SHELBYVILLE, TN – It must be nice to know when you are Celebration Chairman/Walking Horse Report owner David L. Howard, that you have the luxury of creating a Big Lick Horse Show out of “thin air” to boost ad sales after a couple of disastrous weeks of money-losing newspapers, and The Celebration can provide the venue.
Is this subsidization of private enterprise?
Or conflict of interest?
Or just business as usual?
“The Celebration’s Kickoff Classic” Horse Show a/k/a “THE DAVID L. HOWARD INVITATIONAL PORTAPOTTY CLASSIC” was conceived about three weeks ago.
It is being held tonight at the Celebration’s “Champions Arena”.
It serves three purposes:
- The Addict Customers Get To Show.
- The Trainer BOYZ get to keep the Addict Customers addicted..
- David L. Howard makes money off of the BOYZ and their Customer Addicts.
Apparently, Walking Horse Report Publisher Howard’s impetus was the March 31 WHR only had 24 pages and the April 14 WHR only had, 32 pages. Howard took a financial bath following two of the larger sore Big Lick Horse Shows, the National Trainers Show, March 14-16, and the Jackson, Mississippi Horse Show, March 24-26, being failures. The USDA showed up at The Trainers Show, and only 255 horses were shown compared to 520 in 2013, a 51% reduction. Only 31 Big Lick horses were shown on Saturday night with the USDA properly enforcing the Horse Protection Act.
Celebration Chairman Howard was looking at another disaster at next week’s Panama City Walking Horse Extravaganza a/k/a the Trainer BOYZ Family Vacation Horse Show (paid for by the Addict Customers).
Publisher Howard, who spent the week of the Trainers Show out at Canyon Ranch Spa Resort in Arizona, realized he had to do something, and do it quick.
Chairman Howard gambled that the USDA would most likely not attend the April 19 “Kick Off Classic” because it would concentrate its limited resources on the Panama City multi-night show the next week, April 24-26. He also figured that the Trainer BOYZ would show close to home with virtually no hauling bill, and nothing much to lose with their customers addicts if the USDA showed up to protect “The Horses”, and they had to flee the grounds as usual, rather than have the horses properly inspected.
Howard was wrong on his gamble about the USDA. They made the Show, and based on this on the ground photo, there are very few entries going through inspection, compared to last weekend’s Bedford County Cancer Benefit show.
David L. Howard also realized that with local Tennessee communities fast abandoning the Saturday night Horse Shows because the public will no longer support the animal cruelty related to the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse, that he must find some way to feed his Cash Cow Cha Ching, and keep the Trainer Boyz sore Big Lick Customer Addicts addicted.
No other Horse Show could sustain itself with only two or three horses in a class like “The David L. Howard Portapotty Classic”, but all Chairman/Publisher Howard is interested is that First/Second Place ad sale, with the Celebration picking up the hosting tab, and Howard’s Walking Horse Report makes money.
Pretty neat deal, huh?
Nephew Eugene believes you can look for more sore Big Lick “incubator” Horse Shows like the “Portapotty Classic” concept to continue with David L. Howard selling ads and The Celebration picking up the tab.
It is disappointing that, rather than David L. Howard embracing the change that is coming, he stubbornly insists on trying to artificially sustain the sore Big Lick Addiction while lining his pockets.
Is there no one in Shelbyville who can see or care what David L. Howard is doing?
Sister Laura LuLu got a first place ribbon. Do you want to make a bet if there is an ad bought?