“HONORS” HAD CELEBRATION HPA VIOLATION HISTORY AS TWO YEAR OLD – HONORS TURN DOWN COULD BE TURNING POINT IN THE WALKING HORSE “RACKET”

SHELBYVILLE, TNSadly, it appears that – “HONORS” – the horse being billed as the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking “Horse Of The Century” was apparently sored when he was two years old.

Honors was entered in Class 29A at the 2010 Celebration. The DQP detected “SCRUFFING”(sp) which is a reaction to skin being highly irritated (SORE) and it flakes off. The correct spelling of the word is “scurf”. It is used to describe the skin residue. Prior to taking a horse through inspection, trainers use a fine toothed metal comb to meticulously remove all ‘scurf’ so none is present when the horse is inspected by the dqp. In this instance ‘scurf’ was detected, and the ticket was written, and “Honors” was not allowed to show – just like he was not allowed to show last night.

ATTACHED IS THE SHOW HIO TICKET #2914

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The ticket is dated August 26, 2010 and signed by DQP Tony Edwards. It shows Kelly Weaver as the Exhibitor and Joe Fleming as the Trainer.

Honors was being billed by “Big Lick’ aficionados as the Tennessee Walking Horse “Secretariat”. He was natural and free going, but alas and alack, he was apparently doing what appeared to be “Poetry In Motion” with enhanced techniques which are considered soring under the Horse Protection Act.

"HONORS'" NEVER MADE IT OFF THE TRAILER

“HONORS'” NEVER MADE IT OFF THE TRAILER

On a more positive note, “Honors’ being turned down last night may have been a Turning Point in the “Big Lick” world to realize that there is not going to be a Saviour Horse to stop the needed changes that are to come.

The sad fact is Honor’s cannot perform at the high level many people are addicted to without enhancement that is apparently a violation of the Horse Protection Act.

The Walking Horse World needs to turn its eye to the new Breed Standard:

THE FUTURE OF THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE

2012 - UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE Homecoming - Kimbrell Hines Up On "A Daring Affair" - Taking The Place Of 'Big Lick' World Grand Champion Walk Time Charlie

2012 – UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE Homecoming – Kimbrell Hines Up On “A Daring Affair” – Taking The Place Of ‘Big Lick’ World Grand Champion Walk Time Charlie

8 thoughts on ““HONORS” HAD CELEBRATION HPA VIOLATION HISTORY AS TWO YEAR OLD – HONORS TURN DOWN COULD BE TURNING POINT IN THE WALKING HORSE “RACKET”

  1. The girl on the horse is lovely.

    Honors flailing at the sky is not. It’s obvious to me the animal is in distress.

  2. This is an exquisite representation of the future of the breed. Kimbrell Hines’ smile says it all right there. I believe I will live to see the day when people will picture this when they think of the Tennessee Walking Horse.

    • YES!!!!! Time to go Back to the Future—Bring back the naturally gaited TWH like Midnoght Sun, Haynes Peacock and Strolling Jim!

    • Hi David, actually the past is prologue and the Past is Strolling Jim, Merry Go Boy, Merry Wilson, Merry Legs – and what you saw at UT is what will lead the Tennessee Walking Horse out of the wilderness. BGB

  3. I had the honor to see and help Kimberly out while she and A Daring Affair were stalled at UTCVM. The horse and his owner were lovely and should be what all TWH people strive to be…

  4. It’s interesting. When someone is pushed to explain what he or she loved about the ‘old days’ of twenty years ago at the Celebration, there is talk about friends, parties, cheering on their favorites, seeing the pageantry…

    How are that type of show and a picture of a young smiling girl on a relaxed happy horse mutually exclusive? Heck, I remember going to fun parties that pretty much had a bonfire, some music, and cows chasing each other around the field next door that would qualify as the same type of fun as described in Celebration memories.

    Okay, maybe we had less pageantry at the back of Farmer X’s hay field, but still.

    How hard would it be to embrace sound horses, toss out the Gojo (the price has gone up on that stuff recently anyway), and enjoy the exact same show without the soring? Gosh– without the smell of chemicals and that annoying chink chink chink of chains, it might actually be MORE fun.

    If not, you could always add a wet T shirt stake class…..

  5. Hmm, a wet T shirt Stake: it could be interesting or disgusting depending how you look at things!

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