SHELBYVILLE, TN – In an “unsigned” Press Release that on which no one is apparently willing to place their name or take credit, PSHA has labored mightily and come out with a “Position Statement” on Walking Horse Trainer Ethics Chairman Larry Joe Wheelon and three alleged accomplices being hit with an 18 count indictment which included conspiracy charges for aggravated cruelty to animals.
The Blount County District Attorney General Mike Flynn is sure that Larry Joe Wheelon and his thuggish looking gang terrified, horrified and tortured those innocent Tennessee Walking Horses. And a Blount County Grand Jury agreed with him on 18 counts. Larry Joe Wheelon and his alleged accomplices have the presumption of innocence until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The first question is WHODUNIT on the Press Release.
Normally, Jeffrey Howard doubles as PSHA spokesperson when he is not going his day job as The Walking Horse Report Editor. His name isn’t on it.
This nice lady, Kathleen Spears, lives up in Lexington, Kentucky, and her name isn’t on it.
She used to work at the Kentucky Horse Park doing something important, and somehow wangled a job with PSHA where she doesn’t have to be around Shelbyville, Tennessee, but is Executive Director of PSHA. Ms Spears was hired to the lipstick on the Big Lick pig, sweeet Porcine.
Reports of this guy keep surfacing. Some have seen persons looking like him from time to time at Richard’s in Shelbyville. But he didn’t put his name on it. The former Iraqi information office “When asked where he had got his information he replied, “authentic sources””many authentic sources”. He pointed out that he “was a professional, doing his job”.(Wikipedia)
It could be this lady from Chicago, but her name isn’t on it.
This guy went out about April 30, 1945, so pretty sure it’s not him.
PSHA Statement on Larry Wheelon
The Performance Show Horse Association (PSHA) is aware of the indictment of Larry Wheelon. We have not reviewed the charges against Mr. Wheelon and at this time feel it is only fair that we allow the judicial process to play out completely before commenting further.
At the same time, it’s important to note that PSHA was created to consolidate industry enforcement of the Horse Protection Act in a fair and consistent manner to protect the wellbeing of performance horses, while maintaining the integrity of the sport. The charges against Mr. Wheelon are not violations of the HPA but rather state charges regarding animal cruelty. It’s important for the public to understand this because of H.R. 1518. The headlines in this case have nothing to do with H.R. 1518, yet we fully expect supporters to cite this example.
PSHA supports the laws of the State of Tennessee and condemns any such action that violates those laws regarding animal cruelty. The overwhelming majority of Tennessee Walking Horses are treated with the highest level of attention and care from owners, trainers, riders and those who love this breed””a breed along with a handful of others being targeted virtual competitive extinction by supporters of H.R 1518. The two issues are distinctly different and should be treated as such by the media, the public and our elected officials in Washington D.C.”
Like Baghdad Bob or Herr Goebbels, PSHA just doesn’t get it.
THe idea is to Prevent All Soring Tactics, HR 1518. Soring is a felony in Tennessee. It should be a felony under the Horse Protection Act. PSHA is fighting this tooth and nail. Why, because PSHA was created to defend Soring on which the Big Lick was based.
Look no further than PSHA Chair Terry Dotson who got TWO horses turned down as SORE on the first night of the 2013 Celebration. Then Terry got into it with the VMO, got mad, resigned as PSHA Chair, packed his camper and left during the Celebration and went up to Kingston and ate Cheetos.
As Bill Clinton said, “It’s the Soring, stupid”.
The Tennessee Walking Horse “breed” is not the Big Lick horse which is based on institutionalized soring which is why PSHA was formed in the first place.
This is the Tennessee Walking Horse breed (1939) which will prospered:
if the stigma and soring is removed. Look no further than right here:
Their support of the Big Lick makes David L. Howard’s Cash Cow “Cha Ching” fat and happy.
that big Trailways bus you hear warming up out in the parking lot is the one the PSHA Big Lick crowd is going to throw you under sooner than later.
Meanwhile no one will sign their name to the PSHA Press Release, and it appears the Big Lick Boyz are paying for Wheelon’s defense while acting like they don’t know who he is.