CORNERSVILLE, TN – The USDA stopped enforcing the Horse Protection Act to “protect the horses”and eliminate soring on May 30,31, 2014 at the Columbia Spring Jubilee.
From March 1, 2014 – May 29, 2014, the USDA proved that, if not unduly influenced by the S$$$$ore politicians, it was capable of effectively enforcing the Horse Protection Act to eliminate soring.
Prior to the May 30,31 collapse in the USDA enforcing the Horse Protection Act, the USDA VMOs were using Thermography and Retinal Scans and taking aggressive steps to “protect the horses” and stop the endemic soring which pervades the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse “RACKET”. (The Big Lick folks euphemistically refer to the “RACKET” as an “Industry”.)
The USDA enforced the HPA at the National Trainers Show (mid March), and the Jackson, Mississippi Show (end of March) and the Trainer BOYZ Gulf Coast Family Vacation Show (end of April) in Panama City, Florida.
The nation applauded.
THEN, the USDA changed direction on enforcing the Horse Protection Act on May 30, 2014.
Once the policy change was approved by APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea, Deputy APHIS Administrator Chester Gipson, DVM apparently notified the sore Big Lick ahead of time that the “coast was clear”. Sore Big Lick trainers come from surrounding states to show at the Columbia, Tennessee show. Included were notorious HPA offenders, Larry and Gary Edwards from Dawson, George, and the Baucom Family (several presently serving suspensions for HPA violations) from North Carolina.
The onslaught of DEEP sore “Big Lick” horses continued during the 4th of July weekend.
Then the sore Big Lick was on display and reconfirmed again last Friday night at Cornersville, Tennessee at the 68th Annual Cornersville Lions Club Horse Show.
The horses were deep deep deep …. totally unacceptably sore and DEEP.
The winner of the Cornersville, Tennessee, Stake Class was “Moody Star”, who Announcer Bobby Sands now calls “Star”.
Here is “Moody Star” under the “infamous” Jackie McConnell:
(The owner of “Moody Star”, Ms. Wilsene Moody was the long time customer of Celebration Hall of Fame horse trainer Jackie McConnell. The Moodys’ bought “Nashville Star” in 2005. Ms. Wilsene Moody married Jack Kwok in 2010 with Trainer Jackie McConnell giving the bride away. Jack Kwok is a Southern Baptist, and is Executive Director/Treasurer of the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio. Jackie McConnell was training “Moody Star” when McConnell was busted by the Feds in 2011. McConnell pled guilty in U.S. District Court in May 2012 and fined $75,000.00. Shortly after McConnell pled guilty, an ABC Nightline program aired showing the extreme cruelty McConnell was subjecting Tennessee Walking Horses in order to satisfy customers and win blue ribbons. McConnell’s soring, of which “Moody Star” was a part, received international criticism and national outrage toward the sore Big Lick. Celebration Chairman David L. Howard apparently blatantly lied when he said McConnell was just one of a few bad applies, and that Howard didn’t know what was going on in the Big Lick barns regarding “stewarding” and “soring”. Over the years, Jackie McConnell’s customers put several hundred thousand dollars in Walking Horse Report Publisher David L. Howard’s pocket, and after 45 years of making a fortune off the sore Big Lick, current Celebration Chairman David L. Howard full well knows what is necessary to produce it. McConnell pled guilty in 2013 to State of Tennessee charges and was fined $25,000.00, and given a year’s house arrest. Upon going on federal suspension for violating the HORSE PROTECTION ACT, Wilsene Moody simply transferred ownership of “Moody Star” to her husband Dr. Jack Kwok, and the family addiction to the sore Big Lick can continue)
Here is an excerpt from the USDA Complaint against Wilsene Moody.
Here is “MOODY STAR” at Cornersville, Tennessee on Friday, July 11, 2014, being shown by serial HPA Violator Bobby Hugh.
So what caused the USDA to change course from March 1, 2014 to May 29, 2014 when it enforced the Horse Protection Act to “eliminate soring” to May 30, 2014, when it decided to once again “regulate soring” – rather than eliminate it?
THIS MUCH IS KNOWN
PSHA big money guy Duke Thorson from Minnesota hired a name attorney from Minnesota – Phil Kunkel – who wrote Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on April 2, 2014. Then Kunkel wrote a letter on April 17, 2014, to the USDA Office of General Counsel and the USDA Office of Inspector General complaining about the USDA enforcement of the Horse Protection Act. Affidavits from SHOW HIO DQPs were attached to Kunkel’s letter saying the USDA was too aggressively enforcing the Horse Protection Act.
Then on April 18, 2014, Frank Eichler, PSHA Advisor, wrote a letter to Secretary Vilsack, APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea, Andrea Morgan,DVM; Chester Gipson, DVM; and Rachel Cezar, DVM; and copied Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN); Representatives Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN); and Representative Frank Lucas (R-OK), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee.
Frank Eichler claimed he represented:
- The Celebration
- PSHA (Performance Show Horse Association)
- TWHBEA (Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Association)
- Walking Horse Trainers Association
- “The Tennessee Walking Horse Industry”
Eichler asked the USDA to “fast track” approve a Super HIO which essentially would put into effect the Blackburn/Alexander alternative to the PAST ACT. Eichler proposed to “short circuit” the proposed PAST ACT which has overwhelming support in the U. S. House and U. S. Senate. Note: Eichler said “the purpose of this letter is not political.”
Then USDA APHIS Administrators Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson, DVM arbitrarily STOPPED enforcing the Horse Protection Act to eliminate soring on May 30,31, 2014.
So why did APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea cave to political pressure and turn his back on enforcing the Horse Protection Act to protect “The Horses”?
Does Deputy APHIS Administrator Chester Gipson, DVM have ties to the sore Big Lick that no one knows about?
- Who is Vick Gipson?
- What, if any, relation does Vick Gipson have to Chester Gipson, DVM?
- Has Vick Gipson ever worked or now works for sore Big Lick horse trainers?
Last July, Sound Horse Advocates met for an hour with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and asked Secretary Vilsack why the Horse Protection Act was not being enforced to eliminate soring. APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea was present at the meeting. Shea had just been named APHIS Administrator. At the meeting, Shea was asked by Secretary Vilsack what his budget was? Shea deferred to former APHIS Administrator Ron Dehaven who helpfully provided the information to the Secretary.
“The Horses” deserve better than what they are getting right now from APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea and Deputy Administrator Chester Gipson, DVM.
Who is going to do something about it?