JACKSON, MS – The public was having no part of the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show Thursday night at the Fordice Equine Center on the Mississippi State Fairgrounds in the state’s capitol city.
A Change.Org Petition in 2015 by the Citizens Campaign Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty, backed by FOSH (Friends of Show Horses), focused the world’s attention on the University of Mississippi’s ‘unknowing association’ with a “Big Lick” Charity Horse Show (anyone listening down at Panama City Beach?) which was making a $50,000.00 annual contribution to the University’s Blair Batson Childrens Hospital.
Within seven days of learning of the situation, the UMMC (University of Mississippi Medical Center) publicly announced that it would no longer accept money from the “Big Lick” Charity Horse Show, and then disassociated itself from the “Big Lick” animal cruelty controversy.
On Thursday night, it was more of the grotesque gut wrenching “Big Lick” gyrations. The Horse Show was only attended by the persons addicted to the activity.
Then there was Panama City Beach Horse Show Maven Ms. Martha “Sister” Milligan, who left the beach to come up to Jackson, and show three “Big Lick” horses on Thursday night. Ms. Milligan waits here in suspense for the show announcer to let her know which 75 cent ribbon she is going to get after putting her blowing quivering “Big Lick” horse through another class while wearing the eight+/- pound shoes with chain slapping the pasterns.
By any measure, Thursday night in Jackson was a weak performance.
- 24 Total Classes – 69 Horses
- 20 “Big Lick” Classes – 58 Horses (3 Horse Average)
- 4 Flat Shod Classes – 11 Horses (2.75 Horse Average)
Nephew Eugene says he’s never seen a Thursday night in Jackson with classes this light.