SHELBYVILLE, TN – After being paralyzed by the TWHBEA members voting 63% for the PAST ACT, and then the November 13, 2013 Congressional Hearing which didn’t fare well with a flood of members of Congress lining up to sponsor the PAST ACT, the Tennessee based sore Big Lick, now acting out of pure desperation, seems to be making a sputtering comeback.
The Lickers are starting to better organize themselves and distill their message in an effort to dodge the bullet once again and be allowed to keep the pads and chains necessary for the sore Big Lick.
There are grassroots efforts to mount a social media campaign:
And there is the Big Lick Jerry Harris interview of Dr. John Bennett, expert witness before Congress and in the Larry Joe Wheelon case. There are comical aspects to the exchange with Brother Jerry asking leading question after leading question, and Dr. Bennett doing his folksy good job of voicing the party line. It will probably resonate well in Tennessee.
BIG LICK THEMES
- Scientific technology for inspection – let the government provide it.
- Economic impact and damage from removing pad and chain.
Jerry Harris is a down home Baghdad Bob. He could play ‘in character” on the old “Hee Haw” television program.
“HEE HAW” TELEVISION PROGRAM CHARACTER
JERRY HARRIS – BIG LICK PUBLICIST
Jerry gets way out there and corn pones it on not exactly understanding what a “One Footer” is. And he accepts and embraces the bogus 98.6% alleged Big Lick compliance rate like it was brought down from the Mount by Moses himself.
Dr. Bennett probably wishes he could get back his statement on: “horse trained to respond to action device hitting a pastern”.
Dr. Bennett also testified at length from the stand In Maryville, Tennessee in August 2013 regarding the reasons this was not a sore horse:
USDA Dr. Rachel Cezar testified it was a picture of a sore horse.
YOUTUBE VIDEO OF BIG LICK PUBLICIST JERRY HARRIS AND DR. BENNETT
The Big Lick message is:
- Taking the pads and chains will cause great economic harm. The city of Shelbyville is asking for an economic impact study.
- Scientific objective inspection is the way to go – not taking away pads and chains – and subjective inspections.
- Pads and chains do not sore.
- Don’t know if government will allow a weighted shoe or not.
- Don’t trust the government. Note: Nephew Eugene agrees that based on Kevin Shea not making the 139 HPA violations available online, that you can’t trust the government.
As has been reported here, the joker in the deck:
Is the USDA on the side of the Big Lick by “regulating” soring or on the side of protecting the horses and “eliminating” soring completely.
It is noteworthy that the HAWHA HIO (Heart of America Walking Horse Association HIO) which for two years has refused to accept the Mandatory Penalties, and which for some unknown reason APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea refuses to decertify, will meet on February 27 in Commerce, Georgia. The meeting is going to be attended by Mindy Patterson with The Cavalry Group and the purpose is to provide information to all Tennessee Walking Horse show managers and stake holders.
Shame on USDA APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea for allowing this charade to continue.
Although there are dedicated people who work for the USDA enforcing the Horse Protection Act, its leadership appears suspect either due to a bureaucratic malaise or indifference personified by APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea and Deputy Administrator Chester Gipson, DVM.
There are just too many signs of inside dealing and preferential treatment given to the institutionalized practice of soring horses and the USDA regulation of it, but no real effort to crack the whip and eliminate it.
At one time, the political climate made that a risky adventure, but with 264 U. S. Representatives and 44 U. S. Senators sponsoring the PAST ACT removing the pads and chains, you would think that Shea and Gipson would now be proactive, but not uploading the 139 HPA violations issued by S.H.O.W. HIO to the USDA HPA database, proves that they are not.
The Big Lick is in an anemic condition and the WHTA Trainer Boyz keep shooting themselves in the foot:
- Conducting a “Questioner” and a “Pole” of its membership trying to track down the travel pattern of former TWHBEA President Marty Irby, now a Congressional Aide to U. S. Representative Ed Whitfield.
- Putting 18 HPA citation guy Winky Groover out front this week to ‘splain to a Knoxville television reporter that soring isn’t necessary to have the Big Lick.
- Going to Congressmen offices wearing 6 oz color chains around their necks.
- Having “Judge” Dean Byard judge the upcoming Trainer’s Show.
- Being the “tool” in the hands of David L. Howard by calling a meeting. to once again consign their customers to showing at only one HIO and now showing at the Celebration if they wander off.
DEMISE OF MARKETABILITY OF THE BIG LICK TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE
The recent Kentucky After Christmas Sale had about 145 entries catalogued in its Lexington, Kentucky version with no padded horses due to them being inspected by the IWHA and the Kentucky Horse Park venue discouraging them.
The Delta Equine Select Sale being held this Saturday is coming up way short with about 103 entries with five to be “announced at sale.
The Kentucky After Christmas Sale used to be 350-400 entries over 4 days. Now, its held if two different states, and has about 250 entries.
It will be interesting to see how many Big Lick horses show up at Tunica. And it looks like the spotlight won’t be working Saturday night at Paul Battle Arena.
This fellow won’t be attending.
It will be interesting to see who else does.