PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL – The mantra of the Big Lick is “Big Lick, Big Lie”.
Not sure if Ms. Sister Milligan did any deceiving or not, but one thing for sure, there is now one heckuva “Horse Show Controversy” in Panama Beach City, Florida. And it could very well result in a much higher price tag for PCB than the $25,000.00 horse show stipend Ms. Millligan wheedled out of the PCB/TDC Tourism Board.
The brouhaha is unfolding regarding the proposed 2016 Gulf Coast Charity Trainers Show at the Frank Brown Park in Panama City Beach, Florida.
Interestingly, Ms Blackmon-Milligan has apparently touted to the media an alleged $780,000.00 of charitable donations from the Horse Show, and Ms. Dee Cantrell topped that by telling the PCB City Council it was $800.000.00.
Both are pure baloney.
The truth is in the last five years that the total “charitable” contributions, according to the Gulf Coast Charity Celebration AssocIation, Inc. tax returns, are a whopping $12,150,00 paid to PCB local organizations, while a shocking total of $41,549.00 has been paid o organizations supporting Big Lick Animal Cruelty, i.e. WHTA (Walking Horse Trainers Association) and the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.
WHAT IS THE ORGANIZATION’S PRIMARY EXEMPT PURPOSE?
Answer: To raise for scholarships and the education of the public about the equine industry, different breeds of horses, and the abuse of animals.
Ms. Sister Milligan appears to be succeeding in educating people. At the rate she is accumulating the Horse Protection Act Violation Citations, the Gulf Coast Charity Celebration Association, Inc, will achieve its purpose.
GULF COAST CHARITY CELEBRATION ASSOC, TAX RETURNS – 2010 TO 2013
- 2013 $5,000.00 to PCB – Charitable donation to the Boys & Girls Club, and $7,660.00 to groups which embrace and champion the Big Lick which by definition is Animal Cruelty, according to MTSU Horse Science Professor Dr. John Haffner, DVM. The groups are the WHTA (Walking Horse Trainers Association) and the Tennessee Walking Horse Breed registry which has lost almost 33% of its members in the last two years due to its support of the Big Lick.
- 2012 $6,400.00 to PCB organizations – $1,400.00 to Lions Club and $5,000.00 to Boys and Girls Club, and $33,993.00 to the Big Lick – $3,098.00 to WHTA (Walking Horse Trainers Association) and $30,895.00 to the Big Lick champion Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.
- 2011 $200.00 to PCB organizations – $100.00 beauty pageant and $100.00 Gulf Coast Community College.
LOCAL PCB ORGS. $12,150.00
BIG LICK ANIMAL CRUELTY $ 41,549.00
The Gulf Coast Big Lick Horse Show that Ms. Milligan founded has been failing for the past five years.
She has set up the municipality of Panama City Beach, Florida; the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc. and the Bay County Tourism Development to own the Big Lick Animal Cruelty issue unless the Combined Board revokes the $25,000.00, and the City calls Ms. Milligan in and tells her “No Go” on having the controversial Big Lick Horse Show at the city owned Frank Brown Park.
Here is a chronology, which shows the Gulf Coast Horse Show has been teetering on the brink of failure since 2010.
The WHTA (Walking Horse Trainers Association) tries to spin it as the 18th Annual edition, but the following summary reflects that it has been sputtering for the last six years – falling to the ground only to be scooped up before hitting it.
CHRONOLOGY OF A FAILING BIG LICK TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE SHOW
GULF COAST HORSE SHOW (Based on examination of 990 Income Tax Returns required to be filed by non-profit corporations)
- Feb. 12, 2016 – www.billygoboy.com learned that the $25,000.00 tax money has not yet been delivered to Ms. Martha “Sister” Blackmon Milligan, and that the Bay County Tourism Development Council does not possess a Tourist Impact Study that Ms. Milligan apparently referenced in her comments to a Panama City Beach News Herald newspaper reporter that was important in the TDC approving her request for tax money for the Gulf Coast Trainers Show.
- Feb.11, 2016 – Citizens Campaign Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty Representative appears before the PCB (Panama City Beach) City Council Meeting.
- Jan. 27, 2016 – Ms. Laura Ousley of Knoxville, Tennessee starts a Change.Org Petition that over 5,400 persons from every state in the union and from over 90 foreign countries have signed.
- Jan. 12, 2016 – Ms. Martha “Sister” Blackmon Milligan appears before the nine person Combined Board of the Panama Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc./Bay County Tourism Development Council, and requests $25,000.00 of tax money to pay for Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show. Ms. Milligan does not present a “Tourist Impact Study” during her appearance to justify her request for the $25,000.00 tax money The Tourism Development Council does not have a Tourism Impact Study regarding the alleged economic benefit Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show.Ms. Martha “Sister” Blackmon-Milligan apparently does not disclose to the Combined Board that a federal Complaint by the USDA was filed against her for violating the federal Horse Protection Act for exhibiting a “SORE” horse, Jose’s Night Train at the 2013 Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show. Ms. Milligan also did not disclose that she has also received 8 other Horse Protection Violation citation notices alleging Animal Cruelty.
- Dec. 14, 2015 – USDA files Complaint against Martha “Sister” Blackmon-Milligan alleging Horse Protection Act Violations (Animal Cruelty) against Ms. Milligan and her horse trainer Mr. J. W. “Dick” Peebles for a ‘SORE’ horse, Jose’s Night Train, exhibited by Ms. Milligan at the 2013 Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show
- Nov. 15, 2015 – Gulf Coast Charity Trainers Association Celebration, Inc., (Ms. Martha “Sister” Blackmon-Milligan) enters into contract with Panama City Beach for use of Frank Brown Park for 2016 Gulf Coast Charity Trainers Show.
THE CHRONOLOGY – GULF COAST HORSE SHOW – 1999 – 2015
- 2015 Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show – Columbia, Tennessee
- On April 25, 2015, the Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show pulled up stakes in Columbia, Tennessee, and moved to the grounds of the privately owned Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.
- On April 24, 2015, Citizens Campaign Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty protested the Gulf Coast Charity Horse in Columbia, Tennessee on April 24, 2015, and called on the public to boycott the Horse Show which it did:
January 16, 2015 – Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show announces it is moving to Columbia, Tennessee
GULF COAST CHARITY CELEBRATION ASSOCIATION, INC. TAX RETURNS
2014 Gulf Coast Charity Trainers Show (Last Year in Panama City Beach) No Tax Return Available
$5,000 Boys & Girl Panama City Beach
BIG LICK – $7,660.00 TOTAL
January 30, 2013 – WHTA (Walking Horse Trainers Association) agrees to partner with Gulf Coast Charity Celebration Association, Inc., to have Gulf Coast Charity Trainers Show.
January 8, 2013 – Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration announces cancellation of 2013 Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show
2012 – PCB $1,400 Lions Club $5,000 Boys & Girls Panama City Beach BIG LICK $34,500.00 TOTAL – $30,895 – Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration – $ 3,098 – WHTA (Walking Horse Trainers Association)
Feb. 6, 2012 – Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration partners with Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show
October 26, 2011 – Larry Lowman announces deal falls though to purchase Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show.
July 20, 2011 – Larry Lowman, Shelbyville, Tennessee announces plan to purchase Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show for sale.
2011 PCB $100 BeautyPageant $100 Gulf Coast Community College $8,554 Travel ????
2010 PCB $10,000 Boys & Girls $5,000 Lighthouse Ministry $500.00 Travel
2009 PCB $7,500 Anchorage Childrens Home $5,000 Lighthouse Ministry
2008 PCB $25,000 Anchorage Childrens Home
$25,000 Anchorage Childrens Home $5,000 Troubled Teens $1,100 J.R. Arnold High School Boosters $1,155.00 (Combined varous charities)
2006 PCB $17,000 Hospice of Emerald Coast $ 4,000 Teen Challenged $ 4,059 (Combined various charities)
$50,000 Upgrade Frank Brown Park $8,000 Teen Challenge $25,000 Emerald Coast Hospice Big Lick Shows $1,265.00 (International Grand Championship – $125, Delta Fall Classic – $500.00, Ga Walking Horse – $600 – WHAT – $500, $40 Fayetteville Blue Ribbon,
2004 PCB $10,000 Gulf Coast State College $25,000 Emerald Coast Hospice, $4,000 Teens Challenge $7,900 – (Various Combined Charities – Fantastic Gymnastics Center, Circus Tickets, American Cancer Society, Bay Law Enforcement, Marine Institute, Beach Bay Optimist, St. Bernadette School, Kiwanis, St. Andrews Community Medical Center, St. Andrews Kiwanis, Shriners – Circus Tickets, Children’s Home Society) BIG LICK – $600.00 Big Lick Show – Perry, GA –
2003 PCB $40,100 Emerald Coast Hospice, $ 3,000 Teen Challenge, $ 1,800 Combined Various Charities
2002 PCB $42,000 Emerald Coast Hospice, $20,000 Gulf Coast State College, $ 6,300 (11 Various combined charities)
$50,000 Emerald Coast Hospice, $12,000 Gulf Coast Community College, $22,000 Habitat For Humanity, $ 8,000 (Various Combined Charities)
2000 PCB $27,500 Emerald Coast Hospice
1999 PCB $54,280 Gulf Coast Community College
Nephew Eugene says that the Big Lick Animal Cruelty issue has hit a nerve in Panama City Beach, Florida. Hopefully, the PCB City Council will call Ms. Sister Blackmon-Milligan in and tell her how the cow eats cabbage, and what is in the best interest of Panama City Beach. And the PCB/TDC Combined Board will cancel the $25,000.00 which Ms. Milligan apparently obtained by failing to disclose her history of Horse Protection Act Violation allegations.
It they do not, then it’s going to be “Game On” with people protesting in public places against the Big LIck Animal Cruelty.
That is what Americans do when they want things changed.
Things are reaching critical mass on “The Beach”.