GANNETT WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF PAUL C. BARTON HOMES IN ON TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE STORY AND SORE BIG LICK CREDIBILITY – CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD (R-KY) CALLS PSHA’S JEFFREY HOWARD AND RAISES HIM

SHELBYVILLE, TN  –  David  and  Jeffrey Howard‘s  sore Big Licker  PSHA gang plotted

WALKING HORSE REPORT EDITOR JEFFREY HOWARD APPEARING BEFORE THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL BOARD
WALKING HORSE REPORT EDITOR JEFFREY HOWARD APPEARING BEFORE THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL BOARD
CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD
CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD
CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN
CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN

and schemed last year to come up with something on Congressman Ed Whitfield to try and stop the momentum of the  PAST ACT  juggernaut which would remove the pads and chains and stop what happened to  “Dutch”,  a horse rescued on the way to a kill sale.  It would also affect the Howard Empire’s lucrative bottom line.

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SKIN SLOUGHING OFF ON FRONT OF PASTERNS - DUTCH
SKIN SLOUGHING OFF ON FRONT OF PASTERNS – DUTCH
TENNESSEAN CARTOON - ACCOMPANYING THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL URGING PASSAGE OF THE PAST ACT
TENNESSEAN CARTOON – ACCOMPANYING THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL URGING PASSAGE OF THE PAST ACT

On December 27, 2013,    PSHA Spokesperson/Walking Horse Report Editor  Jeffrey Howard,  son of Celebration Chairman  David L. Howard,  along with  Celebration CEO  Mike Inman, and the members of the PSHA Board of Directors which have 53 Horse Protection Act Violations among themselves,  sent a letter to the U. S. House Ethics Committee Chairman asking that Congressman Ed Whitfield be investigated.

HERE IS THE LETTER:

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So what’s wrong with this?

From what is readable,  absolutely nothing.

Every American has a right to send such a letter.

But this week,  things became rather strange.

Gannett Washington Bureau Chief Paul C. Barton wrote a story on Monday,  July 28, 2014, stating Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) said    “the complaint originated with numerous individuals, many from Tennessee, who are involved in the walking horse industry and oppose the bill.”

Reporter Barton wrote,  “In a statement, the Kentucky lawmaker listed them as  Jim Cortner, Jamie Hankins,  Mike Inman, Doyle Meadows, Duke Thorson, Terry Dotson, Gayle Holcomb, Bruce MacDonald, Mickey McCormick, James Linton Griffith,  Jeffrey Howard, Lee Wall McGartland  and  Buddy Stasney.

Jeffrey Howard  is PSHA Spokesperson/PSHA Board member and Editor,  The Walking Horse Report, and the son of Celebration Chairman  David L. Howard who  has become a multi-millionaire with his horse publishing business centered around Tennessee Walking Horses.

Mike Inman  is CEO of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration which runs August 20 – 30, 2014.

On Monday, July 28, 2014,  Mike Inman at first denied to Reporter Barton his involvement in filing the complaint.  Barton persisted with the question and later Mike Inman admitted, “I did sign a draft of a possible complaint. I don’t know if it’s been filed.”

Gannett Washington Bureau Chief Paul Barton then wrote a story on Tuesday,  July 29, 2014, reporting that  Jeffrey Howard, sent out emails Monday night denying the involvement of the group and accusing Whitfield’s office of  “lies.”  He also denied that the individuals cited by Whitfield were on the board of the Performance Show Horse Association.

When asked about the redacted letter, Howard denied it was an ethics complaint. He said the Performance Show Horse Association was going to issue a statement refuting Whitfield. But as of late Tuesday afternoon,  no statement had been issued to the Tennessean Washington Bureau.”

Here are the PSHA Directors effective July 29, 2014,  which includes the names and photos of Walking Horse Editor/PSHA Board member  Jeffrey Howard, and Celebration CEO  Mike Inman.

PSHA BOARD OF DIRECTORS – JULY 29, 2014

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PSHA BOARD MEMBERS – HORSE PROTECTION ACT VIOLATION CITATIONS

 
PSHA Board Member
HPA Violations (www.hpadata.us)
Letters of Warning
(7060s)
 
 
 
Jim Cortner
1
1
Terry Dotson and daughter, Leslie
2
4
Bruce MacDonald and wife, Robin
6
1
James Griffith and wife, Delores
3
 
Mike Inman and wife, Karen
3
3
Mike McGartland and wife, Lee
2
 
Joe Buddy Stasney
3
 
Duke Thorson, wife    Rhonda and daughter, Allison
 
3
Jamie Hankins
3
 
Mickey McCormick
14
5
 
 
 
Total
37
17
 

So questions are begged,

  • Why Isn’t Jeffrey Howard manning up and admitting that he and his Pop’s sore Big Lick PSHA gang,  including hired hand Mike Inman,  put their names on the December 27, 2013  letter complaining about Congressman Ed Whitfield and asking the Committee to investigate?
  • Why doesn’t Jeffrey Howard print the December 27, 2013 PSHA letter in The Walking Horse Report?
  • Does Jeffrey Howard not realize that this letter to a Congressional Committee requesting an Ethics Investigation is news?

Doesn’t this picture tell you everything you need to know?

Left to Right - Phil Osborne, Jeffrey Howard, Jeff Speaks

Left to Right – Phil Osborne, Jeffrey Howard, Jeff Speaks

  • Why is Jeffrey Howard afraid to admit to Reporter Barton that he put his name on the December 27, 2013 letter to the House Ethics Chairman complaining about Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and asking that he be investigated for possible ethical violations?

Nephew Eugene says when officials like Mike Inman and Jeffrey Howard try to “shuck and jive” a seasoned reporter like Paul C. Barton that they have seriously erred.

And why would they in the first place?

Nephew Eugene believes there  could very well  be an investigation,  not by Congress,  to get to the bottom of the PSHA cesspool where lying,  deception and misrepresentation is apparently a way of life.

One article commenter aptly summed things up by saying:

“Horse Abusers Filed A Complaint Against A Congressman Trying To Stop Horse Abusers From Abusing More Horses.”

And that just about says it all.

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Here is the Paul C. Barton article appearing in The Tennessean on July 29, 2014.

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2014/07/29/whitfield-documents-psha-link-ethics-complaint/13340023/?fb_action_ids=544002019056232&fb_action_types=og.comments&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582

Rep. Whitfield documents show horse group’s link to ethics complaint

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Rep. Ed Whitfield released a redacted document Tuesday showing how thecomplaint filed against him  with the House Ethics Committee appeared to involve major players in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry, despite denials from some of them.

But at least one of those individuals continued to deny his involvement.

Whitfield, R-Ky., is the lead sponsor of the  Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, which would strengthen federal protections for walking horses against soring, the abuse of the animals’ lower legs and hooves in order to make them step higher in competitions. Often it involves the use of caustic chemicals and special chains on their legs or special pads applied to the hooves.

On Monday, Whitfield held a conference call with reporters, disclosing that an ethics complaint had been filed against him focused on allegations that his wife, Connie Harriman Whitfield, improperly lobbied him on the legislation.

Denies wife lobbied him

Whitfield denied that his wife had lobbied him on the issue, saying his interest in curtailing soring predated her involvement with the  Humane Society of the United States, one of the most prominent interest groups backing the PAST Act. Connie Whitfield is a “policy adviser” with the group.

In a statement, Whitfield listed numerous individuals associated with the  Performance Show Horse Association  that he said brought the complaint to poison the atmosphere for the act, which had been rapidly gaining political momentum. The bill is co-sponsored by 305 members of the House and 57 in the Senate.

On Tuesday, the Kentucky lawmaker released a redacted copy of what he said was a complaint sent to the Ethics Committee on Dec. 27, 2013. The wording of the letter was blacked out to comply with House rules, Whitfield’s office said.

But the heading is visible, listing the names of the letter’s addressees “” Rep. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, chairman of the ethics committee, and Rep. Linda Sanchez of California, the committee’s ranking Democrat.

The printed names of the 13 individuals he listed Monday appear on the bottom of the document he released Tuesday “” along with the words “sincerely yours and Members of the Board of the Performance Show Horse Association.” At the top is the PSHA logo and letterhead.

Accuses Whitfield of ‘lies’

One of those whom Whitfield cited, Jeffrey Howard, sent out emails Monday night denying the involvement of the group and accusing Whitfield’s office of “lies.” He also denied that the individuals cited by Whitfield were on the board of the Performance Show Horse Association.

When asked about the redacted letter, Howard denied it was an ethics complaint. He said the Performance Show Horse Association was going to issue a statement refuting Whitfield. But as of late Tuesday afternoon, no statement had been issued to the Tennessean Washington Bureau.

Sticks by statement

In response to Howard saying it was not a complaint, Whitfield’s office stuck by its statements and said the words “request the committee to investigate” were part of the redacted paragraphs.

Whitfield’s office also sent out pictures from the horse group’s website showing the individuals he listed were on its board of directors. Two people listed on the letter, Gayle Holcomb and Buddy Stasney, do not appear on the group’s website.

Follow Paul C. Barton on Twitter @PaulCBarton.

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