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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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||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||Bell Buckle||TN||37020||Unilateral Sore||03/10/2004||03/23/2004||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|
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 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.