THETA, TN – October 23, 2014 was not the best day in Mac Benham‘s young life.
In the wake of Mr. Benham’s unprovoked attack upon an individual in the Dallas-Fort Worth airport, the world’s eyes focused on the fact that 27 year old Mr. Benham grew up in the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse World.
Mac Benham is the son of California-based Big Lick Trainer Scott Benham who trained 1982 Two Year Old World Grand Champion, Pride’s Final Edition. Final Edition was crowned World Grand Champion in 1985. Mr. Benham’s mother’s family owned and showed Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses for decades.
Mr. Benham’s violent assault triggered flashbacks of the 2012 pictures of Jackie McConnell violently beating Tennessee Walking Horses and shocking them with cattle prods. And there was the picture of the young man kicking a horse after it collapsed at the 2014 Celebration at the end of an extremely hot early evening class.
TRAINER MAC BENHAM ASSAULTING MAN IN DALLAS-FORT WORTH AIRPORT
TRAINER JACKIE MCCONNELL BEATING TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE
BIG LICK TRAINER KICKS COLLAPSED TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE
The video capturing Benham’s attack now has over 4,500,000 hits, and Benham’s relationship to the training of sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses has been established.
And in many ways the photos of Benham attacking the man is not dissimilar to the actions of Hall of Fame Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse Trainer Jackie McConnell in his brutal treatment of Tennessee Walking Horses aired on ABC Nightline in 2012:
The news media has also reported Benham’s history of animal abuse:
“Furthermore, “He has also been in trouble with the US Department of Agriculture at least twice for violations of the Horse Protection Act for allegedly mistreating Tennessee Walking horses he was supposed to be training. He was charged for ‘soring’ a horse named Major General’s Ritz in the 43rd Annual National Walking Horse Show held March 18, 2011 in Shelbyville, and again for doing the same to a horse named ‘Willie Twilight’ on Aug. 31, 2012, at the 74th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, also in Shelbyville.”
“Soring,” according to the USDA is “a cruel and abusive practice used to accentuate a horse’s gait. It is accomplished by irritating or blistering a horse’s forelegs with chemical irritants (such as mustard oil) or mechanical devices” to make the horses adopt a Tennessee Walking Horse’s distinctive high-stepping gait.
Normally, the walk is developed through years of careful training, but Benham hoped to pass the horses off by torturing them until they were unable to step normally. He was fined and disqualified from showing horses for six months.”
Mac Benham’s Horse Protection Act Violation Citations Record:
The last three weeks have not been kind to the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse:
- N.C. STATE FAIR UPROAR – About 19,000 signatures were collected protesting and calling for cancellation of Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses at the N. C. State Fair. After media and public attention, the Agriculture Commissioner assured critics the continuation of Big Lick classes will be reviewed before the 2015 N.C. State Fair.
- CELEBRATION BIG LICK SPOKESPERSON COCK FIGHTER B.L.COZAD,JR. says Walking Horse Trainers have a constitutional right to sore Tennessee Walking Horses (private property) if the animal cruelty helps them support their families.
- TRAINER MAC BENHAM LOSES IT – YOUTUBE AT DALLAS – FORT WORTH AIRPORT WITH OVER 4,500,000 YOUTUBE HITS
Nephew Eugene wonders “What’s Next?