NASHVILLE, TN (STATE FAIR) – Everyone knew that “One Day” would eventually come. It arrived precisely at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 16, 2016, on the Northeast end of the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville, Tennessee.
This facebook video narrated by an articulate highly intelligent young woman tells the story:
Friday night at the TN State Fair was when Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration CEO Mr. Mike Inman didn’t have any place to hide. He had to face CCABLAC animal welfare advocates who are not happy with the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty championed by Mr. Inman, and his “Big Lick” Racket controlled by Mr. David L. Howard of Shelbyville, Tennessee. Mr. Inman’s wife, Karen, assisted her husband in his efforts to dissuade the Flatter activists.
For the record, the Flatters were neither persuaded by either Mr. Mike Inman nor Ms Karen Inman.
Mr. Inman earned his $170,000.00 a year salary by telling the CCABLAC ladies that:
- Soring “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses does not exist,
- “What do you guys think you are doing here, you really can’t be here”,
- “What you are protesting against doesn’t even exist”,
- “Well, Bless Your Heart, You Don’t Know What You Are Talking About”.
TWH Celebration CEO Mr. Mike Inman, and Ms. Karen Inman, Explain To CCABLAC Animal Welfare Advocate – At TN State Fair – Sep. 16, 2016 That “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty To Tennessee Walking Horses Does Not Exist
“Well, Bless Your Heart, You Don’t Know What You Are Talking About” – Celebration CEO Mr. Mike Inman to CCABLAC Animal Welfare Advocate
Here’s how it went down: On Friday, September 16, 2016, a group of determined animal welfare advocates with CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty), protested against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty outside the State Fair from approximately 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Upon concluding the Protest, they went into the Tennessee State Fair, and at 7:30 p.m. appeared at the Co-op Equine Arena where the “Big Lick” World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse, “A Pink Floyd” was enclosed in a metal stall waiting to be exhibited.
Pink was accompanied by an entourage of “Big LIck” enthusiasts.
One of the CCABLAC animal welfare advocates arrived alone at the “Big Lick” exhibition location at the edge of the Fairgrounds prior to 7:30 p.m. before the rest of the CCABLAC representatives. She encountered a hostile Big Licker” group that said she had no right to be there wearing this T-shirt, and demanded that she leave.
The CCABLAC lady left for a short period, then returned. The rest of the CCABLAC animal welfare advocates arrived.
An older lady, who identified herself as Ms. Sandy Carroll, said she was a retired TN State Fair Official over “Equine”. Ms. Carroll was visibly angry. She put her hands on a CCABLAC advocate, and told her it was a “Fair Rule” that the advocate could not wear the blue “Boycott Big Lick Animal Cruelty” T-shirt. She demanded that the advocate leave if she was going to wear the blue T-shirt. A security professional employed by CCABLAC intervened as shown below.
Ms. Carroll retreated, and consulted with the State Fair Executive Director Mr. Scott Jones and Nashville Metro Police regarding the status of the “Rule”.
Here is the Fair Rule posted on the fence outside the fairgrounds.
To her credit, Ms. Carroll returned, and said that the old Rule had been changed, and there was now a “New Rule”, and that the CCABLAC advocates were entitled to wear the blue T Shirts.
CCABLAC representative Clant M. Seay engaged Ms. Carroll in conversation, and they discovered that in days prior, they had attended the same Celebrations, and both had competed showing halter colts. Another gentlemen, Mr. Jessie Dotson, also accompanying Pink was an old friend of Mr. Seay, and they enjoyed reminiscing together.
Ms. Carroll later offered the CCABLAC advocates cake she was serving.
Nephew Eugene says the Tennessee Walking Horse breed will be much better off when the “Big Lick” is a relic of the past. That one day will now have to be after October 26, 2016, because the USDA announced late last week that it elected to grant a 30 day extension of the Comment period for the proposed Federal Regulation to remove the “Pads and Chains” and abolish the “Big Lick”.
Since September 3, 2016, there have only been 21 “Big Lick” Comments AGAINST the proposed Regulation. The Lickers – 21 – is less than 1% of the Comments made in the last 11 days. There have been 2,222 “FOR” Comments, and 433 “Trotters” AGAINST the proposed Regulation since Sep. 3, 2016.
Nephew Eugene also quotes the Bible: “Joy cometh in the morning”.
Observers say that Mr. Inman was asked if “Pink” would be the last “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse exhibited at the Tennessee State Fair.
Mr. Inman had no comment.
Note: Somebody reported that an out-of-state group put up a billboard on the wrong side of a six lane interstate about 20 miles outside of Knoxville. Nephew Eugene is looking into this, and will soon have an in-depth report on the group’s activities, including why the group’s President got lost, was late, and failed to speak at the USDA Public Hearing at Riverdale Park, MD, on behalf of the proposed Federal Regulation to abolish the “Big Lick”, and another person, who did comment on behalf of the group, failed to say who she represented or if they were “FOR” the regulation.