WASHINGTON, DC – Sadly,  U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN),  while cloaking himself in the mantle of being against the soring of Tennessee Walking Horse,  took Representative Marsha Blackburn’s (R-TN) pig of a  BILL TO ENABLE SORING,   put a little lipstick on, and here  is Alexander’s “roll out” Press Statement regarding the porcine creation he now owns.

And Senator, you are going to find out that the  sore Big Lick horse racket is NOT America’s National Pastime, and that your enabling people who control and profit from the institutionalized criminal practice of horse soring is not a wise choice.

You would have never done this if you still harbored ambitions to be the President of this great country because you see Senator, the American people are solidly against it.


With baseball, those players you mentioned made choices to inject substances.

In the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse world, The Horse doesn’t get a vote.

The Horse is a helpless victim.

Senator, do you not understand that you can’t have the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse without SORE.


And this Bill To Enable Soring which you have sponsored allows the Horse to continue to be hurt by those who profit from a “racket” they like to call an “industry”.

It’s one sorry “Racket” is all it is.

And it will never be cleaned up until the pads and chains are removed.



For Immediate Release

Contact:  Jim Jeffries,  (202) 224-8816

Brian Reisinger,  (202) 224-8848

Senators Alexander, McConnell, Paul Introduce Legislation to Preserve Tennessee Walking Horse Tradition, Stop “Contemptible Practice” of Illegal Soring


Legislation builds upon proposal by Congressman Blackburn that has support of 11 other congressmen and American Farm Bureau  


“In baseball, if a player illegally uses steroids, you punish the player ““ you don’t shut down America’s national pastime. With Tennessee Walking Horse shows, when trainers, owners or riders illegally sore a horse, we should punish and stop them ““ not shut down one of Tennessee’s most treasured traditions.” ““ Lamar Alexander


WASHINGTON, April 1 ““  U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.)  introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate today that Alexander said would “preserve the century-old tradition of the Tennessee Walking Horse while ending the contemptible practice of the illegal soring of horses.”

The senators’ legislation modifies a proposal authored and introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and a group that includes Tennessee’s six other Republican congressmen. Blackburn’s legislation also has the support of the American Farm Bureau, which includes both the Tennessee and Kentucky farm bureaus. The Tennessee Farm Bureau said in a letter to Alexander that the legislation would “allow the vast majority of horse owners, trainers and breeders and those who play by the rules to confidently participate in the horse shows.”

A competing bill, advocated by the Humane Society of the United States, has also been introduced in the Senate and House and would ban many industry-standard training and show devices, and has been described by the Performance Show Horse Association as legislation that would “do little more than create another layer of bureaucracy at the USDA while denying horse enthusiasts the opportunity” to participate in competitions that are the basis of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry.


Alexander said: “In baseball, if a player illegally uses steroids, you punish the player ““ you don’t shut down America’s national pastime. With Tennessee Walking Horse shows, when trainers, owners or riders illegally sore a horse, we should find a more effective way to punish and stop them ““ not shut down one of Tennessee’s most treasured traditions. The problem with the Humane Society bill is that it destroys a Tennessee tradition known around the world. Our goal is to find a way to preserve the Tennessee Walking Horse tradition and stop the cruelty to horses.”

Alexander continued, “When I first went to Japan in 1979 to recruit Nissan, the Tennessee Walking Horse was one of the things the Japanese knew best about our state.   In fact, the emperor had his own Walking Horse because it has an enjoyable gait that makes riding a more pleasurable experience. And when the first major supplier of Nissan ““ Calsonic ““ came to Shelbyville, the company’s gift to Tennessee was Calsonic Arena, where the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is held.”


In 2013 the Tennessee Walking Horse tradition included more than 360 affiliated shows, and it features more than 220,000 registered horses nationwide, including more than 55,000 in Tennessee, according to the Tennessee Walking Horse Association.

Blackburn’s legislation is supported by U.S. Reps. Diane Black, Scott DesJarlais, John J. Duncan, Jr., Stephen Fincher, Chuck Fleischmann and Phil Roe, all of Tennessee, as well as Rogers and U.S. Rep. Andy Barr of Kentucky, U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), U.S. Rep. Candace Miller (R-Mich.) and U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, (D-W.Va.).

Her legislation would take three primary steps to preserve the Tennessee Walking Horse tradition while ending the illegal practice of soring. It would:

  • Create consistent oversight  ““ The legislation would consolidate numerous “horse industry organizations” that currently handle inspections into one body overseeing inspections, governed by a board. The board would be composed of appointees by the states of Tennessee and Kentucky, as well as experts in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry.
  • Require objective testing  ““ The legislation would require the use of objective, scientific testing to determine whether trainers, riders or owners are currently using soring techniques ““ as opposed to humane training practices that do not harm the horses, but accentuate their natural gait.
  • Protect against conflicts of interest  ““ The legislation would ensure the integrity of horse inspectors by instructing the horse industry organization to establish requirements to prevent conflicts of interest with trainers, breeders and owners involved in showing the Tennessee Walking Horse.

Alexander’s legislation makes three additional modifications to Blackburn’s proposal. In addition to taking the steps Blackburn recommends, Alexander’s legislation would:

  • Require input from veterinarians  ““ The legislation would require the new consolidated horse industry organization to identify and contract with equine veterinary experts to advise the horse industry organization on testing methods and procedures, as well as certification of test results.
  • Add suspensions from horse shows  ““ The legislation would create a suspension period for horses that are found to be sore. Owners whose horses are found to be sore will be required to have their horses on a 30-day suspension for the first offense, with additional offenses requiring 90 days.
  • Require term limits for board members  ““ The legislation would create four-year term limits for board members of the horse industry organization that would oversee inspections.

Despite attempts by knowledgeable reasonable people to educate Tennessee’s senior U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander on the 2014 state of the corrupt and contemptible sore Big Lick, Alexander has ill-advisedly chosen to plunge ahead with a tweaked up BILL TO ENABLE SORING.

Senator Alexander has gone to the pottery barn,  knocked over a vase, and it’s broken, and now he will own it.
U. S. Senator Bob Corker has this one right, and Senator Alexander has it woefully wrong.
Alexander is apparently living back in the 1980s when he was Governor, there were 30,000 fans in the stands on Stake Night, and he would go to Shelbyville to crown the World Grand Champion.
Senator Alexander, you are about to see just how much times have changed since those days in which you are apparently living.
Paraphrasing words associated with another of Tennessee’s treasured traditions “The public has left the building” on the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse.  It’s a shame you listened to your Campaign Chairman Steve Smith on this one.
This AIN’T baseball, Senator.  It’s about hurting animals and all of these Walking Horse Trainers BOYZ are doing it, and it’s not just a few bad apples either.


You wouldn’t see Priscilla Presley a few weeks ago because you didn’t want to hear the fact that one of Tennessee’s great traditions has run ashore on the reef of institutionalized soring.


Your  Campaign Finance Chairman Steve Smith knows all about because he has participated in it (see below) one of Tennessee’s most treasured traditions:


And which Celebration Chairman David L. Howard champions because the Ad Sales feed his Walking Horse Report Cash Cow.


It’s America, Senator, and you can certainly do what you want,  but you have pitched this one over the wall.  I think you are definitely going to be hearing from the people in Tennessee and all over the country about this ill-advised choice of yours.
We expected so much more from you.