NASHVILLE, TN – Celebration Chairman David L. Howard continues to hold center stage on The Tennessean online website, Tennessean.com, where for the past week Mr. Howard has done everything but stand on his head and speak in tongues trying to defend the indefensible sore Big Lick and its premier showcase, the Tennessee National Walking Horse Celebration.
Last Thursday, The Tennessean newspaper published an article, “SORING REPORTS NEARLY DOUBLE” written by reporter Brian Wilson. The article caused Celebration Chairman Mr. David L. Howard to blow “sky high”.
For seven days now, Mr. Howard has gone on and on and on alternately:
all comers on The Tennessean’s website.
Mr. Howard has accused The Tennessean newspaper of not knowing facts from manure and challenged the newspaper’s “journalism ethics”, and called out its reporters Brian Wilson and Paul C. Barton personally.
All the while, Mr. Howard has resolutely defended the Celebration’s “VAC” Veterinary Advisory Committee even after distinguished vet Dr. Dallas O. Goble told “VAC” he wasn’t going to have anything to do with it.
The fact is that Celebration Chairman David L Howard and “VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship (former sore Horse spokesperson), both traded off the professional credentials and accomplishments of veterinarian Dr. Dallas O. Goble, and his work with the Budwieser Clydesdale herd, as being part of the Celebration’s “VAC” after Dr. Goble disavowed himself from “VAC”, and made it clear that he was NOT part of “VAC”.
When asked it if he was a member of the “VAC”, Dr. Goble said, “No, I am not a part of it. I wouldn’t touch that with a 10 foot pole.”
Here is an except from today from Mr. Howard who lectures Ms Jane Lutz on Thermography, and accuses Ms Lutz of doing something she did not do, and then Billy Go Boy asked Mr. Howard a few questions:
David L. Howard · Top Commenter ·University of Tennessee (Memphis)Jane, thermography has been around for many years and has never been used to detect scars. Thermography is used to detect heat patterns in a horses foot and is failsafe only when used in a protected environment. Just check the USDA site and they will explain the strengths and weaknesses of thermography and how they utilize it in the field. And Jane, I don’t think they are spreading “bull crap” as you call it. There were close to ten veterinarians associated with the VAC, either in a role of devising the program to be utilized or actually carrying out the tests. Jane I am sure you don’t know who all these vets were because even the Celebration didn’t know until this past week. I guess you think all of them were willing to risk their names and reputations covering up unsound horses Celebration. You are welcome to criticize the Celebration and the breed but attacking the quality and ethics of these men and women is uncalled for.
David L. Howard Your son Jeffrey attended the Sound Horse Conference held in Brentwood in March 2014. If you had personally attended you would have seen this presentation which explains the use of Thermography to provide the science based objective inspections that you “say” you want. It’s “USE OF IMAGING TO AID THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT” by Tracy A. Turner, DVM, MS
About “VAC” – You and Spokesperson Tom Blankenship were caught lying about the “VAC”. You touted “VAC” by extolling Dr. Dallas Goble, who worked with the Budweiser Clydesdale herd, as being one of the three vets on the “VAC”. Dr. Goble said he wouldn’t touch “VAC” with a 10 foot pole. After Dr. Goble told “VAC” he was not going to be part of it, you and Mr. Blankenship continued to use Dr. Goble’s name and reputation trying to enhance this “VAC” public relations stunt. Dr. Goble said on August 29, 2014, “I had already called them and told them I wasn’t going to do it.” So Mr. Howard, why did you keep on and on using Dr. Goble’s name – just like you are keeping on and on with these “10” veterinarian that you now claim were associated with the “VAC”. And since “VAC” is transparent, please list the names of these “10” vets who were “associated” with VAC.
How do you reconcile your statement:
“Soring “¦ is the reason our show has suffered declines the past five years” with statement that Jeffrey Howard made, “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”
When are you going to release the actual attendance numbers for the 2014 Celebration?
Please stay tuned, there’s no telling what Mr. Howard is going to dig up next.
CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD’S MANURE PILE