"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

Thursday, March 31, 2011

NEWS - Trial Date Set for SSHBEA HPA Violators

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I also believe that SSHBEA needs to be punished as well. They allowed these guys to show without checking the paperwork correctly. They also allowed someone with a lifetime suspension to be there on the grounds and helping with show horses. While I have worked in a show office and I understand things can get very busy, the fact remains that SSHBEA did not do their homework and pay attention to the HPA violations information.


Trial Date Set in Tennessee 'Soring' Case
by: Pat Raia
March 29 2011, Article # 18015

Last week a federal court judge in Tennessee, U.S. Magistrate Judge William B. Mitchell Carter, set May 31 as the trial date for a Spotted Saddle Horse trainer and two other individuals accused of violating the Horse Protection Act (HPA). The act prohibits "soring," the deliberate injury of a horse's feet and legs to achieve a high-stepping gait.

Earlier this month a federal Grand Jury in Tennessee returned an indictment accusing Spotted Saddle Horse trainer Barney Davis, along with Christen Altman and Jeffery Bradford, of conspiring to violate the HPA by soring horses and falsifying forms and other paperwork required to exhibit animals.

According to the indictment, Davis allegedly placed bolts in horses' feet, taped blocks to horses' feet, and applied other soring techniques to horses prior to competition. The indictment also alleges that Davis would remove external devices prior to pre-performance HPA compliance inspections and inject horses with pain-reducing drugs to limit the animals' reactions to inspection procedures.

The indictment further alleges that Davis and Altman used others as nominee trainers to obtain trainers' licenses and that Davis, Altman, and Bradford falsified horse show entry forms and other documents claiming that Bradford and others were trainers of horses actually trained byDavis.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Neff said Carter also ordered Davis to cease training or having contact with horses owned by others while the case is pending. Altman also was ordered to avoid contact with horses owned by others. Bradford was prohibited from having contact with horses located at Davis' farm.

Davis' attorney John Norton was unavailable for comment.

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