JACKSON, MS – A short article in last Thursday’s Clarion-Ledger, Mississippi’s largest newspaper, has gone viral sparking over 3,872+ Facebook Shares and 190 Comments from all over the United States.
The story said UMMC (University of Mississippi Medical Center) will not accept donations from the Mississippi Charity Horse Show due to “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”
Approximately 95% of the commenters support and approve the University of Mississippi’s decision to disassociate itself with the animal cruelty on display at the Mississippi State Charity Horse Show which features 59 classes of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses.
UMMC won’t accept Charity Horse Show donations
The University’s decision should have been a “wake up” call for the sore Big Lick crowd, but instead their reaction has largely been visceral, uncivil, unpleasant and delusional.
The University’s decision threatens the core of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse existence. It is a game changer because, after the “Big Lick” was able to “FIX” some key elected officials and stymie the PAST ACT, and a 5th Circuit Court of Appeals panel issued an opinion saying the USDA had overreached in prescribing the mandated “minimum” penalties for HPA violations, the Lickers thought they were “home free’ to return to the “Good Ole Days” of Horse Soring, and “Let ‘Em Walk On”.
Then a Change.Org Petition started on February 26, 2015, which gave the American Public a chance to have a say.
And boy, did they – over 4,000+ signatures in six days urging Ole Miss to disassociate, and Cancel the 59 Big Lick classes set for March 26 – 28, 2015 on the Mississippi State Fairgrounds at the Fordice Equine Center.
Along with Americans from every State in the Union, many of whom owned Tennessee Walking Horses, people from 51 foreign countries also joined in.
AAWHA and FOSH (Friends of Sound Horses) representatives met with UMMC officials. The University of Mississippi Medical Center was told the truth about the “Big Lick”, and then it said “No Mas” to the Lickers.
FOSH President Teresa Bippen helped make the case with University officials said, “Trainers who bring ten or more horses get $500 a head EVEN if the horse is turned down for being sore and (2) The organization, SHOW, that is inspecting the show significantly reduced penalties for anyone bringing a sore horse. How’s that for enforcement? For those that lament the loss of $$ to the hospital, “Remember, there is no wrong way to do a right thing.”
All American Walking Horse Alliance Official Jeannie McGuire, “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.”
So why won’t the “Big Lickers” accept the verdict of the American people, and the University of Mississippi Medical Center Children’s Hospital?
The “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse culture is an “ADDICTION”, and the Lickers are “ADDICTS”.
An addict will twist facts until they suit them.
“To an outsider the behavior of an addict is completely irrational. … . Even when the addiction is pulling the individual towards an early grave, or causing problems for loved ones, they persist with it. Those who have never been dependent on an addictive substance will see this behavior as highly irrational. They do not have the addict’s ability to rationalize the irrational in order to explain away their own self-destruction. This individual is not willfully doing something to cause harm to themselves or other people. As far as they are concerned what they are doing is right … “
The “Big Lick” Addict believes what the wrong they are doing is right, or try to justify it. Part of the “Big Lick” equation to rationalize the animal cruelty associated with the “Big Lick” is to say “look how much money we give to charity.
One enraged Licker wrote to Info@billygoboy.com and said:
“Pretty damn common to take money from sick children. I know your family must be proud.”
Apparently, the University of Mississippi decided that its core values conflicted with accepting money from "Horse Soring" which is considered by the public to be on the same level as "Cock Fighting" or "Dog Fighting". Ole Miss knows that its Children's Hospital patrons like the Manning Family do not look kindly on embracing the "Big Lick". They apparently made the decision that "Horse Soring" is "pretty common", and they want no part of it. The Jackson show would be well advised to eliminate the "Big Lick" classes and go with completely sound natural flat shod TWH like WHOA has. Based on the comments to the Clarion-Ledger story, it appears everyone "got" what Ole Miss did and why, except for the people who sore horses. Why is that? Perhaps Ole Miss decision to refuse to accept the "dirty money" will be a wake up call for TWHBEA. When is TWHBEA going to provide transparency and provide current financial numbers along with. * Membership Monthly * Memberships (Total) * Foal Registrations * Horse Transfers * Stallion Breeding Reports BGB
BIG LICK ADDICTION ON DISPLAY AT 2014 WARTRACE HORSE SHOW
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Ms. Eichler’s husband is Mr. Frank Eichler who is the PSHA (Performance Show Horse Association) attorney.
Mr Eichler is credited with the S.H.O.W HIO rule of “UNACCEPTABLE” which allows the DQP who sees a sore horse that will not pass inspection to be allowed to return to the trailer without a ticket being written.
MR. FRANK EICHLER, OWNER RISING STAR RANCH – PSHA ATTORNEY
Mr. Eichler owns Rising Star Ranch which is presently the largest TWH breeding operation.
Mr. Frank Eichler and Ms Debbie Eichler both have been issued Horse Protection Act Violation Citations.
The Rising Star Ranch Manager is Mr. David Williams who is on the TWHBEA Executive Committee – VP Breeders.
Because he is a “Big Lick” addict, Mr. Williams is having trouble wrapping his mind around the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s decision.
Respectully to Mr. Williams, paraphrasing the 1992 Bill Clinton campaign mantra:
“IT’S THE SORING, STUPID”.
The American Public is not going to put up with it.
And the UMMC ( University of Mississippi Medical Center) officials don’t want anything to do with it, and the University only makes decisions with one thing in mind:
“Do What’s Best For The Children”
And they did.
They knew that the Manning Family which gives Millions of dollars, and other substantial donors, would cast a dim view toward Blair Batson Hospital being associated with the “Big Lick”. They knew it would adversely affect charitable donations to the Children’s Hospital much larger than the “Blood Money” the Mississippi Charity Horse Show was providing.
So UMMC expeditiously made its decision, and pulled the plug on the “Big Lick” Mississippi Charity Horse Show:
2014 MISS. STATE CHARITY HORSE SHOW STAKE CHAMPION (SORE IN 2012)
So now the focus switches to the #MISSISSIPPICAMPAIGN and #BANTHEBIGLICK asking Mississippi Charity Horse Show Manager Mr. Robert Taylor to CANCEL the 59 “BIG LICK” classes at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show, and ban them in the future.
Nephew Eugene hears when the sun comes up on Monday, March 9, 2015, that folks in Jackson driving past the Fordice Equine Center on High Street might just see some something on a digital billboard that looks a little like this.
The next three weeks in Mississippi should be quite interesting.