SHELBYVILLE, TN – The “Last Hurrah” of the sore Big Lick begins on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. It runs for 10 days and night with the Big Lick classes beginning in earnest on Thursday night.
The Lickers are flowing in from all points of the compass to witness what may be the LAST STAND of the sore “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse addicts.
The mood is neither pleasant nor collegial.
“Bubba” campers are appearing in front yards along with expensive Motor Homes, and even an old Music City tour bus. They are all tethered to their power supplies and being provisioned for the duration.
THE TENNESSEAN NEWSPAPER EDITORIAL
Today, The Tennessean newspaper weighed in and slammed the Celebration for the “67% of (Tennessee Walking) Horses tested positive for masking agents”. Two years ago, the Celebration, with the help of Purple Strategies, tried to foist off a much ballyhooed :swabbing initiative” led by PSHA attorney Frank Eichler, Rising Star Ranch of Shelbyville.
The swabbing initiative was a non-transparent attempt to mislead the public into believing that all horses shown at the Celebration were tested after swab samples were taken. This was simply a bald faced lie.
In actuality, the results from the horses actually tested (only two in each class) was filtered through a Trainer Boyz committee which instead of punishing the offending Trainers, instead gave them verbal warnings on the telephone. . The Celebration and Mr. Eichler’s “Swabbing Initiative” become nothing more than an extraordinarily expensive farce.
Walking Horse Celebration faces tough scrutiny
The 76th Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration opens Wednesday in Shelbyville, and the entire equine industry, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Congress will be watching. If past competitions are any indication, that scrutiny is a good thing.
With as many as 2,000 horses competing over 11 days, USDA inspectors will be put to the test as they try to determine whether horses have been subjected to abuse by soring in order to achieve a prized, high-stepping gait.
As in any sport where the stakes are high, owners or managers will sometimes seek to gain an unfair advantage with the use of performance-enhancing substances. Walking Horse competitions differ from other sports in that the percentage of competitors “” owners and trainers “” who cheat is so very high, and that the “athletes” are animals who have no say over what is being done to them.
For the past 44 years, since the Horse Protection Act passed into law, federal inspectors and ethical owners in the Walking Horse community have fought to uncover instances of soring to horses’ hooves and legs, but as detection has grown more thorough and sophisticated, so have abusers’ methods of hiding it.
The pain-inflicting substances have more recognizable names “” mustard oil, kerosene “” while the substances used to cover up scars or temporarily numb the animal’s pain “” anthraquinone, lidocaine “” are more exotic. There are no legitimate excuses for either the soring or the masking agents to be present on a show horse. Yet, at last year’s Celebration, 67 percent of horses tested positive for masking agents.
The latest Licker response came in the form of a Big Lick “Hit Piece” YouTube choreographed by Big Lick Court Jester, Mr. WHATTAJAYROE Jerry Harris.
Harris outrageously rhetorically asks regarding USDA Equine Coordinator Dr. Rachel Cezar “Why would she do something that is so unethical and dishonest” in accusing Dr. Cezar of allegedly instructing USDA Vets like Dr. Jeff Baker to find “Scars” which are not there.
Then Harris cries in his beer and cries crocodile tears and laments about the plight of the Trainer BOYZ.
HALL OF FAME TRAINER HOWARD HAMILTON HPA VIOLATION CIT. HISTORY
Howard HamiltonCedar GroveTennessee38321 Unilateral SoreNot Specified05/25/0307/23/03NHSC2nd offense
Howard HamiltonCedar GroveTennessee38321 Unilateral SoreNot Specified06/08/0206/21/02NHSC
Howard HamiltonCedar GroveTennessee38321 Bilateral SoreNot Specified04/22/0212/21/02NHSC
Howard HamiltonCedar GroveTennessee38321 Scar RuleNot Specified09/04/0509/17/05NHSC
Howard HamiltonCedar GroveTennessee38321 Scar RuleNot Specified04/03/0604/16/06NHSC
Howard HamiltonTrainerCedar GroveTennesseeHigh Fashion StatementOther, Define In Next FieldNot Specifiedticket 0018, 10/7/1002/20/1103/05/11PRIDE
HowardHamilton Not Listed / UnknownLined Up At The RitzForeign SubstanceNot Specified08/30/10 Date LOW sent 8/8/2011
HowardHamiltonCedar GroveTennesseeDon t Tread On MeNot SpecifiedNot Specified Sore06/22/12 Docket# 13-0365Complaint09/23/1350th Annual Guntown Lion s Club Walking Horse Show
HowardHamiltonCedar GroveTennesseeA Magic StrokeNot SpecifiedNot Specified
WHATTAJAYROE again asks if the alleged inconsistency in the USDA’s inspection of horses has affected the ability of trainers such as Howard Hamilton pictured below to support his family
Then Mr. Harris wails and twangs some more about the “Saviour” horse “Honors” being turned down at the 2013 Celebration due to scar rule violation AND being sore in one foot and borderline sore in the other.
LET ‘EM WALK ON
Nephew Eugene says the sore Big Lick is nothing but a “Racket” based on institutionalized horse soring.