I accidentally deleted my original post about this, so I'm reposting it now. Sorry for any confusion!
On November 10, 2008, The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit denied the Dericksons' petition to review the results of their case. Click here for the link directly to the docket as posted on the USDA's website.
Direct quote from the conclusion of the docket:
"Because we conclude that the JO [Judicial Officer] had substantial evidence to support his findings that: (1) the Dericksons are liable for transporting Just American Magic; (2) J. Derickson is liable for entering Just American Magic; and (3) the Operating Plan does not limit APHIS’s ability to impose legal sanctions on H. Derickson, we DENY the Dericksons’ petition for review."
There we have it, folks. They sored their horse and they are now paying for it. The sad part is that Herbert Derickson's father, H.T. Derickson, used to sore his horses, but he changed his ways and now shows only sound horses. It's really too bad that his son did not follow in his footsteps. Perhaps this will make him rethink his decision to do what he's done. We can only hope.
"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
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you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men."
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