WARTRACE, TN – Good people live in Wartrace, Tennessee The local folks are so proud of the annual Wartrace MusicFest that they put it on their Town Signs so everyone can see it.
Yet, Wartrace doesn’t put this on their Town Signs.
Once a year Wartrace hosts a “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty Horse Show and the Town allows its name to be used for the “Wartrace Horse Show”. By doing so, Wartrace has unfortunately earned the reputation as one of the iconic Homes of “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty.
To make it worse, the reputation of a great natural Tennessee Walking Horse who lived in Wartrace is also stained. Legendary “Strolling Jim” was not “Big Lick”, and he wasn’t tortured like “Big Lick” Gen’s Ice Glimmer.
The Greatest Natural Tennessee Walking Horse Who Ever Lived
GEN’S ICE GLIMMER – JULY 18, 2016 – LONDON, KY
This looming quandary has been brought to the attention of the Wartrace Town Board of Aldermen (three women) by the over 2,800 persons who have signed this Change.Org Petition.
The Wartrace Town Board of Aldermen (3 women) meets in this room.
Wartrace prominently displays the MusicFest program in the Town Hall.
The Wartrace MusicFest is sponsored by local banks, Tyson Foods, Edward Jones and other businesses.
Interestingly, this lady, is also employed by Edward Jones. She is Ms. Teresa Bippen, who is President of FOSH (Friends of Sound Horses, Inc.) a national organization which is opposed to “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty. Ms. Bippen has spoken before a Congressional committee advocating abolishing the “Big Lick”.
On last May 28, 2015, Ms. Bippen narrowly escaped serious injury when she jumped out of the way of a truck driven at her by a “Big Lick” horse trainer while she was protesting against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty at the Maury County Park in Columbia, Tennessee at the Columbia Spring Jubilee Horse Show.
The Town of Wartrace needs to know that Regions Bank (16 states) recently stopped sponsoring the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.
So did Pepsi Cola company.
Those were the event’s two largest corporate sponsors.
It is certain that if the Town of Wartrace continues to host the “Wartrace Horse Show” and if the Town Board allows the “Big Lick” Show to use the name of the Town of Wartrace to identify itself, then the public will call on the MusicFest sponsors to not support an event in a community which is closely associated with “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty.
The Wartrace Town Board also needs to know that this is what happened in Jackson, Mississippi in 2015 with the Mississippi Charity Horse Show. Once the University of Mississippi Children’s Hospital was made aware of the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty, Ole Miss severed all ties with the 85-year-old event. The University of Mississippi refused to accept a $50,000.00 annual charitable donation to its Children’s Hospital. In 2016, over 1/2 the sponsors pulled out, and in 2017, the “Big Lick” Charity Horse Show will no longer be held.
Wartrace, Tennessee – 2016
Founded in 1853, Wartrace is off the beaten path, and it has fallen on hard economic times. Nearby Shelbyville is not prospering either.
Several businesses on Wartrace’s Main Street are “For Sale”.
The iconic Walking Horse Hotel is closed and on the market.
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Good people live in Wartrace, Tennessee. The “Big Lick” Horse Show which features “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty is not something in which most of the residents have any interest.
The group actually putting on the “Wartrace” Horse Show is the East Bedford County Civic Club. The Show Manager is a nice guy who works for the local gas company. This is his first year as Show Manager. He has no history in the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty culture.
On July 18, 2016, this sign was on the front of the Walking Horse Museum:
Then on Thursday, July 21, 2016, this sign was on the front door:
A oouple of doors down from Tennessee Walking Hose National Museum, this store front is “For Sale”.
The Town of Wartrace,Tennessee is at a crossroads.
It can either identify with this:
It can’t have it both ways.
Here are some Tennesseans who have asked the Town of Wartrace to no longer be associatd with or branded by “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty
Kim Walker, Wartrace, TN
Christina Gray, Brentwood, TN Big Lick is completely unnatural, achieved ONLY through repetitive brutal torture. It is criminal an dhas no place in a civilized society. As a Tennessean, I urge the fine people of Wartrace to align themselves with the overwhelming majority of their fellow citizens and reject this despicable event.
Virginia McKeown, Munford, TN – This is wrong and it always goes further than chains and big shoes I have seen what happens to a horse first hand that has been sored and it is possibly the most cruel thing I have ever seen other than dogs fighting.
Rachel Robinson – Sparta, TN – “A business built on the suffering and pain of the horses.” Isn’t that a sad commentary from Dr. Haffner concerning the training, showing and monetary gain of any person or organization? I do believe that it is. I’ve spoken to many fans of the breed in the last 2 years. I have yet to get the message that this soring should be done to achieve this basdardized gait. All have agreed it is cruel, difficult to watch, looks painful and unnatural while there are those who are benefitting from the ribbons and prize money. This gait does not and should not represent this proud breed. My parents were owners and breeders or TWHs. I accompanied them many times to the celebration that they had attended since the first year holding seaason tickets, members of TWHBEA, promoters of the breed but today I have rejected all that the big lick stands for and I think, if they were alive, they would also. Shame on those who would try and benefit from a proven fact…it is inhumane training and cruel methods are used to “achieve” this gait. Do the right thing! Do Not Sore these horses!
A public protest of the annual Wartrace Horse Show has been called for Saturday, August 6, 2016.
Nephew Eugene says that the future of the Town of Wartrace is not being known for hosting “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty.