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
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 !
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.
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.
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.