JACKSON, MS – AAWHA Official Jeannie McGuire issued the following Press Release on Thursday, March 19, 2015.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AAWHA CALLS FOR BOYCOTT AND PROTEST OF MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW NEXT WEEK DUE TO HORSE SHOW MANAGER MR. ROBERT TAYLOR’S REFUSAL TO CANCEL 59 “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE CLASSES AND BAN THEM IN THE FUTURE
JACKSON, MS ““ All American Walking Horse Alliance official Jeannie McGuire today urged Mississippians to boycott the Mississippi Charity Horse Show next week at the Fordice Equine Center next week.
Ms McGuire said, “The “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse is no more than institutionalized animal cruelty presented as family entertainment. What they do in training and showing these horses is horrific abuse. The finished product should never be on display in front of children.”
“The big lick is a pain-induced gait. You cannot have the big lick without pain,” said Clant Seay, spokesman for the All American Walking Horse Alliance, a national group of professional horsemen and owners of Tennessee Walking Horses.
The eyes of the nation, and the world, became focused on the Jackson, Mississippi Charity Horse Show by a Change.Org Petition which has now garnered almost 5,400 signatures.
It asked the UMMC (University of Mississippi Medical Center) to disassociate from the event which UMMC did citing “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”.
On 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, Philadelphia Inquirer, and media outlets.###
WALK ON WASHINGTON – JUNE 18, 2014