SHELBYVILLE, TN – The unerringly accurate depiction of a sore “set down Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse named “Purple Strategy” with fictitional redneck Bubba all hunched over has gone viral. Bubba is taking a “deep seat” and pulling back on a long shanked bit. Purple Strategy is doing the Big Lick with a slung chain and straining mightily with bowed down tendons. This image has come to perfectly personify the 2014 Big Lick Tennessee Walking Show Horse.
This is the ‘Image” that the Lickers want to “Self Regulate” with the Blackburn/Alexander Bills to “Enable Horse Soring”.
You only have to look no further than the 2013 World Grand Champion, I Am Jose to see a resemblance to “Purple Strategy”.
This is the “Big Lick” which is “prized” by the Lickers.
It’s what the Big Lick Judges, including Steve Smith’s former Trainer David Landrum (Celebration Judge), will look for and, most likely, tie in the show ring next week.
It is how Celebration Chairman David L. Howard makes his fortune by selling ads to “Purple Strategy” aficionados.
The “Purple Strategy” Image simply horrifies the rest of the equine world which is why the American Horse Council and the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) strongly support the PAST ACT which will remove the pads and chains.
“Purple Strategy” has evoked quite an immediate response from the Lickers.
One message board poster says, “I know there’s a lot more important things we is(sp) a breed need to address but may I suggest that we encourage all of our trainers and amateur riders to sit up straight is this has been a comment I’ve heard often from friends that love our horse from different breeds.”
Celebration Chairman David L. Howard concurs saying, “Truer words have never been spoken”.
Another Licker message board poster says that it “looks terrible” and the “Bubba” BOYZ “make us look like a bunch of rednecks”. She describes the BOYZ as “horse ‘ear whispers’ by the way they are shoulder hunched up to the head of the horse”.
Some of the World Grand Champion Bubba “Redneck Image Hunchers” the WHR poster describes include Trainers:
- Justin Harris
- John Alan Callaway
- Casey Wright
Another “Hunched Over” rider is Amateur Robert Cortner, son of PSHA Chairman Jim Cortner:
PSHA Chairman Jim Cortner is deeply invested in the sore Big Lick.
Here is Mr. Cortner with WHTA BOYZ President Mickey McCormick at the Nov. 2013 Congressional Hearing on the PAST ACT:
PSHA Chair Jim Cortner was recently fingered along with PSHA Spokesperson Jeffrey Howard and the rest of these folks in a The Tennessean newspaper article by reporter Paul C. Barton by trying to smear and initiate an ethics investigation into Congressman Ed Whitfield.
Chairman Cortner was so aggrieved that he lambasted Congressman Whitfield in the Lynchburg, Tennessee newspaper last week:
THE MOORE COUNTY (TN) NEWS
PSHA CHAIRMAN OUTRAGED BY BY ALLEGATIONS FROM KENTUCKY CONGRESSMAN
Jim Cortner, Chairman of the Performance Show Horse Association (PSHA), expressed his outrage at a statement last week by Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield who stated Conner and other members of the PSHA Board filed the Complaint that has triggered an investigation of Whitfield by the House Ethics Committee.
“Neither I nor the members of this Board signed or filed a formal Complaint with the House Ethics Committee regarding Mr. Whitfield. That a sitting member of Congress would issue such a statement is reprehensible and I am my fellow board members demand a retraction of the statement immediately,” said Cortner of Winchester.
Press reports last week and over the weekend indicated that the House Ethics Committee has initiated a formal investigation of Whitfield. According to the Rules of the House of Representatives, an ethics complaint, once received, is reviewed by an independent organization that determines whether or not a complaint contains valid or sufficient information to warrant a formal investigation.
Upon a recommendation of that review, the House Ethics Committee decides to move forward with a formal investigation or simply not act on a received complaint.
“It is apparent from the press reports I’ve read that the House Ethics Committee has determined sufficient information and evidence was provided to them and that a full investigation of Mr. Whitfield should occur,” added Cortner. “This was in the press and announced by the Committee. Although I have been concerned for some time by Congressman Whitfield’s conflicted of interest , I was not aware of the House Ethics Committee Investigation until reports recently surfaced in the media.
“The Congressman’s efforts to impugn my character and the character of our board members, through his false statement is not unacceptable. Our board members and I will discuss this further to determine what course of legal action we might consider if this false statement is not retracted immediately.”
Congressman Ed Whitfield’s press spokesman says there is not going to be any retraction.
Nephew Eugene is still hoping that barn help job comes through, but so far, no luck.