MURFREESBORO, TN – MTSU President Dr. Sidney A. McPhee has to decide if MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University) is going to follow the lead of the University of Tennessee and the University of Mississippi, and get on the right side of history where the university’s toleration and embracing of Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse Animal Cruelty is concerned.
A Change.Org started last Friday now has over 6,100 people from every state in America and around the World who are asking MTSU to sever all ties with Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse Animal Cruelty:
BIG LICK ANIMAL CRUELTY – GEN’S ICE GLIMMER SORED AT THE 2013 MTSU WALKING FOR EDUCATION HORSE SHOW ON MTSU CAMPUS
And it’s also time for MTSU employee Mr. Rick Insell, to either immediately resign from the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Board, or to resign as the MTSU Blue Raiders Basketball coach.
One of the greatest Tennessee Walking Horses which ever lived, the immortal Wilson’s Allen (never shown Big Lick), is buried in front of the Horse Science Building at MTSU. It would honor the memory of Wilson Allen, sire of Midnight Sun, for MTSU to set an example, and ban the Big Lick Animal Cruelty, once and for a
This is obscene. How can a taxpayer funded school willfully break the law by letting sore horses appear on their campus? This is a school with an Equine Science dept! How can lawbreakers & registered animal abusers be employed at MTSU? What kind of example is this for young riders. Soring is illegal.
San Jose, CA
I’m signing because no institute of higher learning should sponsor animal cruelty. If MTSU wants to be taken seriously in academia, much less produce well-rounded students of high character, it needs to condemn Big Lick.
The big lick torture in Tennessee must end. The pro-spring coalition has bought and paid for so many people who have fought to keep the status quo and keep soring alive. In fact, soring appears to be on the rise. Other incidents including the recent attempt on Teresa Bippen’s life by a big lick trainer show how horrific this culture of abuse is in Tennessee. I believe Dr. McPhee is from Abaco, Bahamas and I know the people there would not approve of the barbaric practice of soring. Please disassociate MTSU from the pro-soring coalition./
MTSU Alumnus, sound horse supporter. As a college that boasts an active equestrian team and hosts dozens of equine events per year, MTSU should be ASHAMED to have ANY big lick events on its campus.
New Hope, AL
Everything we now know regarding horses concludes with knowledge that the Big Lick industry and it’s accepted practices will no longer be tolerated by the public or humane horse handlers. Anyone or any establishment that chooses to associate with this intolerable practice is choosing to be a part of, what is now considered by most in the legitimate world of horsemanship, as the ultimate in horse abuse and equestrian ignorance. MTSU has had too many years of a good reputation in promoting good horsemanship in its equestrian programs and sportsmanship in all other areas of sports to loose this by its association in any way with Big Lick. I am signing this petition to lend voice that MTSU should, MUST, end all forms of association with this group. The students and alumni of MTSU deserve better than to see their beloved school’s reputation and name dishonored by this association. Please do sever ties with Big Lick and promote sound and humane equestrianship in all areas. Thank you.
On the other hand an influential alum Mr.Steve Smith is President of TWHBEA (Tennessee Walking Horse Breed Registry). Mr. Smith strongly supports the Big Lick which is synonymous with Animal Cruelty.
Under Mr. Smith’s leadership, the TWHBEA breed association has lost over 25% of its membership. Mr. Smith champions the Big Lick which, according to former Big Lick Trainer Carl Bledsoe, cannot be produced without Animal Cruelty.
Mr. Smith played baseball at MTSU in the 1970s. He also exhibited Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses.
Mr. Steve Smith and his Trainer Mr.David Landrum were both ticketed for a SORE horse that Mr Smith was to exhibit at the 1987 Belfast Horse Show:
In 2013, the same year Gen’s Ice Glimmer was TORTURED at the MTSU WALKING FOR EDUCATION HORSE SHOW, Mr. Steve Smith told The Tennessean newspaper that there is a 95% HPA compliance rate when Big Lick TWH are inspected, however, the following 2015 data from the USDA APHIS website proves that over 24% of Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses are disqualified by the USDA Vet inspectors for violating the HPA (Horse Protection Act).
Now 28 years later, Mr. Steve Smith is still enmeshed in the world of Big Lick Animal Cruelty. Instead of exhibiting SORE horses, Mr. Smith wishes to apparently allow his alma mater to suffer the consequences of his championing the Big Lick Animal Cruelty.
Incidentally, Mr. Smith recently chaired the Committee to hire the MTSU Athletic Director. He reportedly raised $5 million for the Reese L.Smith Jr. Baseball Facility. In his biography says Mr Smith claims he served on the MTSU President’s Council, but a search of available records does not yield any documentation of same, and the Dr. Sidney McPhee’s office said last week they had no record of it.
INFLUENTIAL MTSU ALUM – MR. STEVE SMITH
GEN’S ICE GLIMMER, FREE FROM BIG LICK ANIMAL CRUELTY BONDAGE – AUG. 18
GEN’S ICE GLIMMER – LONDON, KENTUCKY – JULY 18, 2015
The Petition, made public by Ms. Laura Ousley last Friday, August 14, 2015, has gained almost 6,000 signatures in five days, and could come close to topping 7,000 signatures before midnight Wednesday, August 19, 2015.
MTSU alums from all over the country are weighing and asking MTSU President Dr. Sidney McPhee to put the interests of MTSU over the influence of Mr. Steve Smith, President of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed registry who champions the Big Lick which is based on Animal Cruelty.
MTSU starts classes on Monday, August 24, 2015
Nephew Eugene says the Petition may well top 7,000 signatures before the sun comes up Thursday morning, and there is a strong prospect of Citizens Protestors on the MTSU campus next week.