SHELBYVILLE, TN – The sore Big Lick crowd has always exaggerated its own importance. Never more so than now when it is facing its own extinction.
Two men stand in the way of paradigm change – David L. Howard and John T. Bobo.
In 2012, the USDA hired a private group to do a study which showed an estimated 200,500 Tennessee Walking Horses and Racking Horses in the United States.
At the 2013 Celebration, there were 569 Big Lick Horses. (503 BL, 17 harness, show pleasure).
That’s less than 2/10th of 1% of all Tennessee Walking Horses were Big Lick at the Celebration. The Big Lick is a rich man’s game the time of which has come and gone. 2014 society will no longer accept or tolerate the soring integral to it.
The paucity of Big Lick horses at the 2013 Celebration should tell you everything you need to know.
The few Tennessee Walking Horses being bred, born, registered or transferred in 2013 should tell you everything you need to know.
Jeffrey Howard and these $17,000.00 a month guys spin foolishness about eliminating an entire breed of Horse if you eliminate the sore Big Lick. Nothing could be further from the truth.
You could eliminate the sore Big Lick and any economic void could easily be filled with these natural gaited Tennessee Walking Horses:
No stigma of soring and the moribund Tennessee Walking Horse breed could be reborn.
It could actually grow and prosper.
What’s not to like?
And Shelbyville, Tennessee, and the entire State of Tennessee could leave the soring, the terrible soring, for which both are now known world-wide, far far behind.
An online publication, Shelbyville NOW, is planting the seeds of change in the Middle Tennessee community and there are signs that they are starting to grow.
David L. Howard didn’t print the USDA Complaint decertifying S.H.O.W. HIO for 7 days after it was first published on www.billygoboy.com. Then it appeared on other outlets including Shelbyville NOW.
Strangely enough, it was not published in The Tennessean newspaper. The Tennessean newspaper’s mysteriously lackadaisical coverage of what is going on in the Tennessee Walking Horse world is hard to understand. The paper was more active in 1969 than it is in 2014 covering this story.
David L. Howard has always been able to supress or control information. but that time, too, has come and gone. The sunlight is now shining into the dark recesses of the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse World.
It’s a no brainer.
Only David L. Howard and those addicted to the Big Lick could be opposed to paradigm change because the study showed that 44% of the cost of a show horse is not related to:
Nope, according to the government report, 44% is related to ADVERTISING. And then questions are begged regarding what side deals or arrangements might flow from persons having control of an event like David L. Howard and John T. Bobo presently do.
It’s time for the people in Shelbyville to take the Celebration away from its Chairman David L. Howard and consigliere John T. Bobo who are holding it captive if they continue to oppose the future which beckons. The Celebration needs to be given back to the Tennessee Walking Horse breed and the people of the area the way Henry Davis intended it to be in the first place. Not an event scorned by the United States, and based on the attendance numbers, now also scorned by the people of Tennessee as a result of it being controlled be a cabal of those motivated by ego, profit and greed and showcasing institutionalized “regulated” animal abuse which is against federal law.
CELEBRATION ATTENDANCE FIGURES – 2004 – 2013
The problem is compounded because APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea is apparently more concerned about Celebration “gate receipts” than he is in enforcing the Federal Law protecting the horses. And the 139 of the Celebration owned S.H.O.W. HIO Mandatory Minimum Penalties HPA violations remain scattered on Kevin Shea’s office floor rather than being uploaded into the USDA Horse Protection Act database where they belong. Shame on APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea for not doing his job for the taxpayer.
Case closed, or at least it should be.
Economic Analysis of Tennessee Walking Horse Industry Gives Insight
February 15, 2014
In 2012 APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) contracted an independent research company for an analysis of the economic impact of the Tennessee Walking Horse and Racking Horse industry where the industry is prevalent.
The analysis produced several statistics concerning the revenue generated per horse, the cost related to showing a horse annually, the cost of shows, and other information pertinent to the economics of the cost of maintaining a show horse.
The study did not analyze the impact of residual expenses and revenue generated in areas of the country where shows and other events occur. Such as: Hotels, restaurants, general and specific retail sales related to tourism.
The study did however produce some interesting information that we would like to share.
There are approximately 200,500 Tennessee Walking and Racking Horses in the United States.
THERE WERE ONLY 569 BIG LICK HORSES AT THE 2013 CELEBRATION – THAT’S LESS THAN 2/10 OF 1% OF 200,500.
11,410 of the total population of the 200,500 participate in shows. That equals to roughly a little less than 6%. HOW MANY ARE BIG LICK?
There are an estimated 1869 owners that participate in horse shows. HOW MANY ARE BIG LICK?
There are an estimated 7007 exhibitors associated with Tennessee Walking and Racking Horses as of mid 2012. HOW MANY ARE BIG LICK?
There are an estimated 458 trainers as of mid 2012
The average trainer compensation is $40,000 per year.
The average value per SHOW HORSE is $8,000
The average revenue derived from the average SHOW HORSE is $6,666 (this includes average winnings and breeding revenues)
The average costs of owning and training a SHOW HORSE breaks down as follows:
(overall stats are broken down into 3 regions so an approximate weighted average has been calculated)
Feed & Supplements 11%
Veterinary, medicine, and farrier services 7%
Show participation costs including transportation 11%
The average annual cost to the owner per SHOW HORSE is estimated to be $17,700
Using this average we can easily calculate the annual amount of money spent on the care and training of SHOW HORSES to be $201,957,000.00 per year in the United States.
If you break that down by region
Ohio Valley Region: $127,440,000.00 * FOR SOME STRANGE REASON, THE USDA CONTRACTOR PUT TENNESSEE AND KENTUCKY INTO THE “OHIO VALLEY” – RATHER THAN THE SOUTHEAST REGION.
Southeast Region: $ 69,030,000.00
West Region: $ 5,487,000.00
Total Value of SHOW HORSES as of mid 2012: $53,328,000.00
All of the calculations above are based on averages from the report.