to help assure its general welfare.

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LICKER BY-LAW CHAIRMAN TOM KAKASSY BLAST EMAIL TO TWHBEA MEMBERS RESPONDING TO FLATTER MAILER

From: TWHBEA <dwhite@twhbea.com>

Date: September 27, 2014, 1:58:10 PM EDT
To: Mary Sunshine
Subject: TWHBEA Answers Questions about Proposed Bylaws Changes
Reply-To: dwhite@twhbea.com

TWHBEA
Tennessee Walking Horse 

 Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association
 the Official Breed Registry 

TWHBEA Answers Questions about Proposed Bylaws Changes

 

The Association has become aware of an unsigned and anonymous mailer which makes various statements, some of which are untrue, concerning the proposed bylaws changes. The proposed new bylaws have been mailed with a ballot, and are in addition available at the TWHBEA website (under News and Events for June 2014) in both the “clean” version and in a version which shows additions, subtractions, and footnotes. While members are of course free to vote as they wish, it is also important that the correct information be before them. This product of three committees and the work of perhaps fifty people of all walks of life over three years is recommended for adoption without a single dissenting vote.

 

Will the change reduce or eliminate representation of members?      No. The present system, wherein directors are elected from both states and regions, creates anomalies and unfair results. For example, a candidate may be defeated even though several hundred people voted for him, while in another state a director may be elected when only two votes are cast for him out of three votes total. Both of these results transpired in recent elections. The change, which extends the “region” concept, makes the same rule across the board: a director is assigned for each 80 members, and where those 80 are not found in a single state, regions are grouped so as to make this the norm across the country. This Association is both unusual and blessed in its number of directors, who ultimately make and ratify all decisions, and the figure of 80 was chosen to maintain roughly the same size board as presently exists, although flexibility is given to modify that number if demographics change the result in the future.

 

Do the changes specifically authorize an oath without specifying what it is or should be?        Yes.    In fact, oaths were authorized by vote of the EC in 1995 and have been requested of every incoming director since. The change makes official that this practice is authorized via the bylaws without limiting anyone as to its content.

 

Does the change withhold new members’ voting rights as long as three years?              Yes, for members who have no “skin in the game” via ownership of a Walking Horse. This proposal extends the current (effective ) requirement, that directors own a horse and have been a member for years, to voting members. Under the proposal, while one may become a member at any time, he or she will either show ownership of a horse or have been a member for three years before being allowed to vote. The policy obviously addresses the current potential for buying votes by paying $60.

 

Does the change dispense with term limits for directors from foreign countries, while retaining them for the US?        Yes. This change is proposed at the request of members and directors from foreign countries themselves, and addresses the situation in most organizations: dedicated folks are hard to find, and it’s sometimes counterproductive for everyone to say that the Association must go unrepresented in a country because term limits forced that person to leave and no one took up the banner.

 

Do the changes give the Executive Committee the power to change, repeal and form new rules at will?               No, and in fact the decision-making process is unchanged in the proposal. Specifically, directors and the EC have always had the authority to adopt corporate rules upon thirty days notification and vote. Those appear on the web site and address a variety of issues (e.g. shipped semen, enforcement procedures) which do not properly belong in the Bylaws. The changes do make clear that the EC exists to address month-to month issues of running the Association, and that ultimately its actions are accountable to the Directors, who may ratify, or refuse to ratify, at the biannual meetings. This is not a change; it is a clarification.

 

Do the bylaws give the EC the power to modify the number of directors, change the annual election procedure, and determine the capacity of a director to serve? Is this a “power grab”?            No. Ultimately, the Board has the authority under the proposal to do these things. The number of members receiving a director is subject to adjustment, as we have discussed. The election procedure, which currently is mis-placed in the middle of the Bylaws, would become a corporate rule, subject to the limitations discussed above. Provisions have been added to make clear that directors who are physically unable to serve can be removed by the Board; surprisingly, this provision, like so many others, was simply missing from the existing bylaws.

 

These changes can be simply summarized: the proposal presents an organized set of rules designed to carry out the mission statement of the Association. Please contact any member of the Bylaws Committee (Jeff Smith, Dr. David Mullis, Jim Heiting, Tom Kakassy, Sheryl Crawford, Senator Robin Webb) or any Executive Committee member with any questions.

 

Sincerely,

Tom Kakassy, TWHBEA Member at Large Bylaws/Enforcement Vice President

 

 

SISTER BIG LICK MOTHER SUPERIOR ISSUES STERN WARNING TO SORE BIG LICKERS AFTER TRAINER BOYZ RANDALL JONES IS SLAPPED WITH 4 YEAR SUSPENSION AND $4,400.00 FINE

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 THETA, TN – As explained last week,  the Sound  Horse Effort is a “MOVEMENT”,  while the Big Lick is a “WAY OF LIFE”.

A prime example is the September 24, 2014,  email from Sister Big Lick Mother Superior to the Licker Faithful.

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SISTER BIG LICK MOTHER SUPERIOR

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From: SISTER BIG LICK MOTHER SUPERIOR
Sent: ‎Wednesday‎, ‎September‎ ‎24‎, ‎2014 ‎5‎:‎31‎ ‎PM
Another email about the Scar Rule – sorry, but it is rather important.
Attached is a copy of a federal Order involving a scar rule violation.
Although it is a matter of public record, I have removed the person’s name and the horse’s name as well. The name of this document is Decision Without Hearing by Entry of Default Against Respondent. That simply means that the person accused of violating the scar rule (the respondent) failed to answer or respond to the Complaint filed against him by the USDA.
When a federal Complaint is filed against you for violating any aspect of the Horse Protection Act, you have 20 days to file a written response. If you do not file a written response, you are in default and the Judge can and will rule against you and in favor of the USDA.  This person has been suspended for four years for a scar rule violation and has been fined $4400.00.Please remember if anyone gets one of those certified manila envelopes, you only have 20 days to respond so act quickly.Another good thing to keep handy is the list of tips for the show horse owner that I previously emailed and that is posted on www.facebook.com/twhfacts  Using that list might prevent you from receiving one of those dreaded certified manila envelopes, but if you do get a federal Complaint filed against you and you have followed those tips, you will be in a much better position to defend yourself, your reputation and your horse.  You should always seek a vet’s opinion any time your horse is disqualified or turned down by the USDA regardless of the reason.Although the person involved in the attached case failed to respond, a four year suspension over a scar rule violation is very serious.  If at any time in the past you have had a horse disqualified by the USDA for scar rule and then sought evaluation by a veterinarian post disqualification, PLEASE contact the vet and give them approval to provide me with a copy of their exam results/report, any photographs taken or other documentation they or you may have that proves your horse was wrongly disqualified.  It is critical that this information be organized in order to determine if/what can be done to have the scar rule applied as it was intended.  This information can be emailed to me at xxxxxx. If you are submitting anything by regular mail, please make sure your copies are legible and photographs are clear and in color.As always, please do not reply to this email as multiple replies are sent to over 1000 people and leads to chaos.SISTER BIG LICK MOTHER SUPERIOR

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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE BEFORE THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE

Docket No. 13-0053

In re:

RANDALL JONES,

Respondent.

DECISION WITHOUT HEARING BY ENTRY OF DEFAULT AGAINST RESPONDENT

I. Preliminary Statement
The instant matter involves allegations by the Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (“APHIS”) of the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”; “Complainant”) that Randall Jones (“Respondent”) violated provisions of the Horse Protection Act, as amended, 15 U.S.C. §1821 a et seq. (“the Act; “HPA”).

II. ISSUES

1. Whether default should be entered in this matter;
2. Whether a hearing is necessary in this matter;
3. Whether Respondent willfully violated the Act;
4. Whether the sanctions recommended by Complainant should be imposed.

III. Procedural History

On October 23, 2012, Complainant filed a complaint with the Hearing Clerk, Office of
Administrative Law Judges (“OALJ”; “Hearing Clerk”). On October 25, 2012, the Hearing Clerk served the complaint on Respondent by certified mail, and informed Respondent that an Answer should be filed pursuant to the Rules of Practice Governing Formal Adjudications before

the Secretary of USDA (“the Rules”). Respondent failed to file an Answer.

The case was assigned to me, and by Order issued March 7, 2014, I directed Respondent to show cause why a Decision and Order upon entry of default should not be entered. Respondent failed to respond to my Order. On March 10, 2014, counsel for Complainant entered an appearance and moved for the entry of default judgment. The motion was served upon Respondent, who filed correspondence with the Hearing Clerk on March 27, 2014.

IV. Discussion
The Rules require the filing of an answer within twenty (20) days of the service of the complaint.
7 C.F.R. § 1.136. Pursuant to 7 C.F.R. § 1.136 (c), in the absence of an Answer that specifically addresses the allegations of the complaint, Respondent is deemed to have admitted the allegations set forth in the complaint. The failure to file an answer constitutes a waiver of hearing, and in the absence of meritorious objections to a proposed decision, entry of Default is appropriate, pursuant to 7 C.F.R. §1.139.

Respondent did not file an answer to the complaint that was served upon him at the address that Respondent provided in his correspondence of March 27, 2014. Respondent did not file a response to my Order, which was served upon him at the address that Respondent provided in his correspondence of March 27, 2014. The correspondence that Respondent filed in response to Complainant’s motion did not address the substantive grounds of Complainant’s motion, which included proposed findings of fact adopting the allegations of the complaint. Respondent’s correspondence stated in the entirety as follows:

“I have not received any info concerning this issue and have no knowledge of any deliveries to my address. Please forward any info concerning issue at hand and I will respond in a timely manner.”

I reject Respondent’s contention that he had “no knowledge of any deliveries to [his] address.” He responded to the delivery of the motion at the address he provided. All of the Hearing Clerk’s mailings were addressed to the address that Respondent provided, and no mail was returned as “undeliverable”. Moreover, Respondent’s only correspondence failed to address in any way Complainant’s motion, which summarized the violations alleged in the complaint.

I find that Respondent has failed to file a timely answer, and has failed to raise meritorious objections to Complainant’s motion. Respondent has waived his right to a hearing, and the entry of default is appropriate. Complainant’s proposed sanctions are warranted.

V. Findings of Fact

  1. Respondent Randall Jones is an individual with a mailing address in Pembroke, North Carolina.
  2. The Hearing Clerk for the Office of Administrative Law Judges served Respondent with a complaint alleging violations of the Horse Protection Act, 15 U.S.C. §1821 a et seq. at the address acknowledged to be Respondent’s.
  3. Respondent did not file an answer to the complaint.
  4. The Hearing Clerk for the Office of Administrative Law Judges served Respondent with an Order to show cause why the matter should not be decided in favor of Complainant due to Respondent’s failure to file an answer at the address acknowledged to be Respondent’s.
  5. Respondent did not file a response.
  6. The Hearing Clerk for the Office of Administrative Law Judges served Respondent with Complainant’s motion for a Decision by reason of default at the address acknowledged to be Respondent’s.
  7. Respondent filed correspondence that failed to address the motion or the allegations in the complaint.
  8. None of the correspondence was returned as undelivered.
  9. At all times material hereto, Respondent Randall Jones was the owner of a horse known as “Jammin The Blues”.
  1. On or about May 29, 2010, Respondent entered the horse known as “Jammin The Blues”, entry number 336, class number 47, for the purpose of showing or exhibiting at the 40th Annual Spring Fun Show in Shelbyville, Tennessee.
  2. Respondent entered the horse “Jammin The Blues” for show or exhibition while sore by virtue of being scarred.

VI. Conclusions of Law

  1. The Secretary has jurisdiction over this matter.
  2. On or about May 29, 2010, Respondent violated sections 5(2)(A) and (D) of the Act (15 U.S.C. §§ 1824(2)(A) and (D)), when he entered and allowed the entry of, for the purpose of showing or exhibiting, the horse known as “Jammin The Blues” entry number 336, class number 47, at the 40th Annual Spring Fun Show in Shellbyville, Tennessee, while the horse was sore by virtue of being scarred as defined in the prevailing regulations at 9 C.F.R. § 11.3.ORDER
    Respondent Randall Jones is disqualified for four years from showing, exhibiting, or entering any horse, directly or indirectly through any agent, employee, or other device, and from judging, managing or otherwise participating in any horse show, horse exhibition, or horse sale or auction. “Participating” means engaging in any activity beyond that of a spectator, and includes, without limitation, transporting or arranging for the transportation of horses to or from equine events; personally giving instructions to exhibitors; being present in the warm-up or inspection areas, or in any area where spectators are not allowed; and financing the participating of others in equine events.
  3. Respondent Randall Jones is assessed a civil penalty of $4,400.00.

This Order shall have the same effect as if entered after a full hearing.
Pursuant to the Rules, this Decision and Order shall become final and effective without further proceedings 35 days after the date of service upon Respondent, unless it is appealed to the Judicial Officer by a party to the proceeding within thirty (30) days after service, pursuant to the Rules, 7 C.F.R. §§1.139 and 1.145.

Copies of this Decision and Order shall be served upon the parties by the Hearing Clerk. So ORDERED this 9th day of April, 2014 at Washington, D.C.

Janice K. Bullard,  Administrative Law Judge

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Sister Big Lick Mother Superiors emails will be featured here from time to time as long as Harold is able to stay on the performance-horse-support@googlegroups.com

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PRISCILLA PRESLEY CALLS OUT U. S. HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER FOR HOLDING UP VOTE ON THE PAST ACT – NOTES CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L HOWARD BEING IN BED WITH COCK FIGHTER B.L. COZAD, JR.

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THETA, TNPriscilla Presley in an op-ed piece published in The Tennessean newspaper today:

PRISCILLA PRESLEY - SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE

PRISCILLA PRESLEY – SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE

  • Called on U. S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and U. S. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) to bring the PAST ACT tp a vote;
  • Put the “KIBOSH” on the Celebration’s discredited “VAC” Committee which was first exposed on August 27, 2014, when All American Walking Horse Alliance Representative confirmed that Dr. Dallas O. Goble,  Budweiser Clydesdale vet, was not a member of the Celebration’s “VAC”,  Veterinary Advisory Committee.
DALLAS O. GOBLE, DVM - RETIRED VET

DALLAS O. GOBLE, DVM – RETIRED VET

http://www.billygoboy.com/2014/08/27/aawha-blows-lid-off-of-vac-veterinary-advisory-committee-of-the-tennessee-walking-horse-national-celebration-dr-dallas-o-goble-is-not-a-member-of-the-celebrations-vac/

  • Highlighted Celebration Chairman David L. Howard getting in bed with Cock Fighter B. L. Cozad, Jr. at the Celebration:

COCK FIGHTER B. L. COZAD, JR. IN FRONT OF DARK SPIRIT’S REBEL IN CELEBRATION’S HALL OF FAME CLUB “PREACHING” TO THE LICKERS

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

LICKER LEADER – CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

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THE TENNESSEAN OP-ED – PRISCILLA PRESLEY

http://www.tennessean.com/story/opinion/2014/09/26/rampant-abuse-decimating-walking-horse-breed/16214817/

PRISCILLA PRESLEY

PRISCILLA PRESLEY

Rampant abuse decimating Walking Horse breed

Priscilla Presley 11:03 p.m. CDT September 25, 2014

In December 2013, I requested the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, which crowns the Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Championship, return the Graceland Challenge trophy due to the rampant abuse in the Tennessee Walking Horse’s “big lick” segment known as horse “soring.”

This year, the event, which has been plagued with this abuse for more than a half-century, saw inspectors from the U.S. Department of Agriculture disqualify nearly half of the horses they inspected at the 10-day event due to signs of current soring, scarring and other violations of the Horse Protection Act of 1970. Additionally, all five judges of the event have recorded violations of the HPA.

Throughout the event, and as they have in the past, the pro-soring coalition in Tennessee continued to point fingers at the inspectors, arguing that the trainers were not violating the Horse Protection Act and abusing these majestic animals. Fortunately, the facts are on the side of the groups working together to eradicate soring by working to pass the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, introduced by U.S. Reps. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., and Steve Cohen, D-Tenn. That bill currently has 305 co-sponsors in the House and 57 in the Senate.

The PAST Act is supported by more than 600 groups and key individuals, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Horse Council, U.S. Equestrian Federation, National Sheriffs’ Association, former Tennessee Gov. Winfield Dunn, former walking horse industry president Bill Harlin, and the veterinary medical associations from all 50 states.

This year’s Celebration was not such a celebration at all. Only three horses competed for the World Grand Championship, which typically has a dozen or so entries. Most of the horses had been disqualified in the weeks before by USDA inspectors. The crowd, which formerly boasted 30,000 fans in its heyday, dwindled to nearly 20 percent of that number, according to sources who attended. During the final week of the event, the media uncovered misrepresentations by the Celebration’s Veterinary Advisory Committee, which was clearly nothing more than a politically motivated move designed to lend credibility to the industry so that trainers could continue to abuse horses.

The horse that was crowned world grand champion, I Am Jose, was trained and ridden by Casey Wright, who has numerous violations of the HPA for soring and abusing horses, and all but one of the top 10 trainers who received the most prize money at the Celebration have multiple HPA violations.

Astounding, isn’t it? There is more. I must mention that the pro-soring coalition brought noted cockfighting advocate B.L. Cozad to the grounds of the Celebration to speak in its “Hall of Fame Club” against protecting animals from abuse. Cozad actually stated, “Horse soring is a victimless crime. Why is it illegal?” To Mr. Cozad, and the pro-soring groups, I say there are victims. The victims are the horses that have no voice, the equine industry that is being destroyed by these crimes, and the Tennesseans who no longer want their state to be known as the “horse abuse capital of the world.”

Over the past several months, I have had numerous conversations with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., about bringing the PAST Act to a vote so this torture can be stopped for good, but it appears that Speaker John Boehner is now holding up the legislation. I thank McCarthy for his time, efforts and leadership on this issue and call on Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring the PAST Act to a vote during this Congress. Gentlemen, our country and our horses need you.

Priscilla Presley is an actress and founder and chairwoman of Elvis Presley Enterprises.

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The USDA providing the 2012 and 2013 “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORTS” could pass the PAST ACT.

It’s DAY 18 and still no reports.

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CELEBRATION’S “DISCREDITED” VAC PUTS OUT REPORT CLAIMING IT PULLED SHOES – WHY DIDN’T USDA DR. CHESTER GIPSON PULL SHOES WHEN SECRETARY VILSACK ASSURED CONGRESS USDA WOULD DO SO? – WHERE ARE THE 2012 AND 2013 CELEBRATION REPORTS

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SHELBYVILLE, TN –  Before the 2014 Celebration,   Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack authorized in writing and verbally assured 59 United States Congressmen led by Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY) that stacks/packages/shoes would be pulled at the 2014 Celebration.

Tom Vilsack - U. S. Secretary of Agriculture

Tom Vilsack – U. S. Secretary of Agriculture

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

…  because of the increasing incidence of pressure shoeing in recent years, we ask that the Department make good on past threats to remove shoes and pad packages as part of its inspection.  This should be done on a random basis, as well as for any horse whose appearance, gait and behavior suggests that it may have been pressure-shod, especially in aged stallion classes and for the World Grand Championship.”

Then Deputy APHIS Administrator Chester Gipson, DVM,  inexplicably chose not to pull the shoes/packages on ANY horse at the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

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

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

Then today,  the American public learned that the Celebration’s “discredited” “VAC” claims that it did pull shoes/packages at the 2014 Celebration.

And because USDA APHIS Deputy Administrator Chester Gipson, DVM,  did not pull ANY shoes/packages, America is left wondering if what the suspect “VAC” is saying is true or not?

Dr. Chester Gipson owes the American people who pay his salary an explanation.  There will never be a better opportunity to pull a Horse’s shoes than what Dr. Gipson had on two time World Grand Champion “I AM JOSE”    IAJ was bad image at the 2013 Asheville, NC show and then again at the 2014 Trainers Show.

Why didn’t Chester Gipson, DVM pull IAJ shoes/packages?

2013 WORLD GRAND CHAMPION - "I AM JOSE" - CASEY WRIGHT UP

2013 WORLD GRAND CHAMPION – “I AM JOSE” – CASEY WRIGHT UP

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

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

Here is the “VAC” report.

fhttp://www.walkinghorsereport.com/pdf_0/Initial%20VAC%20Report.pdf

Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and  ”VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship lied to the public about Dr. Dallas O. Goble,  Budweiser Clydesdale veterinarian,  being on the “VAC” Committee when in fact he wasn’t.  When contacted,  Dr. Dallas O. Goble said,  “I wouldn’t touch that with a 10 foot pole”.

Interestingly,  on September 23, 2014,   the “VAC” Committee on its website still lists Dr. Dallas O Goble as being one of the Vet members of the “VAC”.

http://www.celebrationvac.com

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It is also noteworthy that the Celebration’s “VAC” Report,  says Dr. Phillip Hammock was present on the Celebration grounds on August 29, 2014.    After the news broke on www.billygoboy.com and The Tennessean on August 27, 2014,  that Dr. Dallas O. Goble “was not a member of the  “VAC”  Veterinary Advisory Committee of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration”,  the Celebration went into a tailspin and full panic mode.  After two days of crisis management meetings to deal with being questioned from within and from without the Big Lick world,  the Celebration’s crisis management team attempted a “spin job” to manage the disaster.

“VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship and “VAC” Chairman Dr. Jerry Johnson drove from Shelbyville on August 29 to Knoxville, Tennessee to meet with Dr. Goble and try to get off the hook.  It didn’t work when AAWHA Media Representative Clant M. Seay contacted Dr. Goble  after the meeting, and Seay again verified that Tennessean reporter Paul C. Barton got the story right, and Dr. Goble once again blew the whistle on the shenanigans of Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and his “VAC” lackies Tom Blankenship and Dr. Jerry Johnson, sore Big Lick Warriors from 2006.

http://www.billygoboy.com/2014/08/30/aawha-interview-with-dr-dallas-o-goble-blows-celebrationvac-pr-firm-spin-job-sky-high-listen-to-dr-goble-expose-the-blatant-lies-and-chicanery-of-the-sore-big-lick/

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

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

On Friday night, August 29, 2014,   AAWHA Representative Clant M. Seay met “VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship at Barn 9 at the Celebration where “VAC” was inspecting horses.   Celebration Chairman invited critics to attend the Celebration and observe how horses were being inspected.  Seay explained to Blankenship that people had a right to take pictures of what the “VAC” was doing.

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

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

DAY 15 – STILL NO “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORTS” FOR THE 2012 AND 2013 TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATIONS.

Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack assured the Congressman that the 2014 USDA inspection numbers would be reported where the figures were not “BLENDED” which is what Dr. Chester Gipson did in the past which allowed the sore Big Lick to claim an unholy “partnership” with the USDA.

The 2014 “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORT” published on September 8, 2014, showed  there were severe discrepancies and variances with what the USDA Vets and the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO inspectors found at the 2014 Celebration regarding the number of sore horses.

The Celebration inspectors “manufactured” a 98% HPA compliance rate,  where the USDA inspectors showed it was more like approximately two of every 10 horses were sore.

USDA CELEBRATION/S.H.O.W. HIO

BILATERAL(BOTH FEET)      84 (USDA)      3  (CEL. Inspectors)
UNILATERAL(ONE FOOT)    19 (USDA)     13  (CEL inspectors)

USDA    103   Bilateral/Unilateral

CELEBRATION  16  Bilateral/unilateral

This is why Dr.Gipson  not pulling the shoes as assured by Secretary Vilsack was so important and so unforgivable.     Simply put,   Dr. Chester Gipson failed the American people and failed to protect “The Horses” when he did not pull the packages/shoes on “I AM JOSE” and other horses at the 2014 Celebration.

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It is hoped that Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and the 58 Congressmen who stood with him will demand a date by which they will be furnished the 2012 and 2013 “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORTS”.

These Reports are crucial to passing the PAST ACT.

And an explanation why Dr. Chester Gipson did not pull the packages/shoes at the 2014 Celebration when Secretary Vilsack assured Congress that the USDA would do so.

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BROTHER ROY EXUM REMEMBERS HIS SHADOW DOG “SCOOTER”

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THETA, TN – One of our friends up here at Theta is Brother Roy Exum of Chattanooga  (Lookout Mountain), Tennessee,  and Yazoo County, Mississippi.

Roy has been through a lot recently, and for a few weeks,  he was away from his typewriter.

Like the famous author and raconteur Willie Morris from Yazoo City, Mississippi,   Roy Exum’s roots run deep in the State of Mississippi,  home of creative folks like Oprah, Elvis, Jim Henson/ the Muppets,  B.B..  Bill Falkner, and Jimmy Weatherly to name a few.

Like Willie who adored “Skip”,  Roy recently lost his beloved companion “Scooter”.

A few days ago,  Roy wrote a piece remembering his friend.

http://www.chattanoogan.com/2014/9/16/284386/Roy-Exum-Goodbye-To-My-Scooter.aspx

Roy Exum: Goodbye To My Scooter

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 – by Roy Exum
Roy Exum
Roy Exum

The month of August turned out to be unkind, with my dog, my favorite aunt and my magnificent mother all dying within three weeks’ time. As I finally begin to push out the three newest dents in my soul, my habit has been to write something akin to a goodbye note to those I have loved. I’m not ready for Aunt Martha and Mother yet – not by a stretch — but I remembered Scooter with great fondness yesterday morning.

For the past 14 years we have welcomed every dawn together, sitting quietly in the darkness to go through our prayers, drink our coffee, read the paper, and begin the day. Not once did he ever miss, a huge fistful of Milk Bones always part of our ritual, and while I have now had dogs for over 60 years, he was far and away the best shadow dog I have ever had.

That’s right – he was constantly by my side. If I got up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, Scooter would sit on the bathmat until we went back to bed. He never let me out of his sight, just like your shadow. It was impossible to play hide-and-seek with him. What’s more, he never complained, pointed out my weakness or my frailties, or was unkind to any of my friends. He met me at the door every afternoon in a way that was not only unfailing but better with each new day.

At the end, Scooter had a bad seizure on a day when mother was real sick and Aunt Martha had quit eating. Usually when I lose a dog it is me who gets sick and quits eating – sometime for days – but I responded to his demise by telling Mom my latest joke and getting Martha the biggest Whitman’s Sampler I could find (both worked!)

But yesterday in the quiet just before first light – and oh it is so quiet now – I remembered the night Brooke and Billy brought home “a new dachshund” from the sidewalk in front of Lupi’s Pizza. Scooter was the worst-looking puppy I’d ever seen, his eyes laden with infection and Parvo tremors. He hardly weighed a pound and early the next day I sent the kids to Doc Keller’s with orders to put the dog down

They were back in no time, joyously saying our great vet thought he might be able to save the puppy and then, after pausing just so, adding in a smaller voice, “He also said to send him $360 as soon as you can.” In the years that followed I spent hundreds more on Scooter – he had impossible mange his whole life – but I would have gladly spent thousands.

When he came into our life Charli Brown (without an “e” because “he” was a “she”) slept on the pillow beside me so Scooter’s place on the bed each night was on the outside on my left thigh. That way I could pet him and he could nuzzle me, which I now realized happened more than I thought. Another thing was that Scooter was a great doctor, a diagnostician.

One time I was feeling bad when I got home and the minute I lay down, Scooter and Charli were almost rabid in forcefully trying to lick my face. It was unreal – I couldn’t push them away. Five hours later I was on my way to the hospital with a new infection in my arm and, had it not happened on two other distinctive occasions, I wouldn’t have believed dogs could predict health calamities either.

The other noticeable trait Scooter had was that he was a talker. He’d bark just to bark, happily wagging his tail, and what was odd was that his joyful talking never got on my nerves. I’d just bark back and, as “dog people” all know, the constant companionship was an undeniable blessing. When I was gone he would dote on mother, who always saved him her last bite of lunch, and who took it pretty hard when I had to tell her he’d be standing by heaven’s gate when she got there.

Not until I get to heaven … and, yes, there is some luck involved … will I know how canine mystics work but Scooter’s ghost is already in touch with a puppy, another special dog, and Scooter is feeling the dog out, making sure, the same way Charli Brown and Skippy did when the tiny puppy came from Lupi’s that night.

I’ll be okay because that’s the kind of dog ol’ Scoot was to Pops. What a great dog.

royexum@aol.com

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Roy would probably enjoy hearing from you.

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U.S. SENATOR SHERROD BROWN(D-OH) BECOMES #59 U.S. SENATOR TO BACK THE PAST ACT – ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE BRINGS HOME THE BACON FOR THE “SOUND HORSE MOVEMENT”

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WASHINGTON, DC –  U. S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH),  is now co-sponsoring the PAST ACT (Prevent All Soring Tactics Act) committing today to an All American Walking Horse Alliance delegation led by AAWHA Organizer Jeannie McGuire from Culpeper, Virginia.

Sherrod Brown is the senior U. S. Senator from Ohio.

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

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

All American Walking Horse Alliance organizer Jeannie McGuire of Culpeper, Virginia, said,    ”Our Ohio delegation worked hard on this, and on behalf of  all PAST ACT supporters throughout America,  we are so happy that Senator Brown has agreed to co-sponsor the PAST ACT“.    McGuire was accompanied by her daughter Jamie,  Gale Monahan and “Walk On Washington” DQP Lauren Kovacs to the meeting at Senator Brown’s office on Capitol Hill.
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Brown becomes the 59th United States Senator to endorse the PAST ACT.  The last Senatorial commitment to sponsor the PAST ACT was on August 3, 2014.   

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

John Barrasso ( R-WY)

Roy Blunt ( R-MO)

John Boozman (R-AR)

Richard Burr ( R-NC)

Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)

Dan Coats ( R-IN)

Tom Coburn ( R-OK)

Thad Cochran ( R-MS)

Bob Corker ( R-TN)

John Cornyn ( R-TX)

Ted Cruz ( R-TX)

Michael Enzi ( R-WY)

Deb Fischer ( R-NE)

Jeff Flake ( R-AZ)

Lindsey Graham ( R-SC)

Charles Grassley ( R-IA)

Heidi Heitkamp ( D-ND)

Dean Heller ( R-NV)

John Hoeven (R-ND)

James Inhofe ( R-OK)

Ron Johnson ( R-WI)

Mike Lee ( R-UT)

Joe Manchin ( D-WVA)

John McCain ( R-AZ)

Claire McCaskill ( D-MO)

Jerry Moran (R-KS)

Lisa Murkowski ( R-AK

Rob Portman (R-OH)

Harry Reid ( D-NV)

Jim Risch ( R-ID)

Pat Roberts ( R-KS)

Jay Rockefeller ( D-WVA)

Tim Scott (R-SC)

Jeff Sessions ( R-AL

Richard Shelby ( R-AL)

Jon Tester ( D-MT)

Roger Wicker ( R-MS)

Senator Brown adds another Democrat voice to whom Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will have to listen.

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CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD CONTINUES TO “RANT AND RAVE” ON TENNESSEAN.COM OVER “SORING REPORTS NEARLY DOUBLE” STORY BASED ON 2014 CELEBRATION “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORT”

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NASHVILLE, TNCelebration Chairman David L. Howard continues to hold center stage on The Tennessean online website,   Tennessean.com,  where for the past week Mr. Howard has done everything but stand on his head and speak in tongues trying to defend the indefensible sore Big Lick and its premier showcase,  the Tennessee National Walking Horse Celebration.

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

Last Thursday,  The Tennessean newspaper published an article,   ”SORING REPORTS NEARLY DOUBLE”  written by reporter Brian Wilson.   The article caused Celebration Chairman Mr. David L. Howard to blow “sky high”.

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/2014/09/10/walking-horse-celebration-violations-double-last-years/15424385/ 

For seven days now, Mr. Howard has gone on and on and on alternately:

  • Inviting
  • Defending
  • Attacking
  • Accusing

all comers on The Tennessean’s website.

Mr. Howard has accused The Tennessean newspaper of not knowing facts from manure and challenged the newspaper’s “journalism ethics”, and called out its reporters Brian Wilson and Paul C. Barton personally.

All the while, Mr. Howard has resolutely defended the Celebration’s “VAC” Veterinary Advisory Committee even after distinguished vet Dr. Dallas O. Goble told “VAC” he wasn’t going to have anything to do with it.

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The fact is that Celebration Chairman David L Howard and “VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship (former sore Horse spokesperson),  both traded off the professional credentials and accomplishments of veterinarian Dr. Dallas O. Goble, and his work with the Budwieser Clydesdale herd,  as being part of the Celebration’s “VAC” after Dr. Goble disavowed himself from “VAC”, and made it clear that he was NOT part of “VAC”.

AAWHA SPOKESPERSON AND 'VAC' SPOKESPERSON COMPARE NOTES

AAWHA SPOKESPERSON AND ‘VAC’ SPOKESPERSON COMPARE NOTES

When  asked it if he was a member of the “VAC”,  Dr. Goble said,  “No, I am not a part of it.   I wouldn’t touch that with a 10 foot pole.”

Here is an except from today from Mr. Howard who lectures Ms Jane Lutz on Thermography, and accuses Ms Lutz of doing something she did not do, and then Billy Go Boy asked Mr. Howard a few questions:


  • David L. Howard ·  Top Commenter ·University of Tennessee (Memphis)

    Jane, thermography has been around for many years and has never been used to detect scars. Thermography is used to detect heat patterns in a horses foot and is failsafe only when used in a protected environment. Just check the USDA site and they will explain the strengths and weaknesses of thermography and how they utilize it in the field. And Jane, I don’t think they are spreading “bull crap” as you call it. There were close to ten veterinarians associated with the VAC, either in a role of devising the program to be utilized or actually carrying out the tests. Jane I am sure you don’t know who all these vets were because even the Celebration didn’t know until this past week. I guess you think all of them were willing to risk their names and reputations covering up unsound horses Celebration. You are welcome to criticize the Celebration and the breed but attacking the quality and ethics of these men and women is uncalled for.
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  • David L. Howard Your son Jeffrey attended the Sound Horse Conference held in Brentwood in March 2014. If you had personally attended you would have seen this presentation which explains the use of Thermography to provide the science based objective inspections that you “say” you want. It’s “USE OF IMAGING TO AID THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT” by Tracy A. Turner, DVM, MS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvTaObtApE4
    About “VAC” – You and Spokesperson Tom Blankenship were caught lying about the “VAC”. You touted “VAC” by extolling Dr. Dallas Goble, who worked with the Budweiser Clydesdale herd, as being one of the three vets on the “VAC”. Dr. Goble said he wouldn’t touch “VAC” with a 10 foot pole. After Dr. Goble told “VAC” he was not going to be part of it, you and Mr. Blankenship continued to use Dr. Goble’s name and reputation trying to enhance this “VAC” public relations stunt. Dr. Goble said on August 29, 2014, “I had already called them and told them I wasn’t going to do it.” So Mr. Howard, why did you keep on and on using Dr. Goble’s name – just like you are keeping on and on with these “10″ veterinarian that you now claim were associated with the “VAC”. And since “VAC” is transparent, please list the names of these ”10″ vets who were “associated” with VAC.
    How do you reconcile your statement:
    “Soring … is the reason our show has suffered declines the past five years” with statement that Jeffrey Howard made, ”The Performance Show Horse Association is committed to the elimination of the small minority of people who sore horses for competitive advantage. As the industry has a 98.5% compliance rate, that number is a small minority”
    When are you going to release the actual attendance numbers for the 2014 Celebration?

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    Please stay tuned, there’s no telling what Mr. Howard is going to dig up next.

    CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD’S MANURE PILE

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THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WANTS THE USDA TO RELEASE THE 2012 AND 2013 CELEBRATION INSPECTION REPORTS WHICH WILL PASS THE PAST ACT – THE TAXPAYERS LOOK TO CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD TO GET IT DONE

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SHELBYVILLE,  TN –   After spending hundreds of thousands of dollars manufacturing and claiming a 94%  - 98% HPA compliance rate,  the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Chairman David L. Howard appeared to throw the Celebration’s horse inspection program,  S. H. O. W. HIO,  under the bus yesterday with the following mea culpa:

“Soring … is the reason our show has suffered declines the past five years.”

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

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

Celebration Chairman David L. Howard posted the following comment on http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/2014/09/10/walking-horse-celebration-violations-double-last-years/15424385/  at 9:08 a.m. on September 15, 2014:   ” … The Celebration is totally opposed to soring and it is the reason our show has suffered declines the past five years. We are now taking matters into our own hands instead of relying on the government or industry inspectors. We simply want to put on the best horse show possible and leave inspections and regulations to the USDA and others. That has not worked and that is why we are going to put in anindependent inspection program. Unfortunately, we will be limited to our show since we have no control over any other show or facet of the industry.”

For the past three years,  David L. Howard’s Celebration has claimed a 94% -98% HPA compliance rate, and according to Mr. Howard’s son Jeffrey Howard,  ”The Performance Show Horse Association is committed to the elimination of the small minority of people who sore horses for competitive advantage. As the industry has a 98.5% compliance rate, that number is a small minority.”

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

WALKING HORSE REPORT EDITOR JEFFREY HOWARD APPEARING BEFORE THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL BOARD – December 3, 2013

PSHA Spokesperson Jeffrey Howard,  son of Celebration Chairman David L. Howard said on April 27, 2014 in a Knoxville News-Sentinel Op Ed piece,  ”Those of us who work and support the industry fully recognized that the practice was once commonplace. But by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s own standards, the industry is between 96 and 99 percent compliant with inspections to detect soring. What other industry can boast a compliance rate that high? And again, those are USDA numbers, not an artificial report generated by the industry.”

So it appears the Father David and Son Jeffrey have both been out digging in Manure Pile:

TWO GUYS FROM SHELBYVILLE WATCHING THE HORSE SHOW

TWO GUYS FROM SHELBYVILLE WATCHING THE HORSE SHOW (Left – PSHA Spokesperson Jeffrey Howard and Celebration Chairman David L. Howard)

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Celebration Chairman David Howard then says the “We are now taking matters into our own hands instead of relying on the government or industry inspectors.”

Does that mean Chairman Howard is now abandoning the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO against which the USDA filed Complaint to decertify in January 2014 due to the Celebration’s failures to comply with the Horse Protection Act?

Everything came to a head on September 8, 2014, when the USDA released “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORT”  which blew the Celebration S.H.O.W. HIO  bogus 98% compliance rate sky-high.

PSHA Spokesperson Jeffrey Howard’s Freudian slip, not an artificial report generated by the industry” is even more convicting of the sore Big Lick than that of his father’s mea culpa.

The jig was up when the USDA FINALLY stopped (intentionally or unintentionally) covering for the sore Big Lick,  arguably because 59 U. S. Congressmen and Senators demanded that Secretary of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack require APHIS Administrators Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson, DVM to do their jobs, and come clean with the American taxpayers.

KEVIN SHEA - APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

KEVIN SHEA – APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

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

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

In the past, the APHIS Administrators Shea and Gipson “BLENDED IN” its inspection numbers with the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO figures.

This allowed Howard’s sore Big Lick Celebration to falsely claim a 96% – 99% HPA compliance rate.

All that changed in 2014 when 59 United States Congressmen and Senators led by Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY)  on August 7, 2014 went to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and urgently requested accountability from APHIS.

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

This put pressure on APHIS Administrators Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson, DVM. to enforce the HPA,  and on September 8, 2014,  APHIS  issued the vital 2014 “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORT” which exposed the sore Big Lick Celebration’s bogus 96% – 99% Horse Protection Act Compliance claims.

Apparently,  Celebration Chairman David L. Howard never thought the USDA would lower the boom because on September 4, 2014,   the Celebration released its inspection program, S.H.O.W. HIO results which were reported by www.billgoboy.com below:

http://www.billygoboy.com/2014/09/04/celebration-releases-inspection-numbers-now-its-time-for-the-usda-to-do-the-same-an-ominous-cloud-hangs-over-the-usda-its-time-for-clear-skies-and-sunshine/

Apparently,  it was Celebration Chairman David L. Howard’s intention to go right along with the 96% – 98% charade that Steve Smith, Lamar Alexander and Marsha Blackburn had been parroting for months.

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CELEBRATION S.H.O.W. HIO INSPECTION NUMBERS:

1,562 – pre-show entries inspected
195 – post-show entries inspected

1,757 – total entries inspected

VIOLATIONS:

3 – bilateral
7 – scar rule
13 unilateral
3 – foreign substance
1 – open lesion (non HPA)
4 – unacceptable (non HPA)
1 – illegal shoeing – 1 (non HPA)

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Immediately following the release of the USDA numbers on September 8, 2014,  the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO Inspection Numbers  were removed from The Walking Horse Report website, www.walkinghorsereport.com  ,  owned by David L. Howard and also from the Celebration website,  http://twhnc.com/content/.

What is still available on The Walking Horse Report website is a wildly differing “Inspection Result Breakdown” dated September 2, 2014,  from the Celebration S.H.O.W. HIO Inspection Numbers release on September 4, 2014.

The September 2, 2014,  Celebration Inspection result breakdown:

http://www.walkinghorsereport.com/news.aspx?cid=10238

“The 75th Anniversary Celebration concluded on August 31 with 1,893 horses being presented for pre-show inspection.  Of those, 30 horses were disqualified from competition prior to showing.  One horse received two violations bringing the total number of violations found by SHOW inspectors to 31.  The 98.4% compliance with the HPA is a far different story than the one being told by opponents to the show horse industry.

An analysis of the violations shows that 20 of the 31 were either scar, unilateral or bilateral sensitivity.  Many of the other violations were either technical or non-HPA violations.  The preliminary breakdown is the following:

Bilateral – 1
Unilateral – 7
Scar Rule – 12
Illegal Shoeing – 2
Foreign Substance – 4
Unacceptable – 3
High Band – 1
Non-HPA Violations – 1

SHOW Inspectors also inspect every class winner bringing the total number of inspections conducted by SHOW to 2,087.”

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Apparently,  Celebration Chairman David L. Howard was flummoxed by the USDA release of REAL inspection results from USDA Vets inspections for 2014,  compared to the “BLENDED” results released by the USDA in 2012 and 2013.

Those “BLENDED” results allowed David L. Howard’s sore Big Lick to claim a PARTNERSHIP with the USDA, and false HPA compliance numbers.  It also allowed the sore Big Lick Champions Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and other propagandists to falsely claim 96% – 98% HPA compliance rates.

THREE PERSONS DIDN’T TOUCH THE 2014 CELEBRATION WITH 10 FOOT POLE

DALLAS O. GOBLE, DVM – NEVER WAS A “VAC” MEMBER

DALLAS O. GOBLE, DVM - RETIRED VET

DALLAS O. GOBLE, DVM – RETIRED VET

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

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

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

REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN)

REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN)

REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN)

The American taxpayers are now on the edge of their seats waiting for the USDA to  produce “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORTS” for 2012 and 2013.

The American Taxpayers are depending on Congressman Ed Whitfield to get this done for them and “The Horses” who are depending on Congressman Whitfield to protect them.

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70% OF UNITED STATES HOUSE CO-SPONSORS THE PAST ACT

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NOW ALL EYES ARE ON CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY)  spearheaded the urgent request by the 59 Congressmen fpr the USDA to do its job and enforce the HPA to eliminate SORING, and Americans from coast to coast  are now looking to Congressman Whitfield to do the same for the 2012 and 2013 Celebrations.  The sands in the hour-glass are running on the PAST ACT, and Congressman Whitfield needs a sense of urgency in getting this done.

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Nephew Eugene says America awaits the USDA publishing the 2012 and 2013  “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORTS”  which,  hopefully, will establish that the USDA did its job in enforcing the Horse Protection Act for those respective years.

Nephew Eugene believes Congressman Ed Whitfield is the man to get this done.

Nephew Eugene says that Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and TWHBEA President Steve Smith have good reason to be anxious about the USDA preparing and releasing the reports for 2012 and 2013 Celebrations.

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

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

THE CONTESTANTS

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

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

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

The Sound Horse Movement rarely unites.

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

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STATUS OF THE PAST ACT

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

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

No meet Hasert Rule, no vote.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE TWHBEA PRIMER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“BIG LICK POWER GRAB” TRIES TO DESTROY THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE BREEDERS & EXHIBITORS ASSOCIATION – WILL THE TWHBEA SOUND HORSE DIRECTORS MANAGE TO BEAT BACK THE “BIG LICK POWER GRAB”?

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LEWISBURG, TN – On Monday, September 15, 2014,  the BIG LICK POWER GRAB attempt will begin.    A By-Laws change will be mailed to the 5,458+/- eligible to vote TWHBEA members with the future of the official Tennessee Walking Horse breed registry in the balance.  TWHBEA has lost 1,492 members in the past 12 months – over 22% loss.

TWHBEA members will have a choice:

  • ACCEPT ALL BY LAW CHANGES.
  • DO NOT ACCEPT ANY BY LAW CHANGES.

If the TWHBEA members vote to accept ALL By Law changes,   the following will result:

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THE 63% LANDSLIDE VOTE FOR THE PAST ACT (IN GREEN)

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The sore Big Lick gang of Steve Smith, Walt Chism and By Laws VP Tom “I’M A PROUD HPA VIOLATOR” Kakassy are betting that the TWHBEA members  will ACCEPT ALL BY-LAW CHANGES.

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TOM KAKASSY – TWHBEA BY LAWS VP

If so, the following “BIG LICK POWER GRAB” will be a fait accompli.

The Black States will no longer have a Director.   The Red States will have more Directors.

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WWW.BILLYGOBOY.COM focused attention this week that,  unfortunately and disappointingly,  the “Sound Horse” Directors of the Black States have done virtually nothing since the semi-annual May Directors to demand any type of accountability of the sore Big Lick TWHBEA management regarding the TWHBEA membership being provided with currrent Financial Statements or Membership numbers.

It remains to be seen if a timely effective campaign will be mounted to beat back the BIG LICK POWER GRAB from taking place.

For sure,  it will take a lot more energy, tenacity and competence than has been shown to date.

And time is of the essence.a

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

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ARIZONA  -  DR. PAM REBAND
ARKANSAS   (82) - KENNY MCGOWAN
COLORADO - RICK EVANS
CONNECTICUT
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IOWA - RICHARD WORKMAN
IDAHO DR. EDWIN HUTCHINSON
KANSAS - JULIE A. KELLER
MASSACHUSETTS - DONNA FULZ
MARYLAND  –   KEITH DANE
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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, 

Can the BIG LICK POWER GRAB be defeated?

A year ago,  “The Poll”,  where courageous TWHBEA VP Pat Stout,  with the assistance of an anonymous donor, allowed the 6,950 eligible to vote members of TWHBEA members an opportunity to express their opinion,   “YES” or “NO” on passage of the PAST ACT.   A landslide 63% voted “YES” to pass the PAST ACT.  The turnout was an impressive 26% of the TWHBEA membership.

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The people in charge of that effort knew the stakes and the TWHBEA members rallied to the cause in expressing their mandate to remove the pads and chains and end the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse.

“The Poll” turned the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse world on its ear.

It also let America and the United States Congress,  American Horse Council,  United States Equestrian Federation,  American Veterinary Medical Association,  American Association of Equine Practitioners ALL know that the ordinary dues paying members of the official breed registry wanted the pads and chains removed from the Tennessee Walking Horse.  They voted “YES” to Pass The Past Act.

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Nephew Eugene says it will be interesting to see if the Sound Horse Directors, who are about to be “BLACKED OUT” by the “BIG LICK POWER GRAB”, can defeat Big Lickers Steve Smith, Walt Chism and Tom “I’M A PROUD HPA VIOLATOR” Kakassy in a head to head challenge for survival.

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

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

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

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CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

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

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

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

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

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

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WEST GRAND STANDS – 2014 WORLD GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP

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

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CELEBRATION ON THE ROPES

Much much more to come.

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

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

AMERICA WILL BE WATCHING WITH RAPT INTEREST

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THE LICKERS

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THE FLATTERS.

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 THE CELEBRATION SPONSORS MINUS “REGIONS BANK”

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CELEBRATION SPONSORS

Six days until the Celebration.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apparently, they listened.

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

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

AAWHA Spokesperson Clant M. Seay said,  “We now have 70% of the U. S. House of Representatives supporting the PAST ACT. The elimination of the pads and chains which are a means and incentive to sore the horses would allow the Tennessee Walking Horse to regain its rightful place as the world’s greatest show horse that is also a pleasure to ride. The PAST Act will require change,  but it is change that will allow the Tennessee Walking Horse breed to survive and thrive. We proved at “Walk on Washington” with America watching that there will still be beautiful show horses without 15 pound shoes on each foot and chains slapping their pasterns. What there won’t be is an artificially created grotesque caricature of what should be a beautiful, fluid and altogether natural gait.  That was what made the Tennessee Walking Horse famous in the first place and when we get it back, then we will really have something to celebrate.”
The first billboard went up in Shelbyville today.
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THERE AIN’T GOING TO BE NO MORE “DUTCH/S” ONCE THE PAST ACT PASSES
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TWO HORSE SHOWS – WHOA INTERNATIONAL AND WARTRACE – ONE HEADING UP – THE OTHER ONE HEADING DOWN – A SIGN OF THE TIMES – (MORE TO FOLLOW)

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

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WARTRACE HORSE SHOW – AUGUST 2, 2O14

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

And the Celebration followed in 1939.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WHOA HIO DQP INSPECTING HORSES

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

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

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

There was a tense air at Wartrace.

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

It hung over everything.’

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

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

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WARTRACE, TENNESSEE HISTORIC BIG LICK SHOW

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

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

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

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AMATEURS ON AGED STALLIONS – VICTORY PASS

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

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

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

TRAINER WINKY GROOVER COACHING DEBBIE EICHLER

TRAINER WINKY GROOVER COACHING DEBBIE EICHLER

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

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THE USDA COMMAND STATION – DR. BAKER IN CHARGE

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

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

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

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

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WHTA BOYZ BUILDING – SHELBYVILLE, TENNESSEE

1,913 WHOA International entries say otherwise.

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

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

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JEFFREY HOWARD, PSHA SPOKESPERSON BEFORE THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL BOARD

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

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

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

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

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

No telling what he will find it he does.

This could get real interesting.

Stay tuned.

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Disclosure shows PSHA letter critical of Whitfield

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD (R-KY) ISSUES PRESS RELEASE

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

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

Those two words can be interpreted several different ways.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

LARRY JOE WHEELON OUTSIDE COURTROOM WITH ASSOCIATE BOBBIE JO KOGER

LARRY JOE WHEELON OUTSIDE COURTROOM WITH ASSOCIATE BOBBIE JO KOGER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHEELON FARRIER BLAKE PRIMM WITH BALL CAP.

WHEELON FARRIER BLAKE PRIMM WITH BALL CAP.

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

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

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

ESTHER BELL, ESQ., KNOXVILLE ATTORNEY

ESTHER BELL, ESQ., KNOXVILLE ATTORNEY

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

CIRCUIT JUDGE TAMMY HARRINGTON

CIRCUIT JUDGE TAMMY HARRINGTON

More to come.

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

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UNPROTECTED HORSES THANKS TO KEVIN SHEA AND CHESTER GIPSON, DVM

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

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

That is not acceptable.

The public does have a right to know.

And will know,  sooner rather than later.

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

KEVIN SHEA - APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

KEVIN SHEA – APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

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

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

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

Then, you stopped!

Why?

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

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

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

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

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

GIN TODDY – 3 HORSE PROTECTION ACTION VIOLATION CITATIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sirs, seriously,  what are you thinking about?

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

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

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

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

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

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

GARY EDWARDS, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER

GARY EDWARDS, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER

JIMMY MCCONNELL, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER

JIMMY MCCONNELL, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER

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

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

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

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

Tom Vilsack - U. S. Secretary of Agriculture

Tom Vilsack – U. S. Secretary of Agriculture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LARRY JOE WHEELON – SENATOR ALEXANDER’S HOMETOWN NEIGHBOR

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

RANDALL STACY GUNTER – EMPLOYEE OF LARRY JOE WHEELON

RANDALL STACY GUNTER, SUSPENDED BY KENTUCKY HIO

RANDALL STACY GUNTER, SUSPENDED BY KENTUCKY HIO

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

CHESTNUT HILL, TN – EAST TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE AUXILIARY SHOW

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BLOUNT COUNTY COURTHOUSE ON LAMAR ALEXANDER PARKWAY

BLOUNT COUNTY COURTHOUSE ON LAMAR ALEXANDER PARKWAY IN MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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