THETA, TN – The Orange Couch is officially retired.
A reporter from www.billygoboy.com confirmed today that the Mr. Tom Ingram – The Ingram Group – does not represent the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration
An Ingram Group representative said that the Ingram Group was retained by The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration to prepare a Plan for the National Celebration, and it was prepared and submitted to the Celebration, and the Celebration elected to not retain The Ingram Group.
Bottom line, the Ingram Group does not represent the Celebration.
That is important for several reasons.
Segueing, the Celebration was caught red-handed in 2014 by VAC Spokesperson Tom Blankenship and the Celebration Chairman David L. Howard perpetrating a fraud by saying that former Budweiser Clydesdale Vet Dr. Dallas O. Goble was a member of the newly formed “VAC” (Veterinary Advisory Committee) of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. Dr. Goble told www.billygoboy.com, “I wouldn’t touch that with a 10 foot pole”, and subsequently Dr. Goble confirmed same with Reporter Paul Barton with The Tennesseean newspaper’s Washington Bureau.
Then last week, the Celebration was caught red-handed again when Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, and its partner The United State Equestrian Federation (USEF) and the President of the AAEP, were deluged with emails from persons signing a July 13, 2015, Change.Org Petition by Ms. Laura Ousley of Knoxville, Tennessee asking Hagyard to “CUT ALL TIES WITH THE ANIMAL CRUELTY OF THE “BIG LICK, BIG LIE” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION”
In response, Hagyard first released the following July 14, 2015 Statement, explaining how it was apparently deceived by VAC officials into becoming a member of the Celebration’s VAC. Something about Dr. Hunt was asked to assist in prohibition of action devices (CHAINS).,
Then on Friday, July 17, 2015, Hagyard sent the following email to an All American Walking Horse Alliance Spokesperson:
“Due to personal and professional conflict, Dr. Robert Hunt has resigned from his volunteer position on the Veterinary Advisory Committee for the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.”
As of Tuesday, July 21, 2015, the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration has not announced that Dr. Robert Hunt has resigned from the VAC.
And until it does, the Celebration is still trading off the Hagyard name and reputation because the public looking at the Celebration website does not know any better.
So far, Hagyard has taken the position that it is not offended enough by the Celebration’s continuing to trade off of its name and reputation, and indirectly that of its partner USEF, to either publicly announce Dr. Robert Hunt’s resignation from the VAC, or demand that the Celebration, either publicly announce Dr. Hunt’s resignation on the Celebration website or remove Dr. Hunt and Hagyard’s name from the Celebration website, or both:
Halyard’s reticence begs lots of questions.
One is Hagyard claimed in its July 17, 2015 communication with AAWHA that Dr. Robert Hunt was a Volunteer, but each day that Hagyard does not issue a public statement announcing Dr. Hunt’s resignation, it begs questions just exactly what was the full understanding and financial arrangement, if any, with Hagyard and the Celebration VAC??? In 2014, Celebration Chairman David L. Howard boasted that approximately $250,000,00 was spent on the VAC.
And the “Heavy Hitter” from the prestigious Hagyard Equine Medical Institute was a Volunteer?
And why would Hagyard delay in proactively announcing to the public Dr. Hunt’s resignation, rather than just provide a one sentence blurb to the AAWHA Spokesperson, and hoping it would suffice.
The questions need to be answered by – who else – Hagyard Equine Medical Institute.
It appears reasonable that Hagyard should be given until Friday, July 24, 2015, to either issue a Press Release or publicly demand that the Celebration announce the Hagyard Vet Dr. Robert Hunt’s resignation from the VAC.
After that, it would seem fair for the public to question Hagyard why it isn’t being proactive as set out here in doing all things necessary to remove its name and association with the Animal Cruelty of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.
After all, if Hagyard was lied to by the Celebration’s VAC in order to obtain the association of Dr. Robert Hunt and Hagyard’s firm reputation, it would appear that “righteous indignation” would be the Hagyard mood of the day, rather than tip toeing around on this matter.
And then there is that history of a Rood and Riddle (another prestigious Lexington Vet firm) Dr, Scot Hopper who just decided to spend his 2012 vacation in the sweltering climate of late August Shelbyville, Tennessee. Dr. Hopper assisted in preparing Affidavits regarding Big Lick Horses which were inspected.
And Dr. Hopper “said” he wasn’t paid anything either.
Anybody want to buy a bridge in Brooklyn?
Unlike Hagyard, Rood and Riddle went fully proactive saying:
Rood & Riddle Statement on Tennessee Walking Horse Show
Created on Saturday, 08 September 2012 15:43
Rood & Riddle enthusiastically supports the efforts of the AAEP and AVMA to eliminate soring and other intentional methods of inducing pain in the training and performance of Walking Horses.
As recently correctly reported on the Internet Dr. Scott Hopper of the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital was recently in attendance at the 2012 Tennessee Walking Horse Show in Shelbyville, Tennessee as a volunteer observer and consultant.
Contrary to Internet reports Dr. Hopper was not paid, did not call a press conference, and did not repeat the examination on all of the horses examined by the USDA inspectors.
Dr. Hopper and the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital enthusiastically support the efforts of the AAEP and the AVMA to eliminate the use of painful means to affect a horse’s gait in training or performance.
Dr. Hopper’s presence is testament to our belief that there is value in the restoration of the horses of the Tennessee Walking Breed to their original, once proud, plantation heritage, and in the reformation of the municipal celebration of Shelbyville, Tennessee to its seventy four year old roots of showing horses in their best light, not in some aberration of their strengths. It is our belief that active veterinary involvement is paramount in bringing about positive change in the care of all breeds of horses for all uses.”
About Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital
Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital is a full-service equine hospital established in 1986 as a referral center for horses requiring specialized medical and surgical care. Today Rood & Riddle is known and respected throughout the world for innovative and highly skilled treatment of horses. … Visit http://www.roodandriddle.com to learn more.
So either two prestigious Lexington Thoroughbred Vet Clinics are extremely charitable towards being associated with the Animal Cruelty of the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse of the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration, or somebody is big time woofing somebody.
The problem Hagyard has with this situation is you can’t get in bed with Big Lick Animal Cruelty, and then expect a one sentence email to clear things up.
And things do need to be cleared up – all the way … not just a one sentence bob and weave.
Hagyard has a department which issues press releases.
It probably needs to be issuing one on this VAC deal.
This 2015 VAC GATE involving Hagyard Equine Medical Institue’s association with Big Lick Animal Cruelty will not go away until more is done by Hayward Equine Medical institute to set the record straight.
Segueing back, here is an April 10, 2015, The Walking Horse Report story touting the name of The Ingram Group, Tennessee Editor Ms. Maria DeVarenne, and many others, once again in association with the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.
Ingram Group Proposes Plan to Celebration
Friday, April 10, 2015
Walking Horse is an icon and centerpiece of industry worth saving
Shelbyville, Tenn. – The Ingram Group, a nationally recognized strategic consulting and lobbying firm, recently met with the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration and presented a plan for the future of the Tennessee Walking Horse and The Celebration. The Celebration initially met with The Ingram Group in late 2014 to explore options of how the groups could potentially work together.
The Ingram Group conducted several meetings with influential decision makers including Senator Lamar Alexander, Dr. Jim Thompson, Dean of the University Of Tennessee College Of Veterinary Medicine, Neil Chatterjee, Senior Counsel to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Maria de Varenne, Editor of the Tennessean. The conversations were part of the fact-finding mission to help further understand the industry and testing The Ingram Group’s theories.
Two members of The Ingram Group, Beecher Frasier and Rachel Albright attended the Tunica Fall Classic in November 2014 to get a better understanding of the inspection process as well as viewing a traditional Tennessee Walking Horse show. They left Tunica convinced they could and needed to help save such an iconic figure as the Tennessee Walking Horse.
Many of the challenges facing the Tennessee Walking Horse were quickly uncovered as were the perception problems associated with the performance Tennessee Walking Horse. Both Frasier and Albright have personal experience in other equine breeds and were astonished at what was required of a Tennessee Walking Horse during inspection.
During the presentation to The Celebration the Ingram Group made many of the same suggestions that are currently underway through the Celebration’s Veterinary Advisory Committee and efforts to certify an independent Horse Industry Organization. The Ingram Group supports and recommends the independent HIO as well as having equine veterinarians lead objective testing to ensure the welfare of the horse and complete abolishment of soring..
In addition, The Ingram Group would propose a campaign for The Celebration to lead the industry back to its rightful place as a celebrated breed and the pride of Tennessee. As part of that campaign, eliminating the uncertainty of the inspection process is paramount to the success as is the uniting of the breeders, owners and trainers behind a singular, strategic plan. The Ingram Group realizes that in order to give people a reason to trust The Tennessee Walking Horse industry again significant changes in the industry must be supported by all groups.
In addition to the campaign centered on the horse, The Ingram Group would also like to help The Celebration rebrand itself and focus more on the fan experience and building the industry back with more than just horses.
It’s just so obvious with the Circle of Soring closing in on the Celebration that it’s grasping for legitimacy everywhere, but finding it nowhere.
“Ship of fools on a cruel sea, ship of fools sail away from me.
It was later than I thought when I first believed you,
Now I cannot share your laughter, ship of fools.” The Grateful Dead
First, Mr. Tom Ingram sailed away,
Then, Dr. Robert Hunt of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute resigned away.
Now,it’s time for this:
Nephew Eugene says its thirty five days and counting.
Does anyone know where he can get a barn help job?