THE BIG LICK ADDICTION … AIN’T NOTHING QUITE LIKE IT … AND IT ALL STARTS BACK THIS WEEKEND AT THE CALSONIC ARENA ON THE CELEBRATION GROUNDS IN SHELBYVILLE, TENNESSEE IN A HISTORY MAKING FIRST COLT PREVIEW AND HORSE SALE

SHELBYVILLE, TN – The Big Lick is an addiction.

That’s really the only word for it.

It’s not a complicated endeavor.

People gather every weekend,  and somebody plays the organ, and the horses go in a circle one way, then they turn around and go in a circle another way.

A Judge declares a winner.

Then they do it another 20 – 25 more times that night.

Then it’s over, and they go home.

But rest assured,  the thirst is not quenched.

The people addicted live for the next weekend so they can do it all over again.

The Fix is memorialized in a weekly newspaper called The Walking Horse Report where Trainer BOYZ customers pay approximately $750.00 a page to see big color pictures of themselves along with descriptions of their prowess and that of their horses in winning the prized Blue Ribbons.  And the Trainer Boyz tell the customers how good they look assure them how much those Ads will help them in their future show ring efforts

It is truly addictive, and it is just as anachronistic as those wearing the fedoras and riding suits as if from another age such as this fellow:

JACKIE MCCONNELL HAS HIM SMOKING.

JACKIE MCCONNELL HAS HIM SMOKING.

And every time those horses go in a circle, and those Blue Ribbons are awarded,  these two guys make a boatload of money:

"I'LL BE HONEST WITH YOU - WE'LL NEVER GET THERE" - CHATTANOOGA FEDERAL COURTHOUSE STEPS - JACKIE MCCONNELL GUILTY PLEA - MAY 22, 2012

“I’LL BE HONEST WITH YOU – WE’LL NEVER GET THERE” – CHATTANOOGA FEDERAL COURTHOUSE STEPS – JACKIE MCCONNELL GUILTY PLEA – MAY 22, 2012

Jeffrey Howard, Editor - PSHA Spokesperson & Walking Horse Report

Jeffrey Howard, Editor – PSHA Spokesperson & Walking Horse Report

Jeffry Howard calls it “The Sport and The Horse you love.”    The only thing wrong with what Jeffrey Howard says is  no one asks the horses  if  they “love” being “fixed” in order for people, not horses, to enjoy their “Big Lick” sport.

And these guys, who train both horses and people, also make some pretty good money. They are actually more “People Trainers” than they are Horse Trainers.  Some of them are quite practiced chemists.

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WHTA BOYZ BOARD

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And these people pay for all of it:

CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN

CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN MEETING AND GREETING

They simply live for the next horse show where they eat high cuisine such as:

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NEVER HAD ANYTHING THAT TASTES THIS GOOD

And enjoy the company of the same people – weekend after weekend – doing the same repetitive thing.  Truly, it’s an addiction.   Note: When their neighbors ask where they are going sometimes they use subterfuges to keep them from finding out.

YEA BUDDY, HE'S A GOOD'N.

YEA BUDDY, HE’S A GOOD’N.

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WE ARE JUST A HEAH A WAITIN’

And here is the glue that binds the addiction:

WE SHO ENJOY SEEING BIG PICTURES OF WHAT WE JUST SAW LAST WEEKEND

WE ENJOY SEEING BIG PICTURES OF WHAT WE JUST SAW LAST WEEKEND

AND THERE'S EVEN SOME WORDS TO READ IN HERE EVERY NOW AND THEN

AND THERE’S EVEN SOME WORDS TO READ IN HERE EVERY NOW AND THEN

HERE COMES DAT FIRST HOSS

FIRST ONE IN - HE CAN MORE WITH BLINDERS

FIRST ONE IN – HE CAN DO MORE WITH BLINDERS

THIS BAD BOY MIGHT BE GOOD WHEN HE GROWS INTO HISSELF

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And so it goes in  these Red States weekend after weekend, from March until the last Saturday before Labor Day.

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Everything is built around the next weekend and the next horse show.

Nothing else matters.

Not the PAST Act,  not HIOs,  bad publicity,  nothing  … nothing else matters.

Not the future of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed.

Just the “Big Lick” Hit matters.  And It’s an addiction, pure and simple.

THE "BIG LICK" ADDICTION

HIT FOR THE “BIG LICK” ADDICTION

The Big Lick Show addiction cranks back up this weekend in Shelbyville, Tennessee IN the Calsonic Arena AT the Celebration grounds:

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It’s going to be a SPRING FLING and the Big Lick is wafting in the air.  Lots of addicts are expected to be there.

It’s Big Lick Horse Show Time In Tennessee.

And there’s nothing quite like it anywhere on earth …. for the addicts anyway.

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