I think many people heard that Chad Way--who has 16 HPA violations to his name--was banned from the Celebration for two years for bringing a horse so sore to the show that it was deemed crippled (STILL can't figure out why Inman won't ban himself...) May God bless that poor horse and help it heal and not be thrown to slaughter or into hands that won't end it's suffering, through either rehab or humane euthanization, if necessary.
Unfortunately, the WGC that won was Walk Time Charlie, and the poor animal is out of Chad Way's barn...make your own conclusions. Chad Baucom, the rider, has one HPA violation, with the last name Baucom having a total of 32 violations between Chad, Jeanette, Eddie, Bruce, and Baucom Stables. This information is availble on the HPA database website.
HOWEVER...I want to say how proud I am of the USDA, the HSUS, and those of you who read this blog and are on Facebook who are working to spread the word and tell the public about this horrible tragedy that continues year after year. We must continue to do so next year, and we can soldier on and win this for the horse. To those of you who went to the protest, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, although honestly, I really just can't thank you enough. A small protest is better than none at all, and when you start small, you can build and build until you're gigantic. God bless all of you for standing up for the horse!
|Photo from t-g.com by David Melson|
More to come next week...