SHELBYVILLE, TN – Before the 2014 Celebration, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack authorized in writing and verbally assured 59 United States Congressmen led by Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY) that stacks/packages/shoes would be pulled at the 2014 Celebration.
Then Deputy APHIS Administrator Chester Gipson, DVM, inexplicably chose not to pull the shoes/packages on ANY horse at the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.
Then today, the American public learned that the Celebration’s “discredited” “VAC” claims that it did pull shoes/packages at the 2014 Celebration.
And because USDA APHIS Deputy Administrator Chester Gipson, DVM, did not pull ANY shoes/packages, America is left wondering if what the suspect “VAC” is saying is true or not?
Dr. Chester Gipson owes the American people who pay his salary an explanation. There will never be a better opportunity to pull a Horse’s shoes than what Dr. Gipson had on two time World Grand Champion “I AM JOSE” IAJ was bad image at the 2013 Asheville, NC show and then again at the 2014 Trainers Show.
Why didn’t Chester Gipson, DVM pull IAJ shoes/packages?
Here is the “VAC” report.
Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and “VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship lied to the public about Dr. Dallas O. Goble, Budweiser Clydesdale veterinarian, being on the “VAC” Committee when in fact he wasn’t. When contacted, Dr. Dallas O. Goble said, “I wouldn’t touch that with a 10 foot pole”.
Interestingly, on September 23, 2014, the “VAC” Committee on its website still lists Dr. Dallas O Goble as being one of the Vet members of the “VAC”.
It is also noteworthy that the Celebration’s “VAC” Report, says Dr. Phillip Hammock was present on the Celebration grounds on August 29, 2014. After the news broke on www.billygoboy.com and The Tennessean on August 27, 2014, that Dr. Dallas O. Goble “was not a member of the “VAC” Veterinary Advisory Committee of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration”, the Celebration went into a tailspin and full panic mode. After two days of crisis management meetings to deal with being questioned from within and from without the Big Lick world, the Celebration’s crisis management team attempted a “spin job” to manage the disaster.
“VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship and “VAC” Chairman Dr. Jerry Johnson drove from Shelbyville on August 29 to Knoxville, Tennessee to meet with Dr. Goble and try to get off the hook. It didn’t work when AAWHA Media Representative Clant M. Seay contacted Dr. Goble after the meeting, and Seay again verified that Tennessean reporter Paul C. Barton got the story right, and Dr. Goble once again blew the whistle on the shenanigans of Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and his “VAC” lackies Tom Blankenship and Dr. Jerry Johnson, sore Big Lick Warriors from 2006.
“According to what Dr. Goble told AAWHA Media Representative Clant M. Seay on Friday,“VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship apparently “manufactured a “VAC” meeting by having “VAC” members drive to Knoxville, Tennessee to get Dr. Goble to sign a false self-serving letter on the guise of saying Dr. Goble was not part of “VAC”. Here is Dr. Goble’s version “I got a call yesterday from, oh, I don’t know his name but he’s one of the people on that committee, the director (“VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship)of it or whatever, and he said we’d like for you to sign a paper that says that you are not a member of that committee.”
Dr. Goble said, “I met with those three people this morning (Friday, Aug. 29) or two people, they drove over to Knoxville to see me, and I signed a thing that said I was no longer a member or anything associated with their committee.”
On Friday night, August 29, 2014, AAWHA Representative Clant M. Seay met “VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship at Barn 9 at the Celebration where “VAC” was inspecting horses. Celebration Chairman invited critics to attend the Celebration and observe how horses were being inspected. Seay explained to Blankenship that people had a right to take pictures of what the “VAC” was doing.
DAY 15 – STILL NO “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORTS” FOR THE 2012 AND 2013 TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATIONS.
Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack assured the Congressman that the 2014 USDA inspection numbers would be reported where the figures were not “BLENDED” which is what Dr. Chester Gipson did in the past which allowed the sore Big Lick to claim an unholy “partnership” with the USDA.
The 2014 “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORT” published on September 8, 2014, showed there were severe discrepancies and variances with what the USDA Vets and the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO inspectors found at the 2014 Celebration regarding the number of sore horses.
The Celebration inspectors “manufactured” a 98% HPA compliance rate, where the USDA inspectors showed it was more like approximately two of every 10 horses were sore.
USDA CELEBRATION/S.H.O.W. HIO
BILATERAL(BOTH FEET) 84 (USDA) 3 (CEL. Inspectors)
UNILATERAL(ONE FOOT) 19 (USDA) 13 (CEL inspectors)
USDA 103 Bilateral/Unilateral
CELEBRATION 16 Bilateral/unilateral
This is why Dr.Gipson not pulling the shoes as assured by Secretary Vilsack was so important and so unforgivable. Simply put, Dr. Chester Gipson failed the American people and failed to protect “The Horses” when he did not pull the packages/shoes on “I AM JOSE” and other horses at the 2014 Celebration.
It is hoped that Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and the 58 Congressmen who stood with him will demand a date by which they will be furnished the 2012 and 2013 “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORTS”.
These Reports are crucial to passing the PAST ACT.
And an explanation why Dr. Chester Gipson did not pull the packages/shoes at the 2014 Celebration when Secretary Vilsack assured Congress that the USDA would do so.