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Wheelon Issues Statement

Larry Wheelon issued the following statement regarding his recent arrest on one count of animal cruelty and the seizure of 19 horses from his farm in Maryville, Tenn.

I would like to first state that I am innocent on the charges alleged against me.  These are serious allegations that carry serious consequences and I look forward to the opportunity to have my story known and my name cleared of these allegations. 

In the meantime, these allegations have caused the organizations I serve undue criticism and ridicule and in an effort to remove them from further criticism I am voluntarily stepping aside from roles as a board member of the Walking Horse Trainers’ Association and member of the Ethics Committee and as President of the East Tennessee Trainers’ Association.  I also understand and support the temporary suspension of my SHOW judges’ license.

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