NATIONAL SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE COMES TO BRENTWOOD, TENNESSEE THIS WEEKEND – THREE DAY EVENT FEATURES VETS, FARRIERS, TRAINERS AND HORSE LOVERS UNITED TO END SORING OF TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES

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BRENTWOOD, TNLori Northrup,  organizer of “The Sound Horse Conference”,  announced that the annual Conference will be held this coming weekend, March 28 to 30, at the Four Points by Sheraton in Brentwood, Tennessee and the Rising Glory Farm in Lewisburg, TN.

www.SoundHorseConference.com

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LORI NORTHRUP, SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE ORGANIZER, TWHBEA DIRECTOR, NEW YORK

“We expect people from Tennessee, and all across the country, to join us in Brentwood for this educational program to help end the soring of the Tennessee Walking Horse.   This conference will bring together people who love horses and want to educate themselves to help protect this breed, and to enjoy them sound and naturally,”  said Northrup, who is the New York Director of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association.

The event will feature many Tennesseans, including key note speaker Clay Harlin whose family owns Harlinsdale Farm;  John C. Haffner, DVM, member of the Horse Science Faculty at M.T.S.U.;  Donna Benefield, who testified before Congress on behalf of the PAST ACT;  Cat Dye of Winchester, proprietor of Black Anvil Equestrian;  and Neal Valk, DVM from Greenville, Tennessee who specializes in equine podiatry.  Former two time Tennessee Walking Horse breed association President Marty Irby will be the Master of Ceremonies.

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FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT MARTY IRBY

FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT MARTY IRBY

 Some featured topics will include “Making A Good Living With Walking Horses; The Future of Walking Horse Competitions; Current Soring Tactics, and the USDA’s Enforcement Role.”

The event will headline former “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse Trainers Carl Bledsoe and Jimmy Norris to give first-hand accounts of the “Big Lick” world of soring.   Presenting veterinarians include Tracy Turner, DVM, thermography expert, and member of International Equine Hall of Fame; and Mike Blackwell, DVM, former Dean of the University of Tennessee Vet College.  Other featured persons on the program include Keith Dane, Equine Director for the Humane Society of the United States, Dr. Rachel Cezar, USDA Horse Protection, and nationally acclaimed Gaited Horse Clinician Gary Lane from Brodhead, Kentucky.

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

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GARY LANE, GAITED HORSE CLINICIAN

Event Sponsors include:   American Veterinary Medical Association,  American Association of Equine Practitioners, Animal Welfare Institute,  Walking Horse Owners Association,  American Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals,  The Humane Society Of The United States,  David Pruett,  Frank Neal,  Friends of Sound Horses,  American Horse Protection Association, Tennessee Voters For Animal Protection,  The National Walking Horse Association, the Winner’s Circle Horse Supply,  and the Parelli Education Institute.

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THE SAGA OF THE DREADED “MINIMUM PENALTIES” FEDERAL REGULATION UNDER THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT – THE UPS AND DOWNS FROM JULY 2012 TO THE PRESENT – AND THE 139 HPA VIOLATIONS NOT UPLOADED TO THE USDA HPA DATABASE

WASHINGTON,  DC –  After a long drawn out process,  which included the “minimum penalties” regulation being delayed almost a year while awaiting final approval by U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack,  the Federal Regulation known as the “minimum penalties” to the Horse Protection Act was  approved on July 9, 2012.

Then the David L. Howard‘s Celebration’s  S.H.O.W. HIO,  and Howard’s operative Mike McGartland of Fort Worth, Texas sued the United States Department of Agriculture in U.S. District Court in Fort Worth,  Texas challenging the constitutionality and legality of the “minimum penalties” HPA Federal Regulation.

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

When S.H.O.W. HIO defiantly refused to submit an amended rulebook which included the “minimum penalties”,  the USDA notified the HIO it was being decertified.

USDA APHIS ADMINISTRATOR CHESTER GIPSON, DVM AUGUST 1, 2012   LETTER NOTIFYING SHOW HIO OF DECERTIFICATION

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USDA LETTER TO CELEBRATION’S SHOW, INC., A/K/A S.H.O.W., HIO

Then the USDA decertification of S.H.O.W. HIO was put on hold until a ruling on the merits by the U. S. District Court.

U. S. District Judge Terry Means upheld the “minimum penalties” in a Summary Judgment against David L. Howard’s Celebration’s S.H.O.W., HIO, and Contender Farms owned by Mike and Lee McGartland on July 29, 2013.

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U. S. DISTRICT JUDGE TERRY MEANS

On August 19, 2013, Celebration officials   David L. Howard and John T. Bobo travelled to Washington, DC,  and met with APHIS Administrator Chester Gipson, DVM,  and agreed to implement,  assess and enforce the “minimum penalties” at the 2013 Celebration.

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DR. CHESTER GIPSON, DVM – DEPUTY APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

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JOHN T. BOBO – CELEBRATION BOARD MEMBER

So far,  there is no evidence that S.H.O.W. HIO has assessed and enforced the “minimum penalties” against the 139 persons charged with violating the Horse Protection Act.  Following the 2013 Celebration,  S.H.O.W., HIO refused to upload the 139 HPA violations assessed from June 2012 to September 13, 2013 to the USDA HPA database.  The  ”minimum penalties” would apply to these violations written by the SHOW HIO DQPs.

So far,  APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea has not provided a satisfactory answer why the 139 SHOW HIO violations have not been uploaded to the USDA HPA database.   The public has a right to see those violations.  Other HIOs should have access to them in order to prevent persons on suspension from showing at shows affiliated with other HIOs.

On January 9,  2014,  after substantial public criticism,  USDA APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea filed Complaint decertifying S.H.O.W., HIO.

The USDA Complaint was not made public until www.billygoboy.com  obtained a copy and published it. There are ongoing,  yet unanswered questions,  regarding Administrators Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson, DVM handling of matters with David L. Howard’s Celebration’s  S.H.O.W. HIO.   One mysterious item was the Independent Inspection Services, LLC HIO application submitted to Kevin Shea.   It appeared the former Celebration CEO Doyle Meadows was the Chairman of this entity, and Lee McGartland was the attorney submitting it.  Lee McGartland’s Contender Farms sued the USDA,  and she is also a PSHA Board member.  PSHA supported the NEW HIO application, and it all seemed to be a cozy deal until www.billygoboy.com and friends broke up the plan and the party.

The mysterious HIO application is especially interesting considering the apparent reluctance by Celebration Chairman David L. Howard to enforce and assess the “minimum penalties”.  It begs the question if David L. Howard’s intention all along was get Kevin Shea to approve the  NEW HIO, and then not contest the decertification of S.H.O.W. HIO and all the attendant “minimum penalties” would be wiped out, and all the Trainer BOYZ would start with fresh slates.   If David L. Howard is forced to enforce and assess the “minimum penalties” as he and John T. Bobo agreed to do,  it will have a significant effect on the Trainer BOYZ, and will most likely affect The Walking Horse Report advertising sales that nourishes David L. Howard’s Cash Cow:

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USDA COMPLAINT DECERTIFYING S.H.O.W. HIO FILED ON JANUARY 9, 2014

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On February 27, 2014, SHOW, Inc a/k/a  S.H.O.W. HIO filed its Answer contesting that it received proper notice of decertification and asking for a Hearing on the merits.

SHOW, Inc. ANSWER TO USDA COMPLAINT TO DECERTIFY

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Informed sources believe that Administrator Gipson’s letter meets the notice requirements, and that the Administrative Law Judge will soon set a Hearing Date.

Meanwhile there is the unresolved matter of the 139 HPA violations which have not been uploaded to  the USDA HPA database.

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BROTHER ROY EXUM’S CONGRESSMAN IS DOING ONE THING IN WASHINGTON AND ANOTHER IN HIS HOME DISTRICT WHICH INCLUDES CHATTANOOGA

CHATTANOOGA, TN – Brother Roy Exum called his own Congressman Chuck Fleischmann to account for his apparent talking out of both sides of his mouth on the PAST ACT.

Congressman Fleischmann is apparently doing one thing inside the Beltway and not letting his constituents back home know where he really stands on the PAST ACT.  He represents the 3rd District of Tennessee which runs from Chattanooga up to Oakridge.

http://www.chattanoogan.com/2014/3/21/272338/Roy-Exum-Fleischmann-In-A-Pinch.aspx

Roy Exum: Fleischmann In A Pinch

Friday, March 21, 2014 – by Roy Exum
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Roy Exum

Chuck Fleischmann, who is precariously running for a third term as one of Tennessee’s nine representatives in Congress, appears to have gotten himself in a not-so-delicate pinch with horse lovers and animal rights advocates in the state’s Third District.

In a recent letter to a constituent concerned about the sadistic torture and abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses, the incumbent from Ooltewah wrote over his signature that the “safety and proper treatment of animals is an issue that is quite close to my heart” and pledged he would “keep your views in mind should (bill HR1518) arrive on the House floor for a vote.”

But it is widely known Fleischmann is one of nine co-sponsors of a competing bill that was introduced in Congress by his colleague, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Franklin), and the difference between the two bills is so distinct that an editorial in the Nashville Tennessee carried the headline, “Rep. Ed Whitfield’s walking horse legislation would end soring; Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s would enable it.”

According to the Tennessean editorial, the editors wrote, “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.”

Rep. Blackburn, it has been widely reported, was feted by the embattled “Big Lick” crowd in August of 2013 at the National Celebration and allegedly $70,000 was contributed to her campaign. In contrast, 267 members of Congress (a majority) have now endorsed the popular HR1518 bill, sponsored by Kentucky’s Ed Whitfield, and called the PAST Act, while 50 senators have co-sponsored a companion bill.

Blackburn’s bill has nine co-sponsors, including six other Republican members of Congress from Tennessee. It is hardly lost on such groups as the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, and the Humane Society of America that in the one state that is considered the epicenter for horse abuse in the nation, the Republican delegation has mounted a cartel-like effort to stave off reform efforts.

The PAST Act hopes to eliminate the stacks under the front hooves, the chains and the gruesome torture devices that have plagued the walking horse industry for half of a century while Blackburn’s bill, endorsed by the Big Lick faction, would allow the devices that are believed to contribute to the high-stepping, unnatural gait. The PAST Act would heighten inspections by the USDA while Blackburn’s bill would, in essence, allow the Big Lick to police itself.

Fleischmann, currently rated as the lowest-performing Congressional representative from Tennessee by the website govtrack.us, is facing opposition from both Republican and Democratic challengers in the 2014 election. Another Congressman who co-sponsored Blackburn’s bill, Scott DesJarlais (R-Jasper), was named among the “most corrupt” members on Congress by CREW.com after receiving a reception in 2012 similar to Blackburn’s fundraiser. DesJarlais is also facing strong opposition this summer.

Senator Lamar Alexander, up for re-election this year, and Bob Corker are not among those who have co-sponsored the Senate bill (S1408) of the PAST Act. Alexander’s state campaign chairman is Steven B. Smith, who heads the Big Lick’s breed registry, while Corker insists he has not had sufficient time to study the merits of either of the Congressional bills.

A Gallup Poll in December gave the 113th Congress the lowest rating ever for honesty and ethics, a single digit of eight percent, the lowest in the 39 years the pollsters have been conducting measures of public satisfaction.

royexum@aol.com

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“THE SORE WORLD OF THE ‘BIG LICK’ TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE” WRITTEN BY A GUY FROM MISSISSIPPI WHO RAISED TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES AND ENDED UP “SEEING THE LIGHT”

BRENTWOOD, TN – The following article,  “THE SORE WORLD OF THE ‘BIG LICK’ TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE”,  appearing in Natural Horse Magazine was written by Clant M. Seay,  a native Mississippian who raised Tennessee Walking Horses.  Seay represented TWHBEA VP Pat Stout of Cookeville, Tennessee regarding her polling the 6,950 eligible TWHBEA members in which 63% of those participating on October 15, 2013,  in the landslide vote YESfor passage of the PAST ACT.  The opinion poll turnout was an impressive 26% of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Association membership.

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WEANLING CHAMPION HALLELUJAH’S MAESTRO, CLANT M. SEAY, NANCY LINDSEY, RAZORBACK CHARITY HORSE SHOW; LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS

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Clant M. Seay, Stacey McConnell, Hallelujah’s Chance, Linda Diane Henegar, Jimmy McConnell

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(please check out minute 3:24)

Chancellor of The University of Mississippi, the late Porter L. Fortune, Jr.:                                   “We Mississippians may not be able to read,  but we sure can write”.

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BATTLE OF THE “THUNDERCLAPPERS” – THE LICKERS VS THE FLATTERS – THE LICKERS TILT AT HUMANE SOCIETY WINDMILL WHILE THE AVMA, AAEP AND THE AMERICAN HORSE COUNCIL STRONGLY SUPPORT THE PAST ACT

THETA, TN – It is shaping up to be a “BATTLE OF THE THUNDERCLAPPERS” on a stormy Monday, March 24, 2014.

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THUNDER AND LIGHTNING SET FOR MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2014

The FLATTER THUNDERCLAP will be released at 12:00 NOON on Monday, March 24, 2014, and the LICKER THUNDERCLAP will be at 3:00 PM.

THE SOUND THUNDERCLAPPERS 

SUPPORTERS 300      SOCIAL OUTREACH 98,591

Pass the PAST Act = End Soring

The Horse Protection Act was passed in 1970 to end a hideously abusive training practice called soring—the intentional infliction of pain to horses’ feet and legs to produce an exaggerated gait known as the “Big Lick.” But over 40 years later, many Tennessee Walking Horses, known for their distinctive smooth ride and willing natures, still suffer unthinkable treatment for the sake of ribbons and prizes at shows.

This Thunderclap campaign will tell Congress to pass a bill, the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 1518/S. 1406 — to end the abuse.

The PAST Act will amend the Horse Protection Act to end the industry’s failed system of self-policing, ban the use of devices implicated in the practice of soring, strengthen penalties, and make other reforms needed to finally end this torture.

This legislation already has the bipartisan support of more than 50 Senate co-sponsors and more than 260 House co-sponsors.  The American Horse Council, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and every state’s veterinary medical association have all endorsed the bill: now it’s your turn.

Join our Thunderclap to share the message and stand for horses.

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SUPPORTERS 274       SOCIAL OUTREACH 174,183

OPPOSE PAST ACT HR1518/S1406

(NOTE: THE HORSE ABOVE “CASH FOR KEEPS”   RECEIVED A HORSE PROTECTION ACT VIOLATION TICKET IN 1998 WHLE UNDER TRAINER SAMMY DAY – THE PICTURE ON THE LEFT WAS THE YEAR 2000)

HSUS is seeking to legislate the type of shoes 3 breeds of horses can wear.  It is clearly an effort to further their animal right’s position and opens the door for all horse shoes for all breeds being legislated.  HSUS would have you believe it is because of “rampant” abuse that this legislation is needed.  The 3 industries are 96.7% compliant with the federal law (higher compliance than the beef intended for human consumption).

Stop HSUS and let congress know that legislating horse shoes shouldn’t even be a consideration.

OPPOSE HR1518/S1406.

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The Lickers are desperately trying to ignore the fact that the:

  • AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
  • AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF EQUINE PRACTITIONERS
  • AMERICAN HORSE COUNCIL

have thrown their considerable weight behind the PAST ACT, and the Lickers continually tilt at the Humane Society windmill.

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Here are some more folks for the sore Big Lick to tilt at:
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PRISCILLA PRESLEY

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W.W. “BILL” HARLIN

Get your earplugs for Monday.  It’s going to be loud.

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