SHELBYVILLE, TN – Replacing Purple Strategies, Phil Osborne, Lexington Kentucky Public Relations guy, being paid $5,000.00 a month by PSHA, borrowed the old Purple Couch from Rob and Becky Cornelius and drew up a letter
for PSHA Chairman Jim Cortner to sign. Due to Osborne’s home town contacts, the letter was published Sunday, March 16, 2014, in the Lexington Leader-Herald newspaper.
JIM CORTNER PSHA CHAIRMAN; MICKEY MCCORMICK, WHTA TRAINER BOYZ
PHIL OSBORNE – PR; JEFFREY HOWARD – PSHA ; JEFF SPEAKS – LOBBYIST
Cortner’s letter made an outrageous claim:
“H. R. 1518 would alter that drastically by actually eliminating a complete sector of equine competitors “” effectively wiping out the industry, which employs some 20,000 men and women and pumps $3.2 billion into the nation’s economy.
H.R. 4098 eliminates soring. H.R. 1518 eliminates the horse.”
20,000 Men and Women?
Come on Phil, there are only 85 dues paying members of the Walking Horse Trainer BOYZ.
If you figure these 85 have three employees each that = 255.
19,845 Short of 20,000
$3.2 Billion into the Nation’s Economy
Listen Phil, there’s only supposed to be 200,000 Tennessee Walking Horses alive in the world.
Let’s see, there’s about 10 horses in each barn = 850 Horses
Understanding Phil, that there were only about 500 Big Lick Horses total at the 2013 Celebration.
So Phil if you think the 85 Trainer BOYZ, and 255 Barn Help, and the feed, vet and farrier for 850 horses = $3,200,000,000.00 ($3.2 Billion), I have a used chicken coop for sale I will let you have cheap at $25,000.00.
Look at it this way Phil, If you divide $3.2 BILLION by 200,000 that will work out to be $16,000.00 per horse, and Phil, that’s mostly trail horses.
Phil had to give it his best shot because the sore Big Lick was blindsided by The Tennessean Sunday Editorial on March 9, 2014, complete with cartoon when it exposed the “Blackburn Bill To Enable Soring”. It’s been staggering and dodging chains ever since.
THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL EXCERPTS
- Blackburn’s bill is … institutionalized abuse disguised as animal protection.
- “Blackburn’s bill also ignores the use of pads and chains; it authorizes state agricultural commissioners in Tennessee and Kentucky, who have historically ignored horse abuse, to hire show inspectors; and it removes the federal requirement that HIO meetings be open to the public.
- Blackburn’s legislation was the best that horse-abusers’ money could buy, in the form of tens of thousands of dollars in contributions to her campaign, in order to continue torturing and maiming horses.”
Phil, I know you just know what you are told, and are a pretty decent spin guy.
COMFORTABLE RIDE IS NATURAL
Eliminating soring and restoring the horses’ flat-shod gait would allow the natural features and abilities of the Walking Horses “” their endurance, good temperament and comfortable ride “” to shine through.
“The whole industry would be broader, but it would not have the peaks,” Harlin said, referring to the big money generated by the annual Walking Horse Celebration.”
Phil, you wrote a good letter, except you got it all wrong.
As Bill Harlin said, if the Tennessee Walking Horse breed can be freed from the Pads and Chains and Soring, maybe, just maybe, the Tennessee Walking Horse business will be worth the $3,200,000.00 ($3.2 Billion) you say it is now.
Phil, please take a look at the future:
THE BAD IMAGE – “I AM JOSE” – 2013 WORLD GRAND CHAMPION TW HORSE
What’s not to like?