JACKSON, MS – The Mississippi Charity Horse Show had a delayed start for its 6:00 p.m. Saturday Night performance. According to reliable sources, officers from the Jackson Police Department took Horse Show Announcer Mr. Tommy Williams into custody shortly before the start of the Saturday Night event.
Mr. Williams was transported from the Fordice Equine Center on the Mississippi State Fairgrounds to the Jackson Police Department Central Booking where he was processed on a Simple Assault/Intimidation charge.
MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW ANNOUNCER MR. TOMMY WILLIAMS UPON RETURNING FROM JACKSON POLICE DEPARTMENT
The alleged crime pertaining to Mr. Williams, and possibly some other persons, was contained in threatening electronic communications on Mr. Tommy Williams/ Walking Horse Chat Facebook page. The threats were directed towards CCABLAC animal welfare advocate Clant M. Seay. Mr. Seay preferred charges against Mr. Williams on Thursday, March 26, 2015, and a Jackson Municipal Judge found there was probable cause to believe a crime had been committed, and signed a Bench Warrant ordering Mr. Williams to be arrested. Mr. Williams is afforded the presumption of innocence regarding the alleged charges.
WWW.BILLYGOBOY.COM reported: On March 14-15, 2014, Mr. Tommy Williams published and communicated on his open Facebook page the following threats of contemplated physical violence toward Change.Org Petitioner Clant M. Seay.
The Change.Org Petition signed by 5,578 people resulted in the UMMC Batson Children’s Hospital disassociating itself from the Mississippi Charity Horse Show due to the national controversy over the training and treatment of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses. UMMC will no longer accept “Blood Money” donations from the event which features “Big Lick” TWH due to the animal cruelty necessary to create it.
Other commenters who joined in the dialogue include Ms. Ashley Wadsworth who is a Mississippi TWHBA Director:
MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR ROSS R. BARNETT ““ SEPT. 1962
The essence of Mr. Williams internet threats included:
ELEMENTS OF TOMMY WILLIAMS THREATS ““ MARCH 14, 2015
- Threat One – “… and i see him, he’s a whipped ass
- Threat Two – “if I whip Clant Seay’s ass if I see him at the Jackson Mississippi Charity Horse Show can any of you bond me out of jail?”
- Threat Three – “If Clant Seay comes to Jackson, I am stompin’ his ass – Marine Corps ass whippin.”
- Threat Four – “If I see him, it’s hello … “punch”. That’s the only way to handle a dirt bag … stomp that ass”.
- Threat Five – “Matt … I got $250 … if I see Clant Seay at the show… he is a whipped ass … that’s it.”
The Saturday Night Horse Show was delayed starting. Mr. Ron Carney subbed for Mr. Williams while he was taking care of business downtown.
Mr. Tommy Williams returned to the Fordice Equine Center at 6:50 p.m. He was ceremoniously delivered to Center Ring by Ring Mistress Ms. Joy Smith in a Horseless Carriage:
MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW RING MISTRESS JOY SMITH
Upon arriving back in the announcer’s chair Mr. Williams remarked, “I thought i had seen all the buildings in Jackson, but today i saw a new one."
Later when Mr. Williams joined the show officials to have his picture taken, he remarked in the direction of Mr. Seay who was attending the Horse Show on the South side, “This will be the second time tonight I have had my picture taken”.
Shortly thereafter, Mr. Seay was taking pictures of the Two Year Old Stake Class
During this class, Mr. Seay was accosted by the individual below who threatened to physically assault Mr. Seay. Lt Fred Nelson of the Jackson Police Department intervened. The individual put his hands on the officer in an attempt to reach Mr. Seay. Lt. Nelson advised the individual that if he did not immediately cease and desist that he would be placed under arrest and taken to jail. The individual persisted and a stand off ensued and the horse show momentarily stopped.
IRATE “BIG LICK” EXHIBITOR THREATENING PHYSICAL ASSAULT
Mississippi Charity Horse Show Manager Mr. Robert Taylor and a Hinds County Deputy Sheriff joined the discussion.
This fellow was also egging on the “IRATE BIG LICKER” and the lady who was with him:
To his credit, Horse Show Manager Mr. Robert Taylor handled the matter competently, as did the Hinds County Deputy Sheriff. Mr. Seay relocated and continued taking pictures and observing the horse show.
Seay commented, “Upon being identified, the person attempting the assault will be charged with a crime under the applicable statute. It’s America, and while feelings are high on this matter, there is no room for such egregious behavior in a civilized society.”
Seay praised Horse Show Manager Mr. Robert Taylor saying, “Although Mr. Taylor and I have different views regarding the treatment and training of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses, he recognizes that I should enjoy the same privileges as others who come to the Horse Show and take pictures of the Horses and Exhibitors. I look forward to the day when the Mississippi Charity Horse Show can put on an event that the UMMC Batson’s Children’s Hospital can fully embrace, and the Jackson community can enthusiastically support. He said, “WHOA (Walking Horse Owners Association) located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee has proven that Flat Shod shows can attract thousand of entries without the soring necessary for the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.
There were approximately 250 – 300 spectators present on Saturday night.
A Center Ring official Mr. James Sills, Jr. came over to the South side and irresponsibly attempted to incite the spectators:
THE IRRESPONSIBLE ANTICS OF CENTER RING OFFICIAL MR. JAMES SILLS,JR.
The most disappointing news coming out of Jackson was the USDA’s throwing n “The Horses” under the bus.
Horse Show Announcer Mr. Tommy Williams said the Horse Inspection numbers for the “racket” were 96%. The USDA Horse Activity Report for the 2014 Celebration showed over15% of all Horses inspected were determined to be “SORE”..
On Saturday night, Mr. Williams claimed Jackson was a 99% compliant horse show.
If Dr. Chester Gipson and APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea expect to have any credibility concerning Horse Protection going forward, they need to provide a full combined Horse Activity Report on the Mississippi Charity Horse Show and the Walking Horse Trainers Show next week in Decatur, Alabama on or before April 18, 2015.