AUSTRALIAN TELEVISION “DATELINE” BOMBSHELL “WALK OF SHAME” COVERS DAVID L. HOWARD EMPIRE OF SORE BIG LICK TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE ABUSE – TWO THUMBS UP TO MARY ANN JOLLEY

THETA ,TN –  Our friend, Australian Journalist Mary Ann Jolley, Nieman Fellow at Harvard,    came to Middle Tennessee a month ago.  She did an in depth piece of television journalism  covering the saga of Tennessee Walking Horse abuse.  She met the players on both sides of the issue and covered the story.

It truly makes one wonder why Nashville television has not previously done such a piece.

Ms Jolley came by Theta, and we enjoyed having her here.   Radar, Nephew Eugene, Randolph,   Harold,  Marvin From Cornersville and all the gang hope you enjoy her work.

MARY ANNE JOLLEY,  AUSTRALIAN JOURNALIST AT RISING GLORY FARM, LEWISBURG, TENNESSEE

MARY ANN JOLLEY, AUSTRALIAN JOURNALIST AT RISING GLORY FARM, LEWISBURG, TENNESSEE

FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT MARTY IRBY BEING INTERVIEWED BY MARY ANNE JOLLEY

FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT MARTY IRBY BEING INTERVIEWED BY MARY ANN JOLLEY

http://www.sbs.com.au/dateline/story/watch/id/601870/n/Walk-of-Shame

"WALK OF SHAME" - AUSTRALIAN DATELINE TELEVISION PROGRAM

“WALK OF SHAME” – AUSTRALIAN DATELINE TELEVISION PROGRAM

Priscilla Presley shared her background with Elvis and Tennessee Walking Horses.  And that she is campaigning for passage of the PAST ACT. #PASSTHEPASTACT

Unfortunately,  Ms Jolley did not get to talk to U. S. Senator Lamar #OUTOFTOUCHALEXANDER which would have, indeed,  been interesting. Especially since Alexander told The Tennessean Editorial Board regarding the Tennessee Walking Horse,  “It’s an  Important Tennessee Tradition.  The  Celebration is one of Tennessee’s signature events.  It’s right up there with Elvis”.

And so much of Priscilla and Elvis is featured in “Walk of Shame”.

It seems that Senator Alexander is Out Of Touch that Tennessee becoming a “Horse Abuse State”, and the entire country is lined up against the sore Big Lick Horse championed by his Campaign Finance Chairman Steve Smith who has a Horse Protection Act violation citation.

TWHBEA PRESIDENT STEVE SMITH,  U. S. SENATOR CAMPAIGN FINANCE CHAIRMAN

TWHBEA PRESIDENT STEVE SMITH, U. S. SENATOR CAMPAIGN FINANCE CHAIRMAN

STEVE SMITH/DAVID LANDRUM HORSE PROTECTION ACT VIOLATION CITATION

STEVE SMITH/DAVID LANDRUM HORSE PROTECTION ACT VIOLATION CITATION

Ms Jolley visited the National Trainers Show.  She visited Winky Groover’s Stables and interviewed him.  She discusses the “Package’ and metal band and the chains put on the Horse’s front feet.

When asked by Jolley,  Groover says the “chain helps them lift their leg higher”.

WINKY GROOVER, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER

WINKY GROOVER, SORE BIG LICK HORSE TRAINER

She interviews Celebration CEO Mike Inman and Humane Society official Keith Dane at the Trainers Show;  She showed clips from the ABC Nightline show with Jackie McConnell beating and soring Tennessee Walking Horses.

She describes the burning of skin and using chains on the front feet. She covered the Trainers Show Inspection Area where Winky Groover got a horse turned down and was not allowed to compete.

Mary Ann Jolley attended the Sound Horse Conference organized by Lori Northrup and put on by Friends Of Sound Horses.

LORI NORTHRUP, SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE ORGANIZER,  TWHBEA DIRECTOR,  NEW YORK

LORI NORTHRUP, SOUND HORSE CONFERENCE ORGANIZER, TWHBEA DIRECTOR, NEW YORK

TENNESSEAN CARTOON -

TENNESSEAN CARTOON –

Jolley asked Winky Groover, “Have you ever used Chemicals on a horse’s legs.”  Groover said a long time ago, and when pressed said 35 years ago.   Groover had obvious difficulty answering her question;   When asked what he used he said, “kerosene or something – diesel”.  Jolley noted Groover had over 20 HPA violations.

WINKY GROOVER, "TRYING" TO ANSWER QUESTION ABOUT SORING HISTORY

WINKY GROOVER, “TRYING” TO ANSWER QUESTION ABOUT SORING HISTORY

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THE WINKY GROOVER HPA CITATION VIOLATIONS RECORD ““  18 OFFENSES

Winky Groover 1803 Hwy 64 W Shelbyville TN TN130147-AC Ritz’s Doctor 7060 7/26/2012 ######## 19th Annual Dickson County Saddle & Bridle Club Horse Show Foreign Substance Sulfur
Winky Groover not listed not listed not listed TN130394-AC Sweet Swing 7060 8/27/2011 8/20/2013 73rd Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Foreign Substance Isopropyl myristate and cholesterol
Winky Groover not listed not listed not listed TN130282-AC Off Duty 7060 8/30/2012 4/24/2013 74th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Foreign Substance Cholesterol
Horse or Person on Suspension First Name Middle Initial Last Name Title City State Zip Code Horse Name Horse Registry Type of Finding Second Finding Detail Other Type of Finding Suspension Start Date Suspension End Date Fine Amount HIO USDA Present? Notes
Winky Groover Bell Buckle TN 37020 Unilateral Sore 01/07/2009 02/05/2009 NHSC conflict case
Winky Groover Shelbyville TN Unilateral Sore 00/00/0000 06/08/2002 NHSC Probation Ends
Winky Groover Bell Buckle TN Scar Rule 07/08/2002 07/21/2002 NHSC
Winky Groover Shelbyville TN Bilateral Sore 10/09/2000 06/08/2001 NHSC
Winky Groover Bell Buckle TN 37020 My Private Label Scar Rule 05/25/2009 06/07/2009 SHOW
Winky Groover Trainer Shelbyville TN Command & Control Other, Define In Next Field ticket # 28616 08/05/2010 08/05/2010 SHOW
Winky Groover Train/Exhi Bell Buckle TN Sweet Swing Scar Rule ticket 29629 08/24/2011 09/03/2011 SHOW
Winky Groover Bell Buckle TN 37020 Unilateral Sore Foreign Substance 04/22/2002 05/05/2002 NHSC
Winky Groover Shelbyville TN 37162 Equipment Violation 10/04/2004 10/17/2004 NHSC
Winky Groover Bell Buckle TN 37020 Unilateral Sore 03/10/2004 03/23/2004 NHSC
Winky Groover Shelbyville TN 37162 Unilateral Sore 09/04/2005 09/17/2005 NHSC
Winky Groover Shelbyville TN 37162 Foreign Substance 06/12/2005 06/25/2005 NHSC
Winky Groover Bell Buckle TN 37020 Scar Rule 2nd Finding 12/16/2002 02/15/2003 NHSC
Winky Groover Bell Buckle TN 37020 Scar Rule 2nd 08/01/2002 09/30/2002 NHSC
Winky Groover Shelbyville TN 10 Karat Dumas Scar Rule 10/26/2003 11/08/2003 KWHA

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MARY ANNE JOLLEY, NIEMAN FELLOW, HARVARD

MARY ANN JOLLEY, NIEMAN FELLOW, HARVARD

Mary Ann Jolley showed pictures of Elvis riding and Midnight Sun being ridden.  She said “You don’t need to be an expert to see the fine qualities of the Tennessee Walking Horse.     Without the use of artificial devices, the animal has a grace and beauty matched only by its gentle temperament”.

MARTY IRBY, FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT

MARTY IRBY, FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT

Marty Irby said, “People need to have a change of heart.  They need to understand that soring is wrong, and that the breed can grow in a new direction away from the sore big lick horse.”

Senator Lamar #OUTOFTOUCHALEXANDER and TWHBEA VP Walt Chism and the HPA Licker violators at TWHBEA  need to all understand,  the whole world is watching this.

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