Congressman Highlights Practice of Horse “Soring” During Agricultural Bill Debate

Congressman Highlights Practice of Horse “Soring” During Agricultural Bill Debate

PROPOSES “AMENDMENT 90” TO REINFORCE HORSE PROTECTION ACT by Sharon Rondeau (May 17, 2018) — During his time to speak during a committee meeting of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday regarding a five-year proposed “Farm Bill,” Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA10) introduced an amendment with the purpose of stopping the “soring” of competitive show […]

USDA Releases Documents to Horse-Welfare Activist, Ending First Amendment Lawsuit

USDA Releases Documents to Horse-Welfare Activist, Ending First Amendment Lawsuit

“THIS IS AS BAD AS IT GETS” by Sharon Rondeau (Mar. 25, 2018) — On March 21, 2018, horse-welfare activist Clant M. Seay announced on his BillyGoBoy.com website that documents he had sought from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request last September were made available to him […]

Horse-Welfare Activist Sues USDA

Horse-Welfare Activist Sues USDA

FOR REFUSAL TO RELEASE DOCUMENTS UNDER FOIA by Sharon Rondeau (Feb. 5, 2018) — A federal lawsuit has been filed against the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its refusal to release documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to an animal-welfare activist seeking specifics on the alleged violations of the Horse Protection Act (HPA) […]

Report: “Big Lick” Horse Show to Disappear from Panama City Beach, FL

Report:  “Big Lick” Horse Show to Disappear from Panama City Beach, FL

HORSE-CRUELTY ACTIVISTS APPLAUD OUTCOME by Sharon Rondeau (Jan. 4, 2018) — On December 29, founder of Concerned Citizens Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty (CCABLAC) Clant Seay reported that an official in Panama City Beach, FL “confirmed this week that there are no plans for a ‘Big Lick’ Tennessee Walking Horse Show to be held at […]

Report: Annual Tennessee Horse Show Garners “Worst Attendance” in Its History

Report:  Annual Tennessee Horse Show Garners “Worst Attendance” in Its History

IS ANIMAL CRUELTY TO BLAME? by Sharon Rondeau (Aug. 27, 2017) — On Sunday, blogger and horse-welfare advocate BillyGoBoy reported that the annual “National Celebration” horse show held each year at this time is showing “the worst attendance” in its 47-year history. Hosted in Shelbyville, the ten-day show featuring Tennessee Walking Horses was once a […]

The “National Celebration” Begins Thursday Night

The “National Celebration” Begins Thursday Night

HORSE-WELFARE ORGANIZATION WORKS TO LOWER ATTENDANCE, ALLEGING ANIMAL CRUELTY by Sharon Rondeau (Aug. 24, 2017) — On Thursday evening, Tennessee’s largest annual horse show, the “National Celebration,” featuring Tennessee Walking Horses and other classes of show horses will launch, now in its 47th year. The Celebration grounds are located at 1110 Evans Street in Shelbyville.  […]

Petition to Publish New Rule on Horse Protection Surpasses 81,000 Signatures

Petition to Publish New Rule on Horse Protection Surpasses 81,000 Signatures

WILL THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TAKE ACTION? by Sharon Rondeau (Feb. 14, 2017) — An animal welfare petition launched at change.org on January 21 directed to the president and four other “decision-makers” has garnered more than 81,000 signatures as of press time. On Tuesday morning, the count showed 66,000+ signatures.  It is possible that some are […]

Will the USDA Issue a New Rule on Soring?

Will the USDA Issue a New Rule on Soring?

ACTIVIST PREDICTS ANNOUNCEMENT “IMMINENT” by Sharon Rondeau (Jan. 12, 2017) — Horse welfare activist BillyGoBoy is reporting on his blog that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is poised to announce a change in rules stemming from the 1970 Horse Protection Act which will “remove the ‘Pads and Chains’ from Tennessee Walking Horses, and […]

Does Tennessee Really Oppose the Soring of Horses?

Does Tennessee Really Oppose the Soring of Horses?

STATE OFFICIAL SAYS “YES,” BUT PHOTOS MAY TELL A DIFFERENT STORY by Sharon Rondeau (Dec. 22, 2016) — On Thursday, The Post & Email contacted the National Celebration, an annual Tennessee Walking Horse show which takes place at the end of the summer, to ask whether or not inspectors are routinely on hand to determine […]