PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL – The number one news story on Panama City Beach WJHG Channel 7 (NBC) TV station tonight was the growing “Horse Show Controversy” surrounding the proposed return of the Gulf Coast Trainer’s Show to the city owned Frank Brown Park in mid-April 2016.
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The front page of the Panama City Beach News Herald Newspaper displayed a story reporting that “more than 5,000 animal welfare advocates have signed in online Petition calling for cancellation of a long time horse show at Frank Brown Park.…”
Panama City Beach elected officials are now taking stock of this firestorm of “Horse Show Controversy” which has been brought to this idyllic beachside community by the Ms. Martha “Sister” Blackmon-Milligan who has a burning determination to live out a Big Lick fantasy of having a home town horse show where all her Big Lick friends can come show, and the people who hurt the horses, the Walking Horse Trainers, can have a family “paid vacation” on the beach.
Informed sources learned Monday:
- Ms. Martha “Sister” Blackmon-Milligan has not yet received the $25,000.00 taxpayers money she requested from the Combined Board of the Panama Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc., and Bay County Tourism Development Council on January 12, 2016.
- Ms Martha “Sister” Blackmon-Milligan did not present a current “Tourism Impact Study” at the Combined Board Meeting on January 12, 2016.
- Panama City officials were not aware that the USDA filed a Complaint on December 14, 2015, against Ms. Milligan and her horse trainer Mr. J. W. “Dick” Peebles alleging Horse Protection Act allegations (Animal Cruelty) that Ms. Milligan allegedly exhibited a “SORE” horse at the 2013 Gulf Coast Charity Trainers Show at the Frank Brown Park in Panama City Beach, Florida or her prior history of receiving Horse Protection Act Violation citations. (Animal Cruelty), before entering a Contract for Gulf Coast Trainers Show to use the Frank Brown Park.
The bottom line is that the Panama City Beach elected officials will have to decide if its community’s integrity is more important than trying to please the affluent and politically connected Ms Milligan who is apparently “addicted” to showing Big Lick Horses. The officials are faced with making the right decision, in the best interest of Panama City Beach, Florida, to cancel the 2016 Gulf Coast Trainer’s Show, and the Combined Board (PCBCVB & TDC) revoke the $25,000,00 to fund this Big Lick Animal Cruelty horse show.
Nephew Eugene says if you will look above, you will see that Gen’s Ice Glimmer was SORED at the MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University) “Walking For Education Horse Show” on April 5, 2013, and that Ms. Milligan’s, Jose’s Night Train, was allegedly SORED at the Gulf Coast Trainers Show on April 25, 2013.