THETA, TN – In unconfirmed, but believed reliable reports, Billy Go Boy has learned that Nathan Jackson has filed suit against the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee charging the Celebration of maliciously denying Jackson’s flat shod “Champagne Watchout” the fair opportunity to compete in the World Grand Championship class at the 2012 Celebration.
Normally, flat shod horses are never entered in competition against the “Big Lick” stake horses, like Honors and Walk Time Charlie.
Jackson is reportedly asking for $10,000,000.00 punitive damages along with compensatory damages relating to his entry fees and costs of showing his horse.
Jackson alleges that, after the entry deadline on the day of the Big Stake class, the Celebration had representatives contact Trainers, owners and horses and solicit them to show back in the Championship class. Jackson charges that inducements were made to these possible competitors by waiving the hefty entrance fees necessary to show.
Jackson paid $225.00 three weeks ahead of time to enter his horse for the first Saturday night. He paid $2,515.00 to enter his horse for Class #177, World Grand Championship class. Jackson charges by the 12:00 p.m. Noon entry deadline on the day of the show, only SIX horses had paid the fees to enter the class. Nathan Jackson charges that the Celebration, after the 12 Noon deadline, operating through its representatives went out and recruited five more horses to enter the Big Stake Championship Class, preventing Champagne Watchout from winning a ribbon, possibly earning prize money and preventing the horse from being in the history books. Jackson says if the Celebration had played by the rules and not done what he alleges, that Champagne Watchout would have won a ribbon in the Championship class.
Approximately, ten years ago Nathan Jackson was embroiled in a controversy with the Celebration over being able to enter his flat shod Champagne Watchout in the Big Stake. After much wrangling during that time, Champagne Watchout was allowed to show.
Nephew Eugene’s friend Randolph from Theta who graduated from Vanderbilt College Law School is going to try and get a copy of the “reported” lawsuit and post it here.