SHELBYVILLE, TN – In a startling move after having two horses apparently found in violation of the HPA last Thursday night and allegedly having a verbal altercation with a USDA Vet about one of them, Terry Dotson resigned yesterday as PSHA Chairman.
PSHA was the latest effort by the “Big Lickers” to present themselves to the world as being against soring. It’s shocking that its Chairman Terry Dotson resigns during the middle of the Celebration. Reporter Heidi Hall with The Tennessean newspaper did a June 2012 feature article on Terry Dotson and his farm at Kingston, Tennessee complete with pictures.
When asked what Dotson would do if the horses had to give up the pads and chains, Dotson’s reply was essentially he would get out of the Tennessee Walking Horse business.
Dotson had been the poster child of how wonderful everything was in “Big Lick” World. Following the Trainers Show, Dotson met with U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in March assuring him PSHA and SHOW HIO would clean up soring. Dotson was accompanied on his visit to see Secretary Vilsack by “Young Herr” Jeffrey Howard, Celebration/PSHA Minister of Information; WHTA President Mickey McCormick who reportedly has 17 HPA violations; Purple Strategies representative; and coal lobbyist and former Hal Rogers aide Jeff Speaks. The perfunctory meet and greet lasted 15 minutes.
Also, Dotson’s horses trained by Brent Coburn were reportedly ticketed for HPA violations at a recent Tazewell, Virginia show.
BGB breathlessly waits to see how PURPLE STRATEGIES plans to spin this LATEST WHOPPER.
More as developments occur.