SORE BIG LICK SCHEME EXPOSED FOR THE WORLD TO SEE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Group: CITIZENS CAMPAIGN AGAINST “BIG LICK” ANIMAL CRUELTY
Contact: Clant M. Seay –
DR. DALLAS O. GOBLE IS NOT A MEMBER OF THE CELEBRATION’S “VAC” VETERINARY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
NASHVILLE, TN ““ The Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty discovered Tuesday that Dallas O. Goble, DVM, is not a member of the “VAC” Veterinary Advisory Committee of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.
It appears that Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and his “VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship have perpetrated a fraud upon the public by claiming that Dr. Dallas O. Goble, DVM, is a part of the “VAC” Veterinary Advisory Committee – a so-called independent inspection program paid for by The Celebration that has been widely publicized by the organizers. When reached at his home on Tuesday, Dr. Goble said he knew absolutely nothing about the Celebration using his name and reputation until he was contacted about it by a friend.
When asked it if he was a member of the “VAC”, he said:
“No, I am not a part of it. I wouldn’t touch that with a 10 foot pole.”
When Dr. Goble was told that Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and “VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship were using his name and his reputation to bolster the credentials of the VAC by stressing his participation on the committee”, Dr. Goble said, “The only thing my name is on is my driver’s license.”
Dr. Goble explained that he had originally been approached by Dr. Jerry H. Johnson about possibly being on the “VAC”, and said he would do it, but as he had been retired for 11 years and he didn’t have the necessary malpractice insurance, he declined the invitation.
In reponse to Clant M. Seay questions, Dr. Goble said:
- I never signed any Contract with the Celebration
- I never received any payment or retainer with the Celebration.
- The last time I set foot on the Celebration grounds was 20 ““ 25 years ago.
- The last time I worked with the Clydesdale herd was three years ago.
- I am leaving Wednesday to go do missionary work in Guatemala.
Since the original announcement in mid-July 2014 that the Celebration was going to hire an “independent” group of vets, and that Dr. Goble was a key member due to his care for the Budwieser Clydesdales, Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and “VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship have repeatedly used Dr. Goble’s name apparently knowing full well that Dr. Goble is not a member of the “VAC” Veterinary Advisory Committee.
On July 22, 2014, “VAC” Chairman Dr. Jerry H. Johnson told the press, “The panel consists of Drs. Jerry H. Johnson, D.V.M, Dallas O. Goble, D.V.M, and Phillip D. Hammock, D.V.M. As chairman I speak for the entire committee and we are pleased to provide TWHNC with independent veterinary advice,” said Johnson. “Our primary mission is to protect the horse and set a gold standard which hopefully will be embraced and utilized by the industry for the future.”
On July 25, 2014, Celebration Chairman Howard said on The Walking Horse Report internet message board, “”These three nationally acclaimed totally independent vets were retained at the suggestion of the few Senators and Congressmen that are keeping this law from being passed. Dr. Jerry Johnson has worked with Senator Lamar Alexander prior to being retained. One of the other vets is responsible for the Budweiser Clydesdales and I can assure you they know what they are doing and have no intention of doing anything except to get rid of any unsound horses.”
“The Celebration retained these three vets after meeting with and talking to other leadings vets in the country; the senators and congressmen that are fighting for the breed’s survival; lobbyists dealing every day with this legislation, other breed representatives and several highly respected public relations firms,” said Celebration Chairman David L. Howard.
On August 20, 2014, “VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship, said,”The [Veterinary Advisory Committee] does not work for Celebration. They are totally, by contract, independent.”Blankenship said the Celebration spent a “significant” amount of money to secure the contract with VAC, which he said is comprised of three world-class” veterinarians. (WSMV TV Allana Autler interview)
As recently as August 22, 2014, in a comment on The Tennessean article by Brian Wilson, Celebration Board Chairman David L. Howard said, “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. “¦ 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.”
On August, 22, 2014, Mr. Howard extended an invitation to The Tennessean reporter Brian Wilson, “Mr. Wilson, you are more than welcome to come to the Celebration and see first hand what the Celebration is doing to eliminate any soring. Members of the Veterinary Advisory Committee will be more than happy to meet with you and answer any questions that you have as well as observe their protocol for examining horses.”
The horse inspection program owned by the Celebration known as S.H.O.W. HIO, is presently being decertifed by the USDA in legal proceedings due to it allegedly not properly enforcing the Horse Protection Act.
The “VAC” Veterinary Advisory Committee is in addition to the S.H.O.W. HIO inspection program. -30- ####################################################