THETA, TN – The Cavalry Group made a laughing stock out of itself the last time it went up to Washington to lobby against HR 1518, and now it looks like they are going to do the same thing again next week in this room appearing as a witness along with
PSHA Spokesperson Jeffrey Howard
TRAINER BRANDYE MILLS UP ON MR. HEISMAN OWNED BY RANDALL BASKIN IS “POSTER HORSE” FOR “USDA APPROVED” CAMPAIGN BEING MOUNTED BY THE CAVALRY GROUP AGAINST HR 1518/S. 1406 TO STOP HORSE SORING[/caption]
plans to make a second run.
It will star a Horse – Trainer – Owner marked “USDA APPROVED” which all have HPA CITATION HISTORIES as the poster representatives of the Big Lick.
WASHINGTON, DC – The Cavalry Group mounted a charge on Capitol Hill this week to convince Congressmen and Senators to oppose passage of HR 1518/S 1406, Prevent All Soring Tactics, which would stop soring of Tennessee Walking Horses.
In a scene reminiscent of the cult classic movie “Animal House”, the Cavalry Group parade turned into a blind alley and marched straight into a brick wall.
THE CAVALRY GROUP MARCHING BAND LED BY MINDY PATTERSON
The Cavalry Group saddled up and put a “Big Lick” horse, Mr. Heisman, with an HPA violation history on its poster, and proudly proclaimed he was “USDA APPROVED”. Mr. Heisman is trained by Brandye Mills (a guy) near Birmingham, Alabama, and he is owned by Randall Baskin and his wife Sadie of Franklin, Tennessee.
It just so happens that “Mr. Heisman”, Trainer Brandye Mills and Owner Randall Baskin all have HPA violation histories.
The Cavalry Group chose Mr. Heisman and Trainer Brandye Mills as their “POSTER HORSE AND TRAINER” and labeled them as “USDA APPROVED” without checking on their HPA violation histories when it urged Congressmen and Senators to “Don’t Criminalize The Tennessee Walking Horse.
The problem is that violation of the Horse Protection Act is a crime.
And based on the following letter, “Mr. Heisman” and Randall Baskin have been found by APHIS as “USDA DISAPPROVED”.
RANDALL BASKIN – $100,000.00 DONATION TO WALKING HORSE TRAINERS FOR NON-TRANSPARENT SWABBING INITIATIVE BOONDOGGLE
APRIL 11, 2012 OFFICIAL WARNING LETTER FROM USDA TO RANDALL BASKIN ON “MR HEISMAN”
“VIA: USPS Certified Mail
4280 Long Lane
Franklin, TN 37064
Re: Reference number TN11088-AC
Dear Sir or Madam:
Why You Are Receiving This Letter
We believe that you violated the Horse Protection Act (15 U.S.C. § 1821 et seq.) (HPA), as described in the attached Official Warning. Our agency, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), is responsible for enforcing the HPA, and other agriculture laws that help prevent the spread of animal and plant pests and diseases, and ensure the welfare of animals.
After providing you with an opportunity for a hearing, we may impose civil penalties of up to $2,200, or other sanctions, for each violation described in this Official Warning. Although we generally pursue penalties for this type of violation(s), we have decided not to pursue penalties in this instance so long as you comply, in the future, with laws that APHIS enforces.
Consequences Of Continuing Non-Compliance
If you violate laws that APHIS enforces in the future, we may pursue criminal penalties, or we may pursue civil penalties for the violations described in this Official Warning, in addition to any penalties we may pursue for any future violations.
What To Do If You Have Questions
If you have any questions concerning this Official Warning, contact Jennifer Jones at (301) 851-2780 or call our main office number at (301) 851-2948.
Date of Violation: August 27, 2010
15 U.S.C. § 1824(2) Unlawful Acts. The (The (A) showing or exhibiting, in any horse show or horse exhibition, of any horse which is sore, (B) entering for the purpose of showing or exhibiting in any horse show or horse exhibition, any horse which is sore, (C) selling, auctioning, or offering for sale, in any horse sale or auction, any horse which is sore, and (D) allowing any activity described in clause (A), (B), or (C) respecting a horse which is sore by the owner of such horse. You allowed the showing or exhibiting of the sore, “Mr. Heisman,” at the 72nd Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.
Date of Violation: August 27, 2010
9 C.F.R. § 11.3 Scar rule. The scar rule applies to all horses born on or after October 1, 1975. Horses subject to this rule that do not meet the”¦scar rule criteria shall be considered to be “sore” and are subject to all prohibitions of section 5 of the Act.
You allowed the showing or exhibiting of the sore, “Mr. Heisman,” at the 72nd Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.”
Stay tuned – there’s a lot more to this story than is being posted here.
And Billy Go Boy will let you know all about it.