SHELBYVILLE, TN ““ After spending hundreds of thousands of dollars manufacturing and claiming a 94% – 98% HPA compliance rate, the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Chairman David L. Howard appeared to throw the Celebration’s horse inspection program, S. H. O. W. HIO, under the bus yesterday with the following mea culpa:
“Soring … is the reason our show has suffered declines the past five years.”
Celebration Chairman David L. Howard posted the following comment on http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/2014/09/10/walking-horse-celebration-violations-double-last-years/15424385/ at 9:08 a.m. on September 15, 2014: ” … The Celebration is totally opposed to soring and it is the reason our show has suffered declines the past five years. We are now taking matters into our own hands instead of relying on the government or industry inspectors. We simply want to put on the best horse show possible and leave inspections and regulations to the USDA and others. That has not worked and that is why we are going to put in anindependent inspection program. Unfortunately, we will be limited to our show since we have no control over any other show or facet of the industry.”
For the past three years, David L. Howard’s Celebration has claimed a 94% -98% HPA compliance rate, and according to Mr. Howard’s son Jeffrey Howard, “The Performance Show Horse Association is committed to the elimination of the small minority of people who sore horses for competitive advantage. As the industry has a 98.5% compliance rate, that number is a small minority.”
PSHA Spokesperson Jeffrey Howard, son of Celebration Chairman David L. Howard said on April 27, 2014 in a Knoxville News-Sentinel Op Ed piece, “Those of us who work and support the industry fully recognized that the practice was once commonplace. But by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s own standards, the industry is between 96 and 99 percent compliant with inspections to detect soring. What other industry can boast a compliance rate that high? And again, those are USDA numbers, not an artificial report generated by the industry.”
So it appears the Father David and Son Jeffrey have both been out digging in Manure Pile:
Celebration Chairman David Howard then says the “We are now taking matters into our own hands instead of relying on the government or industry inspectors.”
Does that mean Chairman Howard is now abandoning the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO against which the USDA filed Complaint to decertify in January 2014 due to the Celebration’s failures to comply with the Horse Protection Act?
Everything came to a head on September 8, 2014, when the USDA released “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORT” which blew the Celebration S.H.O.W. HIO bogus 98% compliance rate sky-high.
PSHA Spokesperson Jeffrey Howard’s Freudian slip, “not an artificial report generated by the industry” is even more convicting of the sore Big Lick than that of his father’s mea culpa.
The jig was up when the USDA FINALLY stopped (intentionally or unintentionally) covering for the sore Big Lick, arguably because 59 U. S. Congressmen and Senators demanded that Secretary of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack require APHIS Administrators Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson, DVM to do their jobs, and come clean with the American taxpayers.
In the past, the APHIS Administrators Shea and Gipson “BLENDED IN” its inspection numbers with the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO figures.
This allowed Howard’s sore Big Lick Celebration to falsely claim a 96% – 99% HPA compliance rate.
All that changed in 2014 when 59 United States Congressmen and Senators led by Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) on August 7, 2014 went to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and urgently requested accountability from APHIS.
This put pressure on APHIS Administrators Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson, DVM. to enforce the HPA, and on September 8, 2014, APHIS issued the vital 2014 “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORT” which exposed the sore Big Lick Celebration’s bogus 96% – 99% Horse Protection Act Compliance claims.
Apparently, Celebration Chairman David L. Howard never thought the USDA would lower the boom because on September 4, 2014, the Celebration released its inspection program, S.H.O.W. HIO results which were reported by www.billgoboy.com below:
Apparently, it was Celebration Chairman David L. Howard’s intention to go right along with the 96% – 98% charade that Steve Smith, Lamar Alexander and Marsha Blackburn had been parroting for months.
Immediately following the release of the USDA numbers on September 8, 2014, the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO Inspection Numbers were removed from The Walking Horse Report website, www.walkinghorsereport.com , owned by David L. Howard and also from the Celebration website, http://twhnc.com/content/.
What is still available on The Walking Horse Report website is a wildly differing “Inspection Result Breakdown” dated September 2, 2014, from the Celebration S.H.O.W. HIO Inspection Numbers release on September 4, 2014.
The September 2, 2014, Celebration Inspection result breakdown:
“The 75th Anniversary Celebration concluded on August 31 with 1,893 horses being presented for pre-show inspection. Of those, 30 horses were disqualified from competition prior to showing. One horse received two violations bringing the total number of violations found by SHOW inspectors to 31. The 98.4% compliance with the HPA is a far different story than the one being told by opponents to the show horse industry.
An analysis of the violations shows that 20 of the 31 were either scar, unilateral or bilateral sensitivity. Many of the other violations were either technical or non-HPA violations. The preliminary breakdown is the following:
Bilateral ““ 1
Unilateral ““ 7
Scar Rule ““ 12
Illegal Shoeing ““ 2
Foreign Substance ““ 4
Unacceptable ““ 3
High Band ““ 1
Non-HPA Violations ““ 1
SHOW Inspectors also inspect every class winner bringing the total number of inspections conducted by SHOW to 2,087.”
Apparently, Celebration Chairman David L. Howard was flummoxed by the USDA release of REAL inspection results from USDA Vets inspections for 2014, compared to the “BLENDED” results released by the USDA in 2012 and 2013.
Those “BLENDED” results allowed David L. Howard’s sore Big Lick to claim a PARTNERSHIP with the USDA, and false HPA compliance numbers. It also allowed the sore Big Lick Champions Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and other propagandists to falsely claim 96% – 98% HPA compliance rates.
THREE PERSONS DIDN’T TOUCH THE 2014 CELEBRATION WITH 10 FOOT POLE
DALLAS O. GOBLE, DVM – NEVER WAS A “VAC” MEMBER
U.S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN)
REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN)
The American taxpayers are now on the edge of their seats waiting for the USDA to produce “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORTS” for 2012 and 2013.
The American Taxpayers are depending on Congressman Ed Whitfield to get this done for them and “The Horses” who are depending on Congressman Whitfield to protect them.
70% OF UNITED STATES HOUSE CO-SPONSORS THE PAST ACT
NOW ALL EYES ARE ON CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)
Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) spearheaded the urgent request by the 59 Congressmen fpr the USDA to do its job and enforce the HPA to eliminate SORING, and Americans from coast to coast are now looking to Congressman Whitfield to do the same for the 2012 and 2013 Celebrations. The sands in the hour-glass are running on the PAST ACT, and Congressman Whitfield needs a sense of urgency in getting this done.
Nephew Eugene says America awaits the USDA publishing the 2012 and 2013 “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORTS” which, hopefully, will establish that the USDA did its job in enforcing the Horse Protection Act for those respective years.
Nephew Eugene believes Congressman Ed Whitfield is the man to get this done.
Nephew Eugene says that Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and TWHBEA President Steve Smith have good reason to be anxious about the USDA preparing and releasing the reports for 2012 and 2013 Celebrations.