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    09-02-2012, 01:30 PM
  #11
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by walkinthewalk    
I don't think I'd be so biased as to say the entire Celebration should be shut down but it is fair to say the Performance classes need to die a quick death.

Also, don't ever lose sight of the fact that there are plenty of unsavory flat shod trainers who are more than willing to sore a horse to get his leg lift to the third rail. The horse may be in kegs in the show ring but they didn't come by that high lift by birth; I know there are exceptions but they are just that - exceptions.

Many many years ago, I personally saw what was done to Hackneys to get those legs up and I have no doubt there are flatshod TWH trainers doing the same thing.

I have said for years that this all starts with the judges. When the day comes the judges keep their vehicle windows rolled up so there aren't any surprise envelopes sitting on the seat and, they start to tie classes honestly and as fair as they know how, all of this soring business will come to end.

Until someone reaches deep into the judges' pockets and makes honest appraisers out of them, none of this is going away.
I know a whole line of walkers that naturally snap those feet up and they have been purely bred and trained for trail. They also are not that smooth and you can feel them slam those feet right back down with every step...

I agree it started with judges and wont stop until judging stops it. That means we probably have to ban each and every current judge and bring in a whole new batch from outside the show world. Reward the gait and not the flash is what's needed.
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    09-03-2012, 11:26 AM
  #12
Green Broke
Champagne watchout was the flat shod horse that made it into the World Grand Championship.

I really like this horse, and it seems the horse and owners have rocked the industry.

Google him when you have time.
     
    09-03-2012, 12:23 PM
  #13
Green Broke
I am going to have to do some research as something doesnt jibe. I was under the impression that TWBEA officials and the organization was banned from the celebration and it was being run by the NWHA, an organization that gave me the impression they don't allow big lick or stacked shoes ? SO whats the deal ? I thought this was a decent group, but beginning to think they are just another bunch of liars and hypocrits.
     
    09-03-2012, 12:30 PM
  #14
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
I am going to have to do some research as something doesnt jibe. I was under the impression that TWBEA officials and the organization was banned from the celebration and it was being run by the NWHA, an organization that gave me the impression they don't allow big lick or stacked shoes ? SO whats the deal ? I thought this was a decent group, but beginning to think they are just another bunch of liars and hypocrits.
What is the source of your idea that NWHA is connected to the Celebration? AFAIK they are "oil and water."

I don't know how the Celebration could ban TWHBEA but then allow the showing of TWHBEA registered horses (that, I think, are the only ones allowed to be shown).

You're right that there's a bunch of stuff out there that does not "jibe."

G.
     
    09-03-2012, 12:31 PM
  #15
Green Broke
Ok my mistake, the NWHA association is running the National TWH Show, not the Celebration.

Yeh The celebration and TWHBEA are still A#$hats, and should be banned from even owning horses.
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    09-03-2012, 01:01 PM
  #16
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
Ok my mistake, the NWHA association is running the National TWH Show, not the Celebration.

Yeh The celebration and TWHBEA are still A#$hats, and should be banned from even owning horses.
Glad the confusion was cleared up.

I suspect you're right about that last item.

G.
     
    09-03-2012, 01:25 PM
  #17
Weanling
I'm positive Joe is right the whole TWHBEA needs to b completely run out of buisness they are plain evil them and their supporters .
     
    09-04-2012, 09:49 AM
  #18
Green Broke
Roy Exum: My Horse Whisperers Speak - 09/03/2012 - Chattanoogan.com



Roy Exum: My Horse Whisperers Speak

Monday, September 03, 2012 - by Roy Exum

Roy Exum

On Friday morning, which must have been around 10 o’clock Central Time, one of my “horse whisperers” informed me – quite anonymously -- that an entry named Walk Time Charlie would win the 74th Annual National Walking Horse Celebration’s top prize, that another horse owned by Chattanooga’s Mike Walden would be the runner-up, and that a third, highly-regarded Honors, wouldn’t step through the gate on Saturday night for the World Grand Championship.
Initially I chalked the rumor up to the fact there was a full moon over Shelbyville that particular evening. What do you mean Honors won’t dance after going through the preliminary rounds? No one could know such a thing beforehand but, then again, during August there were actually two full moons that floated above the middle Tennessee night sky, both of which seemed to bode especially ominous for a “Big Lick” crowd that is today in a state of chaos.
I had publicly begged Walden not to take his horse to Shelbyville, warning that all the “Big Lickers” wanted was his money, but Mike sallied forth, doing all the right things like buying high-priced ads and billboards, hobnobbing with the now-suspect “country club” set, and embracing his genuine love for horses that was so elegantly portrayed in a front-page story in the Chattanooga Times Free Press on the day of the grand finale.
Late Saturday night the horse whisperer’s swarthy prediction proved exactly true and capped a disturbing pall on what I believe has to be the most bizarre and trying Celebration in its 74-year existence. For instance, one whisperer confirmed Saturday’s crowd – take away the freebie seats, the cash giveaway and the grossly-inflated press releases -- was the lowest since the big oval was built in 1948.
Worse, it is also whispered that there were only about 1,500 entries in 171 classes over the 11-day show, which equated to 8.8 riders in each classes that always historically reward the top 10 finishers. “Compare that to 6,000-plus entries in 2006,” said the quiet voice. “Have you ever heard of a horse show anywhere that 40 percent of the paid entries didn’t step into the ring?”
Of course, 2006 was the year of the Celebration’s greatest train wreck, where virtually all of the grand national “Big Lickers” were found to be sored and Mike Walden was suspended for his involvement in the mess for two years. That aside, I was still pulling for Mike on Saturday night and now I hope, as do many who view the current hierarchy as questionable, that Walden will come to his senses.
Monday’s whisperers said that Walden had indeed done the right thing on Saturday and in the right way. The winner, Walk Time Charlie, was trained and ridden by Chad Baucom out of Monroe, N.C., and the whisperers reminded that Baucom trained and rode an imperiled horse called Moody Star to a Reserve title in 2010. “You’ll remember Moody Star, today called Star, was the unfortunate ‘co-star’ in the Jackie McConnell video,” said the voice.
Somebody in the Saturday crowd, yet another whisperer revealed, said that Walk Time Charlie didn’t canter nearly as well as I’m Copperfield and that the eventual winner was a quiet entry, with not much fuss or many full-page ads. The judging was unanimous, much to the crowd’s chagrin. Walk Time Charlie’s owners are known to have healthy real-estate ties with some Shelbyville insiders, the whisperer said, “But, face it, you never know.”
This whisperer also said that in the fifth round of swabbing, Hall of Fame trainer Brad Davis was caught and had his ribbon and prize money removed. What is so ironic is that the “hot” horse he was riding last week belonged to Wilsene Moody Kwok, whose husband is the keeper of the Ohio Baptist Convention.
Far better, the same Mrs. Kwok was the unflinching and repentless owner of Moody Star when Jackie McConnell brutally and sadistically beat that very animal in the famed ABC News Nightline tape in a way that has now left millions gasping the world over. “Wilsene and Jack have been big-money patrons at The Celebration this year,” said the voice, “and you’ll remember that Brad Davis married Jackie McConnell’s daughter.”
From the very get-go, this year’s Celebration has been a doomed disaster ever since the McConnell video aired in May. A big sponsor, Pepsi, bolted immediately and an independent Cola-Cola bottler out of Tullahoma is still taking criticism from “Big Coke” for later getting involved in an event called “the cruelest horse show on earth.” This was amplified when, by anyone’s count, over half the seats in the 30,000-capacity arena were glaringly empty most nights last week.
With public disdain never as high and the “Big Lick” now being viewed the world over as a blatant form of animal cruelty and torture, the nation’s top veterinarian and animal-protection groups are now railing for the pads, chains, and sordid trainers to be outlawed. “You have never, ever, seen a horse in a field do what is called the ‘Big Lick,’” whispered one veteran trainer, “because it is not just highly unnatural, it acutely hurts the horse’s legs.”
Three current Hall of Fame trainers were found to be among dozens who violated federal Horse Protection Act statutes during The Celebration but – with horse abuse now a felony in Tennessee – Bedford County Sheriff Randall Boyce and his deputies curiously did nothing with the ample evidence that had to have been easily obtained.
Take Hall of Fame trainer Chad Way, for example. After Celebration officials banned him for two years last week when he brought a horse an “independent veterinarian” deemed was close to being actually disabled, why didn’t anyone call law-enforcement authorities? ”It’s a felony!” cried the whisperer. “What’s the difference between Charlie and Jackie? Or, to be honest, between Charlie and Brad Davis, who was only handed a friendly two-week suspension?”
While the Celebration has ended, the heat on the “Big Lick” will surely intensify in the coming months. The 11-day media brawl between the Shelbyville crowd versus the Humane Society and USDA will surely wage on unabated – especially with the lawsuit against the USDA hanging low – and an ignited public is now more involved than ever in begging state and federal lawmakers for strict action.
The Shelbyville crowd is balking hard. They gave a fundraiser for blustery Scott DesJarlais (R-Jasper) during the Celebration and are now trying to pull Chuck Fleischmann (R-Chattanooga) into the fray. Fleischmann, who did not win the recent Third District primary by a majority, has to realize such a slippery slope could result in political suicide and, further, to align himself with such misfits has hardly ever been his style.
Frank Eichler, the chairman of one Shelbyville group who should learn to keep his pen in his pocket, wrote a ridiculous Op-ed in the Nashville Tennessean on Saturday under the headline, “Humane Society in business for itself, not horses.” Now there has mysteriously appeared a set of confidential emails that were also purportedly written by the Shelbyville lawyer. “He’s the one who’ll need a lawyer if they (the emails) can be verified,” said another whisperer.
My goodness, there is a bigger mess today that there was 12 days ago when the Celebration opened. Jackie McConnell’s much-anticipated sentencing in a Chattanooga Federal Court has been pushed back to Sept. 18 but there may be more in the wind; the whisperers say McConnell may instead rescind his guilty plea in order to become a federal witness “and there is no telling what he might say,” said the voice.
Oh, the horse whisperers talk. At the 2012 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, it was announced there were 2,660 horses that had been entered with entry fees of about $125 per horse. At the close of Saturday night’s competition, only 1,500 horses actually competed. “What happened to 1,160 horses last week? Were they disqualified, scared to show, what? Find out about the 1,160 horses that disappeared,” said the whisperer.
royexum@aol.com

Here's a link to the Tennessean article:

http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs....=2012308310037
     
    09-04-2012, 12:08 PM
  #19
Foal
Champagne Watch Out is a great horse, but his owners arent doing him any favors. I saw clips from the show and being in that class was a joke.

I am against animal abuse of any kind and I think they should ban anyone that does it. But I love the TN Walking Horse and think there are alot of good trainers out there that are being unfairly categorized.

I think HSUS is a money grubbing hypocrite and their only agenda is HSUS's agenda.

The walking horse industry needs to weed out the bad apples and they are doing it.
     
    09-04-2012, 12:23 PM
  #20
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mason72    
Champagne Watch Out is a great horse, but his owners arent doing him any favors. I saw clips from the show and being in that class was a joke.

I am against animal abuse of any kind and I think they should ban anyone that does it. But I love the TN Walking Horse and think there are alot of good trainers out there that are being unfairly categorized.

I think HSUS is a money grubbing hypocrite and their only agenda is HSUS's agenda.

The walking horse industry needs to weed out the bad apples and they are doing it.

I'm sorry but imo most are doing it whether it be soring and all or just the stacks that isnt normal and a hideous over exageration of their natural nice looking movements
     

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