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Click for FEDS PUT CRIMP IN HORSE SHOW - EXHIBITORS WITHDRAW FROM KY SHOW TO AVOID USDA - By Janet Patton, posted on the KY Herald website on July 8, 2008
Click for THE SADISTIC TREATMENT OF WALKING HORSES - By Bonnie Erbe, posted on U.S. News and World Report website on July 9, 2008 (response to exhibitors having left the KY show)
Click for WALKING HORSE EXHIBITORS WITHDRAW FROM KY SHOW TO AVOID USDA - By Pat Raia, posted on TheHorse.com on July 10, 2008
From the Lexington Herald-Leader, July 8, 2008:
"One of the largest walking horse shows in Kentucky virtually ground to a halt last week when U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors arrived, escorted by Kentucky State Police. "They're here to inspect horses and the folks that were here to show decided not to show. That's their prerogative," said Earl Rogers Jr., manager of the Owingsville Lions Club Horse Show and the president of the Kentucky Walking Horse Association.
"Rogers said that USDA inspectors arrived Thursday [July 3, 2008] for the last two days of the four-day show, in which 500 to 550 horses are typically shown. After the inspectors arrived, only 40 were shown. Hundreds of entrants turned their horse vans around and left."
"Today, Tennessee Walking Horses are known throughout the industry
as the breed that shows abused and tortured horses."
~ Jim Heird, Ph.D., Do Right By The Horse, February 2010
"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity,
you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men."
~ St. Francis of Assisi
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