THE CLARION-LEDGER NEWSPAPER HEADLINE – “UMMC WON’T ACCEPT CHARITY HORSE SHOW DONATIONS” SAYS IT ALL – NOW CANCEL AND BAN THE “BIG LICK” CLASSES AT THE MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW

JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI –  Mississippi’s largest newspaper, The Clarion-Ledger,   reported this morning that  UMCC (University of Mississippi Medical Center) refused to accept  the “Blood Money” donations  from the Mississippi Charity Horse Show generated from animal abuse “SORING” associated with the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.

All American Walking Horse Alliance Official Jeannie McGuire said in a statement, “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.”

"CORI" AND JEANNIE MONTGOMERY, ORGANIZER, ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE

“CORI” AND JEANNIE MCGUIRE, ORGANIZER, ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE

After the attention of the United States and the World was focused on the animal cruelty associated with the Mississippi Charity Horse Show with a Change.Org Petition drawing over 4,000+ signatures in six days, the decision was made on March 4, 2015 by the University of Mississippi Medical Center officials to disassociate from the Mississippi Charity Horse Show.

The Mississippi Charity Horse Show set for March 26-28, 2015 at the Fordice Equine Center will feature 59 “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse Classes, over 55% of the Horses participating.

All American Walking Horse Alliance  official Jeannie McGuire said, “We are happy with Ole Miss decision to disassociate the Children’s Hospital from this cruel abuse of God’s noble creature the horse.  We own and love our horses, and we renew our request for Mississippi  Charity Horse Show Manager Mr. Robert Taylor to CANCEL the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses classes at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show.”

“There is no place for the institutionalized animal cruelty of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.  The “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse is the only breed in the world shown with chains”,  said McGuire,  “The American Horse Council which represents other horse breeds, and the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) urging to eliminate the sore Big Lick says it all”.

Representatives from the citizens groups FOSH (Friends of Sound Horss) and AAWHA made the case with University officials,  both in Oxford and at the Medical Center in Jackson, in meetings on Feb. 27, and March 3,   that the  practice of “soring” to get the horses to perform in the “Big Lick” style constitutes animal cruelty.

And the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) agreed.

MR. JAMES “JAY” HICKEY, PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN HORSE COUNCIL

DR. WHITNEY MILLER, DVM – LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR, AVMA (AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (82,500 MEMBERS)

2012 CELEBRATION WORLD GRAND CHAMPION BIG LICK “WALK TIME CHARLIE”

"BIG LICK" "WALK TIME CHARLIE" SET DOWN WITH CHAIN POUNDING SEVERE BITTING/SHANKS

“BIG LICK” “WALK TIME CHARLIE” SET DOWN WITH CHAIN POUNDING SEVERE BITTING/SHANKS

Informed observes believe that the attention of the World is now squarely focused on Jackson, Mississippi as Ground Zero in the Battle to eliminate the sore “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.

THEHORSES

The decision of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) to side with persons who want to “Protect The Horses” and abolish the “SORING” by eliminating the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse is a huge first step.

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UMMC won’t accept Charity Horse Show donations

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The administration of Batson Children’s Hospital has asked the organizers of the Mississippi Charity Horse Show to discontinue donating proceeds from the event.

“We are grateful for the generous support of the Charity Horse Show over the last several years,” said Marc Rolph, associate director of public affairs for the University of Mississippi Medical Center. “This support has included not only monetary contributions, but also opportunities for patients under our care to be involved.

“Although we are comfortable the Mississippi show complies with all applicable laws for the protection of horses, the national controversy over the way Tennessee Walking Horses are trained and handled “” particularly those that perform in the ‘Big Lick’ style “” has brought us to this decision. We are not in a position to evaluate the strongly held beliefs and assertions on either side of this issue, so our decision is intended to remove the Children’s Hospital from the controversy. “

The decision came after some had complained the practice of “soring” to get the horses to perform in the “Big Lick” style constituted animal cruelty. According to the Humane Society, the process of soring involves applying blistering agents like mustard oil, diesel fuel and kerosene to a horse’s limbs to force the horse to perform an artificial, exaggerated gait. According to the website for Horse Fund, as a sore horse tries to escape the pain in his front feet and lower legs, he snatches them up quickly, which gives the tremendous lift in the front, known as the “big lick.”

The Mississippi Charity Horse Show, set for March 26-28 at the state fairgrounds, features a “Big Lick” Performance Tennessee Walking Horse event.

All American Walking Horse Alliance Official Jeannie McGuire said in a statement, “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.”

The alliance is pushing for legislation to end the practice.

Robert Taylor, President Mississippi Charity Horse Show, expressed disappointment in the decision, saying the event has donated about $250,000 to the hospital in recent years.

Supporters of the event say no animal cruelty is involved and that inspectors examine each horse before competing to ensure they are healthy and being treated properly.

Contact Jerry Mitchell at jmitchell@jackson.gannett.com or (601) 961-7064. Follow @jmitchellnews on Twitter

 

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