PART 2 – “THE 2014 TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION WAS A ‘DUMPSTER FIRE” – “DECLINE OF THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION FROM 2006 – 2015”

TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION
TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION

TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION

SHELBYVILLE, TN   –  Normally when a Business goes up in  flames”  and:

  • Loses  approximately  $3 Million  in  7  years;
  • Owes  approximately  $700,000.00  on a failed venture which a federal agency files suit against to decertify it for not following federal law;
  • Loses  over 50%  of its customers in  10  years;
  • Loses  $700,000.00  in Corporate Sponsorships in  7  years.
  • Over  70%  of the residents where the business is located vote in the local newspaper that they are  NOT  going to attend even one night of the business’s annual main event;

The persons responsible for causing the “inferno” are removed by the shareholders,  and a new group is brought in to right the ship.

   TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE CELEBRATION BOARD OF “PYROMANIACS”

CELEBRATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE CELEBRATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The  “Celebration Association”  will meet Monday night in Shelbyville to review the financial condition of The Celebration, and elect a Board of Directors for the next year.

There will be some “low-level” drama to see if 70 year old David L. Howard will step down from the “Celebration Association” in accordance with the organizations time-honored policy and tradition.

Nephew Eugene says he will believe it when he sees it.

Mr. David L. Howard owns the “Dumpster Fire” which the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration has become since 2007 when Mr. Howard persuaded three of his fellow Board Members to vote with him to fire Celebration CEO Ron Thomas.   Mr. Thomas served as Celebration CEO from 1984 to 2007 during which time the Middle Tennessee event showed unprecedented growth and development.

FORMER CELEBRATION CEO RON THOMAS (1984 – 2007)

(Left to Right) 2005 WHTA TRAINER OF THE YEAR,  RON THOMAS,  CEO, TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION

(Left to Right) 2005 WHTA TRAINER OF THE YEAR JOE COTTEN, AND RON THOMAS, CEO, TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD, THE WALKING HORSE REPORT PUBLISHER

CELEBRATION CHAIRMAN DAVID L. HOWARD, THE WALKING HORSE REPORT PUBLISHER

CELEBRATION TREASURER JOHN T. BOBO

JOHN T. BOBO - THE CONSIGLIERE - MAN BEHIND DAVID L. HOWARD

JOHN T. BOBO – THE CONSIGLIERE – MAN BEHIND DAVID L. HOWARD

In its  76  year history,  the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration has never been in worse shape:

  • The public perceives it as a place where beautiful Tennessee Walking Horses are institutionally abused in the name of family entertainment while cloaking itself in the garb of community pride and patriotism.

In a Freudian slip, Mr. David L. Howard,  when asked on the steps of the Federal Courthouse in Chattanooga, Tennessee  about the possibility of eliminating soring, Tennessee Walking Horses said:

         “I’LL BE HONEST WITH YOU – WE’LL NEVER GET THERE”

"I'LL BE HONEST WITH YOU - WE'LL NEVER GET THERE" - CHATTANOOGA FEDERAL COURTHOUSE STEPS - JACKIE MCCONNELL GUILTY PLEA - MAY 22, 2012

“I’LL BE HONEST WITH YOU – WE’LL NEVER GET THERE” – CHATTANOOGA FEDERAL COURTHOUSE STEPS – JACKIE MCCONNELL GUILTY PLEA – MAY 22, 2012

WRAPPING THE “INSTITUTIONALIZED SORING” IN PATRIOTISM

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BUD SEATON UP ON “COUNTERFEIT DOLLAR” PRESENTING THE NATIONAL COLORS AT THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION

ARMED SECURITY WHERE BIG LICK HORSES ENTER “WGC” BIG STAKE CLASS

ARMED SECURITY AT ENTRANCE TO WORLD GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP

ARMED SECURITY AT ENTRANCE TO WORLD GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP

THREE RUNNERS AND “I AM JOSE” ENTERING THE CELEBRATION RING
ENTRANCE OF "I AM JOSE" IN 2014 WORLD GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP BIG STAKE CLASS

ENTRANCE OF “I AM JOSE” – 2014 WORLD GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP

"I AM JOSE" - 2014 WORLD GRAND CHAMPION ACCOMPANIED BY "TOWEL MAN"

“I AM JOSE” – 2014 WORLD GRAND CHAMPION ACCOMPANIED BY “TOWEL MAN”

WHEELONBUCKETSTANCE
OWNER/TRAINER JESSE BARNES KICKS TWO YEAR OLD KEMBA WALKER TO GET UP

OWNER/TRAINER JESSE BARNES KICKS TWO YEAR OLD KEMBA WALKER TO GET UP

  • And the public  has  left the building:
EMPTY WEST GRAND STANDS - CELEBRATION 2014

EMPTY WEST GRAND STANDS – CELEBRATION 2014

  •  The vaunted  “VAC” Veterinary Advisory Committee  exposed as fraud.

AUGUST 29, 2014 – THE TENNESSEAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINE

DR. DALLAS O. GOBLE SAYS TURNED DOWN CELEBRATION INSPECTION JOB

DR. DALLAS O. GOBLE SAYS TURNED DOWN CELEBRATION INSPECTION JOB

  • ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE representative conversing with “VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship (Former Walking Horse Trainer BOYZ attorney) at the “Barn 9” Inspection Area:
AAWHA SPOKESPERSON AND 'VAC' SPOKESPERSON COMPARE NOTES ON AUG. 29, 2014

AAWHA SPOKESPERSON AND ‘VAC’ SPOKESPERSON COMPARE NOTES ON AUG. 29, 2014

  • Summing up,  the 2014  Celebration  was a Dumpster Fire”:

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It will be interesting to see what the  “Celebration Association”  does Monday night.

                    “CELEBRATION ASSOCIATION” MEMBERSHIP LIST

"CELEBRATION ASSOCIATION" MEMBERSHIP LIST

And it will be especially interesting to see if  Mr. David L. Howard  has the decency to step down in keeping with the policy established by the honorable men who have preceded him in serving as Directors of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

Nephew Eugene says, “don’t hold your breath”.

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