SHELBYVILLE, TN – Last week the Walking Horse Trainers’ Association (WHTA) Boyz announced the judges for its upcoming 46th Annual National Trainers’ Show.
It takes place on March 13 – 15, 2014 at the Calsonic Arena on the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration grounds.
As previously reported here, “Judge” Dean Byard of Nashville, Tennessee, has a rather colorful history including some assorted criminal convictions. He has spent time in the Tennessee Correctional system. Please note that in the above picture, “Judge” Byard is standing next to Ex PSHA Chairman Terry Dotson and WHTA 1st VP Bill Cantrell.
So you might ask yourself WHY, during these times of turmoil and white hot public scrutiny, would the Walking Horse Trainer Boyz choose Dean Byard to judge its annual premier event – the National Trainer’s Show?
The answer is simple – “The Culture Of The Big Lick”.
To understand, please come with me down the rabbit hole to the “Culture Of The Big Lick”, and I will attempt to connect the dots so you understand how the Trainer Boyz made the choice of “Judge” Dean Byard.
In taking this journey, it’s important to realize that the “Culture Of The Big Lick” is a world unto itself. It’s one in which things take place in some kind of suspended twisted state – far away from the normal values, folkways and mores of society. It’s a strange dream like sphere where things don’t make sense to normal people, but it makes perfect sense to those who are part of the “Culture Of The Big Lick”.
Please allow me to introduce you to the Trainer Boyz who live in the “Big Lick Culture”:
Mickey McCormick – President w/ 24 HPA citations wearing color coded 6 oz chains around his neck last week in Washington ‘splaining soring to Congressmen.
Bill Cantrell – 1st VP, in picture with “Judge” Dean Byard.
David Landrum – 2nd VP – multi HPA violator – rents barn from TWHBEA President Steve Smith – co-owner of KY After Christmas Sale – Franklin, TN riding academy proprietor.
Jamie Hankins – One of 2014 Trainer’s Show Judges
Winky Groover – Big Lick spokesperson who does a good job of spinning it
Link Webb – Current HPA Citation Leader with 39 citations.
Wayne Dean – Recently resigned as TWHBEA Director due to pleading guilty to HPA charges
Mr. Dean Byard has a sister who is married to Rev. Steve Murphree who is a Baptist preacher and lives in Shelbyville. Mr. Murphree has served as “Chaplain” of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration for the past eight years. During this time, Mr. Murphree has ministered unto the Big Lick brethren (but not the horses). He calls it a “Ministry of Presence”. Murphree also preaches a lot of Big Lick funerals. Last year at the Celebration, Murphree and his wife provided cases of water to the barns during the sweltering days. And they gave away free food the first night of the Celebration feeding about 250 folks.
“Smiles on ‘cue
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
(T-G Photo by Derrick Hill) [Order this photo]
Horses can wait. For one night, barbecue was the star of the show at the Celebration grounds.
(T-G Photo by Derrick Hill)
(T-G Photo by Derrick Hill)
Further connecting the dots, one of the persons at Rev. Murphree’s “gratis” barbecue was Tam Brogdon. To show you that the Big Lick is the tie that binds, it is interesting to note Brogdon’s Big Lick connections, and prior service on the “Unity Committee” which was formed in late 2011 – to once again present that hard to find “one voice” to speak on behalf of the Tennessee Walking Horse. Of course the real one voice, David L. Howard who likes to operate hidden behind the green curtain..
TWH groups form unity committee
Thursday, December 15, 2011
The present Trainer Boyz are the successors of Vic Thompson, one of the Founders of the WHTA. For the most part, the Trainer Boyz are likeable liars who have built the “Culture Of The Big Lick”, but there is a dark side to the Culture.
It’s the soring and the inherent corruption in a system noted by the USDA Office of Inspector General Audit. The Trainer Boyz are aided and abetted by their customers who pay the bills.
The Trainer Boyz are ultimately manipulated by David L. Howard who is at the top of the pyramid and who ultimately profits from the racket they like to call an “industry”.
That was 1969.
It’s now 2014.
The more things change, the more some things stay the same.