This is outrageous. THIS is why we cannot trust SHOW. They are a bunch of liars and cheaters and are not doing their job as an HIO. I plan to write some letters. Let's bombard the USDA and ask them to shut down SHOW. This is ridiculous! Feel free to pass this on to your friends and be sure NOT to support SHOW in any way, shape or form!
FOSH Press Release:
FOSH Surprised in SHOW's Appointment of Director of Judges
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact Person: Theresa Bippen firstname.lastname@example.org
FOSH Surprised in SHOW's Appointment of Director of Judges (12-03-2009)
FOSH announced that it has written a letter to Dr. Doyle Meadows, SHOW/Celebration CEO about its surprise with SHOW's announcement of Rollie Beard as its Director of Judging. The following is an excerpt from the letter:
"Beard received five tickets for Horse Protection Act (HPA) violations within the last six years with the last violation occuring just last year. FOSH questions how a repeat HPA violator can be named as a director of a judging program in a year when a record-breaking number of soring violations has occurred. In addition to soring being illegal, it is also cheating against all the exhibitors who do not sore. As SHOW expects its Director of Judging to demonstrate honesty and support for the sound horse, FOSH fails to understand how this appointment is not a conflict of interest when one considers Beard's own recent history of soring and exhibiting. As long as SHOW continues to honor HPA violators such as Mr. Beard with positions of leadership, it is difficult for outsiders to envision that SHOW is serious about enforcement of the HPA or values such as honest. We hope that you will reconsider the message you sent to the public with your Judging choice."
FOSH is a national leader in the promotion of natural, sound gaited horses and in the fight against abuse and soring of Tennessee Walking Horses. For more information about FOSH, or to become a member, please visit http://www.fosh.info/ or call 800-651-7993.
"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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