NASHVILLE, TN – The Tennessean newspaper Breaking News reporter Holly Meyer below chronicles the Maury County Grand Jury’s indictment of Big Lick Horse Trainer Mr. Jamie Lawrence of the crime of Felony Aggravated Assault With A Deadly Weapon. (Mr. Lawrence is afforded a presumption of innocence)
On July 18, 2015, Big Lick Horse Trainer Mr. Jamie Lawrence won the TWHNC (Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration) – WHTA (Walking Horse Trainers Association) 2015 Rider’s Cup CLAS on “It’s The Medalist”at the Sam Gibbons Memorial Horse Show in Athens, Alabama. ‘It’s The Medalist” is owned by Forrest Shadow Walkers and Kimberly Coult.
Also noteworthy is “It’s The Medalist” was riding on this Horse Trailer on May 30, 2015, when Mr. Jamie Lawrence drove his truck toward Ms. Teresa Bippen. Ms Kimberly Coult from Magnolia, Texas, showed “It’s A Medalist” that night in the Amateur Ladies Mares & Gelding class Saturday at the Columbia Spring Jubilee. There were eight horses in the class, and Ms. Coult’s entry did not finish in the money and left the tarmac with no ribbon.
“IT’S THE MEDALIST”
JAMIE LAWRENCE SORE HORSE – APRIL 5, 2013
JAMIE LAWRENCE – SORE HORSE – OCTOBER 29, 2005
THE TENNESSEAN NEWSPAPER ARTICLE – JULY 24, 2015
Horse trainer indicted in anti-soring protester case
Holly Meyer, firstname.lastname@example.org 10:33 p.m. CDT July 23, 2015
Alabama horse trainer Jamie B. Lawrence is facing one count of aggravated assault after being indicted by a Maury County Grand Jury.
Lawrence used a truck as a deadly weapon and caused protester Teresa Bippen, the president of Friends of Sound Horses, to reasonably fear injury, according to the July 7 indictment.
Lawrence, who is a member of the Racking Horse Breeders Association of America’s board of directors, did not return The Tennessean’s requests for comment.
Lawrence, who is from Vinemont, Ala., has earned two Horse Protection Act violations, including one for a sore horse at a 2013 Alabama show and another after a horse tested positive for a foreign substance at the 2011 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, the United States Department of Agriculture enforcement actions database shows.
Soring is the illegal practice of using harsh chemicals, overweight chains or other painful practices on a horse’s limbs to enhance its gait. The Horse Protection Act prohibits transporting a horse that has been sored or entering one into a show.
Bippen, whose organization works to end soring, traveled from her home in Missouri in May and joined other protesters holding up signs outside the Columbia Spring Jubilee at Maury County Park. Bippen said she was holding a sign that said, “Big Lick, Big Lie” when the incident occurred.
“I am very appreciative of the fact that Maury County has indicted this individual for lashing out and coming after me with his vehicle,” Bippen said.
Reach Holly Meyer at 615-259-8241 and on Twitter @HollyAMeyer.