PLEASE ASK “HAGYARD EQUINE MEDICAL INSTITUTE” TO CUT ALL TIES WITH THE ANIMAL CRUELTY OF THE “BIG LICK, BIG LIE” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION
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In a complete betrayal of its core values, HAGYARD (Hagyard Equine Medical Institute) of Lexington, Kentucky, partner vet* joined the “VAC” Veterinary Advisory Committee of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration that was plagued by scandal in 2014.
The “VAC” is a public relations “gimmick” created last year by Big Lick Animal Cruelty supporters in an attempt to legitimize and make the Big Lick socially acceptable.
The "VAC" was exposed as a fraud at the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, first by www.billygoboy.com, and then by The Tennessean newspaper, when each reported that former Budweiser Clydesdale Vet Dr. Dallas O. Goble was not part of the “VAC” nor was he inspecting any horses at the Celebration.
Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and “VAC” Spokesperson Tom Blankenship repeatedly lied to the public last August when they insisted that Dr. Goble was one of three “VAC” members, and implied that he would be inspecting horses at the 2014 Celebration.
HAGYARD - AAEP - USEF
HAGYARD partner and spokesperson, Dr. Stuart Brown II, is a Director of AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners).
- The AAEP supports federal legislation to eliminate the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse because it is Animal Cruelty.
HAGYARD also proudly advertises itself as “The Official Equine Pharmacy Of The USEF”.
- The USEF banned “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses (pads & chains) at any USEF licensed horse shows. It supports federal legislation to eliminate the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse because it is Animal Cruelty.
The USEF has been the regulatory authority for U.S. Equestrian Sports since 1917. Its present CEO Mr. Chris Welton is former marketing representative for the International Olympic Committee, and the Atlanta Olympic games.
- The “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse was not allowed to appear at the 2010 World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park sanctioned by USEF because of Animal Cruelty. HAGYARD is located across the street from the Horse Park.
Recently, the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration announced a seven member “HLC” (Horsemen’s Leadership Counci) to work with the “VAC”.
Led by Mr. David L. Howard, five of seven "HLC" members (or immediate family) have received Horse Protection Act Violation Citations (Animal Cruelty). Offenders include Walking Horse Breed Registry President Mr. Steve Smith, and Celebration CEO Mr. Mike Inman.
Additionally, all five of the 2015 Celebration Judges have received Horse Protection Act Violation Citations (Animal Cruelty).
At the 2014 Celebration, over 15% of all horses inspected by USDA inspectors were disqualified for being SORE (Animal Cruelty).
In less than 45 days, the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration will once again feature the barbaric Animal Cruelty of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.
Please ask HAGYARD to cut all ties with the “VAC” and the Celebration.
The event’s largest corporate sponsor, Regions Bank, doing business in 16 states (Chicago to Florida), dropped the Celebration last year because of the "Big Lick" Animal Cruelty.
HAGYARD (since 1876) should not allow its sterling reputation to be used in an attempt to legitimize Animal Cruelty masquerading as family entertainment or alleged sport.
If it's not good enough for USEF, AAEP and the Kentucky Horse Park, the Animal Cruelty of the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse should not be good enough for HAGYARD Equine Medical Institute.
In the words of former Budweiser Clydesdale Vet Dr. Dallas Goble:
“I wouldn’t touch that (“VAC” and Celebration) with a 10 foot pole”.
*(http://twhnc.com/content/vac-adds-dr-robert-hunt/ The news does not appear anywhere on HAGYARD Facebook page)
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