GALLATIN, TN – Donna Benefield today issued an official statement in response to a Youtube posted on The Walking Horse Report owned by David L. Howard
Apparently, the Big Lickers led by David L. Howard who sent his son Jeffrey to Washington, but apparently did not want him testifying under oath to Congress has now irrationally hauled off in a fit of pique and attacked Donna Benefield. If truth be known, Donna Benefield has done far more to give the Big Lick racket the chance to come to the light, while buying them time to change, than any person living.
Finally, Benefield had enough, and let it all hang out in her testimony before Congress last week with Jeffrety Howard and assembled Lickers looking on:
The “Howard & Company” youtube video was captioned:
Donna Bennefield Other Side – In 2010 Donna had a different story about SHOW and our industry.
OFFICIAL STATEMENT BY DONNA BENEFIELD
“In 2010 there were high hopes that this new H.I.O. (Horse Industry Organization), S.H.O.W., would enforce the law. They started off doing all the right things. But, it didn’t take long for them to revert to the old N.H.S.C. ways (a USDA certified inspection program called the National Horse Show Commission).
After I worked the 2010 Celebration, I attended the Tunica, Mississippi show a month or so later. It was at that point that I recognized that S.H.O.W. had made a disappointing turnaround and was becoming no different than the previous H.I.O. they took over, the old N.H.S.C.
When asked if I would come on board with S.H.O.W. after this Tunica show, I told them no, that I did not bring to the table what they were looking for, and that they needed to clean house. I was not going to be the lipstick on their pig.
Needless to say, they did not clean house and come into compliance, as evidenced by the August, 2012 U.S.D.A. letter putting them on notice to be decertified (see attached August, 2012 U.S.D.A. letter). I was disappointed, but certainly not surprised.
Now, so there is no confusion about my support of the HR1518 Amendment to the Horse Protection Act, it is quite simple.
Myself and many others have tried repeatedly to work with this industry for over 25 years to achieve reform. With 43 years of non compliance, and with numerous failed attempts to achieve reform, they have refused at every turn.
The three breeds referenced in HR1518, and especially the Tennessee Walking Horse, have lost the support of most breed organizations and the veterinary community. When the A.V.M.A., the A.A.E.P. and all 50 State Veterinary Associations support and endorse HR1518, that it is now time to take away the pads and chains that have facilitated this abuse (see attached copy of 1979 Federal Register), it becomes more than abundantly clear. They had their chance to clean up the industry. They were warned by the USDA over and over again. Either clean it up, or it will be cleaned up for you, and you are not going to like what you are left with.
Now the outside world has received their message, that they have no intention of changing (see attached Riders Cup data, A.V.M.A. article, and USDA Foreign Substance Swabbing results). These statistics and the A.V.M.A. article clearly point out that they have NOT changed. With thousands and thousands of U.S.D.A. statistics, records, lab reports, pictures, videos, federal cases, and H.I.O. tickets, showing repeat violators from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and thru today, this shows they have not changed and have no intention of reforming.
Let’s forget about violating the laws of our country, the lying, the cheating, the corruption, and the political influence peddling, for a moment.
WHAT ABOUT THE HORSE!
It is so sad that they have made this gentle breed of horse, that trusts and depends upon man’s care for their well being, the equine pariah of the world, as a result of this chronic horrific abuse, that carries the state’s name, Tennessee.
Their time is up.
International Walking Horse Association”
Benefield provided the following supporting documents with her Official Statement:
USDA NOTICE TO SHOW HIO THAT SHOW DQP PROGRAM REVOKED – AUG. 1, 2012
USDA FOREIGN SUBSTANCES TEST RESULTS – 2012
APRIL 1979 FEDERAL REGISTER
The Big Lickers seeing it slip away have apparently now launched a desperate video smear attack campaign against Donna Benefield and former TWHBEA President Marty Irby who went door to door during October and November in the Halls of Congress urging Congressmen and Senators to support HR 1518/S. 1406, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act. The results have been approximately 80 elected representatives come on board to support the legislation and the number continues to rise.