SHELBYVILLE, TN – The unrest continues to grow as the full impact of the Mandatory “Minimum Penalties” sinks in on the monied crowd which likes to show the padded performance horse.
Under Herr David L. Howard’s dictatorship, the Tennessee Walking Horse business is like a fat man who went to sleep at a Luau and woke up with an apple in his mouth.
The prestigious PC Splash Show in Columbia, TN set for this weekend has canceled.
During the time of discontent, which includes gnashing of teeth and low level wailing, the Licker brethren are floating all sorts of schemes to try to get around the HPA federal regulations known as the Mandatory “Minimum Penalties”.
Under the Horse Protection Act, an HIO insulates show management from liability.
- One Licker suggested just doing away with HIOs. But then another Licker asked if the “industry” gotten to the point that it would place risk of liability of a federal case on the local Lions Club person who is not showing or training a horse, but just wants to raise money for a charity.
- Another person said prior to the MP, a person getting a DQP ticket could just pay the $600 and serve a suspension and be done with it. But the person was quick to say now under MP, the ticket will follow you forever.
And there’s lots of lamentation about “what might have been” – and the pre death post mortem on Herr David L. Howard’s Celebration/SHOW HIO.
The Licker version is the USDA audited the National Horse Show Commission in 2008 and threatened decertification, and things looked really bad. So when TWHBEA or WHOA didn’t want in the quagmire, the “Lickers” “turned” to the Celebration. SHOW HIO was formed in 2009. Herr David L. Howard, while feigning the responsibility, eagerly welcomed the Celebration having an HIO because it allowed him to have the “say so” over the show end of the Tennessee Walking Horse business, and that is what feeds his Cash Cow “Cha Ching“.
So since then, SHOW HIO has worked hand in glove with Herr Howard being this guy,
however, it hasn’t worked out too spiffy with the Celebration holding the bag on about $600,000.00 debt owed by SHOW HIO.
But “Cha Ching” seems to be milking pretty nicely – so what’s the worry?
And here’s where it gets good, there are a lot of intelligent financially successful nice people of the Licker persuasion who are confounded why the USDA doesn’t sing SHOW HIO’s praises for all the (cough cough) wonderful things that SHOW HIO has done to “clean up” the Tennessee Walking Horse business. Note that Honors, “The Saviour Horse”, was disqualified and barely missed a “two footer” at the just concluded Celebration. The Licker brethren seem to forget that SHOW HIO was the Plaintiff in the ill fated 2012 federal suit against the USDA out in Texas. That was when the Celebration and Herr’s crowd decided they would tell the USDA how the cow eats cabbage. That was before they were rolled out of the door into the street on a “slam dunk” Summary Judgment by U. S. District Court Judge Terry Means.
The USDA also is blamed by the Lickers for certifying other HIOS which would compete with SHOW HIO and this weakened SHOW HIO financially. And Show HIO makes bodacious claims about “cleaning up soring”– citing a few isolated examples like Barney Davis who they termed a “Spotted Horse Trainer”, except there was this video of Brother Barney showing in the Big Stake class at the Celebration.
THIS AIN’T NO SPOTTED SADDLE HORSE
CHECK OUT MIN. 2:00 – I’M REAGAN – BARNEY DAVIS UP
Herr Howard’s man, Dr. Steve Mullins, SHOW HIO President, tried to spin things in March 2012 and said:
“Walking horse industry responds to critical article
Thursday, March 1, 2012 – Dr. Steve Mullins
(Editor’s Note: Dr. Steve Mullins, president of the SHOW Horse Industry Organization (HIO), released the following response Wednesday following an article that appeared in Tuesday’s Chattanooga Times-Free Press. The article concerned the sentencing of Barney Davis for violating the Horse Protection Act and comments Davis made to the judge. Davis was quoted as saying, “Every walking horse that enters into a show is sored. They’ve got to be sored to walk. There ain’t no good way to put it but that’s how it is.” Below is Dr. Mullins’ response to the Times-Free Press article.
I am Dr. Stephen Mullins, President of SHOW Horse Industry Organization (HIO) which is the largest HIO in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry. I am also a licensed member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and owned my own equine practice until heading up the SHOW HIO 3 years ago.
SHOW HIO is a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) certified inspection service which inspects over 20,000 Tennessee Walking Horses a year under the direct guidance of the USDA. This includes but is not limited to the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration (TWHNC). You need to know that Barney Davis was caught by SHOW inspectors showing a Spotted Saddle Horse at one of their shows, not a Walking Horse show. The USDA was not even in attendance at this particular show.
SHOW, in accordance with HPA regulations, turned this case over to the USDA but not until SHOW gave Barney Davis a lifetime suspension for this egregious violation.
Now that you have some relevant history, let me give you some pertinent facts missing from your story:
1. Barney Davis is not a Walking Horse Trainer and not a member of the professional Walking Horse Trainers’ Association (WHTA).
2. The horse that SHOW suspended for life in the Barney Davis case is not a Tennessee Walking Horse. The horse in the video attached to your article is also a Spotted Saddle Horse not a TWH.
3. Barney Davis is not a member of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors Association (TWHBEA).
4. The compliance rate of horses inspected by SHOW HIO over the last three years is over 95%. This means over 9.5 out of each 10 inspected are compliant as verified both by SHOW inspectors and USDA inspectors.
5. At The Celebration in 2011, the World Championship Horse Show, the compliance rate was over 98% working in cooperation with the USDA inspectors. The USDA is present at every Celebration and will have over a dozen inspectors nightly. The USDA will check the horses after SHOW inspectors before and after each class as well as radiograph and thermograph horses in order to insure compliance with the Horse Protection Act (HPA).
Please do not categorize the entire industry with the words of someone who is not a trainer of walking horses or a member of any of the breed’s organizations. The walking horse industry and all of its organizations totally support the humane treatment of horses and enforce the Horse Protection Act with or without the USDA present at horse shows.
Mr. Davis has been under a lifetime suspension and is a convicted criminal and not a credible source for your story.
Dr. Steve Mullins SHOW HIO President Shelbyville”
As you can see with your own “lying eyes”, the pictures of Barney Davis in the Stake Class at the 2009 Celebration prove that Barney was a Tennessee Walking Horse trainer.
At the current rate things are going, pretty soon Shelbyville is going to become known as “Crazyville” or “Liarville”.