SHELBYVILLE, TN – How can a stereotypical Big Lick TWH family which sores together also prays together, all the while supporting an institution based on animal cruelty known as the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse Racket?
How can practicing Christians justify the anomalous unholy juxtaposition of Christianity and the institutionalized soring of one of God’s most beautiful creatures, the Tennessee Walking Horse, all in the name of family entertainment?
Yet, that is exactly what has evolved over decades, and it is currently being piously and hypocritically practiced in Bedford County, Shelbyville, Tennessee.
The soring of Tennessee Walking Horses is presently centered in the red areas on the following map of the United States.
The people who practice the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses to get the sore Big Lick gait see absolutely nothing morally wrong with it.
Their state of denial, or state of audacity, take your pick, has their leaders saying they “would never abuse a horse”, yet they do – every Friday and Saturday night from March to November.
That thought process pervades the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse Racket Leaders, Celebration Chairman Mr. David L. Howard; TWHBEA President Mr. Steve Smith; and the owners of the Horses; the Trainers and their families on down to the barn help.
In an earlier article, www.billygoboy explained the difference between the group which wants to stop soring, and the group which wants to perpetuate it:
1. The Sound Horse effort is a “MOVEMENT”.
2. The sore “Big Lick: is a “WAY OF LIFE”.
Never was this more evident or more clearly illustrated than the following Shelbyville Times – Gazette newspaper article published on August 31, 2014, the day following the conclusion of the 76th annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.
AUG. 31, 2014 – “LET THE CHILDREN WALK ON, TOO” – TIMES-GAZETTE
“We try to make it as similar to the Celebration as we can”. (Note: It is not known if that includes mock inspections or not to detect possible soring.)
THE SHELBYVILLE TIMES-GAZETTE
The proprietor of the “Mrs Judie Daycare” is Mrs. Judie Pope.
Mrs. Pope is the sister of Mickey McCormick, Past President of the Walking Horse Trainers Association.
WHTA TRAINER BOYZ PREZ MICKEY MCCORMICK & BIG LICK EXHIBITOR
According to the www.hpa.us, Mickey McCormick is a serial horse sorer. He has received 14 Horse Protection Act Violation Citations, and 5 USDA 7060 Letters of Warning. His is a family operation and his wife Druscilla is active in it.
Mr. Mickey McCormick employs Mr. Casey Brooks Mutter who made internet threats of physical violence on August 4, 2014, following the Wartrace, Tennessee Horse Show in which an All American Walking Horse Alliance Media Representative was present covering the event.
MICKEY MCCORMICK, CASEY BROOKS MUTTER RECEIVING WHTA AWARD AT ANNUAL DECEMBER WALKING HORSE TRAINERS AWARDS BANQUET
2014 WARTRACE HORSE SHOW PROGRAM
On August 21, 2014, Mr. Mutter was visited and interviewed by an FBI Agent regarding the alleged internet threats of physical violence.
During Mr. Mickey McCormick’s tenure as WHTA BOYZ President, the WHTA lost their building and is essentially broke. Yet, there is a proud defiance in continuing the status quo of the sore Big Lick. The Trainer Boyz know you can’t have it without soring, and as Dr. John Haffner said, it is a “Pain Induced Gait”.
So approaching 2015, the question is where do things go from here?
Now that the PAST ACT was apparently fumbled at the last moment by Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Mr. Wayne Pacelle, CEO, The Humane Society of the United States, the Big Lick forces are now emboldened. In early 2015 the “Lickers” plan on going full court press with USDA APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea asking for a modified package and action device in hopes of resurrecting the public image of the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Show Horse. There will be lots of yapping about the Celebration’s “discredited” VAC (Veterinary Advisory Committee). The Lickers will put Shea in a squeeze play with pressure from U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and U. S. House Appropriations Chair Hal Rogers (R-KY) leading the way.
Seasoned observers believe that APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea never really wanted the PAST ACT to be enacted in the first place, and there is a history of the USDA kow towing to the politically influential Big Lick crowd.
Attached is a “cozy” Big Lick Message Board communication between between USDA APHIS Deputy Administrator Dr. Andrea “Andy” Morgan, and a Big Lick enthusiast regarding Dr. Morgan’s 2009 interpretation of the Scar Rule.
USDA APHIS DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR ANDREA “ANDY” MORGAN – ————–2009 SCAR RULE INTERPRETATION———————-
Nephew Eugene wants to know – “How do you “rebrand” horse soring?”