STEVE SMITH AND DONNA BENEFIELD ARE SET TO SQUARE OFF IN CLASH OF THE TITANS – BIG LICK DEFENDERS ROAR TO LIFE – CHANGE.ORG PETITION / UNITED STATES HOUSE AND SENATE OPPOSE HR 1518 AND S1406 PA

SHELBYVILLE, TN  –  The now fully awakened sore Big Lickers are mounting a late charge to stop the progress of HR 1518/S 1406 from becoming law.

Thanks to a concerted lobbying effort by the dynamic duo of former TWHBEA President Marty Irby and former Celebration consultant Donna Benefield
Marty Irby Supports HR 1518

DONNA BENEFIELD, HORSE PROTECTION  ACT EXPERT

DONNA BENEFIELD, HORSE PROTECTION ACT EXPERT

who tirelessly worked the Halls of Congress during October and November garnering support for HR 1518, and a successful Congressional Hearing Presentation before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Nov.13, 2013  there is now substantial momentum in favor of passage of HR 1518 in the U. S. House of Representatives.
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The leader of the sore Big Lick is Celebration Chairman David L. Howard

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CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

Howard has Big Licker Steve Smith about to take over at TWHBEA and then come to Washington to spread some money around and set up a roadblock to S.1406 with old friend and ally U. S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
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SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY)

SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY)

in the Senate. McConnell faces the race of his life in 2014. Donna Benefield and the Lexington Leader-Herald shined a bright light on McConnell’s support of the sore Big Lick in 2008. So McConnell will have to make some choices in doing Licker Smith’s bidding vs face the wrath of Donna Benefield and company with the public being made aware that Uncle Mitch is trying to save the sore horse with the impetus of some green lubricant.

Steve Smith is set to take over as TWHBEA President on December 7 meeting, and then will head up to Washington the next week trying to represent that the 78 year old Tennessee Walking Horse breed registry opposes the HR 1518/S1406 legislation.

That would be fine except staring Smith straight in the face is the HR 1518 Poll in which 63% of TWHBEA members voted in a landslide in favor of HR 1518 to remove the pads

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and chains, eliminate corrupt HIO system, and make horse soring a federal felony. In response to the Poll results being announced by Greg Cook, CPA.

On October 16, 2013 the Chattanooga Times Free Press endorsed HR 1518

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then on November 10, 2013, “Concerned Citizens Against Horse Soring” ran a full color ad in The Tennessean newspaper POLLAD02 copy

then on November 20, 2013, The Tennessean editorially endorsed passage of HR 1518

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Getting desperate, David L. Howard then had his operative Jerry Harris (Baghdad Bob)  attack Donna Benefield

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and that backfired,  as Donna Benefield told the Lickers,  “The time is up”  to clean up the soring.

Then son Jeffrey over at PSHA hired Lexington, Kentucky public relations flack Phil Osborne to write up a puff piece on the Alice In Wonderland version of the Big Lick, Osborne went one fairy tale too far on there being no Pressure Shoeing, and Auburn Vet School Dean Emeritus Tom Vaughan blew that right out of the water.

And then there was TWHBEA President Rob Cornelius and wife Becky

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on the mystical Purple Couch ROBCORNELIUSPURPLECOUCH
where  the two of them,  with no authority whatsoever,  decided to write a letter on behalf of 8,300 member breed registry opposing HR 1518 when 63% of the TWHBEA members voted in favor of it.

So now the sore Big Lickers are running scared, and they have started a Change.Org Petition with 794 signatures so far:

  • Petitioning United States House and Senate

United States House and Senate: Oppose HR1518 and S1406 PAST Act

    1. Stephanie Rawlinson
    2. Petition byStephanie Rawlinson

      Florence, United States

      Oppose HR1518 and S1406 PAST Act

      My goal is protect the future of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry which will suffer greatly as a result of the passage of the PAST Act. I believe in the walking horse industry and feel the federal government is over reaching it’s bounds with the implementation of this act. Our organization does an outstanding job of policing itself and the Federal Government has no business being involved. By passing this act you are basically closing down the walking horse industry, putting 1000’s of people out of work, and causing extreme economic challenges not only to those involved in this industry but also to the communities, charities and organizations which receive the benefits from the shows and exhibitions. I ask you as my congressional leaders to stand with Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn and many others who oppose HR1518 and S1406.

      Sincerely,
      [Your name]


      COMMENTS FROM SUPPORTERS
      • I breed, raise, and show Tennessee Walking Horses. Just because some people in the past, and there is one video show constantly of a trainer who was caught, tried and convicted and is no longer training. If soring is so rampant why is there not more concrete evidence instead of “someone said”. I love my horses more than life itself and would never allow anyone to harm them and the majority of ALL breeds of horse owners feel this way. We should not all be punished for someone else’s bad deeds. Some parents lock children in closets, starve them, beat them, ignore them, etc. but do we ban people from ever having children? No. School officials have been arrested and convicted for various misbehaviors but we still have teachers and children still go to school. Why should our industry be treated any different?

      • Waymon Beavers  TUSCUMBIA, AL
        • 4 days ago
        •    Liked  4

        I love the Tennessee Walking Horse and I think this would Devastate the show horse.

      • jerry wells  CROSSVILLE, TN
        • 4 days ago
        •    Liked  4

        Breed specific & unconstitutional. It is a HSUS written bill to promote THEIR agenda.

      • Rolfe Mullins  LOUDON, TN
        • 4 days ago
        •    Liked  4

        I own and show Tennessee Walking Horses and am proud to do so. This bill will eliminate me showing such a wonderful horse. According to the USDA we are at a 96% compliance rate, which means we have and are doing a excellent job of working towards eliminating soring. This bill is only pertains to Walking, Racking and Spotted breeds, while other breeds are allowed the use of pads and action devices. We are the only breed that has such an intense inspection prior to entering the the show ring. This bill is sponsored by the HSUS in an effort to eliminate our breed. Please do not allow this group of fanatics and their followers to do away with my horse.

      • donald collins  BELL BUCKLE, TN
        • about 7 hours ago
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        I have 7 horses in training and this

        is my wifes and mine business and hobby. It will also affect the

        businesses and their families all

        over the country. Our horses are not abused in any manner. I

        oversee their care and training.

      • Michael Freeman  ANTIOCH, TN
        • 4 days ago
        •    Liked  2

        We oppose this amendment because of our personal knowledge of the economic importance of the walking horse industry to Tennessee and many other states.

      • Ken Turner  MURPHYSBORO, IL
        • 4 days ago
        •    Liked  2

        The Tennessee walking horse has been a very important part of my families life for a very long time, for Congress to be trying to put the Industry out of buisness is just WRONG!!!!!

      • Jill Derickson  WARTRACE, TN
        • 4 days ago
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        The Tennessee Walking Horse industry is our main source of income. This bill would create a huge loss of jobs and a huge economic loss to hundreds of charities and civic clubs.

      • Margo Urad  KAUFMAN, TX
        • about 7 hours ago
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        I own, breed and show TWH and Racking Horses. This bill does nothing to eliminate soring, just elimanates all weighted shoes and chains. 99% of all horses have weighted shoes (even a keg shoe is a weighted shoe according to the law)

      • Sheryl Crawford  CARROLLTON, GA
        • about 7 hours ago
        •    Liked  1

        This bill will eiliminate all of my show horses and render my 3 farms worthless for my use.

      • Chuck Bray  BURLINGTON, KY
        • about 7 hours ago
        •    Liked  1

        These bills will destroy the walking horse industry, Weighted shoes for flat shod and Performance horses allow for many different classes depending on a horses nature talent. Passage would destroy all the various classes and would lead to the economic destruction to the industry.

      • Jeffrey Duke  BON AQUA, TN
        • about 7 hours ago
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        My love for the Walking Horse and my belief that the industry is clean and government and the HSUS is over reaching with this proposed act.

      • Christy Parsons  SHELBYVILLE, TN
        • about 8 hours ago
        •    Liked  1

        Because soring is a major problem, and this bill doesn’t solve the soring problem. It is very misleading to purport that eliminating pads and chains will eliminate soring. Also the USDA doesn’t have the budget to fully handle enforcement without HIO help. Fix the HIO system so there is only one HIO and it is truly independent. It is not feasible for the USDA to be solely in charge of enforcement. I truly love this breed, and our horse deserves better. The HPA can be improved but HR 1518 does not do it.

      • Gary Rutledge  SEYMOUR, TN
        • about 8 hours ago
        •    Liked  1

        We have attained 96.4% percent compliance per the U.S.D.A. Not to say that is okay, but what other laws have been/met that standard. Not even our house vote are that good. HSUS is the pusher of this bill, check where their money is being used.

      • Sharon Murphy  GILBERT, WV
        • about 9 hours ago
        •    Liked  1

        The Federal Government is over reaching once again!!!!!!!

      • Gary Pope  TAYLORSVILLE, NC
        • about 9 hours ago
        •    Liked  1

        amendment is not needed with current regulations already in effect . It is also unfair by specifically targeting a few specific breeds of horses, not all horses as the original horse protection act includes.

      • Lilnda Culbreth  MOORESVILLE, NC
        • about 9 hours ago
        •    Liked  1

        Have 5 TWHorses – Show and Pleasure

      • Roslyn Morrow  CAMDEN, SC
        • about 9 hours ago
        •    Liked  1

        This was my first horse.

      • CATHY MEEKS  BOWLING GREEN, KY
        • about 10 hours ago
        •    Liked  1

        I SHOWED PADDED HORSES. AT NO TIME WERE THE HORSES SORED. THE PLEASURE I HAD IN THE SHOW RING IS ONE OF THE FONDEST I HAVE. YOU COULD ONLY KNOW THIS IF YOU LOVE THE HORSE. MANY PEOPLE DEPEND ON THIS FOR THEIR INCOME.

      • Jane Clemons  NOLENSVILLE, TN
        • about 10 hours ago
        •    Liked  1

        The Walking Horse industry is vital to the economy of TN and contributes to many charities. The industry has made great strides in changing harmful practices.

      • DEBORAH WILLIAMS  ARGYLE, TX
        • about 10 hours ago
        •    Liked  1

        These bills are ONCE AGAIN, gross over reach of the federal government, driven by the HSUS. (a “tax-exempt”, USDA underwriting, 1% donations to the aid of animals, self-aggrandizing organisation). The TWH Industry is doing an EXCELLENT job of policing itself. These bills issues of CONTROL and NOT in the best interest of the Tennessee Walking Horse.

        Deborah Williams, Argyle, Texas

      • Roberts Lawrence  OCHLOCKNEE, GA
        • about 10 hours ago
        •    Liked  1

        I show, breed and pleasure ride Tennessee Walking Horses. This bill would definitely impact my horses and investment in the breed.

      • Barbara Lane  ATHENS, GA
        • about 19 hours ago
        •    Liked  1

        This will send many horses that are well fed and taken care of daily to bethrown out to pasture and forgotten like so many horses are today. The pictures they are using are Years out of date. These animals are so well taken cae of now in ordr to be at performance levels. Taking this away is what is cruel,

      • Judith Dotson  KINGSTON, TN
        • about 21 hours ago
        •    Liked  1

        This is the lively-hood of many people in Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama and many other states across the US.

      • JOANNE NOSKO  HOUSTON, TX
        • about 22 hours ago
        •    Liked  1

        It’s unprecidented for a Federal Agency to go after one individual breed of animal of any kind. Why doesn’t the HPA go after Arabians, Dressage, Eventing as there is evidence of “abuse” (to those not familar with the sports) in those industries as well. Additionally the involvement of and connection the HSUS is, in my opinion, a conflict of interest due to financial reasons. I’m opposed not just because of industry damage it will cause, because we all face the demise of our livelyhood at any given time, but the fact that the Federal Government, not free trade, and the market, is at the helm.

      • Jerry Harris  TULLAHOMA, TN
        • about 23 hours ago
        •    Liked  1

        Passing this bil would destroy a breed, a city and do away with over 20,000 jobs

      • Jennifer Broadhurst  SHELBYVILLE, TN
        • 1 day ago
        •    Liked  1

        As an owner, exhibitor and breeder, this law unfairly targets a specific breed with inaccurate information. We simply need to enforce the legislation already in place by the HPA.

      • Donna Shelton  BELDEN, MS
        • 1 day ago
        •    Liked  1

        This is totally unnecessary legislation as the Tennessee Walking Horse Breed is adequately regulated and this will only destroy the breed. If passed, 85% of the show horses will become worthless due to taking away pads, action devices and weighted shoes which cause no harm to the horses.

      • Lora Lawrence  JACKSON, TN
        • 1 day ago
        •    Liked  1

        I own and show Tennessee Walking Horses, I breed them also. I love every aspect of the TWH industry. This bill discriminates this breed from others which use a pad and action device. This breed also endures the most strict pre-show inspection from the USDA/USDA trianed inspectors (DQP) and post-show inspection amongest all other breeds of equines.Please vote NO on this bill as it will effect many within the industry that depend on it for income, and revenue to the state of Tennessee.

      • June Rogers  CROSSVILLE, AL
        • 1 day ago
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        HPA already effective. More Government regulations are not necessary! Plus, the bill offers no solution to the perceived problem. Shoes and action devices to not harm the horse! People do!

      • Kathleen Powell  DALLAS, TX
        • 1 day ago
        •    Liked  1

        This bill is not only unconstitutional, but singles out an industry that has over 98.5% compliance. This bill would devastate the TWH industry, in turn affecting many thousands of jobs, charities, etc. An industry should not be singled out due to the horrendous actions of one man. If that is the case, there are many other sport industries that should be included in this bill, ie Saddlebreds, Race Horses, Dressage Horses, Bicycle Industry, Nascar Racing, etc. Please soundly defeat this Bill.

      • cissy best  SHELBYVILLE, TN
        • 1 day ago
        •    Liked  1

        One of my first memories is on the back of a Tennessee Walking Horse. They have always been an important part of my life. This is breed specific legislation and if passed will have devastating affects upon the economic health of Bedford County – this is not really about the horse – it is about rights. I believe that anyone who opposes this bill should at least make any effort to visit a Walking Horse training stable and observe and possibly even ride one of these horses. Then make a judgement. I truly believe that a lot of the naysayers would be quite pleasantly surprised a what they learn about our breed.

      • Sharon Higginbotham  LEWISBURG, TN
        • 1 day ago
        •    Liked  1

        My livelihood!

      • Eric Barrett  CHRISTIANA, TN
        • 1 day ago
        •    Liked  1

        It will kill many jobs & caters to HSUS who i strongly oppose

      • Jon White  SOUTH LYON, MI
        • 1 day ago
        •    Liked  1

        if passed it would damage the Horse Showing industry with trickle down affects to Trainers, Barns, farriers, vets, etc. This bill also does nothing to protect the horse, useless legislation, that will cost tax payers more $, and eliminate more jobs.

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        So here we are.

        The battle lines are drawn and perhaps the most interesting aspect of it will be the clash of the titans:

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        VS.

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        The two are old adversaries going back to the 1980s. Benefield has stayed the course and is nearng her ultimate goal of a Sound Horse and now her nemesis Big Licker Steve Smith has returned to the playing field as TWHBEA President to try and thwart her ambition to see a Sound Tennessee Walking Horse breed reach its true potential and destiny.

        Interesting days are ahead.

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