SHELBYVILLE, TN – What if they gave a Celebration and nobody came?
That is looking more and more like the story line for the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.
The Celebration Arena on Sunday and Monday nights was like a tomb. The Walking Horse Report is now “afraid” to show pictures of how few people were there.
While the Celebration entries are down 33% from two years ago, the 2014 Celebration attendance, if the current trend holds, could be down as much as a shocking 65-70% from 2013.
The people in Shelbyville are having no part of the event.
They are totally absent.
In 2012, the Celebration gave away “free money” and free tickets. Neither worked. All the motels presently have vacancy signs on them. Except for a few rows of vehicles, the parking lots for persons attending the Celebration are just plain empty.
There is no buzz for the World Grand Champion Stake Class this Saturday night.
Last Saturday night, Mr. Heisman was the only entry in Division A, and by completing the class, won. “Gen’s Black ‘WHO’ topped five “No Name” horses to win Division B.
If you had your choice, Mr. Heisman would not be the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Poster Horse because he, along with his Trainer Brandye Mills and Owner Randall Baskin and Celebration CEO Mike Inman, all have a record of collecting Horse Protection Act Violation Citations.
MR. HEISMAN – CAVALRY GROUP POSTER – ‘NOT EXACTLY’ USDA APPROVED.
DAVID L. HOWARD “VAC” COMMITTEE – SERIOUS SMOKE AND LIKELY FIRE
- Celebration Chairman David L. Howard’s vaunted “VAC” is looking more and more suspect.
- Reports are out that Dr. Rachel Cezar has returned to Washington.
- There are some strange sightings going on in the Inspection Area.
- Celebration Chairman David L. Howard is mounting a “One Man Band” approach to dueling with supporters of the All American Walking Horse Alliance in comments on The Tennessean articles. So far Mr. Howard is outnumbered about 40 – 1, and his once mighty sword is fast turning into a shard when facing the flashing scimitars of the members of the mighty All American Walking Horse Alliance.
CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD’S COMMENT IN THE TENNESSEAN DEFENDING THE $250,000.00 CELEBRATION “VAC” COMMITTEE
“The committee is independent and Mr. Blankenship is not conducting any testing. He is merely the public spokesperson for the committee. Plus he has not been involved with horses for a considerable length of time and is highly respected by his fellow attorneys for his candor and integrity. None of these vets have had a deep and long tie to the industry and if you will merely Google their names you will see their credentials are top notch and their integrity is without question. The VAC and the Celebration have made it plain from day one that when the results are returned from the lab, they will be made public. The Celebration does not and cannot dictate to the industry but they can put in place steps that will help to totally eliminate violations of the HJPA at their show. By the way, one of the vets on the VAC is responsible for the care of the Budweiser Clydesdales and another is the official vet for the most prestigious sales of thoroughbreds. You can rest assured they are not going to compromise their principles or damage their reputation by doing anything improper.”
If Mr. Howard continues, he is going to overtake Celebration CEO Mike Inman for the lead for the Annual BGB “Baghdad Bob” Award.
On August 22, 2014, Clant M. Seay questioned the following sentence in The Tennessean Reporter’s article entitled – Celebration begins with new evaluations for soring –
“Veterinarians with no ties to the walking horse industry will inspect horses after they compete in their respective categories, according to the recommendations approved by Celebration officials”.
That is what Mr. Howard “hoped” would be presented to the public when his crowd wove a web of deceit around the vaunted “VAC” Veterinary Advisory Committee to try and buck up the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO which the USDA has sued to decertify for its failure to enforce provisions of the Horse Protection Act.
A lot has come out on the “VAC” so far, and a lot more appears to be about to come out.
Please stay tuned.