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post #31 of 63 Old 05-23-2012, 02:26 AM
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McConnell Faces Up To 5 Years In Prison, $250,000 Fine After Pleading Guilty In Horse Abuse Case

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
A horse trainer featured in a secretly taped video beating a horse faces up to five years in prison, up to a $250,000 fine, supervised release for up to three years, and a $100 special assessment after pleading guilty in Federal Court in Chattanooga on Tuesday morning.
Jackie Lynn McConnell, 60, of Collierville, Tn., appeared before Federal Court Magistrate Judge Bill Carter.
He pleaded guilty to a single count of a 52-count indictment related to horse soring.

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post #32 of 63 Old 05-23-2012, 03:43 AM
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That made my stomach turn over.. what people think is acceptable pisses me off.

Why not wear the boot on the other foot and have the horse hit them in the head with a pipe or plank of wood. Sheesh..

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Originally Posted by franknbeans View Post
I am wondering why his plea was to a fraud charge, not abuse. Where are the abuse charges? Disgusting POS.

I am sure Tennessee has similar laws to Mississippi, Ms has no animal abuse laws.... Its disgusting I know.
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post #36 of 63 Old 05-24-2012, 03:57 PM
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From Roy Exum's column in the, sad commentary. The second letter is guy wrenching.

Roy Exum: Two Horse Owners Write - 05/23/2012 -

I got another deluge of signed emails yesterday and please allow me to use just two in hopes the federal prosecutors, our judges, our elected officials and our jurors will finally put the criminals who still thrive in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry in their proper place -- that would be jail.
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Dear Mr. Exum:
There is no doubt that Mr. McConnell is a cad. The people who work with and for him are abusers of animals, but they are far from being (the only) rogues and everyone in the industry knows it, including the Celebration management.
Ask yourself this question: if you had trainers who had received one of the government's longest awarded suspensions for soring horses and the judgment covered not only one (family member) but two, as well as their wives and a hired hand, would you, if you were a legitimate industry committed to sound horses and ethical training practices, welcome such people back into your midst with open arms when the (multi-year) suspension was complete?
There is every indication that these scofflaws continued to train horses that were exhibited through other means. If you were serious about this protection of the horse and guaranteeing a sound competition arena, wouldn't you have banned them from your industry for life?
Well, if you were the walking horse industry the answer would be "no" and to show exactly what "no" means, all you have to do is look at the winner of the 2011 World Grand Championship title. It was won by (name deleted) the violator who got this multiple-year suspension. Everyone took his money and his picture. The picture of the horse now hangs in the state capital.
(A) magazine trumpeted his praises. The audience cheered and no one ever mentioned or seemed to notice that this guy and his crew should never have been let near a horse again. Is this a one-time deal.... look at the 2010 Celebration grand champion winner, (name deleted), another multiple federal violator, just back from a recent multi-year suspension.
I could go on, right through the Hall of Famers, the Trainers of the Year, and more but it is clear to me that you already have gotten the idea that the picture that is being painted by the PR spin is not quite the real face of the industry.
The trainers know and cover up for each other. The owners know who these guys are and what their history with the law is (even if they may never have seen them in action with their own horses) and they frankly don't care.
I would remind you that to actually get a federal conviction is no easy task to accomplish. The accused "lawyer up" and it can take years to actually get the case decided. Meanwhile, the trainers keep training horses and the owners keep paying the bills; the associations continue to tell the big lie and the locals turn their heads so as not to upset the economic apple cart. The horror spins along like a well-oiled machine and there is an irony in the word "oiled."
If you are interested I can send you the violation reports for the current crop of Riders' Cup competitors in the industry. It makes for interesting reading and analysis, especially in view of what the so-called inspectors keep turning up again and again, a one foot sore violation, that just happens to come without any penalties.
Face it, trainers don't sore horses on one foot, Mr. Exum, and legitimate industries don't welcome animal abusers back into their ranks again and again, allow them to continue to compete as if they were legitimate competitors, and then crown them with the industry's highest titles at the same time they are saying that McConnell is a rogue and not representative of the rest of them.
McConnell "is" the rest of them. He just happened to get caught on an undercover video tape.
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Dear Mr. Exum,
Not that this will be a surprise, but I have to tell this to you. I have recently returned home ... from the "Panama City Beach Celebration" walking horse show April 26-29 2012. I took my prized ... stallion to compete ... but to my horror I saw that most horses in the barn were sored, even laying and moaning.
I guess my biggest surprise was that it was openly talked about ... like it was just a matter-of-fact around the barn. I had my horse near the entrance to the arena trying to get him to use to the built up walkers and the arena ... A young man walked up behind scuffing the ground (with his foot) then moving closer and repeating the scuffing (as if he was trying to hide something in the dirt.)
It was making my horse even more nervous so I looked harder -- he was moving along quickly to cover-up the bloody steps of another horse that had just broke its foot off! The young man told me this in a hushed voice, like I would understand.
My horse and the young girl that rides him were both nervous, so I had her take the horse behind the barn area to lunge him for a bit to get them working together and reduce some of their tension. I was on the sideline watching when I felt people behind me. Several trainers -- I suppose -- had lined up to watch. The one directly behind me said "You are a good horse person." I said "Excuse me?" and he repeated it.
To this day I know it was sarcasm in the remark, but I still have no idea how it was meant.
When I got back to where we were staying I sat down and just cried for the poor animals. There was a young colt next to my horse (pure white with sensitive pink skin). I witnessed him being beaten and saw the sores on his legs. This baby -- not even two -- laid on his back with his feet in the air to get relief.
My husband tried (at my pleading) to buy him so we could rescue him and bring him back with us, but the owners were not in attendance. He was traveling with his trainers/abusers and a deal could not be accomplished.
After hearing about the atrocities at the show, some of the young girls (who ride) at my barn have been trying to find ways to raise funds to rescue the white colt. Of course now, after the ABC news story, they are more determined. I still well in tears when I think about the show and my rider refuses to show at all now.
When I take my students and horses to a show I always tell them "We are happy with a 3rd place ribbon on a SOUND horse!" I sincerely hope that this is the beginning of the end of soring. My worry is that when the news becomes old, the practices will be in full force again.
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Wow! And if you think these letters are dandies, you ought to see what else is arriving in my email by the hour. Sadly, the horses can't write.
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I see a very miserable horse no matter what the owners say.
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It's great that the second writer wrote about his/her experiences, but if they were really concerned they would not be at any big lick shows. I couldn't tell if they were showing stacked horses or not, it doesn't matter if *their* horses are sound. That is still supporting the industry.

As I said before, the entire big lick needs to go.
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This guy has been caught and suspended 13 times and still they do a plea deal. Not right.

Roy Exum: The Horse Industry Is Livid - 05/22/2012 -
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Some interesting info i came across

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
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
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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
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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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