DID PURPLE STRATEGIES, ON TWHSO’S BEHALF, FOIST A LIE UPON THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE 2012 SWABBING INITIATIVE?
This time last year, the Lickers were promoting “swabbing” as the proof they were going to come clean. Swabbing was the idea of Herr Howard’s Gauleiters TWHSHO brethren Frank Eichler and Mike McGartland. They presented it to the Trainers. The theory was good, but it met stiff resistance from the Trainer leaders. The Trainers compromised the integrity of the swabbing initiative by insisting on a non-transparent process. The Trainers simply would not lift the curtain on the process because they NEVER want the public to actually see what goes on behind those curtains.
With the help of Purple Strategies, the TWSHO Lickers tried to mislead the public into thinking all horses were being tested for foreign substances. All horses were swabbed, but only two in a class were tested. Each night after the Celebration classes, Mike McGartland used his private jet to fly the swabs to the testing lab in Texas. This is the same Mike McGartland, Contender Farms, who is suing the USDA in the Texas lawsuit against the USDA to stop the mandatory penalties from being enforced. Way too many of the swabs tested were allegedly coming back positive.
Instead of this being made public, which they could not afford to do, and the offenders severely punished, they were first provided to a Trainer’s Committee with one trainer on the Committee alleged to be Billy Gray who served a five year federal suspension for violating the Horse Protection Act. The Trainer’s Committee would then call many of the offending trainers with a bad swab result and give them a “talking to” – but nothing more. On the most egregious cases a few examples were made on about five or six classes which were retied and the offenders three lashes with a wet noodle and nothing else. They used a straw man Texas based attorney, a “Commissioner” if you will, who on a daily basis through a Purple Strategies press release announced the results of the swabbing tests. During the entire Celebration, the Commissioner told the public, “According to the Commissioner for the WHTA Enforcement LLC, there were no violations to report from Thursday or Friday’s swabs.
It went on and on like that day after day.
You can read Purple Strategies propaganda from last year on Swabbing Initiative. The Purple Press Release for TWHSHO, predecessor of PSHA, deliberately misleads the public
Press Release Contact: Jennifer Baker 615-556-7940
“¨September 14, 2012
TWSHO Announces Seventh Round and Final Round of Expedited Swabbing Results from the 74th Annual Celebration
Shelbyville, TN ““ Today the Tennessee Walking Show Horse Organization (TWSHO) has learned from the Walking Horse Trainer’s Association (WHTA) the results of The Celebration’s seventh and final round of expedited swabbing results.
According to Don Gandy, Commissioner for the WHTA Enforcement LLC, one swab from August 29th failed the WHTA swabbing initiative. As a result, the WHTA has suspended trainer Scott Beaty’s license for two weeks and The Celebration will remove Beaty’s ribbon, prize money and trophy as well as retie the class.
In August, The Celebration announced it would be implementing historic reforms by enhancing the science based testing recently implemented by the Walking Horse Trainers’ Association (WHTA’s) Enforcement Initiative and strengthening the stringent testing methods currently employed at the event.
The WHTA Enforcement Initiative swabbing program is an objective, science-based inspection initiative to swab the pasterns of horses in competition in order to detect substances that harm the horse or mask substances that could have harmed the horse. Celebration is taking the initiative one step further by swabbing every horse participating in the Celebration and funding a program that expedites swabs so that the results will be available during the event ““ this is a first in the history of the Industry. The swabbing results will then be made public and those found in violation will be punished in accordance with the Trainers’ Initiative. This is also the first time that classes will be retied accordingly removing ribbons, trophies and prize monies. A trainer found in violation will have their license suspended in line with WHTA initiative protocol and the horse will be disqualified.
Purple Strategies, working for TWSHO, clearly did not tell the full truth – which was every horse was swabbed, but not every swab was tested.
Shame on you, Purple Strategies and TWHSHO, for trying to mislead the public. Things like this bring home TWHBEA President, now Executive Director, perfect summation: “And when you’ve lost the public you have lost it all”¦ and we have clearly lost the public.”