American Horse Council Stands Up For “Trotters” Against USDA Regulation To Remove “Pads and Chains” – U.S. AG Sec Mr. Tom Vilsack Needs “To Have A Little Talk” with USDA APHIS Administrator Mr. Kevin Shea

Washington, D.C. –   Facing a flurry of unrest from the equine “Trotting Breeds”, (i.e., American Saddlebred,  Morgan, Arabian),  the American Horse Council,  led by President Ms. Julie M. Broadway,  today strongly criticized the proposed USDA Federal Regulation to the Horse Protection Act of 1970, as amended,  which will remove the “Pads and Chains” to abolish the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty as being:

                         “too broadly written, not sufficiently defined, and                                    could cause confusion for the horse show industry”.

Informed sources report that a “Committee” inside the AHC “Animal Welfare Committee” urgently came up with the AHC position on Monday,  September 26, 2016.

“AHC Statement on Proposed Horse Protection Act Regulations

Many individuals in the horse industry are aware that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has published proposed changes to the regulations governing enforcement of the Horse Protection Act (HPA). The proposed rule would make several major changes to current HPA regulations with the goal of ending soring, including a new licensing program for HPA inspectors and a ban on action devices, pads, weighted shoes and foreign substances at walking horse shows, exhibitions, sales, and auctions.

The American Horse Council (AHC) strongly opposes soring and believes action must be taken to stop the soring of “big lick” Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking Horses and Spotted Saddle Horses.  However, the AHC is concerned that certain provisions of the proposed rule are too broadly written, not sufficiently defined, and could cause confusion for the horse show industry.  Like all industries, the horse show industry requires clarity in any regulatory regime that impacts its operation.  Soring is a problem that is well defined and limited to a very specific segment of the walking horse industry and any new regulations should reflect this fact.

The AHC’s formal comments to USDA will strongly urge USDA to explicitly limit all new provisions to Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking Horses, and Spotted Saddle Horses, mirroring the PAST Act.  Making this change will address most concerns the horse industry has with the proposed rule and will fulfill the purpose and intent of the HPA.

The AHC wants to be clear, many of the proposed changes to the HPA regulations are needed, such as replacing the ineffective Designated Qualified Person (DQP) program with a new independent inspection program. Additionally, because of a long history of utilizing action devices, stacks, weighted shoes, and foreign substances to sore horses, a ban of these items on Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking Horses, and Spotted Saddle Horses is justified and needed.

However, the AHC believes it is equally important that any new regulations be narrowly focused on the problem of soring and do not  inadvertently impact or unnecessarily burden other segments of the horse show industry that have no history of soring horses. 

The AHC will be submitting detailed written comments to USDA in the coming weeks. “

www.horsecouncil.org


The AHC apparently shares the “Trotter” breeds angst that they will be affected by the proposed USDA Regulation to the Horse Protection Act of 1970, as amended, when they have no history of soriing such as the 46 year “Big Lick”  reign of terror against the Tennessee Walking Horse breed led by Celebration Leadership Council  member Mr. David L. Howard of Shelbyville, TN;  and U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander Campaign Chairman Mr. Steve Smith of Brentwood, TN.

AHC President Ms. Julie M. Broadway,  who assumed her AHC position on July 1, 2016,  came to the AHC from the American Morgan Horse Breed Association (“Trotters”) where she served as Executive Director.   A native of North Carolina,  Ms. Broadway was a long time AMHA member who bred and showed Morgan horses.

American Horse Council President Ms. Julie M. Broadway

(Left to Right) AHC Board Chairman Dr. Jerry Black and Ms. Julie Broadway, President of the American Horse Council

(Left to Right) AHC Board Chairman Dr. Jerry Black and Ms. Julie Broadway, President of the American Horse Council

Speaking of North Carolina,  over 63,000+ persons have now signed a CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty) Change.Org Petition calling for a public BOYCOTT of the “Big Lick” horse show behind held in Ms. Lambert’s home state of North Carolina.   The “Big Lick” North Carolina Championship Horse Show will be held next week at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center in Asheville, NC.   CCABLAC wlll hold public protests against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty next week at the state-owned facility in Asheville, NC.  The “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse was banned in 2015 from the NC State Fair in Raleigh, NC. 

The “Trotter” controversy resulted when USDA APHIS Administrator Mr. Kevin Shea inexplicably clouded the issue by inserting the language “Related Breeds” in the proposed Regulation to the Horse Protection Act of 1970, as amended. It was published in The Federal Register on July 26, 2016.   The HPA has only been applied to those breeds which have a history of Animal Cruelty, i.e. Tennessee Walking Horses.

KEVIN SHEA - APHIS ADMINISTRATOR

KEVIN SHEA – USDA APHIS ADMINISTRATORt

Mr. Shea again unnecessarily complicated matters again on September 23, 2016, when he issued a bizarre “Clarification” which was included in the USDA extending the Comment period by an additional 30 days from September 26, 2016,  to October 26, 2016.

Mr. Shea’s so-called  “Clarification” includes:

  • “Trotting,
  • Up to Two Years Old,
  • 16 ounces,
  • Keg shoes.”

So far,  no one has a clue what Mr. Shea’s “Clarification” means,  or why he chose to insert it in the 30 day extension notice.

USDA APHIS Pitches A Knuckle Ball – Anybody Know Who Can Find Somebody To Catch It???

USDA APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea –  “Clarification” – Sep. 23, 2016

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Nephew Eugene believes that U. S. AG SEC Mr. Tom Vilsack needs to “Have A Little Talk”  (sooner, rather than later) with USDA APHIS Administrator Mr. Kevin Shea about what in the world is he doing to fuzz up the proposed Regulation which should be a relatively straight forward proposition???

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USDA PUBLIC HEARING – RIVERDALE, MD – SEPTEMBER 6, 2016

Mr. Smith Lilly,  President, United Professional Horsemen’s Association

 


Concerned American Horse Council Brass at USDA Public Hearing – Sep. 6, 2016

(Left to Right) Mr. Ben Pendergrass, Sr. VP - Policy & Legislative Affairs; Mr. Chris Williamson; Director of Health & Regulatory Affairs; Ms. Julie M. Broadway, President) USDA Public Hearing - Sep. 6, 2016 - Riverdale, MD

(Left to Right) Mr. Ben Pendergrass, Sr. VP – Policy & Legislative Affairs; Mr. Chris Williamson; Director of Health & Regulatory Affairs; Ms. Julie M. Broadway, President) USDA Public Hearing – Sep. 6, 2016 – Riverdale, MD

Old Head Sitting At The Back Of The Room – September 6, 2016

Mr. Jay Hickey, Retired President, American Horse Council Presently Consultant for AHC

Mr. Jay Hickey, Retired President, American Horse Council Presently Consultant for AHC


On Tuesday,  September 6, 2016,   the “Trotters” showed up in numbers to be sure that they are excluded from the Regulation because they do not share a 46 year history of Animal Cruelty such as the Tennessee Walking Horse Racket led by Mr. David L. Howard of Shelbyville, TN, et al.

UPSET “TROTTER” BOYZ AND LADIES

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Some folks were late and ended up hanging out in the back of the room:

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Here is the latest tally on the Comments “FOR” and “AGAINST” the USDA proposed Regulation to the Horse Protection Act of 1970, as amended,  to remove the “Pads and Chains” and abolish “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty.

The “FOR” Comments trended over 81% until approximately a week ago when the “Trotters”  “AGAINST” Comments lowered the overall count to 77% “FOR” the proposed Regulation to remove the “Pads and Chains” and eliminate “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty.

The Lickers  Comments “AGAINST” comments played out about three weeks ago.   There just aren’t many Lickers to begin with.

Nephew Eugene says if the  USDA had not inserted “Related Breeds” language, and then APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea had not included a screwy “Clarification”, the totals would now be about 90% “FOR” and 10% “AGAINST”.

The public doesn’t certainly doesn’t want any part of what the “Big Lick” has to offer as proven by this photo:

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DAY 62 – COMMENT RESULTS
TOTAL FOR: 6,466 (77%)
TOTAL AGAINST: 1,970 (23%)
TOTAL OVERALL 8,436
SEPT 27 RESULTS – 57% (163) FOR – 43% (121) AGAINST
(of 121 Against – 99 Trotters, 3 Lickers)


DAY 61 – COMMENT RESULTS
TOTAL FOR: 6,303 (77%)
TOTAL AGAINST: 1,849 (23%)
TOTAL OVERALL 8,152
SEPT 26 RESULTS – 32% (162) FOR – 68% (343) AGAINST (of 343 Against – 295 Trotters, 2 Lickers)


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Front Porch - Hilltop Market - Theta, Tennessee

Front Porch – Hilltop Market – Theta, Tennessee