I have tons of information on what's going on at the Celebration this week. I am going to try to compile everything this weekend and get it posted. Until then, here's the info I have so far:
Horses are being turned down left and right. If I have my numbers right, 11 of the ticketed horses were given tickets AFTER they came out of the ring because SHOW DQPs let them through to show but the VMOs found them sore upon reinspection after their first place winning. Trainers are starting to realize that this is SERIOUS. I have been told by inside sources that they are starting to realize that even just a few drops of oil before going in the ring is STILL soring and is wrong.
Clay Mills, a trainer, has been suspended from the rest of the Celebration for attempting to bribe a DQP. The DQP stood up and reported him. Mills faces a 5-year suspension and a $10,000 fine for this. I absolutely commend the DQP who went out there and did this. May Clay Mills never be allowed to show again.
I have noticed on some of the chat groups that people are calling for this to end, for the "trick trainers" to stop and for the owners to stop hiring trick trainers. They know this will be the end of the padded horse if soring continues, and it sounds like there is dissention in the ranks.
That's all I have for now. Articles and more info to be posted soon!
"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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