CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD PRESIDED OVER THE DRASTIC DECLINE OF THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION – THE WALKING HORSE REPORT AND SHELBYVILLE TIMES-GAZETTE REPORT MR. HOWARD’S RETIREMENT FROM CELEBRATION BOARD

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SHELBYVILLE, TN  -  Three days following Monday night’s “Celebration Association” Annual Meeting, The Walking Horse Report today finally reported that Mr. David L. Howard (Walking Horse Report publisher) “retired” from the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Board of Directors.

http://www.walkinghorsereport.com/news.aspx?cid=11446

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Mr. Scott Johnson was elected to replace Mr. Howard.

MR. SCOTT JOHNSON, DIRECTOR,  SHELBYVILLE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION

MR. SCOTT JOHNSON, DIRECTOR, SHELBYVILLE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION

David Howard Retires From Celebration Board
Thursday, January 29, 2015
By Jeffrey HowardDavid Howard officially retired from the Celebration Board at the January 26th meeting of the Celebration Association. Scott Johnson, son of former Board member Virgil Johnson, was elected to serve in the role vacated by Howard. Howard joined the Celebration Association in 1987 and was elected to the Celebration Board in 1997. During that time, he was dedicated to promoting the Celebration and the Tennessee Walking Horse.“David is one of the most dedicated people to our industry that I have had the pleasure to work with for the past 25 years. He has been a great influence on me personally and professionally and he will be truly missed on our board. I am very blessed to call him my friend,” said Connie Allen, Director of Office Operations for the Celebration.Celebration CEO Mike Inman added, “David’s passion for the Celebration and how it is woven into the fabric of Shelbyville is always apparent. It is and has been a total commitment. I have found David’s leadership as Chairman to be an incredible asset.”David Howard has served as Chairman of the Board for two separate terms, most recently this last year of his service. Pat Marsh was elected to the role of Chairman of the Board for the coming year.“We are really going to miss David’s knowledge and expertise of the Walking Horse industry as well as his business sense.  He has put in countless hours of free work and done it with a big heart to help the horse, trainers and owners.  He has done it for the right reasons and I respect him greatly for that,” said Marsh.“In my 25 years of involvement with The Celebration no one that I have dealt with has given more time or more effort to The Celebration than David.  He will be missed by all of us and I appreciate his service and his friendship.  In addition to his service, David is the longest standing corporate sponsor of The Celebration and his company’s generosity has meant a great deal to The Celebration,” said board member John T. Bobo.Fellow board member, Charles McDonald, commented, “The Celebration, and more particularly, The Celebration Board of Directors, has lost a huge resource and dedicated member with the retirement of David. His insight and knowledge of the Walking Horse industry has been invaluable. His dedication and commitment to The Celebration, and what I’ve grown to see and appreciate, his love and sincerity for the betterment of the breed, is far more than most people realize.“Although he may think he will be able to walk away into obscurity, I feel
certain The Celebration Board has other thoughts and will be calling on
David regularly for guidance and advice. It has been my pleasure to work with him for his years of dedicated service to The Celebration Board and I appreciate his friendship.”Howard is the owner and president of Dabora, Inc. which publishes the Walking Horse Report.  Although Howard turned over the majority of the management of Dabora, Inc. to his children Christy Womack and Jeffrey Howard, he keeps an active link to the industry through Walking Horse Report.“It has been an honor and privilege to serve on the Board with some outstanding and committed community leaders.  The Celebration is more than a horse show and its leadership is critical to the future of the breed. Without the broad based support from horsemen all over the country the Celebration would not be the championship this horse deserves.  I certainly appreciate the support I have received,” said Howard.”

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SHELBYVILLE TIMES-GAZETTE ARTICLE

Howard retires as Celebration chair

Thursday, January 29, 2015

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David Howard

The Celebration’s leadership underwent some changes following a Monday meeting.

Chairman David Howard has retired from the Celebration board upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70, but he plans to stay busy with Dabora Inc., the family business, his son Jeff Howard said.

David Howard was not available for comment at press time.

State Rep. Pat Marsh is the new board chairman, said Mike Inman, Celebration CEO.

Board positions rotate every two years, Marsh said, and he had served as vice chairman for two years, so he was already scheduled to assume the lead position.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Marsh said. “With David, we hate to see him go. He has a lot of business sense and a lot of knowledge of the horse business. We hope to keep him involved in some of our meetings.”

The Celebration’s leadership has one new face — Bedford County Emergency Management Agency director Scott Johnson, who is a new board member, Inman said.

Addressing rumors going around the community about his employment status, Inman said he does not plan to leave The Celebration.

“Absolutely not,” Inman said.

The Celebration board plans to continue to work to implement objective inspections so “trainers and owners feel like they get a fair inspection instead of subjective inspections,” Marsh said.

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THE DECLINE OF THE WALKING HORSE CELEBRATION – 2006 TO 2015

Mr. David L. Howard seized control of the Celebration in 2007 when he engineered the ouster of long time successful Celebration CEO Mr. Ron Thomas (1984 – 2007)

(Left to Right) 2005 WHTA TRAINER OF THE YEAR,  RON THOMAS,  CEO, TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION

(Left to Right) 2005 WHTA TRAINER OF THE YEAR, RON THOMAS, CEO, TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION

Since that time,  the Celebration has gone into a free fall:

CELEBRATION ATTENDANCE – 2004 TO 2014 – LOSS OF 73,000 FANS

2004   162,176
2005   156,768
2006   157,460
2007   141,573
2008   139,695
2009   126,685
2010   114,017
2011   123,648
2012   119,245
2013     95,400
2014     70,918

Under Mr. Ron Thomas, the Celebration’s annual Corporate Sponsorships exceeded             $1 Million a year.

In 2014,   the Corporate Sponsorships were down by $700,000.00.

The largest corporate sponsor, Pepsi Cola,  pulled out after the Hall of Fame Trainer Jackie McConnell expose’.

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

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

Last year,  the largest remaining corporate sponsor, Regions Bank,  decided it no longer wanted animal abuse in the form of Horse Soring to stain its corporate image.

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Regions is the largest bank in Shelbyville and does business in 16 states.

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16 STATES – REGIONS BANK

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U. S. MAP – REGIONS BANK LOCATIONS

AAWHA EXPOSING THAT DR. DALLAS GOBLE WAS NOT PART OF “VAC”

Perhaps the all time low of Mr. Howard’s service as Celebration Chairman was the AAWHA‘S discrediting the vaunted “VAC”  (Veterinary Advisory Committee)  when it was revealed by the All American Walking Horse Alliance that Dr. Dallas Goble was not part of the “VAC”

THE TENNESSEAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES – WALKING HORSE CELEBRATION

DR. DALLAS O. GOBLE SAYS TURNED DOWN CELEBRATION INSPECTION JOB

DR. DALLAS O. GOBLE SAYS TURNED DOWN CELEBRATION INSPECTION JOB

As Celebration Chairman, Mr. Howard publicly claimed Dr. Dallas O. Goble was part of the “VAC”.  Mr. Howard traded on Dr. Goble’s professional association with the beloved Budweiser Clydesdales attempting to give the Celebration some degree of respectability and credibility.  Mr. Howard bragged on internet message board that the Celebration would spend $250,000.00 on the “VAC”.

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THE FAMOUS BUDWEISER CLYDESDALES

THE BUDWEISER CLYDESDALES HITCH

THE BUDWEISER CLYDESDALES HITCH

When contacted during the Celebration by AAWHA,  Dr. Dallas O. Goble spoke freely:

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In reponse to AAWHA questions, Dr. Goble said:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mr. Mike Inman, who approved hosting Cock Fighter B. L. Cozad, Jr., speaking at the Hall of Fame Club during the 2014 Celebration, when asked if he planned to leave the Celebration,   Mr. Inman told the Shelbyville newspaper,  “Absolutely not”.

EMBATTLED CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN

EMBATTLED CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN

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

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

NEW CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN PAT MARSH

PAT MARSH, CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN/STATE REPRESENTATIVE

PAT MARSH, CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN/STATE REPRESENTATIVE

The “new” Celebration Chairman Pat Marsh said, “The Celebration board plans to continue to work to implement objective inspections so “trainers and owners feel like they get a fair inspection instead of subjective inspections,” Marsh said.

Mr. Marsh also said when lobbying in Washington against the PAST ACT,  ”

  • “People come to the show to see the fancy, high-stepping horses, and we need to keep the industry going strong.

It’s pretty obvious that Mr. Marsh is thinking about everybody, but “these guys”.

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And Nephew Eugene says that is a crying shame.

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“IRIS SCANS” AND “THERMOGRAPHY” HAVE SORE BIG LICK IN AN UPROAR – WASHINGTON DC ATTORNEY RUSS GASPAR HOLDS UP THE “SILVER CROSS” TO COUNT DRACULA OF SHELBYVANIA

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – With the USDA destroying the sore Big Lick “Myth” of 95% HPA compliance at the 2014 Celebration,   Ex-Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and his Licker Followers are deathly afraid of the objective scientific inspection methods  of “Thermography” and “Iris Scanning”.

Just like Count Dracula was of the SILVER CROSS.

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The Lickers apparently cornered USDA Vet Dr. Jeff Baker at the recent S.H.O.W. HIO DQP training in Shelbyville, Tennessee over “Iris Scanning” which they call “EYE SCANNING”.

USDA VMO DR. JEFF BAKER

USDA VMO DR. JEFF BAKER

Here is an excerpt from Mr. Howard’s The Walking Horse Report:

http://www.walkinghorsereport.com/news.aspx?cid=11414

“During the training, Baker did inform SHOW that the “Eye Scanning” to identify the proper identity of the horse would be moved to the end of the inspection rather than at the beginning which has been the protocol.  Many industry representatives and Members of Congress have questioned the targeting of certain horses and exhibitors by USDA personnel from use of the eye scanning prior to the inspection of the horse.  Baker also confirmed that custodians of horses in inspection will be allowed to videotape those inspections.”

 BIG LICKER OPINION ON “EYE SCANNING” (Internet Message Board)

BIG LICKER OPINION
Re:The Past Act – Past and Future
 
The agreement to do eye scan after an inspection is something in teh right direction….but after which inspection? If the horse is checked and passed by the DQP then eye scanned the USDA has all the information needed….just as before to grab that horse coming out. There have been more “after competition” scar rule tickets written IMO than preshow of course excluding the celebration. Eye scan should ONLY be used if after ALL inspections there is a violation that is being written and then just to verify that it is in fact the right horse. Not kicking whats done but we need to get it in its proper place
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Re:The Past Act – Past and Future
 
Eye scan should never be done until a conviction in the court is obtained that the animal is permanently scarred per the letter if the law ( think 1970)……the government needs no records of compliant horses or people

April, 2013

USDA Horse Protection Program Utilizing Iris Scan Technology for Equine Identification

Questions and Answers

APHIS’ Horse Protection program has a new technological tool that will allow its inspectors to better identify horses before they enter the inspection area. Beginning in March 2013, APHIS will be using iris scanners as part of the agency’s continued efforts to put an end to horse soring through its enforcement of the Horse Protection Act.

The Horse Protection Act is a federal law that prohibits sored horses from participating in shows, sales, exhibitions or auctions. The Act also prohibits drivers from transporting sored horses to or from any of these events. Soring is a cruel and inhumane practice used to accentuate a horse’s gait; it may be accomplished by irritating or blistering a horse’s forelegs through the application of chemicals or mechanical devices. Walking horses are known for possessing a naturally high gait, but in order to be successful in competition; their natural gait is often exaggerated. The exaggerated gait can be achieved with proper training and considerable time. However, some exhibitors, owners and trainers have chosen to use improper training methods to shorten the time it would take to produce a higher gait in their horses.

APHIS works actively with the horse industry to protect against soring and to ensure that only sound and healthy horses participate in shows.

APHIS’ ultimate goal is to end this inhumane practice completely.

Question: Why is APHIS using iris scans when there are already other means in place to identify horses?

Answer: Scanning a horse’s iris is a pain-free, non-invasive alternative to branding, tattooing and other identification methods. It limits undue stress to the animal.

Q: What are the benefits to this particular method of identifying horses?

A: These scanners will allow APHIS to establish a definitive identity of a horse because no two irises are alike. Iris scans are more accurate than even a human fingerprint. Plus, an iris scan is a totally non-invasive means of identifying a horse – unlike micro- chipping or tattooing.

Iris scans also tell APHIS whether or not a particular horse has ever been sored before because the scanners maintain an information database that includes any previous Horse Protection Act violations. This provides a much better tracking system for APHIS – and the industry – than what is currently in place.

Q: How does the scanner work?

A: These scanners will produce a digital photograph of the iris of a horse’s eye. The photographs, along with other information about each horse, are stored electronically in the scanner’s processor.

Q: What is the benefit to breeders, trainers, owners and exhibitors and the walking horse industry as a whole?

A: This will be a very good thing for all individuals who are not soring their horses. For example, using iris scans will allow a potential buyer to learn if a particular horse has ever been sored when that animal’s history comes up on the scanner. This will help an owner sell his/her horse with proof that the horse has not been sored.

Iris scans will also aid the industry because this method of horse identification will decrease the number of sored horses that are being shown or sold. Scanning will identify which horses are sored and which are clean – and keep a record of it.

Iris scans will also show how particular regions of the country are adhering to the Horse Protection Act by showing where soring is more prevalent. For instance, if a number of sored horses are coming out of a particular county, the industry can focus its education efforts in that county to show the trainers there that they don’t need to sore their horses in order to get successful results. This will keep the focus on humane methods of training horses.

Q: How will using iris scans decrease horse soring?

A: A person who has been cited for soring his horse during a competition will have very little incentive for entering a horse into another class during that same competition because the scanner will identify the infraction to APHIS the next time that horse’s irises are scanned.

Q: Was there anything in particular that prompted APHIS to begin using iris scanners at this time?

A: APHIS is responding to the 2010 Office of Inspector General audit of its Horse Protection program. One of the audit’s recommendations was for the agency to prohibit horses that have been disqualified (due to soring violations) from competing in any other classes at a horse show, exhibition or other horse-related event. APHIS has the authority under the Horse Protection Act to prohibit horses from competing in subsequent events after designated qualified persons (DQPs) or APHIS veterinary medical officers detect a violation. To better ensure that sored horses do not compete in later events, the agency wanted a totally reliable way to identify horses. Thus, APHIS decided to use iris scanners to better identify horses.

Q: How much does each scanner cost American taxpayers?

A: The cost is $3,000 per scanner.

Q: Will the use of iris scans result in additional fees for the walking horse industry or to individual competitors?

A: No. There is no cost to horse owners/trainers/owners/riders, and there is no cost passed along to the walking horse industry.

Q: When will APHIS begin using these scanners?

A: APHIS will begin using iris scanners in March – the beginning of the 2013 horse show season.

Q: Will DQPs be using iris scanners as well? A: No. Only APHIS will be using these

scanners at this time. But the agency certainly encourages horse industry organizations to utilize this technology as well.

Q: Is the use of iris scanners related to the other federal animal identification/traceability program, in which farmers are being asked to register all of their animals with the government?

A: No. This is simply a method of better identifying horses in the agency’s continue efforts to achieve its goal of eliminating the cruel and inhumane practice of soring horses.

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It’s hard to see the logic of the Big Lick objection to the use of “Iris Scans”.

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Law enforcement uses finger prints all the time.  So do banks which require the thumb print of people who endorse and cash checks.  This ensures the prosecutor will have an “air tight” case in the event a person uses false pretenses to obtain money that is not theirs.

Obviously, the thumb print is conclusive proof of who endorsed the check.

The “Iris Scan” provides the same positive identification regarding a horse.

And it allows a data base to be created showing which horses have been turned down on violation of the “Scar Rule” which is detected by the use of scientific objective testing of “Thermography”.

What the sore Big Lick fears the most is the doctrine handed down by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in the 1995 Rowland vs USDA case.

One of the Plaintiffs in the Case was Ms Denise Rowland who recently was honored “Youth Ambassador” at the December 2014 TWHBEA Annual Awards Banquet.  Ms. Rowland was elected a TWHBEA Director from Tennessee in October 2014.  She has worked tirelessly for the Big Lick.

TWHBEA DIRECTORS DENISE ROWLAND (TN) AND SHERRY WHITE (MI)

TWHBEA DIRECTORS DENISE ROWLAND (TN) AND SHERRY WHITE (MI)

Succinctly, the doctrine of Rowland vs the USDA is,

 once a horse born after the effective date of the Horse Protection Act shows evidence of having been sored, that horse is to be excluded from all future showing.

The corollary to Rowland vs USDA is “A Scarred Horse Is A Sore Horse.”

The Rowland vs USDA decision wasn’t in just any court.

It was in the Sixth Circuit United States Court of Appeals.

The Sixth Circuit covers  TENNESSEE, KENTUCKY,  INDIANA and MICHIGAN.

The decisions of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals are THE LAW in the State of Tennessee.

These decision can only be reversed by a decision of The Supreme Court of the United States or by an Act of Congress.

UNITED STATES CIRCUIT COURTS OF APPEAL

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U. S. COURT OF APPEALS, SIXTH CIRCUIT
43 F.3d 1112
January 13, 1995

 

Summary of Opinion

The Rowlands owned and showed a Tennessee Walking Horse named Quarterback Stock. The horse was excluded from participating in a show on the ground it showed evidence of having been sored. The Rowlands challenged this determination by the Secretary of U.S.D.A. and the resulting civil fine of $2,000 and exclusion from showing for one year.
The primary basis for the challenge was that the horse showed evidence of having been sored in the past, but there was no sign that the horse was sore at the time of the veterinarian examination. The Court of Appeals interpreted a U.S.D.A. rule that once a horse born after the effective date of the Horse Protection Act shows evidence of having been sored, that horse is to be excluded from all future showing. Accordingly, the court upheld the decision of the Secretary of U.S.D.A.
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 The sore Big Lick is as deathly afraid of the Doctrine of Rowland vs USDA, and these SILVER CROSSES which could implement the Rowland Doctrine to eliminate soring:
  • “Iris Scanning”
  • “Thermography”

as the Count Dracula was afraid of the “SILVER CROSS”:

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The sore Big Lick leaders have loudly proclaimed that they wish to have Sound Objective Scientific Inspections, yet when presented with “Iris Scanning” and “Thermography”,  they rebel.   Washington, DC attorney Russell Gaspar, Esq.  whose clients include the American Horse Protection Association and FOSH (Friends Of Sound Horses),   summed it all up when he wrote a May 6, 2014 letter to USDA Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack:

“PSHA’s assertion that using thermography to detect soring is ‘not an objective inspection protocol’ is both plainly wrong and  patently hypocritical.   For years one of the principal big-lick attacks against USDA’s soring and scar rule enforcement has been that the inspection process is ‘subjective’ and not scientific.  Having demanded scientific objectivity,  the members of PSHA are now unhappy they’ve gotten it.”

Nephew Eugene is looking forward to seeing how the sore Big Lick attempts to refute what Mr. Gaspar had to say.

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CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD STEPS DOWN AS CELEBRATION DIRECTOR – SON OF FORMER BOARD CHAIRMAN ELECTED AS NEW DIRECTOR – CELEBRATION CEO MR. MIKE INMAN APPEARS TO BE ON THE WAY OUT

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SHELBYVILLE,  TN –  The “Celebration Association” members met Monday night and elected Mr. Scott Johnson, Director of Bedford County EMA (Emergency Management Agency), as a Celebration Director to replace Walking Horse Report publisher Mr. David L. Howard who stepped down upon reaching the mandatory age of 70.

It may be a “sign of the times” that the “Celebration Association” turned to the Bedford County Emergency Management Director to serve as a Celebration Director.

THE PUBLIC HAS SAID "NO"

THE PUBLIC HAS SAID “NO”

MR. SCOTT JOHNSON,  NEWLY ELECTED CELEBRATION DIRECTOR

MR. SCOTT JOHNSON, DIRECTOR,  SHELBYVILLE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION

MR. SCOTT JOHNSON, DIRECTOR, SHELBYVILLE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION

Mr. Johnson is the son of Mr. Virgil Johnson who served on the Board of Directors from 1991 – 2004.   A Hall of Fame member, Mr. Johson served as Board Chairman in          2002 – 2003 when Celebration attendance was at record high of approximately 170,000.  Mr. Johnson came back to serve as “Interim” CEO from December 2007 when long time CEO Mr. Ron Thomas left in November 2007.   Mr. Johnson served until Feb. 2008 when Dr. Doyle Meadows was announced as Celebration CEO.

FORMER CELEBRATION CEO RON THOMAS (1984 – 2007)

FORMER CELEBRATION CEO RON THOMAS (1985 - 2007)  AT CLAIBORNE COUNTY, TENNESSEE LIBRARY PRESENTING VOLUME ON TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE BREED TO CLAIBORNE COUNTY OFFICIALS

FORMER CELEBRATION CEO RON THOMAS (1984 – 2007) AT CLAIBORNE COUNTY, TENNESSEE LIBRARY PRESENTING VOLUME ON TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE BREED TO CLAIBORNE COUNTY OFFICIALS

(Far Left) MR. VIRGIL JOHNSON  -  FORMER CELEBRATION BOARD CHAIR

(Left to Right)  VIRGIL JOHNSON, CHARLES MCDONALD, DR. DOYLE MEADOWS, DAVID L HOWARD, JOHN T. BOBO

(Left to Right) VIRGIL JOHNSON, CHARLES MCDONALD, DR. DOYLE MEADOWS, DAVID L HOWARD, JOHN T. BOBO

By 2014, the show attendance had dropped to 70,000 – a loss of 100,000 fans.

CELEBRATION ATTENDANCE – 2004 TO 2014

2004   162,176
2005   156,768
2006   157,460
2007   141,573
2008   139,695
2009   126,685
2010   114,017
2011   123,648
2012   119,245
2013     95,400
2014     70,918

Dr. Meadows served as Celebration CEO until he was replaced on August 9,  2012 by Mr. Mike Inman.

CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN

                    CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN

In his first interview with the Shelbyville Times-Gazette, Mr. Inman said,  “I believe in this horse. Right now, we need to promote all the things we’re doing right,” said Inman. “All we’re doing right now is being defensive … There are things in this industry that have to change, but our biggest problem right now is that we are allowing our detractors to dictate who we are. We need to focus on the positive and actively promote the performance horse.

And immediately,  Mr. Inman embarked on giving Baghad Bob a real run for his money by telling lots of  ”WHOPPERS” about the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse.

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CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN

CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN

Nephew Eugene hears that Celebration CEO Mike Inman won’t be much longer on the job as Celebration CEO.

Amazingly,  Mr. Howard hired Mr. Mike Inman,  who had a Horse Protection Act Violation Citation History, as Celebration CEO.

Like a Head Football Coach,  Mr. Howard apparently needed someone around to be the “Fall Guy” and jettison when things got hot.

Mr. Mike Inman will fill that bill perfectly!

MR. MIKE INMAN ATTTENDING A BIG LICK COLT PREVIEW

CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN

(Left)  CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN – SHELBYVILLE COLT PREVIEW

MR. MIKE INMAN HORSE PROTECTION VIOLATION CITATION HISTORY

CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN HPA VIOLATION CITATION HISTORY

CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN HPA VIOLATION CITATION HISTORY

At the Monday night meeting,  Mr. Howard gave credit to U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) for “saving” the Celebration and praised Representative Scott Desjarlais (R-TN).

SOME OBSERVATIONS:

  • Why didn’t the Shelbyville Times-Gazette newspaper provide coverage of the “Celebration Association” meeting last night?
  • Why hasn’t The Walking Horse Report provided news regarding the “Celebration Association” meeting when both its Editor, Mr. Jeffrey Howard,  and Publisher David L. Howard were in attendance:

JEFFREY HOWARD AND DAVID L. HOWARD – THE WALKING HORSE REPORT

TWO GUYS FROM SHELBYVILLE WATCHING THE HORSE SHOW

TWO GUYS FROM SHELBYVILLE WATCHING THE HORSE SHOW

Nephew Eugene is getting mixed signals on some things that went on at the meeting.

More information to follow.

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WALT “JOE WILLIE NAMATH” CHISM CHOSEN “INTERIM” TWHBEA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BY TWHBEA PRESIDENT STEVE SMITH – TWHBEA FACES THE FUTURE BY LOOKING TO ITS BIG LICK PAST

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LEWISBURG, TN  -  TWHBEA President Steve Smith,  who is apparently too embarrassed to make TWHBEA’s  most recent financial information public,  today     tapped Mr. Walter D. “Joe Willie Namath” Chism of Highway 96,  Williamson County, Tennessee to be the “interim”  Executive Director of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Association.

TWHBEA SR VP WALT “JOE WILLIE NAMATH” CHISM

TWHBEA SR VP WALT CHISM

TWHBEA SR VP WALT CHISM

Mr. Chism replaced Mr. Tracy Boyd who resigned suddenly in mid-December 2014 to go sell Manna Pro products.

Former TWHBEA Executive Director Tracy Boyd

Former TWHBEA Executive Director Tracy Boyd

The 76 year old Mr. Chism joins septuagenarian Mr. Charles Gleghorn,  Sr. VP,  who along with President Mr. Steve Smith,  gives TWHBEA some truly “Old Heads” to face the future.

When the ABC Nightline video aired in May 2012,  Mr. Chism liquidated his broodmare band saying that the Tennessee Walking Horse “would not recover in my lifetime”.  After that, Mr. Chism became a Director when another person stepped down.  Mr. Chism had received about nine votes and was listed as an alternate so he took that person’s place on the Board of Directors.    Then when Mr. Steve Smith decided in 2013 that he would come back and “unite the breed” and “rebuild the association”, Mr. Chism put himself up for the Sr. VP position.  He served from December 2013 – December 2014.  He did not run for reelection as TWHBEA director in 2014.

Former TWHBEA President Charles Gleghorn, who served four years in the last century,  was elected a TWHBEA Director and assumed Mr. Chism’s role as Sr. VP.

  MR. CHARLES GLEGHORN – FAYETTEVILLE, TENNESSEE BANKER

CHARLES GLEGORN - THE KING OF FAYETTEVILLE, TN - WING OF TWHBEA BUILDING NAMED AFTER MR. GLEGHORN

 Mr. Chism served as TWHBEA President, 1991-1992;  Mr. Smith, 1995-1997, and Mr. Gleghorn in 1989-1991, and Mr. Smith, 1995-1997,  before starting Smith II in 2013-2014.

That’s 10 cumulative years of Presidential experience now running TWHBEA.

The times have changed substantially from the glory days when there were approximately 20,000 TWHBEA members and now there are only about 5,000.

2014/2015 TWHBEA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE -CHARLES GLEGHORN

2014 - 2015  TWHBEA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

2014 – 2015 TWHBEA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE – CHARLES GLEGHORN (BACK ROW LEFT)

The TWHBEA equivalent of the “Tea Party” Ms. Denise Rowland was elbowed aside by the good ole boys “SMITH – CHISM – GLEGHORN” when Texas Director Mr. “Butch” Evans was beaten from the floor by Mr. Ford Gates, and Ms. Sherry White was not nominated for another term on the Executive Committee.

TWHBEA “TEA PARTY” LADIES – MS. DENISE ROWLAND & MS SHERRY WHITE

TWHBEA DIRECTORS DENISE ROWLAND (TN) AND SHERRY WHITE (MI)

TWHBEA DIRECTORS DENISE ROWLAND (TN) AND SHERRY WHITE (MI)

The future of TWHBEA was sealed in 2014 when the Flatter Directors led by Mr. Keith Dane,  Director from Maryland and HSUS official,  inexplicably failed to mount a competent campaign to defeat the draconian TWHBEA By-Law proposal which eliminated Directors from approximately 40% of the United States.   This foreclosed any future growth potential of the organization because Lickers have put the interests of the sore Big Lick horse ahead of the future of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed.

THE TWHBEA MAP IF THE STEVE SMITH BY-LAWS PASS

THE TWHBEA MAP IF THE STEVE SMITH BY-LAWS PASS

MR. KEITH DANE – MARYLAND DIRECTOR – HSUS OFFICIAL

MARYLAND TWHBEA DIRECTOR AND HSUS OFFICIAL KEITH DANE

MARYLAND TWHBEA DIRECTOR AND HSUS OFFICIAL KEITH DANE

The sore Big Lick is now concentrated in the “Red States”.

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Mr. Chism,  a proud alumnus of the University of Alabama,  became known as Walt “Joe Willie Namath” Chism when,  like the famous football player of the last century, he made an audacious prediction.

”I’ll do the Joe Namath, we will have more members at the end of the year than at the beginning, we’ll show a surplus of income over expenses and we’ll provide more services , I guarantee it.”    Walt Chism

"JOE WILLIE" WALT CHISM

WALT  ”JOE WILLIE NAMATH”  CHISM

TWHBEA SR VP WALT “JOE WILLIE NAMATH” CHISM

WALT "JOE WILLIE NAMATH" CHISM

WALT “JOE WILLIE NAMATH” CHISM

Mr. Smith also made a bold statement when running for TWHBEA President:

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So far,  Mr. Smith and Mr. Smith,  as they say in Texas, are all “All Hat, And No Cattle” on their bodacious predictions.  

They both seem to be remarkably out of touch with the reality of 2015 facing the Tennessee Walking Horse with it being isolated and ostracized by the other equine breeds.

The 80 year old rapidly declining TWHBEA is not:

  • United
  • Growing
  • Increasing Services, or
  • Accepted by the rest of the Equine World.

Nephew Eugene says the smart one in the bunch appears to be Mr. Charles Gleghorn who, so far,  has wisely kept his mouth shut.

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PART 2 – “THE 2014 TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION WAS A ‘DUMPSTER FIRE” – “DECLINE OF THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION FROM 2006 – 2015″

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TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION
TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION

TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION

SHELBYVILLE, TN  –  Normally when a Business goes up in flames” and:

  • Loses approximately $3 Million in 7 years;
  • Owes approximately $700,000.00 on a failed venture which a federal agency files suit against to decertify it for not following federal law;
  • Loses over 50% of its customers in 10 years;
  • Loses $700,000.00 in Corporate Sponsorships in 7 years.
  • Over 70% of the residents where the business is located vote in the local newspaper that they are NOT going to attend even one night of the business’s annual main event;

The persons responsible for causing the “inferno” are removed by the shareholders,  and a new group is brought in to right the ship.

   TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE CELEBRATION BOARD OF “PYROMANIACS”

CELEBRATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE CELEBRATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The “Celebration Association” will meet Monday night in Shelbyville to review the financial condition of The Celebration, and elect a Board of Directors for the next year.

There will be some “low-level” drama to see if 70 year old David L. Howard will step down from the “Celebration Association” in accordance with the organizations time-honored policy and tradition.

Nephew Eugene says he will believe it when he sees it.

Mr. David L. Howard owns the “Dumpster Fire” which the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration has become since 2007 when Mr. Howard persuaded three of his fellow Board Members to vote with him to fire Celebration CEO Ron Thomas.  Mr. Thomas served as Celebration CEO from 1984 to 2007 during which time the Middle Tennessee event showed unprecedented growth and development.

FORMER CELEBRATION CEO RON THOMAS (1984 – 2007)

(Left to Right) 2005 WHTA TRAINER OF THE YEAR,  RON THOMAS,  CEO, TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION

(Left to Right) 2005 WHTA TRAINER OF THE YEAR JOE COTTEN, AND RON THOMAS, CEO, TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

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

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

CELEBRATION TREASURER JOHN T. BOBO

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

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

In its 76 year history,  the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration has never been in worse shape:

  • The public perceives it as a place where beautiful Tennessee Walking Horses are institutionally abused in the name of family entertainment while cloaking itself in the garb of community pride and patriotism.

In a Freudian slip, Mr. David L. Howard,  when asked on the steps of the Federal Courthouse in Chattanooga, Tennessee about the possibility of eliminating soring, Tennessee Walking Horses said:

         ”I’LL BE HONEST WITH YOU – WE’LL NEVER GET THERE”

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

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

WRAPPING THE “INSTITUTIONALIZED SORING” IN PATRIOTISM

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BUD SEATON UP ON “COUNTERFEIT DOLLAR” PRESENTING THE NATIONAL COLORS AT THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION

ARMED SECURITY WHERE BIG LICK HORSES ENTER “WGC” BIG STAKE CLASS

ARMED SECURITY AT ENTRANCE TO WORLD GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP

ARMED SECURITY AT ENTRANCE TO WORLD GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP

THREE RUNNERS AND “I AM JOSE” ENTERING THE CELEBRATION RING
ENTRANCE OF "I AM JOSE" IN 2014 WORLD GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP BIG STAKE CLASS

ENTRANCE OF “I AM JOSE” – 2014 WORLD GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP

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

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

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

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

  • And the public has left the building:
EMPTY WEST GRAND STANDS - CELEBRATION 2014

EMPTY WEST GRAND STANDS – CELEBRATION 2014

  •  The vaunted “VAC” Veterinary Advisory Committee exposed as fraud.

AUGUST 29, 2014 – THE TENNESSEAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINE

DR. DALLAS O. GOBLE SAYS TURNED DOWN CELEBRATION INSPECTION JOB

DR. DALLAS O. GOBLE SAYS TURNED DOWN CELEBRATION INSPECTION JOB

  • ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE representative conversing with “VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship (Former Walking Horse Trainer BOYZ attorney) at the “Barn 9″ Inspection Area:
AAWHA SPOKESPERSON AND 'VAC' SPOKESPERSON COMPARE NOTES ON AUG. 29, 2014

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

  • Summing up,  the 2014 Celebration was a Dumpster Fire”:

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It will be interesting to see what the “Celebration Association” does Monday night.

                    “CELEBRATION ASSOCIATION” MEMBERSHIP LIST

"CELEBRATION ASSOCIATION" MEMBERSHIP LIST

And it will be especially interesting to see if Mr. David L. Howard has the decency to step down in keeping with the policy established by the honorable men who have preceded him in serving as Directors of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

Nephew Eugene says, “don’t hold your breath”.

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WILL MR. DAVID L. HOWARD STEP DOWN FROM THE CELEBRATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS AFTER TURNING 70 YEARS OLD IN 2014??? — WILL THE “CELEBRATION ASSOCIATION” RUBBER STAMP MR. DAVID L. HOWARD & MR. JOHN T. BOBO’S FAILED LEADERSHIP???

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – This coming Monday, the 49 members of the                  “Celebration Association”,  will meet and elect the Directors of the Tennessee National Walking Horse Celebration.   (Note:  You cannot be elected a Celebration Director unless you are a member of the “Celebration Association”.)

TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE CELEBRATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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DOES MR. DAVID L. HOWARD THINK HE’S “CELEBRATION DIRECTOR FOR LIFE

CELEBRATION DIRECTOR "FOR LIFE" DAVID L. HOWARD

“CELEBRATION DIRECTOR FOR LIFE” DAVID L. HOWARD

It will be interesting to see if Celebration Chairman Mr. David L. Howard will honor the long-standing “Celebration Association” policy of stepping down as an active “Association” member when a member reaches 70.  

Mr. Howard turned 70 in 2014.

According to the unwritten policy, a person 70 or older will no longer be a member of the Association or serve as a Director.  The person’s name is removed from the “Membership List”, and is then listed as a “Director Emeritus” and/or a “Honorary Member” of the Association.

If Mr. Howard refuses to step down,  he will be the first person in the history of the “Celebration Association” to not do so.

"CELEBRATION ASSOCIATION" MEMBERSHIP LIST

“CELEBRATION ASSOCIATION” MEMBERSHIP LIST

“CELEBRATION ASSOCIATION” MEMBERSHIP LIST

1.   Jim Allison* - FORMER PRESIDENT – DUCK RIVER ELECTRIC

2.   Tommy Anderton  (Traders Bank)

3.   Ron Bell    (Former Regions Bank banker)

4.   John T. Bobo*TREASURER  BEDFORD COUNTY ATTORNEY

5.  Todd Bobo      (Son of John T. Bobo)

6.  David Brown   (CPA)

7.  Mark Cannon   (CFO Healthcare Provider Solutions)

8.  James H. Caperton, Jr.    (Businessman)

9.  Barry Childers  (Chairman, Community Dev Center)

10.Dr. James H. Clark   (Dentist)

11.Curt Cobb   (Bedford County Chancery Clerk)

12.Scott Cocanougher  (CEO – First Community Bank)

13.Barry Cooper    (Cooper Steel Fabrication)

14.Ben Craig  (Craig & Wheeler Real Estate)

15.David Crowell* – DIRECTOR  CITY EMPLOYEE

16.Margaret Elkin

17.Henry Feldhaus, III   (relative on City Council?)

18.Rene’ Francis

19.Liza Gipson

20.Garrett Gordon   (Manager Shelbyville Power)

21.David Howard* -  CHAIRMAN WALKING HORSE REPORT PUBLISHER

22.Jeffery Howard    (Son of David L. Howard)

23.Cort Huffman  (Bedford Co. Education)

24.Edward C. Huffman  (First National Bank)

25.Rick Insell*  DIRECTOR  MTSU BASKETBALL COACH

26.Scott Johnson (Bedford County Emergency Mgmt)

27.Gary King    (Canter Oil Distributor)

28.Jody Lambert    (Attorney)

29.Claudia (Dobee) Mallard     (Property Owner)

30.Amie Lee Marks     (Bob Parks Real Estate)

31.Pat Marsh* – VICE CHAIRMAN  STATE REPRESENTATIVE

32.Charles McDonald* DIRECTOR   CELEBRATION EMPLOYEE 

33.Amanda O’Neal  – (Allstate Insurance Agent) (Daughter of Charles McDonald)

34.Daryl O’Neal   – (Mgr., First Community Mortgage) (Son-in-Law Charles McDonald)

35.Shelia Orrell – (Financial Services – Duck River EMC)

36.Laura Parham – (Heritage Credit Union)

37.Christy Parsons   (Daughter of David  L. Howard)

38.Tim Phillips  – (Bedford Tractor Company)

39.Kathy Prater – (Bedford County Clerk)

40.Mike Rittenberry – (Peoples Bank)

41.Lee Russell – (Bedford County Circuit Judge)

42.Harold Segroves  (Coldwell Banker Real Estate)

43.Donna Stone – (CEO  – First Community Bank)

44.Austin Swing   (Former Chief of Police, now Sheriff)

45.Jim Tracy          (State Senator)

46.Lisa Turner     (CPA)

47.Chris White  (Bedford County Zoning Director)

48.James D. (Bo) Wilson  (County Commissioner)

49.Walt Wood (Former CE0  Chamber of Commerce)

(Note: Two members of the ‘Celebration Association” are Mr. Howard’s children,   Christy Howard Parsons Womack and Jeffrey Howard.

CHRISTY HOWARD PARSONS WOMACK AND JEFFREY HOWARD

CHRISTY HOWARD PARSONS WOMACK AND JEFFREY HOWARD

Mr. Bobo’s son Todd Bobo, Esq. is a member.

TODD BOBO, ESQ.

TODD BOBO, ESQ.

Also, the daughter and son-in-law of long time Celebration employee Mr. Charles McDonald’s daughter Amanda O’Neal and her husband, Daryl O’Neal.

AMANDA MCDONALD O'NEAL

AMANDA MCDONALD O’NEAL

DARYL O'NEAL

DARYL O’NEAL

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ARE ANY OF THESE KIDS FUTURE “CELEBRATION ASSOCIATION” MEMBERS?

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CELEBRATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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 MORE “CELEBRATION ASSOCIATION” INFORMATION

QUESTION:  What is the “CELEBRATION ASSOCIATION”?

ANSWER:     The “Celebration Association” was formed to provide a pool from which its Directors would be selected.   The Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration started out as a local civic event in which the owners of local businesses provided the leadership.   They were industrious residents who owned “Mom and Pop” businesses. They were the backbone of the community.   Many belonged to local Civic Clubs which ran the concessions and earned their operating money from the 10 day event.    For decades,  it worked well and the event grew.  The “Celebration Association” originally had 30 members. With the passage of time, the original business people grew older and passed on, and the Celebration became “big business”.   To have more people available, the “Celebration Association” grew to 40 members.  Then in 2012,  ten more members were added to increase it to 50 members.

QUESTION:   How do you become a member of the “CELEBRATION ASSOCIATION”?

ANSWER:    You have to be invited. It appears that the ones doing the inviting are Shelbyville attorney John T. Bobo and Mr. David L. Howard.   Mr. Bobo is Mr. Howard’s attorney and associates in many ventures.  They have worked to be sure that the “Celebration Association” is a group which is will be favorable to their objectives.    The composition of the group has gone from local independent business owners to many “employees” who are accountable to the people who employ them.   And interestingly, there appears to be some possible nepotism and conflicts which are again designed to be favorable to the agenda and objectives of Mr. Bobo and Mr. Howard.

It will be interesting to see what the “Celebration Association” does Monday night.

And it will be interesting to see if Mr. Howard has the decency to step down in keeping with the policy established by honorable men who have preceded him in serving as Directors of the Celebration.

These three distinguished gentlemen, all former Celebration Directors, are persons whose families were involved in the Tennessee Walking Horse breed for generations and the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration before soring consumed it

MR. BAILEY LITTLE,  BANK VP (ON THE RIGHT)

MR. BAILEY LITTLE

MR. BAILEY LITTLE

MR. HENRY HULAN, CEO MUSGRAVE PENCIL COMPANY

MR. HENRY HULAN

MR. HENRY HULAN, CEO MUSGRAVE PENCIL COMPANY

THE LATE MR. HENRY CANNON TILFORD, JR.

HENRY CANNON TILFORD, JR.

HENRY CANNON TILFORD, JR.

It will be interesting to see if Mr. David L. Howard will show the class of Mr. Bailey Little, Mr. Henry Hulan and the late Mr. Henry Cannon Tilford, Jr.

Nephew Eugene says he will be pleasantly surprised if he does.

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THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION”

Henry Davis is rolling in his grave.

Henry Davis is rolling in his grave.

THETA, TN –  You will read here:

  • HOW  Mr. David L. Howard and Mr. John T. Bobo seized control of the 76 year old “Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration”

CELEBRATION BOARD MEMBER JOHN T. BOBO – SHELBYVILLE ATTORNEY

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

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

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD/THE WALKING HORSE REPORT

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

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

HOW the Celebration has lost over 86,542 fans in 9 years.

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  • HOW the Celebration appears to have lost/owes over $3,000,000.00+             in 9 years.
  • HOW  members of the “Celebration Association” are “hand picked” by Shelbyville attorney Mr. John T. Bobo and Walking Horse Report Publisher Mr. David L. Howard.   
  • HOW the “Celebration Association”  selects the Celebration Board of Directors which allows Mr. Bobo and Mr. Howard to maintain their stranglehold on the 76 year old Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

  • HOW  Walking Horse Report publisher Mr. David L. Howard with the assistance of others apparently engineered the 2007 coup to oust long time               successful Celebration CEO Mr. Ron Thomas (1984 – 2007).

FORMER CELEBRATION CEO RON THOMAS SERVING FROM 1984 – 2007

FORMER CELEBRATION CEO RON THOMAS (1985 - 2007)  AT CLAIBORNE COUNTY, TENNESSEE LIBRARY PRESENTING VOLUME ON TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE BREED TO CLAIBORNE COUNTY OFFICIALS

FORMER CELEBRATION CEO RON THOMAS (1984 – 2007) AT CLAIBORNE COUNTY, TENNESSEE LIBRARY PRESENTING VOLUME ON TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE BREED TO CLAIBORNE COUNTY OFFICIALS

  •  The entangled association of Mr. David L. Howard and Mr. John T. Bobo and with Ritz Carlton/Waterfall Farm Owner high roller Mr. William B. Johnson.
WILLIAM B. JOHNSON, AND WIFE SANDRA WITH TRAINER JIMMY MCCONNELL UP ON 2009 WORLD GRAND CHAMPION "WATCH IT NOW"

WILLIAM B. JOHNSON, AND WIFE SANDRA WITH TRAINER JIMMY MCCONNELL UP ON 2009 WORLD GRAND CHAMPION “WATCH IT NOW”

  • THE ALLEGED YEAR when horses in the World Grand Championship Big Stake were allegedly disqualified by the USDA following the World Grand Championship class, yet allegedly nothing was made public regarding same, nor was the World Grand Championship Class retied.
  • The  ROLE of the sore Big Lick Walking Horse Trainer BOYZ in the Tennessee Walking Horse “Racket”, and their interaction with Mr. Howard and The Celebration.

WALKING HORSE TRAINERS ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT MR. BILLY YOUNG WITH BLUE RIBBON CUSTOMERS, THE FLOYD SHERMAN FAMILY,  PATRONS OF CELEBRATION HALL OF FAME TRAINER MR. JACKIE MCCONNELL

(Left to Right) "I'M AK-47, KELLY SHERMAN, BILLY YOUNG, BEVERLY SHERMAN

(Left to Right) “I’M AK-47, KELLY SHERMAN, BILLY YOUNG, BEVERLY SHERMAN

  • WHAT the Future holds.

Nephew Eugene says hew it to the line, and let the chips fall where they may.

 

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CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD PROUDLY DEFIES USDA DEPUTY APHIS ADMINISTRATOR DR. CHESTER GIPSON’S “REQUEST” FOR THE CELEBRATION INSPECTION PROGRAM TO ISSUE SEVEN “LETTERS OF WARNING” TO S.H.O.W. DQPS

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SHELBYVILLE, TN  -  Celebration Chairman David L. Howard made some revealing statements yesterday on an internet message board.

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

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

In his message board comments,  Mr. Howard was condescending and dismissive towards USDA Deputy Administrator Dr. Chester Gipson.   There was tension and conflict between the USDA Vets and the Celebration’s SHOW HIO DQPs during much of the 2014 Show season regarding enforcement of the Horse Protection Act.

Prior to 2014,  everything was “lovey dovey” with SHOW HIO and the USDA.  Here are the words that former Celebration PR Firm Purple Strategies put in the mouth of SHOW HIO

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THE FAMOUS PURPLE COUCH

Head DQP Mitchell Butler on September 20, 2013:    “Working with the USDA we are making incredible progress in ensuring that the walking horse is protected and the integrity of the sport maintained,” said SHOW HIO Head Designated Qualified Person (DQP) Mitchell Butler The statement went on to say,  ”SHOW is the HIO that manages inspections at The Celebration in partnership with the USDA.”

The “partnership”,   which never should have been a “partnership” in the first place,  went kaflooey in 2014 when the USDA utilized Thermography to “Protect The Horses”.

It shook the sore Big Lick to its foundation.

The old shoe “Deuterononomy* like” USDA suddenly became a roaring               “Crown Tiger”* with the use of Thermography to detect “Scar Rule” violations.  (*felines from Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “CATS”)

The Lickers were so perturbed that in April 2014,  Minnesota Attorney Phillip Kunkel was hired by a Big Lick supporter.  Mr. Kunkel threatened the USDA over its current enforcement of the Horse Protection Act.   He asked for a meeting in Washington “in order to restore the integrity of the horse inspection system which is at the heart of the HPA.”

BIG LICK LAWYER PHILLIP KUNKEL, ESQ.

PHILLIP KUNKEL, ESQ., PARTNER GRAY PLANT, ST. CLOUD, MINNESOTA

PHILLIP KUNKEL, ESQ., PARTNER GRAY PLANT, ST. CLOUD, MINNESOTA

In his letter to Secretary Vilsack dated April 2, 2014, and letters to Office of General Counsel and Office of Inspector General dated April 18, 2014, Phillip Kunkel specifically protested the USDA’S  2014 scar rule standards,  and the use of Science Based Objective  Inspection Thermography.

At that point,  Sound Horse attorney Russell Gaspar intervened on behalf of the American Horse Show Protection Association and F.O.S.H. (Friends of Sound Horses),   and addressed Mr. Kunkel’s letters to the Office of General Counsel and the Secretary of Agriculture.

SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE RUSSELL GASPAR, ESQ.

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

On May 6, 2014,   Russ Gaspar wrote Secretary Vilsack, ”It is USDA’s right and obligation to determine how to enforce the act”.   “After decades of perpetuating soring” the  PSHA could not claim its view of the Law  trumped the USDA’s informed judgment and interpretation of the Horse Protection Act and Regulations”.   

Gaspar continued,  “PSHA’s assertion that using thermography to detect soring is ‘not an objective inspection protocol’ is both plainly wrong and  patently hypocritical.   For years one of the principal big-lick attacks against USDA’s soring and scar rule enforcement has been that the inspection process is ‘subjective’ and not scientific.  Having demanded scientific objectivity,  the members of PSHA are now unhappy they’ve gotten it.”

Following the 2014 Celebration,  on September 15,  Dr. Gipson  ”requested” the Celebration to issue “Letters Of Warning” to seven S.H.O.W. HIO DQPs.

Mr. Howard’s Celebration inspection program SHOW HIO refused to do so.

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

In his internet message,  Mr. Howard proudly announced that the Celebration defied Dr. Gipson,  and it wasn’t planning on complying until the USDA provided documentation of the Celebration’s DQPs alleged wrongdoing .   Somehow Mr. Howard, like the racist Mississippi Governor Ross R. Barnett of 1962 (pictured below), seems to think that the Republic Of Tennessee National Walking Horse Celebration is not subject to being regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture in carrying out its enforcement of the federal statute,  the Horse Protection Act.

GOV. ROSS R. BARNETT AT THE 1962 OLE MISS –  KY GAME INCITING A RIOT

MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR ROSS BARNETT

MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR ROSS BARNETT

Mr. Howard also announced that the Celebration has a video of USDA Vet Dr. Jeff Baker made at the S.H.O.W. HIO DQP training last week.

According to Mr. Howard, his son Mr. Jeffrey Howard wrote an article in The Walking Horse Report saying that Dr. Baker made some “damaging statements”.

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

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

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Mr. Howard, Sr. said that a Transcript of the Video was being prepared.

USDA VET DR. JEFF BAKER WORKING AT A TENNESSEE HORSE SHOW

USDA VMO DR. JEFF BAKER

USDA VMO DR. JEFF BAKER

Most likely, the next thing you’ll see will be a “WHATTAJAYROE” spectacular with Mr. Jerry Harris’s studious side kick asking “weighty” questions,  and Mr. Jerry “WHATTAJAYROE” Harris providing “incisive” commentary.

WHATTAJAYROE, LIVE AND IN PERSON

WHATTAJAYROE, LIVE AND IN PERSON

It should also not be forgotten,  that for some unknown reason known only to Dr. Gipson,  he failed to pull pads and shoes and test for pressure shoeing at the 2014 Celebration as he was urged to do by the U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, but that is a story for another day.

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SORE BIG LICK INTERNET MESSAGE BOARD DIALOGUE

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

I am proud of the fact that we are now in a position to propose a number of positive steps to stabilize the industry because, quite simply, we shouldn’t have survived the Past Act assault in 2014. We did because of the efforts of some hard-working industry loyalists and the political courage of a hand full of legislators in Washington.

We are now in a position to move forward and implement some of the programs we have been working on and create long-term solutions and stability for our horse.

First, we must continue our efforts on the legislative front. We need to reintroduce our industry bill, hopefully with additional co-sponsors. I fully expect the Past Act to be re-introduced in the next few weeks. I doubt Ed Whitfield, with his ethics problems, will be the lead but I am sure HSUS will find a Republican to lead and they will start off with a large number of co-sponsors simply because of the Democrats they will get on the bill. The industry must be prepared from a public relations perspective and from a legislative perspective to deal with the introduction of our bill as well as their bill.

Our supporters in Congress have made it abundantly clear they will continue to help us only if the industry moves forward in implementing the things we have said we will do and that there are no more “inside expose stories” or incidents. 

Again, I am proud that we survived last year but it was just one step and wasn’t a “victory” per se. We merely survived to try and create and implement real and long-term solutions that are needed and, at the same time, restore credibility to our industry.

CELEBRATION HALL OF FAME MEMBER

I could not agree more. Whether the case on mandatory penalties loses or wins, it is imperative that our industry bill be reintroduced and passed. To do this, it is important that our bill beats the PAST Act to the floor.

If the case loses, the present status quo of subjective inspections will eventually destroy the performance horse even if the PAST Act does not pass. The ability of VMO’s to force DQP’s to discover non-existent “scars” will doom all. But with objective testing, the whims of any VMO are reined in.

In short, no matter which scenerio you wish to make, our subjective testing bill is necessary and imperative. And this will mean higher inspection fees. Science trumps agendas.

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

Mr. HOF, we have a video of Jeff baker’s remarks at the training session for DQP’s last Saturday. Jeffrey wrote an article and it is online where he makes some very damaging statements. Be sure to read it. We are transcribing the video.   We have instructed the DQP’s to ignore the VMO’s opinion and make their judgment impartially and fairly. We have had one DQP who has let us down but we are getting that corrected. This past week we returned the $1,000 appeals fee to the trainer who was written up by the DQP after being intimidated by the VMO. We won’t be able to catch all of those but we are trying.

CELEBRATION HALL OF FAME MEMBER  

If the case loses, SHOW will probably be decertified and so will other HIO’s that do not follow the VMO instructions IMHO. This would make DQP’s standing up moot.

Your original post is so right on point. Pass the industry bill.

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

I honestly don’t know the status of the case but SHOW will not accept decertification without standing up for their rights. As far as what the VMO’s do, the DQP’s are going to continue to give their honest opinion without their interference or those of an exhibitor.

We received a letter from Dr. Gipson on September 15,2014 “requesting” SHOW issue “Letters of Warning” to 7 different DQP’s; including 52 allegations from horse shows as early as March, seven months earlier and gave us 30 days to answer. 

We wrote and requested an extension of time to investigate the allegations, followed up with two additional letters and a phone call and have yet to hear from USDA.

Finally in December we sent a letter pointing out that issuing an LOW was an important process because it potentially affects a DQP’s ability to work.

We (CELEBRATION) stated we had an obligation to do more than accept a conclusory request and before disciplining one of our DQP’s we needed to carry out due diligence and investigate their request. 

We asked for photographic or video evidence, statements, notes, summaries of anticipated testimony by the VMO’s and witnesses that formed the basis of the USDA’s request.

Unfortunately, we still haven’t heard from the USDA and will not be issuing LOW’s until they prove the DQP’s didn’t do their job properly.

TWHBEA DIRECTOR

So glad to know that the DQPs who stood their ground against the intimidation tactics of the USDA aren’t being hung out to dry! We must back them! We have given and given and given, time to stand!

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The “Case” that Mr. Howard and Celebration Hall of Fame member are discussing is the USDA Complaint to decertify the Celebration’s S.H.O.W.(HIO), Inc.  filed over a year ago on January 9, 2014.

Strangely,  if an American citizen or a member of the press wants to see the contents of the Case File in HPA Docket No. 14-0056, Complain In Re: SHOW, Inc.,   it is only available by FOIA  (Freedom Of Information Act) request.

Somehow,  Harold doesn’t think that is what Thomas Jefferson had in mind when he came up with the idea of Freedom Of The Press to be included in the First Amendment to the U. S. Constitution so citizens would know what their government was doing.

For the USDA to not make the contents of the case file available to the public is simply outrageous.

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RUSSELL GASPAR LETTER TO U.S. SEC. OF AGRICULTURE – TOM VILSACK - RE:  ENFORCEMENT OF THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT – MAY 6, 2014

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CELEBRATION’S S.H.O.W. HIO HEAD DQP MITCHELL BUTLER AND CONGRESSMAN SCOTT DESJARLAIS STAFFERS “MUSCLED” USDA VMO DR. JEFF BAKER LAST WEEK OVER “SCAR RULE” AND ENFORCEMENT OF THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – A hostile Celebration S.H.O.W. Head DQP Mitchell Butler,   buoyed by the presence of Representative Scott Desjarlais (R-TN) staff members,  ganged up on USDA VMO Dr. Jeff Baker last week at the S.H.O.W. HIO Annual DQP Training last week over the enforcement of the “Scar Rule”.

During 2014,  the USDA introduced Thermography as the science based objective testing method used to enforce the Horse Protection Act.

It has been met with extreme hostility by the sore Big Lickers.

USDA VETERINARY MEDICAL OFFICER DR. JEFF BAKER AT CENTER RING

USDA VMO DR. JEFF BAKER

USDA VMO DR. JEFF BAKER

Congressman Dejarlais is the lapdog of Celebration Chairman David L. Howard.

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

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

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT DEJARLAIS (R-TN)

REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT DESJAIRLAIS (R-TN)

REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT DESJAIRLAIS (R-TN)

 Much of the DQP Training Session was spent with Congressmen Dejarlais’s people  ”Hassling” Dr. Baker over the USDA’s enforcement of the Horse Protection Act by using Thermography to detect scars on Tennessee Walking Horses.

The Big Lick can’t survive if the “Scar Rule” is enforced by the use of Thermography which shows evidence of soring caused by the use of chains and caustic chemicals.

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

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

The Lickers want to go back to a 2009 ”Scar Rule” interpretation that if you can smooth out thickened skin (scar) then a horse is not in violation of the “Scar Rule”.

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In the face of the harassment, Dr. Baker stopped demonstrating proper inspection methods,  and ceased participating in the training session.

USDA VMO DR. JEFF BAKER

USDA VMO DR. JEFF BAKER

At that point,  S.H.O.W. HIO Head DQP Mitchell Butler then conducted the rest of the DQP training session.

The events of last week sent a clear message to the Flatters that the sore Big Lickers are “Feelling Their Oats” since the PAST ACT didn’t make it.

It will be interesting to see if the USDA continues to vigorously enforce the Horse Protection Act in 2015.

Dr. Cezar was implicated in the Whitfield Ethics controversy when HSUS Lobbying Executive Director Sara Amundson referred to Dr. Cezar as “Our Insider Contact”. Dr. Cezar was threatened with physical violence during the 2014 Celebration and left after working five days of the ten-day event.

USDA HORSE PROTECTION COORDINATOR RACHEL CEZAR

DR. RACHEL CEZAR

DR. RACHEL CEZAR

Also,  Congressman Ed Whitfield aide Marty Irby was effective in working with the USDA in 2014 urging enforcement of the Horse Protection Act.   Since Congressman Whitfield got on the bus with Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY),  and the PAST ACT died,  nothing much has been heard from either the Congressman or his aide.

CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD (R-KY) CAMPAIGNING HARD FOR SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY)

CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD (R-KY) CAMPAIGNING HARD FOR SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY)

REP. ED WHITFIELD AIDE MARTY IRBY

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

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

Nephew Eugene hears that USDA Horse Protection Coordinator Dr. Rachel Cezar has been reassigned to another role at the USDA, and at this point, it is not clear who will replace her.

RACHEL CEZAR, DVM,  HORSE PROTECTION COORDINATOR

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And so it goes.

BILLY&RADARHEADSHOTS

In 2014,  the USDA implemented Thermography in its enforcement of the Scar Rule.  The 95% HPA compliance rate went in the gutter when the USDA showed up at the 2014 Celebration and, more or less,  enforced the Horse Protection Act.

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OCTOBER 2012 LETTER – ACTING APHIS ADMINISTRATOR KEVIN SHEA

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Shea’s letter referenced a 2009 email sent by his Deputy Dr. Andrea Morgan to a Big Lick supporter regarding interpretation of the “Scar Rule”:

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ANDREA MORGAN, DVM – USDA DEPUTY APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

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AFFIDAVIT BY S.H.O.W. HIO DQP DIRECTOR MITCHELL BUTLER

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UPROAR OVER “BACK TO BACK” HORSE SHOWS THREATENS TO DERAIL THE 2015 SHOW SEASON BEFORE IT STARTS – DID THE BIG LICK TRAINER BOYZ PITCH IT OVER THE WALL TELLING CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD TO TAKE THE CALSONIC ARENA AND SHOVE IT???

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SHELBYVILLE, TN – Albert Einstein himself could not have thought it up any better.

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When the new Walking Horse Trainer BOYZ  President Mr. Billy Young decided to tell Celebration Chairman David L. Howard to “Take The Calsonic Arena and “Shove It” – and moved the 47th Annual National Trainers Show to Decatur, Alabama - April 2 – 4,  2015 - he kicked over a fire ant mound.

Big Lickers are now in an uproar saying that Mr. Young did one of two things:

  • Wrecked the Jackson, Mississippi Horse Show set for March 26 -28, or
  • Jeopardized the National Walking Horse Trainers Show on April 2 – 4.

In a financially weakened condition, the sore Big Lick Trainer BOYZ simply must have a successful Trainer’s Show if they are going to continue to exist.

The last thing they can afford is to have an upset Big Lick customer base.

Right now,  it appears that is exactly what they have.

And of course,  Mr. David L. Howard is stoking the flames of unrest.

"FOR SALE" SIGN IN FRONT OF WHTA BOYZ BUILDING IN SHELBYVILLE, TENNESSEE

“FOR SALE” SIGN IN FRONT OF WHTA BOYZ BUILDING IN SHELBYVILLE, TENNESSEE

MR. BILLY YOUNG, WALKING HORSE TRAINER BOYZ PRESIDENT

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BILLY YOUNG, PRESIDENT OF THE WHTA BOYZ

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN MR. DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

THE “DOWN AT THE HEELS” CELEBRATION CALSONIC ARENA

 

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SPARKLING MORGAN COUNTY CELEBRATION ARENA – DECATUR, ALABAMA 

MORGAN COUNTY CELEBRATION ARENA, DECATUR, ALABAMA

MORGAN COUNTY CELEBRATION ARENA, DECATUR, ALABAMA

Historically,   the annual Trainer BOYZ show is in Mid-March.  This year it would have been March 12, 13 and 14.    The way the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse Show season works is it starts with the Trainers Show and goes all the way to the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration which ends the Saturday before Labor Day.

By coming first, the Trainers Show sets the tone for the entire Big Lick Show year.

  • Jackson Horse Show     March 26 – 28
  • Trainers BOYZ Show      April 2 – 4

So the word of this has gotten out, and there is now substantial unrest in Licker World.

As usual,  it all gets discussed down at Pope’s Cafe on the Square in Shelbyville.

THE ‘PERILS OF PAULINE’ AT POPE’S CAFE,  SHELBYVILLE, TENNESSEE

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MONDAY,  JANUARY 19, 2015 AT POPE’S CAFE,

Bobmedmac,  a Yankee who owns property out in Bedford County,  has been especially vocal saying,   “Very bad planning.  This will damage both shows. People will have to choose which show to go to and consequently not many people will attend either one.”

Carolyn, in charge of the Jackson Horse Show is real unhappy about the Trainer BOYZ show being only four days after the Jackson Show.  She says, “Jackson has always come after the mid-March dates of the Trainers Show.  She said the Trainers Show could have been held somewhere in Middle Tennessee that would have attracted a lot of horses from Kentucky.”

Bobmedmac said,  speaking of the Trainer BOYZ,  “you can’t expect dumb people to make good decisions”.  He asked his wife Marina which show she wanted to attend, and Marina said “Jackson” because it has “better restaurants and better parties”.  Bobmedmac said the Trainers are going to make their bad financial situation even worse with a “Loser Show”.

Then Herr Howardo came into Pope’s late and said to all present,  “The Trainer BOYZ can’t have a weak Show because of their poor financial condition.   The Tennessee Walking Horse sore Big Lick “Racket” can’t afford Jackson to have a bad show because of how important it is to the Racket.   No one benefits from this arrangement.”

Bobmedmac said,  ”You can’t fix STUPID, and forecast poor planning and bad research combo would cause both shows to fail.”  He called upon the Trainer BOYZ to reconsider and change the dates of the Trainer BOYZ Show set for April 2-4 in Decatur, Alabama.

Bobmedmac argle bargling “Pogo” said,

“We have met the enemy and it is us.”

Harold likens the Trainer BOYZ to Two Year Old Children:  “They don’t care how big a mess they make as long as they are the center of attention”.

It certainly seems that they have succeeded.

Please stay tuned for further developments.

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HOW MS. CONNIE HARRIMAN-WHITFIELD “PREVENTED” HSUS VP MR. KEITH DANE FROM TESTIFYING AT THE CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON THE PAST ACT – THE HSUS IS “ANATHEMA” TO THE MAJORITY OF REPUBLICANS

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WASHINGTON, DC  -  Ms. Constance (Connie) Harriman-Whitfield worked hard to prevent  Mr. Keith Dane, VP Equine Protection - The Humane Society of the United States from testifying at the PAST ACT Congressional Hearing on November 13, 2013.

And she succeeded.

MS. CONSTANCE (CONNIE) HARRIMAN-WHITFIELD

CONSTANCE (CONNIE) HARRIMAN-WHITFIELD, WIFE OF CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD (R-KY), AND HSUS EMPLOYEE

 

THE PAST ACT CONGRESSIONAL HEARING  - NOVEMBER 13, 2013

 

(Left to Right - Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Julius Johnson; TWHBEA President Marty Irby; Ron Dehaven, DVM and CEO of AVMA; John Bennett, DVM; Donna Benefield; Teresa Bippen and American Horse Council President Jay Hickey)

(Left to Right – Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Julius Johnson; TWHBEA President Marty Irby; Ron Dehaven, DVM and CEO of AVMA; John Bennett, DVM; Former Celebration Employee Donna Benefield; FOSH President Teresa Bippen and American Horse Council President Jay Hickey)

MR. KEITH DANE, VP-HSUS – PLANNED ON TESTIFYING AS A WITNESS –                  INSTEAD,  MR. DANE SAT IN THE GALLERY WITH THE SPECTATORS

MARYLAND TWHBEA DIRECTOR AND HSUS OFFICIAL KEITH DANE

MARYLAND TWHBEA DIRECTOR AND HSUS OFFICIAL KEITH DANE

Ms. Connie Harriman-Whitfield kept it from happening.

This is how it went down”

The HSUS made a concerted effort to take the “spotlight” at the Congressional Hearing on the PAST ACT held on November 13, 2013.

Ms. Harriman-Whitfield wasn’t having any of it.

Of all people,  Ms. Harriman-Whitfield knew how politically bad it would be for the         PAST ACT to have HSUS official Mr. Keith Dane “Out Front” speaking for the bill before the Congressional Committee.

Ms. Harriman-Whitfield knew that the PAST ACT had no chance with The Humane Society Of The United States in the forefront.  And she was more interested in the PAST ACT becoming law,  than she was for her employer, HSUS,  to ruin the Bill’s chances.

Make no doubt about it,  the Humane Society had every intention of hogging the spotlight and putting its stamp on the PAST ACT,  but Ms. Harriman-Whitfield made sure that didn’t happen.   She knew the PAST ACT had to attract Republicans to have a chance, and she knew The Humane Society Of The United States was “Anathema” to Republicans.

If fact,  on October 19, 2013,   Ms. Connie Harriman-Whitfield told the  HSUS brass, including Mr. Keith Dane and Head Lobbyist Ms. Sara Amundson, the following:

“To pass this in the House we need at least 50 more Republican co-sponsors.  Sadly, HSUS is anathema to the majority of them.   “This is the delicate tightrope we walk”. “With Republicans,  Ed and I emphasize that it is an industry-backed bill (AVMA, AAEP. AHC, etc) we don’t even mention animals welfare groups though they do appear on our list of supporters.”  (Congressman Ted) Yoho told Congressman Whitfield and me that             the HSUS is evil because, ‘They want to give ALL animals the exact same rights as humans have.’    He HATES HSUS.        Connie Harriman-Whitfield  Oct.19, 2013

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Apparently,  HSUS HSLF Head Honcho Mr. Mike Markarian,  who oversees the lobbying and political activity of The Humane Society, didn’t pay any attention to Ms. Harriman-Whitfield.

MR. MICHAEL MARKARIAN,  PRESIDENT,  HUMANE SOCIETY LOBBYING

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MICHAEL MARKARIAN, PRESIDENT, THE HUMANE SOCIETY LOBBYING

On October 30, 2013,  Mr. Markarian emailed HSUS CEO Mr. Wayne Pacelle, and HSUS Federal Director Mimi Brody about the HSUS testifying at the PAST ACT Hearing before the  House Energy and Commerce set for November 13, 2013.  

Mr. Markarian apparently didn’t realize that his Boss Mr. Wayne Pacelle had hired Ms. Harriman-Whitfield for just one reason which she expressed in her April 25, 2014 Deposition when she said,  “I am the go-to person – especially …. for the Republicans,  because they don’t trust most of the people at the Humane Society”.

MR. WAYNE PACELLE,  CEO, THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES

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HSUS CEO WAYNE PACELLE

October 30, 2013

From:  Mike Markarian

To:  Mimi Brody,  Wayne Pacelle

I assume we will want to testify if invited to the soring hearing.                                   Michelle from the Dem staff called me about it.

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October 30, 2013

From: Mim Brody

To:  Michael Markarian

Subject:   HSUS Testifying

Re:   E & C Hearing on Soring

CC:   Wayne Pacelle, Connie Harriman-Whitfield, Sara Amundson, Keith Dane,  

I’m sorry I didn’t respond earlier,  Mike,  as I got pulled in other directions.  Looping in Connie, et al.

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Ms. Harriman-Whitfield immediately sprung into action to keep the HSUS representative Mr. Keith Dane from testifying at the Congressional Hearing.

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October 30, 2013

From Connie Harriman-Whitfield

To:   Cory Hicks (Chief of Staff – CongressmanWhitfield) 

Subject: Fwd:  HSUS Testifying

RE:  E&C Hearing On Soring

Cory, I think HSUS is working with the Dems to be able to testify.

Sent from my iPhone.

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October 30, 2013

From:   Cory Hicks (Chief of Staff – CongressmanWhitfield) 

To:  Connie Harriman – Whitfield

Subject: Fwd:  HSUS Testifying

RE:  E&C Hearing On Soring

Thanks,  I’ll work on this.  Can you express your opinion on your end?

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October 30, 2013

From Connie Harriman-Whitfield

To:   Cory Hicks (Chief of Staff – CongressmanWhitfield) 

Subject: Fwd:  HSUS Testifying

RE:  E&C Hearing On Soring

Apparently,  Michelle on Schakowsky’s staff called Mike Markarian to see if HSUS was involved.  HSUS proposed witness would be Keith Dane.

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October 31, 2013

From:   Cory Hicks (Chief of Staff – CongressmanWhitfield) 

To:  Connie Harriman – Whitfield

Subject: Fwd:  HSUS Testifying

RE:  E&C Hearing On Soring

We told Schakowsky that we think this will stop any chances of moving the bill  further. They’re personal office is trying to stop it.  I’m going to try to talk to their chief of staff today.

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October 31, 2013

From Connie Harriman-Whitfield

To:   Cory Hicks (Chief of Staff – CongressmanWhitfield) 

Subject: Fwd:  HSUS Testifying

RE:  E&C Hearing On Soring

Should Ed talk to her as well?

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October 31, 2013

From:   Cory Hicks (Chief of Staff – CongressmanWhitfield) 

To:  Connie Harriman – Whitfield

Subject: Fwd:  HSUS Testifying

RE:  E&C Hearing On Soring

Yes, the office number 225-    .  He should call and ask to be connected to her.  How I have been describing the problem is the hearing is supposed to be about the bill and the illegal abuse of the horses.  If HSUS comes, the story changes and it become about  HSUS, so we lose momentum and we have to waste time and energy changing the narrative. 

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October 31, 2013

From Connie Harriman-Whitfield

To:   Cory Hicks (Chief of Staff – CongressmanWhitfield) 

Subject: Fwd:  Does MB (Marsha Blackburn) still get 2 witnesses?

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From:   Cory Hicks (Chief of Staff – CongressmanWhitfield) 

To:  Connie Harriman – Whitfield

Subject: Fwd:  Does MB (Marsha Blackburn) still get 2 witnesses?

So far she’s only got Dr. Bennett, but they’re giving her two. I doubt she can find anyone else.

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October 31, 2014

From Connie Harriman-Whitfield

To:   Cory Hicks (Chief of Staff – CongressmanWhitfield) 

Subject: Fwd:  Does MB (Marsha Blackburn) still get 2 witnesses?

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October 31, 2013

From:   Cory Hicks (Chief of Staff – CongressmanWhitfield) 

To:  Connie Harriman – Whitfield

Subject: Fwd:  Does MB (Marsha Blackburn) still get 2 witnesses?

Yes, and I am talking again to him at 11.  Told him that was not workable.

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October 31, 2013

From Connie Harriman-Whitfield

To:   Cory Hicks (Chief of Staff – CongressmanWhitfield) 

Subject: Fwd:  Does MB (Marsha Blackburn) still get 2 witnesses?

Ed said you can only do it at markup.  Cory,  PLEASE stand firm on this.

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October 31, 2013

From:   Cory Hicks (Chief of Staff – CongressmanWhitfield) 

To:  Connie Harriman – Whitfield

Subject: Fwd:  Does MB (Marsha Blackburn) still get 2 witnesses?

Spoke to Gary.  I informed  him that a duel legislative hearing was not acceptable. 

Also spoke with him about HSUS and he agreed that wasn’t a good thing.

He is going to ask Joan … to call HSUS and tell them not to testify.

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October 31, 2013

From Connie Harriman-Whitfield

To:   Cory Hicks (Chief of Staff – CongressmanWhitfield) 

Subject: Fwd:  Does MB (Marsha Blackburn) still get 2 witnesses?

Let me talk with Joan.

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October 31, 2013

From:   Cory Hicks (Chief of Staff – CongressmanWhitfield) 

To:  Connie Harriman – Whitfield

Subject: Fwd:  Does MB (Marsha Blackburn) still get 2 witnesses?

Ok, let me know.

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The OCE (Office of Congressional Ethics) attorney deposed Ms. Connie Harriman-Whitfield on April 25, 2014, and asked her questions about The Humane Society Of The United States:

Were you also involved in the strategy of realizing the it would be better for the Humane Society not to be on the front end -

A  It was Ed and Cory’s decision

Q.   As an employee of the Humane Society,  did you have a position on whether or not the Humane Society should be out front on this legislation>>>

A.  My reaction was this is the man who introduced the bill,  this is the man who is leading the charge, if he doesn’t want the Humane Society involved then that’s the way it’s going to be …

Ms. Harriman-Whitfield testified under oath:

“ and one of the things I know — Cory and Ed feel very strongly about – they didn’t want the Humane Society to be out in front because most Republicans don’t like the Humane Society,  and they felt they needed a strong Republican showing to get the bill passed so the Humane Society was excluded from the Hearing that they had so they wanted this to be seen as a horse industry bill   -  front and center – AHC, AVMA, AAEP … there have been disagreements (p. 15)

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Truth be known, Ms.Connie Harriman-Whitfield is a “Profile In Courage”.

She was the quarterback of the PAST ACT.

You can bet your bottom dollar that her husband Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) would have never introduced the PAST ACT if his life’s partner was not                           Ms. Constance (Connie) Harriman Whitfield.

Without her efforts and those of the American Public, the PAST ACT would have never gotten to the cusp of victory with 307 House co-sponsors – 118 Republicans – 60 U.S. Senators.

So far,  The Humane Society Of The United States,  has not provided an answer why it did not go all out and use its influence with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for the PAST ACT to receive a Floor Vote and invoke Cloture in the lame duck session of Congress which ended in December 2014.

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No one is going to believe, trust or pay any attention or give any weight to anything that The Humane Society Of The United States does until it provides the answer.

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SHELBYVILLE – THE “TWILIGHT ZONE” OF LICKERVILLE – THE LICKER BOYZ CRY IN THEIR BEER BECAUSE THEY CAN’T CHARGE ENOUGH TO SORE HORSES – THE GULF BEACHES COME TO COLUMBIA, TENNESSEE ALONG WITH SORE HORSES AND MONKEYS RIDING DOGS HERDING GOATS – USDA REPORTS THAT 64% OF ALL HORSES TESTED “POSITIVE” FOR BANNED FOREIGN SUBSTANCES AT 2014 CELEBRATION

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SHELBYVILLE, TN –  Take your pick of the strangest things coming out of Shelbyville, Tennessee – the “TWILIGHT  ZONE” of the sore Big Lick.

  • First,  there is the lament of Mr. David Thomas of ShelbyvilleNOW that the Trainer BOYZ do not get paid enough to train horses because,  “The average TWH trainer cannot be expected to be this underpaid.  They work hard and deal with more than any other horse trainer in the world.”  

http://www.shelbyvillenow.com/special_report___training_for_pennies

  • Second, please try to imagine that there are “BEACHES” and “PALM TREES” at Columbia, Tennessee.

Well, surely you can hear the Gulf Waters washing upon the Beach in                   Columbia, Maury County,  Tennessee.

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“The beach and its flair will host its 16th Annual Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show & Music Festival in Columbia, Tenn., for the 2015 show. Show Manager Todd Fisher says, “We will try it this year and it if works, we may do it again up there. If not, next year we will have it at home at the beach.”

Back by popular demand will be Tim “Wild Thang” Lepard and Team Ghost Riders. The popular monkeys riding dogs will be there to entertain the crowd.

MONKEYS RIDING DOGS HERDING GOATS – TIM “WILD THANG” LEPARD

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http://www.bengals.com/media-lounge/videos/Tim-Wild-Thang-Lepard-and-Team-Ghost-Riders/fcca74be-ab75-45e8-a8af-26b4d44ecd5b

FORMER ASST. UNITED STATES ATTORNEY “SISTER” MILLIGAN ADDICTED                TO THE SORE BIG LICK TENNESSEE SHOW HORSE , “MS JOSE WALKS”

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“HIGH ON THE BIG LICK” – FORMER ASST. U. S. ATTORNEY MARTHA “SISTER” BLACKMON-MILLIGAN – ANY CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN SHOWING YOUR OWN HORSE SHOW????

ISSUED JAN. 6, 2013 BY THE DIRECTOR,  INVESTIGATIVE AND ENFORCEMENT

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Governor Rick Scott Appoints Three to Fourteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission

On October 24, 2011, in Recent Appointments, by staff

10/21/2011 Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointments of Martha “Sister” Blackmon-Milligan, Anthony “Waylon” Graham and Melvin Magidson Jr. to the Fourteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.

Blackmon-Milligan, 60, of Panama City Beach, is a self-employed attorney and co-owner of Hilltop Farm Cattle and Horse Farm. Previously, she practiced with Jones and Blackmon from 1981 to 1986. She served as an assistant state attorney with the Fourteenth Circuit State Attorney’s Office from 1977 to 1981 and an assistant United States attorney from 1976 to 1977. Founder and past president of Gulf Coast Charity Celebration Association Inc., she received degrees from the University of Alabama and Samford University Cumberland Law School.

Blackmon-Milligan succeeds Ashley Benedik and is appointed for a term beginning October 21, 2011, and ending July 1, 2015. She is appointed from the list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar.

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  •  ThirdThe Walking Horse Report tried to “POOH POOH” the USDA Foreign Substances Report which showed that 65 of 102 Horses tested POSITIVE for Foreign Substances. Banned foreign substances were detected on 64% the horses tested.  The USDA says, “The HPA also prohibits the application or administration of foreign substances that can cause soring, mask the evidence of “soring” and/or enables stewarding of the horse so that it does not exhibit signs of being sore during the inspection process. 

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The Walking Horse Report, owned by Celebration Chairman David L. Howard,   wrote the following Headline:

USDA Testing Produces Mixed Results
Friday, January 16, 2015

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http://www.walkinghorsereport.com/news.aspx?cid=11411

“The USDA “swabbed” 125 horses at the 2014 Celebration with 65 horses testing positive.  As part of the USDA foreign substance testing via gas chromatography, USDA utilizes a zero tolerance for any foreign substance without incorporating a baseline such as the one utilized by USEF in blood testing.  In breaking down the types of foreign substances found by USDA testing, 16 violations were categorized as counterirritants, 43 were counterirritants and masking agents and six were masking or numbing agents.  Click here to see the breakdown of violations  and click here to see the categories.

In neither report did USDA list the name of the horse or entry number of the horse that was tested or that produced a potential violation.  The USDA has not used gas chromatography nor blood testing to disqualify any horse from competition or issue a formal HPA complaint.  The USDA has used the gas chromatography results to issue letters of warning to applicable parties.”

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So between:

  • The poor underpaid Trainer BOYZ who are so hard working,  and “dealing with more than any other horse trainer in the world.
  • A former Assistant U .S. Attorney “Sister Milligan” moving the Gulf Coast Beach 420 miles North to Columbia, Maury County,  Tennessee.  The Show will feature sore Tennessee Walking Horses, and monkeys riding dogs herding goats.  (If I am lying,  I am dying.)
  • Trying to sweep under the rug a 64% Positive Foreign Substance USDA report from the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

One can only wonder what will come next from the “TWILIGHT ZONE” of the              sore Big Lick World.

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Nephew Eugene says he would much rather live out here at Theta than in the Licker “TWILIGHT ZONE”.

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TRAINER BOYZ TELL CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD TO “TAKE THE CALSONIC AND SHOVE IT” – THE “AMERICAN PUBLIC” GETS READY TO FIGHT FOR “THE HORSES” IN 2015

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SHELBYVILLE, TN -  The Trainer Boyz President Mr. Billy Young,  crosses his heart and hopes to die,  says the Trainer BOYZ are not getting a “fair shake”.

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(Left to Right) “I’M AK-47, KELLY SHERMAN, BILLY YOUNG, BEVERLY SHERMAN

Mr. Young said:     “I think it’s every important us to as members of the Trainers Association …  continue communicating with our elected officials and impress on them so much of the negative aspects of what they have heard about this breed …  have been exaggerated,  half-truths  negative things by the radical organizations are untruths and in some cases are outright untruths. 

Here is the Walking Horse Trainer BOYZ Code of Ethics:

CODE OF ETHICS

I.                   PREAMBLE

The Walking Horse Trainers Assocaition is committed to promoting and protecting the welfare of the Tennessee Walking Horse, and preserving the Walking Horse industry for future generations.  To do so, the Assocaition has developed and is committed to the following Code of Ethics.

II.                CODE OF ETHICS

Individuals licensed by the Walking Horse Trainers Association shall accept and abide by the following ethical rules of conduct.  Any individual who is found to be in violation of one, some, or all of the ethical rules shall be disciplined accordingly by the Board of Directors of the Walking Horse Trainers Association, and is subject to loss of license.

Licensed individuals of the Walking Horse Trainers Association shall:

            1.         Treat all horses in their care humanely, and with dignity and respect.  Trainers shall use proper care in training, handling, and showing them, And shall not utilize techniques known to inflict pain for the purposes of performance enhancement.  Trainers found to have used pressure shoeing shall lose their training license and be banned from the Walking Horse Trainers Association for life.

            2.         Accurately represent any data or information about a horse which affects the sale of said horse, and conduct all business transactions in a straight-forward and honest manner.  If a buyer requests information regarding a horse’s fitness and health, trainers will refer such questions to a qualified veterinarian.

            3.         Support and promote the overall objectives of the Walking Horse Trainers Association which are:

 a.         To improve the public image and reputation of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breed.

b.         Promote the ownership and showing of the Tennessee Walking Horse.

c.         Develop improved training techniques of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breed focused on humane handling that complements the natural abilities of the breed.

d.         Educate the public about the uniqueness and value of the Tennessee Walking Horse.

e.         Work cooperative, collaboratively and professionally with USDA and DQPs to ensure compliance with the Horse Protection Act.

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How can Mr. Billy Young expect the Walking Horse Trainer BOYZ to be taken seriously when he is fined $1,100.00 and agrees to an eight month Federal Suspension from Horse training after being issued Horse Protection Act Violation Citations for soring a horse in 2011?

And the former Chairman of the WHTA Ethics Committee Mr. Larry Joe Wheelon is facing an 18 count indictment on aggravated animal cruelty charges in Blount County,  Tennessee.   Mr. Wheelon is afforded the presumption of innocence.

FORMER TRAINER BOYZ ETHICS CHAIRMAN LARRY JOE WHEELON 

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

WHAT DOES THE CODE OF ETHICS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THIS???

 

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USDA VET DR. BART SUTHERLAND EXPLAINS PRESSURE SHOEING

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USDA VET DR. MARK SUTHERLAND

CLICK BELOW TO WATCH VIDEO (WATCH THE HORSE TRY TO LAY DOWN)

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USDA EVIDENCE COLLECTOR BECKY HICKS  TESTIFIES ABOUT                                      LOG CHAINS AND MUSTARD OIL FOUND IN LARRY JOE WHEELON’S BARN

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

BECKY HICKS, USDA EVIDENCE COLLECTOR

BECKY HICKS, USDA EVIDENCE COLLECTOR

Nephew Eugene is hearing that Mr. Billy Young and the Trainer BOYZ just might select Heart of America Walking Horse Association HIO to inspect the BOYZ horses at the 47th Annual National Trainers Show in Decatur, Alabama.

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This is one more example of the Trainer BOYZ telling Celebration Chairman David L. Howard to take his Calsonic Arena and the Celebration’s  inspection program,  S.H.O.W. HIO’s Inspection Program,   and shove it.

TAKE THE CELEBRATION’S CALSONIC ARENA AND “SHOVE IT”

Harold says “they done turned Show Manager Mr. Benny Johnson out to pasture, and they done made sure Mr. David Landrum didn’t get elected to no Trainer BOYZ position”.

Meanwhile plans are being made in 2015 for the American Public to carry the fight for “The Horses” to where the soring is taking place.

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CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD REAPPEARS TO LEAD CHARGE FOR BIG MONEY ON KEYSTONE PIPELINE BILL – YET ED WHITFIELD WAS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND FOR “THE HORSES” WHEN THE PAST ACT WAS ON THE LINE

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WASHINGTON, DCCongressman Ed Whitfield’s (R-KY) disappearing act ended on January 9, 2015,  when he took the House Floor to lead the charge for passage of the Keystone Pipeline bill.

CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD – KEYSTONE PIPELINE “YES” - PAST ACT  “NO”

CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD (R-KY) - JANUARY 5, 2015 - SPEAKING ON HOUSE FLOOR FOR PASSAGE OF THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE BILL

CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD (R-KY) – JANUARY 5, 2015 – SPEAKING ON HOUSE FLOOR FOR PASSAGE OF THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE BILL

Yet,  Congressman Ed Whitfield was nowhere to be found when the PAST ACT was in the balance in November – December 2014.

CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD (R-KY) ON FLOOR OF U. S. HOUSE ON JANUARY 5, 2015

CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD (R-KY) ON FLOOR OF U. S. HOUSE ON JANUARY 5, 2015

The Keystone Pipeline passed the House by 266 FOR and 153 AGAINST.

Yet,  Congressman Ed Whitfield couldn’t get a House Floor Vote for the PAST ACT with 307 House Co-Sponsors including 118 Republicans.

And to make it worse,   Congressman Ed Whitfield didn’t protest or bring attention to the PAST ACT not getting a Floor Vote before it died on December 11, 2014.

And the most amazing of all,   Congressman Whitfield Ed Whitfield didn’t even take time to thank or recognize the supporters of the PAST ACT.

The question then and now,

is simply:

“WHY” ?????

 

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THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF USDA APHIS ADMINISTRATOR KEVIN SHEA DECERTIFYING THE CELEBRATION’S INSPECTION PROGRAM COMES AND GOES WITH NO ACTION – WHO IS FRANK MARTIN, JR.???

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WASHINGTON, DC  - A year ago today,  January 9, 2014,   the USDA finally filed a Complaint to decertify the Celebration’s inspection program, S.H.O.W. HIO.  

A year later,  January 9, 2015,  nothing has been done.

The Complaint was filed only after years of “foot-dragging” by APHIS Deputy Administrator Chester Gipson,  and the Celebration’s delay in failing to comply with the Horse Protection Act or accept the USDA Mandatory Minimum Penalties.

The Complaint was signed on January 7, 2014 by APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea and his attorney Mr. Frank Martin, Jr., with the USDA OGC (Office of Inspector General).

KEVIN SHEA - APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

KEVIN SHEA – APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

Quite a bit of mystery surrounds Mr. Frank Martin, Jr. and the OGC (Office of General Counsel).  Seasoned observers cannot tell if APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea is the one driving the boat,  or if he is merely a deck hand operating under the directions of a faceless bureaucrat lawyer named Mr. Frank Martin, Jr. who has represented APHIS for more than 20 years.

Mr. Martin is the creator of the essentially “worthless”  USDA “7060 Letters of Warning”.

When the Big Lickers  get them in the mail,  they immediately toss them in the trash can.  They know nothing will come from them.  Many long time observers believe that Mr. Martin came up with the “7060″s to clear his docket and make it look like he is doing his job when he actually isn’t.

The OGC (Office of General Counsel) is a part of the USDA.  It is located in the USDA building. That is where the ALJ (Administrative Law Judge) hearings are held.

That is where the Complaint to decertify the Celebration presently sits.

Attorney Frank Martin, Jr. does not appear to be accountable to anyone. (See Organization Table below)

Mr. Shea is also subject to some public scrutiny.  He hides behind a Public Information Officer and does not give interviews to the media.

There is a theme of mystery and non-transparency which surrounds APHIS and the USDA Office of General Counsel.   According to the USDA website,   “the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is an independent legal agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). OGC provides legal advice and services to the Secretary of Agriculture and to all other officials and agencies of the Department with respect to all USDA programs and activities. All legal services are centralized within OGC and the General Counsel reports directly to the Secretary.” (USDA Website Source)

THE COMPLAINT – USDA VS. S.H.O.W., INC. (OWNED BY THE CELEBRATION)

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It is now January 9, 2015.

The APHIS case against the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO has gone nowhere.

It’s stuck right where it was filed buried down deep in the bowels of the Jamie L. Whitten U. S. Department of Agriculture building on Independence Avenue SW near the National Mall where the historic  “WALK ON WASHINGTON” took place.

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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, 1400 INDEPENDENCE AVENUE SW, WASHINGTON, DC

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, 1400 INDEPENDENCE AVENUE SW, WASHINGTON, DC

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, 1400 INDEPENDENCE AVENUE SW, WASHINGTON, DC

And the enigmatic faceless USDA OGC Attorney Mr. Frank Martin, Jr. is in charge of the case.

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The USDA’s COMPLAINT to decertify the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO, is continued until January 15, 2015.  Some speculate that Mr. Martin has gone along with the stay because he doesn’t have the fire in the belly to prosecute the sore Big Lick.

The other factor is the Fifth United States Circuit Court of Appeals  decision is expected soon on the Appeal by sore Big Lick Michael McGartland – Contender Farms, of U. S. District Judge Terry Means decision in the U. S. Northern District of Texas case upholding the USDA’s Mandatory Minimum Penalties.

MICHAEL MCGARTLAND – APPELLANT,  S.H.O.W., INC; CONTENDER FARMS, LLP . VS USDA

TEXAS TRIAL LAWYER ON WRONG END OF JUDGE MEANS "SLAM DUNK"

MICHAEL MCGARTLAND,  APPELLANT

Oral arguments in the case took place before a three Judge panel on September 3, 2014,  the week after the Celebration ended.

U.S. FIFTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE E. GRADY JOLLY

U.S. 5TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE E. GRADY JOLLY

U.S. FIFTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE E. GRADY JOLLY

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JOHN MINOR WISDOM FEDERAL COURT HOUSE – FIFTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS

FRIEND OF THE COURT AMICUS BRIEF AUTHOR – RUSSELL GASPAR, ESQ.

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

http://www.billygoboy.com/2014/09/04/michael-mcgartlandcontender-farms-llp-appeal-heard-before-three-judge-panel-of-the-u-s-fifth-circuit-court-of-appeals-in-new-orleans-louisiana/

Shortly after the USDA Complaint was filed a year ago on January 9, 2014,  it appears that USDA APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea was caught playing footsie with the sore Big Lick.  A lot of mystery surrounded a new INDEPENDENT INSPECTION SERVICES, LLC HIO application to take the place of the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO inspection program.

APHIS ADMINISTRATOR KEVIN SHEA,  DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR CHESTER GIPSON, DVM ARE WEARING NIGHT CAPS.   IN BED WITH APHIS ADMINISTRATORS SHEA AND GIPSON ARE FRANK EICHLER, DAVID HOWARD, STEVE SMITH, DUKE THORSON AND MICKEY MCCORMICK.

APHIS ADMINISTRATOR KEVIN SHEA, DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR CHESTER GIPSON, DVM ARE WEARING NIGHT CAPS. IN BED WITH APHIS ADMINISTRATORS SHEA AND GIPSON ARE FRANK EICHLER, DAVID HOWARD, STEVE SMITH, DUKE THORSON AND COMPANY

Interestingly,  Celebration Chairman David L. Howard,  who is also Publisher of The Walking Horse Report,  did not report that the Celebration had been sued by the USDA until February 7, 2014.

The news was broken by www.billygoboy.com on January 30, 2014,  and then picked up by ShelbyvilleNOW online publication.

It begs the question if Mr. Howard was sitting on the news story hoping that USDA APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea would approve a new “clean”  Horse Inspection program to take the place of S.H.O.W. HIO and give the Trainers a “Fresh Start” doing away with the 139 HPA violations which had accumulated since the USDA implemented the Mandatory Minimum Penalitesw in July 2012.

WWW.BILLYGOBOY broke the news that a new HIO application had been submitted by former Celebration CEO Doyle Meadows in the name of Independent Inspection Services, LLC HIO, represented by Lee McGartland, wife of Michael McGartland who served as PSHA Director and Secretary.

A Freedom Of Information request was filed to obtain the Application.   To date,  no documents have been provided in response to the FOIA request.   In the past,  It is believed that Mr. Shea has previously classified certain items he didn’t want the public to see so they would not be released.   After a year,  that appears to have been done in this instance.

The knock on Mr. Shea is he doesn’t seem to be comfortable enforcing the Horse Protection Act to eliminate horse soring,  rather he is comfortable with just regulating it.  The knock on Dr. Chester Gipson is he can’t be trusted and has back channel communication with the sore Big Lick.

LEE W. MCGARTLAND,  WIFE OF MICHAEL MCGARTLAND

Lee W. McGartland, PSHA  Secretary & Board Member

Lee W. McGartland, PSHA Secretary & Board Member

It is believed that the Licker group was encouraged by Deputy APHIS Administrator Dr. Andrea Morgan to submit the HIO application.  Dr. Morgan works for APHIS  Administrator Kevin Shea.  There are previous indications of Dr. Morgan having a “cozy” relationship with the sore Big Lick crowd.

ANDREA MORGAN, DVM - USDA DEPUTY APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

ANDREA MORGAN, DVM – USDA DEPUTY APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

In 2009, Dr. Morgan emailed a “Big Licker” friendly interpretation of the Scar Rule:

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The month of January 2015 could tell the tale on the Mandatory Minimum Penalties.

Then Mr. Martin will have no excuse to not go full speed ahead prosecuting the Complaint to decertify the Celebration’s  S.H.O.W. HIO.  That is what would happen the “real world”, but somehow one wonders if what goes on in this building is the real world?

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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, 1400 INDEPENDENCE AVENUE SW, WASHINGTON, DC

Nephew Eugene believes that Mr. Frank Martin, Jr. needs to either get the job done for “The Horses”, or Associate General Counsel Carrie Ricci must reassign him and get an attorney for APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea who will get the job done.

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

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

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

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

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

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

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

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

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

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WEST GRAND STANDS – 2014 WORLD GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP

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

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CELEBRATION ON THE ROPES

Much much more to come.

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

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

AMERICA WILL BE WATCHING WITH RAPT INTEREST

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THE LICKERS

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THE FLATTERS.

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 THE CELEBRATION SPONSORS MINUS “REGIONS BANK”

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Six days until the Celebration.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apparently, they listened.

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

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

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

HORSES LINED UP FOR INSPECTION

WHOA – HORSES LINED UP FOR INSPECTION

WHOA HIO DQP INSPECTING HORSES

WHOA HIO DQP INSPECTING HORSES

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

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

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

There was a tense air at Wartrace.

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

It hung over everything.’

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

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

WARTRACE, TENNESSEE HISTORIC BIG LICK SHOW

WARTRACE, TENNESSEE HISTORIC BIG LICK SHOW

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

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

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.

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

LARRY JOE WHEELON OUTSIDE COURTROOM WITH ASSOCIATE BOBBIE JO KOGER

LARRY JOE WHEELON OUTSIDE COURTROOM WITH ASSOCIATE BOBBIE JO KOGER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHEELON FARRIER BLAKE PRIMM WITH BALL CAP.

WHEELON FARRIER BLAKE PRIMM WITH BALL CAP.

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

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

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

ESTHER BELL, ESQ., KNOXVILLE ATTORNEY

ESTHER BELL, ESQ., KNOXVILLE ATTORNEY

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

CIRCUIT JUDGE TAMMY HARRINGTON

CIRCUIT JUDGE TAMMY HARRINGTON

More to come.

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

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UNPROTECTED HORSES THANKS TO KEVIN SHEA AND CHESTER GIPSON, DVM

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

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

That is not acceptable.

The public does have a right to know.

And will know,  sooner rather than later.

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

KEVIN SHEA - APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

KEVIN SHEA – APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

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

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

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

Then, you stopped!

Why?

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

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

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

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

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

GIN TODDY – 3 HORSE PROTECTION ACTION VIOLATION CITATIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sirs, seriously,  what are you thinking about?

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

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

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

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

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

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

GARY EDWARDS, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER

GARY EDWARDS, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER

JIMMY MCCONNELL, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER

JIMMY MCCONNELL, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER

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

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

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

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

Tom Vilsack - U. S. Secretary of Agriculture

Tom Vilsack – U. S. Secretary of Agriculture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LARRY JOE WHEELON – SENATOR ALEXANDER’S HOMETOWN NEIGHBOR

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

RANDALL STACY GUNTER – EMPLOYEE OF LARRY JOE WHEELON

RANDALL STACY GUNTER, SUSPENDED BY KENTUCKY HIO

RANDALL STACY GUNTER, SUSPENDED BY KENTUCKY HIO

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

CHESTNUT HILL, TN – EAST TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE AUXILIARY SHOW

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BLOUNT COUNTY COURTHOUSE ON LAMAR ALEXANDER PARKWAY

BLOUNT COUNTY COURTHOUSE ON LAMAR ALEXANDER PARKWAY IN MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ONLY A FEW BAD APPLESNephew Eugene thinks based on the list of 843 Big Lick Horses found sore from 2007 – 2013 that there’s more than just a “few bad apples” doing it.And anything involving cruelty to animals, including the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is NOT a “Sport”.BGBHEADSHOT01NOTE:   At 10:00 a.m. this Wednesday,  July 23, 2014,   Blount County Circuit Judge Tammy Harrington will preside over a Hearing in the State of Tennessee vs Larry Joe Wheelon,  Randall Stacy Gunter,  Blake Primm and Brandon Lunsford.   All are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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LOUISVILLE COURIER-JOURNAL NEWSPAPER EDITORIAL URGES CONGRESS TO PASS THE PAST ACT – BLASTS “BOUGHT AND PAID FOR” U.S. SENATORS MITCH MCCONNELL AND RAND PAUL; TENNESSEE OFFICIALS LAMAR ALEXANDER AND MARSHA BLACKBURN

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

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

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

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

Stopping horse torture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Time is short.

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

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

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

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Nephew Eugene says it’s time.

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

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

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

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

Mickey McCormick trains the sore Big Lick.

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

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

Cat Dye trains sound Tennessee Walking Horses.

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

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

CAT DYE AT THE SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE – BRENTWOOD, TENNESSEE

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

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Listen

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

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

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

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Clant Seay • 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FIRST – THE OFFICIAL COUNT

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

 

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

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

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

REPRESENTATIVE TIM WALZ (D-MN)

REPRESENTATIVE TIM WALZ (D-MN)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nephew Eugene remains concerned.

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

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

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

PUTNAM COUNTY CIRCUIT JUDGE AMY V. HOLLARS

PUTNAM COUNTY CIRCUIT JUDGE AMY V. HOLLARS

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

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

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

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

PAT STOUT,  COOKEVILLE, TN, TWHBEA MEMBER

PAT STOUT, COOKEVILLE, TN, TWHBEA MEMBER

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

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

Walking Horse Report Editor Jeffrey Howard told persons:

“They’ll never count those votes”. 

Jeffrey Howard, Editor - PSHA Spokesperson & Walking Horse Report

Jeffrey Howard, Editor – PSHA Spokesperson & Walking Horse Report

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

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

It failed.

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

TOM KAKASSY -CURRENT TWHBEA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER

TOM KAKASSY -CURRENT TWHBEA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER

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

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

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

LOYD CARR BLACK,  RESIGNED TWHBEA PRESIDENT

LOYD CARR BLACK, RESIGNED TWHBEA PRESIDENT

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

THE "YEAS" HAVE IT IN A LANDSLIDE

THE “YEAS” HAVE IT IN A LANDSLIDE

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

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The Pat Stout Poll matter rolled on through the Fall.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stay tuned.

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

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

FRANK EICHLER, SORE BIG LICK EPISTLE WRITER

FRANK EICHLER, SORE BIG LICK EPISTLE WRITER

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NATURAL GAITED TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE – WORLD GRAND CHAMPION MIDNIGHT SUN

The PAST ACT cannot be passed soon enough.

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

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

It will never be the same.

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

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

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

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

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PBS “TO THE CONTRARY” HOST BONNIE ERBE’

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

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“The Sadistic Treatment of Tennessee Walking Horses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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U.S. REPRESENTATIVE G. K. BUTTERFIELD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VIRGINIA TWHBEA DIRECTOR PAM MCKINLEY

VIRGINIA TWHBEA DIRECTOR PAM MCKINLEY

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

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

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

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

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

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“Hi Ms McKinney,

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

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

Thank you.”

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

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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.

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

TWHBEA MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS WALT CHISM

TWHBEA MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS WALT CHISM

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

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

Respected sources believe that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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)

JEANNIE MCGUIRE OF UNIONVILLE, VIRGINIA

JEANNIE MCGUIRE OF UNIONVILLE, VIRGINIA

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Culpeper horses to Walk on Washington to end ‘soring’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  The cause has celebrity support, too.

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

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

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

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

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

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

REPRESENTATIVE CEDRIC RICHMOND,  (D-LA)

REPRESENTATIVE CEDRIC RICHMOND, (D-LA)

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2ND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA

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

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

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

FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT MARTY IRBY’S PHOTO “MYSTERIOUSLY DISAPPEARS” FROM “WALL OF PRESIDENTS” AT TWHBEA HEADQUARTERS IN LEWISBURG, TENNESSEE

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

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

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PICTURES OF TWHBEA PRESIDENTS IN HEADQUARTERS AT LEWISBURG, TN

FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT MARTY IRBY,  2010 - 2012

FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT MARTY IRBY, 2010 – 2012

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

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Tracy Boyd – TWHBEA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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

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.

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Webster’s Dictionary defines Malice:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJgoHgpsb9I

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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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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.

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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.

FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT MARTY IRBY TESTIFYING BEFORE CONGRESS

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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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.

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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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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 understood that many of the people involved in this cruelty don’t think that there is anything wrong with doing such things to horses.  One of the cruelest trainers I ever met could preach well enough to hold a revival and was truly compassionate when it came to helping his fellow men; it was just that the spot in his heart where compassion should have resided for God’s creatures had a hole in it. 

I asked him once when I saw him at his barn, putting a set of bolts in a horse’s feet getting ready to go to a weekend horse show, how he could do this and still give witness on a Sunday. His answer remains with me to this day, the horse, he explained, was    a beast of burden and that the horse’s God-given talent was probably to be supper for a family, not be a show horse.  Being a show horse with all that entailed was what this animal had to endure to earn his keep. This trainer honestly believed that whatever he did to the horse to give pleasure to a client and to make a living was all right.

After much soul searching and a thorough examination of my own ethics I decided there wasn’t anything I could do but leave the walking horse show world and I did.  Like doctors, farriers have an obligation to do no harm to their patients, the horses. But what about the people who can’t see a way out or don’t see why they need to stop doing what they have been doing to show walking horses for generations?

The question is how do you get people to change practices that put clothes on their children and food on their tables when this is all they know how to do and the people that they associate with them think that being hurt in “training” is part of being a beast of burden?

I don’t have an answer to that but I do know that is why legislation like the PAST (Prevent All Soring Tactics) Act must be passed.  After 8 years in the industry I learned that you couldn’t save people from themselves when they truly believe that   the infliction of   intentional cruelty is part of the job of being a horse.  You can, however, save horses from the people who believe this way by removing the tools of their trade from their hands, and off the horses, and by removing the legitimacy of this type of training from the show ring. 

Eric Gray,
Blackthorn Farms, L.L.C.
Cumming, Georgia

GUEST COLUMNIST “HAROLD” – A CITIZEN APPEALS TO U.S. SENATORS LAMAR ALEXANDER AND BOB CORKER AND ASKS – “IS THIS WHAT YOU WANT”?

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How to Distinguish Between a Walking Horse and a Tennessee Walking Horse – Tennessee Senators Alexander and Corker Are Giving us a Lesson

There are good people all across the United States and even around the world that own Tennessee Walking Horses. These folks have significant investments of time and money and ongoing expenses related to their horses, which they love. Today they find themselves facing one of the most curious and serious problems ever encountered.

The evil “Big Lick” stigma.

The “Big Lick” gait of the Tennessee Walking Horse which has been labeled as a “bastardized gait” by horsemen all over the world is when a horse raises its front feet extremely high with each painful step and reaches forward to extremes with its hind feet in order to shift its body weight and weight of the rider to the un-sore hind feet.

U. S. SENATOR BOB CORKER (R-TN)

U. S. SENATOR BOB CORKER (R-TN)

The Big Lick is a result of a process known as “soring the horse”. The big lie that has been perpetrated for years is that a horse can be trained to walk this way. The truth has finally been revealed to the world that it is not a result of training, but of soring.

This stigma has become so well known to the world that owners of Tennessee Walking Horses are met with disdain, disgust and looks of revile. The owners of sound horses constantly have to explain these truths to the public.

In 2014 a boiling point has been reached and sound horse advocates that love the Tennessee Walking Horse breed are now faced with a decision that has only a few alternative options.

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

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

The Tennessee Walking Horse must rid itself of this stigma by stamping out the practice of soring and the Big Lick. If the legislation known as the PAST Act which is before Congress and the Senate right now is not passed and soon, then this option will fall from the table and it will be years, perhaps too many for the breed to survive.

Another option is to walk away from the Tennessee Walking Horse, but the good people care and love the horse too much to let it die.

The third alternative may be to re-label the sound horses to simply Walking Horses and leave the Big Lick stigma with Tennessee Walking Horses.

This question is for Tennessee Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker.

Is this what you want?

By not supporting the PAST Act you may be creating a future where only crippled, abused Big Lick horses bear the name of your beloved state “Tennessee” in their title.

I used the term curious earlier with this stigma known as the Big Lick. It is curious because the Big Lick crowd says there are only a few bad apples that sore horses.

They are partially correct, because it appears that the bad apples are all of the people involved with the Big Lick, which they refer to as the Performance Horse and by their own admission they represent five percent of the total Tennessee Walking Horses.

The Big Lick crowd tries to minimize this horror by spouting statistics that only a small percentage of horses are treated this way when the reality is that the entire five percent are one hundred percent of the problem.

Senators Alexander and Corker, please tell me that you are not going to rely on bogus statistics to not take a stand and do what is right.   If the PAST Act fails and in the future the only Walking Horses that are referred to as Tennessee Walking Horses are these tortured creatures that perform the Big Lick, well I for one will make every effort to ensure that you two get full credit for your (in)actions that will forever tie Tennessee to the Big Lick.

Do you want this legacy?

To torture a horse in order to make it walk that way in front of a crowd for a blue ribbon and call it performing is sick. The very sad result if the PAST Act fails will be that the future of an entire breed will be forever changed.

I fear that Tennessee, the home, the birth place where it (soring) was invented, the last stronghold of the few bad apples, that spill over into Alabama, Kentucky and Mississippi, will be the last stand of this incomprehensible practice. It will eventually die and when it does there will no longer be a Tennessee Walking Horse, only a Walking Horse.

Is this what you want,  Senators Alexander and Corker?

Sincerely,

Harold,  Guest Columnist

TWHBEA DIRECTOR KEITH DANE LIGHTS UP THE WALKING HORSE TRAINER ASSOCIATION BOYZ

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 WASHINGTON, DC –  Maryland TWHBEA Director Keith Dane lowered the boom on the Walking Horse Trainer Boyz

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 Soring Violations Abound Among Walking Horse Industry Leaders, Competitors

The Humane Society of the United States releases analysis of Walking Horse Trainers Association board rap sheet and 2013 USDA foreign substance results

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (Jan. 8, 2014)—Following the announcement of the new board of directors of the Walking Horse Trainers Association, The Humane Society of the United States released research into the board members’ past violations of the federal Horse Protection Act. The act outlaws “soring,” the abusive methods used to force Tennessee walking show horses and other related breeds to perform an unnatural high-stepping gait for competitions. A review of records of Horse Protection Act violations turned up 116 total citations for soring and related offenses for the seven-person board.  One board member had only one violation; one has been cited for violating the act 39 times. The majority of these citations never led to meaningful penalties.

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

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

 Keith Dane, vice president of equine protection for The HSUS, said: “It’s stunning that with the eyes of the world upon them, trainers among the ‘Big Lick’ crowd continue to put perpetrators of soring into leadership positions. Their vision for the breed’s future seems to be the status quo of abuse and corruption that has plagued it for decades. We envision a sound and thriving future for these horses, but that will require Congress to act.”

 The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released results from its 2013 testing of show horses’ legs for illegal substances used to sore horses or hide the evidence of soring. More than half of the limited number of samples USDA was able to test were found positive in violation of the Horse Protection Act, a result that confirms the ongoing pattern of noncompliance within this faction of the industry. Of the 314 samples taken by the USDA at 17 shows, 195 were positive for illegal foreign substances, including soring, masking and numbing agents.  The USDA regularly issues letters of warning based on these violations, which indicate that evidence exists that horses were exposed to prohibited substances, but that the case was never prosecuted by USDA.  Five of the seven Walking Horse Trainers Association board members have also received warning letters.

THUSDA only inspects for soring violations at a small percentage of horse shows, while industry-run organizations have for decades been allowed to self-regulate – thus furthering a widespread industry tolerance for soring. The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 1518/S. 1406, is advancing through Congress to amend the Horse Protection Act to end the failed self-policing scheme. The legislation would also ban the devices associated with soring, and strengthen penalties for violators.

 The Walking Horse Trainers Association licenses walking horse trainers, names the “Trainer of the Year,” and names the winners of the industry’sRiders Cup award (the 2012 winner of which has a history of 47 citations for soring and related issues). Until his arrest in April on felony animal cruelty charges stemming from suspicions of soring, walking horse trainer Larry Wheelon was an active director of the group, sitting on its ethics board. Wheelon, two of his employees and a farrier were indicted last month by a Tennessee grand jury on 15 felony counts of aggravated cruelty to livestock and conspiracy.

 Summary of findings:

  • 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
    • Of these citations, only 40 resulted in the violator being suspended from the show circuit.  25 of these suspensions were for a mere two weeks, and there were only five one-year suspensions and five eight-month suspensions.
  • In 2013, USDA tested 314 samples for illegal foreign substances from 17 horse shows.
    • 195 of the samples, or 62 percent, were found positive for illegal foreign substances including soring, masking, and numbing agents.
    • Of the samples testing positive for illegal substances, 92 percent were found positive for soring agents, 54 percent were found positive for masking agents, and 16 percent were found positive for numbing agents.
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