Skip to content

USDA Will Be At Sunday Night Show

USDA Will Be At Sunday Night Show

Copyright 2006


By Christy Howard Parsons


            At 5:00pm in Calsonic Arena National Horse Protection Society’s Tom Blankenship addressed a group of walking horse trainers regarding the negotiations with the USDA.

            “We told you we would tell you what we know and after two days of conversations this is what we know.”

            “The USDA will be here tonight along with heightened security. The USDA has represented that they will be letting the DQP’s do their job. The USDA will be in a monitoring role.

            “You all need to conduct yourselves the way you know you should. You are in the spotlight. You are being scrutinized carefully. They will arrest disorderly people. You should show your horses and represent your profession well and if there is a problem we will deal with it,” Tom Blankenship explained.

            The National Horse Show Commission’s Lonnie Messick added, “It is my impression that the USDA will work with the DQPs. If they see something they don’t like, they will check the horse. We felt they rushed into the other night and we don’t want a situation like we had Friday night. The NHSC is going to check horses like we have at the whole celebration including last night.  I truly believe they are going to let us work like they have all year long.”

            Dr. Gipson is not present, but Dr. Todd Behre will accompany the USDA VMOs.

More Stories

  • Oxford, NC show rescheduled

    North Carolina's PPWHANC Show scheduled for Oxford,N.C. on September 15th has been rescheduled; the new show date is September 29th with the same class schedule as previously presented.  Read More
  • #900 never to return to Celebration competition

    At the 79th anniversary of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, Bill Callaway and Gen’s Black Maverick rode into the ring on the last Saturday night to a roar of applause and cheering, and they exited the ring in the same fashion as they claimed the title of 2017 Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Champion... Read More
  • Obituary – Pat Kirk

    Pat Kirk, 89, of Purdy, Missouri entered into eternal rest on Tuesday September 11, 2018 while at Cox South Hospital in Springfield, Missouri.  Read More
  • Obituary - Burt Dale

    The Report has recently learned of the sudden passing of Burl Dale on September 18, 2018. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 22 at 2:00 PM at Camp Yonahnoka in Linville, North Carolina. Read More
  • Allen honored with Evan Lloyd Adamson Humanitarian Award

    The Celebration and the Adamson family are proud to announce the 2018 winner of the Evan Lloyd Adamson award, Connie Allen, director of office operations for The Celebration. Read More
  • Stalls available for hurricane Florence evacuees

    The Celebration will make grounds and stalls available at NO CHARGE for horses evacuating the Carolina’s due to Hurricane Florence. To make arrangements to stall your horses please call 931-684-5915. Read More
  • Nelms becomes first to win all three model titles

    It didn’t take long for Robert Nelms to get noticed at this year’s Celebration. Right out of the gate he was busy leading his winning model entries into the Calsonic for both the morning classes of the show as well as the National Futurity, which serves as the first set of evening classes during Celebration week. Read More
  • Obituary – Noble Stout

    Noble Hooper Stout, Jr., 69, passed away Friday, September 7, 2018 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Noble was born in Jackson County on July 12, 1949 to the late Noble Hooper Stout and Mable Carter Stout... Read More
  • Celebration releases information on Tunica

    The Celebration has announced information about the fall edition of the popular Tunica show, to be held Nov. 1-3 at the Paul Battle Sr. Exposition Center, in particular, information about the horse show hotel and exhibitors’ party... Read More
  • Latest Issue September 17 18 Main

    Read More