Tennessee Walking Horse Soring Issue *Update post 1*
Update 4-11-13. Whitfield reintroduced the HPA Amendment H.R. 1518. Please go here and support the bill.
Full report by ABC News' Chief Investigative Reporter, Brian Ross. The ABC news team is conducting field work in Shelbyville Tennessee, the home of the center of the action there, the Celebration Horse Show. The ABC interviews include extensive testimony by Jennie Jackson, a prominent sound horse advocate from Tennessee. Then, on Thursday, the HSUS will release videos taken by their undercover agent, who worked in the barn of one prominent trainer. The videos, which include footage of horses being beaten because they are unable to stand up from the pain in their front legs, will shock the consciousness of all animal lovers and will hopefully help to end these practices forever. Please tune in to these reports and spread the word to others you know.
Here is the link to the Brian Ross Nightline report 5-16-12
Link for ABC to thank them for airing - and ask them to do a follow-up
FOSH presentation for those wanting to learn more about soring
Transcript of Barney Davis(SSH Sorer) sentencing
The Champagne Watchout story at 1999 Celebratioin - a must see !
WHAT CAN WE DO ?
Jackie McConnell will be sentenced in federal court Sept !0, 2012. The judge who accepted his plea at the plea hearing will not be the sentencing judge. Hon. Judge Mattice will be presiding at the sentencing hearing.
Address your letter to Dear Judge Mattice. This is fine for emails - (snail mail envelope and letter instructions below)
***this is a sample only - use your own words !***
Jackie McConnell has knowingly broken the law for decades, knowing full well he was in violation of the HPA Act of 1970. He encouraged people under his employ to do the same. I repsectfully request that in your wisdom you will find cause to reject the plea bargain in place for Jackie McConnell.
*Flesh your letter out with words from the heart.
*Words from the heart mean a great deal in these matters.
*Explain to the judge how you feel in a dignified and respectful manner.
Sign off using
Thank you for your service
Thank you for your consideration
Use your full name
I both snail mailed and emailed my letter.
Harry S. Mattice, Jr. United States District Judge
900 Georgia Avenue, Room 104
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Phone: (423) 752-5184
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This would be a great time to support Oregon Congressman Schrader since he spoke to the house 5-17-12. Now nobody in Congress can say they dont know what soring is. The soring roaches run when the light (USDA inspection) is turned on. They run, the owners, who have been paying for training for months dont get their horse shown = unhappy owners who cant say they werent aware of why their horse didnt show. This can be done NOW without changing a law ! It will take a lot of time and effort to pursuade the HIOs and breed associations to ban stacks, but more frequent USDA inspections can have an immediate effect.
Interactive map to click on to get contact info for your state's congressmen
Snailmail and email your state and others something along these lines. Use your own words !:
In view of the upcoming elections I would like get your opinion of this on the scandal about the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses.
Oregon Congressman Kurt Shrader addressed this issue:
Will you please increase financial support to the USDA to assure that the HPA inspection program is adequately funded ? I would like to hear your views on this.
Pleasse sign the petition below
END THE ABUSE, SORING & CORRUPTION IN THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE BREED
Target: THE PRESIDENT, YOUR GOVERNOR, CONGRESSPERSONS AND SENATORS
Sponsored by: Nathanael Jackson For CHAMPAGNE WATCHOUT
Now is the time to once and for all end ALL forms of Abuse, Soring & Associated Corruption within the breed of Tennsess Walking Horses.
By enacting a law banning The Pads & Action Devices, the common practices of Soring will be unnecessary.
Increase the allocated budget of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) of the USDA the delegated branch to enforcer of the1970 Horse Protection Act ( HPA)
Pepsi phone# to thank them for pulling support of the Celebration
Interactive map to click on to get contact info for your state's congressmen
I'm going to email them something along these lines,but use your own words !
In view of the upcoming elections I would like get your opinion of this:
Is this not in violation of the HPA of 1970 ? Please consider allocating more funds to the USDA so they can perform more inspections. I would like to hear your views on this matter
HIOs (Horse Industry Organizations)
Send your emails to the all the major board members: president, vice president, committee leaders, etc. Or choose all of the email addresses...the more the merrier!
When writing to the HIOs, request that they ban McConnell the same way they banned Barney Davis. The HIOs immediately banned Barney Davis BEFORE he went to trial, but they have not banned McConnell. It's clear who's the money maker of the two for them.
Also, ask them to start putting together stronger penalties. Perhaps a 3 strikes and you're out policy--three HPA violations (not rulebook violations) and you're banned for life. Ask them to stop trying to placate the public and pretend these are isolated incidents and actually start working to end soring. We all know soring is the main way of "training" these horses--it's high time it ended.
KYWHA - http://kywha.org/contact-us/
PRIDE - http://pridehio.com/wordpress/contact-us/ You can copy and paste all the email addresses into a single email.
SHOW - http://www.showhio.com/contactus.htm
SSHBEA - http://www.sshbea.org/contactus.html
WHOA - http://www.walkinghorseowners.com/about-whoa/ Scroll down to see the email addresses.
Pressure TWHBEA, if need be by pulling membership and pledging to boycott their shows.Ask them to stop supporting the HPA violators and giving them high positions in their association. Ask for changes in the by laws that anyone who has violated the HPA more than twice is not eligible to be on the board or an officer for life. Ask that their Horse Protection Committee, which has HPA violators serving on it, to get active within the breed and actually protect the horse.
Executive Director - Ron Thomas, firstname.lastname@example.org, 931-359-0580
Executive Assistant - Diane White, email@example.com, 931-359-0581
President - Marty Irby, firstname.lastname@example.org, 615-796-5334, 931-233-0112
Senior Vice President - Margo Urad, email@example.com, 214-763-7379
Trainers Vice President - Wayne Dean, firstname.lastname@example.org, 931-359-4808, 931-359-7326
Equine Welfare Vice President - Dr. Linda W. Montgomery, 615-210-4038
Find your local board representative on this page: http://www.twhbea.com/association/bod.php
Ask them to ban Big Lick classes.
http://twhnc.com/ email: email@example.com
Gateway to sign in to see the list of HPA violators maintained by FOSH- Friends of the Sound Horse. You will have to provide an email address to sign in and see this list.
List of World Grand Champion horses, their owners and trainers.
And of course the Celebration. Dont know what we can say to these folks.
Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration®
P.O. Box 1010
Shelbyville, TN 37162
AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners)should be pressured to finally 'fess up that the Big Lick gait and "training" is INHERENTLY ABUSIVE, serves no purpose or traditional basis in the actual employment of the horse, and should not be allowed to continue.