BRANDY STATION, VA – At the recent “WALK ON WASHINGTON”, Virginia TWHBEA Director Pam McKinney showed up at the rally and attempted to disrupt it. There was an incident after which Ms. McKinney was requested by Capitol Police to leave the permitted premises.
The other Virginia TWHBEA Director is Sharon Rice.
Sharon Rice’s husband is farrier and horse trainer, Steve Rice.
Following the June 18, 2014, “WALK ON WASHINGTON”, The Star-Exponent newspaper located in Culpeper, Virginia published an article on July 8, 2014:
“Brandy Station resident Pam McKinney and Bealeton resident Sharon Rice are adamantly against the so-called PAST (Prevent All Soring Tactic) Act because they say it would impose unnecessary fines and regulations on activities they say are already highly regulated.
She (McKinney) and fellow equestrian Rice both strongly object to soring horses, an abusive practice already prohibited by the Horse Protection Act of 1970. In soring, chemicals and other devices are used on a walking horses’s legs and hooves to create an artificially high step.
She (McKinney) and Rice are supporting alternate legislation, House Resolution 4098, being sponsored by U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee. Both legislative measures remain in committee.
Blackburn spokesman Mike Reynard recently told The Tennessean , “We want to save a Tennessee industry that has a 97 percent compliance rate and protect these animals from the bad actors who make up the 3 percent on noncompliance,” according to a July 3 article.
“You can see how much we love our horses and how much we care about them,” she (McKinney) said.
The breed is particularly gentle and easy-going, McKinney said. During a recent visit to her horse farm, her affection for her horses shone through – McKinney liberally gave and received kisses from her animals, and she’s even trained one of them to smile.
(Sharon) Rice, active in the walking horse industry for more than 30 years, said soring is no longer rampant and that the industry has been largely compliant, and subject to regular inspections at all competitions.
“Pads and chains don’t hurt the horse – it’s the people,” she said.
Sharon Rice is partially correct.
People do hurt horses.
STEVE RICE – HUSBAND OF SHARON RICE
“Rice felt proponents of the PAST Act are blowing the issue out of proportion. The owner of eight Tennessee Walking Horses said she would continue to oppose over-regulation of the breed.
“There is space for everybody in here,” Rice said, noting different owners show their horses differently, “as long as there is no abuse.”
The bottom line is the sore Big Lick is based on nothing but pain and abuse.
The two Virginia TWHBEA Directors Pam McKinney and Sharon Rice, wife of Steve Rice who received a Horse Protection Violation Citation for soring Miss Sugar Cane, are the poster children of TWHBA President Steve Smith’s sore Big Lick regime at the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Association.
And Steve Smith is Campaign Finance Chairman for U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander who has sponsored proposed alternative legislation to the PAST ACT. Alexander’s proposal has 4 supporters and the PAST ACT has 57 supporters.
Lamar Alexander says he wants to preserve a “TENNESSEE TRADITION”.
Senator Alexander, the “TENNESSEE TRADITION” that you, Steve Smith, Virginia TWHBEA Directors Pam McKinney and Sharon Rice are attempting to preserve is viewed throughout the United States and the World is “HORSE SORING”.
The American people are demanding that it be cleaned up …. now.