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SHOW Responds to Humane Petition



The SHOW Horse Industry Organization is well aware of the recent petition filed with the United States Department of Agriculture by several humane groups.  We take issue with a number of allegations in the petition and intend to issue our response at an appropriate time.

Presently our principal focus is on preparations for the upcoming Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration and our commitment to work with the United States Department of Agriculture and the industry to have the best show humanly possible.  Additionally, we have a number of individuals reviewing the petition, checking its facts, documenting its inaccuracies and preparing a full and complete response.

We are disturbed by the petition’s timing and believe it was held until just before the show in an effort to negatively impact The  Celebration, to create negative press coverage and to possibly influence the USDA’s inspections at the show. While we believe portions of the petition have some validity, we are disappointed with several organizations and individuals joining in the petition without our input as they have worked with SHOW this year in a joint effort to enforce the Horse Protection Act.

We specifically take exception to a number of the criticisms of SHOW in the petition.  In addition SHOW’s experience with the Department is contrary to their allegations and we are committed to continue our open dialog and working relationship with the USDA.

We are appreciative of the letters and comments issued by a number of respected “non” Walking Horse people who have traditionally been  critical of the breed.  Hopefully we will be able to share those comments in our response.

We appreciate the support of owners, trainers and exhibitors during this very challenging year and we look forward to continuing that cooperation at The Celebration. 

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