SHELBYVILLE, TN – Gen’s Black Maverick with Mr. Bill Callaway in the irons was crowned 2017 World Grand Champion “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse at the 79th Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration at approximately 10:30 P.M. on Saturday, September 2, 2017.
At 12:01 A.M. on Monday, September 4, 2017, Mr. Bill Callaway started serving a Federal Suspension for an alleged violation of the Horse Protection Act.
His brother, Mr. John Allen Calloway, was right with him.
Both Callaway BOYZ went on suspension on September 4, 2017, and get off on May 3, 2018, just in time for the 2018 Show Season.
JOHN ALLEN CALLAWAY – TWO YEAR OLD GELDING WINNER
The 2017 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration witnessed the worst spectator attendance in 47 years. Many attribute it to the SORING which Dr. John Haffner says is necessary to create the “Big Lick” gait. “It is a business built on the suffering and pain of horses”, Dr. John Haffner, MTSU Horse Science Professor – Equine Vet.
Nephew Eugene says the “Big Lick” is on the way out based on Tennesseans BOYCOTTING the event in response to this CCABLAC AD (Aug. 20, 2017) in The Tennessean newspaper: