JACKSON, MS – Anchor/Investigative Reporter Marsha Thompson of Mississippi’s largest television station (WLBT CH. 3) reported Thursday on the All American Walking Horse Alliance call for a Boycott of the Mississippi Charity Horse Show.
She said over 5,000 people had signed a Change.Org Petition to stop the competition.
Ms Thompson reported that the UMMC Baton Children’s Hospital disassociated itself with the Mississippi Charity Horse Show over National Controversy over how the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses are trained and handled.
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Controversy surrounds MS Charity Horse Show – “Big Lick”
Posted: Mar 19, 2015 4:05 PM CDTUpdated: Mar 19, 2015 9:07 PM CDT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) Controversy is swirling around an upcoming Tennessee Walking horse show that features ‘Big Lick’ classes.
A group called the Walking Horse Alliance says this is cruel and abusive.
Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital recently turned down charitable donations from the Mississippi Charity Horse Show. Over 5 thousand people have signed a petition to stop the “Big Lick” competition, according to Oxford attorney Clant Seay.
Seay sent us numerous USDA documents citing previous abuse at this Jackson horse show.
Blair E. Batson’s Children’s Hospital says the national controversy over the way Tennessee Walking horses are trained and handled, particularly those performing the “Big Lick style”, brought them to the decision.
Here is the statement from UMMC:
After careful reflection, the administration of Batson Children’s Hospital has asked the organizers of the Mississippi Charity Horse Show to discontinue donating proceeds of the event to the hospital for the benefit of its patients. We are grateful for the generous support of the Charity Horse Show over the last several years. 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.
Big Lick is a horse picking up it’s hooves higher than it’s natural motion.
The Humane Society says some competitors have been known to illegally ‘sore’ the horses ankles by applying a caustic chemical that burns them. Chains and stacked shoes are then applied. The horses react to the pain and step higher.
Robert Taylor, the show promoter, tells me USDA veterinarians and USDA inspectors will be at the show to catch those who abuse horses.
Some 300 horses from around the southeast are expected to compete in the show March 26-28th. Taylor, a retired show promoter says this show is legal.
Taylor also says he is disappointed Blair E. Batson has declined donations. He says other deserving charities will receive donations.
Last year Batson received $45, 000.00.
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AAWHA officials Jeannie McGuire and Lynn Delzingaro expressed gratitude for the media covering the Natonal “Big Lick” Controversy which is now centered in Jackson, Mississippi, the heart of the Deep South.
“We hope that the good people of Mississippi turn their backs on this barbaric animal cruelty which is the training and handling and mistreatment of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses”, said McGuire and Delzingaro.
The AAWHA officials complimented the Horse Lovers and supporters from all over the United States who have designed and funded the Billboards appearing on High Street in Jackson across from the Fordice Equine Center where the Mississippi Charity Horse Show will be held March 26 – 28, 2015.
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Nephew Eugene says he is mighty proud that Mississippi is ready to let the Tennessee Walking Horse breed reclaim its destiny from those sore “Big Lick” people who hijacked it over 50 years ago.
Radar says, “Amen”.