The Celebration entry deadline date is Tuesday, August 6 – just 10 days away.
This will tell the tale on how badly the “Lickers” are doing.
Last year, they announced about 1,800 entries. If the Celebration entries fall below 1,500 for the 2013 75th anniversary show, it will really be bad.
To be sure, they are scrambling to put on the best face – some analogize it to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. The Saddlebreds endorsing HR 1518 had to hurt. Part of Herr Howard’s equine publishing empire is the Saddle Horse Report. Herr travels in both Walking Horse and Saddlebred circles. The Saddlebred crowd is a little more socially upscale. But Shelbyville is home, and David L. Howard’s singular refusal to broker the change that is necessary has hurt the Tennessee Walking Horse more than any one thing. Herr Howard seems to have tunnel vision focused on milking his CashCow until there is absolutely nothing left.
Herr Howard is given credit by knowledgeable insiders for being the Father of SHOW HIO, and it is Herr’s outlook which resulted in the WHTA leadership (for what consideration, if any, you decide) did Herr’s bidding in stampeding its members to approve the “UnAmerican” requirement that its member Trainers can only show at SHOW HIO shows. If they violate this, their Trainer’s license is suspended for six months. This keeps them being able to show at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. Most owners who pay training for a year expect to go to the Celebration. Herr Howard knows this which is why he is using it to try and control the Walking Horse business – and get some revenue to pay off the $559,000.00 debt SHOW HIO owes for which the Celebration is on the hook.
Herr’s operative Frank Eichler, nice rich guy whose wife adores walking horses, is also attempting to negotiate with TWHBEA to buy the “padded performance” part of the breed registry – but that is another story for another day.
If Herr gets TWHBEA, that would give Herr Howard the complete control of a burning building – if that makes any sense.
The Celebration’s latest ploy to put lipstick on a pig is to try and get all the box seats around the ring full in the first five rows. To do this, the Celebration is offering these premium seats to other box holder which can essentially “who can move on down” from where they are to the first five rows on a “special” one time deal. The Celebration does NOT want pictures of those horses going around the ring with no one sitting in the first five rows. Its devastating when you are trying to tell the public everything is ok.
Last year, on two nights they gave away $10,000.00 of free money, and on two nights they gave away free tickets for all the school kids in Bedford County trying to get people in the stands.
What you see below told the story.
EMPTY WEST GRAND STANDS – 2012 CELEBRATION
THE SKY IS FALLING MEETING NOTICE
MICKEY MCCORMICK – WHTA PRESIDENT – WHO DID “HERR’S” BIDDING ON THE SHOW ONLY AT SHOW HIO POLICY
So count down the days and let’s see what the entry numbers are for 2013.