WOODBURY, TN – About 13,000 people live in Cannon County, (97% Caucasian), and about 2,700 of the folks live in Woodbury which is the county seat.
Woodbury features an annual “Good Ole Days” Festival, and a Tennessee Walking Horse Show which started in 1938, one year before the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. This was before the Animal Cruelty of the “Big Lick” started in the mid 1950s.
An old-time Cannon County TWH breeder Mr. Horton Elrod of Readyville told how his family and others were able to hide out the best breeding stock from the Yankees during the War, and then used them to create the nucleus of what became the talented naturally gaited Tennessee Walking Horse breed.
Unfortunately, Cannon County, like other parts of Middle Tennessee, was taken over by the evolution of the “Big Lick”. When the last ding-dong sounds in the last dusk of the Animal Cruelty of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse, Woodbury may be where it takes place. Interestingly, the horse show was broadcast last night on Woodbury radio. No sure for how long or if there were any sponsors.
WOODBURY LIONS CLUB HORSE SHOW
The latest version of the “Way Of Life” started at 5:00 p.m. on July 4, 2015. It went on through a rain filled night into the following day. For almost eight hours the faithful addicts worshipped at the altar of the “Big Lick”.
The Show finally ended close to 1:00 A.M. on Sunday, July 5, 2015.
All the normal actors were present.
One amateur exhibitor’s horse cast a shoe, and it was painful watching the unwrapped stripped hoof horse being led off after being excused from the competition. Exhibitor #844 seemed to care more about not being able to get a ribbon, than the obvious discomfort of her mount. The horse was led from the show ring in the following condition. Judge William E. Bobo looks on stoically.
OUCH, YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH THIS HURTS
SINCE THE “FIX” IS IN WITH KEVIN SHEA AND CHESTER GIPSON, DVM AT THE USDA, NO LACK OF HORSES SHOWING
And so it goes in the Land of Lickerville where Animal Cruelty is the accepted norm, and the means to a desired end.