SHELBYVILLE, TN – Celebration Chairman David L. Howard’s erstwhile front man, Celebration CEO Mike Inman, drew a national and international firestorm of protest in August when, in response to a USA TODAY article telling the story of “Dutch”, a wonderfully kind abused scarred Tennessee Walking Horse, Mike Inman blithely inferred:
- Dutch didn’t exist,
- Dutch was a”publicity stunt”.
- Dutch had “no credibility”.
- Dutch was not a Tennessee Walking Horse
The fact is Dutch was rescued from going to slaughter in June 2013 by an individual with funds provided by The Humane Society of the United States.
Dutch was a former Big Lick show horse who is now approximately 15 years old. Dutch was first discovered wearing stack packages on his front feet in a slaughter pen at a livestock auction.
For anyone who doesn’t think “Dutch” is a Tennessee Walking Horse, please take a look at “DUTCH” next to his cousin, or perhaps even blood brother, the 2014 World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse, “I AM JOSE”.
AMERICA’S TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE “DUTCH” AND KELLY SMITH
TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE “I AM JOSE” AND CASEY WRIGHT
2O13 – 2014 WORLD GRAND CHAMPION – “I AM JOSE”
AMERICA’S HORSE – “DUTCH”
If there was any shred of integrity left at Steve Smith’s (Senator Alexander’s $3 Million man) TWHBEA, it would make all of its facilities, resources, records, access to records, testing and related data to determine “WHO” “Dutch” the abused scarred Tennessee Walking Horse sold to slaughter on Big Lick stacks/pads actually is.
And no, unfortunately, TWHBEA under its current management cannot be trusted to do any of this, but perhaps a four person ombudsman committee consisting of TWHBEA Directors Pam Reband, Rick Wies, Dave Thomas and David Williams should be given the “keys to the car” for the single purpose of bringing this matter to resolution, if it can be done.
For right now, “Dutch” is loved by thousands of people all across America and throughout the world.
WWW.BILLYGOBOY.COM has offered a $1,000.00 reward to learn the true identity of Dutch.
Kelly Smith tells “The Story Of Dutch’s Road To Recovery”.
As Aunt Matilda says, “They sure do favor”.
That tends to happen when you share a lot of the same kin folks.