SHELBYVILLE, TN – Let the word go forth that the American People are grateful for its servant, the United States Department of Agriculture, for enforcing the present Horse Protection Law and doing its best to protect the Tennessee Walking Horses from abusive practices on Saturday night.
There were 14 post show violations on Friday night.
The USDA went into Barns and Trailers on Saturday night enforcing the law.
Hand held thermography was introduced.
The Center Ring Announcer continued his “Code Blue” urgent pleas for Dr.Randy Baker to report to the Championship Arena immediately, most likely to assist another Trainer Boyz and customer facing Horse Protection violations being written by SHOW DQPs and USDA VMOs gathering information for Federal Cases.
On Saturday night, there were 46 horses and 3 children on Lead Line Horses which entered the Calsonic Arena Show Ring.
When you subtract the 15 flat shod entries, that leaves 31 padded Big Lick horses on exhibition.
Here’s the padded Bg Lick scorecard:
- 1 2 Year Old Mares – Rider’s Cup
- 3 15.2 & Under Stallions – Riders Cup
- 3 2 Year Old Stallions – Riders Cup
- 2 Juvenile Specialty2
- 0 15.2 & Under Mares/Geldings – NO horses – Class not called.
- 1 Youth Pony
- 3 Park Pleasure
- 1 4 Year Old Stallions
- 2 Classic Park Pleasure
- 1 5 Year Old Amateur Specialty
- 4 Amateur Specialty
- 4 Auxiliary Equitation – 17 & Under
- 2 Show Pleasure
- 2 Auxiliary Equitation – Canter
- 2 WHTA Championship Stake Class 31 Total Big Lick Horses
The loyal Walking Horse Trainers Auxiliary presented a check for $15,000.00 to give to PSHA to help pay for the $17,000.00 a month lobbyist/pr bills. The $15,000.00 was the money that WHTA Auxiliary raised from the Silent Auction at the WHTA Show.
Meanwhile,, the TRAINER BOYZ were dismayed to learn that Celebration Chairman David L. Howard chose the week of the Trainers Show to head off to the exclusive Canyon Ranch Health Resort for a week’s vacation where the digs for a week for two run about $10,000.00+.
The Trainers leadership is now running on fumes, and the Big Lick folks are in disarray. The Lickers don’t know what to make of Howard leaving the building at this crucial time. There are rumors of growing dissension in Big Lick ranks with four walls closing in on them in their attempt to defend and market an “unmarketable” product which the public has rejected. Never was that more apparent than the 2014 National Trainers Show. There were as few people in attendance as there were Horses for the showcase event.
Regarding protecting The Horses, the USDA has now set the tone for the enforcement of the Horse Protection Act.
There must not be any back up or conciliation.
The course has been set.
The American People will support the USDA IF it is stayed.
There will be more challenges in the days ahead, but to not note what happened on March 13, 14 and 15 would be patently unfair.
Despite the reduction in the number of entries, there were plenty of bad image sore going Tennessee Walking Horses at the 2014 National Trainers Show.
The problem can only be resolved by the passage of the PAST ACT.
In the meantime, the USDA must do the best it can
The Horses and the American people are depending on them to do so.