KNOXVILLE WATE(ABC) TELEVISION REPORTER JILL MCNEAL INTERVIEWS SORE BIG LICK SPOKESPERSONS CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN AND 18 HPA CITATION HISTORY TRAINER WINKY GROOVER OVER THEIR OPPOSITION TO THE PAST ACT BEING NEEDED TO CLEAN UP THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE RACKET

SHELBYVILLE, TN – Knoxville Channel 6 (WATE-ABC) Television Reporter Jill McNeal did an in depth feature on Tennessee Walking Horses travelling to Middle Tennessee to get the interviews.   She interviewed sore Big Lick spokespersons Celebration CEO Mike Inman and serial HPA Citation violation history Winky Groover.

http://www.wate.com/story/24740063/tennessee-walking-horses-both-sides-speak-out

JILL MCNEAL,, WATE-6 TELEVISION REPORTER

JILL MCNEAL,, WATE-6 TELEVISION REPORTER

She also interviewed a humane spokesperson who is supporting the Bill along with 63% of the TWHBEA members, along with national groups including the American Horse Council and American Veterinary Medical Association along with celebrities such as Alyssa Murano, Priscilla Presley and Sawyer Brown.

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Tennesseans  Sound Horse Advocate Donna Benefield and former TWHBEA President  Marty Irby   testified before Congress on behalf of passage of the PAST ACT on November 13, 2013, and are speaking out for the need for the PAST ACT.

FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT MARTY IRBY

FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT MARTY IRBY

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SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE DONNA BENEFIELD TESTIFYING BEFORE CONGRESS

The PAST Act has bipartison support in the House of Representatives with 264  Congressmen co-sponsoring including 76% of the female members.

In the U. S Senate,  44 U. S. Senators are co-sponsoring including John Thune (R-SD), Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Marco Rubio (R-FL).

75%  of the Female members of the United States Congress are  sponsoring  the PAST ACT.

 Recently a Shelbyville NOW Poll had 62% supporting passage of the PAST Act.  Another Poll has 86% favoring supporting the Walking Horse business if the PAST Act passes.

The Prevent All Soring Tactics Act  would remove the pads and chains,  eliminate the corrupt HIO system and make horse soring a federal felony.

The PAST Act is opposed by the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration where the soring battles are fought every year. The Celebration’s subsidiary S.H.O.W. HIO is presently being sued by the USDA to decertify it because of it is violation of the Horse Protection Act.

The PAST ACT is also opposed by  the Walking Horse Trainers Association whose leadership is rife with HPA violators, and whose members do the acts of horse soring.

http://www.wate.com/story/24740063/tennessee-walking-horses-both-sides-speak-out

Reporter McNeal referenced the pending prosecution Larry Joe Wheelon case,  and the Jackie McConnell ABC Nightline Interview as exposes’ which show the animal cruelty necessary to achieve the sore Big Lick which HR 1518/S. 1406 Prevent All Soring Tactics Act will eliminate.

Speaking for the Big Lick were Celebration CEO Mike Inman and veteran Big Lick horse  trainer Winky Groover with multi HPA violations.   Under Inman’s management, the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO is being decertified by the U.S.D.A. for 139 violations of the Horse Protection Act which have  defiantly not been uploaded to the USDA HPA database.

CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN

CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN

Sore Big Lick Trainer Winky Groover has a lengthy rap sheet of HPA citation violations on his record.  He is the Walking Horse Trainers Association spokesperson for the interview. Indicted Larry Joe Wheelon is the former Ethics Chairman of the WHTA.

WHTA BOYZ SPOKESPERSON WINKY GROOVER

WHTA BOYZ SPOKESPERSON WINKY GROOVER

THE WINKY GROOVER HPA CITATION VIOLATIONS RECORD – 18 OFFENSES

Winky Groover 1803 Hwy 64 W Shelbyville TN TN130147-AC Ritz’s Doctor 7060 7/26/2012 ######## 19th Annual Dickson County Saddle & Bridle Club Horse Show Foreign Substance Sulfur
Winky Groover not listed not listed not listed TN130394-AC Sweet Swing 7060 8/27/2011 8/20/2013 73rd Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Foreign Substance Isopropyl myristate and cholesterol
Winky Groover not listed not listed not listed TN130282-AC Off Duty 7060 8/30/2012 4/24/2013 74th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Foreign Substance Cholesterol
Horse or Person on Suspension First Name Middle Initial Last Name Title City State Zip Code Horse Name Horse Registry Type of Finding Second Finding Detail Other Type of Finding Suspension Start Date Suspension End Date Fine Amount HIO USDA Present? Notes
Winky Groover Bell Buckle TN 37020 Unilateral Sore 01/07/2009 02/05/2009 NHSC conflict case
Winky Groover Shelbyville TN Unilateral Sore 00/00/0000 06/08/2002 NHSC Probation Ends
Winky Groover Bell Buckle TN Scar Rule 07/08/2002 07/21/2002 NHSC
Winky Groover Shelbyville TN Bilateral Sore 10/09/2000 06/08/2001 NHSC
Winky Groover Bell Buckle TN 37020 My Private Label Scar Rule 05/25/2009 06/07/2009 SHOW
Winky Groover Trainer Shelbyville TN Command & Control Other, Define In Next Field ticket # 28616 08/05/2010 08/05/2010 SHOW
Winky Groover Train/Exhi Bell Buckle TN Sweet Swing Scar Rule ticket 29629 08/24/2011 09/03/2011 SHOW
Winky Groover Bell Buckle TN 37020 Unilateral Sore Foreign Substance 04/22/2002 05/05/2002 NHSC
Winky Groover Shelbyville TN 37162 Equipment Violation 10/04/2004 10/17/2004 NHSC
Winky Groover Bell Buckle TN 37020 Unilateral Sore 03/10/2004 03/23/2004 NHSC
Winky Groover Shelbyville TN 37162 Unilateral Sore 09/04/2005 09/17/2005 NHSC
Winky Groover Shelbyville TN 37162 Foreign Substance 06/12/2005 06/25/2005 NHSC
Winky Groover Bell Buckle TN 37020 Scar Rule 2nd Finding 12/16/2002 02/15/2003 NHSC
Winky Groover Bell Buckle TN 37020 Scar Rule 2nd 08/01/2002 09/30/2002 NHSC
Winky Groover Shelbyville TN 10 Karat Dumas Scar Rule 10/26/2003 11/08/2003 KWHA

WALKING HORSE TRAINERS LEADERSHIP HPA CITATION VIOLATION RECORDS  

  • At least 117 known citations for violations of the Horse Protection Act have been issued to members of the 2014 Walking Horse Trainers Association board of directors, by either the USDA or Horse Industry Organization inspectors.
    • W.H.T.A. Board HPA Citation Tallies
      • Mickey McCormick: 24 known citations
      • David Landrum: 6 known citations
      • Bill Cantrell: 10 known citations
      • Edgar Abernathy: 9 known citations
      • Jeff Green: 28 known citations
      • Link Webb:  39  known citations
      • Ross Campbell: 1 known citation

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    • Of these citations, only 40 resulted in the violator being suspended from the show circuit.   25 of these suspensions were for a mere two weeks, and there were only five one-year suspensions and five eight-month suspensions.
  • In 2013, USDA tested 314 samples for illegal foreign substances from 17 horse shows.
    • 195 of the samples, or 62 percent, were found positive for illegal foreign substances including soring, masking, and numbing agents.
    • Of the samples testing positive for illegal substances, 92 percent were found positive for soring agents, 54 percent were found positive for masking agents, and 16 percent were found positive for numbing agents.

Channel 6 Reporter Jill McNeal is expected to have more reports on this issue in the days to come.

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COMPLAINT DECERTIFYING CELEBRATION’S   S.H.O.W. HIO BY THE USDA

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  1. Thanks for keeping everyone up to date! Hope to follow the video reports coming out of Knoxville TN channel 6 WATE ABC TV in the coming days.

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