Doyle Meadows retires from TWHNC
The following was from The Horse.com. Click here for the article.
Doyle Meadows, PhD, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Tennessee Walking Horse (TWH) Celebration, has announced he will retire from the position in October 2012.
The TWH Celebration is a high profile horse show event at which Tennessee Walking Horse breed world champions are chosen. The event became the subject of controversy in 2006 when federal inspectors temporarily shut the show down after finding high incidences of Horse Protection Act noncompliance. The Act prohibits "soring," the deliberate injury of a horse's feet and legs to achieve a high-stepping gait. When several top competitors declined to participate, no World Champion was crowned that year.
Meadows assumed the Celebration's CEO post in February 2008. During his tenure he oversaw the removal of the National Horse Show Commission as the horse industry organization (HIO) that managed the Celebration, and the formation and funding of the Sound horses, Honest judging, Objective inspections, Winning fairly (SHOW)--the HIO that replaced it.
During its Dec. 1 planning meeting Meadows informed The Celebration board of directors that he would retire from the position on Oct. 31, after the 2012 Celebration takes place.
In his letter to the board Meadows thanked Celebration directors for their support during his tenure.
"I truly appreciate all those people that have helped me as we continue to have the world's greatest horse show in
Meadows said. "I have a tremendous amount of pride for The Celebration and
what it means to the Walking Horse industry and our community." Tenn.
Meadows, 64, said he originally assumed the post under the provision that his tenure would be limited.
"When I came in (to this position), I said that I would be here for no more than five years," Meadows said.
Meadows said he has no immediate post-retirement plans.
No one from the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association was available for comment on Meadow's retirement.
Teresa Bippen, vice president of Friends of Sound Horses, an equine welfare advocacy organization that also operates a sanctioned gaited horse show circuit and a judging program, declined comment.
The 2012 National Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration is slated to take place Aug. 22 through Sept. 1, 2012.
I'm sure his salary was plentiful. Since 2009 was the most sore horses found at the Celebration to date, it's not like he did anything to improve the situation. Closing NHSC and opening SHOW, which contained at the time the same judges and DQPs...whoop-dee-doo.
Maybe we'll see someone get in there who is truly against soring and will help stop it...and monkeys might fly out of my butt. (Thumbs up if you get the reference!)
So here's what I've learned about the industry meetings, and quite frankly, I'm very confused.
The HIOs/groups that are involved are the WHTA, SHOW, TWHBEA, and the Celebration (TWHNC). They have made their end goal to go with one HIO, that one being SHOW, and one rulebook. Now I'm in agreement with this--I am all for one HIO and one rulebook because then it would encourage a level playing field for everyone. (I would hope, anyway--we all know how this industry plays favorites to those who bring in the most money.) I'd prefer there to be no HIOs anymore, that the USDA be the inspectors at all TWH shows, and that the rulebook either be in the hands of the registry or the USEF, just like every other breed out there. But if we can at least get down to one each, then that's more along the lines of progress.
However, I'm extremely confused. Does this mean that the other 10 HIOs will be shut down? What does PRIDE, KWHA, etc. have to say about this? I'm sure they're not happy at all--I know I wouldn't be. And what happens to FOSH, IWHA, and NWHA, who consistently have 100 percent sound shows? Overall, unless the USDA changes the qualifications for HIOs, then I would imagine that other HIOs are still going to exist. I think this is probably up to the USDA in the end.
USDA HPA Suspensions Online Search
Here's a great little tool that a friend found that the USDA has on the APHIS website.
USDA HPA Suspensions Online Search
From what I can tell, it seems this database is updated frequently when they receive HIO reports from shows. So this should be a great tool for people to learn everything about a suspension, which includes length, fines paid (if any), dates, etc. This is also a great place to look up any trainers or sellers you run across to see if they have HPA violations in the past if you wish to avoid buying from them.