WASHINGTON, DC – In a shocking revelation, ShelbyvilleNOW online publication reported Wednesday that the 2014 Big Lick World Grand Champion “I AM JOSE” has been stripped of $15,000.00 prize money for violating the blood testing protocols established by the Celebration’s Veterinary Advisory Committee.
“I AM JOSE” WITH CASEY WRIGHT UP BEING CHASED BY “TOWEL MAN”
The 2014 Celebration, which suffered a meltdown with one horse collapsing in the line up, and its Chairman lying to the public about celebrated Budweiser Clydesdale vet Dr. Dallas O. Goble being part of the “VAC”, now deals with the apparent scandal of its 2014 World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse being caught with a banned substance detected in a blood test. “I AM JOSE” was ballyhooed as the first WGC to win the Celebration back to back since 1956.
In order to have any semblance of credibility, the Celebration needs to immediately provide transparency and divulge what banned substance was detected regarding “I AM JOSE”, and answer the question if constituted a Horse Protection Act Violation. It should also immediately disclose the names of the 50 reported Horses and their Trainers, Owners and Exhibitors which also apparently were found in violation of the blood testing protocol.
The PAST ACT now has the overwhelming support of the U.S. Congress, yet it perilously hangs in the balance with neither U. S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) or U. S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) giving it a Floor Vote.
There are only four legislative days left,
Adding to the drama, neither Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) nor Humane Society Official Mr. Wayne Pacelle have obtained a “YES” or “NO” answer from Speaker Boehner or Majority Leader Reid if the PAST ACT whether the PAST ACT will be given a Floor Vote.
Mr. Pacelle said in December 2013 when the PAST ACT only had 38 Senators endorsing it:
“If Commerce passes it, then Reid, if we give him enough time, can do a cloture vote on it. This would be our one cloture ask of him this Congress. We’ve got enough ins with him that we just might get it done.” Wayne Pacelle
Now the Bill has 60 Senators publicly supporting the Bill, and the world waits to hear from Wayne Pacelle on the PAST ACT. Mr. Pacelle said on November 10, 2014, “This is our top legislative priority,” said Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society. “We consider horse soring in the same category as cock-fighting. What the industry is doing to horses is a form of torture, and just about the entire equine community sees it as that.”
- It’s no wonder that the American People do not have any trust in their elected officials or the legislative process.
- It’s past time for Congressman Whitfield and Mr. Pacelle to level with the American People if the PAST ACT is going to get a Floor Vote or not.
HERE IS THE ShelbyvilleNOW STORY
“VAC Results and Celebration Winnings
December 3, 2014
Sources tell Shelbyville NOW that the Celebration winnings have finally been distributed to winning exhibitors of the 2014 Celebration after a 3 month delay. The story behind the scenes appears to be a delay of receiving the VAC blood testing results.
The VAC was formed a month before the 2014 Celebration to establish new protocols for enhanced monitoring of the horses being shown at this year’s show. A complete overview of the program can be found at www.celebrationvac.com.
Sources also tell Shelbyville Now that over 50 violators of the blood testing parameters were stripped of winnings, including our newly crowned World Grand Champion. Shelbyville Now has also learned that some training barns had multiple violations. These violations cost the exhibitor their winnings and then a fine is levied on top of the loss. This would mean that our newly crowned World Grand Champion who passed USDA inspectors, was stripped of his winnings ($15,000.00) and then fined on top of that, FOR WHAT? WAS IT AN HPA VIOLATION?
Does this mean that the HPA was violated if you failed a blood test? NO, NO, NO
If the VAC was not formed to help enforce the HPA and classes are not being retied as a result of the “violations”, then what was the real purpose of the VAC.
The only thing left to consider is the cash winnings that were lost as well as fines levied on the participants. It all leads to dollars.
Time to hire some more public relations experts to help with this situation.”
Nephew Eugene says the message from the latest sore Big Lick scandal at the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is that it’s time to #PASSTHEPASTACT.