SHELBYVILLE, TN – Just when you thought the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration could not make a bigger public relations nightmare, now they have.
Thanks to Celebration Chairman David L. Howard‘s comments today on The Walking Horse Report internet message board which attacked The Tennessean reporter Heidi Hall’s integrity.
Apparently, anyone who disagrees with David or Jeffrey Howard, their standard operating procedure is to question that person’s integrity. First it was Pat Stout who asked the TWHBEA members opinion on the PAST ACT, then it was Congressman Ed Whitfield and now it’s The Tennessean/USA Today reporter Heidi Hall.
“DUTCH”, A KIND WONDERFUL TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE
Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Chairman David L. Howard (D. Howard), in an internet Walking Horse Report message board comment, accused The Tennessean reporter Heidi Hall of “unethical and lazy reporting” regarding the article on “Dutch” which appeared on Monday in USA Today and The Tennessean newspapers.
In making his comment, Chairman Howard responded to commenter, “Very poor investigative reporting by The Tennessean”. Chairman Howard then said, “It was not investigative reporting. It was HSUS propaganda and unethical and lazy reporting“.
Tennessee Walking Horse ‘Dutch’ saved from slaughter
After Heidi Hall’s USA Today article this past Monday, Celebration CEO Mike Inman suggested an abused scarred sored Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse named “Dutch”:
- Dutch Didn’t exist,
- Dutch was a”publicity stunt”
- Dutch had “no credibility”.
The fact is Dutch was rescued from going to slaughter in June 2013 by an individual with funds provided by The Humane Society of the United States.
Dutch was a former Big Lick show horse. He is now approximately 15 years old. Dutch was first discovered wearing stack packages on his front feet in a slaughter pen at a livestock auction.
The USDA, which has issued four citations “7060s” documenting Horse Protection Act Violations, has an ongoing investigation regarding Dutch.
WWW.BILLYGOBOY.COM has offered a $1,000.00 reward to the person who can provide Dutch’s registered TWH name and pedigree.
Another Walking Horse Report message board commenter questioned if Dutch existed and if Dutch was a walking horse. He said “Plus one sharp viewer noticed that he (Dutch) has a star and snip in one picture and a completely black head in another.”
Here are pictures which establishes that “Dutch” is “Dutch”.
Along with his distinctive white star on his forehead, “Dutch” has a small snip that is not always easy to see – but it’s there.
“DUTCH” – JUNE 18, 2014
“DUTCH” – WITH THE TENNESSEAN REPORTER HEIDI HALL – JULY 29, 2014
Shame on Celebration Chairman David L. Howard.