THE PAST ACT HANGS IN THE BALANCE – CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD SPENDS $250,000.00 “TRYING” TO BUY CREDIBILITY WITH SO CALLED “VAC” VETERINARY ADVISORY COMMITTEE – SMITH’S MAN BLANKENSHIP SADDLES UP AGAIN

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – Celebration Chairman David L. Howard was faced with a dilemma.

  • An unmarketable product in the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse,
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BUBBA UP ON “PURPLE STRATEGY”

  • Shelbyville’s largest banking institution,  Regions Bank,  abruptly withdrew its corporate sponsorship,

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  • 70% of the U. S. House of Representatives endorses the PAST ACT to remove the pads and chains to stop the soring and abuse of the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses.   The American people want the sore Big Lick to end forever.

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So sore Big Lick Champions David L. Howard and Steve Smith (Senator Alexander Campaign Finance Chair and Rep Blackburn benefactor) came up with a PLAN.

THE POLITICS

  • Blackburn/Alexander introduced Bills in February/April 2014 which feature “Self Regulation”.  ”Self Regulation” has failed for the past 45 years.   Their Bills propose allegedly INDEPENDENT COMMITTEES/BOARDs which essentially hire some veterinarians, and then propose allegedly objective science based Inspections.
  • Block the PAST ACT in the U. S. Senate.   In addition to having Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) putting “ping pong” holds on S. 1406,  on June 5, 2014,  a meeting was held in Shelbyville, Tennessee with Celebration Chairman David L. Howard, John T. Bobo and other key players and Gallatin,Tennessee Democrat activist attorney Charles Bone who represented TWHBA in the NWHA law suit which TWHBEA lost.  From 1976 through 2000, Charles Bone was active in every campaign for former Vice President Al Gore and worked extensively with the Gore for President efforts.  Former VP Al Gore is close to U. S. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) who holds the fate of the PAST ACT in his hands. There is a possibility that inside influence with Senate Majority Leader Reid has been utilized by the Lickers to encourage Reid to not put the PAST ACT on the Senate calendar.
  • Block the PAST ACT in the U. S. House.   Representative Marsha Blackburn was supposed to be the cork in the bottle in the U. S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee, but then House Majority Leader Eric Cantor suffered a shocking defeat in June, then Cantor resigned as Majority Leader on July 31, 2014. He resigned as  a member of the U. S. House of Representatives on August 18, 2014. Flatters were optimistic that new House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was going to have a favorable outlook toward the PAST ACT.   Then in late July, the sore Big Lick PSHA with Celebration CEO Mike Inman and its Spokesperson Jeffrey Howard were fingered in trying to instigate an ethics investigation into PAST ACT Sponsor Congressman Ed Whitfield.  Then on July 31, 2014,   U.S. House Speaker John Boehner decided to put everything on hold until following the November 4 election.   Congressman Whitfield will know on November 10 if the Ethics matter has resolved with no further action or if it will go forward.

THE DAVID L. HOWARD – STEVE SMITH PLAN FOR CELEBRATION 2014

In order for the sore Big Lick to have a chance to survive the push by the American people who are demanding CHANGE and elimination of the pads and chains to stop the soring and abuse of the Tennessee Walking Horse,   Chairman David L. Howard and his Shelbyville patron John T. Bobo KNOW that this Celebration must get by the next 10 days without a major scandal which would sink the sore Big Lick for good.

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Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and Steve Smith, (TWHBEA President  and Senator Lamar Alexander Campaign Finance Chairman ) support the Representative Blackburn/Senator Alexander alternative Bills which feature “Self Regulation” which has failed for the past 45 years.   The latest ploy is to come up with “VAC”, a so called INDEPENDENT Veterinary Advisory Committee, and which will provide oversight to protect the horses and implement sound objective science based inspections.

THE SORE BIG LICK “SELF REGULATION” FOX GUARDING THE HENHOUSE

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Chairman Howard allegedly spent $250,000.00 to buy credibility and respectability for a fatally flawed Celebration venue which showcases a defenseless animal trained inhumanely as “sport”.  The two major newspapers of the area,  The Tennessean and the Chattanooga Times Free Press newspapers have editorialized for passage of the PAST ACT.  The Times Free Press has advocated a Boycott of the Celebration.

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

After Chairman David L. Howard hired Five Celebration Judges – all of which have Horse Protection Act Violation Citations on their resumes – for a total of about $100,000.00, then Howard dreamed up the “VAC” – a Veterinary Advisory Committee a/k/a  ”Lipstick On A Pig” to try and fool Congress into not passing the PAST ACT.

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“VAC” – LIPSTICK ON THE CELEBRATION PIG OF HORSE SORING

Chairman Howard allegedly spent $250,000.00 on Blankenship and the Veterinary Advisory Committee.

SO HERE ARE THE “VAC” PLAYERS – FIRST, THE BIG LICK SPOKESPERSON

  • Tom Blankenship – Indiana attorney – former Big Lick Exhibitor and attorney hired in 2006 to get a Bill approved in the U.S. Senate which would redefine the “Scar Rule” so as to render it impotent, and then redefine “Soring”.  Blankenship was paid a lot of money for that gig, and he’s also getting paid a lot of money for this 2014 assignment.
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“VAC” SPOKESPERSON, BIG LICKER TOM BLANKENSHIP

TOM BLANKENSHIP – 1994 BIG LICK EXHIBITOR

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

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TOM BLANKENSHIP TAKING A DEEP SEAT

TOM BLANKENSHIP  2014 SPOKESPERSON  ”VAC” VET. ADVISORY COMMITTEE

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– WILY LICKER TOM BLANKENSHIP -

Mr. Blankenship was the central piece of a 2006 plot by Steve Smith to get an amendment through Congress with the assistance of his personal friend,  U. S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN).

An informed source says that Steve Smith called money man William B. Johnson and asked him to meet with Tom Blankenship.  The meeting was arranged at the Shelbyville Country Club.

Tom Blankenship brought with him to the meeting Dr. Jerry H. Johnson, DVM.  The purpose of the meeting was to raise money to establish The National Horse Protection Society.   Allegedly,  William B. Johnson gave $200,000.00 to fund the NHPS and allegedly that donation was matched by Robert Medina of Skillman, NJ.  Then Steve Smith allegedly put in a substantial amount of money from the Show Horse Support Fund which was the successor to Friends Of The Show Horse.  The total amount of the money for the venture amounted to $600,00.00 to $750,000.00.

Tom Blankenship was the attorney for NHPS.  Its goal was to get an amendment to the Horse Protection Act which would get rid of the “Scar Rule”  and redefine “Soring”.   Steve Smith’s friend Senator Bill Frist introduced the proposed Law, and Tom Blankenship who also represented the Walking Horse Trainer BOYZ endorsed it.

The bottom line is that Tom Blankenship, exhibitor of Big Lick horses,  has a long track record of working against strictly enforcing the rules against horse soring.   The grandiose plans of Steve Smith’s National Horse Protection Society blew up when a copy was leaked to The Tennessean reporters and then made public.

FLASH FORWARD TO 2013

Steve Smith once again brings Licker attorney Tom Blakenship on board who once again brings Jerry H.Johnson, DVM on board.  It recently came to light that U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) has been listening all along to Steve Smith’s men Tom Blankenship and Dr. Jerry H. Johnson on that “Soring Problem”.  This explains how and why Senator Alexander is so “Out Of Touch”.   One thing Senator Alexander is not out of touch with is the amount of money provided to him for his 2014 re-election campaign.  In essence,    Senator Alexander was paid $3 Million in campaign funds by Steve Smith and one of the things Smith expected for the money was for Alexander to block the PAST ACT – which he has done.

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

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

U. S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN)  STATEMENT ON DEC. 8, 2013,  BEFORE THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL BOARD

In his December 8, 2013 meeting with the Tennessean Editorial Board,  Alexander said, “I have examined the bill that Congressman Whitfield has   I know he’s sincere about it. I am told by veternarians and people who show horses that it would decimate the tradition of the Tennessee Walking Horse.   It has unneccessary provisions in it.  I have been to the Celebration a number of times. 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.   It comes down to the industry itself to do a better job of self regulation.   Having veterinarians do the inspections.  It comes down to the industry itself doing a better job of self regulating finding a way to more resources  into hiring independent vets whenever possible to do the examinations.”

The veterinarian filling up Senator Alexander’s ear was none other than Steve Smith’s Guy Tom Blankenship’s Guy –  DR. JERRY H. JOHNSON

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JERRY H. JOHNSON, DVM – TOM BLANKENSHIP’S GO TO VET

When it came time for this assignment,  Blankenship hired Dr. Jerry Johnson again.

The way it all fits together is Tom Blankenship is Steve Smith’s buddy, and Dr. Jerry Johnson is who Blankenship used to “carry the water” in 2006 in the ill fated effort to gut the “Scar Rule” and redefine scoring.

Then making the “LIPSTICK ON THE PIG” look good and INDEPENDENT,  Dr. Jerry H. Johnson had to go get TWO more Vets.

He got 75+/- year old Dallas Goble, DVM who has retired and left Tennessee and gone to live in Texas.   Goble was out to pasture and will now be paid a nice sum of money to lend his name to the Celebration “VAC”.

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DALLAS O. GOBLE, DVM – RETIRED VET

Then Johnson was able to get Blount County, Tennessee (Home of Larry Joe Wheelon) vet Dr. Phillip D.Hammock.  The 48 year old Hammock is a surgeon and a race horse vet.  His specialty is not treating the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses.

PHILLIP HAMMOCK, DVM

PHILLIP HAMMOCK, DVM

So, having the “VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship in place, and the political operative vet,  Dr. Jerry H. Johnson on board,  and two other vets who are lending their names to the venture,  what exactly is the “VAC” Committee supposed to require that will make a difference in preventing the Soring of Tennessee Walking Horses.

The big proposals are:

  • BLOOD TESTS – The vets are approaching the Celebration as if it were an Jumper event at Kentucky Horse Park or a Thoroughbred race at Churchill Downs.

Last week,  Celebration Premier Sponsor Winners Circle owner Mr. David Thomas of Shelbyville, Tennessee asked pertinent questions IF the “VAC” was going to blood test or swab for the substances used to sore horses in 2014.

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

Mr. David Thomas has lived in Shelbyville virtually his entire adult life. He owns one of the region’s leading tack stores, Winner’s Circle, and although he values it, Mr. Thomas does not depend solely on the Tennessee Walking Horse trade to survive.

Mr. Thomas’s business, Winner’s Circle,  is a Select Sponsor – that’s as big as you can get.

Mr. Thomas knows the Trainer BOYZ are soring Tennessee Walking Horses in 2014.    He knows what they are using to sore the horses.

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On a message board,  Mr. Thompson asked a simple question:

“I’m asking a simple question. Very simple.
Will the VAC be considering Gojo, Dawn, wd40 , or Gentlkleen as substances they consider as prohibited. To break it down so everyone can understand. Would these substances be considered as in the same category as oil of mustard, croton oil, diesel fuel and other known caustic chemicals?

This is a yes or no question.”

The question has not yet been answered.

  •  DIGITAL X RAYS

The Trainer BOYZ know how to beat the Digital X Ray.

  • Take hoof trimmings – dry them in the sun until they are very hard – then put them with a little silicone, not much, between the pad and frog and you have skillfully pressure shod the horse and it’s not detectable on digital x ray.
  • Take the finely ground limestone particles which make up the Celebration ring surface and the inspection area and mix them with pine tar and okum and put them against the sensitive parts of the horse’s foot and pad.   Again,  they can’t be dectected by digital x ray.
  • One more way is to have a farrier to bevel the hoof wall just so to put pressure on sensitive trimmed down areas.  Again, not detectable on digital x rays.

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It’s going to be an interesting 11 days.

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ONE DAY TO GO – LICKERS FLOCKING IN FOR THE “LAST HURRAH” – BIG LICK COMES OUT SWINGING – COURT JESTER WHATTAJAYROE HARRIS PRODUCES OUTRAGEOUS YOUTUBE ATTACKING USDA’S ENFORCEMENT OF THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT

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SHELBYVILLE, TN –  The “Last Hurrah” of the sore Big Lick begins on Wednesday,  August 20, 2014.  It runs for 10 days and night with the Big Lick classes beginning in earnest on Thursday night.

The Lickers are flowing in  from all points of the compass to witness what may be the LAST STAND of the sore “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse addicts.

The mood is neither pleasant nor collegial.

“Bubba” campers are appearing in front yards along with expensive Motor Homes,  and even an old Music City tour bus.  They are all tethered to their power supplies and being provisioned for the duration.

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THE TENNESSEAN NEWSPAPER EDITORIAL

Today,  The Tennessean newspaper weighed in and slammed the Celebration for the “67% of (Tennessee Walking) Horses tested positive for masking agents”.  Two years ago,  the Celebration, with the help of Purple Strategies,  tried to foist off a much ballyhooed :swabbing initiative” led by PSHA attorney Frank Eichler, Rising Star Ranch of Shelbyville.

FRANK EICHLER, PSHA, WHTA, CELEBRATION ATTORNEY;  OWNER OF RISING STAR RANCH

FRANK EICHLER, PSHA, WHTA, CELEBRATION ATTORNEY; OWNER OF RISING STAR RANCH

The swabbing initiative was a non-transparent attempt to mislead the public into believing that all horses shown at the Celebration were tested after swab samples were taken.  This was simply a bald faced lie.

In actuality,  the results from the horses actually tested (only two in each class) was filtered through a Trainer Boyz committee which instead of punishing the offending Trainers, instead gave them verbal warnings on the telephone. .  The Celebration and Mr. Eichler’s “Swabbing Initiative” become nothing more than an extraordinarily expensive farce.

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Walking Horse Celebration faces tough scrutiny

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The 76th Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration opens Wednesday in Shelbyville, and the entire equine industry, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Congress will be watching. If past competitions are any indication, that scrutiny is a good thing.

With as many as 2,000 horses competing over 11 days, USDA inspectors will be put to the test as they try to determine whether horses have been subjected to abuse by soring in order to achieve a prized, high-stepping gait.

As in any sport where the stakes are high, owners or managers will sometimes seek to gain an unfair advantage with the use of performance-enhancing substances. Walking Horse competitions differ from other sports in that the percentage of competitors — owners and trainers — who cheat is so very high, and that the “athletes” are animals who have no say over what is being done to them.

For the past 44 years, since the Horse Protection Act passed into law, federal inspectors and ethical owners in the Walking Horse community have fought to uncover instances of soring to horses’ hooves and legs, but as detection has grown more thorough and sophisticated, so have abusers’ methods of hiding it.

The pain-inflicting substances have more recognizable names — mustard oil, kerosene — while the substances used to cover up scars or temporarily numb the animal’s pain — anthraquinone, lidocaine — are more exotic. There are no legitimate excuses for either the soring or the masking agents to be present on a show horse. Yet, at last year’s Celebration, 67 percent of horses tested positive for masking agents.

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The latest Licker response came in the form of a Big Lick “Hit Piece” YouTube choreographed by Big Lick Court Jester, Mr. WHATTAJAYROE Jerry Harris.

SORE BIG LICK COURT JESTER MR. WHATTAJAYROE JERRY HARRIS

SORE BIG LICK COURT JESTER MR. WHATTAJAYROE JERRY HARRIS

HOMER STOKES AND HIS MIDGET

HOMER STOKES AND HIS MIDGET

Harris outrageously rhetorically asks regarding USDA Equine Coordinator Dr. Rachel Cezar “Why would she do something that is so unethical and dishonest” in accusing Dr. Cezar of allegedly instructing USDA Vets like Dr. Jeff Baker to find “Scars” which are not there.

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DR. RACHEL CEZAR

Then Harris cries in his beer and cries crocodile tears and laments about the plight of the Trainer BOYZ.

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WHTA BOYZ BUILDING – SHELBYVILLE, TENNESSEE

 HALL OF FAME TRAINER HOWARD HAMILTON HPA VIOLATION CIT. HISTORY

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WHATTAJAYROE again asks if the alleged inconsistency in  the USDA’s inspection of horses has affected the ability of trainers such as Howard Hamilton pictured below to support his family

HOWARD HAMILTON (ON RIGHT)

HOWARD HAMILTON (ON RIGHT)

2006 HALL OF FAME TRAINER HOWARD HAMILTON

2006 HALL OF FAME TRAINER HOWARD HAMILTON

Then Mr. Harris wails and twangs some more about the “Saviour” horse “Honors” being turned down at the 2013 Celebration due to scar rule violation AND being sore in one foot and borderline sore in the other.

"HONORS" - THE "SAVIOUR HORSE" -  STAKE CLASS WINNER AT  JULY 2013 PULASKI, TENNESSEE HORSE SHOW  - TURNED DOWN AS SORE AND SCAR RULE VIOLATION AT 2013 CELEBRATION

“HONORS” – THE “SAVIOUR HORSE” – STAKE CLASS WINNER AT JULY 2013 PULASKI, TENNESSEE HORSE SHOW – TURNED DOWN AS SORE AND SCAR RULE VIOLATION AT 2013 CELEBRATION

LET ‘EM WALK ON

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BUBBA UP ON “PURPLE STRATEGY”

Nephew Eugene says the sore Big Lick is nothing but a “Racket” based on institutionalized horse soring.

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THE SORE BIG LICK – “NO LIE CAN LIVE FOREVER” – “BIG LICK BIG LIE” – #PASSTHEPASTACT

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THETA, TN – Speaking truth to power is not without risk.

But the Horses are worth it,  and the risk is worth taking.

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Change does not come easily.

Recently,  threats have been made and Federal authorities have been notified.   People of interest are being questioned.

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BUBBA UP ON “PURPLE STRATEGY”

The crucible is warm,  and will become warmer.

If you would like to provide support and enable what is being done, it will be appreciated.

Keep the faith.

Sincerely,

Billy Go Boy

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2014 CELEBRATION THEME SONG CONTEST – LATEST ENTRY – “THE BALLAD OF ARENA CALSONIC – ODE TO HONORS” – OTHER THEME SONG ENTRIES EXPECTED

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – From the lady who brought the world sore Big Lick redneck Bubba up on “Purple Strategy” – here is the latest entry in the 2014 Celebration Theme Song Contest:

“THE BALLAD OF ARENA CALSONIC – ODE TO HONORS”

“HONORS” – THE “SAVIOUR HORSE” AT RED CARPET SHOW – JULY 29, 2014

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“HONORS” – THE “SAVIOUR HORSE” – STAKE CLASS WINNER AT JULY 2013 PULASKI, TENNESSEE HORSE SHOW – TURNED DOWN AS SORE AND SCAR RULE VIOLATION AT 2013 CELEBRATION

CROWD REACTION TO “HONORS” BEING TURNED DOWN – 2013 CELEBRATION

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"HONORS" MADE IT OFF OF THE TRAILER AT PULASKI, AND RECEIVED POST SHOW SCAR RULE CITATION

“HONORS” MADE IT OFF OF THE TRAILER AT PULASKI, AND RECEIVED POST SHOW SCAR RULE CITATION

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Informed sources say that Gary Edwards of Carl Edwards & Son attended a meeting in Washington, DC in mid-June 2014 with Deputy Aphis Administrator Chester Gipson, DVM.

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

Nephew Eugene got a call last night from Juan who told him at the last minute Manuel had to go back home, and he offered Nephew Eugene to take Manuel’s place to work at hte Celebration.   Nephew Eugene is some excited and he is packing his suitcase and getting ready to head to Shelbyville.

Harold was telling Nephew Eugene is hearing that for the first time in the history of the Celebration that  this Saturday night at the Celebration might bring about some interesting developments

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FOUR DAYS OUT – PRE- CELEBRATION 2014 ATMOSPHERE IS ‘TENSE’ AND ‘BIZARRE’ … CELEBRATION THEME SONG CONTEST UNDERWAY

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SHELBYVILLE, TN –   With four days to go,   the atmosphere surrounding  the 2014 Celebration is both tense and bizarre.    While the Celebration entries are down 33% from two years ago,  the security for the Celebration is up 2,000+%.

The Celebration gates, camper areas and parking lots all have 24 hour a day uniformed security.  So far, there are no guard dog patrols.   It’s more like “Checkpoint Charlie” in cold war Berlin than the United States of America.  (For younger readers,  ”Checkpoint Charlie” was the cold war Berlin gateway to Communism in post WWII divided Germany]

CHECKPOINT “DAVID”

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CHECKPOINT “CHARLIE”

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Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and his community patron John T. Bobo have created a “lock down” tense atmosphere to defend the sore Big Lick where  last year Shelbyville Times Gazette writer Sadie Fowler’s  call for “Children Play Zones” seems even more whimsical than it was when she first wrote it.

Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and Board member John T. Bobo have brought “shame” to a decent Middle Tennessee community because of their insistence on keeping the “SORING ALBATROSS” around the neck of Henry Davis’s Tennessee National Walking Horse Celebration.  Howard and Bobo hijacked the Celebration from the community of Shelbyville, and maintain power through a “stacked” 50 member Celebration Association, but that is a story for another day.

It appears that the impetuses for what Howard and Bobo team do are their:

  • massive egos
  • manic desire for control
  • overwhelming greed

Under the Howard/Bobo leadership, the Celebration has lost approximately $2 Million over the last five years.   Shelbyville, Tennessee is looked upon as the “Horse Abuse” Capitol of the World.  Meanwhile,   America overwhelmingly wants the PAST ACT passed which will eliminate the pads and chains which are used to create the sore Big Lick.   Yet,  David L. Howard and John T. Bobo attempt to continue “business as usual”.

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

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

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

The bizarre part is this year the Celebration has created a “strange” color scheme of floral pink and aqua flags on the Celebration grounds which seems more in keeping with a Caribbean port town festival than an American Horse Show in the “Heartland” – one which U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)  likes to describe as a “Tennessee Tradition”.

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BIG LICKER BRIGADE BATTLE FLAG

BUBBA UP ON "PURPLE STRATEGY"

BUBBA UP ON “PURPLE STRATEGY”

The once prospering Celebration Trade Fair, which flourished on the Calsonic Arena concourse is now a shadow of its former self.   The Trade Fair now consists of a rag tag assortment of left over Flea Market vendors.  In 2014,  it will be stuck under a few tents in a “Back Alley” location while the Calsonic Arena will be open for the Trainer BOYZ to work Big Lick horses in the morning before the public.

All of which leads us to the 2014 Celebration Theme Song Contest.

In addition to Buffalo Springfield, “STOP CHILDREN WHAT’S THAT SOUND”?

A new nominee is:

  • HAS ANYBODY SEEN MY GAL?

Some say that a dark horse entry “Ode To Honors” may be soon forthcoming.

‘HONORS” – THE ‘SAVIOUR HORSE’ – 2014 STAKE WINNER AT PULASKI

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“HONORS” – THE “SAVIOUR HORSE” – STAKE CLASS WINNER AT JULY 2013 PULASKI, TENNESSEE HORSE SHOW – TURNED DOWN AS SORE AND SCAR RULE VIOLATION AT 2013 CELEBRATION

Please stay tuned.

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FOUR DAYS TO GO – FORTRESS CELEBRATION LOOKS LIKE “SOUND OF MUSIC” WITH THE NAZIS WAITING ON THE VON TRAPP FAMILY TO FINISH SINGING SO THEY CAN BE CARRIED AWAY

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SHELBYVILLE, TNCelebration Chairman David L. Howard has posted uniformed guards on every entrance to the Fortress Celebration providing round the clock protection from who or what it is not exactly sure.

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There does not appear to be any news of an invading horde making its way toward Shelbyville hell-bent on terrorizing the 76th annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

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The Order Of the day seems to be “GET THEM IN AND KEEP THEM IN”.

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Rumor is that the 2014 Celebration Theme Song is going to be:

GENA WELCH BOOHER – ARTIST WHO CREATED “PURPLE STRATEGY”

There’s somethin happenin’ here
What it is ain’t exactly clear
There’s a man with a gun over there…
Tellin’ me.. I got to be ware

There’s battle lines bein’ drawn
Lickers FIGHT but the FLATTERS keep on
Cat Ladies speakin’ their minds
About Legs breakin’ higher and them draggin bee-hinds

Paranoia strikes deep
Into your barn it will creep
It starts when you’re always afraid
Little scar, just a flinch they’ll send your horse on a-way

Stop, Children what’s that sound..
That’s them chains lickin all around…

What a day for the heat
A thousand protesters out in the heat
Singin’ songs, with signs in their hands
Fancy clothes for the show – and it’s a SOUND HORSE They demand..

Singin STOP children stop that sound
Everybody stop the sore horse, take it on down
Singin STOP children stop that sound
Everybody look.. they’re goin’ down..

MRS. HAMILTON BARROW WILLIS

There’s a woman with a gavel over there, 
saying you all just better beware,

I think it’s time we stop
Lickers, is that horse sound?
Everybody look – what’s going down?

There’s battle lines being drawn
Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong
Fed up people speaking’ their minds
Getting so much resistance from behind

It’s time you stop
Hey, is THAT horse sound?
Everybody look – what’s going down?

Is it a field day for the Lickers?
Or are they going to soil their knickers?
Soring horses and carrying chains
Mostly making plenty false claims

It’s time you stop
Hey, is THAT horse sound?
Everybody look – what’s going down?

Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you’re always scared
Step out of line, the men come and take your mare

You better stop
Hey, is that horse sound?
Everybody look – what’s going down?

But other possible themes are also being considered,  so please feel free to suggest before the final selection is made.

Some of the old timers think this just may be the last of the sore Big Lick Celebrations.

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GANNETT WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF PAUL C. BARTON HOMES IN ON TRAINER BOYZ USING BANNED SUBSTANCES TO INFLATE SORE BIG LICK’S BOGUS HPA COMPLIANCE NUMBERS – JEFFREY HOWARD CLAMS UP AND WON’T ANSWER QUESTIONS – CELEBRATION SPONSOR DAVID THOMAS RIPS THE COVER OFF OF PSHA JEFFREY HOWARD’S CLAIMS

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WASHINGTON, DC – Gannett Washington Bureau reporter Paul C. Barton continues to delve into the world of the sore Big Lick much to the apparent discomfort of PSHA Spokesperson Jeffrey Howard who repeatedly refused to answer Barton’s questions about “masking and numbing agents”.

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

According to Barton, Jeffrey Howard claimed that the presently being decertified Celebration owned S.H.O.W. HIO inspection program has adopted new standards for protecting horses that “far surpass the requirements set down by the U.S. government.”

Jeffrey Howard has become a dapper Fibber McGee.

JEFFREY HOWARD AT IT AGAIN.

JEFFREY HOWARD AT IT AGAIN.

First, the Celebration isn’t using Thermography to turn down and prosecute Scar Rule violations.

Why?

Because when properly used, Thermography will detect scars which result from creating and maintaining the sore Big Lick.

A scarred horse is a sore horse.

And then there is the newly established “VAC”  Veterinary Advisory Committee which is the lipstick on the pig of the Celebration’s presentation of institutionalized soring as family entertainment.

LIPSTICK ON THE CELEBRATION PIG OF HORSE SORING

LIPSTICK ON THE CELEBRATION PIG OF HORSE SORING

Celebration Chairman David L. Howard‘s “VAC” is led by Tom Blankenship, a longtime Big Licker.   In 2006, Tom Blankenship, while directed by Steve Smith,  and the assistance of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN),  failed in an amendment to the Horse Protection Act to redefine soring and render the “scar rule” impotent.

But that’s another story for another day.

BIG LICKER – TOM BLANKENSHIP –  ”VAC” SPOKESPERSON

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

A Celebration sponsor David Thomas asks questions that Tom Blankenship, Jeffrey and David Howard simply cannot or refuse to answer.

SOOTHSAYER DAVID THOMAS –  WINNER’S CIRCLE/ SHELBYVILLE NOW

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DAVID THOMAS, PUBLISHER – SHELBYVILLE NOW

David Thomas,  whose company, Winner’s Circle, is a Celebration sponsor recently called shenanigans on Jeffrey Howard and  “VAC”  when on a message board he expressed a wish that “soring be addressed directly”.

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http://www.walkinghorsereport.com/boards.aspx?thread=6289&page=4

David Thomas said,  ”I think it would be common sense to try to stop the soring by including the 5 or 6 items that are being used today to “fix” the horse if we truly want to end soring. The opposing forces that want to end the performance horse know the popular products that will sore and they know what is being used. To stick our heads in the sand and act like it isn’t prominent in the industry is not very smart. 

I find it disturbing that most people in the industry get real nervous when I mention “GoJo”, “Dawn”, “Gentl-Kleen”, or WD 40.

Those 4 alone would eliminate 95% of it. No one wants to address this issue. The ingredients in these 4 are petroleum products or detergents. The swabbing would easily detect these products just as easily as it would detect Mustard oil or Croton oil.

If this small list is not on the prohibited substance list, then soring is not really being addressed.”

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THEN JEFFREY HOWARD’S SISTER CHRISTY BLEW THE WHISTLE ON HIM

While continuing to try and justify the sore Big Lick world, Jeffrey Howard was tripped up by his sister Christy Howard Parsons.   Ms Parsons is the former The Walking Horse Reporter Editor, and is now Editor of The Saddle Horse Report.  While joining a Petition supporting the Big Lick,  Christy Howard Parsons,  let the cat out of the bag when she commented as follows:

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CHRISTY HOWARD PARSONS, 2014

CHRISTY HOWARD PARSONS AND JEFFREY HOWARD

CHRISTY HOWARD PARSONS AND JEFFREY HOWARD

At the same time,  brother Jeffrey Howard was saying,  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.

So we apparently have two different views:

  • Christy – “Soring is a major problem”
  • Jeffrey – “The small minority of people who sore horses.

And that is exactly what Gannett Washington Bureau reporter Paul C. Barton focused upon and reported on in today’s article.

Enjoy.

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http://www.wbir.com/story/news/politics/2014/08/15/banned-substances-on-sored-horses-undercut-compliance-claims-some-say/14137693/

Banned substances on sored horses undercut compliance claims, some say

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WASHINGTON — Putting mustard oil, kerosene, diesel fuel and other blistering agents on Tennessee Walking Horses has long been part of the cruelty of soring — the infliction of pain on the animals’ front legs and hooves so that touching the ground causes them to recoil in agony and achieve a higher-stepping gait.

But Department of Agriculture documents show the horses frequently face a second set of chemicals as well — those used to mask scars and numb a horse’s pain to fool inspectors.

And walking horses at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tenn. — which starts Aug. 20 — test positive for masking and numbing agents more often than not, leaving critics to doubt the industry’s claim that at least 97 of every 100 horses are free of soring and their owners and trainers in compliance with the Horse Protection Act of 1970.

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has a long list of banned “foreign substances” its inspectors test for at events like the Celebration. They are banned because they can be used to hide evidence of soring.

The list includes many substances associated with industrial processes, such as making dyes and pesticides, bleaching wood pulp and making paper and packaging.

Some, such as o-Aminoazotoluene or anthraquinone, are animal carcinogens.

Still another, sulfur, is sometimes mixed with motor oil to make a paste that is rubbed on a horse’s damaged areas to cover up soring.

And pain-blocking chemicals like lidocaine are applied in amounts calculated to keep a horse quiet during inspections but wear off in time for the pain to return in the show ring when the horse needs to demonstrate the exaggerated “Big Lick” gait, the American Veterinary Medical Association contends.

USDA records show 67 percent of horses examined at the Celebration in 2013 tested positive for substances that could mask soring. Figures for other years include 76 percent in 2012, 98 percent in 2011 and 86 percent in 2010.

“Has there ever been any sporting event with that rate of cheating?” said Teresa Bippen of Friends of Sound Horses, a St. Louis-based organization.

The masking and numbing agents wouldn’t be needed if soring were as limited as Big Lick owners and trainers contend, say supporters of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act. The proposed bill in Congress would amend the 1970 Horse Protection Act and significantly bolster USDA’s ability to police the practice.

“The percentage of prohibited foreign substances found at Tennessee Walking Horse shows in recent years speaks volumes regarding the high degree of soring that still occurs within the Big Lick segment of this breed,” said Keith Dane, a specialist on equine issues for the Humane Society of the United States.

Dane and other PAST Act supporters see the prevalence of substances used to hide soring as rigging the Horse Protection Act compliance statistics cited by bill opponents.

Jeffrey Howard, spokesman for the Shelbyville-based Performance Show Horse Association, one of the major groups representing the industry’s Big Lick faction, declined to answer questions about the results for banned substances, saying they were based on “fundamentally flawed” information coming from “other parties,” a reference to groups like the Humane Society and the USDA itself.

But John Bennett, a Shelbyville veterinarian representing PSHA, attacked the banned-substance figures in a November 2013 appearance before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, saying they were “unscientific, wholly misleading and provide no support” for the position of PAST Act supporters. In a horse-show environment, he said, it’s unrealistic to think a horse’s lower leg — called the “pastern” — and hooves could avoid trace amounts of various substances.

He and other bill opponents argue the legislation goes too far and would decimate the industry.

“We want to save a Tennessee industry that has a 97 percent compliance rate and protect these animals from the bad actors who make up the 3 percent on non-compliance,” said Mike Reynard, a spokesman for Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Brentwood, one of the most prominent PAST Act opponents. Blackburn’s office issues the comment repeatedly when asked about her opposition.

But questions about compliance rates remain central to the debate over the bill, which is stalled on Capitol Hill despite having overwhelming numbers of co-sponsors in both the House and Senate.

In a 2012, when finalizing minimum penalties for violations of the 1970 law, USDA officials said in the Federal Register that they had received public comments describing the 97 percent to 98 percent compliance claims as “meaningless.” USDA officials themselves said the rates were “not in and of themselves” proof of effective industry self-policing.

While declining to discuss such criticisms, Howard, the PSHA spokesman, said the industry has adopted new standards for protecting horses that “far surpass the requirements set down by the U.S. government.”

PAST Act supporters, meanwhile, say the banned substances are far from the only factor skewing the 97-percent figure.

First, the say, the rate only considers violations found by industry-hired inspectors, not those USDA veterinarians spot when they perform unannounced inspections.

Because USDA can only afford to send its own veterinarians to a fraction of the nearly 500 horse shows held annually, Congress amended the Horse Protection Act in 1976 to allow “horse industry organizations” to provide inspectors.

When USDA veterinarians do show up, they both make their own inspections and monitor the work of industry-hired inspectors. And between 2007 and 2012, USDA figures show, 61.2 percent of Horse Protection Act violations were issued at the roughly 10 percent of shows federal officials were able to attend and look over their shoulders.

Further, a 2010 USDA inspector general’s report described the industry-run system as rife with conflicts of interest, another factor suppressing violation totals.

The industry-paid inspectors, it said, “understand that they will not please their employers by excluding horses from the show due to violations of the Horse Protection Act.” It added “they have a direct conflict of interest with enforcing the law and regulations.”

Also, the violations total is divided by the number of “entries” in nationwide shows. The distinction is important because owners often withdraw entries rather than risk an inspection that could reveal soring, PAST ACT supporters say.

Dane, of the Humane Society, says a more accurate measure would be to take the number of violations issued by both industry and USDA inspectors and divide by the number of Big Lick horses — not other breeds — actually inspected, not just entered. That would result in a far smaller denominator and a higher violations rate, he said.

Even with other breeds factored in, USDA figures for 2013 show 94 percent of all Horse Protection Act violations were at Big Lick events.

Said W. Ron DeHaven of the American Veterinary Medical Association at the 2013 congressional hearing: “As many like to say, this system is set up much like a fox watching a hen house — not a good way to ensure the good welfare of these beautiful horses.”

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

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

BUBBA UP ON "PURPLE STRATEGY"

BUBBA UP ON “PURPLE STRATEGY”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BUBBA UP ON "PURPLE STRATEGY"

BUBBA UP ON “PURPLE STRATEGY”

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

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

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

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

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

  • Justin Harris
  • John Alan Callaway
  • Casey Wright

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

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BUBBA UP ON “PURPLE STRATEGY”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 THE MOORE COUNTY (TN) NEWS

PSHA CHAIRMAN OUTRAGED BY BY ALLEGATIONS FROM KENTUCKY CONGRESSMAN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AMERICA WILL BE WATCHING WITH RAPT INTEREST

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THE LICKERS

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THE FLATTERS.

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 THE CELEBRATION SPONSORS MINUS “REGIONS BANK”

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CELEBRATION SPONSORS

Six days until the Celebration.

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BLOUNT COUNTY, MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE ALONG WITH BEDFORD COUNTY, SHELBYVILLE, TENNESSEE VOTERS CLEARLY REJECT FAVORITE SON U.S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN) IN SENATORIAL RACE

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MARYVILLE, TN –  U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) lost Blount County, Maryville, Tennessee where he grew up and the Lamar Alexander Parkway is named for him:

Joe Carr  7,131 (47.1%) and Lamar Alexander 6,708 (44.3%).

As reported here earlier,  Alexander lost Bedford County, where the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is located:

Joe Carr 2,819 (49.4%) to Lamar Alexander 2,577 (45.2%).

The rumor is the 74 year old Alexander will not serve out his full term,  rather he will resign early and allow the Republican Governor Bill Haslam to appoint his successor.

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

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

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

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

This will give the newly appointed U. S. Senator an opportunity to establish him/herself before having to stand for election before the Tennessee electorate.

Alexander’s Campaign Finance Chairman Steve Smith who is fighting hard to preserve the sore Big Licker Tennessee Walking Horse will then attempt to anoint Alexander’s successor using his control of the purse strings to do so.

So far,  Smith has demonstrated that he has a leash on the entire Tennessee Republican Congressional delegation,  except for U. S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) who is his own man.

Nephew Eugene thinks the folks in Bedford County and Blount County got it about right.

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CHATTANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS NEWSPAPER JOINS THE ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE AND CALLS FOR A BOYCOTT OF THE 2014 TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION

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CHATTANOOGA, TN –  The Chattanooga Times Free Press, one of Tennessee’s major daily newspapers,   on Sunday called for Boycott of the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration urging a “citizen pocketbook vote.”

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

The Times Free Press urged Tennesseans to “Boycott the Celebration and every other walking horse show or exhibition or sale in the region”.  It said,  “horses will continue to be sored as long as the fox guards the stable and prosecutions are made periodically every 40 years or so.”

AAWHA leader Jeannie McGuire who organized “Walk On Washington“,  and AAWHA spokesperson Clant M. Seay,  called for the Boycott of the Celebration on July 25, 2014.  McGuire urged riders, owners and trainers who are bringing their horses to The Walking Horse Owners Association (WHOA)  International Show (July 27 – Aug 2) to make their feelings known about the continued exhibition of big lick horses with stacked pads and chains by skipping The Celebration this year. The Celebration announced last week that entries were down 33% from 2012,  a difference of 887 horses.

Spokesperson Seay said,  ”We proved at “Walk On Washington”,  with all 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.”

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2014/aug/10/tennessee-walking-horses-still-sore-spot-literally/?opiniontimes

Tennessee walking horses still a sore spot — literally

Make yourself heard

Sen. Lamar Alexander — 423-752-5337 or 202-224-4944

Rep. Marsha Blackburn — 615-591-5161 or 202-225-2811

It’s almost Celebration time in Tennessee. Again.

The 76th annual 11-day Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville is scheduled to begin in 10 days.

Organizers bill the series of shows as “the premier event” for the Tennessee Walking Horse. It is where the breed’s “World Grand Champion” and another 20 “World Champions” in various contest categories are named, claiming more than $650,000 in prizes and awards and far more in stud fees and foal sales. There’s also a barn decorating contest, a trade fair and a dog show.

It all sounds fun. But it’s not. Especially not for the so-called “performance” horses — the ones with big padded hooves and the “big lick” gait that in the past four or five decades has been artificially exaggerated from a once gorgeous natural high-step to what now looks like a tortured lunge.

The exaggeration comes from soring — an illegal training practice that uses caustic chemicals, chains, or pressure shoeing under tall hoof pads. The combinations of those affronts make the horses’ legs and hooves so sore that the animals stretch to unusual lengths to keep their legs in the air as long as possible because it hurts when they strike the ground.

Michael Blackwell, former dean of veterinary medicine at the University of Tennessee, recently likened the “excruciating” pain to biting something solid with an abscessed tooth.

Soring has been illegal under federal law for more than 40 years, but the law is weak and the enforcement — in other words funding — is even weaker. The result is that the walking horse industry largely polices itself, and problems go unresolved. Only in the past two years has anyone been federally convicted of the abuse, and that happened only after secret videos were made by the Humane Society of the United States and turned over to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Proposed legislation, the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, would toughen the law and bring back Tennessee’s real walking horses by banning the pads, chains and soring practices that have corrupted this beautiful breed. The bill, known as the PAST Act, also would end the industry self-policing. The bill was introduced by U.S. Reps. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky and Steve Cohen of Tennessee, and it is co-sponsored by 305 other representatives and 57 senators.

Those numbers might make the bill’s passage seem like a slam-dunk, but that’s not the reality. Instead the legislation is being held hostage in committees under the power of other lawmakers from Tennessee and Kentucky — the two states where the walking horse industry is king.

Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander has said he wants to save the $3.2 billion walking horse industry, so he offered up a softer bill that really would just add a layer to the industry policing itself. Alexander’s bill is co-sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and McConnell is said to be blocking the tougher PAST Act in the Senate where it is three sponsors short of the number needed to overcome a filibuster.

Meanwhile in the House of Representatives, Tennessee’s Rep. Marsha Blackburn, with her own version of Alexander’s bill, is blocking the PAST Act in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where she is vice chairman. Her bill has 12 co-sponsors, including Republican Reps. Chuck Fleischmann and Scott DesJarlais. Alexander’s has four. Both have said they want to involve veterinarians and “scientific” testing to detect soring. That is horse hockey.

Science has already been used at the Celebration in Shelbyville in recent years. There the lay inspectors — hired by the Celebration, trained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and overseen by veterinarians — administered swab tests and had them analyzed for chemicals. Soring was still prevalent, and even the “science” testing results from the lay inspectors differed from results obtained by USDA inspectors. Currently, USDA inspectors can police only about 10 percent of shows.

Frankly, no matter how many layers of vets and scientific tests are added, horses will continue to be sored as long as the fox guards the stable and prosecutions are made periodically every 40 years or so.

Perhaps a more effective tool might simply be a citizen pocketbook vote. Boycott the Celebration and every other walking horse show or exhibition or sale in the region.

The industry already is reeling financially after several years of falling sales and show receipts after national news audiences in 2012 were horrified by surveillance video of abuse in the stable of walking horse hall-of-famer Jackie McConnell. Seats prices have been cut and alcohol was sold to the arena audience last year to encourage attendance at the “family” event.

If Sen. Alexander and Rep. Blackburn can’t wean themselves from this industry’s influence and do what’s right, perhaps the horse trainers and owners must come to understand that their profits suffer from the public’s horror and disdain.

It is past time to return these beautiful horses to their oh-so-pleasing natural high-step.

It is past time for the PAST Act.

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The whole world’s watching.

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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 – HORSES LINED UP FOR INSPECTION

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WHOA HIO DQP INSPECTING HORSES

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

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

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

There was a tense air at Wartrace.

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

It hung over everything.’

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

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

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WARTRACE, TENNESSEE HISTORIC BIG LICK SHOW

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

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

JANNIE CHAPMAN RAIL BANTER FROM WHTA SENIOR BOYZ BENNY JOHNSON

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

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

AMATEUR RIDERS ON AGED STALLIONS – CLASS

AMATEURS ON AGED STALLIONS – VICTORY PASS

AMATEURS ON AGED STALLIONS – POST SHOW INSPECTION

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

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

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

TRAINER WINKY GROOVER COACHING DEBBIE EICHLER

TRAINER WINKY GROOVER COACHING DEBBIE EICHLER

TWO MEMBERS OF TWHBEA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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

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

MR. JERRY HARRIS,  BIG LICK PROPAGANDIST

MR. JERRY HARRIS, BIG LICK PROPAGANDIST

LONG TIME SHOWMAN ED BREEDLOVE AND MR. JERRY HARRIS

LONG TIME SHOWMAN ED BREEDLOVE AND MR. JERRY HARRIS

 THE USDA – IN BLUE SHIRTS

THE USDA COMMAND STATION - DR. BAKER IN CHARGE

THE USDA COMMAND STATION – DR. BAKER IN CHARGE

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

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

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

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

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

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WHTA BOYZ BUILDING – SHELBYVILLE, TENNESSEE

1,913 WHOA International entries say otherwise.

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

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

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JEFFREY HOWARD, PSHA SPOKESPERSON BEFORE THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL BOARD

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

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

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

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

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

No telling what he will find it he does.

This could get real interesting.

Stay tuned.

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Disclosure shows PSHA letter critical of Whitfield

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD (R-KY) ISSUES PRESS RELEASE

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

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

Those two words can be interpreted several different ways.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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JEFFREY HOWARD PRINTS THE “MUD SLINGING” PSHA LETTER TO THE CONGRESSIONAL ETHICS COMMITTEE – TRIES TO FOCUS ON ANYTHING BUT “THE SORING” AND “THE ADDICTION” AND THE HARM BEING DONE TO THE HORSES

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – The plot thickens.

PSHA Spokesperson/WHR Editor Jeffrey Howard has printed the following letter in the Walking Horse Report:

Jeffrey Howard, Editor - PSHA Spokesperson & Walking Horse Report

Jeffrey Howard, Editor – PSHA Spokesperson & Walking Horse Report Editor

http://www.walkinghorsereport.com/news.aspx?cid=11091

Interestingly, it has a date of December 23, 2013 while the letter provided by Congressman  Whitfield has a date of December 27, 2013.

http://www.walkinghorsereport.com/pdf_0/PSHA_Dec2013_LetterofInquiry.pdf

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Then Editor Jeffrey Howard plays a game of semantics saying an investigation on Congressman Whitfield was requested, but the letter was not a “formal complaint”.

Then Howard slings mud at the sore Big Lick nemesis former TWHBEA President Marty Irby who is now Congressman Ed Whitfield’s Press Secretary.

Then Jeffrey Howard enters the perpetual Big Lick denial zone and tries to make a big deal of the chain Congressman Whitfield displayed at the November 13, 2013 Congressional Hearing weighing more than 6 ounces.

Jeffrey Howard has been to thousands of sore Big Lick training barns,  and unless he has been blind,  he has seen log chains on horses feet, along with multiple stacked chains.

The Trainer BOYZ can’t keep the Horse set down “FIXED” all the time, but they can use additional weight to keep him “Hitting” so he won’t get out of the gait in which he will show.

The following drawing from The Tennessean editorial endorsing is illustrative.

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

Informed sources say one of Jeffrey Howard biggest concerns about Reporter Paul C. Barton’s article was how upset it was going to make the High Roller sore Big Lick PSHA Directors  for them to be named publicly in trying to manipulate an ethics investigation of Congress Ed Whitfield.

The PSHA folks listed are the creme de la creme of the sore Big Lick folks, and they are the heavy hitter advertisers upon which the Howard family publishing empire depends.

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Pastor Clay Harlin hit the nail on the head at the Sound Horse Conference in Brentwood, Tennessee when he related how the sore Big Lick addicts, when threatened,  would use personal attacks,  and try to destroy people who question the sore Big Lick.

This time it is NOT going to work.

“The Horses” ARE going to be protected.

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More to come.

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GANNETT WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF PAUL C. BARTON HOMES IN ON TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE STORY AND SORE BIG LICK CREDIBILITY – CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD (R-KY) CALLS PSHA’S JEFFREY HOWARD AND RAISES HIM

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SHELBYVILLE, TN - David and Jeffrey Howard‘s sore Big Licker PSHA gang plotted

WALKING HORSE REPORT EDITOR JEFFREY HOWARD APPEARING BEFORE THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL BOARD
WALKING HORSE REPORT EDITOR JEFFREY HOWARD APPEARING BEFORE THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL BOARD
CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD
CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD
CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN
CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN

and schemed last year to come up with something on Congressman Ed Whitfield to try and stop the momentum of the PAST ACT juggernaut which would remove the pads and chains and stop what happened to “Dutch”,  a horse rescued on the way to a kill sale.  It would also affect the Howard Empire’s lucrative bottom line.

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SKIN SLOUGHING OFF ON FRONT OF PASTERNS – DUTCH
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TENNESSEAN CARTOON – ACCOMPANYING THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL URGING PASSAGE OF THE PAST ACT

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

HERE IS THE LETTER:

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So what’s wrong with this?

From what is readable,  absolutely nothing.

Every American has a right to send such a letter.

But this week,  things became rather strange.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PSHA BOARD OF DIRECTORS – JULY 29, 2014

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PSHA BOARD MEMBERS – HORSE PROTECTION ACT VIOLATION CITATIONS

 
PSHA Board Member
HPA Violations (www.hpadata.us)
Letters of Warning
(7060s)
 
 
 
Jim Cortner
1
1
Terry Dotson and daughter, Leslie
2
4
Bruce MacDonald and wife, Robin
6
1
James Griffith and wife, Delores
3
 
Mike Inman and wife, Karen
3
3
Mike McGartland and wife, Lee
2
 
Joe Buddy Stasney
3
 
Duke Thorson, wife  Rhonda and daughter, Allison
 
3
Jamie Hankins
3
 
Mickey McCormick
14
5
 
 
 
Total
37
17
 

So questions are begged,

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

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

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

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

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

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

And why would they in the first place?

Nephew Eugene believes there could very well be an investigation,  not by Congress, to get to the bottom of the PSHA cesspool where lying,  deception and misrepresentation is apparently a way of life.

One article commenter aptly summed things up by saying:

“Horse Abusers Filed A Complaint Against A Congressman Trying To Stop Horse Abusers From Abusing More Horses.”

And that just about says it all.

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Here is the Paul C. Barton article appearing in The Tennessean on July 29, 2014.

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2014/07/29/whitfield-documents-psha-link-ethics-complaint/13340023/?fb_action_ids=544002019056232&fb_action_types=og.comments&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582

Rep. Whitfield documents show horse group’s link to ethics complaint

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Rep. Ed Whitfield released a redacted document Tuesday showing how thecomplaint filed against him with the House Ethics Committee appeared to involve major players in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry, despite denials from some of them.

But at least one of those individuals continued to deny his involvement.

Whitfield, R-Ky., is the lead sponsor of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, which would strengthen federal protections for walking horses against soring, the abuse of the animals’ lower legs and hooves in order to make them step higher in competitions. Often it involves the use of caustic chemicals and special chains on their legs or special pads applied to the hooves.

On Monday, Whitfield held a conference call with reporters, disclosing that an ethics complaint had been filed against him focused on allegations that his wife, Connie Harriman Whitfield, improperly lobbied him on the legislation.

Denies wife lobbied him

Whitfield denied that his wife had lobbied him on the issue, saying his interest in curtailing soring predated her involvement with the Humane Society of the United States, one of the most prominent interest groups backing the PAST Act. Connie Whitfield is a “policy adviser” with the group.

In a statement, Whitfield listed numerous individuals associated with the Performance Show Horse Association that he said brought the complaint to poison the atmosphere for the act, which had been rapidly gaining political momentum. The bill is co-sponsored by 305 members of the House and 57 in the Senate.

On Tuesday, the Kentucky lawmaker released a redacted copy of what he said was a complaint sent to the Ethics Committee on Dec. 27, 2013. The wording of the letter was blacked out to comply with House rules, Whitfield’s office said.

But the heading is visible, listing the names of the letter’s addressees — Rep. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, chairman of the ethics committee, and Rep. Linda Sanchez of California, the committee’s ranking Democrat.

The printed names of the 13 individuals he listed Monday appear on the bottom of the document he released Tuesday — along with the words “sincerely yours and Members of the Board of the Performance Show Horse Association.” At the top is the PSHA logo and letterhead.

Accuses Whitfield of ‘lies’

One of those whom Whitfield cited, Jeffrey Howard, sent out emails Monday night denying the involvement of the group and accusing Whitfield’s office of “lies.” He also denied that the individuals cited by Whitfield were on the board of the Performance Show Horse Association.

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

Sticks by statement

In response to Howard saying it was not a complaint, Whitfield’s office stuck by its statements and said the words “request the committee to investigate” were part of the redacted paragraphs.

Whitfield’s office also sent out pictures from the horse group’s website showing the individuals he listed were on its board of directors. Two people listed on the letter, Gayle Holcomb and Buddy Stasney, do not appear on the group’s website.

Follow Paul C. Barton on Twitter @PaulCBarton.

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“OOPS, I DID IT AGAIN” – SAVIOUR HORSE “HONORS’ NAILED LAST NIGHT FOR SCAR RULE VIOLATION AT PULASKI, TENNESSEE RED CARPET HORSE SHOW OF THE SOUTH

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PULASKI, TN – At the Red Carpet Show Of The South last night,  ”Saviour” horse “HONORS” was ticketed by a USDA VMO coming out (post show) for a SCAR RULE violation after winning the Stake Class in a two-horse class.

This time “HONORS” made it off of the trailer, but he didn’t make it out of Giles County, Tennessee without receiving a Horse Protection Act turn down which will most likely knock “HONORS” out of competing at the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration which begins on August 20, 2014.

"HONORS'" NEVER MADE IT OFF THE TRAILER

“HONORS’” NEVER MADE IT OFF THE TRAILER

“Honors” being turned down was a repeat of the 2013 Celebration when “Honors” was disqualified PRIOR to showing due to a SCAR RULE violation – except this time, “Honors” was found to be sore coming OUT of the show ring.

PLEASE LISTEN TO THE CROWD’S REACTION from last year’s Celebration after learning Honors didn’t come into the ring for the Stake Class.

Just like last year,  the Celebration’s S.H.O.W HIO DQP inspectors working at Pulaski AGAIN found nothing wrong with Honors in the pre-show inspection.

Informed sources say that since the 2013 Celebration,   laser surgery procedures have been performed on the horse’s front feet to remove scars.   Informed sources also say that Trainer Gary Edwards,  brother of Larry Edwards,   met with APHIS Deputy Administrator Chester Gipson, DVM in Washington the week following the historic “WALK ON WASHINGTON” on June 18, 2014.

“Honors” is trained by Larry Edwards of Carl Edwards & Sons of Dawson, Georgia.

Honor’s soring history started when he was a young horse.

“HONORS” – the horse being billed as the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking “Horse Of The Century” was apparently sored when he was two years old.

Honors was entered in Class 29A at the 2010 Celebration. The DQP detected “SCRUFFING”(sp – SCURF) which is a reaction to skin being highly irritated (SORE) and it flakes off. The correct spelling of the word is “scurf”. It is used to describe the skin residue. Prior to taking a horse through inspection, trainers use a fine toothed metal comb to meticulously remove all ‘scurf’ so none is present when the horse is inspected by the dqp. In this instance ‘scurf’ was detected, and the ticket was written, and “Honors” was not allowed to show – just like he was not allowed to show last night.

Here is an example of “SCURF” on “Dutch” – the Horse rescued by the Humane Society from going to slaughter – and what “SCURF” looks like:

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SKIN SLOUGHING OFF ON FRONT OF PASTERNS – DUTCH

ATTACHED IS THE SHOW HIO TICKET #2914

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The ticket is dated August 26, 2010 and signed by DQP Tony Edwards. It shows Kelly Weaver as the Exhibitor and Joe Fleming as the Trainer.

Honors was being billed by “Big Lick’ aficionados as the Tennessee Walking Horse “Secretariat”. He was natural and free going, but alas and alack, he was apparently doing what appeared to be “Poetry In Motion” with enhanced techniques which are considered soring under the Horse Protection Act.

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The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is 24 days away and so far:

  • The former Ethics Chairman of the Walking Horse Trainers Association Larry Joe Wheelon of Maryville, Tennessee (same Hometown as Senator Lamar Alexander) pleads guilty to soring a Tennessee Walking Horse – ONE FOOT SORE – at the East Tennessee Walking Horse Trainers Auxiliary show in Chestnut Hill, Tennessee on July 12, 2014.
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LARRY JOE WHEELON OUTSIDE COURTROOM WITH ASSOCIATE BOBBIE JO KOGER

  •  Walking Horse Trainers Association 2nd VP David Landrum,  who served a two year Federal Suspension for soring horses and is Steve Smith, Senator Alexander Campaign Finance Chairman, long time former sore Big Lick Trainer, leads a Panel of FIVE Celebration Judges,  all of whom have Horse Protection Act Soring histories.
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

  • “Saviour Horse” “Honors” gets turned down on SCAR RULE – again.
"HONORS" MADE IT OFF OF THE TRAILER AT PULASKI, AND RECEIVED POST SHOW SCAR RULE CITATION

“HONORS” MADE IT OFF OF THE TRAILER AT PULASKI, AND RECEIVED POST SHOW SCAR RULE CITATION

  • Celebration Chairman David L. Howard springs a surprise in the form of an apparently rigged and totally NON – INDEPENDENT “VAC” Vet Advisory Committee on the Trainer BOYZ and the General Public about 10 days before the August 5, 2014,  Celebration entry deadline.
CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

It’s been said before, but sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up.

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THE TENNESSEAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR WINFIELD DUNN ENDORSING THE PAST ACT – REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN “NO COMMENT” ON LOSING CO-SPONSOR

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NASHVILLE, TN – Continuing the trend of BIPARTISAN support for the PAST ACT,   venerated former Republican Tennessee Governor Winfield Dunn and Democratic Whip Representative Stenny Hoyer (D-MD)  committed to supporting the PAST ACT,

When contacted by Gannett Washington Bureau Chief Paul C. Barton about having one of her 12 co-sponsors withdraw his support for her alternative bill,   Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) had “no comment”.

TENNESSEE GOVERNOR WINFIELD DUNN, 1974 IN GRUNDY COUNTY, TENNESSEE

TENNESSEE GOVERNOR WINFIELD DUNN, 1974 IN GRUNDY COUNTY, TENNESSEE

U. S. REPRESENTATIVE STENNY HOYER (D-MD)

U. S. REPRESENTATIVE STENNY HOYER (D-MD)

REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN)

REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN)

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2014/07/25/hoyer-dunn-lend-support-horse-soring-bill/13193233/

Hoyer, Dunn lend support to horse-soring bill

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The second-ranking Democrat in the House and a former Tennessee governor are the latest to endorse legislation protecting Tennessee Walking Horses from soring, the office of Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky said Friday.

Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the House minority whip, became the 305th to sign on as a co-sponsor of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act. Whitfield, a Republican, is the lead sponsor.

That means 70 percent of the House is now behind the bill, although it is stuck in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Brentwood, is vice chair. Blackburn opposes the bill.

Meanwhile, Whitfield’s office said former Gov. Winfield Dunn has said he will publicly endorse it as well.

Dunn, who served from 1971-1975, was Tennessee’s first Republican governor in more than half a century.

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.”

While the House bill remains trapped in committee, an identical Senate version has cleared committee but has yet to get a floor vote. It has 57 sponsors, three short of the number needed to overcome a filibuster.

Horse organizations are developing strategies to ramp up grass-roots pressure on Congress during the August recess, said Whitfield spokesman Marty Irby.

Those groups include the All American Walking Horse Alliance (AAWHA), World Walking Horse Association (WWHA), Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) and National Walking Horse Association (NWHA).

“The amount of support for this legislation is astounding,” Irby said.

Whitfield said earlier this week he is considering a discharge petition to force it out of Blackburn’s committee and onto the House floor for a vote.

Blackburn and Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander favor alternative legislation that would require “scientific” testing to detect soring. But critics say their bills are worded in a way that would protect the status quo.

Blackburn’s bill has only 12 co-sponsors, most of whom are the other Republican House members in the Tennessee delegation. Alexander’s bill has only four.

Blackburn’s office did not return requests for comment Friday.

Reach Paul C. Barton at pbarton@gannett.com and on Twitter @PaulCBarto

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Nephew Eugene says that former Tennessee Governor Winfield Dunn, at the age of 87,  appears to be more in touch with Tennessee and what’s right than present U. S.  Senator Lamar Alexander who has his hand out to Steve Smith.

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ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE CALLS ON ALL AMERICANS AND ALL FLAT SHOD TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE OWNERS TO BOYCOTT THE 2014 TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION – SHOW AT WHOA INTERNATIONAL (JULY 27 – AUGUST 2) THEN SKIP THE CELEBRATION IN PROTEST OF ITS OPPOSITION TO THE PAST ACT

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AAWHA  – CALLS FOR FLAT SHOD OWNERS TO BOYCOTT THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION IN SHOW OF SUPPORT FOR PAST ACT 

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.
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A trainer of Tennessee Walking Horses, McGuire urged riders, owners and trainers who are bringing their horses to The Walking Horse Owners Association (WHOA)  International Show that begins July 27 at the Miller Coliseum in Murfreesboro, TN,   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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“WOW” FOUNDER JEANNIE MCGUIRE AND HORSE PROTECTION ACT FATHER FORMER SENATOR JOSEPH TYDINGS (D-MD) SPEAK TO USA TODAY AND THE CHICAGO HERALD TRIBUNE

McGuire also said the flat shod horses should not participate because the Celebration uses the flat shod entries to create a bogus 96% Horse Protection Act compliance rate. She said, according to the USDA,  that 94% of all the HPA violations occur on the padded and chained Big Lick horses.

“I believe that WHOA is making positive steps towards ending abusive training in walking horses and should be supported in its efforts, “ said McGuire, “ while the organizers and supporters of The Celebration continue to oppose at every juncture the passage of the PAST Act  ( Prevent All Soring Tactics Act). This Act would eliminate stacks and chains on walking horses and would provide meaningful penalties for people  who continue to sore horses during training in order to  provide big lick entertainment.  Flat shod entries bring a lot of money to The Celebration. By refusing to stay over and show in Shelbyville in  August,  a statement can be made by sound horse supporters that will be felt . ” 

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 57 members of the Senate, McGuire says that actions like a boycott of The Celebration send the message to Washington, D.C., that this bill needs a vote this session.

In  response to industry claims that the PAST Act would destroy the walking horse industry, Clant M. Seay, spokesperson for the Alliance, 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.” -30-

The All American Walking Horse Alliance is a group of concerned citizens against soring of Tennessee Walking Horses who support the PAST ACT. -30-

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% / BIG LICK OUT OF 200,000 LIVING TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES
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POLL OF TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE BREED REGISTRY MEMBERS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE – OCT. 15, 2013 – RESULTS AND PERCENTAGES TABULATED BY COOK & CO. CPA, ARAB, ALABAMA
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CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD USES NEW “VET COMMITTEE” TO AMBUSH THE WALKING HORSE TRAINER BOYZ – ‘HERR HOWARD’ BORROWS STEVE SMITH’S MAN TOM BLANKENSHIP TO BE ‘STRAW BOSS’ OVER “VAC” VETERINARY ADVISORY COMMITTEE – POPE’S CAFÉ ALL ABUZZ WITH THE NEWS OF MORE ‘LIPSTICK ON A PIG’

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – Nephew Eugene could hear the “ruckus” coming out of Pope’s Cafe from out on the sidewalk this morning.   The whole gang was in there, and a new fellow named Bobby DeVito from Jersey had arrived.

Bobby is 3rd cousin twice removed to Tommy DeVito who stars in Jersey Boys.

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TOMMY DEVITO, 3RD COUSIN OF BOBBY DEVITO, TWICE REMOVED

Seems like the Celebration Chairman David L. Howard has hired a Nashville public relations firms,  DVL,  to “spin” the goings ons at the 2014 Celebration.

And Chairman Howard has borrowed Indiana attorney Big Licker Tom Blankenship from the Steve Smith/Walt Chism cabal to be the “Straw Boss”over the 2014 Celebration.

Tom Blankenship is Steve Smith/Walt Chism’s man from way back and was involved in all sorts of sore Big Lick shenanigans.   Tom is thick with Vet Dr. Jerry Johnson who has apparently been whispering in one of U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander’s ears apparently “misinforming” the Senator about key issues on Horse Soring.  Lamar Alexander’s Campaign Finance Chairman Steve Smith has been whispering in the other ear.

Senator Alexander’s hometown of Maryville, Tennessee was the scene this week of a legal matter involving a “TENNESSEE TRADTION OF HORSE SORING” that for some reason (Steve Smith’s $$$$ Campaign money) Alexander decided to champion in the U. S. Senate.

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LARRY JOE WHEELON OUTSIDE COURTROOM WITH ASSOCIATE BOBBIE JO KOGER

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

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

Tennessee’s enlightened, and not “Bought And Paid For” U. S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) has NOT sponsored the Lamar Alexander/Mitch McConnell bill to enable horse soring.

So it’s “Bye Bye” to the famous Purple Couch of Purple Strategies of Washington and Chicago, and it’s “Hello” to Ken Whitehead of DVL.   A Nashville news reporter describes as the the DVL Public Relations firm as  “influential”.    Nephew Eugene kind of wonders why an objective news reporter,  who is not supposed to be influenced by “spin doctors” in reporting the news,  would describe a public relations firm as “influential”.   

As of right now,  no one has yet learned what color couch the DVL firm has.

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DVL executive Ken Whitehouse is a ”Crisis Management” guru.

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KEN WHITEHOUSE, DVL PR FIRM “CRISIS MANAGEMENT” EXPERT

Ken Whitehead’s job is to apply “lipstick” to David L. Howard’s 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

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LIPSTICK ON THE CELEBRATION PIG OF HORSE SORING

The first thing Mr. Whitehead has done is announce the existence of “VAC” (yes another acronym to join TWSHO, PSHA,  FAST, TWHGRO,  ETC.)

“VAC” stands for Veterinary Advisory Committee.  The Gauleiter of “VAC” is Indiana attorney Tom Blankenship who isn’t a Vet, but is going to use them as a “FRONT” for all sorts of creative things that Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and TWHBEA President Steve Smith would like to accomplish.

“VAC” is made up of some Vets who don’t know a whole lot about  sore Tennessee Walking Horses, but the pay is good, and one of them is Dr. Jerry Johnson who has a rather interesting prior history and involvement in a high level extraordinarily expensive “POWER PLAY”  to render impotent the USDA”SCAR RULE” regulation to stop soring.  The “SCAR RULE” is used by the USDA to disqualify Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses from showing when they have scars on both front feet. The scars result from abusive training practices such as attaching/stacking multiple pairs of chains to the horse’s foot and applying caustic chemicals to sore the horse. Then have the chains wham the sore areas.

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

Indiana lawyer,  Tom Blankenship,  will speak for “VAC” and have complete say so over it. And, of course,  Celebration Chairman David L. Howard will have complete say over everything and everybody …. as usual.

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CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

Once upon a time,  Mr. Blankenship was paid by TWHBEA President Steve Smith‘s gang

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

to assist in easing through the U. S. Senate an amendment to the Horse Protection Act which would “neuter” the “SCAR RULE”.   The plan was for Smith’s personal friend, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN),  to put in a “FIX” and change the definition of the “SCAR RULE” where it could no longer be used to catch persons who were creating lesions on horses feet which left scars.

This all occurred in 2006,  and the scheme almost succeeded.   The general public didn’t realize that Steve Smith – Tom Blankenship bunch was trying to pull off.  The devilish scheme was thwarted at the last minute when The Tennessean newspaper reporter Brad Shrade, who later went on to win a Putlizer Prize,  obtained a copy of the  ”Smith/Blankenship” Amendment to the Horse Protection Act.    Senate Majority Leader Frist as a reward to his loyal supporter Steve Smith was going to  ”attach” the HPA amendment on some other piece of legislation, and no one would learn about it until it was a “fait accompli”.

Steve Smith and Tom Blankenship raised several hundred thousand dollars to “buy and pay for whoever or whatever was needed”.  Some say that Bobby DeVito put up a couple of hundred thousand himself to fund this exercise in American democracy.  William B. Johnson put up a couple of hundred thousand.  And Steve Smith had the Friends Of Show Horses throw in another couple of hundred thousand.

All total, about $700,000.00+/- was raised.

To this day, no one knows to who or for what or where all the money was spent.

You can figure Tom Blankenship was handsomely compensated along with “VAC” Committee lead Vet Dr. Jerry Johnson.

But I digress.  The details of this tawdy Steve Smith/Tom Blankenship affair are a story for another day.

Suffice it to say in 2014,  the ineffably pompous and arrogant Steve Smith has “loaned” Indiana attorney Tom Blankenship (a former Big Lick exhibitor)  to the even more ineffably pompous and arrogant Celebration Chairman David L. Howard.                                                              

One thing for Blankenship is to be the mouthpiece by which David Howard can tell the WALKING HORSE TRIANER BOYZ what they are going to have to do.

On June 5, 2014,  David Howard had a Press Conference set up in Shelbyville to announce that Horses were going to be required to be stabled on the Celebration grounds for the 2014 horse show.  The Trainer BOYZ revolted on that one,  saying not No,  but
“Heck No”.

The Press Conference was abruptly cancelled.

So now,  attorney Tom Blankenship has the newly anointed “VAC” announce:

  • Horses must be stabled on the grounds of the TWHNC for 48 hours before championships,
  • Registration papers, as well as a current (within 30 days) health certificate and negative Coggins test for each horse to gain admittance into the show grounds,
  • Digital x-rays and blood draws on-site conducted and supervised by VAC appointed licensed equine veterinarian specialists.
  • Dr. John L. O’Brien, DVM, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, has been appointed Show Veterinarian by the VAC.
HERE’S THE PECKING ORDER – CHAIN OF COMMAND – 2014 CELEBRATION
  1. CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD - STEVE SMITH (LAMAR ALEXANDER $$ MAN)
  2. TOM BLANKENSHIP – STRAW BOSS
  3. “VAC” VET –  DR. JERRY JOHNSON (KEY OPERATIVE IN THE 2006 STEVE SMITH PLOT TO “SNEAK” IN A “SECRET” AMENDMENT TO THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT (1970) TO REWRITE AND RENDER IMPOTENT THE “SCAR RULE” REGULATION. THE OTHER TWO VETS WHICH ARE PART OF “VAC” ARE JUST WINDOW DRESSING.
  4. SHOW VETERINARIAN - Dr. John L. O’Brien, DVM
  5. CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN
  6. S.H.O.W. HIO DQP COORDINATOR MITCHELL BUTLER ( THE CELEBRATION OWNED S.H.O.W. HIO (HORSE INSPECTION PROGRAM) IS PRESENTLY BEING DECERTIFED BY THE USDA FOR REPEATED VIOLATIONS OF THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT.

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THE SESSION AT POPE’S CAFE
Herr Howardo announces “VAC”.
Bobby DeVito (who owns a nice cushy farm in Bedford County where his Trainer JimmyMedMac trains each Celebration complains that with all the “VAC” rules and regulations, there’s no need for DQP or the USDA.  If blood testing, xraying etc indicate a sound horse but the DQP turns that horse down, will show management allow the horse to show? Will that DQP ticket be torn up? And, if not, will SHOW still require $1,000 to appeal? And what happens if the DQP and the USDA pass the horse, but the VAC calls the horse out, will the horse be able to show?
Mmackey chimed in saying the Lickers don’t need the USDA or HSUS to put them out of business –  and loudly complains,  WE HAVE ALL THE RULES AND REGULATIOINS WE NEED.    Who thinks adding these additional requirements will alleviate any of the current rules? Has the USDA said they will drop ONE requirement with this additional testing? We did swabbing and the USDA immediately said it was invalid. At a show this spring horses were eye scanned, thermography, palpitatied going and coming. One trainers horse went through horrid inspections…he finally asked why they were doing this over and over nothing was wrong with the horse. Dr. Bakers response was “The eye scan said this horse had a scar rule violation last year” Trainer said “what the heck does that have to do with now? Owners and trainers alike are fed up…I suspect the Celebration again will only be a shadow of what it was in the past.
Bobby DeVito said,  ”This business is no longer fun.”
Wallinda piped up and said,  ”you missed it……. the panel is implenting the objective testing in the blackburn bill…….what we want to replace the subjective tests with…..since right now legally they cannot be a stand alone test there has to be some way to verify effectiveness…… now should it be necessary to go to court those objective tests might just come in plum handy..”
Bobby DeVito:   Then why the requirement for registration papers, 48 hour pre show on the grounds to name just two. There’s more, of course, that has nothing to do with testing for soring. How about no tail numbing? And what is that crap about requiring your own vet to FIRST get their vet’s approval before teating any horse. No Wallinda,  this not about implementing objective testing. I know that’s the party line. Blood testing, xrays etc – sure – no problem, but this goes way beyond.   It’s a poorly conceive “plan”. It would have been far better to announce the implementation of objective testing, outline the various tests and what they can and can not prove, describe the limits and the factors being used to determine “soreness”, indicate when and how they would be done and whether they will be done for all, or just random horses, or just winners.. I doubt if there would be many objections then.  If registration papers are required, I assume someone must be intending to inspect them. That could mean huge long lines of horse trailers at the gate as Tom Blackenship or his assigns checks each horse and paper. But then maybe the lines will not be so long.
Wallinda:   actually in many states you need registration papers and coggins along with health papers accompanying the horse… and yes the registration papers should be required after all they are owner amatuer classes and the papers verify ownership according to the registry…. USEF has always required a copy of the registration papers at time of entry…..   Proper registration should be required at all shows…The blood test criteria will be released shortly from what I understand… the format will based on the same format USEF meds books…… it is a banned and controlled substance test….
Shirelle:  I have a very different viewpoint and applaud the Celebration for going the extra mile and taking these measures with an incredibly respected independent vet panel. I am so tired of our show, associations, leadership and the Celebration being labeled as a “sore horse person, show or organization” because we support all twh disciplines including those that may wear pads or action devices. This enhancement not only additionally supports the welfare of our horses, but also gives the media solid facts to refute the lies and misrepresentations that are being routinely disbursed to Members of Congress and media outlets.  Our world championship show is the most scrutinized show and offers the most publicity opportunities to relay our message to the public. What a great tool this is to back up what is already in place and will help validate what WE already know – the TWH has the most stringent inspections of all breeds and we stand behind horse protection unequivocally.
Bobby DeVito:   So implement the objective testing and have these three vets observe the subjective testing and then, heave them examine a few of the turndowns. Leave the rest of the items that have absolutely nothing to do with a “sore” horse.I was disappointed several years ago when the Celebration gathered a group of vets. They only observed and never examined some of the rejects. Had they done that perhaps they would have been persuaded on the lack of “soring” in the breed. But, slas, they only watched.
Herr Howardo:   Bobby,  there is a place to get your questions answered and I urge you to view it before commenting further.
Thank you for your comments… but the people charged with enforcing the rules aren’t putting us out of business, it is the violators of the rules. Those violator’s are getting all the help they need from the USDA, HSUS, the media and the United States Congress. We are one piece of legislation from being truly out of business and equipment. These three nationally acclaimed totally independent vets were retained at the suggestion of the few Senators and Congressmen that are keeping this law from being passed. Dr. Jerry Johnson has worked with Senator Lamar Alexander prior to being retained. One of the other vets is responsible for the Budweiser Clydesdales and I can assure you they know what they are doing and have no intention of doing anything except to get rid of any unsound horses.
Bobby there is no party line and for you to allege that is unfair to many people who have spent countless hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to “make it fun” again for you. It is wrong to say that this is simply designed to test for soring. Many of these same provisions are in existence for other breeds and help to further professionalize the industry. It is about objective testing and much more. These vets are eminently qualified to come up with a plan that will be believed and accepted by the public since nothing the industry has done has gained that acceptance, including some of your ideas. This plan has the support of veterinarians across the country, the senators and congressmen that are trying to save our industry, the TWHBEA and the Celebration. No, all of their suggestions are not about soring but there are many more issues the industry needs to address besides soring. It can be fun again if we will support the people doing the work instead of criticizing everything that is done.
Bobby, it is not accurate to say that The Celebration gathered a group of vets. That was done by another organization and was not under the auspices of the Celebration. Also, your observation about what that group of vets did is inaccurate. I provided lodging for one of them and you can rest assured they did more than watch.
Josco Morrison:Someone should have at least ran this by the trainers and/or owners before announcing it to the world. I hope I’m wrong, but I hear many top trainers don’t plan to show under such conditions. That might look worse than anything we have done so far. Also, I have never heard of our vets being implicated in any wrong doing. The press release seems to imply just that. I would be very upset if I were the local vets. While I don’t know how this will turn out, I hope it works because we are running out of chances to make a turn for the better.————————————–Nephew Eugene says he doesn’t believe Bobby DeVito likes the idea at all of Steve Smith/Walt Chism man Tom Blankenship being in charge of the Celebration that Bobby has supported for the last 30 years.Radar says Ken Whitehead from the “influential” DVL Public Relations firm is going to earn whatever he is getting paid.Harold says he plans to be in Destin from August 19 until August 31.

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HOUSE DEMOCRATIC LEADER – REPRESENTATIVE STENNY HOYER (D-MD) CO-SPONSORS PAST ACT – NOW 305 REPRESENTATIVES BACK “PAST ACT”

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WASHINGTON, DC – Democrat Representative Stenny Hoyer (D-MD) is now co-sponsoring the PAST ACT (Prevent All Soring Tactics Act).

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

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

U. S. REPRESENTATIVE STENNY HOYER (D-MD)

U. S. REPRESENTATIVE STENNY HOYER (D-MD)

Hoyer is the number two man in the House Democratic leadership.

There are only 4 (FOUR) legislative days left in July for the U. S. House.

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

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

70% of the U.S. House is impressive –  ”All We Need Is A Vote”  …. Jan Schakowsy,  (D-IL)

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BLOUNT COUNTY JUDGE TAMMY HARRINGTON HEARS WHEELON’S MOTION TO DISMISS – LARRY JOE WHEELON AND ATTORNEY ROB WHITE AVOID MEDIA FOLLOWING CONCLUSION OF HEARING – JUDGE TO RULE ON AUGUST 8, 2014

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MARYVILLE,  TN –  Blount County Circuit Judge Tammy Harrington this afternoon heard a Motion to Dismiss All Charges against Larry Joe Wheelon made by his defense attorney Rob White.   White stated that Wheelon was arrested in April 2013 on 19 counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, and the Preliminary Hearing last August 2013 dealt with only one of the counts.  White said the present case resulting from the December 2013 indictment of Wheelon should be dismissed, and Wheelon should be afforded Preliminary Hearing on the other 18 counts relating to his April 2013 arrest. White also argued that his Motion should be granted due to the alleged “bad faith” by Ellen Berez,  former Blount County D. A. who handled the August 2013 Preliminary Hearing associated with Wheelon’s April 2013 arrest on aggravated cruelty to Tennessee Walking Horses which resulted in Wheelon’s rights having been violated.

BLOUNT COUNTY CIRCUIT JUDGE TAMMY HARRINGTON

BLOUNT COUNTY CIRCUIT JUDGE TAMMY HARRINGTON

LARRY JOE WHEELON AND DEFENSE ATTORNEY ROB WHITE

LARRY JOE WHEELON AND DEFENSE ATTORNEY ROB WHITE

White argued that present case resulting from the December 2013 indictment of Larry Joe Wheelon on 18 counts should be sent back to General Sessions Court so Larry Joe Wheelon could get a Preliminary Hearing on the other 18 of 19 counts relating to his April 2013 arrest which were never heard because Asst. D. A. Ellen Berez did not go forward with the cases.

ASST. D.A. KENLYN FOSTER ARGUING MOTION

ASST. D.A. KENLYN FOSTER ARGUING MOTION

SPECIAL ASSISTANT D.A. - MARK DAVIDSON, WEST TENNESSEE PROSECUTOR

SPECIAL ASSISTANT D.A. – MARK DAVIDSON, WEST TENNESSEE PROSECUTOR

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THE DAILY TIMES REPORTER IVA BUTLER INTERVIEWING ASST. D.A. KENLYN FOSTER

According to Attorney White,  Asst. D. A. Ellen Berez told White she was going to Noll Pross (discontinue the legal proceedings) against Larry Joe Wheelon at the end of the second day of the three day Preliminary Hearing before General Sessions Judge Robert Headrick.  General Sessions Court is “Small Claims Court” and does not conduct felony trials, but may do Preliminary Cause Hearings in which the State has to prove that it met basic “probable cause”  legal requirements when a person’s property is searched, seized and arrested.  In Wheelon’s instance, he was arrested in April 2013 as a result of an Affidavit and Search Warrant obtained by Office of Inspector General Agent Julie McMillian.

AUGUST 13, 14 and 15, 2013 – LARRY JOE WHEELON PRELIMINARY HEARING

On Day One,  testimony was provided and Attorney Rob White questioned if the State had proved “probable cause” existed for the search of Larry Wheelon’s barn and his subsequent arrest.  On Day Two,  General Sessions Judge Robert Headrick concluded that the State had proved “probable cause” did exist.  More testimony was then taken on Day Two.  Attorney Rob White alleged that USDA Office of Inspector General Agent Julie McMillian had obstructed justice by tampering with a witness. A recording of a telephone message by Agent McMillian was played.  Asst. District Attorney Berez took the matter under consideration, and debated if the case would continue or she would Noll Pross (discontinue the legal proceedings).    White in his Motion today alleged that District Attorney Berez told him that the Wheelon Preliminary Hearing would not go forward, and consequently,  White then released all of the witnesses he had subpoenaed to testify in the case.  Asst. District Attorney Ellen Berez considered things overnight,  and concluded the next morning,  Day Three – August 15, 2013, that Agent Julie McMillian had done nothing improper regarding  her investigation of Wheelon’s training operation,   the search of Wheelon’s training barn, and the subsequent seizure of the “sore” horses, and Wheelon’s arrest on aggravated cruelty charges.   Berez continued with the case on Day Three and she lost track of a key witness who entered the courtroom after General Sessions Court Judge had excluded all expert witnesses who were to testify that day.  Wheelon’s attorney White objected, and Judge Headrick dismissed the case against Wheelon.

Asst. D. A. Ellen Berez was then replaced by Asst. District Attorney Kenlyn Foster.   Larry Joe Wheelon and three other Defendants were then indicted in December 2013 by a Blount County Grand Jury on 18 counts of conspiracy and aggravated cruelty to animals.

In his Motion To Dismiss today,  Rob White argued that a Tennessee case,   “Golden”,  controlled in this matter, and his client had been prejudiced by the State’s handling the Preliminary Hearing, and that the present case in which the Grand Jury indicted Wheelon on 18 counts should be sent back for Preliminary Hearing on all of the counts of animal cruelty first alleged (18),  except the one on which the case was dismissed.

Assistant District Attorney Kenlyn Foster,  who had sitting second chair supporting her the veteran West  Tennessee prosecutor Mark Davidson,  argued that there was “essentially no prejudice to Mr. Wheelon” and that White’s Motion should be denied. She said White at the time made no objection to the Amendment of the Affidavit which provided that only one of the April 2013 counts would be subject to the Preliminary Hearing.  Once the case was dismissed,  then the subsequent indictments stood on their own.  She said that when Asst D.A Berez decided to go forward with the case on Day 3,  that Rob White could have recalled all of his witnesses.   White chose not to do that, and got a Hearing on the one count, the April 2013 arrest and the charge relating to it was dismissed on a technicality.

Circuit Judge Tammy Harrington noted that during the day a number of pending matters had been resolved by agreement of the various lawyers representing the Defendants.  She said that  the Court would take matters under advisement and review all exhibits filed in the case, before ruling on Larry Joe Wheelon’s Motion To Dismiss on August 8, 2014.

Following the conclusion of the Motion Hearing,  Larry Joe Wheelon,  defense attorney “fled” the courthouse purposely avoiding questions from the assembled media.  In the past,  Attorney White has been readily available to the press.

CHANNEL 6, KNOXVILLE ABC AFFILIATE,  WATE

CHANNEL 6, KNOXVILLE ABC AFFILIATE, WATE & COURT OBSERVERS

Informed sources say neither Wheelon nor White wanted to answer questions regarding Wheelon receiving a Horse Protection Violation Notice for soring a Tennessee Walking Horse on July 12, 2014 at the East Tennessee Trainers Auxiliary Horse Show.

(LEFT) BACK ROW - BOBBIE JO KOGER; (RIGHT) ATTORNEY ROB WHITE INVESTIGATOR KENNY MYERS AND DEFENDANT LARRY JOE WHEELON

(LEFT) BACK ROW – BOBBIE JO KOGER; (RIGHT) ATTORNEY ROB WHITE INVESTIGATOR KENNY MYERS AND DEFENDANT LARRY JOE WHEELON

LARRY JOE WHEELON OUTSIDE COURTROOM WITH ASSOCIATE BOBBIE JO KOGER

LARRY JOE WHEELON OUTSIDE COURTROOM WITH ASSOCIATE BOBBIE JO KOGER

Summary of the matters relating to the three other defendants to follow later.

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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.

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

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

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Nephew Eugene says it’s time.

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

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

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

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

Mickey McCormick trains the sore Big Lick.

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

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

Cat Dye trains sound Tennessee Walking Horses.

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

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

CAT DYE AT THE SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE – BRENTWOOD, TENNESSEE

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

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Listen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FIRST – THE OFFICIAL COUNT

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

 

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

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

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

REPRESENTATIVE TIM WALZ (D-MN)

REPRESENTATIVE TIM WALZ (D-MN)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nephew Eugene remains concerned.

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

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

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

PUTNAM COUNTY CIRCUIT JUDGE AMY V. HOLLARS

PUTNAM COUNTY CIRCUIT JUDGE AMY V. HOLLARS

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

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

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

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

PAT STOUT,  COOKEVILLE, TN, TWHBEA MEMBER

PAT STOUT, COOKEVILLE, TN, TWHBEA MEMBER

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

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

Walking Horse Report Editor Jeffrey Howard told persons:

“They’ll never count those votes”. 

Jeffrey Howard, Editor - PSHA Spokesperson & Walking Horse Report

Jeffrey Howard, Editor – PSHA Spokesperson & Walking Horse Report

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

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

It failed.

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

TOM KAKASSY -CURRENT TWHBEA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER

TOM KAKASSY -CURRENT TWHBEA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER

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

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

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

LOYD CARR BLACK,  RESIGNED TWHBEA PRESIDENT

LOYD CARR BLACK, RESIGNED TWHBEA PRESIDENT

The Poll votes were counted on October 16, 2013, by CPA Cook and Co of Arab, Alabama and the PAST ACT received overwhelming approval by the TWHBA membership.

THE "YEAS" HAVE IT IN A LANDSLIDE

THE “YEAS” HAVE IT IN A LANDSLIDE

Following the Pat Stout Poll results,  a full color ad was run in The Tennessean by Citizens Against Soring.

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The Pat Stout Poll matter rolled on through the Fall.

Finally,  the TWHBEA Executive Committee met on December 5, 2012,   and exonerated Pat Stout of all allegations that she did anything wrong.

Steve Smith took office on December 7, 2013, and with a new Executive Committee in place ordered that prior to the new Enforcement Committee being seated and approved in January 2013,  that an Enforcement subcommittee be formed under Tom Kakassy and ‘report back as quickly as possible” on its recommendation what should be done on the Pat Stout matter.

The Poll Map, based on a state by state breakdown prepared by Cook and Co. CPA of the Poll Results was published on December 25, 2013.

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In early January,  Kakassy’s kangaroo court Subcommittee, on which sore Big Licker Sheryl Crawford sat,  came back with a recommendation that Pat Stout should be indefinitely suspended from her membership privileges at TWHBEA. The recommendation report questioned Mrs. Stout’s integrity, and according to the allegation’s in Stout’s lawsuit, maliciously defamed her.    Steve Smith’s Executive Committee unanimously approved Kakassy’s Subcomittee recommendation.

SHERYL CRAWFORD,  BIG LICK SUPPORTER -STANDING IN FRONT OF "THE POLL" MAP AT SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE

SHERYL CRAWFORD, BIG LICK SUPPORTER -STANDING IN FRONT OF “THE POLL” MAP AT SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE

Represented by Harvard educated and Tennessee State Legislator Henry Fincher of Cookeville, Tennessee, Pat Stout filed her $1 Million dollar suit for damages against TWHBEA in Putnam County Circuit Court on May 20, 2014.

Discovery is about to proceed in the lawsuit and it should be interesting.

There is a strong possibility that some of those John Doe defendants, including possibly Tom “I”M A PROUD HPA VIOLATOR”,   will soon have their real names inserted as co-defendants in the litigation.

Stay tuned.

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SORE BIG LICK SPOKESPERSON, MR. RISING STAR RANCH OF SHELBYVILLE, TENNESSEE, WANTS TO HAVE HIS SAY – AND THE ‘THETA SYNDICATE” REPLIES

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SHELBVILLE, TN – Rising Star Ranch is owned by Mr. Frank Eichler, self-proclaimed attorney for The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration,  PSHA,  WHTA and all sore Big Lickers everywhere.

FRANK EICHLER, SORE BIG LICK EPISTLE WRITER

FRANK EICHLER, SORE BIG LICK EPISTLE WRITER

Mr. Eichler’s Farm Manager,  Mr. David Williams, is a member of Steve Smith’s sore Big Lick TWHBEA Executive Committee.

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

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

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

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

Steve Smith’s sore Big Lick gang is laden with several members who have HPA Violation Citation histories.

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 Breeders David Williams –  (Employer – HPA Family Citation History)
VP Youth Sherry White - (HPA FAMILY HPA CITATION HISTORY)
VP Bylaws/Enf Tom “I’M A PROUD HPA VIOLATOR” Kakassy – HPA CITATION HISTORY

Rising Star Ranch has posted the following Opinion Piece on https://www.facebook.com/BillyGoBoy.

RISING STAR RANCH - “PAST Act Co-Sponsor Facts (pay close attention) The top 10 states having the most cosponsors for the PAST ACT : California 45 New York 27 Florida 22 Texas 19 Pennsylvania 18 Illinois 16 New Jersey 11 Ohio 11 Massachusetts 10 Michigan 9 They make up 63% of the Co-Sponsors and represent the states where only 20% of the members of TWHBEA reside. The States having 1 or zero Co -Sponsors for the PAST ACT are: Alabama 1 Alaska 1 Arizona 1 Delaware 1 Idaho 1 Kentucky 1 Louisiana 1 Montana 1 South Dakota 1 Tennessee 1 Vermont 1 West Virginia 1 Mississippi 0 Nebraska 0 North Dakota 0 Oklahoma 0 Utah 0 Wyoming 0 They make up 4% of the Co-Sponsors and represent the states where 49% of the members of TWHBEA reside. Also of note the original Sponsors Rep. Whitfield and Rep. Cohen are the only House members from their respective states (KY and TN) that have their names attached to this bill.”

Theta Syndicate Reply -   Mr. Rising Star Ranch,  unless you propose seceding from the union which was attempted 153 years ago and cost about 550,000 American lives, you must remember that all citizens of the states of the United States are represented in the United States Congress.

And hurting helpless horses in the name of “Tradition” or “Blood Sport” for family entertainment so people like Celebration Chairman David L. Howard can make a fortune off the advertising sales is abhorrent. Or a community like Shelbyville, Tennessee can justify the cruelty to defenseless animals because of economic benefit is likewise reprehensible.

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

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

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

That is why the people of all America support passage of the PAST ACT - just like they did 50 years ago when the Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Mr. Williams, perhaps it will be helpful for you and others to please listen to the words of “WE SHALL OVERCOME”.   You, sir, are faced with a national movement that is going to see this through.  Senator Joe Tydings and all who believe in this cause are going to stay with it until the Tennessee Walking Horse is allowed to return to its natural roots, and the soring practices and stigma are no more.

(LEFT)  SENATOR JOE TYDINGS - 1969  (RIGHT)  SENATOR JOY TYDINGS - 2014 NOTHING HAS CHANGED IN 44 YEARS - THE BIG LICK TIME IS UP.

(LEFT) SENATOR JOE TYDINGS – 1969
(RIGHT) SENATOR JOY TYDINGS – 2014
NOTHING HAS CHANGED IN 44 YEARS – THE BIG LICK TIME IS UP.

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

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

The laws affecting all of the citizens of the America are made by Congress and signed by the President.

Presently 69% of the members of the U. S. House endorse the PAST ACT.

Presently, 57% of the members of the U. S. Senate endorse the Past ACT.

Just like the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, It does not matter where the members of TWHBEA reside concerning enacting the PAST ACT, which will address the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses which has gone on for the last 46+ years.  What does matter is the Horse Protection Act is a Federal law,  and the PAST ACT will amend it to eliminate the pads and chains, the failed corrupt self-regulation and make horse soring a federal felony.

(LEFT)  SENATOR JOE TYDINGS - 1969  (RIGHT)  SENATOR JOY TYDINGS - 2014 NOTHING HAS CHANGED IN 44 YEARS - THE BIG LICK TIME IS UP.

(LEFT) SENATOR JOE TYDINGS – 1969
(RIGHT) SENATOR JOY TYDINGS – 2014
NOTHING HAS CHANGED IN 44 YEARS – THE BIG LICK TIME IS UP.

And it is part of the Congressional Record of the PAST ACT (HR 1518),   that a Poll of the TWHBEA members was conducted in September/October 2013 of the 6,950 eligible to vote members.

The TWHBEA members voted landslide 63% “YES” in favor of passing the PAST ACT.

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In April 2014,  it appeared that TWHBEA has 5,350 ”eligible to vote” members which is a 23% loss of membership in less than 12 months.

All of this has occurred on the sore Big Lick Steve Smith/Walt Chism/David Williams watch.

It truly makes you wonder what’s next for the once proud, now disgraced,  Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association.

It leaves no question why sound natural Midnight Sun took his leave of the place.

NATURAL GAITED TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE - WORLD GRAND CHAMPION MIDNIGHT SUN

NATURAL GAITED TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE – WORLD GRAND CHAMPION MIDNIGHT SUN

The PAST ACT cannot be passed soon enough.

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“WALK ON WASHINGTON” LEADS TO NATIONAL SCRUTINY OF SORE BIG LICK – FIRST USA TODAY, AND NOW PBS BONNIE ERBE’ NAILS DAVID L. HOWARD/STEVE SMITH SORE BIG LICKERS IN SCATHING U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT ARTICLE*

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THETA, TN –  The “WALK ON WASHINGTON” changed things forever.

It will never be the same.

Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and his gang,  along with the Steve Smith/Walt Chism TWHBA  ”FINGER”  Regime isn’t matching up real well these days with the onslaught of national press coverage which has flowed from the historic “WALK ON WASHINGTON” rally to PASS THE PAST ACT.

America gathered in front of the U. S. Capitol and resoundingly said,

“NO MORE”  … to the “BIG LICK” Soring of Tennessee Walking Horses in Shelbyville, Tennessee.

The latest sledgehammer blow to the SORE Big Lick championed by Celebration Chairman David L. Howard, and TWHBEA duo – Steve Smith and Walk Chism – is a U. S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT article* by nationally known PBS talk show journalist,  the acclaimed Bonnie Erbe’. (Yesterday was the Anniversary of the Article first published on July 9, 2008)

PBS "TO THE CONTRARY" HOST BONNIE ERBE'

PBS “TO THE CONTRARY” HOST BONNIE ERBE’

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/erbe/2008/07/09/the-sadistic-treatment-of-tennessee-walking-horses

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“The Sadistic Treatment of Tennessee Walking Horses

The long-neglected, inhuman treatment of these noble animals must be brought to an end.

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Courtesy of Michael Vick, most Americans have now been exposed to the sordid underground world of dogfighting. Coverage of cockfighting and state or county bans against the horrendous practice in most venues have made us aware of the sadistic treatment some sorry humans inflict on those poor birds. The deaths of Eight Belles and Barbaro highlighted dangers humans impose on thoroughbred racehorses, which, one can hope, will lead to a more humanely regulated sport. But few of us are aware of the incredible cruelty visited on Tennessee Walking Horses by a small but powerful group of owners and trainers located predominantly in a few southern states.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported this week that the vast majority of exhibitors who convened at an Owingsville horse show grounds scattered like buckshot when officials arrived to inspect the animals for signs of cruelty and cite the trainers and owners for federal violations.

One of the largest walking horse shows in Kentucky virtually ground to a halt last week when U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors arrived, escorted by Kentucky State Police. “They’re here to inspect horses and the folks that were here to show decided not to show. That’s their prerogative,” said Earl Rogers Jr., manager of the Owingsville Lions Club Horse Show and the president of the Kentucky Walking Horse Association.

Rogers said that USDA inspectors arrived Thursday for the last two days of the four-day show, in which 500 to 550 horses are typically shown. After the inspectors arrived, only 40 were shown. Hundreds of entrants turned their horse vans around and left.

Why did they scatter rather than face inspection? Because the training practices used to force the horses to raise their front legs up high and assume a completely unnatural and painful posture are so barbarous that they violate federal law and carry serious penalties for perpetrators. Yet such practices are widely used by a small but powerful cadre of sick humans.

The most widely used technique, according to the Humane Society of the United States, is “soring” in which, according to an explanation provided to me by the group, “a variety of cruel methods are used to inflict pain on horses. They include painting caustic chemicals on the horses’ pasterns (ankles), such as diesel fuel, kerosene, or mustard oil and then riding the horse with chains around its ankles. Mechanical means like pressure shoeing involve either hiding a foreign object (such as a screw or bolt) under a leather pad against the horse’s front soles, or cutting a horse’s hoof wall and sole so short that it starts to bleed. In either case, each time the horse steps or puts weight on that hoof, it causes pain.” (The pain, in turn, forces the horse to lift up its front legs unnaturally high.)

Keith Dane, the Humane Society’s director of equine protection, described several other techniques to me. Some owners pile layers of pads under the horses’ hooves, held on by a metal strap that goes over the hoof and is attached with nails pounded into the hoof wall. This technique is tantamount to a young woman wearing dangerously high heels 24/7, with a metal strap across her foot to hold the contraption in place. Horses have been known to collapse in the show ring from the combination of ridiculous imbalance and intense pain.

Why, you might ask, is this allowed to go on? It is, as noted above, against federal law to show a horse thusly trained. But Congress allots only a half-million dollars each year to the Agriculture Department to enforce the law. Federal agents possess only enough resources to “bust” a small number of shows each year. The discipline is so thoroughly reviled by the rest of the horse world, it was bounced out of the United States Equestrian Federation decades ago. The practice has been publicized for decades, forcing Walking Horse devotees to operate in a shadow world of their own.

Let me restate clearly that not all Walking Horse trainers or owners engage in these cruel techniques. Keith Dane judges exhibitors on a circuit of Walking Horse shows that engage in none of these outlandish practices. But it’s time for conscientious Americans to let Congress know we want it to spend the comparatively small amount of money it would take to drive these cruel operators into oblivion.

To stand idly by is to hand victory to the cruel and inhumane.”

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Last year the Celebration had 569 Big Lick horses show up.

Nephew Eugene wonders what the “Over/Under” is on reaching that number again this year.

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FROM THE TARHEEL STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA, U.S. REPRESENTATIVE G. K. BUTTERFIELD (D-NC) BECOMES 298TH CONGRESSMAN TO CO-SPONSOR THE PAST ACT

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WASHINGTON, DC – Democrat Representative G. K. Butterfield (D-NC) is now co-sponsoring the PAST ACT (Prevent All Soring Tactics Act).

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U.S. REPRESENTATIVE G. K. BUTTERFIELD

Butterfield becomes the 298th Representative to back the proposed legislation.

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Representative Butterfield is a former NC Judge before being elected to Congress in 2004.  He is of mixed race ancestry and is a member of the Black Caucus.  He serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  He is one of eight Chief Deputy Democratic Whips.

Now 69% of the U. S. House of Representatives co-sponsors the PAST ACT.

The PAST ACT has strong bipartisan support and is endorsed by the American Horse Council and the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association).

Dr. Whitney Miller, DVM explains why AVMA backs the PAST ACT,  and wants nothing to do with the Blackburn/Alexander-McConnell Alternatives.

Nephew Eugene thinks,  as Rep. Schakowsky (D-IL) predicted,  there will be 300 members of the U. S. House co-sponsoring the PAST ACT.

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VIRGINIA TWHBEA DIRECTOR, PAM “FINGER LADY” MCKINNEY BLATANTLY MISREPRESENTS PAST ACT – FALSELY CLAIMS THAT ALL TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES WILL HAVE TO SHOW BAREFOOT

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CULPEPER, VA – The Virginia TWHBEA Director Pam “Finger Lady” McKinney made a scene trying to disrupt the “WALK ON WASHINGTON” Rally on June 18, 2014.

 ”I am a concerned horse owner,” said McKinney. “This is me representing the horses I love.”  from Star Exponent Article published July 8, 2014.

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VIRGINIA TWHBEA DIRECTOR PAM MCKINLEY

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TWHBEA DIRECTOR PAM MCKINNEY, Photo by Star-Exponent, Culpeper, Virginia

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TWHBEA DIRECTOR SHARON RICE, Photo by Star-Exponent, Culpeper, Virginia

Ms. Pam McKinney was invited by www.billygoboy.com  to explain her reasons in this forum for being opposed to the PAST ACT, and attempting to disrupt the “WALK ON WASHINGTON” rally by using profanity and obscene gestures.

On June 22, 2014,   the following invitation was extended to Ms. McKinney:

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“Hi Ms McKinney,

I have learned from multiple sources that you were at the center of a controversy at the “Walk On Washington” Rally before the U. S. Capitol last Wednesday on June 18, 2014.  The purpose of the Rally was to urge Congress to pass the “PAST ACT” and it appears you are on record opposing it.    The independent sources say that in your interaction with the WOW rally volunteers that you used profanity and dropped the “F bomb” repeatedly, and that Capitol Police were called to request that you leave the “permitted premises” at which the WOW event was being held.  It also appears that you are a TWHBEA Director from Virginia. Below is the story written based on the accounts of witnesses.

In the interest of fairness, I would be glad to receive from you a narrative statement saying anything you might wish about the incident or what led you,  according to eye-witness sources,  to use profanity and display an obscene gesture. You are also welcome to explain why you are opposed to the PAST ACT, and what you were trying to do at the permitted Rally site.

Thank you.”

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Ms. McKinney never responded, however, she did give an interview with the Culpeper Star Exponent Reporter Alllison Brophy Champion, and the following story was published today:

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Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 12:15 am | Updated: 5:17 am, Tue Jul 8, 2014.

By Allison Brophy Championabrophy@starexponent.com (540) 825-0771 ext. 101

BRANDY STATION – A pair of local equestrian enthusiasts and Tennessee Walking Horse owners are the other side of a hot button debate in passionately opposing a federal bill they claim would harm the industry.

Brandy Station resident Pam McKinney and Bealeton resident Sharon Rice are adamantly against the so-called PAST (Prevent All Soring Tactic) Act because they say it would impose unnecessary fines and regulations on activities they say are already highly regulated.

Another local horse enthusiast, Jeannie McGuire of Orange County, recently attended an event in Washington, D.C. in support of the PAST Act and when McKinney saw coverage in the Star-Exponent of the rally she strongly wanted to share her side of the issue.

“I am a concerned horse owner,” said McKinney. “This is me representing the horses I love.”

She and fellow equestrian Rice both strongly object to soring horses, an abusive practice already prohibited by the Horse Protection Act of 1970. In soring, chemicals and other devices are used on a walking horses’s legs and hooves to create an artificially high step.

The PAST Act would eliminate any and all competitive action devices, even those that do not cause pain, McKinney said, including horse shoes. It would also increase funding for federal inspections at horse shows, and eliminate self regulation.

If the PAST Act passes, McKinney said, horses participating in competitions would have to walk barefoot.

She and Rice are supporting alternate legislation, House Resolution 4098, being sponsored by U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee. Both legislative measures remain in committee.

Blackburn spokesman Mike Reynard recently told The Tennessean , “We want to save a Tennessee industry that has a 97 percent compliance rate and protect these animals from the bad actors who make up the 3 percent on noncompliance,” according to a July 3 article.

Reynard said supporters of the PAST Act are focused on eliminating the walking horse industry altogether.

McKinney agreed, saying certain organizations are specifically targeting the breed.

“You can see how much we love our horses and how much we care about them,” she said.

McKinney has been riding Tennessee Walking Horses since she her 20s when her father got one.

“This is the horse I want to ride,” she said, remembering when she first got on one.

The breed is particularly gentle and easy-going, McKinney said. During a recent visit to her horse farm, her affection for her horses shone through – McKinney liberally gave and received kisses from her animals, and she’s even trained one of them to smile.

Rice, active in the walking horse industry for more than 30 years, said soring is no longer rampant and that the industry has been largely compliant, and subject to regular inspections at all competitions.

“Pads and chains don’t hurt the horse – it’s the people,” she said.

Rice felt proponents of the PAST Act are blowing the issue out of proportion. The owner of eight Tennessee Walking Horses said she would continue to oppose over-regulation of the breed.

“There is space for everybody in here,” Rice said, noting different owners show their horses differently, “as long as there is no abuse.”

McKinney attended the recent rally in D.C. in support of the PAST Act she is against. Her fierce opposition was visibly and verbally made known.

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Kentucky, is a key sponsor of the PAST Act, also supported by U.S. Senator Mark Warner, D-Virginia. In announcing the bill in 2012, Whitfield said those in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry have for too long turned a blind eye to abusive trainers.

“This amendment does not cost the federal government any additional money and is essential in helping to put an end to the practice of soring Tennessee Walking Horses by abusive trainers,” he said in a statement.

According to the Performance Show Horse Association, based in Tennessee, the industry is 96 percent compliant when it comes to preventing soring. The organization said the Tennessee Walking Horse is the most inspected breed in the U.S., and that new regulations proposed as part of the PAST Act would seriously jeopardize the industry.

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Strangely enough,   Ms McKinney’s behaviour resembles that of Ex PSHA Chairman Terry Dotson about “kissing horses” –    ”During a recent visit to her horse farm, her affection for her horses shone through – McKinney liberally gave and received kisses from her animals, and she’s even trained one of them to smile.”

In a June 2, 2013,  The Tennessean article,  PSHA Chairman Terry Dotson the reporter wrote:   “But it’s clear the Performance Show Horse Association chairman loves his prized animals. He drives his farm in a covered Polaris four-wheeler, hopping out to collect kisses from horses.   On the mouth.”   Then Dotson went on to say he “would leave the Tennessee Walking Horse business if the PAST ACT passed”.

TERRY DOTON, RESIGNED PSHA CHAIR

TERRY DOTON, RESIGNED PSHA CHAIR

In today’s Star Exponent article,  Ms McKinney said:

“If the PAST Act passes, McKinney said, horses participating in competitions would have to walk barefoot.”

TWHBEA Director Pam McKinney  apparently attempted to mislead Reporter Allison Brophy Champion, and she should know better.  Here is September 23, 2013 letter from Representatives Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Steve Cohen (D-TN) addressing this issue:

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Congressman Whitfield clearly says for the record:   “There are many Tennessee Walking Horses currently being shown in several divisions with shoes that would be allowed under the PAST ACT.”

Yet,  the not so kissy face Ms. McKinney does not want the truth to be known:

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VIRGINIA TWHBEA DIRECTOR PAM MCKINLEY

The PAST ACT eliminates these and what results from them:

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THE STACK WHICH CAME OFF OF “DUTCH”

And this:

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Here  Dr. Whitney Miller, DVM,  AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) Congressional Spokesperson speaks directly to the issue of why the Pads and Chains (also known as Stacks, often weighing 10-15 lbs per foot)  must be banned, and why the AVMA favors passage of the PAST ACT.

Also, Mr. James J. Hickey,  American Horse Council President,  speaks in favor of the PAST ACT.

Something tells me the American Walking Horse Alliance may have a comment on the misrepresentations made by Virginia TWHBEA Director, Pam “Finger Lady” McKinney.

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REGIONS BANK PULLS CELEBRATION CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP – REPUDIATES SORE BIG LICK – STEVE SMITH/WALT CHISM TWHBEA FACES JUSTICE IN PUTNAM COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT AT 1:00 P.M. TODAY

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THETA, TN – In yet another jaw-dropping development,   Regions Bank has pulled its corporate sponsorship of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

Regions is one of the top bank holding companies in the United States.  It operates in 16 states, has $118 billion in assets and is the largest corporation in the State of Alabama.

Regions has apparently decided it no longer wants to nor can it afford to be associated with the “Animal Cruelty” represented by the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse championed by the Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and TWHBEA President Steve Smith.

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CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

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

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

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

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

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

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

At the May 2014 semi-annual TWHBEA meeting, the question was asked of President Steve Smith by several TWHBEA directors:

Does TWHBEA have liability insurance which will pay for defending TWHBEA against Pat Stout’s claim for damages due to Steve Smith’s Executive Committee’s alleged acts of malice perpetrated against Pat Stout?

The sore Big Lick irrationally blames Pat Stout for polling the TWHBEA members to obtain their opinion regarding passage of the PAST ACT. No one has ever had the courage to file a written Complaint against Stout alleging any wrongdoing.

An overwhelming 63% of the TWHBEA members voted “YES” to passing the PAST ACT.  Things have been the same since 6,950 post card ballots arrived in the mail boxes of TWHBEA members, and there was not a thing that Steve Smith or David L. Howard could do about it.

 

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

TWHBEA MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS WALT CHISM

TWHBEA MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS WALT CHISM

Neither President Steve Smith or Sr. VP Walt Chism has provided a clear on the record answer to the question.

It is interesting to note that the attorney defending TWHBEA  is Jacob Mathis, Esq. who is employed by attorney Kevin Kennedy of Clarksville, Tennessee.   Neither Mathis nor Kennedy are known for insurance defense work,  which is a specialized area of law.  Insurance companies normally hire practitioners who do this kind of work on a regular basis.

Respected sources believe that:

  • TWHBEA’s insurance does not cover the alleged acts of malice that Steve Smith and his crowd may have carried out against Pat Stout.    And the insurance company may have informed Smith and company that it would defend the lawsuit,  but TWHBEA would have to pay them.
  • TWHBEA is using Kennedy’s Law Firm to hold down costs, and plans on settling tomorrow on terms favorable to them.

Please stay tuned for the latest on developments in Cookeville, Tennessee

And then there is the sound of a train a comin’.

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“WALK ON WASHINGTON” RALLY READY TO ROLL AT 1:00 P.M., WEDNESDAY BEFORE THE U. S. CAPITOL – HORSES TO DEMONSTRATE TO REMOVE THE PADS AND CHAINS AND END THE PAIN OF SORING – AND PASS THE PAST ACT

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WASHINGTON, DC –  A nationwide grassroots rally –“WALK ON WASHINGTON” – will be held on the West side of the U. S. Capitol in front of the U. S. Capitol Reflecting Pool on 3rd Street NW on Union Square at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18, 2014.   Americans from all parts of the United States will gather and urge Congress to pass the PAST ACT (Prevent All Soring Tactics Act) to end soring of Tennessee Walking Horses.

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Soring is the illegal and cruel practice of using chemical and mechanical methods to create pain in a horse’s front feet to exaggerate the step in Tennessee Walking Show Horses. It is widely practiced in the red states on the Map below.

The keynote speaker at the Rally will be former U.S. Senator Joseph Tydings (D-MD), author of the original Horse Protection Act passed in 1970.  He said,  “the PAST ACT has over 67% of the U. S. House of Representatives supporting it. There are 56 U. S. Senators supporting it. The people of the United States are crying out for Congress to pass this law to stop the pain of the horses”

Tydings said,  “The only answer to end the soring is to remove the pads and chains which has continued now for over 60 years.  What is being done to the horses is ‘brutal’ and ‘has no place in a civilized society.”

Senator Tydings has called upon the citizens of the United States to make themselves heard for passing the PAST ACT.

Other confirmed feature speakers include PAST ACT  Sponsors Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY),   Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) and co-sponsor Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL).

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FORMER U. S. SENATOR JOSEPH TYDINGS (D-MD) – FATHER OF HORSE PROTECTION ACT

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U. S. Senator Joe Tydings (D-MD) – LIFE MAGAZINE OCTOBER 1969

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FORMER U.S. SENATOR JOSEPH TYDINGS (D-MD), AUTHOR OF HORSE PROTECTION ACT

The campaign rally will feature a parade of six Sound natural Tennessee Walking Horses  ridden without pads and chains.   Organizers of the All American Walking Horse Alliance were informed late Tuesday that the Humane Society of the United States decided not to bring a rescued and badly scarred Tennessee Walking Horse named “Dutch” to the “Walk On Washington” rally in front of the U. S. Capitol. All questions regarding Dutch should be directed to the  HSUS at 301-258-1491 or to stwining@humanesociety.org.

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The PAST ACT (HR 1518) presently has 292 co-sponsors in the U. S. House of  Representatives,  67% of the 435 members.  The PAST ACT (S. 1406) has 56 U. S. Senators endorsing it.

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Now an extraordinarily impressive over 65% of the entire United States Congress (House and Senate) endorses the PAST ACT.

S. 1406 was unanimously reported out of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on April 9, 2014.

The event’s organizer is the All American Walking Horse Alliance – a group of concerned citizens against soring of Tennessee Walking Horses who support the PAST ACT.

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TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES FROM HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER REPRESENTATIVE ERIC CANTOR’S VIRGINIA DISTRICT DEMONSTRATE BEFORE U.S. CAPITOL TO BE FREE OF PAIN – STAR EXPONENT OF CULPEPER, VIRGINIA FEATURE STORY

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Culpeper Virginia horses to Walk on Washington to end ‘soring’

U.S. HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER REPRESENTATIVE ERIC CANTOR (R-VA)

U.S. HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER REPRESENTATIVE ERIC CANTOR (R-VA)

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Culpeper horses to Walk on Washington to end ‘soring’

Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 12:15 am | Updated: 1:19 pm, Tue Jun 17, 2014.

Four Culpeper County horses will “Walk on Washington” Wednesday as part of an awareness event aimed at ending an inhumane practice known as “soring.”

  Orange County activist and 20-year horse trainer Jeannie McGuire is helping to organize the grassroots rally taking place at 1 p.m. in front of the U.S. Capitol Reflecting Pool in Union Square through the All American Walking Horse Alliance. Soring is an illegal and cruel practice that uses chemical and mechanical methods to create pain in a horse’s front feet to exaggerate the step in Tennessee Walking Horses, she said.

  For the past seven months, McGuire has visited Rep. Eric Cantor’s Washington, D.C. office as a lobbyist on a mission to pass the PAST (Prevent All Soring Tactics) Act.

  “There is an industry within this breed where the hierarchy of the breeders association continue to practice soring where they blister the horses’ leg or add implements to their shoeing to get this super high stepping action that wins ribbons in shows,” she said. “It has been mostly contained to Tennessee and Kentucky, but it’s also in Virginia.”

  U.S. Senator Mark Warner, D-Virginia, is an original sponsor of the PAST Act, which he introduced last year with U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire.

  “Whether riding, racing, hunting or training,  horses have been part of Virginia’s culture for 400 years,” Warner said in a release at the time. “However, owners and breeders from across the commonwealth agree that the deliberate act of inflicting pain on horses has no place in modern equestrian competition.”

  Wednesday’s rally opposing soring will feature a parade of six Tennessee Walking Horses ridden without pads and chains including Cori, stabled at Walking H Farms in Culpeper; Flame, stabled at Liberty Hall Farm in Brandy Station; and Howie and Rio, also of Liberty Hall Farm.

  According to McGuire, the Horse Protection Act passed 44 years ago imposes penalties for those who employ soring, but it’s not being properly enforced.

  The PAST Act, sponsored by Rep. Eric Whitield, R-Kentucky, would prohibit all soring tactics, banning the use of chains and pads for achieving the show gait. Whitfield is expected to speak at the rally along with former U.S. Senator Joseph Tydings, D-Maryland, author of the Horse Protection Act passed in 1970.

  “What is being done to these horses in 2014 is brutal and has no place in civilized society,” 86-year-old Tydings said in a statement. “The only answer to end the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses is to remove the pads and chains.”

  Other expected speakers will include PAST Act co-sponsor Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee and Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois.

  McGuire said though she never got a response from Cantor on the issue of soring, she hoped he would also attend the rally. She said she has been working her heart out to raise awareness.

  “Being a Virginian and loving history as much as I do, I am aware this breed of horse was instrumental in the building of this country just as much as the other main American breeds,” McGuire said. “This breed of horse is so kind and docile and gentle – that’s one of the reasons this practice of soring can take place. Many of the other horse breeds would not tolerate it. I’ve seen what Tennessee Walking Horses can do for children, wounded warriors, handicapped riders, and I feel that they deserve it, for us to speak up for them.”

  According to the All American Walking Horse Association, the PAST Act has broad bipartisan support in Congress. Opposing Whitfield’s legislation are Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, and Rep. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. Both reportedly support other legislation addressing soring.

  Mississippi attorney Clant Seay raised Tennessee Walking Horses for about 25 years, and will be present at Wednesday’s march in D.C. as event coordinator for the Walk on Washington.

  “I represented Pat Stout who polled the members of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed registry which voted 63 percent in favor of the PAST Act,” said Seay. “The reason I became involved was to attempt to save the breed from the stigma of soring which forecloses any hope for future growth and public acceptance of what is potentially America’s horse. It’s time to pass the PAST Act.”

  The cause has celebrity support, too.

  Priscilla Presley, wife of the late Elvis Presley, wants to end soring.

  “Over the years, Elvis and I owned several Tennessee Walking Horses, and I know them to be gentle, graceful creatures. Today, 44 years after the passage of the Federal Horse Protection Act that was intended to end the terrible practice of soring, these horses continue to suffer at the hands abusive trainers. I’m calling on Congress to pass the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act to finally end this torture,” she said, according to humanesociety.org.

  The PAST Act, if approved, would increase penalties and fines for soring, prohibit the use of action devices – such as chains that rub a sore leg – and allow veterinarians to serve as show inspectors versus the current practice of industry self-policing.

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Radar says he can recognize a band wagon when he sees one.

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FROM CALIFORNIA TO THE CRESCENT CITY OF NEW ORLEANS – #291 REPRESENTATIVE CEDRIC RICHMOND (D-LA) COMES ON BOARD TO STOP SORING

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WASHINGTON, DC –  Representative Cedric Richmond (D-LA) is co-sponsoring the PAST ACT (Prevent All Soring Tactics Act).

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Elected to Congress in 2011,  the 40 year old Cedric Richmond previously served 11 years in the Louisiana House of Representatives.

An overwhelming 2/3rds  - 67% – of the U. S. House of Representatives now sponsors the PAST ACT.

 Richmond becomes the 291st Representatives of 435 Congressmen to co-sponsor the measure which equals 67% of the United States House of Representatives.The PAST ACT has strong bipartisan support.  It is endorsed by the American Horse Council and the American Veterinary Medical Association.Momentum is building for a vote on the House Floor.The PAST ACT will remove the pads and chains, eliminate the corrupt HIOs and make horse soring a federal felony.
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Nephew Eugene says those TWHBEA members were right on the money when they voted 63% landslide for passage of the PAST ACT.     Right now the U. S. House is 67% because of hard work by people such as Jane Lutz who have persisted and persisted until it finally happens.
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* For certain purposes, the total number of Congressman could be argued as #292 due to Congressman Bill Young (R-FL) having co-sponsored the PAST ACT prior to his death, and now his successor Congressman David Jolly (R-FL) has also co-sponsored the PAST ACT.

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LEWISBURG, TN – First TWHBEA let Midnight Sun be hauled off,  and now apparently the “Sore Big Lick Grinch” has removed Marty Irby‘s picture from the famed WALL OF PRESIDENTS at TWHBEA’s headquarters in Lewisburg, Tennessee.

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Nephew Eugene says Aunt Minerva strongly suspects Steve Smith and Walt Chism are behind the attempt to revise the history of TWHBEA.

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PICTURES OF TWHBEA PRESIDENTS IN HEADQUARTERS AT LEWISBURG, TN

FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT MARTY IRBY,  2010 - 2012

FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT MARTY IRBY, 2010 – 2012

Executive Director Tracy Boyd,  whose picture IS still on the Wall, is presently studying the situation.  Boyd has no comment at this time (unless he wants to get fired and also have HIS picture removed)

Tracy Boyd

Tracy Boyd – TWHBEA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Informed sources say that Smith and Chism go into anaphylactic shock every time another  Representative or Senator co-sponsors the PAST ACT,  especially if it’s a Republican.

PICTURES OF TWHBEA PRESIDENTS IN HEADQUARTERS AT LEWISBURG, TN

PICTURES OF TWHBEA PRESIDENTS IN HEADQUARTERS AT LEWISBURG, TN

Nephew Eugene believes that the same alleged “MALICE” of which Pat Stout’s Attorney Henry D. Fincher, Esq. has accused the Steve Smith and his cohorts of committing may have something to do with Marty Irby’s picture being removed.

Note:  A roll call vote was held this past Saturday in which a number of Directors may have boarded the “Malice Train” when they refused to reinstate Pat Stout’s membership privileges.    Some think the action of a Director with an HPA citation history, Russ Keyser (DE),   abstaining on the vote might have been an intelligent thing to do. CORRECTION: It was previously reported that Dr. Linda Montgomery (AL) abstained on this vote, but that was incorrect.  Dr. Montgomery voted to reinstate the membership privileges of Pat Stout and the two other suspended members.   Regarding a Motion to overturn the action of the Executive Committee to not accept money from the Humane Society of the United States for purchase of an Ad in the Voice Magazine or sponsorship of the upcoming World Versatility Show,  Dr. Montgomery voted NO with those against the Motion.

German Director Denise Bader Keyser cast a key vote at the October 2013 EC meeting against the Directors electronic voting on the Officers of the Association. She  expressed concern that allowing ‘electronic voting might adversely affect attendance at the TWHBEA Christmas banquet’.  It should be noted that Director Bader Keyser did not attend the TWHBEA mid-year meeting in Lewisburg last Saturday.  There was no banquet nor were there any donuts served.

A STEVE SMITH DONUT

A STEVE SMITH DONUT

Webster’s Dictionary defines Malice:

malice |ˈmaləs| noun the intention or desire to do evil; ill will: I bear no malice toward anybody.• Law wrongful intention, esp. as increasing the guilt of certain offenses.

Malice (law), a legal term describing the intent to harm

Some synonyms for Malice are:   spite, malevolence, ill will, vindictiveness, vengefulness, revenge, malignity, evil intentions,animus, enmity, rancor; informal bitchiness, cattiness; literary maleficence

Steve Smith and Walt Chism must truly believe that no one is watching or paying attention to what appears to be the latest “malicious shenanigans” down at TWHBEA.

Nephew Eugene’s friend Marvin from Cornersville knows someone who fished Irby’s picture out of the Dumpster behind the TWHBEA building.  His buddy will hold on to it until the PAST ACT passes, and then he plans to return it to the WALL OF PRESIDENTS, but only after Steve Smith’s sore Big Lick crowd has left the building.

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PAT STOUT’S ATTORNEY SERVES DISCOVERY REQUESTS INCLUDING PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS ON STEVE SMITH’S TWHBEA’S REGISTERED AGENT – STOUT’S ATTORNEY HENRY D. FINCHER, ESQ. HAS DEEP FAMILY TIE TO FOUNDATION OF TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE BREED

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COOKEVILLE, TN – Pat Stout’s attorney,  Henry D. Fincher, Esq.,  has served Discovery Requests on registered agent for service of process Kevin Kennedy of Clarksville, Tennessee,  attorney for U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Campaign Finance Chairman Steve Smith’s TWHBEA.

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

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

So far,  no word if TWHBEA has insurance coverage which will cover the cost of defending  TWHBEA from the lawsuit filed by Henry D. Fincher, Esq., on behalf of Pat Stout for actions taken by TWHBEA President Steve Smith immediately upon taking office. According to Tom “I’M A PROUD HPA VIOLATOR” Kakassy,  President Smith requested Kakassy and his cohorts to provide a Report as “quickly as possible” after Stout was exonerated of any wrong doing by the previous Executive Committee.

It appears that Smith’s sore Big Lick Executive Committee voted to punish Pat Stout for simply asking TWHBEA members to give their opinions on passage of the PAST ACT. And  Smith’s gang was highly displeased that TWHBEA members overwhelmingly voted 63%  “YES” for passage of the PAST ACT.

TWHBEA has 30 days from May 20, 2014 to provide answers to the questions asked by Pat Stout’s attorney and produce the requested documents.

A Hearing has been noticed for Thursday,  June 26, 2014,   before Circuit Judge Amy V. Lollars on Stout’s Motion For Temporary Injunction.

An interesting side note is Henry D. Fincher’s family has deep roots where the Tennessee Walking Horse breed is concerned.     Mr. Fincher’s  Grandmother,  Margaret Howard “Maggie” Morgan (1900 – 1996) raised the 1949 Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Champion,  Midnight Merry.   Midnight Merry was a mare and her trainer was Steve Hill.   Midnight Merry was foaled on the property where Mr. Fincher’s home is presently located.

http://www.walkerswest.com/Champs/MidnightMerry.htm

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Pursuant to Rules 33 and 34 of the Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure, the Plaintiffs, by and through counsel, hereby propound Interrogatories and Requests for Production of Documents to Defendant Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Association, Inc (hereinafter referred to collectively and individually as “Defendant”).

Written answers or objections for each interrogatory or request for production are to be served upon Plaintiff’s counsel within thirty (30) days after service hereof, or forty-five (45) days after service of the summons and complaint, whichever is later.

All requests for production are to be produced at the office of Henry D. Fincher, Esq., 305 East Spring Street, Cookeville, Tennessee, at 9:00 a.m., on the date which is thirty (30) days after service hereof, unless said date falls on a weekend or holiday, then production shall take place at 9:00 a.m. of the first business day subsequent to said date. The time or place of production may be altered by prior written agreement of counsel.

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS AND DEFINITIONS

A. These Interrogatories and Requests for Production of Documents are continuing in character so as to require you to file timely supplementation of prior responses in accordance with Rules 33 and 34 of the Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure.

B. Unless otherwise indicated, these Interrogatories and Requests for Production of Documents refer to the time, place and circumstances of the occurrences mentioned or complained of in the Complaint in this proceeding.

C. Every Interrogatory or Request for Production of Documents seeking knowledge or information in the possession of Plaintiff are intended to include knowledge or information of Plaintiff’s officers, directors, partners, employees, agents, representatives, and, unless privileged, its attorneys.

D. For each Interrogatory or Request for Production of Documents, or part thereof which is objected to on the ground of undue burden or expense, the objection should state:

(1) The number of files and/or documents needed to be searched;

(2) The location of each file;

(3) The number of hours required to conduct the search; and

(4) The estimated cost of the search in dollars.

E. If an Interrogatory or Request for Production of Documents requests identification of a document which is no longer in your possession, custody or control, the answer should state when the document was most recently in your possession, custody or control, the disposition made of the document, and the identity of the person presently in possession, custody or control of the document. If the document has been destroyed, state the reason for its destruction, the identity of the person who destroyed the document and the identity of the person who directed that the document be destroyed.

F. The terms “person” and “persons” include natural persons, firms, associations, partnerships, corporations and other legal entities.

G. The term “documents” means any original and any copy (whether or not different from the original because of notes made on or attached to such copy or otherwise) all notes, memoranda, cablegrams, telegrams, radiograms, minutes, estimates, bills, invoices, orders, agreements, contracts, books, accounts, records, financial statements, diagrams, drawings, sketches, maps, plans, specifications, blueprints, publications, brochures, promotional literature, catalogs and publicity releases and all other documentary material, whether written, typed, printed, visual or audio recording, photograph, microfilm, data processing record, or magnetic tape or disc, of any nature whatsoever, whether or not in your possession, custody or control.

H. A request to “identify” or for “identification” or “identity” requires the following information to be set forth in the response:

(1) with respect to a natural person, his name and present or last-known home and business address (including street name and number, city or town, state, zip code and telephone number, his present or last-known job title and position, and the dates or his tenure and each job title or position;

(2) with respect to a person other than a natural person, its full name and type of organization, the address of its principal place of business (including street name and number, city or town, state and zip code and telephone number), and the jurisdiction and place of its incorporation or organization; and

(3) with respect to a document, (a) a general description of the type of document (e.g., letter, record, list, memorandum, report); (b) the date and, if applicable, title of the document; (c) identification of the address(s) or recipient(s) of the document; (d) identification of the person(s) who has possession, custody or control over the original document; (e) identification of each person who has possession, custody or control over each copy of the document; and (f) a description of the general nature of the subject matter of the document. Any identification of a document should be made with reasonable particularity.

I. The term “describe” with respect to any oral agreement, statement or communication means to provide a brief description of the oral agreement, statement or communication, including, to the degree possible: Its general nature and content; the date it was made; identification of all persons present at the time it was made; the place(s) where it was made; and identification of the persons making the oral agreement, statement or communication.

J. A communication or document “relating,” “related,” or “which relates” to any given subject means any communication or document that constitutes, contains, embodies, evidences, reflects, identifies, states, refers to, deals with, bears upon, or is in any way pertinent to that subject, including without limitation, documents concerning the preparation of other documents.

K. Wherever used herein, the singular shall be deemed to include the plural, and the plural shall be deemed to include the singular; the masculine shall be deemed to include the feminine, and the feminine shall be deemed to include the masculine; the disjunctive (“or”) shall be deemed to include the conjunctive (“and”), the conjunctive (“and”) shall be deemed to include the disjunctive (“or”); and each of the functional words “each,” “every,” “any,” and “all” shall be deemed to include each of the other functional words.

L. For each claim of privilege for any requested information or documents, provide a privilege log as required by Tenn. R. Civ. P. 26.02(5) that contains at least the following information: the nature and general description of the contents of the information sought such that the requestor may make an informed decision on whether to challenge the claim of privilege; the identity of all persons who had a hand in creating or compiling the information or document; the date the documents were created, revised, updated or destroyed; and state the basis on which the privilege is claimed.

M. For the purposes of these interrogatories, “Defendant,” “you”, and/or “your” includes Defendant and any attorney, accountant, director, officer, employee, agent, and representative of the foregoing.

INTERROGATORIES

1. State the Defendant’s full corporate name, address, EIN and Tax identification number, date of organization, and corporate status; and identify all persons who assisted you in preparing answers to these interrogatories.

ANSWER:

2. State the name, address and telephone number of each person having any knowledge of relevant facts relating to the investigation of the poll and related matters identified in the Plaintiff’s Complaint, and for each person identified, please describe the substance of the knowledge and role of each party.

ANSWER:

3. Does the Defendant expect to call any expert witness, including, but not limited to, an accountant, appraisers, or other expert of any sort, to testify on the Defendant’s behalf at trial in any capacity? If yes, state the name, address and telephone number of each such expert witness.

ANSWER:

4. As to each expert witness identified in the Interrogatory above, state:

(a) The subject matter on which the expert is expected to testify.

(b) The substance of the facts and opinions to which the expert is expected to testify.

(c) A complete summary of all the grounds for each such opinion.

(d) All times the expert has testified in any court action or arbitration.  List the state, the court, case number date of testimony, and the subject matter of the expert’s testimony in that action.

(e) Identify each and every document which your expert has reviewed or relied upon in answering this Interrogatory, reviewing this case, and/or preparing for his deposition or anticipated testimony at trial.

ANSWER:

5. Identify any videotapes, maps, charts, audio tapes, photographs and/or diagrams, or any documentation of any other kind, relevant to any issue in this action of which any of the Defendants are aware.

ANSWER:

6. Identify, and list in chronological order any and all court action(s), criminal charge(s) or citation(s), or any other legal proceeding(s) in which the Defendant has been involved from January 1, 2000, until the present.  Include the style of the case, the name and location of the court, the date the action was filed, the case number, the date the action was resolved, and a brief summary of the nature of the action and the resolution of the case, including any judgment or sentence imposed, including probation or restraining order.

ANSWER:

7. Identify the full name, current address for service of process and current telephone number of each and every witness who has knowledge of any of the facts alleged in the Complaint, Answer, Affirmative Defenses, Counter-claim, or any other pleading or document filed in this case, and provide their name, current mailing address and current telephone number and a brief description of their knowledge and/or anticipated testimony.

ANSWER:

8. Identify the date, location, number of pages or size, author, recipients (if any), person or entity in possession and brief summary of the contents of each and every document of relevance to any issue raised in any pleading, affidavit or any other matter of relevance to any issue in this case.

ANSWER:

9. State the facts upon which you rely for each affirmative defense in your answer.

ANSWER:

10. Identify and provide the full text (by incorporation of a produced document if the same is more convenient) of the TWHBEA Bylaws in effect on the following dates:  September 27, 2013; November 12, 2013; December 4, 2013; January 9, 2014; January 17, 2014; and January 21, 2014, and identify the corporate minutes where said bylaws were allegedly adopted.

ANSWER:

11. Identify and provide the full text of the TWHBEA Code of Conduct standards (by incorporation of a produced document if the same is more convenient) in effect on the following dates:  September 27, 2013; November 12, 2013; December 4, 2013; January 9, 2014; January 17, 2014; and January 21, 2014, and identify the corporate minutes showing where they were (a) adopted and (b) made a condition of membership. 

ANSWER:

12. Identify the minutes or recordings of any TWHBEA proceeding whatsoever, including but not limited to any meeting, assemblage or other gathering of TWHBEA members, directors and or officers of any nature, where the issue of the poll, Mrs. Stout and/or what discipline, if any, should be imposed on her, was mentioned, discussed and/or acted upon by any of those in attendance.

ANSWER:

13. Identify the full name, current address and current telephone number of all veterinarians that have been paid by TWHBEA pursuant to its role as a horse industry organization (HIO) and/or who have provided inspection services for TWHBEA related to the inspection of horses prior to any show or other exhibition, from January 1, 2000, to the present.

ANSWER:

14. Identify all documents related to TWHBEAs actions as an HIO since January 1, 2000, to the present.

ANSWER:

15. Identify the corporate minutes, bylaw provision or other official TWHBEA document or record that (a) created the Bylaws committee that purported to take action against Mrs. Stout and (b) you contend gave the Bylaws committee authority to undertake investigation and disciplinary action in this matter.

ANSWER:

16. Pursuant to Tenn.R.Civ.P. 30.06 please designate the corporate representative of TWHBEA who has authority to bind the corporation with his or her testimony regarding the following matters:

(a) The investigation of the poll and matters related thereto;

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(b) The preparation, adoption and publication of the Executive Committee report dated December 4, 2013;

ANSWER:

(c) The purported delegation of authority to the Bylaws Committee to perform investigation and issue recommendations regarding discipline of TWHBEA members;

ANSWER:

(d) The meeting, deliberation and investigation performed by the Bylaws Committee;

ANSWER:

(e) The preparation and publication of the January 9, 2014, findings regarding Pat Stout;

ANSWER:

(f) The decision to attempt to impose discipline on Pat Stout as detailed in TWHBEA’s January 21, 2014 letter, and the reasons therefor;

ANSWER:

(g) The refusal to restore Mrs. Stout’s membership and retract the false allegations made about her by TWHBEA after being asked to do so in Mr. Fincher’s March 3, 2014, letter;

ANSWER:

17. Identify all documents related to the issues listed in 16(a)-(g) not previously identified by Defendant.

ANSWER:

18. State all reasons TWHBEA refused to restore Mrs. Stout’s membership and retract the false allegations made about her by TWHBEA after being asked to do so in Mr. Fincher’s March 3, 2014, letter.

ANSWER:

19. State all reasons TWHBEA did not give Mrs. Stout a written complaint alleging wrongful actions before it suspended her membership.

ANSWER:

20. State all reasons TWHBEA did not provide Mrs. Stout the opportunity for a hearing before it suspended her membership.

ANSWER:

21. State all reasons TWHBEA did not provide Mrs. Stout the opportunity to meet with a person within TWHBEA with the power to reverse or modify the decision to suspend her membership.

ANSWER:

22. Have any documents that would be responsive to the requests for identification contained in these interrogatories been destroyed, altered, shredded, deleted, or otherwise disposed of in any way? If so, please identify all such documents, including the date, author, recipient and general subject matter of said documents, along with the date of disposal or destruction, and the claimed reason for said disposal or destruction.

ANSWER:

PLAINTIFF’S FIRST REQUEST FOR PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS

Pursuant to Rule 34 of the Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure, Plaintiff hereby requests that the Defendant produce for inspection and copying the documents specified below. Production of these documents shall take place in the manner specified elsewhere in this document. These requests are subject to the same conditions as Plaintiff’s First Set of Interrogatories.

1. Produce each and every document identified in Defendant’s response to Plaintiff’s First Set of Interrogatories.

2. Produce the current edition of the Defendant’s corporate governance documents, including but not limited to, its Charter, Bylaws, and sub-bylaws or other resolutions that govern the conduct of corporation business and affairs.

3. Produce a copy of any statement you may have taken from the Plaintiff.

4. Produce a copy of any statement you may have taken from any witness regarding the matters discussed in the Complaint.

5. Produce all documents reviewed or relied upon any expert in preparation for testimony in this case.

6. Produce any document that you contend refutes, rebuts, or otherwise contradicts Plaintiff’s claim for relief in this case.

7. Please provide true and correct copies of the Defendants’ federal income tax returns filed for the 2005-2014 tax years.

8. Please provide true and correct copies of all corporate minutes of Defendant from January 1, 2000 to the present.

9. Please provide the current list of all TWHBEA officers, directors, employees or other persons holding any official capacity with TWHBEA of any nature, with the person’s name, position and other relevant identifying information.

10. Please provide a full list of TWHBEA’s membership, including but not limited to, each person’s name, current address and telephone number, and other information kept or maintained by TWHBEA regarding its membership.

11. Please provide all documents related to TWHBEA’s involvement as an HIO from January 1, 2000 to present.

12. Please provide copies of any and all documents, photos or other items posted by TWHBEA (or its agent) on its website (or other web-based media site including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or other site) containing the name and/or image of Pat Stout since January 1, 2000 to the present.

13. Please provide copies of any and all documents, photos or other items posted by TWHBEA (or its agent) on its website (or other web-based media site including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or other site) mentioning the poll, Clant Seay or any investigation and/or discipline of any TWHBEA member or affiliate participating in the same.

14. Produce anything else identified in your responses to the Plaintiff’s Interrogatories.

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Nephew Eugene’s friend Randolph,  who went to Vanderbilt University Law School,  thinks TWHBEA has a lot of questions to answer and documents to produce regarding what it did to Pat Stout.

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GARY LANE BRINGS YOU THE ACTUAL FILM OF MERRY GO BOY AND MIDNIGHT SUN IN MOTION – VOTING STARTS AT 8:00 P.M. CENTRAL – GO TO SHELBYVILLENOW AT 8:00 P.M., SUNDAY NIGHT

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WARTRACE, TENNESSEE – Below are two of the best flatshod natural going Tennessee Walking Horses which ever wore hair, that weren’t named Strolling Jim or Merry Wilson who arguably were better moving than either Midnight Sun or Merry Go Boy.

VOTING OPENS AT 8:00 P.M., SUNDAY,  MAY 11, 2014

CLICK ON THIS LINK TO VOTE:

http://www.shelbyvillenow.com/midnight_sun_vs__merry_go_boy

Merry Go Boy and Midnight Sun

Midnight Sun and Merry Go Boy

Both were Champions.

You will have an opportunity to express a preference as to which, in your opinion,  had the “best way of going” based on this video of each brought to you by Gary Lane of Windswept Stables of Brodhead, Kentucky.

http://www.windsweptstables.net

Nephew Eugene has told me how he’s going to vote,  but he’s sworn me to secrecy.

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SHELBYVILLE GOINGS ONS – EMBATTLED CONTROVERSIAL CONGRESSMAN SCOTT DESJARLAIS (R-TN) COMES TO TOWN AND GETS QUICK COURSE IN EQUINE DIGITAL INSPECTION PROCEDURE

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SHELBYVILLE, TN –  The air may be a little different in Shelbyville,  Bedford County, Tennessee.  It seems things which might be considered a little unusual in other places, hardly raise an eyebrow in Shelbyville.

One of the latest “eyebrow raisers” was  a highly publicized appearance in Shelbyville on Tuesday by the controversial Congressman Scott Dejarlais (R-TN).   The Iowa native, South Dakota educated, Tennessee U. S. Representative was invited by sore Big Lick Horse Trainer Herbert Derickson’s wife, Jill to do something different.  The Congressman and his wife, and the Dericksons, all went to local vet Dr. John Bennett’s clinic to check on a Derickson customer Horse being “quarantined” there.

While at the vet clinic, Dr. Bennett gave Dr. Dejarlais a quick veterinary course on inspecting horses.   Then Medical Dr. Congressman Scott Dejarlais digitally palpated the Derickson customer horse which was turned down Saturday night for violating the scar rule at the “Kick Off Classic”.

John Bennett DVM testified on behalf of Larry Joe Wheelon in the August 2013 Blount County, Tennessee criminal proceedings in Maryville, the hometown of U. S. Senator Lamar #OUTOFTOUCHALEXANDER.     The Preliminary Hearing was dismissed on a technicality when a key prosecution witness was not allowed to testify.  Wheelon is innocent until proven guilty.HORSE VET JOHN BENNETT  HORSE VET JOHN BENNETT

Dr. Bennett also testified against the PAST ACT  before Congress in November 2013

JOHN BENNETT, DVM

JOHN BENNETT, DVM

The Middle Tennessee town of Shelbyville has now turned into the “Epicenter of Horse Abuse” in U. S. Senator Lamar #OUTOFTOUCHALEXANDER (R-TN) home state of Tennessee.   Alexander is attempting to pay back sore Big Lick supporter Campaign Finance Chairman Steve Smith by trying to stop the PAST ACT which would clean up the institutionalized soring of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed. #PASSTHEPASTACT

The Walking Horse Report Account:

http://www.walkinghorsereport.com/news.aspx?cid=10803

“Congressman Scott DesJarlais Visits Shelbyville
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
 
Today, Dr. Scott DesJarlais, Republican Congressman from the Fourth District, Tennessee, and cosponsor of Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn’s bill, H.R. 4098 (which directly opposes the PAST Act, H.R. 1518), visited Dr. John Bennett’s Clinic in Shelbyville, Tenn. Dr. DesJarlais wanted to see firsthand the subjective inspection practices to which Tennessee Walking Horses are subjected at every show.Dr. DesJarlais had been invited by Jill Derickson to come and see a three-year-old horse, Master Class, owned by customers of 4 The Glory Farm, Mr. and Mrs. Tim Brooks. This horse has been shown a total of 21 times in his career, passing inspection by the USDA on four occasions (two going in the ring and two coming out) at the recent National Trainers’ Show. The horse has never received a violation of any kind until the Kick Off Classic this past Saturday night. The USDA wrote a post-show scar rule ticket on him as he exited the ring.
Herbert and Jill Derickson welcome Scott and Amy DesJarlais.

Immediately, trainer Herbert Derickson had the horse inspected by Dr. Jim Baum who pronounced him to be without a scar. The Dericksons then took the horse to Dr. Bennett’s clinic where he has been in quarantine since the show. Various other veterinarians including Dr. Steve Mullins came and inspected the horse and pronounced him clean. Dr. Mullins even stated, “I have never seen a horse this clean be turned down.”Dr. DesJarlais first watched Dr. Bennett go through the inspection procedure on the horse and then he was given the opportunity to actually inspect the horse’s feet himself.
Dr. John Bennett walks Congressman DesJarlais through an inspection of Master Class.

After watching carefully while Dr. Bennett performed the inspection and then performing the inspection himself, Dr. DesJarlais was given the opportunity to look at x-rays, ultrasounds, videos and photographs that have been made of Master Class since his arrival at the clinic. He also had the opportunity to discuss the horse’s history with Herbert Derickson, and the history of the inspection process as it has evolved through the years since the HPA came into existence.He listened to concerns voiced by Derickson, Bennett, and Mike Inman, Celebration CEO. He told the group that he felt if other legislators were given the opportunity to come and view the inspection process and actually lay hands on the horse in the manner the inspectors do they would have a clearer understanding of how subjective the inspection process is.Dr. DesJarlais expressed his desire to help our industry in this troubling time.”

Congressman Desjarlais was involved in rumors of scandal leading up to re-election by 56% of the votes in 2012.  Shortly after his re-election, the extent of the scandal involving sex with patients and abortion became fully known.   As a result of his alleged misconduct involved patients, Dejarlais was fined the large sum of $500.00 by the Tennessee Medical Association authorities.   Political challengers immediately came forward, and now Dejarlais will face the voters in 2014 along with U. S. Senator Lamar #OUTOFTOUCHALEXANDER

Desjarlais and Alexander are bed fellows in backing Bills To Enable Soring,  rather the the PAST ACT which would eliminate soring.

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http://www.politico.com/story/2013/03/desjarlaiss-personal-shortcomings-cloud-future-88449.html

Scott DesJarlais ‘personal shortcomings’ loom large

Rep. Scott DesJarlais is shown. | AP Photo

DesJarlais’s problems surround his 2001 divorce proceedings. | AP Photo

By ALEX ISENSTADT | 3/6/13 4:41 AM EST Updated: 3/6/13 1:48 PM EST

Embattled Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais escaped the 2012 election standing, but his luck may have run out.

The second-term congressman is confronting a gang of prospective Republican primary challengers eager to exploit a series of embarrassing and damaging headlines surrounding his personal life that have put his political career on the precipice.

DesJarlais’s problems surround his 2001 divorce proceedings, details of which were made public during the final weeks of the last election. According to transcripts from the post-separation trial, the congressman, a former physician and hospital chief of staff, carried on sexual relationships with several patients, coworkers and a drug company official. DesJarlais also allegedly prescribed drugs to one of the patients he had an affair with and provided her with lavish gifts, including an expensive watch and plane tickets.

Among the other explosive revelations in the documents: that DesJarlais, who swept into office in the tea party wave of 2010 and billed himself as a social conservative, supported his ex-wife’s decision to have two abortions prior to their marriage. He also apparently asked one of the patients he had an affair with to get an abortion.

Had it not been for the conservative nature of DesJarlais’s central Tennessee district, which stretches from Murfreesboro to just outside Chattanooga, it’s quite possible he would’ve been booted from office last year. With the primary already behind him by the time the divorce records surfaced, DesJarlais dispatched his Democratic opponent, who waged a late effort to exploit the incendiary headlines, by nearly 12 percentage points.

A Republican primary, however, promises to be a different story.

DesJarlais “is in a lot of trouble. I do not expect that he’ll get reelected,” said Gregory Gleaves, who as a former Tennessee Republican Party executive director helped DesJarlais win election in 2010. “I believe he has done irreversible damage, and I expect him to be defeated in August 2014.”

Jim Tracy, a state senator, has launched a campaign, and two other Tennessee Republicans, state Reps. Joe Carr and Kevin Brooks, have been mentioned as possible DesJarlais opponents.

Tracy has made little secret that he plans to brand DesJarlais, who has since remarried and has three children, as morally tainted. The home page of Tracy’s website prominently displays a photo of him with his family, and he recently introduced controversial legislation that would require women to receive an ultrasound before receiving an abortion.

In Tennessee political circles, the bill is widely seen as a veiled effort by Tracy to present himself as a staunch abortion opponent while reminding voters of DesJarlais’s history of supporting abortions in his personal life.

“I’m running for Congress because this country is broke, not only financially but also morally,” Tracy said in an interview. “People in this country are looking for leadership.”

For now, DesJarlais aides insist he’s not looking ahead to the looming primary battle.

“Right now Congressman DesJarlais is focused on the important issues being debated in the 113th Congress rather than running for the 114th,” said Robert Jameson, a DesJarlais spokesman. “There will be a time for campaigning, and the congressman looks forward to running on his solidly conservative record of cutting spending, reducing government and repealing the president’s takeover of our nation’s health care system.

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DESJARLAIS OPPONENT SEEMS TO BE WINNING THE FUND RAISING GOING AWAY

http://www.t-g.com/story/1959766.html

Tracy raises 4 times more than DesJarlais

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

By ERIK SCHELZIG ~ The Associated Press

NASHVILLE — State Sen. Jim Tracy has raised more than four times as much as the embattled congressional incumbent he is challenging in the Republican primary next year.

According to campaign disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission on Monday, Tracy raised more than $436,485 in the first quarter, compared with U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais’ net of $104,532.

DesJarlais, a Jasper physician, won a second term in November despite revelations that he once urged a patient with whom he was having an affair to get an abortion.

Transcripts released after the election revealed that DesJarlais made a mutual decision with his first wife to have two abortions.

“Jim Tracy’s robust fundraising totals coupled with his strong grassroots organization put him in the best position to defeat the scandal ridden incumbent in the 2014 primary,” Tracy’s finance chairman Shane Reeves said in a release this week.

Meanwhile, state Rep. Joe Carr of Murfreesboro said he had raised about $205,479 for his exploratory committee to join the GOP race for the 4th District seat.

Tracy had $404,000 remaining in cash on hand, compared to $87,427 for DesJarlais.

DesJarlais reported raising $101,694 from individuals, but just $11,781 from political action committees, which are usually generous to incumbents expected to win re-election. His quarterly campaign spending of $35,442 includes $9,000 in refunds to PACs.

Tracy raised $412,000 from individuals, and $24,500 from PACs. He spent $32,483 during the period.

DesJarlais in the court proceedings acknowledged having sex with at least two patients and he said he prescribed painkillers for at least one of them.

He urged one of those patients to get an abortion during a phone conversation he recorded. The congressman denied during the campaign that he had recorded the call, but in his 2001 testimony he acknowledged that he did. DesJarlais said he was only trying to get her to admit she wasn’t pregnant.

Tracy, a Shelbyville insurance agent and former college basketball referee, previously ran for Congress in 2010 before his county was moved from the 6th District as part of the redistricting process.

He came in third behind then-state Sen. Diane Black, the eventual winner of the seat, and Murfreesboro businesswoman Lou Ann Zelenik in a GOP primary contest separated by just 566 votes.

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Shelbyville, Tennessee is being tortured by the death throes of the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse.   

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USDA – GRADE “A” – “THE CELEBRATION’S KICKOFF CLASSIC” A/K/A “THE DAVID L. HOWARD INVITATIONAL PORTAPOTTY CLASSIC HORSE SHOW” – THE SERVANT OF THE PEOPLE, THE USDA DID ITS JOB TO PROTECT “THE HORSES” – DR. TRACY TURNER ‘CORRECTS’ STATEMENT BY BIG LICK SUPPORTER SHERYL CRAWFORD AT SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE

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THE CELEBRATION GROUNDS - The well-heeled sore Big Lick addicts pulled up in their Cadillac Escalades,  Mercedes-Benz and Lexus ready to show their Big Lick Horses at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration’s “Champions Arena” at the “Celebration’s Kickoff Classic”.

No one is quite sure why the Celebration Chairman David L. Howard chose the name “Kickoff Classic” because the National Trainers Show which  traditionally “Kicks Off” the Big Lick show season occurred a month ago.   It was an abysmal failure when the USDA showed up and enforced the Horse Protection Act for three consecutive days.

Celebration Chairman Howard was off vacationing the week of the Trainer’s Show disaster at the luxurious Canyon Ranch Spa Resort in Arizona. Perhaps, he figured he would take a second bite of the apple trying to “Kick Off” the Big Lick show season upon which his Walking Horse Report ad revenue depends.

THE EXCLUSIVE CANYON RANCH HEALTH RESORT - TUSCON, ARIZONA

THE EXCLUSIVE CANYON RANCH HEALTH RESORT – TUSCON, ARIZONA

But I digress.

The Trainer BOYZ drove numerous 18 Wheeler Big Rigs on to the historic Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration grounds with 8 to 10 horses aboard each one.  The Trainer BOYZ intended to have an old timey sore Big Lick horse show.    Many of the horses had been taken off the Trailers,  put into barn stalls and were being prepared to show.

The Trainer BOYZ had apparently been told by the Man Behind The Green Curtain -

DAVID L. HOWARD - THE MAN BEHIND THE GREEN CURTAIN

DAVID L. HOWARD – THE MAN BEHIND THE GREEN CURTAIN

“The coast is clear – If you’ve got ‘em,  bring ‘em, and show ‘em.”

The only problem was the stalwart USDA,  realizing the importance of its mission and sacred mandate to protect “The Horses”,   showed up on the appointed day at the appointed hour at the Celebration,  and stopped the Lickers from showing sore horses.

THEHORSES

The USDA enforced the Horse Protection Act to eliminate the criminal act of soring.

The sore Big Lick Trainer BOYZ folded up like an accordion.

Many left en masse to go to the Waffle House.

The ones who stayed took only a “few” horses up to be inspected.

Instead of having 8 -12 horses in a class,  most classes had one or two.  A few classes had three entries.

Rarely did any class have four entries unless they were flat shod.

INSPECTION AREA - "THE DAVID L. HOWARD PORTAPOTTY KICKOFF CLASSIC" HORSE SHOW

INSPECTION AREA – “THE DAVID L. HOWARD INVITATIONAL PORTAPOTTY KICKOFF CLASSIC” HORSE SHOW –  THE SHOT CLOCK IS RUNNING BUT NO HORSES ARE IN THE CHUTE.

The “Kick Off Classic” Horse Show staggered along laboriously for 6 endless hours.

There were only TWO horses in the Three Year Old Stallion class which was a Rider’s Cup Class.

Normally, there would 10 or more.

There were just THREE horses in the Two Year Old Stallion class which was also a Rider’s Cup Class.

There was ONE horse in the Championship Stake Class.

The credit goes to the dedicated USDA VMOs who are supervised by Dr. Rachel Cezar, USDA National Horse Protection Coordinator.

Dr. Cezar was featured at the Sound Horse Conference held in Brentwood, Tennessee on March 29, 2014,  along with the acclaimed Dr. Tracy Turner who consults with the USDA.

Here is Dr. Tracy Turner,  Thermography Expert and member of Committee authoring the American Association of Equine Practitioners “White Paper”.

The annual national Sound Horse Conference was attended by over 100 persons including some noted persons who have knowledge of the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse.  Seated at this table (Left to Right Circularly) are Dee Dee Miller, former Secretary of TWHBEA and current President of WHOA;  Tommy Hall, Executive Director of WHOA;  David Pruett, former President of TWHBEA , lifetime WHOA member and SHC Sponsor;  Kim Bennett,  WHTA member; David B. Williams, Rising Star Ranch Manager and VP Breeders – TWHBEA; and The Walking Horse Report Editor Jeffrey Howard.

PERSONS ATTENDING SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE

SOME PERSONS WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE SORE BIG LICK ATTENDING SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE  - MARCH 29, 2014

Some people think it was a “sign of progress” for people with knowledge of the Big Lick to attend this enlightening day long seminar.

A noted sore Big Lick Supporter Sheryl Crawford was at the Sound Horse Conference. 

SHERYL CRAWFORD, SORE BIG LICK SUPPORTER

SHERYL CRAWFORD,  BIG LICK SUPPORTER

Ms Crawford made a rambling Statement and said she was supporting the Representative Marsha Blackburn Bill because “It mimics the American Equine Practitioners White Paper”.  

Dr. Tracy Turner immediately rebutted Ms Crawford saying that he was fortunate to be part of the AAEP ad hoc Committee that wrote the “AAEP White Paper”, and commented,   “Ms Crawford, with all due respect,  any resemblance between the Blackburn Bill and the AAEP “White Paper” is purely coincidental.  There is none of the intent in there … that Blackburn Bill …it is not a reflection of the AAEP White Paper,  except for a few key words”.

There will be more features of what happened at the Sound Horse Conference in the days ahead.

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SLOW APPLAUSE FOR THE USDA – GRADE “B” – TWO DOWN AND THE ALL IMPORTANT SATURDAY NIGHT TO GO – PLEASE PROTECT THE HORSES

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – The USDA showed up again on Friday Night. This time it seemed to dig in and finally get down to business.

The Thermography machine was used along with retinal scans,  and they took a coldly professional approach to enforcing the Horse Protection Act and protecting the Horses from the evil doers.

THEHORSES

The USDA VMOs appeared to dictate to the S.H.O.W. DQPs to do their jobs.

It was a no-nonsense atmosphere.

At one point,  the USDA VMOs went out to center ring and observed a class from there.

It caused the Trainer BOYZ at Center Ring to hyperventilate and take a break.

A long one.

The USDA VMOs were pulling out Horses coming out of the Show Ring and requiring the S.H.O.W. DQPs to do their jobs – and re-inspect them.

The S.H.O.W. DQPs appeared to be  writing some Horse Protection Act violations.

DQP COMING OUT INSPECTION

DQPS DOING COMING OUT INSPECTION – REQUIRED BY USDA VMOS

And despite the improved performance by the USDA VMOs in their effort to protect The Horses, it is becoming more and more clear,   that the only way to protect The Horses is passage of the PAST ACT.

There was all kinds of abuse done to the Horses that were exhibited on Friday night.

The sore Big Lick will never be cleaned up.

Time after time, the three Judges tied the Horse that was doing the most.  The ones doing the most were the ones that were “fixed”.  It’s just that simple.

The public is NOT attending the Trainers Show.

The people left supporting the sore Big Lick are a dwindling group of addicts.

There were only three campers in the Lot across from Calsonic Arena.

It used to be packed.

There were vacancy signs all over Shelbyville, Tennessee including at the host motel -Microtel.

The sore Big Lick is dying a public death.

These four men should be totally ashamed of the position they have taken in trying to defend the absolutely indefensible institutionalized criminal practice of soring Tennessee Walking Horses.

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

JOHN T. BOBO - THE CONSIGLIERE - MAN BEHIND "HERR" HOWARD

JOHN T. BOBO – THE CONSIGLIERE – MAN BEHIND “HERR” HOWARD

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

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

TWHBEA MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS WALT CHISM

TWHBEA MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS WALT CHISM

U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) should not lend his name to this putrid mess.

If he does,  he will stain his legacy.

He is sitting on a powder keg of public outrage.

To his credit, you don’t hear the name of U. S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) regarding introducing a BIll To Enable Soring like Representative Blackburn has.

The Carrie Lee Underwood tweet was prologue.

The public disdain for the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse is palpable.

The USDA “may” finally be on an upward path, but it should frankly welcome passage of the PAST ACT.   

When you have to deal with those characters above it cannot be an appealing process.

And it can’t be any  fun,   week after week,  dealing with the clever criminals who sore horses and call it Sport.   And then,  they sanctimoniously publicly pray before they put The Horses on exhibition.

Maybe Friday night was a false harbinger that the USDA is stepping up, and The Horses are going to be protected, and the heck with the objectives of David L. Howard and his sore Big Lick addicts.

But maybe, just maybe, it was not.

The USDA needs to stay the course on Saturday night.

If they do,  they will deserve praise.

But will they?

We’re about to find out.

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TALE OF TWO DIFFERENT NEWSPAPERS: ‘THE TENNESSEAN’ AND ‘THE SHELBYVILLE TIMES-GAZETTE’ – ONLY 58 MILES APART BUT LIVING IN SEPARATE UNIVERSES WHERE INSTITUTIONALIZED HORSE SORING IS CONCERNED. ONE IS AGAINST SORING; THE OTHER ONE DOESN’T CARE AS LONG AS THERE ARE ‘FANCY HIGH STEPPING HORSES’

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SHELBYVILLE, TN –  On August 29, 2013,  the Shelbyville Times – Gazette  Features Editor Sadie Fowler wrote a “Never-Never Land” article about supporting the Celebration.  She recommended “kids zones, pony rides, entertainment, meets and greets” in an area next to where Federal Crimes were being committed by people abusing Horses.  All in the names of “Sport,  Pageantry and Entertainment” according to PSHA Spokesperson Jeffrey Howard.

SADIE FOWLER. SHELBYVILLE TIMES-GAZETTE

SADIE FOWLER. SHELBYVILLE TIMES-GAZETTE

Jeffrey Howard, Editor - PSHA Spokesperson & Walking Horse Report

Jeffrey Howard, Editor – PSHA Spokesperson & Walking Horse Report

On November 3, 2013,  Billy Go Boy belatedly wrote Sadie Fowler back and asked her, “Do you really, I mean really really believe that the answers are “kids zone, pony rides, entertainment, meets and greets”?

Sadie, here’s a thought – why not just have a horse show where there is NO soring?

Not reform Sadie – just NO SORING.

To do so Sadie, the “Big Lick” will have to be left behind.

There’s 50 years of history and proof that you can’t  have the “Big Lick” without soring.

Sadie, please pass along to your Editors who told you to write the “puff piece” editorial that the whole United States of America and the rest of the world is looking right at Shelbyville on this one?  And the “disconnect” you wrote about it regarding the locals and the “Big Lick” Celebration has about said it all.

Sadie, a parting thought – how about suggest to your Editors that they do something uplifting and endorse HR 1518/S.1406, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, and free Shelbyville Bedford County, Tennessee from the “Big Lick” albatross tied around its neck.

Once and for all?

So here we are now – on the verge of Spring – after a long cold winter, and where do we find Sadie Fowler and the STG outlook in Shelbyville? (Note: Over the winter a new on line publication – Shelbyville NOW – has emerged and is publishing facts which have previously been kept from that community by the entrenched powers committed to the culture of institutionalized soring)

This past Sunday,  March 9, 2014,    Ms. Fowler wrote an article in which she interviewed Celebration CEO Mike Inman and Celebration Board member/State Representative Pat Marsh, who had just returned from a trip to Washington to lobby against the PAST ACT and for Representative Blackburn’s alternative legislation.

http://www.t-g.com/story/2058874.html

The Shelbyville Times-Gazette article was entitled:

Blackburn bill would protect Celebration

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Also,  on Sunday,  The Tennessean newspaper wrote an Editorial on the PAST ACT and the Blackburn alternative bill.

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20140309/OPINION01/303090047/Whitfield-s-walking-horse-legislation-would-end-soring-Blackburn-s-would-enable-it

The Tennessean wrote Editorial was entitled:

Rep. Ed Whitfield’s walking horse legislation would end soring;                                    Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s would enable it

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Shelbyville is about 58 miles South of Nashville.

It might as well be 2,058 miles.

So how can there be such disparate views of the same situation?

Seriously,  what’s the answer?

First the Shelbyville-Times Gazette article:

Pat Marsh was quoted:

  • “I think (the Blackburn bill) is a wonderful alternative to the (PAST ACT) Whitfield bill.
  • The (PAST ACT) Whitfield bill will do away with the industry as we know it.
  • The statistics show it would take away 85 percent of horses at the Celebration.
  • It would leave only the flat shod divisions, and shows with only flat shod classes are poorly attended.
  • People come to the show to see the fancy, high-stepping horses, and we need to keep the industry going strong.”
PAT MARSH, CELEBRATION BOARD MEMBER/STATE REPRESENTATIVE

PAT MARSH, CELEBRATION BOARD MEMBER/STATE REPRESENTATIVE

One has to wonder if Mr. Marsh cares at all how “the fancy, high-stepping horses” are created?

Apparently, Mr. Marsh is blissfully unaware or chooses to ignore that 93% of the HPA violations are on the “fancy, high-stepping horses”.  Or perhaps Mr. Marshrefused to look up from his primary focus which is to “keep the industry going strong”.

This is kind of hard to believe since Mr. Marsh has to be aware that the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration  that he is charged with overseeing has lost approximately $1.5 million under his and David L. Howard’s management over the past five years.  And the Celebration is also owed about $600,000.00 for monies advanced to the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO.

In the STG interview,  Celebration CEO Mike Inman did his usual “Baghdad Bob” shtick:  Inman said,  ”Now that the people (in Washington) are starting to really understand the Whitfield and HSUS bill and the difference between the two, we’re starting to see movement from those supporting Whitfield toward the Blackburn bill, and that’s what we saw during our most recent trip to Washington.”   He said, the PAST ACT  ”calls for the elimination of all pads and chains, equipment used to achieve the high-stepping gait of the performance horses that draw excitement to the show.”

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The Tennessean Editorial:

“We used to think that soring — inflicting painful injuries to the legs and hooves of Tennessee Walking Horses to force them to adopt a high gait known as the “Big Lick” — was solely for the purpose of winning ribbons and prize money at horse shows.

After the latest maneuver by the “Big Lick” faction of the show-horse industry, we can see there is a special brand of inhumanity that thrives among us in Tennessee.

By pitting its own alternative legislation, courtesy of Rep. Marsha Blackburn, against the popular “Prevent All Soring Tactics” (PAST) bill, this group demonstrates how determined it is to continue secretly torturing animals. Stronger than a desire for mere show-ring glory, this appears to be about deriving pleasure from causing pain. That it is defenseless animals, and not people, only increases their ability to get away with it.

Blackburn’s bill is, in fact, a Trojan horse — institutionalized abuse disguised as animal protection.

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GUEST COMMENTARY:

One long time Middle Tennessee Big Lick Observer summed it up the Shelbyville situation this way:

“All of this hoopla concerns a discipline that no one wants to watch or pay to see;

  • a way of shoeing a horse that appalls real horse people;
  • a very limited number of horses actually being shown this way;
  • a very small cadre of committed owners with large checkbooks that are willing to pay to play;
  • a diminishing  group of trainers that has been making a living so long doing what they do that they can’t imagine getting real jobs; and
  • a town that wonders what the hell happened to their horse show once the city fathers got out of involvement and let David L. Howard and company take it over.”

While CEO Mike Inman and Board Member Pat Marsh were in Washington trying to get elected officials to change their minds,  approximately ten more Representatives and Senators signed on to co-sponsor the PAST ACT.

And somebody named Carrie started tweeting about it.

And so it goes.
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UNITED STATES SENATOR TIM KAINE (D-VA) BECOMES THE 51ST U. S. SENATOR TO CO-SPONSOR THE PAST ACT – BIPARTISAN WAVE BUILDS AND BUILDS – NOW THE MAJORITY OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE CO-SPONSOR THE PAST ACT

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WASHINGTON, DC –  Formerly Chairman of the Democratic National Committee,  U. S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA),  is now co-sponsoring the PAST ACT(Prevent All Soring Tactics Act).  Kaine is the former Governor of Virginia and Mayor of Richmond, Virginia.

Kaine becomes the 51st United States Senator to co-sponsor the PAST ACT.

Now, a majority of the United States Congress – Senate and House – sponsor the PAST ACT.

268 U.S.  Representatives co-sponsor the PAST ACT – 62%.

51 U. S. Senators co-sponsor the PAST ACT – 51%.

U. S. SENATOR TIM CAIN (D-VA)

U. S. SENATOR TIM KAINE (D-VA)

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More to come.

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REPUBLICAN NEVADA CONGRESSMAN MARK AMODEI (R-NV) BECOMES #268 TO CO-SPONSOR PAST ACT – STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT –CLOSER AND CLOSER TO FLOOR VOTE

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WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Mark Amodei  (R-NV),  is now co-sponsoring the PAST ACT (Prevent All Soring Tactics Act).

REPRESENTATIVE MARK AMODEI (R-NV)

Amodei becomes the 268th  Representative of 435 Congressmen to co-sponsor the measure which is 62% of the United States House of Representatives.

The PAST ACT will remove the pads and chains, eliminate the corrupt HIOs and make horse soring a federal felony.

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DOES THIS MEAN USDA APHIS ADMINISTRATORS KEVIN SHEA AND CHESTER GIPSON, DVM ARE GOING TO ENFORCE THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT TO ELIMINATE SORING RATHER THAN JUST “REGULATING SORING” – NEPHEW EUGENE IS HIGHLY SKEPTICAL

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WASHINGTON, DC – All eyes are on the USDA officials to see if they finally mean business on enforcing the Horse Protection Act.  The word circulating out of Shelbyville is it could be true that the USDA actually intends to enforce the Horse Protection Act.

But most people doubt that they will because the USDA simply has not done so in the past.

And the 139 HPA violations by S.H.O.W. HIO under minimum penalties still have not been uploaded to the USDA HPA database.

Has David L. Howard’s  sore Big Lick  painted itself into a corner.

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Two weeks ago,  they rolled out the BLACKBURN BILL TO ENABLE SORING.

Then David L. Howard’s Celebration/PSHA sore Big Lick bunch built their program around two things:

  • 98.6% compliance with HPA.
  • Objective science based inspections.

The last thing the sore Big Lick bunch counted on was the USDA just simply enforcing the Horse Protection Act.    So this past weekend when the Lickers interpreted the DQP training session in Shelbyville to possibly mean that could actually happen,   all Hell broke loose.

If it’s a wrinkle, it’s a scar, and that means 60 days under minimum penalties.

Next one is six months.

Next one is a year.

Now you know why the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO sued the USDA in Federal Court in Texas to keep the minimum penalties from being enforced.

In typical Trainer BOYZ tradition, they were going to call off the 46th National Trainers Show.

They told David L. Howard,  “You know we can’t live with the USDA enforcing the law.”

The idea of calling off the Trainers Show got the addicted owners some upset.  And in the words of the late Claude Crowley, owner of Pride’s Generator once said, “What are we going to do with them,  plow them?”

After paying training, farriers and vets all winter,  the addicted sore Big Lick Owners told the Trainer BOYZ,  “you better show our horses at the Trainer’s Show this week or we will find someone who will.”

So the Trainer BOYZ,  who only have about 100 dues paying members left and lost their building two weeks ago,   are going to “let the show go on”.

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One might ask how not enforcing the Horse Protection Act became something for which the USDA is known.     In the past the USDA grew comfortable delegating the enforcement of the Federally mandated Horse Protection Act to the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO.   Most say it was due to direct threats by politicians like U. S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY) threatening to interfere with the USDA funding for other programs.

That is the world to which sore Big Lick TWHBEA President Steve Smith is accustomed.  The only problem is its 2014 – not 1997.

The climate has changed and the public is behind the PAST ACT with 50 Senators and 268 Representatives along with an intense public focus by social media demanding that  APHIS Administrators Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson, DVM stop “regulating soring” and instead enforce the HPA to “eliminate soring”.

KEVIN SHEA - APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

KEVIN SHEA – APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

 DR. CHESTER GIPSON, DVM - "HERR" HOWARD'S PARTNER

DR. CHESTER GIPSON, DVM – “HERR” HOWARD’S PARTNER

RACHEL CEZAR, DVM,  HORSE PROTECTION COORDINATOR

RACHEL CEZAR, DVM, HORSE PROTECTION COORDINATOR

We’ll soon see if the USDA means business, or they will continue to ENABLE SORING by not enforcing the Horse Protection Act.

Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson, DVM  need to come through this time.

Radar says he will believe it when he sees it.

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HAS A “PERFECT STORM” DESCENDED UPON SHELBYVILLE TENNESSEE – HAS THE SENATOR LAMAR “ALEXANDER BILL TO ENABLE SORING” BEEN CAUGHT UP IN IT? – WHAT IS DAVID L. HOWARD GOING TO DO NEXT?

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – Sometimes the best laid plans of mice and men will get you into a glue trap.  That “may” be what has happened with sore Big Lick.

And it may even get United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)  in it, too.

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

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

David L. Howard and the TRAINER BOYZ have been clamoring for scientific based inspections.    Now it seems like they are going to get them with thermography – along with the USDA’s alleged statement given in S.H.O.W. HIO DQP training on Saturday that the USDA VMOs are going to check EVERY horse’s feet for scars, and a wrinkle will be considered a scar.   Seeing something is objective, not subjective.  So if there is a wrinkle which is a scar,  then the horse gets turned down and the penalty is 60 days suspension. And this has nothing to do with palpation – it has to do with seeing it.  And the thermography can see things the naked eye can’t.

And there is something interesting.  When you examine and look at the pasterns of the flat shod horses, you don’t see those “wrinkles” which are scars which result over time from these:

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For sure the sore Big Lick crowd got blind sided by The Tennessean editorial appearing Sunday which said:

PAST ACT – STOP SORING

BLACKBURN BILL – ENABLE SORING

Then Miss. Carrie Lee Underwood tweets it to 3,420,000 Followers and all bets are off.

David L. Howard’s sore Big Lick crowd ginned up a letter from the American Farm Bureau to give Senator Alexander some cover when he rolled out his Senate companion bill to the BLACKBURN BILL TO ENABLE SORING.

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Senator Alexander may be rethinking the:

ALEXANDER BILL TO ENABLE SORING

Add to that the 46th National Trainer’s Show was gasping for air with no public support and lack of sponsors.

So is this possible cancellation of the Trainer’s Show and the 2014 Big Lick show season:

  • Big Lick strategy to claim economic damage to Tennessee?
  • Reality of a “Perfect Storm” descending upon Shelbyville?

Like I said, it’s going to be an interesting week.

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DAVID L. HOWARD AND WALKING HORSE TRAINER BOYZ THREATENING TO CANCEL 2014 BIG LICK HORSE SHOW SEASON OVER USDA ENFORCEMENT OF HORSE PROTECTION ACT – TRAINER BOYZ IN UPROAR

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – The USDA DQP training for the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO was held in Shelbyville, Tennessee over the weekend, and the USDA delivered a message that has David L. Howard and the WALKING HORSE TRAINER BOYZ in full melt down.

The 98.6% Horse Protection Act compliance rate folks – the sore Big Lick crowd – are now threatening to cancel the Trainers Show and 2014 Show Season over the USDA doing its job through the use of science based technology to enforce the scar rule.

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

TRAINERS SHOW BOYZ SHOW CHAIRMAN BENNY JOHNSON

TRAINERS SHOW BOYZ SHOW CHAIRMAN BENNY JOHNSON

 

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

The TRAINER BOYZ were told that the USDA VMOs are going to check EVERY horse for scar rule violation, and wrinkles of raised tissue on the horse’s pastern will get you a First Offense under the mandatory minimum penalties.

This will mean a 60 day suspension.   In the past, it meant nothing other than a piece of paper.

SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE DONNA BENEFIELD ISSUES CONFIDENTIAL WARNING

By Donna Benefield

CONFIDENTIAL ALERT: I just received a call from a Big Lick trainer, informing me that the National Trainer’s Association “Secret Meeting,” that was held this morning about 9 A.M., was to discuss whether to have the Trainer’s Show this weekend. I was told, no solution was reached, so it will resume this evening about 5 P.M to vote, on whether to even have a SHOW SEASON. This is to remain CONFIDENTIAL.

When asked why, when only 2% of the industry is soring, I was informed that they do not want to continue until the USDA compromises. (Another attempt at the “Tail wagging the dog.”)I was told that this all is based on this past weeks SHOW DQP Training with the USDA. I was told that SHOW was informed that any wrinkles on the posterior area of the pastern will be considered a violation. (This would confirm exactly what our USDA/DQP training VMO informed us two weeks ago.)They also said that the USDA informed them, they were to enforce the Mandatory Penalties (Imagine that. They aren’t being allowed to pick and choose which regulations they have to enforce! It just isn’t fair. Maybe Steve Smith or Marsha Blackburn can help them.)I was informed that the USDA stated that they would be requesting Letters of Warning on ALL SHOW DQPs that did not enforce the law. (That has been done in the past, and the HIO refused to issue the Letters of Warning. And what happened…..nothing.)Lastly, I was informed that the USDA was going to inspect behind the DQPs on every horse. (So.)(FYI-The Whitfield Amendment has not even passed yet. So what’s the big deal?)There you have it. The latest from the Trainer’s Association office (previously a funeral home) in downtown Shelbyville. Understand, I’m receiving this all second hand from a trainer, so I recommend that you confirm this.And don’t forget this is all to remain CONFIDENTIAL. So don’t tell anyone outside of this breed or the USDA!”

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The WALKING HORSE TRAINER BOYZ are having a “LIVILEHOOD”membership meeting conference call at 5:00 p.m. Monday to decide to have the 46th Annual National Trainers Show and the 2014 Show Season.

Seasoned observers believe that based on past strategy,  when the heat gets on,   the Trainer BOYZ “strike” or “boycott”.

It is not believed that tactic will work this time for two reasons:

  1. The “Racket” is 98.6% compliant so why should it worry about the USDA doing its job.
  2. David L. Howard and the TRAINER BOYZ and the BLACKBURN BILL TO ENABLE SORING have been wanting science based inspections, and it appears that new technology is now available which will make that possible.

And in response to it all,  David L. Howard and the TRAINER BOYZ went to cancel the Trainers Show and Show season?

My, oh my.

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BROTHER ROY EXUM SPOTLIGHTS DAVID L. HOWARD’S “SEEDY INNER-CORE GROUP HEADQUARTERED IN SHELBYVILLE” TRYING TO STOP THE PAST ACT

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CHATTANOOGA, TN – If you are 90 years old you can say anything and people should listen.  W. W. “Bill” Harlin said,  “Tennessee is getting a reputation as a horse abuse state”.

It bothered The Tennessean newspaper, and it bothers Chattanooga columnist Roy Exum, too.

Here is his column:

http://www.chattanoogan.com/2014/3/10/271401/Roy-Exum-The-Best-Money-Can-Buy.aspx

Roy Exum: The Best Money Can Buy

Monday, March 10, 2014 – by Roy Exum
Roy Exum
Roy Exum

A pointed editorial in Sunday’s editions of the Nashville Tennessean left little doubt that two pending bills currently in Congress are quite different. The headline itself told the whole story: “Rep. Ed Whitfield’s walking horse legislation would end soring; Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s would enable it.”

But whether the well-documented column will cause Tenn. Senator Lamar Alexander to reconsider introducing a companion bill to Rep. Blackburn’s disappointing legislation is a hot topic as Washington’s work-week begins tomorrow. On Friday several sources revealed Alexander was planning to make a push in the Senate this week with an alternate bill tailored to Blackburn’s bill in Congress. If so, it would be in marked defiance of the very popular PAST Act (HB 1518/S1406) that has now been endorsed by 47 Senators and 266 members of Congress to finally stop the flagrant and repugnant soring of horses.

The PAST Act, sponsored by congressman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky) and senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), has been endorsed by the leading equine groups in the country, including the huge American Veterinary Medical Association and the renowned American Association of Equine Practitioners. But Blackburn’s bill – a “Trojan Horse” as the Tennessean editors call it – represents “the best that the horse-abuser’s money could buy, in the form of tens of thousands of dollars in contributions to her campaign, in order to continue torturing and maiming horses.”

The editorial called out both Alexander and Tennessee’s other senator, Bob Corker, chiding them for their “silence” in the matter after it has become common knowledge in horse circles that Tennessee is the epicenter for horse abuse in the entire world. Walking Horses in Tennessee and surrounding states have endured a half-century of shameless soring and abuse. Soring is where caustic chemicals and harmful devices such as nails and screws are used to achieve an unnatural, high-kicking gait called the “Big Lick” and America has clearly had enough.

The vast majority of Walking Horse trainers and riders across the nation deplore the shameful practice but a seedy inner-core group headquartered in Shelbyville has lobbied hard in recent months to keep the pads, or stacks, and the shady judging, and the committees that are rife with Horse Protection Act violators from being affected by the PAST Act. They will stop at nothing to see the bill doesn’t pass.

It is no secret Sen. Alexander is obviously aligned with the “Big Lick;” his state campaign chairman is Steve B. Smith, the president of the Breeder’s and Exhibitors Association. Smith, who has been found in violation with the federal Horse Protection Act in the past, and his Big Lick cronies have lobbied Alexander and Coker hard. They have also contributed heavily to Congressional campaigns, most recently throwing a reception for Blackburn last August that netted their alleged (and highly prized) confederate a reported $70,000.

Nine members of Congress, including Chuck Fleischmann of Chattanooga and Scott DesJarlaris of Jasper (who was feted the year before by the Big Lick), are among nine cosponsors of Blackburn’s sleazy bill, which the Tennessean article claims “shows there is a special brand of inhumanity that thrives among us in Tennessee … (and) demonstrates how determined (the Big Lick) is to continue secretly torturing animals.”

“Stronger than a desire for mere show-ring glory,” the column reads, “this appears to be about deriving pleasure from causing pain. That it is defenseless animals, and not people, only increases their ability to get away with it. After decades of violations … the PAST (Prevent All Soring Tactics) bill offers a real chance to strengthen the law.”

The Tennessean article also read, “Soring is very much alive, and the bad actors in the walking horse industry are hardening their position instead of backing away from it, hoping to gut the laws that forbid them to do what they love: torment animals. Their spokesmen like to say that Blackburn’s bill ‘eliminates soring’ while Whitfield’s bill ‘eliminates the horse.’

“We know their abject cruelty is what will eliminate the horse, if we let them.”

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A hearing is scheduled for March 17 — a week from today — in Maryville, Tenn., for Larry Joe Wheelon, age 68, and three other men on 18 counts of aggravated cruelty to livestock and conspiracy to commit aggravated cruelty to animals. Wheelon, a colorful “Big Lick” trainer and judge with a lengthy string of violations, once served as chairman of the Ethics Committee of the trainer’s association.

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INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY

If found guilty, the men could possibly serve jail sentences since animal cruelty is now a felony crime in Tennessee. On the federal level animal abuse is still a misdemeanor, a further reason the PAST Act needs to pass.

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MISS CARRIE LEE UNDERWOOD HAS “RETWEETED” THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL TO 3,420,000 FOLLOWERS OPPOSING REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA “$70,000.00″ BLACKBURN’S “BILL TO ENABLE SORING” – ALL BETS ARE OFF – COULD THE SORE BIG LICKERS BE ABOUT TO GET “BLOWN AWAY”?

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MUSIC CITY, USA – It all started with a Tweet by Carrie Underwood, and the eyes of the Nation were drawn to Tennessee over the “AG GAG” controversy.   A redneck State Senator with the backing of the Tennessee Farm Bureau decided to run over the First Amendment to the U. S. Constitution with an unconstitutional law to prevent undercover investigation of commercial farms where abuses were taking place.   The public revolted and the Governor had to back down and veto the Bill.

Now we have a redneck acting Steve Smith,  Senator Lamar Alexander’s Campaign Finance Chairman trying to call in a chit which will end up embarrassing U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) if he introduces a companion bill in the U. S. Senate to the Blackburn Bill To Enable Soring.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD LOVES ANIMALS

CARRIE UNDERWOOD LOVES ANIMALS

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This morning Carrie Lee Underwood retweeted The Tennessean Editorial to 3,420,000 Twitter Followers making it clear where she stands on the PAST ACT, and the fact that the BLACKBURN BILL TO ENABLE SORING will further the reputation of the Volunteer State of Tennessee as a Horse Abuse State.

PAST ACT   –  STOP SORING

BLACKBURN – ENABLE SORING

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Things are getting interesting.

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FOSH PRESIDENT TERESA BIPPEN AND SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE DONNA BENEFIELD SPEAK OUT SUPPORTING THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL ACCUSING MARSHA BLACKBURN BILL OF ENABLING HORSE ABUSE

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NASHVILLE, TN – Two of the seven “invited witnesses” who appeared before Congress on November 13, 2013 testifying in favor of the PAST ACT,  weighed in on The Tennessean Editorial appearing in this Sunday’s newspaper.

CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON PAST ACT (PREVENT ALL SORING TACTICS)

(Left to Right - Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Julius Johnson;  TWHBEA President Marty Irby;  John Bennett, DVM;  Donna Benefield; Teresa Bippen and American Horse Council President Jay Hickey)

(Left to Right – Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Julius Johnson; former TWHBEA President Marty Irby; W. Ron Dehaven, DVM, CEO of AVMA;  John Bennett, DVM; Sound Horse Advocate Donna Benefield; FOSH President Teresa Bippen and American Horse Council President Jay Hickey)

FRIENDS OF SOUND HORSES PRESIDENT TERESA BIPPEN

TERESA BIPPEN, SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE

TERESA BIPPEN, SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE

TERESA BIPPEN – PRESIDENT OF FOSH

“Blackburn’s bill absolutely worsens conditions for the Tennessee Walking Horse as if they could get any worse. She wants TN and KY to be in charge of inspections (the two state’s with the very highest HPA violation rates) with input from the Walking Horse Trainers Association whose board members collectively hold over 115 violations. She wants science, well, science in the hands of a dishonest organization gets us nowhere. The largest inspection organization, SHOW, swabbed every horse at the 2012 Celebration and found 2 swabs positive for prohibited foreign substances. Guess what happened when the USDA swabbed the same show? In a random sample of 190 horses, 145 tested positive–which means that 76% were in violation of federal law. It is worse than that, the Repeat Violators Report is 265+ pages long, single space. It is at www.hpadata.us There is only one solution: Republican Congressman Whitfield’s PAST Act.”

SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE – DONNA BENEFIELD

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DONNA BENEFIELD – SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE

DONNA BENEFIELD – SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE

“This Blackburn bill is designed to maintain control by the violators, and to keep the situation status quo. Blackburn was (recently) paid $70,000 by the Walking Horse Trainer’s Association.

One does not have to be a mental giant to understand how the political game is played.

Who is in support of the Whitfield Bill (the PAST Act)?    Currently, every veterinary association in all 50 states, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Horse Council in D.C., the American Saddlebred Assoc., the United States Equestrian Federation, the Quarter Horse Assoc., to name a few.

As of today we have 50 members of the Senate that support the Whitfield Bill, along with 268 Congressmen. When I was in Washington recently, meeting with Republican Senators and Congressmen, regarding the Whitfield bill, the PAST Act, they asked in amazement, “Who would oppose Whitfield’s Bill?”

I informed them, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, who was paid $70,000 by the Trainer’s Assoc. who are the un-indicted felons who are soring the horses.  And possibly  Senator Lamar Alexander, whose Financial Chairman, Steve Smith,  has his own Horse Protection Act citation  record regarding a sored horse he was listed as exhibiting.

Recently, I was told that Senator Alexander was too smart to get involved in what was referred to as political suicide, by supporting the Blackburn Bill. Unfortunately, with Tennessee now being labeled in the press as the “Animal Abuse Capitol of the United States”, I guess we will have to wait and see what Senator Alexander decides to do.”

It appears that this issue is about to be front and center in Tennessee.

And it’s about darn time.

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THE TENNESSEAN NEWSPAPER OP/ED SLAMS REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN) BILL – DESCRIBES IT AS “INSTITUTIONALIZED ANIMAL ABUSE DISGUISED AS ANIMAL PROTECTION”

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NASHVILLE, TN – In finally breaking its editorial silence since November 20, 2013  when it upbraided the Tennessee Congressional delegation for not supporting the PAST ACT,  The Tennessean newspaper today published the following Opinion/Editorial piece and cartoon in its Sunday which criticized Representative Marsha Blackburn’s (R-TN) alternative to PAST ACT.

REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN)

REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN)

Interestingly,  the article sets the stage for U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) anticipated introduction this week of a companion bill which mirrors the Blackburn alternative HR 4098 in the U.S. Senate.  The response to the Blackburn measure has been underwhelming.  Seven Republican Tennessee Representatives co-sponsored it along with two Representatives from Kentucky and one from West Virginia.   Senator Alexander’s anticipated entrance was set up by a Tennessee Farm Bureau endorsement of  Blackburn’s alternative this week.

 It also appears that Senator Alexander’s influence has caused the March 12, 2013 “Markup” of S. 1406 by the Senate Committee to be postponed indefinitely due to the PAST ACT now being contested in the United States Senate.

It will be interesting to see what Tennessee’s other U. S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) chooses to do on the matter. He can either stay on the sideline or join Alexander and Blackburn.   Bob Corker touts that he is his “own man”.   Senator Alexander’s Campaign Finance Chairman is Steve Smith who is President of TWHBEA.  Smith has an HPA Citation history.  Smith would like to reach a compromise of 1/2 size of the present “package” on the hooves with a leather dog collar action device.

TWHBEA PRESIDENT AND U. S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER CAMPAIGN FINANCE CHAIRMAN STEVE SMITH HPA CITATION

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Informed sources believe that Lamar Alexander “hoped” to not get involved, but the sore Big Lick sees the pads and chains slipping away from them as the momentum for the PAST ACT grows in Congress with 50 U. S. Senators and 268 U. S. Representatives co-sponsoring the measure, and Campaign Finance Chairman Steve Smith has called in the years of financial support he has provided to Senator Alexander.

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20140309/OPINION01/303090047/Whitfield-s-walking-horse-legislation-would-end-soring-Blackburn-s-would-enable-it

Rep. Ed Whitfield’s walking horse legislation would end soring; Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s would enable it

Mar. 9, 2014

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TENNESSEAN CARTOON – Drew White / The Tennessean

“We used to think that soring — inflicting painful injuries to the legs and hooves of Tennessee Walking Horses to force them to adopt a high gait known as the “Big Lick” — was solely for the purpose of winning ribbons and prize money at horse shows.

After the latest maneuver by the “Big Lick” faction of the show-horse industry, we can see there is a special brand of inhumanity that thrives among us in Tennessee.

By pitting its own alternative legislation, courtesy of Rep. Marsha Blackburn, against the popular “Prevent All Soring Tactics” (PAST) bill, this group demonstrates how determined it is to continue secretly torturing animals. Stronger than a desire for mere show-ring glory, this appears to be about deriving pleasure from causing pain. That it is defenseless animals, and not people, only increases their ability to get away with it.

After decades of violations of the nation’s Horse Protection Act, PAST offers a real chance to strengthen the law. The bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., would toughen inspection standards at horse shows and ban the use of chains and pads that are worn on the horses’ legs and hooves, both to perpetuate pain for the horse when its hoof hits the ground and to hide scarring and other evidence of soring. As we know from the notorious Jackie McConnell case (captured on video) and others over the years, abusive trainers will apply caustic substances to horses’ legs, drive sharp objects into their hooves and beat the horses on a regular basis.

Blackburn’s bill is, in fact, a Trojan horse — institutionalized abuse disguised as animal protection.

It would set up a single horse industry organization (HIO), whose board would be chosen by the current trainers association that is populated with repeat violators of the Horse Protection Act. Those HIOs that currently prohibit soring at their shows would be left out.

Blackburn’s bill also ignores the use of pads and chains; it authorizes state agricultural commissioners in Tennessee and Kentucky, who have historically ignored horse abuse, to hire show inspectors; and it removes the federal requirement that HIO meetings be open to the public.

In short, Blackburn’s legislation was the best that horse-abusers’ money could buy, in the form of tens of thousands of dollars in contributions to her campaign, in order to continue torturing and maiming horses.

Whitfield’s bill, endorsed by the nation’s leading veterinary organizations and animal-protection groups, has 267 sponsors in the House, 47 co-sponsors in the Senate — and still we are far from complacent about its prospects. We saw gun background-check legislation that had overwhelming support wither and die, even with a Senate majority voting for it.

What will U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and Sen. Bob Corker have to say about Whitfield’s and Blackburn’s legislation? So far — silence.

Soring is very much alive, and the bad actors in the walking horse industry are hardening their position instead of backing away from it, hoping to gut the laws that forbid them to do what they love: torment animals.

Their spokesmen like to say that Blackburn’s bill “eliminates soring,” while Whitfield’s bill “eliminates the horse.” We know their abject cruelty is what will eliminate the horse, if we let them.”

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The 29 comments to the op/ed piece are interesting.

Here is the November 20, 2013 The Tennessean editorial which followed an AD run by “Concerned Citizens Against Soring” which appeared in the November 10, 2013 Sunday edition of The Tennessean newspaper.

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What will be most interesting to see if Senator Alexander introduces his companion Bill to the Blackburn alternative measure, will set it set off a firestorm of debate in Tennessee similar to that of the “AG GAG” maelstrom last year.  In that situation, the public rose up against the Tennessee Farm Bureau’s attempts to pass a Tennessee law to prevent undercover investigations of commercial farming abuse of animals. .  The effort was led by celebrities, including Carrie Underwood and Priscilla Presley. Also,  newspapers from all over Tennessee condemned the proposed legislation for violating the First Amendment.  Governor Haslam vetoed the AG GAG bill.

The Tennessee Walking Horse soring abuse is also an animal cruelty issue.  This battle will pit the public and the plight of the sored Tennessee Walking Horse against the monied interests which have Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and apparently U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander beholding to them.

If Senator Alexander gets into this fray and introduces a companion bill which mirrors Representative Blackburn’s alternative Bill,  he is going to find himself on the wrong side of the issue.

It will be interesting to see if Tennesseans let Lamar Alexander know that..

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WHY DOES TWHBEA LEAVE THE SORE BIG LICK TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE MERCHANDISE BEHIND WHEN IT GOES ON THE ROAD TO MARKET THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE BREED

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LEWISBURG, TNEverett “Butch” Allen,  TWHBEA Director from Texas,  is fond of saying “No horse left behind”,   while insisting that TWHBEA members joyfully embrace the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse.

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EVERETT “BUTCH” ALLEN, TEXAS TWHBEA DIRECTOR

The fact is when TWHBEA goes on the road to market the Tennessee Walking Horse, it leaves behind the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse paraphernalia and goods because the public wants no part of them.

The Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse is an unmarketable product.

Instead, TWHBEA  puts forward these items out for the public like it did in Alabama last weekend.

ALABAMA HORSE FAIR - TWHBEA EXHIBITION

ALABAMA HORSE FAIR – TWHBEA EXHIBITION

Everett “Butch” Allen

Sorry my first e-mail may have gone through incomplete. I am saying that most of us on the TWHBEA board support all TWHs. From bare-foot to padded horses. No Horse Left Behind. I mean how many ways does one have to say or do to make people understand that all TWHs are equally important to most of the TWHBEA members TWHBEA officals. The folks within TWHBEA that wants to support just one horse the bare foot / keg shod are the ones promoting division and trying to eliminate the show horse that use pads, action devices, and bands. Which would eliminate about 85 to 90% of the show horse population. In essence destroying the Walking Horse industry. Yes flat shod horses are fun to show and watch but so are pedded horses. I, as do most TWHBEA memebers go to showes to see both flat shod and padded horse. Those that agree with letting people chose the type of shoe to use on their horse, those that agree with supporting all TWHs and those want to help the TWH industry grow are the kind of people that we need in TWHBEA.

At the  December 2013, TWHBEA Annual Directors meeting,  Mr. Allen wanted more information about The Poll of TWHBA members which voted 63% “YES” for passage of the PAST ACT.

The following Map of The Poll was prepared to give Mr. Allen and his TWHBEA Directors an overview of how the members felt on the issue:

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It is interesting to note the verdict of The Map which reflects that 63% of TWHBEA members favor passage of the PAST ACT.  It is now validated with 62% of the United States House of Representatives co-sponsoring the PAST ACT.

Regarding “No Horse Left Behind”,  it might be educational for Mr. Allen to tag along on the next TWHBEA road trip, and man one of the TWHBEA booths and try to hawk the “Big Lick” gear and see how it goes.

Upon returning, he should send his fellow directors an email and let them know first hand how it went.

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IS THE SORE “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE “RACKET” A SICK CORRUPT ENTERPRISE CONTROLLED BY GREEDY EGO DRIVEN CONTROL ORIENTED STUBBORN OLD WHITE MALES IN DENIAL WHOSE SORE BIG LICK AGENDA IS AIDED AND ABETTED BY USDA APHIS ADMINISTRATOR KEVIN SHEA???

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MIDDLE TENNESSEE – While the Big Lickers are merrily cavorting at TWHBEA  (King Steve Smith and Chief Justice Walt Chism) and The Celebration (John T. Bobo and David L. Howard),  the eyes of the world are watching.

JOHN T. BOBO - THE CONSIGLIERE - MAN BEHIND "HERR" HOWARD

JOHN T. BOBO – THE CONSIGLIERE – MAN BEHIND “HERR” HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

THWBEA PRESIDENT AND POLITICIAN SCHMOOZER

THWBEA PRESIDENT AND POLITICIAN SCHMOOZER

TWHBEA CHIEF JUSTICE WALT CHISM

TWHBEA CHIEF JUSTICE WALT CHISM

The Map reflects the entire country and world of TWHBEA members is lined up against the sore Big Lick in being in favor of passage of Prevent All Soring Tactics Act.

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1.      The latest news is 43 U. S. Senators now co-sponsor the PAST Act.

2.      The most popular Canadian television program – “Heartland”,  similar to “The Waltons”,  will feature an episode this  Sunday night about a Tennessee Walking Horse being rescued from persons abusing it.  The story –  Heartland on CBC - is about “when Ty brings a maltreated Tennessee Walker to Heartland, Amy goes undercover in order to bring its abusers to justice. Catch it Sunday night at 7pm on CBC! — with Amber Marshall and Graham Wardle.

The Middle Tennessee created sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse is now internationally toxic.

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The Leaders of the sore Big Lick “racket” in 2014, apparently don’t get that the image of the Tennessee Walking Horse is “ABUSE”.

Current TWHBA Executive Director Tracy Boyd,  as TWHBEA President,  realized it and verbalized it in a public statement on May 27, 2013.  But now ED Boyd is now threatened with being fired by King Steve and Chief Justice Walt if he dare speaks the truth.

Many people wonder if Tracy Boyd shouldn’t resign his position in protest, or somehow he has reconciled his position as President of TWHBEA with that of being employed as an operative to do the bidding of the persons in charge even if he personally disagrees with it.

The Champions of the sore Big Lick and the ones who continue to support the institutionalized soring culture are these men.

King Steve Smith, TWHBEA President
Chief Justice Walt Chism, TWHBEA Sr. Vice President
John T. Bobo, Celebration Board member
David L. Howard, Celebration Chair and WHR Publisher

The question is begged:

Why do these four man continue to champion the sore Big Lick?

Possible answers are:

  • Profit
  • Greed
  • Control
  • Stubborn
  • Ego
  • Old White Males In Denial
  • All of the above.

It is abundantly clear that these guys can no longer sell “All Disciplines” and “No Horse Left Behind” when they include the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse.

Again, the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse is toxic.

Toxic with the public.

That image will never begin to be reversed until the PAST act passes.

Back to the present.

3.      TWHBEA has been sued out in California by dues paying members of TWHBEA  because King Steve Smith and Chief Justice Walt Chism erroneously thought they could bully the California folks who pay dues to TWHBEA.   Smith’s and Chism’s oppressive actions were all done trying to protect the sore Big Lick horse.  The California folks would have settled for a 50 cent stamp they would have paid for themselves, but instead King Steve and Chief Justice Walt got TWHBEA sued for their allegedly violating a federal law.  All after Chief Justice blabbed all over “Internet Chat” Court about legal positions, legislative interpretation and legal conclusions (his own).

4.   In the red-hot festering center of Middle Tennessee (depicted by The Map) where the Sore Big Lick is concentrated,   one learns today from  Celebration Chairman David L. Howard’s – The Walking Horse Report –  that The Celebration, Inc. is going to partner with a local livestock sale company,  Ripwood Livestock Auction Services, LLC in a reprehensible exhibition of immature Two Year Old  horses ON THE CELEBRATION GROUNDS under saddle before they are fully developed physically.

http://www.walkinghorsereport.com/news.aspx?cid=10529

The event, February 28 – March 2  - ‘SPRING FLING 2014 COLT PREVIEW AND SPRING SELECTION SALE will feature padded chained Two Year Old Tennessee Walking Horses under saddle at the Celebration’s CALSONIC ARENA.

Rah Rah Shelbyville economy – Are you listening Kevin Shea,  APHIS Adminstrator,  ersatz Shelbyville Tourism Director.

https://www.facebook.com/HonorsDishonered?ref=ts&fref=ts

TWO YEAR OLD TWH UNDER SADDLE

TWO YEAR OLD TWH UNDER SADDLE

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TWO YEAR OLD TWH

Sale owner Andy Rippy says the objective is to create “new excitement in our industry compared to sales in the past.”

FEATURING BIG LICK "TWO  YEAR OLDS" UNDER SADDLE, PADDED  & CHAINED

FEATURING BIG LICK “TWO YEAR OLDS” UNDER SADDLE, PADDED & CHAINED

It is strongly rumored that USDA APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea will be on hand to monitor how the Shelbyville tourism based on the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse is progressing.

Big Lickers John T. Bobo and David L. Howard show callous disregard as to what the rest of the equine world thinks about the Tennessee Walking Horse with this “FLING” spectacle.   The equine word has cast out the Tennessee Walking Horse breed as an “untouchable”.

Now we have The Celebration Boyz,  Bobo and Howard,  touting an event where TWH ,many of which are not even close to being 24 months old,  are going to be put on stacks,   with long shank bits, and exhibited in chains in a shocking barbaric ‘SPRING FLING 2014 COLT PREVIEW AND SPRING SELECTION SALE.

It all defies the imagination.

Sale owner Andy Rippy said     “Our goal is to create some different types of previews and sales to help our customers and try to create some new excitement in our industry compared to sales in the past.”

Rah Rah “new excitement”. 

And then there’s this public official Kevin Shea, APHIS Administrator, who has been entrusted with enforcing the Horse Protection Act.

KEVIN SHEA - APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

KEVIN SHEA – APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

What in the world is wrong with this man, a trusted public official, who says he is   more worried about Celebration “gate receipts” then he is in vigorously enforcing the Horse Protection Act?

It’s a Celebration tradition to name streets on the Celebration grounds after key figures in the breed history.

CELEBRATION THOROUGHFARES

CELEBRATION THOROUGHFARES

It is now speculated that “Kevin Shea Way”  on the Celebration grounds will be named in honor of the USDA official APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea to recognize his apparently being more concerned about the “gate count/receipt” at the Celebration, than carrying out his duties to enforce the Horse Protection Act.

The kaleidoscope continues to turn.

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IT’S TIME FOR THE USDA TO DECERTIFY THE CELEBRATION’S SORE BIG LICK “SHOW HIO” AND CUT OFF THE BIG LICKER OXYGEN – 259 CONGRESSMEN AND 41 U.S. SENATORS CO-SPONSOR – PREVENT ALL SORING TACTICS ACT – THE TIME IS NOW

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THETA, TN – It’s high time for the United States Department of Agriculture to stop playing “patti cake man” with the soring Big Lick crowd led by Celebration Chair David L. Howard and his consigliere John T. Bobo, Shelbyville, Tennessee attorney and Celebration Board member.  Bobo is the local power behind David L. Howard.

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JOHN T. BOBO – THE CONSIGLIERE – MAN BEHIND “HERR” HOWARD

There are 259 Congressmen and 41 U. S. Senators co-sponsoring the HR 1518/S 1406, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act.

The USDA was sued by the Celebration SHOW HIO,  David L. Howard and John T. Bobo, over the Mandatory Penalties which were to stop soring.

Secretary Tom Vilsack needs to give marching orders to Krysta Harden,  Ed Avalos, Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson, DVM to get on with it.

There has never been a more opportune time.

The Big Lick needs to be taken down once and for all.

Sound Horse Nation needs to rise up in outrage over two things:

1.     SHOW HIO not being decertified.

2.     PSHA or any other Middle Tennessee based Big Lick acronym being certified as a HIO.

Informed sources report that Sound Horse representatives met with Kevin Shea  in July 2013 and discussed at length with Shea the USDA’s enforcement of the Horse Protection Act under his supervision.

In these meetings Kevin Shea allegedly asked Sound Horse reps:

“What do I tell David Howard when he tells me our cracking down on soring will affect the gate count at the Celebration?

Sound Horse reps asked Shea:

“Was Congress concerned about the gate count at the Celebration when it charged the USDA with enforcing the Horse Protection Act to stop the criminal activity of soring Tennessee Walking horses for public entertainment?”

Sound Horse reps asked Shea “Are you the United States Department of Agriculture or the Shelbyville, Tennessee Department of Agriculture”?

Kevin Shea asked the question:   What about the economy of Shelbyville, Tennessee.

Sound Horse:     “Does the health of the Shelbyville economy depend on your looking the other way and not enforcing the law against a criminal enterprise such as soring Tennessee Walking Horses”?

In recent years,  the Bedford County and Shelbyville, Tennessee economy has diversified. It now has the Calsonic, and become a distribution center for Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods and Amazon.

Informed sources say that Kevin Shea is one of about 60 persons presently on Celebration Chairman David L. Howard’s personal e-mail distribution list.

Kevin Shea reports to this man – Edward Avalos.

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EDWARD AVALOS, UNDER SECRETARY – MARKETING

Here is the USDA Chain of Command:

Secretary of Agriculture

Tom Vilsack , Secretary of Agriculture 

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Tom Vilsack – U. S. Secretary of Agriculture

Krysta Harden, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture

Working alongside Secretary Tom Vilsack, Krysta Harden oversees the day-to-day operation of USDA’s many programs and spearheads the $149 billion USDA budget process.

KRYSTA HARDEN, DEPUTY SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE

KRYSTA HARDEN, DEPUTY SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE

Marketing and Regulatory Programs

Ed Avalos,   Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs 

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Kevin Shea,   Administrator for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

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KEVIN SHEA – APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

Chester Gipson, DVM   Deputy Administrator – Animal Care,  APHIS

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DR. CHESTER GIPSON, DVM – “HERR” HOWARD’S PARTNER

The USDA has provided SHOW HIO with  notice last August that it was being decertified.

What Has Been Done About This????

The USDA was supposed to provide SHOW HIO with a “show cause” Hearing as to why it should not be decertified.

That has not been done.

Why not???

Sound Horse Nation needs to ask these USDA officials this week why this has not been done:

Please send them emails and when you get a response,  please post it here.

Tom Vilsack –        agsec@usda.gov
Krysta Harden -    krysta.harden@usda.gov
Ed Avalos –            ed.avalos@osec.usda.gov
Kevin Shea  -        kevin.a.shea@usda.gov
Chester Gipson, DVM    chester.a.gipson@aphis.usda.gov

Mr. Vilsack and Ms. Harden,  ”There will never be a better time to stop the soring”.

The American people are with you on this.

The horses are depending on you to please get it done.

 

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ARIZONA TWHBEA DIRECTOR PAM REBAND, M.D., FORMER BIG LICKER SAYS 98% COMPLIANCE IS “FICTION” – AND DETAILS “SORING TACTICS” PERPETRATED BY THE LICKERS

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THETA, TN –  Another person has  stepped forward to say “the best hope” for the Tennessee Walking Horse,  is the passage of the PAST Act.    Former TWHEA Executive Committee member, and present TWHBEA Director from Arizona, Pam Reband, M.D. lays it on the line in a heartfelt letter to Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY).

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Director Reband tells Congressman Whitfield that the PAST Act is “good for the Tennessee Walking Horse,  for the country and just the right thing to do.”

She debunks the “Racket’s” claim of 98% compliance as “fiction” and details soring and its perpetrators.

People from all walks of life just keep on coming to light the path to the new day in which the Tennessee Walking Horse is no longer in the clutches of the evil doers.

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KING STEVE SMITH/SIR WALT CHISM ADMINISTRATION TAKES HUGE TWHBEA MEMBERSHIP HIT – 400 MEMBER DECLINE IN ONE WEEK – MEMBERS APPARENTLY TERRIBLY UNHAPPY WITH SMITH AND CHISM

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LEWISBURG, TN – Nephew Eugene loves Mexican food, and since there isn’t any in Theta,   Eugene took off to Lewisburg with Leroy and Wydele and their wives to go eat at La Fuente’s up on the hill.   While they were there,  Eugene heard a fellow talking about something his wife heard at the beauty shop.

The fellow said his wife heard from Lorene who fixes Lucille’s friend’s hair that her Aunt Martha was real upset because she heard that Tennessee Walking Horse business over on Ellington Parkway had really had a bad week financially.

The news is that TWHBEA lost 400 members in the past week, Jan. 6 to Jan 10, 2014.   On Monday, the membership was slightly over 8,000, and by Friday, the membership had dropped to about 7,600.

Aunt Martha said her best friend Mabel was terribly upset because this was the lowest membership in the last 8 years. Mabel says she can’t remember it being this low.

TWHBEA MEMBERSHIP TOTALS – 2006 – 2013

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TWHBEA MEMBERSHIP TOTALS – 2006 – 2013

Aunt Martha and Mabel were talking about why this happened.  Mabel said apparently two fellows who had recently taken the breed association over and thought they had all the answers.  The President was some rich guy from up at Brentwood, and the one helping him was a senior fellow who had been active at the breed association 20 years ago.

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THWBEA PRESIDENT AND POLITICIAN SCHMOOZER

Aunt Martha said the President Steve Smith filled out a form when he ran for office:

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TWHBEA PRESIDENT STEVE SMITH

SIR  WALT CHISM -TWHBEA SR. VICE PRESIDENT - IN CHARGE OF DAY TO DAY OPERATIONS

SIR WALT CHISM -TWHBEA SR. VICE PRESIDENT – IN CHARGE OF DAY TO DAY OPERATIONS

Nephew Eugene asked Aunt Martha what she thought the problem was.

Martha said she had lived in Lewisburg all her life and the biggest problem she knew of was the people were tired of the Tennessee Walking Horses being sored.   They had stopped going to the horse shows.  She said they weren’t going to go back until there was no more soring.  She also said there as some new law in Congress which would stop soring and send people to prison who did it.

Martha said her best friend Mabel agreed with the soring part of it, but Mabel says she thinks the reason is the two older men,  Steve Smith and Walt Chism,  think they know more than anybody else, and they are not paying attention to the members of the breed association.  She said the two men got into an argument with the whole State of California and they are trying to make those poor people ride a bus over 4,000 miles to come to Lewisburg, Tennessee to vote when a 50 cent stamp would take care of sending in a secret written ballot which they always used to decide who will be a Director.  She said both sides have lawyers now and it looks like a Judge may have to take things over real soon.

Mabel also said that the members of the organization voted back in October in a landslide 63% in favor of the new law to stop the soring.  She said the new law would take the pads and chains off the horses and let them be shown sound. Mable says this Steve Smith and Walt Chism are against the law, and this has the majority of the members of the association real upset.   She said there was one Director from Texas at the annual meeting at December who wanted to know more about the 63% Poll results,  so a Map of the United States was prepared which showed how the country voted.

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Mabel said she thinks  that President Steve Smith and Sr. Vice President Walt Chism came in on a “high horse” and they were trying to do things the majority of the members of TWHBEA were not in favor of so the members decided they would show Smith/Chism and not renew their memberships until the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act passed Congress.

Nephew said his group enjoyed the fajitas and chicken chimichangas along with sangria, and he sure did learn a lot while he was in Lewisburg.

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FRESH IN – THE WALKING HORSE TRAINERS ASSOCIATION BOYZ “OFFICIAL POLE” RESULTS OF TWHBEA PRESIDENT MARTY IRBY BARN VISITATIONS AND SIGHTINGS

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MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – Trainer President Mickey McCormick announces the early results of the Trainer’s Boyz “OFFICIAL POLE” to determine all THE PLACES  that former TWHBEA  President Marty Irby has been sighted at Trainer Boyz barns.

President McCormick sent out a scientific “Questioner” seeking information from Licensed Members.  It is not sure if that group included only actual Licensed Trainers or also included the employees known as  “ticket takers” who do various jobs at the barn, but do not actually train horses.   They do lead horses up to inspection so they can take the HPA violation tickets,  rather than the Trainer.

Here are the early “OFFICIAL POLE”  Results that McCormick released earlier today to the Theta Syndicate.

The WHTA “Questioner” asked if Marty Irby was sighted “on the premises” “inside the barn”  ”outside your barn” “in or near the cross ties”.

TRAINERS “POLE” RESULTS

  1. Inside Barn 42
  2. Outside Barn 39
  3. Lurking Around Cross Ties 14
  4. Hallway Of The Barn 12
  5. Tackroom – 7

These results will be periodically updated.

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AN EXPATRIAT’S VIEW – NATIVE CHATTANOOGAN BRINGS EUROPEAN DRESSAGE EQUESTRIANS TO SEE THE BIG LICK TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE – THEY ARE ‘SHOCKED’ WITH WHAT THEY SEE

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CHATTANOOGA, TN – It was interesting to listen to what U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) told The Tennessean Editorial Board on Dec. 8, 2013, min 8:00 – 11:00, when he was questioned about the Tennessee Walking Horse and the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act presently before Congress.

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Senator Alexander recalled in the interview when he recruited Nissan to Tennessee in 1981 he was surprised to learn that the Emperor had Tennessee Walking Horses.    Alexander recounted how the state is known for the Tennessee Walking Horse along with Elvis and The Celebration.

Senator Alexander needs to know that in 2014 many things have changed including the “image” of the Tennessee Walking Horse and how its soring and abuse associated with the pads and chains reflects on the State of Tennessee.

No one can explain that better than a native Tennessean.

Clay Harlin and John C. Haffner, both native Tennesseans,  have publicly called for passage of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act.

Now a Tennessee expatriate, Melissa Hefferlin from Chattanooga who now lives in Olvera, Cadiz, Spain tells her story:

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JACKIE MCCONNELL HAS HIM SMOKING

Hefferlin has joined a list of persons, many of them native Tennesseans, who have spoken out – former breed officials, owners, veterinarians, farriers and expatriates – all in favor of eliminating the pads and chains from the Tennessee Walking Horse so there can be a new day.

Joy Kimbrough | The Daily Times

Joy Kimbrough | The Daily Times

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THE WALKING HORSE TRAINER BOYZ PRESIDENT MICKEY MCCORMICK WANTS TO MESS UP MARTY IRBY’S HAIR WITH BIZARRE “QUESTIONER” (QUESTIONNAIRE)

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THETA,TN – About the time you think things can’t get any stranger, then they do.

The Walking Horse Trainer Boyz, at the behest of their President Mickey McCormick, or Lord knows who else, have gotten off into the “gumshoe” business. The Trainer Boyz have had years and years to reform or come up with an approach to transition from soring to sound Tennessee Walking Horses.

But they haven’t.

Their best effort in 2012 was  ”Camouflaged Chains,” or euphemistically called “Color Coded” chains.   It was as about effective as the heralded non-transparent “swabbing initiative” which cost about $300,000.00.   Neither swayed the mass of the American people to look more favorably upon the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse.  The public is now solidly behind the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act.

The Trainer Boyz are not happy that former TWHBEA President Marty Irby spilled the beans on horse soring to the public and the U. S. Congress on Nov. 13, 2013.  Irby went on the record with his sworn testimony laying bare the endemic soring which is necessary at Big Lick barns to get the horses to do the sore Big Lick.   So the Trainer Boyz took umbrage  and are most likely being used by persons who think they can stop the momentum behind the effort for the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act to become law – so they now focus on soothsayer Marty Irby – when they should be concerned about stopping horse soring.

{By the way, there appears to be a “spellcheck outage” in Middle Tennessee – first the lawyer forbidding “Poleing” the membership when it appears he meant to say “Poll” the membership,  and then the Trainer Boyz saying “inquiry” when they most likely meant “inquiring” and “Questioner” in place of “Questionnaire” – but I digress.}

The Trainer Boyz want all their members to tell them if the suspicious character below,  Martin Irby, visited their barns, and if so,  was he “inside“, “outside” or “in and near the cross ties”.    One can only wonder what the specific interest could be about the cross ties or what exactly goes on or down in the cross ties, but it’s their “Questioner” so I guess they know what they are doing.   It’s also interesting to note that Mickey wants to know if Irby “IN ANY WAY” visited the barn.   That part of the “Questioner” leaves a lot to the imagination as to how many different ways you can visit a horse training barn.

Nephew Eugene theorizes its most likely a Marsha Blackburn “brain storm” similar to

REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN)

REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN)

her idea when during another Congressional Hearing on the Racing Industry, Blackburn inquired of a witness if Marty Irby or other people might be receiving money from The Humane Society Of The United States.  Her question had nothing to do with the subject matter of the Hearing.

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FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT MARTY IRBY

FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT MARTY IRBY

Marty Irby Testimony:

“For nearly a year beginning in the summer of 2012 I went to many of the top training barns within our industry in search of padded horses who had not been sored. I covered the majority, and could not find a single horse that had not had this abuse upon them at some point in their life. Most were being sored at the time of my analysis. Many of the trainers told me firsthand how they were soring horses. Over time I have observed the use of mustard oil, croton oil, diesel fuel, kerosene, WD-40, or Gojo (hand cleaner) to sore horses at the majority of all training facilities in this industry.”

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MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA TRAINER BOYZ PRESIDENT

WHTA BOYZ ‘QUESTIONER” (QUESTIONNAIRE) 

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TRAINER BOYZ INVESTIGATION

The WHTA “Questioner” just seems to be just more rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

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THE BIG LICK RACKET

And so it goes.

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OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT STEVE SMITH AND SR. VICE PRESIDENT WALT CHISM

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Hey Guys,

You two may be the dual Kings on North Ellington Parkway in Lewisburg, but have you ever given any thought to how much damage you are doing to the Tennessee Walking Horse breed?

Sure, you can throw your weight around and take these positions, but what is the net effect of what you are doing?

How you are dealing with the California members is about to go “National”.

Thanks to the soring trainers like Jackie McConnell, along with WHTA Officers David Landrum and Larry Joe Wheelon, who are not just a couple of bad apples, the Tennessee Walking Horse breed is synonymous with abuse.

JACKIE MCCONNELL, HALL OF FAME TRAINER

JACKIE MCCONNELL, HALL OF FAME TRAINER

DAVID LANDRUM, WHTA OFFICER

DAVID LANDRUM, WHTA OFFICER

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Now it’s about to be synonymous with tyrannical oppressive leadership – that would be you two guys.

The Big Lick is broke.

You can’t fix it.

Paradigm change is at hand.

Both of you are successful in business – look at this Map.

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You have no place to go with the Tennessee Walking Horse.

Possible growth of the Tennessee Walking Horse which includes the sore Big Lick is boxed out by the rest of the country.

There is NO future growth potential with the soring stigma.

The number is now 256 Representatives in the House and 42 in the Senate.

Republicans are swimming to the boat co-sponsoring the measure.

And every shovel full you take such as the “high-handed” letter oppressing the California TWHBEA members resonates throughout the national and international equine community.

You guys are not going to be able to do what you would like to do.

It’s gone too far.

There is NO ONE VOICE.

The train has left the station on that.   And you are now standing on the tracks in its way.

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THE TRAIN HAS DONE LEFT THE STATION

This Map tells you where the VOICES are:

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You and David L. Howard need to realize that.

You have no choice but to change,  like no pads and chains change, or you can just complete the job of burying the Tennessee Walking Horse breed.

Those appear to be your choices.

The best thing  you could do for the Tennessee Walking Horse is to declare victory, and negotiate things – without the pads and chains –  and be for passage of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, and then rebrand the Tennessee Walking Horse without the soring stigma which has just about killed it.

Get it where you can grow your product – so your grandchildren will be proud of what you did.

That way, you might, just might, have a chance to come out of this as leaders playing a role in the Tennessee Walking Horse turning a historic corner in its history,   rather than being two old guys who got it wrong.

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“BIG LICKERS” KING STEVE SMITH AND SIR WALT CHISM DECLARE WAR ON CALIFORNIA TWHBEA MEMBERS

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LEWISBURG, TN – TWHBEA officials President Steve Smith and Sr. VP Walt Chism continue their heavy handed oppression of the California TWHBEA members in their efforts to vote on the removal of Director Christy Lantis.

Here is a January 9, 2014 letter from TWHBEA attorney Jacob Mathis:

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The letter apparently reflects Smith and Chism’s fear that the California members will poll themselves to show America how strong the support is for the removal of Director Christy Lantis. To do so would further highlight the dictatorial and arbitrary actions by Smith and Chism to limit the participation of the California members in an attempt to “protect” sore Big Lick champion Christy Lantis.

Big Lick supporters Steve Smith and Walt Chism  are apparently  having difficulty coming to grips with the fact that they are presiding over a  “PRO SOUND” breed association.

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California voted 79%  for passage of HR 1518/S 1406, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act.

The rest of the United States overwhelmingly supports its passage, 63% to 37%.

Presently, there are 252 Representatives and 42 Senators co-sponsoring the legislation.

The King Steve and Sir Walt insensitive decision is expected to draw an immediate reaction from the California Directors who are attempting to exercise their rights under Tennessee state law and the TWHBEA By-Laws.

Stay tuned.

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A FARRIER’S TALE BY ERIC GRAY – ANOTHER COMPELLING CONFESSIONAL – REGARDING THE SORE BIG LICK – GRAPHICALLY EXPLAINS THE ‘NUTS AND BOLTS’ OF PRESSURE SHOEING

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A FARRIER’S TALE – ANOTHER COMPELLING MEA CULPA

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FARRIER ERIC GRAY

(Note:   The condition of Big Lick walking horses is now a national story with the likes of Priscilla Presley is on record saying that the big lick must come to an end.  The main focus has been on soring and on the padded shoes and chains used to “manufacture” the Big Lick for the “Industry” a/k/a  ”The Racket”.    One of the soring tactics is now pressure shoeing.)

 By:  Eric Gray, Farrier

As a farrier with years of experience working around the walking horse industry I first talked publically about pressure shoeing in 2010. I did a presentation at a Sound Horse Conference and   I told the attendees that 15 years ago finding a pressure-shod horse was easier than it is today. That’s because digital thermography units and fluoroscopes were routinely used in both pre and post show inspections and the methods used to pressure shoe horses were less sophisticated.

First a little history: when you pulled shoes back in the mid 90s, back before the machines, it wasn’t uncommon to find a half of a halter ring sitting behind the white line and in front of the frog of a horse that had been trimmed with a shaved down, flat sole.  I’ve personally found all sorts of things on big lick horses between the top of the nail pad and the bottom of the hoof, things like strings of quarters glued together, heel springs with bouncy balls melted on to the area of the frog, nail pads that were ground down at the edges but domed at the center and hammer shims of metal including steel.  Flat shod horses weren’t immune to the problem, either. Tall beads of weld around the inside toe area of the surface of the foot caused painful sole pressure and there were other tricks as well.

When the fluoroscope came into use there was change, but it wasn’t a  decrease in pressure shoeing as you might expect, but an increase in new ways to beat the machine and then the machines themselves went into disuse.  I find myself in agreement with a letter by former industry veterinarian Dr. John C. Haffner who wrote, “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. “

Today’s pressure shoeing has developed in sophistication and is very hard to distinguish from improper trimming or improper use of what should be therapeutic hoof packings. Farriers involved in these practices make a real effort to hide their true intentions in case anyone gets a chance to look too closely and their handiwork and ask embarrassing questions. A complicit farrier can leave the foot of the performance horse at about 4 inches long and then pare the sole down until it is quite soft and gives easily to thumb pressure in the toe area. (Think of it as bending back your thumbnail) Then that same farrier knowingly will fill the hoof with an impression material such as EDSS firm and allow it to remain domed in the desired area. After allowing the “cushion” to set up and harden he then applies the nail pad to the hoof.  The horse is now pressure shod.

Although at shows inspectors do have the right to ask that shoes be pulled from horses that they suspect are pressure shod, once the clinches are tightened and the horse has been ridden for a few minutes that packing material changes shape sufficiently to look legitimate to vets and farriers who don’t know the rest of the story.  Even when an inspector does recognize the problem how does he prove that this hardened dome at the toe was intentional pressure shoeing rather than an honest mistake?

Trying to put a big lick look on a flat shod horse has meant the development of pressure shoeing methods that are even harder to detect.  As an example, thin steel plates can be cut to fit across the top of the shoe, just long enough to sit inside the hoof wall below the sole so that they can be easily removed before shoe time. The plate is   drilled and tapped in the center and a bolt, between 3/8s and 5/8s inches in length is inserted and cut to length. After welding a nut to the bolt so that it can easily be tightened with a wrench   the bolt is then placed back into the horse’s hoof. Bolts are left in place for a few hours up to a few days. In the worst cases nerves in the hoof begin to die off as a result of mechanical laminitis caused by pressure from the bolts.  The pain is horrendous, the action prize winning.

I have seen horses left standing in crossties overnight, days before a show to keep them from lying down and escaping the pressure in their feet.

How bad is it?

I once arrived at a barn in the early morning to find a horse dead, still hanging from the crossties. The autopsy revealed stress colic due to unexplainable circumstances.

I’ve seen horses where the bolts have detached and become lodged in the digital cushion. I worked on a horse that had abscessed so severely after being bolted that the entire sole had detached. The trainer, who also did his own farrier work and didn’t want to miss a horse show, built a fake sole out of Equilox and replaced the shoe over it. 

I know this because the owner took the horse away from the trainer after a subpar performance at the show and brought the horse to me two weeks later.  The false sole was still in place. The horse, however, had made it through a show inspection with no one the wiser.  By the time I saw the horse the digital cushion was so infected that almost half of it had been eaten away and the coffin bone itself was exposed.

To show you how tough this incredible breed was and how willingly it allowed itself to be victimized, three months after this horror in its feet, the owner was back exercising the horse, even though there were holes in the toes of its feet the sizes of a half dollar. On the day I was scheduled to go back to work on the horse again, I got a call from the owner who told me that he had returned his horse to the same training barn where the problem was intentionally caused.

I had to get over my anger before I