BIG DAY FRIDAY IN SHELBY(BIGLICKER)VILLE TODAY – NEWS POPPING OUT ALL OVER THE PLACE – HERR DAVID L. HOWARD ASCENDS TO THE CELEBRATION CHAIRMANSHIP – SHOW HIO SPITS OUT THE BIT –

SHELBYVILLE, TN – More news than you could shake a stick at on an early October Friday in the Capitol of Bedford County, Tennessee.

The Celebration SHOW HIO is stacking arms after Tunica – Delta Fall Classic which ends on November 16, 2013.

SOME FRIENDS AND HORSE WITH HPA CITATION HISTORIES ENJOYING TUNICA

PROUD TRAINER BRANDYE MILLS WITH  MR. HEISMAN WITH OWNERS RANDALL AND SADIE BASKIN, AT 2011 DELTA FALL CLASSIC AND MIKE INMAN JUST A PEEKING.

PROUD TRAINER BRANDYE MILLS WITH MR. HEISMAN WITH OWNERS RANDALL AND SADIE BASKIN, AT 2011 DELTA FALL CLASSIC AND MIKE INMAN JUST A PEEKING.

"MR. HEISMAN" WITH BRANDYE MILLS UP, AND OWNED BY RANDALL AND SADIE BASKIN

“MR. HEISMAN” WITH BRANDYE MILLS UP, AND OWNED BY RANDALL AND SADIE BASKIN

HPA VIOLATION HISTORIES - "MR HEISMAN" - RANDALL BASKIN - BRANDYE MILLS - CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN

HPA VIOLATION HISTORIES – “MR HEISMAN” – RANDALL BASKIN – BRANDYE MILLS – CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN

It was reported today http://www.walkinghorsereport.com/news.aspx?cid=10302  that SHOW HIO, which is owned by The Celebration, will become inactive  and no longer affiliate shows after the Tunica Fall Classic, Nov. 14 – 16.

SHOW HIO is in debt approximately $600,000.00 at last count.     SHOW was a grand experiment when the Celebration got into the HIO business in 2009   It hired DVM Stephen Mullins and paid Dr. Mullins big bucks to head up the program.    SHOW will always be remembered for an ill fated extremely expensive,  $350,000,00,  non-transparent failed Swabbing Initiative that was filtered through a select Trainer’s Committee,  and then the questionable findings which  pooped out the other end were announced by a Barney Fife like “Commissioner”.

SHOW HIO was a problem in search of a solution, but Instead of getting down to business last winter,  the Lickers dawdled around and then finally set up PSHA (Performance Show Horse Association) to take the place of  SHOW  HIO.  PSHA was going to jump into the Inspectin’ Bidness at the 2013 Trainers Show until APHIS Deputy Administrator Kevin Shea said – WHOA !

KEVIN SHEA - APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

KEVIN SHEA – APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

With that PSHA Chair decided to take WHTA President Mickey McCormick with him and headed up to Washington, DC  to see U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and tell him what a great job they were doing to stop soring.  Terry and Mickey got all of 15 minutes of face time with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack where Terry told them they weren’t soring horses “no mo” – and all the while Vilsack had McCormick’s multi-ticket HPA Violation history in front of him on his desk.   Then Terry had a big article by Heidi Hall in The Tennessean done on him complete with horses kissing him,  and Terry ‘splained all about how they were taking care of getting rid of horse soring.

Does Terry Dotson love Tennessee Walking Horses enough to accept the change that is coming?

Then the Celebration rolled around in August, and lo and behold Chairman Terry got two horses trained by Brent Coburn turned down  by the USDA, and then Chairman Terry got into it with the VMO – and after thinking about it – Terry Dotson decided to resign as PSHA Chair – and then packed up mid-Celebration and chugged out of town and back  over to Kingston, TN where he hung out the rest of the Celebration in his camper eating cheetos.

CHAIRMAN D.B.NELSON RESIGNS; DAVID L. HOWARD ASCENDS TO THRONE

Celebration Chairman D. B. Nelson takes early retirement  http://www.walkinghorsereport.com/news.aspx?cid=10303  and turns the reins over to Chairman David L. Howard, 69 years old, who now steps out from behind the curtain and assumes the  “out front” role.

"HERR" DAVID L. HOWARD - THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN

“HERR” DAVID L. HOWARD – THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN

Many speculate that SHOW HIO shutting down may put in jeopardy the Mandatory “Minimum Penalties” being erased from the system and gone forever.

The original LIcker scheme was to have PSHA be recognized as SUPER HIO and have the sharecropper Trainers into snooker their gullible customers into showing ONLY at SHOW HIO shows and bail out the Celebration’s money loser SHOW HIO,

That didn’t work.

The trainers met about three weeks ago and voted to show 50% at SHOW HIO and 50% at other HIOs.  Now with SHOW HIO winding up,  looks like the Trainer Boyz can show wherever there MAY be a horse show, if there are any horse shows.

Stay tuned.

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