SHELBYVILLE, TN – The USDA DQP training for the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO was held in Shelbyville, Tennessee over the weekend, and the USDA delivered a message that has David L. Howard and the WALKING HORSE TRAINER BOYZ in full melt down.
The 98.6% Horse Protection Act compliance rate folks – the sore Big Lick crowd – are now threatening to cancel the Trainers Show and 2014 Show Season over the USDA doing its job through the use of science based technology to enforce the scar rule.
The TRAINER BOYZ were told that the USDA VMOs are going to check EVERY horse for scar rule violation, and wrinkles of raised tissue on the horse’s pastern will get you a First Offense under the mandatory minimum penalties.
This will mean a 60 day suspension. In the past, it meant nothing other than a piece of paper.
SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE DONNA BENEFIELD ISSUES CONFIDENTIAL WARNING
By Donna Benefield
“CONFIDENTIAL ALERT: I just received a call from a Big Lick trainer, informing me that the National Trainer’s Association “Secret Meeting,” that was held this morning about 9 A.M., was to discuss whether to have the Trainer’s Show this weekend. I was told, no solution was reached, so it will resume this evening about 5 P.M to vote, on whether to even have a SHOW SEASON. This is to remain CONFIDENTIAL.
The WALKING HORSE TRAINER BOYZ are having a “LIVILEHOOD”membership meeting conference call at 5:00 p.m. Monday to decide to have the 46th Annual National Trainers Show and the 2014 Show Season.
Seasoned observers believe that based on past strategy, when the heat gets on, the Trainer BOYZ “strike” or “boycott”.
It is not believed that tactic will work this time for two reasons:
- The “Racket” is 98.6% compliant so why should it worry about the USDA doing its job.
- David L. Howard and the TRAINER BOYZ and the BLACKBURN BILL TO ENABLE SORING have been wanting science based inspections, and it appears that new technology is now available which will make that possible.
And in response to it all, David L. Howard and the TRAINER BOYZ went to cancel the Trainers Show and Show season?
My, oh my.