CELEBRATION MELTS DOWN ON SATURDAY NIGHT – FBI INTERVIEWS CASEY BROOKS MUTTER, ASSISTANT TRAINER FOR MICKEY MCCORMICK, PRESIDENT OF THE WALKING HORSE TRAINERS ASSOCIATION

SHELBYVILLE, TN  – The first thing you saw last night at every entrance to the grounds of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration were two parked Tennessee State Trooper cars with blue lights flashing.

Then you saw these:

BEDFORD COUNTY SHERIFF CRUISERS ALL LINED UP AT CELEBRATION IN SHOW OF FORCE

BEDFORD COUNTY SHERIFF CRUISERS ALL LINED UP AT CELEBRATION IN SHOW OF FORCE

And an armed guard in front of a concession stand:

ARMED SECURITY AT VFW CONCESSION STAND

ARMED SECURITY AT VFW CONCESSION STAND

For an event where the present demographic is predominantly  40 – 75  years of age this is a rather unusual setting when you walk in.

ARMED SECURITY CHECKS CELEBRATION PATRONS

ARMED SECURITY CHECKS CELEBRATION PATRONS

The Celebration in its present big lick form is dying.

The attendance for the first  Saturday night of the 76th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration was 25% – 30% of what it was a year ago.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 23, 2014

SATURDAY, AUGUST 23, 2014

There “might” have been 4,500 people attending.

In the heyday,  the first Saturday night would draw approximately  18,000 – 22,000  people.

WEST GRAND STANDS, STAKE NIGHT, AUG. 23, 2014

WEST GRAND STANDS, STAKE NIGHT, AUG. 23, 2014

It has become clear that the Tennessee public will no longer support the Big Lick and, barring a change of course, the USDA is  “finally”  going to enforce the law to  eliminate  soring – not just regulate it.

And with  70%  of the U. S. House and  63%  of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed registry in favor of the PAST ACT,  it’s only a matter of time.

America in 2014 is going to no longer stand for it.

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IF the USDA stays the course for the next  7  days,   the Celebration will never be the same.

There is no more  96%  compliance rate.

It’s been blown to smithereens.

Of the 38 Horses the USDA checked on Thursday night,  21 were turned down as sore.  That’s about 55%.  The same percentages held for Friday night, and although Saturday night tablulations are not yet complete,  it appears to be about the same.

Billy Go Boy said following the 2013 Celebration that the Compliance rate was more like 85%,  and when the USDA enforces the Horse Protection Act,  it’s a lot less than that.

A major factor in the USDA enforcing the Horse Protection Act at the 2014 Celebration was the letter procured by Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) signed by 59 Congressmen and presented to U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

One of the most striking things is how old the people are who are still attending the Celebration.  Another signal is the Bedford County Schools historically let out the week of the Celebration, and according to reports on the grounds,  that didn’t happen this year.  The 30 year announcer Bobby Sands has apparently been replaced.   The ushers who used to be school teachers,  are now more like temp help folks instead of the people who greeted the same people coming back each year.

The horses are coming into the ring “swing walking”.  They are “slick”,  they are more stepping pace than anything else.

They are not hitting  a four beat gait.

Last night,  only three horses made it in the 35 Years Old And Younger Trainers class.

In Division A of the Stake Class, only one horse answered the gate call.

In Division B of the Stake Class,   six horses came into the ring, but “Saviour” horse “HONORS” did not make it.

The Celebration on its present course is doomed until this man and his son see the light.

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

PSHA SPOKESPERSON JEFFREY HOWARD AND CELEBRATION CHAIR DAVID L . HOWARD

PSHA SPOKESPERSON JEFFREY HOWARD AND CELEBRATION CHAIR DAVID L . HOWARD

TOXIC ENVIRONMENT PERMEATES ONCE PROUD TRADITION

And there was an unfortunate scenario which played out Saturday night.

The Spokesperson for the All American Walking Horse Alliance,  Clant M. Seay,  attended the Celebration on Saturday night at the invitation of Mr. David L. Howard who said in The Tennessean newspaper,  “Come and see for yourself, that’s all I’m asking. The Celebration grounds are open, any official will show you any thing you want to see and then decide for yourself if the action the Celebration is taking through the VAC is legitimate.

Prior to Mr. Seay’s attending the Celebration Saturday night,   on August 2, 2014,   he  attended the International Pleasure Show at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and the same night he went to the historic Wartrace Horse Show.

At the Wartrace Horse Show, Mr. Seay took pictures and video footage which were placed on the BGB blog.  While there, he received one verbal threat of physical violence.

The following Monday, August 4,  a threat was made in the form of a comment on a Billy Go Boy Facebook post  regarding “Dutch” an abused scarred Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse,  that Celebration CEO Mike Inman disputed as a “publicity stunt, didn’t exist and had no credibility”.

THE FACEBOOK POST BY BILLY GO BOY

CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN IS BAFFLED WHY THE MEDIA WOULD PAY ANY ATTENTION TO DUTCH. “He suggested Dutch isn’t even a walking horse “” that he’s some other breed that the Humane Society put tall shoes on as a publicity stunt. “It could be a fabrication to raise more money and cause more controversy,” Inman said. “There’s no credibility.” MIKE INMAN IS RIGHT ABOUT ONE THING – HE HAS NO CREDIBILITY.

CELEBRATION CEO MIKE INMAN IS BAFFLED WHY THE MEDIA WOULD PAY ANY ATTENTION TO DUTCH. "He suggested Dutch isn't even a walking horse
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At  6:09 p.m. on Monday, August 4, 2014,   Casey Brooks Mutter,  Assistant Trainer for Mickey McCormick, posted the following threat of physical violence to Billy Go Boy who many people believe,  and Celebration Chairman David L. Howard has published is Clant M. Seay.

THREAT MADE BY CASEY BROOKS MUTTER TO BILLY GO BOY

THREAT MADE BY CASEY BROOKS MUTTER TO BILLY GO BOY

Mr. Mickey McCormick is President of the Walking Horse Trainers Association,  Over the past 18 months he has been to Washington, DC numerous times and lobbied against the passage of the PAST ACT.

PSHA CHAIRMAN JIM CORTNER AND WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT MICKEY MCCORMICK AT NOV 13, 2013 CONGRESSIONAL HEARING
PSHA CHAIRMAN JIM CORTNER AND WHTA BOYZ PRESIDENT MICKEY MCCORMICK AT NOV 13, 2013 CONGRESSIONAL HEARING

Here is Mickey McCormick Saturday night putting one of his amateurs in the show ring:

WHTA PRESIDENT MICKEY MCCORMICK PUTTING AN AMATEUR IN THE RING ON AUG. 23
WHTA PRESIDENT MICKEY MCCORMICK (WHITE SHIRT) PUTTING AN AMATEUR IN THE RING ON AUG. 23
DRU MCCORMICK, WIFE OF MICKEY MCCORMICK NOT HAPPY THAT CLANT M. SEAY IS TAKING PICTURES OF INSPECTION AREA
DRU MCCORMICK, WIFE OF MICKEY MCCORMICK, NOT HAPPY THAT PEOPLE ARE TAKING PICTURES OF INSPECTION AREA

Following the alleged threat,   Mr. Seay contacted the United States Department of Justice for the Eastern District of Tennessee,  and subsequently met with the attorneys who prosecuted the Jackie McConnell HPA violation case which was featured on ABC Nightline, and the Barney Davis case and made them aware of Mr. Mutter’s action.

The Assistant U.S. Attorneys turned the matter over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

An FBI   agent  interviewed Casey Brooks Mutter on Thursday, August 21, 2014, and the investigation is reportedly ongoing.

On Saturday at the Celebration,  Mr. Seay took photos and circulated around the Celebration grounds as Mr. Howard had invited him and others to do.

In order to get a better view of the Division A of the Stake Class,  for that class only, he sat in an empty box on the rail on the East side and took pictures of the horses and riders.   The Celebration crowd was visibly perturbed when out of the eight horses entered,  only one answered the gate call.

The crowd become hostile and defiantly rose to their feet with the playing of “DIXIE” to cheer and applaud the one horse which was not found to be sore.

MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR ROSS BARNETT

MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR ROSS BARNETT

VIDEO OF BRANDYE MILLS VICTORY PASS

BRANDYE MILLS UP ON MR HEISMAN OWNED BY RANDALL BASKIN

WORLD CHAMPION MR. HEISMAN WITH BRANDYE MILLS UP
WORLD CHAMPION MR. HEISMAN WITH BRANDYE MILLS UP

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

RESIGNED TWHBEA PRESIDENT LOYD "BUSTER" BLACK APPLAUDING MR. HEISMAN IN ONE HORSE CLASS

RESIGNED TWHBEA PRESIDENT LOYD “BUSTER” BLACK APPLAUDING MR. HEISMAN IN THE ONE HORSE STAKE CLASS

Close to the end of the Division B Stake Class,  Mr.Seay was joined in the box by Mr. Joseph Abernathy.  Abernathy was one of the Defendants in the United States of America vs. Jackie McConnell, Jeff Dockery, John Mays and Joseph R. Abernathy.  Mr. Abernathy was charged with  conspired to violate the federal Horse Protection Act by intentionally  transporting or delivering horses, and showing, exhibiting, or entering horses in a show or  exhibition while knowing and having reasonable cause to believe that the horses had been  intentionally “sored,” and falsifying entry forms and other related paperwork, in violation of  Title 15, United States Code, Sections 1824(1 ), I824(2)(B), and 1825(2)(8).

JOSEPH ABERNATHY – PLED GUILTY TO ONE COUNT OF VIOLATING THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT IN JACKIE MCCONNELL CASE

JOSEPH ABERNATHY PLED GUILTY TO VIOLATING HORSE PROTECTION ACT

After pleading guilty  to conspiring to violate the Horse Protection Act,  Mr. Abernathy was sentenced to a year probation and to write an educational article about horse soring.

Shortly after Mr. Abernathy arrived,  Celebration security arrived and asked Mr. Seay if he was the box holder.  He said he was not, and offered to leave the box.   Mr. Seay immediately cooperated with the Celebration security and he left the box.

At the time he was doing so, McConnell case Defendant  Joseph Abernathy announced to all persons within earshot at the top of his lungs that Clant M. Seay was Billy Go Boy.

The crowd, upset that only one horse, Mr. Heisman, had passed inspection in Division A of the Stake Class and was able to show,  then focused its ire on Mr. Seay.  The crowd reacted viscerally    as the six horses in Division B of the Stake class entered the ring,  and Mr. Seay was leaving the rail side box.  Several persons followed Mr. Seay, who had security with him, and demanded that he leave the Celebration premises.

Mr.Seay stood his ground and said he was an American and why should he leave?   Some of crowd on the East side was watching the B Division of the Stake Class and some were watching persons haranguing Mr. Seay after they followed him..

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The raw emotions which erupted from normally good citizens who have been misinformed by their leaders then was suddenly reduced to the lowest common denominator of a possible mob.  Due to the volatility of the situation, after Mr. Seay finished videoing the horses entering the ring, and he left the Celebration arena.

Here is the VIDEO FOOTAGE OF DIVISION B (BEGINNING)  OF THE STAKE CLASS  – DISCUSSION ABOUT FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS:

There are many parallels with the paradigm changes taking place with regard to the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse which society now rejects and the civil rights movement of the 1960s.  In the 1960s,  Southern Governors like Ross Barnett of Mississippi and George Wallace of Alabama  inflamed tensions by demagoguery much in the way Celebration Chairman David L. Howard is doing at the present time, and acts of violence were committed.

NEVER!!!

GOVERNOR GEORGE C. WALLACE

ALABAMA GOVERNOR GEORGE C. WALLACE

NEVER!!!

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

NEVER!!!

MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR ROSS BARNETT

MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR ROSS R, BARNETT

Mr. David L. Howard would be better served to lead the way for constructive change regarding the future of the Tennessee Walking Horse,  rather than incite people to think they can violate the norms of society and threaten other people simply because they disagree with them.

Here’s hoping Mr. Howard sees the light.

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2 thoughts on “CELEBRATION MELTS DOWN ON SATURDAY NIGHT – FBI INTERVIEWS CASEY BROOKS MUTTER, ASSISTANT TRAINER FOR MICKEY MCCORMICK, PRESIDENT OF THE WALKING HORSE TRAINERS ASSOCIATION

  1. Thank you for keeping us informed. These people are pathetic. The big lick is hideous and should have died over 40 yrs ago.
    Hopefully the USDA does their job and finishes it this time. It’s something that never should have been.
    Hideous, barbaric practice.

  2. The big lick is definitely in it’s death throes. What I can’t believe is that there are still 4500 people who enjoy seeing these beautiful, noble horses who have been maimed and tortured in order to produce this unnatural and grotesque gait. The PAST act will pass; it would have by now if we didn’t have such a dysfunctional legislative system. I am the proud owner of 2 wonderful, natural Tennessee Walkers who will never even see a metal shoe, let alone stacks, pads and chains.

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