USDA vs SHOW HIO
THE GOOD OLE DAYS
Back in the Happy Days of showing Tennessee Walking Horses, people waited all year round for the World Champion warm-up competition at the proving grounds of Belfast (Friday) and Wartrace (Saturday).
Belfast was the home show of the famed S. W. Beech, the Godfather of the
Tennessee Walking Horse whose word was law among the Walking Horse Trainers. Showing at Belfast was mandatory. You took your best and you did your best. It was the most people the crossroads of Belfast would see until another 365 days passed. If you did good enough at Belfast, you were assured consideration in the Celebration World Championship competitions three weeks later. If you didn’t come to Belfast, that was a sign of “disrespect”, and you might not do as well as you hoped three weeks later.
Wartrace was the cradle of the Tennessee Walking Horse, and the annual pilgrimage to the Walking Horse Hotel, to the grave of Strolling Jim, and then the show was a tradition. It was honored year after year, decade after decade by the Tennessee Walking Horse faithful.
BUT now in 2013, there is an entirely different game being played.
It’s a GAME OF CHICKEN.
It’s being played by SHOW HIO and the USDA. The game came about when Judge Terry Means gunned down “Big Lick” gunslinger Mike McGartland in Fort Worth last Monday.
And now the Belfast and Wartrace horse shows are being held hostage. They are subject to being cancelled, until SHOW HIO yells calf rope and goes ahead and signs the new HPA federal regulations approved by Federal Court Judge Means. The regulations set out the Mandatory Penalties which Licker sources say will hurt “the horse” which actually means it will hurt the pocketbooks of those like Herr Howard and the “Big Licker” trainers who are married to the present status quo.
Of course, Belfast and Wartrace could go ahead and get another HIO to inspect the horses. But because Herr Howard apparently schemed the WHTA leadership into voting IF YOU SHOW AT ANY SHOW OTHER THAN SHOW HIO, YOU NO SHOW AT THE CELEBRATION.
The poor clueless Trainer membership was ‘ SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED’ by the “NAZI LIKE” edict of the WHTA Board into the’UnAmerican’ arrangement
LEADER OF THE “BIG LICKERS”
Course when Herr’s crowd dreamed all this up, little did they realize the sequence of events that would unfold the week before Belfast and Wartrace, and three weeks before the Celebration. And as said, the poor WHTA membership never got to vote on this matter.
So now good ole “Herr” Howard’s Licker bunch has everything in a mess SIX days before the Celebration Entry Deadline, and TWENTY ONE days before the start of the Celebration. And “Herr” loves a dollar about as much as he does breathing. He stands to lose a chunk of money if those two shows don’t take place.
So watch the game of chicken play out and see who “chickens out”.
Will the USDA fold up or will SHOW HIO cry “calf rope”?
Which one will CHICKEN out?
Meanwhile the Belfast and Wartrace Show Managers hang in the balance.