children of Publisher and Celebration Chairman David L. Howard, seem to have a professional difference of opinion regarding the degree to which soring Tennessee Walking Horses is a problem.
Christy Howard Parsons– Former Editor, The Walking Horse Report, present Editor The Saddle Horse Report says in her Change.org vote opposing HR 1518/S.1406:
- 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. … I truly love this breed, and our horse deserves better.
Jeffrey Howard – Current Editor, The Walking Horse Report and PSHA Spokesperson says:
- The Performance Show Horse Association is committed to the elimination of the small minority of people who sore horses for competitive advantage. As the industry has a 98.5% compliance rate, that number is a small minority.
So we apparently have two different views:
- Christy – “Soring is a major problem”
- Jeffrey – “The small minority of people who sore horses.
Come on guys, you can’t have it both ways.
Either Soring IS a major problem OR it’s just a small minority of people who sore horses.
Which one is it?
The Howard progeny were raised in the Tennessee Walking Horse business.
An extremely bright woman, Christy Parsons served her time as Editor of The Walking Horse Report, and after enduring the Trainer Boyz for long enough(think Clay Harlin), she moved over to The Saddle Horse Report.
An intelligent well spoken young man, Jeffrey Howard who is now Editor of The Walking Horse Report, enjoys schmoozing and dealing with the Trainer Boyz, and has done a fine job expressing the PSHA/Purple talking points.
Another interesting viewpoint is that the American Saddlebred breed organizations have announced their support of HR 1518/S.1406, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, yet Christy Howard Parsons, The Saddle Horse Report Editor, has voted her opposition to the legislation.
HERE ARE THE AMERICAN SADDLE HORSE BREED STATEMENTS ENDORSING HR 1518/S 1406
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UPHA and ASHA Announce Support of
UPHA – United Professional Horsemen’s Association
ASHA – American Saddle Horse Association
Amendments to the Horse Protection Act
LEXINGTON, KY: July 26, 2013 ““ The UPHA and the ASHA have announced that both organizations are in support of the “Prevent All Soring Tactics Act of 2013″³. The proposed federal legislation was introduced in April 2013 and has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. This legislation is intended to strengthen the Horse Protection Act, by increasing fees and penalties for the soring of horses.
The boards of directors of both organizations unanimously pledged their support for this legislation during board meetings held during the week of the Lexington Junior League Horse Show. UPHA President, Gary Garone, noted that “none of the breeds represented by the UPHA, namely American Saddlebreds, Morgan horses, Roadsters and Hackneys, have ever been cited for violations of the Horse Protection Act”. ASHA President, Tandy Patrick, added that “the ASHA is opposed to any inhumane treatment of horses, including soring“.
All the while in background is this man – Founder & Publisher – The Walking Horse Report and The Saddle Horse Report
just making sure that Cash Cow “Cha Ching”
is doing well.
Methinks the Howards are primarily for the money they are used to making off of the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse along with being in an unholy alliance with the Trainer Boyz, and methinks the day that they come to the realization and conclusion at the family breakfast table that they can make money off of the Sound Tennessee Walking Horse like these two at the University of Tennessee where they have been generous donors to the Vol Athletic Department Athletic Department:
the better the Tennessee Walking Horse breed is going to be.
For the record, these guys DO think Horse Soring is a major problem.