Raleigh, NC – The State of North Carolina today joined the University of Mississippi Medical Center in severing ties with the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.
All American Walking Horse Alliance Media Representative Clant M. Seay today confirmed with North Carolina Deputy Agriculture Commissioner N. David Smith, that the 2015 N.C. State Fair Horse Show will not have any “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse classes.
Mr. N. David Smith said, “We welcome sound natural flat shod horses at the 2015 N.C. State Fair Horse Show. Padded “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses will not be allowed.”
SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE MICHELLE DISNEY, RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
Sound Horse Advocate Michelle Disney brought the attention of America and the world on the animal cruelty associated with the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse with her Change.Org Petition to CANCEL the Tennessee Walking Horse/Spotted Saddle Horse Show at the annual N.C. State Fair Horse Show. Ms. Disney’s action was supported by AAWHA North Carolina members who joined with Michelle Disney in spearheading the effort appealing to the North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture in charge of the State Fairgrounds.
AAWHA official Jeannie McGuire praised the State of North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture for banning the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse from the N.C. State Fairgrounds. She said, “The “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse is nothing more than institutionalized animal cruelty presented as family entertainment, and this is wrong. It should never be on display in front of children, much less enabled by the State of North Carolina. The AAWHA members from North Carolina and all over America have joined over 5,500 persons who have signed the Petition to: ‘Cancel Tennessee Walking Horse Performance Classes at the NC State Fair”, she said.
AAWHA OFFICAL JEANNIE MCGUIRE AND “CORI”
Public opinion is now weighing in on the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse in the Southern United States, where according to TWHBEA Executive Director Walt Chism, the activity is presently confined. (See Red and Blue States)
The focus now turns to Jackson, Mississippi where the Mississippi State Charity Horse Show starts on March 26, and features 59 “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse classes.
FOSH (Friends of Sound Horses) and the All American Walking Horse Alliance are calling upon Horse Show Manager Robert Taylor to cancel the 59 “Big Lick” classes, and ban them in the future.
Mr. Taylor has hired five Judges, and four of them have received Horse Protection Act Violation Citations. The 2014 Mississippi Charity Horse Show Stake Champion “Gen’s Black Maverick” was sored in 2012 at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show.
Horse lovers from all over the United States have contributed to and designed Billboards which are now running on High Street across from the Fordice Equine Center.
Almost 5,000 persons have signed a Change.Org Petition to ban the 59 “Big Lick” Classes at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show.
Yesterday, Ms. Priscilla Presley joined the #MISSISSIPPICAMPAIGN to #BANTHEBIGLICK.
Last Wednesday, the UMCC (University of Mississippi Medical Center) announced its disassociation from the Mississippi Charity Horse Show, and said it would no longer accept charitable donations from the event citing “the national controversy over the way Tennessee Walking Horses are trained and handled “” particularly those that perform in the ‘Big Lick’ style” as the reason for its decision.
Nephew Eugene says the public has had it with “Big Lick” “HORSE SORING”, and things are about to get sho’ nuff interesting in Mississippi.