SHELBYVILLE, TN – The historic “WALK ON WASHINGTON” on June 18, 2014 resulted in Regions Bank pulling its $20,000.00 corporate sponsorship from the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration on June 26, 2014.
Regions Bank was the Celebration’s largest corporate sponsor.
First Priscilla Presley pulled the 30 year Graceland Challenge Trophy, and now Regions Bank pulls its corporate 28 year corporate sponsorship.
Apparently the glare of national publicity focused on the Sore Big Lick by the “WALK ON WASHINGTON” rally became too much for the Regions Bank (based in red state Alabama) which snatched its corporate sponsorship of the Celebration eight days after America met in front of the U. S. Capitol to demand the end of the sore Big Lick, and to PASS THE PAST ACT..
It does not appear the world is ever going to be the same again after four ladies from Virginia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia, who love their Horses, got together, and decided under the First Amendment to the U. S. Constitution to petition their government for a redress of grievances regarding the cruelty and pain inflicted on the Tennessee Walking Horse in the name of family entertainment at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tennessee.
They came up with “WALK ON WASHINGTON”.
They stayed the course and got the “permit” – which is almost impossible to obtain – and the Capitol Police put them right square in front of the United States Capitol.
Then America got behind them and said, “Enough is Enough”.
This is where it all took place – with the whole world watching.
REGIONS BANK – OPERATES FROM ILLINOIS TO FLORIDA
ALL OF AMERICA IS FOR THE PAST ACT TO ELIMINATE THE SORE BIG LICK
Regions looked at the lesson depicted by “The Poll” Map. It decided it can no longer afford to be associated with the “Animal Cruelty” represented by the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking National Celebration. The Celebration Chairman David L. Howard, John T. Bobo and TWHBEA President Steve Smith, U.S.Senator Lamar Alexander’s Campaign Finance Chairman, all champio the cruel sore Big Lick. They staunchly oppose the PAST ACT.
While the sore Big Lickers are up in arms about Regions pulling the corporate sponsorship, Celebration Chairman David L. Howard has offered some totally out of character statements regarding the development:
Instead of railing to the high heavens as he usually does when something crosses him or goes wrong in the sore Big Lick universe, Howard is strangely accepting and conciliatory regarding the Regions Bank catastrophe.
Here are some of his thoughts from a message board:
CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD TAKES UP FOR REGIONS BANK
“I encourage you to be judicious when you criticize Regions and move your money. Regions was one of the first three corporate sponsors (TWHBEA and Walking Horse Report were the others) in 1986 and stayed with the Celebration through thick and thin giving a total of $553,000. If and until the Celebration gets a bank sponsor of similar yearly commitment, my money is staying right where it is. If someone else steps up, they will have my support.
Personally I am writing Regions a letter of appreciation for all they have done and encourage them to get back involved. If you are going to be upset, be upset with the companies that should be supporting the Celebration. For instance Cracker Barrel, Jack Daniels, prominent horse owners and groups and local and regional companies.”
“The Celebration board is in the process of drafting a letter of appreciation to Regions – they have been a wonderful sponsor – and folks need to concern themselves with the individuals, companies and organizations that have not supported the Celebration or the industry, including some who have benefitted greatly from it.”
Normally, when some one or some thing goes against David L. Howard’s self perceived interest, all Hell breaks loose.
Nephew Eugene heard some interesting things at Pope’s Cafe this past Saturday.
Some say Mr. Howard is taking this approach with Regions Bank:
- Regions Bank loaned the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO $600,000+, and is holding the note.
- David L. Howard owns a large block of Regions Bank stock.
Yet, it didn’t take David L. Howard long to revert to form when a local candidate for Congress, Mr. Jim Tracy, refused Mr. Howard’s instructions to embrace and take the side of the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse. The sore Big Lick TWH is championed by David L. Howard and TWHBEA President Steve Smith, U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander’s Campaign Finance Chairman.
David L. Howard railed on a message board attacking his long time friend, Shelbyville businessman and former Chamber of Commerce President Jim Tracy who is running for Congress against the scandal tainted incumbent Representative Scott Desjarlais (R-TN).
Tracy’s only sin is that apparently David L. Howard wanted him to come out for the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse. The one which Howard’s buddy Celebration Board member Pat Marsh, who lobbied in Congress earlier this year, described as that “fancy high stepping horse”.
DAVID L. HOWARD’S SUPPORTING CONGRESSMAN SCOTT DESJARLAIS (R-TN)
“Very few of our elected representatives have fought harder for our breed than Scott, even when it’s unpopular or controversial. Unfortunately his opponent Jim Tracy has abandoned his hometown horse during its most difficult time for fear it will cost him votes. Jim talks the talk but Scott proudly walks the walk.”
“It would be enlightening if Tracy would take a public position on the two bills in Congress that dramatically affect many of his constituents and donors. I fear he is afraid to support the breed when it is under attack from so many places including the media…surely he’s not looking for an endorsement from The Tennessean and others.
Outside of that, he is running because he feels Desjarlais is vulnerable because of the publicity surrounding some serious mistakes in his personal life years ago. Desjarlais has accepted responsibility for this indiscretions and moved on to be a highly effective and very conservative representative. And it would be helpful if Tracy would tell the voters which votes of Desjarlais he disagrees with.”
So if you wanted to see pigs fly, and David L. Howard get in bed with Scott Desjarlais, you “may” have to wait for the airborne pigs, but you do not have to wait for the Howard-DesJarlais union.
It has apparently taken place.
SORE HORSE “BROMANCE” – DAVID L. HOWARD/SCOTT DESJARLAIS BOYZ
ODD MAN OUT – REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE JIM TRACY
THE REASON TO PASS THE PAST ACT – ELIMINATE THE PADS AND CHAINS
And Heidi Hall at The Tennessean, it is definitely NOT a Sport.
Ms Hall, if you “really” think it’s a sport,how about let’s put some gojo or “light mix” on your bare ankles, put on some saran wrap and let it “cook”overnight, then unwrap you for the show, spray on some benzocaine or give you a nerve block so you can get through inspection, and “time it” so it wears off about the time you hit the show ring, then let’s have you go “Running Walk” and have that dandy little 6 oounce chain slap your SORE ankle, and then see how you well you like and do the SORE Big Lick.
IF you ever experience this, you will – NEVER call it a SPORT again.