Statement from the Performance Show Horse Association
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(Shelbyville, TN)—When the Humane Society of the United States announced its “Walk on Washington,” it did so—in typical HSUS style—with great fanfare. It promised to showcase examples of soring that have taken place over the years with Tennessee Walking Horses. People from around the country Walked on Washington to placate the media, the HSUS itself and certainly supporters of the so-called PAST Act, including its chief sponsor, Cong. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky (or Washington D.C. depending on which disclosure statement you believe).

      But there is no secret that:

A)    Whitfield is married to a lobbyist for the HSUS;

B)     The PAST Act is one of the main agenda items for HSUS; and

C)     It is totally unnecessary.

      It attempts to manage by legislation what the industry has done through self-policing while putting 85 percent of equine athletes, 20,000 jobs and a $3.2 billion economy at risk.

·         For every example of a horse that has been sored, we can show dozens of others that have not been and that still compete in the Classic division past age 15.

·         For every example of an action device they show you, like the one Cong. Whitfield used at last year’s Congressional Subcommittee hearing on the PAST Act, we can show you devices that have not been banned as was the case with Whitfield’s chains.

·         For every example of a banned pad and shoe that Donna Benefield used in that same hearing, we can show you the complete package as it is used in competition today that weighs little more than a running shoe.

      Rather than call it a Walk on Washington, HSUS and its supporters should be more forthcoming with a name that reflects the real nature of the event. Maybe the organization could spend a few thousand dollars of the millions it spends on PR and advertising to come up with a new name. If not, we have a few suggestions:

·         Misinformation March

·         Attack on Accuracy

·         Pacelle’s Parade of Ploys (in honor of HSUS president Wayne Pacelle)

·         Dialing for Dollars the D.C. Way

·         Showboat, not Show Horse

·         And of course, The Comedy on Capitol Hill

      We admire the horses we own, train and enter into competition. We respect the men and women who derive their lives and livelihoods from our industry. We want nothing more than to protect and preserve the heritage and history of the Tennessee Walking Horse. And that’s why PSHA and a number of other industry organizations support legislation sponsored by Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Sen. Lamar Alexander, both of Tennessee. It takes a more even-handed approach to management of inspections and introduces objectivity into the equation—long missing from the original process established by the Horse Protection Act.

      Do you realize that under the subjective testing methods used today, even USDA inspectors disagree among themselves as to whether a violation has occurred?

      We don’t need hyperbole and histrionics. We need objectivity and discussion of the best solutions without the emotion HSUS inevitably slips into its arguments. We don’t need lobbyists from the American Horse Council chiming in on an internal debate. And we certainly don’t need attorney Clant Seay weighing in on the issue. In fact, he was suspended by TWHEBA earlier this year for violations. Is this his way of getting even?

      So after the Walk on Washington comes and goes, let’s gather the appropriate representatives around the table and lay out a plan in the best interest of the horse, the athlete and those involved in the industry. We don’t need at the table a self-aggrandizing organization bent on ending all equine competitions.
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ridersenes84
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June 25, 2014
very good press full of the truth about the R.A.R.A and all the vegan people that are trying to put a end to pet, and livestock ownership. and any true horse loving America will not want to support a bill that are wanting to start the ending of there beloved group! and all these so called groups like the AAEP, AMVE, AAWHA, etc are all groups tied in with the H.S.U.S and all other groups like P.E.T.A that wants total animal freedom !!!! the late group of people that wanted to give animals the same rights as people was the Nazi in 1938 and with putting a animal life with human that's what started WWII with the mast killing of thou, of people !!!!
GClegacy84
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June 23, 2014
The AAEP, AMVA,American Horse Council, most horse breeds and every State Veterinary Association have endorsed the PAST ACT. Those are facts that can't be denied.. While the HSUS was instrumental in bringing these horrific abuses to the public with the undercover exposé of the McConnell training barn, they did NOT plan or announce the Walk on Washington. They had nothing to do with it. It was the idea of a couple of TWH owners on the east coast that caught fire and engaged people from all over the country, Canada, Australia, Israel and Europe. ALL of the funds for the event came from owners, trainers,breeders and exhibitors from at least 30 states, Canada and Europe. When a group has to rely on sarcasm and disinformation to try to make a point, you can be fairly sure they have no substance in their opposition.
Robin Peterson
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June 23, 2014
The definition of PSHA is

"Proliferating Sore Horse Association".
M Covault
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October 21, 2014
Demonizing and name-calling--H$U$'s specialty against animal organizations. Shame on you for falling for their propaganda and coming up with a catchy moniker to further demonize horse specialists.
Cynthia Lansing
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June 23, 2014
The writers of this press release are terrorized that Americans from coast to coast dug into their savings, bank accounts & retirement funds to make a statement that we are sick of the torture of the beautiful Tennessee Walking Horse. How can we decry animal mistreatment in third world countries when a few wealthy people condone horse abuse, for whatever depraved, sick reasons, here? Big lick is tradition? So is eating dogs in Asia, fighting bulls in Spain & female genital mutilation in Africa. As Ghandi said, "Tradition does not make a thing holy."
Walknsound
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June 23, 2014
This event was in no way associated with the HSUS. Period.
linda pierson bassel
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June 23, 2014
This so-called "press release" is full of misinformation and downright lies. The Walk On Washington was not a Humane Society event, first of all, it was organized by the All American Walking Horse Alliance, a group of private citizens who have had enough of these beautiful animals being abused and tortured for show ring glory. If they are lying in the first line, how much credence can you give to anything else they write? Desperate hardly begins to describe this nonsense.
Louise125
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June 23, 2014
If you want to see some of the ways they have tried to cheat and still sore their horses, watch this video presentation by Dr Turner. This is why the PAST Act needs to go through. Let's end this kind of treatment of our wonderful TWH breed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvTaObtApE4

Fandazz
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June 23, 2014
Every cent that went into this event was donated by individuals. HSUS had nothing to benefit by this event. The only Capitol Hill Comedy I saw was the Virginia TWHBEA Director, Pam McKinney, flipping her classy finger. Walk On Washington was a great event to endorse the PAST act and further expose the abuse and caustic soring of show horses on pads.
Mindy Lightner
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June 23, 2014
I was in at the beginning of this event. The Humane Society offered to help, and were turned down by the organizers, who felt that this needed to be a grassroots effort by horse owners, trainers, and breeders, as well as those who simply love horses. This event was literally organized by a handful of individuals who came together specifically to show our government that people really CAN enjoy Walking Horses without resorting to soring, chemicals, and torture.

They succeeded beautifully. A video is now circulating of the event-- Walk On Washington happened because average Joes decided to make a difference.
Elise567
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June 23, 2014
Worst press release I have EVER seen, and that's not even taking into account the misinformation. Sarcasm has no place in a press release, and I'm surprised that any publication would stoop to publish this.
Mindy Lightner
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June 23, 2014
Well, PSHA's representative showed up at the event to hand out some of their literature (illegally) and to drop F bombs and flip the bird to everyone. They aren't exactly a class act.
Louise125
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June 22, 2014
Another statement full of misinformation by those that want to continue the soring way of life. Just to start, the HSUS did not announce its "Walk on Washington" because the WOW was not an HSUS event. It was an event planned and carried out by a group known as the All American Walking Horse Alliance, a private organization of citizens seeking to end the soring of the Tennessee Walking Horse. So, if they can't even get the 1st sentence of their statement correct, don't expect the truth to be told in the rest of it.

bonnie l. hill
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June 22, 2014
It seems like the person who wrote the article "doth protest too much". Any organization that steps up to stop any animal abuse has my vote.