2014 CELEBRATION ATTENDANCE PLUMMETS – BARBED WIRE HARNESS SHAPED IN FIGURE 8 PLACED OVER HORSES EARS WHEN PALPATING FEET MISS JUDIE’S DAYCARE CHILDREN BEING TAUGHT ABOUT BIG LICK TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES

SHELBYVILLE, TN – The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration lost 48,327 spectators from 2012 to 2014, a staggering 41% decline.

The Tennessee public has left the sore Big Lick with empty seats due to the endemic soring documented by the USDA inspectors at this past Celebration.

NO MORE “BIG LICK BIG LIES” ABOUT 95% HPA COMPLIANCE

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Empty Stands @ Celebration 2012

Empty Stands @ Celebration 2012

The citizenry wants no more part of the soring necessary to create the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse.       Less than two weeks ago in a Maryville, Tennessee court room, it was again reminded of the barbaric methods used to create the sore Big Lick.

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Shocking testimony of aggravated cruelty to Tennessee Walking Horses was testified to by USDA Vet Dr. Bart Sutherland on December 15, 2014.     The conflicting mental images of a torturous “Figure 8 Barbed Wire Ear Harness” allegedly used to “steward” Tennessee Walking Horses at Larry Joe Wheelon’s barn in Maryville, Tennessee next to pictures of innocent preschool school children participating in a make-believe Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration at “Miss Judie’s Daycare” are indeed troubling.

“WALKING ON” AT MISS JUDIE’S DAYCARE IN SHELBYVILLE, TENNESSEE
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A serious cultural sickness and disturbing disconnect is alive and well among some people living in the Red States depicted on this map.   This is where the showing of Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses is primarily done. And where a small core of heart-hardened persons think it’s ok to teach children to adore something that is rotten to the core.

That would be the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse racket.

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Dr. John Haffner, a native Tennesseean and Horse Science Faculty member at Middle Tennessee State University, wrote the following words.

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JOHN HAFFNER, DVM

JOHN HAFFNER, DVM

To date, no one has refuted him.

CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS – MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE

On December 15, 2014, in Maryville, Tennessee (home of U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), USDA Vet Dr. Bart Sutherland testified in Blount County General Sessions Court that he found a “barbed wire harness shaped in a figure 8” at Larry Joe Wheelon’s Big Lick training barn on Tuckaleechee Pike on April 18, 2013. Dr. Sutherland testified that Wheelon barn worker Terry Hughes told him it was placed on a horse’s head and fitted over its ears so the horse would learn not to move while the horse’s feet were being palpated.

DR. BART SUTHERLAND, USDA VETERINARY MEDICAL OFFICER

USDA VET DR. MARK SUTHERLAND

USDA VET DR. MARK SUTHERLAND

MR. TERRY HUGHES, LARRY JOE WHEELON STABLE HAND

FORMER WHEELON STABLE HAND TERRY HUGHES

FORMER WHEELON STABLE HAND TERRY HUGHES

SHELBYVILLE, TENNESSEE – HOME OF THE TWH NATIONAL CELEBRATION

On August 31, 2014, The Shelbyviille Times-Gazette ran a story on the day following the 76th annual Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration about a lady named Mrs Judy Pope who owns a local daycare.   During the Celebration, Mrs. Pope and her daughter, Joy, had created a simulated Celebration showing of Tennessee Walking Horses by preschool children at her “Miss Judie’s Daycare”.

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The story reads, ” … she as many Shelbyville-natives do, also has a love for the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. Mrs. Pope said, “My daddy and brothers have always trained horses. My baby brother, Mickey McCormick owns Mickey McCormick Stables and has trained horses his entire life.”

“The only thing that makes Mrs. Judie’s Horse Show different from the Celebration is the size of the horses. On the first Friday of the Celebration, the children of Mrs. Judie’s Daycare bring their own stick horse for the much-anticipated “Mrs. Judie’s Horse Show.”

Pope said, “The kids bring their stick horses, but they also bring boots and hats to wear during the show. We try to make it as similar to the Celebration as we can.”

In an effort to educate the children about the Celebration, Pope has worked to include as many aspects of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in her own horse show.

“I went to the Winner’s Circle and bought the Celebration music and we play it for the kids just like they do in the arena. We also have numbers for each child, just like they have for the entries at the Celebration,” she said.

Pope also hands out prizes to the children and their “horses.”

“We give them ribbons and medals that say, ‘Mrs. Judie’s Horse Show,'” she said.”

CHILDREN RECEIVING RIBBONS AT THE LINE UP

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Mrs. Judy Pope’s brother is Mickey McCormick who is the immediate past President of the Walking Horse Trainers Association. Mr. McCormick has an extensive resume of Horse Protection Act Violation Citations.

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MICKEY MCCORMICK PUTTING BIG LICK CUSTOMER IN THE RING

(Please note that the first citation “in brown” regarding “Sky’s True Silver” is not attributable to Mickey McCormick. The following 19 citations are attributable to Mickey McCormick.)

Mick McCormick not listed Not Listed / Unknown Sky s True Silver Foreign Substance Not Specified 06/08/12 o-aminoazotoluene and 1,4-bis[(1-methylethyl)amino]9,10-Anthracenedione TN130169-AC 7060 04/17/13 Lawrenceburg Lions Club 4th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse Show
Mickey McCormick Shelbyville Tennessee Not Specified Not Specified 09/01/02 04/30/03 USDA Yes
Mickey McCormick Shelbyville Tennessee 37160 Scar Rule Not Specified 09/30/02 10/13/02 NHSC
Mickey McCormick Shelbyville Tennessee 37160 Scar Rule Not Specified 09/04/05 09/17/05 NHSC
Mickey McCormick Shelbyville Tennessee Not Specified Not Specified 09/01/02 04/30/03 USDA
Mickey McCormick Shelbyville Tennessee 37160 Unilateral Sore Not Specified 12/17/08 01/15/09 NHSC
Mickey McCormick Shelbyville Tennessee Bilateral Sore Not Specified 07/14/10 07/13/11 1000 SHOW
Mickey McCormick Shelbyville Tennessee 37160 Bilateral Sore Not Specified 07/14/10 07/13/11 1000 SHOW
Mickey McCormick Trainer Shelbyville Tennessee BB Kings Jazz Not Specified Not Specified tckt 4-21-10, 28756 07/14/10 07/13/11 SHOW
Mickey McCormick Not Listed / Unknown Sunrise Heartbeat Foreign Substance Not Specified 06/19/08 Date LOW sent 6/17/2009
Mickey McCormick not listed Not Listed / Unknown Queen of Everything Foreign Substance Not Specified 08/27/11 Acetic Acid, Lidocaine, o-aminoazotoluene, Cholesterol, multiple Glycols and 1,4-bis[(1-methylethyl) TN130308-AC 7060 04/24/13 73rd Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration
Mickey McCormick not listed Not Listed / Unknown Country And Famous Foreign Substance Not Specified 08/29/12 Octyl methoxycinnamate and sulphur TN130319-AC 7060 04/24/13 74th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration
Micky McCormick Shelbyville Tennessee 37160 Illegal Chains Not Specified 05/28/07 06/10/07 NHSC
Micky McCormick Shelbyville Tennessee 37160 Scar Rule Not Specified 07/07/08 07/20/08 NHSC
Micky McCormick Unknown Not Listed / Unknown Jose s Midnight Tango Scar Rule Not Specified 09/18/08 11/16/08 NHSC
Micky McCormick Shelbyville Tennessee 37160 Moonlighter Scar Rule Not Specified 10/06/08 10/20/08 NHSC
Micky McCormick Trainer Shelbyville Tennessee Hes Trouble Other, Define In Next Field Not Specified ticket 1335, 6/8/12 06/11/12 06/24/12 PRIDE
Micky McCormick Trainer Shelbyville Tennessee Hes Trouble Other, Define In Next Field Not Specified ticket 1335, 6/8/12 06/11/12 06/24/12 PRIDE
Micky McCormick Not Listed / Unknown American Idol Foreign Substance Not Specified 08/21/08 Date LOW sent 6/17/2009
Micky McCormick Not Listed / Unknown Santana s Supernatural Foreign Substance Not Specified 08/22/08 Date LOW sent 6/17/2009

Normally, the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration releases its attendance figures a couple of weeks following the conclusion of the event.   The official attendance figures were finally released last week.

The overall Celebration attendance figures have dropped dramatically.

2004     162,176
2005     156,768
2006     157,460
2007     141,573
2008     139,695
2009     126,685
2010     114,017
2011     123,648
2012     119,245
2013         95,400
2014         70,918

That’s a loss of 91,258 spectators in 10 years.

Nephew Eugene imagines that former Celebration CEO Ron Thomas is somewhere up in East Tennessee enjoying his retirement,   and smiling every now and then when he thinks about where things have gone since 2007 when he turned the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration over to this gentleman.

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L . HOWARD

Radar thinks Miss Judie needs to be showing the children this image and telling them why it’s “bad – bad – bad”.

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