Last year at the Celebration “Herr” David L. Howard and new Celebration CEO Mike Inman were full of themselves. They were just so smart. Purple Strategies was on board. Rooster Mike McGartland was flying swabs around at night in his jet plane. Some fancy Commissioner was announcing “filtered” swabbing initiative results. Dr. Hopper from Rood & Riddle from Lexington was at the Celebration in Shelbyville on “vacation”. And “Young” Herr was jumping around flapping his jaws like a talking head June Bug.
THEN, they did something incredibly STUPID.
They put the pictures of these two gentlemen on garbage cans in the Inspection area and other places around the Celebration grounds.
Wayne Pacelle – CEO of The Humane Society Of The United States
Keith Dane – Director, Equine Protection, The Humane Society of the United States
Mr. Pacelle had never been to the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration before. He walked in with some friends one night, bought a ticket, and took it all in. One fellow even took him to watch the horses with big shoes and chains on their feet go down the chute, and then he and Wayne walked along with the barn help to the rail and watched the class. Wayne took it all in.
The next day Wayne Pacelle held a press conference in Murfreesboro and basically said the “Big Lick” is evil, and Jackie McConnell was not just a bad apple, but that the entire barrell of apples was bad. He mentioned that soring had become “institutionalized” in the walking horse business.
So then “Herr” Howard and “Chef” Mike got “cute”. They showed UNSouthern Hospitality. They got real “Harry High School” and put pictures of Mr. Pacelle and Mr. Dane on the garbage cans around the Celebration grounds.
Apparently, no one had never done that to Mr. Pacelle before. It must have substantially motivated him because at that point the Tennessee Walking Horse went from being something that needed attention to suddenly being a full fledged priority.
When you have a guy like Wayne Pacelle who can make two telephone calls and get you exposed on ABC Nightline and then go live on the Ellen Degeneres show and talk about the Governor needs to veto the AG GAG law in Tennessee, its kind of impressive. And it’s also important when this man has the “say so” on a $200+/- Million dollar annual budget, and you decide to denigrate him by putting his picture on a garbage can and telling a bald faced lie about him, it’s probably not a good idea. I am not sure what the cost of producing those pictures was, but the cost/benefit analysis on what it has cost the Tennessee Walking business is pretty clear.
So far, the score is:
* HR 1518 PAST ACT backed by all the Vet groups and equine breeds with 140+ Co Sponsors to remove pads and chains.
* TWHBEA Executive Committee endorsing HR 1518.
* AG GAG “Jackie’s Law” = “SLAM DUNK” veto by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam
* Federal Judge Terry Means “SLAM DUNK” decision in Mandatory “Minimum Penalties” case.
* Celebration going broke.
* Trainers going broke because soring and Mandatory “Minimum Penalties” do not mix.
“Chef” Mike’s color isn’t looking too good these days
and “Herr” Howard is looking for someone to blame,
as he always does and it’s not going to be him or Young Jeffrey – so “Chef” Mike you better be packing up your bags and seeing if Paula Deen needs some help because you are on the way out along with “mad, tired and upset” Ex PSHA Chair Terry Dotson.