SHELBYVILLE, TN – The All American Walking Horse Alliance‘s call to boycott the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, and deliver a crippling blow to the sore Big Lick showcase of the Tennessee Walking was heard loud and clear.
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration announced today that the 2014 Celebration entry numbers are down a shocking 33% from 2012, and a dramatic 20% from 2013.
- 1,784 Entries – 2014)
- 2,137 Entries – 2013) 887 LESS HORSES IN 2014 THAN 2012
- 2,671 Entries – 2012)
By comparison, the all flat shod shod WHOA International Walking Horse Show held last week in Murfreesboro, Tennessee had a record 1,913 flat shod entries, which is a 22% increase over the 1,585 entries from 2013.
On July 25, 2014, the All American Walking Horse Alliance called for Americans to boycott the 2014 Celebration:
Apparently, they listened.
“NASHVILLE, TN ““ Jeannie McGuire of Culpeper, Virginia, organizer of the “Walk On Washington” event which brought natural sound flatshod Tennessee Walking Horses before the U. S. Capitol in June in support of passage of the PAST Act, is now calling for Americans to boycott the upcoming 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration. McGuire urged riders, owners and trainers who are bringing their horses to The Walking Horse Owners Association (WHOA) International Show to make their feelings known about the continued exhibition of big lick horses with stacked pads and chains by skipping The Celebration this year.
FORMER U.S. SENATOR JOE TYDINGS AND CLANT M. SEAY, SPOKESPERSON “WALK ON WASHINGTON” – ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE
AAWHA Spokesperson Clant M. Seay said, “We now have 70% of the U. S. House of Representatives supporting the PAST ACT. The elimination of the pads and chains which are a means and incentive to sore the horses would allow the Tennessee Walking Horse to regain its rightful place as the world’s greatest show horse that is also a pleasure to ride. The PAST Act will require change, but it is change that will allow the Tennessee Walking Horse breed to survive and thrive. We proved at “Walk on Washington” with America watching that there will still be beautiful show horses without 15 pound shoes on each foot and chains slapping their pasterns. What there won’t be is an artificially created grotesque caricature of what should be a beautiful, fluid and altogether natural gait. That was what made the Tennessee Walking Horse famous in the first place and when we get it back, then we will really have something to celebrate.”
The first billboard went up in Shelbyville today.
THERE AIN’T GOING TO BE NO MORE “DUTCH/S” ONCE THE PAST ACT PASSES
AND “THERE AIN’T GOING TO BE NO TURNING AROUND” UNTIL IT DOES PASS.