SHELBYILLE, TN – The Celebration’s Spring “Fun Show” (circa 2016) was not much “Fun” for the ‘Big Lick” aficionados.
Faced with withering pressure from the Citizens Campaign Against ‘Big Lick’ Animal Cruelty, and the strong efforts of the USDA APHIS enforcing the Horse Protection Act, the Lickers know they are up against a squeeze play of the first order.
- A disastrous Trainers Show in with the Trainer BOYZ firing the USDA Inspectors,
- The LAST Mississippi Charity Horse Show in Jackson, MS (April),
- The LAST Panama City Beach ‘Big Lick” Horse Show at city park in Panama City Beach, FL (April),
- Citizens Campaign Against ‘Big Lick’ Animal Cruelty – “Taking It To Middle Tennessee” – coming to the Columbia Spring Jubilee in the Maury County Park on Thursday – Saturday, June 2 – 4. This was the same venue last year where a peeved World Champion ‘Big Lick’ Horse Trainer Mr. Jamie B. Lawrence of Vinemont, Alabama, took the law in his own hands last May 28, 2015, and drove a truck and loaded horse trailer at Ms. Teresa Bippen, FOSH President. On Feb. 2, 2016, a Maury County Jury convicted Mr. Lawrence of the crime of Assault.
But I digress:
Historically speaking, summing up the 2016 Celebration Spring Fun Show:
- It wasn’t much show,
- It wasn’t much “fun”,
- The public wasn’t having any part of it.
CELEBRATION CALSONIC ARENA – SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2016
SMALLER PARKING LOT – MOSTLY EMPTY
NO REASON TO OPEN THE BIG PARKING LOT
ABOUT SIX TRAVEL RIGS ON THURSDAY & FRIDAY – ABOUT 10 ON SATURDAY – BOTH LOTS USED TO BE PACKED
It is interesting to note that long time “Big Lick” Lifers with prime property across from the Celebration are apparently selling out.
At one time (not that long ago), the Celebration’s Spring Fun Show was held in the 30,000 seat Celebration stadium, and it drew crowds in excess of 10,000+ people on Saturday night.
Then it moved inside to the Calsonic Arena on the Celebration ground which seats about 4,500, and for many years, it was filled to capacity.
Observers report that on Saturday, May 28, 2016, there were less than 500 people present in the stands. The two previous nights had between 200 – 300 spectators. The persons inside the Calsonic Arena were largely Trainer BOYZ, their families and employees, customer/exhibitors and their friends. The Trainer group gets paid to be there; and the Exhibitors (pigeons or marks) are affluent people who, for numerous reasons, are addicted to the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty.
They are simply in a “State of Denial” that the “Big Lick” is Animal Cruelty.
The public no longer attends “Big Lick” Horse Shows in large part due to the efforts of these people who are part of the Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty:
2015 TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION
2016 PANAMA CITY BEACH, FLORIDA – CITY HALL – VISITORS BUREAU
2016 CELEBRATION SPRING FUN SHOW
THREE HORSE STAKE CLASS (“HONORS” HOLDS OFF UNTIL COLUMBIA)
2016 FUN SHOW WINNER – “GEN’S BLACK MAVERICK” – (Pictured below at the 2014 Mississippi Charity Horse Show) – Gen’s Black Maverick was cited for alleged Horse Protection Act Violation (Animal Cruelty) at the March 2012 Mississippi Charity Horse Show.
2016 FUN SHOW – TWO YEAR OLD AMATEUR (Almost More Horses In Class, Than Spectators)
YOUNG TRAINERS (UNDER 36 YEARS OLD) CLASS
The Citizens Campaign Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty began in 2015:
The first Citizens Campaign public demonstration was on April 24, 2015 on West End Blvd in Nashville, Tennessee.
In 2016, the Citizens Campaign has continued with at a whirlwind pace throughout the South, from Tennessee to Florida to Mississippi to Florida to Mississippi, taking it to the sidewalks and parks and public meetings in all of these states advocating that the “Big Lick” be abolished:
Over 85,000+ persons from all over America and the World have signed Petitions calling for the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty to be abolished.
Citizens Campaign Rep. Ms. Jean Phillips Reading FOSH (Friends Of Sound Horses) President Ms. Teresa Bippen’s Letter to Panama City Beach Tourism Development Council
Now it’s on to Columbia, Tennessee next week for the Columbia Spring Jubilee:
Nephew Eugene says there was an “Owners Meeting” before the Saturday night Fun Show at the Blue Ribbon Circle Club. It was called by the seven member (old white men) Celebration’s Horsemen Leadership Council.
Nephew Eugene says the purpose of the meeting was to raise beaucoup money to fight the USDA in abolishing the “Pads and Chains”.
MR. TERRY DOTSON & MR. JEFFREY HOWARD
MR. TERRY DOTSON
MR. FRANK EICHLER
MR. DAVID L. HOWARD
MR. DAVID “DUKE” THORSON
Mr. Jeffrey Howard and Mr. Steve Smith
MR. STEVE SMITH (Left)
Nephew Eugene says there may be more to come on all of this from Mabel’s Friend:
Nephew Eugene says the “Big Lick’ may never get over “Mikey’s View” taking everything in at the Panama City Beach ‘Big Lick’ Horse Show which was held at the city owned Frank Brown Park.
Many wonder if “Mikey” might provide another view at the Columbia Spring Jubilee.