DEAR APHIS ADMINISTRATOR KEVIN SHEA – HERE’S NEWS YOU CAN USE – PERHAPS DR. CHESTER GIPSON DIDN’T COPY YOU ON HIS LETTER TO DOYLE MEADOWS, SHOW HIO “to eliminate the cruel and inhumane practice of soring.”

WASHINGTON, DC –  APHIS Administrator Shea, I came across a May 29, 2009 letter from Deputy APHIS Administrator Chester Gipson to Dr. Doyle Meadows, SHOW HIO, P.O. Box 1010, Shelbyville, TN.  I don’t know if Dr. Gipson copied you on this letter or not, but I think you need to see it.

APHIS ADMINISTRATOR KEVIN SHEA, DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR CHESTER GIPSON, DVM AND CELEBRATION HONCHOS    DAVID L. HOWARD, JOHN T. BOBO, DOYLE MEADOWS, TWSHO, PSHA, INDEPENDENT INSPECTION SERVICES, LLC HIO ALL CUDDLED UP TOGETHER

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I wrote you earlier in the week concerned about Former Celebration CEO/PSHA Chair Doyle Meadows being Chairman of David L. Howard’s new Independent Inspection Services, LLC HIO.  

Journalists have requested you to make public the application from Independent Inspection Services, LLC HIO.   The application has been requested under the Freedom of  Information Act.

So far, you have not complied  with this request.

Informed sources report that former Celebration CEO/PSHA Chair Doyle Meadows is the Chairman of the Independent Inspection Services, LLC HIO application under consideration by your office.

The following May 29, 2009,   letter from Dr. Chester Gipson to Doyle Meadows, PhD  proves conclusively that Doyle Meadows, while working as CEO of the Tennessee National Walking Horse Celebration,  was directly in charge of S.H.O.W. HIO.

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In your Complaint to decertify SHOW HIO, you cite 139 occasions, a number of which occurred on Celebration CEO Doyle Meadows watch,  in which SHOW HIO failed to assess and enforce minimum penalties on individuals involved in violations of the Horse Protection Act.

So far, you have refused to provide transparency and make this HIO application public.

Why?

Sir, the public does have a right to know.

It especially has the right to know because of the apparent dereliction of duty under your watch by you and by Dr. Chester Gipson.  Neither of you have taken a hard-line toward enforcing the Horse Protection Act and ELIMINATE soring, not just preside over REGULATING soring which is what you have done.

You both have talked the talk, but neither of you have walked the walk.

 DR. CHESTER GIPSON, DVM - "HERR" HOWARD'S PARTNER

DR. CHESTER GIPSON, DVM – “HERR” HOWARD’S PARTNER

CELEBRATION CEO DOYLE MEADOWS - 2008 - 2012

CELEBRATION CEO DOYLE MEADOWS – 2008 – 2012

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

JOHN T. BOBO - THE CONSIGLIERE - MAN BEHIND "HERR" HOWARD

JOHN T. BOBO – THE CONSIGLIERE – MAN BEHIND “HERR” HOWARD

KEVIN SHEA - APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

KEVIN SHEA – APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

Independent Inspection Services, LLC HIO is supposed to be the SUPER HIO to take the place of S.H.O.W. HIO according to the alternative bill circulated this week by sore Big Lick supporter Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).

Mr. Shea,  you signed decertification Complaint on January 7, 2014, but that I wasn’t able to obtain and make it available to the public until last Friday,  January 31, 2014.

Why did you not want the public to see it?

Your refusing to make it public appear to fit “hand in glove” with David L. Howard’s plans to have the Independent Inspection Services, LLC HIO approved before the public knew about the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO being decertified.

Then have the WALKING HORSE TRAINER BOYZ get stampeded again into supporting it.

Mr. Shea, please read the following from The Walking Horse Report:

http://www.walkinghorsereport.com/news.aspx?cid=10552

“PSHA has supported the single, independent HIO structure publicly since its inception.  PSHA is aware of the application of the Independent Inspection Services, LLC HIO with the USDA.  PSHA has no ownership of the HIO and will remain independent of its management but will work to support the HIO if it is certified and follows the outline of independent management, independent, qualified inspectors and tough enforcement of the HPA.    PSHA hopes to forge a relationship with the HIO where it assists with the recruitment of horse shows thus leading to funding to assist with lobbying, public relations, research, scientific testing, and HIO responsibilities through entry fees.”

This is super keen, Mr. Shea, since the PSHA Board is loaded with members with HPA Citation records.  Did you really want the USDA to partner with a bunch of HPA Violators to meet your responsibility to enforce the Horse Protection Act?

 
PSHA Board Member
HPA Violations (www.hpadata.us)
Letters of Warning
(7060s)
Jim Cortner
1
1
Terry Dotson and daughter, Leslie
2
4
Bruce MacDonald and wife, Robin
6
1
James Griffith and wife, Delores
3
Mike Inman and wife, Karen
3
3
Mike McGartland and wife, Lee
2
Joe Buddy Stasney
3
Duke Thorson, wife    Rhonda and daughter, Allison
3
Jamie Hankins
3
Mickey McCormick
14
5
Total
37
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 Mr. Shea,  public trust is an important thing.

The Horses are living animals which place their trust in you.

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You are supposed to protect them.

Dr. Gipson works for you and you both work for the American tax payers.

Based on what has come to light so far, you and Dr. Chester Gipson are not giving the Horses or the public much reason to trust either of you.

Here is the final sentence of Dr. Gipson’s May 29, 2009 letter:

“Please understand that the Department remains firmly resolved to carry out its duties under the Horse Protection Act to eliminate the cruel and inhumane practice of soring.”

 Mr. Shea,  Please do your job.

Please suspend the Celebration’s SHOW HIO.  That’s right – just stop them period.

Please force the Celebration and the sore Big Lick crowd to hire compliant HIOS to inspect horses,  rather than allow David L. Howard to have his own HIO headed up by a former Celebration CEO/PSHA Chairman Doyle Meadows, PhD.

Based on their ongoing egregious conduct, neither S.H.O.W. HIO,  or anyone associated with them,  should ever be allowed to inspect another horse.

And please throw that Independent Inspection Services, LLC HIO application in the garbage can where it belongs.

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  1. This “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss” stuff & all this “good ole boy” schmoozing while horses are abused & suffer. Maybe when one of these inspectors gets beat up or worse, these gentlemen will realize the inherent cruelty of the Licker crowd. Shame on them. Keep calling them out BGB.

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