CELEBRATION DAY THREE – AUGUST 23 – THIS AIN’T YOUR FATHER’S FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE CELEBRATION

SHELBYVILLE, TN – Nothing much was going on in Center Ring, and you can say about the same for the Inspection area as far as numbers of horses. Conversely, there seems to be a lot going regarding the enforcement of the Federal Regulations known as the MANDATORY ‘MINIMUM PENALTIES” making a difference.

So far, it looks like USDA officials
Chester Gipson, DVM – ANIMAL WELFARE

ALL EYES WILL BE ON DR. CHESTER GIPSON

ALL EYES WILL BE ON DR. CHESTER GIPSON


Rachel Cezar, DVM – NATIONAL HORSE PROTECTION CO-ORDINATOR
DYNAMITE COMES IN SMALL PACKAGES.

DYNAMITE COMES IN SMALL PACKAGES.


mean business. In years past, inspections would start off strict, then the Celebration would use some political muscle, and the USDA folks would back off. Concerned parties are watching Dr.Gipson closely to see if that is going to happen this time.

The 2013 75th Diamond Anniversary Celebration reportedly got off to a rocky start with a couple of PSHA Chair Terry Dotson’s horses getting turned down at inspection on Thursday night. And from reports, there was some jaw boning going on following it. PSHA Chair Dotson will have some ‘splaining to do about this the next time he sees U. S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. But on the bright side, Terry’s possible apparent HPA history doesn’t approach that of his fellow traveller to DC in March 2012, WHTA President Mickey McCormick.

But I digress.

Friday night was shocking to long time Celebration patrons due to a number of classes not having enough horses to take up the 10 available ribbons. Apparently, the DQP and VMO inspectors were standing around in the Inspection Area due to the small number of horses being shown.

Some examples:

Class 47, Two Year Old Walking Geldings – Riders Cup – had 5 horses.

Class 49, Lite Shod Walking Horses – Riders Cup – had 6 horses.

Class 50A – Three Year Old Stallions – 8 horses.

Class 50B – Three Year Old Stallions – 12 horses.

Class 52 – Owner Amateur Youth Riders 6-14 Years On Walking Ponies – 8 horses.

Class 54, Elite Owner-Amateur Gentlemen Riders On Mares & Geldings – 9 horses.

Class 55, Four Year Old Walking Geldings – Riders Cup – had 2 horses.

T W O horses.

Not only were there not many horses, comparatively, there were even fewer people.

WEST SIDE

WEST SIDE

WEST SIDE


EAST SIDE
EAST SIDE

EAST SIDE

In an amusing approach, the Celebration has come up with an interesting marketing plan – they are now taping off boxes so common folks can’t sit in them. The idea is if you want to sit in the obviously empty box, you must first journey to the Celebration office and pay up.

THE CELEBRATION TAPE BOX MARKETING PLAN

CHEF MIKE'S BOX SEAT TAPE PLAN

CHEF MIKE’S BOX SEAT TAPE PLAN

THE CONFISCATED “TWHBEA” BUILDING
BEFORE – AUGUST 5, 2013

TWHBEA UNDER FIRE FROM "HERR'S" SHOW HIO

TWHBEA UNDER FIRE FROM “HERR’S” SHOW HIO


AFTER – AUGUST 23, 2013
SHIFLET PHOTOGRAPHY - ADIOS TWHBEA

SHIFLET PHOTOGRAPHY – ADIOS TWHBEA

And so it goes under the “Herr” Howard/Chef Mike Inman rendering of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed.

Billy Go Boy

Billy Go Boy

P.S.
Nephew Eugene did get a barn help job. Thanks to all of you who helped with this. He says he’s been hearing some interesting things and may have a report tomorrow.

15 thoughts on “CELEBRATION DAY THREE – AUGUST 23 – THIS AIN’T YOUR FATHER’S FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE CELEBRATION

  1. That is such good news. This should really put them in debt, and maybe cancel next years circus. I can hear all the horse applauding.

  2. Wondering how many good folks are going to take advantage of Herr Howard’s refund policy….

    …. and also wondering how many BAD folks are going to take advantage of Herr Howard’s refund policy…..

  3. Dang! I should have gotten up to the Sorabration- Maybe I would have FINALLY gotten a ribbon in the Lite-Shod class– since there were more ribbons than horses in the class– NOT. I will NEVER go back there until the pads and chains are GONE!!!!

  4. Glad to hear your nephew Eugene got a job as barn help. He can keep his eyes and ears open for any shenanigans going on behind closed curtains. I had a conversation over on the A-B page with a lady who claimed she would do that – keep her eyes and ears open for wrongdoing, that is – at the Celebration. Seems I was naive to believe her, as she turned coat once I thanked her publicly for doing so and she promptly removed any previous postings proving her supposed good intent. I would rather be naive than a liar any day, and I have no need to remove any comments I have previously posted, as I always stand behind what I say. Congrats to nephew Eugene on his gainful employment. Look forward to hearing his reports.

    • Nephew is quite an observant young man. He used to know how many eggs the robin would lay in the nest way up in the tree, and we never figured out how he was able to do that, but he could.

      • No doubt he’s got some inherent genious! Probably mentally measured the girth of the robin, calculated her mass and density by the wing-flutters needed to keep her aloft. Using the known densities of ‘robins’ and the mass and density of the average ‘robin egg’… he came up with a number.

        With that kind of genious, no doubt Nephew can spot even small discrepancies of normal forces and motion in a walking horse’s legs, and pick the dirty lickers flawlessly.

  5. Kind of a shame there aren’t more horses because it kind of seems to me that there are not that many “clean” horses available. I mean if you WERE showing clean and suddenly all the cheaters were taken out of the equation wouldn’t you be in piling in those classes?

    • You know, I have thought the same thing. I know people who train padded horses, and they are staying home. Yet, they have always claimed to train sound. Hmmm…….

  6. I train sound, but that did not stop me from getting a ticket last time I went there.

    With current penalties and inspections, I dont blame them whether they are showing sound or sore. I have heard several of my sound friends say they are waiting this out.

  7. and I have to say, the horses in the ring have never looked better. Obvious change. I honestly dont see any questionable horses, so inspectors seem to be keeping sore ones out.

    • Dang there Steve, to heck with the DQP and VMO, they just need to hire you so you can spot them sore horses for them!

    • Sure can’t because if i could, we could go into business together and eliminate the need for VMOs and DQPs to inspect horses. i guarantee i could fix a nickel SOB and you would think he was flowing free and natural.

  8. Tell billy because he was very pleased that the USDA was going to have trained spotters in the crowd to tell the gov who to check on the way out.

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