SHELBYVILLE, TN – Never in history have 59 U. S. Congressman asked the Secretary of Agriculture before the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration to do just one thing to stop the institutionalized soring of the Tennessee Walking Horse, and here is what the asked Secretary Tom Vilsack to do: … because of the increasing incidence of pressure shoeing in recent years, we ask that the Department make good on past threats to remove shoes and pad packages as part of its inspection. This should be done on a random basis, as well as for any horse whose appearance, gait and behavior suggests that it may have been pressure-shod, especially in aged stallion classes and for the World Grand Championship.”
And the Secretary of Agriculture agreed to do that one thing. Informed sources say that there is a letter to that effect.
And when the time came for the Deputy Aphis Administrator Chester Gipson, DMV to do that one thing, Chester Gipson:
- BLEW IT
- LOOKED THE OTHER WAY.
- KNUCKLED UNDER TO PRESSURE.
Chester Gipson, DVM had an opportunity to send a message and establish a deterrent regarding a “suspected” pressure shod horse. Based on the “I AM JOSE’S” bad image exhibitions at Ashveville, NC in 2013, and the Trainers Show in Shelbyville, TN in 2014, there was strong suspicion of possible pressure shoeing. Faced with that and the opportunity, Chester Gipson, DVM contumaciously, negligently and egregiously did not do his duty and protect The Horses by pulling “I AM JOSE” Shoes/Pads/Packages and test the bottom of his front feet for sensitivity.
One reason Gipson may not have done so is Gipson, based on his actions, has never considered it his duty to eliminate soring to protect the horses, rather his actions demonstrate that his role is to regulate horse soring..
Gipson’s history is he also speeds up and slows down regarding HPA enforcement.
And that is exactly what happened in 2014 from March 1, 2014 to May 28, 2014, when Dr. Rachel Cezar enforced the Horse Protection Act to eliminate horse soring.
Then Chester Gipson did his patented “back off” move on or about May 28, 2014 at the Columbia Spring Jubilee Horse Show. \
At this year’s Celebration, Dr. Cezar then left after five days due to threats and concerns for her safety. Dr. Gipson stepped in.and once again did not come through when the chips were on the table.
And part of the equation in Gipson not pulling the shoes is that Gipson’s boss Aphis Administrator Kevin Shea has never had the backing before from Congress to do his job. But Shea had it this time, but he and subordinate Chester Gipson, DVM pitched it over the wall.
On another note, on a hot sultry August 22, 2014, a Two Year Old Gelding, Kemba Walker, owned and ridden by Jesse Barnes, collapsed in the line up, and young Jesse tried to urge him back up with this foot:
KEMBA WALKER COLLAPSING VIDEO
Nephew Eugene says that padding up those two-year old TWH with 10-15 lb on each foot and working them in that high humidity on the huge Celebration oval is just not a good thing.