RIVERDALE, MD – The APHIS division of USDA, Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson are sitting on the “real numbers” which would give true insight into whether or not the institutionalized practice of soring is business as usual in Shelbyville, Tennessee.
ARE THESE GUYS WORKING FOR SHOW HIO TRYING TO COVER UP THE SORING?
Sadly, it appears to be so.
SHOW HIO announced that it inspected 1,952 Horses and found 30 HPA violations.
The USDA announced that it inspected ???????? Horses and found 70 HPA violations.
Wait, you say ???????????? Horses and they say they don’t know how many?
That is exactly what I am saying.
Here is the best estimate – the USDA inspected the 2nd and 3rd place horse in each class.There were 182 classes x 2 = that accounts for about 350. Add another 100 horses in there to be spot checked and you have 450 horses. The USDA VMOs found 70 horses violating HPA. That means 17% of the horses were sore. Not the 1.5% SHOW HIO claims. Counting the record number of scratches and the small classes, you can take it to the bank – 2 out of every 10 horses were sore.
The USDA knows how many horses its VMOS inspected. They keep detailed notes on each one, but they are playing “Keep Away” with the number.
What is known is that Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson cuddle up with Celebration/SHOW HIO and form a quartet singing “Kumbaya” about working together.
Here’s what “Herr” Howard says: The working relationship between USDA VMO’s and SHOW’s DQP’s has been cooperative, just as it has been all season. Both groups are working diligently to keep sore horses out of the ring.
Here’s what the USDA Chester Gipson says: Working together, USDA and DQPs strive to ensure that only sound and healthy horses participate in shows.
Prior to the Celebration, USDA Officials Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson gave assurances that VMOs would crack down on pressure shoeing.
The USDA did not pull any packages to check for pressure shoeing.
For the Trainer Licker boys using the “blue putty” – that means come on down.
And what was done about the two “false bottoms” that were found?
Sadly, in the history of the HPA, there has never been ONE pressure shoeing case prosecuted by the USDA.
So how many horses did the USDA VMOs inspect at the 2013 Celebration?
In the words of United States Ambassador to the United Nations Adlai Stevenson to the Soviet Ambassador Zorin:
And also in my words to Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson, and yes to U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack:
“I am prepared to wait for my answer until Hell freezes over“.