JACKSON, MS – In six short days since being made aware that the contributions from the Mississippi Charity Horse Show were tainted “Blood Money” generated from the exhibition of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses, University of Mississippi Medical Center officials today acted decisively to officially “Disassociate” the University’s Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital from the Mississippi Charity Horse Show.
Prior to being advised of the facts surrounding the sore “Big Lick”, the University of Mississippi was unaware of the underlying animal cruelty stigma related to “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses. The University of Mississippi has nothing to do with putting on the Mississippi Charity Horse Show, rather it was merely a charity recipient. Donations have been made for the past 10 years, ranging from $25,000.00 – $50,000.00 a year.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI – OLE MISS
Once being made aware of the issue, the University of Mississippi acted promptly and decisively. In doing so, it joined the University of Tennessee which banned the “Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse from the Homecoming Football game at Neyland Stadium in 2012.
“BIG LICK” AT UT HOMECOMING
NATURAL FLATSHOD TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE – UT HOMECOMING
Representatives of the All American Walking Horse Alliance and FOSH (Friends of Sound Horses) presented the facts to the University officials last Friday, February 27, 2015. They were backed up by 3,900+ signatures and comments supporting a Change.Org Petition which included people from every state in the union, and 51 countries all over the world.
FOSH PRESIDENT TERESA BIPPEN
AAWHA OFFICIAL JEANNIE MCGUIRE
FOSH ANTI-SORING VICE PRESIDENT LORI NORTHRUP
“We are extremely proud of the action taken by Ole Miss to send a clear message that an institution of higher learning accepting funds generated from activities involving animal cruelty is not acceptable in 2015“, said Clant M. Seay, Change.Org Petitioner and AAWHA Media Representative.
Seay credited the key role of Ms. Teresa Bippen, President of FOSH (Friends of Sound Horses), who provided invaluable documentation to university officials regarding the soring problem endemic with the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses, and a letter provided by the All American Walking Horse Alliance Advisory Committee as being vital in influencing the university decision makers.
CHANGE.ORG PETITION – CANCEL “BIG LICK” CLASSES
DUTCH, AN ABUSED TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE SENT TO SLAUGHTER
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AAWHA COMMENDS THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI’S DECISION TO NO LONGER ACCEPT “BLOOD MONEY” DONATIONS FROM THE MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW GAINED FROM THE EXHIBITION OF “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES , AND TO “DISASSOCIATE” ITS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL FROM THE “MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW” WHICH FEATURES SORE “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES
JACKSON, MS ““ All American Walking Horse Alliance Official Jeannie McGuire today praised the University of Mississippi and UMMC Medical Center officials for their decision to “disassociate” the university’s Children’s Hospital from the animal abuse associated with the “Big Lick” Performance Tennessee Walking Horse which will be featured at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show on March 26 ““ 28, 2015.
Ole Miss conclusion was influenced by an online Change.Org Petition started last Thursday. It gathered over 3,900 signatures in six days from every state in the union and 51 foreign countries. It was addressed to:
- Mr. Robert Taylor, Manager, Mississippi Charity Horse Show
- Dr. Dan Jones, Chancellor, University of Mississippi
- Dr. LouAnn Woodward, Dean, University of Miss. Medical Center
The Petition called upon Misissippi Charity Horse Show Manager Robert Taylor to:
CANCEL “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE CLASSES AT THE MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW;
The Petition called upon Chancellor Jones and Dean Woodard to:
DISASSOCIATE THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI CHILDRENS HOSPITAL WITH INSTITUTIONALIZED ANIMAL CRUELTY REPRESENTED BY EXHIBITION OF “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES AT THE MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW.
The Petition in part stated, “The people of Mississippi – America – and the World firmly believe in 2015 that the intentional abuse of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse is CRUEL and UNACCEPTABLE. It should not be on display at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds. And a great American public university such as the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) should not stain its image by being associated with the exhibition of sore “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses in the name of family entertainment, or accept “Blood Money” charitable donations derived from such activity.”
It asked “Dr. Dan Jones, Chancellor of University of Mississippi, and Dr. LouAnn Heath Woodward, Dean of UMC (University Medical Center), to DISASSOCIATE the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) from the institutionalized animal abuse of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses, and to not accept “Blood Money” donations gained from the exhibition of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses.”
It called upon Horse Show Manager, “Horse Show Manager Mr. Robert Taylor to CANCEL the 59 “BIG LICK” Tennessee Walking Horse classes at the 2015 Mississippi Charity Horse Show, and to BAN them in the future.”
Ole Miss now joins the University of Tennessee in taking a public stand against animal abuse represented by the sore “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.
UT banned the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse from being exhibited at Neyland Stadium at the annual Homecoming football game in 2012. This ended a many decades tradition of having the newly crowned World Grand Champion on display before 100,000 fans. The new tradition is to exhibit a natural sound flat shod Tennessee Walking Horse with a youth rider who has won 4-H competitions.
The Jackson Show which is set for March 26 ““ 28 will feature 59 of 106 classes as “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses.
“Soring is the illegal and cruel practice of using chemical and mechanical methods of to create pain in a gaited horses’s front fee to exaagerate their animated step most prevalent in Tennessee Walking Show Horses.” “The Sore World Of The Big Lick Tenessee Walking Horse”.
Ms. McGuire cited a 2014 statement on “Soring” by former “Big Lick” veterinarian and MTSU Horse Science Faculty Professor, Dr. John Haffner, “The fact is the big lick can only be accomplished by soring. When one soring technique becomes detectable, another one is developed. The big lick is a learned response to pain and if horses have not been sored, they do not learn it.” Dr. Haffner is Vice President of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of Equine Practitioners.
AAWHA Official Jeannie McGuire said, “We applaud the University of Mississippi Medical Center for no longer linking its exceptional image as a place of healing with that of the Mississippi Charity Horse Show which showcases the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.”
In her March 2, 2015, letter to Ole Miss Chancellor Dr. Dan Jones, Medical School Dean LouAnn Woodward, and Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital CEO Mr. Guy Giesecke, AAWHA official McGuire said:
“We respectfully request you to please “disassociate” the University of Mississippi from the Mississippi Charity Horse Show if it features “Big Lick” TWH. The money gained from the institutionalized abuse of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses are “Blood Money” donations. A great American public university such as Ole Miss sets the wrong example by being the willling recipient of such “tainted funds”.
Ms McGuire charged: “Soring” of Tennessee Walking Horses is rampant at the annual Mississippi Charity Horse Show held at the Fordice Equine Center on the State Fairgrounds in Jackson.”
Supporting her claim, Ms McGuire produced a prior Horse Protection Act Violation Citation issued to the 2014 Mississippi Charity Horse Show Stake Class Champion “Gen’s Black Maverick”. A Horse Organization Inspector charged the horse with being “Sore” at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show in 2012.
She also provided a Complaint charging William Brock Tillman, the 2014 trainer and rider of “Gen’s Black Maverick”, for “Soring” a horse at the 2013 Mississippi Charity Horse Show. She also provided numerous Horse Protection Act Violation Citations against Ms. Elaine Rosbury, owner of “Gen’s Black Maverick” at other horse shows.
Ms McGuire urged Mississippians to “please do not attend or support the Mississippi Charity Horse Show to protest how these “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses are treated. “It’s time for the pain of these horses to end”.
She said, “The sore Big Lick horses are trained at barns with multiple pairs of chains, then trained by more pain to not react to inspections to detect soring.
She said, “One Big Lick trainer was caught using a medieval like figure 8 barbed wire harness to place over a horse’s head and ears to teach him not to move when his feet were touched in a mock inspection. And Jackie McConnell was shown on ABC Nightline “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse expose’ beating and shocking a horse to train him not to react to being inspected. They call it ‘stewarding’.
The American Horse Council which represents many horse breeds and the American Veterinary Medical Association (82,500 members) strongly urge the end of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse by removing the 10-15 lb stacked shoes on each front foot and the chains in which the horses are shown.
This past June 18, 2014, the AAWHA held the historic “Walk On Washington” event before the U. S. Capitol in Washington, D. C. Six Sound Flatshod Natural Tennessee Walking Horses were exhibited in favor of bipartisan legislation to remove the pads and chains and eliminate the sore “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse. The event was covered by ABC, PBS, USA TODAY, Chicago Tribune, Miami-Herald, L.A. Times, The Tennessean, Philadelphia Inquirer, and media all over the country. The proposed law was publicly supported by over 308 Representatives (70%), a majority of the House Republicans, and 60 U. S. Senators. The amendment to the Horse Protection Act would have eliminated the “Big Lick” by removing the pads and chains, making horse soring a federal felony.
COUNTRIES ASKING OLE MISS TO PLEASE “DISASSOCIATE” FROM THE SORE “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE ABUSE AT MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW SET FOR MARCH 26-27, 2015
2. United Kingdom
13. New Zealand
14. United Arab Emirates
27. Trinidad and Tobago
32. South Africa
35. Costa Rica
39. Czech Republic
41. Russian Federation
48. Falkland Islands
50. Sri Lanka
54. Puerto Rico
56. Tenerife – Canary Islands
Nephew Eugene says Ole Miss people are good folks.