SHELBYVILLE, TN – Continuing to apply lipstick to Porcine here –
Der Spiegel http://www.walkinghorsereport.com/news.aspx?cid=10367 reported how well the semi-moribund SHOW HIO is doing these days.
SHOW HIO is owned by the Celebration and was one of the Plaintiffs in the ill fated “Slam Dunk” lawsuit against the USDA in Texas over a pipe dream constitutional right to sore, and the U. S. District Judge Terry Means
rolled the Big Lickers out the door on a Summary Judgment in late July 2013.
THe Celebration immediately went down the tubes with a disastrous 11 day event that would have better fit in five days.
Purple lady Chris Mather
worked hard on this one.
“SHOW Issues DQP Report
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
SHOW released inspection numbers for September and year-to-date. For the first time, SHOW issued separate numbers for Horse Protection Act violations and well as violations of the SHOW rules. The September monthly numbers are as follows:
Total horses inspected ““ 1,310
Total HPA violations ““ 6 or 0.4%
Total all violations ““ 11 or 0.8%
The 2013 year-to-date numbers are as follows:
Total horses inspected ““ 11,179
Total HPA violations ““ 310 or 2.7%
Total all violations ““ 345 or 3%
SHOW officials continue to be pleased with the efforts of the Designated Qualified Persons under the direction of Mitchell Butler, Head DQP with administrative support from Rachel Reed. The quality and consistency of the inspections is better than ever and the working relationship in the field with the Veterinary Medical Offices from the USDA has been mutually beneficial in keeping horses not incompliance out of the show ring.
Last month SHOW announced that it will become inactive after the Tunica, Mississippi Horse Show but has extended that time to Dec. 31, 2013 in light of additional events. The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, owner of SHOW, will keep SHOW alive but inactive as was the case prior to being asked to take over enforcement responsibilities April 1, 2009 by the Walking Horse Trainers’ Association and the Walking Horse Owners’ Association, partners in the National Horse Show Commission HIO
SHOW was formed over 10 years ago as a backup HIO for Celebration sponsored shows in the case of an emergency but was never activated until 2009. The announcement is being made at this time to enable another group to step up and take over these responsibilities.
“While the Celebration was willing to activate SHOW to help the industry during a difficult time, it has been demanding and expensive and its time we concentrated on our horse shows, particularly The Celebration,” said SHOW Board Chairman Buddy Nelson. “We will support any other responsible group that implements an effective HIO program to enforce the Horse Protection Act in the future.”
The Celebration loaned SHOW money to get it started in hopes it would be self-sustaining, but that was not the case. The Celebration has loaned SHOW over $500,000 as others HIOs came into existence and started affiliating shows in competition with SHOW.
SHOW has affiliated 147 events this year, up 35 over 2012 or 31%.”
SHOW HIO did such a great job that:
* It missed two sore horses that Ex PSHA Chair Terry Dotson got turned down the first night of the Celebration.
* And let the “Saviour Horse” HONORS whiz right through inspection
with scars on both feet, definite sore on one foot and borderline sore on the other, about as close to a two-footer you can get and not get one.
* And it quit – heavily in debt and symbolic of the kind of results when good old boys inspect good old boys (wink wink).
That loud “whirring” sound you hear is the massive pulpwood shredder the Celebration has rented to destroy all those SHOW HIO tickets with suspension histories and Mandatory Penalties, etc.