COLUMBIA, TN – On Saturday, the “Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show” in Columbia, Tennessee became the “Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show” in Shelbyville, Tennessee.
Daily Herald Editor Mr. James Bennett’s story on the former “Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show” in Columbia appears below. Mr. Bennett planned to cover the Horse Show Saturday, but he never got the chance because the “Big Lick” saw “enough” and folded its tent and retreated to the Champions Arena at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration grounds.
AAWHA (All American Walking Horse Alliance) official Jeannie McGuire hit the nail on the head when she said, “The horse show is being moved to Shelbyville tonight because the “Big Lick” cannot stand the hot light of public scrutiny.”
Backing her up was this video:
And the 5,000+ Change.Org Petition signatures, asked local citizens to speak out and boycott the “Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show” on April 24 – 25.
FOSH (Friends Of Sound Horses) President Teresa Bippen – Letter To The Editor of The Tennessean:
Stop soring of walking horses
I am writing as president of Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) animal welfare organization that has fought to end soring of Tennessee Walking Horses for 15 years.
Soring is the deliberate infliction of pain upon the front legs and hooves of a horse to achieve a high-stepping gait in the show ring.
Soring is animal abuse, illegal and cheating. FOSH does not believe it is in the best interests of the residents of Columbia to provide a venue for the Big Lick Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show on April 24 and 25 at the Maury County Park.
What is the “big lick”? An exaggerated, unnatural high-stepping gait of a Tennessee Walking Horse for the show ring that is achieved through soring, chains on the horse’s ankles and stacks on the bottoms of their hooves. FOSH knows a lot about the big lick and soring. We created www.hpadata.us (nearly 13,000 Horse Protection Act violations) and www.stopsoring.com.
FOSH organized four Sound Horse Conferences (www.soundhorseconference.com) and held the 2014 conference in Brentwood.
At the 2014 conference, several veterinarians spoke out against the big lick and soring, including Tennessee resident John Haffner, DVM, who said “The fact is the big lick can only be accomplished by soring. When one soring technique becomes detectable, another one is developed. The big lick is a learned response to pain, and if a horse has not been sored, they do not learn it.”
In short, would Columbia residents want a dogfight at the local show grounds? Dogfighting is no different than soring.
Both are illegal animal abuse.
President, Friends of Sound Horses
A Rally Demonstration was held on West End Blvd. in Nashville on Thursday drew attention to the “Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show”.
It was followed by another Rally Protest on Friday at the Maury County Park. where the Horse Show is being held.
The Columbia and Maury County public got the message, apparently wholeheartedly agreed, and boycotted the “Gulf Charity Horse Show”.
No one was in the stands on Friday night. It was raining slightly off and on, but the public never showed up before it wasn’t raining.
Daily Editor Editor Mr. James Bennett got it right when he said, “The industry, crawling on its knees with two black eyes, stands on the precipice of a great comeback or a colossal collapse.”
TWHBEA Executive Committee Member Mr. David Williams is whistling past the grave yard with his party line comments. His boss Mr. Frank Eichler has hung a “For Sale” sign on Rising Star Ranch where Mr. Williams is employed.
And Mr. Williams Rising Star Ranch problems intensified when long time customer Mr.Jeff Mitchell had approximately 40+ Tennessee Walking Horse mares in foal to stallions standing at Rising Star Ranch in the latest Animal Cruelty scandal involving Tennessee Walking Horses.
Mr. David Williams brother, Mr. Tommy Williams was arrested in Jackson, Mississippi on assault charges for making internet threats and faces a June 18, 2015 arraignment date.
On Saturday, March 28, 2015, “Gulf Coast Charity Show” Manager Mr. Todd Fisher attempted an assault on AAWHA Media Rep Clant M. Seay at the Mississippi State Charity Horse Show. On Monday, 31, 2015, Hinds County, Mississippi Case #15-0783 was opened, pending the identification of the alleged perpetrator. Mr. Fisher admitted to being the perpetrator before a Maury County Deputy Sheriff at Maury County Park on Friday, April 24, 2015. And obviously, the pictures confirm it.
It is anticipated that a Hinds County, Mississippi arrest warrant will be executed in the near future for Mr. Fisher’s arrest on Assault charges.
Mr. David Williams’s TWHBEA has lost over 25% of its voting eligible members in the last 18 months, and it refuses to provide transparency or accountability to its members by not publicly providing current numbers on::
- Foal Registrations
- Horse Transfers
- Monthly membership numbers
- Cash on Hand
TWHBEA Executive Director Tracy Boyd vamoosed giving short notice in December 2014, and Mr. Walt Chism is now serving as temporary Executive Director for the past four months.
Nephew Eugene says Mr. David Williams is wrong … again.
The USDA APHIS is enforcing the Horse Protection Act differently in 2015 than it did in 2014, but that’s a story for another day.
Radar says Mr. Bennett is exactly right – it’s going to be a colossal collapse.
And he also says “Big Lick Big Lie” sums up Mr. David Williams comment, and virtually everything else that Mr. Williams says on the TWH subject.