FRANKLIN MARRIOTT, FRANKLIN, TN (c) – Outgoing TWHBEA President Mr. Steve Smith announced on Friday, December 2, 2016, at the annual TWHBEA Awards Banquet that the Tennessee Department of Agriculture will provide a grant (estimated $100,000.00+) of taxpayer money to fund “Project Pegasus” to save the “Big Lick” Show Circuit. MTSU Horse Science Professor Equine Vet Dr. John Haffner says the “Big Lick” is a business built on the suffering and pain of horses”.
Political Fixer and Outgoing TWHBEA President Mr. Steve Smith
Tennessee Agriculture Commissioner Mr. Jai Templeton was present at the TWHBEA meeting: He was appointed by TN Governor Bill Haslam in May 2016. Commissioner Templeton is also an auctioneer. Neither Governor Haslam nor Mr. Templeton nor Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) nor former Senator Dr. Bill Frist (R-TN) attended the 2016 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration which featured “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty.
Mr. Smith also told the assembled “Big Lick” supporters that former U. S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) would personally intervene to save the “Big Lick”.
Mr. Smith presented Dr. Frist with the “Reese L. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award”. In 1988, the late Mr. Reese L. Smith, father of Mr. Steve Smith, led the effort to save the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse. The impetus was when U. S. District Court Judge Oliver Gasch issued an injunction which turned off the lights at the Walking Horse Trainers Show in Decatur, Alabama.
When someone told WHTA Founder the late Mr. Jimmy Holloway at the show that could happen, he said, “It’ll be a cold day in Hell when that happens”. The person telling Mr. Holloway what was going to happen, saw him later and said that he didn’t know what the weather was in Hell that night, but there were no lights on at the horse show in Decatur, Alabama.
When the sun came up the next morning, Mr. Reese L. Smith met show participants at center ring, and he personally led the effort to raise approximately $500,000.00 to save the “Big Lick”. It was done in about three days. Then negotiations took place with the USDA which led to the modifications of the weight of the Chains (8 oz to 6 oz), and the size of the stack platform shoes.
Mr. Reese L. Smith and company then reached out to a freshman U. S. Senator from Kentucky named Addison Mitchell McConnell, Jr. Twenty eight years later, Senator McConnell (R-KY) has been paid in excess of $750,000.00 by “Big Lick” interests. The PAST Act is deader than a carp – Mr. McConnell’s terms runs through 2020.
Former Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN), Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Mr. Steve Smith
Mr. Smith said he expected the “Project Pegasus” to be completed before the 2017 Show Season.
“Project Pegasus” is the name of the latest “Big Licker” boondoggle to put lipstick on the pig of “Big LIck” Animal Cruelty:
‘The Executive Committee of TWHBEA voted unanimously on Friday, February 19th, 2016, to approve “Project Pegasus.” This venture invests with the Walking Horse Equestrian Federation to coordinate several world-renowned equine veterinarians and other nationally renowned experts to develop scientific, predictable, pre-show objective tests for the sole purpose of protecting the Tennessee Walking Horse and their exhibitors. The singular standard is the health of our horse. The goal of “Project Pegasus” is to preserve and protect our show horse for generations.
The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association, the oldest and most prestigious Walking Horse organization in the world, leads this project with a $125,000 investment made possible by the association, private donations, and contributions by all senior staff and Executive Committee members. Management of the fund is made possible by the directors of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ Foundation.
“Project Pegasus” has three objectives. Paramount of the objectives is that every Tennessee Walking Horse shown in competition is safe, sound, and healthy. The second objective is to guarantee a scientifically objective, fair, predictable, and accurate pre-show inspection. A healthy and vibrant show circuit remains the final objective. As Vice President of TWHBEA Nancy Lynn Greene states, “a healthy show circuit is not only vital but is directly related to the success of the breed.”
Please contact Tom Blankenship for more information at (317) 783-3167 or email at email@example.com.”
Mr. Tom Blankenship presided over the discrediting of the Celebration’s VAC (Veterinary Advisory Committee in 2014 – 2015). He has been associated with various attempts to advance the “Big Lick” which MTSU Horse Science Professor Equine Vet Native Tennessean Dr. John Haffner says is “a learned response to pain”:
Mr. Tom Blankenship – VAC Spokesperson – “Project Pegasus”
- 2014 – Retired Clydesdale Vet Dr. Dallas O. Goble, when contacted by reporter from www.billygoboy.com said, “I wouldn’t touch that with a 10 foot pole”. It led to this front page story on The Tennessean newspaper:
CITIZENS CAMPAIGN AGAINST “BIG LICK” ANIMAL CRUELTY BLOWS LID OFF OF “VAC’ VETERINARY ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION – DR. DALLAS O. GOBLE IS NOT A MEMBER OF THE CELEBRATION’S VAC VETERINARY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
- 2015 – After a CCABLAC Change.Org Petition, Dr. Robert J. Hunt of the international renowned Hagyard Equine Medical Institute (Lexington, KY), Pharmacy of the USEF (United States Equestrian Federation) resigned from the VAC citing personal reasons and indicating he was lied to by VAC officials.
Excerpt From Change.Org Petition To Hagyard Equine Medical Institute:
“The “VAC” is a public relations “gimmick” created last year by Big Lick Animal Cruelty supporters in an attempt to legitimize and make the Big Lick socially acceptable.
The “VAC” was exposed as a fraud at the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, first by www.billygoboy.com, and then by The Tennessean newspaper, when each reported that former Budweiser Clydesdale Vet Dr. Dallas O. Goble was not part of the “VAC” nor was he inspecting any horses at the Celebration.
Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and “VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship repeatedly lied to the public last August when they insisted that Dr. Goble was one of three “VAC” members, and implied that he would be inspecting horses at the 2014 Celebration.”
While Mr. Steve Smith and “The Lickers” were holding court in the Champion Ballroom, CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty) animal welfare advocates were meeting right down the hall at the “Thoroughbred Boardroom” planning 2017 initiatives to protect “The Horses” from “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty.
Nephew Eugene found this plaque at the Cool Springs Conference Center extremely interesting. The Franklin Marriott Hotel at Cool Springs is located 5.9 miles from the legendary Harlinsdale Farm. It is the final resting place of famed sire and natural show horse, Midnight Sun. Nowhere on the hotel’s listed “Meeting Rooms” can you find the “Tennessee Walking Horse Room”. That should tell you just about all you need to know :
Note: Part III – (CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty) And TWHBEA (TN Walking Horse Breed Registry) Share Annual Christmas Meeting Facilities At Marriott Hotel In Franklin, Tennessee will feature an in-depth report on the three year administration of Mr. Steve Smith as President of TWHBEA.