SHELBYVILLE, TN – The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration on Thursday trotted out old Sore Horse Warrior Tom Blankenship, Indiana attorney, to try and “spin” this “VAC” Veterinary Advisory Committee to Nashville Channel 4 TV reporter Alanna Autler..
TOM BLANKENSHIP – “VAC” SPOKESPERSON
Mr. Blankenship, and the three Vets who are lending their names to this Celebration Public Relations Gimmick to attempt to prop up the “Big Lick Big Lie are being paid $250,000.00 according to Celebration Chairman David L. Howard in internet communications.
After Mr. Blankeship, the Celebration presented Walking Horse Trainer Mr. Donald Shubert to speak on behalf of “Self Regulation” alternatives to the PAST ACT.
Please note that the whole purpose of this $250,000.00 Independent Veterinary Advisory Committee charade is designed to give U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) something to “try” and persuade elected officials to continue with the failed “Self Regulation” of the past 45 years.
Mr. Shubert said:
“We’ve got a bad reputation and some people are bad, but not everybody’s bad,”
Mr. Shubert did not tell Reporter Ms Autler HOW bad he is when it comes to soring Tennessee Walking Horses.
PARTIAL HORSE PROTECTION ACT CITATIONS OF DONALD SHUBERT
|Horse or Person on Suspension||First Name||Middle Initial||Last Name||Title||City||State||Zip Code||Horse Name||Horse Registry||Type of Finding||Second Finding||Detail Other Type of Finding||Suspension Start Date||Suspension End Date||Fine Amount||HIO||USDA Present?||Notes||Incident Date||Date of Official Document||Foreign Substances Found||Case Number||Type||Date of Order||Show Name||Violation||Second Violation Type||Third Violation||Third Violation Type|
|Donald||Shubert||Savannah||Tennessee||Bilateral Sore||Not Specified||09/21/10||09/20/11||1000||SHOW|
|Donald||Shubert||Trainer||Savannah||Tennessee||The Super Specialist||Not Specified||Not Specified||tckt 29104, 8-25-10||09/21/10||09/20/11||SHOW|
|Donald||Shubert||Trainer||Savannah||Tennessee||The Super Specialist||Other, Define In Next Field||Not Specified||ticket 29104,8/25/10||09/21/10||01/23/12|
The American Horse Council and the American Veterinary Medical Associations, both of which support the PAST ACT, say the alternative bills by Senator Alexander and Representative Blackburn would be like the “Fox Guarding The Hen House”.
BIG LICK EXHIBITOR “VAC” SPOKESPERSON TOM BLANKENSHIP
Old Sore Horse Warrior Tom Blankenship, a septuagenarian, is the ultimate fox in the hen house. Mr. Blankenship is the former attorney for the Walking Horse Trainers Association. In 2006, he was in charge of another $600,000.00+ effort to get a law passed which would have gutted the “Scar Rule” and watered down the definition of “Soring”.
With a straight face on Thursday, Tom Blankenship told Reporter Autler that the “VAC” is:
- Independent (Because a Contract “Said So”)
- And then lays out there “VAC” is getting paid a “significant amount of money” by THE CELEBRATION (Neither Blankenship nor Celebration CEO Mike Inman would tell Reporter Autler that the amount the “VAC” Committee is getting paid is the obscene sum of $250,000.00.)
- “VAC” does not work for the Celebration
Blankenship also said the “VAC” was conducting:
- Blood Tests
- Digital X-Rays
The Trainer Boyz know how to beat those Digital X Rays coming and going all day long,
And “VAC” apparently is NOT specifically testing for any of the substances that Celebration Premier Sponsor Mr. David Thomas of Winner’s Circle said last week which are being used to SORE horses in 2014:
“VAC” COMMITTEE SPOKESPERSON TOM BLANKENSHIP UP ON “BRING BACK THE GOLD” IN 1994 (Mr. Blankenship certainly struck “Gold” when he got this “VAC” Spokesperson gig working for the Celebration)
And the WHTA BOYZ Donald Shubert, wearing a “BAD ASS FANS” ball cap, comes in with his testimony that “Not Everyone’s Bad” and then Mr. Shubert has an atrocious record of SORING Tennessee Walking Horses.
This whole deal is like a scene from “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou”, except the “Soggy Bottom Boys” were a whole lot more likeable than Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and his “Sore Big Lick Gang”.
The 76th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration has officially begun.
Note: The TWHBEA Futurity was over by 9:30 p.m. last night. A Poll conducted by the Shelbyville Times-Gazette asked the question: “How many nights do you plan to attend the Celebration to attend or work?” So far, 70% of 302 Voters chose “NOT AT ALL”.
“A Tennessee tradition will see new changes this year prompted by allegations of abuse.
Hundreds of horses will compete in the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville this month. In recent years, the competition has become mired in controversy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cracked down on illegal practices it said are used to give horses a higher gait.
For the first time, a veterinary advisory council will be inspecting the horses.
“The [Veterinary Advisory Council] does not work for Celebration,” said Tom Blankenship, a spokesperson for the VAC. “They are totally, by contract, independent.”
Blankenship said Celebration spent a “significant” amount of money to secure the contract with VAC, which he said is comprised of three “world-class” veterinarians. CEO Mike Inman would not disclose how much Celebration will pay the experts.
The council, led by Dr. Jerry Johnson, will inspect the first place winners and two other horses in every category.
Before entering private practice, Johnson taught equine surgery at five universities over the course of 16 years. Johnson has also been previously involved with the Celebration. In the 1970s, Johnson officiated the Celebration on five different occasions, according to his personal website.
As of Wednesday, the council had looked at 16 horses. The inspection consists of an X-ray and blood testing.
“The blood testing is totally objective and will be conclusive and the tests will determine whether there are substances in the horses systems,” Blankenship said.
Inman said the VAC will use objective methods of testing. Some have accused the USDA of relying on subjective inspection methods. In the past several years, controversy has brewed over star horses disqualified by federal inspectors.
Don Shubert trains six horses. He said he has no problem with the way federal regulators run inspections, but he admitted another organization could help bring credibility back to the competition.
“We’ve got a bad reputation and some people are bad, but not everybody’s bad,” Shubert said.
Detractors, such as the All American Walking Horse Alliance, have raised questions about the council’s objectivity, calling the committee “nothing more than a PR strategy.”
The Celebration maintains the VAC committee will work independently of the organization and will release test results to the public as quickly as possible.
Several attempts to reach representatives with the USDA were unsuccessful Wednesday afternoon.
Mounting controversy have taken a toll on the Celebration. Earlier this year, Regions bank pulled its corporate sponsorship. Inman said entries dropped by 12 percent from last year.”