SHELBYVILLE, TN – With the “Big Lick” battered by a devastating 63% TWHBEA members for the PAST Act, and HR 1518 moving towards Committee Hearings, and then on to the House Floor – the “Big Lickers” do what they always do when in crisis, they come up with another ACRONYM and then get Purple Strategies to start putting out “Purple Whoppers” for it.
From the people who brought you:
now we have:
“TWHGRO” – TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATION
Hiding behind this “grassroots” ACRONYM – “TWHGRO” – is this nice lady from Chicago, Illinois.
Before coming a Purple person and doing “spin” for SHOWHIO/FAST/TWSHO/PSHA/TWHGRO and whatever other “NYMs” that the LIckers come up with, Ms. Mather worked first for President Barack Obama, and then his Chief of State, present Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
before she took on the “Big Lickers” as a project for her employer Purple Strategies, based in Washington, DC which is a long way from the “grassroots” of Tennessee. So is the windy city of Chicago where Ms. Mather presently lives.
Ms. Mather now works with and for these people:
So here is “TWHGRO” first set of “Purple Whoppers”:
PW #1 HR 1518 is breed specific – ONLY TWH, racking and spotted saddle.
BGB – These are the breeds which have been SORED for the past 50 years.
PW #2 HR 1518 is a job killer.
BGB – It’s like you can’t have SOUND TWH and have lots of jobs.
PW #3 HR 1518 – By eliminating entire divisions of competition in these three breeds, 85% in the Tennessee Walking Horse breed alone through the removal of ALL weighted shoes, pads and action devices, persons involved in the horse industry both directly through the training and breeding and indirectly through the elimination of the need for support personnel, and the decrease of entertainment/recreation dollars into the communities will result in the unemployment lines becoming substantially longer.
BGB – So many Purple Whoppers – so little time.
- What is this 85% malarkey? Seriously?
- If competition divisions are built around “institutionalized soring”,of course you eliminate them.
- With a sound horse with no pads and chains, there will be all sorts of competition and divisions of competition.
- There just won’t be any more SORE “Big Lick” horses where a continual “cat and mouse” game of inspection trickery is the order of the day.
- Congressman Whitfield/Cohen September 27, 2013 letter addresses the “weighted shoe” Licker scare tactics.
- You can’t build “sport” or “entertainment” around cruelty to animals which is what the “Big Lick” is.
PW #4 HR 1518 effect on a “claimed” $40 million dollar recreational impact on Shelbyville, TN from one horse show. An economic implosion throughout “the country”. This will run up unemployment checks, food stamps and a $17 Trillion dollar deficit.
“Licker Whopper”, we both had to stop and and try and compose ourselves before we could continue. The National Debt, and aid to the needy being blamed on eliminating SORE horses from the show ring is jumping the shark. Frankly, you can reach your own conclusion on those “grassroots” thoughts with no further assistance from Radar and Billy up on the Hill at Theta. Shelbyville, TN will do just fine with a Sound Horse with no soring stigma.
PW #5 HR 1518 – Humane groups are saying SORING Is going unchecked in the show ring. HIO inspections overseen by USDA are great. 98% compliance. Yada Yada Yada.
BGB – Poster Children for the Success of HIO Inspections eliminating Soring include Jackie McConnell, Larry Joe Wheelon, Mr. Heisman and Randall Baskin, Celebration CEO Mike Inman, Ex PSHA Chairman Terry Dotson who told U. S. Secretary of Agriculture they would clean up Soring before getting two horses turned down as SORE at the 2013 Celebration, and the “Saviour Horse” Honors getting turned down with two scar rule violations and definite one foot sore and borderline in the other foot at the 2013 Celebration, along with current TWHBEA Executive members who have HPA Citation Histories including David Mullis, Wayne Dean and Linda Montgomery.
PW #6 HR 1518 – Serious Constitutional Questions regarding “illegal taking” without due process of law and same equipment used with American Saddlebred and Morgan Horse
BGB – The American Horse Council being for HR 1518, along with the United States Equestrian Federation says it all. The American Saddlebreds and Morgans don’t have a 50 year history of “scoff law” and “soring” that you have with the Tennessee Walking Horse, racking and SSH. You would think after the “Big Lick” got rolled out of U. S. District Court in Texas by U.S. District Judge Terry Means
that the Big Lickers would learn that when you build a “racket” based on institutionalized soring of horses that there are NOT any Constitutional rights that allow Soring of Horses. And if the value of the animal is based around a “bastardized gait” which is based on enhanced sensitivity and reaction to pain then there is “NO ILLEGAL TAKING” from a law to prevent and eliminate animal cruelty.
PW #7 HR 1518 – The most significant IMPACT is on the HORSE itself. Equine athletes bred for the show ring “without a job”. Entire breeding herds eliminated. “Currently there is a place for every animals produced, by eliminating 85% of the uses of these animals who will take the responsibility for those who become useless?”
BGB – The significant IMPACT of HR 1518 is to STOP SORING. This horse was an equine athlete
So is this one:
“TWHGRO” is telling a bald faced lie when it infers that the Tennessee Walking Horse can’t thrive without a “racket” based on institutionalized soring. And that 83% if a bunch of Hooey. Take away the SORING and the STIGMA OF SORING from the Tennessee Walking Horse breed and there is no limit on its future. Right now you have an insolvent TWHBEA breed registry on the way to bankruptcy or a sore horse Licker takeover and a Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration that is hemorrhaging money – $2,000,000.00 and counting.
PW #8 HR 1518 – is a Commerce bill and would destroy Commerce.
BGB – End soring and Commerce in the TWH breed will thrive.
PW #9 HR 1518 – “The aim of the Act was and is to protect the integrity of the show ring, and give true value to the animal that competes based on fair competition. This amendment HR 1518 as evidenced by the above statements destroys commerce, not facilitates it” …. The Tennesse Walking Horse Grassroots organization is dedicated to PROTECT, PROMOTE and PRESERVE the Performance Tennessee Walking Horse in the traditional show ring and to extend the same principles to the entire breed in all disciplines.”
- “What” integrity of the show ring and fair competition are they talking about?
- Are inspections conflicted by HIO DQP buddies who have people who employ them whose revenue for their other business interests depend on which horses pass inspections and which horses win blue ribbons places a cloud over the entire process.
- Is THIS integrity?
- Is it “Fair Competition” when one horse gets in Sound and the other one gets in “Fixed”?
- Is this FAIR COMPETITION?
HR 1518 will DESTROY the Big Lick period. And the Big Lick is where the soring is located. Who are the persons on the Judges Committee of the Celebration who recommend the Judges to be hired to the Celebration CEO who is the horse show manager? Is David L Howard one of them and John T. Bobo another?
BGB – The SORE horse has destroyed the future and possibilities of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed.
There is one man – Celebration Chair David L. Howard who is too busy milking his Cash Cow Cha Ching
to lead the way for the paradigm change.
Mark my words, one morning the sun will come up, especially if Cha Ching gets sick, and David L. Howard
will throw the “Big Lick” horse under the bus, and then claim it was his idea all along.