SHELBYVILLE, TN – Sadly, 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
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.
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