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Celebration Polygraph Tests Completed




 


SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. – Polygraph tests for Celebration show management, judges, and industry stewards were completed on Friday with the information gathered set to be reviewed by Celebration officials.

 

The testing procedure was part of an overall plan announced prior to the 69th Celebration designed to ensure the health and safety of participating animals, compliance with the Horse Protection Act, and show integrity.

 

Mr. Bob Campbell, a retired FBI polygraph examiner, conducted the tests over a four-day period.

 

“All of the individuals that afforded themselves for this procedure did so voluntarily,” said Campbell.  “Arising from the examinations was some information that could help The Celebration® develop policies and recommend rule changes that could further their efforts in dispelling any perceived conflicts of interest.”

 

Celebration officials said the testing procedure was put in place to bolster confidence in the inspection and judging processes at the 2007 Celebration.

 

“Our board of directors felt these tests would be a positive statement regarding the integrity of our event and add another layer of confidence to our exhibitors, ticket holders, and the outside world,” said Celebration CEO Ron Thomas.  “I am confident this battery of testing will accomplish that.”

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