The pressure to change and tighten existing laws needs to remain. I know darn well that these serial abusers will just go underground for a bit and hope it blows over. They will donate heavily to a politicians campaign. They will call their grooms trainers so they have a scapegoat.
I've never had the urge to hurt anybody. As horrid a sub-human I think McConnell and his like are I don't want to pound in into arena dirt. Public embarrassment and serious financial repercussions are the way to these creatures. They are greed driven.
Little war story:
We once got a call for an assault that was taking place in some apartment housing. We got there and an adult male was being pulled off another in the hallway. The man on the ground was badly beaten, broken bones, cuts, bruises. He had the snot beaten right out of him and then some. It turns out the man on the ground had just thrown a 4 yr old across the room and proceeded to kick her back across the room and out the apt. Door. The neighbor came out and proceeded to knock the knock the crap out of the ^&%^&@#.
The baby went via ambulance to a hospital that had a better trauma dept. The man on the ground went to our local hosp. Myself and another officer rode in the ambulance with this man. Not to protect the EMT's but to protect him from them. Their reaction was such that we were afraid the gurney might slip out the back doors as it going down the highway. (oops! Too bad! So sad!)
Both men were eventually charged with assault. Didn't want to charge one, believe me. The injuries were such that we had to and cover our butts. The prosecutor eventually dropped the charges on the man that came to the rescue of the baby. Actually I believe the grand jury refused to indict. It was a pretty normal gut reaction. The man that beat the baby did time. Point being had we gone with our gut reaction we would have kicked the SOB a few more times while he was down. Would have let the EMTs drop him a few more times(I'm told you can get good bounce on a gurney going down a Victorian style stairwell). But then we would have been no better than the animal beating a baby in the first place.
Higher moral ground
Working within the system for best outcome
And yes, McConnell is absolutely the same type of creature as the one that beat the baby.
FOSH's map is kinda interesting
Definitely got a cluster in the southeastern states.
The names and numbers are ****ing. Only one person on the list of TWH elite that hasn't been nailed. WALKING HORSE TRAINER’S ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President Jamie Hankins, Paris, Ky. – 1 Violation
1st Vice President Mickey McCormick, Shelbyville, Tenn. – 12 Violations
2nd Vice President David Landrum, Fraklin, Tenn. – 4 Violations Directors:
Jamie Bradshaw, Franklin, Tenn. – 2 Violations
Wayne Dean, Lewisburg, Tenn. – 5 Violations
Philip Trimble, Pulaski, Tenn. -- 3 Violations
Dale Watts, Summit, Miss. – 5 Violations
Billy Gray, Shelbyville, Tenn. – 10 Violations
Brock Tillman, Shelbyville, Tenn. – 4 Violations
Link Webb, Lewisburg, Tenn. – 6 Violations
Larry Wheelon, Maryville, Tenn. – 12 Violations
Chris Bobo, Shelbyville, Tenn. – 0 Violations
Derek B. Bonner, Mooreboro, N.C. – 5 Violations
John Allen Callaway III, Shelbyville, Tenn. – 5 Violations
Bill Cantrell, Phenix, City, Ala. (Ex-Officio) – 2 Violations
Total– 76 Violations
* * * WALKING HORSE OWNER’S ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Vice President Tam Brogdon, Panama City, Fla. – 1 Violation
Treasurer Richard Greer, Lenoir, N.C. – 2 Violations
Jean Baum, Ixonia, Wisc. – 1 Violation
Betty Denton, Estill Springs, Tenn. – 2 Violations
Sally Fleck, Shelbyville, Tenn. -- 5 Violations
Darden Gladney, Homer, La. – 3 Violations
Don Hancock, Princeton, Ky. – 10 Violations
Phyllis Langley, Sandpoint, Idaho – 3 Violations
Peggy Moore, Shelbyville, Tenn. – 1 Violation
Andy Rippy, Greenbrier, Tenn. – 1 Violation
Iris Schuman, Shelbyville, Tenn. – 1 Violation
Beth Sims, Bell Buckle, Tenn. – 2 Violations
Gail Walling, Wartrace, Tenn. – 1 Violation
Total– 33 Violations
* * * TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE BREEDERS & EXIBITORS ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President Marty Irby, Murfreesboro, Tenn. – 1 Violation
Sr. Vice President Margo Urad, Rockwall, Texas – 1 Violation
Equine Welfare Vice President Dr. Linda Montgomery, Hurtsboro, Ala. – 1 Violation
Training Vice President Wayne Dean, Lewisburg, Tenn. – 5 Violations
Secretary Alie Napier, Shelbyville, Tenn. – 1 Violation At-Large Directors:
Curtis Rosemann, Cave Creek, Ariz. – 2 Violations
David Mullins, Good Hope, Ga. – 1 Violations
Sam Sorrell, Lexington, Ky. – 1 Violations
Robert Stannard, Lebanon, Ky. – 1 Violations
Ronnie Vincent, Lexington, Ky. – 2 Violations
Darden Gladney, Homer, La. – 3 Violations
Tom Kakassy, Gastonia, N.C. – 4 Violations
Ronald Mosley, Mt. Airy, N.C. – 7 Violations
Sally Fleck, Shelbyville, Tenn. – 5 Violations
Ty Irby, Shelbyville, Tenn. – 6 Violations
Nancy Groover, Longview, Texas – 2 Violations
Ann King, Kaufman, Texas – 2 Violations
Sandra Hankins, Tazewell, Va. – 3 Violations
Total: 48 Violations
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The Top 20 Trainers in the Rider Cup program have 164 Horse Protection Act violations in the past two years.
The SHOW (organization) has 140 certified judges who have a combined 312 HPA violations.
The PRIDE (organization) has 100 certified judges who have a combined 182 HPA violations.
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I'm thinking the inspectors need to have a vet from the northern New England states come down and go around with them. No cronyism. Nothing to loose. A detached and neutral expert witness. I could think of a few who'd be game. Get a 2 wk stay at some little farm or ranch and hit horse shows.