"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

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

UPDATES 5/23/2012

I updated the blog post with the contact info to include more sponsors of the Celebration and the judge's contact information for the McConnell case.

Here is some more important information.  IF ONLY they would do this to all repeat HPA violators...



SHELBYVILLE - In a precedent setting move, the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration took decisive action today, both denouncing and condemning the actions of trainer Jackie McConnell, who was both videotaped abusing a horse and admitted to a Horse Protection Act violation in federal court today.
The TWHNC Board of Directors voted to suspend McConnell for life and also took the following action:

(1) suspended McConnell for life from entering the TWHNC grounds for any and events, regardless of the event's affiliation or ownership.

(2) voted to permanently remove Mr. McConnell's name from the list of Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Hall of Fame inductees. Any picture, plaque, image or other mention of his name from Hall of Fame data will be permanently removed from this day forward and his name will be forever erased from Hall of Fame rolls.

(3) voted to permanently remove any and all pictures and signage on the Celebration grounds carrying either the name of Jackie McConnell or the likeness.

(4) banned from entry onto the TWHNC grounds any horse under the custodianship or presumed to be under the custodianship of Mr. McConnell.

"This action is the strongest we can take and it clearly reflects our disgust with the actions of Mr. McConnell,"said Dr. Doyle Meadows, TWHNC CEO. "His actions are not reflective of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry, and we in no way want him associated with our show."


Anonymous said...

I am no longer associated with the walking horse industry. My horses were all stolen or abused so badly by trainers that I chose to take them out of training and GIVE them away to people who would allow my horses to have a good life living like a horse should, but I digress....I am not impressed with the Walking Horse Industries reaction to Jackie McConnell's horrible actions. I think they are doing all these things because they have to, not because they want to. If anyone thinks that any of these people were not aware of and tacitly agreeing with soring of horses to keep their industry alive, you are horribly wrong. Every once in awhile someone has to be fed to the lions and this one was necessary because the Humane Society outplayed them but don't be fooled, they HATED doing it and within 30 days the old tactics will be back in place and they will be right back at it. More carefully but still doing it.

For the Tennessee Walking Horse said...

I have to say I agree with you. They absolutely know what's going on and are just putting on a face for the public. Soring is the way to win, it is rewarded with money and prestige, and they want to keep it up.

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