THE TENNESSEAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES – “VET SAYS HE TURNED DOWN INSPECTION JOB” – CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD ATTACKS THE TENNESSEAN NEWSPAPER AND REPORTER PAUL C. BARTON

NASHVILLE, TN – The Friday,  August 29, 2014 edition of The Tennessean newspaper featured the growing controversy and scandal surrounding the 76th annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebtration.

Celebration officials represented to the public that a distinguished “World Class” vet Dr. Dallas O. Goble was a member of a “VAC” Veterinary Advisory Committee – when he was not.

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The uproar is growing in Big Lick ranks and Celebration Chairman David L. Howard posted this on an internet message board:

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Re:Truth? Posted on:   8/29/2014 12:28:50 PM
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I caution everyone to be careful in putting any confidence in the reporting in the Tennessean, particularly by this reporter. He is based in Washington, declined an open invitation to come to the show and see what was being done first hand, has been caught misrepresenting the facts so flagrantly that a representative from the Tennessean called our office to apologize, although they didn’t do so publicly. He has continually made false allegations and despite contacting his superiors, nothing has changed. The Celebration will be issuing a statement shortly and the VAC has told the Celebration they will respond to his false allegations later today. Remember, the Celebration has given the VAC complete independence in who was appointed to the committee, their recommendations, the personnel they sent to the show to do the testing. The Celebration has honored every one of their decisions and will continue to do so. The goal is to institute broad-based, objective, scientifically accepted testing standards and demonstrate to the public the condition of the horses showing at this show, for better or worse. The Celebration will take this information and build on it in their attempt to rid the show of any mistreatment of horses competing here. This year’s effort is not the end of this effort, it is the beginning of the end of any mistreatment of horses at the Celebration.

Chairman Howard has promised the Lickers a statement will be issued today.

It is amusing to say the Celebration has “been in touch with” – Howard is obviously trying to lay the blame off on the folks he paid the $250,000.00 when this ‘VAC” and Blankenship/Johnson Fiasco was fathered by nobody other than David L. Howard and Steve Smith,  Campaign Finance Chairman for Lamar Alexander.

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Re:Truth? Posted on:   8/29/2014 9:24:37 AM
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The Celebration is aware of and concerned about the allegations regarding the Veterinary Advisory Committee printed in the Nashville Tennessean. They have been in contact with Tom Blankenship and the VAC and have been assured that a statement will be forthcoming today correcting the allegations.

The Celebration’s “credibility” is ultimately at stake, and if you can’t believe David L. Howard and Company on this one,  then neither the public nor elected officials or anybody can believe them on anything.

Stay tuned.

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