MAKE IT 265 – TIM GRIFFIN (R-AR) CO-SPONSORS PAST ACT – CONGRESSMAN WHITFIELD AND AIDE IRBY FACE UP SORE BIG LICKER BOYZ IN WASHINGTON – SOUTHERN REPUBLICANS SWIMMING TO THE BOAT TO SUPPORT THE PAST ACT

WASHINGTON, DC – Arkansas Republican Congressman Tim Griffin (R-AR) today agreed to co-sponsor HR 1518, PAST ACT increasing the number to 265.   If the number reaches 280, it can pass the House on a voice vote.  Griffin represents the 2nd District of Arkansas which includes the state capitol of Little Rock.

TIM GRIFFIN, (R-AR)

TIM GRIFFIN, (R-AR)

2ND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT - ARKANSAS

2ND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT – ARKANSAS

Representative Griffin is another Southern Republican member of Congress co-sponsoring the HR 1518,  PAST ACT (Prevent All Soring Tactics Act).  The supporters now number  265 members of the U. S. House of Representatives  –  61%.

Arkansas has a strong Big Lick history being the home of Joe Webb,  World Grand Champion trainer of Rodger’s Perfection,  Carbon Copy and Mark of Carbon.  At one time the Little Rock Charity Horse Show was one of the featured shows on the Dixie Circuit.

The Arkansas TWHBEA members voted “YES” for passage of the PAST ACT. The 61% of House members further validates the 63% of the entire United States shown on “The Map” favoring passage of the PAST ACT.

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THE SORE BIG LICK CONTINGENT LOBBYING ON CAPITOL HILL

In a desperation attempt to try and stop the PAST ACT bandwagon, the sore Big Lickers are now in Washington trying to persuade lawmakers to change their positions, but are not having much luck.  

The Big Lick group includes:
Jeffrey Howard, PSHA Spokesperson & WHR Editor
Mickey McCormick, Walking Horse Trainer Boyz President
Mike Inman, Celebration CEO
Jeff Speaks, Lobbyist) $12,000.00 per month
Phil Osborne, Public Relations) $5,000.00 per month

 THE PACKAGE

THE PACKAGE

THE PACKAGE

The Lickers are going from office to office wearing color coded 6 ounce chains around their necks and carrying a “package” with them and ‘splaining the Big Lick, but leaving out the soring part.

Jeffrey Howard, Editor - Walking Horse Report

Jeffrey Howard, Editor – Walking Horse Report

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LOBBYIST JEFF SPEAKS AND WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT MICKEY MCCORMICK

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MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT

CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN

CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN

THE LICKERS VS FLATTERS FACE OFF IN CONGRESSMAN TOM RICE’S OFFICE

In a “the truth is stranger than fiction” scenario,  The Big Licker Boyz had a meeting set up in Congressman Tom Rice (R-SC) office.   Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL) was also invited.    The Big Licker group didn’t know that also invited to the meeting were Congressman Ed Whitfield and his Agriculture Aide Marty Irby.

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

REPRESENTATIVE ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)

MARTY IRBY,  AGRICULTURE AIDE TO CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD

MARTY IRBY, AGRICULTURE AIDE TO CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD

A discussion took place.  Jeffrey Howard and Mickey McCormick did most of the talking for the Lickers, and Mike Inman chimed in some, too.   They basically pitched themselves as good ole country boyz trying to feed their families and eke out a living dealing with Tennessee Walking Horses.   They spouted the usual propaganda about the 98.4% compliance rate and the non-peer reviewed Auburn study.  They produced color coded six ounce chains around their necks and a Big Lick shoeing package telling how harmless it all was.  McCormick even had a bottle of baby lotion with him to rebut the matter of foreign substances on swabs.

Congressman Whitfield destroyed the 98.4% compliance argument, telling them that, according to  the USDA,   93% of all HPA violations on the Big Lick horses including the 2013 Celebration were on padded Big Lick horses.   He also provided the swabbing data which showed the illegal foreign substances on the horses pasterns, most of them in the ‘caines group used to deaden skin to pain.

Commenting on the shoeing “package”,   Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL) , a practicing large animal veterinarian before being elected,  said that no matter whether the package was legal or not,  it could easily cause a horse to bow a tendon.

At the end of the day,  both Southern Republican Congressmen Tom Rice and Ted Yoho didn’t waver from their support of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act.

 CONGRESSMAN TOM RICE (R-SC)

REPRESENTATIVE TOM RICE (R-SC)

REPRESENTATIVE TOM RICE (R-SC)

SOUTH CAROLINA 7TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

SOUTH CAROLINA 7TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

CONGRESSMAN TED YOHO  (R-FL)

REPRESENTATIVE TED YOHO (R-FL)

REPRESENTATIVE TED YOHO (R-FL)

FLORIDA 3RD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

FLORIDA 3RD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

It should be noted that  Trainer Boyz President Mickey McCormick has about  24  HPA citations on his dossier. Allegedly, Celebration CEO Mike Inman has “7060” Letters of Warning.  Lobbyist Jeff Speaks is getting paid $12,000.00 a month. Last March, he accompanied Ex PSHA Chair Terry Dotson to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s office.   Terry told the Secretary that he would “clean up and stop the soring”, then Terry got two horses turned down sore by the USDA vet on the first night of the Celebration.  Dotson abruptly resigned as PSHA Chair and left during the middle of the Celebration.

More to come on the Lickers lobbying efforts.

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3 thoughts on “MAKE IT 265 – TIM GRIFFIN (R-AR) CO-SPONSORS PAST ACT – CONGRESSMAN WHITFIELD AND AIDE IRBY FACE UP SORE BIG LICKER BOYZ IN WASHINGTON – SOUTHERN REPUBLICANS SWIMMING TO THE BOAT TO SUPPORT THE PAST ACT

  1. Good that a non corrupt licker vet could sit in on the licker boyz white wash session & add a reality check. The licker boyz forgot to bring some drag queen platform shoes, Nair & Saran Wrap to demo what a Performance horse really has to endure. That would be a display I would like to see, too bad there isn’t an indoor arena to get the full effect.

  2. Actually, they did have a “package” with them along with the color coded camouflage chains.

  3. Those chains should be wrapped around their shins and have them run up and down the capitol stairs.

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